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Tech / AT&T or T-Mobile Data Usage in US
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:21:35 AM »
Hi everyone,

Not sure if anyone still remembers me here tongue.gif
But I have a question which I find is really difficult to find out the details just browsing the internet.

This all has to do with our trip to the US, and field trip we'll be doing in Hawaii and California.
I will unlock my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy Ace) so I can use it in the US to receive calls.
It looks like I will only be able to use it on the 2G network though (with AT&T or T-Mobile):
2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100 or HSDPA 850 / 1900 - Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830L

This phone is a A-GPS phone, which means I need to be within range of my providers cell towers (in this case either AT&T or T-Mobile).
For any of those, I can hardly find any information if they sell SIM Cards only that includes Data usage!
I can find some SIM card information (very expensive actually) but none of them mentions Data Usage.
I need Data Usage because of the A-GPS system from my phone (or it won't connect much to the GPS satelites).
I do think I will get Nav software where I can download the maps on my phone so not to use too much data though.

Any ideas are most welcome.
This is mainly for the State of California where we want to do the Pacific Coastline Road up to San Fransisco, and Hawaii (Oahu).

Thanksssss all smile.gif
The Stranger

Community / Major event coming up in March 2012
« on: February 11, 2011, 08:19:14 AM »
Hi everyone,

Just wondering if All is still around?
I'm not able to get to iChat anymore and use Skype/GChat these days to stay in contact with friends.
Hence, haven't been talking to All (and John) to much anymore.

Anyway, we have a major event coming up in March 2012 which will have us going to Hawaii biggrin.gif

I'll leave it up to you all to have a guess hehehe tongue.gif

There's no smiley that fits it so I just take 'our' personal one kiss.gif


Community / Kung Hei Fat Choi
« on: February 03, 2011, 10:52:28 AM »
Just showing off my 'advances' in Cantonese tongue.gif


2009 / Camera on the iPod Nano?
« on: September 11, 2009, 07:05:05 AM »
I'm surprised there isn't a topic about the introduced camera on the iPod Nano... but that might just be because nobody really cares about that?

Honestly, I have no idea why you would do that?
So now you make moves with your iPod Nano while you probably have a cell phone doing exactly the same thing these days.
I did not see any result in quality yet but even if it's better than your average cell phone... why?
Oh wait... now you can actually make a movie of your run cycle while listening to music (can you do that together?).

Apple felt the market for video, as the Flip is in is excitting and worth getting in to.

Euhm... OK...

I still don't get it.

If the iPod Nano is to become absolete in technology, than wouldn't it be better to focus on the releasing proper technology on hardware that does have a future?
I'm not even saying that the Nano is to become absolete, just that it might be a way of thinking.
Still... not sure if a camera would help.

The Nano doesn't even come close to the video capabilities that the iPhone/iPod Touch has onboard so why put it there?


2009 / What programming language would be best?
« on: July 15, 2009, 10:49:20 AM »
Hi everyone,

For a while now, I have an idea that I somehow want to see developed up to the point I'll have to make decisions on what to do with it (go for it or not).
My initial idea, and still my most favorite idea is to create an online package that people can access and use as a service to them.
At this point to be able to use this service you'll either have to go to an agency that can help you with it, and you'll pay a good deal of money, or you can do it online but than you'll only have the basic functions.
I want to clear the middle ground and give people the ability to do this without the intervention of an agency and still have full access and control to what they want with all the options that comes with it.
This service is slowly turning in an online business (didn't used to be like that) and that's also the reason why I want to do this online.
Here are my 3 different paths to go:
1) Favorite: create online software package that people can access and use. No need to pay for access or software but payable when you use the service.
2) Offline software package (Windows) free of charge but payable when you use it and publish online.
3) Offline software package (Windows), payable but free to use it on any website/host of your choice.

Obvious, it's easy to predict problems with choice 2 and 3 unless you are really good in making it secure, still... people will find a way around whatever you do.

So, for all of you who have experience in any way with these, feel free to put your choices on the three poll questions published.
First question is about the software you would be using when you would program an extensive package for online use.
Second questions, the same but when you want to create a software package to download/buy
third questions is what you would prefer knowing that the service is online based.

I know, I know.... there's probably much more involved in this than what I said but just spit it all out and I'll even update the poll answers with any other languages you might think are worth looking into.

To finish this, I'm either thinking to learn the language myself but I also realize that when I really want to do this, I'll hardly be specialized enough to create something like this, so I'll need help.
Still, always good to have some basic knowledge.

The software itself will be pretty complicated, involving Word Processing, charting and maths and need to be able to export to Office products.

Bet I scared all of you away now tongue.gif

Hey, thanks anyway and I'm really curious for the answers smile.gif

2009 / MB-Pro Monitor died. Options for computer?
« on: April 30, 2009, 04:53:58 AM »
Hi everyone,

Smiley's MacBook-Pro died... well at least the monitor did sad.gif
Actually... not even the monitor since they replaced it but that didn't work.
It seems to be a connection on the motherboard and to have it replaced they had to replace the entire motherboard, costing us around £800 which is to my feeling not worth the cost.
Even more since they said we only have a warranty of 3 months I think it was, so what if it fails again after that.

Now we are trying to think what to do with the computer itself.
I know I can start it up using the FireWire disk mode to access her stuff, or we can hook up an external monitor which seems to work.
We don't have an external monitor though, and we are probably not going to get one just for this reason.
We will be getting a Home Theatre Projector soon, but this one does not have the resolution supported for the computer so I'm not sure if it will work, and how (you need a Media projector for this).

So what will we do with the computer dntknw.gif

Now I was wondering if we could access the DVD player from that computer using FireWire disk mode?
Which would be good as that computer is Region 1 (not to forget has optical out).
Also, can we access the webcam somehow?

I once found an article talking about connecting another portable computer up through IP (internet?, so you can use that ones monitor.
Is there any way you can do this? (so I can link up my own Powerbook and use that monitor for the MB)

Thanks people

2009 / Why there's a bite in Apple's apple
« on: February 06, 2009, 08:54:11 AM »
Hi everyone,

It's been agesssss since I posted a topic but I did found something interesting while reading the link on Mayo's post on the "new" 240Gb drive for the iPod.

I found a timeline about Apple years with and without Steve Jobs.
The timeline itself did not really gave lots of details I expected from it (judging from the title) but I did found an interesting picture showing why exactly there's a "bite" in Apple's apple.
The picture is on the third slide on that timeline.
I am not in the ability to put the picture here since it's in flash, and I'm on a Windows box at work so I can't crop/copy a screendump wink.gif

So I guess initially the word "apple" was set in this "bite" smile.gif

I thought it was interesting to see though since I always wondered where the logo came from.


Community / What happened...
« on: April 01, 2008, 03:22:38 PM »
We are back... again smile.gif

A few weeks ago, I came home finding my internet modem offline.
I called BT to hear what was wrong (it was actually the telephone line that was dead) and they told me that I couldn't had a telephone connection.
They insisted once, even when I said I had the connection for 3 months but I guess they noticed something must have been wrong on their side since I also have the internet from a different provider using that line.
I took them a couple of weeks (more than 3) to get us back to the telephone network, and an additional week to get the internet reconnected.
At the end it seems that BT had switched hardware in the exchange box and either forgot to connect us again or simply thought we were wrongfully connected.

That was last thursday but in the mean while we went to Belgium for my sisters wedding smile.gif
Back in London now, and finally able to get a little message on TS.

It seems to become a habit for me to dissapear wink.gif
But why can't I do that when I really want to dissapear... hmmm


2008 / Leopard Ad in the New York Times
« on: January 17, 2008, 06:32:02 AM »
Hey all,

I really liked this new add in the New York Time and the Wall Street Journal.


2007 / What can possibly be the reason that my iBooks restart itself?
« on: August 20, 2007, 12:48:15 PM »
Hi everyone,

I have been having this for weeks now, my iBook restart itself at 1:54PM, possibly every day.
I always have it in the weekends at that time (didn't check during weekdays since i'm at work, but I tend to check it one of these days).
Been checking what it might be and even deleting some software that might be the problem.
Like I deleted Mac HelpMate since it has an "autocheck" function, also been disabling all "auto updates" that I could find thinking it might be that related.
But none of it seems to help, the iBook just likes to restart at that perticular time of day.
If it wasn't a mac, I would think I might have a virus on it wink.gif

The thing is, I have only one idea left (that it might be) and one thing I can try out (and will) when Smiley is here.
The idea is that it might be related to my battery sad.gif
It is down to 61% of it's capacity and it's time to get a new one, but before I buy another one I want to be sure it is NOT another hardware problem like the motherboard or so, would be bad.
So when Smiley is here, I am going to reinstall this iBook from scratch, and also zap the PRAM first.
I might first zap the PRAM anyway to see if it's solved or not.

Anyway, I have been searching the net for possible reasons "why" but all I found was it might be the battery.
When someone here can help me out with some more information, I am happy to hear about it.


2007 / Adding favourits to the TOP of a finder window.
« on: August 20, 2007, 12:39:45 PM »
Hi All,

I bet alot of you already knew but I just found this out.
I know you can add anything you like to the left side of a finder window by just dragging it into it but... yesterday I found you can also put files (and folders?) on the TOP bar of the finder window ohmy.gif
When clicking on it, it opens that specific file, just like a shortcut.
It might be handy for files you use much, but don't feel like adding to the cluster of folders from the left side of your finder window.


That's a picture from Smiley, just so I can click on it and see her lovely face whenever I want (and don't feel like turning my head... since she's on every side of the room here)


Community / Updated website, and more to come :)
« on: August 19, 2007, 03:57:22 AM »
Hi people smile.gif

Since a few people here have been pointing me out at some issues, and helping me with a problem I had in Safari I thought I should post new updates from my website here.
It's not really much of a topic but some might to see how it's all evolving.

So I will update this topic as I'll update the website, just to keep you guys busy tongue.gif
When you visit the website you can always check my "latest updates" to see what has been changed or added... or take out (even that happens) or maybe changed room... well anything can happen there.


What has been updated since I took out the frames:
- Added (and noted) PayPal to my website
- Added "Lightbox 2" to show my pictures now (a-ma-zing)
- I have deleted my own script for the thumbnails.
- I have gone "Widescreen", adding more space to the textfield.
- Added a Favicon (which only seens to work if you put it online?)
- Added "My iTunes Widget" to my website


2007 / Safari is being annoying on my website.
« on: August 12, 2007, 05:10:23 AM »

My website marceldaems is growing into "Alpha" state since this weekend. But when I also tested it out in Safari I found a really annoying bug on how Safari handles my website. All works really well till... you accidentaly scroll or use the scroll function on my website. I can't really explain what it's doing, it just seems like Safari takes the entire "mainframe" and slides it to the left leaving only the red colored background to see. When you scroll back the frame comes back also.

Maybe some of you can try it out on my website (follow link above or in signature) and even maybe some can tell me why this is cause I have no idea why Safari is doing something like this? There is absolutely nothing that can trigger an effect like this. I did added some CSS code to make my drop-down menu appear under the red line (as it looks better then just having the black text boxes appear over it), but when taking this out, it doesn't help... Safari is still doing this annoying thing.

I feel bad about this since Safari is about the standard on Apple (and recently also on Windows). A good thing is that this behavious is not happening in Camino, Firefox and Opera (latest browsers). Haven't tested it on others.

I hope anyone can point me at least in the good direction... or maybe it's just a bug in Safari?


2007 / Went to Apple Store London and...
« on: August 12, 2007, 05:01:58 AM »
Hey all smile.gif

I went to the Apple Store yesterday, the one in Regent Street, London and this is what I found from the latest updates.
First of all, the new iMacs. They really do look much better than the previous one, I never really liked that huge white plastic case. Not going into another debate about iMacs being good for games or not, I feel that the 2.4Ghz is really well worth buying. To my feeling this is the most "snappy" processor I ever tried out. Everything opens really fast and the reactions on input is really instantly. At a certain point I felt it was going to well that I started to doubt if those macs were already running OsX.5, but they weren't wink.gif Even opening Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator went really fast but playing around in PhotoShop presented me with the biggest issue I found on... iLife '08.
It seems iPhoto '08 doesn't present itself on your harddrive as being a folder anymore. If you check the Finder you'll see an iPhoto Application Icon. One you can still enter by "Show Package Content" in the Finder but it's impossible to load a picture from the iPhoto '08 library from within PhotoShop sad.gif It's not even possible to simply open a picture from within Preview anymore. In the PhotoShop Browser (or Adobe Browser), if you browse to your iPhoto '08 library, you can still press "open" but what happens is... iPhoto '08 opens itself. From within iPhoto you can set PhotoShop as your external Editor but isn't this abit to complicated? Maybe there's a setting in iPhoto '08 to have your library behave as a "folder" or as a "package" but I haven't checked that out.

Pages and Numbers really surprised me a little. Being a designer and although I like to design my own stuff I can imagine that a lot of people will like those packages. Specialy with the choice of templates in both.

I tried out the new keyboard and all I can say is that, after 10 or 15 seconds getting used to the new keys I was totally convinced with it. And when I say "getting used", then I don't mean how the keys feel, but more how I have to put my fingers on the keyboard to strike the correct keys (I can type blind). Smooth is the only thing I can say about that smile.gif

I tried one of the new Minis also and... gosh... although they do use the Intel Core Duo 2 processors now, it was really dissapointing to feel their "speed"... cause there wasn't much of it. It probably has to do with the graphic powers of the Mini also but realy, this is not somehting you want if you wish instant reactions on any request you have for the system.


2007 / The ModBook?
« on: July 31, 2007, 02:00:27 PM »
Wow.... anyone have seen this ModBook?

I never knew about this till I listened to a Dutch podcast.
I tried to find more information besides the website but didn't really found alot.
Seems they are only selling it in US and Canada so far, although they said to be shipping it to more places last quarter of 2007 (so that means from september?).

It really looks interesting, would even be better to have a touch screen like iPhone but this will be OK for now.
I guess you can still hook up a bluetooth keyboard (or USB) also.
I wonder however if you can put the display up again? doesn't like like it?
Another thing is, if you loose the CD/DVD tray, you can even have it set with a second harddisk ohmy.gif
Plus, since you can order through OWC you can also have more choices of harddisks anyway, up to 200Gb 7200 rpm drives.... yaaaaay or order the 3GB Ram on the MacBook... oh sorry, ModBook. smile.gif

All starting from the original MacBook and they convert it.
The design is good (although not sure about the on/off button) but the double colored enclosing doesn't look to good.
Maybe it should have been better to start from the MacBook Pro so they could create the metal look all around.

Now I only wish I could see it in action somewhere.


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