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so last week i decided to update my iatkos dell precision m6300 to 10.5.6 and with that, came some more issues. the net card stopped working and the keyboard built in stopped working. I could still use usb but whats the point of a laptop if you require peripheral devices that are not integrated?

this weekend i was digging around and looking at a way to justify the hundred and some odd bucks i paid for osx. I found a new release of modified install and throught I would try it out. IPC is the name of this one and it interested me because a.) it was 10.5.6 and b.) it was a live dvd which meant i could test the waters before installing.

after getting it, i burnt the disc and plopped it in. Tried booting the way that is recommended but cannot seem to get the live disk portion to work on my laptop or my home made box. What I ended up doing was dumping my windows 7 partition and installed IPC next to iATKOS on different partitions to try it out.

After the millions of combination’s to choose from, i had a pretty good idea of what my hardware is so picking wasn’t too bad. the isntall took a while and then the required reboot with the -f and then i was golden…except…i still had no audio (which i didnt before) no keyboard and no network…

google to the rescue found some patches for my sigmatel 9205 and i noticed on dell there was a bios upgrade from my current A10 to A12. Now you may think its odd to have checked that, but in my first endeavor of getting osx on my laptop, i was unable to do so and noticed a bios upgrade so i grabbed it. then next thing i knew, all my distros were booting to the installer then, sweet!

after the up to A12, the wireless started working. nice! and the sigmatel kext i found worked after a few steps with applehda patcher. and last but not least i got a modded apple ps2 kext and threw it in, and now all is well. I have sound, network and integrated keyboard/mouse support! I can start writing iphone stuffs again.


apps, apps, apps

so soon we will get to work on iphone apps at work! thats fun.

we are working on some crazy easy ones just to get through the app store process and then to get everyone acclimated to writing iphone apps. we then will move on to more grandiose apps and ideas. but for now its an on the side after hours thing until we can show the bosses (who all have iphones) that there is money to be made.

oh, everyone go check out 2600 meeting today.

im going to try and make it but i have some brewery talk to do first. gotta sample that good brew so tomorrow when i am working on the temp sensors, im not all distracted.


So in my endeavor to learn more in life, like lots of people I have decided to dig into the world of iPhone apps.

I don’t actually have and iPhone but I do have an iPod Touch so I can develop on that for trial things and then when the time comes that I need to make a full blown iPhone App Store app, I will have some of the know-how that is required.

My latest task is to actually learn more about Objective C++ so that I could get approved through the App Store if I applied and followed their coding standards. The way I started out learning it is I just installed the iPhone SDK, got a Touch off of ebay that was broke but for my purposes works for app testing, and then dove in.

I wrote a test app to play with the accelerometer and that was pretty fun. My second App is a switch that turns the Wireless device on and off so that you can just run it and either see the state of the wireless device or turn it on or off.

Now some friends have come up with a few ideas for iPhone apps that I won’t disclose just yet but they will definitely be beyond my current abilities. That is why I thought it best to get the basics down of Objective C++ and do so via a real learning device like an ebook. this way I can look at apps and actually tell people what they do and what the real flow is, rather than just guess at what happens and what each line does.