Kenjun

May 30, 2007

Bar code reader for N80

Filed under: Gadgets, Innovation — kenjun @ 8:41 pm

Wow!

This is pretty neat! A bar code reader that sits on your N80 and uses the on-board camera to scan and identify a bar code. Would be good if it could actually identify real-life bar codes – will have to investigate – but does seem to work.

http://blogs.s60.com/seeintos60/2006/12/2d_barcode_reader_for_nokia_n7.html

N80 – Possibly one of the worst UI’s about…

Filed under: Gadgets, UI — kenjun @ 8:18 pm

The Nokia N80 has an unbelievably bad UI.

One, it is so painfully slow that you sometimes think it has just hung.

And two, it sometimes does just hang – which leaves you thinking it’s even slower than it actually is (which is pretty damn slow).

And three – it uses odd terms to describe elements. E.g. I wanted to add an item to the top menu. However, looking for “menu” in the 118 page manual does not cover it. I finally tracked it down via a Google search to “Active standby mode – Standby Display” – what on earth does that mean?!

So to add an item or customise it you have to go to  Tools> Settings > Phone> Standby mode > Active standby

… groan!

N80 – Possibly one of the worst UI’s about…

Filed under: Gadgets, UI — kenjun @ 8:18 pm

The Nokia N80 has an unbelievably bad UI.

One, it is so painfully slow that you sometimes think it has just hung.

And two, it sometimes does just hang – which leaves you thinking it’s even slower than it actually is (which is pretty damn slow).

And three – it uses odd terms to describe elements. E.g. I wanted to add an item to the top menu. However, looking for “menu” in the 118 page manual does not cover it. I finally tracked it down via a Google search to “Active standby mode – Standby Display” – what on earth does that mean?!

So to add an item or customise it you have to go to  Tools> Settings > Phone> Standby mode > Active standby

… groan!

Setting up N80 Wifi Access Points

Filed under: Gadgets, UI — kenjun @ 8:04 pm

Boy! Setting this up is tortuous in the extreme.

Finally found it here:

N80 setting for WLAN access point are (Tools->Settings->Connection->Access Points)

as opposed to the myriad other places it could be such as:

connect->conn.mgr->Availab. WLAN

or the cryptic “Connection -> Access Points” as suggested in the unhelpful error message when you try and edit the WLAN details from  Availab. WLAN

Of all the discussions on the net from bewildered users, this seems the clearest:

http://discussions.europe.nokia.com/discussions/board/message?board.id=connectivity&message.id=2529&view=by_date_ascending&page=1 

Reduce Word load times on MacOSX

Filed under: MacOSX, Microsoft — kenjun @ 1:40 pm

Turning off WYSIWYG font and style menus has greatly reduced my Word startup times. To do so, go to Word » Preferences (or press Command-,). In the General section, deselect WYSIWYG font and style menus — it’s third from the bottom. Voil� ! Faster Word

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20070517130132331

Word sometimes doesn’t launch on Intel Macs…

Filed under: MacOSX, Microsoft, Microsoft Bugs — kenjun @ 1:29 pm

The problem: Some PowerPC applications (such as Word) sometimes fail to launch on Intel Macs.

One solution: There is a root process called translated which seems to be launched with PowerPC programs. If this process is killed, then the application can be launched with no troubles. Note that an administrator password is required. translated can be found by opening up the Activity Monitor. Select the process and click on Quit Process.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2006080308222881

Word sometimes doesn’t launch on Intel Macs…

Filed under: MacOSX, Microsoft, Microsoft Bugs — kenjun @ 1:29 pm

The problem: Some PowerPC applications (such as Word) sometimes fail to launch on Intel Macs.

One solution: There is a root process called translated which seems to be launched with PowerPC programs. If this process is killed, then the application can be launched with no troubles. Note that an administrator password is required. translated can be found by opening up the Activity Monitor. Select the process and click on Quit Process.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2006080308222881

May 29, 2007

Remove Gmail Sponsored Links

Filed under: Gmail, Productivity, Web 2.0 — kenjun @ 8:34 am

Here’s a script you can use with GreaseMonkey or Stylish that removes those pesky Gmail sponsored link adverts on the right hand side.

http://userstyles.org/style/show/391

If I had a pay-and-remove option then that would be something I’d seriously consider however this is all Gmail Help has to say on the matter:

Opt Out of Ads

Gmail users can’t opt out of receiving ads because these sponsored links help Google support the cost of providing Gmail for free to our users. Instead of serving pop-ups and untargeted banner ads, Gmail displays text ads using our contextual advertising technology. These ads should be relevant to the content of your messages and we hope you’ll find them useful.

Note, an update since I originally posted this – Google have released Google Apps Premier Edition which lets you opt out of ads and also gives you a whopping 25GB of space. All for $50 / user account / year.

May 14, 2007

W3 History

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 4:59 pm

First ever W3 news!

http://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/News/9201.html

including the first browser…!

Simple Rounded Corner CSS Boxes

Filed under: Uncategorized — kenjun @ 4:57 pm

 A guide to simple rounded corner CSS boxes:

http://modxcms.com/simple-rounded-corner-css-boxes.html

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