Sunday, December 28, 2008

nokia 5800 unboxing photos

tags : nokia 5800 unboxing photos, pictures
Hello dear All,
finally I managed to get my hands on a device (bought one, just before the Christmas)
the box
Tha packaging is satisfying it contains :
  • phone case
  • phone stand
  • this thing (that could or could not be used as stylus in some cases)
  • headphones
  • USB cable
  • video cable
  • 1 spare stylus
  • and the phone
    ( the stereo speakers, top left and top right )
  • Li-Ion battery 1320 mah
    ( under the battary is the "Made in China" message )
  • 8GB microSD (left is the microSD, adn the SIM in the right)

so this is it, if somebody needs more pictures, please make a request.
The build quality is good, it is plastic and it is light, and it feels nice in the hand. With the time we will see how it handles the scratches, one thing is sure now, it gets dirty from the hands.
The touch-screen is very responsive, and the haptic function (feedback, it vibrates on click) creates a very nice feeling. So using the querty keyboard in full-screen mode is very easy.
Pros :
* Good build quality
* Good screen resolution and touch interface
* Good storage access speed in USB storage mode: 1.5MB/s for writing, a little more for reading.
(there are other good things about this phone but i will concentrate myself on the flaws)
Cons :
* no software base for this device
* no native .avi support
* 3.2 mpx camera has bellow average quality (the colour saturation is missing)
* lack of joystick
* no compatibility with software for S60 for Symbian 9 ed. 3 (aka N95 and compatibles)
The worst problem is however the software base. It doesn't matter how long nokia is claiming openness they still dont have it. The software store (Menu->Download) contains around 14 software that are said to be free for download and after they install, all of them require license. As google said it is all about software and if nokia doesn't learn it, it is doomed.
Also it seems very strange cause Maemo platform has a good software base, and they make development with compatibility in mind, i guess that their project manager has a better view.
It is very disappointing that after so many years of software development for S60, the good old software that once worked have to be thrown away cause it doesnt work on new Symbian version.
I can say just one thing, this is a mistake, and they will face consequences.
I would gladly install Maemo on this phone, if only there were a solution for this.
more will follow...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

DNA programming ...

So here i am a, mediocre c/c++/java programmer grasping knowledge to understand the puzzles of linux, and of how stuffs are made in computing. But all this seems a little small when compared to programming life. Life which should be a program too, and we a re its execution units. Here we are solving some kind of problem, nobody knows it, or at least i don't know the question of live, purpose and its problem.
And here is a video about how life is programmed, and are we really ready to start coding in the LIFE.
Paul Rothemund can design DNA molecules that fold up into complicated two-dimensional shapes
More interesting stuff on bio-programming :
  • Endy gives talk on DNA programming paper   video
  • Smart DNA: Programming the Molecule of Life for Work and Play paper
And now a question for the involving one: why are we programmed with such a small life span ? 100 years is not the natural limit. Something is wrong here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

why nokia will fail ...

Nokia the big mobile company, has been loosing ground the last years to other companies (HTC, Apple, Samsung...)
... So why ?
I think it is their wrong strategy to not make a good phone. Nokia is a big company has many design departments and each its phone products, they even have different operating systems (S40, S60, S80).
So the problem for nokia is to keep those departments working, cause each department develops its own phone model line. So if nokia has 2 phones A and B, the company will forbid to the department designing A to make it the "perfect" phone, cause who will buy the "not so perfect" B.
So this marketing strategy is totally different from Apple's strategy, i'm not a fan of apple, but at least they know what is marketing.
So an advice for nokia is to get a new marketing team, cause the current one lives with the glory days of the past, but the past is long gone and it is not comming back.
So why nokia will fail, cause i don't get it?
The world has changed, the strategy doesn't work anymore, other companies has found strategies to overcome nokia strategy. Also nokia is slow in innovation.
Ex : N95, N82, N800, N810 : are all devices based on 3 year old design, i'm talking about the core the TI OMAP 24XX architecture that was designed in 2004. TI released the OMAP 3 architecture almost one year ago (beginning 2008), and still no product announcements.
Yes nokia makes good phones, but today's users want more than just a phone with features, they want features with phones, so start moving forward nokia, start moving!!! Wish you better results in 2009 Nokia. and a couple of hours later they showed the N97 in Barcelona :

CUDA related stuff

CUDA lecture and presentation (mp3 and ppt) :
An introduction to CUDA architecture and its benefits.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

parallel programming

so here we are : probably parallel programming the next best thing, and cuda is here to help.
  • here are some projects based on cuda
  • here is how to set up cuda development in linux (ubuntu).
  • and here is the fix for cuda 2.0 with ubuntu 8.10
so today is the development environment setup day. ... a while later ... and now the example make was successful, and i could see the modelling samples that comes with CUDA SDK. a couple of interesting projects would be :
  • mathematics problems that require high computational resources.
  • video encoding
  • encoding
  • cryptography
  • compression/decompression
  • modelling
  • password recovery

Friday, November 14, 2008

linux tips : search inside archives

search for a file inside a path containing archives ( .tar.gz .tgz ) I had the following problem : many archives ( .tar.gz ) and i needed to find where is located a specific file, so i came up with the following script:
#script to find a file inside an archive in a specific path

if [ $# -eq 2 ] ; then
 LIST=`find $1 -name '*.tar.gz'`
 for file in $LIST
  result=`tar -tzvf $file | grep -c $2`
  if [ $result -gt 0 ] ; then
   echo "Found in $file"
   echo  "  `tar -tzvf $file | grep $2`"
  # tar -tzvf $file
 echo usage : $0 path_to_search name_to_find

exit 0

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

a date with asus g50v-a2

so here it is my date for today, her name is g50v :) i saw her face she was standing lonely in the corner : i took a closer look : and then i estimated the catch in 3d space: and came forward to say hello: first she turned the back to me: one way and another : but after i told her about my intentions she decided to open herself to me: then we had a little chat about math and how good she is at it : in the morning (high performance profile): in the evening (battery profile): then she told me something about herself: in the morning(high performance) her face looks like this : in the evening(battery profile) the face looks like this: but the rest of her is the same : when she's chilling in the office she looks like this : also she said she feels good about her memory: my conclusion after the date is the following : RAM : 2x 2 GB Hynix memory HDD : 2x Seagate 7200.2 200GB CPU : Intel T9400 GPU : Geforce 9700 GT WIFI: abgn CDRW/DVDRW/BRD Altec Lansing speakers : medium laptop sound quality I/O : SD 2.0 reader, ESATA, USB x4, wifi antenna, hdmi, VGA, 1394 (aka firewire), GB LAN, Mic, Line in, Phones/s/pdif also in front BT/wifi hard (hopefully, it looks hard but it might be soft) switch. and the magic oled display in the front that should help, if only it could show the temperature and other interesting things, currently it is limited to cpu/ram/battery info + some windows things : email, msn . 15.4" screen 1680x1050 which is pretty enough for daily tasks. in the end this laptop looks almost like a 17" er , the difference probably is about 2-3 cm in width, so it might be a better idea to take the 17" with better GPU. also in the process of mating i somehow lost the expressGate, funny. From the bad sides : * people always complain to me that the builtin microphone quality is below average. * low battery life (more to come, if i will ever update) anyway, have a good day, thank you for ur time. here follows is a complete forum thread/review :

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

the start

here i stand to make the first step into the shared universe. i am a hired c/c++/java programmer lost somewhere on the cyprus island, hoping one day to escape to a better place. soon there will be more.