Canon Camera Numbering Hack

I finally decided to blog about the little hack I discovered over the summer. My Canon PowerShot SD750 (and all other Canon cameras, as far as I know) numbers files by user preference, either continuously or resetting on each new folder and blank card. I found a way to hack this setting so experimental pictures you don’t want to count in your photo total can be re-used. This only works on deleted photos right after your last kept one, so it won’t reuse other unused numbers in the sequence. For example, you keep picture 1343, then take five test pictures…

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Get Back your Canon Camera’s Numbering

I just had the experience recently of trying to reset my Canon PowerShot SD750’s numbering back to the last picture I had saved. The I discovered over the summer was that I could go into the menu, cycle File Numbering from Continuous to Auto Reset and back, and any file numbers I’d erased since the last saved picture were re-used. It worked great when I was carrying the whole summer’s worth of pictures on the card. With an empty one, though, it reset the numbering back to zero. I wanted my numbers back, so here’s how I did it. I…

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MissingMoney.com Gets Your Money Back from the State

Want satisfaction? For a lot of people, nothing is more satisfying than getting money back from the government. The site MissingMoney.com has teamed up with over 35 states to provide searchable records of unclaimed property. Simply enter a last name, and an optional first name and/or state, and search; you might turn up a lot more than you think. I searched for three last names from my family and got half a dozen hits for people in my family, all over the country. I’m in the process of emailing everyone about their entries. I wonder if I’ll get finder’s fees?…

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iJailBreak: New iPhone App Installer

PC World reports that a thirteen-year-old coder, named AriX, has released an application to install third-party applications on the new iPhone firmware. It is freely downloadable from Google Code. The only interaction necessary, according to the article, is a soft-reset of the iPhone. I don’t know what’s more impressive: The fact that the new encrypted software has been cracked, or the fact that a 13-year-old did this. Very impressive! Congratulations, AriX!

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iPhone Upgrades Almost Successfully Rolled Back

In a posting on the iPhone Dev Wiki, iPhone hackers posted instructions for downgrading the iPhone’s firmware from version 1.1.1 to 1.0.2. The downgrade restores iTunes and Wi-Fi capabilities, but the call-making functionality cannot yet be restored. Hackers have yet to find a way to downgrade the firmware used by the iPhone’s baseband chip, which is used to make calls. Apple’s latest update includes much better firmware encryption, which is making current research into unlocking version 1.1.1 very difficult. The earlier unlocks were much easier. According to Tom Ferris, a security researcher working on the iPhone, everyone is working on…

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Apple Breaks Unlocked iPhones

While I haven’t an iPhone, have no plans to buy one, and don’t have friends who own or want to own one, I have been following the back-and-forth between hackers striving to unlock the AT&T-only device and Apple. Latest in the tennis match (or cat-and-mouse game, as PC World says) is Apple’s 1.1.1 update, which removes third-party applications installed using the Jailbreak hack and bricks phones unlocked with the open-source anySIM software, which allows the use of non-AT&T SIM cards with the iPhone. Users reportedly get an error message about an unsupported SIM card, even with the AT&T card installed.…

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Gmail EXE Block Workaround

What I’m going to do, as a little short, is teach you to send EXE file attachments in Gmail. I’ve sent this workaround to many people (friends, family), but apparently have never published it in this blog. It’s probably useful for programmers emailing samples of their small apps to friends and family, or for sending system-saving programs to a non-techie whose computer is dead. The way Gmail filters attachments appears to be, at least now, by extension. This means the filter is tricked very easily. There are only a few steps to this workaround, and it’s reasonably straightforward. The only…

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Pandora Internet Radio

I recently started using a service called Pandora on the Internet. It is a music-discovery and streaming service. Start with a favorite song or artist (creates smaller and larger stations depending on type of input) and Pandora searches the Music Genome Project for similar music. What’s cool about it is the fact that it crosses genre, artist, and popularity lines; each song is its own little thing, listed by its own specific attribute set. There are some things, like no rewind and a song-skip limit, but these are due to the company’s music licenses. There are two versions: Free and…

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