iPhone 1.1.1 jailbreak released

Last night I finally got 3rd party apps running on the phone again after the disastrous 1.1.1 update. I used Niacin’s TIFF exploit to get write access to the filesystem, and then followed the directions from the iPhone Dev Team (detailed here) to get SSH and AppTapp installed.

It’s still a very manual process, but way easier than the downgrade to 1.0.2 then update to 1.1.1 nonsense. But now I have my eBook reader and IM client running again. Summerboard doesn’t work, and neither does Sketch or Customize(apparently Customize does work, thanks Brian), but for the most part, everything runs just fine. A list of common applications and their compatibility can be found on this iPhone Dev Wiki page.

If you’re going to try this, remember that this doesn’t get you the carrier unlock, just 3rd party apps. Unlocks are still coming, though there have been reports that the IPSF stuff still works. Apparently it was the only software unlock that didn’t brick the iPhone with the 1.1.1 update. Naturally, it costs $60.

Now to wait for the inevitable breakage from Apple’s next update. Sigh. Can’t we all just get along?

Update: Looks like they decrypted the ramdisks now.

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Bridge Construction Set goes universal!

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Finally – the addictive building game gets an upgrade to a universal binary. The old PPC version ran ok on my Intel box, but some of the more complex bridges got REALLLY SLOW during simulations.

You owe it to yourself to get a copy of this game. Also check out Bridgebuilder-game.com to find tons of pre-built bridges and some nice solutions to the more tricky levels.

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Campaign Signs

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Some busybody ratfucker keeps throwing a Ralph Becker campaign sign in my yard. I suppose they think it’s mine, when in reality it’s the neighbor’s. He’s got a small path to his lot that adjoins my property and he’s got the sign there.

So – to whoever keeps putting this in my yard, piss off.

I hope that I don’t have to put up with this until the general election or that sign is getting shredded.

Media Defender

The funniest thing about all the leaks from Media Defender is that their own technology can’t stop them. The very service they’re selling to large corporations to help keep their materials out of the hands of pirates can’t restrict their own “private” information from
leaking all over the place.

In fact, they’ve fallen back to the old media standby – issuing legal threats.

So far we have 700 MB of email
A phone call between MD and the state of New York
And now the very software that MD uses to “protect media assets”

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The powerful pull of stupid

Check out this idiot Sherri Shepherd. Apparently she is a new co-host of a morning talk show. In the clip below she claims not to know if the world is flat or not – because she really hasn’t thought about it.


Seriously, how the fuck did this nitwit get on TV? How does she dress herself in the morning? She probably needs help to remember to breathe. She goes on to say that she absolutely doesn’t believe in evolution. Because she apparently thought about that.

The stupid is thick with this one.

Update: A partial transcript from The Daily Background:

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Is the world flat?

SHERRI SHEPHERD: Is the world flat? (laughter)

GOLDBERG: Yes.

SHEPHERD: …I Don’t know.

GOLDBERG: What do you think?

SHEPHERD: I… I never thought about it, Whoopi. Is the world flat? I never thought about it.

BARBARA WALTERS: You’ve never thought about whether the world was round or flat?

SHEPHERD: I tell you what I’ve thought about. How I’m going to feed my child–

WALTERS: Well you can do both.

SHEPERD: …how I’m going to take care of my family. The world, is the world flat has never entered into, like that has not been an important thing to me.

ELIZABETH HASSELBECK: You’ll teach your son, Jeffery, right?

SHEPHERD: If my son, Jeffery, asks me ‘is the world flat,’ I guess I would go…

JOY BEHAR: You know, didn’t some person already work this question out? I mean, why are we doing this again? (laughter, applause)

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This is why I dropped my Salon.com subscription

This kept happening, and still happens today. Can’t read the article because of a broken ad server or something.

And no, none of the links actually worked.

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And what’s up with the three Next buttons and no article content? This happens all the time too. They are there even when everything is working right.

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And here is some more fun. If you have flash disabled, you end up with this ad (click for full size):

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And no way to get back to the article I wanted. All you can do is click on the ad or login as a Premium user.

Why even have ad-supported content if you’re going to fuck it up this badly? Just go back to a paid subscription-only service and be done with it.

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Toppler Updated to Universal Binary

I’ve updated Toppler to a universal binary, using the same source tree as the previous 1.1.1-1 version. This, unfortunately, requires it to be run under 10.4.x. If you’re still running 10.2.x or 10.3.x, you can still download the previous PPC version (works great under Rosetta as well) from the same page, just under the main download link.

One quick thing to note – if you have any high score files left over from a PPC->Intel conversion, these won’t read properly with this version. The high-score code is very endian dependent, and I didn’t update it to properly handle all cases. No biggie, but if you see some strange high scores in there, get rid of your /Users//.toppler directory.

I’m getting ready to post new binaries for Fillets and Freedroid as well, so stay tuned.

Update: One more update to 1.1.3-4 to include some language fixes and new levels. Check the toppler page for details.

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