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My Personal Netflix

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If you are OK with having to take out a DVD each time you wish to watch a movie, you probably still enjoy your Discman and hate when it has to buffer the CD's or skips. For the rest of us with a large collection of movies and TV shows, it makes sense to store them better. This is where file servers and media centers come together. A file server is essentially a computer with the ability to share files to another computer over a network. This can be done in the form of a NAS, a server, a desktop computer, whatever. It just has to send files to another computer on request. Once that is in place, you can and should use media center software with 10-foot displays*. I recommend MediaPortal, xbmc, or boxee.

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iPhone Recovery

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I thought I had posted this previously, but if your power button is hosed and you need to recover the iPhone, there is a very good utility called RecBoot. In my experience, it has only worked on Windows XP. The LibUSB program hosed my Win7 install, and I hadn't tried it on Linux yet. To run, download RecBoot and place the itunesmobiledevice.dll from here into the same folder as RecBoot. If the first run of RecBoot doesn't succeed, you may need libusb-win32-filter. THIS WILL REPLACE YOUR USB DRIVERS, BE VERY, VERY CAUTIOUS. I recommend making a restore point or backing up your OS before doing so. The LibUSB drivers killed all USB devices on my Win7 machine.

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Best iPhone Apps

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My phone is jailbroken. To some, this is a warning sign. To others, it means a whole new realm of possibilities. Because I have rebuilt my phone about four times in the past three months, I figure it's about time to make a list of my favorite apps for the next time I rebuild it.

SBSettings
This is by far the most useful app I have come across. Moving all the toggles in settings such as bluetooth, wifi, airplane mode, etc. into a drop-down menu is just awesome.


OpenSSH
Most won't see functionality with this, but restoring files, saving videos and pictures, etc. is much easier with an SFTP client than iTunes.


Winterboard
Making the iPhone look pretty is, to a lesser degree, important. By default, Winterboard allows you to have photos as wallpaper, remove icon labels, and extend the beauty of your iPhone desktop and sounds with misc add-ins and features.


Cycorder

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iPhone Overclocking

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The 3G iPhone has a 600Mhz processor in it. However, in order to save battery life and keep the phone running cooler, Apple underclocked it to 400Mhz (412Mhz, to be exact). In order to gain a little performance jump, I followed a few tutorials to get back some of those Mhz's. There are two methods to "overclock" the 3G running 3.1.3 or lower. The first involves editing a HEX file on the phone to set the CPU power. The second is to rename or delete said file, forcing the phone to re-create or not use the file, and thus restore the chip to its full potential.

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Arbitrary Music

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Music is interesting. Not so much the music itself, but how it is stored, played, etc. I'll explain: a co-worker came to me last Friday with a problem. All of her music was on a broken iPhone, and she wanted it on her replacement iPhone. Now this music had been wiped from her computer when it was restored, and the iPhone was the only device that had the music. What I found peculiar about the whole situation is that she felt as if she would never see this music ever again. In browsing other shared music at the office I can pick up hundreds of songs without even trying. Why people think they have no way of getting music back is beyond me. But I guess it's been this way as long as I can remember. Ever since I downloaded my first song off of the internet ("You Sexy Thing", by Hot Chocolate) I have never felt that music was hard to obtain, or hard to re-acquire.

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