# Sunday, 08 July 2007

My wife slapped me in the chest waking me up from my sleep. "WHERE'S WZ!!!??!?!" She screamed. You see, WZ sleeps between us on our bed. But he's a lousy sleeper so he ends up all over the place, at the foot of the bed, the head, in my wife's face, etc. etc.

I scanned the bed in front of me, sure enough.. WZ was missing! This wasn't good, we were always afraid that WZ might roll off the bed, so we bought some bed railings and cordoned off most off the gaps, it should have protected him from most falls. More importantly... if WZ DID fall, and he didn't cry when he did... that would be VERY VERY BAD.

As I was about to freak out, I felt something on my back (I was sleeping on my side) I carefully turned around and.. there was WZ, sleeping VERY SOUNDLY. Heck, his pacifier was still in his mouth!

The question now was how did he get over there? One theory was that he crawled over me, but if he crawled over me, he'd have to fall onto the area beside me, and there's no way the pacifier would stay there. He couldn't have crawled the LONG way around me cause... the way he moves, the pacifier would never stay in his mouth. The 3rd possibility is that I sleep walked.. moved him over beside me and forgot all about it.

And that's scary!

Sunday, 08 July 2007 01:36:42 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 07 July 2007

So as I was walking through Low Yat Plaza today when I say this little guy sitting in a display case.


It's the Fujitsu U1010 one of the errr.. 2nd generation UMPC devices. Which means it's not really meant to be a notebook which you work on, but more like something you carry around which is more powerful than just a PDA (or an OVERPOWERED & OVERPRICED PDA) but is still small enough to carry around almost everywhere. I prefer not to call this a review.. more like a molestation report. :P

The specs are nothing to write home about, with an 800Mhz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 40GB hard disk. Pretty standard fare for an entry level notebook. One of the interesting bits is that it sports a nice 1024x600 screen, making the little 5" display look extremely sharp. And cause it uses the funky Intel chipset.. is able to run with Aero on if that is your wish.

The placement of the touch nib, on the top of the keyboard would seem to make it look as if you're supposed to be using the thing by holding it in your hands kinda like this pic. Which I guess it's more appropraite give that on my 7" P1610 it would already be a bit cramped to type on normally, on the 5" well.. it gets a bit difficult. So it would seem as if the keyboard would be better used as a thumb board, unfortunately it doesn't have the thumb board caveats ie. locking shift key, locking ctrl key, etc. etc.

One thing that left a bad impression on me is that first of all the thing doesn't have a built in VGA or Network port. The salesman tells me that both ports are on an included dongle, only problem is.. the dongle connector is on the center in FRONT of the keyboard, which means it'd get the way if you were trying to work on a table while connected to a wired network. Guess they don't expect you to do it that often.

I hate the fact that there's only ONE USB port on the thing, but I guess I shouldn't complain too much since it's a 5" slim convertible tablet... errr.. book PC.

It's a very interesting device, and let me put it this way.. if you even thought about buying the little devil of a PDA, you REALLY should give the U1010 a look, yes.. the U1010 isn't a phone but lets face it.. you wouldn't use a ceramic tile as a phone right?

I'm still keeping my eye out on the Asus eeePC of course.

Saturday, 07 July 2007 22:13:48 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

5 months, 8 kilograms..


And he's able to sort of sit up on his own, although balance is still a problem right now. Basically he needs to know not to look straight up when he's sitting. Soon.. he will be walking..


With some help at first of course..

Saturday, 07 July 2007 00:06:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Friday, 06 July 2007
A package from HK was awaiting me when I got home today, it contained 3 items I ordered from PDAir. One works PERFECTLY.. one has me very annoyed.. and one has me in the Why the fark did I waste money on this? mood.

Friday, 06 July 2007 02:16:49 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 04 July 2007

About a month ago the father of PDAs, Jeff Hawkins revealed what he called a revolutionary device, called the Palm Foleo. It's pretty much an ultra light 7" notebook, but.. it's not meant to be a notebook.. it's meant to be a companion device for... your PDA... Oh wow.. a companion device for a companion device. What a GREAT idea! It seems like Jeff Hawkins thinks that there are people who want to work more on their smartphones or PDAs but because it's hard to type a lot on thumbboards people need to have a better working enviroment but not a notebook because notebooks are heavy, and ultra light notebooks are expensive. So a new type of mobile companion appliance is exactly what these people need. All this for a price of a small small sum of USD599 (Screw the rebate cause we're definetly not getting that here!)

My reaction to the announcement was pretty much the same as most people which was.. What the bloody hell was he thinking when he thought of this?

But the kick in the nuts for Mr Hawkins came recently during Computex Taipei 2007, when Asus announced the Asus eeePC. It's a simple 7" notebook that runs on a simple 900Mhz Intel processor, has 512MB of ram, a simple 800x480 display and an 4GB Flash Memory as storage. It's a pretty whimpy machine on all accounts... except for the fact that it's retail price is supposed to be USD 199.

So now the previous statement becomes.. USD 199 for an x86 UMPC which can run Windows, Linux or any other x86 based OS you can think of. Sure it's whimpy.. but it's USD 199!!! Heck.. the 8GB version is supposed to be USD 299 and still it makes an impressive argument. Heck I'm definetly picking one up if the price is < RM1500!

So.. what's the future for the Palm Foleo now that there's a LOW cost ultra light notebook which can do pretty much everything it can do, but because it's only cost USD199 people won't even expect too much from it. The price point is just too good!

Wednesday, 04 July 2007 00:25:42 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |