Want 4.0? Have a 1st gen iPhone/iPod Touch?

Well, wait. But only a little bit longer.

As a pissed-off owner of a 1st gen iPod Touch, I did some internet trolling and snooping and came across not one, but two different projects bent on getting the fantastic world of iOS 4.0 to both the iPod Touch 1G and the iPhone 2G. While neither site has made much progress, it looks promising.

Whited00r.com

The whited00r project is working to create “the best firmware” for the 1st generation iPhone and iPod Touch. By that, they mean that they are modifying 3.1.3 firmware to support 4.0 features. As sketchy as it sounds, they are promising multitasking for all 1st gen devices. Currently, they only have one working firmware, which they are calling their “Light Edition” for 2G iPhones. As of right now, a lot of the features it supports are stupid visual stuff that you can get by jailbreaking your iPod anyways, like springboard backgrounds, Emojii, reflective doc, etc. It even fakes the version ID so that your device THINKS it’s running OS 4.0. It has native tethering and MMS, but alas, no multitasking. On the plus side, it’s jailbroken, and you have the option to hactivate it (if you want to use it with a different carrier).

Here’s a super-not-fast walkthrough video. You’ll have to jump around: he wastes a good 30 seconds at the beginning watching his iPhone boot up.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v7QBsq0K5U

Visit whited00r.com
Download the iPhone 2G Lite Firmware (w/wo hactivation)

Fittingstorm

Some guys are working to make a legitimate port of the actual 4.0 firmware to the 1st gen devices. They’re rewriting a LOT of base stuff, like drivers and protocols. It seems to be a LEGIT rewrite, which is fantastic. According to their site, they are in their 3rd beta and are working on a 4.0 release candidate. Unfortunately, there is nothing to show for it. At all. They say they’re putting up a video, but I have yet to find it. Their site is even less appealing: It’s just a bunch of text with a donate button at the bottom. I’m slightly worried, but maybe something will happen sooner than later.

View the Fittingstorm website.

Flash for iPhone… sort of!

Flash, ON an iPhone. How great is that?

The BIGGEST thing I’ve heard from everyone is the need for flash for the iPhone or iPod Touch (or iPad, for that matter). Adobe has argued that their mobile flash package is lightweight enough, but Apple keeps yelling about how incomplete it is. It’s a very frustrating dilemma, and Flash keeps getting farther and farther away.

But wait! A somewhat-shoddy fix has been implemented! An app, recently (May 6th) added to the appstore, promises flash- and java-enabled browsing on any i-Device! Yay! The screenshots look great, and the reviews are fairly good.

How does it work?

It doesn’t exactly install any sort of distribution of Flash on your iPod, sadly. Rather, it connects you to a private server cluster, each running a distribution of Firefox  running on lightweight linux servers. The servers act something like virtual hosts, and the app like a VNC client. All the app does is allow you to remote view/control the firefox browser. Apparently, the speed isn’t bad; one comment says that it’s even possible to play Runescape on the app. It’s a server-powered browser on your iPod; it’s going to be FASTER. Some comments on the app noted that the pages load faster than in mobile safari. Nice, right? Plus, the app is FREE (as of right now).

So, what’s the bad stuff?

Because every browser is run on a server, the loads can get heavy at times. The app will drop your connection if the server you’re connected to becomes too crowded. The app is bound to become at least moderately popular, so the speeds will start to decrease, unless the company buys more servers/server space. There was something about the app replacing “@” with “2,” but restarting the app and/or your iPhone/iPod Touch should fix that.

Additionally, the fact that you’re browsing on a remote server means that what you are browsing can be viewed by whomever administers those servers. While it might be being too overprotective, I wouldn’t recommend doing anything involving sensitive passwords or data. For example, don’t EVER do your banking on this app. It’s not worth the risk.

Overall?

Regardless, there aren’t many flash-intensive sites that deal with private information, so I still recommend this app. Until some sort of flash port comes out, this is a very good alternative. Plus, the speed and power of the app is great; you’re browsing on an actual computer, from your iPod!

Free iPod/iPhone help!

I know a lot (and I mean a lot) of people have gotten iPods or iPhones for Christmas, and, given by the amount of people visiting my previous fixing iPod article yesterday, I’m assuming that there are a bunch of people that either need help setting their iPods up, have encountered some sort of error, or want to know how to do something with their iPods or iPhones. If anyone needs help jailbreaking their device, getting it set up, or anything like that, I provide free, non-professional help. As a disclaimer, I’m not responsible to anything that may happen to your device, although, seeing my track record, I can probably help you. Either post a comment or contact me, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Recovering music from your iPhone!

Everyone knows that iPhones and iPod Touches are NOTHING like their predecessors when it comes to restoring your music library after some catistrophic computer mishap or hard drive failure. It happens a lot, and I’m probably one of the biggest culprits. A while back, I found all my songs on my iPod Nano, imported them into iTunes without copying them onto my computer, and then told iTunes to wipe my iPod. Within seconds, all my music (yeah, at the time it was only 8 gigs, but still) was gone. Needless to say, I wasn’t very pleased. I figured that the easiest way to help people out with it is to write up a little tutorial. Below, you’ll find tutorials for PC as well as Mac users, and all the download links you need.

“I’m a PC.”

Well, isn’t that nice for you then. The PC tutorial is markedly easier, and involves just one piece of software that many people already have: WinAmp. WinAmp is an iTunes replacement, and can be tweaked to do anything from DJ’ing to internet radio broadcasting. However, we are going to install a plugin that allows it to interface with an iPod Touch or iPhone, and back up its music. Alright; lets get started.

Download everything!
You’ll need to download Winamp, and the ml_iPod plugin for Winamp. Make sure you get version 3.08 or later of ml_iPod or it won’t support iPhone/iPod Touch devices. You do not need to download the “Pro” version of Winamp, and you can choose whether or not you want to download it with the free bundled .mp3. Install Winamp first by running the file you downloaded, follow all the steps, and enable any features you’d like. Then, run the ml_iPod plugin installer, follow all the steps, restart Winamp if its running, and get ready to rock and roll.

Getting started.
If you haven’t already, plug your iPod Touch/iPhone into your computer, run iTunes, but DO NOT SYNC IT or you will lose all of your music. Connecting it is crucial in initializing the device communication drivers. Next, you’ll want to close iTunes completely and open up WinAmp. If all goes well, you should notice your iPod Touch/iPhone on the left hand side menu. If not, try unplugging your device, waiting a minute or so, and plugging it back in. Still no luck? Restart your computer and re-launch Winamp, then try again. If you’re still getting nothing, you may have installed something wrong, old, or corrupted, and I recommend you uninstal everything and start from step one again, or contact me.

Prepping your device.
The best way to guarantee a clean backup is to make sure your device has a clean, correct database. This means that the file used to organize, list, and pull up songs is clean. Luckily, the ml_iPod plugin has a feature to clean up your database for you. Right click your iPod Touch/iPhone, select “iPod Tools” and choose Cleanup part 1. If you want to ensure your device is fully cleaned up, I’d run parts 2 and 3 afterwards. This may take some time, but it is well worth it. Cleanup part 1 removes any “orphaned” or unused database entries. Part 2 checks every file for consistency, and part 3 checks for any songs that it could not find.

Backup Time!
Here’s where things get hairy, at least for me. Go to start, click “My Computer,” and select your primary hard drive (usually “C:”). An issue I noticed with ml_iPod is that when it backs songs up to your computer, it copies them to the root folder of your primary hard drive, and for this reason, I IMPLORE that you make note of any and all files and folders in the root of your hard drive (anything in the folder “C:/). After you’ve done this, its time for some backing up. Go back into Winamp, clicking your device, and selecting any songs you want on your computer. Right click your selection, and select “Copy songs to hard drive.” You may have to wait a little bit as it copies, but once it finishes, you should have all of your songs back on your hard drive! Just move them to a place where you’ll be able to find them later, unplug your iPod, and go on your own merry way.

“I’m a mac.”

I’m still working on a tutorial for Mac users; the only method I’ve been able to come up with so far involves using a free trial, and I’m not a fan of 30 day trials. I should have a Mac tutorial up within a few days. Hang tight, and contact me with any immediate questions.

my iPod VNC tutorial

As promised, I said I’d turn my old youtube video into a (much) updated tutorial.
All I’m going to do is teach you how to control your computer with your iPod Touch or iPhone. All this means is that you can see your computer screen on your iPod, and you can click/type/etc. just as you would normally, except on your iPod Touch.

Its also nice for fooling your friends into thinking you have Windows XP on your iPod Touch.

Ok. To start, you will need 3 things:

  1. Client software (i.e. what lets you VIEW other computers) for your iPod Touch.
  2. Server software (i.e. what clients connect to) for your computer.
  3. Internet connection for both your iPod Touch AND your computer
  4. Access to the router that your computer is hooked up to (assuming that you are not using dial-up or are only using a modem).
  5. About an hour of free time.

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Making those dvd’s useful

Don’t you hate it when your dvd’s can only be played on your computer or tv? Want a really, really easy way to copy your dvd’s to your computer, and from there to pretty much any movie player you want? I’ve put together a really, really easy tutorial that’ll have you ripping your vids in no time. All you need are 2 pieces of [free] software and a dvd drive.

The software you’ll need is…

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