Unofficial Cyanogenmod 9 for HTC Inspire

by thedj on December 20, 2012

I get a lot of traffic from people looking to customize their HTC  Inspire. Here’s something pretty cool I came across and seems to run pretty good. I’ve always been a fan of the Cyanogenmod guys because all their releases seem to run very smooth on the HTC Inspire.

Give it try and let me know how you like it!

Here’s what works:

-Video Playback
-Mount to PC
-Multi Touch (Temple Run)
-USB Tethering
-Video Recording

What You Get:
-All the latest Cm9 features
-Aroma customization
-Smooth and fast rom
-Included GApps
-More themes for theme chooser (coming soon)

How To Install The Rom:

-Boot into recovery
-Perform a full wipe
-Flash the rom
-Enjoy the rom
-Tell others about the rom

Version 1.0 – Initial Release
-Bringing Cyanogenmod 9 to you Inspire guys!
-Initital release

Version 2.0 (Inspire Version) (No aroma)
-Added 8 more themes to theme chooser (try mixer)
-Fixed torch strobe in high brightness
-Fixed tinny audio for inspire users (hopefully)
-Tweaked build.prop
-Updated apps
-Removed trebuchet due to lag
-Removed Go SMS
-Added/removed/tweaked items in aroma
-Hang in there, first boot may take a while


Apple iTunes 11.0.1

Apple has released an update to iTunes, bringing it to version 11.0.1. This update includes fixes for iCloud items not being displayed in your library, a disappearing AirPlay button and returns the ability to display all of your duplicate library items. I for one am happy to see that feature back!

The updates are as follows:

  • Addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on.
  • Makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library
  • Fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected
  • Adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library
  • Important stability and performance improvements

The update can be snagged from the iTunes download page or via System Update now.


So you forgot your Mac password? Don’t worry, you’re not out of luck. You can reset the lost password and there are several ways to do this. We’re going to focus on the easier one, in my opinion, that doesn’t require any other Mac software or Mac OS Install disc.

Using a pretty cool trick you can reset a forgotten password without a MAC OS installer disc. The steps may seem a little intimidating at first, but I assure you it’s easy if you follow them exactly. Here is exactly how to do this in three easy steps:

Step 1: Boot into Single User Mode and remove a setup file.

  • Restart your Mac holding down the Command +S keys after you hear the ding during startup. This will take you into Single USer Mode.
  • Next you’ll need to check the filesystem first by typing the following command: “fsck -fy” (Do not type the quotations).
  • Next, you must mount the root drive as writeable so that the changes will save by running this command: “mount -uw”
  • Now, type the following command followed by the enter key: “rm /var/db/.applesetupdone”

Running the command above will delete the AppleSetupDone file, now you will need to reboot by typing “reboot” and hit enter.

Step 2: Create a New User Account upon System Boot.

The hard part is now over so no more command lines, you’ll now be in the familiar Mac OS interface to finish the password reset process. In this step we will create a new user account as if you just got a new Mac.

  • Upon reboot, you will be presented with the traditional Welcome Wizard startup screen just like when you first got the computer.
  • Follow the Welcome Wizard and create a new user account making the account name different from the account whose password you want to recover.
  • Continue and boot into Mac OS X with this newly created user account, this new user account is an Administrator and has administrative access.

Step 3: Reset the forgot password via System Preference.

You are almost done, now you just need to reset the forgotten password using the Accounts control panel.

  • Once you are booted into Mac OS X, click on the Apple logo and navigate down to System Preferences.
  • Click on the Accounts icon in System Preferences and then click on the lock icon in the lower left corner of the Accounts preference window and enter the newly created user credentials, this enables you to change other user accounts and reset other users passwords.
  • Now on the left side user panel, select the user account containing the forgotten password and click on the Reset Password button. Enter a new password for that user.
  • Close System Preferences and reboot the computer.

You can now login to the previously locked out user account using the newly reset password! All your files and settings are maintained as before the password was forgotten. If you’d like, you can delete the temporary account you created to reset the users password. This is wise for security purposes.

Here’s how this works: by deleting the AppleSetupDone file, you are telling the Mac OS to rerun the wizard, which by default creates a new user with Administrative abilities, which can then reset the forgotten password of any other user on the Mac. This is a great trick and excellent troubleshooting technique if you don’t have a Mac OS X installer disc near by.

Do you have an easier way? Leave a comment and let me know.


Midi Keyboard Buyers Guide for the Home Studio

by thedj on December 3, 2012

So it’s the Holidays and I’m in the market for a new midi keyboard controller to use with Ableton Live. I figured this would be a great time to start a music producers buyers guide for the home studio in which I will be reviewing products I’m currently using or in the market to buy.

Currently I’m using Ableton Live with the M-Audio Oxygen 8 v.2 keyboard and my Akai APC40 controller and I’ve been really happy with it. My only complaint has been with the Oxygen 8. I find it hard to play any intricate basslines or melodies due to the keys feeling kind of flimsy. So I would like to replace the Oxygen 8 with a keyboard that has decent feeling keys that maps out to Ableton fairly easy and also has some pads on it for drums. So far these are the ones that have caught my attention:

Novation Impulse 25 USB controller

Novation Music Impulse 25.jpg
Product Features
  • Ultra-responsive semi weighted keys with aftertouch
  • Full DAW/plug-in control surface with 8 knobs, 1 fader and button
  • Automap 4 control software enables instant hands-on access to your DAW and plugins
  • Multi-function drum pads enable you to warp arpeggios, roll beats and launch clips in Ableton
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite (I would get no use from this), Novation’s Bass Station synth and a Loopmasters sample pack (I may get some use from?)

Akai MPK25 25 Key Controller with MPC Pads

Akai MPK25 25 Key Midi Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads

Product Features

  • 25-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
  • MPC-pad section of 12 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • MPC pads access four banks each for instant access of 48 samples
  • Assignable Q-Link controller section for flexible control of software parameters
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process

Akai Max 49 Advanced USB/Midi/CV Keyboard

Akai Max 49 Advanced

Product Features

    • 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch for complete musical expression
    • Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls
    • Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps VST plugins
    • 12 backlit, real MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing
    • Eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes
    • Four pad banks & four fader banks provide a total of 80 assignable pads & faders
    • CV & Gate outputs for use with vintage analogue synths (808 & 909, TB303)

This is just a few of the controllers I’ve been checking out, Leave me a comment and let me know whats working for you in your studio.


Adding more widgets to Thesis or any other WordPress theme is quite easy, here’s the steps:

Sidebar Widgets

1. Insert  the following code into custom_functions.php

register_sidebar( array(
	'id'			=> 'footer-1',
	'name'			=> __( 'Footer 1', 'thesis' ),
	'description'		=> __( 'This is the first footer widget.', 'thesis' ),
	'before_title'		=>'<h3>',
	'after_title'		=>'</h3>',
) );

This code above tells WordPress to simply add new widget space.

2. Insert the following code again into custom_functions.php

// Footer Widget
function footer_widget_html() { ?>
       <?php if ( !function_exists( 'dynamic_sidebar' ) || !dynamic_sidebar( 'footer-1' ) ){ ?><?php } ?>
<?php }
add_action( 'thesis_hook_after_footer','footer_widget_html' );

Adding Footer Widgets to Thesis

Now here’s how I added a widgeted footer to Thesis that also can be administered from within the WordPress interface.

1. Create a three-column set of widgets in the footer add this code to custom-functions.php:

if ( function_exists('register_sidebar') )
'name' => 'Footer Widgets Left',
'before_widget' => '<li id="%1$s">',
'after_widget' => '</li>',
'before_title' => '<h3>',
'after_title' => '</h3>'

if ( function_exists('register_sidebar') )
'name' => 'Footer Widgets Middle',
'before_widget' => '<li id="%1$s">',
'after_widget' => '</li>',
'before_title' => '<h3>',
'after_title' => '</h3>'

if ( function_exists('register_sidebar') )
'name' => 'Footer Widgets Right',
'before_widget' => '<li id="%1$s">',
'after_widget' => '</li>',
'before_title' => '<h3>',
'after_title' => '</h3>'

function my_widgetized_footer() { ?>
<div id="footer-widget-block">
			<?php thesis_default_widget(3); ?>

			<?php thesis_default_widget(4); ?>

			<?php thesis_default_widget(5); ?>

The PHP above adds three new widget areas in the footer and gives them names within the interface: Footer Widgets Left, Footer Widgets Middle, and Footer Widgets Right.

2. You’ll want to add formatting to these footer widgets which can be started by adding this code to custom.css:

.custom #footer-widget-block { text-align:left; overflow:hidden; }
.custom .footer-widgets { width:33%; float:left; }
.custom .my-footer-one {}
.custom .my-footer-two {}
.custom .my-footer-three {}

That’s it and when you visit your WordPress Administration area, under Appearance, then Widgets, you should now see the areas you’ve created.


Setting up a Virtual company using FOSS

by thedj on November 28, 2012

I’ve been pretty busy as of late researching various online businesses with plans to start my own in the very near future here in Atlanta. I have a few different ideas, but still looking for the right suppliers that offer drop shipping as an option. I plan on documenting the steps I take to get up and running as an online  e-commerce type business which I will set up & design myself. The websites hosting will be done on my current Hostgator account that enables me to host multiple sites, and the site will be run on WordPress using the Thesis Framework. While researching, I’ve been thinking about the various software or F/OSS (Free and open-source software) I have used or considered in the past in previous jobs, or businesses I ran, and I decided I would list them here as a sort of reference to help others as well:

1) Zimbra (MS-Exchange replacement); proprietary email shouldn’t go through Google mail servers.

2a) OpenVPN – whatever location you are at is bugged. You should assume this.

2b) TrueCrypt – every laptop has this, and all our data is stored in TC volumes, including PST files for those who still insist on using Outlook.

3) vTiger – FOSS CRM application

4) Alfresco – FOSS document management done really well

5) MediaWiki – for quick communications and idea capture. I could capture notes, and other internal process docs in this tool. Also, it’s easy to change the content when something needs to be updated.

6) dotProject – project management/tracking and issue tracking. If it’s late, that customer won’t be back.

7) Tons of FOSS infrastructure – Ubuntu, Xen, openldap, postfix, clamav, openoffice, pidgin, apache, rdiff-backup, samba, cups … the list goes on and on.

8) Skype – For voip and messaging.

9) Microsoft tools – because you can’t get completely away from some of them.

10) Assorted other apps: primopdf, Quicken H&B, Quickbooks, Indesign, etc.

 So stay tuned, this is just the first part of what should be a fun ride for all, and hopefully help others find answers to some of things they may be looking for. I am also available for hire on small website projects just use the contact form.


There were a lot of tracks that defined my time at the Edge and this is one of them. DJ Icey updates his classic “Love” for 2013 on his new album “One Big Room“.  Make sure you check out the fresh video for it.


New Borgore track “Decisions”

by thedj on November 5, 2012

Wow, Maybe if Dubstep wasn’t playing in so many commercials now and showing up in a lot of mainstream music I wouldn’t have found it funny that producer Borgore got Miley Cyrus to star in his latest music video for his song “Decisions“. Not quite sure how I feel about it but it is entertaining. Click the link and check it out!


DJ Sharpe presents The Edge Mix

by thedj on November 2, 2012

Here’s a mix I did with a bunch of tracks from back in the day at the Edge in Ft. Lauderdale. Enjoy!


Crystal Method Live @ The Edge 96′

by thedj on September 3, 2012

Here’s the Crystal Method performing live at a party I put together on March 16, 1996 at the Edge in Ft. Lauderdale. The back story is this, I had just met Steven and Justin who were running the label City of Angels in Los Angeles and they asked me if I wanted to have the Method perform live during the Winter Music Conference. So I decide to throw my first Winter Music Conference party and call it “Planet E”. I book the Crystal Method live along with Simply Jeff, DJ Icey, Voodoo, the Liquid Method and myself. The party is a success which enables me to throw more parties and it’s also the connection that opened the door for me to be offered the first Uberzone show in the world since Q had just signed with the City of Angels. I also ended up having Uberzone back again for “The Return to Planet E”.

One of the things that most people don’t know is that Steven and Justin and the label City of Angels had a lot to do with helping me get Crystal Method & Uberzone for the Planet E parties. Both Planet parties had multiple City of Angels artists including Simply Jeff & Taylor. The Planet parties were by far some of the biggest parties at the Edge during my time.

I figured after all this time why not post a video from back then since a lot of people seem to be on the Reunion bandwagon as of late. The funny thing is I don’t mind all these Reunions, It was a great time for all. Don’t get me wrong though, I do have a few gripes. That being said most of these parties have almost nobody from the orignal Ft. Lauderdale Edge crew and every party seems like the DJ’s are just playing one of my Edge mixes over and over again. The reunion now tends to be all about the breaks from back then but Bruce Wilcox wasn’t a big fan of breaks. In reality I was the one blamed for playing too many breaks. Lastly, what happened to the lights? Did they forget that we had one of the sickest light shows during that time? Intellabeams, Trackspots, 4 emulators swinging and the white punch lights!

This is why it will never be a true Ft. Lauderdale Edge Reunion. A true Ft. Lauderdale Edge Reunion could never happen unless myself, Neal, Dru & Jaysen all got together for one last time and threw a party in the building now called Revolution Live and I don’t see that happening.

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