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Minecraft Villager Text Tones for iPhone

villagerThe incessant chatter on my phone reminds me of the villagers in Minecraft make. You know the sounds “huh… uh-huh … huh… uh.”

I grabbed a dozen Minecraft villager sounds, and converted them into m4r files. These are the ones that the iPhone uses for ringtones and text-tones.
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Teamviewer on Ubuntu 64-bit

Trying to install Teamviewer on linux sometimes gives an error of “package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64).”

This was the case when I tried to install Teamviewer on my Acer Chromebook, running Xubuntu 14.04. The problem is that I was trying to install a 32-bit / 64-Bit Multiarch and the dependencies weren’t met.

Here’s how I solved it.
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Opt out of Apple iAd targetting

Here’s a quick and easy one:

If you want to opt-out of Apple’s ‘interest-based advertising’ in iAds, simply visit on your iPhone or iPad.


Easy, eh?

iOS 7 Beta 3 first impressions

I’ve been using iOS 7 betas for a few weeks now. On phones and iPads.

I have a few first impressions:

First, it looks great. My wife says “pretty” — she’s using it ‘for real’ on her iPhone:




Second, beta 3 seems ok for every day use. Still a lot of little bugs to work out, but overall it’s just fine. Beta stuff usually kills the battery on iOS, but it was surprisingly decent on the iPad mini. Almost 15 hours of use. Not bad:


Finally, here’s an interesting bit… When I tried one of these cheap Lightning cables on the iPad mini, this error shows up: “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPad.”



The cable still works just fine, but perhaps its a glimpse of the future, where only Apple-approved cables work?

Did You See That Ludicrous Display Last Night?

In Honour of the recent announcement that IT Crowd will have one final episode, here’s one of my favourite scenes from the series:

Screen Shot 2013-05-11 at 12.00.30 PM

And video clip:

Bonus: IT Crowd Ringtone — It’s the IT Crowd theme song in an iPhone Ringtone format. Download to iTunes and sync.

Alcatel 356 from SpeakOut is Unlocked!

Speakout 7-11 is the best Canadian pre-paid (“pay as you go”) carrier. No contracts, cheap data & texting, all on the Rogers network. Well, until the end of 2012, if you buy $100 worth of airtime, you’ll receive a $25 bonus, and an unlocked Alcatel 356 phone.
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iPhone 5 on Speakout works great too!

An update to my previous post on Using an iPhone on 7-11 SpeakOut: The iPhone 5 works just fine on SpeakOut as well.
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iPhone on 7-11 SpeakOut, great!


7-11 SpeakOut is a pre-paid (pay-as-you go) cellular service in Canada.  It’s a great service — top-ups last 365 days, there are no contracts, and you can pick up a phone or SIM online or at your local 7-11 store.

Speakout has an unlimited web browsing add-on that costs $10/month.  This is a great deal, and perfect for the casual smartphone user.  If you’re switching to SpeakOut, you can even keep your current phone number. Free voicemail, Caller ID, incoming texts, etc.  Look on the SpeakOut site for more info on features, costs, etc.

In this post, we’ll show you how to get an iPhone working on 7-11 SpeakOut.  We’ll break up the post into 4 sections:

  1. Which iPhones work with SpeakOut, which ones won’t.
  2. The SpeakOut SIM
  3. Internet settings for SpeakOut
  4. Which apps work and don’t work
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