GPS Frustrations

GPS Woes

GPS Woes

I’ve been using GPS-based devices for quite a while now and I still can’t figure out why I lock-ons are so erratic. It’s quite annoying really and I probably need to do some research on the Internet to figure this out or I’ll just end up being frustrated a lot.

Here’s some advice that I’ve gotten from others on how to get accurate lock-ons which I ultimately can’t verify fully as I’ve tried them in different combinations with varying effect.

  • Fact or Myth #1: You need to get true Line of Site (LOS) in an open space
  • Fact or Myth #2: You need to be still and stay in one location in order to get a lock-on

Actually those are the only two things I know on how to get GPS lock-ons and I have at least 3 devices that have GPS but I seem to have trouble with them on most occasions. The best performing one I have is my Garmin Nuvi, followed by my T-Mobile G2 and lastly my new Timex Global Trainer. I need to do more research.

My Timex COULD NOT LOCK-ON at all this morning on my run even with me spending 10minutes or so sitting on a bench to allow it to get a lock. Gah! I feel like I’ve wasted my money on it.

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5 Things I Love & Hate About Android

T-Mobile G2

T-Mobile G2

I’ve been using my T-Mobile G2 now for close to half-a-year and here are 5 things that I absolutely love about Android:

  1. Tight integration with Google services. Gmail. Google Calendar. Tasks. I don’t think any other platform can say this about itself. The evil masterminds over at Google must have had a visionary roadmap in order for this to happen. Android was no accident.
  2. I love my keyboards. Android phone makers seem to be the only ones who still serve this segment of the market. I hate pure touch screen phones. I hate touch screen based keyboards even more.
  3. Swype. It’s cool. Even so, I still prefer my physical keyboard though.
  4. Widgets. Widgets are nifty. Apps too. Flash support three.
  5. Multiple home screens & the spiffy way in which wallpapers are oversized. Try an Android phone and you’ll see what I mean.

And here are 5 things that I hate about Android:

  1. Memory management is unpredictable. There is no true way to kill an app in Android even with a Task Killer.
  2. No Google Navigation support in Malaysia but then again I wouldn’t trust it over my Garmin n√ľvi.
  3. The built-in Mail app is horrible. Microsoft & Apple has done a better job supporting Exchange, POP & IMAP.
  4. Purchasing apps off the Market is not possible. Apple’s spot on about this one.
  5. Copy & paste functions are inferior compared to an iPhone.

On another note, RunKeeper Pro is the pits on my phone. I can’t get a GPS lock almost all the time but thankfully My Tracks which comes standard on my the T-Mobile version of HTC’s hardware is kinda OK. At least I can track my distance and time with that. It works way better compared to RunKeeper Pro. ūüėõ

And there you have it. I’ll probably have to do a more complete write-up about my phone one of these days. I love it but I wonder if some of my gripes are a HTC thing or not. There isn’t a perfect phone out there. Yet. The iPhone’s probably the closest to perfection but I hate touchscreen-based keyboards so go figure.

Save Social Energy & Win a LG Optimus 7

Save Social Energy

Save Social Energy

Hi all!

Microsoft’s got a Save Social Energy campaign running promoting the brand new Windows Live Messenger and¬†I ¬†just discovered that we can win a Windows Phone 7 by spreading the word on the whole campaign.

Just follow the link below for a shot at the phone for yourself.

http://www.savesocialenergy.com/prize.aspx?ref=f396597a-9906-42cb-82cd-a00f0b91dc40

Ni no Kuni

The gorgeous world of Ni No Kuni

The gorgeous world of Ni No Kuni

Hayao Miyazaki’s a genius! I just recently spent a weekend re-watching “My Neighbour Totoro”, “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke” which got me thinking about Ni no Kuni, a game that is currently being developed by Level-5 (the makers of Dragon Quest VIII, Rogue Galaxy & the recent White Knight Chronicles).¬†Based on what I’ve seen so far. I’m like…¬†Wow. Ni no Kuni is one beautiful game and the best part of it is that it features character designs and animated sequences by Studio Ghibli themselves.

The main protagonist Oliver & his magical friend

The main protagonist Oliver & his magical friend

The Nintendo DS is definitely the best platform for RPGs right now and there’s a tonne of stuff to play; which is great! I am so looking forward to Ni no Kuni and am currently waiting for my copy of Dragon Quest IX which my colleague helped order off Play-Asia. If Ni no Kuni has the same charm as a Studio Ghibli movie then I’m pretty sure the game’ll be a hit in Japan. It’ll be a welcome addition to my small but solid library of DS games.

The beautiful world of Ni no Kuni

The beautiful world of Ni no Kuni

For more on Ni no Kuni check out the Japanese trailer that was released at TGS o9′.

The Yellow Light of Death: @PlayStation This One’s for You

My Precious?

My Precious?

After 2 years plus of faithful service my poor ol’ white PS3 has succumbed to hi-tech complications and the worst part is that I’ve always used it moderately and taken care of it. Just a couple of months ago it started displaying the following symptoms:

  1. PS3 is powered up and the LED turns RED indicating it is on standby
  2. I switch it on, the unit beeps indicating it is powering up. The LED turns GREEN indicating it’s powering up.
  3. My PS3 beeps and the LED flashes YELLOW then it shuts down.
  4. What follows can only be described as Ultra Man-like cos’ the RED LED just blinks and blinks and blinks.
  5. I have to repeat the process at least 3 to 8 times before I can get it on.
  6. What’s more the system shuts itself down occasionally. *sighs*

I had a chat with my friends over at Gamer’s Hideout and I found out that this a pretty regular occurrence witn PS3s. Although not as bad as the XBOX 360’s 3 ROD problem, the problem has enough occurrences to garner its own monicker online – the YELLOW LIGHT OF DEATH or YLOD for short. From what little I’ve read on so far the problem occurs for two reasons:

  1. Some sort of problem with the heatsink that’s located in the innards of the PS3; or
  2. A loose harddrive

My brother tried option 2 but to no avail and the tools needed to muck around with the heatsink aren’t readily/easily available; which is why I dropped off my unit at Gamer’s Hideout to get a technician to look at it. The PS3’s a great machine but I’m truly annoyed that it just upped & semi-died on me for no good reason other than age. The build quality on hi-tech stuff is really suspect and it’s pretty disheartening to realise that some of these gadgets get pushed out to market so quick and not be given the time to be thoroughly tested due to market demands.

I miss my PS3 now more for its Blu-Ray playback cos’ I’ve been using it more for movies now than for actual gaming. I hope the technician can fix it cos’ it’d be pretty crummy to have to get a new one. The good news is that the HDD sizes are being increased in upcoming units but the bad news is that I heard that the current builds for the PS3 Slim have the same YLOD problems that occur much sooner during the ownership cycle. *sighs*

Where’s the pride that comes with making a product that lasts? I thought consoles were supposed to last a generation not die half-way in a generation. @PlayStation, I hope you are reading this cos’ as much as I love the PS3, an occurrence like this lowers my faith in the brand tremendously. The price for hi-tech tech is faster degradation apparently which doesn’t speak much for pride in workmanship in this day & age of fast moving consumables. It’s a good thing I have my Nintendo DSi to occupy what little downtime I have after work & church stuff. Nuff’ said.

Iron Man Science Pt. 2

Iron Man Science Continues

Iron Man Science Continues

Iron Man Month continues with a brand new article on the science behind Tony Stark’s armour. This time Ryan Haupt ¬†takes a look at the user interface (UI) in Iron Man’s suit and some possible tech that could be used to control it.

Have a read of the article here.

On another note, I already have my tickets for Iron Man 2 and am so looking forward to catching it tomorrow. Expectations are running high for this one and I’m kicking my fingers crossed that Jon Favreau does a great job with the sequel or does a one-up on the 1st Iron Man flick.

Iron Man Science

Iron Man Month at Marvel.com

Iron Man Month at Marvel.com

Heh heh… It’s Iron Man month on Marvel.com and I just read 2 interesting article that talk about the plausibility of Tony Stark’s armour in the real world.¬†Check out the links below for some geeky articles about ol’ Shell Head’s armour and how it could possibly work if we were to build something like that today!

Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow & Scarlett Johansson; releases May 7th! I. Can’t. Wait.