Thursday, September 25, 2008

Why not JailBreak?

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Mark & Wes, in Orinda, CA at Baan Thai.

Wes knows nothing about condoms. Mark jail breaks his iPhone 3g, which he then explains in more detail. They talk about how this hacking of the internal iPhone device started, and the discovery of the internal encryption key. Is it true that the jail broken iPhone runs applications better than the standard OS? The idea is that apps have more control over the device, than the standard Apple SDK allows. What is Mark to do with all the Esquire Digital Ink copies he owns? Wes thinks Apple watches the ideas that come out of the Jailbreak community to see what they might want to add to the standard firmware. Mark talks a bit about Android, and both discuss the positives and negatives regarding the HTC and T-Mobile introduction that should be more available next month. Is Municipal WiFi even a possibility? The Elvis Card.

Sites of Interest:

  • Jailbreak your iPhone from a Windows system with iTunes 8 and this link. This is the method Mark used so we know it works. The same website has a similar jailbreak method for Macs. Note that the first iPhone boot after jailbreaking may take a very long time, so be patient and don't think that the process failed.

  • The two competing App store programs for jail broken iPhone and iTouch devices: Cydia and Installer, and Cydia seems to be the newer method with the most apps. The above method for jailbreaking offers to install both of them, and you should let it. You will find these as icons just like any other iPhone apps, and the links above explain how to use them.

  • Jailbroken iPhones can be used like a cellular modem for Internet access from a notebook. The best method for doing that is PDAnet which can be installed from Cydia.

  • Jailbreak app IntelliScreen for showing info on the home screen.

  • Google hired Andy Rubin, developer of the Sidekick, to lead the Android project.

  • Android phones will work very closely with google's web apps such as gmail and Google Docs.

  • The T-Mobile G1 Android phone.

  • The way you pronounce linux, is...

  • Video of Steve Ballmore being the PC guy.

  • Craig of Craigslist has a boring twitter feed.

  • Google has products under development for you to check out now.

  • Very funny video of what it was like to use YouTube in 1985.

  • This is the 25th anniversary of the cellular phone network. Mobile phone history from the perspectives of Motorola and AT&T.

  • Ricochet wireless Internet was available in some areas of the country in the late 1990's. They used battery-operated modem boxes that you would Velcro to your notebook. This picture shows a Ricochet modem next to a notebook so you can tell the size.

Wes' iTouch Application of the week:

Mark's iPhone Application of the week:

  • Categories (install from Cydia for jailbroken devices)

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