This is not for the inexperienced. Engadget is reporting that user Narf54321 on the DealDatabase.com forums has done a successful S3 PROM Hack. For the non-geeks, the PROM is the Programmable Read Only Memory chip on the motherboard of the Series3 that contains some of the basic intelligence, including the security that prevents loading modified software on the unit. Late-model Series2 and DirecTiVo units are similarly locked down, and loading hacked software on the units requires modifying the PROM to allow the software to run. This is not for the novice, since it requires de-soldering the chip from the board, extracting the code, editing the hex, burning a new PROM, and then re-soldering the new chip to the board - which is an easy way to fry the board completely. The DealDatabase.com forums are a hotbed of TiVo hacking - but be warned, theyâ€™re not very tolerant of non-technical folks asking questions, it is a fairly hardcore audience. If terms like PROM, gzip, hex editor, and modified kernel go over your head, it is probably best to just read and learn (if you want). They are great forums to learn about hacking TiVo though. So, what does this mean? Well, it means people are starting to find was to hack the Series3 to load modified software. Right now this is very early, since it was just posted this month, but it is the first step toward having things like TiVoWeb available on the S3 - for those willing to risk the hardware to hack it.
I’ve just released a new client that should fix the problem with people having intermittent connection problems. You can download it at http://blackberrytracker.com/download.
There is also a new support site at http://trac.tech9computers.com where you can submit bugs and feature requests.
Free time over the holidays lead me to waste some time reading about aging, stem cells, and gene therapy.
Full Document: http://www.tech9computers.com/agingprocess.pdf
Age represents itself as a reduction in the ability of an organism to function and respond to its environment. This loss of function eventually causes the organism to die and cease existence. DNA damage is arguably the most significant cause of aging. This damage to DNA occurs over an organism’s lifespan and is due to many factors such as oxygen free radicals which cause damage over time to proteins, membranes, and DNA. In humans this process does not produce a noticeable and negligible effect until after 20 or 30 years. The goal of this document is to theorize a method to replenish this loss or damage of DNA through the use of gene therapy. Studies have shown that the bone marrow of humans contain mesenchymal stem cells which are not subject to the same damage of DNA that most other cells in the body are susceptible to as time progresses. In choosing a vector for gene therapy it is important that the body’s immune system will not render the vector ineffective. Due to this criteria the lentiviral HIV virus has been chosen as a viable gene therapy vector. By modifying the HIV virus to contain intact stem cell DNA the virus will infect host cells in the body and methodically repair the host cell’s copies of damaged DNA.
I’ve done a few bug fixes on the beta client, including problems when exiting/starting application again and problems with the screen not updating.
To install this, go to the browser on your Blackberry and enter the URL under Go To…