Installing Running Pony Emblems on a 2013 Mustang V6 – How-to

First off, I purchased these from http://www.partscheap.com

My Mustang didn’t come with any side emblems so I had to remove the 2 pins that are used for alignment from dealer installed emblems.

I used a pair of heavy duty scissors to cut them off as low as I could.
However the prongs were still higher then the rest of the emblem which if you were to use it would not get a good enough seal, plus it would look bad.

I grabbed some sand paper (~200 grit) and them just sanded down the pegs until they were flush with the rest of the emblem.

I then used transfer paper (I got mine from a hobby store), taped the paper to the entire fender area (use a tape that wont hurt the car. I use painting tape) Then take your measurements (I suggest doing this with a cloth type measuring tape (the type used to make measurements of people for cloths) as a regular measuring tap is likely to scratch your paint.

The correct measurements are 3 1/2″ down from the curve in the fender, and left from the end of the fender for the tire area.

Use a pencil to mark this spot on the transfer paper. Then make each line longer on the paper, making sure that the line stays level (use a level).

Now carefully take off the transfer paper.
There will be a bunch of flakey junk and lines on your car, but don’t worry.

Take 2 more pieces of tape and but the tape directly on the car, and exactly on your lines.

Use rubbing alcohol on a soft material that wont scratch the car. Wipe the area clean of any debris and wax.

Take off the back covering on the emblem and hold the sides of the emblem to do this, and for the rest.

SLOWLY line up the emblem with the tape you marked.
Get as close to the car without touching it or where a little jolt would connect it.
As you are lining up the emblem be sure the entire thing is level with the tape.

Finally when you are satisfied with the position, slow press the emblem onto the car.

I hope you got your position right….

Press in all over the emblem to make sure it has a good connection.

Finally remove the tape, and use the rubbing alcohol to clean around the emblem to remove the tracing paper lines, and any residue left over from the tracing paper.

Now its the really hard part.
Sit back and wait!
Try not to drive for 24 hours, or at least make it slow and easy.
Do not get the car wet for at least 24 hours.

So get a chair and a Coke and stare at your handy work.

iOS DFU Mode

Wow, this post is 1-day shy of being 1 year from the last post.
Sorry about that…

I just put together instructions for someone about going into and using DFU mode on an iOS device, so I thought I would post it here as well.

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DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode is a low level mode that 99% of users should/will never know about or need, however there are cases where it can be an invaluable debugging resource.

There are a couple of scenarios where you might find this mode helpful, for example:

If the iPhone/iPad gets stuck in a reboot sequence (constantly reboots), simply enter DFU mode and then rebooting can often fix this.
Another time would might want to use DFU mode is if you are having issues with upgrading the firmware on a device.
DFU mode can give you the ability to have more control over the firmware process, however it does take more work.

Entering DFU mode can sometimes be tricky, especially if you are new to doing it.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it right, it won’t break anything.
Just wait for the device to finish starting up normally and then try again.

Below I will give instructions on how to enter DFU mode, and then below that I will include the process to “fix” the two scenarios I listed above.

DFU Mode Instructions
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1. Plug the iPad into your computer
2. Launch iTunes
3. Hold down the Power button and the Home button at the same time
4. Keep holding both of these buttons for 10 seconds (Your device will restart during this process, which is what it should do, but don’t release the buttons)
5. After 10 seconds pass, release the Power button but continue to hold the Home button for another 3-5 seconds
When in DFU mode, your device’s screen will stay completely black.
If you see an Apple logo or the device boots normally, you did not enter DFU mode successfully.
6. iTunes will notify you that it has detected a device in recovery mode.
Press ok.

You are now in DFU mode!

If you are trying to get out of the continual rebooting sequence, then at this point, hold the power and home buttons down again at the same time.
However this time, release both buttons as soon as the device reboots.
Your device should then boot normally.

If you are trying to fix an upgrade issue, you will need to complete a few more steps.

To continue you will need the firmware package that you are trying to update too.
There are two ways to get this firmware.

If iTunes has asked you if you want to download the update, but then you have not installed it, or have tried installing and run into issues, then the file should hopefully already be on your computer.

You will need to open a new Finder window and then press Command-Shift-G
This will bring up a little window where you can enter the folder you want to go to.
You will need to enter: ~/Library/iTunes and then press Go.
In this folder you will see several files and folders, but the ones you are interested in is one of two folders.
Either: “iPhone Software Updates” or “iPad Software Updates”
If you go into that folder you will hopefully see a file.
If you do not see a file, then you will need to follow the steps below to download the firmware.
If there is a file, check the name of the file(s) to make sure it is what you are wanting.
(Most likely there will only be 1 file and it will be correct, but it doesn’t hurt checking)

You are now ready to do the upgrade, and will want to skip this next section about downloading the firmware.

If your updates folder was empty or you are wanting a specific firmware then you will need to visit:
http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/

Find the firmware version you are looking for either by using the direct links to the latest versions around the bottom of the page, or by using the drop down menu for the iPhone/iPad devices.
Pay special attention to which firmware you are downloading.
You must download the appropriate firmware for your device.
The main things to look for when choosing your firmware, are the version numbers, the device type (iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini), and if your device is WiFi only, or WiFi and Cellular/3G.
If your device is WiFi and Cellular then you must download the WiFi and Cellular firmware even if you do not use the Cellular functionality.
As well as above, if your device is WiFi and Cellular then you must download the correct firmware for the Carrier that your device is setup for.
The choices here are GSM or CDMA.
AT&T (and T-mobile if they get the iPhone at some point) is GSM and everything else is CDMA.

So for example if I have an iPad 3 with WiFi and Cellular with AT&T and want version 6.0.1, I would choose:
iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + Cellular, GSM) 6.0.1

Download this file.
(Depending on your browser you might need to do ‘Download File As’ if you are using one of the links)

At this point, no matter which process you went through above, you should have the firmware package you are wanting to upgrade to.
Now we will go back to iTunes, which should still be telling us that our device is in “Restore Mode” (really it is in DFU mode from the first steps we took)
iTunes should show a button called: Restore iPhone… (or iPad, etc)
If you were to click this button iTunes will simply try the install again, however for our purposes we want to Option-Click on the Restore iPhone (or iPad, etc) button.
This should bring up a standard Mac ‘Open’ window, where you need to find and select the firmware file we found or downloaded before.
Once you have found the file, select it, and press ‘Open’.

iTunes should now try and install the firmware you selected.

Please note that this is not a end-all-be-all solution.
There are times where this process will not work, for any number of reasons, however this process can be very helpful at times.

I Hope this helps.

Manually Creating Universal Binaries for iOS

Universal Binaries are a wonderful thing, and not just if you are still writing Mac Power PC code, they are just as useful in the iOS development world.

If you do any amount of iOS development, chances are you have used (in one way or another) a static library.
Usually when you use a static library you get (or compile) 2 versions.
One for the device, and one for the simulator.

This is fine until you want to add the library to your app.
If you are using the simulator and the device for testing you have to play a swapping game with the corresponding library version.

Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just have 1 version of the library and it worked on the device or the simulator without you having to make any changes?
Sounds nice? I would say so, and luckily it is pretty easy.

The first thing you need to do is open a Terminal window (don’t worry, its just 1 command)

Use the following command (replacing the library path and name, with your libraries information):

lipo -output <StaticLibraryUniversal>.a -create <StaticLibraryDevice>.a -arch i386 <StaticLibrarySimulator>.a

Thats it!

Just use the new static library file in your project and you can move between the device and the simulator without worry about anything!

Have fun.

Shame On Utah School Districts

Recently there was a new state law (HB218) that was passed, part of which stated that Club sports would be allowed to use the school’s facilities (such as the Football fields, etc)

This was GREAT to hear as Lacrosse in Utah is still only a club sport, and has never been given any love by the different School Districts in Utah. I hated this as a High School player. We weren’t allowed to use the school’s fields, and we had no support from the schools. Basically we were just able to use the School’s name and that was it.

Unfortunately the Utah School Districts have found a loophole in the new law to ‘keep us away’.
The schools are saying we can use the field, but that we have to pay an exorbitant amount of money to step foot on the fields.

Davis School District is charging $1,000 PER USE!
That would be $1,000 for each practice and game.

Alpine School District wants $300 PER USE!

Obviously this is not possible for club sports.

I say SHAME on all of Utah’s School Districts!

Not all kids want to play Football, Basketball, Baseball, or Soccer.
To take the ability for the kids who decide to play other sports the right of at least playing AT THIER school, is just SAD!
These kids get no support from their schools, no recognition of their wins, and can’t even play at their schools.

The fact that the school districts are using a loophole in the new law to keep the kids away, is even more disgusting.

It makes me MAD at the school districts, and sad for the boys and girls.

If you feel the same way, I strongly suggest that you let your school district know.

Jordan School District: Patrice Johnson (Superintendent of Schools) – 801-567-8323 – superintendent@jordan.k12.ut.us
Alpine School District: Vern Henshaw (Superintendent of Schools) – (801) 610-8420 – vhenshaw@alpinedistrict.org
Davis School District: Dr. W. Bryan Bowles (Superintendent of Schools) – (801) 402-5258 – bbowles@dsdmail.net
Granite School District: Martin W. Bates (Superintendent of Schools) – (385) 646-4523 – mwbates@graniteschools.org
Salt Lake City School District: Dr. McKell Withers (Superintendent of Schools) – (801) 578-8351 – mckell.withers@slcschools.org

Your district not listed above? Find your district at: http://www.onlineutah.com/schooldistricts.shtml

View House Bill 218 at: http://le.utah.gov/~2011/htmdoc/hbillhtm/hb0218.htm

Lehi Lacrosse Varsity Assistant Coach

I am overjoyed to announce that I am the new Varsity Assistant Coach for Lehi High School Lacrosse!

I have been an avid lacrosse fan ever since I was introduced to the game at the start of my Senior year in High School.
I was introduced to the game by a very good high school friend, Andy Clark, and we both went out for the team.
Luckily for us both there were no cuts :)

I didn’t get as much playing time as I would have liked, as I got injured during pre-season practice, however my love for the game has only grown more and more.

Ever since we moved back to Utah, I have felt an even more powerful draw back to the game. It has been a great time for lacrosse in Utah, as BYU won the MCLA National Championship this last season. (MCLA: Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association)
I attended every home game for BYU (even in the bitter cold and snow) and made the trip to Grand Junction, Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Championship Weekend. My wife and I made a second trip to Grand Junction to watch BYU compete during their Fall Ball season. (Fall Ball is not ‘official’ but is a way for the teams to work out their upcoming Spring season rosters, and get the players some practice and conditioning)

I had been looking at putting together a lacrosse camp for youth players featuring some professional players. I met with a couple of people at the Utah Lacrosse Association and during our discussion the idea of coaching was brought up.
So I gave it some thought, and talked to my wife, and decided that it would be something I think I would really enjoy doing.

I was lucky enough to be asked to be an assistant coach for Lehi High School (I am currently living in Lehi, UT so it works great).

We start conditioning practice on January 23, two days before my 30th birthday, and lets just say I am STOKED!

Some quick history on lacrosse for those who don’t know:
Lacrosse is the oldest sport.
It was originally played by the Native Americans, and is called ‘The Creators Game’.
Lacrosse has always been the National Sport of Canada. It has only been in the relatively recent past that Ice Hockey was added as the winter sport and lacrosse as the summer sport.
Lacrosse is really big back east (North East specifically) and growing back in the West more and more.
It is the fastest growing sport in America, and is known as ‘The Fastest Game On Two Feet’.

BYU vs Adams State in Grand Junction (Fall Ball)

BYU’s fall-ball started off with a trip to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction for a double header, first against Adam’s State College and then Colorado Mesa University (both NCAA D2).

The first game was scheduled to begin after the Westminster vs Colorado Mesa game (12pm local time).
BYU took the field and began to warm up, however there were only 3 guys from Adams that showed up.
Apparently the bus bringing Adams to Grand Junction showed up late to pick them up and then broke down on the way.
BYU stayed on the field warming up for 2 hours until Adams showed up (which was the time Adams was supposed to take on Westminster).

As a side note, BYU picked up a transfer from Syracuse named: Casey Rich, number 22.
Here is a quick video of Casey warming up on Saturday.

Adams State began to warm up and we finally got going with the game.

BYU came out swinging and dominated the first quarter 6-0.

The second quarter started out how the first quarter ended, all BYU.

Adams then started to get their groove on and was able to get a couple past the cougars.

During the 3rd quarter there was a break in play and paramedics took the field.
First there was confusion as no one was down on the field.
Come to find out there was an Adams player down on the sideline.

As the paramedics took a look at the situation, BYU huddled up and said a prayer for the injured player.

The player was then taken off the field via a stretcher and the game continued. (I personally have not heard word to what happened exactly or how the Adams player is doing)

BYU continued to dominate the game, with Adams sneaking one in a few times.

With 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter the score was BYU 13, Adams 5.

Then with about 1:20 left in the fourth Adams was able to pull together another goal, ending the game with a score of BYU 13, Adams 6.

All and all both teams fought hard but definitely showed growing pains, as the two teams worked out their new rosters.

BYU brought 47 guys and played all 47 of them in this opening game.

While both teams struggled a bit with the signs of new players mixing with old players, BYU overall dominated the game at every aspect.

If BYU’s players can get used to playing together, I would say they have a good chance at repeating last season with a great record and perhaps bring home another national championship.

Check out 102 photos from the game, at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdbdallas/sets/72157627738933357/

Below is a video of some of the game.

Enjoy!

Possible Spring 2012 Salt Lake City/Provo ULax.com Men’s Lacrosse League

I am looking into the possibility of starting up a ULax.com Men’s (and maybe women’s) Lacrosse League in the Salt Lake City/Provo area next Spring (2012) for players High School age or Older.

This would give you the opportunity to play competitive lacrosse without the high prices.

Please let me know if you would be interested and please spread the word. We need minimum 80 players to be able to start a league.

Hydrocephalus Association Walk 2011

Tyler Brown in the Salt Lake Tribune

Join me in my efforts to support Hydrocephalus Association Salt Lake City, UT WALK!

You can help by donating and/or signing up as a team member and ask those around you to donate. Go Team: “Ty”

Why WALK?
I WALK because I want to make a difference. By spreading the word and fundraising, I show people living with the challenges of hydrocephalus that they are not alone. I am more than hopeful to find a cure; I am determined. Please help me reach my goal! To donate by credit card, click here. Remember, all donations are Tax Deductible!

Hydrocephalus and You
Contrary to popular belief anyone can get hydrocephalus at any age. Hydrocephalus does not discriminate and there is no cure. 1 to 2 of every 1,000 babies are born with hydrocephalus. It is the most common reason for brain surgery among children. An estimated 5% of Alzheimer’s patients have misdiagnosed hydrocephalus. 1 shunt surgery takes place every 15 minutes. 50% of shunts fail within 2 years.

Hydrocephalus Association
HA’s mission is to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating innovative research and providing support and education for individuals, families and professionals dealing with the condition.
Thank you for supporting Hydrocephalus Association Salt Lake City, UT WALK. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

http://bit.ly/HydroWalkSLC

Date: September 3, 2011
Location: Sugarhouse Park
Address: 2100 South 1500 East Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Live Blogging the BYU vs Chapman Men’s Lacrosse Game

I will be Live Blogging tonights Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Men’s Lacrosse game between BYU (#7) and Chapman (#4) tonight for CollegeLAX.

The game starts at 7pm MDT and will be played at Brigham Young University’s North Field.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the North gate.

If you can not make the game you can follow my live blogging at:
http://www.collegelax.us/news/2011/03/26/chapman-at-byu-live-blog/

Updated with Photos from the game.

The Complete Friday Q&A by Mike Ash

Mike Ash has turned his famous Friday Question and Answer series into a book, available in either iBooks or Kindle versions.

Mike is an amazingly smart guy, who knows more about programming then you could ever imagine.

If you work with Objective-C you owe it to yourself to check out his book and his site.