Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!Bruce T Still Does IT!!!!!

It's hard not to get emotional when I think about the this year finally coming to an end.  I am dumbfounded at the speed in which today has arrived.  In the beginning, I never wanted it to end, today, I can't wait to turn the page. 2011 has been an incredible year on many levels.  No year before has ever challenged me in so many ways.

Not sure this will make sense when I write it, but 2011 has been the most painful, yet most rewarding year of my life.  Strange how it balanced out.  In the wake of losing my love, Jodi to cancer, tons of love and support flowed to myself, our children and our families.  In turn, we continued to inspire those around us.  And that inspiration continues.  Just  the other day, a friend of mine through business circles in an email reply wrote "I'm going to change your name from RockStar [long story, we are a demanding account] to THE INSPIRATION."  And just a moment ago, another friend from the same company posted her New Year Facebook wishes for me and said I was "truly an inspiration."  Words like that go a long way and help to keep things into perspective.  And this is no boast, I hear that a lot. And I need to.  This is me.  See, it's bi-directional.  Knowing that I have inspired someone inspires me to inspire more.  It's a wonderful, powerful circle and incredible feeling.  I can't explain it, you have to live it for yourself.  It's not about me, it's about you, it's about  the people I love, and more importantly it's about three kids that I love and who look up to me everyday.  It's my job, it's the example they will learn from.  I am proud of that, and the example I have made.


Even though she was with me in spirit, Jodi and I inspired an audience of about 700 people, along with other guest speakers, at Lincoln Middle School during their annual Cancer Walk. The majority of the students and the entire staff remembered Jodi and her address to the students last year.  It was a pretty amazing experience.  To prepare a  speech and hope to inspire the students, and to have confirmation from the staff and students that the goal was accomplished is incredibly rewarding.  I remember Jodi's mom asking "Are you  nervous?" I said "no, this is for Jodi." One staff member wrote me to say what Jodi and I shared has "opened many eyes and inspired many students beyond what textbooks can do."  A special needs student wrote me to say "I feel like I have been given a gift, thank you".  In response to me sharing my experience and the challenges Jodi and I faced, and having a positive attitude that inspired this student as he faces his own challenges. There are no words to describe what all of this means to me, it somehting you can only feel.  And it doesn't end with Lincoln Middle School, this entire experience has touched many people and has inspired everyone in our family, our circle of friends and every life we have touched.  That inspiration pushes me to do more. And because of that goodwill and inspiration, Jodi didn't leave us in vane, she left our world a better place. 

In 2012, me and the children will continue to inspire.  I am hoping this blog will continue to grow in the coming year. I also plan to give more than I have ever given.  I don't have money, but I have the time.  And to some, time is extremely valuable.  I am planning on doing some community volunteering and possibly some work with a cancer group, or possibly even becoming an Ambassador for the TGen Foundation here in our area.  The sky is the limit. I know I can't do everything I want to accomplish in the coming year, but I WILL ACCOMPLISH.  And I wan't to inspire you to do the same.  Set some goals, set aside some time, and do some good.  You won't regret it.  I triple dog dare you.

Here and now, at the end of the year.  I am at peace.  WITH EVERYTHING.  I have reconnected with old friends and made new friends along the way.  For 2012 and beyond, I want to be surrounded by the friends and family that I love.  Together we are the most powerful force in the universe.  And no matter what needs to be done or what seems to come our way, we WILL kick all forms of ass.

As always, Bruce T wishes you all a Happy New Year and may every year be better than the one before.

2012, New Year, new beginnings, new doors, and new experiences.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Zephyr & iDevice Multitasking Gestures tweak

Yet another reason to Jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch!!! Besides, running stock firmware is so 2007.....

OK, so you checked the enabled box next to "enable Multitasking Gestures" in Redsn0w when you Jail broke your iDevice.......then you tired to use it and found out it is POINTLESS......... unlike Hobbits, not too many of homo sapiens can fit four or five fingers on an iPhone or iPod screen to make a gesture happen.....not to mention, AT&T's coverage isn't to good in the Shire.....

Then along comes famous Dev Tweaker chpwn with yet another insanely useful and powerful tweak, ZEPHYR.

Using one finger you can now slide up from the bottom of your screen to open the multitasking pane, or swipe left or right from the edge of your screen for app switching just like on the iPad....all of this for the extremely low price of $2.99....more features are sure to come to this tweak.  So don't be lame, or greedy..just be awesome.

Check out the demo video then launch Cydia and purchase this tweak, you will love it!!!!

And that's how Bruce T keeps his iPhone and iDevices awesome!!!!!  Now do it!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

iOS 5.0.1 [A4] Untethered is upon us!!! Updated

Updated 5/6/12:

Simply follow these directions to Jailbreak your device running iOS 5.0.1   **This Jailbreak is not for iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPhone 4S**

Bruce T's Tips:

Transfer purchases, back up your device and photos.

If you are already on 5.0.1, follow one of these turorials for untethered jailbreak:

***RedSn0w will also Jailbreak iOS 5.1 on non A5 devices, but it is a TETHERED JAILBREAK, meaning you will have to connect to a PC and re-jailbreak every time you lose power or reboot.***

Redsn0w Jailbreak Guide from

Redsn0w Jailbreak Guide from

Use the latest version of Redsn0w: 

RedSn0w 0.9.10b8 for Mac
RedSn0w 0.9.10b8 for PC

If you are jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1 on an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S click here to learn how to use GreenPois0n Absinthe

Updated 2/15/2012

Redsn0w 0.9.10b5c untether with bug fixes.  Download links updated. Remember, if you are updating your current iOS 5.0.1 Redsn0w jailbreak: UNCHECK INSTALL CYDIA. 
Windows users, run as administrator. 

Updated 2/1/2012:***NOT FOR A5 DEVICES**

Redsn0w 0.9.10b5 has been released to fix lingering DRM issues with iBooks. Links updated.  Corona 5.0.1 Untether no longer needed.

Updated 1/16/2012:
**NOT FOR A5 DEVICES-iPad 2 & iPhone 4S**

Corona 5.0.1 Untether Ver. 1.0-5
Redsn0w 0.9.10b4, both now with iBooks fix.

Simply install Corona from Cydia or run Redsn0w 0.9.10b4 over the top of your current Redsn0w Jailbreak, don't forget to uncheck "install Cydia" if you are already Jailbroken.

Updated 12/30/2011 07:20

Exciting news, the highly anticipated UNTETHERED iOS 5.0.1 Jailbreak solution has been released.

Thanks to @Pod2G and the Chronic Dev Team!!! As always, donate and say thank you to these Dev's, tons of time goes into finding exploits and keeping the Jailbreak community alive.

If you have an A5 device such as an iPhone 4S or iPad 2, this Jailbreak is not for you. CLICK HERE INSTEAD

(Not necessary after release of Redsn0w 0.9.10b5)
I love this one, if you are already JB'd tethered as I am on 5.0.1  using a previous version of Redsn0w, all you have to do is launch Cydia and install "Corona 5.0.1 Untether" [version 0.1-5], that's it, done. Awesome & simple!!  If you are on stock firmware, read on.  It was flawless!!!!

Also, if you are currently JB'd tethered using a previous version of Redsn0w, you can run Redsn0w 0.9.10b5 over the top of your current jailbreak, but REMEMBER TO UNCHECK THE "INSTALL CYDIA" OPTION.

If you are using stock 5.0.1 firmware and need a fresh jailbreak, just run Redsn0w 0.9.10b5 now.  

If you get error 21 in iTunes upon updating and you have run the program TinyUmbrella in the past, launch TinyUmbrella and UNCHECK the "Set Hosts to Cydia on Exit" option under the advanced tab.

Also, if you get stuck in a recovery loop..Click here to download TinyUmbrella to exit the recovery loop.....

PS, Bruce T is still rocking the 3GS however, in a couple days, my iPhone 4 will arrive.  Snagged a sweet deal on Ebay with some Christmas cash to get me through without burning my upgrade--still holding out for the fabeled iPhone 5....the unicorn is now rumored being released in fall of 2012...... (Grabbed an iPhone 4 on Ebay, still holding on to my upgrade)

And that's how Bruce T Jailbreaks iOS 5.0.1, thanks to @Pod2g and the Chronic Dev Team.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

One man and his sign.

Weeks ago, I made a couple signs supporting Governor Walker here in Wisconsin. My aim was to eventually counter protest a recall petition spot here in Kenosha--at a moments notice. I finally had my window of opportunity. Yesterday, my plan was set into motion.  I asked my children if they wanted to join, my daughter said "I'll stay here where it's safe, don't get arrested." She was uneasy after the watching the behavior of the anti Walker mob on local news throughout the year.  I said I would be back in about an hour.

I parked my truck by a gas station on 38th and 60th and posted my intentions on my Facebook page.  A few friends also re-posted and urged their friends to come out in support.

With sign in hand, I walked up the the recall petition signing. The attendant had a little "Recall Walker" sign, and appeared jovial to see a supporter arrive, until I produced my sign......

Her attitude went south from there... "You must be rich" the woman said. I laughed and continued on the sidewalk while her crew of about five or so stood there in disbelief.  They made some comments, I blocked them out, focused on finding some supporters at the stop light. A couple of  the "recall workers" got out their phones and started taking snap shots and possibly video, I presume in hopes that I would do something they could cry about.... 

I manned the corners of the intersection of 39th Avenue and 60th Street, urging supporters to honk their horns when they gave me the thumbs up.  I was proudly standing up for the Wisconsin taxpayers and Governor Walker.  More importantly, I was standing up for something I believe in, a fiscally responsible state that betters the future of my children and generations after.  Something the Democratic Party and Public Unions here in this state don't wan't to happen.

These recall volunteers where clearly distressed and angry that I showed up, they had no idea what just hit them, they have been around town unopposed, until now.  My first words to them when I walked up where "I support your right to be here, now you can support mine."  Game on.  

I crossed the street, holding my sign, as motorist read it, most of them gave me thumbs up.  I would then shout "yeah, there's one", pump my fist in the air, and urge the supporter to beep their horn. Well, it didn't take long, Kenosha Police showed up within my first ten minutes.  I assume the recall group called, he wasn't patrolling the area and was very specific "you are free to walk around with your sign, but you have to stop urging people to beep their horns and taking your time walking in the cross walk...."   I don't think the rookie officer even knew what he COULD say or do about my presence.. I am a respectful person, but I laughed "is that all you got?", I couldn't help it--I walked away and continued on.  I think he was as shocked by my presence as the recall nuts were.

Needless to say,  I have no control over people honking horns.....I said "whatever officer, have a great day" and continued.  The cop hung out for a moment, a few more squads drove through the area shortly one really hassled me.  In fact I only rec'd one middle finger and one "F#ck Walker" yell.

I didn't say much to the volunteers at the recall spot, but they had plenty to say to me.  I think they were disappointed that there wasn't a steady stream of cars pulling in and I was getting quite a bit of attention.  At one point, one of them threatened to call the police again because I was "harassing them" and that I needed to be "ten feet away from them"....I urged them to call, after all, it was a public sidewalk.  One petition signer actually stood outside of his truck in the lot watching me, as if for protection. Funny stuff readers.

Based on the response I received, and I hope this holds true should this recall effort move forward, there is a silent majority out there that are seeing the results of Gov. Walker's policies and fully support him.  There truly wasn't a steady stream of people pulling up to sign.  Many that supported me yesterday just simply smiled or waved and moved on, drawing no attention to themselves.  People are actually afraid to show or talk about support of Gov. Walker out of fear of retribution.  The hardcore supporters proudly beeped, waved and yelled.  Two motorist actually pulled around, parked their vehicles and shook my hand, thanking me for having "balls" and stated their position on the matters at hand.  One even drove over to the recall spot and shouted "stay out of my wallet!!!" 

Needless to say, it was one of the funnest hours of my life and based on the comments and feedback on Facebook, I have inspired others to do the same.

And that's how Bruce T stands up for Wisconsin Taxpayers!!!!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nerd Alert: iOS 5.0 & 5.0.1 UNTETHERED

Great news for those of us that got stuck with or forced to update to iOS 5.0.1 ---we will also be UNTETHERED!!!!

Moments ago pod2g tweeted:

Still no release date, but definitely soon!!! Good work pod2g and all the other devs that make Jailbreaking possible.

To be continued......

Friday, December 9, 2011

Nerd Alert: iOS 5. Untethered JB & Redsn0w Downgrade on the horizon!!!

Nerd Alert!!!

A Recent Tweet from Pod2g showing an iOS 5.0 untethered Jailbreak demo have arrived!!!

No release date, but it is finally getting close. Thanks to the devs who dedicate their time to this.

Also, Redsn0w will soon be releasing their latest version, rumored to have the ability to downgrade you from 5.0.1 back to 5.0!!!! I can't wait....the Sirin1ght port jacked my phone, had to do a screwed and stuck on 5.0.1!!!

Stay tuned, as always I'll keep you posted!!!

One last thing, A HUGE THANK YOU, this blog is approaching 8,000 hits, and now averaging 1,000 hits per month. That's awesome considering I just post when I feel like it.

I will be dedicating more time to the blog over the winter, also, keep your eyes out, I am considering a political blog in the near future!!!