I'm Moving to Wordpress!

Dear Readers,

So instead of the usual blog in blogger/blogspot I decided to migrate to wordpress because of one reason: wordpress supports numbers of mobile devices which allows me to check comments and post directly from my phone instead of the traditional open dashboard etc process. Another reason that wordpress is better is more support for mobile device so posts can be rendered better. So here we are, thanks for reading.


Mac OSX: Changing Login Screen Desktop Picture

It would look odd whenever you lock your screen (showing Login Window) it will show the default desktop picture instead of your customized desktop picture. To change the default desktop picture, you will need to know where your picture is stored. Open the terminal from Application>Utilities and type the following:

  • cd /System/Library/CoreServices
  • sudo mv DefaultDesktop.jpg DefaultDesktop_original.jpg
  • sudo cp Path/image.jpg DefaultDesktop.jpg
Thats it! you've just renamed the original desktop picture used in Login Windows to DefaultDesktop_original.jpg and copied your image from Path\image.jpg as DefaultDesktop.jpg. Have fun!


Mac OSX: Create ISO CD/DVD image (.iso)

So I tried searching around but couldn't find a clear solution on this. I had to retrieve bits by bits and visit some forums which takes time. Anyhow, without further ado, here are the steps in creating an ISO CD/DVD image from OS X using Terminal app so you won't need any additional third party software. The steps are as the following:

Open Terminal.app from Utilities folder under the application, then you will need to see where your dvd/cd is under (usually it is in /dev/disk1) by typing:
drutil status

From there find the word "Name" which represents the accessible directory.

Unmount the disk to ensure that the disk is not locked by the OS so you can create a perfect duplication of the disk by typing:
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk1

Then, create the ISO file by typing the following:
dd if=/dev/disk1 of=nameOfDisk.iso bs=2048

Wait while the disk is being duplicated as nameOfDisk.iso is being created. Not that this copies exactly the disk you are duplicating so it can also be bootable.

That it! Good luck!


Red Mango: Finally a competitor to Sour Sally arrives @ Indonesia, Giving away BlackBerries?

Red Mango, a competitor of Sour Sally (currently the leading frozed yoghurt franchise in Indonesia) arrives at Indonesia. Said to be opening at Mall Taman Anggrek first and will give away free BlackBerry 8900 Curves to surveyors by following this link. Well who knows? Try it on!


Facebook: Street Racing Script Tutorial

Okay, since some of you have been asking me how to install and I had to give a step-by-step instructions everytime, I present you a tutorial on how to install these scripts.

Well first you must install Greasemonkey for Firefox (if you can't then find in google). Once installed, you will see a new menu in the "Tools" part of Firefox which consist of Greasemonkey or you can simply have a look at the lower right part of the Firefox window (right side of the status bar).

Secondly, have my scripts ready at hand, extracted and viewable with any text editor.

Now right-click on it and select "New User Script..." (Repeat these steps 3 times for SRAutoXP, LoopAutoXP, SROutOfBounds) as shown below:
Now, a new script window will appear (for first time installs, usually it will ask for a preferred text editor, select notepad for pc or textedit for mac)
Enter these information accordingly to the scripts in the box:

  • Name: SRAutoXP
  • Namespace:*
  • Description:
  • Includes (One per line):
  • Excludes (One per line):
  • Name: LoopAutoXP
  • Namespace:*
  • Description:
  • Includes (One per line):
  • Excludes (One per line):
  • Name: SROutOfBounds
  • Namespace:*
  • Description:
  • Includes (One per line):
    -http://* !!Warning: If you include this line, it means everytime you enter ANYTHING, it will redirect to SRAutoXP!!
  • Excludes (One per line):
Then, copy and paste the downloaded script accordingly and save.Repeat the steps 3 times accordingly to each given script, then apply the update from my previous post here.

Finally, to run the script, right click on the Greasemonkey icon and enable or click on the icon and ensure that it is colored (if it is grey, it means Greasemonkey is disabled) then refresh the page to let it roll.

Please do leave questions, comments and suggestions on the comment box. Now you can sleep and let the script race for you! Have fun!

BlackBerry: Leaked Skype (BETA)

Source: Komunitas BlackBerry

A member named valentz leaked the long-waited Skype beta version for Blackberry in Komunitas Blackberry forum which is supposed to be a closed beta testing version from Skype. The application itself looked like a java application installed on my BlackBerry since we must use # and @ as buttons for softkeys. When I opened the .jad file using notepad it shows the following:

RIM-COD-Module-Name: skype
MIDlet-Name: skype
MIDlet-Description: BBactionpack
MIDlet-Vendor: : BBactionpack
MIDlet-Version: 1.0

MicroEdition-Configuration: CLDC-1.1
RIM-COD-Module-Dependencies: net_rim_cldc
RIM-MIDlet-Flags-1: 0
RIM-MIDlet-NameResourceId-1: 0
MicroEdition-Profile: MIDP-2.0
RIM-COD-Creation-Time: 1218812329
Manifest-Version: 1.0

RIM-COD-URL: skype.cod
RIM-COD-Size: 75484
RIM-COD-URL-1: skype-1.cod
RIM-COD-Size-1: 67232
RIM-COD-URL-2: skype-2.cod
RIM-COD-Size-2: 86900
RIM-COD-URL-3: skype-3.cod
RIM-COD-Size-3: 55556
RIM-COD-URL-4: skype-4.cod
RIM-COD-Size-4: 54684
RIM-COD-URL-5: skype-5.cod
RIM-COD-Size-5: 55964
RIM-COD-URL-6: skype-6.cod
RIM-COD-Size-6: 41464

By looking at the details RIM means Research In Motion so it is the actual Skype for BlackBerry. After successfully installed Skype on my 8310 Curve, I configured my account but failed to connect and a message appeared saying "Skype couldn't connect over your phone connection". Below are some screenshot of the application:

So if anyone of you feeling lucky and would give it a try download Skype Beta from here and post your results in the comments, thanks!


Blackberry: Remove IT Policy

Whenever you purchase a second hand Blackberry either from eBay or from a friend, some of them have IT policy still attached to them. IT policy can be a hassle since most of it won't allow installation of 3rd party applications and such. The following are the steps to remove an IT Policy easily (compilation of sources from the internet):

First you need several files ready first:
  • Blackberry Desktop Manager (comes with the CD or download here)
  • JL_Cmder, a compilation of batch scripts by d_fisher from Blackberry Forums for some cases. For 8110, 8120, 8130 and 8330 with 4.5 OS installed simply use JL_Cmder resetfactory option, restart device and you're done.
  • BlackBerry default blank IT Policy and save it into your BlackBerry installation directory (c:\Program Files\Research in Motion\Blackberry (for other than mentioned above).
To remove the IT Policy, use the following procedure:
  • On Windows XP or Vista, go to regedit (Start>Run)
  • Navigate to HKEY_Current_Users\Software\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\PolicyManager and right-click your mouse and select New/String Value and name it as "Path". Then double click the "Path" and set Value Data to "c:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\policy.bin"
  • Open the Desktop Manager
  • Connect the Device
To verify that the IT Policy has been completely removed, in your device go to Options>Security and check reference to IT Policy and go to Options>Status and type BUYR and now you should see time and data usage instead of IT Policy.

EDIT: for 8310 use JL_Cmder works as well.

Good Luck!