Posts Tagged ‘iPhone


My response to “5 Reasons”

Came across this on

5 Reasons Why I am not Jailbreaking My iPhone

I keep reading comments from people like this one that seem to be proselytizing for the Apple POV on jailbreaking. I don’t get it. Some people, like me, do it, did it, like it, and that’s that. It’s not like we’re trying to convince anyone that’s not comfortable with it to do it. But somehow there are people out there trying to browbeat others into staying away from the “scary hacking community”.

I’m not scary (I don’t think), and I’m not much of a hacker, jailbreaking takes about 1 minute and doesn’t require any coding knowledge or the ability to do anything beyond finding a website in Safari on the iPhone.

<shrug> Just seems like much ado about nothing.

To the points made in this particular post.
1. I should care what Apple thinks? It’s MY $400 device, not Steve Job’s. (Actually I dropped $600 on day one.) I own it. It’s mine to use as I wish.
2. I’m glad this guy is happy with what his iPhone does on it’s own. I am too, but I like having more, and I really like having it look the way I want. I end up splitting my time 50/50 in iPhone native apps, and other 3rd party apps. So that works out to half of my phone’s usability (from my POV) gone, if I don’t jailbreak.
3. I totally understand he’s scared of bricking his phone. If I wasn’t aware of ALL the risks I’d be scared too. But I know how to restore my phone if something goes wrong and I NEVER update until there’s been a new hack for the next iteration.
4. No, it’s not slow. Works fine. I don’t install EVERY new app that comes out, but I suppose if you did it might slow the system down. Same is true on any other computing platform. The more you cram on it, the more you steal away from system performance.
5. Not sure what his point is on 5. Patience? Wait to pay for apps in February that I can have for free now? I don’t get that, doesn’t compute.

Anyway, that’s my .02


Version 2.5 Update

Lots of new icons (over 20), including the much requested BossPrefs, Othello and one for the Playstation emulator. More good news, though not linked to here through installer (odd that), PlainJainCustom (images for use with Customize, the app) are up in installer and ready to roll. They will help make your PlainJain themed iPhone seem even MORE PlainJain. Yay. Merry Xmas and Happy New Jeer!


foreign language issues with summerboard themes

It’s been a problem that a lot of folks have emailed me about. My theme assumes English as the language selected on the iPhone and therefore the default Apple sanctioned applications whose names are different on iPhones using other languages, show up with the original Apple icons for those applications. Since making alternatively named, but essentially the same, icons available would make the install package for PlainJain huge, on top of being radically incomplete because I know I’d never be able to keep up with all the various names for all the various apps in all the various languages available on the iPhone, I won’t be doing that.

As I solution I’ll direct you to my previous post on renaming icons. Figure out what the name of your app is, and rename the icons involved to match the name your language selection has applied.

The only other alternative would be to switch to English and do as I do, run without icon labels on at all.

My hope is that eventually Summerboard will add a language set of alternative names for apps that automagically redirects the UI to the English named icons in iPhones set to use another language.

Cheers all! – Matt


Version 2.4 Update

Hey friends and neighbors,

2.4 is out and includes some new installer app icons, some requested icons, a new AIM.png icon for use with whatever chat app you like, PLUS (by special request) the OLD wallpaper and dock images. To use them, install Mobile Finder (through the installer) on your iPhone or iPod Touch, then use it to navigate to /var/root/Library/Summerboard/Themes/PlainJain(Or PlainJainDim or BlackJainDim whichever you use). Once there you can use Finder to rename Dock.png or Wallpaper.png to something else (or delete them if you are that adamant about it), then rename Dock[ALT] or Wallpaper[ALT] to the original name of the file by deleting the [ALT] part.

Coming soon: PlainJainCustom – Custom images for use with Customize. To make your iPhone even more PlainJain.

Cheers and peace out hommies.

^If you could see my face that would be even funnier.


Theme stats tabulated…

Shaun put together some download stats and I threw them into excel and spit this out the back end.

Gives me a nice warm fuzzy. It feels odd for something I decided to do out of sheer boredom and discontent with the Apple iPhone UI.

For dates September 26 2007 through December 3rd, 2007

blackjaindim 176215
plainjaindim 170878
plainjain 139653

Wow. Put together that’s more downloads than OpenSSH.

Thanks to everyone out there doing me the honor of walking around with my theme on their phones!

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