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Hack Me! iPhone Nerd Swaps It For Car.

In 2007, George Hotz, iphone, News, technology, Uncategorized on August 29, 2007 at 1:21 am

Hard work pays off…. when you are a nerd.

c56b9057-1d4e-4879-b3ff-37e71ef1fc31.jpg When I was 17…..

Some computer hackers go to jail for a very long time, some get hired by major technology corporations and make millions, while others go to jail and then get hired by major technology corporations, and make millions.

But for 17-year-old whiz kid George Hotz (remember that name), hacking the new Apple iPhone device so it could be used on a non AT&T network connection, has seen him land a brand new, “sweet Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones,” the unlikely celebrity boasted on his blogspot page Saturday.

       Yes, that’s a 350Z

And mind the French, but f*#k me people! This kid looks like he’s going to have one hell of a future.

Not only has young George made headlines on TV news programs, radio, magazine, online news, etc across the globe the past few days (just read the comments from around the world on his blog), he now has gigs working as a consultant for major communications companies. Not forgetting to mention all the time he has spent fielding interviews from journalists calling from Prague to Port-au-Prince.

George, like all good nerds should be doing, spent “most of the summer” indoors with some online pals working out how to crack open the exclusive iphone connection, before heading to college at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He posted a ‘ten easy steps guide’ on his blog, so you too can do away with the dictatorial wrath of AT&T.

  Hard Jobs…..

The job took 500 hours, or about eight hours a day since the IPhone’s June 29 launch.

When asked by a local journalist, when moving into his college dorm, why he wanted to crack the i code, Hotz explained in some uber cool 2000’s style dialect.

“It was a cool phone I saw it on the commercials I was like yo! They show the skate boarding dog. I want to make my phone show the skate boarding dog. But I have T-Mobile and my parents didn’t want to pay for it and so I cracked the iPhone.”

The deal to exchange the hacked phone was made with Terry Daidone, the co-founder of CertiCell, most likely as a publicity stunt. A fine job he has done indeed.

Much to our disappointment, the company is not planning on commercialising George’s discovery.

Party poopers.

Good luck to you George, you aren’t going to need it.

Just thow it!

Meanwhile in other mobile/cell phone news……

On the same day that our boy George was swapping his phone for a new Nissan, the World Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship were being held in the spiritual home of mobile technology, Finland, in a contest that reflects “people’s love-hate relationship with the mobile phone.”

Every August for the last 8 years contestants, athletes if you will, from around the planet have descended on the little town of Nyslott to test their skills in the categories of distance and freestyle.

It was an all local affair with engineer Tommi Huotari taking the gold medal by projecting his device 89.62 metres in the men’s, with the silver going to another local Kia Paajanen at 76.68 meters and Mikko Haikala went 3rd with a competitive 73.36meters.

Tommi had no past training in phone throwing, preferring the more civilised sporting spectacle of potato throwing.

“I have never thrown a phone before but have been participating in potato-throwing … surprisingly, a potato flies further. I am sure everyone would like to throw their phone away every once in a while.”

Finland also claimed the women’s crown, with world record holder Eija Laakso clocking up 44.49 metres.


In the freestyle category, a non Fin managed to take a medal.

Tasty Taco Cohen used acrobatics and juggling in his performance which was judged on aesthetics and artistic impression. The 19-year-old told media that years of playing with his balls had equipped him with the means to win the category honour.

“Juggling I have done for many years with balls. (But) these are irregular shapes and weights, it is difficult.”

Rumour has it that the IOC is thinking of including Phone throwing as a demonstration sport at the 2050 Summer Games.

See all the results and excitement from the Championships at the web site here.


Check out some of the fun from the 2005 Championships, those 2005 phones are bricks compared to those of 2007…

This all gets me wondering….wouldn’t it be more therapeutic to just smash the living shit out of the phones?

I guess that’s for an angrier day…..

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