Joshua Radin @ Birmingham Academy 2, March 18th 2009


As you can probably tell from the title of this post Joshua Radin played the Birmingham Academy 2 a couple of days ago. It was absolutely fantastic, and was made even better by the fact i got to meet him after the show.

Support was from Maria Taylor who was very good too.

Click below to see photos:

Joshua Radin



Adding Tweets to your blog


I recently signed up to Twitter and wanted to show my latest tweet on my blog here. Up till now i was using an rss feed to show it but it looked really bad. Today i found a much nicer way!

  1. You need to visit TwitSig and put your Twitter name into the box, then click “Get Code”
  2. Copy the code into a new Text Widget on your blog.
  3. If you want to tweak the size of the image you need to change the image source address.
  4. Save your changes and view your blog page. You should see your latest tweet appear in an image.

For more detailed instuctions (and a video guide) visit the blog here

Backup settings on s60v3 devices


Upgrading your phone? Just need to wipe it to get rid of niggles? If so you probably want to backup the settings you have on your phone. Below is a list of what settings you can back up and where to find them. To access these you need to have hacked your phone.

Access Point Settings C:\PRIVATE\10202be9\persists\cccccc00.cre
Profiles C:\PRIVATE\10202be9\persists\101f8798.cre
Web cookies C:\PRIVATE\101f8530\cookies.dat
Notes C:\PRIVATE\100012a5\DBS_101F8878_Notepad.dat
Ngage data C:\PRIVATE\20007b39\ – folders beginning with 200
Bluetooth C:\PRIVATE\10202be9\persists\10204dac.cre
Bluetooth Paired devices C:\PRIVATE\100012a5\DBS_100069CC_btregistry
Browser Bookmarks C:\PRIVATE\100012a5\DBS_101FD685_BrowserBookmarks.db
Menu Layout C:\PRIVATE\101F4CD2\Content\appshelldata.xml
Menu Layout (Pre FP1) C:\PRIVATE\101F4CD2\Content\Applications.dat
Text Messages E:\PRIVATE\1000484b\mail2
This information was found on ipmart

Change Java Permissions on a hacked S60v3 phone


Even though this is a old ‘hack’ i’ve only recently discovered how to grant permissions to java applications. Java applications must request permission to access gprs/wifi connections, use the camera, load/save user data etc. With this hack you can remove these prompts.

You can set permissions on a per application basis without hacking your phone, but the permissions available is limited (depending on the privilege). With this hack you can grant full permissions to any privilege you want (use connectivity, save data, use user data, etc.)

Now for the hack:

  1. Download the following zip file: (copy and paste on your browser to download)
  2. Put the two files from the zip file into “c:\System\data\midp2\security\policy\” on your mobile phone (you may need to create the directory(s) yourself)
  3. Download the following rar file: (copy and paste on your browser to download)
  4. Extract the rar file to a folder on your computer
  5. You now need to generate a RomPatcher patch file. To do this (instructions are included in the above .rar file) copy “z:\sys\bin\EFSrv.dll” from your phone to the directory where you extracted the rar file. Run c2z.exe from that directory and it will generate a c2z.rmp file. Copy this to “e:\patches”.
  6. Download and install RomPatcher from this SymbianFreak page (skip if you already have it installed)
  7. Run RomPatcher and apply the c2z patch.
  8. Reboot your phone and you should be able to give the necessary permissions by opening the App Manager, finding the program you want to change and click “Open”. You can then assign the permissions as you wish.

Note: Only grant permissions to applications you know and trust. Do not grant any permissions you do not need to!

Hotmail on the N95


Recently Microsoft allowed POP3 access to all hotmail accounts (certain countries at the moment, more will follow). This means that it is now possible to check your emails with the built in email account on the n95 (and other phones).

To set it up go to your Messaging application and scroll down to the Mailbox. If you haven’t already created one it will ask you to go through the wizard. Below are the settings you need:

Incoming Mail Server:

Outgoing Mail Server:

And obviously a hotmail account!

Once you have completed the wizard you will need to change a couple more settings. If you go into “Email Settings” -> “Connection Settings” -> “Incoming Email” you need to make sure you have the following:

Security (ports): SSL/TLS

Port: Default

Do the same for “Outgoing Email”, and you should be able to view your emails from the main screen by going “Retrieve Email”, then selecting how many to get (New/Selected/All).

If you want to set it up to automatically check your emails you need to make sure you have entered your email address (in full) and password in the incoming and outgoing email settings (the same place as above). Be warned, this may result in a lot of GRPS/data/wifi use so don’t enable this if you are not on an unlimited tariff.

To enable automatic checking go to “Email Settings” -> “Automatic Retrieval”  and set “Email Retrieval” to Enabled. Set when and how often you want it to check and you’re all done.

I hope this helps.