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Nokia 9500 Classic Burning Hot

I own a Nokia 9500c and I am regretting I ever bought it. First off, I talk a lot on the mobile phone; often over 5 minutes. Within that 5 minutes, my ears will be smoking hot and I can feel my temple throbbing. The heat emitting from the phone is tremendous given the slimness of the mobile phone which is one of the reasons why I bought it in the first place. This is probably the slimmest Nokia I came across.

Secondly, the keypad is a little difficult to depress. Texting over its small keypad area is a little frustration especially after you have used other Nokia mobile phones such as the 6300. I find it one time too many the errors I made from depressing the wrong keys. Imagine using the predictive text function and pressing one wrong key, the result can be embarrassing.

Thirdly, since I talk a lot on the phone, the battery lasts me for only a day and I’ve got to task myself to charge it every night. If I forget to charge, I will be cussing the next day. I won’t blame the Nokia designers for the short battery life but rather on the sleazy salesman who claimed that this phone has one of the longest lasting talk time. I was downright cheated but since the salesman looks fiercer than me, I shall let this one slip.

Lastly, this mobile phone has only 1 port; for hands-free, charging and USB connection. If this one special port screws up, you might as well throw the phone away. After all that I have said and done, the sleekness of the phone and overall cool design is what made me keep it… :D


Enhancing Office Workstations Using CPU Dollys

I am currently in the midst of a project where a brand new office is being setup in Jakarta. The office is situated right smack in the middle of Jakarta’s Central Business District; also where traffic is the heaviest (based on my experience).

Though my scope of work is quite limited to information technology consultancy, I was drawn to their interior designer’s proposed office layout perspective. Call me curious or call me a busybody but one thing stood out like a sore thumb — the computers are to be placed on top of the workstation desks right next to the LCD monitors.

I tried minding my own business but eventually, I had to inform the owner that a simple device like the CPU dolly can easily help enhance the overall office aesthetics especially when the office is located in the CBD and corporate image is important. I’m glad that my client was open to such comments and immediately got her interior designers to include the cheap apparatus into their designs.

A little investment goes a long way.


Everything is Going High Definition

Take a look around us, everything is going high definition. The normal bulky television is being replaced with LCD and Plasma TV and these are now being replaced with high definition ones, hence the abbreviation HDTV (High Definition Television). Even hotels that I normally stay in are changing their sets to LCDs. This week, I had the chance to evaluate video conferencing equipment and to my amazement, there are even high definition options; at a price of course.

Everyone who has laid eyes on a flat and thin television will fall in love with it. Gone are the days of bulkiness; gone are the days of fuzziness; welcome to the world of colours and details. Yes, that’s what HDTV does; it brings about clarity in picture, brings up the colours and pictures are extremely detailed.

Yes, everyone is going to love HDTV but not everyone can afford it. New technology always come at a high price tag but there are ways to own one without the high price. You can buy them second hand, pre-owned or refurbished. But of course, no one like used stuff. If you prefer new and yet cheap, look for establishments that sell overstock HDTV. Overstocks are similar to overruns; i.e. the manufacturer produced more than they sold. Note that overstocks are usually earlier models than what is available in the market.

If you are thinking of getting one, don’t wait; everything and everyone is going HD!!!

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