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.

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!

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

Belkin Unveils it’s New N900 Dual Band Router

During the Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas last January 8, Belkin unveiled one of it’s newest router, the N900.

The new Belkin N900 DB Router is a dual band Wi-Fi device capable of speeds of 450Mbps per band. It also retains some of its standard features from the older N750 like 802.11 b,g and n support, four ethernet ports and two USB 2.0 ports for connected storage.

The basic specs of the N900 is as follows :

- Dual-band technology with simultaneous wireless speeds of up to 450 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + 450 Mbps (5 GHz)
- Exclusive MultiBeam antenna technology for high-powered wireless signal and maximum throughput
- 600 MHz multi-thread processor to power through media-intensive multitasking
- Two high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast access to network storage or wireless printing
- Download at gigabit speeds and stream from multiple devices at the same time
- IntelliStream QoS prioritizes video and gaming streams
- 4 gigabit ports for ultra-fast wired connections
- Guest network access for enhanced security
- Self-healing feature automatically resolves potential network problems
- Easy setup and pre-configured security

If you’re a new kid on the block and want to know what these specs mean, it’s basically a fast router. And when I say fast, I mean fast. It takes three easy steps to get you online, and with the right configuration and the right connections, you’ll get an internet connection fast enough to sustain all your online needs; be it gaming, video streaming or just plain blogging.

Priced at around $200, Belkin will start shipping the product near you sometime this April.

What’s your take on all this? Will Belkin start going up the ranks as one of the top producers of wireless routers?

 

Relive Old 16-Bit Favorites on your Phone, Tablet or PC with Retrode

Mattias Hulin over at Retrode is going to release his Retrode at the end of January 2012.

This is a software emulator-driven device which lets you run old classic Super Nintendo, Super Famicon or Sega Mega Drive cartridges on your chosen device.

(PC, laptop, smart phone or tablet. )

The magic happens through a USB driven connector, after you downloaded a suitable emulator , links can be found on Retrodes website.

You have 4 joystick ports on the device to share the fun, controllers not included.

So , if you’re a reader with a nostalgic vibe and a pack of old 16-bit cartridges you long to play again, head over to Retrode and pre-book your device!

Where do you Work? Exploring 10 G+ Users Work Spaces


A lot can be learned just from looking at one’s work environment. From the technology they use, to their ergonomics and the types of things they keep around them.

Last week I asked my followers on Google+ to share their workspace with me to be featured in a post. Take a look at the pictures below. [Read more...]