Access Twitter and Facebook in China

If you plan to use twitter for iphone(iTunes) in a place where twitter dot com has been blocked, like me, then i recommend you to take a look at twip.

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twip is a twitter API Proxy in php,like birdnest.

twip is licensed under Mozilla Public License 1.1

If you are a user and want to have your own API proxy, please read ForUser Guide.

If you are a client developer and want to support twip in your client, please read ForDeveloper Guide

In my testing until now it works like a charm!!
And it’s great to breathe the free air.

And yep, i’ve also tried hard to find an facebook proxy. Those online proxies out there either are blocked already, or on the way to be.

Same to those free VPN solutions(Paid one is a good solution to the gfw blocking, if you’re willing to pay).

Tor(and the bridge part) is a little bit slow to me. And i tried also to setup my own with the help of phpproxy, and unfortunately failed(fk gfw, and the creator fxd!).

So for now I still use GAppProxy in my computers, though ssl problem happens time to time. In the iPhone due to the ssl issue, those fb and twitter apps that require ssl cert to authenticate has no luck for sure.

Hope it helps.

Use iPhone to Update Tao Weibo

It’s been a LONG time since my last post, really. Over three months. Long indeed. Why soooooo long? The answer is Tao Weibo, a micro-blogging service powered by StatusNet aiming to accumulate the record of TaoTao‘s growing up experience, either painful or pleasant, happy or sad. ‘Coz we believe in the end they all are  significant parts of memory.

One of the reasons I choose StatusNet is because it has an iPhone app called StatusNet Mobile(iTunes), by which the taken photos in the phone could be easily uploaded. Normally I will resize picture to a lower resolution by the free SimpleResize app, ‘coz that will cut down the traffic cost and fast the upload speed when the phone is in cellular network. If you wanna add some effects to the original photo, I may launch the free photo editing tool iRetouch Lite to make it.

And I just found the short message would be much more nice and cute with some emoji added, since I happened to update the phone to the whited00r firmware v3.3 that seamlessly supports emoji keyboard. And StatusNet Mobile does support emoji, too.

However, only when your prime browser support emoji then can you see them well. Chrome user please install this extension, Firefox user please follow this guide. IE user? sorry.

iPhone 4 Unlocked by Dev-Teams’ Ultrasn0w 1.0-1!

The most well-known online iphone hacking group the iphone dev-team just announced that the iPhone 4 has been unlocked by the updated ultrasn0w 1.0-1(via the official blog here).

iPhone 4 Unlocked by Ultrasn0w from Dev-Team

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Version 1.0-1 of ultrasn0w works for:

  • iPhone4 baseband 01.59
  • 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04

(If ultrasn0w doesn’t show when you search Cydia, add the repo:  repo666.ultrasn0w.com)

Cheers!

Jailbreak is legal now.So?

Sure it’s a good news, for all of the iphone jailbreakers, esp. people of the States.

But does it mean Apple will modify their warranty policy accordingly and promise to provide post-sale service to our devices?

If not, what can we get from this?

Let’s wait and see.

Update(Jul.27,2010): Consumers still shouldn’t jailbreak their iPhones says Apple 

But what happens if jailbreaking goes mainstream as a result of the new exemption?
What if a company like Adobe or Google were to publicly embrace jailbreaking in order to distribute apps Apple doesn’t want on the iPhone?

First Unofficial iPhone 4 Entering ZGC of Beijing,China

‘Someone fly to Japan to get the iPhone 4 after a in-line waiting. And currently it costs 8~9k RMB(1178~1325 USD) and has been pre-ordered.’, said the ZGC reseller,’the device is still un-jailbroken, no phone call and sms sending and receiving’.

Via XinhuaNet.

With that price, I’d rather choose to get an Mac Pro, personally.

GWT in iPhone is Blocked in China

Not just in the Wifi network as shown in the screenshot left, same in CMCC’s cellular network. That’s why I guess it’s blocked by the  famous GFW.

And I don’t know exactly when GWT started becoming unavailable here in Beijing. I don’t know the reason either. Not mention when it will come back.

But I won’t leave Google Reader for that, since I’m addicting to the Buzz right now, who’s tightly integrated with Google Reader’s Share feature.

In the meantime, I’d like to trying some more native news client like NYTimes, Time Mobile and infzm(Chinese, App Store), ‘coz they can provide a better reading experience.

My Fix: Cydia’s Host Unreachable Error

Cyida became unusable last week here in my case, just after I restored to the firmware 3.1.3. Whenever I tried to do some updates on it, I always got the error message of ‘Host Unreachable‘ and related blablabla. Even the official one apt.saurik.com is no luck. BTW, All this happened in my two Wifi avaiable spots: office and home(I didn’t try in the cellular network, ‘Coz I don wanna run the application that way).

The solution is actually easy, just remove those bad URLs who causes this errors. As to why even the offcial apt.saurik.com is reported as bad url(Manage->Add Source), please don’t ask me.

But how to remove?

In my case(just after a fresh restore), a USB solution is the only choice, either DiskAid or 91 Assisant Suite for iPhone, as far as I know.

I will not choose 91, because I know it will install its daemon on the device and that’s conflict with my power-saving principle(daemon as few as possible). Please help me to confirm that I’m right here, ‘Coz I assume DiskAid uses the already installed and running jailbreak demons which I’m not sure what it is and if it’s ok to toggle off.

OK, now please launch your DiskAid with iphone connected and check to clear up the following things:

/private/etc/apt/sources.list.d/
/private/var/lib/apt/lists/

Remove all the existed unavailable sources(lists and downloaded packages) accordingly. For me, I removed all(Make your decision here, please, since I just wanna a quick and dirty solution).

Now launch Cydia and manually add the sources you want. Here’s mine until now(see, the official one is deletable as well.Actually I did try some other sources, but all reported as bad.):

There maybe some cons that I haven’t realized yet, to my quick and dirty solution, so please share with me if you know more by the comments.

Anyway, I’ve got what I want(iCostaPY 3.0, Cycorder and 91进程管理) from Cydia, and I’m a happy Cydia user now.

WordPress 3.0 And This Site

Currently I’m pretty eagerly looking forward to the release of WordPress 3.0. You know why? Because I’m gonna make some adjustments to this site which I prefer to be done by the new 3.0.

To be exact about the changes, First I’ll transfer my previous(and future,actually) posts on Cui’s Space to a sub-domain of this site say: zh.cuimengsuo.com(You ask how? Well, don’t worry, that’s already been taken care of). Then I’ll add two more sub-sites here: rong.cuimengsuo.com for my wife who’s gonna write something she’s interested there; and tao.cuimengsuo.com for my lovely swearheart daughter Taotao where all her previous photos would be placed(most likely it would be a job of redirection to the current gallery).

Now you see the core part of my need is the support to multiple blogs in the same and one and current WordPress installation(you know I’m lazy to find another solution), which is exactly what I can benefit from the merge of  the WordPress and WordPress MU. And I know the release date is in Apr. 2010. Most importantly until now I know the development is still on schedule through this official report.

And I’m counting down.

Will Opera Mini Comes to iPhone, Finally?

I’m a fan of Firefox all along, at least in the desktop side. And I do wish one day I could have a Firefox mobile version in my iPhone, for a long time.But Apple has turned my down on this already.

I’m  not saying how poor the built-in default Safari browser behaviors in the iphone, actually it does do a pretty good job in stability and user interface. However, since I’ve been already benefiting much from the plugin mechanism that Firefox desktop edition supports for a while, I know Safari could be able to possibly do a better job.

Giving customer  more choices is not always a bad thing. Good product wins in the end, I believe. Time proves. Obviously in this point, Apple disagrees.

Now comes Opera Mini iPhone edition. But Will Apple approve it?(ZDNet), though iPhone owners may likely embrace it for its 5 improvements(PCWorld).

I hope the answer is yes, but I doubt, really. Wait and see.

Anyway, I’ve give you some alternatives. If you need WAP browsing, file downloading and some other things, please install UCWeb, a popular mobile browser developed by a Chinese company UC. If you can’t read Chinese, please try Wapzilla, MyMedia instead.

Watch 2010 CCTV Spring Festival Gala on iPhone

As reported(Chinese),  people can watch the coming 2010 CCTV Spring Festival Gala on their iPhone by CNTV‘s CCTV Mobile iPhone application, which I’ve talked before.  Screen shot above is captured at the time of writing.

Though the report did mentioned that Apple has agreed to give this application a big recommendation on its homepage(no clue on exactly which one, apple.com? apple.com.cn? AppStore or somewhere else?), at least until now I haven’t seen it on neither of them.

Anyway, if you are not be able to watch this traditional party show via TV or PC, perhaps you can give this application[iTunes Store] a try, though personally I’ve been spending less and less time on the gala year by year.