Hacking The Apple TV To Enable SSH

Note: Please see a more recent post on Apple TV hacks. After lots of research and some experimenting, I have finally hacked my Apple TV. I read about the several ways to hack the Apple TV by cracking the case and pulling out the hard drive, but I didn’t want to go through this hassle and also void the warranty. Then I read about folks who have found a way to install software on a flash drive, called a “patchstick.” This method allows you to insert the patchstick into the USB port of the Apple TV and reboot. The patchstick […]

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TuneWiki, Synchronized Lyrics For Your iPhone

The first iPhone application I’d like to highlight is a whimsical one. TuneWiki is a free and easy to use music player that allows you to play songs from your iTune library on an iPhone or Touch and see synchronized lyrics. I’m not a particularly big fan of karaoke, but TuneWiki essentailly turn your iPhone/Touch into a portable karaoke player. My interest in this application stems more from sometimes wanting to know the lyrics to a particular song while I’m listening to it. Also, this strikes me as an interesting and good use of a wiki community. The TuneWiki wiki […]

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Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone?

Development for the iPhone has really taken off since Apple’s release of the SDK (Software Developer Kit). However, if you’d like to take advantage of developers who have released applications for the iPhone not officially blessed by Apple, you may want to Jailbreak your iPhone. And, if you’d like to use your iPhone with a service other than ATT, you may want to unlock it. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy way to do this. The good folks over at iJailbreak have created a cool little installer that does all the work for you. It about 3 minutes to both […]

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The iPhone Has Landed

I did it. I bought one. I have been feeling angst about buying the iPhone since before they were introduced. It just seemed like too much money. But when Apple announced the 16GB iPhone, along with the promise of the SDK for developers, I decided to go ahead and get me one. It’s beautiful. It arrived last weekend. The activation process was simple, easy, and all done from iTunes on my laptop at home. This should be a model, studied in business courses throughout the world, on how to make the customer experience a pleasant one. Since I was already […]

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16GB iPhone

I’m vexed. I’m consternated. I’m flummoxed. I was hugely disappointed by Apple’s failure to announce anything substantial about the iPhone at MacWorld 2008. (OK, some of the new software was kind of cool.) But now, Apple is announcing more memory for the high-end model. Another 8GB of memory; nothing else. And, you must shell out $500 for this puppy. It’s really too much money for too little. But, I’ve been waiting for some small sign from the powers-that-be that it’s time to go ahead and buy one. I’m willing to believe that this is that sign. Hmmm… what can I […]

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Humorous Vista News

MicroSoft is taking a beating on this dog they call an operating system. With so much widespread disappointment, it’s not clear that Vista will gain much traction in the future. Apparently, Balmer wants to blame piracy for poor sales of Vista. This news story has some other suggestions: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ATeLDM1H4M[/youtube] On a related note, perhaps the Vista packaging is to blame. It appears that so many folks were having difficulty in even opening the packaging for the Vista disks that MicroSoft had to create a tutorial for their users: Opening the Windows Vista Box Perhaps this should have been a sign […]

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