It’s official: Apple will be providing a full SDK for iPhone and iPod Touch developers in February ’08.
Nice move Steve! All I want is to keep my eBook reader.
Hot damn! Apple is dropping the price of their iTunes Plus tracks from $1.29 to $.99, probably in direct response to Amazon’s MP3 store, which also offers DRM-free tracks at $.89 to $.99. I know I first check Amazon before getting something from iTunes – with no DRM and a cheaper price, it’s a no-brainer.
At least now the playing field is leveled slightly.
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.
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.
OK – looks like everything is back to normal after the upgrade to WordPress’ latest and greatest.
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The 28 hour day/week. Courtesy of xkcd.com
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.
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.
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)
SHEPHERD: â€¦I Donâ€™t know.
GOLDBERG: What do you think?
SHEPHERD: Iâ€¦ I never thought about it, Whoopi. Is the world flat? I never thought about it.
BARBARA WALTERS: Youâ€™ve never thought about whether the world was round or flat?
SHEPHERD: I tell you what Iâ€™ve thought about. How Iâ€™m going to feed my childâ€“
WALTERS: Well you can do both.
SHEPERD: â€¦how Iâ€™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: Youâ€™ll teach your son, Jeffery, right?
SHEPHERD: If my son, Jeffery, asks me â€˜is the world flat,â€™ I guess I would goâ€¦
JOY BEHAR: You know, didnâ€™t some person already work this question out? I mean, why are we doing this again? (laughter, applause)