Legitimate unlock 3G iPhone in Australia

I have been waiting for Dev-Team to release software to unlock 3G iPhone for a few months, but now I can’t wait any longer. Therefore, I decide to call Telstra to unlock my iPhone since it’s very annoying to wait for Dev-Team to release unlocking software every iPhone firmware update. The process is much easier than I though and worth $150 I spent. Here is a procedure:

  • Call 1800 782 489
  • The operator will redirect us to the automatic credit card processing to pay $150
  • After we paid, the operator will ask the IMEI number of your iPhone (Setting>General>About) to unlock it.
  • Done, the process will take at most 72 hours so I reckon we should check every 12 hours. (in my case it took 24 hours)

    How to check? (Restore)

    • Change SIM card to the one that we want to use with unlocked iPhone.
    • Connect to iTunes, press home+power button for 10 seconds then release power button while holding home button
    • iTunes will ask to restore iPhone, proceed with restore process.
    • If your iPhone is unlocked, iTunes will activate you iPhone to the new service. Otherwise, please keep trying.

    So my guess is, iTunes compares our iPhone IMEI number to Apple data for unlocking purpose. If your IMEI is not locked with specific provider, you’re free to use iPhone with any provider.

    Tagging, new approach of organizing

    I think it’s time for me to start dumping an old traditional way of organizing my files using folder structure. Instead of categorizing my files in to sub-folder with label name corresponded to the files, I’m now much happier with a new way of organizing, using ‘Tag’.

    Tagging gains rapid popularity over the past few years, after several major applications now support tagging system. Take WordPress for example, the ‘Tags’ is making ‘Categories’ fading away.

    Why tagging make my life easier?


    spotlight comment
    spotlight comment



    I still remembered how painful it was to find a single file from heaps of folders categorized in another folder, even though the spotlight might reduce the time a bit. Putting tag in ‘spotlight comment’ is a good start. At the moment, I’m putting tag on everything on my Mac. If I want something, I just type keyword that come to my mind and spotlight will list everything that related to that keyword.

    In addition, I can created ‘smart folder’, and tell my smart folder to put anything relevant to the specific tag. For example, I can create a smart folder called ‘@study’ and tell it to put every file that tagged with ‘study’ in spotlight comment field.


    smart folder
    smart folder

    Right now, I’m so happy with my file system with benefit from third-party software named ‘Leap‘. The tagging system totally replaced my old way of hierarchy file and folder. 


    Leap software
    Leap software

    Happy tagging ^_^

    Play rmvb and rm on OSX

    Rmvb and rm (Real Movie) format is a video format that I hate the most. It’s quite annoying when I play this video format with Real player and tons of ads showing up without warning. However, it’s inevitable if sometime I have to watch some movies in which available only this format.

    I just found the easiest way to view this video format on OSX without Real player. I’m using Mplayer and download Binary codec package, double click to install the codecs then you can view most of the video formats. Enjoy watching RMVB ^_^

    Favicon & OSX

    Favicon is a little icon infront of your URL in the address bar and tab (if your browser supported) . You can see that I have my own picture as my favicon. Here how I did it.

    1. Prepare your image and resize your picture to 16 x 16 pixel using your favorite editor. I prefer ImageTool , it’s free and lightweight.
    2. Now convert your resized image using ImageWell (also free ^_^) to .ico format.

    Favicon & OSX

    1. Launch IcoMaker and drag your prepared picture to IcoMaker application.
    2. Save the file as favicon.ico and upload it into the root directory of your website.
    3. Check if you index page has this code in “head” tag
    4. Done ! refresh your page and you will see your lovely favicon ^_^

    UPDATE I just found the easiest way to create favicon here. This website can help you create favicon with your own image or you can create your own favicon from scratch.

    Default encoding on Mail.app

    I’d like to set Thai to be my default language in Mail.app but I couldn’t find where to set it in Mail preference . So I did a little google and found the solution is very simple. In my case, Thai can use either Windows-874 and TIS-620. Here is the command that I run on Terminal and it works pretty well.

    defaults write com.apple.mail NSPreferredMailCharset “TIS-620”