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Broken iPod Touch Home Button Work Around Using SBSettings Close Button Widget

Once you jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch there are tons of benefits available to you in the form of innovative applications that are not locked down by Apple. One of my iPod Touch’s is pretty beat up and no longer under warranty so I use it to test all sorts of things including being the first device I ever installed Cydia and Icy on. Anyhow the Touch device actually has a semi busted LCD screen, a broken power button, and a broken home button. On a iPhone running default firmware you would be pretty much out of luck if the home button or power button was not working but once the device is jailbroken then you can get around all of these issues easily.

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Ruby Script to Update Github Repos and Fetch Changesets for Redmine

I recently started using Redmine for numerous projects and could not be happier with the application so far. Not only is it actively developed and already includes a ton of great features but it doesn’t seem bloated at all. Many of the projects I have configured for Redmine have their code base stored on Github so I needed to find a way to add code updates that referenced tickets to the tickets themselves. At first I was having a bit of trouble understanding exactly how this should be achieved but after digging around it ended up being pretty easy. You will need to configure local repos underneath your Redmine project that are updated fairly regularly and then after they are updated you will need to run a script that updates the any ticket that code has been associated with.

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Get the BIOS Version for Windows XP Computer

Getting the BIOS version for a Windows XP PC is easy using the Registry Editor. You will need to start up the Registry Editor and then drill down into the Registry to locate your BIOS version.

  1. Start Windows Registry:Click the Windows Start button followed by Run. Type in “regedit” and click the OK button. This will launch the Windows Registry Editor.