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

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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 

April 11, 2007

Laptop hard-drive – 2.5″, 200GB, 7200RPM

Filed under: Gadgets — kenjun @ 5:10 pm

Looks like a pretty neat upgrade option when they get shipped.

http://www.samsung.com/PressCenter/PressRelease/PressRelease.asp?seq=20070411_0000337581

Should beef up my MacBook nicely!

Laptop hard-drive – 2.5″, 200GB, 7200RPM

Filed under: Gadgets — kenjun @ 5:10 pm

Looks like a pretty neat upgrade option when they get shipped.

http://www.samsung.com/PressCenter/PressRelease/PressRelease.asp?seq=20070411_0000337581

Should beef up my MacBook nicely!

April 10, 2007

Infrared tanks…

Filed under: Gadgets, TODO — kenjun @ 6:19 pm

Got to try these infrared tanks out…

http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gorgeous-gifts/gifts-for-him/infrared-micro-battling-tanks-leopard-vs-abrams/index.html

which I’m guessing are the same as these:

http://www.gadgetshop.com/pws/ProductDetails.ice?ProductID=924 

Only thing is – how does it compare with these…?

http://www.plantraco.com/product_dtr.html

Infrared tanks…

Filed under: Gadgets, TODO — kenjun @ 6:19 pm

Got to try these infrared tanks out…

http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gorgeous-gifts/gifts-for-him/infrared-micro-battling-tanks-leopard-vs-abrams/index.html

which I’m guessing are the same as these:

http://www.gadgetshop.com/pws/ProductDetails.ice?ProductID=924 

Only thing is – how does it compare with these…?

http://www.plantraco.com/product_dtr.html

Wireless infrared keyboards…

Filed under: Gadgets, TODO — kenjun @ 6:17 pm

Definitely want one of these but it doesn’t seem to support Macs…

http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gorgeous-gifts/gifts-for-him/projector-keyboard/index.html

Wireless infrared keyboards…

Filed under: Gadgets, TODO — kenjun @ 6:17 pm

Definitely want one of these but it doesn’t seem to support Macs…

http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gorgeous-gifts/gifts-for-him/projector-keyboard/index.html

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