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Ladies & Gentlemen .. It's My Pleasure to Announce
By TI3GIB @ Friday, November 23, 2007
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Hint : Look under the network signal bars.

It's fast. Boy, is it fast.

Screenshot : TI3GIB's Nokia N73

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Toyota Camry [ 7371| AD | Oman ] ...
By TI3GIB @ Wednesday, November 07, 2007
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Not only does the woman driving this car overtake you from the right side through the yellow line, but she also does it while toying around with the portable knife (I think it was that new Sony Ericsson ) waiting to kill somebody with it.

Fellow drivers, consider yourself warned.

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Nissan Maxima [ 477 | BS | Oman ] ...
By TI3GIB @ Tuesday, November 06, 2007
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What is the deal with Maxima drivers ?

This guy's story. He was right in front of me in the car park, finds a spot, parks most way into his space and a little into the space on the left. Guy gets out and locks his car. I want the spot right next to it, but it's too tight for the car to fit in comfortably, so I honk to the guy twice before he leaves, and once more before he looks back without giving a shit and walking away.

I get pissed, and want to teach the guy a lesson, and with his car barging into my space, I park just fine, making entry to his car from the driver's seat impossible. Lockd the car and got into to a restaurant.

20 or so minutes later. Guy comes in the restaurant says "you're the guy with the 'car here' ? .. "You're blocking my way, and I can't get out". I explain to the guy that I'm parked just fine and my car is perfectly within the confines of my space, and it's his fault that he's parked incorrectly even after I honked to him 3 times to tell him about it. Anyway, out of good nature, I go and move the car. Guy apologizes in what seemed like sincerity and leaves.

That's one driving asshole that will think twice next time. I hope.

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The Asus Eee PC701
By TI3GIB @ Monday, November 05, 2007
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If you still think that the iPhone is the gadget of the year, this ought to change your mind. During Computex earlier this year, Asus launched their new series of laptops/UMPC. Designated the Eee (Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play), with a price point of $199 and a weight of approximately 2 pounds (0.98 Kg to be exact), this sure was a winner.




And yes it was, the internet media has been eagerly awaiting to see what this is going to be like. On the specifications front, the laptop sports a 900Mhz Celeron M processor, 512 Megs of Ram, 4 Gigabyte of SSD (Solid State Drive), a 7-inch 800x480 screen, WLAN, 10/100 LAN, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a VGA out, an SD card reader and your standard audio jacks. All to run on the pre-installed free custom version of Xandros Linux.

There are going to be a few versions of the Eee ranging from 2 Gig and perhaps up to 32 Gigs of storage. Some of you might be wondering why the storage space is this small considering that +120 Gigabytes in laptops nowadays are nothing surprising. The laptop utilizes the new type of very-durable, blazing-fast, flash-based Solid State Drives (read more on Sleepless' Blog). Don't forget that you can still attach any portable hard drive via USB and easily expand that 4 Gigs to 250 Gigs on 2.5" drives, and 500~750 Gigs on 3.5" drives. This comes in very handy for photographers. Insert their SD memory cards (or any other type through a dedicated memory card reader), and transfer or back up their photos to portable hard drives, out ruling the need to special device to do that, or the hassle of carrying a laptop around. With Internet from your phone, or through a dedicated USB modem, you can even upload these to your flickr anywhere where there's now WLAN.

The price for the just released, currently available 4 Gigger is $399 with a year's warranty (some places mention 2 years), and since Costco and Newegg started selling those a few days back, a lot of people have been showing off with their unboxes and pictures on YouTube, Flickr and on many reviews online.

I don't like laptops, and since it's inevitable that I will have to get one for school later this year, I've been eyeing the market lightly. With that superb price tag of 400$, I can get this laptop for it's necessity AND a dedicated desktop for my normal usage. And this is not just something to 'cover the need', I'm genuinely impressed by the Eee.

It's extremely light weight, small form factor (slightly larger than a standard DVD box), considerably good performance, superb usability, admirable battery life (rated at 3.5 hours) and welcoming price point, makes this a steal. From all the reviews I've seen so far, it's been able to handle whatever anyone would throw at a dedicated laptop. Of course, you can't expect to play 3D video games on this thing or 720p HD video, but it can probably handle anything else which you would expect from a laptop.

Not only that, but since this is a fully-fledged laptop and not just a UMPC (Ultra Mobile Personal Computer) you can install any OS you like on it (except Apple products - problem on their end). With it being out for less than a week, users report that there were no glitches at all with installing lightened versions (space wise) of Windows XP and Linux Ubuntu.

From what I've seen on videos, XP usage is fast and snappy, and is identical to using XP anywhere else with similar hardware components, and to further enhance usage, the memory slots are the industry standardized DIMM laptop RAM sticks, and so you can easily upgrade the 512 Megs to 1 Gig of ram (these cost around $45 right now).

The only complaints on the device so far is that the keyboard is slightly too small to feel comfortable with right away, but most people who claimed that also said that it gets a lot easier after a day or two. Some people also mentioned that the 7-inch screen isn't very durable and some already have cracks and LCD spills on theirs. Without having used it , the only thing I consider upsetting is the lack of integrated bluetooth. Ofcourse this can easily be tackled in the XP enviorment with an external bluetooth device, but with the included Linux one, finding bluetooth device drivers for Linux can prove challenging. That and the lack of an optical drive (CD/DVD/RW) drive.

I'll be getting a black 4 gigger one (the only currently available color is the Pearl White) hopefully by the end of the year, when reliability issues, if any, start to become more evident, and hopefully be writing a review on it. Meanwhile, a few pictures and videos. I've selected a few pictures and uploaded them to this album here, click on the magnifying glass for real size images



Reviews :-
1. NotebookReview.com
2. TrustedReviews.com
3. PCPro.co.uk
4. HotHardware.com
5. EEEuser.com

Image Courtsey of :-
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NotebookReview.com
2. 'EEEuser' @ Flickr

Video :-
1. Unwired 14 : YouTube Review
2. Linux Interface Walkthrough (Part 1, Part 2)
3. Unboxing and Box Contents
4. Windows XP Pro Boot Time (Fast as hell)
5. Eee PC Running Office 2007 on Windows XP Pro
6. Eee PC Running Photoshop CS2 on Windows XP Pro
7. Eee PC Playing Various Video Formats

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Borders - City Center Muscat
By TI3GIB @ Sunday, November 04, 2007
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Even though, I've been to City Center Muscat quite a few times since the expansions that took place a few weeks ago. I haven't been bothered enough to go have a look at the new Borders bookshop opened in the new wing.



That until a couple of days back when a few people and I went for dinner. Almost occupying an entire floor of the new wing, my first impression of the place is that it's larger than I anticipated, and in a store of this type. Size does matter.

The corridors are clearly labeled by genre and the book collections were admirable, but not impressive. For a bookstore chain of this magnitude, perhaps I expected a little too much. I was there to look for two books, of which neither I found. The first was Stephen Colbert's I am America, and So Can You !, currently ranked 4th in Amazon's books bestseller list. The second was Jon Stewart's America (The Book) : A Citizen's Guide To Democracy Inaction, which they had record of in the their book database, but wasn't too important to stock.

Next, I went over to have a look at their DVD concert collection, and there was nothing noteworthy there either. Most of the concerts, I had seen in shelves of a few stores that sell DVDs, of which most of were quite old. I have to say, though, that their TV show DVD sets collection was better than I expected. Not necessarily the most updated, but definitely large enough to have most major shows whether they came out last year or in the 90s.

The big one. Pricing. Too too too much. Not only are the prices are not good(which I was expecting the to be), but not even fair. Most books that I had a look would've costed anywhere from 1-2 rials less at any other books store around (Family & Turtles), and that wouldn't sound so bad if you were buying one book, but if you were to buy a collection than you could potentially buy an extra book or two with the same amount elsewhere.

I don't know if they still do this, but there was a Al-Manahil Something place that used to send you books from Amazon UK for 1 rial per book. Even though Amazon UK prices are slightly higher than it's American counterpart, and even including the 1 rial shipping few, it's still cheaper than buying the book from Borders. Ofcourse then, there's a considerable wait, and it's just too much of a hassle if you're not going to buy a few books.

and that's pretty much it. There's one more thing, aparently we're still not significant enough to be on their international outlet list. Pfft. So Borders kind of gets a Sucked rating. Now, go read or something.

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When In Doubt ..
By TI3GIB @ Saturday, November 03, 2007
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About who you really are (which happens often enough), take an online personality test. The results are in and they're fascinating.


This can't be a good thing.

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Nissan Maxima [ 686 | A | Oman ] ...
By TI3GIB @ Saturday, November 03, 2007
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I wouldn't mind it if you died on the road.

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