The following post is dedicated to jailbreaking iOS 7 and the tweaks and tricks I found personally useful after jailbreaking!
Jailbreaking iOS 7 was actually one of the more simple jailbreaks I’ve done. Just download evasi0n from the official website, plug your device in, open the program, and let it run!
FAVORITE APPS & TWEAKS
Certain packages require that you add a new repo to Cydia (located on the Manage tab), in which case I have added the repo’s URL to the description. Packages are available for all iOS 7 devices unless otherwise specified.
iFile (free trial + $4.00) Allows you full access to your iOS device’s file system. Useful for downloading and unzipping files from Safari, editing plist/text files to tweak apps, working with icon/image files for theming and adjusting, and so much more. iFile includes a built-in server that you can access from a computer browser in order to upload and download files, and also includes Dropbox integration. By far the most useful jailbreak app I have ever used. Includes a free trial before you are required to purchase.
AdBlocker ($2.19) Blocks ads in Safari and other apps. Useful not only for preventing ads but also reducing data usage since the ad images don’t load.
AdBlockerNetworks (free, repo.yllier.net) Blocks ad networks such as iAds and AdMob that aren’t covered in AdBlocker.
QuickActivator ($0.99) Allows customization for iOS 7’s Control Center. You can add icons to the top and bottom rows - simply swipe on the row to access the other icons. I added respring/reboot icons and a cellular data toggle to the top row and launch icons to the bottom row for my favorite apps (Safari, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Messages, etc).
biteSMS (free with ads + $7.99, test-cydia.bitesms.com) biteSMS completely replaces the default Messages app and adds much more functionality. The Quick Reply feature is by far the best part of this app - it allows you to reply to a text message directly from the notification. Other features include Quick Compose, themes, passcodes, schedules, templates, contact icons, etc. Not all features are usable yet but are coming soon!
SMS on GV 7 ($2.50) Fully integrates Google Voice with the default Messages app. It also works with biteSMS! You can send and receive Google Voice text messages natively, and the tweak will automatically detect iMessage users and switch to iMessage. For devices other than iPhones, you will need to tweak a plist file - follow the directions on the Cydia listing.
Call on GV Pro ($1.50, iPhone only) Integrates your Google Voice number with the default phone app. You no longer have to use a third-party app to dial from your Google Voice number. It also modifies your call history so that contact numbers will show up instead of the numbers Google Voice uses to dial your contacts. This will also work for iPhones without a service plan.
Activator (free) Allows you to create gesture and touch actions for shortcuts, apps, and other system actions.
GuestMode ($0.99) Want to lend your phone to someone but don’t want them accessing your texts or photos? GuestMode gives you the option to disable apps and system settings when enabled.
WinterBoard (free) Absolutely necessary for easy system, app, and icon theming.
IconBundles (free) For use with Winterboard. Allows you to theme icons without dependency on the actual icon file name. Useful because if the icon name changes, your theme won’t break!
BytaFont 2 (free) Changes fonts system-wide simply and quickly. You can also download font packages from Cydia for easy theming! My personal favorite, as usual, is Source Sans Pro.
PAID CYDIA APPS & TWEAKS
CleverPin ($1.99) Detects when you are in specified wifi networks, listening to music, or charging your battery, and switches off your pin password.
ColorFlow ($1.99) Themes music app colors based on the album artwork of the song currently playing.
Favorite Contacts 7 ($1.99) Displays favorite contact icons in the Notification Center for easy access to calling and/or messaging.
Icon Tool ($1.00) Backup, restore, and delete app data. You can also rename icons!
Printify ($1.99) Send documents to Google Cloud Print or save as PDF files.
SleepyAlarm ($0.99) Easily create alarms in the native clock app based on sleep cycles.
FREE CYDIA APPS & TWEAKS
AndroidLock XT Enables an Android-like pattern lock in place of the text password locks.
Tumblr automagically shrinks any images you upload in text posts to 500px and replaces images from other websites with an ugly grey icon, but here’s a workaround that will let you post images of any size!
Go to your dashboard and open a new photo post.
Select the photo you would like to post.
Upload the photo as a private post.
Click on the photo once the post finishes uploading and then right-click and copy the image URL.
Open a new text post or reblog a post and switch from rich text formatting to HTML (the far right button on your format bar). Use the following HTML code wherever you need your image:
<img src="PASTE IMAGE URL HERE"/>
Click Post and you’re finished! The images should show up as native Tumblr image thumbnails.
You can always delete the original photo posts once you’ve finished with them.
All images in this tutorial were uploaded in the same way. Let me know if you have any problems with this method!
There are many font resources available on the Internet, but the following are the ones I use the most often.
Google Fonts The best part about Google Fonts’ extensive collection is that all the work of converting, uploading, and embedding is already done. All you have to do is link a stylesheet in your HTML or import it directly to your own stylesheet. Favorite fonts include Source Sans Pro, Asap, Inconsolata, and Astloch.
Lost Type Co-op This collaborative effort includes quality fonts with a western, cowboy feel to them. Each font is available on a pay-what-you-want basis - you can donate or download the font for $0. Favorites include Haymaker and Homestead.
MyFonts The front page boasts of the world’s largest collection of fonts, and I can’t deny that it’s the largest I’ve ever seen. Most of the fonts on here aren’t free, but searching for fonts tagged “free” yields some decent fonts with free weights such as Museo (Sans, Slab, and Cyrillic) and Sketchetik.
Dribbble and Behance both showcase beautiful work and many designers offer their fonts for free!
Latin Modern Mono This amazing monospace font has over a dozen different weights and styles, of which I especially love the regular italic variant.
Bariol The font creators ask that you pay with a tweet for the regular and italic versions of the gently rounded font, but I ended up buying the rest of the weights in both regular and italic for just six euros. They also provide a quirky icon font to match.
ICON FONT RESOURCES
Entypo and Typicons are my two favorite icon fonts, hands down. Each includes icons that easily translate to Tumblr’s basic icon needs (home, links, post types, etc) and are aesthetically pleasing. I’m currently using Typicons on my own websites.
Fontello allows you to pick and choose icons from different fonts and creates a custom font you can use on your website. You can even choose what code to use for each icon. This is especially handy because by choosing only the icons you need, you reduce file size and load time.
Base64 Encoder This comes in handy because you can directly embed fonts into your CSS stylesheet instead of having a separate file. Please read up on how to embed base64 fonts as this only converts the file and does not have the proper data type.
This is just a suggestion, but can you make a tutorial on how to make the like and reblog button of tumblr styled? I am having a bad time with it :( thanks!
You can’t style them as the like button is an iframe and the reblog button is a link with an SVG embed. Theoretically, you could style the reblog button by using :before in your CSS (I already do this in my own themes for other icons, you can take a look at my coding), but the like button cannot be styled at all besides the options Tumblr gives you (size, white/black/grey).
Slightly off-topic - I’ve noticed over the past few years that the web design trends are headed towards flatter designs with larger font sizes and larger elements in general. Tumblr’s new like and reblog buttons reflect this change as they look much better at larger sizes. This doesn’t work well with a lot of Tumblr themes that have a very specific kind of aesthetic (themes that are based on movies, TV shows, books, etc, or have patterned backgrounds or textures or lots of small details), but they do work well with clean, minimalist themes with large font sizes and elements. Keep that in mind if you choose to use them.
I work at a clothing store near my school that sells clothing that is higher in price than your average Forever 21 or Macy’s. I wouldn’t call it expensive, but pricey to bargain shoppers, and I personally love their clothing.
Today a black woman walked into the store and immediately asked for the “nice black girl who helped me last time”. Note that I am only naming skin colors for the sake of the story and using the terms she used. There are several black sales associates at the store so I checked the schedule and the girl I thought she was talking about was not scheduled for that day. She was clearly upset to learn that I, a Chinese girl, was the only associate available, and my Irish manager was the only other salesperson in the building.
Nonetheless, she asked for a pair of shoes that she had been waiting on for a sale price. We normally advise all customers to buy our clothes and merchandise immediately because the company has us consolidate and remove sale items from our store rather quickly, and the only pair of those shoes in her size were the display shoes. Disappointed, she asked me for a 10% discount for the display shoes. Sales associates are strongly advised not to give discounts because we simply don’t have them to offer. The shoes were barely worn (we had just set them out after selling the other display shoe) and was in the exact same condition as the other unworn shoe.
So I informed her politely that I was unable to offer her a discount on the display shoes. I was about to offer to ask my manager if we could work something out when she gave me a rude snort and asked me to call over my manager, who proceeded to give her the desired 10% discount. I went to the back to get another pair of shoes for her, and when I returned I heard my manager call me one of her best sale girls, especially because I had been doing well in customer surveys. The customer again snorted rudely and called me names, saying I didn’t know what I was doing and that I was a terrible sales associate, and again asked for the “black sales girl”. Upon learning that no black sales associates would be in until the late afternoon, she grew even more rude and passively aggressive and downright insulting as I respectfully apologized to her for not being able to find the sale shoes she wanted because we were sold out.
She finally decided to buy the one pair of shoes, and so I began to ring her up. A $100+ shoe marked down to under $40 with a 10% discount - an amazing deal in my opinion. She wrote out a check for me for the required amount but the computer rejected it and required authorization. She was clearly annoyed and upset by this point and muttered something about JCP signing her up for something. I called my manager over to handle the rest of the transaction while I went to help the other customers patiently waiting while I was dealing with her, and she flounced off after a few phone calls and a debit card payment instead of the check.
I personally think she was attempting to bounce the check on me, but that is nothing compared to the treatment I received from her. I was respectful and polite in every way possible, and she responded by being rude and discriminating against me simply because I did not match her skin color. I can understand if she had a first language other than English and another sales associate could help her more thoroughly or even if she simply preferred a black sales associate, but that is no reason to insult a girl who cannot help the color of her skin. I showed her respect and professional behavior because I treat people as I want to be treated and because my job entails that kind of behavior no matter what kind of customer walks in the door. But no person of any ethnicity, skin color, gender, or other difference should be discriminated against. No salesperson should have to deal with that treatment.
I am fortunate to be born into an Asian middle class family who can afford to send me to art school. But that does not mean I don’t have my own share of hardships, same as everybody else. My grandma, after being tortured by the Japanese during World War II, lost a child to starvation and was cruelly interrogated at Angel Island for days while she was still sea sick and expecting another child, simply because she was Asian. She raised four children alone in a strange country. My father and mother were poor for a long time before their business took off and they struggled to save money for their house and their children. I still struggle to pay the bills. I pay for as much tuition as I can to take the load off of my parents’ backs and work even as my classmates are quitting their jobs to concentrate on school.
All this to say, I struggle too. And this sort of treatment is heartbreaking to me because it happens to me every day at this job and to other people all over the world, no matter their skin color.
Tweet.js-Mod - Basic wrapper for Seaofclouds / Tweet.js that incorporates functionality with Twitter’s v1.1 API
Hi guys, if you are concerned because you are using one of my recent themes and your Twitter widget isn’t working, it’s because Twitter decided to change their API on June 11 - if you would like to read more on it, please read the information here.
Basically, Twitter wants you to use their own widgets, which aren’t useful for custom themes because they are (1) huge and (2) largely uncustomizable.
That being said, there are several solutions around this problem, and this link is one of them. I will try to update the themes when I have time, but no guarantees in the near future. If you are comfortable diving into coding, please check out Tweet.js Mod!
I haven’t been good about answering theme questions because of work and school. I calculated my hours today and last week I spent 14 hours in class, 18 hours at work, and 49 hours doing homework. I’ve spent 12 hours at a time staring at the computer screen for homework and it’s not fun. :(
That being said, I will try my best to answer questions as much as I can! If you are using one of my themes, have ever used my themes, or follow this blog, thank you for supporting me! I super appreciate it. <3
I think I posted something similar a while back but I've revised my wording a bit so -
I don’t think anybody should be told to lose weight for aesthetic reasons. But if your health is jeopardized by unhealthy eating habits -or- lack of regular exercise -or- unhealthy weight gain then I would always vote in favor of taking action to stay healthy.
My father had to lose weight and eat a healthier diet because of his health problems; if he hadn’t done so, he could have severely affected his cholesterol, heart problems, and diabetes. I may have inherited his health problems and will have to constantly keep in shape and eat a balanced diet.
Being physically fit is more than just aesthetics -
When I’m exercising daily, I feel better almost instantly. I have more energy and I tire less easily. I don’t wheeze when I walk up a flight of stairs and my skin is smooth and clear. I feel more confident as well.
When I eat food that is good for me, I feel full faster. I don’t need as much food to fill up, whereas I might eat an entire fast food meal and feel hungry within an hour. I’m more alert during the day and I don’t feel bloated and rarely have stomach aches.
But Gabrielle, I can’t give up junk food!
I’m not necessarily saying that you have to eat a super healthy diet or religiously exercise. In fact, as evidenced by an earlier post, I ate a whole bag of cookies earlier this week. But I do eat properly most of the time. I treat myself when I’m having a particularly stressful week or when I’m doing well. No binge eating!!
Eating healthy is expensive!
I cooked a full meal yesterday for myself and a guy friend, and if you’re cooking for yourself, you can probably make three meals out of this. A pack of uncooked pasta and a bottle of spaghetti sauce are about $2 each, give or take. I bought a pack of white mushrooms, two zucchinis, and a pack of garlic for about $5 from Target. My friend already had a six-pack of sausages (which you can probably buy for about $3-$10).
I chopped up all the vegetables and minced the garlic (you can probably buy pre-minced garlic but I like the stronger taste). Then I cooked the pasta and fried the sausage. I dumped the pasta and spaghetti sauce and sausage into one pot and cooked it together for a few minutes. Next, I fried the vegetables and garlic in the leftover sausage oil and added a bit of salt and olive oil.
Two dishes - the sausage spaghetti and the panfried vegetables - cost me less than $12 to make (not including oil or sait), and it could last you three meals. That’s less than $4 a meal. You can’t even get decent fast food for that cheap in most places.
I don’t have time to cook!
If you’re reading this on Tumblr, you definitely have time. I made that meal in maybe half an hour at the most. Chopping does take a while, but if you practice you’ll get better at it.
What about people who live in poverty or areas that healthy food is unobtainable?
That is a separate issue and is not addressed in this post. I am speaking directly to people on Tumblr who can afford to spend $12 on decent food and live in areas where such food is available.
I’m not fat and you’re insulting me.
I’m not. Some people who are “fat” (and I don’t mean that in an insulting way at all) are healthy. Some people who are skinny are not. “Healthy” is something that depends on your own body and not necessarily on other people’s standards. Consider asking your doctor for advice if you’re unsure of your health.
I don’t like to exercise/I’m physically unable to exercise/I don’t have time to exercise.
I literally walk everywhere I can possibly go without a car (usually within a few miles). Walking helps, believe it or not. Do as much of it as you can. If you still don’t like exercise of any sort, eating healthier is still an option.
I don’t have any health problems that I know of/I don’t think I will inherit any health problems.
Doesn’t mean you can’t get them on your own.
Just think about it, okay? Don’t lose weight, be healthy instead.
I wrote a rather long post over at gabriellew.ee on how I’m much happier now that I have a new outlook on friendship, and I thought I’d post an excerpt here. A summary of what I’ve discovered about my relationships:
I cannot fix them or their problems. If I am a close friend, I can probably gently point out ways they can improve themselves or solve their problems, but I cannot make anybody follow my advice and I cannot fix every issue I come across.
Different relationships are for different purposes. I have friends to have good times with, friends who I unofficially mentor, friends who I can count on to give me a place to stay if I needed one, friends whose shoulders I cry on. No one person can fulfill all roles.
I can’t be friends with everybody. There are people who I will never get along with; there are people who will never like me or acknowledge me regardless of what I do for them. That’s okay. They’re not necessarily bad people. Also, I have more time now to concentrate on the people who I really do get along with.
I stick with friends who inspire me. I spend time with all kinds of people and have all kinds of friends, but the people I spend the most time with are people who are more emotionally stable, better dressed, smarter, more talented, more driven and focused, more artistically gifted. I find that they inspire me to be better at what I do and to improve myself, rather than to focus on the negatives.
I need to watch out for my own well-being first. Even if I think I can help someone out, I now consciously make an effort to ensure that I’m not stretching myself too thin or doing things that hurt me. That isn’t being selfish or self-centered, it’s common sense. If I am not taking care of myself how can I take care of other people?