How to “Jailbreak” Your Kindle for Custom Screensavers and Fonts

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Blog, Geek, How To | No Comments

Note (May 31, 2012): This was accurate as of April 2011, and may not work on the newer Kindles. I used this information to get custom screensavers on my Kindle Keyboard (as it is now called).

Note: This applies to the Kindle 3 running the latest software update, 3.1. For Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 running pre-3.1 software, see the Mobile Read forums or wiki.

Download the Jailbreak Here:

Follow this guide to get custom screensavers working:

How to Move the Cursor in Mac OS X Terminal (Bash)

Posted by on Mar 29, 2011 in Geek, How To | No Comments

Moving around the terminal one character at a time is slow and gets annoying, so here’s how to move around word by word:

ctrl-a: move to front of line
ctrl-e: move to end of line
ctrl-w: delete word before cursor


By default, the shortcuts for moving left and right are Esc-b and Esc-f. It’s much handier to use Alt/Option-left and -right, so this is how you can configure terminal to do that:

To configure it to Alt + left and right:
 - Open Terminal preferences (command + ,);
 - At Keyboard tab, select "control cursor left (or right)" and doubleclick it;
      - Left: Select the combo "modifier" to "option" and the action to 33b
      - Right: Select the combo "modifier" to "option" and the action to 33f



Resume Downloads from FTP using CURL

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Blog, Geek, How To | No Comments

This is how you can resume a download when using Curl. Helpful for large files, mostly.

curl -C - --user username --verbose >

-C -                           - resumes download (if supported)
--user username"               - will prompt for password (if needed)
--verbose"                     - see what's going on
>      - file to output to

Untar Files Mac OS X Terminal

Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 in Blog, Geek, How To | No Comments

This is how you can untar a file in the terminal in Mac OS X:

tar -zxvf myfile.tar.gz

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How to Backup iPhone SMS Messages for Free (No Jailbreak Needed)

Posted by on Nov 5, 2009 in Geek, How To, iPhone | 108 Comments

Recently, I did a full restore on my iPhone to try and fix some of the many problems I’ve been having (we’ll save that list for another day). While SMS messages are generally temporary in nature, I decided to find out if I could export them somehow. There are a few programs out there that claim to be able to do this for you, such as MobileSyncBrowser (Mac/PC, free trial/$10/$20), iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor (Mac, free), or an online tool like iphone backup sms extractor. I didn’t try any of these because I don’t want to pay, I am not on a Mac, and I don’t want to upload my private messages to some random site. Luckily, I discovered that it’s not too hard to do it yourself. Grab your iPhone, put on your techie hat, and follow the 3 easy steps after the break!


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