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The Google Nexus One phone

by on Jan.05, 2010, under Gadgets, Tech

All the hype has been going on about Google creating its own branded phone since 2006.

And now it’s definitely here. The Google Nexus Phone.

Google Nexus One

Currently being offered in the US for $529 (Php 25,000) contract-free, or $179 (Php 8,500) with 2 year contract with T-mobile. (only one plan is available – $79.99 (Php 4,000) per month rate, which includes unlimited texting/MMS, web data and 500 talk minutes with unlimited nights and weekends) ^

Technical Specifications:

Size and weight
Height: 119mm
Width:  59.8mm
Depth:  11.5mm
Weight: 130 grams w/ battery, 100g w/o battery

Display
3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
800 x 480 pixels
1ms typical response rate

Power and battery
Removable 1400 mAH battery
Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G, Up to 7 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G, Up to 250 hours on 3G
Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G, Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 7 hours
Audio playback: Up to 20 hours

Processor
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz

Camera & Flash
5 megapixels
Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
2X digital zoom
LED flash
User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions

Operating system
Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)

Capacity
512MB Flash
512MB RAM
bundled 4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)

Wireless Connectivity
UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
HSDPA 7.2Mbps
HSUPA 2Mbps
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Location Service
Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver
Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
Digital compass
Accelerometer

The screen size is definitely a plus. And it’s AMOLED! Another pluses here are digital compass, 802.11n, bundled 4GB, Android 2.1, and the 1GHz processor. (This processor is faster than my netbook lol)

Take note though that this doesn’t have a front-facing camera (like the iPhone) unlike other smartphones. Although who uses them anyway? I have had 3G phones with front facing camera since 2007 (k800i, k600i, w980i, Omnia II) and just used it once (k600i) back in 2007.

And the OS is really fast and responsive. Have a look at these first videos:

I had contacted Globe about this but they haven’t replied to me. But come to think of it they are offering the iPhone so its competitor maybe out of the picture. Smart? Probably.

This could be the iPhone killer some of us had been waiting for. Or maybe not.

My reason why the iPhone could not have a real competitor is the responsiveness of the OS. I own an iPod touch and have used the iPhone. And currently owning an Omnia II. Even though the Omnia II has a faster processor and a bigger ram than my iPod touch, it’s sluggish. Takes me 2-3 seconds to open the 3-page home page. Than the 1-2 seconds 4-pager iPod touch. And it’s not just the home page, just about everywhere you are to open an app.

Currently the Nexus One is not available in the Philippines but I hope it would be anytime sooner. I’ll definitely buy one (or two) of these. And ditch my Omnia II.

Nexus One not available in the Philippines yet

I should have waited for this! But back then when I bought my Omnia II (a month ago!) this was just a rumor.

I really do hope this becomes available here in the Philippines before my birthday! (Mar 22) hahaha

Btw, I could seem to make work the GPS function of my Omnia II for geo tagging (without the using assistance of cell towers and connectivity via 2g/3g).

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I will be a Hero this 2010

by on Jan.05, 2010, under Others

2010 marks the beginning of a new decade.

Though every years is a start of something new, 2010 comes only once so we must make history.

This will be my post for Be a Hero in 2010 Contest. It’s my new year’s resolution for the country.

1. I will not depend my life on the government. I will cultivate the society on my own. Ako mismo ba.

2. I will be an advocate to people who helps other before themselves.

3. I will vote wisely.

—-

I’m tired of hearing those people who always blames the government for their mishaps. Please! Grow-up! Kung gusto nyong magkatrabaho magsikap kayong matanggap! Hindi na lang sinisisi ang gobyerno kung bakit wala silang trabaho. Try to be qualified for the work, for God’s sake! TESDA has been promoting their work for scholarship program! They also give livelihood trainings, for FREE! You won’t lose from gaining something.

Help other help others. Tulungan ang mga taong tumutulong.

Vote those candidates not for their cheesy TV ads but for their track records. Most of those candidates have had ample time to make their “visions” to reality while sitting at their positions, chairmans, senators, and all.

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Grand Chase Slurpee Special Event

by on Sep.23, 2009, under Games, Grand Chase

see: http://grandchase.levelupgames.ph/news.php?id=309

So yun nga… since what I’m after are the miniposter to be collected and the in-game item (20 gems) [i don't need the others].

The first event was First Day Reward
Be ready to go to your nearest 7 – Eleven store starting 6:30 AM on September 23, as the first 50 Grand Chasers who purchase a Grand Chase Slurpee Collectible Card will be rewarded with a 7 – Eleven Power Wing!

Prizes:
For the First day reward:
7-11 Power Wing (11 days)
For the card:
Slurpee Brain Freeze Title!! (3 Days)
Slurpee Reinforcement Booster 10% (1)
Slurpee Treasure Chest (1)
Aging Core (20)
Gem (20)

So ok luckly meron 7-11 sa area kung saan ako natratrabaho.. and there are three (3) of them in a span of 300m actually….

The red mark indicates the three 7-11′s and the blue mark indicates the two Mini stops…

7am and end ng shift ko.. so in time para sa event..

I clocked out at 7:50am and was in the 7-11 store indicated on the upper side of the map at 8:00am.

I looked around and saw the poster, which wasn’t there last Saturday.
There is also I think this big poster ng event dun sa sulok…
I saw Arme and Ronan at the slurpee bin but there was no GC cups.. baka naubusn na ako…

I asked the clerk.

ME: Sir abot pa ba ako sa Grand Chase event?
CA: (CAshier) Ah yung slurpee cups and card?
ME: Ye…
CA: Opo abot pa……..? (it seemed di nya alam what i was talking about)
ME: sige.. isa nga…
CA: Teka lang sir ah…

Well.. he went into the storage and brought out the GC slurpee cups… … … ..

Nung nasa counter na siya ang ikukuha na ako ng cup.. sabi ko dalawa na…

At that time the supervisor of the store was kinda aligaga on what to do.. brings out this registration sheet from beneath the slurpee bin and told the clerk that I need to register…

Lo and behold… ako ang una… LOL

Kung di lang ako pa uwi lima bibilin ko eh… wahahahahahahahaha

After registration he handed me these cups and I filled it with those oozing sugar concoctions…

One was green… the other red (pink)…. I didn’t bother to read the labels because I was excited holding the cups.. They aren’t regular cups.. they are laminated. And the color were bold and stands out.

Binayaran ko na.. The supervisor read again the mechanics of the event then binigay na rin sa akin yung cards.. di na ako pinapili since it was the first time… anything will do.. ginawa na lang nya is yung magkasunod na lang..

I don’t know which one is which: Supernova and High voltage.

It has two side which features Jin (Fighter[1st job]) {9th character} [not yet released] on fighting pose and fighting stance. And Ronan(Abyss Knight[4th job]), Ryan(Viken[3rd job]), and Lass(Striper[4th job])…

I kept the green one in my backpack since I did not bother to fill it to the brim. Baka matunaw at magkalat pa sa loob ng bag ko..

And carry ko lang yung red on my way home. Pinaplastic ko separately yung dalawa.. And after a few steps outside tinanggal ko na rin yung plastic nung dala ko para makita ng lahat kung ano dala dala ko… wahahahaha

Ayun effective naman… nagsisitinginan sa akin mga tao kasi kung ano dala ko…

As you can see the left has the pink tint and the right one has a green tint.

The red one tastes like berries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries or something.. (I can’t make out the taste of artificial flavoring)

The green one? OMG! It feels like Shrek’s vomit. Joke! It’s not that disgusting. It tastes… different… And I can’t make it out. I know that taste but I can’t remember what it is.. It’s sweet (obviously) and it leaves and after taste.

When I got home I research on what the green stuff was… Turns out the red one is the Supernova while the green one… I still don’t know.. but I think it’s the ginseng added to the concoction that made that after taste… Upon reading it’s either the slurpee in Shrek’s days or that Mountain Dew BMX thingy…

Anyway, the cups were awsome.. that was a surprise because what I’m really after for this event are the 20 gems (in-game item) and the mini poster…

Well… 2 down 7 more to go… ahahahaha

I’m gonna find out what that green thing is tomorrow~! Hehe’

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Sky Cable customer service LOL

by on Sep.22, 2009, under Others

Hahahaha eto na naman ako~ :-p

Kasi mistakenly napanggatong ng katulong namin yung statement of account ng sky cable namin…

So ok, it will be less convenient to pay kasi using that statement of account madali lang kasi mag bayad sa 7-11..

Anyway… i did what i like to do… call customer support.. nyahahaha

[DIAL]
(you know the drill)
And instead of pressing 3.. I pressed 1 for Postpaid subscriber…
Then sabi Press 1 for billing ek and other concerns.. So press 1 ako..
Rang 3 times..
Ayan na siya…
CA: Hello this is *****, how may I help you? (Di ko naintindihan name nya) [pasalamat siya hindi siya na special mention]
ME: Saan/pwede ko bang madownload yung billing statement ko kasi nawala yung nawala yung statement of account ko eh… (same things different names)
CA: Can I have the name and account number, po sir?
ME: (binigay ko yung name)… di ko memorize yung account number eh…
CA: Address na lang po..
ME: (bigay address)…
CA: Sir, ang outstanding balance nyo po ay P1,2**.71 (may butal LOL)
ME: Ah ok… So, saan pwede ma download yung billing statement?
CA: Kung nawawala po yung bill nyo pwede naman po kayong magbayad sa accredited banks…
ME: Ok sana kung madownload ko yung para sa i-clip out (yung statement) at magbayad sa 7-11. It’s inconvenient kasi for me to pay sa bank kung katabi ko lang naman yung 7-11 di ba? (kumuha na ng gunting at naggugupit na sa hangin…)
CA: Kung gusto nyo sir i-cross check ko po kayo para maibigay ko sa inyo yung account number nyo at makapag bayad kayo sa banks.
ME: So hindi ko nga madodownload yung billing statement ko?
CA: Hindi po.
ME: Sige salamat.. ba-bay… (sa salamat pa lang binababa ko na yung phone)

AMP naman hindi ba pwedeng isang tanong isang sagot na lang? Sayang sa oras eh… Makakarami pa siya ng calls… tataas pa ratings nya…. 8-}

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Reasons to not want Sky Broadband

by on Sep.20, 2009, under Others

Coming from PLDT Business line for 4 years.. I got what we want from PLDT. Download anything and everything… Continuous connection.. etc.. but all that has its caveats… And I’ll just talk about it some other time.

This is about Sky Broadband service…

We were excited about the new ISP (Internet Service Provider) because it promises to be fast. And it is.. but it has its down falls.. and they are good reasons to not subscribe.

  1. Epic reason: You cannot download from Rapidshare, Mega upload, etc.. (those file sharing service that tracks your IP address) and other sites like 4chan. It will always tell you that you have exceeded their download limit.. please wait for # minutes to download again… etc.. even if it’s your first time visiting the site.
  2. Connection cuts off sporadically.. but not always… [bad if you're downloading a big file without the use of download managers]
  3. If the connection is slow.. its REALLY slow…
  4. It’s not “user friendly” to share [you have to be technically inclined to tweak advanced settings]
  5. Customer service.

I think you’ve read about me blabbing about concerns 1 – 4 on my comments on my brother’s multiply. But now I’m really pissed at that customer rep that I just talked a while ago.

I usually get what I want when talking to a call center agent. Like the first time I inquired as to why I cannot download from Rapid Share. The agent told me what to do, what needs to be done. And it worked..

ME: di ako makagamit ng rapidshare. [simpleng impormasyon di ba?]
CA: sir regarding sa rapidshare kailangan nyo pong gumamit ng proxy dyan. bigay ko po sa inyo yung IP… [edi binigay nya]
ME: ok sige thanks.

So I did what he told me and boom.. It worked.. So I’m happy.

And now… Di na gumagana yung sinabi nung CA na iyon kasi matagal na yun at nag “upgrade” na ng system yung Sky…

So I had to ask for another proxy setting. Kasi mag dodownload kami ng bagong map ng DoTA.

[in fairness mabilis silang sumagot ngayon ah.. 4 na ring lang]

(DIAL sky cs number)
AM: (answering machine) if you’re a postpaid cable subscriber press one…
ME: (antay)
AM: if you’re a prepaid cable subscriber press two..
ME: …
AM: if you’re a sky broadband subscriber press three…
ME: (pindot three)
AM: (ring… ring… ring… ring…)
CA: Thank you for calling Sky Broadband this is Jon-jon speaking how may I help you? (Oo, maliwanag ang pagkakasabi nya ng intro nya to the point na naaalala ko pa ito.. [Hindi ko kasi inaalala pangalan nila eh])
ME: May bago ba kayong proxy? Kasi hindi ako makapag download sa rapidshare.. (straight to the point di ba)
CA: Sir, hindi po kami gumagamit ng proxy eh… Wala pong available na proxy… [ano daw? hindi gumagamit pero walang available/ O.o]
ME: So, hindi ako makakapag download sa rapidshare ngayon? [mainit na ulo ko]
CA: Opo.
ME: (baba agad ng telepono) [hindi ko na pinakinggan iba pa nyang sasabihin kasi straight na naman sagot nya eh]

Ay oo nga… wala ngang proxy.. kaya pala may proxy06.skybroadband.com.ph

Oo, wala talaga akong patawad sa mga call center agent.. sila na nga lang mahihingan mo ng tulong sila pa yung kung anu-ano sinasabi…

Talagang pagkatapos nitong lock-down period babalik PLDT DSL na ako.. or maybe bayan dsl..

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