Upgrade Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 3g to IOS 4.2.1

Yesterday night I finally got my mind set to upgrade my iphone 3g to ios version 4.2.1. They say its a lot faster than 4.0.1 which I was using.

I know there are many guides out there, I tried following them, but I ran into a lot of trouble, no guide (that I found) was complete, So I decided to make my own.

Before you start, please back up your iphone by right clicking it and selecting backup from the left side menu in iTunes. Also please know that this process is Dangerous. and can lead to loss of data, and – or damage to your iphone. Do this at your own risk .

1. Download the following files:

– the original IOS 4.2.1 http://www.filefactory.com/file/cd51494/n/iPhone1,2_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw

– Sn0wBreeze 2.2.1 http://www.filefactory.com/file/cd51574/n/sn0wbreeze-v2.2.1.zip

-iREB r4 http://www.filefactory.com/file/cefa17a/n/iREB-r4_2.zip

– Itunes (10 or higher) if you dont already have it

Make sure you have internet Wifi if you will be unlocking

Before we start I will give you an Idea about what we are going to Do.

I assume that you are running IOS 4.1 or lower, and that you have never upgraded your phone to 4.2.1. If this is the case, you are likely to still have the old baseband, which is a good thing, because it can be unlocked easily. in this guide we will preserve your baseband and only upgrade the rest of the IOS (SOME OTHER GUIDES ASK YOU TO UPGRADE USING ITUNES TO 4.2.1 AND THEN JAILBREAK, DONT DO THAT) if you do that you will be upgrading your baseband to a new version, that is only unlockable by replacing it with the ipad baseband. What you need to understand is that this process in irreversible, and may prevent you from upgrading to newer IOSs in the future.

We will take the stock IOS, jailbreak it with with  snowbreeze, then get the phone in a special DFU mode using iREB, then use itunes to upload the modified IOS.

OK lets start.

1. Open snowbreeze and drag / drop the iPhone1,2_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw over it. hit the blue arrow

2. select “Simple” (don’t worry it will also preserve your baseband similar to the first option but it will also jailbreak the ios).

3.  IF your will unlock your phone, select yes on the next message.

4. let sn0wbreeze do it’s magic. Then (CHECK THE SIZE OF THE GENERATED IPSW file) in my case snowbreeze made a mistake generating the file, it was around 30mb in size. Itunes will try to flash the corrupted IOS wich can lead to problems. MAKE SURE THE IOS IS LARGER THAN 300 MB

5. Snowbreeze will now help you get your phone into DFU mode, a state required to be able to flash a custom IPSW using itunes. Follow the instructions on screen.

If the program gets stuck during the process, don’t panic, it’s probably because of windows update trying to find a driver for the DFU mode iphone online, make sure to prevent windows from looking up drivers online.

IF YOU REALLY HAVE TO SHUTDOWN  your phone because the software got stuck, do it by holding the home and power buttons together until the phone is off (around 10 secs)

If you got it right, your screen will turn GREEN open itunes, it will ask you to restore your iphone, HOLD SHIFT and click the restore button. browse and find the snowbreeze IPSW let itunes flash it.

In my case this didnt work, I got error 21 , cannot restore your iphone. well this is because I’m as lucky as Kenny from southpark, if you are too. dont panic. close itunes, shut down your phone by holding home and power and open iREB.

Select iphone 3g and follow the instructions to set your phone in an alternative DFU mode, in this one the screen is black, not green. once done open itunes and shift-restore the snowbreeze ipsw,you may have to try a couple of times if you get error 1600 you can try to close/open itunes, or unplug-plug your phone while itunes is open.

that’s about it, your phone should now be restored to 4.2.1, once done, go to Cydia (which is already there) and perform a complete update (you will have to be on Wifi to do this) . once done, lookup ultrasn0w in cydia and install it, after the install is complete it will ask you to reboot. Do so.

Now you should have a working jailbroken unlocked iphone 3g on 4.2.1,

you may restore your itunes backup now. Note: if you have installous apps in your back up, you will have to install installous from cydia before restoring the backup. otherwise it will fail

Matrix Style DOS console.

If you frequently use DOS, and if like the Matrix, then this is for you!

This is a simple registry change to make your DOS console look like a Matrix terminal!.

Open your regitry editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor

Find the value “Default color” and change it to hex value :”0A”

save then open your command line to see the new Matrix colors, which is make you look much cooler or even help you score some points, if you can at least pretend to type quickly!

One more cool trick, to enforce you geeky swag.

Ok, open C:\windows\system32 and create  a batch file named dos.bat

Paste the following code inside it

@Echo off
title Enter The Matrix
color 0A
dir c:\windows\system32
echo —————————–
echo Welcome to the Matrix
echo —————————–

prompt Hello Neo

Now  save the file, from now on every time you want to open the command prompt do the following:

1. Do your evil laugh.

2 hit Ctrl-R to show the run command

3. type dos as quick as you can then slam the enter key

4. your cool command prompt will show after a nice entrance

Any better ideas about the batch file, I bet we can make it much cooler.

Final Fantasy XIV OPEN BETA !!

Today I received an email from Square Enix announcing the start of Final Fantasy XIV open beta testing. I quote the following from the email I recieved

Final Fantasy XIV OPEN BETA

In preparation for the official release of FINAL FANTASY XIV on September 30, 2010 and the early release on September 22, we will be starting an open beta test to help put the finishing touches on the game. We ask that all users who can participate in the open beta test apply from the following website.

1.Access the following URL.
* The page will become accessible starting at 19:00 on Aug. 31, 2010.

2.Log in with your Square Enix account and have a registration code issued.
* Depending on the access status, we may temporarily suspend the issuance of registration code. If you cannot have registration code issued, we ask that you please wait a little while before trying again.

3.Register the registration code you received by e-mail on the Square Enix Account Management System.
Click “Select Service” from “Services and Options” on the left menu. Select “FINAL FANTASY XIV” from the services available and then “Add a service account.” Enter the registration code you’ve been issued and proceed to the end of registration.

The Square Enix Account Management System: https://secure.square-enix.com/account/

– Client Software Used in the Open Beta Test
The installer for the open beta test’s client software can be downloaded from the following website.

*If you have already downloaded the client software for the closed beta test, there is no need to download the installer.

– Transferring your Character Name from the Open Beta Test to the Commercial Release
As long as the World you choose in the commercial release is the same as the World you chose in the open beta test, you will be able to transfer your character name. If you choose a different World for the commercial release, your character name will not be transferrable. For details, please refer to the beta test site.

– To PlayStation 3 Version Applicants:
This test phase will deal only with the Windows version of the software. Details regarding the test schedule for the PlayStation 3 version will be released by e-mail at a later date. If possible, we still ask and encourage you to take part in the testing on a Windows PC.

– Note:
・The open beta test is being conducted on the Windows version of the game only.
・Latest news and notifications will be periodically posted on the forums of the tester site.
・The game to be tested is under development, and may differ from the commercial release.
・Please direct all inquiries regarding FINAL FANTASY XIV to the Square Enix Support Center ( http://support.na.square-enix.com/ffxiv/ ).

The Game Will officially be released on The end of september, that gives us a month to enjoy FFXIV for free!

This is a beta test, so I encourage you to find some beta tester spirit and use it, you must find AND report bugs to developers

Kaspersky PURE, what is so pure about it?

I recently installed Kaspersky pure, It sure is a Kaspersky, meaning great protection against Virus, especially exotic ones that can make other anti-virus application run in circles.

I can think of a couple of things that I’m starting to hate in this version, and here is a little list of them:

1. Parental control, XD , come on you can do better, a 9 months baby can find his way around this security, just use a browser other than IE or FireFox  and you are off the hook.

2. Back-up : this will just collect multiple versions of all the crap in your HD and and squeeze it into backups, eating up you HD space. If you need a backup solution this can still work, but if you’re just a home user with almost nothing to lose 😉 you don’t need this.

3. Where are all my settings? Kaspersky is slowly turning into a Norton, I can’t  find the settings that made kaspersky so special over the years, no sliders to increase / decrease scanning  strength, no scanning by file type, just plain prison meals, either enable your G D protection or disable it and go to hell. Actually the settings are there, you just have to dig deeper to reach them SRY

4. Password Manager. Kaspersky used to sell this as a stand alone application, without much success I guess. The Idea is that this application can import password from several application (No Opera guys) and encrypt them and receive new passwords entered into IE or firefox, or other application. You can confirm you identity to used stored passwords by typing a master password, by a bluetooth device, or other biometric devices. to me, this is just another icon in my status bar, and another window asking me to enter a password on every boot, plus if get get so friendly with this application then you wont be able to move past Kaspersky products for the rest of your life, or you will have to buy the standalone version of the password manager, but I’m not sure about the export capabilities of this passwords manager.

5. System tuneup XD Hurray!! you need someone to clear your browsers cash? what about cleaning the temp folders? this is the app for you. to be honest, this can come in handy if you have your browsers settings messed up  by some Virus, other than this this is useless.

6. Tight network security: so tight, it will kill all your network and printer shares, you will have to run around the settings for hours to get everything up and running. This is probably why I only use Kaspersky Antivirus and not internet security.

Finally I miss the days when kasper used to scream like a  pig giving birth when it catches a virus, the Pure vision of the product is just not suitable for the repel antivirus Kaspersky used to be.

Exporting Opera 9 wand passwords to Opera 10 BETA

The all new opera 10 BETA 2 does not detect previous versions of opera and does not offer upgrading from previous versions (on purpose maybe?). Anyway If you are like me and you can’t live without your wand passwords, there is an easy hack to export them to the new version of opera.

open “C:\Users\USERANAME\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\profile” (change C: by your system drive and USERNAME with your username)
copy wand.dat
now open “C:\Users\USERANAME\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera 10 Beta” and paste the file (overwrite the existing one).

You are all set! open opera 10 BETA 2 and enjoy.

I don’t know about you but I enjoy facing a world of Firefox and IE with my opera, I just love it

Help curing Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow, Parkinson’s disease and more with your computer!

A Stanford university team has developed software that studies what is called the protein folding. Basically it is something good, but when a misfolding occurs, many diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes will occur.

What you need to understand is that simulating and studying this protein folding thing requires a lot of computation power, that’s where you (The hero) come in. you will share some of your mighty processor cycles to do some calculations for the main software and upload the results to it.

You can read more details and join the project here

Remember to link to this page or the project’s page on your blogs and sigs

Prank software showing random jokes about your Boss!

The Idea is simple, you start the software, adjust its settings (Boss name,joke frequency) for example your Boss’s name is Mr. Bill ,then the software hides and shows up from time to time with a message.. A message like this:

“If you spell Mr. Bill in scrabble you win. Forever”
“Mr. Bill can divide by zero”

This software is ideally planted in a college’s computer, your own work computer, or your boss’s (if you have the nerve to do so). but it can also be used inside the family (big brother, Father) and the jokes will be specially funny if the boss is a strong aggressive man.
The Software’s name is BossJoker and it can be downloaded here Bossjoker

Bossjoker is a freeware but you can always donate any amount you like and increase the number of jokes from 250 to 725 !!

The software is cool and it’s worth a try.