Backup iOS 4 SHSH Blobs for iOS 4.1 Jailbreak

Apple may be releasing   to public soon, however, just like users might still have to downgrade to a lower version in order to fix issues. However, lot of users had problem while downgrading from iOS 4 to iPhone OS 3.1.3, due to Apple not allowing local restores.

Backup iOS 4 SHSH Blobs

If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you might want to backup your SHSH Blobs to Cydia. SHSH blobs are required for older OS so that you can jailbreak newer versions of iOS. If you are already using iOS 4, it is highly recommended by the Dev Team to backup your SHSH Blobs locally or on Cydia.

Restore SHSH Blobs

If you want to backup iOS 4 SHSH blobs locally, you can use a tool called TinyUmbrella to backup your iOS 4 SHSH blobs so that you can use it to jailbreak when you upgrade to iOS 4.1. To backup your SHSH blobs download TinyUmbrella and run it, connect your iPhone or to the computer and click on the “Save My SHSH” button to start the backup process.

TinyUmbrella is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The update is a one click process, so do it before iOS 4.1 hits the street to be on the safer side. You can download TinyUmbrella for Windows from here, Mac OS X from here and Linux from here. More download links can be found at the official site here.

Recover Unsaved Posts In Windows Live Writer After a Crash

Earlier today, I had a system crash which ended up me having to reset the computer through the power button. Unfortunately, I had 4 Windows Live Writer windows open with different posts I was researching about. Now, I had done quite a few hours of work with those posts and losing them would definitely be a pain in the posterior.

With Windows Live Writer 3, I had an option to automatically save posts after 2 minutes, however, To my surprise and annoyance WLW 4 which is included in Windows Live Essentials Beta does not include an option to automatically save posts after a certain time. Now, I had thought that I had lost all the work and had to rewrite all the posts again, but was saved all the double work.


Thankfully Microsoft has added a new feature which allowed for an Auto-recovery if Windows Live Writer 4 did not shut down properly or crashed. The next time I started up WLW, I saw the message from the screenshot above, clicking on the "Recover changes now (recommended)" link magically recovered all the posts again, saving me a lot of time and hassles.

This feature is not available in Windows Live Writer 3, however, you can also recover unsaved posts if WLW crashed unexpectedly by browsing through the temp folder. WLW 3 creates a temp folder at the location, where "User" is your PC username:


When you browse to this folder you will see several folders in that, just view details and sort through date to look through them, the temporary post should be stored inside a file called "index.htm". You can open or view the files in this folder to find the post you could not save due to the crash. There is a 99.5% recovery rate through this folder.

However, if you want to get the benefit of Auto-recovery, go ahead and download Windows Live Essentials which also includes Windows Live Writer 4, and someone please tell Microsoft that they should not have removed a life-saver feature like Auto-save.

Ultimate List of Tips and Tricks for iOS 4 and iPhone 4

was launched a few weeks ago and there have been issues with it including it being a battery drain, however, iOS 4 packs in a lot of new features and enhancements. is also the default OS you will find on the . If you have been using the iOS 4 and haven’t got much out of it yet, here is a list of which will help you get started with the latest OS from Apple.

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So here is our of Tips and Tricks for the iPhone 4 and iOS 4, hope you find them useful and get some good information out of it.

34 iOS 4.0 Features and Tips For the iPhone and iPod touch

Mac Life has a huge list of tips and tricks for using iOS 4 on the and . The tips including backing up your devices, iPod Controls, changing search engines and more. If you want to figure out the head and tail of iOS 4, this post will be a good one to start out with. Visit the Mac Life post here.

The New iOS4 Shortcuts, Features, and Settings You Need to Know

Another interesting post about iOS 4 shortcuts, features and Settings from the ever reliable Life Hacker. The post delves into details on the new shortcuts and features you might want to know about. Head over to Life Hacker to read the post.

Mac In Touch iPhone 4 and iOS 4 Tips

Having problems with your iPhone 4 or iOS 4? Mac in Touch has several useful tips for the common problems being faced on iPhone 4 and iOS 4. It includes solutions for the Death Grip, Poor Battery Life, Slow Upgrades and so forth. Read some of the solutions to problems on iPhone 4 and iOS 4 here.

Subtle Changes You May (Or May Not) Notice in iOS 4

iOS 4 is a huge update over the iPhone OS 3.1.3 and there may be several features which are small enough to miss. Don’t worry, Nik Fletcher has put up a list of 18 subtle changes you may not notice in iOS 4. You can find the first batch of subtle change here and the second batch here.

Multitasking in iPhone 4 and iOS 4

Our very own posts which shows you how to multitask using or your new iPhone 4, its pretty easy to do, however, not many know how to do it yet. Read How To Multitask in iOS 4 and iPhone 4.

Creating and Using Folders in iOS 4 and iPhone 4

iOS 4 adds in a much needed feature called folders which allows users to club several applications together into a single folder. Creating folders is pretty easy. Learn How to create folders in iPhone 4 and iOS 4.

20 Tips and Tricks for iOS 4 and iPhone 4

Tech Radar has put up another list of tips and tricks for the iOS 4 and iPhone 4. Though you might find several things which are already present in the earlier posts, there are a few things which are unique here. Head over to read the Tech Radar tips here.

6 Things to Do After Installing iOS 4

Did you just install iOS 4? Well, Check out few things you need to do after installing iOS 4, again some of the things mentioned are unique. Read it here.

Once again as all our other Ultimate Lists, this one too is non-exhaustive and will be updated as and when we come across new tips worth mentioning. So don’t forget to bookmark and share this page, you never know when you might need some help.

Watch Hulu Videos Outside US Without Proxy Server

There have been several ways to watch and access Hulu videos outside US in the past, however, Hulu has been blocking those tools and most of them no longer work. However, now a Reddit user has come up with a way to watch Hulu videos outside US without having to use a proxy server or VPN.


However, accessing Hulu Videos outside US is not pretty straightforward and will require you to perform several tasks. You will also have to use the Firefox browser and install a .

Access Hulu Videos Outside US for Free

Step 1: Download Firefox (if you don’t have it already) and install the Modify Headers add-on (download here)

Step 2: In Firefox, go to Tools -> Modify Headers and from the drop down box select add and enter “X-Forwarded-For” in the first input box and enter the IP address of any US website and click enter.

Step 3: You will need to block TCP and UDP port 1935 since Hulu Flash client tries to connect to that port. Once you have blocked that port it will fall back to Http. To block TCP and UDP ports on Windows, visit this page.

To UDP and TCP port on a Mac, type this in a terminal window:

sudo ipfw add 0 deny tcp from any to any 1935
sudo ipfw add 0 deny udp from any to any 1935

Linux users will have to do this through the iptables by running the following commands:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 1935 -j DROP
iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 1935 -j DROP

That’s it, this trick should allow you to watch Hulu videos outside the US at-least for a while till Hulu comes up with a fix for it. Using this trick might block Flash on other websites, so use it only when you want to watch Hulu videos.

(Reddit via Life Hacker)

Disable/Enable Crash Protection In Firefox 4 and Firefox 3.6

Mozilla has introduced a new feature called "Crash Protection" in Firefox 3.6 and . Crash Protection runs using Out-of-process-plugins, which basically runs the plugins as separate processes from the main Firefox process. This allows Mozilla to recover from plugin crashes without freezing the entire browser.

However, not many users like this new feature and one of commentators recently asked whether it was possible to disable crash protection because it froze the browser. Well the answer is that, yes you can disable crash protection in Firefox 4 and Firefox 3.6, however, you will have to do so manually.

How To Disable Crash protection in Firefox 4 and Firefox 3.6

Step 1: In the browser location bar type "about:config" without the quotes and hit enter or return key.

Step 2: If you are doing this for the first time, you will see a warning saying "You may void your warranty!", you need to press the button "I’ll be careful, I promise" to move to the configuration for Firefox.


Step 3: Once you have clicked the button you will see a lot of strings out there which might not make any sense. Don’t worry about it. In the "Filter" textbox type "plugins" without the quotes and hit enter. The process is slightly different for Firefox 3.6 and Firefox 4, follow the appropriate steps given below.


Once you perform the search, right click on the dom.ipc.plugins.enabled string and click "Toggle", you only have to do this if the value for the string is true, if it is false, the Crash Protection is already disabled.

With Firefox 3.6 you will also need to disable Crash protection for Individual items. If you want to disable Crash protection for Individual items, you can use the following mapping and toggle the respective values to false.

  • dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.npctrl.dll (Microsoft Silverlight)
  • dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.npqtplugin.dll (Apple QuickTime)
  • dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.npswf32.dll (Adobe Flash)
  • dom.ipc.plugins.enabled.nptest.dll (NPAPI test plugin)

That’s about it, using the above steps you can disable or enable Crash protection in Firefox 3.6 and Firefox 4. Firefox 4 does not have options to individually turn the plugins Crash Protection off yet, but it may be added in the final version.

Fix 0x80070643 Error For Microsoft Security Essentials Install or Update

Microsoft Security Essentials is no doubt one of the best Free Antivirus and Anti-Malware solution available today, and just like Microsoft has done a pretty good job with it.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Quite recently I saw a notification to update to the latest version of Microsoft Security Essentials, however, the update kept failing because of a "0x80070643" Error. This issue kept happening multiple times and I did find a solution for it. So how do you fix the 0x80070643 Error that occurs while installing or updating Microsoft Security Essentials? Read ahead.

There are various reasons why this error may occur, it could vary based on whether you are installing or updating MSE, I will categorize the problems and their solutions.

Microsoft Security Essentials 0x80070643 Install/Upgrade Errors

Cause 1: You might have another Antivirus programs installed while you are installing MSE.

Solution 1:  Uninstall all the other Antivirus programs before installing MSE and try again, this should resolve the 0x80070643 error.

Cause 2: You might be not be using an older version of Windows Installer

Solution 2: Upgrade windows or download the latest version of Windows Installer. MSE requires at-least version 3.1 of Windows Installer or higher.

Cause 3: Windows Installer service is turned off.

Solution 3: Go to Start -> Run and type in "services.msc", scroll down till you find the Windows Installer service and start it. You might want to change the startup type to automatic. If you aren’t sure how to deal with services, you might want to read up a similar post on starting a Windows service and turning it on automatically.

There may be several other causes why this happens. I will try and update this post once I get to more scenarios and add solutions to it.

Windows Live Writer Wave 4 Keyboard Shortcuts

The one reason I have been delaying the upgrade to the new Windows Live Essentials beta was the removal of the Ctrl + L shortcut key for inserting images in Windows Live Writer. That was one of the most important shortcuts for me, and I really gave a damn to the new ribbon UI for inserting images.

Also Read: Ultimate List of Windows Live Writer Tips and Tricks

However, I recently upgraded to Windows Live Wave 4 including updating Windows Live Writer, because I found out that the shortcut key did exist, however, it was changed to Ctrl + J instead.

In addition to that Windows Live Writer Wave 4 also has several other shortcuts including those which allow you to apply paragraph and headline styles using . This feature was requested by me in my Windows Live Writer wish list.

If you want to know about more Windows Live Writer Wave 4 keyboard shortcuts, Aaron Bregel has put up the full list which can be viewed here. I found the image shortcut there too :-).

How To Fix Adobe Error Code 148:3 Licensing Issue

If you use licensed Adobe products, you might come across an error where starting the product will show you a dialog box saying “Licensing for this product has stopped working” and in the message you will see the Error Code 148:3.

Adobe Licensing Stopped 148:3 Error

Adobe suggests that you restart your computer to fix this issue, however, numerous restarts lead to no solution. Now this might be a really annoying issue if you do not know what to do. However, the solution for this is pretty simple. In my case, I had disabled certain services on Windows which were essential to the Adobe Licensing system.

In the steps below, I will show you how to get rid of this error and also provide additional resources that might come in handy to you if this solution does now work.

How To Fix Adobe Error Code 148:3

The root cause of this problem is that the FLEXnet Licensing Service has been disabled, enabling this service should get rid of the Error Code 148:3. Here is how you can enable the FLEXnet Licensing Service on Windows XP, or .

If you are looking for a software to manage services in Windows you can try out the Services Editor or Service Manager Plus.

Step 1: Press Start > Run and type in services.mscwithout the quotes and hit the Enter key. You can also use the Windows Key + R hotkey to launch the run box.

Step 2: In the services window, find the service “FLEXnet Licensing Service”. If the Startup Type is set to Manual, you just have to start the service and try opening the Adobe application again, you don’t need to follow the rest of the steps. However, you might want to change the Startup Type to “Automatic” so that you don’t have to do this every time. You can follow the rest of the steps if you want to change it to automatically start with Windows.

If the service Startup Type is “Disabled” you will have to enable it, to do that double-click on the service name to open the properties box.

FLEXnet Licensing Service

Step 3: In the available Startup Type dropdown options select “Automatic” and click on the “Apply” button.

Step 4: Once the changes have been Applied, click on the “Start” button to start the service.

Once you are done, click on Ok and close the services manager. Try restarting the Adobe application and the licensing problem should no longer be an issue. If this trick does not work for you, you can read more options at the Adobe Knowledge Base here.

Downgrade iOS4 to 3.1.3 on iPhone and iPod Touch

Earlier today we told you on how you can downgrade you and , the solution to downgrade from iOS 4 to iPhone OS 3.1.3 is pretty simple and straightforward and does not require much work.

Users have been downgrading their iPhone or iPod Touch because of the several problems which are caused by the new update on the iPhone and iPod touch, including battery drains and more.

We have been getting a lot of comments with regards to people draining the battery level because of this issue, you can read all the comments here, here and here to find out the different problems iOS4 has been causing for users.

If you are one of the users who have been affected by this problem, you can read our earlier guide on downgrading iOS 4 and using iPhone OS 3.1.3. Once you do that, you can also jailbreak your 3.1.3 device using the Spirit jailbreak.

How To Multitask in iOS4 on iPhone, iPod Touch

The free update for 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch is out, you can upgrade to the latest version by using the iTunes upgrade option. If you do not know how to upgrade to iOS4, read our earlier article on How To Upgrade to iOS4 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch.


One of the new features in iOS4 includes multi-tasking, this feature is available only for iPhone 3GS and certain iPod Touch devices.

iOS4 Multitasking

To multitask with iOS4 on an iPhone or iPod Touch, just double-tap on the home button when an app is open, this will bring up new apps for you to choose from at the bottom of the screen.

You can scroll through all the open apps by shifting it to the right or left of the screen. Once you click on the app it will seamlessly switch between the current one and the one you chose to multitask with.

iOS4 Multitasking Close App

To close an open app, just press and hold the icon and click on the "-" symbol at the left corner, this will close the app altogether. Have fun multi-tasking on your new iOS4 on an iPhone or iPod Touch.