How to: Jailbreak your iPhone 2.2.1 in 3 easy Steps – iPhone Dev Team Releases Official QuickPWN 2.2.1


quickpwnIt’s insane how fast these guys crack Apple’s firmware upgrades. I’m upgrading to 2.2.1 via iTunes right now and then I’m going to try the new QuickPWN tool.

Since Apple changed the baseband in this firmware upgrade there are quite a few caveats but those only apply if you have or will be wanting to unlock your iPhone to use with another carrier. The bottom line is, if you are using an iPhone 3G that you do not, or will not want to unlock it, and are using (most versions) of Mac OS or any version of Windows, you should be good to go with a fairly straightforward update and pwnage.

  1. Download latest version of QuickPWN.  2.2.5-2 for Windows (torrent) or 2.2.5 for Mac (torrent).
  2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes and update to 2.2.1 as usual.
  3. Run the QuickPWN app, follow the on-screen instructions and you’re all set.

It’s pretty sad that we even need to go through any of these steps just to fully realize the full functionality of phones that we paid our hard earned money for.  I know there are quite a few people that don’t think that jailbreaking is even worthwhile anymore but for my money, there are at least three apps that still make jailbreaking worthwhile.

For far more details on the new QuickPWN update check out here and here.

Click after the jump to see what apps I’m jailbreaking for.

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The Roots on Yo Gabba Gabba


I can’t get this song out of my head, it’s so damn catchy. Children’s shows weren’t this cool when I was a kid. My daughter is 10 months old and actually starts dancing when this song comes on. It’s pretty amazing.

It may be a kids show but it has some major appeal. Apparently Jack Black’s wife actually wrote into the show begging them to let him make an appearance, which he eventually did.

The YO GABBA GABBA! album was ranked by the Los Angeles Examiner as one of the top 10 albums of the year, among albums from artists including GNR, The Roots, RTX, J.D. Souther, The Clash, Marah, The Knux, Q-Tip and My Morning Jacket.

“5. Yo Gabba Gabba – Soundtrack – They say it’s for kids, but this is a show that aging punks, soon to be hockey Moms and Little Mr. and Ms all love in equal measure. How good? So good. It’s not a question of how much fun this Nick Jr. release is, it is really a question of how much fun you can take.”

Classic Hits by Microsoft Songsmith: "Creep" by Radiohead


I’m seriously starting to wonder whether or not Microsoft’s Songsmith was released on a drunken dare by Bill Gates to Steve Ballmer. They had to know how bad this was right?

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Wonderwall by Oasis

Roxanne by The Police

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Runnin’ with the Devil by Van Halen

Just What I Needed by The Cars

White Wedding by Billy Idol

White House and VP's Residence now Visible on Google Maps and Google Earth


On January 18, two days before Obama was sworn into office, Google quietly made two small changes to two different residences on Google Maps and Google Earth.

Old and busted:

During the Bush/Cheney administration, aerial views of the White House and vice president’s residence, the United State Naval Observatory, were obscured in Google Earth and Google Maps. The outlines of the White House were visible, but the roof of it and of the nearby Old Executive Office Building were replaced with featureless gray slabs. The grounds of the VP’s house were even more obscured: pixelated so much you couldn’t really tell what you were looking at.

The new hotness: The White House and the Veep’s House.

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The old, blurred out and secretive images were given to Google by the U.S. Geological Survey, a government agency. The new images came from Digital Globe which is a private company.

Google of course denies that the change was political in nature and claims that it was all just part of a their “constant evaluation of various data sets available to them”. Yeah, and it just so happens that crystal clear images of the White House and Number One Observatory Circle, just happened to coincide with the ousting of one of the most secretive administrations in American History? Nice try.

whspr! Allows You to Post a Contact Email without Giving Away Your Own Address


I’m pretty sure there have been other services similar to this but I can’t recall any of them and something like this can always come in handy. I’ve been in this quandary before and wound up having to go through the trouble of registering a new email. whispr seems like a good alternative to that.

whspr!:

Fill out the form and we’ll give you a URL you can post wherever you like. Viewers who click it will go to a form where they can send you a message. We forward the message to you. That’s it.

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Heads of Industries Receiving Federal Bailout Plot to Keep Unions Down Under Obama Administration


The same “Titans of Industry” that are begging for our tax dollars to bail them out (a.k.a. save their million dollar bonuses) are already strategizing how to keep unions down under Obama.

092808x1Wikileaks has released the contents of a “secret hour-long telephone recording between US heads of industry discussing efforts to prevent the emancipation of unions under an Obama administration.”

Here’s a brief description of the call posted over at HuffPo written by Sam Stein:

Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community’s top legislative priority.

Participants on the October 17 call — including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG — were urged to persuade their clients to send “large contributions” to groups working against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans, who could help block passage of the bill.

Bernie Marcus, the charismatic co-founder of Home Depot, led the call along with Rick Berman, an aggressive EFCA opponent and founder of the Center for Union Facts. Over the course of an hour, the two framed the legislation as an existential threat to American capitalism, or worse.

Let’s hope Obama takes this as a direct attack on his agenda and acts quickly and harshly to reprimand this sort of collusion.

Here’s the Wikileaks post with audio: Anti-union call between Bank of America, Bernie Marcus, et al. and Rick Berman, 17 Oct 2008.

[Illustration via Duane Mattingly’s Torial Toons]

The Simpson's Set to Make HD Debut


the_simpsonsMark your calendars for February 15, because that’s when The Simpson’s will air it’s first hi-def show on Fox.

The episode will also feature the first new main title sequence since the series premiered.

HOMER GETS A GLIMPSE OF WHAT HIS LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE IF HE HAD BEEN ELECTED CLASS PRESIDENT IN HIGH SCHOOL ON AN ALL-NEW “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, ON FOX

First Episode of Series to Air in High Definition

Episode to Feature First New Main Titles Since Series’ Premiere

When Mayor Quimby inducts Vance Connor into the Springfield Walk of Fame, Homer recounts how he ran against Vance for class president in high school and lost. After a little digging, Homer learns that the election had been rigged, and he wonders what course his life would have taken if only fate had smiled on him. Homer soon meets an old Italian cook at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant whose magical tomato sauce, when stirred in just the right way, reveals what Homer’s life would have been like had he won the election. However, when Homer gets a chance to see what his life could have been, he wonders if fate was actually been on his side all along in the all-new “Take My Life, Please” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Feb. 15 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-2001) (TV-PG D)

Woohoo!