Greetings from the beautiful French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana! In the grand French tradition of Jean Valjean, today our topic is ‘jailbreaking’. If you’ve recently jailbroken your device for the first time, or you are thinking of jailbreaking your device, you probably don’t know where to start. Luckily, Brian Sweet over at Cult of Mac has written an in-depth post on his six favorite things about jailbreaking.

The highlights:

  • Custom themes personalize the look-and-feel of the iOS platform. The themes include custom elements for nearly every part of iOS. Most notably, you get cool sounds, widgets, and wallpapers.
  • SBSettings is an easy and fast way to turn certain functions on and off, including 3G, Wi-Fi, location services, Bluetooth, and more. This is great for easily managing battery life and security.
  • An alternative to the built-in Folders feature of iOS, “FolderEnhancer” can enable subfolders, add pages to your folders, scroll through the icons in your folders vertically or horizontally, and improves the performance of folder organization generally.
  • Jailbreaking opens up the entire filesystem for you to browse. iFile is a simple, yet powerful, tool which does just that. Capabilities like web server managment, Bluetooth file sharing, fie compression, and emailing support make iOS a much more powerful data platform.
  • An alternative to the default iOS notification system, LockInfo brings various notifcations quickly to your lock screen and has tons of improvements over the standard iOS notifications system.
  • Lastly, there is biteSMS, a replacement for the standard messenging app. The most notable feature is the ability to reply to text messages without leaving the app that you are currently using. This combined with the improved notification system is a big time saver for all you multi-taskers out there.

So if you are into taking risks, or just like to tinker with things, you might consider a jailbreak for your iPhone. Like they say: information wants to be free, so why not unlock it?