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Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.4 or later
- Intel Processor
- Dual Layer DVD Burner

Installation:

So today I have decided to release the an Alpha Version of ISOx360. You can download it from my projects page.

ISOx360 makes burning XBOX 360 games on your Mac just about as simple as it can get. Simply download ISOx360 and extract the .dmg then open the .dmg and drag ISOx360 to your Applications folder to install. Once installed you can launch ISOx360 and you should be presented with a screen similar to the illustration to the left.

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I’ve had the pleasure of downloading the Developer Release of Google’s new browser, chrome. Right when you launch the application it notifies you that its not appropriate for general consumer use and that the bookmark and password import as well as certain privacy features are not functional yet, but hey who needs those features, all of us Mac users are eager to try out the new browser.

At first glance the browser looks very plain with a view of your six most visited sites similar to version 4 of Safari that was just recently released by Apple. Read more

This tutorial should work no matter which operating system you are on, however I am writing it with more emphasis on how to do it on a Mac, since there isn’t any software that will help with backing up original Wii Games on a Mac.

The best thing about this Guide is that if your Wii has a mod chip installed and you have an SD card and a home network, then you wont have to spend any money on any additional hardware. So on to the guide.

Prerequisites:

  • Wii with a mod chip
  • Wii with Version 3.2 ( If your version is higher then 3.2 then you must downgrade )
  • Wii connected to your network
  • A Mac connected to your network
  • An SD Card ( Must be less then 2GB )

Required Software:

  • WiiOSx Tool - A custom application I developed to aid the process and make life easy. WiiOSx Tool will format your SD Card to the proper specifications, prepare your SD card to install the Homebrew Channel, prepare your SD card to install custom IOS and the Wii HTTP server. Finally, WiiOSx will make it easy to download your ISO. Go ahead and download WiiOSx Tool, install and launch it and then proceed to Step 1.NOTE: Only works on OS X 10.5 ( Leopard ) 

 

Step 1: Preparing Your SD Card

The first thing we need to do is prepare the SD card. We will need to format the SD card with FAT16 and then add the necessary applications to it. To do this follow the steps below:

Formatting Your SD Card:

Format SD Card

Format SD Card

  1. Launch WiiOSx Tool
  2. Click the Format SD Card Tab
  3. Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  4. Enter A New Name for your SD Card ( It can be the same name as the current card name )
  5. Click Format SD Card

Preparing the SD Card for Homebrew Channel Installation:

If you already have the Homebrew Channel installed, you can skip this part and go on to Step 2

BannerBomb Hack

BannerBomb Hack

  1. In WiiOSx Tool click on the BannerBomb Hack Tab
  2. Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  3. Choose a version from the Drop Down ( Start with the first and work your way down until one of them works )
  4. Make sure Erase Card is checked.
  5. Click Make BannerBomb SD Card
  6. Take the SD Card and put it into your Wii’s SD Card Slot
  7. Press (Wii), Data Management, Channels, SD. It should either pop up Load boot.dol/elf? or freeze. If it freezes then repeat steps 1 through 5 and choose a different version.
  8. Click Yes and Install Homebrew Channel

 

Step 2: Checking Your Wii’s Current Version

The first thing we need to do is check which menu version your Wii currently uses. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on your Wii
  2. On the bottom left hand corner of the Wii menu you should see the Wii Logo. Click on it
  3. Then Click on Settings
  4. On the top left corner of the screen you should see your version
  5. If your version is higher then 3.2 then continue to Step 3.
  6. If your version is 3.2 then continue to Step 5.

 

Step 3: Fixing Your Wii

This is a step you need to take if your version is above 3.2 before we begin, we need to prepare the SD Card with the necessary files. If you haven’t formatted your SD Card yet, then follow the beginning of the tutorial. If your SD card has been formatted already then all you need to do is as follows:

Additional Apps

Additional Apps

  • Launch WiiOSx Tool
  • Click on the Additional Apps Tab
  • Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  • Make sure Erase Card is selected
  • Then click on Add Applications
  • Wait for it to finish and then insert your SD Card into the Wii’s SD Slot

Follow the steps below to Fix your Wii (This fix will enable WAD’s to run properly on your Wii)

  1. Update your Wii to the latest version. 
  2. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “WAD Manager”.
  3. Press “A” on the Wii Remote once. The Wii should detect a SD Card. Press “A” again to see a list of WADs on the SD Card. Use the “D-Pad” to select “IOS16-64-v257-prod.wad”. Press “+” to install the WAD. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.
  4. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Custom Manager”. Using the same method as in “Step 3″, install the “cIOS_Fix.wad”. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.
  5. Using the ‘Homebrew Channel’, open ‘IOS Downgrader’. Just follow the instructions on the screen and wait until it finishes installing the necessary IOSs.
  6. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Install Shop IOS51″. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “IOS51″, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the IOS Patch, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “No”, and DO NOT install the “Wii Shop Channel”.
  7. Using the ‘Homebrew Channel’, open ‘WAD Manager ’. Install ‘WAD MANAGER 1.3’. 
  8. The Wii is now able to install WADs and Homebrew Apps should work properly now. 

 

Step 4: Downgrading Your Wii To 3.2

  1. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Firmware Downgrader”.
  2. Press the ‘A’ button on the Wii Remote. You should be presented with a list of different firmware versions. Select and press ‘A’ on one of the following:
    - 3.2J = Japan Firmware
    - 3.2U = American Firmware
    - 3.2E = Europe Firmware
  3. Press the “Home” button on the Wii Remote to restart the Wii. 
  4. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Install Shop IOS51″.
  5. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “IOS51″, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the IOS Patch, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the “Wii Shop Channel”
  6. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Mii Channel Updater”.
  7. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “Updated Mii Channel”, by pressing “A”.
  8. You are now on the Wii Firmware 3.2X and can use the Mii Channel and Shop Channel. 

 

Step 5: Installing cIOS249

  1. Start the Homebrew Channel
  2.  Launch the Custom IOS249 Installer. 
  3. It should only take a few seconds before the IOS is installed.

 

Step 6: Starting The HTTPD Server

  1. Start the Homebrew Channel
  2. Launch the WiiHTTP Dumper
  3. Once it loads, it will connect to your network, and display the IP address of the Wii.
  4. Insert the Wii Game that you want to backup!

 

Step 7: Downloading Your ISO

  1. Launch WiiOSx Tool
  2. Click on the ISO Tab
  3. Type the Wii IP Address that is displayed from the HTTPD server into the Wii IP Address box
  4. Click on Save ISO To, to select a location to save your ISO to.
  5. Select the type of ISO you are creating, the choices are do-wii-sl.iso (Wii Single Layer Disc), do-wii-dl.iso (Wii Dual Layer Disc), do-gamecube.gcm (Game Cube Disc).
  6. Click Save ISO, the process can take anywhere from 1.5 to 5 hrs. depending on your connection speed.
WiiOSx Tool - ISO

WiiOSx Tool - ISO

 

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I will not charge for WiiOSx Tool but I’m hoping that I’ll at least receive some donations for my hard work. You can use the form below to donate any amount you wish.

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I’ve had my fair share of experience with Photoshop and although it is one of the most powerful image editing tools available, it does have a few short comings. Luckily we have plugins that can be added to Photoshop to make life easy. I know from experience that it can take countless amounts of hours searching the internet for quality plugins. I thought since I’ve already discovered some of the most essential plugins that I’d share them with you, well the Best 10 of them…

Plugin Number 1: Web 2.0 Styles

Web 2.0 Styles

Web 2.0 Styles

Have you ever wondered if there was an easy way to achieve all those pretty web 2.0 colors without having to mess with blending options ? Well this plugin adds 131 Web 2.0 Styles to your list of Styles that you can apply to any Layer in Photoshop.

Download it here - Web 2.0 Styles

Plugin Number 2: Web 2.0 Logo Styles

Web 2.0 Logo Styles

Web 2.0 Logo Styles

Ever wonder how these guys draw their Web 2.0 Logos? Sometimes its nice to learn from others, build up the basic skills and start your own creativity from there. This plugin has styles that are used for some of the most well known Web 2.0 Logos

Download it here – Web 2.0 Logo Styles

Plugin Number 3: Web 2.0 Logo Fonts

Web 2.0 Logo Fonts

Web 2.0 Logo Fonts

Well, not really a Photoshop Plugin, but nevertheless a definite must have for anyone looking to spice up their website with a Web 2.0 Look, These Fonts together with the above styles will produce nice professional Web 2.0 Looking Logos

Download it here – Web 2.0 Logo Fonts

Plugin Number 4: Din Stripe Pattern

Din Stripes Pattern

Din Stripes Pattern

A must have plugin to use those fancy Web 2.0 Stripe patterns that everyone seems to have on their website today. You can use this pattern with overlay’s to get different color stripes.

Download it here – Din Stripe Pattern

Plugin Number 5: Skin Smoothing Action

Skin Smoothing Action

Skin Smoothing Action

If you’ve ever needed a way to make your photos look more professional, then this is the plugin to use. This is by far the best skin action for Photoshop that I’ve found. If you know of a better one, leave me a comment and I’ll gladly add it here.

Download it here – Skin Smoothing Action

Plugin Number 6: DVD Symbols Photoshop Brushes

DVD Symbols Brushes

DVD Symbols Brushes

If you’re ever designing cover art for a DVD or a movie or are working on a home video and you want it to look professional then these DVD Symbol Photoshop Brushes are the ideal tools for the job. There are many other brush sets out there that include DVD symbols but this is by far the most complete and accurate set that I’ve been able to find.

Download it here – DVD Symbols Photoshop Brushes

So I know I said 10 Best Plugins but there are so many great plugins, its really difficult to break them into the 10 best. So I thought I’d share some resources, sites I visit quite frequently. Here are a few websites you should definitely bookmark.

  • http://www.deviantart.com – A great resource for Wallpaper, Flash Source Files, Photoshop Source Files, Photoshop Actions, Photoshop Brushes, Photoshop Custom Shapes, Photoshop Patterns, etc…
  • http://www.dafont.com – Now there’s a site I use pretty regularly. It has just about every font you can think of and best of all, the fonts on the website are free.
  • http://www.chris-fletcher.com – A great resource with lots of tutorials. ha ha :)

Hopefully you’ve found this list useful. If you’d like to add to this list, leave me a comment and if I think its useful, I’ll ad it to the list.

I recently ran into a situation where I ended up with a folder of VOB, IFO, etc… files. Naturally you should just be able to open Toast, click on VIDEO_TS folders and drag the VIDEO_TS folder into Toast, but what happens when Toast tells you that it can’t burn because the files are CSS encrypted ???

The solution is quite simple actually. You’ll need to applications for this ( Do a Google Search ):

  • Toast
  • Mac The Ripper

Once you have downloaded and installed these 2 applications, you can follow the simple step by step tutorial below ( Note: If you are already familiar with these applications then you can skip to the very bottom for a quicker tutorial ):

Creating A Disc Image Using Toast

 

 

Open Toast, and select DVD-ROM (UDF) under the Data Disc Tab, see the image below ( Depending on the version of Toast you have installed your screen may look different from mine )

Toast 9 Titanium

Toast 9 Titanium

 

 

Drag the VIDEO_TS folder into the big empty white space, make sure that the folder is named VIDEO_TS and that all of the VOB / IFO / BUP files are contained within this folder. You should now have something that looks similar to the image below.

Toast 9 Titanium with VIDEO_TS folder

Toast 9 Titanium with VIDEO_TS folder

 

Moving right along, Click  on Save As Disc Image  in the bottom right hand corner. As illustrated below.

Toast 9 Titanium Save As Disc Image

Toast 9 Titanium Save As Disc Image

 

You should see a box pop up similar to the one below. Again depended on which version of Toast you are using. Pick a location and give it a name, then click Save. I always like to save directly to the desktop. Makes it easy to find :)

Toast Titanium 9 Save As Disc Image

Toast Titanium 9 Save As Disc Image

 

 

You will be presented with a window similar to the one below, showing you the progress of writing the Disc Image. Once the writing has completed, you should have a new image file.

Toast 9 Titanium Writing Disc Image

Toast 9 Titanium Writing Disc Image

 

Open up this new image file by double-clicking it. This should bring up Toast and you should have something that looks similar to the image below. ( Again please keep in mind that you might see something different here depending on the version of Toast you have ) 

Toast 9 Titanium With Image Mounted

Toast 9 Titanium With Image Mounted

 

Note: Once I double clicked on my image file, Toast opened up and automatically mounted the image as a DVD and as soon as that happened DVD Player launched and started playing. If this happens, just close out of DVD player.

For now we are done with Toast, now we need our other application, Mac The Ripper.

 

Decrypting With Mac The Ripper

 

Open up Mac The Ripper if you did everything right you should see a something similar to the image below. Notice that at the top it tells you your disc size and underneath that it should say FULL DISC EXTRACTION. You can play with the settings, I usually just leave all the defaults. Click on Go

Mac The Ripper

Mac The Ripper

 

 

Mac The Ripper will create a new folder with the name of your Disc Image on the Desktop ( That’s a default setting and that’s where the folder will be unless you’ve changed the setting ). When Mac The Ripper completes the Extraction process you should see 2 folders inside the folder it created. You’ll see a VIDEO_TS and an AUDIO_TS. All we care about is the VIDEO_TS folder. You can now close Mac The Ripper, we’re done with that.

 

Burning With Toast

 

Alright, let’s do a recap. So far, we’ve dragged our encrypted VIDEO_TS folder into Toast, Created a DVD-ROM UDF Disc Image. We then mounted this disc image as a DVD and decrypted it using Mac The Ripper. We are now left with a folder on our desktop with the name of our Disc Image file that has a VIDEO_TS folder inside of it. 

We now need to use Toast to Burn this VIDEO_TS folder to a DVD. This is a pretty straight forward process and shouldn’t need to be explained in great detail, however since I’m nice, I’ll do it anyway.

Open Toast and click on the Video Tab, then click on VIDEO_TS Folders as illustrated in the image below

Toast 9 Titanium VIDEO_TS folders

Toast 9 Titanium VIDEO_TS folders

 

 

Drag the VIDEO_TS folder that was created by Mac The Ripper where it says Drag VIDEO_TS folders into this area. Once you’ve done that, click on the Big Red Circle to Burn the DVD

That’s it, wait for the DVD to finish burning and put it into your DVD player to watch and enjoy.

 

Quick Tutorial

For those of you who are already familiar with the software and just want to know the steps you need to take then you can follow this quick tutorial.

  1. Open Toast
  2. Select Data Disc -> DVD-ROM (UDF)
  3. Drag VIDEO_TS files into Toast
  4. Click Save As Disc Image
  5. Mount Disc Image
  6. Open Mac The Ripper
  7. Click Go
  8. Open Toast
  9. Select Video -> VIDEO_TS Folders
  10. Drag Newly Created VIDEO_TS files into Toast
  11. Burn, Wait, Eject, Insert, Enjoy

 

Hopefully this tutorial was useful to someone out there. I would hate to think that I’ve wasted my time putting this together just to improve my typing skills. As always, comments are welcome as well as donations :)

I recently came across a site advertising an easy way to unlock your iPhone to work with other carriers that use sim cards. The site is http://www.unlockanyiphone.net

This company has come up with an easy plug and play solution. Basically they sell you a modified sim card that your sim card connects to. Think of it as a mod chip for your iPhone, it couldn’t get any easier, and as for the price, $37.95. I think its a small price to pay to be able to use your iPhone with other services.

Below are some of the features:

  • Full Unlock, Use your iPhone on ANY Network. Worldwide!
  • Safe iPhone Unlock: No warranty void, Fully reversible!
  • No knowledge required, Easy Plug and Play Solution!
  • Works on any iPhone, Version 2.2.1 Included!
  • No Signal Loss – like other Unlocks Available!
  • Lifetime Updates and Unlimited Support!
  • ALL Functions on your iPhone Working!
  • Enable SMS/MMS & Instant Messengers!
  • Access to 1000′s of Free iPhone Applications! 
  • Satisfaction GUARANTEED!
 
If you want a free way to do it, I found a great article at PCWorld that should help you accomplish this. Here is the link 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/137223/how_to_unlock_an_iphone.html

As a computer technician I have had a lot of people bring in virus and spyware infected PC’s and they all seem to have 1 thing in common… Limewire.

Here is the deal with Limewire, it is a free P2P sharing program, what this means is that everyone in the world that has music, movies, games, etc… on their home computer can use Limewire to share their files with the rest of the world. In a perfect world this should be safe, but there are lots of people out there that infect files that they are sharing with viruses and spyware. So Limewire is just not safe, furthermore, most ISP’s are now monitoring the ports that these P2P programs are running on, so if you are sharing something that is copyrighted then you could be banned from your ISP.

Doesn’t sound like its worth all the hassle to me, thankfully there is an alternative and its not torrents. Let’s talk about binary newsgroups. I will share with you the tools and websites you can use to successfully download just about anything from movies to songs to games, etc…

The way downloading from binary newsgroups works is this:

  1. You need three things, a site to search for files, a server to download from and a newsreader that can open NZB files. Most if not all of these things cost money but you shouldn’t have to spend more then $20.00 / month to obtain everything needed to keep you downloading safe and not to mention fast.

There are 2 websites that you will need to sign up with in order to make this happen. They are listed below:

http://v3.newzbin.com – To search for binary files ( movies, music, shows, etc… )

  • Unfortunately at the time of this writing you can only sign up for an account with newzbin if you receive an invitation from another member. You are more then welcome to send me e-mails and / or comments and I will give out invitations at my discretion as they become available to me.

http://www.newsdemon.com – You will need to signup for this site.

  • Pricing at the time of this writing is $17.99 / month for unlimited downloads.

You will also need some sort of newsreader. Here are a few

  • http://www.panic.com/unison – This is a newsreader for Mac, they offer a trial download and after that expires you have to purchase the full version for $24.95. Here’s a quick tip, download unison, then go to newzbin and do a search for Unison
  • http://www.shemes.com – This is a newsreader for Windows, they advertise it as free. I haven’t tried it much since I have a  Mac but it looks very simple to use.

Managing your iPod with Songbird can be accomplished without much difficulty. Just follow this easy to use tutorial.

First things first. If you don’t have iTunes installed then you can skip the iTunes configuration steps.

iTunes Configuration:

  1. Plug in your iPod and open iTunes (if it doesn’t auto-launch). Select your iPod and then choose the Settings tab. Uncheck Open iTunes when this iPod is attached and check the box labeled Enable disk use (per the iPod plugin for Songbird page). Move the slider all the way over so that the maximum amount of “Data” is available. This will erase all of the songs currently on your iPod. Click Apply.
  2. Exit out of iTunes

Songbird Configuration:

  • If you don’t already have Songbird installed you can download it from here Get Songbird
  • Download the iPod plugin you can download and install it from here.
  1. When you launch Songbird for the first time, if you’ve previously used your iPod with iTunes, it will ask you if you want to change the library over to Songbird. Click Yes.
  2. If your iPod is connected you should see it listed in the left pane. You can click on it and set your options. My personal preference is to manually manage songs and playlists.
  3. Drag some songs from your library to your iPod

Note: If you have iTunes, the next time you open it and your iPod is connected, it will probably ask if you want to erase the new library and sync with iTunes. Click Cancel if you want to continue using Songbird as your iPod manager.

Have you ever stressed out about all those duplicate songs on your iPod. I know I have and I’ve recently done some research to help remedy the problem. I found a great free tool for Mac’s that removes duplicates from your iPod and also allows you to copy songs from your iPod back to your Mac.

You can download the program here: YamiPod

Download the software, mount the DMG and the copy YamiPod to your Applications folder. Run the YamiPod Application if your iPod is disconnected you will get the following prompt

 

YamiPod - iPod Not Connected

YamiPod - iPod Not Connected

 

Connect your iPod and you will be prompted with the following screen

 

YamiPod - Select iPod and enter FWID

YamiPod - Select iPod and enter FWID

 

Select your iPod and type in your FWID also known as the serial number. You can find this ID by following theses steps.

  1. From the apple menu ( top left of screen ) select About this Mac and click More Info
  2. In the left column select Hardware and then USB
  3. In the USB Device Tree you should see your iPod listed, select it
  4. The FWID is the Serial Number listed in the lower box

Once you enter in the FWID and click OK you may be presented with the following warning

 

YamiPod - Warning

YamiPod - Warning

 

Ignore it, click on Continue, at this point you should have a window with a list of all the songs on your iPod.

 

YamiPod - Song List

YamiPod - Song List

 

To remove duplicates follow these steps

  1. Tools -> Advanced -> Remove Duplicates
  2. By default everything being compared will be checked, you can uncheck anything that you don’t want YamiPod to compare, I usually leave defaults.
  3. Click OK
  4. If any duplicates are found it will show you which ones it found and give you the option to remove them

To copy songs from your iPod to your Mac follow these steps

  1. You’ve got several options here, you can copy all the songs from your iPod, a particular album, a particular artist, or a single song.
  2. In the top left pane you’ll see your artists, select one and it will show you all songs by that artist in the bottom pane, you can Right Click ( Control-Click ) on a song to save a single song or you can Select all and then right click again and click Copy Song To, this applies for any of the configurations in step 1.
  3. After clicking on Copy Song To, you will be presented with a window with options. Leave the defaults then click on Destination, a window will pop-up that will ask you where you want to copy the songs to.
  4. Select your destination and click copy.

This software has many other useful features, have fun exploring. Hopefully this tutorial was helpful.

I found this great application for MacOSX that allows you to download YouTube Videos 

Get Tube lets you save videos in four different formats (mp4, mov, mp3, avi). The download process itself is a little unintuitive: not only does it only work with Firefox or Safari, but you also need to have one of the browsers open to a video to be able to download. Downloading with Get Tube can take a little while, but you’ll be able to follow the whole operation thanks to a process bar.

Get Tube won’t work if there are multiple videos opened up in the browser. Similarly try to avoid having multiple tabs opened as to seems to confuse the program.

Get Tube lets you select the folder to which you’ll save videos, although the default is normally your download folder.

As to image and sound quality, you’ll find they are exactly the same as you would have online.

You can download it here:

http://web.mac.com/simonvrel/en/download/files/GetTube.dmg