My first youtube video hits 85 thousand!

This is more of a personal achievement, but I was ecstatic to see that my first youtube video, “How to control your computer with your iPod Touch,” reached 85 thousand hits. Its been over a year since its been up, and it has a lot of flaws, but for my first video, I was pretty impressed with myself. If you’re intent on following the video tutorial, I strongly recommend that you read the “More info” section of the video. It has updated links, edits, and shortcuts that make the video actually work a year after it was published. As always, let me know if you have any issues.┬áRegardless, here it is;

How to Control Your Computer with Your iPod Touch

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z17xS9xRb8

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Make sure you comment, rate it 5 stars, favorite it, or subscribe to my youtube channel. I really appreciate it. Thanks to everyone for all the hits. I love it. I owe you guys one.

Fixing Battlefield Heroes Issues

Update

Sorry folks, I haven’t played this game in ages. It totally lost my interest when playing it became practically impossible without spending real-world cash on in-game items, which really doesn’t rub me the right way. If you need help, definitely check out the game’s support page, or its forums. Both places definitely have a good number of answers.

Errors, Glitches, and Bugs

Since I, myself, run into a lot of issues while playing Battlefield Heroes, I thought it would be in my best interest to set up a page dedicated to fixing all of the games’ various error messages. I’ve also played the game on Windows XP, Vistas, and Windows 7, so I feel fairly well equipt to answer most questions. If you have a concern or question regarding an error message, or Battlefield Heroes in general, please post a comment here, and I’ll do my best to get back to you.┬áSo, without further ado, here are some of the most common errors, and their fixes.

You were kicked from the server. (1)

This is the most annoying error ever, and it happens quite often. Whenever you have an item that expires, it remains equiped, quite often. So, when you try to join a game, you are seen as a cheater who is trying to use weapons that you don’t own. The problem; unequip any expired weapons, and if you have no weapons equiped, equip some. Simple as that.

On another note, if you were actually cheating, and got caught for it, you will probably be kicked from the game instantly, whether you are currently cheating or not. You have PunkBuster to thank for that. (I personally dispise punkbuster for its inconsistancy and constant glitches, but thats another story for another time).

The client contains invalid data. (6)

This error, while not as common, is a bit trickier, seeing as it can come from a variety of different sources. I’ll start from the easiest solution and work my way up to the hardest.

Easy – Exit the game, log out, log back in, and relaunch the game. You may have had a bad session, a cookie might have become corrupt, or something similar. By logging out and in, you can fix most of these errors.

Not so Easy – Reinstall the game. Go to start, control panel, and click Add or Remove Programs (or in Vistas, Programs and Features). Find Battlefield Heroes, and uninstall it. Restart your computer for good measure. Then, go back to Battlefieldheroes.com, sign in, and re-download the game. If the game is corrupt or damaged, it could be causing issues like this.

Hard – Re-install or update your computers drivers. Usually, errors like this come from errors in videocard drivers, but there are a few other drivers that might cause issues.

Just plain awkward – There have been rumors floating around the messageboards that taking all your characters clothes off and then starting a game might help. I have yet to test this method.

PunkBuster Error (22)

Like I said, PunkBuster must be the most annoying anti-cheat system ever. If you get an error 22, there are a few things that might be causing it. For one, PunkBuster hates Windows 7, which doesn’t help much. For another, PunkBuster hates Internet Explorer 8. My recommendation; If you get this error, uninstall Battlefield Heroes, run your browser as an administrator, and re-download the game. If you’re running Internet Explorer 8, try downgrading to Internet Explorer 7 for now, or just use Firefox.

Unable to Connect (1002,1009)

This is a fairly nondescript issue; it simply means that there isn’t a connection between the Battlefield Heroes server and your computer. Make sure you are still connected to the internet, and that you are using the latest version of your browser. If you get this error, and you are connected to the internet, close the application, go back to the Battlefield Heroes homepage, and click ‘Play Now.’ If there was a blip in the server connection, it should be resolved. If this STILL doesn’t work, check your firewall; it may be blocking connections made by the Battlefield Heroes program.

One last thing to check is the Battlefield Heroes website or their Twitter… the servers might be temporarily down for maintenance or something like that, so its always good to check for things like that.

Stay Posted!
I’ll post more errors as I find them, or as they’re requested! If you have a specific concern, post it as a comment, and I’ll do my best to dig up a solution.

How To: UltimateSn0w Released

Thats right; the Unlocking Tool for the iPhone 3.0 Firmware has now been released! Finally. To unlock your iPhone means to use your phone with a 3rd party cellular network, like T-Mobile. To use it is simple enough, and it’s been successful (as far as I’ve seen). Thanks a ton to the Dev-Team for all your hard work, and I hope that you keep it up in the future. I’ve thrown in instructions as to how to install UltimateSn0w on your iPhone. Try them out, and please post a comment or two; its always nice to hear from readers. I’m also always happy to provide whatever help I can, so post your questions as well. Remember to subscribe to comments so you know if I respond!

Installation

Anyways, installing, like I said, is simple.

  • 1. Make sure the iPhone you have is currently running the 3.0 firmware. Did that? Good. Go on to step 2.
  • 2. Jailbreak your iPhone with whatever software you want (I’ve used the Pwnage Tool, although RedSn0w works fine too). Note that this also installs Icy and/or Cydia, depending on which you specify.
  • 3. Start your iPhone and run Icy/Cydia. You need to add a repo to Icy/Cydia. Add repo666.ultrasn0w.com to your list of sources (In Cydia, go to Manage, Sources, tap the “+” button, and enter the URL above. Note that ultrasn0w is spelled with a zero, not an ‘o’.
  • 4. Go to Cydia/Icy search, and look for ultrasn0w, and install the package (once again, it is spelled with a zero). If you use T-Mobile, disable 3G, and make sure it stays disabled before using Ultrasn0w.
  • Restart your iPhone, and have fun.

If you have any issues, post them here as a comment, and I’ll be happy to take a crack at them. I feel fairly well versed with the iPhone/iPod Touch, (although I can’t be held liable for anything you might do). Have fun unlocking, and hopefully there will be some 3.0 iPhones on T-Mobile within the week.

NOTE:
Ultimate Sn0w does NOT work on 3GS as of yet (of course, seeing as it was just released).
Don’t try to run it on the 3GS, as it may (and probably will) brick your phone.

Cheers,
Salem

Jailbreaking iPod Touch 3.0!

Well, everyone, seeing as the 3.0 firmware Golden Master has been released, there’s no reason not to do a tutorial on how to jailbreak the iPod Touch 3.0 firmware. Finally. Its really easy, but this tutorial is for first gen iPod Touches only. In addition, this method was made for the 3.0 beta, so use this tutorial at your own risk.

Software:

You’ll need 2… no wait, make that 5 pieces of software:

  • 1. The iPod 3.0 firmware (of course… The Gold Master beta is identical, supposedly, to the release).
  • 2. QuickPwn 3.0 Beta 2 – The latest version (Release Candidate, Gold Master, whatever you want to call it) works well, as does the full firmware.
  • 3. iTunes 8.1 (8.2, as of now, does NOT work, so do NOT upgrade to it.)
  • 4. QuickiPwn 3.0 Bundle – This is the bundle Quickpwn uses to crack 3.0.
  • 5. 3.0 Firmware Patch – This is required to jailbreak the 3.0 firmware.
  • 6. WinRAR – You’ll need this to extract the .zip folders and

On top of this, its nice to have a backup plan; in case you have issues, refer to my “Fixing Jailbroken iPod Problems” article.

Getting everything ready:

Ok. First of all, install the 3.0 firmware on your iPod. To do this, plug your iPod in, open iTunes, and click on your iPod in the left-hand menu. Then, hold down shift, hit restore, and find the firmware you have. iTunes will put your iPod in restore mode, extract the files from the firmware, wipe your iPod, copy them over, and restart your iPod.

Next, you’ll need to right click the QuickPwn file you downloaded and extract it somewhere (select “Extract to /Quickpwn” for the easiest method). Take the bundle and extract it to “QuickPwn/Data/PwnmetheusBundles/”. Now that you’ve done this, open the “Quickpwn.exe” file in your /Quickpwn direcory. Finally, we can begin to actually jailbreak your iPod.

Actually Jailbreaking:

This is a bit more complicated, so I’ll walk you through step by step.

  1. 1. Go through the QuickPwn steps as normal until you reach the step about DFU. You’ll need to select ‘iPod’ from the device list, and find your 3.0 firmware again. Don’t check “Activate” as it replaces the device’s lockdown binaries with ones that expire soon.quickpwnscreenshot1
  2. 2. Go through the DFU mode steps EXACTLY as it says. If you do it correctly, your iPod’s screen will turn purple. Unplug your iPod, but do not, under any circumstance, close quickpwn.
  3. 3. Hit [Windows key + R] and type in %TEMP%. This will open up your temporary files folder in Windows Explorer. Look for a folder called “restore” and copy it somewhere else, like your desktop, or the same folder that you put /QuickPwn in.
  4. 4. Close QuickPwn and plug your device back in.
  5. 5. Download the 3.0 Firmware Patch and extract its contents to your “restore” folder.
  6. 6. Navigate to your 3.0 firmware, right click it, and select “Open With> WinRAR.” If WinRAR doesn’t show up on your ‘open with’ menu, select ‘other’ and choose WinRAR and select it from the list of options. Find the file called “kernelcache.release.s5l8900x” and copy it over to your “restore” folder (the one you pulled out of your TEMP folder). You shouldn’t extract the whole firmware file (.ipsw)… just the kernelcache file. If you are asked if you want to replace the file, say yes.
  7. 7. Open your “Restore” folder and run “patch.bat.” This will take care of patching necessary files, etc. etc. If you’re in Vistas, run it as an administrator. When you’re done with that, run “cleanup.bat.” This removes any unneccesary files, making it easier to continue.
  8. 8. Right click somewhere in your “Restore” folder, select “New,” and click “WinRAR ZIP Archive.” Drag the “Firmware” folder, “018-4911-4.dmg” “kernelcache.release.s5l8900x”, and “Restore.plist.” That should be it… leave anything else there out.┬áRename it “30jailbroken.ipsw” (or something else ending in .ipsw… its up to you), and make sure it doesn’t add ‘.zip’ to the end of the name.
  9. 9. Now, open iTunes (your iPod should be plugged in), go to the iPod’s screen, hold down shift, click restore, and select your “30jailbroken.ipsw” file. Your iPod will start restoring.
  10. 10. When you see the QuickPwn logo appear on your iPod, open up taskmanager (ctrl + Shift + escape), find iTunes.exe in the processes list, click it, and click “End process.” Your iPod will finish restoring, and restart.
  11. 11. When your iPod has restarted, it will be jailbroken, and you can do all your fun jailbroken things with it. Sync it with iTunes to get all your music, videos, and pictures (and your apps, for that matter) back on your iPod.

Wrapping it up…

Well, I hope this tutorial has made some semblance of sense. If you see any errors, let me know so I can change them. Just post a comment or something. I can also do my best to help with any issues, although I once again take no responsibility for whatever you do to your iPod. This tutorial was written for use with the 3.0 Gold Master release of the beta, and has not been tested with the full release (as it is not officially public until this Friday).

More on this tutorial here;
http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=172969

Beejive Fix!

In a matter of days after Beejive’s revolutionary anti-piracy measures took place, there have been at least 2 ways to bypass the copy protection that Beejive diligently put up. Here’s how the protection works, first of all:

Cracked iPod apps have one flaw: they lack a ‘.plist’ file. Beejive simply checks for this, and if it can’t find one, it blocks the use of the app and sends your device ID to a server somewhere, where it is blacklisted (in otherwords, even if you DID pay for it, you couldn’t use it unless you personally sent an email to beejive). This being said, someone from Xsellize.com found a way to fix it: by putting a .plist file where its needed. Of course, there are also innumerable modified applications that bypass the pirating protection floating around the internet. Either way, you’ll need a jailbroken iPod Touch. Read more for details on how to ‘fix’ Beejive. Please note that these guides are only to help those people allegedly locked out of beejive by the recent update. If you’re running an illegal copy of the application, you have probably been blacklisted already, so I’d just purchase a legitimate copy if I were you.

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Surfing any website, on any computer

Don’t you hate it when those computers at the library block you from viewing your email? Ever get stuck working on a computer that has important sites blocked by a bad firewall? Worried that other potentially dangerous websites might log your IP? Well, I have the answer, finally; Peacefire.org.

Peacefire.org has a newsletter service that produces a new proxy website, or a website that allows you to browse other websites via a third party server. I use it whenever I want to visit a website that is suspicious, as a proxy hides your IP address (the third party server’s ip is used in place). It also allows browsing of websites that would normally be blocked, for whatever reason. A popular website to visit via proxys is facebook, seeing as it is blocked in public places due to the risk of people accidentally staying logged in. Myspace is also rather popular, as are most email websites.

Want to know how to set up your own proxy to run off your computer? The benefit of this is that you don’t have to deal with ads, and you don’t have to worry about the 3rd party server logging your private information. Read on to find out how to set one up.

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