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Getting my Aussie iPhone working in Japan

September 7, 2010 •

Back in January of last year, I went to Japan on a ski trip for 3 weeks. :)

Since having a phone with which you can make phone calls is VERY useful in Japan, before I left, I had a chat with Optus on using my iPhone package internationally. The deal was simple; you can do everything overseas as you can at home, but it’ll cost a LOT more.

Several phone calls and 8 hours of using global data roaming, I came home to a phone bill $200 more expensive than what I usually paid. ^_^;

Erm… so. When I was planning to go to Japan this time around, I figured there must be a better way. And so I did a little research. :)

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First impressions of my iPad

May 30, 2010 •

iPad running my little ol' blog here. Looks great!I’ve spent a day playing around with my iPad now, and I still think I’ve only barely scratched the surface of what it can do. XD
I’d like to write a quick blog post here on all of the things that went through my head as I was opening the box and cranking it up; all of my first initial impressions of using my iPad for the first time.

When I pulled it out of the box, I immediately thought it felt heavier than the other iPads I’d held before. Granted all of the other iPads were WiFi only models, and the Apple site does say that the 3G version is 0.05kg heavier, but I didn’t think I’d actually notice (Or maybe I’m just crazy XD). Upon picking it up and holding it in my hand, it felt really nice. The brushed metal back and the sapphire glass front are really smooth and they both felt really nice to the touch. Continue reading

Bought my iPad today!

May 29, 2010 •

My iPad and 3G microSIM card. Also a lens flare in the BG. XDI thought I’d just fire off a little post on what happened today. XD

I went and bought an iPad 3G 64GB. :D

While I’m extremely happy to have an iPad now, what I had to go through to actually get one as of today miffed me a little bit.

I originally ordered my iPad from the Apple website, however I was told I wouldn’t receive it until June 7 (Still more than a week away!). When I jumped online today, I found that most electronic consumer shops in Perth were fully stocked to the brim with iPads, ready to purchase right then and there. So I immediately jumped up, ran over to my nearest JB Hi Fi and bought my iPad from there. I then returned to my desk and instantly canceled my June 7 pre-ordered one.

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Microsoft Points Chart from Wikipedia

May 28, 2010 •

In a follow-up to the article I wrote on the Wikipedia Microsoft Points article, here’s the chart that originally got deleted. Hopefully if everything else all fails, the chart will still be accessible, at least through here. :)

Relative exchange rate of Microsoft Points by region
Sovereignty 100 500 800 1000 2000 5000
United States $1.25 $6.25 $10.00 $12.50 $25.00 $62.50
Canada $1.45 $7.25 $10.19 $14.50 $29.00 $72.00
United Kingdom £0.85 £4.25 £6.64 £8.50 £17.00 £42.50
El Salvador $1.25 $6.25 $10.00 $12.50 $25.00 $62.50
Australia $1.65 $8.25 $10.92 $16.50 $33.00 $82.50
Europe €1.20 €6.00 €7.30 €12.00 €24.00 €60.00
Japan ¥148 ¥740 ¥903.34 ¥1480 ¥2960 ¥7400
Mexico $14 $69 $126.25 $138 $275 $687
Singapore $2.20 $11.00 $13.96 $22.00 $44.00 $110.00
Taiwan $42 $210 $318.57 $420 $840 $2100
India Rs68 Rs340 Rs456.64 Rs680 Rs1360 Rs3400

Buying an iPad

May 4, 2010 •

You can't really deny it, this pic sums up the iPad pretty perfectly. XDA little while ago, I wrote a rather scathing (also slightly incorrect) article on the iPad just after it had been announced. A few months later (and still no sign of it coming to Australia as of yet), I’ve had a bit of time to think about it.

And I’m thinking… I definitely want to buy one.

When the iPad was announced, there were two things I was upset about. The first was its silly name. Tampon cracks aside, it’s still too close to iPod. And the second was the fact that instead of us getting a minified MacBook, we’re instead getting a magnified iPhone (Well… iPod Touch). This stang the most since when I originally envisioned a tablet by Apple, I was expecting something I could easily whip out anywhere, and do complex things like web development or programming easily (Although, that may not be impossible ;) ). One last thing was the lack of USB ports… making any kind of peripheral integration (excluding Bluetooth) totally impossible.

Either way, the more I think about it, an expanded iPhone seems to make sense. At a current technology level, I don’t think it’s actually possible for Apple to make a tablet PC of these dimensions, that can successfully run Mac OSX (Or at least, not without being extremely pricey), as well as integrate touch technology at the same time. For a device like this, the multi-touch features of iPhone OS just make total sense. It also makes sense in the fact that for a mobile device of this kind, a full OS like MacOS would take way too long to load, ultimately degrading the experience. So on reflection, hoping for MacOS on a tablet like this is a bit far-fetched to say the least. XD Continue reading

So, who wants an iPhone 4G?

April 20, 2010 •

Oooh shiny! (Sourced from Gizmodo)A pretty interesting thing has been happening in the geeks’ gadget world this week. Since I have a blog, I thought I’d offer my $0.02. :)

For those of you not in the know, here’s a quick re-hash. An Apple employee named Gray Powell took a prototype model of an as-of-yet unannounced iPhone to a bar, unto which he lost it. It was later found by another patron of the bar, from where it made its way into the hands of Gizmodo, who promptly ran a story on it. In what pretty much solidified the device’s authenticity, Apple sent a formal request to Gizmodo, asking for their ‘device’ to be returned.

Now, first and foremost…. this phone looks friggin’ awesome. Just on Gizmodo’s testimony alone, I really really want one now; way moreso than I ever wanted an iPad. XD Pretty much all of the issues I have with my 3G (Uh, which I guess is really just the camera lol) have been fixed with this model. In addition, you can never go wrong with a higher resolution screen. XD

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