Fighting bad design in Apple products one thing at a time.
The blog went down with a Posterous boat and all the recent posts are lost. I am looking into switching to a self-hosted solutions meanwhile. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Actually I don’t think anybody would want to downgrade their 3GS, mine is working fine with iOS4, but 3G suddenly became unpleasant to use. Also 3GS downgrade is a tricky one, so I wouldn’t bother with it.
If you’re lucky, you’ve got a backup saved from before you upgraded to 4.0 (you can select different backups from the drop-down menu). If you don’t have a pre-4.0 backup, you’re unfortunately out of luck—iTunes won’t let you restore data from a 4.0 backup to your downgraded 3.1.3.
Everything went quite smooth for me, here is my iOS3 downgrade success story. The only thing, better do this now, while you still have your iOS3 backup in iTunes.
Read the full guide at lifehacker.com
Antenn-aid is a custom-sized vinyl sticker for your iPhone 4. It’s designed to be placed over the lower left corner of the antenna. It may improve signal performance*
*Not like there is anything wrong with it in the first place…
iOS4: Downgrade your iPhone 3G to iOS3 today.
After my 3GS-equipped girlfriend started to make fun of me because of the iOS4 bogging down my iPhone 3G, I realized it’s time to act. Actually I was bit lazy to do this and was hoping that Apple will release some iOS4.1 which will fix everything for 3G. But looks like this not gonna happen. Besides who’d like to hear “How can you use it?” “Something is wrong with your phone” “Nothing works” etc.
So, following the advice from iPhone 3G downgrade post it took just about 5 minutes to actually downgrade and then around 10 minutes to restore the iPhone 3G to a month-old backup. (And then of course an hour or two of syncing everything back)
Finally it just works. Again. Dear Apple… *sigh*
iOS4: Another fix for sluggish performance on iPhone 3G.
To remedy the sluggish performance (or at least one cause of it) go to “Settings->General->Home Button->Spotlight Search-> deselect every option” and this will stop background indexing on the phone. Several users reported that the fix showed immediate results and Neowin has observed improvements on two separate iPhone 3G devices.
Rejoice everybody! Although they say it might not 100% effective, looks like it improves performance anyway. So if you don’t want to downgrade – try this.
While iOS 4 is a significant upgrade to Apple’s multi-touch operating system, it is not without its quirks. And one of these quirks (an extremely annoying one) is the Nike+ app. Simply put, the app is so buggy that it is almost unusable (the operative word here being “almost,” since it takes a lot of fiddling around to get it to work correctly).
A search for “Nike+ iOS 4” on the Apple and Nike support forums and Google will produce a smorgasbord of user complaints. I’ll address some of those here and offer some possible remedies.
Not being a Nike+ user myself, I am adding this article to my piggy bank of issues mainly because it offers a handful of solutions for Nike+ and iOS4 incompatibilities.
Not convinced with the iTunes 10 new look? There is a fix for that.
My only gripe with the iTunes 10 new look (apart from the new application icon and total wreck of album art display in the list) is the new playlist icon. When there are many playlists – it looks too cluttered.
But anyway, for those who’d like to bring back iTunes to a more ‘classic’ look here’s the set of scripts by Damien Erambert which will bring colors back into your iTunes 10 life.
These scripts will also return traffic light buttons in the corner of the window to a horizontal position and replace Application icon with the one from iTunes 9 apart o recoloring the sidebar.
Download at erambert.me
defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool TRUE;killall Finder
After this you will be able to select and copy stuff from Quicklook using Cmd-C.
This horrid bug was following me all day on two macs. It didn’t let me install Safari update then some other stuff. Every time you launch .pkg, another installation starts too and them both are waiting. Found the solution for this on GitHub:
sudo rm /private/var/db/mds/system/mds.install.lock
This happened to me and to my friend, so one would think it is quite common. After upgrading to Mountain Lion internet stops working or just barely useful. Sites refuse to open, connection drops, etc. Here is what helped:
Open Network preferences and create the new Network Location, press Apply and see if everyhing works. You can delete the old Automatic location now.
I knew this trick since Snow Leopard days, because I had similar issue before, guess it means that the bug that was causing it is there still.