142w ago - Today the PS3 Modified Firmware homebrew application dubbed PS3MFW Builder has been updated to version 0.2, which now includes PlayStation 3 version spoofing, custom PS3 startup sounds, PS3 demo/shop to retail unit conversion support and the ability to install MFW on consoles with broken Blu-ray drives.
To quote: This new version of PS3MFW Builder has a lot of improvements over the previous one, with many changes, among which a new privacy task which prevents the big bad wolf from spying on you as well as an exclusive way to turn a Shop PS3 into a retail one.
There are also added tasks that give much more customization power to the user, we'll let you read the release notes after the break for a detailed breakdown...
147w ago - As a follow-up to the initial release, today tpryor has released what he calls PS3MFW Builder Portable which now includes two new PS3 plugins to extract and change the bootsound on the PlayStation 3 console.
Shortly after, DanyL shared his own PS3MFW Portable version that works in Windows 7 64bit and is detailed below.
To quote: yes, i made this nice app portable myself. no need to install anything, no activetcl nor the app itself or the keys. it is all integrated and it runs from any directory.
i did it cause i had problems with the temp folders and i have a SSD, which doesn't like heavy temporary writings. i've already talked about it with kakaroto and he said i should open a new thread, so no problem from his side. he also gave me 2 new plugins to extract and change the coldboot_multi.ac3 and the coldboot_stereo.ac3, the bootsound from the ps3.
edit: thank you very much kakaroto, you're one of the best...
From the included ReadMe file, to quote: INTRODUCTION
For years, the security system of PS3 remained unbreached because Sony had a very good defense mechanism: Consumers could use it for more than just gaming by installing Linux via the "Other OS" feature.
Therefore there was little motivation for security researchers to investigate the PS3. However, then Sony (or SCE, SCEA, SCEE or whatever, we aren't exactly sure what is going on there anymore) made an unprecedented move:
Not only did they introduce a new PS3 model that no longer allowed the installation of an Other OS, but with a firmware "upgrade" they removed it from previously sold consoles.
While removing advertised features from a product (several...