This blog is moving place!

February 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm (Aishah's, Announcements!, Band progress, Band reviews, Competitions, Covers, Dermapthera, DIY, Downgrade, Fishing CR, Fishing Review, From Stomp, From the News, Fun Stuff, Funny, Gadgets, Game Review, GBA, General, Gossip and Entertainment!, Hot Stuff, How to, iPhone, iPod Firmware, iPod Touch, iPod Touch Jailbreak, Jokes, Magic Tricks, Movie Reviews, MP3/MP4 Players, Music Reviews, Original compositions, Other products, Personal, Previous Gigs, PS2, PSP, PSX, Random Snaps, Reviews, Song reviews, Technical Stuffs, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized, Upcoming shows, Upgrade, Version 1.1.1, Version 1.1.2, Version 1.1.3, YouTube videos)

Hi guys.

I am going to relocate most of my non-band related content from this blog onto another blog.

Although I enjoyed getting a lot of reads lately, it seems that this blog has become a little bit non-standard. I have loyal readers (I hope) and people who’d be willing to come to me to ask for help. I enjoy helping as much as possible.

And not forgetting being featured in WordPress’s BOTD and fastest growing blog, I’m just so honoured. But my decision is final.

Most links WILL be broken (if you have linked to me). I will not leave any trace of the post in this blog at all.

Since I’m getting more and more ready for my band Dermapthera, I plan to use this domain name (dermapthera.wordpress.com) as an official blog for the band only. I have been sticking to the domain name for as long as I can remember, and most people in the blogosphere will identify me as “dermapthera”.

I find that this could be misleading in the near future. Although I don’t see the band anywhere being successful in the near future, there’s still a possibility that we could be if we worked hard. Me and my vocalist have drawn out our visions for the future of the band and what we could do.

Hence I would like to take this opportunity to migrate to another blog. A new blog name, a new blog address. And I need a new identity. I don’t want to be remembered as “dermapthera”, but instead, as the “guitarist of dermapthera”.

When my new blog is ready, I will announce the address again. For now, I might not be updating new contents yet.

Sorry if I have caused any inconvenience. You guys have been great, and I have been enjoying a lot from blogging here.

Expected migration period will take one week (starting today). I will re-announce again once migration is successful.

Cheers.

P.S: The main reason why I placed all the tag/categories there is to reach out to potential RSS readers.

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Jailbreak 1.1.3 using ZiPhone by zibri (iPhone and iPod Touch)

February 14, 2008 at 2:54 am (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Touch Jailbreak, Technical Stuffs, Version 1.1.3) ()

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There is a stable release where you can jailbreak ANY iPod Touch (8GB/16GB/32GB). The follow up for this post is here.

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Fix Term-vt100 backspace issue

February 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) ()

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Free up unwanted space while using 1.1.3 jailbreak

February 5, 2008 at 11:09 pm (Downgrade, How to, iPhone, iPod Firmware, iPod Touch, iPod Touch Jailbreak, Technical Stuffs, Upgrade, Version 1.1.3)

Dlight sent me an email (hi Dlight!) and I guess it’s only appropriate to write this down since some people are desperately trying to get back their used space during that 1.1.3 upgrade phase.

However, I am only reading the script files and learned from it. I have no prior problems in freeing up the space (maybe the new firmware added some more shit? We don’t know) but I know we can only remove the 1.1.3 firmware file off your device.

So let’s get started!

Surely not another disclaimer right?

Heh… For this post, nope. But I’m going to tell you that I don’t know how much you can recover, or what files you can remove. I’ll try my best to guide you though.

Phew! Now what?

I’m sure some of you are running SFTP program to SSH into your device. I have been using another alternative (because I got no wifi) and I find them working 100% all the time.

So go ahead and download iphonebrowser (this guide will be using that) or iBrickr (maybe in future updates, but not today…)

One you got it, connect your iPod Touch or iPhone via the USB dock connector. You don’t have to launch iTunes, so just launch the installed iphonebrowser.

Now, if iphonebrowser doesn’t run on first try, wait for about 1-2 minutes before killing it. To kill it, simply hit CTRL+ALT+DEL, then look for iphonebrowser.exe, then end the process. This however only happens to me, maybe because of my firewall.

Do take note that iphonebrowser (or iBrickr) uses a certain port to connect to your device. It’s the same as iTunes, if this port is blocked, you can never connect to your device.

So now, you look for this folder:

/var/root/Media/1.1.3

If it’s there, DELETE IT.

Now you should be able to get back those space.

No! It didn’t remove all those space I need!

Erm… But that’s the only thing that’s there… I really don’t know if there’s any other files being used prior to upgrading though…

I can’t connect via iphonebrowser (or iBrickr) but I have wifi!

Ok, then download MobileFinder instead. Look for that folder, then delete the content. Or you can simply delete the folder.

DAMMIT! I want all those space! And NOW!

Erm.

If you asked me, I really don’t know where the rest of the space used up goes to. It was really undocumented so I can’t really locate the necessary file I was talking about.

But that alone should be able to remove approx 160 MB (the original firmware restore file). If you only removed 130 MB, then I’m not so sure why is that so.

Questions

Yeah as usual, hit me back and I’ll try to help.

I might not be able to answer all your burning questions, but I will try my best.

So well, good luck!

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How to: Manually fix problems uploading files into Applications folder, without wifi

January 28, 2008 at 11:23 pm (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , , , , , )

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The follow up for this post is here.

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Hi guys.

I’m sure you had fun jailbreaking your applications, and you will probably try to install each and every available application on the Installer repo. Then suddenly, some unexpected errors occur. You don’t want to restore your device. You need help.

You will read this post if you encounter these related problems:

  • Installer crashes after trying to install (more) applications
  • Installer tells you that “You’re running out of disk space” even though it’s a newly restored device
  • You delete videos and pictures, but still can’t clear that disk space
  • You can’t manually install applications via SSH, Total Commander, CuteFTP, WinSCP, iphonebrowser, ibrickr etc
  • Your favourite SFTP program reports that there is an error
  • You can’t add BIOS files for applications that requires them (e.g. gpSPhone and psx4all)
  • (editors note: maybe there’s more, but I can’t think of any right now!)

There are 2 known methods. The easy way (no fun way 😛 ) and the hard way (more fun, more risk!). Whatever method you choose, the outcome will be the same. However, I’m only going to touch on the Hard way, because I cannot fulfil the requirement to do the easy way (having a wifi)

BORING DISCLAIMER NOTICE

READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING!

Yeah I know this is boring, but you will have to read it, so that you don’t keep blaming me for errors!

THIS TUTORIAL IS MAINLY WRITTEN FOR WINDOWS USER. NO OFFENCE TO MAC USERS, BUT SORRY I DON’T OWN ONE TO SPEND TIME TO TEST WITH.

ONLY FOR FW VERSION 1.1.2 AND BELOW. FOR FW 1.1.3, PLEASE USE BOSSTOOL INSTEAD.

THIS TUTORIAL IS ASSUMING THAT YOU DON’T HAVE WIFI CONNECTION AT HOME AND WANTING TO RE-LINK YOUR ALREADY “FULL” APPLICATIONS INTO THE OTHER PARTITION WHERE THERE IS MORE SPACE.

Whatever happens, FOLLOW THE STEPS CAREFULLY. I will carefully examine each and every step I write here to avoid any errors. Do whatever you need to do (e.g. wear your specs, increase monitor’s brightness etc). Make sure you don’t miss a step. Make sure you don’t confuse “l” (small cap “L”) and “1” (the number one) and “I” (capital i). I won’t spend my time explaining each and every letter to be typed in though, but be wary of the characters.

Incorrect procedure or incomplete procedures might make your iPod into an unusable state. The safest way (less headache) way to remedy that is to do a complete restore. However, you won’t notice where the problems are.

I will try my very best to explain each and every step if necessary. That way, you will feel confident if you are attempting to proceed with the steps.

Don’t worry. Mine cocked up in the first try. Luckily with my level of experience, I’m able to restore the problem and start all over again.

I WILL PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THIS IS 100% CORRECT AS OF WRITTEN DATE.

And no, I don’t take credit for these information because I learned it from other sources like modmyifone.com, ipodtouchfans.com, iphoneatlas.com etc. There are too many variations, so I will only write the variation that works.

Phew. That’s the end of the stupid disclaimer. Now enjoy!

Prerequisites

In order for things to be done smoothly, there are a few requirements that I assume to be available in your device.

  1. Jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch with version 1.1.2 recommended (1.1.1 should work fine)
  2. Installed BSD Subsystem
  3. Installed Term-vt100 (any other terminal should work though)

What’s happening?

If you haven’t noticed, there are 2 partitions in the iPhone/iPod Touch. All files in Applications folder is stored there, hence you only have a maximum of 300 MB worth of data. However, due to firmware installs, the OS for the iPhone/iPod Touch also takes up space, and you’ll probably have less than 50 MB to install applications.

Once you have completely filled up this partition space, no matter what you do you will not be able to install more applications even though you still have tons of space inside your device.

The trick here is to “re-link” your original Applications folder, and point it to another folder, which is inside another partition. And that partition is the one where all your songs, movies and pictures goes to. So if you have a clean iPhone/iPod Touch, you essentially have 7.5GB or 15GB (depending on model, and other factors) worth of free space to install programs. Install until you’re mad! 😛

How to know how much space I have?

Run Term-vt100, and type the following in the prompt:

cd /
df -h

It should show you 2 partitions (mine is already fixed though, you probably would get 100% for the first item) like my screenshot here.

If you don’t understand, nevermind. Just take note of the values. If it shows 100% for the first item, it’s full. So you’ll need to move the files in order to continue installing applications.

So how to move?

You can use BossTool (near the end of this tutorial) or you can continue reading this.

NOTE: This is very complicated, so try to follow as closely as possible. Note that I did not use any SSH or SFTP programs because I don’t have a running wifi network in my house.

Now you run Term-vt100, and type in the following (cAsE sEnSiTiVe so pay extra attention to it, also watch out for spaces. There might be lags, so wait for the # sign to appear before continuing the next command):

cd /
cp -pr Applications /var/root
mv Applications Applications.old
ln -s private/var/root/Applications /Applications

Detailed explanation

1. Change directory into the root (just in case step)
2. Copies /Applications folder into /var/root folder
3. Moves /Applications folder into /Applications.old folder
4. Creates a symbolic link from private/var/root/Applications to /Applications

That’s it?

Not yet. Although you think that it’s finished, you will need to test it. Now cross your fingers, while rebooting your iPhone/iPod Touch. Turn it off (not sleep) and turn it back on.

Once it’s restarted, you will feel that nothing has happened. If something happens, then it’s screwed. But I did these steps while I was writing it, and mine didn’t get screwed (phew!). This is normal. You can now run Term-vt100 again, and check if your applications have moved correctly. Type in the following:

cd /
df -h

You should now at least see that it’s not in 100% anymore. It would probably be around 80% used. If you want to know why, it’s mainly because wallpapers and ringtones takes up the main partition too. But I’m not going to touch on that. If it’s still 100%, you probably have missed a step or two, so try again.

Now you need to delete the /Applications.old folder. That was used as a backup, IN CASE something got wrong (like mine did… 😛 ). I will explain further.

Delete the temporary Applications.old file

NOTE: DO THIS ONLY IF THERE’S NO PROBLEMS!!! I cannot stress enough that this is your only lifeline if something gets screwed. Just make sure you test all your programs, download more programs etc, and when everything seems fine, then do this delete.

To delete the folder, launch Term-vt100 again, and type in the following:

cd /
rm -rf Applications.old

Shit! I can’t see a single icon/iPod Touch gets screwed.

Well that happens to me the first time, so that’s why I learn.

Anyway, if you cannot see any icons, it’s probably not pointing to the right place. You’re still in luck because it can be remedied easily.

Download and run iphonebrowser. Look for /Applications folder, DELETE IT (you will have to go through a stupid backup process though). The program might crash, so just close and launch iphonebrowser again. Then RENAME /Applications.old into /Applications and you’re good to go (or redo it, or ignore it, or throw it… Whatever you want to do with it! 😛 ).

If you see a “Applications” file inside the /Applications/ folder, DELETE IT.

If your iPod keeps restarting, try to manually delete the last known installed file using iphonebrowser. When mine keep blinking, I was installing iPhone applications, so that’s why it crashes. But this might not be normal SO DELETE THEM FIRST.

You will start to feel that it’s really screwed, but I waited a good 30 mins for the blinking to suddenly stop. Once it stopped, that’s when everything went back to normal.

Trust me, you wouldn’t want to reach to this problematic stage. You would feel like throwing the damn piece of shit. 😀 Anyway jokes aside, if you DO hit this problem, just be patient, and try to off the device (it probably won’t) or holding the Home button. DO NOT HOLD BOTH. Choose either one.

But if you’re not confident, you would want to try BossTool instead. The safe, automated way to move those files via Installer. Well, that would require a working wifi connection doesn’t it? Read on.

Can’t this get any easier/safer method?

Well, yes. Use BossTool. But that defeats the purpose of this tutorial where it’s clearly written for those who don’t have the luxury of having wifi connection at home (like me!).

Anyway, you can download and use BossTool to automatically correct this problem. However, you will need a lot of free space in order to do that. So make sure you delete enough applications to make some room for BossTool. Or else it won’t even install properly, and you’ll face another problem.

Add http://www.sleepers.net/~iphone/repo.xml as a source in Installer, then download BossTool.

IMPORTANT NOTE

If you followed the long winded story to move your files, DO NOT INSTALL BOSSTOOL. I just did, and guess what? My iPod Touch goes to disco! It keeps flashing for no apparent reason. My guess is that I tried to do something weird to it, so it’s probably crashing.

If you encounter that, connect the iPod via USB, launch iphonebrowser, then just delete BossTool.app. After a while your iPod will restart by itself, and everything will go back to normal.

If you do use BossTool, you can uninstall it after the process have ended. It is a one-time change, and it is a permanent one. If you uninstalled BossTool, it will not move your Applications folder back into the first partition though, so be careful.

I got questions!!!

Well if you have any questions/problems, just comment me/use the contact form and I’ll to my best of knowledge to help you with whatever I can.

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How to: Make your iPod Touch in DFU Mode

January 27, 2008 at 3:24 am (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , , , )

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How to: Force Restore your screwed iPod Touch

January 27, 2008 at 3:11 am (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , )

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How to: Jailbreak 1.1.3. It’s released! Unofficially…

January 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) ()

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There is a better jailbreak method, without downgrading at all.

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Yes ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, people of all ages… Introducing, the revolutionary, offi… wait a minute… It’s unofficial? Unofficial release of the Jailbreak for 1.1.3.

Well… To my dismay, I thought it was the real thing. But it does makes your device run in 1.1.3, jailbroken. Well here are the details.

There have been some drama and dispute over the release of this jailbreak 1.1.3, so I suggest you can try it AT YOUR OWN RISK.

NOTE: Prior to jailbreaking 1.1.3, there have been reports on applications not working. So I strongly suggest waiting for a better release, with better compatibility. I’m sure you guys don’t want to screw up your iPod for nothing.

Visit here on how to jailbreak 1.1.3.

Here’s the “drama” part.

From http://www.zdziarski.com/, written on 24th January 2008:

NateTrue has recently leaked a v1.1.3 Jailbreak without the Dev-Team’s permission, getting himself kicked off the team. Against our wishes, he’s included both files belonging to Apple and patches which contain copyrighted information by Apple, making his personal release illegal and unethical. This is directly contrary to the spirit of true hacking, honorable competition, and sharing of knowledge. He’s a disgrace to developers everywhere. I’d like to strongly advise against using his system for upgrading, and make it known that the rest of the dev team does not support software piracy or copyright infringement. The method the Dev Team was/is planning on releasing allows you to perform the jailbreak without violating federal law.

If you asked me, I’ll probably wait for another release. I’m sure the iPhone dev team has something better to offer, since they wanted to keep it all legal, although Nate True has already done his personal release. I wonder which part of hacking is legal? Hmmm… :-/

Anyway, here’s a video tutorial on how to Jailbreak 1.1.3.

I wonder what’s taking ipodtouchmaster so long? Maybe he has other better things to do than to entertain with jailbreaking and stuff. 😛

For now, I am not going to upgrade my set yet. I’m going to see how far can this controversy go.

Well, for those who’s willing to give it a try, why not? After all, the iPod Touch was a personal computer, and we bought it, so it’s perfectly legal if we can do whatever we want with it.

And for Apple, how does hacking the iPod Touch makes your sales go down huh? Don’t bullshit. If there are people who knew that hacking their iPods is possible, people wouldn’t mind buying it so that they can enjoy more out of it.

Just a piece of my mind.

Cheers.

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Jailbreak iPhone 1.1.3 to be released soon

January 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm (Hot Stuff, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) ()

I thought the developers are waiting for the official SDK to come out.

But it seems that the jailbreak method for 1.1.3 is sooner than I think it is.

Looks like it won’t be easy to jailbreak 1.1.3 without any knowledge and experience. Those who are less tech savvy users might opt not to try to jailbreak their 1.1.3 until a simpler solution comes out (in about a month or 2).

I myself might not be jailbreaking it that soon. At least, until someone posts up in places like YouTube and stuff.

Stay tuned!

Via iPhone Atlas

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Jailbreak the iPod Touch version 1.1.3

January 20, 2008 at 5:31 am (Hot Stuff, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) ()

Oops…

There’s no tutorial here. Just news.

If you haven’t heard, 1.1.3 jailbreak is now POSSIBLE. There’s a YouTube video on it, but shit, I lost the link. I’ll post it back if I managed to find it.

Jailbreak 1.1.3

This method, released by NateTrue, is a jailbroken 1.1.3 iPhone. You can use the same method released by him on your iPod Touch.

Read: Jailbreak 1.1.3 released! Unofficially…

So now it’s a matter of time before Apple tries to, you know, do the stuff they do…

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