27 posts • joined Wednesday 28th November 2007 14:07 GMT
Data is expensive
I could happily get away with a PAYG SIM for calls and texts - a £10 topup would last me months. Unfortunately my data usage averages a few hundred megabytes a month so it's not economical, particularly if I exceed quotas.
With uncorrected vision, I can see clearly up to 6 inches from my face.
Contrary to what adverts say, wearing contact lenses day in day out becomes incredibly uncomfortable after a while. Glasses are a pain in the rear end too. While you certainly can get all types designed for various activities, nothing beats a pair of eyes that work properly in the first place.
If surgery existed that could provide new limbs to those that have lost them, or were never born with them - would that also be mutilation?
Gloss over the N85, N79 and W980i - with the FM transmitters built in, and no need to use wired headphones as an antenna. The only real innovation this year.
And who gives a sod if a phone has a standard 3.5mm jack? On a regular player, great idea, but without a microphone you're going to have a hard time making calls. Score 1 for stereo bluetooth headsets and the daft Sony Ericsson connector that dongles into a 3.5mm jack after the mic.
Wow, those are a huge backwards step from the Sony DRBT10CX. Less battery life, greater chance of them flopping out of your ears.
And available 12 months ago for under £25.
It does get used!
Actually use it at least once a month. The last voice change I called it literally minutes after it had been switched, unaware there was any plan to.
Gets used to set physical clocks, or as an easy to dial line test number. Also to wind up coworkers by forwarding it on.
Using Lenny at the moment
It's fantastic already - a few minor bugs (nmbd doesn't like starting on boot, but starts fine afterwards) but it's a big improvement over Etch.
Lets hope that pushing back the release means we get Lenny-and-a-half from the moment Lenny was supposed to hit stable.
Sony Clie PEG-TH55
Another Sony product. Shove PalmFiction on it, change the font to something you like, and it's perfect. Transflective backlit screen - so good in sunlight as well as the dark, and incredible battery life.
Stamina vs Performance switch
Saw one of these on a Sony Vaio recently purchased here.
It actually switches out the graphics chip being used when the machine boots up between an Intel (stamina) and Nvidia (performance). Little more than just changing power profiles.
Sure, it could hotplug correctly instead - but on current consumer grade hardware/software? That'll add more than a bit to the price.
Could be 750GB drives in RAID5.
No card slot?
Ouch, 8GB of non-removeable storage. Give us a card slot and let us choose the capacity, and be free to back things up without the need to find drivers/Windows only "pc suites"/custom-connector cables.
Another sodding slider
The only good UMPC is the Fujitsu Lifebook U810 (or U1010, depending where you are). Both a tablet AND a clamshell. Slider keyboards are ok on phones where you're doing two thumb typing, but they're absolutely atrocious in any other circumstance.
In the market for a Macbook
But I want a 13" one, and I'd like it with an ExpressCard slot, a docking station, and a solid state drive.
Even the 15" Pro is too big. I need compact, digital audio in and out, firewire, bluetooth, wifi, ethernet, DVI, and from what I've found the MacBooks are the only laptop with all of the above.
Not in a hurry though, fortunately.