Computers

Using 3G on my Laptop

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I finally managed to get my HTC Hero to share the 3G connection with my MacBook Pro! In order to do that I used an app called PDANet that had to be installed on the phone and on my Mac, I would have preferred to do it with no additional apps but I needed to root my phone to do that.

Here’s the speed test of the connection:

I am currently using the connection to update my Mac and iPad and so far everything is going fine it should take 2 hours to download the 1GB update and for Lebanon that’s not bad!

Once all my devices are updated I’ll probably review iOS 5 and the new iCloud services.

The iPad

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apple ipad

People are excited to get an iPad but I can’t really see a reason to buy one, specially not for 999$ from Lebanon. The only time I wish I had one is when I am going to the bathroom since it has a bigger screen then my HTC Hero so it would be easier to browse the web on it. I don’t think I’ll ever use it to watch videos or just browse the net from anywhere else. Any laptop or notebook would be better at that in my opinion.

Microsoft – Nokia Deal, Exclusive Details and Pictures

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Today Microsoft and Nokia will announce an agreement, people were guessing that this agreement involves Office on Nokia phones. I have exclusive information that contradict this guess. What Microsoft and Nokia will be announcing today is the start of Windows on Nokia phones. You will first see XP on the new Nokia Smartphone N97 (pictured bellow running XP) and other phones will follow.

Okay! I was just kidding! I just saw the Giant Demo N97 in virgin city mall stuck on this XP screen and here is the pic.

Nokia N97 running XP

Organizing my Media Files

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For the past two weeks I’ve been organizing my media files (audio and video) at home. My files are spread between my Laptop (~100GB) and an external HDD (~80GB). To organize all this I decided to add a 250GB HDD to one of the PCs at home and dump all those files to it. The advantage of having the files on the PC is that I can access them whenever I want from my network. Moving the files from the external HDD to the PC was easy and fast via USB, but moving them from my laptop to the PC is taking a lot of time currently since I am doing it over my wireless connection and getting maximum speeds of 2MB/s. Tomorow am gonna try to see how faster the transfer will be if I plug my Laptop to the router, I just have to find the LAN cable I am sure I have somewhere :P so I can start to move the files faster!

The Softwares Room

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A friend of mine recently started a blog about softwares. The blog is always updated with new and useful softwares organized into different categories. Every post contains a small description of the software in question and a download link. All the softwares are legal and the site doesn’t offer any pirated content.

In addition to the softwares you can also find pluggins to various programs (Firefox…) and some useful tips and tricks. Check out the site here and don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any software related question. I am sure they can help!

I Won!!

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Today Microsoft was having the first Microsoft Student Festival in my university. The festival is actually a small exposition by some sponsors, followed by a presentation about Microsoft and the future of computers and finally a draw takes place and one student wins a lot of prices! And in USJ that student was me!!! I won!!! :D

In addition to the prizes I won, another student got a free training courses and we all received a bag from Microsoft containing a T-Shirt a Dunkin-Donuts free coffe coupon and a VB.NET 2008 Express CD.

Microsoft Student Festival

 Microsoft Student Festival gifts

My Electronics are Green

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Green Peace Guide to Greener Electronics

I was checking Greenpeace’s “Guide to greener electronics” and apparently the stuff I own are made by a bunch of green companies. My cell phone is a Sony Ericsson with 7.7/10, my laptop is a Toshiba with a 7/10 and the DVD player and surround system in my room are from LG with a 7/10 too. The other electronics in the house are mostly from green companies too so I am glad I have little negative on the environment!

Via Engadget 

How to transfer your MSN messenger emoticons from one PC to another

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A couple of months ago I got a Laptop and moved everything from my desktop to it, the only stuff I couldn’t move were my custom MSN messenger emoticons. I tried to enter via another username to the other PCs messenger and send the emoticons manualy but it didn’t work since each user has its own emoticon collection.

Yesterday I found a little tool that does half the job for me, this wizard (direct download link) will extract emoticons, display pictures and background from any MSN account you want and put them in a folder you select. You still have to manually re-create every emoticon but it’s better than nothing!

The Future?

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I just watched this weird Flash presentation predicting the future of computers, the internet and its user. The presentation is a mix of history and fiction starting in the 90s and ending in 2014 (I think fiction starts in 2004). What’s really weird is that this is actually currently happening and we are all helping turning this fiction into a reality.

Cedar Linux, a Lebanese Linux Distro

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Cedar Linux

A group of developers started working on a Lebanese Linux distribution, the Distro is not available yet but work is in progress so you can help in many ways, you can donate money, write help files, design graphics or of course do some programing.

We have a lot of good developers in Lebanon so the first Lebanese OS should be great. The list of build in applications is impressive and includes everything you currently use in your windows or mac. They are even going to include wine so you can run most of the windows applications on Linux.

Check the project website for more info.

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