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Tweet Book: My Life Twittered

Posted: 17 August, 2009 in Tech & The Net

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I could not recall the first time I sent a tweet … until today.

I came across this web service, tweetbook.in, that archives all my tweets and prints them in PDF format. Also post it on the web for me to share, via scribd, with everybody.

Here’s my twitterbook from the day I started untill this morning.
http://tweetbook.in/v/18676684

It is fun to go back and read what I posted, and where I’ve been, “adventures” of sorts … just like reading a diary.

I’d love to see this battery on the shelves soon.
Waiting for a battery to charge is reduced to only 30 minutes … WOW!

I use this a lot to power my gadgets … Digicam, electric shaver, hair clipper, DSLR, speedlight (Flash), Ultrasonic cleaner … etc.

The short charging time could save my electricity bill as well

via CrunchGear by Matt Burns on 8/11/09


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Sony has developed a new type of lithium ion batteries that you want. Serious. These things are impressive.

Sony press release

The Olivine-type lithium iron phosphate used in this new battery is extremely suited for use as a cathode material due to its robust crystal structure and stable performance, even at high temperatures. By combining this new cathode material with Sony’s proprietary particle design technology that minimizes electrical resistance to deliver high power output, and also leveraging the cell structure design technology Sony accrued developing its current “Fortelion series” lithium ion secondary battery line-up, Sony has realized a high power density of 1800W/kg and extended life span of approximately 2,000 charge-discharge cycles.

Didja get that? Nope. Who cares about the technology behind it.

All you should care about is that these suckers can be 99% recharged within 30 minutes and can provide an 80% capacity after 2,000 charge-discharge cycles. Sony is aiming to put these batteries within power tools and such, but maybe we’ll eventually see them available for purchase in AA form. John is always complaining that he can’t use his “toys” because his rechargeables are forever slow.

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Data Transfer

Posted: 24 July, 2009 in Gadgets & Toys, Tech & The Net

Moving files from an old 200GB HDD to a new 500GB HDD. The old 200GB needs to be reformatted and ‘repurposed’ to become an external storage.

This is first time fiddling with Hard Disks. Usually I’ll send it to a shop and get someone to do it. I guess, after a long time of learning by watching people do it, only now I have the courage to do this simple operation.

Doing something different, doing something I don’t understand much about was the reason I could think of not doing this earlier. Another reason … okay, I admit it … I was chicken. I was afraid I’d break my computer.

The transfer would take about 220 minutes, as displayed on the monitor. That’s another four hours to go. I’ll sleep on it and check it out in the morning.

I know some would laugh reading this, but this 42 year old man actually feels proud of himself … I learned something new. A transfer of knowledge … a data transfer.

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The Nokia E75 slider phone is out … ahead of the official announcement, but it’s out.

Here’s the specifications taken from Expansys (the one jumping the gun)

 

Package Contents
– Nokia E75
– Battery (BL-4U)
– Mains Charger (AC-3)
– Software CD
– User Guide
– Stereo Headset (HS-45)
– Data Cable (CA-101)
Battery:
– Capacity: 1000 mAh
Display:
– 320 x 240 pixels
Network:
– GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-Band)
– WCDMA: 900/2100 (Dual-Band)
– HSDPA (3.6Mbps)
Camera:
– 3.2 mega-pixels (auto-focus)
– Digital Zoom
– LED Flash
Video:
– Hi-Resolution VGA Video Recording
– 30fps Video Recording (QVGA)
– Supported formats: MP4, 3GP, H.264, Flash, H.263 & Real Player
– Video Streaming
Music:
– Supported formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC+ & WMA
– FM Stereo Radio
– Nokia Music Store
– Nokia Podcast Support
– Nokia Music Manager Support
– Windows Media Player Sync
Ringtones:
– Monophonic
– Polyphonic (64)
– MP3
– AAC
– Talking Ringtones
– Video Ringtones

Messaging:
– SMS

– MMS (with video) – E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, MS Exchange)
– Instant Messaging (MSN)
– Text-To-Speech Reader

Memory:
– Phone Book (unlimited)
– Dialled Calls (30)
– Missed Calls (30)
– Received Calls (30)
– microSDHC (external)
Call Features:
– Hands Free
– Caller ID
– Voice Dialling
– VoIP Support
Connectivity:
– microUSB
– Nokia 3.5mm AV connector
– Bluetooth (2.0)
– Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)
– GPRS Class 32
Navigation:
– AGPS
– Nokia Maps
Security:
– Device Lock
– Remote Lock
– Device and memory card encryption
– Mobile VPN support
Features:
– Dual Home Screens (Work/Personal)
– Office Document Viewer (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
– PDF Document Viewer
– ZIP File Manager
– Nokia Web Browser
– Dual Keypad Design

The E75 is expected to retail around  US$580, so that would make  this the new E series flagship model.

That’s what it is … Scary. What started as a perfectly relaxing Sunday morning almost turned into a nightmare.

I’ve been putting this off for a while but last Sunday, I decided to go ahead and do a firmware update recently announced on my Nokia E71. Here’s the story …

Early Sunday morning, I switched on my PC, plugged on my Nokia E71 and ran the Nokai Software Updater (NSU). The updater software promted me to make sure I’ve made a backup of my device memory. Okay, to be on the safe side, I synced my contacts and calendar into Outlook, then use the PCSuite again to to a full memory backup. After that was done, I did another backup. On the phone menu system, I selected TOOLS > MEMORY > OPTIONS > BACK UP PHONE  MEMORY. It took about 10 minutes, but I was satisfied because I now have three versions of “back up”.

I started the Nokia Software Updater (should be called Firmware Updater, if you asked me), acknowldges that I have done my back up and the update status bar started to move.

“Kids,  go play next door … Dear, do not switch anything on or off for the next 30 minutes … Bibik! do not start the washing machine untill I say so”

That’s how paranoid I was on Sunday morning. I was afraid any of the electrical appliance could cause the fuse box to trip and shut down my PC ( I don’t have a UPS). I could very well “brick” my phone, and turn it into a paperweight,  if there were a power failure while the E71 firmware was being updated. 

The NSU took about ten minutes to download the firmware from the internet and another fifteen minutes or so installing the firmware update. The update was a success. I don’t know if it was just me being excited, but I was quite sure the letters and fonts look better. Navigating through the menu was spiffier. By this time, it was time to go out and do some weekend groceries. So, I clipped my phone back into the casing and off to the supermarket I went. I received a couple of calls while I was shopping, and since the phone is like a brand new phone out of the factory, I couldn’t tell who were calling untill I answered them. I made a mental reminder torestore the back up the moment I reached home.

Okay … back at home, I connected the E71 to the PC once again, launched PCSuite and went on to restore from the backup I made on the PC. It took a quite a while to put everything back to the phone.  A pop up on the screen tells me that the restore was completed and the phone prompted that it needs a reset. I pressed OK.

That’s when the bad things happen.

After the reset and the usual Nokia handshake, there was a message on the phone “Phone start up failed. Please contact the retailer”

What!!!

I kept calm for a while, switched off the phone and switched it back on moments later. … ding ding diiing ding dooonngg … the nokia handshake … and …

PHONE START UP FAILED. PLEASE CONTACT THE RETAILER

Then I started to panic. 

I called a cousin of mine who has been a Nokia user as long as I can remember to ask if he knows what to do in such situation. He did not answer. I called the store where I bought the phone. They were still closed for Chinese New Year. My goodness.

Out of desperation, I switched off the phone and took out the phone and the SIM card. I though if this Symbian device is like windows, cutting all power amd do a fresh restart would help.

I was wrong. After 30 minutes, I put the phone together and switched it on again only to see the same disappointing message.

“Arrrggghhhh ….. I killed my phone”

I started to sweat, my tummy feel like I swollowed a bunch of butterflies … the feeling was horrible. I feel distress and depress at the same time.

I called my friend Dr. Jamal and told him what happened. He felt sorry for me but did mention that he read somewhere that the phone can be factory resetted by pressing a combination of keys. He cant recall which key combo but we was sure it can be done.

My hopes were back up and went off googling. After following a few links I found a site that explained how to do the hard reset.

There are two ways.

(1) key in *#7370#

(2) switch off the phone. While keeping the green phone button, 3 and #key [correction: press 3 + * + green keys, thanks Punes, for correcting] press the red power button to switch the phone on. keep everythind depressed untill the nokia handshake comes on screen. Let go of the keys only after the handshake screen dissappears.

I could not even get my phoe to start, so I went straight to option (2).

I pressed the three keys as instructed, and being short of a third hand, I asked my son to press the power button.

Ding ding diiing ding doongg … hand shake … and YAYYYY!!!!! the standby screen. At that point in time, I was the happiest man in the world. 

What a relief. The first person I called to test if the phone is working was Dr. Jamal. The phone call went on without any problems. 

This was one heck of a weekend “adventure”. I learned a few things out of this.

I’m just glad I got to use my Nokia E71 again.

I was a little jelous to see Abedib’s E71 merrily synching with Outlook on his notebook. I had my E71 a couple of weeks earlier but still nad not get it to sync … well, untill last night.

I can sync via PC suite at my office but not at home, so I thought something is blocking the connection. After the nasi padang dinner which was super delicious by the way (thanks Abedib), and while soaking my ankle in cold icy water (thanks to Dr. Azmi’s advice, the swelling subsided and I can sleep very well last night), an idea came to troubleshoot the connectivity problem by using another form of connection, BLUETOOTH.

I switched both bluetooth, on my desktop PC and my E71, paired them and click the sync icon …There was a beep and it worked!!!

At that point in time I could very well be the happiest man on the world. I was trying to make the PC to E71 connection for three weeks and it worked. The solution was just in front of me and I could only think of that after three weeks.

I touched my face and could feel the smile all the way till the end of the sync. Yayyy … Success!

The Official Gmail Blog announced an new labs feature … Offline Gmail. The google mobile app was able to handle offline email creation and this news is very much awaited for the desktop browser version.

Here’s the youtube video on gmail offline …

One question lurks in my mind, does this mean if I have a 1GB email messages in the cloud, then google gears will sync the whole 1GB to my desktop computer.

The service is not on my gmail account yet, but once I get it I’m going to definitely try it out.