iPhone 4 Unlock

Man, this certainly has been a week for the iPhone, hasn’t it? As of today, any person with a jailbroken iPhone 4 can run their device on any supported carrier (i.e. T-Mobile). The news comes after a few weeks of waiting. Some time yesterday, @MuscleNerd posted a tweet casually announcing the unlock’s release.

Tutorial

To get the unlock, simply…

  1. Jailbreak your iPhone.
  2. Launch Cydia
  3. Under the “Manage” tab, tap “sources,” tap “Edit,” and add “repo666.ultrasn0w.com”
  4. Refresh your sources.
  5. Search for “ultrasn0w,” and install it.
  6. Restart your iPhone.

That’s it! Your iPhone can officially work with any of the supported GSM carriers. Check the screenshot from the settings menu below (taken in full iPhone 4 glory).

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FaceTime over 3G Tutorial

For those of you who have jailbroken their iPhone 4’s with the fatastic jailbreakme.com jailbreak, it is very, very easy to use FaceTime over the 3G network. That’s right; you can now make video calls to any iPhone from anywhere with 3G reception (mustn’t… bash… AT&T… coverage…).

Tutorial

It’s really easy. Just follow these few short steps.

  1. Jailbreak your iPhone 4. It takes like 5 minutes and you don’t need a computer.
  2. Open Cydia and install all updates. This fixes an issue with FaceTime and MMS that the jailbreak caused.
  3. In Cydia, click on the “Manage” tab, tap “Sources,” tap “Edit,” and add the source “http://apt.modmyi.com/”
  4. Refresh your sources, and then look for the “My3G” app. Install it.
  5. Go through the Rock setup process, including making a username and password for yourself. Run the app, and leave all your settings at default.
  6. Now, disconnect from any wifi networks (i.e. forget any networks nearby or turn off wifi) or go somewhere without wifi reception, and then make a FaceTime call. That’s it!

iPhone OS 4.0 Jailbreaks without computer, tutorial

With jailbreaking officially legal by every stipulation, there’s never been a better time to give it a shot. “But what if it’s too hard?” you may ask. Well, have no fear. There’s a new jailbreak that you can do, from your iPhone. I haven’t seen a jailbreak this easy since iOS 1.1.1, which was when my iPod Touch was new. It’s THAT old. I’m not even entirely sure how it works. But hey! It works!

Tutorial

If you want to jailbreak your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad with 4.0 firmware on it, and get things like themes, jailbroken apps, powerful features, or other awesome jailbroken innovations, simply browse to

http://www.jailbreakme.com

-or-

http://jailbreakme.modmyi.com

on your device, and drag the nifty little “slide to jailbreak” slider. AND THAT’S IT. How crazy simple is that? I mean, I love comex for this.

Be warned, though, that the servers are under a huge load, because everyone and their cousin wants to jailbreak their iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, etc. So, if one of those links seems to be “down,” it’s probably just the server screaming in pain under the weight of everyone’s iDevices. So, be patient, retry a few times if you need.

And, if all else fails, check here for my tried-and-tested jailbroken recovery method.

Update:

Apparently, FaceTime is buggy/nonworking after jailbreaking with this method, for most people. So, if you’re on your iPhone, and use FaceTime a lot (yes, a lot is two words), I’d stay away from this jailbreak for right now, just to be safe.

Update 2 – Fix:

Alright, there’s a super simple FaceTime fix. Backup your iPhone, use Jailbreakme.com, and then restore your iPhone to that backup. This apparently fixes it. Don’t restore your iPhone to the firmware (i.e. restore to factory settings), because that defeats the purpose.

Unlocking, Jailbroken apps now legalized!

Every nerd in the US that is at least in some way following the progress of the iPhone should pay attention. This is big. As per a new copyright law, it is now officially legal to unlock your iPhone or other handheld device (i.e. hacking your iPhone to use with T-Mobile) and install unapproved 3rd party apps. This pretty much legalizes everything any iPod Touch/iPhone hacker has ever done.

Problem?

Consider this. Say you really, really like Google Voice. Say you also like your iPhone a whole bunches. How ever are you going to get a Google Voice app to live happily on your iPhone, considering the webapp is slow, choppy, and, most importantly, browser-based?

Solution! Now with extra legality!

Simple. Jailbreak your iPhone, buy the Google Voice app, and install it. WHOA. Now, Google Voice is on your iPhone. How awesome is that?

Another Problem

Say you want an iPhone, but hate AT&T more than Hitler. And by that, I mean Hitler hated AT&T. It’s a known fact. Regardless, you’re stuck with a phone faster than the first 4 or 5 dozen supercomputers put together that’s bottlenecked by a network that caps your bandwidth at 2 gigs, and that’s granted you get reception in the first place. WHAT do you do?

Solution!

Unlock your iPhone and use T-Mobile instead. Cool, amirite?

Essentially, this stabs AT&T and Apple by allowing people to not only circumvent the exclusive AT&T + Apple partnership but also to bypass Apple’s stingy app review process. That’s like a two-fold win for hackers like the iPhone Dev Team, and nerds like myself, who love putting software where it shouldn’t be.

Regardless, I love you all. Keep being almost-illegal. And if you screw up in the process, I’ll be happy to help you fix your jailbroken iPhone problems.

This is so damn catchy I had to blog it.

I don’t know what kind of music you’d even CALL this. It’s all sampled from some old song called “Tu vuò fà l’americano” [video here] by Renato Carosone, originally recorded in 1956.

So, Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP remixed the crap out of it. And it sounds awesome. It retains the swingy 1950’s feel while giving it a slightly faster, more up-beat tempo that is just so catchy. I can’t even explain it. It’s like what techno would sound like before electricity.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E9Ed9DUQoQ

Charts

It was released in February of this year, and has since destroyed charts in Australia and most of Europe, reaching the top in Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, and UK’s Dance chart. Apparently, it hasn’t hit America that hard (yet). So, share the hell out of this song. It needs to get heard.

Get it!

Get it from iTunes (only $0.99)

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TF2: How to get a golden wrench?

I needed a place to put all the ideas about the new TF2 Update, and so I thought what better place than a blog post?

If you want to get a Golden Wrench, stay posted. I’ll be posting ideas (tested and otherwise) here.

Update: 7/8

Apparently, as a commenter mentioned before (sorry for thinking you were wrong), there is a pattern to how these golden wrench drops work. Thanks to Drunken F00l, the guy who made the out-of-game item management system, a list of times (still unreleased) for wrench drops was leaked. At these times, the first person to craft an item would get a golden wrench. So, the drops were a little less random than Valve would have liked us to think. Drunken F00l actually used this script to get himself a golden wrench, was caught, and then banned from the Valve network. He has plenty of other accounts to play on, but he had a custom Steam Community spy knife that he has since lost. Ouch. Thanks for the work anyways, Drunken Fool.

Forum here.

Check the update page?

If you look closely at the images taped to the Engineer’s wall on the update page, you’ll see a ton of hints to other weapons, like “Broadswords” (obviously the Demoman’s Eyelander), not to mention countless articles referring to stashes of gold being found.

Perhaps the update page has information to hold. Check it out here or visit
http://teamfortress.com/engineerupdate

BUT THERE’S MORE. The blueprint on the update page covers more taped-up information. To see the page in it’s entirety, click here or visit
http://teamfortress.com/engineerupdate/v00.php

Golden… Tickets?

There’s a rumor that “in Willie Wonka, one found a golden ticket in chocolate bars, so shouldn’t the same happen for TF2?” That’s pretty far-fetched. Granted, Valve is far-fetched, so it makes perfect sense. I’m not sure how you’d do that, though. Crafting 2 chocolate bars together? Remember, you shouldn’t be able to get a golden wrench from any previous combination, so that should narrow things down.

Monkeynauts?

The monkey sent into space, referenced quite often in the Engineer Update Page, was sent into space with “A giant sword, a pickax, and a bugle.”

Tried and Tested:

  • Chocolate + Chocolate = Scrapmetal
  • Chocolate + Chocolate + Chocolate = Class Token. Duhr.
  • Chocolate + Eyelander = Nothing. Boo.
  • Cloak and Dagger + Eyelander + Equalizer = Nothing. Not sure why I tried that.
  • Eyelander + Equalizer + Buff Banner = Nothing.

Update: No pattern. Boo.

I probably should have seen this coming, but there appears to be no real pattern to getting these wrenches. It’s totally random. You just have to craft a bunch of times and see what you get.  Apparently, your chance of getting a wrench are something like 1 in 2.63 MILLION. But there’s still that odd. Also, standard drop rates have increased a lot.