Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Nokia 6708 and Stock Trading in Thailand

On May 10,2006 Nokia and Settrade made an annoucement both will cooperative to have a Settrade stock trading ready mobile phone based on the Nokia 6708. By that time, the Nokia 6708 had not yet available in the market. Recently, I have a chance to play around with this cellular phone and I like it.

If you are looking for the PDA functionality and phone on same device or just a short as PDA Phone, this Nokia 6708 could be one device that you should look closely before making any decision. Nokia 6708 is the latest mobile device in Nokia’s Enterprise Solution group. The pen-based mobile device’s 2.66 inch display makes it easy to write and browse information. It also supports QuickOffice, 18 MB memory, xHTML/HTML browser, 1.3 megapixel integrated camera and MP3 capability.

It also come with QuickOffice that let you view and edit Microsoft Office file. This will be quite a convenience when you are on the road and get any e-mail with Office file attached.

One of the best and unique here in Thailand is this Nokia 6708 come with Settrade Stock Trading software. This will let you to perform stock trading anywhere that you have cellular coveraged.

I put the detail specifications here so you could review it. Have fun and good trade.

Key Features
Touch screen with full-screen continuous handwriting
Calendar, contact, e-mail, SyncML, voice recording, productivity applications
1.3 Megapixels camera with up to 16 multishot and anti-shaking
Music player with quality speakers
Hot swap memory (SD and Mini SD) card
Bluetooth and IR to connect compatible accessories

Full Specifications

Operating Frequency
Triband GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz

Volume: 116 cc
Weight: 150 g
Length: 118 mm
Width: 52 mm
Thickness (max): 18 mm

65,536 colors, Active matrix TFT, 208 ×320 pixels display

User Interface
Touch screen with full-screen handwriting
Navigation keypad and side control keys
List and grid menu
Dedicated keys for camera, internet access, volume up and down, voice commands

Integrated 1.3 megapixel camera
Settings for night, brightness adjustment, image quality, self-timer, white balance settings, and color tones
Video recorder
Media player
Standard and night modes
Image viewer formats include JPEG, BMP, GIF, MBM, PNG, WBMP
Video: Video recording in .3gp format recording
.3gp and MP4 format video playback
Camera Burst Mode: continuous capturing of minimum 6 frames

Playback for the following video formats: H.263 video, MPEG-4
Integrated music player for AMR, WB-AMR, AAC, MP3, WAV, MIDI, SP-MIDI, i-melody, AU, GSM-AMR and WB-AMR formats

Memory Functions
18 MB built-in memory
Hot swapable slot for easy SD and mini SD card insertion and removal

Multimedia messaging: MMS for creating, receiving, editing, and sending videos and pictures with AMR voice clips
Email: Supports SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, MIME and MHTML protocols with attachments viewers
Text messaging: Supports concatenated SMS

Stuntcar Extreme and Super Drop Mania

Java™ Applications
Java™ MIDP 2.0

Bluetooth 1.1
Infrared (IR)
Remote over-the-air (OTA) synchronization with SyncML
Local synchronization with PC using PC Suite

WAP* 2.0 xHTML/HTML multimode browser

*Please note that this service is operator dependent

Data Transfer
GPRS: Class B, multislot class 10

Call Management
Support for multiple phone and email details per contact
Support thumbnail pictures and groups
Speed dialing
Logs: Keeps lists of your dialed, received, and missed calls
Call waiting, call hold, call divert, call timer
Fixed Dialing Number, allows calls only to predefined numbers
Conference call

Voice Features
Voice commands
Voice recorder
Integrated handsfree speaker
Voice recognition

Personal Information Management (PIM)
PIM features including calendar, contacts and to-do list
Alarm clock

Other Features
QuickOffice: Powerpoint, Word and Excel file formats (.ppt .doc .xls)
Quickoffice receive and view attachments. View attachments you have received in email using the Quickoffice viewers. Quickpoint, Quickword & Quicksheet enable you to view Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel documents.
Flight mode: all transmission-related activities turned off. Offline mode is used

Sales Package Contents
Nokia 6708 phone (including 1 stylus)
Nokia Battery BP-3001L
Nokia Travel Charger AC-1001
Nokia Stereo Headset HS-46
128 MB Mini SD card with adapter
Mini USB Connectivity cable
User Guide
1 extra stylus

Monday, July 17, 2006

NIKE+iPOD Sport Kit

Pick your mix and motivate your run. Nike+ lets you listen to tunes while you track your progress on an iPod® nano. Simply slip the Nike+ sensor into the Air Zoom Moire shoe pocket, or any other Nike+ Ready shoe, and head out.

The Nike+ sensor slips unobtrusively into a pocket under the sockliner.
Waterproof and virtually unbreakable.
The iPod nano tracks your progress, providing feedback on distance, time, pace and calories burned directly through the headphones.
After your run, a performance summary appears on the nano screen and can be heard through the headphones.

Today, there're so many people that going to fitness. This NIKE+iPOD Sport Kit might be a gadget for those people. The device help tracking your workout statistics and could use to monitor these against your goal to burn out all those unnecessay calories.

I don't see this kit in Bangkok though. From Nike.com website, the price for this kit is US$29. Click here to order from Amazon.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

HP Pavilion dv5227TX

Get the show on the road with the HP Pavilion dv5000t! Featuring a 15.4" high-definition widescreen and weighing only 6.5 lb., this compact notebook PC is ready to free you from the confines of your desk. Get ready to enjoy movies, photos, and music around your home or on the go.

Versatile performer
The HP Pavilion dv5000 series notebook PCs combine desktop PC power with mobile computing convenience. Surf the Net, send email and complete computing tasks using a full-featured notebook PC with a 15.4-inch widescreen display. Upgrade to HP BrightView technology for rich, lush color and dazzling high-definition detail. With HP QuickPlay, DVDs, digital photos, and music jump to life at the touch of a button.

Intel Core Duo processor T2050 (1.6GHz, 2MB L2, FSB 533 GHz)
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (Vista capable)
100GB SATA, 512MB DDR2, 6-in-1 Media Reader
DVD+/-RW Drive LightScribe,
Wireless LAN, Bluetooth
WXGA LCD 15.4"
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 up to 256MB video memory with TurboCache Teconology
Weight 2.99 kg

The pricing here in Thailand is around 45,000 Baht (Vat included)

I am quite impress with the new Intel Core Duo cpu. The performance of this machine is so good, that I have not get any delayed on any operation. I did browse Internet, read and reply email from Microsoft Outlook, while converting the Music CD to file at the same time.

If you are an occational gamer, you will like this notebook that it come with NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 with 128 MB of video RAM. In some case where it is necessay that the game require more video memory to speed up certain thing, the video card could lend another 128MB ram from the main computer memory.

This notebook might not enable or capable to ley you play all the most advance game with all high setting in the game, but it could be playable and enjoyable to play any game when reduce the game setting lower.

Look into market here today, computer notebook with Intel Core Duo and come with either Nvidia or ATI VGA are quite limited. If you are looking for a notebook with these requirements, HP Pavilion dv5227TX will not let you down.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Mini PC from Aopen MP945-VX

Minitaure Size - leaving you with a more spacious desk
With a supermini size of just 165 x 165 x 51mm, the Mini PC creates extraordinary desktop space for you to extend unlimited creativity. Using AOpen MiniPC saves you over 40% of space compared to a traditional desktop PC. The saved space can be even larger when fitted with an LCD monitor. The ergonomic effects brought to you by the MiniPC will effectively boost your work efficiency and help maintain a pleasant mood.

Light and Handy - can be easily carried anywhere

Weighing a mere 1.15kg (0.52 lb), the AOpen MiniPC is designed for high mobility. The product fully meets the demands of computer users, who mostly need to carry the computer in a briefcase or handbag from one place to another to continue their work rather than using PCs in the transit process.

AOpen Inc. designs its MiniPC for point-to-point mobility and leaves out monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It further omits the weighty battery so that the MiniPC is lighter than even the lightest notebook PCs available on the market. Despite its light weight, the computer's functions are not compromised at all. Such brand new "portable desktop PC" concept more conforms to consumers' needs.

Superb Performance - Silence, low power consumption, high efficiency

The AOpen MiniPC brings forth a new era for desktop PCs with unrivaled silence, power conservation, and excellent performance by adopting Pentium M/Celeron M processors developed by Intel with mobility technology coupled with a So-DIMM memory slot and Mini-PCI interface. The AOpen MiniPC can easily satisfy the majority of users who mainly work with office applications, enabling them to easily handle office work, entertainment, Internet surfing, CD/DVD burning, etc.

  • Wireless Internet surfing- The Internet access with built-in IEEE 802.11 b/g frees you from the restrictions of "wires and cables." You can now roam freely on the Internet anytime anywhere. The AOpen MiniPC is not just compact but can also give you total freedom!
  • High-speed network LAN - Even endowed with wireless functions, you may still need higher speed when transmitting files and browsing resources through the local area networks (LAN), or downloading massive image and audio materials at fixed places like the office or at home. The high-speed Gigabit 1000Mb network connecting port of the AOpen MiniPC can not just meet your needs but can also be compatible with the traditional 10/100Mb networks.
  • Digital video interface (DVI) - Through its high-resolution digital video output port, the AOpen MiniPC can generate high-resolution and high-quality video data. When using a new generation LCD monitor, you will personally experience the unprecedented display quality for the transmitted digital signals. Meanwhile, the digital video output port can also support any model of LCD or CRT via the attached adapter.
  • TV signal output- Another thoughtful design is the S-Video connector provided by the AOpen MiniPC that allows you to flexibly make use of your home TV set or monitor. This further enhances the portability of the AOpen MiniPC because you can use AOpen MiniPC at more places without having to consider if a PC monitor is available. You may continue to enjoy your digital life with the AOpen MiniPC as long as you own a TV set.
  • HDTV-For consumers who have high-definition TV (HDTV) set, the AOpen MiniPC provides even more stunning viewing delights through the Y/Pb/Pr connector. The more precise colors and delicate details shown on HDTV sets are beyond comparison with traditional CRTs. This enables you to handle computer work on your TV set. Now you can hook up the AOpen MiniPC to your TV in the living room to easily process documents, business, and even edit pictures and images. These functions are not limited only to surfing Web pages, listening music or viewing photos and movies.
  • Dual screen display-AOpen MiniPC can simultaneously support two monitors, enabling you to surf the Web pages and watch TV programs at the same time, or enjoy entertainment while you are working.
  • High capacity DVD±RW / CD-RW burner- Being even smaller than an external CD/DVD burner, the AOpen MiniPC contains a slim built-in burner. You only need minimum space to easily carry around this petite, yet full-fledged PC. In addition, the high-capacity hard disk inside the AOpen MiniPC lets you record, duplicate, and store much more data or video data.
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port- The AOpen MiniPC provides two universal serial bus input/output ports at the back to expand the connectivity with peripheral equipment. You can connect to USB flash drive, external CD/DVD burner, printer, scanner, etc. In spite of its mini size, the AOpen MiniPC gives you unlimited expansion possibilities! Furthermore, the USB 2.0 protocol of AOpen MiniPC also allows the support for the older USB 1.1 specifications.
  • IEEE1394 serial bus port -The AOpen MiniPC provides the high-speed serial bus port to connect to the typical peripherals like digital video recorder, high-speed hard disk drives, etc. With the above high-speed USB 2.0 port, AOpen MiniPC supports the great majority of external peripherals on the market.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Mac Mini

Just try a new Mac Mini, which come with Intel Core Dual, it is very impressive in both design and performance. The current Mac machine could be running either Mac OS X or Windows XP.

Mac mini At a Glance
  • 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo or 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor
  • Apple Remote with Front Row
  • Up to 2GB memory
  • Intel GMA950 graphics processorDVI connector, VGA adapter
  • Slot-loading optical driveUp to 120GB hard drive
  • Built-in gigabit EthernetAnalog and digital audio
  • Expansion via USB and FireWire
  • iLife ’06, Mac OS X Tiger

Now just wish some PC manufacturer will come up with PC Mini.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

D-Link DSL-G604T a Wireless ADSL router modem

D-Link, an industry leader in networking, introduces the
DSL-G604T, a Wireless ADSL router modem combining both an ADSL modem and 802.11g wireless router in one unit, bringing high-speed wireless Internet connection to a home or office.
My friend just bought this D-Link to replace his ADSL modem. He was looking for single device that could offer both ADSL modem and Wireless lan for his house. I was called to help him to set up this with the True ADSL provider in Thailand. The setup is simple enought for even a newbie in tech world. However, one confusion could be occered is when you setup everything just right, the ADSL status screen might still say "disconnect". You could either to refresh your browser to see the update page or dig into the log where it will tell that you are connected and get your IP from your ADSL provider.

If you live in USA, you could order this D-Link DSL-G604T from Amazon. Click here to order.

Friday, April 14, 2006

CarChip® your car Black Box

CarChip® is a device that act just like the Boeing black box. It will record your car time and date, distance, speed, idle time, hard accelerations and decelerations, and engine diagnostic trouble codes. This will enable you to know how and when your vehicles are being driven. Either you are working as a fleet manager that needs to manage hundred of vehicles or you are just either a mom or a dad that would like to know what your son did with your car last night. The CarChip® will help you to get the answer.

Free Paint.NET version 2.61

If you are looking for a painting software to replace the default Microsoft Paint, and finding that Adobe Photoshop is overkill in both features and price, here is the free painting software. The Paint.NET version 2.61 has just been released on March 29, 2006. I have been using this free Paint.NET for almost a year now. The software is small and fast to edit some common needs of everyone. To remove the Red Eyes, resize the image, cropping some unwanted area, key in a few title or any text, and so on. The new version even come with the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color.


  • Simple, intuitive user interfaceEvery feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. It is also designed to be immediately familiar to users of the original MS Paint software that comes with Windows.
  • LayersUsually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.
  • Powerful ToolsPaint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-user curve tool for drawing simple splines or Bezier curves. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.
  • Unlimited HistoryEverybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you've undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.
  • Special EffectsMany special effects are including for perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting. Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and levels.
Get some brieft history from their site, Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for setup and shell-integration related functionality.

If you want to try out this free painting software, you could download from here.

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