Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

Another Job!

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

I start working as an Help Desk Technician on August 20th for the Surrey School District. That would make it 14 Months and 5 Days after getting out of BCIT.

Ryan Orser.

Paranoid Android on the iPod Touch

Friday, July 9th, 2010

When I heard that you could put android on your iPhones and iPod touch, I was fascinated. I was wondering how long it would take to come out. I found out that it was already out.

I started by hacking my iPod touch with red snow. I found out that you need to hack the iPod with blackra1n. I then restored my ipod to the 3.1.2 so that I can hack it again with blackra1n.

With a hacked iPod I could install openiboot. When openiboot was installed I could then boot into ios so that I could transfer the images to the /private/var/ folder so I could change the permissions to 777. I then booted the iPod and booted into android 1.6. It was cool, but there are a few bugs. For example there is buggy wifi, but overall it is not so bad.

I then remembered that android 2.2 was recently released. So I found the images and installed a new openiboot. I am now able to run android 2.2 (Froyo) but since the idroid with froyo is in prerelease so it has quite a bit of bugs such as wifi not working. I have no problem with it as it is faster then android 1.6 that is also on the iPod.

Overall it is cool and I cannot wait for froyo to be released for the iPod and iPhone so that I can test it out when it is released.

To read more about idroid go to

Ryan Orser.

iPad Bluetooth Keyboard

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Today I got the Apple bluetooth keyboard from Futureshop. it was easy to setup with the bluetooth tab in the iPad settings menu. It looks like the macintosh keyboard. Silver with white keys and it is really nice to type on.

I can use this keyboard to work on my bcit work next year.

Ryan Orser.

iPad Review

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I got my iPad in Florida when I went on a trip to Disney world. When I got it someone had just returned this one still packaged up because their kid wanted one with more room on the solid state drive.

When I got the iPad back to my hotel I synced it with my laptop. I couldn’t use the app store as I am Canadian but I was lucky today to be able to use the app store for the first time this morning at 10 am. I downloaded a bunch of apps. It was really fast and easy to do. The only problem I had was that it was hard to find apps that looked good and were free. I got the wordpress app right away so that this review comes right from it.

Wifi is great plus it comes with 802.11 N which has a longer range than its predecessor 802.11 G. Wireless with long range is perfect for a guy like my who loves to be online a lot every waking moment of the day.

The video playback is better then my laptop as the colors are better much like a LCD television. Which we have at my house. The iPad has even better display then a lot of televisions that are around at this time. I have watched quite a few movies on this iPad and all of them look really good. I find the Latest Harry potter movie to be really dark even with the screen brightness turned up all the way but I guess that is what it is meant to be like.

The speakers are really nice too. I usually don’t wear headphones anymore as I can listen to them with my speakers. The speakers are not tinny at all and they are enjoyable to listen to.

The icons for apps are really big. I really like that so I can see the apps better. A picture is posted at the bottom to show you what it is like.

The speed of the processor is really fast. After a few days of playing on the iPad, I went back to the iPod, problem was it seemed just so slow.

The photos application is a better fit for me as I can adjust the pictures, flip them around, swipe them back and forth much easier then with my iPod touch first generation.

Battery life is phenomenal it lasts for me over 11 hours when I am playing on it and watching movies. It took a long time to get home from florida which was over 10 hours not including the car trip to the airport and from the airport to my home.

The maps application works great too as my mom and I got lost a few times when we went to Florida and I found a way to get back to our hotel from the maps application that is on the iPad.

Overall I have this where ever I go as I can use it just about anywhere with wifi. It is easy and fun to use. It has a lot of potential to be the number 1 tablet out there.

Ryan Orser.

iPad review coming soon.

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Today I just got an iPad. Later this week when I have had a chance to play with it a bit I will review it. So far so good.

iPod Touch App Review: WordPress

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Where to begin? How about all that trouble I have had with this very application. I tried using this one back in August and never got it working at all.

That all changed last Friday as the winds were blowing past my house. I decided that I would give it one final try. I guess that was enough to get it to work as here I am writing a post using the application to just post it!

I would highly recommend this one to those who would love to write posts from your iPod to your wordpress installation in the cloud.

I guess as this must be my new philosophy: “if at first you don’t have success keep on trying”… or return it for a refund before the warranty is up…. Mind you I don’t usually do that last one unless it is completely hopeless to continue on.

Ryan Orser.

iPod and iPhone Applications Review: Bubbles

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Bubbles is an iPod Touch and iPhone application that is, well, different from the other bubble popping applications. Bubbles is a “game” that you can create bubbles by placing one or two fingers on to the touch screen and drag them around. That creates the bubbles that are going to be on the screen. Then you can pop them just by tapping your finger on the bubbles… it is harder then it looks, trust me as I have played this until I fell asleep because I was so bored and that was when I was on the bus to go see my grand parents. Luckily this game will not last much longer on my iPod as I cannot seem to find a use for it… maybe I will play it while someone is giving a lesson at school if it isn’t so great being back to Math 11 for an upgrade to get a better mark. Who knows what I will do with this game, and I may just keep it on for a little while longer just to see if this program gets any updates and if it does I will write about it if it isn’t any better then before.

Overall I have to grade it… well maybe give it to a grinding wheel as there is almost nothing to grade it that will give it a good mark. For the fun category maybe for a little kid this maybe fun to play with for about 5 or 6 minutes but there will be no enjoyment as someone, the kid or the person who is hanging out with him gets bored I will give it a 1/5 on the fun that comes with it. I would give the functionality, though there is little of it a 2/5 for a small but unworthy bonus. I guess I have to give it something so that it will be out of 15… hmm. I really think that I should put in a boringness factor which would give it a high mark though in my opinion it would lower the mark. I will give it 0.5/5 for the boring factor as I do not want to give it a negative score. I am not really that hard a marker but if there is something that really bugs me then I will say it … and this is one of these things that bug me a lot. So in the end I will give this a 2.5/15 (that is 1 for the fun factor, 2 for the functionality, and a -0.5 for the boringness factor.)

I hope these developer(s) keep working on it to get to the next level of fun. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Create different color bubbles?
  2. Be a little more creative
  3. Maybe try making different shaped bubbles. Anything might help it.

I hope that this criticism is not to hard on them as I cannot really create iPhone or iPod Touch Applications as I do not have a mac. Though I would like to say thank you for your work in making the iPhone or iPod Touch a better toy or phone to have.

Ryan Orser.

Review of Flock 2.0 Beta (two)

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Flock is a great browser which is for people that are very social. I for one am not very social, though I am going to not make any judgment for this in any part of my review.

This browser is cool looking, fun to use, and enjoyable to work with. I really do like this browser and may get my mom to use it after a while.

This browser has built in blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and much much more. Right now I am using the Digg and Facebook integration on Flock. You can figure out my Facebook name, and you can add me if you want, though do not expect me to go on very much.

This blogging feature is great as I am using it to write this post with it. Hopefully this works or I am going to write this all over again.

Flock is very nice to use and I may use it again sometime. Overall I believe that this is cool and I would recommend it to anyone. I will give this 4.5 out of 5. Remember this is a beta.

Ryan Orser

UPDATE: Screenshot:

This Feature is how I posted todays post.

Blogged with the Flock Browser

How to get iTunes working in Ubuntu Gutsy

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Did you ever want to use your iPod without Windows or Macintosh? Have you tried to run iTunes in Linux but never could be able to? Here is the answer:

  1. You will need to get iTunes which you can download here.
  2. After you download iTunes install it with wine. (any wine that is later then 0.9.45 will do)
  3. After your installation of iTunes is done go to your wine menu and click on Programs>iTunes>iTunes.
  4. Go through the steps which you agree with the license agreement, click if you want to keep the files organized with yourself or iTunes will do it for you, it may say that the registry is not working so it needs to be reinstalled ( its just fine) click next and go through until you finally launch itunes and make sure that all of your music is there.
  5. Yahoo its working.

I hope this helps the average Linux user with an iPod

warning may cause your computer to run slowly.

Review: Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon takes on Mac OS X Leopard for the OS of the Year Part 2

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Yah. The second and final part of this series on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon takes on Mac OS X Leopard for the OS of the Year.

 System configuration.

Everyone has to configure the OS at some time. Ubuntu wants you to scroll through a bunch of icons on the System dropdown menu, which is so old-school that it’s almost laughable. Good luck finding the right applet. Kubuntu has gotten away from the overly-complex but complete KDE Control Center in favor of the simplified and very Mac-like System Settings. Both solutions unify the control panels into one interface, with System Settings providing a user-friendly search function that definitely takes its inspiration from Leopard’s System Preferences. The main problem with System Settings is that not every control panel applet is designed to fit inside the container’s window, leading to scrolling and confusion when the user needs to authenticate into Administrator mode.

Wel I believe that when you need to become admin to install something that it is better to have a pop up dialog box to go and be able to be an admin. it works out great for me at least.

Apple’s System Preferences contains the control panel applets in a unified window, with a super-smart search box that highlights the preferences that best match the function you want to perform. The main window expands and contracts as needed to fit the functions, and those applets that were problematic in earlier versions of OS X (Network, for instance, was needlessly complex) have been fixed. With a little more work, though, KDE’s System Settings could match or even exceed Apple’s System Preferences.

Well since I have never actually owned a Macintosh I would believe that it works fine if they were to put those in the final release.

Web browser.

Ubuntu ships with Firefox as the default browser, Kubuntu uses Konqueror, and Leopard has Safari. Of course, you can download and install Firefox on both Kubuntu and Leopard, which is a good thing. Konqueror and Safari are both decent browsers (and they share the same code base), and the most recent releases are very good indeed, but Firefox still offers more in the way of customizability and extensions. And its cross-platform nature means that users only need to learn one Web browser to use on Linux, Mac OS, and even Windows. My informal testing shows, though, that Safari truly is faster at rendering pages than Firefox and Konqueror, so I tend to use it quite a bit on my Mac.

Well Safari isn’t a web browser that I use very often but I do use Firefox on every OS that I can get my hands on. 😀

I cannot review the Email and PIM because i just use a web browser email.


Kubuntu provides the full-featured and powerful Konsole, while Ubuntu has the anemic Terminal. Apple’s contender is also named Terminal, and it sucked in Tiger. In Leopard, it’s finally gotten good, with movable tabs, transparency, and window grouping. Since I always have a terminal open, I can now say that as long as it’s Konsole or Leopard’s Terminal, I’m quite satisfied.

Its good that the terminal in Leopard works better….

 Text editor. KDE goes overboard with the text editors (yes, I know they each serve a different audience, but still) and gives users three to choose from, while GNOME proudly provides Gedit. If you want limited options and stripped down features, then Gedit will probably fit your bill; if you want features and power, then try out KDE’s Kate. Leopard’s TextEdit is a bit of an odd beast to a Linux user. It’s basically an RTF editor that will also work with ASCII, and in a complete shocker from Apple, it will also read and write Word 2007’s so-called OpenXML format as well as OpenDocument text files. Whoa! So while Gedit and Kate are true text editors, TextEdit is a stripped down word processor that can be used for ASCII editing. However, real* nix users open Vim when they want to edit text, and since Vim runs on Ubuntu and Leopard, we’re covered.

Ok so the guy is ranting on how bad gedit is though I got to say that its not as good as openoffice.

Instant Messaging.

This one’s easy– if your main goal is connecting to as many different IM networks as possible, then Pidgin for GNOME or Kopete for KDE, is your ticket. If you want extremely cool effects and excellent sound and video as well as text, and you don’t mind being limited to AOL, Google, and Jabber for your IM networks, then Leopard’s iChat will do the trick. Besides, you can always install Pidgin on Leopard, or better yet, Skype runs on Leopard and Ubuntu if you need secure IM and VoIP.

yes that does work ….

Music Players.

GNOME’s Rhythmbox is just an Amarok wannabe at this point in time, so in that match-up, it’s no contest. Amarok vs. iTunes? Hmmmm. iTunes has some nice features, and it’s undoubtedly the better choice for working with iPods and iPhones (sorry, but it is), but it still makes OGG a second-class citizen for no good reason, and its inherent desire to rename and move your MP3s into new folders really annoys me. I have to give this one to Amarok. It’s the program I trust to manage my 55,000 song music collection, and that should tell you something right there.

Well I like rhythymbox better then amorok and Itunes.


F-Spot is OK in its early stages, but it’s still pretty rough and lacks features. And requiring users to click inside a dropdown menu to choose each tag repeatedly is just sheer torture. On the KDE side, digiKam is slightly better than F-Spot, but it repeats the same tagging trick, and while it offers up far more features than F-Spot, it’s still not as smooth as iPhoto. iPhoto is easy to use, with very good integrated editing tools, but it makes one huge blunder: in Tiger, your pix were stored in the file system, but in Leopard, they’re stored in a pseudo-file that is somewhat inaccessible to other programs and the file system itself, forcing you to rely on iPhoto to view any photos that you’ve imported in iPhoto. A pox on all their houses!

Well I believe that Iphoto is ok along with F-spot.


When it comes to viewing movies, I’ve found Totem Movie Player for GNOME to be buggy and problematic. Kaffeine for KDE is much better in terms of stability and capabilities, but both will play far more formats than the stock version of QuickTime Movie Player in Leopard. If you install a couple of codec packs, like Perian and Flip4Mac, you’ll suddenly find that you can play just about anything in QuickTime Media Player, which is a polished, smooth player. If you spring for QuickTime Pro, you can also grab QuickTime movies that are embedded in Web sites and even perform some simple edits on the movies you’re viewing. When it comes to DVDs, QuickTime will play’ em, but it prevents you from taking screenshots and fully supports the DRM the movie studios want to cram down our throats. In cases like that, go with Linux and support your freedoms.

As for editing movies… well, Leopard’s iMovie is excellent for the kinds of simple jobs most people want to perform. There’s really no equivalent in Ubuntu in terms of ease of use and quality.

Is this a destroy gnome article?

What’s missing in Ubuntu?

Leopard has a few features and programs that simply do not exist as built-in options in Ubuntu. Quick Look is a new feature, introduced in Leopard, that allows users to select a file and then press the spacebar for a yes, quick look, at a larger view of the file. It’s a great way to tell quickly if a file contains the text or pictures you need.

Front Row allows Mac users to view movies and photos, and listen to music, from across the room utilizing the included remote control that now comes with virtually every Mac. Think of Front Row as an easy to use media center that works smoothly (Yes, I know there’s MythTV, but it’s still a bear to set up, and it’s not included by default with Ubuntu). Finally, due to Apple’s control of both the hardware and software, things like the built-in wireless support and videocamera just work flawlessly. Generally, this is something beyond the control of Ubuntu, since Canonical doesn’t make hardware, but now that deals are starting to appear with the Dells of the world to include Ubuntu as a pre-installed option, we hope to see improvements in these areas.

Well I believe that Ubuntu is still a work in progress and it gets better every release.s

What’s missing in Leopard?

Every Linux distro today comes with built-in support for BitTorrent, but not Leopard. This is a major drag for those of us who rely on BitTorrent for a variety of needs. And why, oh why, doesn’t Leopard support SSH and SFTP support in Apple’s default GUI apps? I can use the Finder to access machines via AFP (Apple File Protocol) and FTP, but who the heck uses FTP any longer? SSH is available via the terminal in Leopard, so why in the name of all that is nerdy isn’t it available to me in the Finder and elsewhere? C’mon, Apple!

Well Things can be changed…. if you have the influence.

A Clear Winner?

So does Leopard eat up Ubuntu? Or does Ubuntu trounce Leopard? It depends on your needs. If you’re a student with no money, go for a decent cheap PC and put Ubuntu on it. If you value freedom above all else, then it’s obvious– Linux is the only way to go. If you’re heading into a future in multimedia, you’re gonna want a Mac. If your life revolves around your iPod and your iPhone, you need a Mac.

Ideally, though, you’ll have both, since each offers features the other lacks. I use both every day. If you have the money, I would recommend buying a Mac with at least 2 GB of RAM and then immediately installing a virtualization solution that will let you run Ubuntu (and Windows, for when you just have to run Windows), as well as any other Linux you desire. That way, you can run two of the world’s best operating systems at the same time, on the same machine, and bathe yourself in yummy UNIX-y goodness. And that, my friends, is just amazingly cool.

Of course there is not clear winner it depends on what you want to use.