Archive for July 2010
Received a mail from Jolicloud today that its finally reached to versions 1.0. Readers might be aware of the same Netbook OS that I tested on Nokia Booklet 3G sometimes back. Worth to check out.
Below is the mail, I received …
Welcome to Jolicloud 1.0!
We are excited to announce that you are now able to upgrade your machine to Jolicloud 1.0, the version of Jolicloud we’ve envisioned since the start.
To upgrade: Open "My Jolicloud" and click on "Updates". Just follow the instructions and restart, making sure that you are connected to the Internet to activate your new Jolicloud. You can get more details and screenshots on the Jolicloud 1.0 Upgrade Guide.
Here are some of the cool new features you’ll get to experience in a few moments:
A Simpler, Customizable Launcher Entirely Built in HTML5
It’s up to you to organize your apps the way you want – your launcher is customizable.
An Exhaustive App Center
Jolicloud has selected 700+ of the best free apps to install and share with your friends.
A Social Stream
Through our new Stream feature, you can feel the pulse of the Jolicloud community and discover the apps that your friends recommend.
A Universal File System
Because everything is in one place, it’s easy to manage your files and data, whether they’re on your machine or in the Cloud.
Experience the Anywhere OS
You can install Jolicloud on as many devices as you’d like, and they will always be automatically synchronized. Any app you download, delete, or move around will be the same on all your other machines with no extra work on your part.
To see more details about the new features, read our blog post.
If you blog or record a video about Jolicloud please let us know and don’t forget to add the ‘jolicloud’ tag on Flickr, or YouTube.
All our users upgrading to Jolicloud 1.0 are tweeting about it, click here to send yours.
The Jolicloud Team.
Take a look.. might be something with this new update that may strike you much more.
Started with @Sirajsoft words and twitpic (given below), my timeline seemed to be buzzing about Nokia N8 release date all day long and what seems to be spinning out in the air was something we were waiting since long … Nokia N8 finally seems to be on schedule. Yes!! the worldwide release will include India as well and its all set to be released in first week of September 2010.
There were words that some site claiming that it would be available within 4 weeks, if you order it now, but that seemed a fake as there are no official words from Nokia and anything such should come from Nokia officials first and four weeks?? Sounds too good to be true.
All of Indian bloggers started flooding Official Nokia sources like @NokiaIndia and finally we got something that we could call the official words ….
Though pushing more over price point, they were in No Comments mode and replied ..
So, officially we could say that Nokia N8 coming to India in first week September (that would be before my birthday September 23), though there are no official words over price, but its seems to be something around or little more than ` 24, 000 (otherwise, they would have commented over price for sure) and probably lesser than ` 27, 000.
Well!! that also make things more interesting about some other things like price of Nokia N900. In the same way, we are expecting a price drop for Nokia 5800 after launch of Nokia X6 8Gb, we should be expecting a price drop for Nokia N900 as well. That sure gonna make the confusion more interesting, what if Nokia N900 like open device on offer for ` 20, 000 ?
What you think?
The most perfect words about Nokia N900 that I came to read very long back,
The people behind it, you know those other guys in that other building, are probably a bunch of geeks with a sense of mission. Somehow, someone at Nokia stole a prototype from their lab and decided to slap a N Series logo and a number “900” on it and actually released it to the mainstream. Those lab guys don’t even make phones. They make internet tablets. They have nothing to do with big old Symbian. They have their own open source based OS called Maemo (pronounce My Mo). – via 360east.com
Beautiful and very accurate were the words and struck right there with me and … we seen more and more words being told about this beast, many stories, many myths broken, every day a new idea, every night a new invention, whenever you run of reasons that why should you buy a N900 adding up a few limitations from here and there, another morning wakes you up telling that every other day of N900 is another reason to talk about Nokia N900.
We all know that something such big as Nokia N8 is coming, we all keep on hearing that what new things that would be able to do, we all know that there will be an all time best camera phone in hands of you all, but still sometimes I think that why is my post about N900 vs N8 still topping in blog stats? Why WomWorld still has more posts over Nokia N900 than anything else?
May be I thought to post it much earlier, may be it was something else in my mind that I thought to give few words, but the credit is for sure of Inspect-A-Gadget’s post, where he discards Nokia N900 a viable alternative to Netbook. I am really feeling like pushed to say something … really something
Why Nokia N900 competes well with a Netbook?
First of all, why we needed a Netbook?
Compact size? More easy to carry? You are always online in the way you wanted. You could check on emails, you posts and surf blogs, you share pics, you make even occasional edits via its inbuilt tools, make sketches, music and whatever you like to do in moments, you sneak out a few moments.
You are in a conference but you do not need a table to put anything like others (at least 10” I guess) and still you are on …. in each step with others with your just 3.5” device … you are not typing like others might be, but you are making occasional touch gestures and sometimes your fingers racing on small but perfect keypad of your Nokia N900. Sounds gracious na?
Some argue that its limited by it caliber and a full fledge windows is something that a Maemo wont do ever. But tell me, do you really wanna do some photo shopping on the go? Or Studio like FX-Effects? But does a Windows 7 Starter with probably 1GB RAM at most serves the purpose for some photo shopping or movie editing? Does Windows Starter really work that way or if we choose any other operating system or do some Photo shopping, then does Netbooks really provide you those acclaimed 8 hours?
I know Zahib doesn’t actually meant that and still many more examples could be given and I always pointed that it was kind of natural right for Nokia N900 to opt for a 1500 mAh battery.. but still think about trade offs of carrying a device exclusively with you for purpose or having something that is always with you.
Think you are going to a family wedding and made promises with family that no more office chik chik, no more sneaking into those laptops. Will you really explain your granny that its a Netbook not laptop? Will you carry a Netbook to the wedding place? Really? But you could stand tall with Nokia N900. You will say its a phone dude and the coolest one, you might have seen around. While you all might be waiting for this function to be over and by morning, you will all be uploading pics to facebook, blogs etc… hey hold it there.. I am already done, while I was taking drinks with you. Get a look on my page.
And inside you say… sigh!!! thanks God, I didn’t missed that mail and replied too with collected facts from some googling. That’s all when you weren’t thinking that you will be needed to do something like that here in the wedding.
Believe me, its Nokia N900 that you wanted, not some Netbook that screams that I am underpowered and even if small, no one can figure me out much different from a traditional Laptop…. damnn man!! you cant even carry a iPad everywhere with you, sure not in your pocket.
For me, its never a question that if Nokia N900 can serve as a Netbook, but the question is what a Netbook serves? A sense of limits whenever you think of doing something serious and a sense of burden, when you thought you going to carry light? Are Netbooks going to be pagers of past or will they fight with Notebooks more than mobiles of today?
Nokia N8 and Nokia N900
You see some iMorons all around looking for reasons to eat another iCrap, because web seems to be echoing about that, because that’s probably most well marketed thing in the world.
But why you are finding reasons to choose Nokia N900 over Nokia N8, when no one seems to be marketing things that way? Why you feel that Nokia N8 will do many new things, but still think that there seems to be no limit that you will do with Nokia N900.
Well!! I am confused, totally confused and I know you all are … at least many of you really are. I know coz I see search terms like N8 Vs N900 hitting my blog without missing a day. I know because I still think that when someone said the lines below, then it wasn’t Nokia N8, but Nokia N900 in the mind ….
Its not the technology, but its what you do with it.
Current price as ` 24, 500, while Nokia N8 scaring with quotes like 600$ or ` 30, 000 and that too when it will make it to India (not before in September 2010 and if it went like Nokia loves to do with India then …. ). I bet, the wait isn’t pretty easier for you and there are reasons to think once again … its a complete touch device, when it comes to Nokia N8, are you all for that?
What’s currently not right with with Nokia N900?
Due to more attention to Intel-Nokia MeeGo, focus was very early moved from Nokia N900 than it should have. We still get just a basic Ovi Maps over a top-notch A-GPS unit and no Google Maps here due to lack of Java Support. Honestly speaking… that annoy… annoy big time, when we already were somehow compromising without Gravity (even Android, Apple, BB users doing, so not that much complaining).
Nokia N900 shouldn’t be a step child to Nokia, it has rights to get cared of and sure rights to get promised for update option to MeeGo.
One day, I hear that Nokia N900 received some update an could do portraits as efficient as other things, another day, I hear that there is something that could make your Nokia N900 a remote control of your TV via its IR port, another day, hermes integrates contacts with Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype, MSN, Ovi or whatever you think, another day you get Fcam libraries got released, another day… … story moves on.
You cry that why you were so naive, when Paul wrote you for giving an Nokia N900 for trial? Why you were so lost in Alice‘s Wonderland of magic that forgot that its just 14 days? Why you think that you would have been doing much much more with the N900 than you actually did? Why you think that if there was a time machine that could have been taken you back to the time, when Nokia N900 was in your hands and then pauses the time right there.
Why do you wish that may be someday Paul or Katie may be extra generous to you for sending an N900 this way again or some NokiaIndia or WomWorldIndia (?) or Blogger’s Mind or anything such think of pouring some love over you again? Yes! a dream chase … I do wanna get a second chance with my EX… a second chance to rectify my mistakes that I didn’t given her the treatment, she deserved … 15 days were so little for someone, who got a first trial device, when it was a N900.
Is it DATE? #NokiaDate?
VLC 1.1.1 is a bugfix release of VLC media player. It brings many bugfixes and small improvements notably in: libVLC, Windows video output, DxVA2 decoding on ATI GPU (with Catalyst 10.7), interfaces, demuxers and decoders and updates in the translations
Its been few minutes before VLC Player got updated to 1.1.1 from 1.1.0. Like most of the earlier updates, its not a major one and does some bug fixes (really? we though VLC is perfect) only. Download from here.
It doesn’t seem to be updated in their wiki, so can’t put the exact details right now, but an update is always better.
Just thought to put a quick update here, though generally I wasn’t doing such posts. VLC is such a hell of piece that one could really wishes to write more and more pages for it, but I guess their official Wiki Pages do a great job about that and people should read them.
What VLC can do?
Most of us know VLC as something that could play almost anything that exists on this planet, but this is something bigger than that. Media Streaming, conversion, audio extraction … a lot of it. Get a good read of the stuffs here.
VLC How To’s
Did you know that you can use your VLC for converting media files so that you could view them on your iPOD or Symbian phone? Did you knew that VLC could help you in making DVD? or if you could use VLC capabilities in other applications as well? There would be a lot to learn, if you look at here.
Many cools things that people generally don’t use
How many of you ever thought of skinning already cool and simple enough VLC player? Or by any chance, do you know that what your mouse could do with its movements with VLC controls? Try some readings here and here or some mad and Geeky things here.
Yes!! VLC stands as the best open source software ever existed, just like Firefox.. why not try to know more about it and wish that something like this is coming for our mobile phones very soon.
Sometimes, you really hate when something you liked most about something drops the same service. Around two and half month back, I wrote about NGPay. The best part of the service was mobile top-ups at the moments, you might need them urgently and no other options might be nearest. Sorry to say you guys, NGPay decided to close down the service since last few days, if I know right.
Not sure, since when the service is closed down, but I came to know around few days back only, the very first mention on tweet from NGpay side was on July 19, 2010, when they claimed that due to too high failure levels, they are forced to remove the service from their catalogue.
More sad part was their re-confirmation on the day next, adding that the services wont be returning soon.
What kind of issues they might be facing?
Issues as much we could guess were particularly related to failed recharges due to communication issues due to limited capacity of mobile internet, delays in secure communication channels, in-correct recharge amounts and something like these.
But still I think it was a business decision due to low margins against high risk factor and too many channels required to resolve issues otherwise IRCTC sure has much more high failure rate in comparison of mobile recharges. I myself faced any issue with recharges rarely, while got more than 5-6 times refunds while using IRCTC through NGPay. But still IRCTC is in their catalogue, while mobile recharges are not… why?
Problem lies in the same thing, NGPay came in existence for. No unified system, there are no perfect routes to return the money from the mobile service providers while IRCTC refunds are very well made and functioning perfectly in comparison.
Still we wish that they may overcome these issues very soon.
What are the alternatives?
I am not really sure that why government or mobile operators are not coming on their own to provide a unified service that could provide online recharges to everyone for any of the provider available across India. May be there are options of online recharge from individual service providers like Vodafone or Airtel or any other, but nothing matches with a unified system that could be accesses via a simple application in your mobile itself.
One such still available application/ service is mCheck that is still working for recharges.. not sure till when..
It’s always hard to remember the moments with your ex-dates, sometimes your mistakes, sometimes the situations and sometimes … you still don’t understand that what went wrong. Remembering the dates with an EX in past … even the idea … make you go blank.
For we phone foodies, our devices have been sometimes even more prior to girls and this sure has been one of the most consistent reasons behind those fights with our girls. So, may be this phenomenon is recently named by WomWorld/Nokia as DATE, we discovered and suffered with it since much earlier
First let’s see how Womworld/Nokia describe it and what’s this new initiative #NokiaDATE is all about…. their words … live from their post
If you’ve suffered from DATE, do not panic… you are not alone. In fact, our discovery means that this phenomenon is now recognized as an official medical condition:
Our research also shows that this affliction is becoming increasingly prevalent.
Why is it getting worse?
Because the WOMWorld/Nokia trial programme has been steadily growing across the globe in recent years. This is, of course, great news… but it does mean the spread of DATE is likely to widen. To try and combat this inevitable consequence, we’re putting together a cure for the very biggest DATE sufferer out there.
We’re offering the chance to WIN one of our ex trial N97 mini devices – and will award this device to whoever needs it most.
Is that you?
Things to look out for:
• An aversion to DHL delivery men
• Ghost handset syndrome (playing with a non-existent Nokia)
• Day dreaming about your past Nokia devices
• Unboxing EVERYTHING (and uploading the videos afterwards)
• Pretending you’re tweeting from brand new devices (ie: OMG! This N8 is AMAZING!)
You can submit your entries either by posting a written story, making a video or simply uploading a photo of you and your worst DATE experiences, and tag everything #NokiaDATE
You have until Monday August 2nd to enter.
So… Good luck DATE sufferers. We know this could rekindle some painful memories.
Just think of the closure.
Why I am a big time DATE Sufferer?
Yes! I too wait for DHL delivery men and who better know it more than WomWorld people that I keep on checking over DHL tracking links not even when they come to me but even when they go back. Albertine may tell you better
Ghost Handset Syndrome… Yes! I feel myself playing with N9 or E7 whatever … and sometimes even tablets like iPad running a glossy and our superb fast Maemo (I am saying Maemo). I really feel it doesn’t matter to me, if there is Multi-touch or not till its super silky and real productive like Nokia N900. Yeah!! you called it Ghost handset syndrome, we know that nothing such exists and may be never, but still dreams are dreams.. we wish if we were working for Nokia and were allowed to design one … sigh!!!
Day dreaming … perhaps WomWorld/Nokia made this word non-existent. Who believed that someday one will write a mail to him that we could send you a 500$ – 600$ dream device for trialing? It was a real day dream to me when Paul wrote me for first time. I swear I didn’t believed, even when he sent me the trial agreement, I was saying to my friend, is this can be real? Still we feel that its some Inception kind of world, where WomWorld/ Nokia is playing Leonardo DiCaprio. Is it what you call Day dream?
Un-boxing, a word, I come to know via Womworld posts only. Once I almost went to post about un-boxing my new stylish Helmet, only to hold it later on, thinking that a pics on postureous would do the deal. I really wish that if I was doing un-boxing posts since I was in class 10. May be we will be filming our children’s birth very soon.. saying … oops
Pretending… There was a line in some movie that if we don’t get a girl, then we fake it among our friends like telling them she said this, she said that.. we know its wrong and we stop saying once get more serious into it, but still… when you desperately wants something and see everyone else is getting the same, then you find yourself without any choice than talking so confidently about the unseen devices in a way that other may think that you got a hold on it. Special kudos!! to WomWorld to find this symptom as it was the most hard syndrome to be found.
One more syndrome, which WomWorld missed to mention is Syndrome of togetherness with Nokia. All of sudden, we feel like that its our right to say on things like, how Nokia should do this or how they should have done that. We say because we know that each word get heard, each and every buzz … even if most random, even if from the most tiny guy … it doesn’t matter what we are, it doesn’t matter, what we contributed or could contribute in growth of Nokia, but still we feel close that they feel us as family members.
Being aware of each and everything being said about you is hard, but making the world believing that “you are aware of each tiny thing and will be aware if you say something however small”, is something the world is learning from WomWorld and Nokia today. Hats off you guys … sometimes I think that I will be proud if one of my future son (I am unmarried till now ) shows me an offer letter from 1000heads or Womworld. That’s what Connecting people is all about, not just renaming some existing technology.
Yes!! I said it… I am the DATE Sufferer and I am the worst of them. It already a long post now, but still when started then can’t hold me back to write about my past “dates” and yes!! they include few Non-Nokia as well.
My First ever Phone: My first job, when I was in my third semesters of my course, joined as a hobby that time and while all of my salary was kind of bonus to me, the first purchase of my life with my own money was my first phone LG Moonlight from Reliance.
It was sleek, it was simple, but prime reason of purchase was “It was a reliance, a CDMA”. CDMA was new hope was internet savvy people in those times. EDGE wasn’t that big heard of, neither Data plans were that nice to you. A 3.6 k INR device with nominal charges for internet once you connect it to your PC was the perfect deal, for we newbie .
Here I missed Nokia badly, the handset came without a data cable and unique charger means I wasn’t able to charge it in my college or workplace, if my charger wasn’t with me as most of the people were then with Nokia and even now they are…
It was cool.. as I was able to watch News items videos like Aajtak on my handset itself, even if that was not colored. (Hoping to bring back better days with Nokia N8 webTV) I was happy and was waiting to find time that when I will go market to buy a Data Cable and will be able to access internet on my PC.
And then …
END was the worse part, when I lost it within a month, when going to market with some friends for puncture repair of my bicycle. Once I realized, we all running here and there and searching for the same, but …..
So, I lost my first phone just in few weeks after buying it and without using it once for the purpose I bought it.
My Second Phone: Like usually happens, after a loss, you don’t usually go for buying a big phone. You just find whatever available, even if a second hand phone. I got a second hand Nokia 3310, which was known as most reliable those days and if I remember it right, then it cost me a 1.5 k INR then. Not a bad deal, but a DATE Sufferer …
That set was sure something… been with me for six-seven month and I can’t tell you that how badly treated that one was… got accidently thrown at times… once it was hanging via string hooked in my pocket and was hitting the roads almost for 1km and numerous times, it got its part disassembled by dropping.. keypad a side, battery a side, back cover a side … but the most loyal device was never a let down. I didn’t even lost the screen.
I could bet over one thing that there would be no one of my age in India, who never seen this particular set with someone of his family or anyone else near him. That’s been a legend since long.
This was my second phone and I didn’t lost it, but it was to go one day once I get some good looking. I given it to dad, who was not that mobile savvy that time.
My Third Phone: I admit, in early days, I wasn’t very aware of tech developments and things… it was probably show off, when I fall for affection toward flap mobiles. First salary of my second job and I bought a Samsung SGH E330 in 9.5 k INR, can you believe it? I regret that decision to fall for beauty over the real things even now.
Yes!! it got killer looks for that time and was a great show off, when someone calls you and you get a picture of him/ her in front screen… it was handy, when you wanted to snap yourself with the only camera in the device and due to double screens, you were assured that you wont miss the right position. It was worth a company.
But still when we talk about features, then it was bad about Internet and other things, which I can’t even think of living about now, neither of that good reception as we almost take as granted with Nokia devices, neither FM or internal storage.. nothing. This was the device, who made me think that a Flap device can never be stable, neither the sliding ones as I was to send it for repair on cost twice and its still with me in a non working condition (display not working)..
This was my third phone and I still carrying the same but in dead form, in hopes if I find time and extra money then will get it repaired to keep it as toy for children at least. But each time display cost me 1.5k INR at least. Its dead without hopes.
My Fourth Phone: It was my first job in New Delhi (I am still with the same company), when I finally decided that I need a feature rich phone. A phone that might be having an pure official looks, should support mails, should have FM (every office going get addicted of hearing FM in office cabs), a good camera and decent mass memory and perfect integration with your personal computer that you could transfer contacts/ songs and could backup SMS etc.
A front camera was bonus to me, though that time, neither there was UMTS network in India nor I was that much in Smartphones. It was my first Smartphone after all.
This is where Nokia comes, they offer phones for each range. People may argue that why I didn’t bought a Nokia N95 or even N73 at least, but one may not be always in condition of spending more than his budget. Nokia N70 was my compromise for saving few thousands, but I never regretted that.
The end of the story was a complete strange incident, when there was a theft in my room, while me and my room partner were sleeping in the very same room. We lost two mobiles one was XpressMusic of room partner and my Nokia N7. We lodged the complaint with Police, but still it always remained a mystery that how someone was able to steal it while we were asleep just two feet away.
The journey got an abrupt ending.
My Fifth phone: It was my brave but best decision so far, to buy a Nokia N82. The price then was around 19k INR and everyone was saying that its stupidity to go for a mobile of this much price, when you just lost one. No one seemed to be caring for 3G in those times and for others it was just another 5MP camera. It was hard to justify in front of mango people that why I am buying such a pricy phone, while its just a T9, non-touch phone …
But as we all know now that it became such a legend now that nothing seemed to push it down from its royal place even till now. Will see when N8 arrive, but it was the king and is the king. Some said that its keypad is different, but this difference came as good to me as the way, it works, nothing worked better for me before or later. I still using its 3G as my only way to connect my PC to web and downloading of files in GBs with 200+ kbps over MTNL 3G … it does everything what I wanted.. that’s why its priceless ever.
What a joy ride it was with Nokia N82 … I snapped few hundreds of snaps with Nokia N70, but with Nokia N82, it effortlessly got converted to thousands (more than 6, 000 so far and still continued). It was integral part of office routines, when I was to take snaps of figures or text sometimes to use it later (like product keys or serial numbers). One will say a mobile camera less capable only if he never seen a Nokia N82.
Show is on even now…. and I could bet people will still carry Nokia N82 with them, when N8 will be on other side. This DATE is my better half …
My Sixth Phone: Nokia N82 always been the best, but it seen some terrible time too. I got it water damaged in a heavy rain. It was still working, but I lost loud speaker and more painful was to loose Xenon flash. I was to get it repaired…. get it repaired at any cost, but what was holding me, the fact that it was my only way to connect the internet (I was using Idea EDGE connection then). How could I have been without internet at home for even a day?
I was to take a decision, I was to buy a device with excellent battery, excellent music, with a slim looks and which could keep my internet experience continued … my decision could have been better, if there was some C5 kind of device in that time, but Nokia 5310 XpressMusic finally became my choice in around 8K INR.
XpressMusic with S40 was a unique initiative from Nokia and it got many loving even this limited OS. It targeted specially Music loving/ SMS crazy people and it worked like a charm. Music play back of 24 Hours + been the selling point of XpressMusic series and intuitive interfaces for SMSing been something, I wished to be part of S60 devices as well.
This one proven itself as a worthy companion always, though I was not satisfied with its camera performance, but I was coming from an age of Nokia N82, which phone in the world could have ever satisfied me again?
The DATE ended, when finally I decided to give this phone to mom as gift on her birthday. I am mean na, giving an old phone to her?? but she never wanted a high end phone and this was an excellent replacement.
My Seventh Phone: After many thoughts, I finally made the decision to buy the first touch phone and my words were “Finally bought a Touch Screen all of a sudden, when there was no prior plan for buying the same.” When people says touch phone get instant connect in start then it was very true as it was the first phone, I wrote a review about and that was the first step from where the journey with WomWorld started.
The main reasons behind buying were the feeling of world wide rage of touch phones in such a low price point that too with 3G, wifi, GPS and 8GB mass memory. I saved around 6 full movies inside it, probably that was the main attraction of a big screen. Probably for the first time, I became a regular surfer of mobile web, while I was sure using my Nokia N82 for surfing, when in need like at some interview point or when encountered some query all of sudden.
Touch was another world and my post expressed the views in bold, when I reckoned that its some iPhone for mass, but still with passing of days, I understood that I was using it as secondary phone, not the main on for calling purpose. I mean everything was perfect with it, but may be being non-touch since ever and suddenly an all new world.. it was to take its own curve if I was left with only this one… but I was not…
The DATE ended most tragically, when I lost my Nokia 5800. That day I was little ill and while driving to office, I felt like fainting, taken a corner of road from bike and when moved further after a while, then probably I dropped my cell right there… it was crazy.. I struggled hard.. tried ways.. but it was gone.. the person who took it, was desperate to keep it and why wouldn’t he
Like my first non-touch phone, the journey with the very first touch phone was very short.. was this a coincidence?
My Eight Phone: I already mentioned that it was my article over Nokia 5800 that made WomWorld/Nokia aware of my existence and though it might make many envy, my journey was started with the almighty Nokia N900 itself… the very first trial from WomWorld. People who was in same gang like me, could understand that what’s this feeling when from some part of the world, all of sudden one sends you a device for first time and you get spoiled for ever with greed for more and more….
The journey was out of the world and I still feel that it was all dream like Inception. It arrived right there, when I was just entering into Touch Phone world and instantly I was one of the geeks talking about each and everything of phones. It was their best shot and they won me without any more effort.
The timing was more perfect that I was to go on a rare visit of my home town for straight five days. Rare coz in working life, you get such long leaves only once in one two years and such a visit with the most advanced device in the world… you just can’t feel what was the experience, what was the pride and what was that when I felt that why one needs a Laptop with him in some 8 hour long journey.
Days were 15 and when you get a device like Nokia N900 then even 15 months wont count for much. It was like Nokia E72 of touch phones or Nokia N82 of Camera phones that will never loose its relevance, no matter how much time may get passed. I always knew that this has to go, was preparing self. Each day was scary coz it was passing.. I even asked Paul, if by any chance they could offer me some used Nokia N900 for some less like 20-22k.. one could easily understand my desperateness… even 20-22k could have been much for me to afford just then when I lost Nokia 5800, but it was a Nokia N900.
I don’t what to call this journey..Maemo and QWERTY of N900 with best ever resistive touch was nothing less than soul mate and loosing it was like something that could never be recovered again. It was an EX that still haunts me in nights even if Nokia N8 tries to enter the dreams.
My Ninth Phone: My friend knows that how were eyes of mine, when I was used to take over looks of Nokia N97 from windows of shops. It was too much of affection to handle for me and it was too bad of WomWorld that they killed it from the top by giving me Nokia N900 as the first device. May be it was only memories of Nokia N900 that I tried to fill it by Nokia N97 Mini, my second trial from WomWorld.
I was sure that even after the high experience of touch with Nokia N900, this new beast wasn’t going to disappoint me as I was getting first Touch QWERTY with Google Maps and Ovi Maps. Why I was obsessive for Google Maps?? The moment, I lost Nokia 5800, my first step was to check my Google Latitude history to see that where the person with my cell might be right now. I was huge frustrated when I took a while to figure out to find that how to search that on web as there was no support of java in Maemo and so no for Google Maps. Using Google Maps, Google buzz, gravity and Nokia Messaging over such a big screen with QWERTY was something I wished was true for Nokia N900 as well.
Everyone says that Nokia N97 Mini was something, which people wished that Nokia N97 could have been. People missed the size of 3.5” for sure. The appropriate amount of RAM, appropriate processor, perfect QWERTY .. it was everything..
At one point, I wished if I was able to install Maemo over it, but still Nokia N97 did all for me otherwise it was hard to win someone back after touching Nokia N900. There were live experiences of Ovi Map navigation, when I utilized the big screen Maps for reaching to some completely unknown location in Gurgoan and I didn’t missed the route for once.
Even if N900 was god, N97 Mini was something I completely enjoyed even in my hectic schedules in that particular time. It was a perfect DATE, when I was more prepared for what should I expect and what I should do.
My Tenth Phone: After trialing big screens like N900 and N97 mini, probably, it was time to discover that what connects my practical needs more than the style. A device like N900 or N97 Mini was cool for students or may be blogger, but people like me doing to dirty works like interacting with hundreds of issues on daily basis in person or over calls… somehow it was unreal that N97 Mini or N900 will serve as a full time calling device.
Nokia E72 with Nokia BH-905 was my third trial device from WomWorld and probably the one, which I used like my own for full 15 days. It was a full time device to me in every sense, a full time fast speed 3G modem that went through 26 GB data usage in just 14 days. That was some heavy duty thing… real thing …
Still when I look for buying a device, when Nokia N900 reminds me its existence like some magnet and Nokia N8 says that how could you think of anything else, Nokia E72 still pops up saying that think what you used thoroughly in real practical sense.
Perhaps Nokia E72 was all around answer for Business World going gaga over Black Berry services. This was some device that will get all my votes when someone asks me that which device to buy.
The trial was extended for a few days due to delay from DHL and so were the downloads from the device. It doesn’t stand very far from reality when someone says to me that look like I have settled my mind for buying a Nokia E72.
My Eleventh Phone: The occasion was the birthday of my youngest brother, who was to join his first job in next few months and the gift I chosen to buy was the workaholic E52 as it was delivering the same E72 experience in a budget price. A superb experience it was for my brother as he had no prior preference for QWERTY only. He was happy with the T9 itself and I was happy that I was giving him something that he will always cherish due to the power beneath the sleek and super solid build.
Have you ever passed through a situation that you bought something for gifting it and got such a connect that it was hard to return it back?
It was much hard to me, even harder than returning the trials from WomWorld.. coz it was something that I bought myself. It was holding my own greed to give my brother the thing that was better than even what I had.
It was a DATE in one of its kind, a device that is mine, but still not mine and I was set to not buy another, just for sake of variety. Am I right?
My Phone no. 12: A strange date with Nokia 7230 was recent happening in my Nokia Experience. People knowing me could easily predict that I never would have gone a S40 now, but it was the dilemma of holding the purchase of any new phone before Nokia N8 or MeeGo phone arrives.
A S40 could never satisfy the needs of someone who might have played such high end devices as I mentioned earlier, but for a phone for calls and SMS, Nokia 7230 was much more than enough. Even I was able to use it for tweeting via Snaptu and chatting via eBuddy. What more one could have wanted from a device of 5.7 k INR?
Probably it was a date that I wont remember for long on technical reasons, but some personal reasons mark this one as a major part of my life. Will not mention the reasons, but still its a DATE that I will remember ever …
So, here this is my story .. my dates … my Nokia journey … which will be continued for sure … no matter what happens … Nokia will rule …
Why I deserve to get phone from Nokia more than others? Don’t know … probably, when you google for “screwed Nitish” or “buy a phone nitish”, then the post is first of result, where I have explained that why no one wishes to put money on others, when almighty itself is coming .. Nokia N8. But still the pain of being without a decent Smartphone coupled with prolonged wait is killing … may be this competition a hope..
Still when I get those old boxes of my lost phones, then it triggers a nostalgia and same with DHL bags still lying here and there.
Thanks WomWorld … this was something that I always wished to share, but in which way.. probably I was unable to come up on my own… thanks for the idea. Hope will be able to say the bigger thanks once again [Hint: N97 Mini]
We love updates, specially when it comes to products, which already might be topping our list of favorite; either it be next version of Windows or next version of Smartphone OS of our favorite brand or your favorite Management software. So, here you are, coming September (my birthday month) bringing the biggest release of the IT management software Spiceworks (I covered sometimes back), the 19th release.
Spiceworks and me: It took a learning curve to me to get used for Spiceworks, as I taken a look over it about two years back as a free Software. I wasn’t that big impressed that time or could say kind of scared of many options and ads around within the interface. But now I feel that I was stupid that time and when it came back again, then it kept on amazing me …
I primarily using it for two purposes as of now ..
Gather Inventory info from Multi-Domain structure: That’s probably one of the biggest task for any infra, if you need to get your hand dirty by going to each PC by yourself to gather info. Spiceworks not only empower an IT Admin to gather the same info by sitting at one place, but it provides flexibility of using authentication of multiple domains as well means no more worries. Best part still remains the way it provides you excel reports in exact way you always wanted.
But the last releases have enabled users to not only gather info but to interact with running processes at the moment and many other relevant info of IT Management.
Helpdesk: Perhaps among all the free/ open source IT Helpdesk software’s, I might have gone through in all those years, never found anyone compared to Spiceworks IT Helpdesk Software. Other one either focuses on concept of one IT person managing the helpdesk and lodging calls on behalf of users and assigning calls to engineers accordingly or even if give users some kind of console, then leave it utterly simple without no option to customize as per your needs.
I feel Spiceworks Helpdesk solution could very well stand as an independent product and still will be a hot cake. It really gives you enough hands on customizations, rules, priorities, designing and even associating tickets with asset’s profile. Great!!! what else you could have wanted.
What’s new inside version 5.0
There is a lot of info on the official community page, which you could find here and if you can’t hold yourself waiting till the final release in September, then yesterday night they already has released the beta that you could download from here. There are some rules about testing out any beta, but I will come over the same later on.
Spiceworks is just not the two features I mentioned above, it some huge, very huge that’s why they call it everything IT, keeping track of your purchases, IT Services and many more.. lets see what the latest version got as addition:
Multi-site Helpdesk: When heard the name for the first time, I was confused that what is it, but later on reading about, it fascinated me a lot. Multi-Site helpdesk means many Helpdesk consoles that might be running in different site with different customizations, different prospects and still gather the data for a central console. Wow!!!! what else I was looking for, got my wish granted even before wishing for it.
Things to try out with this beta are:
1. Connect a remote site to a central helpdesk site.
2. Submit tickets from a remote sites portal and respond to them from the central helpdesk.
3. Set-up email at the remote site and have users submit tickets (including attachments) and confirm they reach the central helpdesk. Respond to the ticket from the central site.
4. Customize the remote portal.
Purchasing: If I am right then there are purchase ticket kind of option in current version as well, but it got a complete redesign and attention with this release only. Finance people should really check this feature out rather than working over some custom made buggy CRM or maintaining the track of purchases manually. You can now use a purchasing workflow on tickets to track approval, ordering and receipt of purchases.
Things to try out with this beta are:
1. Add purchase to tickets
2. View purchases and how they relate to Help Desk tickets, inventory and IT Services
3. Approve and track purchases
4. Shop for purchases
LDAP Authentication via SSL: It always been a treat to watch that how effortless the authentication methods of Spiceworks are. Either be it on user side or IT side, I never faced any big issue and using the AD authentication for logging into Helpdesk been superb thing to me. New Addition is LDAP with SSL that sure going to grab attention of security savy techies, who were avoiding it on the basis of security risks.
Things to try out with this beta are:
1. Access via Help Desk > Settings
2. Users who have an Active Directory will be able to use an SSL option for user portal login
3. Users can choose an SSL Configuration or leave unchecked for a regular Active Directory Configuration
Hyper-V support: Virtualization is something everyone is talking about right now. Recession has taught IT Administrators and companies to work in most efficient manners and probably the biggest technology catching up been the Virtualization. Hyper-V support really adds the missing part of Spiceworks as Virtual is today’s real.
New support for Hyper-V in 5.0 means that you’ll be able to discover your Microsoft virtual machines servers. This is in addition to the ability 4.6 delivered to discover your VMware virtualization servers (ESX/ESXi & vSphere) and virtual machines.
Things to try out with this beta are:
1. After a scan of your Hyper-V device in 5.0, verify the VM’s tab displays when viewing the device.
2. Verify the content on the VM tab is accurate.
3. Verify the Hyper-V server displays in the Virtualization Hosts group
4. Verify the Hyper-V VM’s display in the Virtual Machines group.
NAS support: This is brand new and advanced feature in compliance of escalating expectations from Spiceworks. Many were asking that if Spiceworks could report even individual workstation disk spaces from thousand machines on daily basis, then why not something real like Network Storage? Version 5.0 beginning support for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. By inspecting the Web-based Management User Interfaces (MUI) of your Buffalo and Netgear devices, Spiceworks can gather device and disk space details, and show any changes over time.
Things to try out with this beta are:
1. Create an HTTP account type on the network scan settings page. This is the same account name and password that you would normally use to access the NAS Web-based MUI.
2. Scan your NAS device.
3. Verify the Total Disk Usage Information on the Configuration tab.
4. Report back to the community and please post the Manufacturer of your NAS. (We have tested this with a Buffalo NAS device but we are looking for users with Netgear to try this out.)
Backup/Configuration of network devices: Spiceworks been always amazing to me in terms of backup and restore, it has even options of automatic backup over scheduled times. Not a single incident happened with me, when any of the update asked me to restore back any configuration as it handles most of the thing automatically. But there are many other devices in your network that might not be that lucky and you need to backup them on regular basis like your switches, routers, audio cards .. sure this might be a huge plus on part of the upcoming release in some scenario, if implemented well. It not only allows you to configure and backup your network devices directly from within Spiceworks but also let you compare configuration changes with previous versions to help in troubleshooting network issues.
Things to try out with this beta are:
1. Create Telnet and Enable scan accounts for your network devices.
2. After a network scan select a network device through the inventory and view the gathered configuration data from the device’s Configuration tab
3. After a change has been made to the device’s configuration, run another network scan and verify the device’s Running Configuration is now different from its Startup configuration, this can be done by select the Changes option for any configuration listed.
4. Select Restore for any configuration that has been gathered to apply that particular configuration to the network device.
SNMPv2c and SNMPv3 support: The beauty of the Spiceworks in best lies within its support to global technologies that doesn’t need a client to be installed on each machine to gather the info and the upcoming version going to add support for SNMPv2c and SNMPv3. You’ll now be able to see more network devices scanned into inventory.
Things to try out with this beta are:
1. Create an SNMPv2c or SNMPv3 account on the Network scan settings page.
2. SNMPv2c supports a community string authentication.
3. SNMPv3 default options ‘authPriv:md5:des:username’ or ‘authNoPriv:md5:username’. You replace the ‘username’ with the username you log into the device.
4. Scan your device using the SNMPv2c or SNMPv3 account and confirm the device shows up in your inventory.
So, what’s you waiting for grab the beta and start with it and if you are new to Spiceworks, then could check my introduction article over it or check their official page. I repeat it, its kind of essential weapon for any person handling IT Infra at a better level.