Friday, September 15, 2006

Plantronics Pulsar 590E Bluetooth Headset

Just picked these up for 6,700 baht at Jaymart, Siam Paragon. Quite a nice package. A few thoughts:

  • Nice comfortably, haven't felt sore ears yet.
  • Several ways to use them, with a wire, with Bluetooth adapter or with Bluetooth directly.
  • Handles Bluetooth stereo with my P990.
  • Worked with Skype over Bluetooth on my Fujitsu P1510 (but the Fujitsu does not do stereo)
  • Great range in open area, working with my P990 for at least 30 feet.
  • So far the battery life has not been a problem, and there are several charging options, on the stand, with a cable and via USB charger.
  • Nice travel case, to keep them from getting mangled.


  • Normal Bluetooth connecting problems, likely with the P990.
  • Earpiece swivel is not a full 90 degrees to allow them to lie flat. Still need the Sony DJ head phones for that.
  • Could have been built a bit beefier.
  • The charger plug is small, and sometimes there is no way to know if it’s in and charging.
  • No obvious battery meter.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

ZuluPad for storing personal data

I've been using this neat app for storing frequently used sites and senstitive data. Since you don't really want to keep your senstitive passwords stored in Firefox (cause thats where crackers will look), you need to store them somewhere else that is trusted.
  • Plain text, no frills display
  • Instant link creation, kind of like a wiki
  • Runs from a thumb drive uninstalled

Monday, August 28, 2006

Funny Thread.... on - Moderater gets pissed!

This thread gets a bit funny... A guy asks if he should buy the P990, and the forum moderator flips out and locks the thread after working through 3 different closing posts. He obviously takes this his appointment seriously after lambasting forum “newbies”. I got nothing against this guy but it’s funny to see an administrator’s with a God Complex.

As far as what he says:

But you don't have any right to judge other people's opinions about their phones like that and say that they're unfair or dishonest, just because they're different than what you think.”

Um, yes we do have the right to judge your opinion. If you don’t mention your phone is “VERY STABLE” AFTER your firmware upgrade, which I read that you did, then you are not giving this guy a fair answer – in fact the reason we bring it up is cause it may be biased. And as father of the forum, you have no excuse not knowing what the general reaction to the phone is and taking that into account in your answer…. unless you are in fact a cheerleader. If you were to say, “after a firmware upgrade, I find it VERY STABLE”, you would be giving much more useful info. Most people expect their phone to work out of the box. Instead, you come off as biased, and thus got lambasted.

The other funny think is he thinks the two or 3 responders are the same person, cause they have the same opinion.

Hey Google, we don't want you to save our search results

Saving search results is just a bad idea. As we have seen with the AOL mistake, it's just going to come back and bite people in the butt. At the very least, Google, give me the option to remove any reference to saved search results. I know you can turn it off, but just keep it out of my sight.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Nice download meter

BitMeter 2 is a bandwidth meter, it allows you to visually monitor your internet connection by displaying a scrolling graph that shows your upload and download speed over time. BitMeter is freeware - ie. it is given away completely free of charge, there is no trial period, no time-limited features, no spyware, and no adware, guaranteed.

Have given this a try, and have to say it is as good as NetMeter which required a crack.

Trying out VMware

Want to step into the world of Virtual Machines? Try this:

1. Listen to this podcast (or read it) from Security Now.
2. Install VMWare Player.
3. Download an OS to run. (Callened and appliance.) Try Ubuntu with Firefox.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Snipping on the P1510

Check out this tablet pc feature called Snipping Tool 2.0. Just use the stylus to circle the screen grab you want. Then save it to disk or email it. Cool.