Is Your iPhone 3GS frozen at the Apple logo start up screen?

Ok, so you were in the middle of an update, or for no apparent reason, your iPhone 3GS is “frozen” on the black screen with the infamous apple logo. You called AT&T and they tell you to call Apple and they tell you to call AT&T back. Between waiting on the phone, finding the tiny paper clip piece to pop open the SIM card, wondering if you are going to lose your apps, pics, and videos, you have to restrain yourself from smashing it to pieces

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Here is how to fix the issue. (You will lose all of your photos, videos, and other content.)

– Open iTunes
– Make sure the iPhone is off
– Tether iPhone to your computer
– Hold in on/off button + home button for 10 seconds
– Let go of on/off button ONLY, continue to hold in home button for 15 seconds
– iTunes will prompt open a window suggesting your phone is now in “recovery mode”
– Restore and be patient.

This will restore your phone back to factory settings, installing the latest version of iOS.

[Video Tutorial] Adobe Fireworks CS5 – Utilizing Your Workspace – Tools, Panels, Features, and more

In this tutorial we go over Adobe Fireworks CS5 and how to make the most out of your workspace. You will learn how to enable/disable features in different panels. We also do a brief over view of tools, styles, and other features.

About Fireworks panels 

Panels are floating controls that help you edit aspects of a selected object or elements of the document. Panels let you work on states, layers, symbols, color swatches, and more. Each panel is draggable, so you can group panels in custom arrangements.

Optimize panel- Lets you manage the settings that control size and type of a file and work with the color palette of the file or slice.
Layers panel- Organizes the structure of a document and contains options for creating, deleting, and manipulating layers.
Common Library panel- Displays the contents of the Common Library folder, which contains symbols. You can easily drag instances of these symbols from the Document Library panel to your document.
Pages panel-  Displays the pages in the current file and contains options for manipulating pages.
States panel-  Displays the states in the current file and includes options for creating animations.
History panel-  Lists commands you have recently used so that you can quickly undo and redo them. In addition, you can select multiple actions, and then save and reuse them as commands.
Auto Shapes panel-  Contains Auto Shapes that are not displayed in the Tools panel.
Styles panel- Lets you store and reuse combinations of object characteristics or select a stock style.
Document Library panel Contains graphic symbols, button symbols, and animation symbols that are already in the current Fireworks document. You can easily drag instances of these symbols from the Document Library panel to your document. You can make global changes to all instances by modifying only the symbol.
URL panel Lets you create libraries containing frequently used URLs.
Color Mixer panel Lets you create new colors to add to the color palette of the current document or to apply to selected objects.
Swatches panel Manages the color palette of the current document.
Info panel Provides information about the dimensions of selected objects and the exact coordinates of the pointer as you move it across the canvas.
Behaviors panel Manages behaviors, which determine what hotspots and slices do in response to mouse movement.
Find panel Lets you search for and replace elements such as text, URLs, fonts, and colors in a document or multiple documents.
Align panel Contains controls for aligning and distributing objects on the canvas.
Auto Shape Properties panel Lets you change the properties of an Auto Shape after you insert one into your document.
Color Palette panel (Window > Others) Enables you to create and swap color palettes, export custom ACT color swatches, explore various color schemes and access commonly used controls for choosing colors.
Image Editing (Window > Others) Organizes common tools and options used for bitmap editing into one panel.
Path panel (Window > Others) Provides quick access to many path-related commands.
Special Characters (Window > Others) Displays the special characters that can be used in text blocks.
Symbol Properties Manages the customizable properties of graphic symbols.

source: Adobe Help

Upgrading to iOS6 – Unable to join your network?

After downloading and installing the new iTunes 11 this weekend, I figured it was time for an overhaul on my iPad, which included an upgrade to iOS6. I backed up all of my files to the iCloud, and restored the device. After a few (20-30 mins) I had finally download, installed, loaded, waited, synced, and swiped the lock screen. The first thing the iPad asked me to do was connect to my wifi. I thought sure no problem.

I had got a prompt screen saying – ” Unable to join network.” After a few more failed attempts, I hit up google to see if there was a fix. Others claim they have this issue when updating to iOS6. So I figured the new upgrade was the culprit. I had seen a few forums mention to change IP address, and tweak network setting. I walked over to the cable modem and wireless router and unplugged them both for 30 seconds. Re-Plug, and PRESTO.. Problem solved.

Moral of this geeky story – If you upgrade to iOS 6 and you are ” unable to join network,” reset your wireless router to fix the issue!

[iCloud Tutorial] What is iCloud and how to use it as a PC user

In this tutorial we put together, you will learn what the iCloud is and how to utilize it as a PC user.

If you have an iPad, iPhone, iPod, or iWhatever, download the iCloud app in the app store. It’s free. The iCloud app is the easiest way to transfer files and information from your Apple device straight to your PC or Mac, without even using “the legendary white iCord”. This app will sync your device to your computer using your connection. Check it out!

https://www.icloud.com/

 

[iTunes11 Tutorial] How to use new features – (sidebar enabled, mini-player, play next)

MSM is still messing around with the features of the new iTunes11 released by Apple a few days ago. In this video MSM explains how to use the “Play Next” feature, the mini-player feature, and how to make iTunes 11 look like previous versions.

Download the new iTunes 11 here.

Exploring new iTunes 11 – Launching and Features

MountainStone Media launches iTunes 11 on a Windows 7 machine. Check out some of the features.

[Tutorial] Adobe Fireworks CS5 – Installing and Utilizing Styles

If you are new to Adobe Fireworks CS5, and you aren’t using “styles”, you should be. Styles are presets of different gradients and color schemes.
Google search ” Free Adobe Fireworks Style Packs”. Once you find a new pack, download and install it.
Our favorite site for Fireworks Styles Packs is – http://www.fireworkszone.com

Check out the video for complete instructions.

Top 5 iPad apps for music production

At MountainStone Media HQ, we love music. From jam bands, to reggae, to electronica, to 80’s classics, music is blasting in our speakers and headphones all the time. As much fun as listening to music is, it is even more fun to make it. Combining the love of music and the love of technology brings us to the Top 5 iPad apps for making music.

Garage Band – $5.99

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GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Gather your friends to play and record like a real band with Jam Session.* Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share in email or send directly to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.

KORG iMS-20 – $14.99

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By combining a recreation of the Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer, an analog step-style sequencer, six-part drum machine, Kaoss-style performance, and a mixer to control it all, the iMS-20 will transform your iPad into one way-cool sound studio for the modern musician – and the analog enthusiast as well!

AniMoog – $29.99

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Animoog is the newest innovation in creative tools from Moog Music, the legendary electronic musical instrument company founded by Bob Moog in Asheville, NC. Animoog captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the modern touch surface paradigm, enabling you to quickly sculpt incredibly fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play them.

KORG iElectribe – $9.99

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Korg’s ELECTRIBE·R has been coveted by dance musicians for ten years running. Today, this indispensable instrument has been reborn as a dedicated iPad app – the KORG iELECTRIBE virtual analog beatbox! With the iELECTRIBE, sound creation is easy, fun and intuitive – just as on a vintage analog synthesizer. Simply choose a part (or sound) and touch the 16-step sequencer to quickly build a groove. This easy-to-use interface combines forces with the iPad’s 9.7” multi touch display to offer an intuitive “hardware” feel, sure to inspire and captivate the imagination of any user.

Pocket WavPad HD – Free

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A free sound editor for recording, editing, adding effects, and sending audio, Pocket WavePad allows you to record voice or music, then edit the recording and add effects to achieve high quality audio recordings. Work within audio waveforms to make selections for quick editing, such as inserting recordings from other files, or apply effects like the high pass filter to clarify audio quality. For journalists and other professionals making recordings on the go, Pocket WavePad makes it easy to store or send recordings so they are readily available wherever they are needed.

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What is a Petabyte?

What is a Petabyte? 

On Thursday, 25 October, hundreds of Internet Archive supporters, volunteers, and staff celebrated addition of the 10,000,000,000,000,000th byte ( 10 Petabytes) to the Archive’s massive collections.

Every geek dreams of being in a server room full of petabyte racks. Each one of those 1U red boxes contains 4 750GB HDs. Each one of those racks has 40 of those red petaboxes. Each of those racks adds up to 120 terabytes. Those boxes power the Internet Archive (archive.org). 3 PETAbytes (3,000,000GB) of low power, compact storage from Capricorn Technologies.
Click here to view more photos from Archive.org’s server room. 

wiki source:
petabyte (derived from the SI prefix peta- ) is a unit of information equal to one quadrillion (short scale) bytes, or 1 billiard (long scale) bytes. The unit symbol for the petabyte is PB. The prefix peta(P) indicates the fifth power to 1000:

  • 1 PB = 1000000000000000B = 10005 B = 1015 B = 1 million gigabytes = 1 thousand terabytes