Apple iPhone 2G

I’ve been using my iPhone 2G for many years now. These are some photos:

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Trying out an iPod dock.

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Early days of unlocking and jailbreaking an iPhone involved the command line.

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Made a robot (follow link for video) to play Towers of Hanoi on the iPhone.

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Managed to “mirror” the screen somehow when replacing the display.

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It has also followed me to several countries. Seen here at Hong Kong.

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Climbed Gunung Gading with it.

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Did long exposure timing with it.

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Designed a charger to charge it.

Did some shoots for it too:

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While it was still very new.

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When the 3Gs came out.

Like all gadgets, it has been phased out by a newer model. Still, it was one of the best phones I’ve owned to date.

iPhone 4 Dock Review

My friend Ben managed to find a very cheap iPhone 4 dock on eBay which I will be reviewing today. The dock costs about RM24 ($8) only. We all have China to thank for lowering down prices of electronics. However, due to the availability of online shopping and cheap electronics, I think I tend to spend more. So I’m not sure if cheap electronics is a good thing.

The very first iPhone released by Apple came with a dock. The dock allows you to stand your iPhone upright on your desk for charging, syncing or audio-out. Later iPhones didn’t come with a dock and they had to be purchased separately. The same goes for the iPhone 4. Personally I find that the dock is a very useful accessory to have for an iPhone because you don’t want to leave the phone lying on its back while charging. The tendency of getting it scratched is very high. Also, the audio out feature is very useful if you want to play back music on your speakers.

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I got a matte black dock. The photo on eBay shows a glossy black one. These are inconsistencies that we sometimes have to deal with when buying from China/HK.

When I first got this dock, the lack of tilt immediately caught my attention. And it was proven when I compared it side by side with my iPhone 2G and its dock:

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As you can clearly see, the iPhone 2G’s dock provides more tilt than the iPhone 4′s dock. But under normal usage on my desk, this wasn’t as big of an issue as I thought it would be.

Another problem I found was that the dock covered a bit of the home button:

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Again, this is just a design issue. I would have preferred it to look like the iPhone 2G dock, with a small cutout in front (see bottom of this post).

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Like the iPhone 4 dock sold by Apple, this dock has connections for audio-out and to the USB sync cable. There is one peculiar thing about the USB sync cable connector though. It’s upside down.

Although the dock is specifically designed for the iPhone 4 (I’ve tried inserting other iPhones into it and it doesn’t fit), the following message still appears everytime you put your iPhone into the dock:

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Despite this message, everything works well. I have no problems syncing with iTunes, charging it, or using the audio-out jack. I have not tried making calls with it on the dock but I don’t suspect that to be a problem since the signal strength is pretty good here.

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The iPhone 2G and iPhone 4 dock compared side by side. The iPhone 4′s dock is slightly thinner.

Final verdict: Build quality is not as good as the original Apple iPhone 2G dock. The matte black surface attracts dust fast. The USB sync connector is a bit tight and the connector doesn’t sit flush. Functionally this dock works well. For $8 there’s really nothing much to complain about. Recommended if you really want a dock and don’t want to pay a high price for the original Apple one.

Tip: If you have the old iPhone 2G dock, don’t throw it away because it actually fits the iPhone 4:

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iPhone 4 on an iPhone 2G dock. The front cutout frames the iPhone nicely.

3D Camera for iPhone

3D is all the rage nowadays. With 3D movies, cameras and TVs being introduced like there’s no tomorrow, we consumers are inclined to follow the trend. So there was no surprised when I found a 3D Camera App for the iPhone. The iPhone has an App for everything. Except maybe to reboot the universe and solve the world’s energy problems.

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The 3D camera is very easy to use. Just take 2 photos a distance apart, align them and the software will convert it to an anaglyph image which you can then view through 3D red cyan glasses.

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Red cyan 3D glasses like these will be required. The good news is, you can get these glasses for free.

It takes a bit of practice to take good 3D photos. The photo is affected by the subject and the distance as well as camera angle. You might need to try several times before getting a good 3D image of your subject. Below are 2 good 3D images, taken by the developer:

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So if you’re tired of taking 2D photos, give this App a try. And post some results in the comments too!

[Link to App]

Short talk

I’m at Nick’s place right now using his internet at 3:44am. Frankly I’m not in the mood to blog because I just downed a few cups of alcohol and I’m not feeling down to earth now. Anyways, just to get you all up to date with the current happenings, here’s a recap of the week.

The physics test on Thursday was a real challenge but I got 100% anyways. It was luck by the way. I was deciding whether to change a question’s answer from B to A when I suddenly remembered a probability experiment I did with Joel sometime ago. It goes something like this:

Say there are 3 doors and a man has to choose one door. And behind one door, there is a Merc. After doing countless simulation with a vb program that I wrote, I concluded (but I was never proven correct) that if he chooses a door, and then changes his mind and choose another door, he will have 66.66% chance of getting the Merc instead of the 33.33% chance. Wierd eh?


Long story on this one: This guy was seen begging here at the LRT station. His hands are deformed (ie no fingers). But guess what he’s doing? He’s smoking a cigaratte.

So anyways, I changed that question and I got it right. The moral of this story is to study harder and not play more counterstrike. And talking about counterstrike, anyone tried using bluetooth to link up 2 computers and play counterstrike before? I tell you, it sucks. But that is a thing of the past because we just got a new wireless router at PC fair! Pictures to come soon because I forgot to bring my camera.

And talking about PC fair, there are a lot of hot girls there. Main reason? To attract guys. To me, I think it’s not right to exploit someone’s sexuality even though you pay them. It’s like selling themselves for a bit of money. And to make matters worse, some of them can’t really help you out with the technical specs. I think it’s all eye candy.


Every picture tells a story. This picture has a very strange story behind it. Read on.

We decided to eat at Nando’s after our first round at the PC fair. After finishing my meal in record time since I was extremely hungry, I decided to turn on my pda’s bluetooth. I’ll dedicate an entire post on bluetooth viruses soon (YES! NOW YOU NEED ANTIVIRUS FOR YOUR SYMBIAN OS PHONE!). Once I turned it on, someone sent me a picture. It’s the picture above. Then after a while, I got a business card (phone number so I won’t publish it here). And there’s actually someone who named his phone “Be gorgeous to reply”. I didn’t reply. It’s amazing what you can get from thin air around you nowadays.

Went to lowyat instead of ice skating because Alvin wanted to get a new computer. He got his computer and I got a new pair of earphones for my pda. I need pictures to describe it so I’ll leave it to the next post. All I can say is that the bass is great on this earphone and it has passive noise cancellation. Again, need pictures to understand so next time then.

It’s 4:35am now. Should really go wake kc up and go sleep. Continue reading

Idle weekend

This weekend seem to be the only weekend that I didn’t go out. Except for the movie “Lucky Number Selvin” at Sunway Piramid on Saturday night, I pratically stayed at my apartment, sleeping and playing Fallout 1. It was probably due to the futsal on Friday night and going to Asia Cafe after that and coming home at around 2:30pm.


Expert egg flipper Tan makes a costly mistake.

Anyways, on job training is over for us. It’s back to the classroom and books. For the last week, I witnessed the creation of an altimeter mount from a square piece of aluminium 2024 to a round piece of “artwork”. It took 4 days of sawing, milling and lathing. I “worked” overtime till 9pm just to see how to make it round.


Stereo handsfree set.

I thought my Eten M600 gave up its stereo capabilities a few days ago when my stereo earphones output just one channel of audio. I called the shop that sold it to me and they say to bring it to Sungei Wang repair and service station for a checkup. I was going to go on Saturday but I woke up only at 11am.

Lucky for me, because the problem turned out to be on the earphones. One side was dead. I used my friend’s W800i headphones and it was all okay =)

So yea, I guess this is all the updates that I have. Cooking dinner can be quite tiring. Continue reading