Archive for July, 2006


Recently, me installed these 4 supposely to be great software that has created so much fuss about it. This is my stand and point of view as a regular PC user who dunno much about the new stuff.


Internet Explorer 7 (Google It) (Wikipedia) suprised me with it’s default super simple interface. Me couldn’t even find the toolbar at first, After googled around, only me know that we need to press "Alt" to bring back the toolbar, and change some setting to enable the toolbar forever. The zoom in – zoom out feature in IE7 works very well, but everytime me wanna open a new tab, it just open another window of IE7. Also, all the add-ons in IE6 were gone, and we need to enable them one by one in IE7 for them to work. IE7 would occasionally crash when me click on View -> Explorer Bar -> RSS Feed. So, till now, me still couldn’t use it’s RSS feature but this time, we can change the default search engine with simple clicks. All in all, it’s a great web browser if we were to do simple web browsing. Let’s wait for the final version to come out and all the errors me pointed out should be fixed.

Screenshot were taken from various sources.


Windows Media Player 11 (Google It) (Wikipedia) has almost same interface with the previous version albeit a bit uncluttered. It now feature good intergration with URGE Music Store (Google It) (Wikipedia) and also other online music stores. Unfortunately, most of them only works in the United State. WMP11 somehow do not fetch songs information from the internet anymore, despite the various setting for it. Hope this is fixed in the final version of the software.

Screenshot were taken from various sources.


Windows Live Messenger 8 (Google It) (Wikipedia) now has a better, cleaned interface and new feature such the shared folder, the long waited offline message and soon the ability to talk with our Yahoo! Messenger (Google It) (Wikipedia) friends, and improved voice and video chat. A must upgrade (it’s free, why not?) for anyone who communicate using the MSN network and Yahoo! network.

Screenshot were taken from various sources.


Bittorrent 4.20.4 (Google It) (Wikipedia) differs greatly from the previous version. Even the logo has changed to cool blue to ugly green. Me cant seems to find my share ratio for a particular torrent. It however, still sufficient and uses less resources compared to other client.

Screenshot were taken from various sources.

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Me finally settled down on HP iPAQ hw6515e (Google It) as my primary phone after changing and experimeting with various types of phones (see below for the list of said phones), and sold my PDA HP iPAQ h2210 (Google It). Me is the types of person who want functions and features over design and physical appearances no matter what me wish to own, including girlfriend muahahahaha~.

List of phones me’ve tried (from my last primary phone, the Nokia 3250) –
Sony Ericsson k800i (Google It). Cons: Too simple, cant do much.
Nokia N70 (Google It). Overall a very good phone with superb features, it has become my secondary phone.
Nokia N71 (Google It). Cons: Still new OS platform, not much softwares for it.
O2 XDA II Mini (Google It). Cons: Same old PDA phone, my old HP iPAQ h2210 can do all the stuff it can do expect phonecall and SMS-ing.
Dopod 577w (Google It). Cons: What the heck a PDA-like phone without touch screen? Navigating make my ass pain.

Presenting my current champion – the great HP iPAQ hw6515e

Pros: EDGE network support. Built-in GPS. Built-in keyboard. Familiar WM2003SE OS. Compact design includes a plastic screen cover to protect the screen.
Cons: Unusual 240×240 screen resolution rendering many games dont work well. No WiFi. Average camera.


Here’s some essential softwares that me find very useful for me, and anybody who owns Windows Mobile PDA-phones –

phoneAlarm – Your complete, easy to use, communication center, never overlook a missed call, voicemail, Email or SMS again. Plus 7 powerful Phone profiles to control all your important settings


Supports Windows Mobile 2003, 2003 SE and WM 5.0 Phone Edition

phoneAlarm is a Today screen plugin – giving you total control over your Pocket PC Phone. Never miss an important call, SMS or Email again. Automatically switch profiles and quickly access Inbox, call history and control the state of bluetooth directly from the Today screen. Optimised for one-handed and in-car use.

30 day free trial version available.

NOTE: phoneAlarm Lite is a simplified version of phoneAlarm still with all the MAJOR features, suitable for low-maintenance installations!
See here for comparison

phoneAlarm Key Features

  • Provides repeating alarms on new SMS, Email, missed calls & voice messages
  • 7 Custom Phone profiles with manual / time-based automatic switching.
  • Alarm notification on weak battery and phone signal (WM 5.0 only)
  • Customise sound, volume and options for each alarm type in each profile
  • Mute device and phone volume
  • Skinnable user interface (How to create skins)
  • Bluetooth and Flight mode control via profiles (also for Widcomm/Broadcomm stack)
  • Auto-profile change on <‘ActiveSync’> (Work) and <‘Power – no ActiveSync’> (Car)
  • 1-hand skin navigation and quick-dialer for last 10 numbers (only for WM 5.0 & WM 2003 SE)
  • Icons provide direct access to Inbox, missed call history etc.
  • Task-switcher pop-up to close running applications
  • Option to cycle radio (off/on) to change user on dual SIM
  • English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Czech, Hungarian, Russian and Chinese user interface
  • Supports VGA display
  • Optimised for fast performance and maximum platform support
  • Simple installation

Additional features ONLY in standard version

  • Billing calculation – keep track of your phone costs
  • Detailed GPRS volume tracking
  • Location-based information (change profile dependent on current location!)
  • Call and SMS forwarding support in each profile
  • WLAN control via profiles
  • Skin rotator element to display actual information


MapKing™ is the first pan-region multilingual mobile mapping system in Asia managed by MapAsia.com Limited with input from leading Asian partners. It is a great tool for trip planning and to explore the huge potential market in Greater China and Asian countries (Maps sold separately for different OS and language). MapKing™ is the first digital map provides English road name and place name in China and Asian cities. MapKing™ has firmly established market leader status as the bridge between western travelers and the rapid growing cities in East.

MapKing™ offers maps in English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. Current maps are available for the following cities and regions, Please check the OS and Language before you purchased
Greater China :Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, China 2300 cities Points, Pearl River Delta Road Network, Shenzhen, Dongguan Macau Hong Kong Hiking Trial, Taipei, TaiChung, Tainan, Hsinchu, KaoHsiung
Asia cities countries :Bangkok, Manila, Singapore with Johor, Jakarta, New Delhi, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Ho_Chi_Minh City Tourist map, Seoul Tourist Map, Asia map


The most powerful Today plug-in with tabs. Close button that really closes. ZIP support in File Explorer. And many other features missing in official OS updates in one product.


The Most Comprehensive Mobile Travel Service in the World

Packed with virtually every travel tool you’ll need while on the road, WorldMate Professional Edition saves the busy professional time and hassle by providing critical, real-time travel information directly from your Windows Mobile device, anytime and anywhere. Travel light and leave those stacks of confirmation emails and itinerary printouts behind!


Resco Explorer 2005 is:

a powerful file management utility for your Pocket PC. It implements all standard features such as file/folder manipulation. Thus, you can copy, move or delete files, create folders, run programs with arguments, and search for files or folders.


Spb Imageer is a very powerful imaging engine designed specifically to streamline common processes that Pocket PC users perform with digital photos. Equipped with an incredibly rich set of features, Spb Imageer will make your work with images fast, comfortable and joyful. Even if you edit an 11 megapixels photo!


The leading Windows Mobile maintenance utility comes re-loaded with features and tools to keep your mobile device and storage cards in perfect shape. A complete rewrite of the award winning Pocket Mechanic application, the Professional version is faster, more powerful and is compatible with more devices.

Optimize your device and storage for peak performance, clean up system junk and free up precious memory occupied by unwanted files and OS objects, maintain the system integrity and prevent possible problems, ensure your privacy and protect your investments in storage cards and mobile device hardware by using a simple and descriptive user interface yet offering robust arsenal of powerful Pocket PC maintenance tools this is what Pocket Mechanic Professional does well.

Pocket Mechanic Professional is able to completely bypass the file system drivers of Windows CE and access the files directly through our own FATFS layer the heart of many vital modules dealing directly with the file system. The aggressive and efficient FAT and cluster caches further increase the performance of that layer resulting in an average speed up of nearly 300% in all file operations compared to the performance of the OS itself. Our defragment code is the faster than any other similar utility for the Windows CE platform. The integrated logging facilities provide ultra detailed information on what the application is doing and allow us to trace issues and improve the software virtually in hours. Developed in our labs the GFx module takes care of the rich user interface and ensures compatibility with both low-resolution and high-resolution screens, VGA, QVGA or square resolution devices and guarantees the "eye-candy" style our products are well known with. But to us look and feel is no more important than stability, quality and usability. Our engineers focused on creating a framework of tools so huge and complex it took us nearly 12 months of careful studies of the internals of the Windows CE operating system and hundreds of thousands of lines of C++ code to bring you this innovative product but we hope you, the end user, will not be disappointed.


Avantgo (Google It)

 

A free mobile content service for smartphones and PDAs
Synchronize mobile versions (called "channels") of your favorite websites to your smartphone or PDA. AvantGo offers thousands of channels from the world’s leading brands in news, weather, sports and more. You can also use AvantGo to sync any website (family site, workout schedule, etc.) to your device.


The Core Pocket Media Player is an open-source media player for Palm OS-based and Windows CE / Windows Mobile-based devices.
Supported file containers
– AVI (*.avi)
– Matroska (*.mkv, *.mka)
– MP4 (*.mp4, *.m4a)
– Ogg Media (*.ogg, *.ogm)
– ASF (*.asf)

Supported audio codecs
– Mpeg 1 Layer III
– Ogg Vorbis
– Musepack
– Windows Media Audio (on Windows Mobile devices)
– AC-3
– AMR
– Adpcm, uLaw

Supported video codecs
– DivX
– XviD
– MPEG4-SP (plus B-frame support)
– MPEG1
– M-JPEG
– Windows Media Video (on Windows Mobile devices)


Features
– MP3 playback using the MAD 0.15.0b
– Ogg Vorbis playback
– Wave format playback
– HTTP streaming playback (MP3 / Ogg Vorbis)
– SHOUTcast streaming playback (MP3 / Ogg Vorbis)
– ID3 v1/v1.1 support
– PLS/M3U playlist support
– 10 bands equalizer (MP3 playback only)
– Surround / Bassboost effects
– Reverb / Echo effects
– Skin support
– Hardware button mapping
– Noiseless playback (See decoder tab in options dialog)
– Sleep Timer
– Hold (Lock hardware buttons)

– PocketPC / PocketPC2002 / WM2003 / WM2003SE support


Excellent scientific converter from Softatics

This Piece of Art Software is an excellent tool that you can use for multiple purposes: calculator, unit converter, currency converter, coder and all that you need in this genre.

My Converter Pro is a program that has been intentionally planned, analyzed, and reasoned thinking about the need that there is in complementing in an stand alone utility the tools for the daily scientific conversions, measurements, calories, codes and include a full Scientific Calculator.

It is designed with an interface easy to handle, complete in the programming but simple in the use, with a very competitive price.

Scientific Conversions:

•  Complete (all the scientific unit conversions that you are looking for)

•  High precision and Reliability of the conversions (based on the NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology)

•  Data inputs : standard (1750) or engineering (1.75e3)

•  Computer memory conversions (extra)

•  Instantaneous Conversions (high speed), since it was developed in the "Mother" of the programming’s languages "C/C++"

Daily Conversions (non-scientific conversions that only you can find in this utility software)
Clothing Size Conversions ( USA – UK – Europe )

•  Bra Size

•  Children’s Clothing

•  Men’s Shirts

•  Men’s Shoes

•  Men’s Suits

•  Women’s Blouses, Sweater.

•  Women’s Dresses, Coats

•  Health Center

•  Food Calories

•  Fast Food Calories

•  Calories burned during exercise activities

•  Ideal Body Weight (man and woman)

Cooking Conversions. Many common volume conversions found in the kitchen : cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, pints, quarts, and many more.

•  Roman Numerals

•  ASCII Code. Complete Ascii character Table.

Me watched Superman Returns (Google It) (Wikipedia) with my dear dear… This movie is so-so in my opinion, Smallville TV series is much more interesting and exciting than this. But Superman Returns does have great visual effect but boring love scenes… (Spoiler: We all knew superman will be very weak if kryptonite is near him, but in this movie, he can move a island of kryptonite…)

“Even though you’ve been raised as a human being you’re not one of them.
They can be a great people, Kal-El. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way.
For this reason above all – their capacity for good – I have sent them you… my only son.” – Jor-El

Superman – born on a planet which has long since died – has been raised by adoptive parents on the Kent farm in Kansas. The young boy Kal-El is renamed Clark Kent, and though he has grown up among humans, he is not one of them. Under Earth’s yellow sun, he can do things humans can only dream of, but to co-exist with them he must live a dual life as mild, unassuming Clark Kent, secretly transforming into the Man of Steel when the world cries out for him.

But now, the world’s crises have gone unheeded for five long years since Superman’s mysterious disappearance. Without him, crime has risen in the city of Metropolis and beyond; that’s not even counting the future destructive acts of Lex Luthor, who has been sprung from prison with the specific intent of using Superman’s technological secrets for his own personal gain and glory.

Lois Lane, star reporter for the Daily Planet and the love of Superman’s life, has moved on since Superman left without a word. She has even won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay, “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman.” Lois has other issues to contend with – she is now engaged to the editor’s nephew and has a young son to look after.

But for Superman, the long search for his place in the universe ends back at the Kent farm, among the only family he has ever known. His destiny lies in Metropolis, where one look in Lois’s eyes tells him that this place, among the flawed but ultimately good people of Earth, is his true home.

And with Lex’s plan coming to fruition mere hours after his return, the world will never need Superman more than it does now.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes, directed by Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men, The Usual Suspects). An extraordinary new vision that showcases groundbreaking visual effects technology, Superman Returns tells an intimate story of one man’s unattainable love and struggle to belong against a backdrop of vast scope and scale, set in a modern-day Metropolis.

Superman Returns stars newcomer Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth (Beyond the Sea, Blue Crush), James Marsden (X2: X-Men United, The Notebook), Frank Langella (HBO’s Unscripted), Academy Award-winner Eva Marie Saint (North By Northwest), Parker Posey (Best in Show), Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Sam Huntington (Detroit Rock City), and Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey (Beyond the Sea, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects).

Me watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Google It) (Wikipedia) with one of my favourite group of friends. We called ourself The Konohainz. Me as one who never watched the 1st episode of the supposely trilogy, still find it very interesting, featuring comical acting from the main character, and superb action-packed story, but very ugly monster protagonis…

Captain Jack Sparrow is caught up in another tangled web of supernatural intrigue. Although the curse of the Black Pearl has been lifted, an even more terrifying threat looms over its captain and scurvy crew: it turns out that Jack owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones, Ruler of the Ocean Depths, who captains the ghostly Flying Dutchman, which no other ship can match in speed and stealth. Unless the ever-crafty Jack figures a cunning way out of this Faustian pact, he will be cursed to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation in the service of Jones. This startling development interrupts the wedding plans of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who once again find themselves thrust into Jack’s misadventures, leading to escalating confrontations with sea monsters, very unfriendly islanders, flamboyant soothsayer Tia Dalma and even the mysterious appearance of Will’s long-lost father, Bootstrap Bill. Meanwhile, ruthless pirate hunter Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company sets his sights on retrieving the fabled "Dead Man’s Chest." According to legend, whoever possesses the Dead Man’s Chest gains control of Davy Jones, and Beckett intends to use this awesome power to destroy every last Pirate of the Caribbean once and for all. For times are changing on the high seas, with businessmen and bureaucrats becoming the true pirates–and freewheeling, fun-loving buccaneers like Jack and his crew threatened with extinction.

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora : looking up at the half-moon (Google It) (Wikipedia) by Group TAC (Google It) (Wikipedia) is an enjoyable must watch anime for any romantic anime lover. Totally new stuff here.

During the winter, Yuichi was hospitalized due to hepatitis. Randomly he would try to escape from the hospital but would get beat up by the nurse. One day, he happened to meet Rika, a girl of his age, in the next building. He was fascinated by her beauty, but she was very selfish girl. Although she led him by the nose, he began to be attracted by her. However, when Rika told him about her illness, he knew why she acted so selfish; she didn’t have long to live.

W-Wish (Google It) (Wikipedia) by Princess Soft (Google It) is a great time waster anime. Each episodes runs for only 10 minutes, the plot messed up, nothing much really happened until the last 3 episodes…

The main character, Junna has a twin sister Senna. He is an ordinal student of an elite school. However, in the past, a traffic accident deprived him of his parents and his memory. Junna was survived at the accident, and he has lived only with his sister though he has been looked after by his relatives.

And present…
The life with Senna in the same high school is so pleasant that he can forget the severe past. Because he has been in the world where there is only Senna, his lives in this town, such as the beginning of a new life, new environments, and the meetings, are so refreshing.

However, he begins to recall the memories he lost in the accident. Though he enjoys happy and pleasant days, he is tossed by the past, the present, and the future. What is the truth hidden in his memory?

AIR (TV) (Google It) (Wikipedia) by Kyoto Animation (Google It) (Wikipedia) is an anime based on a video game with the same name. This however, is our average anime with average plot and storyline.

"Once upon a time, there was a princess with wings. She lived alone, and had no friends."

In a small town, bounded by the sea and sky, there is a story handed down from ages past. It was a sad love story of a princess with wings and a young man who guarded her.

The princess was confined for her supposed powers, and she had never seen the outside world. She heard that she had a mother far away, but she could not go in search of her. One day, a man appeared. He talked about the world outside and amused her. Gradually, they fell in love. However, if she were to love a man, a curse would befall her.

Kamio Misuzu identifies herself with the princess. As she often falls ill, she doesn’t go to school often and she is always alone. She hasn’t even been out of the town. However, she thinks she might have an encounter like the princess’ in the future. One day, a young man came before her. His name is Kunisaki Yukito. He is traveling around showing a puppet play. He has a dispensation from his late mother, to save a girl in the air.

A cursed princess and her guard. A girl who identifies herself with the princess and a young man who travels to save a girl in the air. Two stories of the past and the present intersects each other, and their feelings transcend the boundaries of time. What endings will be waiting for them?

Haibane Renmei (Google It) (Wikipedia) from Radix (Google It) is one of the best anime, featuring great animation, stick-to-the-mind soundtrack music and superb mystifying story-line. Me enjoyed every minutes of it.

Based on a doujinshi manga by Yoshitoshi ABe, Haibane Renmei ("Charcoal Feather Federation") follows the story of a girl named Rakka, beginning with her dream of falling through the sky and her subsequent birth out of a large cocoon. Rakka is a Haibane; she looks like a normal girl except for a halo and a pair of vestigial ash-grey wings. No one truly knows what the Haibane are. When they are born, they remember nothing of their previous life, and even their names come from the dream they had while in the cocoon (‘Rakka,’ for example, means ‘falling’ or ‘descent’).

Rakka lives in the Haibane Nest called Old Home, in the town of Guri. Guri is surrounded by a massive wall – no one is allowed to touch it or pass through its gates except traders from the outside known as the Touga. A mysterious organization known as the Haibane Renmei oversees and protects the Haibane and orchestrates their dealings with the townspeople. Haibane have specific rules which govern their lives:

– Haibane must find some sort of work. This is their way of giving back to the town, which pays for the heating and electricity costs at Old Home.

– Haibane are not allowed to use anything new. All their possessions, including clothes, must be used items which the townspeople no longer want.

– Haibane do not use money. All their transactions are marked down in their handbook, and presumably people are reimbursed by the Haibane Renmei at a later date.

The thirteen episodes of the series follow Rakka as she learns more and more about her surroundings, her fellow Haibane, and ultimately about herself. It is a dramatic, gripping show which will sometimes make you smile, and sometimes tear at your heart. It deals with serious issues of loss, grief, and self which keep you riveted and draw you close to the characters.

Anime – Angel Links

Angel Links (Google It) (Wikipedia) by Sunrise (Google It) (Wikipedia) is a so-so anime with boring story-line

The Oracion galaxies are the richest mineral resource in the universe, according to any space pirate you’ll run across. Thanks to modern robotics, freight ships moving through these galaxies are unmanned, and thus are easy prey for the pirates. The police have given up, forcing freight companies to hire outside help. One agency, the Private Guard Company, has a ship under it’s command that’s unique; piloted by 16-year old Li May Fong, the Angel Links roams the galaxy, exterminating pirates for free.