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Hello Oneiric Ocelot!

“Part daydream, Part discipline” … That’s the description given for Oneiric Ocelot, which is also my ‘new friend’. We didn’t get along very well for the past few days, since we met. Every time she faced me from the windows opened, she doesn’t look very pretty, doesn’t really react the way I need her to be, and worse part doesn’t make me happy every time I’m facing her! Continue reading “Hello Oneiric Ocelot!”

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Lion’s Notes

Upgrading Cost:

4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM : RM75 x 2 = RM 150.00
OS X Lion USB Key Installer c/w iLife 2011 = RM 90.00

Fresh Install OS X Lion Service = RM 0.00 (15 minutes DIY)

Essential Software:

  1. Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Business 2011 = RM 0.00 (previously purchased RM 654.00)
  2. Google Chrome & Firefox browser = RM 0.00
  3. Seashore = RM 0.00
  4. VLC = RM 0.00
  5. Merlin 2 = RM 0.00 (previously purchased RM 596)
  6. Zipeg = RM 0.00
  7. Blackberry Desktop Manager
Thinking of OpenOffice or LibreOffice to be added into “Essential Software” list. But for now, Microsoft Office is sufficient.
Complete upgrade cost = RM 240.00
Initial setup time, start to complete initial installation = 4 hours.

Sharing blog updates

Alright, I kind of tired trying to make Facebook’s Notes import features to work with this blog’s feed. So I am looking for alternative. Here’s what I found so far. These are not exactly importing my articles here into Facebook, but it is somehow shared.

Continue reading “Sharing blog updates”

Nasi Kandar Beratur

Nasi Kandar Beratur, Penang
Nasi Kandar Beratur, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang

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The New Bold 2

Personally, I find it better for me as compared to my previous iPhone (no offense). Not perfect but better. Maybe it is just because of my gadgets combination; Mac + Blackberry.

So here what I like (and don’t)…

My BlackBerry

Synchronization with Mac.

This piece works wonderful with BlackBerry Desktop Manager (duuhh!). It sync with my Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes right from the beginning. As far as I remember, I didn’t do much, except plugging in the USB cable and whallaa, it asked few setting questions then synchronizing!

It also check for the firmware update, and prompt me accordingly. I said “Yes” (or “OK” or something like that) and it began downloading the updates and about 30 minutes, all are done and updated to OS 5.X.X.

However, so far I don’t see a way to synchronize it via Blue-Tooth. I haven’t really looking for it at this moment.

Calendar.

This is especially what I like. I can set the initial view to weekly and there’s my calendar for the whole week at a glance. I can even set the ‘working-hours’ so it only display within the effective intervals.

Options/Customize.

There are so many options for you to personalize your Bold to fit your personality. Thou, theme wise I stick with the default “Zen” after trying a few themes available free out there. I didn’t really find any themes that provides real advantage – and well I like it as it is.

Battery.

When it was first on my palm, I thought this device would be a power-source-eater device! With constant 3G, GSM, Blue-Tooth and Wi-Fi; I thought it will be attached to the PC-USB or charger most of the time. Surprisingly, I only charging my Bold in average of 2 days once. Depending on my usage, but mostly I am moderate on calls. I’m more onto texting and emails.

Holster.

This is nice! I like it very much. As you insert the device into the holster it automatically goes into standby mode. All the keys and buttons are disabled to avoid accidental press.

You can also set an additional option on security where it locks automatically upon holstering. I didn’t use this feature as I don’t care much for password protecting. Bad habit, I know…

Through Option, you can set the type of your alerts when it is holstered or out-of-holster. For example, as you receive an incoming call, when the device is holstered it vibrates and rings. As soon as you pull it out, it stop vibrates and stop ringing! You can set auto-answer if you want. I didn’t. If the device is already out of holster, it just rings. Upon finish talking, just insert the device back into the holster, and it ends your call! Isn’t that nice? 🙂

Browser.

Not as good as iPhone’s browser, but fair enough – it is still very nice and clean. It is sufficient for most of my browsing needs.

BlackBerry Messenger.

This is a real plus. I don’t need to sms people and pay for it. Here with Celcom, I paid RM38 flat for all the BlackBerry services. Texting all I want. The only drawback, it is only limited to BlackBerry users. But hey, YM works the same on this device.

Email.

Well, this is the fundamental service by BlackBerry. It works well so far.

Responses and performances.

Screen response is relatively very fast. Even with some custom themes that I’ve tried with, complete with screen transitions, it is still very very fast. Copying contents to and from my Mac is very breeze as well.

Facebook

If you install this application and you are used to iPhone’s FB apps., you’ll very likely to hate it!! RIM (Research in Motion) intends to maximize the usage of email capability on BlackBerry to keep you posted ‘live’. I don’t know if this is great but for me, it is pretty silly. I have to go into FB account setting and enables all of the notifications via email (if you want to receive every instance notifications) and I end up with tonnes of FB notification emails in my inbox. Even thou, these notifications has been viewed on my BB FB apps.

Built-in Map for GPS

The worse kind, plus incomplete of map I ever seen on a such high-technology device. What were they thinking?? I don’t know… Is it so hard to utilize/integrate the readily available Google-Map? Well, maybe it is…

Power On / Restarting

I got to tell you, this is one of the most annoying (after FB apps actually) thing about my BlackBerry. There is power button, but if press it doesn’t ‘completely’ turn off! It just kinda ‘sleep’. I didn’t notice this earlier. I thought BlackBerry just boot super-fast, at first. But then, I notice after I install applications that require restart it actually took longer. If I’d say ‘No’ during the installation process to restart; I can’t get to that ‘real’ restart anymore unless I install/uninstall something else.

There’s a way, posted across forums (which I found it later); pressing alt+aA↑+del buttons; will restart your device. But the recommended way to get real-restart is by pulling out the battery!! *LOL*

Last but not least… One of the most important thing! …

Tethering

I am able to tether to the Internet via USB cable and as well as via Blue-Tooth, regardless of my cellular provider and no hacking job! Well, again no offense to iPhone and Apple’s business model. I understand that, just I don’t like that. I’m sure there are million others who hate it too. In fact, because I don’t want to hack iPhone and I don’t want to switch to Maxis, made me decide to give BlackBerry a try!

Hello Joomla. We meet again…

It has been really sometimes since I last having hands-on with Joomla!, the popular Content Management System (CMS).  But today, we meet again..

There are many and huge improvements done from Joomla! 1.0.x to Joomla! 1.5.x. Interface, installation, look & feel, etc. Installation for instance, I’m very impressed on how easy it was to setup a site using Joomla! complete with Shopping Cart! And I am not a professional developer. I have some basics of course, but again, I think even noobs will be able to this. You need to read the manual carefully thou! Caution, customization can take forever… 🙂 if you are not firm of what you want.

Here is the result from my installation, (click here) with very minimum customization and minimum time too. The goal is to have a website for my wife and her colleagues to do online trading of their merchandise. “GroomMePretty” — quite neat and catchy I’d say… http://www.groommepretty.com.

Have a look!

Screen Capture your iPhone

I found this feature accidentally. iPhone has a built-in feature (I don’t know since when, but I’m using iPhone 3.0.1 OS) to capture screen.  All you need to do is hold “home” button and press “On/Off” button. Whallah! You have the screen captured saved in your photo gallery.

My Standby Screen
My Standby Screen
My Apps
My Apps
Power Plug-in Screen
Power Plug-in Screen

Mobile blogging.

For those who blogging using WordPress, folks here have released specific application for iPhone users to update their blog. So long you have an Internet connectivity, you can continue blogging!!

So here I am using the apps., trying and testing the features.

Hm.. Not bad. Quite easy, self-explanatory application.

It just that, I wish it is really WYSWYG editor. The picture above, when you added it to the interface it came out with all symbols and code tags. People like me, those are just <#$*&%>#$*> kind of thing. Other than that, it is quite neat!

This software can be downloaded here. It is also blogged here: http://iphone.wordpress.org/. And it will requires you to have iTunes installed. But if you already have an iPhone you probably has it installed in your PC anyway. Mac users, iTunes is default built-in.

iPhone Features Wishlist

Well, yeap! I have an iPhone. iPhone 3G 16GB. It is kinda old version now, cause iPhone 3G[S] is out there. Never mind that, cause I think one that I have is sufficient at the moment.

I know… A lot of comments made about iPhone by many, but I was however very compelled by the thought of I am using MacBook and iPhone would be a great addition to it. Hopefully, less trouble integrating between the two since they are from the same manufacturer. I have had so much problems, little problems, every now and then, with my Atom Life running Windows Mobile 6.0. Mainly, the problems related to synchronization back to the Mac. Annoying!

At first, looking at the price tag I lost the interest of having one. Ridiculous! I said. I can own a pretty nice notebook with that much of money. Anyway, I got a real nice deal from a friend down in Singapore. He doesn’t like iPhone. Too many functions, he said. He sold it for only RM1,500.00 plus, teh tarik and maggi goreng, that he ate at the mamak joint.

Whoa! When I first got it, I thought it was really nice. iPhone 3G 16GB was the latest available at the time. That feeling doesn’t last. This piece has a lot of missing features! Basic features! Anyway, after iPhone OS 3.0 was released, pretty much all the basics are there. It satisfy me for a while, but now…

Hmm… well, here are my features wishlist:

1. Bluetooth sync to iTunes
I really don’t understand why iPhone has to have this feature missing. It can’t even utilize the iSync application built-in within MacOsX. I have to plug-in the USB in order to sync.

—  added 13/8  —
Now I kinda know what’s the rational behind not having this feature. Folks at Apple think that if you are going sync your iPhone it is better to sync using USB then anything else bcoz:

1- while sync’ing… you’re charging your battery and you need to this daily basis anyway
2- over bluetooth the transfer rate is too slow, compares to 480MB/s using USB, especially if you’re synchronizing some pictures/movies
3- to update “just” your contacts, emails and calendar you should use MobileMe and pay Apple for that service! And you can use the built-in Wi-Fi or 3G or EDGE. Hey those are wireless!

*sigh*

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2. SMS/MMS Manager
Nokia provide this and more features via Nokia PC Suite for free! Wonderful apps! Sync, backup, SMS read, store, manage everything, even Symbian upgrade! Why Apple cannot have something, if not better, similar to this? Really disappoint.

3. Bluetooth file transfer
I know I can always email it to the next party, but then Bluetooth is so easy. Especially useful when you are on a flight! Your cellular coverage doesn’t go that high! It is really embarrassing carrying the so called “revolutionary” iPhone when you can’t even receive a file via BT.

I guess this list will grow from time to time. If you happen to know a product software(s) for iPhone that can help me with these; please drop me a note.

Thank you.

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