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.


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.

iPhone 3G Unlocked!

This is done by the well-known DevTeam, AGAIN. See the official news on their blog here. and as said, ‘The target release date for the unlock is New Year’s Eve 2008.

So for those iPhone 3G ‘unoffcial’ owners, please keep an close eye on the DevTeam’s blog. And don forget to show your appreciation if possible.

Google Reader: GWT is back!!

My request(actually ‘our’ request) is fulfilled by Google now. That’s really COOL!

I’ve tried Readerburner iphone version before, when GWT is not allowed. It works fine, the only limitation i think is that i can’t import all my own feeds there.

Now i’ll swich back to Google Reader, and keep readerburner bookmarked as well.

UCWEB: A Wap Browser for iPhone

I’ve been waiting for an iphone edition WAP browser for a long time. Today i just happened to get it: UCWEB.

ucweb browser for iphone

Of course it can do a lot of things, Nek has made a good summery for us here. Quote part here:

1. WEB and WML webpage browsing
2. WiFi, CMWAP(only in China), CMNET access
4. upload and download files
5. search
6. address

For me, the most wonderfully thing is exactly what it’s designed to be: browsing wap sites on the iphone. I myself actually use Google Reader on Safari for the daily news, and Safari does work fine for me most of time, but in the worktime, i do need to visit some wap sites a little. That’s always been my headache when coming to it.

Now it’s come to the end,finally. Cheers :-)

BTW, the source for UCWEB iphone edition is And its offcial forum is here(in Chinese)

Update(Feb.26,2009): To answer antonioj’s question, here’s the how-to(from left to right):

Menu(菜单)->FrequentlyUsed(常用)Bookmark This Page(加入书签)Bookmark Save(保存书签)

To access the bookmarks, click the yellow star icon in the upper left corner as the picture shows below:

Access Bookmarks(访问书签)

Update(Feb.27,2009): Besides, the UCWEB install source for Cydia has been updated to, as antonioj said.

Update(Sep.21,2009): The latest UCWEB is 6.7beta which I’ve talked about here.

Use As A MMS Reader

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

1.install both 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? the following command one by one(case sensitive):

cd /var/root/Media/EBooks

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


MMS Files in Books.appMMS Contents in

So, now you can see basically the whole point is to fool the 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 Also, i can delete the obsolete MMS files easily by the’s Delete function.

So, + = A Full, not bad, huh 😉

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

iCosta 1.1.0 Is Done


iCosta 1.1.0 finally supports phase input from now on, see pictures below(from icosta dev site).

Even though the private phase dictionary is still relatively small, better than nothing, anyway. Hopefully next iCosta could support self-learning(customization) on phase input, just like the WeFIT already does.

On Fully Functional 1.1.4 Now

The reason i decided to update my iphone is as below:

1. the unlock works for sure.
2. the newly updated iCosta 1.1.0 supports 1.1.4 now.
3. of course 1.1.4 has some improvements as well. Personally what i’m interested is the one about cell signal.
And here’s the steps i did. In all, pretty easy and smooth.

1.Use iTunes to sync your iphone and make sure everything backuped. Then Shift+Restore to 1.1.4.
2.Download iPlus 1.2 and International Pack. Credit goes to aviegas.
3.Unzip the to your local harddisk, say c:\iplus1.2. Rename the existed to payload-zip.bak. Then copy the downloaded to c:\iplus1.2 and rename it as
4. Go to c:/iplus1.2 under command line and then run iplus -u. After couple of reboot and boom, the iphone has been activated, jailbroken and unlocked!!
5. Launch iTunes and restore back all of your original settings. and you are done!!

So for now I’m on 1.1.4 now, both firmware and baseband. And i checked youtube, google maps and Settings as well. All works fine. Last but least, i saw the cell signal. So, are you gonna stay where you are or go to 1.1.4 next?

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 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):
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!!

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.