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.

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.

Activate and Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 3 by Unoffical QuickPwn 3.0

Yeah, I’m on the latest OS 3.0 beta 3(iPhone1,1_3.0_7A280f_Restore.ipsw, go to mybittorrent and search for it) right now already :-)

Credits goes to the Russian hacker who released the QuickPwn-030-3, by which you can activate and jailbreak the latest beta 3 OS.

My way to the beta 3 was not as smooth as expected, however.

The first time I shift+restore the phone to the beta 3 surely worked. But the problem was when it’s done I couldn’t get it out of the DFU mode. Really weird.

So I had to do the whole things again. and this time I was lucky. It worked.

BTW, in order to not to let the phone activated by the iTunes when first time the phone was connected to the computer just after the restore process, I chose to take the SIM card out all the time. I have no idea if it will work if keeping the SIM in.

Good luck.

On 2.2.1 Now

Yesterday i’ve updated my iphone from firmware 2.2 to the latest firmware 2.2.1. Then JBed it by QuickPwn 2.5 by Dev-Team. Everything works fine, even several of my favorite 3rd-party apps for firmware 2.2 still can be able to be running very well, like iCosta 2.2 PinYin , OpenSSH + BossPref, and UCWeb 6.

2.2.1 is said to fix some bugs and make Safari more stable, well, that’s what they said. Perhaps one day of 2.2.1 experience is not enough for me to point it out.

My Frequently Visited Websites On the iPhone

1.iphone.xianguo.com and Google Reader – for news and my interested stuff.

one or more hours per day.
both optimized for the iphone, so much better viewing experience.
Furthermore, lower cost ‘coz at that time I’m using GPRS/EDGE to access the internet.

2.iphone.youku.com, iphone.6.cn – for video watching.

video buffering speed is acceptable(Sure only when Wifi is available).

3.Baidu Zhidao – knowledge query, mostly on the way where GPRS/EDGE is the only way to get to the internet.

Besides, most of the zhidao webpages are mainly in text, which, again, cost me less and show me the whole page in a relatively shorter time.

4. Google Search – general use.

weDict Dictionary on iPhone 2.0.1

I’ve been successfully added the langdao-chinese-to-english dictionary manually to my iphone 2.0.1. and it works as expected. Here’s the screenshots,fyi.

The how-to? well, reader Daniel has put it in this comment. All same as before, except the target folder where the .dict and .idx files should be copied to, has been changed from ‘/var/root/Library/weDict/‘ to the new ‘/private/var/mobile/Applications/5AD48CB3-xxx/WeDict.app‘.

This post is just a proof based on my own testing.

Of couse, i assume you can use WinSCP without any question. If i’m wrong, you may get some info from that old post. Leave your comment if it’s nor working or anything is wrong.

Update(Aug,23,2008): Confirmed: this trick works on my updated 2.0.2 as well.

Update(Sep,26,2008): Confirmed: Ray is right: ‘it will only works until the phone is turned off. Once the phone is turn off and then back on, WeDict will not run.’

Use Books.app As A MMS Reader

Before SwirlyMMS offcially starts supporting MMS reading function, now you can take use of the Books.app as the a temp MMS reader. And here’s the how-to:

1.install both Books.app and SwirlyMMS from Installer.

Make sure both work well. You’d better download at least one book and one piece of MMS to check if they can func as expected. If you can’t, then you have to manually create the regarding folders.

2.enter command line by either Term-v100 on your iphone or Putty on your compute. You know how to do it, do you?

3.run the following command one by one(case sensitive):

cd /var/root/Media/EBooks

ln -s /var/mobile/Media/MMSFiles MMS

4.done.

MMS Files in Books.appMMS Contents in Books.app

So, now you can see basically the whole point is to fool the Books.app by a fake ‘book link’ which actually is where the MMS files are saved. One of the good thing is, now i can read Chinese MMS while i can’t in MobileText.app. Also, i can delete the obsolete MMS files easily by the Books.app’s Delete function.

So, SwirlyMMS.app + Books.app = A Full MMS.app, not bad, huh 😉

Source: 关于SwirlyMMS的使用问题的分析–先谈乱码的解决 【原创】

Today’s Unlock Findings

I just unlocked two iphones today, both of which are firmware 1.1.3 OTB, by iPlus2.0b(Download. btw, I removed the included br_kit.tar(for Brazil localization) from payload.zip before i run the iplus batch). So far everything is fine and all functions are working well.

In order to give the Chinese iphone unlockers a basic guide so that they can use their cool toy ASAP, I just made a unlock checklist here. Of course it’s also helpful for those who are not Chinese but still own an iphone and ready to unlock themselves.

One more thing, add http//www.trejan.com/irepo to your installer Source and then install Hardware Info, by which you can get a full report on your iphone’s h/w info, including modem, cpu, baseband etc. You can get more from the author’s site here.

Last but not least, NEVER EVER restore your 3.9FB iphone to firmware 1.1.1 or 1.1.0.’Coz doing so may bring a *strange* 3.8BL to your iphone which is not in the popular hackable software pool. Here’s the announcement from hackint0sh.

Receive MMS In Beijing By SwirlyMMS

Finally SwirlyMMS comes to the long-expected version 0.3, where MMS receiving is supposed to be done.

It’s said the new version should be available on Installer in 24 hrs. For people waiting it for such a long time like me,  just can’t wait any more. So here’s how it works on my 1.1.3 iphone(soft-upgraded, i.e. 1.1.2 BB):

1.Uninstall the previous v0.2 and restart iphone(restart may not be necessary, but anyway, that’s what i did);
2.Add http://swirlyspace.com/SwirlySpace.xml into Installer’s source and refresh. You should see a new category called ‘SwirlySpace’ (If you can get the new version in your installer by update checking, then it’s not necessary to add this new source);
3.Enter this category and install it. At this moment it’s 0.3.1_1;
4.Power off and on iphone and launch SwirlyMMS(slide to the red bar and power off. Yes, that’s what the author says);
5.Config the settings like this( i’m a Chinese Mobile GoTone subscriber here in Beijing. Guess it should apply to those who also use China Mobile service and have a data package as well):
MMS_Settings_In_Beijing_CM
MMSC: mmsc.monternet.com
Proxy: 10.0.0.172
APN: cmwap
Username: cmwap (actually this was set by the app itself, according to the APN you’ve given)
6. Now you can try sending and receiving MMS now. Below is my testing result. In short, it WORKS!!
SwirlyMMS_Send_Receive_TestingSwirlyMMS_Received_Pictures_In_Finder

If SwirlyMMS says something like ‘EDGE is unvaible’ when you try to fetch MMS, just turn off your WiFi and try again. Don forget to give it couple of minutes. That’s my case, at least.

Only one little bug: the picture I received sizes 400×300 while it’s set as 300×400 in SwirlyMMS.  I may try more and confirm this.

Anyway it works. and that’s the most important thing, isn’t it? :-)

Update(Mar.3,2008): No luck on the most latest v0.3.2 any more. It keeps telling me that EDGE/GPRS is unavailable, which,actually, is not true for sure in my testing :-(

Update(Mar.5,2008): v0.3.3 works like a charm now!! :-)

iCosta 1.0.5 for 1.1.3 Released

icostaI just learned that iCosta 1.0.5 for iphone 1.1.3 has been released. Even though i already had iCosta 1.0.4 working on my iphone based on George’s great tips, I still prefer to update to the *official* version. So i just add the http://iphone.freecoder.orge/rep to my installer’s sources and install iCosta 1.0.5 PinYin from the Localization category. Then shut off and on iphone and it’s done.

You may see that i haven’t uninstall the existed iCosta 1.0.4 before i install the new version, I know George has mentioned this how-to in his post as well, but, you know, just wanna find out how robust it could be 😉

After some small testing i should say iCosta 1.0.5 works fine for me until now. Since i don use Wubi(五笔), so the biggest improvement on 1.0.5 – adding the Wubi input method – does’t sound too much for me.

For now what I wanna most is the capability of entering a phase or sentense via PinYin, not just what it does now: one by one character input.

Actually i also know there’s a new Chinese input method called WeFit can meet my needs perfectly. and I’m gonna give it a try when the final version(now it’s in preview 6.1) is released soon. Below(WeFit PinYin) is exactly what i wanna most: phase input.