Archive for November, 2008

Fixing swapBT icon for jailbroken iPhones

November 23, 2008  |  Tags:   |  

The iphone-dev team has come through again with a jailbroken version of the latest iPhone OS 2.2 firmware update. Detailed instructions and files on their blog.

I jailbreak for a few applications, really:

  • pdaNet for tethering
  • Some scrobbling app to immediately scrobble songs played to my account
  • For a while, Backgrounder to run non-Apple iPhone applications in the background. The phone seemed a bit more stable after I uninstalled it, but I can’t prove it.
  • One-button toggles for enabling/disabling Wifi (Wifi Toggle) and Bluetooth (swapBT). Much easier than clicking through preferences to enable or disable these services — just one button click, a 3-second wait, and the toggle is done.

One thing about swapBT was that the icon never quite showed up properly for me on my iPhone home screen. It was off by a few pixels to the left and bottom, and this irked me greatly. I couldn’t find anything online to solve it, but managed to stumble upon the solution, so here we go:

  • Install OpenSSH through Cydia to enable remote login to the iPhone. See this iClarified tutorial (summary: search for “openssh” and install it). 
  • Get your iPhone on to the same Wifi network as your computer, and SFTP to it (the IP address can be found in Settings, Wifi). Detailed instructions here for Mac using Fugu and for Windows using WinSCP.
  • Navigate to Applications, swapBT.
  • Download my fixed icon here: icon.png (might need to “Save As”) and upload it to replace the one in the directory. Make a backup of the existing one if you’re paranoid.

Turns out the bundled icon is 85×85 pixels, whereas standard icons are 60×60. Odd. Hope this helps someone.


November 17, 2008  |  Tags: ,   |  





Moving, moving

November 15, 2008  |  Tags:   |  

Had my last staff dinner last week, and didn’t win anything in the lucky draw for the third year. Hung out with colleagues afterward and the conversation steered itself in the exact same direction as after last year’s staff dinner. Full marks for consistency, everyone.

Met the new colleagues for the first time today. This might be interesting.

Going home more often to try and figure out how best to fit the giant TV (that I bought last year for the apartment) into the spare room when I move back home. I’ll need a sofa, a new table and maybe some way to soundproof the room so I can still hold Rock Band / Guitar Hero parties. And a new OS; the Ubuntu box is getting a bit long in the tooth (haven’t upgraded since 6.10). And a new TV. And a Mac Pro. Er, wait.

Done with having to go back to work on a regular basis, but need to resist the urge to play Fallout 3 until my eyes bleed. I still wonder if I should have planned a trip somewhere for the break.

Saw the ex for the first time in very, very long, and found out from a good friend (thank you) that she’s moved on and found someone new. Hey, it’s been nearly two years; I’m just the one who’s slow and useless like that. Felt sorry for myself for a day or so, but ran 30km in a week to not feel like crap (old post), and hey, it worked! Ignore the time dilation I did right there.

Been slowly seeing my boarders vacate their rooms to go home for the holidays. I doubt I’ll ever see most of them again, and I keep wondering if I ever got the pastoral care role of this job right. Last piece of advice I offered to them on my “Level 12 Blog” (er, post-its on the pantry wall) was to please, please use this break to do something they’d been putting off all year. Upon further thought, I think that was for me. 

I’m okay now.