My new iPhone

Since I saw the iPhone on sale about 2 weeks ago at the AT&T website for $250, I couldn't resist (due to my geeky tech savy cravings) purchasing it. It arrived earlier this week and have been playing with it for the past 2 days. The first thing I did of course was to hack it so that I can use my T-Mobile account with it; AT&T's 2 year contract agreement didn't quite sound so appitizing. It took me about five minutes to update the phone with the newest firmware v1.1.4. and about four minutes to unlock(user other mobile providers) and jailbreak(run unsigned applications) the phone.

First thing I thought was that it was a lot heavier than it looks; it's very very thin, yet it weighs like it has tons off technology stuffed in it. That makes me very happy of course. Second was how shiny and sleek it was.... I've been so scared of putting it in my pocket since I'm afraid of scratching the screen. But after reading this article,133636-pg,1/article.html, I realized that unlike the ipods, this phone has a great scratch resistent glass surface!

All in all compared to my Blackberry Pearl, it's a nice flashy upgrade. BUT!!!! The biggest issue is that it doesn't support push email currently and in my work enviroment I need to be notified the moment an email hits my inbox. I'm still debating whether I will be keeping this device, but since Apple says that they will be releasing software that will enable the push email feature to work with Microsoft Exchange, I might have to hold on to it till June and see.

Should you buy it? Well the price dropped from $499 to $399 recently for the 8GB model. If you don't care about the cost, I'd advise waiting till June when they release the 2nd generation of the iphone that supports the 3G network. If cost is an issue, $399 is not too shabby... I'm lucky and got it for $250.

As for the two year contract.... HA! Just go to an Apple store and say you'd like to buy the iPhone for a friend. They will give you an unactivated iPhone which you can hack and activate to your own cell phone provider (or I can do it for you).

It's been a lot of fun playing with this phone's iTunes, iPod, Maps, Safari, YouTube, Wifi, Bluetooth, NES Emulator, and camera. Hopefully I won't get bored of it soon.

Big beautiful screen!
3rd Party Apps!
Great Hacking Community!

Earphone jack is recessed which makes a lot of my quality headphones useless... :(
No push email or enterprise features yet... :(
Battery life isn't that great, last maybe a day of intensive use... :(
No bluetooth headset option (A2DP)....

T-Shirt Designs for SE

So I've been working on T-Shirt designs for my band for the past couple days. Using a sketch from a really good artist named Andrew Wood, here's some samples, please leave me comments on which one you like!

Looks like it's confirmed, the house is ours!

The home inspection was on Saturday and a bunch of minor issues popped up ranging from electric junction box needs covers, wire splices need to be sealed, fridge icemaker not hooked up to chimney raincover needs to be replaced. We sent the inspection report to the seller and he agreed to fix EVERYTHING! The seller of this property has been one of the nicest people we've talked to (out of all of the other sellers), he understands that this will be our first home and he's trying to fix everything before we move in. Here are some of the home's statistics:

Living Size: 820 sqft
Property Size: 4860 sqft
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Year Built: 1955
Basement: None
Sewer: Yes
Heating Source: Natural Gas
Annual Taxes: $1,722

Here are the pictures I promised to upload. Let me know what you think!

We are planning to repaint the bedrooms since they are too yellow for us. That and some landscaping and this house will be our home sweet home! There will be a house warming party once we've moved in and settled down (which means I need a nice BBQ and a covered patio). So check your email in a few months for your invitation!

First blog of 2008! Home sweet home!

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything and you all must be asking (does Chris care anymore). Yes I do! The real question is... do you? ;P I've been so busy with the band (shows and making a full length album), BitWorks (my new company with my good friend Ben), not to mention my regular job! It's been a hectic year so far with what's going on, but I'm very very very pleased and happy to announce that me and Ann have decided to purchase a house together. We've been looking for the past few months, got declined on our offer on to different houses and finally got accepted to a house that we feel is the best one on the market. :)

The home is located in the Rainer area of Seattle (10 mins south of downtown), about 2 mins from lake washington and about 3 mins from the lightrail station which is expecting to be active in 2009!
The inspection is this coming weekend and I will post updates.

Here're some pictures (sorry they're so crappy, will take better ones soon!)