Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Netflix Prize Winners May Be Disqualified

Posted on the July 8th, 2009 under Editorial,Social,Software,Technology by

I’ve been following the Netflix Prize for years.  This is the contest that gives all comers a chance to try and beat the formidable Cinematch algorithm that Netflix uses to give customers highly targeted recommendations.  According to a recent email, Netflix may be preparing to announce the disqualification of the leading team “BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos” who submitted results that beats Cinematch by the contest’s goal of 10%.

iTouch Emergency Medical Procedures Manual

Posted on the June 2nd, 2008 under Software,Technology by

The following text describes how to restore a non-responsive iTouch after a failed jailbreak attempt.

Symptoms of diseased iTouch:

  • History of failed attempts at jailbreaking
  • Non-responsive to touch
  • Displays pages of scrolling white text before hanging
  • Only displays black screen
  • Permanently displays restore icon

If your iTouch is presenting with any of the preceding symptoms or other similar signs, proceed with the following proceeds until the patient responds to treatment.

Twitter Killer or just another Social Networking Toy?

Posted on the June 1st, 2008 under Editorial,Software,Technology by

Low-karmer plurk creatureI was checking out my twitters and noticed a post by Leo Laporte (Twit.tv) about a new social service called Plurk.  My first reaction is that this is extremely cool!  My second reaction is that i’m not sure it knows what it wants to be when it grows up.

Jailbreaking 1.1.4 iTouch on Windows in 1 Simple Step!

Posted on the April 15th, 2008 under Editorial,Software,Technology by

Ok.  It simply doesn’t get any easier than this.  I’ve gone through all the backflips (you can read about them on my blog) and have downgraded, upgraded, sidegraded and jailbroken iTouches in just about every way possible on Windows.  I’ve read about the ZiPhone jailbreak and have periodically checked the status of that but on previous visits, it looked like it was a work in progress for Windows anyway.  So, I tried it tonight…and it worked so quickly I wasn’t even sure it was jailbroken, but sure enough, the Installer icon is on my home page ready for me to add any apps that I might want.  So here’s what you need to do…

Hulu Embed WordPress Plugin

Posted on the March 15th, 2008 under Software,Wordpress by

This plugin simplifies the effort involved in embedding videos for TV shows and movies from Hulu.com into your wordpress blog.

Breaking out of Jail Again: Simple iTouch Jailbreak to 1.1.3 on Windows

Posted on the March 2nd, 2008 under Software,Technology by

1.1.1 Jailbroken iTouchYes. I know 1.1.4 is available. I’m working on it…but i’ve spent quite a bit of time experimenting with the different techniques for a smooth 1.1.3 jailbreak on Windows and this seems to be the best by far. This article explains the easiest step i’ve found yet for jailbreaking your 1.1.3 iTouch.

More Adventures in Jailbreaking or “Help! I own a $300 brick!”

Posted on the February 23rd, 2008 under Software,Technology by

Until my last post, I didn’t realize how popular the iTouch really was. I also didn’t realize how frustrated people are that Apple is not opening up the OS for the iTouch and iPhone and letting users install 3rd party apps. I have gotten two types of responses to my previous post. The type that I really appreciate are the ones where individuals are relieved to have finally found a coherent description of the steps for jailbreaking their iTouch. The other type is interesting. I have actually had individuals blame me for their iTouch not working. I’ve approved the comments that I could. Some of them were so inappropriate that i couldn’t approve them.