Friday, July 29, 2011

Fix an old ipod that is stuck in a boot loop

Have you ever been going through your drawers and found an old iPod only to find that it wont boot doesn't it? By old iPod I mean something like an iPod video remember those old things. Well i found my old iPod and I wouldn't turn on it would start to boot ( displaying the silver apple) then it would just die, you could feel the kick of the hard drive shutting off. I couldn't find anyone who could tell me how to fix it so I figured it out for myself.


IPod to PC connecter cable

1. Press and hold select + play for about 5 seconds to restart the iPod

2. Press ans hold select + menu to put it into disc mode

3. Connect it to the computer and restore the iPod

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Where to download apple firmware files

People often ask "where can I find the firmware for my iPhone or iPod or ipad" my answer is almost always the same..... these guys have done a great job of assembling together a library of apple firmware files. 
Downloading firmware files from a source other than iTunes is good if you are
A. Looking for a faster download
B. Looking for an older firmware for downgrading
C. ITunes is having problems downloading the file
To load one of these on iTunes in windows just hold either ctrl or shift when you left click restore
To load one on iTunes on a Mac then you would hold command as you clicked restore in iTunes
If any of this was unclear or if you just have any questions or comments please comment

How to put an iphone or ipod touch into dfu mode

For whatever reason be it jailbreaking or fixing an error dfu mode is used by most advanced iPhone users

1. Power off the device.

2. Hold down the power button for 8 seconds

3. While holding the power button hold the home button for an additional 7 seconds

4. After the 7 seconds release the power button but keep holding the home button

5. After about 7 more seonds you can release the home button

You should see a black screen if you do then you probably did it right

If you are unsure then you can do this with your device plugged Into your computer and judge whether or not the device is really on by the sounds the computer makes.

To come out of DFU mode I usually just hold down the power and home button together for 8 seconds to force my device to reboot

HOW TO: Hamachi on android

Hamachi is a vpn program which can be used to link up computers. With hamachi on an android you would be able to access the files on multiple computers from anywhere in the world (provided that you have wifi, 3g, 4g or any other type of internet connection on your phone) this is useful when programs like dropbox can't hold the file that you want because it is too large and you know that you will need it at some point when you are on the go.
To get hamachi on android there are a few requirements which must be met first
1. Internet access

2. Ubuntu/Debian/Backtrack or any other Linux distro on your phone.

3. Rooted phone (root access)
Once those 3 requirements have been met you should be set to go.

1. Boot up the Linux distro on your phone

2. Either open up the browser on the distro or the browser on your phone.

3.  go to and download the hamachi file. If you did this on the distro then you may skip to step 5A

4. If it hasn't happened already, move that whole file to emmc on your phone

5A. Move the hamachi file from the downloads folder in the distro to /root

5. Open up the distro and copy that hamachi file from /mnt/emmc to /root

6. Open terminal and cd into that directory and run the following commands

7. sh ./install

8. mkdir /dev/net

9. mknod /dev/net/tun c 10 200

10. apt-get install sudo

11. apt-get install libcrypto++7

12. ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

13. sudo tuncfg

14. hamachi-init

15. hamachi start

16. hamachi login

17. hamachi set-nick enter desired nickname here

18. hamachi join networkname password

19. DONE

Here is a qr code for the Hamachi file download 

Tech Corner: Ubuntu and Debian on HTC Incredible

Tech Corner: Ubuntu and Debian on HTC Incredible: "I have recently, successfully installed bot Ubuntu and Debian on my HTC/Droid Incredible. The speed is good, (for a phone) and all in all it..."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ubuntu and Debian on HTC Incredible "REVISED"

I have revised the instructions that I had had on my original post on this topic because i ran into some problems on my own device. The method that i taught at first worked fine for a while but one day i just started to get a whole slew of errors that i did not know how to fix and it took weeks of searching forums and sorting through lots of useless information before I found the way to fix my problem. Fixing the issues i was having was a 3 step process

 1. discovering what the error meant.

2. deciding on how to fix it.

3. repair the problem. I was getting alot of errors that said things like "error mount : no such device or location" or like "device or resource busy".

after doing some research i figured out that what was going wrong was a combination of two things,

                    A. my phone could no longer mount the .img on the sdcard

                    B. my phone was trying to mount to an occupied loop device. I found a variety of tests that you could run to determine the cause of any errors but i think it would just be better to give the solution.

First thing I did was download a new .img file for the operating system i was trying to run. Then I edited a boot script that i found online. with these two things I was able to solve all of my problems.

 I will post The script that I edited for anyone to download. This guide works for almost any os distro is arm and can fit on your sdcard (Including Ubuntu, Debian, and Backtrack 5) I will also post links to each of those images and the scripts needed to run them. I take no responsibility for anything that may occur either during or after one of my tutorials.

If you ever have any questions or anything at all please feel free to comment

Universal Remote for ANY* Device

* By "ANY" I mean any device which has wav audio support as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Have you ever not been able to find your television remote and wanted to change the channel. Have you ever thought if only i could use my ipod or iphone to change the channel? Well now you can.......alright enough with the cheesy sales pitch basically what ive done here is I have converted ir signals to wav sounds which when played back with the right 3.5 mm jack attachment can control any tv or ir device depending upon the sound file. each button is an individual wav sound. The attachment is really very simple to make and only takes me about 10 mins each. but i will cover that in another post. i will be supplying media fire links to zip files that contain sounds for each button of a remote. To support all the effort put into these kinds of projects please click the random links on the blog.