A day without my iPhone.

I left my iPhone at home and I’m not missing it. Instead, I welcome this sense of not being connected to the world for a day. I’m not jittery about the thought of missing calls or text  messages. A day of not hearing from me would not kill any-body. In fact, I know all the people who would contact me and most would do that after work, when I am at home flipping through the television channels.

I blogged about the day when I did not have email for half a day at work and I did not miss it. Now, I want to go 8 hours without my iPhone and (frankly speaking) I am really not missing it.

So if  you ever feel the need to have some time off for yourself, just leave your hand-phone at home and go about your life. A moment of dis-connection would do you wonders. It lets us focus on ourselves for a few hours, giving us that space we need to breathe and know that in life; not texting or calling people, would do us no harm.


Going green with my gadgets.

I went out and bought myself a solar-rechargeable digital watch – Protrek 130T. Recommended watch for the hard-core outdoor man, my brother swears by it. Though I paid quite a bit of money for it, but I feel like I’ve done a small part to go green. Most of my watches are automatic, which eliminates the need to purchase a battery.

And now I’m pondering purchasing a solar-rechargeable pack for my iPhone. With this gadget, you can recharge your iPhone using solar energy.

Looking at all these talk about going green, I hope the technology would be cheaper as more consumers decide to purchase and demand green-friend products. It’ll be great to replace all manner of electrical power with solar renewable energy. Yet, it is sad to hear that America, which leads the research into green technology is now suffering (probably) the worst oil spill in history, off the coast of Louisiana.

What are some of your own initiatives to go green?

iPhone 4Gen : It’s the real thing.

It was found and Gizmodo has the scoop on what could be the iPhone 4Gen running OS 4.0. And from initial assessments – it’s a sweet package. All speculations on whether this was a hoax were laid to rest when Apple sent a letter to Gizmodo to ask for their phone back.

What’s in store in this wonderful package:

What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

Full Article : Gizmodo – This is Apple’s Next iPhone

But the timing couldn’t be better. Hot on the heels of the iPad launch, the 4Gen iPhone was found lost in a bar in Redwood City. How coincidental is that? Or is it a really clever publicity stunt? Makes you wonder, will we be seeing a new iPhone release later this year?

Half a day without email.

For half of today, I did not have email. The gods were smiling at me this morning when I came into the office and found out my PC had crashed the night before. Everything else ran well except my email client. It just would not boot up. A reinstall was required but I was in not hurry. I told the technician to reinstall the client but did not push it and allowed him to take his time.

I did not panic. I did not fret. Neither was I nervous over the fact that no-one could contact me via email. It did not bother me the least bit.

My euphoric joy lasted half a day when the technician came round to my office at 2pm and re-installed my email client. And it was back to my life of details.

Maybe I’ll purposely leave my iPhone  at home one of these days. Just leave it and go fishing or backpacking in another state or out shopping.

I think it is a fallacy to think that solitude is a bad thing. There are times, being on our own is the best cure. In a world where “status-updates” are the norm, it’ll be good to have some private time. Would my Twitter followers or Face Book spectators be bothered if I did not post my status for one day, let alone for a month? It probably make no difference in their lives. Would it make any difference if I stop blogging for a month or take a vow of silence for a year?

In today’s mad rush to keep everyone inform or in touch, we miss out on the beauty of silence. The private moment when you listen to what’s stirring within you and acknowledge your sense of self. At times, we need to run away from all things in order to find ourselves.

iPad is not cool. IT’s PUNK ROCK, HIP-HOP, BALAD-ISTIOUS way cool!

First, I have to apologize. I have posted before this : I’ll wait until the iPad 3GS is on sale and stated I will not buy the 1st Gen iPad. Well, I am taking that back.

I will buy the iPad, 1st Gen; the moment it reaches Malaysian shores. I’ve already set aside an iPad-Fund.

Yesterday, I finally managed to have a full hands-on experience with the iPad and I was blown away. Especially by the capabilities of the iPad as a book reader. I was flipping through pages of Winnie the Pooh as if it was a real paper-based book. The whole process felt so right and so natural.

As a multimedia tool, nothing surpasses the iPad. The speakers were clear and loud, and if that was not enough then you can plug in your own earphones. The iPad is a gorgeous movie player and akin to having your home tv sitting on your lap.

Is it a writing tool?

The built in Notes app can double up as an app to write your novels but since it can run iPhone apps, then WriteRoom would run fantastic on it. The possibility of writing a full novel on the iPad is there and I won’t be surprise if someone comes up with a port of a full fledge novel writing software for the iPad.

What is the iPad?

This is where things get tricky because once I get an iPad, where does it sit in my family of gadgets? So I asked my friend, where would the iPad sit and his reply was simple, “The iPad is in a class of it’s own. It will define a whole new field all together.”

So the iPad would sit in between my iPhone and my iBook. Most likely, the iPad would serve as my satellite device, which I take around and then sync to my iBook especially if I need to generate Word DOC reports and such. But I see the iPad totally taking over the role of my iBook in the near future.

When will the iPad be available in Malaysia?

It may come round to Malaysia by June but pricing is still un-known. I’m looking at a range from RM1,500 – Rm3,000. It all depends on whether the government will levy tax on it. If it is classified as a multimedia-device then tax will be levied but if it is considered a computer, there may not be tax.

The iPad is truly an enigma. It’s not a computer neither is it a phone so it’ll sit in between my iPhone and iBook but when the apps gravitate towards the iPad platform, I am sure great things will happen. Slap on a video cam and it will make a great tool for video calls. Put in flash (if Apple ever wants this) then it’ll be a great platform for online games and Adobe AIR applications.

The iPad is here to stay and it may have just defined a whole new genre of hardware.

When Apple Moves, the World Watches – iPhone OS 4.0

Image from Lifehacker.com: iPhone 4.0 – The Best New Features.

In short this is what you will get on your iPhone 3GS and iTouch 3Gs when you upgrade to OS 4.0:

  • multitasking
  • fast app switching
  • local notifications
  • app folder
  • a new mail app
  • ibooks
  • custom backgrounds
  • game center
  • iAd advertising
  • 5x digital zoom
  • bluetooth keyboard support

For the breakdown read Gizmodo’s dedicated iPhone 4.0 page and Lifehacker’s article.

This means I will now have to scout around for a used iPhone 3GS, to fully enjoy all that OS 4.0 can offer but do I really want to? My iPhone 2G is serving me well and I’m happy with the way things are working our for me now. So do I need another gadget to add to the mix? I not sure I want to but if there is anyone who has a 3GS lying around (and you are not using it) then I am most happy to receive it.

Another thing that is good with this upgrade is that the other phone manufacturers will now have to up their products to match what Apple has to offer. Truly, the iPhone was the phone that changed the market. It opened up the market for touch-screen phones that double as PDAs and mini-computers. The other phone manufacturers have been playing catch-up ever-since and expect things to up a notch with this upgrade to the iPhone OS.

I expect Nokia to improve on their Symbian OS and push their product developments. The rest will follow suit. In short, when Apple moves, the world watches and adjust itself accordingly. Apple is bold in their product development and by (finally) providing multi-tasking on their iPhones, I see faster and bigger capacity iPhones in the near future.

It’s really a great time to get an iPhone. Cheers!

I’ll wait until the iPad 3GS is on sale

Would I buy the iPad, just days after it’s official launch? NOPE.

I’ll wait until it hits, iPad 3GS; then I’ll fork out the cash to buy it, because by then the application would have matured and all the apps would run swell on it. And maybe there would be flash support and a web-cam thrown into the package. And once jailbroken, I can run OpenSSH with it and update my web-server via command line. Wouldn’t that be great?

With all things Apple, they get better with the latest incarnation. So buying the first generation of any Apple product is for collectors. Yup, collectors of gadgets. The serious users will pile in by the 2nd or 3rd revision of the product. So hold on to your cash and wait until the geeks all agree that the iPad is really worth buying. Heck, the iPad 3GS may even be cheaper than the recently released iPad.

At least these guys agree with me : Why You Shouldn’t Buy an iPad (Yet).