Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fun iPod Touch / iPhone Apps

I recently jailbroke my iPod, as a lot of people who want to get their money's worth out of the iPod touch. So once you have your iPod booting up with the new custom boot logo, what do you do with it? Wayfarer has already given us one good use of the iPod touch with a combination of skype, Fring, and a few other apps. I have a few other suggestions.

Winterboard - Winterboard is a simple application to install. It can be installed straight from Cydia and once installed it is immediately ready to use to change the themes of your iPod. For anyone who wants to get rid of the boring black background that comes as the only default background. Winterboard is for you. It has all sorts of options for you to play with, although my personal favorite themes are CIA Lockdown, the Angel of Death theme, and the USMC. Winterboard allows for a large variety of custom "cut and hack" type themes you can peace together (for instance, the Marine slide bar and a sexy Ford Mustang background).

NES Emulator - For all of us old-skool video game ficianados, this is the perfect app. It takes a little while to set up, so I will give a short tutorial on it later. The NES Emulator allows you to play tons of old video games like battle chess, bomberman, Donkey Kong (the old one), Final Fnatasy, Super Mario Bros, and Zelda. If you are looking for a perfect imitation of the old games, you'll be disappointed. The emulator while good, is not perfect. I personally found the on-screen controls difficult to use, but the nostalgia value for the games was worth it. Now to install it...

Installing the NES emulator is simple. Just search Cydia for NES and it should pop up. Install it. Woohoo! You're done!


In order to play the games on your NES emulator, you need to have the proper ROMs on your iPod Touch or iPhone. There are a few ways to do this. The more difficult way (I don't personally suggest this method) is to manually move ROMs from your computer onto your iPod. If you wish to do this way, I suggest Googleing it.

The second way is to use a source that will allow you access to ROM's. This method is the one I used, but it was a damn pain in the arse to find a source that worked. In the end, I used this source and I suggest you do as well.


To use this source, open Cydia. Click the Manage button and choose 'Sources'. Click 'edit' in the top right corner. Now click on 'Add' in the top left corner. In the pop-up, type "apt.123locker.com" (notice the http:// is already on the screen for you). Click add source.

Once you have the apt source added, you need to install the package NES ROMs Package 1. This will give you a list of ROM's to choose from when you launch your NES Emulator. Pick your poison and enjoy!

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