Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Johan Els's Android apps on AppBrain

Google Android and HTC Desire

One of my contracts where up for renewal and one of the phones on offer for free was the HTC Desire. Being a Nokia fanboy for many years, I was very nervouse moving to another brand.

The Symbian O/S has been very disappointing the last couple of years and I was due for a change.

In steps Android. Where have you been all my life???

Being a IT professional, a husband and father, I have to juggle work and my private life very carefully to ensure I get everything right. This means little things like multiple calendars and contacts. Work, we use Microsoft Exchange. Private we use Google Apps. We have calendars for the kids, birthdays and other events like PTA WUG and Stardates (see here).

Add social networking (Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin) and everything becomes a nightmare to manage, or not!

Switching this phone on, the setup wizard asked for my Exchange and Google account information and synced both calendars and contacts into one! It then asked for my Facebook account information and added all my friends information into the contacts. I now have all the contacts in one area on my phone, but still separate in Exchange, Google and Facebook. You can link a contact between the 3 on your phone, if someone is a colleague, friend and social... :-)

Further the calendar is also a combined view of Exchange and Google. I can now see when my daughters have there dance classes, and when I need to be at that meeting with the MD.

Overall Android is great and packaged inside the HTC Desire just rounds it off.

1st application to install would have to be AppBrain and second 3G Watchdog.

Toshiba Tecra S11-11Z

What a beautiful machine! I've now had mine for a week and I can say I'm loving it.

This Intel i7, 4Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD, 15.6" LED 16:9, Nvidia Quadro 512Mb, HSDPA & GPS with Windows 7 64bit machine does everything an I want. For work and play!

Little things like a serial port for router setups and eSATA port for file transfers just makes this machine productive and fun.

I've added Microsoft Office 2010 Professional for business use and Vistumbler for war driving.

I can say disappointing is the screen resolution is up to 1600x900 which is not 1080p(i) HD (1920x1080) and the fact that it ships with a DVD RW drive is a bit pointless today. Also while running WiFi scanning and GPS, the battery only last about an hour. And while still have that little button mouse in the middle of the keyboard?

Overall, a great machine and priced very well with included 3 year warranty,

I highly recommend this machine for the serious IT professional.

Lets Talk Geek Episode 14

Tonight show had some very good links in it: - good site to analyze your website with and find some performance issues. It also has a scoring system which compares your site against all the other sites they have analyzed. - another website analyzer. - the magnetic putty. Currently sold out... - find blogs in your country - be a 15 seconds part of Star Wars - the URL says it all - Quinton, who was one of the guests, own blog.

I also added on the IRC channel - some online networking tools. - now who wouldn't want to stay here?

And then the show at

Have fun!

ProxMox Unprivileged LXC containers USB Drive

Some quick notes on bind mounting under ProxMox and getting the permissions right. Reference -