08/31/10

Downgrade Iphone/Ipod touch iOS4 to 3.1.3 or 3.1.2

When apple released their iOS4, I thought it was cool to run the new operating system on my iPOD touch 2G.  None of my friends wanted to flash the new OS but me.  I took the risk to flash it and had it jailbroken 2 weeks later.  Then things started to get worse.

  • My ipod touch had inevitably rebooted itself a few times due to low memory
  • There is a latency in between the switching of songs in the music player
  • Battery life really sucked to the max
  • Lagginess in playing games
  • And many other more…

So about 4 weeks ago, I was looking for a cure in Google to downgrade this highly anticipated OS back to 3.1.3 but to no avail.  All of the methods found in Google required me to have the SHSH of the ipod touch before flashing it to iOS4.  This was a no-return step.  If you have not backed up your SHSH to saurik’s server after u jailbreak in iOS3.1.2 or 3.1.3, you will never ever be able to get the SHSH back.  I was fucking cursing and swearing.

Then a white holy light came and gave me an optimal solution for this situation.  It is STILL POSSIBLE for you to downgrade your iOS4 back to 3.1.3 WITHOUT YOUR SHSH if you can find the custom firmware to flash it.  You need to have LibUSB installed (64bit go google for a tutorial), then google for a custom firmware and flash it.  If you encounter error 21 or 16xx, dont worry.. just keep on trying to flash!  (thats what I did).  You can find a full tutorial in redmondpie..

And a disclaimer yet, although I have used the method.. it was at my own risk as well… im not responsible for your bricked device if you did not follow the right instructions.

12/17/09

A good webhosting company

I have been with the former webhosting company for the past 3 years and it have always been a breeze for me.  As a I.T geek, I have been able to resolve most of the issues from the client side on my account and thus I do not really have to depend on their support department until lately, the server crashed during a RAID backup and this is when, once again, I felt the need to backup my files frequently and web host.  The company, paused their monitoring site which claims that the server’s uptime is 99.5%.  When I checked the monitoring site during the downtime, I was surprised to see that the account has been paused.  This meant that during the server downtime, the monitoring is unable to capture and thus it provides end user with fake statistics, 99.5%!  This is really despicable and cunning!  There are ethics to follow in any kind of business and this is definitely morally evil!

The server was down for like 3 days (72 hours) and people were whining in their forum instead submitting technical support tickets because they were slow in replying or they gave fake replies such as ‘the server is up!’, ‘sorry but we do not face any issues on our side’, etc.  BULLSHIT.  I cant even login to my pop/smtp accounts!  As a normal user, I’m totally fine with the downtime; slap myself for getting a cheap webhost BUT my clients, I do not want to see them suffer along with me.  It is therefore time-critical for any website as they may lose potential customers in that moment!

So with all these taken into considerations, there is a need, for me to change my webhost despite been with them for the past 3years.  This downtime is uncalled for and should have been resolved in less than 24hours, if not 48hours, and this will be the only downtime for a year, then we can understand that.

So how to pick a good web host?

  • Check webhosting forum for reviews
  • Read the Terms and Conditions/Privacy/User Policy carefully
  • Google for other user reviews
  • Price, for the right amount of space and application you need
  • Check if they have 24/7 support on their main website and talk to their operator
  • Has CPanel or equivalent for easier managing
  • PHP/Apache/CGI etc.
  • Operating System: Win/Linux
  • Server Specifications
  • Sharing Load (amount of websites in a server)
  • Server location and datacenter

List is not arranged in order.  I hope you have found this article useful to you, in 1 way or another!

01/27/09

Happy Chinese New Year 2009

Like what we always do for the past century, meetups with relatives and gossip, talk, share, gamble.  Its a good occasion for the lost bonds to rekindle and letting go of what had happened the past year, reflect and start planning for this rocky pavement of the upcoming year.  Like what Adeline had written in her blog, this year is gona be really tough for the OXes (yeah I was born in the year of OX) and looking at the prediction of the zodiacs’ life this year, tiger, dragon and dog are on the higher summit (my dad, mum and bro) respectively.  I really hope my family would continue to prosper in their business and ofcoz, stay healthy because without health, wealth is mere.

So I brought my mum and sis out last night to Loyang Tua Pek Gong (like what I did for the past few years).  We visit the temple on wee hours to avoid the unncessary crowd and thick smokes.  What had me amazed this year was that the temple had 6 real cows in the temple, as though it was some ritual but it was really saddening to see the animals get trapped in this small place and gets stared at.  There was 1 cow that looked so angry and helpless when I stared at her nonstop for 5minutes.  I was trying to mesmerise her, thats why. LOL.

With an addition of a family member, Biscuit (my dog), my family seems more bonded than the last time.  We had to leave the dog behind in the house because we don’t want to be tied to her when we’re having our family gathering.  Then, my dad always want to go home early instead of staying at our relative house too long unlike last time, when he could stay there until 1-2am.  Its definitely better now =)  I wanna thank biscuit so much for putting my family together again.  My sis, mum and dad now talks more and goes out more often as well.  For the past year, my family relationship has improved tremendously.

On my side, my true friends seem to have a very big gap with me.. it was accumulative effect; when there is a gap, it only gets bigger instead of smaller.  I was really busy with both my school and personal life.  I had to juggle between my poor academic results and my hall’s commitment for my school.  And for personal committments, I have a new family member (biscuit) that I have to be home some times to play with her and my beloved girlfriend, i’m attached.  But still, on the much brighter side, I have met more people in school, earn more friends and still stay happy like previously before army.  However, I still  really miss those slacking days.

So, if you haven’t start reflecting, start thinking on what you’ve really done to make yourself proud and what are your upcoming plans on the rocky paths this coming year and leave a comment here =).

Last but not least,

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR READERS!

Manage to get my hands to try on my cousin’s Sony A-350 DSLR and GuitarHero: Worldtour.  I kick ass, like totally.  Not actually, I only know how to play guitar and percussions with Medium difficulty.  Well, like what other tubers would say, Practice always makes perfect!


01/12/09

Photo recovery on media

I thought I was at the point of no return.  I brought home my compact flash card last saturday without my camera, thinking that my cheap multi-card reader should be able to read the card and even if it doesn’t, it won’t hurt my card.  I was, so wrong.  While I was copying the second file from the media card, the system suddenly pops out ‘unable to detect card’ and the beep sound came off.  It was the usual whenever I use the card reader, its very unstable and I thought it was the norm.

Yesterday I brought the media card back with me to school and tried to access it with my camera.  Good o’heaven, the media card is corrupted and the information is all gone.  I spent hours researching on the softwares that will allow me to recover these lost images, without costing me because I’m still a student and as expected, the online monopoly only contributes their sharewares for download.  Sharewares are function-limited copies of the original software, they require you to pay to unlock the rest of the functions and sharewares are usually unsafe as they bring along sometimes adware/spywares.

I thank google again for having this great website that has this software, PhotoRec.  Its a really amazing software that has enabled me to recover my photos through a card-reader (I bought a used card reader today from school mate).  Can’t imagine the pain I have to go through without the pictures.

And thanks Christophe GRENIER, for his amazing testdisk and photorec which allows data recovery.