Well, the not-all-that-long saga with my iPhone 3G came to a very happy ending last night with the release of
yellowsn0w 0.9.4. Stumbling home from a local bar and still a little wobbly from too much beer, I did a quick refresh of the iPhone Dev-Team blog and saw the latest version of their crack and tried it out, to very quickly be rewarded with the sweet, sweet words “China Mobile” appearing at the top of my handset. After a little under a week of using a very lousy Sony phone, I’ve got all cell phone and EDGE data functionality back on the Apple, much to my great joy.
With the iPhone dev team advertising heavily that you should absolutely not upgrade to the 2.28.00 baseband (the modem firmware installed by the 2.2 iPhone update), I was expecting to have to go get another hardware fix for my iPhone. Since they were going to have to install the new hardware hack, I was just going to let them remove the old one as well.
But the story took an interesting turn this week when the dev-team suddenly announced that they wouldn’t be hacking the 2.11.07 baseband, and instead would only help you get around the 2.28.00. So, now I needed to get rid of the parasite hardware thing, and quickly. Not wanting to wait for a trip down to 女人街, the local hacked phone market, at 11pm on New Years day I did a little bit of research, took a deep breath, got out the little screwdriver set and started pulling it apart myself.
↑ The only real trick is prying off the screen after removing the two screws from the bottom. You just don’t force anything and it comes open reasonably easily.
↑ Here you see the inside with the screen up top and the circuitry underneath. The orange thing in the SIM card slot up top is the hardware hack I have to get rid of. You can also see how dusty life here in China normally is. This was after I’d blown as much of the dust out of the inside as I could.
↑ The main circuit board removed. There are about 6 screws and a few connecters to get it out.
↑ This is everything.
↑ And this the hardware SIM hack strip I removed. I love how it looks like some sort of malicious worm or something. It came off quite easily.[Read Rest of Article]
I’m just beginning a short little contract here in China for a month or so to pay some bills and help a friend out. Part of doing work in the computer industry in China is that 1000$ USD for a computer is an outrageous sum of money. Those of us with Apples are either reckless spendthrifts or simply lucky beyond belief (Mac OS X itself is simply not understood … is that a program that runs on top of Windows?). So, this morning, when one of my coworker’s computer broke, I groaned. Not only was it likely to be a huge hassle, but the likelihood of having spare parts or another working computer were quite remote.
In short, he had no network. The cable lights simply did not come on. We switched cables. We unplugged and re-plugged in everything in the office. We uninstalled and re-installed drivers. We fiddled and diddled with Windows ad nauseum. We stole other departments’ switches. No joy.
Finally, in an act of desperation, I opened the computer up, tapped the network port aluminum housing a few times, looked sagely at at the current state of affordable PC hardware (it is pretty cool looking inside those things), and then tried again …. it works fine now.
What the—???[Read Rest of Article]