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Convert a SIM To a MicroSIM, With a Meat Cleaver

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the next-week-how-to-deliver-a-baby dept.

Hardware Hacking 302

An anonymous reader writes "This morning, my shiny new iPad 3G 64GB arrived from the USA! The only problem was, it had an AT&T MicroSIM and as yet there is no such thing in the UK. So what's the solution? Get a chopping board, a meat cleaver, and a pair of scissors — simples!"

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That's certainly... (5, Funny)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103158)

Cutting edge technology.

Re:That's certainly... (5, Funny)

davidbrit2 (775091) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103204)

[Insert sunglasses here]

YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHH

This is so much funnier, because (1)

jra (5600) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103248)

I had *just* gotten done watching the 'Machete' trailer over at The Superficial(.com)

Re:This is so much funnier, because (0)

ScoLgo (458010) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103594)

Heh. Me too. "They f--cked with the wrong Mexican!". Best. Movie. Tag-Line. Evar.

Re:That's certainly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103974)

What's that from? I'm Romanian, and don't often understand your American cultural references.

Re:That's certainly... (0, Offtopic)

Jakob Wallace (1495269) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103286)

I love you man

Re:That's certainly... (5, Interesting)

alex-tokar (1727590) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103308)

Improvisation always wins. I recently solved broken USB connector on my wireless key by cutting a spare USB cable in half, attaching it to the wireless key with soldering iron and some duct tape. Seems to work, and the wireless signal has improved as well!

Re:That's certainly... (2)

stokessd (89903) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103684)

You had me until you said duct-tape. Try heat shrink tubing...

Re:That's certainly... (1, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 4 years ago | (#32104004)

Yeah, but you spent an hour soldering half of a $7 USB cable to repair a $15 Wi-Fi dongle.... :-)

I like to keep my finger on.. (2, Funny)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103336)

The cutting edge of knifewear.

Re:That's certainly... (5, Funny)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103352)

Cutting edge technology.

This person puts a new meaning to the term "hacker."

Re:That's certainly... (3, Funny)

cmburns69 (169686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103844)

Will we hire him? I think he'll make the cut.

Re:That's certainly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103532)

Damn, that was perfect.

Re:That's certainly... (1)

bynary (827120) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103734)

Best iPad hack yet.

Or! (-1, Redundant)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103168)

You could just....ya know...not buy an iPad.

Universal Solution! (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103178)

From the article

Apologies for the focus issues with my new Canon IXUS 210 - it is going back today!

Why send it back when you have such mad skillz at your disposal? What happened to your DIY attitude? Just fix that lens focusing issue with a sharpie and a plasma cutter!

This works for SD cards going into microSD slots as well--just chop them up. I also heard that if you cut Wii discs in a perfect circle down to GameCube size they will even play in GameCubes. Cutting things up until they fit solves all of life's problems. Steak won't fit in mouth? Cut it up! Square peg not going in round hole? Cut it up! Video too large for e-mail? Cut it up! Loud mouth neighbor too large for freezer? Cut him up!

Re:Universal Solution! (4, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103222)

I tried your approach with the bills that I couldn't pay but they just sent me another invoice.... :(

Re:Universal Solution! (4, Funny)

BarryJacobsen (526926) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103260)

I tried your approach with the bills that I couldn't pay but they just sent me another invoice.... :(

Try cutting the people sending the bill instead of the bill itself!

Re:Universal Solution! (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103440)

Thank you for showing the plausibility of my above post.

Re:Universal Solution! (4, Funny)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103828)

Billy solves his problems by calling up his mom.
Heather solver her problems with drugs and alchohol.
Daniel solves his problems with a doctor and the law,
But Malcolm has his own way, it's better than them all!

Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw!
Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw!
Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw!
And he never has the same problems twice!

Whether it's a bill or a cheque arriving late,
Rancid marble cheese or a steak that's second rate,
Awful TV programming or a broken Elvis plate,
Or his fiancee who dumps him, because he's gaining weight,

Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw!
Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw!
Malcolm solves his problems with a chainsaw!
And he never has the same problems twice!

-- The Arrogant Worms

Re:Universal Solution! (1)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 4 years ago | (#32104056)

As an added benefit, you get the government paying all your bills for the next 25 years to life!

Re:Universal Solution! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103292)

Cutting things up is a process, not a technology. You can't just cut things up once and rest on your laurels. You have to be eternally vigilant and keep at it rigorously. Just keep cutting those bills up until they stop sending them.

blurry vision (4, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103398)

I read your comment as so:

I tried your approach with the balls that I couldn't play...

- took me a while to come back into my senses after the cold feelings of horror have gone through my spine column and I forced myself to reread that statement.

Re:Universal Solution! (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103714)

I tried your approach with the bills that I couldn't pay but they just sent me another invoice.... :(

Send them an invoice for your shredding services.

Re:Universal Solution! (4, Funny)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103330)

Square peg not going in round hole? Cut it up!

I prefer using a lathe.

Then again, not everyone has access to one.

Re:Universal Solution! (4, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103470)

I prefer using a lathe.

You're jutht being lathey.

Obligatory Galaxy Quest (2, Funny)

rsborg (111459) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103820)

Scene from one of the funniest movies ever [wikiquote.org] :

[Jason is being menaced by a huge monster made of rocks.]
Tommy Webber: Go for the eyes, like in episode 22!
Jason Nesmith: It doesn't have any eyes!
Tommy Webber: Well, then, go for the throat or something. Its vulnerable spots!
Jason Nesmith: It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!
Guy Fleegman: I know! You'll need to make a weapon. Look around; can you construct some sort of rudimentary lathe?

Re:Obligatory Galaxy Quest (1)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103898)

Should have use a really big piece of paper. Just hope the rock monster does not have a scissors monster friend.

Re:Universal Solution! (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103414)

It's so rare to find a signature as true as yours is in this case.

Re:Universal Solution! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103436)

Cutting things up until they fit solves all of life's problems.

Except for the I'm-too-big-for-your-mom problem.

Never mind -- that problem can't really exist, since your mom has a gaping cave.

True dat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103520)

+1, Informative.

Re:Universal Solution! (1)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103964)

Except for the I'm-too-big-for-your-mom problem.

You could cut off your own penis you know. Just leave the tip and cut off from the other end.

Re:Universal Solution! (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103590)

Steak won't fit in mouth? Cut it up!

That was painful to say the least.

Is that you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32104108)

Vince Offer?

Gives new meaning to the term (1)

ChipMonk (711367) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103190)

"hardware hacking".

Up next: how to split an SD card into two mini-SD cards, using "git bisect."

Knock Knock (4, Funny)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103196)

You have violated the TOS you agreed to by opening the packaging. Please relinquish the device post haste. Failure to produce the device will result in you being thrown in the apple shark tank (also known as the limo the lawyers ride in).

Re:Knock Knock (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103210)

Perhaps not the best home visit to make. Your intended victim:

a) has a meat cleaver, and
b) has demonstrated significant skill in its use.

Re:Knock Knock (1)

cruff (171569) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103870)

b) has demonstrated significant skill in its use.

It would have been much more impressive if he used the cleaver to do the trimming with one handed swings instead of just using it to scribe lines. Even better if he could do it from memory freehand without a sample to guide him.

Re:Knock Knock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32104132)

If it's Apple's lawyers, then I guess they'll offer to hire him.

Re:Knock Knock (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103660)

Too bad someone had to agree to the terms before buying it. Apple requires that you're presented with all the terms of service about the device before the purchase can be made. You have to 'sign' (digitally or otherwise) that you agree to the terms before they take your money.

If you don't know what you're getting into when you buy an iPad or iPhone you entirely deserve to be told to fuck off for being a moron that signed without reading.

The current person in possession of the device may not have agreed to those terms, but someone did.

Re:Knock Knock (1)

Lunoria (1496339) | more than 4 years ago | (#32104012)

That's why you should alter the ToS and sent them your changes with the message that if they don't send you a No response back, they accept the changes you have made.

The Meat Cleaver brings the Swedish Chef to mind (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103242)

Clipped-SIM in de iPad...

Bork Bork Bork! [youtube.com]

(sorry)

Re:The Meat Cleaver brings the Swedish Chef to min (1)

uncledrax (112438) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103378)

Remember kids,, 'chef' in Swedish means 'Manager' [google.com] ..
(or so Google tells me)

As the old saying goes.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103254)

"Remember, you can take more off, but you can’t put it back on."

Did Sony have a hand in this article?

Re:As the old saying goes.... (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103512)

Actually the saying I use when my coworkers complain it is too cold in the office but I'm still hot is "You can always add more layers while I have only so many I can take off". That mental image usually shuts them up for a while.

I hear that a file is better... (4, Insightful)

nweaver (113078) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103274)

I've heard advice from others that a file is actually better, as it works better for removing the controlled amount of material and things like rounding corners.

Re:I hear that a file is better... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103428)

Depends on the material.
Soft materials and layered materials don't react well to filing (or require special handling).

For instance, when you encounter the metal contact area of the SIM, a file would pull that right off if you're not careful.

Re:I hear that a file is better... (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103542)

If you want decent precision with a minimum of effort, why not use a Dremel tool?

I'm not very good at precision work with files, etc, but the Dremel makes it much easier for me. Especially if I can work off a template or set up a jig.

Re:I hear that a file is better... (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#32104054)

If you want decent precision with a minimum of effort, why not use a Dremel tool?

Butcher. Put it in the vise on my CNC milling machine, conversational G-code at the keyboard, accurate to about a ten thousandth of an inch in a fraction of a second.

I'm sure someone richer than me would use a lasercutter, which even rounds the edges nicely.

Re:I hear that a file is better... (1)

ScoLgo (458010) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103690)

But a file is actually software isn't it? This is more of a hardware hack.

Or am I missing something?

Re:I hear that a file is better... (1)

BassMan449 (1356143) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103982)

Either you are missing something or I need a recalibration of my sarcasm meter.

Re:I hear that a file is better... (1)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103980)

No, cutting down the file sizes won't make the SD card smaller. I thought we already covered the lack of correlation between weight/size and stored memory.

Prophecy fulfilled! (1)

PeopleMakeMeLOL (1717442) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103316)

Or is it a conspiracy... http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/ipad-mini-sim/ [wired.com] Ah, the forbidden fruit of Crapple...looks so pretty but tastes like rotten apples...with worms...

Re:Prophecy fulfilled! (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103568)

They don't make worms for Apple. :)

From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Small (2, Insightful)

tylersoze (789256) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103332)

What exactly is the point of MicroSIM anyway? To make it easier to lose?

Re:From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Smal (1)

alex-tokar (1727590) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103362)

So it's possible to stuff in other, mostly useless, gadgets and connectors into the device, I would guess...

Re:From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Smal (1)

Amarantine (1100187) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103406)

Well... I'm not a rocket surgeon, but i think it would allow for slightly smaller sim-holding mechanisms in devices such as cellphones. As the challenge appears to be to make them smaller and thinner with every generation.

Re:From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Smal (1)

tylersoze (789256) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103606)

Fair enough, but why is the first thing to use it an *iPad* which is over twice a big as an iPhone with a regular SIM card? :)

Re:From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Smal (1)

tylersoze (789256) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103630)

Or more to the point why didn't they make it that small to big with. Since all the guy did was cutdown a normal SIM card!

Re:From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Smal (1)

anss123 (985305) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103922)

Or more to the point why didn't they make it that small to big with. Since all the guy did was cutdown a normal SIM card!

My mom had a cell where you put in the entire credit card sized SIM, then came the smaller SIMs that you broke away from the "credit card". I'm guessing they made it that big simply because it's easier to handle big objects - rember that the target marked back then was butterfingered rich men.

in the interests of pedantry... (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103730)

Although rockets make great use of computers, I believe that computer surgeon is the correct nomenclature in this case.

Re:From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Smal (1)

qmaqdk (522323) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103416)

What exactly is the point of MicroSIM anyway? To make it easier to lose?

As you can see from the pictures, a regular SIM card wastes several mm^2 of space. Apple used the extra space to implement awesomeness and a fancyfier.

Re:From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Smal (4, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 4 years ago | (#32104094)

No, no, no. The point of the MicroSIM is so that you can sneak it across the border in your sinus cavity to evade the authorities.

Oops. I've said too much. :-D

Re:From Office of Making Things Unnecessarily Smal (1, Insightful)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 4 years ago | (#32104098)

Locking customers in.

Agh, don't cleave with a vegetable knife! (3, Informative)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103340)

You'll ruin your mighty-fine blade [amazon.com] . Rock it on the cutting board, dice up a big 'ol pile of veggies. This is a cleaver [wikipedia.org] .

Boy, Slashdot needs <WP:Cleaver>-style tags.

Re:Agh, don't cleave with a vegetable knife! (4, Funny)

dangitman (862676) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103866)

This is a cleaver

That's not a cleaver, this is a Cleaver. [tvphotogalleries.com]

same works for apple products (4, Funny)

JazzyMusicMan (1012801) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103356)

iPad won't fit in your pocket, or the iPhone apps don't work well on the larger screen? get your iPhone, and line up the top left corner of the screens ...

That's not a meat cleaver! (5, Informative)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103358)

*Twitch* *Twitch*

I have to do it. My parents own a kitchen store.

THAT'S NOT A MEAT CLEAVER!

It's most likely an 8" chef's knife. However, a meat cleaver would be better since the front and back edges are closer to parallel, where as the chef's knife is tapered to a point. The parallel edges would give a more precise cut when hammering on the back edge.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31ETG99JSQL._SL500_AA280_.jpg [images-amazon.com]

*sigh*

Re:That's not a meat cleaver! (5, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103560)

He is...the most annoying man in the world.

"I don't always correct other peoples errors on the internet, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis.

Stay pedantic, my friends." ;-)

Re:That's not a meat cleaver! (1)

TheMidnight (1055796) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103772)

I wish I had mod points. Your rendition was so accurate I could see the commercial in my head with his voice. +1 Funny.

Re:That's not a meat cleaver! (1)

obarel (670863) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103994)

In other words, "This is not a knife... THIS is a knife".

Re:That's not a meat cleaver! (1)

tsalmark (1265778) | more than 4 years ago | (#32104084)

Global is nice and all but I really like the hand made knives you can get over at Kamata http://www.kap-kam.com/shopbrand/005/002/X/ [kap-kam.com]

This is what slashdot should all be about (1)

fortapocalypse (1231686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103384)

clever technical cleavering.

they still let you have cleavers in the UK? (0)

ducomputergeek (595742) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103392)

*ducks*

Re:they still let you have cleavers in the UK? (1)

Quantumstate (1295210) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103504)

Where?

Re:they still let you have cleavers in the UK? (1)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103768)

I prefer using a standard chef's knife for duck.

That's not a meat clever (1)

bmearns (1691628) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103448)

For what it's worth, that's clearly a chef's knife, not a meat clever.

Re:That's not a meat clever (2, Informative)

bmearns (1691628) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103468)

Oops, LoudMusic already pointed that out. Sorry.

Re:That's not a meat clever (1)

keeboo (724305) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103580)

I don't think the SIM card noticed the difference.

Such a large title bar... (0, Flamebait)

Amarantine (1100187) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103456)

...and still the name of the provider gets truncated to "voda..."? Tsk, tsk.

(Apologies for wasting a few seconds of your time with this pointless post... but i have to say something negative about something from Apple, or i'll lose street cred.)

Re:Such a large title bar... (1)

jbsolutios (1805090) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103840)

It was the same on the iPhone until they released a carrier settings update. I imagine that will come soon :-)

Re:Such a large title bar... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32104046)

C'mon! It was never intended to say anything other than "AT&T"

So what is the news here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103480)

Did this years ago to fit 2 sims into on dual-sim adapter. Worked great on my ipaq6915.
(News for nerds: NO , Stuff that matters: NO )

As a fan of cooking... (1)

ravenscar (1662985) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103500)

It hurts just a little bit seeing Global brand cutlery used for chopping up a SIM card :-(

Re:As a fan of cooking... (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103698)

Why? The sim card is certainly lower on the hardness scale than most random bones in meat that the knife is likely to come in contact with.

Re:As a fan of cooking... (1)

ravenscar (1662985) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103962)

It looks like a chef's knife (not a cleaver as the author indicates). As such, it really shouldn't be used for cutting through bone.

Meat Cleavers the Optimal Solution (3, Funny)

ZuchinniOne (1617763) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103600)

I think that this should start a trend.

Clearly meat cleavers are the best way to deal with all Apple products.

Good news everyone! (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103628)

You have an iPad but it doesn't fit in your pocket? Grab a chef's knife and cut it down to iPod touch size!

Re:Good news everyone! (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103886)

Your comment isn't so far-fetched.

It got me thinking about people dropping serious cash on a device like the iPad...then resorting to THIS kind of shit just to get it to do what they want it to.

Either Apple, or this guy trimming down SIM cards, need to rethink things.

But will it blend? n/t (1)

maillemaker (924053) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103642)

But will it blend?

If I ever decide to get a vasectomy... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103676)

...this is one guy I will NOT be calling to do the job.

Tim Allen approves of this hack. [nt] (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103704)

nt

John Benson is... (1)

rgviza (1303161) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103746)

...pretty damned sharp. I bet it even works on the Edge network.

Slashdotter buying iPad? (1)

loufoque (1400831) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103854)

Slashdot should have enough articles demonstrating how evil Apple is, and how even more evil the iPhone and iPad are.
Why is a slashdotter buying an iPad? That is the real news to me.

All I want for xmas is.... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103876)

All I want for xmas is a 3-G meat cleaver.

To everyone... (1)

comm2k (961394) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103930)

saying "You call this a knife/meat cleaver..." - there is only one tool to properly deal hack this SIM.
http://www.wengerna.com/giant-knife-16999 [wengerna.com]
In case you break the SIM - just etch a new one with the integrated workbench :P

That is a standard kitchen knife... (1)

TavisJohn (961472) | more than 4 years ago | (#32103944)

That is NOT a meat cleaver!

THIS is a meat cleaver:
http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/4034/12027320202011.jpg [imageshack.us]

That is what I was picturing was going to be used. I am very dissappointed that not only was that NOT the tool he used, but that he has no idea WHAT a meat cleaver is!

VERY nice story! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32103950)

That is so cool how you made it small enough to fit in your iPad. It does sound "SIMPLE" :) I'ms so sorries fors makings funs of yours typos. I hads to do its!

It woudl have been interesting to know... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#32104066)

... how he knew that the SIM card would still work after chopping off the edges. Or did he? I'm pretty sure applying the same method to an SD card would not turn out so well...
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