Redsn0w updated to rc 12, adds Animated Boot logos for 4.3.1!

So earlier the jailbreak tool, redsn0w was updated to rc11 rc12 to include Animated Boot Logos for iOS 4.3.1 🙂

Redsn0w 0.9.6rc11

You can download redsn0w for Windows and Mac at the Dev-Team Blog

 

Enjoy

Update: Redsn0w has once again been updated, this time to rc12 which fixes some issues with custom boot logos

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Gnome 3 (Gnome Shell) Released!

At 3:00 PM today, Gnome 3 was released!  Screenshots of the new release are available at the Gnome 3 website here. On their website, you can also find Live USB/CDs of Fedora and openSuse to try out Gnome 3 🙂 They also have a YouTube channel here that shows some of the new features in Gnome 3 .

Also, there seems to be a PPA available for Ubuntu 11.04 users here, but be aware you can’t run Unity and Gnome Shell, once you install Gnome 3, it will break Unity. That PPA however is considered unstable until the release of Ubuntu 11.04

 

If you are an application developer, be sure to check out the Gnome Developer Center

How to Jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 (Redsn0w, Untethered)

UPDATE: If you rely on a Unlock, you should stay away from redsn0w and use sn0wbreeze or PwnageTool, at this time I don’t think Ultrasn0w is working 😦 Ultrasn0w has been updated to work with iOS 4.3.1, if you need an unlock, you should use PwnageTool or Sn0wbreeze to make a custom ipsw (Firmware file) with a preserved baseband to unlock.

So this morning Sn0wbreeze, Redsn0w and PwnageTool were updated to jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 Untethered. I will be showing you how to jailbreak using Redsn0w (Windows, but the same instructions apply for Mac). The only devices it doesn’t support is the Verizon iPhone and the iPad 2. Don’t forget with all of these tools, you will need your stock (uncustomized) 4.3.1 firmware file 🙂 By the way, it’s super easy! The hardest part is putting your device in DFU mode, but it will walk you through it!

Instructions:

  1. Download Redsn0w from here
  2. Unzip the zip folder
  3. open the redsn0w executable file (If you are on Windows Vista / 7 you might want to run it in compatibility mode for XP and as Administrator)
  4. Browse for your firmware file
  5. Click Next and let it process your firmware
  6. Choose your options (Recommended to just Install Cydia, and if you want Enable Battery Percentage)
  7. Click Next and power off your device (Make sure it is plugged in first though)
  8. Follow the instructions to enter DFU Mode and hold the home button until you see the running code on your iDevice

And that should be it, Redsn0w will jailbreak your device and it will install Cydia. Now you can enjoy your tweaks and the untethered jailbreak!

Redsn0w and PwnageTool updated to jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 (Untethered!!)

So just a few hours ago, PwnageTool and Redsn0w was released to jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 untethered! It is all over twitter and YouTube!! You will need your firmware file and one of these programs. You can find many tutorials on how to jailbreak over the internet (Yes, lots of us waited overnight for the jailbreak), and I will try to make a redsn0w tutorial when I get home later (its the morning over here). So go get redsn0w or pwnagetool and start your jailbreak!

Supported Devices (All Devices except Verizon iPhone and iPad 2)

  • iPhone3GS
  • iPhone4 (GSM)
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPad1
  • AppleTV 2G (PwnageTool only for now)

Download Links:

PwnageTool (It’s a torrent so have uTorrent or BitTorrent installed)
Redsn0w (Windows / Mac)

See you later!

Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 1… I love it!

So on March 31st the first beta of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal came out so I decided to download it and try it out. To my suprise, Unity is not that bad, and it’s pretty stable on my system. I am loving the new features that have been included, and the refreshed look makes me feel good! Some new things in this release are:

  • Unity Love Handles
  • New Ubuntu One Interface
  • Ratings in Software Center
  • Firefox 4
  • Some new wallpapers
  • Dash is working correctly

I don’t want to really write a review since it is still a beta, but I think you should at least run the Live USB on your computer (a lot of people are having graphics drivers problems though) and see how it works for you 🙂

Ubuntu 11.04 is scheduled to be released on April 28th

A screenshot of my desktop (Click for full size)

My Unity Desktop

My Unity Desktop

Do you need webhosting?

Hey guys, I wanted to let everyone know of a great web host that has just started! It’s called Full Throttle Host, and this blog is hosted on it. They have three plans, a free plan, economy plan, and an ultimate plan. One of the admins (that I also follow on twitter), MrAjsTech was very nice in helping me set up this blog and my hosting account. I have the free account right now, but one day when I am able to get paid hosting it will be with them! So go check them out here, you can also find them on my sidebar. So far my website has been nice and speedy and I’m glad that I found them 🙂

 

Thanks @MrAjsTech!

 

P.S. I have just created a new message board here that you can check out, link also in the sidebar

 

How to restore your iPod/iPhone/iPad to iOS 4.2.1 from 4.3

If you are like me, you immediately upgraded your iDevice to 4.3 when it was available. Now you are probably thinking, you miss your untethered jailbreak and can’t wait for a new one, or you are being driven insane with the iPod pixel glitches (That annoys me the most!). The solution is to downgrade back to our trusted 4.2.1 (or any other firmware)! Now, you will need your SHSH blobs saved in Cydia for the firmware version you want to downgrade to. I decided to downgrade to iOS 4.2.1. A warning though, if you want to restore to backup, you will need to have one for the firmware version you downgrade to. Sadly I didn’t know this and saved a backup for 4.3, but after restoring, iTunes told me I couldn’t restore the backup because I have older software 😦 Make sure you also know the location of your firmware file (you can find download links on google).

Step 1

Put your iDevice into DFU mode, you can do this by turning your device off (with it plugged in already) and holding the power for 3 seconds, then hold the power and home button for 10 seconds (your screen will go black with no text or anything on it sometime during this step) then hold only the home button for 15 seconds (or until iTunes gives you a message saying that it has found a device in recovery mode)

Step 2

(Make sure iTunes is closed now) We need to change your hosts file, you will need an Administrator account (I don’t have a Mac, so I can’t give you instructions on how to do this, but Google is your best friend!) . Open your start menu and go to All Programs > Accessories > Notepad (On Vista / Windows 7, Right click the program and Run As Administrator) and go to File > Open and go to My Computer, then go to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc and under the file type (Where it says “Text Documents”) change it to “All Files”, you should then see a file called hosts, open it and insert this line at the bottom

74.208.10.249 gs.apple.com

Then go to File > Save

 

Step 3

Open back up iTunes and click on your iPod on the left side under “Devices” and hold down Shift and click “Restore” (on Mac you hold down the Option key), iTunes will ask you where your firmware file is. iTunes will then start restoring your iPod as normal, if you don’t have your SHSH blobs saved in Cydia (on Cydia at the top of the homepage it would say “SHSH: iOS <insert firmware version here>”) you will get an error from iTunes. At this point you should be done except for one more thing, when your iPod is done restoring make sure you take out that line of code we put in the hosts file (follow the step 2 only remove that line that I told you to put in instead of putting it in).

 

That’s it! See you later!

-RJ

 

Adding RAM really does help!

So, many people may know about one of the parts of your computer that is called RAM (or Random Access Memory). This is used by your Operating System (and sometimes other hardware in your computer such as a graphics card) to store temporary files, but the reason it is not stored on your hard drive is because these files generally are better read from more quicker, and RAM can be accessed a whole lot faster than a hard drive (although, if you have a SSD hard drive, those things are REALLY fast). When your Operating System needs these files (such as files for programs), it can access them much faster using RAM. Now, most Operating Systems can use part of a hard drive for RAM, like Windows has a paging file, or Linux has swap partitions. So when you run out of RAM, it can use this. Now this means that when you buy more RAM for your computer, you avoid using the slower Hard Drive, and I believe that is what the results you are seeing when you upgrade the RAM. Right now, I believe it is common for computers to have at least 2GBs of RAM pre-installed. My laptop came with this amount installed and for my birthday, I decided to get more RAM for my computer. I was able to upgrade my RAM to 4GBs! Now there was one thing blocking me from using as much of that new RAM that I could, and it was the fact that I was using 32bit. Once I reinstalled Windows, only using 64bit this time, my computer had a drastic speed boost and it feels great! So I recommend getting a RAM upgrade for your computer if it feels very slow. I guess the next step in improving speed would be to get an SSD hard drive, but those are kind of expensive, and you don’t get as much space for the same price (because there much faster being they are not mechanical). Also, upgrading RAM is one of the easiest upgrades you can get for your computer. There are many tutorials on the web for you to view.
Just remember that you have to get the correct RAM for your system, and each system can hold different amounts of RAM (mine for example can only use 8GBs), the site I used to get this information can be found here. This site will tell you a whole bunch of information about your computer, including how much RAM you have already, and how much more you can get, and what type you will need. I bet if you was to print the results page and take it to most computer hardware stores (ex: Altex, Best Buy), they will be able to help you purchase that RAM, and your manual that came with your computer should also help you install new RAM.

Good Luck, and I hope you are as happy as I am with the upgrade

RJ

New Pinguy OS Release — 10.04.2

Just recently, a new Pinguy OS version was released. Version 10.04.2 which is an update to 10.04.1, it includes a slightly new look and even a new Conky Config. Most of the things stayed the same, but they added some stuff like VirtualBox is now version 4.0. Also the Sound Menu from 10.10 was added and even the Software Center (or Centre depending on your language settings) from 10.10. You get great features all in a stable LTS release. Don’t forget, it also includes most of the codecs you will need like MP3 Codecs and even Flash! It still has the MintMenu and MintUpdate utilities. Teamviewer 6 is now included (along with W.I.N.E).

 

I recommend trying out the new release for your self, you will surely enjoy it 🙂

 

My Desktop

Desktop Screenshot

Using Ubuntu again!

Well, I have been able to return to using Linux on my laptop! The reason (one of them) was because the fan would not work completely and the computer would overheat. But after some research I found that I have been able to make the bios understand that I am using Windows. I don’t like how toshiba designed the computer to have the CPU and graphics card share a heatsink. They also have like zero support for Linux and that made me angry that for a long time I could not use the operating system of my choice. Intact I realized it right when I was going to install arch Linux. It couldn’t even stand running for ten minutes. I couldn’t install it so I took a long break on Linux and it was harsh. I had nothing to do! But now I am running Ubuntu 10.10 and when my favorite Linux youtuber does his arch Linux for laptops (wireless) video. Then I will hopefully join the advanced group. But anyways it feels good to be using linux again!

By the way, I types this on my iPod so please excuse my mistakes!

🙂