Gear65 #36 – Sony Vaio W Posted on: August 30, 2009 at 11:44 pm Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts

Remember Sony’s ultra portable computer that they refused to call a netbook? The Vaio P? Well, they decided to admit that they were being silly to think that that’s the right way to build one and finally conformed to everyone else and built a more ordinary, yet still pretty good, netbook they call the Vaio W.

Link: Sony Vaio W

UPDATE: Read on for a second clip for this episode!
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65Bits Episode 132: Shake it like a polaroid picture Posted on: August 28, 2009 at 2:26 am Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

It’s a slow week today and nothing earth shattering, except for Jerrick shaking the house down. Samsung releases their TouchWiz SDK to developers allowing them to create custom widgets. Snow Leopard doesn’t exactly promise true 64-bit. Our very own Singaporean Tan Siok Siok (@sioksiok) starts a Twitter documentary called “Twittamentary”. After much persuasion, Sony has cut their prices and released PS3 slim… and IE8 is secure… Touchscreen hacked into the HP mini 1000 and hopefully we will see more touchscreen netbooks. Finally, Posterous grows out of being just another blogging service to something unique.

If you notice the not-so-great quality, Justin made a boo boo because he forgot to switch his MacBook Pro mic to the H2 mic instead. Sorry! m(_ _)m

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Gear65 #35 – Samsung N310, N120 Posted on: August 22, 2009 at 9:00 am Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts

In this special edition of Gear65, we have 4 presenters talking about 2 netbooks! The new N310 and the N120 netbook by Samsung. What are these netbook’s differentiators? We’ll find out this week!

Links: Samsung N310, Samsung N120

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65Bits Episode 131: Byte of the week live Posted on: August 19, 2009 at 8:30 am Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

The earth is coming to an end!!! Internet connection between Asia and America was disrupted due to damaged undersea cable. Microsoft ordered to stop selling Word in America. Is this madness or what? And Microsoft and Nokia coming together to give us Office on Symbian while the much loved Google Voice is being rejected on Apps store. Apple is offering matt screen as premium and Facebook acquire Friendfeed. What is happening to this world?

Stories this week:

[1:02] APCN2 cable cut cripples connections
[5:30] Judge orders Microsoft to stop selling Word
[8:20] Microsoft and Nokia Announces Office Coming to Symbian
[10:42] Michael Arrington quits the iPhone
[14:18] Google Voice to be retooled as Web app for iPhone
[15:45] Apple again offers matt screen option for 15-inch MacBook Pro
[18:10] Facebook Aquires Friendfeed

[22:55] Byte of the week: PublicTransport@sg

DK, Justin, Farinelli

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I love you, MacBook Pro: After 2 months Posted on: August 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm Posted in: Blog,Thoughts

After the keynote at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2009 on June 8 when they announced the 13” MacBook Pro, I decided to take the plunge and buy it. For almost 2 weeks I stalked various Apple fan sites, like macrumors, to find out what I’m actually getting myself into. There were various problems I was concerned about. For example, the SATA II was capped at 1.5 Gbps, which a firmware patch was released several weeks later, and some screen models weren’t as good as others, the glossy screen, etc.

I finally bought the 13” MacBook Pro, 2.53GHz with an 8gig RAM upgrade. I’ve used it for more than 2 months and here are my thoughts on it. I’m splitting this post into 2 parts, where I’ll talk about what I like in this post, and what I dislike in the next post.

I love you, MacBook Pro

One of the things I really love is the hardware itself. The unibody case is very well crafted together with the screen. The aluminium gives it a very nice touch and feel to it, although be very careful if there are power leaks. My MacBook Pro had a power leak once and got pretty feisty because of the aluminium casing. For those who know me personally, I have the tendency to caress this marvellous piece of craftsmanship very lovingly.

The screen is brightly lit with LED backlit, displaying great graphics and clear images. Even though the screen is glossy and reflective, I don’t really have any problems with the reflection as I initially thought I might have. I like the glass panel protecting the screen although it adds a little weight to the overall laptop.

The multi-touch trackpad is a pleasure to use, with various multi-touch gestures that are inbuilt into the operating system. For example, I love the 2 finger scroll up/down gesture; the 3 finger back/forth gesture; the 4 finger swipe up/down for expose and swipe left/right to switch applications. It is well integrated into the operating system and works on most applications which really makes the experience all the more complete.

The keyboard feel is not too stiff and not to deep to type. It isn’t stiff and clickity like some keyboards out there. It has a different feeling from my usual Thinkpad keyboards, but I like this new MacBook Pro style of keyboard. The backlight on the keyboard is a refreshing change from the slowly deteriorating ThinkLight technology.

The new non-removable battery is exactly as what Apple proclaims, of much better quality. Although I can only get less than 3-4 hours with my virtual machine turned on, and a little more than 5-6 hours with my normal applications running, it is more than satisfactory as opposed to my previous Thinkpad. It’s been 2 months, yet I’ve been able to get consistently 96-98% full battery charge, which is pretty good. The battery usually gets reduced to 93-95% or less after 2 months of my normal usage on previous laptops. Just a refresh of the battery usually brings the maximum battery charge back a little higher. I’m very impressed with the quality of the battery, and what Apple has done to make it robust and last for quite some time. To get almost all the information you need regarding your battery, download coconutBattery. The maximum capacity for this battery is 5450 mAh and my current maximum charge is 5300 mAH with about 60 charges.

One of the greatest features I love on the Mac OS X is Spaces. Now I can’t live without Spaces. I assign different Space for different uses. Space 1 contains my web browser, which is mainly what I use, and various other activities like QuickTime for watching movies, and listening to music. It is my main workspace. Space 2 contains my various communication avenues, like twitter, IRC chat, instant messengers, etc. Space 3 contains my news reader and various news related applications. This is the workspace where I just sit back and relax, reading my news for a few minutes before I get back to work. Space 4 contains my Windows 7 virtual machine, which I use for coding, and other Windows related activities. I love this ability to compartmentalise my life into different spaces to manage my tech lifestyle. There are many applications out there that allows virtual desktops on Windows 7, but I haven’t really found anything that’s nice. If you do, leave a comment.

Spotlight is another really great tool that I find really useful to load up applications and search for various information related to your search criteria. Windows 7 has the feature too, but it isn’t as powerful as Spotlight. One things that Spotlight wins over Windows 7’s search implementation is it has it’s own dictionary application which is able to search for the definition of a certain word. That, my friend, is the most useful feature I’ve ever come across, especially when writing articles, emails, documents, or just chatting with friends. You are also able to use it as a calculator just to do quick calculations. There are applications that offer this feature too, like Skylight and Launchy, but it’s either too resource intensive or just isn’t as clean and good as Spotlight.

But I think the best feature, which I’m sure everyone would agree, is the speed it takes to sleep and resume from sleep. To me, it is an amazing experience to be able to open your MacBook Pro and just able to use it within 2-5 seconds, as opposed to Windows 7 which takes a fair amount of time to wake up for its sleep. Putting it to sleep is really a pleasure, especially when you’re in a hurry to go somewhere. Although it is great, but it didn’t fully sleep for just once, which made the MacBook Pro extremely hot. I had to turn it shut it down manually in order not to let it overheat any longer.

Although there are many features on both the MacBook Pro, hardware-wise, and the Mac OS X, software-wise, that I like, I have many complaints about it. There is a love-hate relationship between my MacBook Pro and myself.

Stay tuned for Part 2 when I discuss the bad and the ugly of both the MacBook Pro and Mac OS X.

Disclaimer: These are my own opinions, and do not represent anyone, any organization or any company’s opinions.

Original Post: http://www.justinlee.sg/2009/08/17/i-love-you-macbook-pro-after-2-months/

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DigressCast Episode 2: Hello? Anyone there? It’s Mario! Posted on: at 3:21 pm Posted in: DigressCast,Podcasts

This time, we were at NTT’s place having a ball of a time before our podcasting lesson and a little time before the latest 65bits Episode 130 podcast. I decided to whip out my trusty H2 and recorded the discussion for all of you to listen. Guess what we did? Listen and you’ll understand the topic.

DK, Nicole, NTT, Hisham, Justin

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Gear65 #34 – Nokia E75 Posted on: August 13, 2009 at 10:51 am Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts

Merge a candybar Nokia E51 and a Qwerty Keyboard Nokia E71 and what do you get? The sliding Nokia E75. Now that touch-screen S60 phones are coming out, do keypad phones like the E75 matter any more? Apparently they do. Find out why, in this episode of Gear65.

Link: Nokia E75

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DigressCast Episode 1: Why are you listening? Posted on: at 1:00 am Posted in: DigressCast,Podcasts

This is the 1st episode of our brand new DigressCast. We have hinted *subtly* on twitter, 65bits, and most followers should know that this is finally here. There is no script. There is no topic. We just talk about anything we want. However, we are still feeling our way through what DigressCast is, and how it should be like. Right now, it’s really to hear us talk crap and digress.

Seriously.

Enjoy our new output for Digression.

DK, Justin

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65Bits Episode 130: We are back, with plugs Posted on: August 12, 2009 at 12:50 am Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

I hope everyone miss us during the short break. We were busy sorting out some stuff and have to pause our well loved 65Bits for a while. Daniel is on a very relaxed mode while we discuss about the first direct games download at store. All our past discussion about the EU Windows 7 are obsolete. Nobody is interested in the black hat conference which revealed a major iPhone flaw except DK. Windows Mobile changing its name to Windows Phone. Microsoft and Yahoo in a 10 years relationship and Justin challenged those who DOS twitter to attack us. (PLEASE DON’T)

Oh ya, there’s lots of hints in this episode about what up and coming soon on Tech65. *cough* Digression *cough*

Daniel, DK, Nicole, Justin

[3:11] Singapore first in world to sell titles via direct download at stores
[6:50] Microsoft in new EU browser offer [1] [2]
[10:35] How To Hijack ‘Every iPhone In The World’
[14:38] Windows Mobile becomes Windows Phone
[16:18] Microsoft and Yahoo in 10-year Web search partnership
[21:57] Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user

[25:00] Byte of the week: Etherpad

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The.Inbox #4 – Opening docx files with an older version of Office Posted on: August 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm Posted in: The Inbox

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Question:

“I need to open a .docx file but I don’t have Office 2007, and I’m on a Mac. Is there a solution to this?”

– Gilbert

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