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MAME 0.139

In Greece this time of year we have what you may call ‘idle times’. Ouzo, sunbathing, swimming and drinks with friends... So, just in time to save our lives from boredom, MAME 0.139 is around the corner ready to be explored and played. Download the latest command line from here, and the MAMEUI version from here, maintained by John Hardy IV. Happy vacation time everybody! Mine’s just started...

My big-fat (small and thin) iPad 64Gb

Let me get this straight. If you asked me 2 months ago whether I was going to buy an iPad or not; well, it was a matter of no discussion for me. I’d simply wouldn’t go for one...
Well, that was up until 3 weeks ago, when I ran into one of these little monsters. A friend brought it back from abroad (no you can’t find them here in Greece yet) and he offered it to me for five minutes to play with. It was the 16Gb one, wifi only model.

Next thing I remember, was me getting online and searching for one of it’s brothers. As I mentioned above, iPads are not officially available in Greece and you can get them ONLY from side-importers (usually overpriced). I got mine from ebay and I preferred the UK shopping over the mother-site over into the USA due import taxes. After a week’s searching I finally got my 64Gb wifi-only iPad. Remember I got this in a period that Euro was at it’s lowest exchange limit with the GBP and still; I got this for about 750 Euros (closest thing to this price in Greece was 1100 Euros).
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I got myself into this task since day one. I wanted my new toy jailbroken and free to install everything I wanted on it. So after a short google digging I finally got my software of choice. It was called spirit. It got my iPad jailbroken and ready to install Cydia apps. After that the world was (kinda) mine... Please be aware that if you make the process, your location services won’t be able to work after a reset. Here’s what you should do:

1. Go into ‘Settings->Wifi->network->IP Address’
2. Open a terminal on your mac or pc and write the following:
ssh root@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is your ipad’s ip address)
3. When it asks you for a password enter ‘alpine’ (without the brackets)
4. Enter:
launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locationd.plist
5.Wait for 10 seconds and then enter this:
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locationd.plist

That’s it! Location services back on!
Short tutorial after the break:


I want to say that Apple did a great job on this one. I don’t know about the iphone4 but iPad is the king of tablet computing at the moment. If you can spare the cash, I would highly recommend it. Over and out.