iPhone – Cydia Apps/Tweaks

This is probably just for my own future reference, but there is a ton of Cydia tweaks and apps I use, I figure I should list them.

(iPhone 4 on iOS 4.2.1)


  • Activator – create shortcuts for just about anything
  • App Switcher Brightness – self explanatory: change screen brightness from app switcher
  • App Switcher Ringer – tap on the volume icon in the app switcher to change the ringer volume instead
  • AppStore Update Size – show the size of an update in the App Store (useful if you’re using 3G)
  • Auto3G – disable 3G when the phone is connected to Wifi or in sleep mode (battery saver)
  • Backgrounder – true backgrounding of applications
  • Barrel – make the springboard page transitions awesome
  • BrowserChanger – change the native browser from Safari to something better like Atomic
  • CyDelete – delete Cydia applications from the springboard
  • Cyntact – add profile pictures to the contact list
  • Fake Operator – change the cell carrier name to something more unique
  • FakeClockUp – increase the transition speed of iOS animations (I prefer 1.6X)
  • FBphotoSave – save pictures from the Facebook app into your pictures
  • FolderEnhancer – faster than the default folders and allows folder paging
  • FreeSync – allows you to use the iPhone while it is syncing with iTunes
  • GridLock – place springboard icons anywhere within a grid
  • HapticPro – haptic feedback of keyboard and other buttons
  • LastApp – quickly switch between the last two active apps with an Activator shortcut
  • LockInfo – adds configurable notifications to lockscreen, homescreen, and/or a pull down “InfoShade”
    • Lock Weather Plugin
    • RSS Plugin
    • Twitter Plugin
    • Typography Time Plugin
  • MagicFingers – close app with 3, 4 or 5 finger gestures
  • ManualCorrect – opposite of the native AutoCorrect: tap on correction suggestion to change word
  • Multiflow – faster and more intelligible than the native app switcher, shows a mini-preview of running apps
  • MultiIconMover – move multiple icons very quickly
  • MyWi4.0 – tethering of your 3G connection to another device through bluetooth, USB, or Wifi
  • Notifier+ – adds statusbar icons for notifications – very configurable
  • NoVoiceMail – removes the voicemail tab from the Phone.app because I don’t have voicemail
  • PhotoAlbums+ – built into native photo app, manage, create, and password protect photo albums
  • Popup Blocker – block annoying popups from pretty much anything
  • Rename II – rename any apps (for instance I renamed AlienBlue to Reddit)
  • Safari Download Manager – for those rare occasions when I use Safari this is a must have
  • SBrotator – rotate the springboard and a few native apps that normally don’t rotate
  • SBsettings – control many springboard elements with tons of options / addons
    • Airplane SBsettings – toggle
    • Auto3G SBsettings – toggle
    • AutoLock SBsettings – toggle
    • Calculator Widget – built in calculator
    • HapticPro SBsettings – toggle
    • iPod Widget – toggle to play/pause music
    • iRetina+ – SBsettings theme, absolutely perfect
    • NoLockScreen – toggle to disable the lockscreen entirely
    • Remove Background – close all apps running in background
    • Rotation Inhibitor – disable/enable rotation
    • SpringFlash SBsettings – enable the iPhone 4 camera LED to use as a flashlight
    • Volume Slider Widget
  • ScreenDimmer – dim the screen, then turn off the backlight, after a configurable amount of time
  • ScrollingBoard – add scrolling options to the dock and folders, scroll left in dock for iPod player, supports addons
    • ScrollingBoard LiveMaps – adds google maps to a springboard page!
    • ScollingBoard Web Browser – adds a web browser to a springboard page – I love this.
  • ShakeToUndo Killer – removes the incredibly annoying iOS feature
  • SleepFX – custom screen effects when screen turns off from sleep button
  • StayOpened – prevent the App Store from closing upon installing/updating an application
  • SwitcherMod – hide apps that aren’t actually running in the background (wtf, Apple?), drag to reorder, show close button by default
  • ToneFXs 2.0 – Change the notification sounds of any application
  • Winterboard – theming application
    • inPulse – the only Winterboard theme I’ve ever liked
    • Transparent Slider bkg – makes the background of the lockscreen slider invisible, a minimalistic look
  • WeatherIcon – adds weather information directly to the weather.app icon, as it should be


  • BatteryDetective – useful for troubleshooting what app is draining your battery
  • BatteryLogger Plus – keeps track of the rate of battery useage and makes a nice plotted timeline
  • biteSMS – superior to native SMS, and the QuickReply option is FANTASTIC
  • Firewall iP – useful if you have rogue network connections running and need to troubleshoot
  • Grooveshark – stream any songs to your phone, save playlists, offline play options – requires $9/mo subscription after free trial
  • iFile – browse the iPhone’s internal files, copy, view, and run files
  • Installous 4 – pirate App Store apps (but buy the ones you like for heavens sake!)
  • iWhiteBoard – draw directly on top of any app for annotations, then take a screenshot
  • MobileTerminal – a terminal emulator
  • NetServices – shows your internal and external IP address as well as other network information
  • SysInfoPlus – shows memory useage, running system processes, and other system info
  • Veency – view and control the iPhone on a computer over a VNC server – neat, not very useful unless you bust the screen

Trillian 5

I recently (yesterday) discovered the Trillian 5 beta for Windows. Immediately I noticed, from the tiny thumbnail of a screenshot, that it didn’t look like a pile of vomit splashed on my computer screen, amiss to previous Trillian outings. Okay maybe that is a little harsh, all I know is I hated Trillian.

For those not born on the internet, Trillian, much like Pidgin, Digsby, and Miranda, is a universal IM/social media client that allows you to connect with MSN, AIM, email, Facebook, and Twitter among many other services all from one application on your computer.

Why Trillian 5 is Good

  1. The GUI looks exceptional.
  2. The tonal audio is pleasing.
  3. It has Skype control.
  4. Multi-login – I can be logged into Trillian on my BlackBerry, iPod, laptop, and desktop at the same time. Every message can appear on every device.
  5. Customizable interface.
  6. No ads.
  7. Can dock contact list to edge of screen with drag and drop.

Why Trillian 5 isn’t Perfect

  1. If I am logged into several places, I receive “unread” messages on every single device, even if I read them on something else.
  2. The pop-out menus when hovering over contacts and mail feels a little clumsy and loads a little slow. Optimization could probably cure this.
  3. As far as I can tell, there isn’t an option to disable notifications from certain services.
  4. It would be nice to be able to bookmark specific locations in conversations.
  5. Lacking a video chat option for Live Messenger.
  6. The Skype client needs to run in the background for Trillian to support it. Also, video calls open up a Skype client window. Any Skype support at all is still pretty good.
Trillian 5 Contact List and Conversation Window
Trillian 5 Contact List and Conversation Window
Trillian 5 Pop-out menu
Trillian 5 Pop-out menu

Update: I’m not sure why really, but I switched back to using Digsby. Trillian didn’t feel right for me.

Expensive Electronics I Hate

1. BlackBerry Bold 9000 and BlackBerry Bold 9700

I went through two Bold 9000’s. The trackball on both of them ended up becoming completely unusable. My friend also owned a 9000 (owns a new one now) – the standby button broke and then later on the trackball went as well. My dad also had a 9000 work phone – the trackball went on it. I thought that the Bold 9700 would remedy my issue, since it does away with the trackball. Well, the tracking is no longer an issue, but after a couple months of use my screen randomly goes all effed up; that’s the only way I can describe it – here’s an image. On the other hand, I’ve owned an iPod Touch 2g since before my first BlackBerry, and I have never had an issue with it, and the App Store completely destroys BlackBerry App World. Needless to say, I plan on getting an iPhone 4 in the coming months.

2. Razer Mamba

Before I purchased this $160 mouse I read countless consumer and professional reviews, all of which stated this mouse was the second (first) coming of Jesus Christ, more or less. It’s an OK mouse, but I wouldn’t pay more than $50 for it. When in wireless mode, the battery lasts about 5 hours. Even in wired mode, I occasionally (not often) experience a complete loss of mouse movement, and I need to unplug the mouse and plug it back in – it’s a software issue, not a USB cable or power issue. Speaking of software, the Razer control panel is a piece of garbage. Profile management is completely broken; in order to add a profile I ended up having to add a text entry in one of the .ini files. After having more than one profile, I realized the auto-switch upon loading a game rarely works, and if it does work it doesn’t auto-switch back when the game is closed. The macro functionality doesn’t work either, at all. I can’t describe how utterly useless this Razer control panel is. What I can do is change what every button does, change the dpi and scroll sensitivity, polling rates, and lighting. There is an on-the-fly display for the DPI settings; unfortunately, it doesn’t overlay on top of DirectShow – i.e. you can’t see it while playing any games. The button location for DPI changing is at the top left of the mouse. Half of the time I find myself left clicking while I stretch my index finger over the top to change the DPI settings, even after months of practice. On my old Habu, the DPI buttons were behind the scroll wheel – a perfect fricking location. On top of all that, when I restart my computer the DPI setting defaults back to 5600 DPI. That being said, the mouse looks awesome, and I am convinced most reviewers are deceived by the eye candy and the amount of money they blew on it. No one wants to admit they wasted money. Please don’t buy this mouse.

3. Nintendo Wii

Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out and I wanted it bad. I bought a Wii, a couple controllers, and Brawl. It was an impulse purchase. After a month of Brawl I was bored. I ordered a mod chip – and I did enjoy installing it and troubleshooting my problems – probably the most fun I’ve had with my Wii. Anyway, I downloaded loads of games, the only one I liked was Super Mario Galaxy. A couple months ago my friend told me about how he had all his Wii games running off of an external hard drive. I bought a new external to do the same for my Wii. I downloaded loads of games again, about 25 in total. I thoroughly enjoyed New Super Mario Bros. Wii. I also enjoyed Super Mario Galaxy 2, although I haven’t played very much of it. All the games I have downloaded are considered the “best of the best”, or “crem de la crem” for you Frenchies out there, and I like about 4/25 of them. Needless to say, the Wii sucks because almost all of the games suck, really, really bad.

4. TI-83 Plus

I can’t believe high schools force students to buy these over priced, out dated, massive pieces of shit. For $100 you get a 96×64 monochrome screen, a 6MHz processor, 512KB of ROM (of which about 350KB are used by the OS), and I think they might give you 4 AAA batteries in the box if you’re lucky. Hell, if you already own an iPod Touch or iPhone you can get a virtual TI-83 from the App Store. For $220 the Touch will get you a 480×320 LCD screen, 833 MHz processor, 256MB of DRAM, 8GB of storage, internal Lion battery, and all the other shenanigans like Wifi and Bluetooth. Oh, and it comes with a cable to connect it to your computer – you have to order one separately for the TI-83.


I am sometimes asked where I download stuff, so here are my favorite websites that aggregate content from all over the web.

Newly Released Movies and TV Shows

This is probably my favorite site to visit. It’s laid out in a blog type format and the commenters of each post provide the links to the content. Although it sounds very unsafe, in my experience I have never had a problem. I recommend looking for megaupload.com or hotfile.com urls – they are popular and have high bandwidth rates. Being in the Mountain time zone, I can almost always watch an entire TV show before it even airs on local TV.

Live TV Shows and Events

This is hands-down the best place to find live TV streaming of sporting events. I use it to watch live hockey, football, and MMA fighting – oh man I am into violent sports.

Educational Text and Solutions

I find this website useful when looking for educational material during school. It’s a helpful study aid.

Everything and Anything Else

These websites are laid out in a forum format. The downside is you need register (totally free of course) in order to search, view and comment on the posts. Similar to rlslog.net, I mainly look for megaupload.com [MU] or hotfile.com [HF] links. Unlike rlslog.net, the original poster provides the links, and the commenters merely provide a “Thanks”, “Links are broken”, or “teh crack doesnt work”.

Download Clients


If the content is large, the links are split into several WinRAR parts. For this, I use either JDownloader or CryptLoad – they are able to automate the download process and enter in passphrases for popular download sites like megaupload.com, hotfile.com, and rapidshare.com.

Last Resort

If I can’t find what I am looking for through direct links, I resort to p2p (peer to peer) downloading – torrents. My favorite site to find torrents is Torrentz.com since it aggregates links from several other torrent sites. uTorrent is the best client to download with. If the download is very large (4GB+), torrents are usually a better alternative compared to direct links because there is less of a chance the torrent will die, and most direct download sites have bandwidth restrictions. I don’t regularly use torrents because new content has a low seeder-to-leecher ratio (slow download). Also, my ISP knows something is up if my upload bandwidth is through the roof.

Firefox Search Tweak

Currently, if you type a search string into the Firefox URL bar, it will do a Google “I’m Feeling Lucky” search. If you want to change it to do a normal Google search (like Chrome does), all you need to do is:

  • Go to about:config in the URL bar
  • Locate keyword.url with the filter search
  • Change the string value to http://www.google.com/search?q=

That’s it.


AutoHotKey is a free little program I recently discovered. The name is pretty self explanatory. For lack of motivation, I’m going to copy and paste from the website:

“AutoHotKey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
  • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing “btw” can automatically produce “by the way”.
  • Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
  • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
  • Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
  • Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
  • Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don’t have AutoHotkey installed.”

Continue reading AutoHotKey

Blog Publishing from Word

I wasn’t aware I could publish directly from Office/Word. Pretty cool. I’m going to test some things. I happen to be using Office 2010, but I’m pretty sure the functionality is similar in Office 07.


How about colors?

How about gradient colors?

(Edit: Looks like gradient colors don’t work)

Bold text.

Italicized text.





(Edit: It looks like it screws up the formatting if the fonts are too big)

Line Breaks:

(Edit: I guess they do not publish. On a side note it is still nearly impossible to remove a line break in Office 2010. Disappointing…)

  1. Number lists
  2. Second
    1. More
      1. More

(Edit: It should read 2. a. i. (not 2. 1. 1.). Numbered lists have limited functionality)

  • Bullet lists
    • Cool
      • More
        • More
  • Second
    • More
    • More
    • More
  • Third
  • More


3D Plots:


Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4
Row 2
Row 3
Row 4
Row 5

(Edit: The table is “expanded” vertically compared to the original version. I guess this would be a good time to try the screenshot functionality)



(Edit: Mmm pretty)


(Edit: Well, it looks like equations won’t publish. Frick!)

How about right justification?

How about center justification?

Highlighted text

(Edit: Okay, it doesn’t look THAT awful)

How about different fonts? (Engravers MT)

Not bad, not bad. The limitations could be due to the functionality of my WordPress theme.