I've made a new iPad app called Wormhole Remote. It's designed to let you easily and quickly access and control the apps running on your Mac using your iPad (and iPhone). It's not available yet but will be hopefully within the week. Until then, check out the promo video:
I had some clear vinyl from the craft store laying around and decided to test it out as a build surface. I used double-sided tape to mount it onto a spare wood build base and printed one of the elliptical gears with it.
(I'm going to start posting more things non-iPhone related. If you only subscribe for iPhone stuff, follow my iPhone tag. I'd love you to stick around though. )
There's been this "25 things" trend on Facebook where people post 25 things about themselves and let all their friends learn a little more. I decided to post my 25 things here because not all of you follow me on Facebook.
I've been meaning to do my 25 things for a while. As a somewhat private person it's generally quite difficult for me to open up. But here goes.
1. My full name is Nathaniel Paul True. Nathaniel means “God has given” and Paul means “small”.
2. As I was growing up I was fascinated with how my toys worked and would take them apart all the time. I soon became interested in assembling my own electronics and dove into that.
3. I also took up programming early on (about age 8) with QBASIC on our old 8088 PC running MS-DOS 6. 22. Oh, the fun I had with that. . .
4. I became ashamed of my external nerd look early on in high school and changed my hair, clothes, got contacts, etc. By the end of high school I stopped caring about all that.
5. I interned at Microsoft as a Program Manager right before my senior year in college and really disliked it. I had so little work to do in the 8 hour days that I couldn't stand it.
6. I have a green-cheek conure (a small, quiet, very friendly parrot) named Erythema. The name means a reddening of the skin due to capillary dilation. I call her Birdy though.
7. Before Erythema I had a maroon-belly conure named Pistachio. I accidentally killed him in my sleep when I rolled on top of him. I don't let birds sleep in my bed anymore.
8. As I write this Erythema is sticking her head up my sleeve and grooming herself. It's very cute.
9. In high school and college I took a number of classes that taught evolution. It seemed so simple before but now I realize that there are a large number of things wrong with it, and that we could not possibly have arisen from the slime, and that has been proven to me far beyond a reasonable doubt.
10. I work at Tapulous, on my iPhone music game Tap Tap Revenge. Have you played it?
11. Believing that evolution could happen did not block me from believing in God; for a long time I believed that God invented evolution and brought us about that way.
12. I love to cook, and my favorite dish to make (and eat) is Orange Sesame Tofu. I posted a recipe for it on cre. ations. net!
13. A search for God brought me into the Mormon church in September of 2006. I fully believed in it as the true church, but never really dug into it, and never really felt a communion with God while a member. I felt like if I did my assigned duties that was enough.
14. I'm a vegetarian, and I love it. I am not categorically against killing animals (it's our right to do so as rulers of this planet, and for a long time meat was necessary to get a balanced diet) but if I can feed myself without having to kill animals, all the better.
15. My good friends Brenda, Jesse, Andru, Monica, and Roland started showing me what the Bible said about various doctrines that contradict the teachings of the Mormon church. It was proven to me that the Bible contradicted Mormon teachings, but I was stubborn.
16. I made my own watch from parts, and it displays the time in binary. People always ask me about it and want me to show off its cool writing-time-in-the-air feature but I'm not such a fan of the attention.
17. I stuck with the Mormon church for 9 months until I left in May of 2007. I left because I was convinced that it couldn't be the one true church, and thus has none of the powers it claims to have.
18. Yes, the sleeves in my jacket light up like flashlights. I do enjoy attention from that. And my watch can also double as a flashlight. Do not look directly into either when they are pointed at you. They are spectacularly bright.
19. I now believe God is not some mystical mysterious force that requires all sorts of rituals to be done to the letter. I believe He seeks to connect on a personal level, and detests useless rituals done in his name again and again (see Amos 5:21-26).
20. I enjoy making cool things and founded a modest business with it where people can buy kits to make the cool things that I made.
21. I am a Christian now, a Seventh-Day Adventist. I believe that the human consciousness is implemented entirely in the brain, and dies when the body dies; but God can resurrect the body and the mind, and He will do so as He has promised.
22. I believe the human race as it stands right now is degrading, both morally and physically. As more and more generations separate us from the Creation, our hope in our own power increases and our genome gets corrupted with more and more destructive mutations. Nothing can save us but God.
I took a trip down to the Apple HQ last week (I was down there for a Tapulous developer summit), and heard rumors of a three-story tall banner bearing my game, Tap Tap Revenge, in one of the buildings.
And of course, I had to get a picture with me in front of it.
Yes, the photo is photoshopped - I had to brighten my face due to bad lighting and covert photography practices :D
This one's not one of mine, but an app made by Zachary "zataang" Taanges really hit the spot. Using the Dock 3.0 source code as a reference, Zach created a beautiful text-based app launcher called QuickGold that runs right on top of SpringBoard.
One thing about the iPhone that has annoyed me has been that once it notifies you of an SMS or Voicemail once, it just waits for you to pick it up and look at the home screen.
That's why I made the original SMSNotify, which scans your SMS database for unread messages, and vibrates your phone periodically when it finds any.
I'm pleased to announce SMSNotify for the iPhone 2.0 firmware, with the following features:
- Now supports voicemail. A voicemail will buzz you twice, an SMS buzzes you three times
- Only buzzes when the phone comes out of sleep, for example, when it checks your e-mail, or checks in with the cell network.
- Full GPL source included in the package install (look in /usr/local/smsnotify).
My good friend Shaun Erickson is doing the package handling, and it is now available for installation via Cydia.
I'm working on a Dock for firmware 2.0 but that's considerably more difficult. Stay tuned!
Thanks to the excellent work of the iPhone Dev Team and the porting work of Jay Freeman as well as the authors of 3Proxy, it is now possible to "tether" your iPhone 3G and use its Internet connection on your laptop.
Warning - Tethering your iPhone is against the iPhone data plan terms. AT&T could slap you with huge fees if you overuse this. I recommend only using it during emergencies.
Here's the basic rundown:
- Jailbreak your iPhone 3G
- Install 3Proxy and Terminal
- Create an ad-hoc Wi-fi network using your laptop
- Join the network with your iPhone
- Find the iPhone's IP address
- Open Terminal and run the proxy program
- Open Safari on your iPhone and open a web page
- Configure your browser to use the proxy
I will be using a Mac and Firefox to demonstrate, but the principles carry over to other platforms.
I know I've been silent for a while on the Tap Tap front, but now I can break the news! Tap Tap Revolution has been bought by a new company called Tapulous, and they've hired me on as a developer to maintain TTR.
Suffice it to say, their push for more features definitely works out better for you guys. Here's a low-quality leaked video demonstrating the sweet new features and look:
Check out the rest of this post for some exclusive screenshots.
This travel is taking its toll, but I'm still alive and kicking. After a great Bible study Friday night and a short Sabbath rest, Sparky picked me up and we headed over to the airport for 16 hours of travel.
The flight to Amsterdam lasted about 10 hours, most of which I spent watching movies in the in-flight video screen thingy. On a related note, the movie Solaris is very confusing.
We got into our hotel and went on a quick photowalk, the results of which shall follow presently:
I've been out of Taiwan for a day and a half now but only just now have had the time to post.
The night before our departure, Jake and I plus another Jake from AMD headed to a night market, which is apparently like a swap meet but it takes place at night and it has many more food vendors vending unsanitary and unidentifiable foods that smell bad.
If you've been following me on Twitter you will already know. I'm traveling to Taipei tomorrow, to attend Computex 2008. Apparently AMD is launching something at Computex Taipei and Gear Live is going to be all over it, naturally! I'll be the video tech/producer with Jake Ludington as the host.
It's going to rock. Hard. Yes, I will be taking lots of pictures and posting them!
Yo, I need 100 people who are both jailbroken iPhone users and active Twitter users to test out a new top-secret Twitter client app for the iPhone. I can't say much here but if you're interested, send your Twitter username to firstname.lastname@example.org - only the first 100 responders will get in.
Okay, so I've finished my preliminary examination of the iPhone 1.1.4 firmware. And what's new?
Bug fixes. Like three of them. No new features, no new apps, nothing.
Not even any significant changes that would render the current jailbreak methods unusable.
So it looks like the official iPhone SDK and the hacked SDK will live in harmony, at least to begin with. That seems like a mixed blessing - on the one hand we will have developers and iPhone users remaining free to do with their phones as they wish - something I am very passionate about.
However, it will likely also mark the rise of the market for pirated iPhone applications - bought through iTunes, then copied off using one of the many ways to get files off the phone. Then shared through various channels, as usual.
I for one am hoping that the developers of paid applications will get their dues - for people like myself who make a living off of their creations it's important to get money for things we put up for sale.
What I do hope is that the iPhone SDK will allow publishers to develop and publish applications for free, like the hack SDK does now.
Yo guys, just a quick post. iPhone 1.1.4 firmware is still out, and Zibri's fantastic jailbreak utility, ZiPhone, still works great, at least for jailbreaking. I have not tested unlocking or activation.
Zibri, you are an excellent iPhone hacker!
I'll be looking for changes in the firmware and posting what I find soon.