IOS 4.2 for iPad and iPhone


Rumor will be launch tomorrow. Multitasking abilities for iPad for the first time.  Meaning user can switch between apps for instance. Looking forward the release.

Launched delay to 16th November due to iPad Wifi connectivity problem. Wifi connection lost after few minutes reported by tester.

16/11/10

iTune 10.1 release today. Expected ios 4.2 to release tomorrow.

17/11/10

Release date slip again to 24th November. OMG! Like it never want the iPad user to multitasking. What is the delayed for, Jobs?

23/11/10

Updating ios 4.2. Reeleased finally.

Starcraft 2 frenzy


While i got a few minutes today to grab hold of the computer before i will be pushed away, thanks to the Starcraft 2. Den bought it last weekend at Harvey Norman, $77 cheaper $22 than normal price and he told me it is a must buy. He claimed it as a reward to pamper himself after weeks of the moving hard-work. Since last Friday, i didn’t get a chance at all to get near to the computer. Nothing motivate him to walk away other than complete the mission objective to the next level. Now he just completed Mission 7. I believe many mission more to go. I don’t really understand the game and no interest in it, but i hear this over and over “Not enough mineral” , “We’re under attack” , “The Dr comes in” , “Is anyone out there” and more. Sighh…. hard to find quiet moment at home these days, driving me crazy. But i don’t deny that the visual effect is amazing. Oopss…. Den wants to start his Mission 8 now. Ta..

Moving out… what a pain!!!


It’s been crazy 4 weeks with the whole moving out process from previous to new rental apartment. We were scaling down from 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms to 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom apartment. Didn’t pay much attention to my blog. Sorry!

My brother is moving country and with the extra bedroom also means extra money to pay on monthly basis. We notify our agent and we started looking out for apartment to lease in the real estate websites and locked in the dates and times for inspection. I’ve listed a few and my husband, Den listed a few. First day, we had 3 inspections and all unfortunately not meeting our requirements. This process went on for almost 2 weeks and we covered 5 inspections on each Saturday. Some of the inspections were totally waste of time as the agent told us that they were already processing on the applications. First week gone and without a car makes it more difficult as we had to plan exactly where to go first and next and next. Time travelled on the tram must take into consideration as well. Planning this take quite an effort to plan, champion to my husband Den, he did most of the hardwork.

Submitted a few applications and no good news from the agents. “Sorry, your application is not successful. The landlord choose someone else. We have others open for inspection, Hope to see  your there.” We got the same message over an over and finally we got it. The agent called and told us the good news. “Yay! We can stop looking” However, this is just the beginning. The moment Den hang up the phone, we looked around the house and Gosh!!! many things to pack and need to start cleaning too. We got only 2 1/2 weeks before we need to get out of the apartment.

Packing and cleaning part by part take a lot of efforts. Luckily we got our new key early and Den started to move our stuff bits by bits everyday travelling on tram. I get pretty exhausted after travelling back and forth with heavy big and small travel bags filled with things. Den is very determine that he can do this. We rented a car in the weekends and try to move as much as we can. We were hoping the more we move our own, the less we pay the mover to move the big items. We realised that our new place half the size and also means we have limited space for all our stuffs. He carries with him a measure tape everytime he moves something and plan how to fit and position the others. We argue as we have different thoughts on how things should arrange. Somehow, he won the battle and he is right about the arrangement.

Cleaning breaks into four sections :- 1) Kitchen – Griller, oven and hot plates to be cleaned, free of food scraps. Exhaust fan, range hood to be cleaned, free of grease and dust. All cupboards to be cleaned inside out. 2) Bathroom – bath, vanity and shower recess free of soap scum and mould. Cabinet cleaned inside out. Mirrors cleaned. Walls to be washed, free of soap scum and dust 3) Lauundry – Laundry trough free of soap scum. Walls to be washed. 4) General – All windows cleaned inside out. Fly wires to be dusted. Light fittings to be dusted. Marks on walls to be removed. All floors to be mopped and skirting boards to be dusted. Carpet steam cleaned. Replaced or repaired. What a pain process!

Today, i finally hand over the key back to the agent and of course final inspection. I’ve got all the necessary documents (receipt of carpet steam clean, bond, checklist, condition report, latest electricity and water statement, stratapay card, rental agreement) in a file. I wasn’t told to make a copy for the agent for record purpose but he said he need one. I’ve learned something from this final inspection. The day i was given the condition report before moving in, they agent just said to us, “Take this and write down ANYTHING to prove that you have inspect the house”.  At the final inspection, many irrelevant questions thrown to me. I was surprised and i said back to my agent, “huh! all these were as they were when i moved in and many of the kitchen items weren’t cleaned properly. Now in fact, i’ve cleaned everything and even get the repair fixed on my own.” He only said this, “You didn’t write specifically in the condition report, it’s hard to prove”. I’m not happy and told him, i’ve got no experience renting an apartment before and i didn’t know that. Felt i was tricked by the agent and now keeping my finger cross if i can get my full refund.

So, the cost of moving out quite a sizeable one, nearly $600. Carpet steam clean, Mover, Car renting, etc. Not including the countless hours we spent on the whole process. We can’t buy back those hours. It’s been really tough managing all these at the same time juggling the working hours. Somehow we made through this and really need to catch up the sleep in the coming weekends.

How to recover photo and video from memory cards.


Have you ever experienced this awkward situation: photos and videos from holiday or special occasion deleted before transfer to your PC. Yes, it is a disaster if that is your wedding photo or graduation photo. But, not until you find out this helpful software. (Thanks god i never have, and never will experience this)

Image Rescue 4 software which compatible with PC and Mac. It is $40 and i feel it cost nothing compare to your valuable photo and video. It recovers digital photos and videos from memory cards even if your files have been deleted. Whats more, this software also bundled free with Lexar’s Professional-series cards.

Click to visit the site.

Hackers strike Apple app gold


Source from Herald Sun, 25 Aug 2010

It might be illegal. It might brick your phone. It might mean its maker will refuse to repair it. Yet despite thee obstacles some Australian iPhone lovers are hacking their phones and looking outside Apple’s Store to get their app fix.

The rewards include a treasure trove of apps unavailable through official channels, including additions that turn your iPhone into a wireless internet hot spot, let you send free SMS messages, make video calls over the phones network, or simply add new message tones to your handset.

The process of hacking an iPhone, called jailbreaking, recently became easier with an online tool that made the process as simple as visiting a website. But Apple has since countered with software update for its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that, if installed, renders most of these tools inoperable.

Telecommunications experts say both advances are just part of an ongoing cat-and-mouse game between Apple and a dedicated hacking community that is unlikely to end.

That community serves more than 1.6 million users, according to Jay Freeman, who set up the main App store alternative, called Cydia.

In his application to legalise iPhone jailbreaking in the US, Freeman reported that more than 300,000 different devices use the Cydia app store daily, and more than 650,000 log in each week.

“What these users are coming back for are the hundreds of applications that are in Cydia, each one of then being the type Apple denies from (its) store,” he writes.

Freeman says  popular jailbreak apps and map applications, many if which use the iPhones’s camera or let users access its file system, and even apps such as WinterBoard, which let users change an iPhone’s graphics theme.

High-profile App Store rejects include Google Voice, the Opera web browser and an app created by South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, deemed “potentially offensive”.


Accessing those rejected apps could be legal, though. The case to outlaw iPhone jailbreaking failed in the US last month when regulators added it to a list of copyright exemptions, finding there was “no basis for copyright law to protecting its restrictive business model“.

The legality of iPhone Jailbreaking is not as clear in Australia, IDC telecommunications market analyst Mark Novosel says. There;s no doubt Australia are jailbreaking iPhone, he says, and “this has been happening since the launch of the very first iPhone”, but Apple has not sought to prosecute anyone for doing it.

“several factors can cause people to jailbreaking their phones – tethering (using an iPhone as a modem) has been disabled by some operators, You can turn your iphone into a wireless access point.”

But Novosel says hacking a phone can leave it open to attacks from viruses and other malware. These included the Ikee virus, a worm Called Duh and most recently , tainted PDF documents that allowed access to the phone’s software.

It was through this flaw that JailbreakingMe.com allowed users to jailbreak their phones by visiting a website, something that Apple has prevented with its software update.

For its part, Apple Australia warns users who jailbreak iPhones will void the gadget’s one-year warranty. The company might also deny service to an iPhone, iPad or iPod with unauthorised software.


Search engine optimisation – The SMARTER Way!


Do you ever feel frustrated over your search results? Didn’t get the right information that you are looking for and google the next possible keyword you can think off again and again? Sound familiar to you? Here are some good tips that i pick up from a magazine that can help you to search the smarter way.

PLUS
When you want the search results to include a specific word, precede it with + sign and no space. ie. shark attack+
WILDCARD
The * symbol helps you where you can’t remember the exact word in a phrase. ie. Imagination is more important *
SYNONYM
The ~tilde symbol immediately followed by a word will get results using synonyms of that word
RANGE
If you are searching between two dates or two price limit, place ..(no space) between the range. ie. $50..$100 bag
FILE TYPE
Sometimes you want to find an PDF file, excel spreadsheet or word document, type FILENAME filetype:pdf (or ext:pdf) ie. Coffee filetype:pdf
URL
Sometimes you need to look for the keyword in the URL which can be the domain name or file name. This might occur if you are researching a potential word you want to register as a domain name or brand.
inurl:WORDYOULOOKINGFOR (ie. inurl:Coffee)
If you have several words in the query and want all to be in the URL,
allinurl:WORD WORD WORD (ie. allinurl:Coffee Tea Milk)
SPECIFIC DOMAIN
When you want to restrict the search results to a specific domain name, use the site: operator. For example site:apple.com “iPad”
You can also use it negatively such as to find results from all domains other than the nominated domain. For example -site:apple.com “iPad”
TITLE
The intitle: and allintitle: operator restrict results to word found in the title of a page. The two sound alike but sightly different.
Intitle:How To will bring up only discussion threads that have words ‘How To’ in the title.
If you want all the words in the title but not necessary a phrase, use allintitle: (with a space after each word) ie. alliintitle:How To Remove Stains
CACHE
Sometime you want to find a page you knew existed but has been taken down. Use cache: to find the pages. For example http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:microsoft.com
DEFINITIONS
Want to check definition of a word? Use define: operator. For example, define:meticulous
GOOGLE NEWS SEARCH
Sometimes you are searching for a news that coincide in several locations like election, flood, earthquake, tournament, etc. Try location:Indonesia earthquake
CONTAINS
A useful Bing operator is contains: which is useful for finding files of desired type. For example contains:mp3 will give you just the pages containing mp3 files
IMAGES
Bing image search let you find images in 3 sizes. imagesize:small (width & height <200pixels), imagesize:medium (200-500pixels), imagesize:large (>500pixels). For example imagesize:large Byron Beach
OR
If you are searching game , you might search for Wii OR XBox. The pipe symbol | is an alternative for OR
AND
You may need to find instances of two or more must occur on the same page to be useful. Sydney Harbour Bridge AND Sydney Opera House
NOT
Some results include the same word from a different context to your needs. You can use minus sign (no space after) to exclude word. For example Toshiba -laptops to find pages not related to Toshiba laptops but other Toshiba products.

Are you allergic to SEX?


Read an article from a magazine, like to share here. As if. But there are ways a little intimacy can cause the kind of reactions you weren’t gunning for. Whether it’s her lingering scent or a lingering itch from a latex condom, you can thwart there romantic gremlins.

COITUS INTERCOURSE

Some women develop allergies to protein in their partners’ semen (although very rare), which can easily be misdiagnosed as vaginal itch. If she has other allergies, it may be worth being tested for it. Once diagnosed, you can use a condom.

NASAL NIGHTMARE

If her perfume makes you wheeze you may have non-allergic rhinitis, says otolaryngologist Dr Michael Benninger, of the Cleveland Clinic in the US. “True perfume allergies are rare, but the symptoms are the same – nasal obstruction and runny nose,” he says. He suggests using an intranasal antihistamine 90 minutes before your date.

KISS OF DEATH

Never treat a goodnight kiss lightly – especially if you have food allergies. Particles can linger in your date’s saliva, which may mean itchy, swollen lips or even dangerous anaphylaxis, according to a study by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the US. Offer her a piece of chewing gum after dinner, and the wait ad hour to make your move. This combo eliminates 99% of food residue.

BURNING RUBBERS

Latex allergies can be as unpleasant for women as they are for men. Either can break out in hives, have trouble breathing or develop a rash, says Dr Anju Peters, a professor of allergy and immunology at Northwestern University in the US. If she’s allergic, use a polyurethane condom, such as Durex Avanti – they are as effective as latex, according to a recent Cochrane review.

Celebrate Guinness World Records Day – 18/11/2010


Thursday 18th November is Guinness World Records Day, the annual day to celebrate record setting – and record breaking – from all around the world! Now in its sixth year, Guinness World Records Day was first organised to celebrate the 100th millionth copy of the Guinness World Records book sold making it the highest-selling copyright book of all time!

Click here for more details and short clip of the video (last year’s Highlight)

iPad bag from Crumpler


This bag come with 3 colours, black, brown and red. This is portrait style, and the new landscape style will be available next month. This model is “The herbas”, casual bags $65. Further, you can get the Crumpler Fug sleeve which work well with this bag if you do not have any case yet.

There are 3 compartments at the front (inner) and one compartment at the back. Adjustable shoulder strap to suit your comfort level.

Inner compartment for your iPad and extra one small and large compartments for accessories.

Small compartment just nice to store your camera kits and VGA adapter. Large compartment can store for others like cables and chargers.

If you own Apple original case, it can fit in the bag as well as shown below. However, with the case on is not so smooth to insert the iPad but still manage to do so.

iPad Jailbreak


Recently updated to 3.2.2 which disable Jailbreak. If you want to Jailbreak your iPad, this is the requirement:

  • firmware 3.2 (not 3.2.1 or 3.2.2)
  • activated device: one not stuck on the Connect to iTunes screen
  • any version of iTunes 9 (earlier than 9.2)
  • Back up file in iTunes to restore if anythings goes wrong, highly recommended.

For more information and download Sprit, visit here.

1. After completed download and installation, Plug in iPad and click “jailbreak”

2. When show “jailbreak complete”, iPad will restart.

3. You will find Cydia icon at home screen, it is jailbreak version of App Store.

Why jailbreak? There are some example of App that useful for some reason but not permit in App store. “Verboten” apps apple doesn’t permit in Apple App store can find here.

*CAUTION: dont crazy download, not all App iPad compatible. Most App are for iPhone.

1. 5 Apps that are highly recommended to risk for jailbreak.

2. “Backgrounder”, multitasking capability. Need to enable individual app desire to run in background. While the app open, press and hold down home button.

3. “MyWi” (US$19.99) share unlimited 3G data plan over others wi-fi enable device.

4. “3G Unrestrictor”, trick OS thinking you connect to wi-fi even you are on 3G. Benefit for app only work over wi-fi like Skype, getting around app restriction like download limit 20MB in iTunes and app store, lower quality YouTube streaming in 3G.

5. “FullForce’, elegant way to display distorted pixel-doubled look of iphone-only apps.  Need to enable each app in main setting.

6. “Winterboard”, customize lock screen, icon, text, system sounds and more.

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