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I’m back…and here’s a new iPhone post

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been super busy at work/with family/attending family reunions/ blah blah blah so I haven’t posted in a awhile. Actually the main reason is that I was lazy as shit and was off the interwebz for a awhile and social media specifically. But I’m back now.

I wanted to let those JailBreakers know about a new app available in Cydia called MissionBoard which replaces the native iOS switch. I actually like the idea of being able to see all the apps on one screen and this allows you to see thumbnails of what is currently running. Here’s an image courtesy of (excellent resource for JailBreak aficionados).

As you can see, the running apps are visually displayed on the screen so you can quickly see what is running. Scrolling up and down will show all open apps on a page by page basis. One advantage is that it allows me to see immediately which browser was open to which site. If you’re like me, I find myself using multiple browsers because Apple allows no way to default to a third party browser. So when I click on a link, it opens up Safari by default. I use Opera and A Perfect Browser for the most part so often times I have to remember which browser has which page. Not a big deal, but I like this look better than the native Apple iOS.

I lost my iPhone 4 so I had to get a new 4S which annoys me because I wanted to wait for the 5. Once my wife gets the 5 though (she’s having issues with her 4) I will have her iPhone 4 to play with and I will Jailbreak that device. My iPad 1 & 2 are also jailbroken but I decided not to jb my son’s iPad 3 (given he needs it for school). That’s it for now. New post next week about my health a potential surgery.



Rumor roundup: ‘iPad 3’ release date, specs – The Washington Post

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

iOS 5 jailbreak a bit buggy

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment
dreamboard with Android theme

Looks nice but...

Having a lot of issues after my jailbreak  weeks ago, more on the iPad than the iPhone. Lots of crashing out of apps indicate some instability with the system.

I also notice that Dreamboard, while it looks neat, the concept of a theme within a theme (Dreamboard->Honeypad->theme in Honeypad) doesn’t work so well. Perhaps in the iPad 2 or the iPad 3 (supposed to feature an A7 quad core processor?) with the horsepower, it will be able to handle the system requirements, but right now, iPad 1 just can’t handle it.

iOS5 Untethered Jailbreak

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Jailbroken Home ScreenSo last night, after months of not having had a jailbroken phone (since the update to iOS 5) I took the step to jailbreak the phone. The motivation behind this was the release of the untethered jailbreak this week, courtesy of the iPhone-Dev team and @pod2g.

Supported devices are:

  • iPhone 4 (GSM – CDMA)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPad 1

It was not without some issues.

There are some steps you need to take before you begin:

  1. First off, to jailbreak the phone, you need to download Redsn0w ver. 0.9.10b3 for Windows or for Mac
  2. Download the IPSW for iOS 5.0.1 for your specific device. This page has a list of IPSW’s for the different models.
  3. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes.
  4. Make sure you are on the 5.0.1 version of the iOS. (Settings->General->About->Version

Now that you have all of the items you need, here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Connect your device to the computer you have it partnered with and hold the power key down until the slider to shutdown the device.
  2. Launch Redsn0w
  3. Click on Extras->Select IPSW->Select the one you want.
  4. Go back to the main screen and click the Jailbreak button
  5. Make sure the “Install Cydia” box is ticked
  6. Click Next
  7. Make sure your device is bot turned off and plugged into your computer before you get to the next step
  8. At the next step, you need to put the device in DFU mode. Follow the steps on screen.
  9. Once this is complete (it takes a bit of time), you will see a Cydia icon on the screen. Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a jailbroken phone.

What next? Check out my earlier blog post on what to do after you jailbreak your device.

Jobs Quits as CEO of Apple, AAPL stock sell-off begins

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Steve Jobs has submitted the following letter of resignation to the Board of Directors of Apple:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Update: Apple COO Tim Cook will replace Jobs as CEO, as per Jobs’ recommendation. Jobs was also made Chariman of the Board. Tim Cook has filled in for Jobs when he was off for health reasons. This was expected once Jobs decided to to step down.

Update #2: The news immediately affected the stock market. From Bloomberg News:

U.S. stock futures declined after Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive officer of Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world’s second-largest company by market value.

Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures lost 0.4 percent to 1,166.80 at 7:18 p.m. in New York. Nasdaq-100 Index futures fell 1.1 percent. Apple shares dropped 5.2 percent to $356.67. Jobs said he’s resigning and recommended Tim Cook be named his successor. Jobs said he would like to continue as chairman.

Untethered 4.3.4/4.3.5 Jailbreak WILL NOT be forthcoming

August 16, 2011 Leave a comment

According to sites around the web, the untethered 4.3.4/4.3.5 jailbreak will NOT be released as the expected 5.0 upgrade is scheduled to be released in September. The focus of all the good people at iDev, GeoHot, Limera1n, etc is on the 5.0 jailbreak.

If you upgraded to 4.3.4/4.3.5 and you saved your SHSH Blobs, you can revert to 4.3.3 and re-jailbreak using RedsnOw or This jailbreak vector is a PDF vulnerability so make sure you patch that hole after you jailbreak by downloading the PDF Patcher 2 app from Cydia.

If you already upgraded your iOS device saved your SHSH Blobs (here’s a tutorial on how to do so) and you want to restore to the earlier version, you can follow the step by step process on YouTube. Otherwise, DON’T upgrade to 4.3.4/4.3.5 and upgrade to 5.0 when the jailbreak is announced. good luck!

iOS Update 4.3.5 Jailbreak

August 5, 2011 3 comments

iOS435The most recent iOS upgrade to version 4.3.5 closes some of the PDF vulnerabilities that allow users of previous 4.3.x systems to use to jailbreak their devices. You can use Redsn0w to JB the 4.3.5 iOS but it’s cumbersome and only exists in tethered mode; which means everytime you reboot your device, you have to run through a modified re-jailbreak all over again. If it were me, I would wait until the i-phone dev team comes up with an untethered JB. If you really want to upgrade, there is an excellent guide at

Redsn0w Can Jailbreak iOS 4.3.5 On iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod touch. Here’s How To Use It! [Tutorial]

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