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The Long awaited Old Whores Demo

I finally got my hands on the Demo that my band, The Old Whores Of San Pedro, cut two weeks ago. I'm pretty pleased with it. However It does feel a little rushed, but thats not surprising considering we managed to get 3 tracks laid down in about 6 hrs.

Anyway you can download the tracks from here should you want to.

Me as a Mii

Yes I do look a bit like Jesus. But I don't talk like a gentleman. Like how you wanted...

HOW TO: Dismantle a Sony Ericsson k750i and fit a new casing

You may have read my post about upgrading the firmware on my well used old k750i. Well that got me thinking. What else could I do to give it a new lease of life. As you can see the casing was pretty beat up. And the camera lens cover was completely missing!

So what could i do? I hit ebay and found you could buy replacement casings for less then £10. So I ordered a nice shiny red one and waited for it to be delivered. And waited, and waited, and waited. Eventually 3 weeks later it arrived. The perils of buying from China I suppose. Anyway it looked excellent, as you can see:

It came with a size 6 torx screwdriver and a case opener. Just the tools needed to dismantle the phone.

The next step was to strip down the k750i into its component pieces. Its surprisingly not difficult. First I had to use the torx driver to remove the 2 screws in the battery compartment. And the two tiny phillips head screws that held the back fascia down.

Then using the case opener I was able to pry the rear fascia away from the main housing. The trick was to start at the battery compartment end and work down each side to the top.

Once the back fascia was removed, I had a better view of what was inside.

The same process could then be repeated on the front fascia, gently prying off the casing being careful not to use too much force near the LCD display.

Now the guts of the beast are on display! Along with two more torx screws which need to be removed before we go any further.

Now the time has come to remove the keyboard unit. It actually comes off rather easily with only a little force. But if you are feeling scared you can prise the socket apart with a small screwdriver. You can see that most of the major parts simply click together using a plug and socket technique. This makes it VERY easy to dismantle and rebuild.

The LCD can now be disconnected from the main board in the same fashion.

Be careful with the LCD as it is by far the most fragile part of the phone. Its also worth giving each part a thorough clean before rebuilding, my phone was FULL of finger grime after years of use under several different members of my family.

The camera unit can now be disconnected from the main board.

Now we remove the main board. Its held in by a couple of clips on the main housing. Simply push these back with either a small screwdriver or the opening tool.

The main board removed from the body, showing the main camera unit and the speaker unit.

Now this is where it gets kind of tricky. You can pop the connection ribbon off the top of the camera.

Like so:

The camera unit just slides out, and is surprisingly compact. Next step is to gently pry out the vibration motor.

Then flip the entire unit over and GENTLY peel the camera connection ribbon and switch off the back of the housing. It is actually stuck down with glue but peels off easily once you have got a corner up.

Now we turn attention to the speaker unit. Now it the beat time to go through the main housing ant take out all the buttons. There is a very small connector by the camera shutter release button that you must not overlook. Once you have all the buttons out you can start to worry about how you are going to pry up the speaker unit. I actually went in though the button hole for the play/pause button. It allowed me to get my little screwdriver underneath it and pry it up. It could then be removed with little fuss.

The final part to be removed is the backplate/IR transmitter unit. This just needs prying up from the rear side.

Thats It! Everything is now apart. You can now rebuild the phone using the new casing and buttons. I ended up using some of the old buttons though in places as the newer ones seemed to be slightly larger and where rather stiff. Here are some shots of the finished phone.

Not bad eh! Looks like a completely new phone. I'm very happy.

Larger versions of the photos in this post can be found in the relevant web gallery.

The Old Whores in Session

My band "The Old Whores Of San Pedro" were in the studio this weekend. We went to Naked Studios in Sheffield to record our first 3 track CD. I took a phew photos on my phone you can see them here.

Hopefully I'll have a copy of the CD in a couple of days. I'll try and get at least one of the tracks up here so you can hear it.

In the meantime enjoy the photos.


Ok you may have noticed I've gone back to the old theme. This was due to some incompatibilities between the Picasa photos and the old themes CSS. If you viewed a photo at its largest size all the menus ended up underneath it! So here we are back with the old dark theme, and I'm loving it. I've tweaked the menus too. The music side of the site now only shows music related menus, and likewise with the photo section. This Drupal is completely configurable! Next step is to revamp the music section.

New! Photo Section using Picasa Drupal module

Just found a drupal module for Google's Picasa photo sharing site. It integrates he web albums I have stored there into my own peronal site! Woo! Thats some good integration going on there! I was using flikr, but they have annoyed me by crippling the sevice if you dont sign up for a paid for pro account. So I'm deleting my flikr account and moving to Picasa. I'll probably do a full write up about my experiences between the two later.

Anyway the Photo albums can be found here.

HOW TO: Upgrade the Firmware of a Sony Ericsson k750i to that of a w800i walkman phone

I recently got hold of a beaten up, but working Sony Ericsson k750i phone. I'm planning a couple of mods for it, new case and maybe an LED colour change. However the first thing I did was hack the phone so I could upgrade its firmware to that of the w800i, basicaly changing the phone into a one with Walkman capabilities. The two phones are identical in makeup but come with different firmwares installed. Anyway I found this method on a forum somewhere, apologies to whoever I copied and pasted it from. I cleared up the spelling and grammar and present it for you here.

What you need:

-The exploit (found here
-SEUS the sony erricson firmware upgrader (download at
-W800.exe (Found in the Exploit)
-The CDA you want to use ( )
-flash-driver (same as when you use SEUS for first time, see tutorial )
- 'cygwin1.dll' , you will find this in the exploit files.

What to do:

-copy cygwin1.dll to your windows\system32 folder
-the phone has to be cid36

Now step by step:

-Turn phone OFF and remove battery, sim card and USB cable.
-Replace battery (Do Not Turn Phone ON)
-after unzipping Double-click "W800.exe"
-Connect USB once you see the "30 seconds" message.
-A pile of data should scroll down the screen.
-On the blank line below the last bit of text type cda102430/6*, then hit Enter. *Note: here has to be your CDA you need. Take a look at the CDA string list for the one that you want.
-Now Type Q in the blank line below the last piece of text, then hit Enter.
-It should now tell you to remove the USB, after this you'll recieve a connection error. This is normal. close the program.

Now follow the SEUS-tutorial, your phone should be detected as W800.
Complete the update via SEUS, that's all.

NOTE: you do this at your OWN RISK!!!!

HOW TO: Use RSS and uTorrent to automaticaly download TV shows.

First download uTorrent, in my opinion the best torrent client out there. Its compact, has a low memory footprint and most importantly has a built in RSS reader.

So once you have uTorrent installed open it and select the RSS button.

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Then press the "add" button and add this url:
Like so:

Now you need to tell the reader which torrents you want to download. For example Heroes torrents. So click on the favorites tab and In the filter section write in the name of the TV show. You can use * as a wild-card. You can also tell uTorrent where to save it and what quality torrent (SD HDTV HR.HDTV etc), as well as what episode numbers you want. Its also good to set a minimum interval of say 4 days so you don't download any duplicates of the same show. It should look like this:

Once every thing is filled in and you are satisfied, click close. And your uTorrent is now armed to download whatever show you have specified from the RSS feed.

Another Theme Change!

The last theme was perfect colour wise. But I didnt have much real estate on the screen. Now with this theme I have more real estate but not the colours I want.


Im gonna have to learn a bit more CSS. Hopefully I will be able to tweak the colours I want.

CSS Tweakery

Just put the finishing touches to the Drupal theme. Got my hands dirty by getting into the CSS style sheet and changing the colours of the fonts. I'm feeling a lot happier about the site now. Ive finaly settled in. The ubiquitous  3D Che  has joined me too.  Now  all that is needed is  a little more content. And some juicy external links.

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