Jailbreak – A Whovian’s iPhone

Many many people, more than I can count, come up to me when they buy a new iPhone/iPad for help setting up stuff, or to ask me for a demo of features, or to know what apps I recommend they download. But eventually, all conversations lead up to a single question.

Why (if at all) should I jailbreak my iOS device ? What are the perks its going to give me ?

In this series of posts, I’m going to try to answer that by showing you my favorite UI tweaks and (atleast attempting to) giving you the links to the repos for the same. 

Let’s start by changing the stock UI just a wee bit. I should add here, that at the moment I am a HUGE Doctor Who fan, as you can tell from the article I posted previously here :: A Whovian’s Tale, or Why Doctor Who is the Best TV Show in the History of the Universe.

You’ll know why soon enough 🙂

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Start playing songs from your iOS playlist on iTunes automatically

I come from a very musically inclined family. We do everything to music. From the very first second we open our eyes every morning (to groovy iPhone alarms) we work to music, study to music, eat/cook to music. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Lately I realized that the first thing I do every day at work login to my MacBook, connect my iPhone, open iTunes, and then start playing my work playlist. I started to wonder whether this whole process could be made easier (yes, I’m incredibly lazy), and decided I’d try to automate the entire process.

If you want to just get at the code, and don’t much care about the thought process/learning curve, the code is at the bottom in green. Jump ahead and start coding for your particular needs.

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Enterprise and iOS — Part One

In the past couple of weeks, I’d been looking up Enterprise and iOS related topics. In general, how to identify registered enterprise devices ? How do you publish applications ? (which is part of my job profile right now) ? How to code for an enterprise application (yes its different from a normal consumer application).

I just hit upon a few interesting articles online, and this is my attempt to bookmark them for my own, or anyone else’s use in the future. The list is as follows :

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XCode Keyboard Shortcuts

My third blog post is gonna be the shortest one yet. I’ve only been using XCode for about 4 months today, and for the first few months I actually started getting annoyed with the number of times I would move away from the keyboard and switch manually to another window, whether it was jumping between the source and header files, or starting the assistant editor, or jumping from one error to the next. Looking painstakingly each time to find the shortcuts in the menu won’t always help ‘cos face it you probably won’t remember them all.

Cocoa Samurai  has made a truly wonderful list of ALL the XCode shortcuts available in his blog here and I simply had to share it with you. He’s gathered a list of over 200 XCode Keyboard Shortcuts. He’s even covered the simpler copy/paste ones (for those of you new to the mac in general & getting confused with the windows Alt).

There’s also GitHub version that makes forking the shortcuts out and creating your own version easier.

iPhone Beginners Tutorial

They say that your first post is one of the hardest you write. After that things start getting a wee bit easier. It took me a fractured leg and a compulsory month of bedrest to get started with my blog, so I plan on doing this right.

I’ve always thought of putting together and compiling a “Hello World!” set of programs in several programming languages, so it only seems fair that with my love of all things Apple, my first “Hello World!” on wordpress be a tribute to “The Most Amazing iPhone Yet” 🙂

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