Archive for June 2010

All BlackBerry users should set their Owner Information

Nicole found a BlackBerry today and passed it to me. And like most BlackBerry, the phone is locked. I guess most companies have IT policies which enforce BlackBerry users to password protect the phone. But here is the biggest problem, if the phone is locked, how am I going to find the owner?

Usually if you find a phone, you will most likely go into the phonebook and look for names like Dad, Mum, Brother, Sister, Darling or home and contact them. Else you try to call the most recently called person. But if the phone is locked, you can’t do that.

BlackBerry actually has a very neat feature call Owner Information. You can choose to set any text you want on the Owner Information. The text will display on the screen when the phone is locked. This allows the finder to contact you if he/she wants to return you your BlackBerry. Personally, I think all phone should have this feature. It’s pretty useful.

For my BlackBerry, I set my name and my other handphone number so that the finder can still contact me even if my phone is locked. I hope I’ll never need to use this. But better safe than sorry.

As for the phone that Nicole found, the person called the phone 30 minutes later. Will be meeting her tomorrow morning to return the phone. This is not the first time a lost BlackBerry lands on my hand. I think I’ve found at least 4 BlackBerry. 1 of them is still in my drawer because I couldn’t find the owner. The owner cancelled the line. And since it is locked, I couldn’t find any other means to contact the owner.

So remember everyone, set your Owner Information.

Super Junior crash course

For those who need a crash course on Kpop for tonight’s Super Junior showcase.

Super Junior (Korean: 슈퍼주니어), often referred to as SJ or SuJu (슈주), is a popular boy band from South Korea formed by SM Entertainment in 2005. With a total of 13 members, they are one of the largest boy bands in the world. The group consists of Leeteuk (leader), Heechul, Han Geng, Yesung, Kang-in, Shindong, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook, Kibum, and Kyuhyun. As of 2010, only 10 members are active.

Since debut, SM Entertainment has created four subgroups for Super Junior. Every member was put into different subgroups excluding Kibum, due to his busy acting schedule. The intentions of the subgroups were part of SM’s strategy to not limit Super Junior’s activities, and the goal was to show that the group could accommodate different musical genres.

For more info, check out Super Junior’s profile on wiki.

Super Junior – Sorry Sorry

Super Junior – Bonamana

OK, I guess this should be enough to kick start everything. Time for me to head down to office.

iPad Magic

Interesting magic trick performed using iPad.

It seems like he is playing a video clip on the iPad and doing the illusion. If he is, then the timing must be perfect. Whatever it is, it’s very impressive.

Samsung USB-powered monitor

I found myself talking non-stop about this interesting monitor by Samsung since reading about it on Cnet.

Does this reminds you of the Samsung Lapfit Display?

At first, it doesn’t seems anything amazing. It’s just a monitor that runs on USB. But imagine how your desk is going to look like with this. Close your eyes and imagine this USB powered 18.5 inch monitor on your desk. No power cable, no VGA cable. Just one USB. You come back home with your laptop, plug the monitor’s USB cable, laptop power brick, keyboard and mouse to your laptop and you have a desktop. Isn’t that cool?

I’m not sure about the details yet, but if the monitor has a USB hub, that will be even more amazing. You can just plug your keyboard and mouse to the USB hub and all you need is to connect that one USB cable to your laptop and you are ready to go.

You might be wondering how did Samsung managed to make a 18.5 inch monitor powered by USB. They did it by using AMOLED. Yeap, that the beautiful display you find on many Samsung phones. The only drawback is that the screen last 30,000 hours, compared with 50,000 for standard LCD panels. I guess its give and take.

There is no mention of pricing yet. It will be available some where in 2011.

Review: Sony Walkman NWZ-W252

I always like to review the second generation of a product to see what new improvements the company have made to the product. It’s nice to see what improvements the company made and what features stays.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-W252 is the second generation of the Sony Walkman NWZ-W202 that I’ve review last year. The form factor of the W252 is the same as the W202, which is something that I quite like personally. I like the form factor a lot. The entire MP3 player is just the headset. There isn’t any wires that get in the way. And it weighs just 43g. This form factor makes the W252 very convenient to use when working out.

One of the biggest issue with the Walkman W202 is moisture damage. There have been quite a number of reports about the W202 being damaged after being used for workout. But me and my friends didn’t experience this issue. Maybe we didn’t sweat enough. Haha. The new Sony Walkman W252 addressed this issue by making it water resistant. They even got an IPX5 water resistant rating. According to Wikipedia, IPX5 means that water projected by a nozzle against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects. I guess this should be enough to protect the W252 against the sweatiest man on earth. There is even a cover on the MiniUSB port to prevent water from entering.

But even though the Sony Walkman W252 is water resistant, it is still not suitable for swimming. Maybe next generation? Haha.

Battery life for the Sony Walkman W252 is 11 hours. It takes 90 minutes to fully charge the W252. Or if you are in a hurry, a short 3 minute charge can give you 90 minutes of music playback. This feature is also found on the Sony Walkman W202 although I never found the desperate need to utilize it.

Another thing that Sony improved is the jog dial. Instead of a wheel type jog dial which spins forward or back, the W252 comes with those toggle type jog lever that has a stops on either side. When the wheel is released, it springs back to the middle position. Shifting the jog lever left or right will skip to the next/previous track. Shift and hold the jog lever left or right will navigate to the next/previous folder. This makes organizing songs in folders on your W252 more useful. But you can’t forward/backward within a song.

Like the Sony Walkman W202, the W252 also comes with the ZAPPIN feature for easy navigation and song finding. Music transfer is easy with the included Content Transfer software (found inside the W252 storage).

Oh, and the Shuffle button is now repositioned to make accessing a lot easier. Cool. Now I don’t need to take out the headset to switch to shuffle.

The Sony Walkman NWZ-W252 comes in 4 trendy colours: Black, White, Lime Green and Pink with a suggested retail prce of $129. 2GB of storage with approx 1.68GB available for users. (But you can free up more space by backing up the Content Transfer Software to your PC) Oh, did I mention that it also comes with a stylo USB stand?

As a whole, I love all the changes Sony made to the W252. I hope the next version will come with bluetooth so that I can sync with my handphone to listen to MP3 and answer calls. Please Sony, put that feature in the next version.

In short:
A great Walkman for workout

Likes:
Water Resistant
Jog Lever for navigation
Unique design – Suitable for exercise

Dislikes:
Cannot forward/backward within a song
Only available in 2GB

Many thanks to Sony for giving me the W252. Now… what should I do with my W202? Hmmm…..

Update: Many people wrote to me asking for more info about the jog dial/lever. Here a close up photo of it.

The Jog Lever on the W252 is actually quite a good improvement over the Jog Dial on the W202. If you can, head down to the store and check it out.