Archive for 19 julio 2005


19 julio, 2005 Deja un comentario

Finally I decided to find out about podcasting, browsed a little and found a couple of interesting podcasts. I decided to be a “listener” for the moment, but who knows…

Now I would have to finally get an iPod?, hmmm, probably not. I only have a 15″ minute walk to work, so I do not really need an mp3 player, but they are so cool!!!.

I’m considering a new PDA with mp3 capabilities, I can probably justify the money on it easily 🙂

But now Apple is talking about launching a new iPod with video capabilities around september and this is so much cool!!!!

ok, I will try to think with a “cool” mind and decide wich is better for me; and iPod, a flash player or a new PDA.

Categorías:Geek, General

Detective work @ work

14 julio, 2005 1 comentario

Sometime ago, many people left jobs here at the company I work for; this was a “voluntary retirement” and since many were IT guys, many knowledge left the company with them too. Suddenly all the work from a co-worker and good friend of mine who left the company became my responsibility.

He was (is!!) a very intelligent guy, we called him “bobby” (he´s called Hector), but his programs and scripts are particularly hard to read and understand. He always made lots of little programming gems (shell scripts, php, awk…) but with absolutely no documentation. In fact from time to time I discover some new application written by him in the past and that nobody knows about.

Worse than that, sometimes someone reports a problem with app X and come to me for a solution. Obviously either I do not have any idea of the existence of that app, or I do know about it but was hoping it never breaks.

This seems a really bad scenario and in fact it is, but because I do not have other alternative I always end looking at this applications and trying to solve the mistery of how it works, and in the end I always get hooked to it and really enjoy this detective work. Don´t know why, probably because he was one of the smartest minds here and probably getting to undestand his creations makes me proud of myself.


Siemens A53 GSM mobile phone

11 julio, 2005 Deja un comentario

Well, finally I got a new cell phone. My previous one was an old trusty Motorola Startac 7867w. A really good phone I must say.

But it was time to move on an enter the GSM era (???). I must say that I’m no mobile phone fan and I do only like to be in touch when I need, nothing more. No digital camera (I´m happy with my Sony DSC-P93), no mp3, no fancy colors, just a phone for ocassional use (I want a phone, not a swiss army knife).

Looking for a cheap phone I took a deal from CTI (local mobile phone operator) for a simple Siemens A53 phone. It seemed as a nice phone *before* my purchase.

I really did not make any research at all, I just bought the cheap phone because it looks nice, assuming that every modern phone will be a decent one, right?, wrong!!

First it turned out that the A53 is a stripped down A56. It does not have the vibration feature (the motor was removed), you cannot upload ringtones as easily as with other phones, the keyboard is hard to read, the backlight is light years behind my old Startac, the volume level cannot be changed for SMS reception, the manual is really bad and more.

So, in my opinion this phone is not a wise choice. I cannot understand why Siemens made such mistakes with it, but I will surely will not recommend the A53 to anyone.

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