Organizing Messy Cables

Organizing cables can be done very easily and cheaply with Velcro Reusable Self-Gripping Cable Ties, which cost $6.99 on Amazon. At 7 cents per tie, it’s a cheap price to pay to organize your whole house. There are endless uses for these minimalist cable ties. These second generation Velcro ties are not like the ones you find on shoes. Both sides of the Velcro strip are very low profile.

Jailbreaking with Whited00r

Last night I had the opportunity to try out the Whited00r jailbreak program for my 2G iPod touch.  What makes this program unique compared to other jailbreaks is that it is the whole package, whereas jailbreaks like RedSn0w only add the jailbreak code to the existing Apple iOS version.  The main goal of the Whited00r jailbreak is to give older iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPhone 3G, 1st and 2nd gen iPod touch the ability to run a stripped down version of iOS 5.  Some of the features include access to iCloud, Newsstand, Reminders, wallpapers, and a custom version of multi-tasking.  The Cydia app store and Terminal app are installed as well.

I do need to make a note that jailbreaking your iOS device is not supported by Apple and could brick your device.  Jailbreaking also voids your warranty, but most likely since these devices are over 2 years old, the warranty has long since expired, even with AppleCare.

Just so you understand, Whited00r is not really iOS 5.  It is a heavily customized version of iOS 3.1.3, at least for my 2nd gen iPod touch.  Since I do not have an iPhone, I cannot tell what version that runs on.  It has the look and feel of what iOS 5 has, but it doesn’t have everything.  The main issue is because of the hardware limitations that these older devices have.

There are some downsides with Whited00r though.

1. Apps that require to run with iOS 4 or higher will not work.

2. No iMessage app.  I really don’t see how these devices cannot work with iMessage, but I am going to assume that much like how Siri works, Apple keeps a firm grip on what devices can access the iMessage servers.

3. You can access the Apple App Store, but it has to be done through the Safari browser by a pre-installed bookmark.  The App Store that is shown on the homescreen is actually a link to Whited00r’s App Store of iOS 3 compatible apps.  That can be confusing to some people.

4. Multi-tasking is slightly different.  Whereas in stock iOS 4 and above that automatically uses multi-tasking, in Whited00r you have to specify which apps you want to do multi-tasking by holding down the home button.  I tried it with Angry Birds at the start screen and could still hear the music playing when I switched over to Safari.  This is one of those customizations done to compensate for the hardware limitations.  It’s not quite a downside, but it’s just an extra step. Any apps that you do not specify to multi-task, or run in the background, will only work one at a time, like it used to before Apple released multi-tasking.

5. I has some problems with installing it onto my iPod touch to begin with.  After reading through the forum on the Whited00r website on problems with installing on the 2nd gen iPod touch, I read that using the program “iReb” would help get the device into DFU mode.  I did a search for “iReb” and managed to get the program, load the iPod touch into DFU mode, and put the Whited00r jailbreak on the same way as restoring using iTunes.

Whited00r is great for someone who wants to get some more use out of their older Apple iOS devices, though as of right now you cannot do everything.  If your iOS device is running iOS 4.x, do realize that any apps that require that level will not run in Whited00r since it is at iOS 3.1.3.  Whited00r should be coming out with better revisions later on, but I do not know how long.

This is my first blog post with Micro Patrol, so please leave any comments, positive or constructive, down below.

The Chromebook One Month Later: Tantalizingly Close But Still Feels Beta

Wait. Why Do I Have A Desktop?

This is the desktop on my Samsung Chromebook.

Two things should jump out at you.

1. It’s awesomely reminiscent of Mac OS (but slightly sexier)

and

2. Why the heck do I have a desktop on my Chromebook?

The answer to 2 is that I shouldn’t, but I have to.

As everyone who’s been reading lately knows, I am an unabashed fan of the idea of ChromeOS and Chromebooks in general. A super light, super quick OS that is essentially just a web browser with a file manager built-in? In a world where most users either do, or could if properly informed, spend all of their time in a web browser, ChromeOS is a computing philosophy that feels perfect. It’s certainly the shape of things to come.

In practice the idea mostly holds up. I’ve used my Samsung Series 5 as my primary machine for the past month and, with very few exceptions, it’s functioned exactly as I’d expected it to. Samsung’s claims of an eight-hour battery life have more than held up; I do most of my work from coffee shops and client’s offices and I haven’t had to pack my charging cable once. In fact, most days I get home and still get an hour or two of use out of the machine before I finally see the low battery warning.

Likewise, the Chromebook’s footprint is nigh perfect. I hate the cramped feel of a netbook, but I also hate the weight and bulk of most laptops. The Series 5 straddles the gap between the two quite nicely. It’s almost as compact as a netbook, but the slightly larger screen and full size keyboard make it feel far less like a toy than comparable offerings from ASUS, Acer and Dell.

Web browsing is terrific; the wi-fi radio seems to have a better range than that in any of the notebooks I’ve used in the last year, which means that, compared to my wife’s Macbook on our home wi-fi network, I get far less signal and drop issues. Occasionally I’ve run into the too-many-tabs= uber-lag issues that others have reported, but with every OS update those occurrences happen less and less frequently.

But the Chromebook does have a few failings. And, unfortunately, the areas it fails at are fairly crippling. [Read more...]

Price Comparison of Adobe CS5 vs Subscription Service

Subscription editions

1-year monthly

Month-to-month

Total 1 year

Total 2 year

 Amazon
Pricing CS5/5.5*

Retail CS5/5.5

Photoshop®

$35

$49

420

840

$650

$699

Photoshop Extended

$49

$75

588

1176

$932

$999

Illustrator®

$29

$45

348

696

$576

$599

InDesign®

$35

$49

420

840

$667

$699

Dreamweaver®

$19

$29

228

456

$383

$399

Flash® Professional

$35

$49

420

840

$615

$699

Adobe Premiere® Pro

$39

$59

468

936

$659

$799

After Effects®

$49

$75

588

1176

$610

$999

*total for 1 year was based on 1-year monthly
cost.

*Amazon pricing as of 1-20-11

*Pricing for InDesign, Flash Pro,
Dreamweaver, Premiere and After Effects was from CS5.5 edition.

Visit http://goo.gl/NoI8i
for more information on Adobe’s website.

 

How to Diagnosis Your Internet Connection Problems

An internet connection can fail at four points: software on the PC, wireless adapter, router and the modem. This quick guide gives you a basic procedure that you can go through to diagnose the problem. The hardest problem to diagnosis is when your internet has intermittent hiccups.

My internet has stopped working completely.

1. First, use another device to check if the internet still works. If so, then it’s the adapter or software on your computer. Reinstall the drivers for the adapter or replace the wireless adapter.

2. If no WIFI devices can connect to the internet, look to see if the modem is flashing the light listed as “internet”. If not, then it could be the modem. Call your ISP to make sure it is not a neighborhood wide outage.

3. Reset your router by pulling the plug, waiting 5 seconds, and plugging it back in. If it still doesn’t work, then go to your router’s settings via WIFI by typing 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 in the web browser of your choice. Google “how to access x router administrative tools” if those IP addresses doesn’t work. If you can access the administrative tools then the router should be fine and the modem is the culprit.

My internet stops intermittently.

1. As soon as your internet stops working, use another WIFI enabled device to see if the internet still works flawlessly. These intermittent issues are hard to catch, try and use another computer for a few days to see if the issues occur on both machines or not. If not, then it is likely your wireless adapter.

2. If the intermittent internet freezing happens on multiple devices, turn your router on and off. Most routers don’t have a switch and pulling the power plug is the only way to turn it off.

3. If you are sure you ruled out that it is not your wireless adapter and your router, replace your modem. Don’t assume that a modem an internet service provider (ISP) gives you works 100 percent. They are horrible at diagnosing intermittent modem problems. They can (and do in my experience) give you another modem that someone else had problems with.

Megaupload Shutdown Enrages Internet Hacktivist “Anonymous”

Earlier this week, the United States Department of Justice announced the forced shutdown of Megaupload, a considerably known file-sharing site. Several employees and two corporations were said to be indicted and faced with up to 50 years in prison. In retaliation to that, the hacktivist group “Anonymous” started attacking the Department of Justices’ website and several other websites of known companies supporting SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act.

As of this day, this attack was the largest ever by Anonymous, crippling most of the music industry and government websites across the United States. Many members in the United States congress changed their stance on the controversial SOPA bill.

More on the story as it develops.

What will YOU do to stop SOPA and PIPA from passing? Put your actions in the comment section below and let us know!

image courtesy of Anonymous on Google+

 

Capcom Reveals New Resident Evil 6 Trailer

Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield are back to take on another zombie outbreak. Leon’s killing the president, Chris is in Tokyo and a mysterious bald guy appears out of nowhere to help in the storyline. What will the plot be? Will there be a huge hype on this? Will there be any significant change in the gameplay? More on this as it developes.

The game is set to be released on 11/20/12 for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and will later be released for the PC.

For the mean time, enjoy the trailer!

iphone 4S

Having got my very first Apple product The iPhone 4S through the PayPal’s Wishlist competition back in December of 2011, it was only right I would give everyone a low down on how my user experiences have been in using the iPhone 4S. Having been a Nokia user for many years and I have to admit I don’t know why I never used the iPhone before but now I have had the opportunity for it to wow me and now I trust the iPhone will become an invaluable tool and mobile smartphone for years to come. 


The iPhone 4S in Summary

Here are a number of features that have bee great for my day to day life, and having used the iPhone for a number of weeks I can safely say it is and will continue to be the best smartphone ever to be introduced and eclipses all the predecessors of the past.

 

iPhone 4S – Camera Photo

iCalendar function

Not only have I been able to manage my day to day events, I also receive notifications of Birthday’s and Anniversary of families and friends and these are sync’d via iCloud and user inputs on the Windows Live & hotmail calendars. This is also extended to the Google Calendars which Sync’s fabulously. Now I don’t have to rely Facebook events anymore and therefore all my events are pushed straight to my iPhone notification centre which ultimately enables me to SMS and email my friends and family all from the comfort of my iPhone. I will never have to worry about a missed Birthday or Appointment ever again. 
HD Camera & HD Video

Now the 8MP HD camera has been so convenient for me and the quality of the images are second to none. Believe it or not I actually was looking to buy a Digital camera to go alongside my iPhone 4S, however after taking a few photos from the iPhone I have to admit I have been pleased with the quality of the photos and therefore will not be needing one. (see the photo)

Also

iMessage, Game Centre, Notification Centre, Mail, Find iPhone, Find Friends, App Store & Music have all been fantastic to use.
Gaming

The App store houses a number of fantastic free games and the gaming experience has been excellent. Hours of fun in one pocket sized phone. Impressed with the graphics, game loading speed, and general gameplay have been excellent. My favourite games include

  • Temple Run
  • Bejewelled
  • Asphalt
  • Mega Jump
  • iBasket & Monopoly

Apple App Store

Linking in from the games from the App Store, I have been delighted with the quality of the Apps available for me to download, use and play with on a day to day basis, and I have been happy with the whole user experience and that being further boosted by how much it can perform on a platform as such and I for one have been impressed with the iPhone. It brings me great pleasure to let you all know how much of a delight it has been to use all these different and wonderful applications.

Imti’s top 5 Applications

1. Google+ - A innovative social networking application that exceeds my expectation and goes beyond the direction of Facebook and other failed Social Networking sites.

2. WhatsApp - A great way of getting in touch and saving lots of money on out of bundle usage to family and friends alike from all over the world, all that is required that they also have the Application installed too, but by the looks of it, many people have access to the application and the first year comes free.

3. Skype - Now what would I do without Skype, having used it for a number of years this application still remains firmly among the best applications I have ever downloaded for the iPhone, Macbook and Laptop. Another money saving application that saved me lots whilst the other half was abroad.

4. ESPN Goals - Being a Football Fan (Soccer to those American fella’s) I can never catch my football team’s goal highlights, and this application allows me to watch the goals for my team as well as the other teams in the league. The video’s are crystal clear and it helps me consolidate my team’s progress and helps with those football conversations with the friends.

5. Logitech Touch Mouse - Now this application is invaluable especially while the laptop is connected to the TV via HDMI and I am snuggled up in bed watching an Online movie. This application basically and simply controls my desktop via the Wireless function and helps me from getting up to play, pause or stop the movie. I know it’s lazy but it works like a charm for me.


Disappointments


I thought my biggest bug bear would be the fact that the iPhone did not have a physical keyboard and I was anticipating the touch screen to be my biggest irritant, however the touch screen and the interface has been fantastic for me. The biggest disappointment has been the functionality of the much hyped Siri.I understand the nostalgia and the hype behind the voice operated iPhone assistant that could do a number of things namely the dictation of both SMS and e-mails, generate up to date weather forecasts,  perform calendar and other tasks, web search, and or tell a joke or two, but the nostalgia did  wear off and I eventually switched the service off. Not only does the map search function of Siri open to US carriers only it just does not appeal to my overall user experience and I don’t believe I will use Siri anytime soon unless it does something spectacular or develops for the future.
All in all the iPhone 4S is a fantastic product offering courtesy of Apple and the great vision of the late Steve Jobs (RIP)

How You can Help Block SOPA (Detailed Instructions)

In this video, Peter G McDermott shows you what steps you need to take to help block SOPA from passing into law. Please listen carefully and follow the detailed instructions.

From Wikipedia.org: “The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R. 3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.[2] Now before the House Judiciary Committee, it builds on the similar PRO-IP Act of 2008 and the corresponding Senate bill, the PROTECT IP Act.[3]”

Photo illustration by Aurich Lawson