No More Temptations

sudo nano /etc/hosts 0.0.0.0 http://facebook.com 0.0.0.0 http://www.facebook.com sudo dscacheutil -flushcache That chunk of code run sequentially (don’t cut/paste it all at once) in terminal on the Mac kills all access to Facebook. I did it because I was finding myself drawn back to wrestling with pigs. I’m not sure Bernard Shaw said it but I remember my dad saying something similar growing up. When people post stuff from Prager U . . . it’s hard to resist but I’m trying to be smarter about my time and energy. I’ve sworn never to engage in a serious conversation on facebook before . . . but was finding it hard to resist in this case. Thus the full iron door of an edited host file was instituted. You might try it and see how often you find yourself going to a page without really thinking.

iPod Touch Hack for iCal

I got an iPod Touch as a gift recently and was thrilled. As I started playing around with it I found I really wanted to be able to do more- like some of the stuff the iPhone could do. I especially wanted to be able to add to my calendar on the fly and to take notes. So the first thing I did was use iJailbreak which required no brains on my part. It’s really just restarting a few times- no coding, no terminal, nothing difficult at all. That got me the iPhone apps and the option to install more programs later (assuming the next update doesn’t kill the iPod). I still could not add events to iCal and that was nagging at me so I found this hack. All you’re doing is adding one small chunk of xml to a specific plist file (/System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/N45AP.plist) on your iPod. That turned out to be fairly easy as well. I got the IP address for my iPod (under Settings>WiFi>then click the blue arrow to the right of your network) I opened Cyberduck and opened a new connection using SFTP to that IP with the user name root and the password alpine I then navigated to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/N45AP.plist (Cyberduck may open your window in something other than the root view so make sure you […]