My most favorite band of all time, The Smashing Pumpkins, finally reunited after a 7 year break-up. A few months ago they announced a new album, Zeitgeist, and today I read an article from Pitchfork Media that has the supposed track listings for the new record plus tour dates. Man this is going to be badassed.

Zeitgeist:

01 Doomsday Clock
02 7 Shades of Black
03 Orchid
04 That’s the Way
05 Tarantula
06 Starz
07 United States
08 Never Lost
09 Bring the Light
10 Come On (Let’s Go)
11 For God and Country
12 Pomp and Circumstance

Tour:

05-22 Paris, France - Grand Rex
05-26 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05-28 Landgraaf, Netherlands - Megaland (Pinkpop Festival)
05-31 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06-02 Nürburgring, Germany - Nürburgring Race Track (Rock am Ring)
06-03 Nuremburg, Germany - Zeppelinfeld (Rock im Park)
06-09 Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Festival
06-12 Madrid, Spain - Las Ventas
06-15 Nickelsdorf, Austria - Nova Rock Festival
06-16 Venice, Italy - Heineken Jammin’ Festival
06-17 Interlaken, Switzerland - Greenfield Festival
07-07 East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium (Live Earth Festival)
08-05 Baltimore, MD - Pimlico Park (Virgin Festival)
08-24 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
08-26 Reading, England - Reading Festival
09-08 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Festival
09-09 Toronto, Ontario - Virgin Festival

I loved Zwan, I loved Billy Corgan’s solo album, but I LOVE The Smashing Pumpkins! I can’t wait.

Incidentally, how perfect is the timing with regards to 7s?

  1. It’s been 7 years since The Smashing Pumpkins were an active band
  2. This is their 7th official studio release (1.Gish, 2.Siamese Dream, 3.Mellon Collie, 4.Adore, 5.Machina, 6.Machina II, 7.Zeitgeist). Pisces and Greatest Hits are not technically considered official studio releases.
  3. The new album’s release date is 07.07.07

There might be a few more 7s you can work out there but those are the most obvious. Who cares, I just can’t wait.

 

A little over a year ago, I got a Motorola E815 mobile phone when I renewed my Verizon contract. In 10 years of mobile phones, this has to be the best one I’ve ever owned… so it is only natural that Verizon stopped carrying it and has no other model that is even remotely similar. At the time, this was the last mobile phone in Verizon’s fleet that did not have the crippling (and dreadful looking) Verizon UI operating system. The phone is still available through online retailers and eBay, although I’m not sure if Verizon will allow it on their network anymore, especially with the default Motorola OS.

Anyway, since I, and several of my friends, have this phone, I wrote up a step by step guide awhile back on how to unlock its potential, especially with it’s Blue Tooth abilities. The following walkthrough will enable the phone to be tethered to a Bluetooth enabled computer to act as a dialup modem for Internet access. This method of Internet connectivity is pretty useless for everyday access considering it is brutally slow, but in an emergency (like one that I experienced during an airline scare in August 2006) it can be helpful. I would not, however, attempt downloading anything as you will probably get disconnected. I gathered a great deal of scattered information and went through the exact process myself (with success), so this is a proven guide. I am not 100% sure, but currently under Verizon’s new policies, this may not allowed. Verizon may now require a Data Access plan to do this legitimately so I do not currently use or endorse this feature. Other mobile carriers such as T-Mobile, Cingular, or Alltell may allow it, though. Only catch is they have to support CDMA phones, and I’m not sure which ones do.

Also, this walkthrough assumes you have full Bluetooth capabilities enabled on your E815. If you don’t, check out this thread at HowardForums. This is probably the best source of information for cell phones and service providers anywhere on the Internet. This thread in particular contains a plethora of information and resources for the Motorola E815. Also, a great site for seem editing the E815 is http://mark.cdmaforums.com/

One last thing, the usual warnings and precautions apply here. If you don’t know what you are doing or do not feel comfortable playing around with core files within your phone, do not attempt. Making changes of any kind to your phone’s software will void any warranties it may have. If you screw up, you run a good risk of ruining your phone and having to flash it back to factory default, losing everything on it. As always, back up everything first, read carefully and understand everything before making any changes. I, nor blograndom.com, will be held responsible or accountable for any mistakes, problems, penalties, voided warranties, mobile carrier policy violations, or damage to your phone that could potentially happen by this modification procedure. Do so at your own risk. If you are still in, read on.

In order to do this, you need PST 7.2.3, PK Seem (V710 version), QPST 2.7 build 215, and the 010 Hex editor. Also, you will need the special USB cable that connects the phone to your computer. (I don’t have any affiliation with that company, it was just the top result when googling “usb cable e815″.)

Here is what you do:

1) Open PST 7.2.3 and let it connect to your phone
2) Open PK Seem (V710), check that it is connected
3) Leave the byte at 7 (the default), change to seem 2742, record 001 and click “load from phone” (if you want to be safe, save the file to your computer after loading the seem from your phone)
4) Locate offset 5a, then check box number 7
5) Load the edited seem back into your phone.
6) Close PK Seem and PST 7.2.3
7) Reboot phone.
8) Open the QPST program (use the QPST Configuration app)
9) Click on the ports tab and you should see COM1, COM2, and COM6.. COM6 is the one that has to be listed and active.. if it is, the program sees your phone.
10) In the top menu, bounce to the EFS Explorer (You should see a windows explorer like screen with the directories on your phone). If it asks you for an SPC number, click ok for the default 000000.
11) Navigate to the nvm/nvm/ folder
12) Find the nvm_factory file, right click on it, save it to your computer
13) Minimize QPST (don’t exit)
14) Make a copy of the nvm_factory file and save it to a different location
15) Open the 010 hex editor
16) Load the nvm_factory file from your hard drive
17) Scroll to almost the bottom, you will see 2 instances of yourphonenumber@dun.vzw3g.com.
18) Use “00″ hex values to overwrite the “.com” part of the address, essentially you are deleting the last 4 characters from the address because you are moving everything up 4 characters to ultimately get rid of the “dun.” part of the address
19) Replace “dun.vzw3g” with “vzw3g.com” with the proper hex values. Since you have to do one at a time, you can just look at the values from the other instance as you are editing the first one, then repeat the same for the second instance.
20) *CRITICAL* Replace the hex value “18″ that precedes the yournumber@vzw3g.com with “14″ in both locations. (See picture below)
21) Save the file
22) Go back to QPST to the nvm/nvm directory and load the edit nvm_factory file back into your phone.
23) Once you see that the operation is complete, exit the EFS explorer
24) QPST will probably ask you if you want to restart your phone, do so.
25) Once your phone is back up, close all QPST application windows
26) Disconnect your phone from the computer, enable bluetooth (if not already) and you are all set.

This is what your hex values should look like (the only difference being your real phone number):

Thanks to HowardForums as the source of this image.

That’s it. Your phone should now be able to pair with your computer and act as a modem for (slow) Internet access. Keep in mind that while you are connected, you will be using your monthly allotted minutes, just as if it were a regular call.

 

Soon to be a random tech/review/how to/rant/misc site. It’ll be awhile before it looks how I want it, but in the meantime…