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Nexus One?

Google recently unveiled the HTC built Nexus One, an Android phone poised to challenge even the mighty iPhone. I have praised Android in the past, and is the happy owner of an HTC Hero. I have even been talking about starting to create applications for the Android platform, but that is yet to happen. Even though the Hero is a great phone, it has a few shortcomings compared to the iPhone and the screen is what comes to mind first. The camera also sucks monkey balls and it doesn’t come with a flash. Neither does the iPhone, though, and I don’t really use my phone as a camera that much, but every time I do, I wish the Android camera was a little better, at least when there is not much ambient light around.

Nexus One

So, what about it? Should I ditch my HTC Hero in favor of a brand new Nexus One? It’s an impressive piece of hardware that is crammed with lots of equally impressive software and with the recent update from Google, it has also got multitouch support. The screen is huge, the Snapdragon processor is lightning fast and the phone has even got a “Tri-color clickable trackball“. Come on, what more can you possible ask for!? Continue reading "Nexus One?"

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How To Build a Silent Mini-ITX server.

After I moved this site to my own, home grown Mini-ITX server, I realized that I needed a new one. The current server didn’t have the horsepower to cope with the odd request peaks I was seeing and with only half of the 1GB of available RAM being recognized by the motherboard, I had a major problem. Even though the VIA CPU featured passive cooling, the chassis fan made a lot of noise and while disabling the fan didn’t make the server too hot, it just unveiled the fact that the hard drives were quite noisy as well.

So I set off on a quest to find the ultimate Mini-ITX for a home server for my web server and mail server. The server had to be both powerful and silent, meaning no noisy power supply, no CPU fans and no clicking hard drives. The only real way to achieve this is by building a server with no moving parts at all. I also wanted to use a enclosure that looked nice enough to have in the living room. After a lot of research I ended up with the following hardware:

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Now With Even More Mobile Phone!

First of all: My Twitter feed is a bit more active than this site has been lately. What about following me there? A brilliant idea!

WPtouch. While browsing the interweb on my iPhone a while back, I came across a site using the WPtouch plugin for WordPress. It automagically displays your WordPress site in a more mobile-friendly way and everything works surprisingly well out of the box. It’s supposed to work well on not only the iPhone and Android handsets, but all kinds of mobile browsers. I’ve only tested on my iPhone and on someone’s HTC Hero, but it looked very nice on those two handsets. I’ve even taken the liberty to include a screen shot in this post. If you have a WordPress site, you need this plugin to better support everyone who is browsing your site on a mobile device.

And while we’re on the subject of mobile phones; I’m considering ditching my iPhone in favor of an Android handset. The HTC Hero has become rather popular at work and I’ve had the chance to play around with it for a while. So far, so good. According to the reviews I’ve read, the major drawback of the Hero is that it can be a bit laggy at times, but this has been addressed by HTC in a recent patch. Also, my first generation iPhone is getting slower and slower for each update Apple releases, opening the Messages application can take as much as half a minute some times. Continue reading "Now With Even More Mobile Phone!"

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And the Winner is…

As a follow up to last week’s “Snapshots” entry, here are a few words about the digital compact camera I bought in the end; the Canon Digital IXUS 100 IS.

In the store I also looked at the Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS, a camera that, according to its specifications and the store clerk, would take higher quality pictures than the 100 IS. The price was the same, but the 870 IS a bit larger and as my shopping helper pointed out; I already have a huge camera that takes high quality pictures, what I was looking for now was something really compact. And the 100 IS is really compact.

Even though I’ve not had the chance to test the new camera properly yet, I’m very pleased with what I’ve seen so far. The camera is snappy, the automatic mode works well, there is a myriad of presets if you don’t want to use the automatic mode – one example is a preset for “fireworks”, not sure how often I’ll need that – and it’s possible to manually control the ISO value, white balance and exposure control. I wish it was possible to control the shutter speed and aperture, though.

Over the next two, three weeks, I’ll most likely take a few pictures with the 100 IS and there’s a chance I’ll post some of them here for you to glare at. The photos used in the Candy Test Part I were all taken using the new camera in automatic mode, which correctly switched to macro mode when the object was moved close enough to the lens. The quality of the images is about as high as my expectations for a compact in the 100 IS’ price range.

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Snapshots.

I’ve had a lot of fun with my Canon EOS 400D digital SLR. If you take a look at the entries tagged with photography, you can see some of the many pictures I’ve taken with it. I even purchased Aperture to get the most out of every photo, and I have a couple of blow ups hanging in my living room.

But there is one major issue with the 400D and the kit I’m using now: It’s just too large to take with me wherever I go. This summer I will be out and about a little and I’ve decided to see if it’s possible to find a digital compact camera that will cover my needs without being too pricey.

I’ve decided to stick with Canon since I’ve never had any real problems with any of my Canon cameras, the image quality has always been great and Canon cameras are usually scoring quite high in the various reviews I’ve read. Continue reading "Snapshots."

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