Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

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

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.

Now is the time to Jailbreak your iDevice

July 11, 2011 Leave a comment

So, you want to jailbreak your device but you’re worried you can’t find the correct IPSW file, or can’t get the device in DFU mode, or are worried that the revised IPSW that you created from your Pwnage tool may be corrupted. Well, have no fear, now comes the easiest jailbreak ever. Just follow these steps:

  1. Back up your iDevice
  2. Launch the mobile Safari browser
  3. Point the browser to
  4. Click on install
  5. Wait for Cydia to be installed to the iDevice
  6. Go to my post on what to do after you jailbreak your device.

The first day it was available, over one million people freed themselves from the tyranny of a single distribution channel. It’s easy and REVERSIBLE. If you don’t like it, restore the device to your pre-jailbreak settings. Simple! Enjoy.

BTW, this is good for all versions of iOS up to 4.3.3 and it’s untethered. The next release will close the PDF vulnerability that this site exploits.

Motorola Xoom – Love it but it’s no iPad killer

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment


I love this tablet. It’s not perfect, but I use it as much, if not more than my iPad. There seems to be no shortage of love for this device amongst the tech bloggers out there as well; however, among the general public, the iPad sales figures blow the Xoom out of the water. People have spoken with their pocketbooks and the clear winner is the iPad.

That being said, I still want to make a case for the Xoom as a tablet you should consider.

First off, here is the tale of the tape:

Technical Spec and Comparison of Motorola XOOM and iPad

Motorola XOOM Apple iPad (1st Gen)
Processor 1 GHz Dual Core Tegra 2 1 GHz Single Core A4
Display 10.1 Inch 9.7 Inch
Resolution 1280 x 800 (160 dpi) 1024 x 768 (132 dpi)
RAM 1GB 256 MB
Front Camera 2 MP None
Rear Camera 5 MP None
Storage 32 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Video Recording 720p None
Video Playback 1080p 720p
Communication Port HDMI, USB 2.0 None
Operating System Android 3.1 Honeycomb iOS 4.3
Flash Support Yes No
Speaker Yes Yes
Network 3G and 4G 3G

Just from the technical specifications alone, it seems as though the Xoom would beat out the iPad. There are other advantages that I see in choosing the Xoom, not the least of which is customizability. This isn’t a big desire of iPad buyers though. Ease of use trumps the ability to create your screens the way you want them, or true multi-tasking, or Flash availability. Having bought both, I can attest to the simplicity and ease of use of the iPad. As a power user and an experienced technophile, I can navigate through the capabilities of the Xoom quickly; however, I had my folks here for a visit and my father (who’s 73) enjoyed using the iPad much more than the Xoom.

Pros (IMHO):
Multi-channel app distribution
– The fact that I can get Android apps from multiple sources is a plus as there can be healthy competion in app pricing.
Widgets – Easy “windows” right on the desktop that allow me to view upcoming appointments, unread emails, weather, headlines, etc. without having to launch or re-launch an app.
Customizability – Live wallpapers, icon placement, widget placement, widget size.
Flash Support -Enough said.
Apps – All of the apps I use on the ipad are available on the Xoom. Dropbox, Evernote, Documents to Go, PDF Apps, even Angry Birds are all there. Sure there are 150,000 apps in the Android Market vs. 325,000 in the Apple app store, but do you really need 10 different games where you fling dogs/cats/chupacabras through the air at poorly constructed edifices? Didn’t think so.

Predominant orientation
– The Xoom comes configured in a landscape mode. the Motorola and Verizon trademarks are set on the top of the device when it’s in that configuration, as is the front facing camera. It’s not an issue for me because I do everything in landscape mode already but it does feel weird the few time I need to use it in portrait mode.
Honeycomb 3.0 OS – Still feels like it’s in beta. Crashes more that I’d like and when I had two open apps and tried to watch a movie (Tron:Legacy), the frame rate was sluggish. I upgraded to 3.1 and it feels much more stable.
Weight – There is a slight difference in weight 607g for iPad2 vs. 730g for the Xoom. You would think it’s insignificant, but it’s not.
Less Intuitive – Let’s face it, Apple has cornered the market in creating elegant, easy to use, devices. The Xoom, even for someone technically savvy, has a greater learning curve than the iPad.
4G Network – Why would this be a con? Because getting 4G capability requires shipping the Xoom back to Motorola to retrofit the 4G chip. Oy.

In conclusion, the Xoom isn’t for everyone; however, if you are looking for a worthy replacement for the iPad because you don’t like Apple or just want to support another tech behemoth, the the Xoom is a worthy choice. Your productivity will not suffer after you get through the initial learning curve and you’ll have a great mobile device that you DON’T have to stand in line for.

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iPad for n00bs

May 27, 2011 2 comments

ipadSo you’ve joined the mewling masses and gotten an iPad. Now what? There are some very basic suggestions and apps that I think every iPad user needs to have/do.

  2. Download and install Find iPhone
  3. Download and install Dropbox (free)
  4. Purchase and install DocstoGo
  5. Purchase and install Angry Birds (kidding! sort of)


First and foremost, you need to set a password. This can be a simple 4 number PIN or can be as complicated as alphanumeric and special characters if you’re concerned having very sensitive information on your device (or you’re Jason Balge).

How to do this? Go to settings->General->Passcode Lock. Once into the configuration screen, set a simple PIN number as a passcode or move slider into the “off” position for “simple passcode.” This will allow for either numeric or alphanumeric passcodes not constrained by the 4 digit limit of the simple passcode. For extra protection, you can turn on the feature that wipes all your data (after all, you do sync your device to your PC regularly, right? RIGHT?) after 10 failed login attempts. Careful with this if you have small children…


Works with both iPhone and iPad, this app is free and, in conjunction with MobileMe, can be used to locate, send a message or remotely wipe the data on your device. You will need an email address that is registered to your iTunes account and you will need to register to MobileMe. This is a free service so don’t sign up for the $99 annual cost of MobileMe (unless you like the extra features that service provides).

Here is a step-by-step (with pictures!) guide from Apple:


Dropbox is a cloudbased service that synchronizes your files across multiple platforms. A must when going to meetings and working on files on multiple PCs and devices.

This is a tiered service where the first 2 GB worth of storage is free then there is an additional fee for larger capacities. This services stores your data in the cloud and synchronizes it with folders on every device you have a client. Since I have two PC’s at work and one at home, as well as an iPhone, iPad, Xoom and Galaxy tab, I’ve dowloaded the clients/apps for all the devices (on different operating systems – iOS, Win 7, Snow Leopard, and Android) and am able to access the same files on every device. Another nice feature is the integration with Documents to Go so you can open up the documents in Dropbox directly in the Documents to Go app. On the desktop, the files will open up in the default program (usually MS Office).


This app gets more use than any other app on my tablet. The ease of use and the native Microsoft Office support makes it ideal for business use. When used in conjunction with Dropbox and Email, one could do most things on the iPad that you would normally use a laptop for at a fraction of the weight and size.


C’mon. You know you want to. It’s fun flinging flightless birds at poorly constructed edifices containing limbless egg-stealing pigs. Hours of mindless fun and frustration.

Tech Republic states the obvious – a business use for the iPad

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I discovered a third use for the iPad | TechRepublic.

Um, no shit Jason. This is what business have been using tablets for since BEFORE the iPad.

Let me guess, you discovered that the iPhone can also be used to make phone calls, too. I want the 5 minutes of my life spent reading your article back.

If you want to check out the article because you are interested in what business uses the iPad is good for, be my guest.