Muse + Jay-Z: Something More to Say

Reposted from September 19, 2009

You’ve gotta listen to this.

So, after doing some listening to Muse’s new album, “The Resistance” (released on Tuesday), I decided that one of the songs, called “Undisclosed Desires,” had a pretty interesting hip-hop-ish beat. After thinking for a little, I wondered if any of Jay-Z’s songs from his “A Capella” album matched up with the Muse song. Sure enough, “What More Can I Say” fit like a glove. Naturally, I wanted to smash both songs together as best I could, so I threw them both into Sony Acid Pro 7.o and played around with them for an evening or so. What did I get? I got a little piece I like to call “Something More to Say.” I am rather impressed with it; Its nothing insane, and I’ll never be as good as, say, GirlTalk or DangerMouse, but at least its something to keep me entertained for a while, right? Regardless, here’s the song. Have a listen, and let me know what you think.

Warning: The song contains adult lyrics that might not be suitable for younger people. And if you’re a younger person, why are you even ON this site? Go play with Legos.

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Share it up!

I slapped a  Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License on the song, so share it as much as you want, edit it (if you really want to), just don’t try to sell it, and just mention that I made it. Seriously, spread the word, mess with it as much as you want, do whatever; isn’t that what the internet is for? So, share it up, do whatever. I believe the content used in this song is covered under fair use, and if I am in any way, shape, or form, infringing on copyright laws, my sincerest apologies, and maybe we can work something out. If you want to download the song, just click here! How hard was that?

Additionally, check out the video here.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehzQeNyHCzI

Review me!

It does me no good to have a song on my site and have NO one tell me whats wrong with it. So, post a comment, be brutally honest, whatever you want. I just want to know what people think of the song. As of right now, I’ve already modified the song to match some people’s critiques and fix some leveling issues (the bass at 0:56 in the song is way too heavy, and causes the song to ‘crunch’).

Links:

Download the song (right click and select “Save As”)
View my album art.
The bare-bones drum loop I used (and modified)

Technoheads Forum now up!

Everyone, check out the new Technoheads Forums! Instead of posting comments on posts and hoping they get answered, why not post them in the forums, where you might make some friends while you wait!? As I see it, it’s a win-win situation.

What else?

The forums are powered by BBpress, a really light, simple, and powerful forum package created by the fine guys who coded WordPress. I’m hoping to integrate it better with my blog (i.e. having a new forum thread every time I post something).

All of the forum’s actual functionality is there, for the most part, but some of the visual stuff could be changed a bit. For one, it’s too light. For another, the bbpress logo is still there. And I need a link back to my blog, somewhere. But I’m working on it, I’m working on it.

Jailbreak 3.1.3! (PC only)

Today, I actually got bored and decided to really pull apart this new 3.1.3 firmware jailbreak. The new firmware boasts more accurate battery readings and remove crashes during app launches and when using the Japanese Kana keyboard. Now, does it jailbreak? Allllmost. There are a few exceptions (check under supported models), but most devices jailbreak just fine. I’ve tried using the redsn0w jailbreak for 3.1.3, and ended up with a tethered jailbreak that wouldn’t load Cydia correctly. I really recommend using Sn0wbreeze for this jailbreak. Sn0wbreeze was designed by “ih8sn0w,” an iPhone/iPod Touch dev.

Supported models

  • iPod Touch 1G
  • iPod Touch 2G
  • iPhone 2G
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS (With old bootrom)

NOTE: The iPod Touch 3G (AKA the iPod Touch 2G MC) is not supported. Don’t try it. Additionally, it is recommended that iPhone 3G and 3GS users with new bootroms (iBoot v. 359.3.2, or any iPhone 3G/3GS released during or after October 2009) don’t attempt this. Wait until an “official” jailbreak for the new bootrom is out.

Things you need to download.

Tutorial, plain and easy.

  1. Make sure iTunes is up to date (Version 9.0.3.15 at the date of this post)
  2. Update your iPod/iPhone to version 3.1.3 if you haven’t already.
  3. Back up your iPod/iPhone by syncing it with iTunes.
  4. Download the 3.1.3 firmware from Felixbruns.de under the “iPhone/iPod Touch” section. Make SURE to select the right model.
  5. Plug in your device. Close iTunes if it opens.
  6. Run Sn0wbreeze.exe
  7. Select “Expert Mode.” I’ll walk you through some of the advanced features. Hit “Next”
  8. Browse to your downloaded firmware and hit OK. Sn0wbreeze will analyze it and display an image of what kind of device the firmware is for. Make SURE you have the right firmware or you’ll have to start over.
  9. Select “General” and hit the next arrow.
  10. If you use iBoot, or like to change your boot images (for whatever reason), check “Make IPSW NOR-Only”. Otherwise, select whether or not you want the Sn0wbreeze app (I recommend it). Leave your root partition size at 750 MB’s. You shouldn’t need much more unless you have a specific reason for it. Then, click Next.
  11. If you want to activate your phone (i.e. use it with a different carrier than AT&T) you can do this on the next screen. When you’re done, select next.
  12. On the next screen, you can select what installers you want. Cydia will be installed by default, and you have the option to install “Rock”, a “full-service” iPhone App Store. Its worth giving a shot; I installed it. Hit next.
  13. On the next page, you can pre-install any apps you want. Click the “Manage Sources” tab to add sources. Click the “Download Packages” tab to browse through sources and download any packages you’d like, and then select any downloaded packages you want to install on the “Select Packages” tab. When you’re done, click Next.
  14. On the next screen, you can select custom boot images. If you have your own boot or recovery images, click “Browse” and select your boot images. They can be at most 100 kb’s, and should be 320×480 pixels (but they can be smaller if you’d like). When you’re done, select Next.
  15. When you’ve done all that, you’ll be taken back to the original screen. Select “Build IPSW” and click Next.
  16. Sn0wbreeze saves the custom .ipsw to your desktop and titles it “sn0wbreeze_[your device].ipsw.” You’ll now need to restore your device to this firmware. Again, make sure iTunes is closed. Turn off your iPod or iPhone.
  17. Sn0wbreeze will now walk you through the DFU mode. If it doesn’t, click “Help” at the top left hand corner of the screen and select “DFU Mode.”
  18. Follow the instructions on-screen to put your device in DFU mode. iTunes should open and say that a device in “recovery mode” is connected. Your device’s screen should be black. If it displays the “Connect to iTunes” image, you’ve done it wrong and need to start over from step 15.
  19. In iTunes, click your device on the left-hand side. Hold down shift and click “Restore.” It will prompt you to select your firmware. Browse to the sn0wbreeze .ipsw file on your desktop. Select OK, and your device will be “restored” to the jailbroken firmware.

Get an error when you restore?

A lot of people, including myself, got an error (1600, 1601, 1602, 1604) when you tried to restore. If you sure your device was in DFU mode, and you’re still receiving these errors, you’ll need to use iREB to “block” these errors and let iTunes think its restoring everything as planned.

I love how simple it looks.

This is what iREB looks like.

  1. Put your device in DFU mode. iTunes will open; make sure it thinks your device is in recovery mode. Your device’s screen should be black.
  2. Close iTunes and start iREB. You won’t need to open iTunes again until this process finishes.
  3. In iREB, select your device. iREB will crash, and your device’s screen will turn solid white or red. This is normal. Its fine. Let it go. Once your device’s screen is white or red, go to the next step.
  4. Open iTunes. Your device should still appear as in recovery mode in iTunes, and your device’s screen should be red/white. Select your device from the left-hand side, hold shift, and click restore. Browse to the sn0wbreeze custom .ipsw, select ok, and you should be good to go.

Further questions?

Post them below. I’ll do my best to answer them as soon as I can. If you can’t wait, check out my article on how to fix jailbroken devices. It’s helped a lot of people, and its the first thing I turn to when my iPod is messed up.

New Mobile Google Voice!

O SHIT GOOGLE VOICE JUST OWN'D APPLE'S APP DENIAL.

Recently, I went to check my Google Voice account on my iPod Touch and noticed that they had a totally new interface. No longer is the interface old, crusty, and un-useful. All your conversations are easily viewable, and, like the computer interface, conversations are clustered together, with older text messages hidden. And, better yet, you can CALL people from your device now (that is, if its been activated as a phone on Google voice). You pretty much have all the functionality that you have on the computer interface, plus a bigger number pad.

The one thing that did briefly trip me up is that when you log on; Google asks you for your device’s number. If you are on a phone that isn’t registered with your Google Voice account, select “This phone’s number is not listed,” which will allow you to proceed to your inbox.

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Why is this funny?

Well, way back when (i.e. a month or two ago), Google made a really really great iPhone app for Google Voice. Granted, there had been a jailbroken one for a while, but thats another story for another time. Apple (or AT&T) saw this, thought it would kill their bandwidth and hurt their phone service, and so veto’d the app. Google promised to release a webapp with the full functionality of the appstore app. And they did. Go google.

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Apple Announces iPad Mini

Apple's done it again!

Apple has done it again!

For those of you who think the new iPad is too large and ungainly for every-day use, Apple has announced the new iPad Mini. The mini, which is currently available for purchase, promises to be a lightweight counterpart to its iPad sibling. Apple clearly didn’t want to disappoint people, and they certainly haven’t.

What does it do?

The iPad Mini features up to 32 gigs of storage, much like its big brother, and comes with a 3G antenna included. Thats right, you don’t need to pay the extra $150 to access internet anywhere AT&T will let you.  Speaking of prices, the iPad Mini starts at only $199. Apple claims it is “twice as fast” as the iPad, for “half the price” (See above image).   The device sports a multitouch screen, and now comes with something even the iPad doesn’t have: 3 megapixel a camera. The keyboard works much like that of the iPad, except smaller, allowing you to type with one hand, much like you would on a cellphone. Apple also added a compass to the device, making it better-suited for map programs, as well as augmented reality. Like the iPad, it  can run virtually every program in the appstore. The device’s battery supports up to 5 hours of 3G usage and up to 10 hours of continuous video, if you’re into carrying and watching film festivals with you. Overall, the device promises to be a great option for people who just think the iPad is a little too big, or is just out of their price range. Head over to your nearest Apple store to check it out.

And before someone comments otherwise, this is meant to be sarcastic.
Thanks to @hdberk for the idea.

In other news, someone besides Apple owns ipad.com, which means someone besides Apple is about to get a TON of money.

New Theme: Glow, by ElegantThemes

I realized I haven’t acquainted everyone here to my new theme. So, everyone, meet “Glow,” a rather dashing theme by the good folks down at Elegantthemes.com. They did the last theme for my site, and I’ve never had issues with them. The theme is just really well put together, works really nicely, and has a really, really great backend.

How much did the theme cost, you might wonder? For $20, you get access to every single theme on their site for a whole year, which is a really good deal. They have some really, really fantastic themes, for all different purposes. It has a really, really easy to use backend, with ways to practically modify everything. The theme comes with photoshop files, so you can edit the logo, or any aspect of the theme (I personally turned the background grey). Its a lot sleeker looking, more professional looking (compared to my old, grungy theme, which was also by ElegantThemes), and, finally, the featured articles rotate. It’s about time.