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First post-linux post :p  Here’s some information regarding gps stuff, good for those new to gps phone.

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performance vs!!!

Typically G-Mouse or Bluetooth type of GPS receiver has better performance than Smart-Phone embedded GPS and !!!Personal Navigator Devices!!!. This is due to much higher interference within those devices.

N95 has similar capabilities to SIRF II GPS chipsets, supposedly is Texas Instrument GPS5300 chipset, which is the same as 6110 but performance/time to lock on lost to 6110.

(gsmarena reviews!!!) from now on
N82 has 3 SIRF star III built in!!! and some windows mobiles have it too!!!
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Unluckily, the problem with the slow initial satellite lock still exists with Nokia N82. The phone needs quite some time to find you initial position, especially if you start it when you are in a moving vehicle.

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Like the two N95 editions and the N82, Nokia N78 has a built-in GPS receiver. Having tested all of them it’s safe to conclude that Nokia N78 is by far the best performer in the lot. Its receiver is way more sensitive and the slow initial satellite lock problem is completely solved.
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Nokia E71 GPS functionality is positive, with only the GPS sensitivity allowing some room for improvement. Still, the E71 is good enough for most users’ needs and won’t cause much disappointment.

Sony Ericsson W760 – We did however have problems with the GPS sensitivity in streets surrounded by tall buildings. We surely hope that those issues will be fixed in the retail version.

Samsung i780 – dont work at all. hardware fail?

HTC TyTN II – integrated Qualcomm gpsOne chipset is not as snappy as the SIRFStar III-based receivers we’ve used

HTC Touch Diamond
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While we are pretty happy with the GPS sensitivity of the Qualcomm gpsOne chipset, the same doesn’t go to its energy efficiency. The competing SiRF Star III chipset is much better at that. And coupled with the small capacity battery and the high-res display, the Diamond can’t simply offer much power autonomy with the GPS switched on.

We did a dedicated GPS battery test to see how far you can get with the Touch Diamond in GPS mode. It ran out of juice after 2 hours and 20 minutes of full satellite lock in still position. You should bear in mind that in a moving vehicle those numbers will be lower.

Just for the sake of comparison, the HTC Touch Cruise and the HTC TyTN II lasted about 3.5 – 4 hours in this same test.
The Asus P750 with its SiRF Star III chipset however managed to outshine them all by a good margin – it kept going for 6 hours straight.
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iphone 3g – ok… no navigation yet…

N96 is even better than N78 by just abit!

!6110 Navigator – Being much more sensitive than N95
route 66 software is praised.
To summarize our experience with the GPS navigation performance of the Nokia 6110 Navigator, we have to say that it is almost perfect.

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6210 Navigator – The display size and the lack of autorotation in navigation mode are among the few downsides that however hinder only in-car usage. As for pedestrian purposes, the Nokia 6210 Navigator is an excellent choice.
battery life – 4 hours with gps on!

n85 sensitivity issue!

Nokia 6220 classic GPS functionality is positive, earning another point for the device. It will hardly leave a user disappointed and if it wasn’t for the screen it could easily compare to dedicated GPS navigation units.

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pricey gps unit doesnt mean more accuracy or performance.

though, incar gps is indeed more powerful, even inside building’s parking lot

not all standalone gps units have sirf III chipset!

Vkool depending on percentage of tint could interfere with gps signal!!!
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The thought has finally came to me. I am going to ditch linux, eradicate any presence of it on any desktop use. Not because I hate it only because I find other platforms like Windows and Mac are much preferred choice for the job.

Linux is fine when using on a desktop, not a laptop. Don’t try to use anything desktop related. That’s a bliss :) Compile some stuff, run some technical apps (mostly command line stuff). Superb!

I can only hope the quality of linux distros and desktop apps will improve in the future.

What’s so great about linux is the kernel. It’s always the kernel. Its open nature and well maintained by hundreds of companies made it a huge success in the server arena. But afterall it is just a kernel, to call it a superior technology compared to other counterparts(nt, bsd, mac) just doesn’t make sense to me.

I have a passion for photo and video stuff which both mac and windows can provide me what i need. Most importantly both have proper color manangement!

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I built a hackintosh. It has a quad core processor. All under 2k :) It’s performance is comparable to a Mac Pro, which is almost two times the price (close to 4k :|). I mean Mac mini is an overpriced, slow hardware. Imac is basically a notebook motherboard attached to a cheap TN panel lcd monitor… Mac Pro is top quality stuff but that’s some hefty price to pay. I really wish there will be a mainstream version of mac pro that is reasonably priced. Meanwhile, I heard Apple will be making TV soon :| :o

Here are some notes I took when using Opensuse 11.0. Come and think about it, all the negative attitude towards linux does no good to the world population of 0.0001%. I’ll be concise about it. I promise.

Gnome:

Firefox kinda freezes intermittently, hard drive led continues to flash at the same time wait some time. I remebered same thing happened on ubuntu before.

Gnome main menu or slab menu – Network status dialog gives invalid IP information.

Gnome network manager sucks. Stupid dialogs. Kde network manager is way better(meaning it works). Especially for the wireless, Intel driver IPW3945 is BETTER than IWLWIFI. Of course the developers ‘introduced’ iwlwifi kernel module to their latest distros…

Gnome setting daemon still fails. It’s 2008.

Gnome volume control – Pulseaudio connection failed dialog. Cant access audio setting. Hey at least the flash plugin has sound unlike Ubuntu…

Gtk version of yast can’t see shit. Thank you for destroying the one last good thing about opensuse.

Gtk yast repo module window. Can’t sort. If you sort everything goes haywire. All the lines will be messed up.

I realized I could install the original/sane version of yast. Oops no qt lib included in gnome live cd. Which only means I have to stare at those yast gtk windows again :(

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Network static ip address fails. Saw some threads and mailing list as well as bugzilla. People are complaning. Devs said it worked for them. No word to describe the ultimate despair…

Laptop brightness – Funny (maybe not at this point of writing this post), Brightness control works perfectly on my laptop in 10.3. A complete fail in 11.0. It can’t be controlled at all. Saw some people with the same problems. Xorg bugs or something(you know the worst piece of technology in linux). Pathetic workaround: xbacklight -set xx

Synaptic/Touchpad – Almost completely lose control to the touchpad in 11.0. It appears there are two sets of mouse config inside xorg.conf (mouse(1) & mouse(3)). It appears the sypnatic parameters are kinda wrong. I managed to make it right but with scrolling functions on the touchpad, left/right mouse clicks triggered in erratic manner for no reason.

Not sure if 11.0 has proper suspend functions. It works most of the time under 10.3.

Yast still refreshes the repos for almost every module you launch. While that zypper is still the slowest package management tool in linux land.

Knetworkmanager – the thing is cool in 10.3. In 11.0 the setup routine has been improved. Wired/Wireless work out of the box. But where’s my ip detail dialog? Guess the devs think typing ‘ifconfig -a’ in root terminal is cooler…

Yast has always been critized for separating/confuse user with different control center(DE control panel and yast itself). Please show me some integration in the future. At least between network setting in yast and K/GNetworkManager. The two seem to be completely unrelated. What you do in Knetworkmanager stays in Knetworkmanager. And then there’s another tool in yast that does the exactly same thing. The wireless setting in yast has little meaning, little effect in the way wireless work in the linux os, let alone communicate with knetworkmanager…

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Seriously, backport the useful features like (faster zypp) to 10.3 and make it a LTS version (long term release) as 10.3 is nearly bug free with no serious hurdle.

My advice on using linux: If it doesn’t work, compromise is accepted. Move on.

Remember it’s not your fault – http://humanized.com/about/#rule1

Both things are not related, at least for this post. Deluge reached 1.0 last month and it has more bugs than ever. The software is supposed to resume operations, instead it chooses to stuck at ‘checking’. Sometimes, the interface can be quite sluggish. Few times, it gives wrong percentage of downloading torrents. Did I mention it can consume up to 200mb of memory? No, not actually consumed, it’s just plain memory leak. I know a little bit of python and I can tell it doesn’t suck. Despite the fact that I know gtk sucks, it just doesn’t justify such a piece of shitty software can be produced. I have to conclude that deluge developers can’t code for shit.

Haven’t tried KDE4 since it’s beta stage. Recently I installed 4.1.1 on a freebsd box. I am so disappointed at the software. All the concept, hype, PR of this next gen desktop came to an end at that faithful morning… I’m skeptical on the usability of that memory hogging software. Where is the quality of KDE3? Frankly I rather use gnome as long as it does not crash. Anyway I have to give credits for KDE4′s Oxygen project and it’s UI gidelines.

P.S. Hey maybe they are related…

This article comment actually at lifehacker is one great example about linux usability on the desktop.

Motto: Shit happens you gotta roll with it man!

Meanwhile, a linux backer aka fud ms-style linux advocate told the internet that Solaris and other Unix like OS are dying. No he’s wrong because the fact that I have beastie running on a Sun hardware and yes that pwns any linux server out there.

I happen to work for a multinational conglomerate. Under the commands of some typical blood sucking corporate people(I call them bastards). You see, as an inborn anti capitalist, that explains why I have something to do with linux. Anyway, those bastards like me so much, I can have my choice of hardware, all at their expense. I have been waiting for the new Dell Latitude E4300 for quite some time, just so to have my old core duo thinkpad replaced.

the red cover edition would be nice, too bad you are more pricey than the useless macbook air

the red cover edition would be nice, too bad you are more pricey than the useless macbook air

Out of nowhere, Dell decided to pull a Apple shit. The starting price of E4300 model is $1,749… The model E4200 is even more ridiculous: base package = $1,999, Protection Package = $2,663. Some configuration prices ensue… (sorry for the bad copy & paste formatting)

E4200 $2,384

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo ULV SU9300 (1.20GHz) with fingerprint reader
Genuine Windows Vista® Business SP1, With media
3 Year Limited Warranty and 3 Year Mail-in Service
Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
3.0GB, DDR3-1066 SDRAM, 1 GB integrated + 2GB DIMM
64GB Dell Mobility Solid State Drive
E-Module w/ 24X DVD/CDRW with Cyberlink PowerDVD™
Dell Wireless™ 1510 802.11a/g/n Mini Card
Dell Wireless® 365 Bluetooth Module
6 Cell Extended Battery

E4300 $2,348

more of the same to E4200
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo SP9300 (2.26GHz)
3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year NBD On-Site Service (add $99 from Mail-in)

4.0GB, DDR3-1066 SDRAM, 2 DIMMS (add $200 from 1GB)
Internal English Backlit Keyboard ($49)
Integrated Webcam  ($30)
160GB Hard Drive, 5400RPM ($45 from 80GB)

E6400 $1,648 (with LED screen & displayport) (prices start at $879, max at $1,699) (comparable to E4300)

Precision  M2400 $1,761 (start at $1,199) (comparable to E6400)

I would say XPS M1330 is still a serious contender. Starting prices range from $899 to $1,349. I heard that new studio xps is coming but I have decided not to wait. Lets take a look at some Sony models

VAIO SR $1,749

  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26GHz)
  • Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium with Service Pack 1
  • Night Black
  • 4 GB DDR2-SDRAM (DDR2-800, 2GBx2) [Regular price $150] (+$75 only!)
  • 160 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive [5400 rpm] [Regular price $50]
  • 13.3″ WXGA (XBRITE-ECO™ technology)
  • Trusted Platform Module / Biometric Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3 Year Express Ship Service Plan with Accidental Damage from Handling Protection

VAIO Z $2,399 (spec almost identical..)

You see. I’m very good at saving money for my company. I think I deserve a best employee of the month award, no should be best employee of the year. The choice for me is clear. I need a 13″ LED display, lightweight, capable performance. Just have the vaio sr ordered. Take that Dell. Heres my shiny new toy :D

I’m more agree with these guys than this.

I had always admired redhat as a FOSS driving force. Pity that now all they can do is clam up.

One thing linux is certainly good for :)

Here is some of the tools I use:

Super Grub Disk – effortless fix your boot loader in anyway possible.

Clonezilla – Norton Ghost done right.

SystemRescueCD – Better than Parted Magic. It has more tools and the downside would be more hefty size.

Trinity Rescue Kit – A relatively unknown live cd that can do some amazing tasks.

http://fosswire.com/2008/02/28/systemrescuecd/#comment-1167

http://www.madpenguin.org/cms/?m=show&id=8138

I want it to be better but I have no idea how. Or maybe I do. No matter how complex some things may appear to be, the underlying truth can be a very simple one. Stuff like stable API, better driver architecture, filesystem layout, software installation method, a lot of these issues can be improved, sadly we all know it is not going to happen anytime soon.

In the past, I always welcomed one of those ‘how linux should change in this way so it can blablabla’ articles. I read them if I had time. Not anymore, now I skip every one of them If I can. None of them is going to be realized anyway. What is the point?

Before making things revolutionary, how about making things that actually work? Every distro release these days have these stupid bugs that just shouldn’t exist, makes you really wonder if there is any quality assurance in the first place. These days words like RC and beta in linux effectively make me cringe. Years ago certain stuff in linux doesn’t work because the technology wasn’t there to facilitate, at least what was there worked as it supposed to.  I mean it. Some bugs are so embarrassing, it makes other platforms like OSX and Windows look flawless. Just visit some bugzillas or mailing lists, you see what I mean.

This blog can be full of nonsense sometimes. Yet I found this article to be so right and clear about the perception of current situation. Linux is never an OS, there isn’t a single person really building an OS in the first place. Maybe that is the reason why linux on the desktop fundamentally fails.

I wish there will be a linux distro that is nearly bug free, stay with working technologies, only introduce proven technologies with improved usability to users. It also wouldn’t hurt to ‘backport’ new inventions without breaking the whole desktop. Such idea is a far cry compared to the latest distro releases with ‘bleeding edge’ software. (I seem to hear some voices from far away sounded like ‘fragmentation is bad!’ and ‘We should go the linux way… no the M$ path!’. Sigh… Never mind.)

Meanwhile, PostSecret pops up in my mind. If I would post a secret about linux it must be something like this:

I'm afraid linux is not going to change. ever.

I'm afraid linux is not going to change. ever.

In years of using linux as a desktop operating system, I say linux is currently at its worst state in terms of desktop usability and software development culture.

or you will end up screwing yourself over in the future.  Especially in the business arena where corporate image is crucial for survival and reputation.

It’s a well known fact that ATI products suck in linux, their subpar driver can be deemed as  zero or even negative contribution to the linux desktop. As I have heard things have changed since AMD released some spec of ATI hardware and promised of new quality drivers. So things are improving, but still the old mentality of ATI doesn’t go well with linux lingers on and more importantly some bad ATI experience on linux has made me think twice before buying a ATI product again. I’m going to build a budget pc probably with amd processor and nvidia hardware. After all, linux users are about less than one percent market share. :p

Recently I came across this blog post. That was probably one of the worst thing a tech company could do to tarnish it’s brand. I still remember the days that I have to recompile alsa and emu10k1 in order to replace oss to make a sound on a pc. Built-in sound cards these days are just good enough for everybody. This comes from someone like me who purchased external amplifier of some obscure brand. When I look at Creative’s product line up all I can think of is Logitech (:p that’s good brand building). Oh I do own an old creative zen mp3 player which I bought for 20 bucks some years ago.

P.S. RIP Creative

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