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  1. Mike_73

    iTunes gift card question

    You don't need to provide credit card information to set up an account. You can go with iTunes gift cards only, right from the start. Apple never got my credit card information (I don't share this information with other companies either) and never will. I'm picky with such details. I'm giving...
  2. Mike_73

    iPad2 US vs. iPad2 EU

    You can still change the keyboard layout in the settings though. I have a EU iPad but still use the US layout.
  3. Mike_73

    Ios5

    col.bris, I totally agree with you. Sorry I didn't mention the caveeats. In my case, the iPad is one of my toys which I like to tinker with. I also presumed that everyone tinkering with their hardware would read up the internet or forums before doing something like using beta software or JB...
  4. Mike_73

    Multitasking Gestures

    You can also get the gestures without JB. There's one file where 2 lines of code have to be added. I don't remember what exactly that was, but you backup one of the iPads system files with some 3rd-party itunes replacement, add the 2 lines and bring it back to the iPad. It was fairly easy to do...
  5. Mike_73

    Ios5

    I tried several betas when 4.3.x came out. So one could say I tested if I like the version ;-) Why not???
  6. Mike_73

    For all IPad 2 users

    10 for the hardware. 8 for itunes and the need of being registered with apple. But still, I handed down my iPad1 to my wife, and my daughter cannot wait for the iPad3 :-)
  7. Mike_73

    GPS active without 3G or Wifi Active?

    I've been using Navfree to actually get to a store. I kind of knew where the store was, so I was just testing whether or not the app is working well. In my opinion I found it ok. It's what you'd expect from navigational software. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but well, there are...
  8. Mike_73

    Getting a Kindle even though I have an iPad?

    I have a Sony e-ink reader, but I'm only using my iPad as I rarely read outside. And even if I do (I sometimes read on my balcony), it's not sunny enough here in Germany. I just have to crank up the brightness and it works. It's maybe not that great for reading longer periods, but for the quick...
  9. Mike_73

    GPS active without 3G or Wifi Active?

    Navfree needs an internet connection when looking up an address. Once your route has been calculated, internet isn't needed anymore.
  10. Mike_73

    creating your own apps?

    I've just started working through a C++ book as this seems to be the point to start, from what I read. Once I get through that (if I ever make it), I'll treat myself to an "inexpensive" macbook (ok, inexpensive and apple doesn't go together well) to start with the IDE. I thought about...
  11. Mike_73

    ipad2 3G question about restore

    Now that was the explanation I was looking for. Thank you, Mickey330. With that one trick to enable multitouch without JB, I'm pretty happy. Although it bugs me that once I opened and closed an app, the folder the app is in is still open. That's what I really liked about JBing my iPad1 (without...
  12. Mike_73

    Can you AirPrint to Canon printers?

    Airprint alone didn't work and some of the apps didn't work either. My Pixma wifi printer works now with the "airprint enabler" via my PC (I had to manually allow airprint through the firewall for 3 instances though, meaning that the firewall showed airprint service 3 times). I have connectify...
  13. Mike_73

    Ipad 2 owners, do you also have an ipad 1?

    I got myself an iPad2 because my wife was always using my iPad1. Now my 9 year old is hoping that an iPad3 will soon be available in the hope that she gets her own iPad, too :-)
  14. Mike_73

    DIY Moleskine/Dodocase with a twist

    Nicely done. I'd love to have your possibilities when it comes to machining parts. Only thing I never liked on any case are the straps that hold the iPad in place, so I went for elastic foam at the sides for my iPad 1 last year. I also put up an instructable here: DIY Book-like iPad Case (Dodo /...
  15. Mike_73

    Overclocking iPad1

    So I read about a cydia app to overclock my iPad. I just had to try it, and I'm very pleased with the speed increase overall. One of the things mentioned in the article I stumbled over was, that the battery wouldn't last as long, but I haven't really recognized that yet. I've set my iPad to...
  16. Mike_73

    We need the flash and some Safari modifications.

    I heard the xoom has flash, too. But is it really working yet??? I haven't missed flash yet...
  17. Mike_73

    iPad owners average age

    What a pitty. I just found out that I'm in the 36-45 age group. I thought at 37, I would at least still be in the 30-37 group or so ;-)
  18. Mike_73

    What's the last movie you saw?

    Damn, I'm so out of the loop. Since I left the US, all I could do is watch old movies as they get to cinemas and tv approximately 2-5 years after US release (ok, some release the same day world wide, but most of them don't) :-(
  19. Mike_73

    German Prepaid 3G possible?

    The store will only be able to activate via snail mail. So you would want to activate via internet. I think some Burger Kings and all of Starbucks locations should have free wifi. You'd probably also need a valid address for registration and maybe some money to load up the card initially.
  20. Mike_73

    German Prepaid 3G possible?

    Best option in my opinion would be the sim card from Tschibo (They sell usually coffee). It's 10Euro for 500MB and 20Euro for 5GB per month. I just don't know how I would activate the card without a laptop and the sim is a regular size. So it would need to be cut down to fit in the iPad.
  21. Mike_73

    Non-3G iPad: using MiFi

    It pretty much works the same as using a regular broadband router via DSL or Cable. Just that the mobile hotspot works on 3G. So you just turn on your hotspot and then connect to the network it provides as if it were a regular router (it sort of is a router anyway).
  22. Mike_73

    A 4.3 Bug?

    Maybe it's just a feature :)
  23. Mike_73

    Why Jailbreak???

    Jailbroken just because I can...
  24. Mike_73

    Can you afford it?

    I had a great experience selling all my stuff when I moved back to Germany from the US via Craigs list and selling to people I know. I tried the same here, but it's rather hard to sell stuff here :( People tend to be very sceptical...
  25. Mike_73

    Home sharing

    Tried again yesterday, still no luck.... All settings seem correct. I even went through the whole thing again (like adding all my content and such).
  26. Mike_73

    Home sharing

    I had to sign in to activate Home Sharing. But does this mean I have to be connected to the internet all the times? I wouldn't like that as I'm on a 5GB dataplan and with some programs downloading updates without my knowledge...
  27. Mike_73

    Home sharing

    I had added all my tracks like you describe in the first part. I'm just not sure if I did the part where you say "add library". So I'm going to check tonight. Thanks for the hint.
  28. Mike_73

    Can you afford it?

    +1 for this one. I don't really have to save on it, but I usually ask myself whether or not I really need (or just really badly want) something. I still take a look at my account before purchasing anything to see how low my baseline will go if I make a purchase.
  29. Mike_73

    Home sharing

    I tried home sharing yesterday, and the only thing showing up on my iDevices is that it can see that there's a library on my PC. But it doesn't show any tracks. Well, I haven't purchased tracks via itunes. I rather have ripped all my CDs (which are now gathering dust in the basement) a loooong...
  30. Mike_73

    iPAD-2 New features. Most of them - Not for me

    Yep, me neither. But my user experience with iPad1 is still great and the added benefits (like camera, faster, ...) won't improve my experience that much. Well, I mostly use it for reading, so the slow part here is me ;-) (mostly)
  31. Mike_73

    Installing .ipa on my iPad

    Same thing with nuclear technology. You can make energy and you can make bombs...
  32. Mike_73

    Installing .ipa on my iPad

    Sure no answer. You only get .ipa files via app store. So any .ipa just downloaded from the web would be illegal. And in this terms, it's not a discussion topic for a forum.
  33. Mike_73

    iPAD-2 New features. Most of them - Not for me

    I don't actually take it personally. It's just that I dislike buttons in tapered edges (but that's just my 2 cents). Even with the tapered-edge-button-design, I still like my iPod for what it is. I was just saying that the added specs from iPad1 vs. iPad2 don't make me "want" an iPad2.
  34. Mike_73

    iPAD-2 New features. Most of them - Not for me

    I like that it's thinner. As for reasons to upgrade, I cannot see one for me right now (from the tech specs point of view). What turns me off is the tapered edges. I don't like the buttons positioned in tapered edges (like on my iPod). I also find it easier to attach the dock connector to my...
  35. Mike_73

    Case or no case?

    I think the ipad 1 design is sturdy enough, too. I just don't like scratches on any surface of my gadgets. +1 for a case protecting the devices back
  36. Mike_73

    Patch to make the mute switch rotate lock again?

    Did they fix the sound/volume glitch yet?
  37. Mike_73

    What's the last movie you saw?

    I just love to watch haunting movies. But not alone in the night. :)
  38. Mike_73

    Downloading international books?

    Let us know if it worked for you.:)
  39. Mike_73

    How many AppStore updates do you have pending?

    Because I'm on a 5Gig dataplan...
  40. Mike_73

    how do you download paid applications on cydia?

    He wasn't really serious about this I guess...
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