Saturday, September 25, 2010

GV Mobile + Free for Now

Okay, I seem to be Mr. Free right now. Many of you know the story about Sean Kovacs' attempts to get this program released through iTunes. It was available, then pulled by Apple, then available through Cydia, now it's back on iTunes.

Well the author decided to release it for free for a short period of time to offer those that bought the program on Cydia or when it was originally released on iTunes a chance to get it through iTunes (and all the updates to follow) without them having to pay again. It looks like the app is only going to be available for free until Sunday 4pm (if rumors are correct) so grab it fast.

Oh, and for those that don't know, this is the ORIGINAL Google Voice app for the iPhone. This is not VOIP  but Google Voice.

Monday, September 20, 2010

MacScan is Free Today Only (9-20-2010)

MacScan is free today only. Order the software from the website at and then select PURCHASE SINGLE LICENSE. Enter the coupon code PIRATE (someone either has a sense of humor or they really like talk like a pirate day). Enter your information and you will get a free license to use with a downloaded copy of MacScan.

For those that don't know, MacScan is a way to protect your security and privacy, The authors describe it as being the premier Anti-Spyware program for Mac OS X. Detect, isolate, and remove spyware as well as clean up Internet clutter. With MacScan’s Blacklisted Cookie Scan you can remove blacklisted tracking cookies without losing all your saved usernames and passwords. Keep up to date with the latest Spyware definition updates!

Since early 2002, SecureMac has been developing its proprietary anti-spyware application, MacScan. January 2006 saw the release of MacScan for OS X at MacWorld San Francisco. But in 2007, the MacScan team upped the ante at Macworld SF by releasing MacScan 2 with key features such as frequent definition updates and then for cookies on their Cookie Blacklist. Users can now remove over 8000 known cookies for adware and malware with a single click and without losing any of their saved cookies. The Cookie Blacklist definitions, like the Spyware definitions, come in easy to download updates.

Key features are that the software:
  • Detects, Isolates and Removes Spyware
  • Detects over 8800 blacklisted tracking cookies
  • Internet Clutter Cleanup
  • Schedule Automated Scans
  • Free Definition Updates
I know, how much spyware is there on a mac but the software is certainly worth having for free.

iOS4 on a 2G iPhone - almost

I've been playing with Whited00r on my 2G iPhone recently. This is a way to run many of the features introduced with iOS4 to older hardware. It's not actually running iOS4 on the older equipment, however, it's a port of version 3.1.3 that replicates some of the newer features. It also jailbreaks the phone obviously.

New features that the port has include:

  • Mutlifunctionallity (works very nicely)
  • Tethering
  • Passcode
  • MMS
  • Voice control
  • Wallpapers and icons from iOS4

What it doesn't have yet include:

  • Folders (shame, I'd like this)

To install, you need to download the Whited00r software and the 3.1.3 firmware. Create a custom firmware by following the instructions in the download from whited00r. Select if you use iTunes to initiate your phone service or not. This will create a custom firmware for you to use with your iPhone. Put the iPhone into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode (press sleep and off button simultaneously for 10 seconds then release the sleep button and continue to hold the home button for 10 more seconds) and install the custom firmware  (use restore in iTunes but press the option key down to select the appropriate file).

That's the what and how. I have this modification on my iPhone but, as I don't use the phone as my principal phone (ATT really sucks locally), I don't use it on a device that's critical to me. It works fine except that you have to reinstall all of your data each time (no update). That's okay but it takes time to reload my music, movies and apps and you loose stuff like game top scores (if that matters to you). The multifunctionality is nice and works very well but I don't use it that much (it's a good quick-switcher between programs though). So it can be done but, without folders (that would allow me to load more apps on the iPhone), I'm not seeing an over-riding reason why one would want to.

I try this stuff out so you don't have to (….in the morning).