Jaxbot of famed Windows Phone Hacker to “retire”; We look back and give thanks
For those of you who are into the ‘homebrew’ hacking community for Windows Phone, you’ll want to take note that Jaxbot, the man behind the site Windows Phone Hacker (www.windowsphonehacker.com) will sadly be retiring.
Jaxbot just graduated from high school—yes, he was a young lad---and he will be moving on to college in the fall, where he hopes to take on other projects and adventures. We can’t blame him as he’s at that age where being pigeonholed into one area is not something you want to have happen. It’s a time to explore and experiment, though we hope he continues to dabble in Windows Phone.
From his site:
Jaxbot was responsible for many early homebrew apps on Windows Phone 7, back when the OS was a wee bit more accessible to developers who had unlocked devices for sideloading. Some of those included Keep Alive, which allowed you to keep your Wi-Fi connections persistent in Windows Phone 7 devices. Later, that app became publicly available and even became a part of Windows Phone 8 proper.
Other homebrew creations going back to 2011 were Multitask 7, which enhanced multitasking on Windows Phone and a custom Start screen app.
Jaxbot later released some commercial software, including our favorite Lock Widgets, which places weather and battery information on your Windows Phone 8 lockscreen and Blur, which allows you to create excellent fuzzy pics for higher visibility as background images.
Another big tool was ‘Seven eighter’, which helped folks update their Windows Phone 7 .x devices to 7.8, even when carriers would not support their phones. It was an extremely helpful tool that made updating your phone much easier and gave respite to many of our readers who wanted the latest OS updates.
Needless to say, we’ll miss his contributions to Windows Phone and we’re grateful for what he did do—there’s no doubt that he left an indelible mark on the platform’s development and future.
Jaxbot, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors! Thanks for everything (and if you ever need a writing gig, give us a call).
Follow Jaxbot on Twitter (@jaxbot) to keep up with him or check our his personal site: https://jaxbot.me/.
Source: Windows Phone Hacker
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
You can assume from the quotes in his article that he implies continued support, but you know what happens when you ass u me.
Only time will tell... is my assumption.
I hope MS has been smart enough to give you a Scholarship :D
As an off topic question, in general, how do people become so skilled at coding/hacking without having "learned" it in a classroom setting? It it just by looking tons of things up online?
Good luck in college man!