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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Update #2: failed iOS 8.3 jailbreak, Windows Phone 8.1, and no more DNS adblocking

*insert awesome picture here*
(Too lazy)

Well, I just had to jump at the opportunity of jailbreaking iOS 8.3, the latest and greatest. Unfortunately, even after much troubleshooting involving old versions of iTunes and whatnot, the TaiG jailbreak tool doesn't work for me. Anyhow, I've decided that it's not worth jailbreaking my iPad Mini anymore, as it;s only a secondary device with limited usage. Plus, I get to have the latest and greatest versions of iOS w/o waiting forever. Therefore, I clean restored it and synced my latest backup. That worked better than I thought, with every app settings intact. You can't say the same for Android without root, even using adb.

Also, the same philosophy applies to the Lumia 520 I just got. Plus, it's virtually impossible jailbreaking it for anything other than sideloading apps and unlocking the carrier... Since it sat in the drawer of the seller for so long, it literally took hours for me to install all the updates Microsoft spew out. Afterwards, I put my music in a microSD card, downloaded offline maps, synced all the contacts/calendars/emails, and installed only a few necessary apps. They are:

UC Browser - happens to be only ways to adblock, via "speed mode".
LINE - cause my android version used too much resources and now I can multitask with gaming.
Listen - best music player that doesn't download unnecessary albums and reads straight from files. includes lyrics, although online. very attractive interface.
XFile - wirelessly allows me to download/upload files to and from the device.

Overall, I'm surprised by the quality of Windows Phone 8.1, and how walled its garden is. Built-in FaceBook, Skype, Mail, etc. with support of ~5-10 different types of accounts. One of the best offline navigation via Nokia Maps. And more. Just forget jailbreaking it unless you want to sideload apps.

And lastly, I cannot recommend BA.net adblock or FoolDNS anymore. They now use the same server, which doesn't even work! Therefore, what should I do for iOS adblocking without jailbreak? Cough up money for Weblock? Na, this will work fine: http://www.speedmeup.net/

*P.S. The last link is relatively new and unknown (although clean according to VirusTotal), so use SpeedMeUp at your own risk! Don't be surprised if they can sniff your non-encrypted traffic.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Craigslist godly luck and status update of all software/hardware

Yup, I did it again! The Craigslist gods has given me a Nokia Lumia 520 and (older) Razer gaming mouse for $20! I'm not lying, just that desperate times calls for desperate measures...

Anyhow, that's not all. I will be updating right here the following articles:

"List of hardware I own"
MSI GT70 0NC, Acer C710, Asus Eee PC 4G, Apple iMac MA590LL, Apple iPad Mini, Google Nexus 5, Pebble Smartwatch, Nokia Lumia 520.

LG E2350V-SN 23" Monitor, IBM ThinkPad Docking Station, OptiBay optical HDD caddy, external laptop CD/DVD/Blu-Ray enclosure, Lilliput UM70 7" USB Monitor.

Sony Sixaxis Controller, Biogenik Combat Controller, Logitech RumblePad 2, PS2/PSX DualShock controllers twin USB adapter.

JBL Spark Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Outdoor Tech OT1400 Bluetooth Headphones, Michael Jackson In-Ear Earbuds Section 8, Nexxtech PowerPort Wave 6600 External Battery, The Lifesaver 2600 mAh Portable Power Pack

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse, Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0, Rocketfish RF-BTMSE4 Bluetooth Mouse, Logitech S520 Keyboard.

BlacX HDD Docking Station, Hitachi HDT7210SLA360 1TB HDD, Lexar JumpDrive S23 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Patriot GearBox, Dell Floppy Drive Module, USB2.0 Multi in 1 Card Reader.

protective signal interface for microprocessor technology, Electricord XP Power TAP, staples transient voltage surge protector.

Touchscreen Gloves, OTG Cable, Camera Connection Kit, 30-pin to Lightning Adapter, Retractable Network Cable, USB 2.0 4 Port Hub, Universal USB Travel Power Kit, audio splitter.

"My Operating Systems"
I use Windows 10 64-bit on my main laptop (MSI). Fedora 22, Kubuntu 15.04, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Windows 7 64-bit, and Windows XP run as virtual machines under it.
Chrome OS Beta (Developer Mode) with Trusty Crouton is installed on my Acer Chromebook.
OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard is installed on my 17" Late 2006 iMac.
Haiku Nightly Image is installed on my Asus netbook. 

Android 5.1.1 rooted on Nexus 5. Stock firmware for iOS 8.3 (iPad Mini) & Windows Phone 8.1 (Lumia 520).

"My Security Setup"
Emsisoft Emergency Kit, HitmanPro.Alert, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium, Prey (Anti-Theft), SoftPerfect RAM Disk, WinPatrol, Zemana Anti-Malware, PeStudio, SUMo, LastPass, TrafficLight, VTchromizer, WOT, ┬ÁBlock, HostsMan, Sandboxie

The above is actually my security setup, minus what's already in Windows 10 (system imaging, file history, SmartScreen, Windows Defender, Protected Mode, UAC, etc.)

"My hardware specs"
MSI GT70 0NC [17" 1920x1080]:
Intel Core i7-3610QM @ Quad-core 2.3 GHz
16 GB DDR3 1600
128 GB SSD + 750 GB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M @ 3 GB

Acer C710 [11.6" 1366x768]:
Intel Celeron 847 @ Dual-core 1.1 GHz
4 GB DDR3 1333
320 GB HDD

Apple iMac MA590LL [17" 1440x900]:
2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
3 GB 667MHz DDR2
ATI Radeon X1600 @ 128 MB

iPad Mini [7.9" 768x1024]:
Dual-core A5 CPU @ 1 GHz
64 GB Internal Memory

Google Nexus 5 [4.95" 1080x1920]:
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
16 GB Internal Memory
Adreno 330

Nokia Lumia 520 [4" 480x800]
Dual-core 1 GHz
512 MB RAM
8 GB Internal Memory
Adreno 305

Asus Eee PC 4G [7" 800x480]:
Intel® Celeron M 353 @ 900 MHz
512 MB DDR2

Pebble Smartwatch [2.3" 144x168]:
ARM Cortex-M3 @ 80 MHz
128 KB RAM
4 MB Flash storage

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Windows 10 Insider Preview!

Unless you've been living without a computer or Internet these days, I'm pretty sure you've heard of Windows 10, which is coming out at the end of July. That is actually my current operating system, not just a virtual machine. Coming from Windows 7, I had a lot of installed programs and other things that made the system feel a bit clunky, although it worked surprisingly well. Therefore, I decided to try out the Refresh and Factory Reset option (available since Windows 8), which doesn't require an install media. After "refreshing" my system, I've had issues with the second monitor not being detected properly amongst other things, although my Windows settings such as Downloads folder location was quite intact. That means factory reset, which took a further 2 hours or so.

Now onto the fun part, using the new OS! What I notice right away is the new start menu and charms bar. They can be quite intuitive with enough knowledge and experience I believe. Personally, I just changed the places listed in the start menu, dragged my favourite programs to the right, never combine taskbar buttons etc. The new search menu is actually unnecessary, just type after opening the start menu and it'll show results. I also like how some of my notifications appear on the charms bar. Another new tool I like is the Mail app, which supports virtually all email accounts under the sun. Weirdly, I had to enable the sound and notification banner manually from the settings. Battery, WiFi, sound, date/time all had a remake, and I'm surprised how everything worked out of the box. All the hardware toggles works fine after installing the manufacturer utility/drives, and there are new features such as automatic battery saving!

Windows Explorer (Files app) was also upgraded, with universal Quick Access (taskbar right-click, right-hand side of explorer, etc.) replacing the Favourites. What I mean by those are folders you can quickly access by bookmarking them. Too bad it doesn't work with the start menu yet. Older Windows 7 features are still there, such as system imaging, file history, etc. Backwards compatibility is surprisingly good, with old XP-era games still running strong! Unfortunately, that doesn't mean everything is fine and dandy. I'm still missing Sandboxie, and VirtualBox has been a pain to work with. So much so, that I tried to find Hyper-V, only to notice it's not available in the Home edition... By a pain I mean even the latest beta cannot install properly without unchecking bridged networking, and there will be 3 error prompts sometimes before starting any virtual machines.

Otherwise, all of my essential programs are working fine, plus Chrome is easy to deal with once you sign in with your account. I also have some new stuff in the form of mobile apps such as Facebook, LINE (crashes on photo posts unfortunately), and various games (example: Jetpack Joyride). The new Microsoft Edge browser is currently quite limited, like I can't even set my own download directory! It's settings are also separate from many of Internet Explorer's options. It gets a bit confusing at times switching between Control Panel and the Settings app, I thought it would be more streamlined by now. Of course there are still bugs, one of which is that you have to display recently opened programs on the start menu or else it won't open sometimes.

Overall, I find Windows 10 a worthy, but unnecessary update to Windows 7 (yes I skipped 8). If you want to start from scratch, it's better to upgrade. But otherwise, you may just keep using previous versions of Windows, there is no great need to upgrade at the moment.

LINE has fixed their bug. Sometimes Windows Explorer lags and then opens two of the same folder window. Adblocking Windows Store Apps needs something like HostsMan. I tried BA.net free iOS adblock DNS servers, but no cigar.

Better not clean install before registering your machine on Microsoft (Hotmail/Outlook)! Otherwise you wont'get get a genuine license, but only a beta tester one! Or you could upgrade and then factory reset like me.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Door to door experience selling Telus with Latta Corp...

Sorry for the lack of updates, I was honestly depressed for a while (maybe more on that in the future). Anyhow, I had this interesting experience training to be a door to door salesman under Ladda Corp for Telus. It was quite strenuous dealing with all sorts of customers and working from basically lunch to after dinner. You had to wear a dress shirt and everything. As long as you perform, there is potentially very high benefits. Unfortunately, there was no base rate and I didn't work long enough to gain any clients before my depression took over...

Well, it was quite the learning experience practicing my pitch all day across Metro Vancouver. Not quite the job for me though, unless there is a way to remain motivated and energetic at least 8 hours every day. This blog will now be updated on an unpredictable "see as I feel" schedule.