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I own an iPhone 3GS, it is about two years old and I still love it. The only issue I had was that its battery began to drain pretty quick over the last couple of weeks, it hardly lasted a full day anymore.

What I also experienced was that, even if at a charge of about 60%, it would all of a sudden just turn off without any warning. Very naughty.

I googled a bit and I found that lots of people experienced the same strange behaviour with their 3GS recently. As it turned out, a guy who produces batteries explained, that due to the age of the battery, some iPhone features like GPS, etc. will cause a current that is too high for the old battery and will trigger a safety mechanism whereby it shuts down and could only be booted again when connected to an external power source.

So what’s the fix for this problem?

Replace the battery!

Seemingly, everybody who replaced the old battery reported that it immediately solved the sudden-death problems, plus the phone would easily last through the day again.

So I made my decision, I had to replace the battery.

The next question though was, will I pay ridiculous $$$ and get it done in a shop or will I be adventurous and do it myself?

I did the latter. With success.

I found that, based on recommendations, the best DYI option was

The iPhone 3GS replacement battery kit is about 20$ and contains a new battery, the required screwdriver and a spudger. The perfectly written, very detailed step by step guide is on their website and you can either print it or have it open on your laptop while you do it.

As I live in Ireland my cheapest postage option was 10$. It arrived about a week after my purchase even though they mention in the small-print that it can take up to 30 days.

What you will also need is that thingy to open the SIM tray and a suction cup to lift up the glass panel, I used one from the Christmas-window-decoration – worked like a charm. I recommend to also use tweezers for those tiny screws or magnetise the screwdriver. A credit card size refrigerator magnet works well to keep the screws in place and don’t lose them.

I didn’t have a magnet, but instead I used paper to separate them and make sure to use the correct ones again when reassembling the phone. The original battery is glued in, a blow-drier has proven to be very helpful. Heat the back panel and the glue will soften a bit and make it easier to remove the battery.

This might be stating the obvious, but still I’d like to mention that you should do this in good light conditions. I did it in the evening with help of a headlight.

The whole process of replacing the battery took me about 45 minutes, but I really took my time as I was really afraid to break or lose anything. Also I took the opportunity to clean the inside a bit, like the glass in front of the camera, etc.

Also my battery lasts now almost twice as long and I can confirm that there were no ‘sudden-deaths’ anymore.

Now if you want to replace the battery in your iPhone – I recommend to do it yourself. It is actually simple enough if you carefully follow the steps and it gives you a great satisfactory feeling to see everything still works after you reassembled the phone.

Still not sure if you should do it?

Would it motivate you if you got 5$ off your purchase?

Then listen up!

I got a 5$ voucher with my replacement battery and I am giving it away as I am not hoping to need it anytime soon.



So here is what you need to do:

Leave a comment on this site and suggest a topic I should write about next.

The person with the most appealing suggestion will receive an email from me with the voucher code. (don’t forget to enter your correct email details in the comment form!)

Also my next post will (obviously) be about the topic suggested by the winner.

Good luck!


Did you know Steve Jobs took LSD?

That he hired the Pepsi-Cola’s Vice President John Scully with the words “Do you want to sell sugar-water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me?”

That he and Bill Gates worked together?

Have a look at this BBC documentary, you will see plenty of facts you certainly didn’t know. Very interesting.

The Portal 2 – Cocktail

Posted: 12. January 2012 in geeky
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The finest beverage breakthroughs from the Aperture alcohol research labs. Drink them in the name of science. You monster.


What you need to make it:

  • Blue Curacao
  • Vodka
  • Lemonade
  • Cointreau
  • Rum
  • Orangina
  • Small tumblers

This drink is, of course, designed to resemble the two coloured portals from the excellent sci-fi puzzle game. For the blue version, get a small tumbler and pour in 10ml of Blue Curacao, 10ml of vodka and top up with lemonade. For orange you’ll need another tumbler, this time filled with 10ml of Cointreau, 10ml of rum and Orangina. If you fancy, you can jazz the glasses up with coloured sugar rims. Simply pour some sugar into a sandwich bag with the relevant food colouring, shake them up, pour the resulting mix into a dish and dip your tumbler in. “You can mix the portals together if you like,” says James. “It’s a very orangey flavour, which we thought tied in with The Orange Box, the compilation in which the original Portal appeared.”


If you wonder what this is about, then you might want to have a look at the official website or watch the game trailer below.


Here is to the crazy ones…

… who dare to install the Siri port (H1Siri) on their jailbroken iPhone.

H1Siri on iPhone 3GS

As you can see in the screenshot above I am one of those…

I did, just for the craic (as the Irish say), install the Siri port called H1Siri on my jailbroken iPhone 3GS (on iOS 5).

If you are looking for a step-by-step guide on how to install it on your iPhone, please go and use Google.

What you are going to find here is how to fix your camera! Why? Because if you install H1Siri on the iPhone 4 it won’t let you use your video recording functionality anymore. And if you install it on the iPhone 3GS it won’t let you use the camera at all.

At least that was the case for me.

The camera app starts, but the aperture doesn’t open. Same thing with any other 3rd party camera app, like Camera+, Hipstamatic,… you name it.

Apparently there seems to be a fix out there already – and I’ve tried it, but it does not work on the 3GS. I assume it was made for the iPhone 4 and will only work on the iPhone 4. At least I haven’t heard otherwise.

After I didn’t get my camera to work, I removed H1Siri from my iPhone to see what happens. And there you go, the camera worked again!

So I concluded, that the file that is replaced by the questionable fix (that only works on iPhone 4) is responsible for the camera’s functionality in some way.

So what do you need to do if you want to have H1Siri AND camera functionality on your iPhone 3GS?  Please note at this point that it does not fix the video recording functionality. You can only take pictures! (Unless you find an app that will work)

First – what you need:

  • Jailbroken iPhone 3GS with H1Siri installed (or uninstalled)
  • iFile (or alternate method to browse the device folders on root level)
  • Mobile Terminal

I have the untethered jailbreak, be aware that this probably won’t work for you if you have a tethered jailbreak!

Now – what you need to do:

  1. If you have H1Siri already installed, go and uninstall it via Cydia. To do so, go to Cydia/Manage/Packages and remove h1siri. Reboot the device.
  2. Open iFile
  3. Navigate to ~/System/Library/Caches/
  4. Copy the file in that folder. It’s name should be dyld_shared_cache_armv7
  5. Navigate to another folder of your choice, ideally one that you find again!
  6. Paste the file in there – this is now your backup.
  7. Close iFile
  8. Go and install H1Siri (google search if you don’t know how)
  9. Reboot the device (don’t be impatient, it can take longer than usual)
  10. Open iFile
  11. Navigate to your folder from Step 5
  12. Copy (or cut) the file
  13. Navigate to ~/System/Library/Caches/
  14. Paste the file and confirm that it should Overwrite
  15. Close iFile
  16. Reboot the device (don’t be impatient, it can take longer than usual)
  17. Open Mobile Terminal
  18. Type in the following (and press return after every line):
  • su
  • alpine    (this is the default root password, if you’ve changed it you need to enter the right password instead!)
  • cd
  • cd
  • cd /System/Library/Caches/
  • chmod 7133 dyld_shared_cache_armv7
  • exit
  • exit
  • press any key

Now reboot your device and your camera should work again! However, as already mentioned, the only thing that it did not fix for me was the video recording functionality. But at least the camera was working!

Also, I have to clarify here that this worked for me and I do not guarantee that it will work for somebody else, and also you should only do this if you know what you are doing!

In the meantime, let me tell you that I have already removed H1Siri again completely from my iPhone. Why? Because of all the warnings that point out the privacy concerns, illegal use copyrights, and so on,… also because some other apps seemed to be buggy, for example Glympse.

At the end of the day it is your decision what you want to do. Either way I hope this is of help!

PS: If you eventually decide to remove H1Siri and see your Winterboard theme all messed up and or other tweaks not working, all I had to do was to Reinstall via Cydia and then all was good.

If you are like me and want to spice up the looks of your iDevice from time to time, then I strongly recommend this website:

They really have some funky and stylish wallpapers for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Here is my new layout 🙂


Talking about iDevice wallpapers, you might also want to check out this website.

Most of you probably heard of the Kindle Fire by now. It is kind of Amazon’s answer to the iPad 2.


And the chances are probably good that you are thinking of getting one for Christmas. However, if you are living outside of the United States you might want to think twice.

Why? Because officially the Kindle Fire is only offered in the US at the moment. From what I’ve heard they still need to sort some cloud policy stuff in Europe before they can roll it out here.

Anyway, this doesn’t mean that you can’t buy a Kindle Fire and ship it to wherever you live. But be aware that not everything will work!

I happen to live in Ireland and got my hands on one of these devices to do some testing. Not because I’m an IT guy, but because our company bought a few of them as gifts for our employees, however they didn’t research first to see if they can actually use it here so I had to go and figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Now, without further ado, here is what you can do:

– browse the web/check emails, if you are connected to a wi-fi network
– purchase, download and read books from the various amazon stores (Germany, UK,…)
– use the apps that are pre-installed

That’s pretty much it! At least if you don’t have a PC,…

At this point, please note that the device doesn’t come with a USB cable!

So, if you have a PC and a USB cable (micro-b port), you can also do the following:

– transfer your pictures, movies and documents to the Fire via USB and obviously watch them on the device.

Now, what you can’t do is this:
– download apps from the Amazon app store. This is probably the biggest issue for most people, however there is a way to work around that to get apps. *
– use Amazon’s cloud music player (
– use Amazon’s cloud storage
– use Amazon’s video services (in my tests I could watch trailers but not buy/rent movies)

According to Amazon’s customer service, you can use all the services if you have an account with an US billing address. But I assume most of the people outside the US don’t have that.

When asking if and how soon Amazon will make those services and the app store available in Europe, they couldn’t give me any information whatsoever.

Hope this is of help to somebody, when I did some research I couldn’t really find something useful, hence I am posting it now myself 😉

* Please note that installing third party apps can involve some risks (malicious software), so only do that if you know what you’re doing!