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Mon, 22 Sep 2008 22:48:14 PDT
I had a chance over the last 10 days to review Nokia’s N96 for the tech section in one of the Indian Publications:
Here are my takes on the phone:
Good things that I like about the phone:
1. Huge memory
2. Quick application Install speeds
3. Much better camera (thanks to the 5MP Sensor and 2 LED flashes)
4. Ergonomics (two way slide, tactile feel, button placements)
5. 2.8” display
6. Car Charger – a must have these days for folks on the go
7. Dual Camera (though VGA) – A secondary camera which is good and is quite handy to take “self portraits”
8. Personal GPS Device – Attach the Phone to the Deskboard of the car, connect it to the car charger and you have your own personal Navigation device which will guide you, “telling” you to take a left or a right at the next turn (Nokia Maps is really a great app to have)
Things that I dislike about the phone:
1. Smudges on the screen – It’s a fingerprint magnet
2. Slow application response once filled with data (I copied a 3 GB movie file on the phone – and it took me 40 seconds to open up the gallery )
3. Startup time – it took me more than 30 seconds to turn on the phone post the initial configuration – the time increases as you install apps on it
4. Average sound quality – with such a high price for the phone I would have expected a “premium” headphones along with the box
5. Battery Life – significantly reduces as you start using the music/video player + camera (it lasted me 3 hours with continuous video/music play).
6. Value for Money: Not a good value for money as a complete package – can be good if you think of it as a Avg Phone + avg Cam + Avg Music player
Update: Here’s it in the publication – Monday’s HT Cafe.
PS: The views of the phone were as “Hardik Shah, tech enthusiast” and not as a Microsoft guy
Sat, 09 Aug 2008 23:00:05 PDT
It’s time of the year again when a few bunch of excited students – who represent Microsoft in their respective colleges – gather for a two day Technical Session on various Microsoft Technologies.
Day one comprised of WinForms; SQL and .NET basic framework along with C# Patterns. A 8 hour training session and at the end of it – this is how the gang appeared
Fri, 27 Jun 2008 13:33:01 PDT
What is the future of Technology? Where is the age of Internet going to lead us to? Do we think the last mile connectivity is still an issue for the majority of governments of developing countries? Is there something that I can do – to bypass the limited resources of my knowledge and think bigger?
These were some of the questions that I had to ask to myself before I decided to put in my papers with the Regional IT Team. It had been a tough decision for me – I had been around in the team since couple of years, serving in different capacities and roles. Unlike other CompSci / IT Grads, being a part of Field IT was always the first choice for me (not that I hate coding, but I simply do not like the term “Developer” and the abuses it comes along with), throughout my college life and also during the various interviews that I had been though. Being a part of IT, guys who give your company an environment which is not only robust but also scalable and efficient. The guys who every employee runs to for simple queries like “The Printers are not working”; “Is there something wrong with our VoIP Phones?”, “I need 40GB storage space on the server, do you think you can provide that?”, to more complicated ones like “I need more bandwidth on my laptop, can you please pull a pipe for me?”. In fact, the IT guys are interface between the new employees and the older ones, they take responsibility of getting them introduced (albeit during Xbox Gaming Session or TT or Snooker) and then happy live the life of “King of the Jungle”. It defiantly was a journey, which will still be a part of my life – a part – which has given me confidence, courage and most importantly lead a team in true sense.
I move onto doing bigger and more exciting things. I join the Digital Advertising Solutions team – as a Solution Specialist – Brands- being an interface between the sales folks and the technology folks. I would primarily be a blend for the Media Industry with the IT Industry. Which mean, I’ve moved domains, and look forward to an exciting career in the Media Industry.
Until the next update on my job role (which I am trying to analyze / see though) – you guys have a great time surfing the net :)
Mon, 17 Mar 2008 00:56:00 PDTFinally got this to work - a simply HTML code, embedded in the template, and a simple way of communicating to me over the IM without actually installing it..
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 06:58:23 PDTThe recent buzz around - ZapMedia based in Atlanta had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc, for using it'sU.S. Patent Numbers 7,020,704 and 7,343,414, each of which is entitled “System and method for distributing media assets to user devices via a portal synchronized by said user devices." - in iTune and iPod.
Tue, 11 Mar 2008 04:36:20 PDTFianlly, after a wait - Microsoft Launched Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. This was one of the most exciting events that I had been to - and was at a local movie theatre. More about it on this.
Sun, 30 Dec 2007 01:37:45 PST(object)
Wed, 12 Dec 2007 22:13:38 PSTOne more premier to attend yesterday and my bad luck still continues. After Saawariya and Beowulf this was the third bad one I had.
Mon, 10 Dec 2007 07:13:59 PSTIt's Sunday morning, 9th of December 2007, and in comes the call at 0800 hrs of a friend who recently got an iPhone from US. I had promised her to activate and sim break it as a birthday gift (Her birthday was last week). I was wondering - on a Sunday you gotta sleep till 12 noon rather than leaving for Andheri and cracking up the phone :).I got up - 8:15 was the time and took a public transport to her office, which had WiFi Connectivity. That's the first thing that you will need before you jail break the iPhone. A WiFi connection (non-encrypted, unsecured) is required in the process of jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone.So there I was at her office and ready to hack into the iPhone, activate it and give her an awesome birthday gift. We got ready to unlock - a coffee & a coke as our only refreshments - and an awesome WiFi connection. Mind you - the phone was pre-installed with ver 1.1.1 of the firmware and it was upgraded to ver 1.1.2 by the seller. The crack is not possible if you have the newer iPhones which come pre-installed with ver 1.1.2I stated up my Vista, installed iTunes (yes - you need to download a 51.08 MB of crap) and connected the iPhone to it. The idea was to first downgrade the firmware to 1.1.1 and then jailbreak in. We downloaded the ver 1.1.1 of the firmware on our local machine, got into the Apple Recovery mode (turn off the iPhone, Hold the Power button & the home button, release the power button after 10 seconds and you will enter into the recovery mode). Once in recovery mode, iTunes detected it and asks us to restore it to the latest version of the firmware - in our case it was 1.1.2 - however we did not want to do that. We had to manually select the downloaded firmware by holding the "Shift" key on our machine and then hitting the restore button - where it will displayed a "Windows explorer" type window. The firmware was highlighted - which was just downloaded and the restore process progressed (it just took about 10-15 mins). At the end of the restore we got an error (1015), and just as mentioned on forums, ignored it.Now came the most crucial part of Jail Breaking into the phone. We had to search for "iPhuc for Windows" to get out of the recovery mode. Once installed on the system, shot three commands to get it out of recovery mode:cmd setenv auto-boot truecmd saveenvcmd fsbootA wait for 20 seconds and we were able to see the screen which says "Slide for Emergency" We were now ready to JailBreak the iPhone. Then followed the coolest and sexiest part of jailbreaking. We followed the process till Step 9 and the phone restarted - however to our surprise it went automatically into the Recovery mode :(.After a lot of R&D, and searching onto other forums, upgrading to 1.1.2, and again downgrading it to 1.1.1, we still would get stuck up on the same screen. There was a moment in doing this when the Phone just didn't respond for couple of mins and our heart were in our mouth (I was just praying that I didn't iBrick the phone - it would have been the worst ever birthday gift to anyone then). However - I was lucky and the phone rebooted after a wait of 5 mins.I later realized the mistake I was doing when downgrading the iPhone to ver 1.1.1. When you downgrade the phone, only the firmware get downgraded. It was also necessary to downgrade the "BaseBand"firmware as well. Hence I followed steps mentioned here under section "Downgrade the baseband firmware". Once the baseband was downgraded, we had to restore the firmware to 1.1.1 and follow the steps of "JailBreaking" mentioned here. This time the screen changed to "Slide to Unlock" rather than "Slide for Emergency" (This is when I said to myself - the phone is about to get SimUnlocked - and the birthday treat would be awesome).Then followed a series of simple steps right from installing the AnySIM application to doing all the[...]
Wed, 28 Nov 2007 02:22:03 PSTAfter a long wait (of over 8 months) - I finally managed to get a D SLR for myself. Being super excited ever since it has come - here are the first few from it :)
Sat, 08 Sep 2007 03:37:30 PDTWanna listen to Radio? Internet Radio? On your Google Messenger? Follow the steps:
Tue, 04 Sep 2007 10:14:13 PDTFor the past few months - a wide number of SmartPhone users had purchased HTC Codename Excaliber (HTC S620 / T-Mobile Dash / Dopod C720w). This is probaby the best Smartphone that is available as of today - however it came loaded with Windows Mobile 5.0.
Fri, 24 Aug 2007 11:43:53 PDTFrom the site itself:
... for agenda and speaker details hop onto http://devcon.puneusergroup.org
Fri, 24 Aug 2007 11:34:42 PDTThe last three days of my week have been on a roler coster ride, with Microsoft Student Patner Meet on one end and implementing the Exchange UM Project on the other.
Wed, 04 Jul 2007 11:55:04 PDTDue to commitments and a stressful days at work, I was out of the blogging scence for over 6 months.
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 03:05:48 PDTSharePoint and Infopath forms ideally go hand-in-hand. There have been times when doing a POC questions are asked if we can do a "Leave Request requisition". Sometimes the data needs to be populated using other dropdown boxes.
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 03:49:42 PDT
I have been trying all these days to make my hands real dirty with SPS 2007! And I finally suceeded.
I have a machine running Win 2003 R2 and SPS 2007 (Beta 2). The idea was to try and get hooked up with SPS 2007. There are couple of things that need to be done (as pre-requisties) to install SPS 2007. Here are a few of them:
1. .NET Framework 2.0 or later
2. Windows Workflow Foundation Beta 2.
I 'm smart and installed .NET 3.0 RC! (it has released versions of both the components) And bingo - my SPS got installed without any glitch! No additional stuff to be downloaded or installed except for Framework 3.0.
However, couple of days later - I was trying to work on a "Approval" workflow, which is pre-defined in SPS 2007. I give all the parameters, all the options filled up and start the workflow. The workflow on starting says "In Progress" however within moments it changes to "Failed to Start". I tried installing SPS again and the framework as well - but the workflow just couldnt start.
I failed to understand the reason - as all the pre-requisites were installed and the workflow should have run. Infact stuff like Excel services were running great. I failed to get a solution to why this was happening.
Then came a brainwave - I installed Sharepoint again - this time with .NET Framework 2.0 and Windows Workflow foundation 2.2 (Beta). I tried running a workflow on a document library and voila, this time it surely worked! No more errors and the process was as smooth as it can get!
Here is a story behind! SPS 2007 Beta 2 was supposed to work with Windows Workflow Foundation 2.2 Beta! With .NET Framework 3.0 - I got the RC build of WWF. That created the problem. I had hence to download both the components (WWF and .NET Framework 2.0) and reinstall SPS 2007 Beta 2. However, I guess if I had Beta 2 tech Refresh of SPS 2007, .NET 3.0 RC would have work - thats my assumption - though havent tried that out.
Task finally completed - and a Shutdown in process. More about SPS 2007 installation comming up in later posts! Keep blogging :)
Thu, 07 Sep 2006 01:18:33 PDTI have been getting my hands dirty - and I mean it - real dirty with Sharepoint 2007. There have been times when I am frustrated and just end up banging my head on the desk - cause there are only a handful people whom I know - have an drilled down in-dept knowledge of sharepoint and have answers to most of the question that you can ever have.
Thu, 07 Sep 2006 00:59:43 PDTThere have been talks going on in forums about Vista doubling the internet traffic because it supports the new IPv6 standard, which will provide a broader and a larger range of IP Addresses.
Thu, 07 Sep 2006 00:51:37 PDTVista RC1 , finally releases to the CPP (Customer Preview Program) participants. And again - its the same build which was released on friday to beta testers (like me).
"Update: Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is now available for Customer
Preview Program (CPP) participants only. If you are not registered but would
like to receive RC1, the CPP will open to new participants in the coming weeks.
Please check back periodically for updates."
Tue, 05 Sep 2006 00:30:18 PDTMicrosoft lately appeared quoting in couple of international media about offering Vista for free! Yes, Microsoft is offering Vista, free upgrade.
Thu, 03 Aug 2006 07:44:54 PDTWell - after the much pains I look installing WinFX, I found a simple way out. All that I had to do was to browse to http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/downloads/products/getthebeta/ and under Downloads for Running .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly WinFX) Applications - just click the appropriate link.
Mon, 17 Jul 2006 08:35:09 PDTRecently I was trying to get my hands dirty on Sharepoint Portal 2003. However for the portal to install correctly, what we need is WinFX.
Sat, 08 Jul 2006 21:12:20 PDTI was always fascinated by those funky operator logos that used to appear on Nokia phones. You had those dirt bikes, your names, cakes, etc and various not-to-be-mentioned logos. I always wanted something like that on my smartphone.
BTW this also applies to Pocket PC - however I am not sure of the size for the image. If you can figure that out yourself - its great - else let me just post it here in couple of days.
PS: Thanks to Anando, he pointed out that this would work only with non-QVGA display devices. So there is a different resolution for QVGA and Pocket PC Devices.
Tue, 18 Apr 2006 12:11:52 PDTI had recently signed up for Office Live and associated my passport ID with it as a primary email.