Month: October 2006

Upgrade

Upgrade

I need an upgrade pretty badly. I set up a Hyperlink omnidirectional antenna with an old Linksys WAP54G, and boy, there was not a bit of improvement. I even experimented on changing the antenna selection to either left or right (warning: don’t use diversity). The current firmware does not come with an adjustable transmit power though. I wonder why. I’m currently running Firmware 2.07, the default upon purchase. Hehe, never had time to change it. My search for answers landed me to HyperWAP which does allow me to change the transmit power. I hope this works. I’ll be updating this blog if it does. Meantime, i’ll need a minute to try it out.

On another story, i guess it’s about time to upgrade my PC. I was planning to buy stuff (read: iPod) but badly enough, i was informed that my PC has a problem. I guess i’ll have to postpone it for later… or it’s just not meant to be. 😥 The problem started after the intermittent power interruptions caused by Milenyo early this month. Power turns on and off while Meralco was trying to fix things up. Blame me for not investing in a good UPS. I relied on a cheap AVR, which may not be working properly already. Yes, i haven’t heard of the ticking for some time now. I thought about it just today after a friend made me realize. And likewise blame it on JJ, the prince of RTS gaming, who never ceases to use it despite the glitches. 😀 I checked it out yesterday, and quite convincingly, it’s a power supply problem. (I did not check on other components, so i should expect more problems to come.) Well it’s not gonna cost me that much for the part but since i’m about to help a cousin purchase a computer set this coming weekend, i might as well find a few upgrades for mine.

Roundup

Roundup

All i did today was surf and read. Here are some of the great news/sites/blogs/articles i bumped across.

Think Microsoft™ “really” dominates the market as what statistics say? Is it a matter of preference, or simply monopoly? I came across this cool article Why Microsoft can’t compete with iTunes. Links in this article, like Market Share Myth, are also worth to read. (note: i’m a windows and linux user)

iPod Nano (PRODUCT) Red™ is out. As the specs says, it holds up to 1,000 songs, 25,000 photos, and a little hope. Yeah that last phrase made the difference. Apple™ partners with Bono, a world diplomat and U2 lead singer to donate $10 from every iPod nano (PRODUCT) RED to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. Likewise, i just read from Oprah’s site that Bono, not Apple, has this (RED)™ label t-shirt, jeans, and cellphones, which also donates part of the purchase for the same cause.

I am goin’ to try Mozilla’s Lightning calendar extension for Mozilla Thunderbird. It’s an integration of the Sunbird calendar platform into the Thunderbird, “allowing it to easily perform email-related calendaring tasks”. Let’s see how this works in the next few weeks. I’d say Google Calendar is still the best. I just love it’s interface. Also installed in my PC is monocalendar, a pretty alternative to Apple’s iCal (since i don’t own a mac). It still has a lot to work on, understandably because it’s latest release is stil 0.6.10, but it’s ok for simple needs.

Yahooo Mail Beta has been around for quite a while now, but i just tried it this morning. The interface is not bad, looks a lot like an email client embedded in a browser to me. The tabbed-browsing feature is cute. But my loyalty stays with Gmail. It’s still a long way for YMail. It has a lot of catching up to do, considering it’s been in the email business much longer. 😀