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How To Upgrade Your Already Jailbroken iDevice

Note: this is not for new un-broken devices. For those who have bought a new iDevice and would like to jailbreak the pre-installed iOS, click on the link below.

Jailbreak Nation : Jailbreak 5.1.1 Untethered iOS With Absinthe 2.0 iPhone 4S,4,3GS iPad 3,2,1, iPod Touch 4G,3G

Before iOS 5.0.1, I had used Jailbreak.Me to jailbreak my iPad 2’s iOS 4.3.3. However, after that, I really didn’t know how to go about upgrading the jailbreak to iOS 5.0.1.

I had scourged the web and after much, MUCH research, I finally discovered how to. And now, as I venture into 5.1.1, I had almost forgotten how to do it again.

So, for future references and for anyone out there who, a noob like myself, would like to learn how, I have prepared the instructions below.

Just a reminder, that this is for iOS 5.1.1, but essentially, it’s the same for any other upgrades in the future.

Instructions

1. Download Absinthe v2.0.4 here . Look at the left side-bar for the versions you want to download.

2. Connect your device to your PC (if iTunes doesn’t come on automatically, click to open iTunes). If you haven’t done a backup in ages yet, now’s the best time to do one before proceeding.

 

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2. On your Device summary page (which will come on automatically), click on Restore . (Click on your Device shown on the left bar of iTunes will also bring to the Device page. Click Summary at the top will show the Device details, including the buttons above).

 

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3. Once you have clicked Restore, you will see the dialog box above. Go ahead and click Restore and Update.

 

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4. You will see the above iPad Software Update agreement. Click Next at the bottom of the box.

 

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5. Click Agree .

 

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6. iTunes now will proceed to download the latest iOS version. Best time to catch up on your emails, read that new comic, watch TV, drink coffee, take a bath (we know you gadget junkies DO need one!).. you catch the drift!

 

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7. Once done downloading, iTunes will automatically install into the device. Please ensure your device is connected.

It will go through a process of installation and you will the Apple logo and a status bar against a black screen on your device.

And once it’s done, you will see the box above appears. Click OK .

 

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8. At this point, DO NOT click Continue yet.

Instead, switch on your device and set it up as a new device. Remember, when it asks  if you want to restore from your backup, DON’T!

 

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9. Now, go to the folder where you downloaded & extracted Absinte-win-2.0.4.zip file to.Run the Absinthe program.

 

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Absinthe will now run and you will see this process of extraction in progress.

 

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9. Once this box disappears, check the folder where you ran Absinthe from and you will see the another new folder

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Click this folder, and run the absinthe.exe program.

 

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10. You will immediately see the Absinthe dialog where it has detected your device. Click the Jailbreak .

Do not do anything until you see status below.

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11. Now, you will need to go to your device and click Cydia icon. It will be probablyi in a new screen,so you will need to swipe left to go to the next screen.

Now, click on Cydia and it will start to run automatically. Let it finish and it will exit by itself & screen will black out itself. Switch on your device and access Cydia . Make sure

If, like me, you have installed AppSync to enable syncing of non-iTunes downloaded apps, follow this link.( For iPad devices, you won’t see a Manage tab in Cydia, but a Source tab. Click on that, Edit (on top left), then Add on top right. The rest you can follow the link.)

Moving on to the last step – backup.

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12. Now, choose Restore from the backup of : <your device name> and click Continue.

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You will the restore of your backup in progress both on iTunes and on your device. Do not remove your device once this is done.

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Once that is done, iTunes will automatically sync all your apps (incl the non-ITunes downloaded ones) to your new device.This process will take a while, depending on the number of apps you have. So, you might want to take that bath now.

Once that is done, you are all good to go!

 

God bless!
Slickdrums



What Kids Won't Learn In School - the actual original text!




And no, it wasn't Bill Gates who wrote it - contrary to the urban legend. It was actually written by Charles J. Sykes, an education reformer best known for the book Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, but Can't Read, Write, or Add.





Some rules kids won't learn in school
Text By Charles J. Sykes

Printed in San Diego Union Tribune
September 19, 1996

Unfortunately, there are some things that children should be learning in school, but don't. Not all of them have to do with academics. As a modest back-to-school offering, here are some basic rules that may not have found their way into the standard curriculum.

Rule No. 1: Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teen-ager uses the phrase, "It's not fair" 8.6 times a day. You got it from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever. When they started hearing it from their own kids, they realized Rule No. 1.

Rule No. 2: The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as much as your school does. It'll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain it's not fair. (See Rule No. 1)

Rule No. 3: Sorry, you won't make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And you won't be a vice president or have a car phone either. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a Gap label.

Rule No. 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait 'til you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he's not going to ask you how you feel about it.

Rule No. 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grand-parents had a different word of burger flipping. They called it opportunity. They weren't embarrassed making minimum wage either. They would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about Kurt Cobain all weekend.

Rule No. 6: It's not your parents' fault. If you screw up, you are responsible. This is the flip side of "It's my life," and "You're not the boss of me," and other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you turn 18, it's on your dime. Don't whine about it, or you'll sound like a baby boomer.

Rule No. 7: Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your bedroom.

Rule No. 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasn't. In some schools, they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. Failing grades have been abolished and class valedictorians scrapped, lest anyone's feelings be hurt. Effort is as important as results. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life. (See Rule No. 1, Rule No. 2 and Rule No. 4)

Rule No. 9: Life is not divided into semesters, and you don't get summers off. Not even Easter break. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And you don't get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and on. While we're at it, very few jobs are interesting in fostering your self-expression or helping you find yourself. Fewer still lead to self-realization. (See Rule No. 1 and Rule No. 2.)

Rule No. 10: Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs. Your friends will not be as perky or pliable as Jennifer Aniston.

Rule No. 11: Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.

Rule No. 12: Smoking does not make you look cool. It makes you look moronic. Next time you're out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That's what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for "expressing yourself" with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.

Rule No. 13: You are not immortal. (See Rule No. 12.) If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven't seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.

Rule No. 14: Enjoy this while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now.

You're welcome. 

And the book that came out of it :




Have a great Christmas!
SD


Get Your Sales Emails Noticed And Opened!

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If you are in the sales industry and have done scores (and scores) of email blasts, you will no doubt find it frustrating if only but a handful replies, not including those “Please remove me from your mailing list”, back to you – if you’re lucky!

Well, frustrate no more!

Here are 6 Rules of Getting Your Emails Opened  by BNet.

Have a blast,

SD

 

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5 Reasons Why Stargate Universe Isn’t In the Top 25


I am an avid fan of the Stargate series. I love everything about Jack O'Neill, Sam Carter, Teal'c, Daniel Jackson, General Hammond, John Sheppard, Ronan, Teyla, Rodney, Carson Beckett. The others were pretty okay but these were the series makers!

I always felt that producers Brad Wright & Rob Cooper had the right formula for the Stargate series. It was almost like magic. I take that back - it was MAGIC! People loved the characters. They were likable as were the episode plots & story arcs.

But now, with the Stargate Universe, it anything but magic. And I am anything but avid. No chemistry, no humor, no adventure, no likable characters (except just Eli - if the rest died, it might be a show saver!!).

5 reasons why Syfy has lost its touch on Stargate series:

1. A CopyCat. Nobody loves a copycat, a wannabe. Who in the friggin' ascended universe would want to see a Battlestar-Galatica or Star Trek Voyager wannabe? No one, that's who. Not even the Ancients, that why they had the foresight to leave Destiny a whole long time ago!

2. Dark, Grim – Get Real! In line with the BSG , why would anyone in their highly developed super-human mind want to watch dark & grim when we get it on real life? After a tough day at work, being barked at by the boss, scrambling to handle the work load, pulling a muscle due to stress, the last I want to see is... yup, you said it - grim.

3. Unlikable, un-stick-able characters. Characters are really REALLY annoying & totally unlikable.. except Eli. Hey, when we watch shows, we want to like the characters. That's plural, not singular. Not get mad or annoyed with them day in, day out. Likability has its appeal - like ratings appeal. Last I checked, SG:U isn't even on the top 25 shows.

4. A reality show episode plot. Seriously, what is this? Where are the hordes of aliens and aliens living on planets? Where's the adventure? What's up with freakin' reality show style going on? No one wants another real-life drama style.. especially on a sci-fi movie. It’s Sci-Fi, for goodness sake! 

5. A missing (or yet to be seen) story arc. Its already pretty late in the series and yet there's no story arc here. Again, what's up with BSG & Star Trek Voyager wannabe: finding the way back home. But Star Trek Voyager was way more interesting even with this “We are trapped in some bloody universe finding our way back home” theme. Oh boy, it's going to be another long season...

The only and ONLY thing I like: superb effects!

... Unfortunately, not enough for me to stay on as a fan. I am just looking forward to the Atlantis tv movie. And yes, after Season 1, if things don’t go back to magic of Stargate, I am going to leave SG:U to spend my time with truly great shows!

Have a blast!

SD

 

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Grace’s Sunrise Service Pictures

Last Sunday was an awesome time reflecting on our Lord Jesus’ resurrection. Our church had a sunrise service right in a park! It was cool & shady during our service from 7.30 –9.30am. In fact, that morning, someone snapped a picture of a double rainbow just before we began!

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Praise & Worship led by Eddy Quay & Team! We had a special choir & orchestra team as well!

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The congregation during praise & worship

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My niece, Nivee, obviously having a rockin’ time!

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Our church ‘grounds’ literally for that day!

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Ps. Henry, as usual, sharing passionately

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Another view of the church

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From behind the trees…

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Our little ‘camp site’..

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My brother, Ranjit, sis-in-law, Sagun & nephew, Nischal, all ready for breakfast..

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Free breakfast for all provided by the church. Instead, we went to a mamak nearby to avoid the long queue here..

Stay blessed!
SD

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The DIY-Geek: Recovering Your Router’s Corrupted Firmware

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Image by Laughing Squid via Flickr

If you are anything like me, you are probably the type of person who would like to do stuff on their own. Especially, when it’s a knucklehead of a problem, like when your router’s firmware is corrupted.

Recently, my brother passed his old router to me (believe it or not, I was using a DSL modem – and was quite happy with it!) to test out and use. So I said to myself, “Why not?” Since I have some experience with a router before, I plugged this in, logged into the router (via the IP address supplied by manufacturer) & happily experimented. Then I went online to check if there were any new updates. There weren’t but the oldest update was seemingly newer than the firmware on the router, or at least, that’s what I thought.

Anyway, long story short, the techie in me got the update downloaded and when I tried to update the firmware, it gave me an “EAccess Violation Error”.. I tried a few times to no avail, and it even gave me a “Peer connection reset / closed” (or something to that effect) error a few times!

So finally, after much struggle, I managed to upload it and get it started again! Learning from my mistakes, here’s what to do and to avoid:

1. Make sure you disable your anti-virus software.
This gave me that “Peer connection reset / closed” error. Also disable any other programs from your anti-virus sitting in the system tray (the right-bottom). Disable them all.

2. Make sure Window’s firewall is stopped.
Go to My Network Places > View Network Connections (on the left bar) > Left-mouse click Local Area Connection > Properties

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Advanced tab > Settings

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Click on the Off button > “Okay” all windows

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The worst headache of all if not stopped – the nagging, irritating, backaching “EAccess Violation” error! Arrghh.. Ok, now you know.

3. Make sure you are connected via cable, not wireless.
Common sense. I didn’t make this error, in case you are doing it.

Voila!
Now you can update your firmware to your hearts content! Just 3 steps to ensure your firmware is up & running. Once this is done, you can get your firewall & anti-virus back up again!

Happy Routing!

SD

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The Ultimate Jam Session: Real-Time, Across The Globe Via The Net!

We hear about collaboration over the Net every now and then, but this really takes the cake! 8 artists from 4 continents connected via the Net jamming to 1 song!

It may seem little surprise since many may think there are many professional artists who record tracks and email or upload the tracks via the Net. In fact, there are. However, I have yet to see any major label artists collaborating real-time over the Net like this! Well, this is the music revolution of tomorrow.

This collaboration is called Jam Session 2.0. Check out the full video below and for info on the lyrics and on the artists who collaborated , visit: http://dumbfoundead.com/track/jam-session-20. You can also download the song for free at the site.

Kudos to the artists of Jam Session 2.0!

Jam Session 2.1 beta, anyone? :-)

SD



Why The Star's TV Show Reviews Are Redundant

When I read about the review on Monk's upcoming new season (check here for the official website) on The Star, imagine how ecstatic I was! I am currently a late bloomer on Monk and am catching up on the previous seasons (just finished Season 3, moving on to 4). So I was really all excited when I read on The Star of a new season to tie up the loose end.

Being a noob at Monk, I didn't realise, of course, that Season 8 tied up the one major, and not to mention only, loose end - Trudy's death. Imagine my surprise when I surfed Monk's site at USA Network and found that there weren't any new Season coming up AND that Season 8's finale, besides being the most watched tv series, was about catching Trudy's killer. And that's that. No more Monk.

So I was rather upset and surpised that The Star got it late - six months late! Apparently, Season 8 was aired in the US in August! So, after re-reading carefully again, I found out they were talking about Season 8 and not a new season. So here's the funny thing, they published the article, an US review which mentioned the new season 8 when, in  fact, the season's over in the US. Which only means that it was an old review that they had published. No doubt over here in Malaysia the last season of Monk is just being aired. But come on! Treat us with some respect & intelligence!

Just because they are airing the freaking season late doesn't mean The Star has to treat us viewers like morons! In case you publishers didn't notice, people who do follow the series, even noobs like me, can Google and find out how pathetic your very, VERY late article is. The Star could always write a review even when the show began last August to update Monk fans.

The Star can always have the courtesy to mention that the TV network here is airing the last  season of Monk and mention when it was originally aired in the US. They could start treating viewers intelligently by writing what is exactly true. And not publish an old US review and pretend that it's new.

So this is where journalism gets thrown out of the window, huh? Publishing stale news.. riggggght!

Have a blast!
SD





iPad Won't The Tablet Killer As Thought, Unless ...

They change the name, for one. Well, that's not true. Regardless of the name (although it's well above & beyond most people how these creative gurus couldn't come out with a more appealing name), the iPad will be THE mobiletainment ever built until & unless it makes a few changes first!

As noted in Mashable, the iPad seemed to be lacking a few details in meeting today's society's mobiletainment needs:

- No camera: There is no front-facing camera for video conferencing, and there is no back-facing camera for taking photos. This is a major omit from the device. Hell, most netbooks and smartphones have a camera or two.

- No multitasking: You cannot run multiple apps at the same time. To make this a useful device, it needs to be able to do things like run Last.fm while tweeting. This is one we hope Apple will fix with a future iPhone OS update, but for now it can’t run multiple apps.

- No HDMI Output: You can’t plug your iPad into your TV.

- No USB port: You can’t plug in your favorite keyboard into the device…or anything else, really. It will plug into your computer via the same cord you charge iPhones and iPod touches with.


Now, to Apple's defense, the iPad does have the Dock Connector to USB Cable, to TV & Video Adapters and such. However, what it doesn't have on it, is the drawback.

I get it. Apple, or Steve Jobs, wants it sleek & stylish. Still, the society using notebooks for surfing, downloading, work etc wants in-built solutions so they don't have to carry an extra few Dock Connectors to connect their thumb-drives or external drives!

So there.. it seems that the big guns like HP, Asus or even HTC-Google can still come out with a guns blazing and still win over the tablet territory. Unless....

Check out the Why iPad Sucks list on Gizmodo.

Have a blast!
SD




Forget The Tablet, Think iPad

I know, right? iPod, iPad? It’s really mind boggling (do people still say this.. Mind boggling?) these innovative gurus, especially the High Guru Steve Jobs, couldn’t, for the future of Apple in the mouth, come out with something less.. like a woman’s product?

Okay, before I get smacked by a woman for discriminating against their wonder product, Apple’s new UltraThin iPad is the NEW wonder gadget due this April. And believe me, it will make the hardest critics drool in anticipation to play this new baby!

Forget the tablets, looks like Apple is set to turn the tables against PC makers by making the tablet a myth, and the iPad, corny as it sounds, the new lingo for cool mobile computers!

Check out Mashable’s Review on iPad.

Is this like cool or what!

SD

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