The Grand Return!

21 06 2011

After not blogging for a very long time, I return! A lot of stuff has changed, but I won’t detail it here… just ask! As for projects, I have a NetPliance i-Opener I’m screwing with, and I have tons of new computers. Stick around!

My Birthday

25 05 2010

Hello all, I am writing this at the end of the day on my birthday. I felt that I ought to share what I got and did with the blogosphere, so here goes:
In the morning, I got up, got dressed, and took out the ingredients for my cake. Then, I “subtly” dropped hints that I’d like to see my presents. They were:
A new iPod touch (I dropped my old one)
A SuperDrive for my ThinkPad
And, tickets to Alice in Wonderland, which we went to see.

After seeing Alice in Wonderland, we came back home and ate cake. There really isn’t much else to it.

The Insane Difficulties of Finding a Good Linux Twitter Client

21 04 2010

Since the latest version of pino decided to become as stable as an alpha of Windows 95, I’ve been looking at other Linux native Twitter clients, and here were some of the problems I ran into:

1. Stability. Gwibber was especially bad, not managing to stay open for more than a few minutes at a time, although it was better than pino, which was crashing whenever I minimized it to the tray.

2. RAM Usage. If it weren’t for this one, I’d be using Qwit. However, Qwit is a HUGE RAM hog, taking 235+ MB of RAM when idle, which is more than Firefox with more than 30 tabs open!

3. Lack of Features. I also noticed that some basic features were missing in a few clients, such as lack of a tray icon in Buzzbird and Yasst. Twitim is a truly read-and-post only client, and I like to have a URL shortener at a minimum, and preferably a picture uploader too. Also, it doesn’t have an icon at all! I just get my “object” icon in the tray… not pretty.

So, my final vote?  Turpial. It’s a great client, albeit currently Spanish only, but Tweeting and replying/DMing is not that hard to get without reading anything anyway!

Finally, you can look forward to a more in-depth review of some of these on Allison Sharidan’s NosillaCast sometime soon!

Updating in Ubuntu Tutorial

26 03 2010

So, this is a quick tutorial, made at the request of the wonderful Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast podcast, (A technology geek podcast with an eeever so slight Macintosh bias) on how to update apps in Ubuntu 9.10.

Step 1: Open a Terminal.

Step 2: Type “sudo update-manager” without the quotes.

Step 3: Type your password when it asks you.

Step 4a: If a window opens and checks for updates, you’re good. Install the updates.

Step 4b: If no window opens and you get an “update-manager: command not found. Use sudo apt-get install update-manager to install it.” error, install it.

Step 4c: If NEITHER happens, comment on this post and I’ll add more detail. However, this should be enough to get it working.

Importing Tap Tap Revenge 2 Songs Into TTR3

25 03 2010

First of all, sorry for the fact that all of the images are at the bottom of the post, the iPhone WordPress app doesn’t allow you to insert them inline. 😦

Well, I was idly laying around, being a general lump and playing TTR2, when I wondered, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if I could play all of these songs in TTR3?” So, I set about mucking around in my Applications folder with iFile. What I found is that every TTR2 song has 4 basic files. These are: the artwork.png, which is the pretty little picture you see next to the song title, the (song name).m4a audio file, (you can import this into iTunes too!), the info.plist, and the taptrack.ttr2_track. See the bottom of the post for a look at all these files. Now, these files are also present in TTR3 tracks, so I ran the most basic of tests. I copied one Track folder from /var/mobile/Applications/(long string of alphanumeric characters)/Documents/Tracks to the same location in TTR3’s folder. You’ll be able to distinguish between the two by looking in a few of the folders. When you see a song that you only have in one version, that’ll be it! If this doesn’t make sense or you just want proof, look down at the bottom of the post for images.

Error 1600 in iTunes

8 03 2010

Well, I was having some problems with my iPod touch not really liking being jailbroken, and I thought I traced it back to redsn0w. So, I downloaded the latest version of PwnageTool, ran it, and (slowly, painfully) generated a custom .ipsw. Then, since I hadn’t been able to put my iPod into standard restore mode, I used the learned-by-heart combination of 2sec-power, 10sec-power+home, as long as it takes-home for DFU mode. It showed up, and I ⌥-clicked to restore from my custom IPSW. But what? Right after it said “Preparing iPod for Restore”, I got Error 1600, which isn’t even documented on Apple’s site! I tried again, and the same result. So, I tried the stock firmware. Oh no! Error 1600! Next, I tried my mom’s Vista laptop. Error 1600! After all this, feeling rather downhearted, I thought of what else I could try. Since the error was right at “Preparing iPod for Restore”, AKA “We’re putting it in copy-files-to-the-root-directory mode”, I thought the problem might be that it was in DFU mode. Considering that, I grabbed my half shot-put and a tact switch that was missing its legs, and made a button-presser of sorts. I used the 10sec-home, plug it in, keep holding home combination, but after 30 seconds of holding home, I put the tact switch and shot-put on the button, carefully shifting it so that it stayed pressed. 5 minutes later, “iTunes has detected an iPod in Recovery Mode.”! Now, my iPod has been properly restored! So, to sum up, Error 1600 means: Dude, your iDevice is in DFU Mode, and we can’t make it go into copy-to-root mode. PUT THE F***ING THING IN STANDARD RESTORE MODE!!!

Ooh! Cool Boot Logos!

27 02 2010

Today I used redsn0w to change my boot and recovery logos. I made the boot logo myself, it’s a Happy iPhone:

My new boot logo!

And I removed the byline of the Sad iPhone for my restore:

My new restore logo.

Feel free to use either of these yourself, but if you post ’em anywhere, say where you got ’em!

APT in Ubuntu Tutorial

26 02 2010

This is a tutorial for the NosillaCast on how to use APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) from the command line in Ubuntu Linux.

To add a PPA in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala:

1.) Open a Terminal
2.) Type: “sudo add-apt-repository Insert-PPA-Here”, replacing “Insert-PPA-Here” with the URL of the PPA. (EG. ppa:ppa/section)

To add any other repository:

1.) Open a Terminal,

2.) Type: “sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list”

3.) Paste the APT line of the repo at the end of the document. (EG. deb karmic non-free)

4.) Save and quit

My new APT line is highlighted.

If it requires a key, add the one provided on the site (usually it doesn’t)

1.) Open a Terminal

2.) Get the key from the site. (EG. wget

3.) Add it with: “sudo apt-key add Key-Path”, replacing “Key-Path” with the path to the key. (EG. sun_vbox.asc)

Adding the key

To install a package:

1.) Open a Terminal

2.) Update the package listing: “sudo apt-get update”

The command only. The results can be seen in the next image.

2.) Type: “sudo apt-get install Package-Name”, replacing “Package-Name” with the name of the package. (EG. virtualbox-3.1)

3.) Tell it “Yes!”

4.) Wait, have a cup of coffee

5.) Run your app!

Installing VirtualBox

3.1.3 Jailbreak

4 02 2010

Well, redsn0w 0.9.4 is out, and I can jailbreak 3.1.3 with it. I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll work!

I Was Bored, So I Made This

20 01 2010

I was sitting in front of my Mac, reading blogs, when my eyes alighted on a laser diode I had lying around. Immediately, a thought came into my mind, so I grabbed my electrical tape, a spare USB cable, and the diode, headed out to my soldering station, and fired up my soldering iron. Five minutes later, this was born! (Sorry for the low quality photos)

My Brand New USB Laser Pointer!

The Laser Plugged In And In Action!

Pointing It At The Wall

Other than the fact that I didn’t use the whole length of the USB cable (facepalm) I’m happy with it! As it doesn’t have a definitive use, it’s awesome! 😉