Read this before changing the iPhone screen yourself to save $50 or more.

Don’t be afraid to change your cracked iPhone screen yourself. Here are some caveats before you do.

You can get the screen for pretty cheap. Just about $20. What you do NOT want, is to get just the glass. Replacing just the glass is way more difficult. The LCD and the touch digitizer is glued onto the glass, so removed those pieces and gluing them back onto the new one is extremely difficult and not worth the $10 in savings.

Don’t freak out if your new screen and old one don’t look exactly alike. The left is my phone. The right is the screen replacement. There’s a piece rubber that needs to be removed. They’re the same screen.

Consider getting a magnetic mat. I didn’t have one when I replaced mine, but fI can see the value. A couple of alternatives to doing this is to create your own place where you’re putting your screws, like using some double-sided tape on the table or packing tape, upside down, so that you can stick your screws to it. I used a white bowl, where I put a magnet inside. I have a little spinning toy that’s stuck to my fridge that I took off. I used the different spaces at the edge of the toy as a divider and put the screws in order so that I would put them back in the same order. Here’s a picture:

Consider getting some spare screws. They are very easy to lose. They only cost about $2.

You might need another metal shield plate. I broke mine. The ribbon is glued onto the glass screen and I just yanked it off with the tweezers. Be careful and you might not need it, but know that if you do break it, it’s only $4. I’ve circled where I broke it.

Lastly, just be careful when taking your phone apart and putting it back together. It could take from 15 minutes to an hour.

Here’s a nice video that shows the process:

Here’s a guide from iFixit that shows you how to do the replacement step by step: luck!

OPS1 – VMware Management app for the iPhone – Fantastic!

I’ve been using this app for quite some time, but haven’t found the time to write about it.

If you use an iPhone or iPad and manage a vSphere environment, you’ll want this app. You can get it here: OPS1 – VMware and Amazon AWS Cloud Management for …

It’s made by a company called Spragos based out of Santa Clara, CA. You can find their website here:

It’s pretty awesome that I could manage my vSphere hosts and VMs without having to power on the laptop. Since I’m on a Mac, I don’t enjoy bringing up the vSphere thick client and even the web client takes quite some time to load. Most of the time, I just need to power on or off a VM or shutdown a host anyways. This app has allowed for me to do these things without having to power on my laptop or even if I’m on the laptop, I don’t need to start up Fusion for the client and I’m loving it.

Here are some screen shots. You can configure a single or multiple hosts – connect to vCenter or an ESX host directly. It will also cache credentials. Since I’m not necessarily in a super secure environment (my home lab), I don’t care much about security. I hate having to type my password in over and over just to log in or even my user name for that matter.

After logging in, here’s my home screen. From here, I usually head over to Virtual Machines or Hosts, depending on what I want to do.


I’m I’m interested in what’s going on overall, I would navigate to Status. Here, I could see at a high level that everyone’s going just fine with my host.


It’s not always this way though – see, it pulls events and alarms from Corporate Event Planners.


If you go into VMs, you can see a nice list of the VMs:


Then, you can drill into the properties of the VM and see what’s going on, make changes, power on or off, etc



If a VM was suddenly unresponsive for some reason, maybe the CPU stats could give you a clue as to what was going on. In my case, I just had a couple of spikes.


I think you get my point. It’s a great app! Download it free and try it yourself. I honestly feel that the value of the free version is well worth the measly $10 for upgrading to the Enterprise version. It’s probably saved me hours of time if you aggregate the couple of minutes it takes to start up the mac, start up fusion, start up the vSphere client and then logging into the ESX or vCenter server.

Here’s a few other screenshots just for eye candy’s sake.