Saturday, 26 February 2011

Money For Posting Anything

I am sure you are a member of facebook. Do you post any links in there like videos from you tube and the likes, favourite websites, favourite web stores, etc. etc?

Do you know that you can earn something when your friends click on the link of the videos you want them to see, the websites you want them to go and anything you want them to visit?

By using a URL shortening site, you can do this. The process of earning is easy. Join, shorten a URL, copy the shortened URL and post it to facebook, email it to a friend, and when your friend clicks on the shortened URL, you earn something. It's free, fun and easy money for you.

Start earning, click the link below to register.

Access Any PC File Using iPAD

Apple products are amazing. The technology they use usually are already existing before they launch their product, but they only introduce their gadgets  after perfecting the technology. Remember PRADA phone which was launched before iPhone? And PC's are already leading the computing households before Mac's. And other tablet computers are already in the market before the iPAD.

The thing that make's an apple product number one is "it's make". It just works!

iPad changes our way in accessing the web. It is always ready to go and connect to any network, home wifi or 3G netwrok, without booting  and loading up things not necessary to access internet, like what PC's, Laptop's, Netbook's, Nettops, etc do. In fact I condsider it as a crossover between a mobile device and a netbook. It is really a very portable internet gadget with and an allday device that can last 10 hours or more.
What is not really a good reputation is it's interactivity with other gadgets. It seems like it is only dependent to internet when it comes to file sharing. And input of data can only be done with the device's input peripherals.. Bluetooth is available but useless as it only connects to an audio service. File transfer, internet teethering are not just possible!

What if you want to access a file in your PC with your iPAD? What if you want to copy a photo of something inside another machine? That's where the shortcoming  of the device comes.

Only yesterday I found out on how to access any files in any  PC , laptop, netbook, or Mac  using your iPAD without paying anything. The technology is based on internet streaming connection. It works by making your source computer as a data server and iPAD can access anything inside it.  Imagine you are in the Philippines and you want to show movies, photos, or files that you did not bring along with you. It is possible as long as your source computer is connected to the internet. Possibilities are endless and you do not need to carry memory keys that might get lost, or carry a computer because you can even use your mobile phone.

Download the program at , windows and mac format are available. Sign up as a new user and you can even share everything to your family anywhere by just telling them your access details without uploading! The best part is, it is free!

I will post some screen shots sometime!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Sony Ericcson X8 Short Battery Life

My primary phone is a Sony Ericsson K750i, about seven years old now but it is the most all rounder phone I have ever had. It's original battery can still carry you through 3 days of fair phone usage. My work as a cathlab on call nurse, I need a phone that can be easily fitted in my pocket and can easily connect to my bluetooth FM sender to the car's stereo as soon as the car is powered on while driving into the hospital while responding a call.

The reason why I do not carry smartphones is they are  bulky to carry. Like the iPhone's and blackbery's which are really great but their sizes really puts me off and they can be bulky in my pocket.

Now, here comes the experia range, the first generation X10 has quite big dimension, the mini version is, well quite tiny and thick, until X8 arrives, the new addition in sony experia smartphone range, which is at less than a £100 price is a good try for an android operating system. This model is a trimmed down version of the three existing experia range. But capabilities are much the same, other than the missing flash, it is good looking, good size, good selections of free softwares and not that expensive. It is more than I have expected with the device of this price.

The Problem.

Battery life is too short. I thought because of it as being a smartphone and touch screen, the battery drains up  in less than 24 hours of being on standby mode!  This is a nightmare of what's supposed to be "keep on going" phone brand just like my old k750i. Battery life of the x8 as advertised is
  • Talk: up to 5.5 hours
  • Standby: up to 476 hours
Click here for  full specs.

    The Suspects and Solutions.

    1.  I always suspect the background services running, especially on phones with multitasking features.

    When I checked it, there were 12 different programs running to my surprise. This is what I do not like in multitasking devices. Chances are, the applications you have opened keep on running until you manually turn them off, like the iphone 3gs and 4. This drains the battery quickly without you knowing. Remedy is to  stop the running applications and I noticed a little improvement within 24 hours. I am not yet satisfied so I tried to turn off the data service of my network, the wifi off, and the screen setting at it's lowest. I have also stopped the automatic update feature which is defaultly turned on. Within the next 24 hours observation, it is still the same, it can hardly go through 2 days of battery life! The next day I tried to put the unit on flight mode all day. This is my ultimate diagnostic on the unit. This should determine if the unit  is really capable of the advertised battery life. To my dismay, it is not the case.

    How to check running applications?

    To see the running applications instantly, press home button(centre button),unlock your screen, then swipe your thumb from the top(below the sony ericsson word) to bottom, you will see the ongoing application there!

    ***To close any application, you need  to press the back button until you see the home screen. Pressing the home button does not close the application, it jut direct you straight away into the home screen.

    Note: there is also a nice apps for android phones that lets you tweak the settings easily. See the  post under the topic  battery update here!

    2.  My next suspect is no longer the default setting and the running services but maybe a faulty battery or the unit itself.

    It is hard to distinguish, if the battery or the unit itself is the problem as I only have one unit. But I need to do a check anyhow.

    To check whether the battery is the problem, you can adjust the screen brightness setting to it's possible minimum setting, close the apps or you could put it into flight mode to observe if there is an improvement to the battery life. If there is an improvement, this means the battery is conserved because no apps or any processes has been using it.

    To check whether the unit is the problem, under normal setting conditions, the new battery should not be discharging easily. I can only  presume that the battery is in pristine order as it was sealed and I charged it according to the prescribed charging instruction.

    I have implemented the ways I know on how to save on battery but it seems like the recommendations are just not working!

    So I am convinced that the DEVICE itself is the culprit!

    3. Ultimate Remedy.

    Having checked my 14 days warranty is still valid, I called the company and arranged for a unit replacement. The costumer service told me to tweak settings, which I told them I did and tried but nothing really happened. To stop further conversations and explanations, (the customer service will ask you to do things with your unit which just delays the exchange), I told them that I tried the unit in flight mode which I really did, that should  make every phone double or triple it's standby mode battery life, especially when  the battery is new and there is nothing wrong with the unit. The customer service gave up and asked for delivery address and time of availability. Within the next 3 days, a replacement arrived!

    The New Phone.

    The new phone still runs several applications on standby mode, though I put its screen setting at it's lowest, did not put on auto update or enable those applications that use data network traffic. Wifi is left turned on. And guess what? It can go through 4 days without charging on normal use, which  then confirmed my suspicion that the first unit itself is the problem!

    My thoughts

    Sometimes, even the best selling brands have a hardware problem, although have passed quality control, one could not really be sure nothing's going to be wrong. I recommend that you keep all the documentations and boxes of your new purchase of up to a month to see and test the unit before getting rid of  them. This is to make sure you have the necessary documentations when exchanging the product. If what is advertised is far from what is real in a device, you have the right to question the company you have purchased your device, and do not delay to contact them. And when you call them for this reason, a replacement is always the best thing to say rather than repair!

    It is also really important to buy your electronic devices from a well known company, and I would recommend a company that a call to the customer service is free.

    My X8 Like Points

    What I really liked about this android phone is, it's mp3 player and free mp3 search engine, which you can download it from it's built in market place. There are several mp3 search engines available that work as a dream. Every mp3 application downloads mp3's for FREE, as long as you use your wifi access, download as many as you want. The apps search engine remind me of limewire, the only difference is you need not to share your downloaded mp3 and do not use your device as a source for mp3 downloads. There is also a link for every source which is very useful for webmasters.

    The X8
    Sony Ericsson X8 Black
    • Dimensions: 99 x 54 x 15 mm
    • Weight: 104 grams
    • TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • Scratch resistant surface
    • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
    • Proximity sensor
    • Timescape UI
    • Vibrating alert
    • MP3 Ringtones
    • Speakerphone
    • 3.5 mm Audio Jack
    • microSD Card Slot (TransFlash) (up to 16GB)
    • 3G
    • Wi-Fi Technology
    • Bluetooth Version 2.1 with A2DP
    • Micro USB v2.0
    • 3.15 Megapixel Camera
    • Geo-tagging
    • Video record and playback
    • Android OS 1.6
    • Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz processor
    • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push E-Mail, Instant Messaging
    • HTML internet browser
    • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
    • Games
    • SNS integration
    • Digital compass
    • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV Player
    • MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV Player
    • TrackID music recognition
    • Predictive text input
    • Battery life  Talk: up to 5.5 hours  /   Standby: up to 476 hours

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