How-To: Quick iPhone Battery Life Fix | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, October 19th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

A lot of folks have been complaining about the battery life of their iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S while running iOS 6.
Here’s a quick tip to lighten your iPhone 4’s battery load.

The Quick Tip

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services

Now, turn off everything except the “Cell network search”.

Most of us won’t be using the rest very often. By default, those settings are on, and it consumes a lot of battery power without many of us knowing it.

Jailbreak 5.0.1: Must-Have Apps | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, January 6th, 2012 in Apps and Software · 0 Comments

Below you’ll find a list of must-have apps (Cydia Packages) for your new Jailbreak 5.0.1. These apps are some of the most used apps, and will have your iPhone functioning as it should have been under iOS 5.0.1. – screenshots coming.


NoLock prevented my iPhone from dimming after lighting up on a lockscreen alert. This decreased battery life tremendously. Fail.


KillBackground has been my favorite app (outside of MailEnhancer) to-date. It allowed me to create an Activator event that kills all apps, except the music app) with a Short Hold of the Home button. Score.

A Little Background

Yes, I “have a little fun” with Blackberrys, and Blackberry Themes. Yes, I enjoy building iPhone Web based apps, and iPhone/iPad ready websites. Two years ago, I purchased the iPhone and was using it mainly for business purposes, but never setup my Exchange mail accounts because I didn’t like having to type out different signatures for the different Exchange accounts every time I wanted to send an email. I have 7 different email accounts on my iPhone and 10 different email accounts total. This is an integral feature that Apple’s iPhone needs in order to establish itself as a business phone. Another feature the iPhone needs is text replacement. Rim’s Blackberry will continue to win as it offers these two features as default with its operating systems.

It wasn’t until about a year after I purchased the iPhone that I found MailEnhancer and went ahead with untethered Jailbreak 4.3.1. MailEnhancer is the only reason that I do not upgrade my iPhone when new iOSs are released. I refuse to be without it. And I refuse to upgrade the iOS until a jailbreak is released that will allow me to continue using MailEnhancer.

Now on to the goods…

The Jailbreak 5.0.1 Process & How-To

I installed Jailbreak 5.0.1 on my iPhone on Wednesday following the process found here: Jailbreak 5.0.1 Untethered (iOS 5) – iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch 4G, 3G

The process wasn’t too difficult to follow. However, I had jailbreak 4.3.1 installed, so I had to backup and do a clean install of iOS 5.0.1 with iTunes prior to running the jailbreak software provided at the link above.

Of the apps that I had installed previously, I am only using about 4.
I used AptBackup (BigBoss & Chris Featherstone) to run a backup list of the apps I had installed prior to wiping the iPhone. AptBackup doesn’t backup the actual apps, it simply creates a list for you to restore those apps. Once you reinstall Cydia, you open AptBackup, hit “Restore” and it will find and restore the apps for you.

Unfortunately for me, a few apps that I used under Jailbreak 4.3.1 weren’t working under Jailbreak 5.0.1. But fortunately for you, that meant I spent a good 9.75 hours scouring Cydia finding the apps that would work, and didn’t cause Springboard to crash. hello.

The following is the list I generated of the Must-Have apps for Jailbreak 5.0.1. Enjoy!


This is great for blocking the ads that appear in iPhone apps like Angry Birds, and Safari.


Change the lockscreen camera button to a different app.


Great for using QuickReply and QuickCompose

BlackBadge (non-retina)

I didn’t like having a red notification count above my icons. Black looks better.


I like to change the standard iOS font. I’m using Tuffy font this time.


This make sure that your lockscreen always shows the camera shortcut. And I use “AnyLockApp” above to replace the camera shortcut with Twitter or Facebook – depending on the week.


iPhone limits you to 12 apps per page. Inifiboard allows you to have an infinite number of apps on each page. I prefer to have one long page that I can swipe up and down – like my Blackberry, of course. (wink)


iPhone limits the number of apps that you have in your dock.


iPhone limits each folder to 12 apps per folder. Infinifolders allows you to have an infinite number of apps in each folder you create. I have quite a few social apps, so I had to move some apps into an alternate folder. This eliminates my having to do that.

Invisible Folder

iPhone folder apps have a white/greyish border which doesn’t look too great on dark backgrounds. This makes the background invisible.


This allows me to display notifications on my lockscreen.


This app allows you to have multiple signatures for your email.

This is the reason I installed the jailbreak on my iPhone in the first place. And this was the reason that I would not install iOS 5.0.1 until there was a jailbreak for it.


iPhone dims the background image on the lockscreen. This removes that.

QuickLock 2

This app creates a “lock” app on your iphone – like the Blackberry.

I actually spent about 2 hours trying to determine what was crashing Springboard. I had installed QuickLock (1) instead of QuickLock 2. QuickLock (1) was apparently for the previous jailbreak version. But the notes aren’t really indicitive of that. And I didn’t notice that there was a QuickLock 2 until I was looking for an app to replace the app that I thought was causing the crash. hello.


This allows me to make my app icons smaller. In coordination with Infiniboards, this app allows me to fit more apps on the screen and scroll less.

SmartFolders for Mail

This app allows you to filter your email.

New Pandora Player – Unlimited Listening! | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, September 23rd, 2011 in Apps and Software · 0 Comments

Around the same time Facebook made some major updates, Pandora made some as well.

You probably weren’t paying attention because you were too busy b*tching about Facebook. *smirk*

The “New Pandora” boasts the same personalized radio experience you’ve enjoyed for years, wrapped in a new HTML5 look that makes it more responsive, easier to use, and better integrated with the friends and music lovers in your life.

Of the few new features that have been added to the New Pandora, the only things I really care about are:

  • Discovery of Music with Friends
  • Simplified Station Creation
  • And Unlimited Listening – No more 40 hour cap!

As with all of the latest web applications, they’ve finally added the Facebook API, allowing you to connect with your friends and see what they’re listening to.

I’m guessing you’ll like the updates Pandora made more than you’ll like the updates that Facebook has coming next week.

Buckle up, folks! Social media is about to get even more interesting!


Using 43 Things for Goal Setting in the New Year | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Saturday, January 1st, 2011 in Apps and Software · 1 Comment

Last year was an interesting year for me. I learned a lot about my health and myself. I learned about the things I do like, as well as the things that I don’t like; whether it was about myself or the people around me.

I’m not setting a New Years Resolution. It never works for me. I end up selecting either one bad thing or creating a list of things that I won’t do, instead of things that I will do. The list of “wonts” just never works for me.

So, I’m doing things a little differently this year. I’m setting some goals that I’d like to meet this year. And then I’m going to make the strides to reach them. I’m creating my list of goals in my 43 Things ( account. And I’ll be checking in each week to either check a goal off, add a goal, or remind myself of the goals I’ve set.

I like 43 Things because I can check the list from the web or from my BlackBerry and iPhone. I can even modify that list on the go. I’m even able to write notes on each goal and receive comments and cheers from friends on Facebook. My notes will be the steps I’ve taken as I’ve taken them. I can even edit a progress slider to indicate how far I’ve gotten in reaching each goal. 43 Things makes goal setting much easier.

My goals will be short term goals that I can reach; goals that I can see and almost touch. Ya see, it’s easy for me to set the goals and get things in motion, but I have a hard time with the follow through. The largest goal that I have set by far is to follow through on the goals that I set in motion.

This year will be better.
I’ve got a primer now.

Let’s go.

How-To: Windows 7 Shortcuts | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 in Apps and Software · 3 Comments

I don’t hate Windows 7 as much as I hated MoJo-JoJo (read: Windows Vista).

So I had to learn the shortcuts. They just make life easier.

CTRL + SHIFT + N is my favorite. It creates new folders. lol.


Window Management Shortcuts

The full list of keyboard shortcuts includes:

  • Win+Home: Clear all but the active window.
  • Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop.
  • Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window.
  • Shift+Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window vertically.
  • Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it’s maximized.
  • Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor.
  • Shift+Win+Left/Right arrows: Move the window to the monitor on the left or right.

You can also interact with windows by dragging them with the mouse:

  • Drag window to the top: Maximize
  • Drag window left/right: Dock the window to fill half of the screen.
  • Shake window back/forth: Minimize everything but the current window.
  • Double-Click Top Window Border (edge): Maximize window vertically.

Taskbar Shortcuts

You can use any of these shortcut combinations to launch the applications in their respective position on the taskbar, or more:

  • Win+number (1-9): Starts the application pinned to the taskbar in that position, or switches to that program.
  • Shift+Win+number (1-9): Starts a new instance of the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
  • Ctrl+Win+number (1-9): Cycles through open windows for the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
  • Alt+Win+number (1-9): Opens the Jump List for the application pinned to the taskbar.
  • Win+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar.
  • Win+B: Focuses the System Tray icons

In addition, you can interact with the taskbar using your mouse and a modifier key:

  • Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program as an administrator.
  • Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button: Show the window menu for the program (like XP does).
  • Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button: Show the window menu for the group.
  • Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button: Cycle through the windows of the group

Extra Shortcuts

Here’s a few more interesting hotkeys for you:

  • Ctrl+Shift+N: Creates a new folder in Windows Explorer.
  • Alt+Up: Goes up a folder level in Windows Explorer.
  • Alt+P: Toggles the preview pane in Windows Explorer.
  • Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds Copy as Path, which copies the path of a file to the clipboard.
  • Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds extra hidden items to the Send To menu.
  • Shift+Right-Click on a folder: Adds Command Prompt Here, which lets you easily open a command prompt in that folder.
  • Win+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display.
  • Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out.

How-To: I Love CCleaner. | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 in Apps and Software · 1 Comment

I love CCleaner from Piriform.

CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure.

It keeps my computer clean. I try to run it about once or twice a week; especially if I’m downloading new and testing new programs.

Registry Utility

I use the built-in registry cleaner to clear out the crap that I don’t need. The registry retains a lot of information when you’re installing and uninstalling programs. Sometimes when you uninstall a program, it can leave a lot of crap behind. The registry cleaner in CCleaner clears out that crap.

Startup Utility

Quite a few programs like to load on computer Start-Up. That can be a headache to wait for. Removing the programs that you don’t use often from the computer Start-Up can speed up your computer. It’s a great feeling when you can start your computer and you can do what you need to do without waiting long.

  • Grab CCleaner here.

Tip: Textarea Cache for Firefox | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 in Tutorials · 0 Comments

Textarea Cache for Firefox is a lifesaver.

This extension will save automatically the content in the textarea or WYSIWYG editor when user is typing. The user can recover the saved text in the cache window, even if the tab or the window is closed unexpectedly.

The user will see an icon in the status bar when the text is saved in the cache.
Clicking the icon will open the cache window.

Things to do: Sign up for TeuxDeux | Courtney Social Media Consultant in Los Angeles

· Friday, December 11th, 2009 in Apps and Software · 2 Comments

TeuxDeux-Online-To-Do-ListIf this isn’t easy… I don’t know what is.

TeuxDeux is an online To-Do list designed by swissmiss and developed by Fictive Kin.

If you’re like me and you usually have a long list of things to do each day and usually are only able to mark off HALF of those things…unless you have ADHD *hangs head*, then chances are…you’re just forgetting what you’re supposed to be doing.

Well, TeuxDeux makes it a little easier to remember.

One of the cool things about TeuxDeux is that – if the due date of a task is today and you don’t complete it in time (read: ADHD), it will automatically be added to your next day’s pending task list.

Something else to think about: You can manually drag tasks and pending items to any future date. Buuuuuut…your pending tasks will always be… pending.

I mean… it’s just a list… and sometimes…that’s all you need.

I’m still a huge fan of Google Calendar…mainly because it syncs with my Blackberry and my Outlook…remotely…without having to be tethered to my laptop / desktop.

But TeuxDeux might be something you want to look into if you just need a random list without required times.

hmmm. it’s just a list. just a thought.