March 2008


A few days ago, my girlfriend mentioned to me that she came across a Neo-brand laptop similar to the popular Asus Eee PC, but with 30 gigs of disk space, for only PhP16,999 (~$415)! Though she couldn’t remember its name, I definitely had to see it for myself.

It turns out that the laptop is called an “Explore X1”. My first impression of it wasn’t so hot though as I didn’t like what I saw. It almost looks like one of those vtech laptops for kids. Just check out the pics after the jump:

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I’m here at a nearby wi-fi hotspot trying out Scribe for the first time on my E61i (because I’m too cheap to pay for 3G).

Its current version is definitely bare, but if you’re able to read this post, then Scribe has done its job. Everything, from the text to categories to tags, was done through Scribe.

Generally, I don’t bother making news posts about developments in the S60 world because (1), I don’t want to merely repeat what pretty much every other symbian/mobile blog has already posted, and (2), this isn’t my job. 😛 But this time, I think I’ll make an exception.

A few days ago, Ewan of SMS Text News posted about Scribe, a WordPress client for S60 phones developed by Jay Fenton. Just yesterday (Or is it today? I’m in GMT+08:00!), Jay finally posted the link to a working version of it! I’ve yet to try it though because I wanted to post about it right away.

Without further ado, get the app here: http://scribe.na.nu/

Just follow the instructions and you’ll be blogging on WordPress from your phone in no time! And according to Jay, Scribe will work with any blog engine that supports the metaWeblog and MovableType APIs. How awesome is that? Note that it’s still in beta, so there’s bound to be a few quirks.

I don’t know you, but good job, Jay!

I’ll probably make another post with some screenshots of my own as soon as I’m able to give Scribe a spin. Let’s hope it all works out. In the meantime, you can check out Ewan’s post for screenshots and more details.

How I wish that Nokia, and maybe a few other manufacturers, would ease up a bit on producing hardware and start concentrating on the software (i.e. stability, ease of ease) of their phones instead. For the past few months (years?), most of Nokia’s “new” releases were simply “newer” hardware for practically the same old software. Heck, many of their other releases were just varying combinations of the same hardware packed with the same software. And why is that? I don’t want to think that the majority of consumers are so simple-minded that they’ll buy a product (that they already have) just because it seems new.

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For today, I decided to share some bright themes that work well enough with the E61i. All credit goes to the author only known as Ivanov.

 

Crystal by Ivanov:

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In my unending quest to tide the time while waiting for new chapters of my favorite mangas, I decided to start reading Genshiken, which had already been recommended to me by several people.

Genshiken, by Kio Shimoku, basically chronicles the “exciting” lives of the members of a college club for otakus. The club’s name, of course, is Genshiken, which is short for Gendai Shikaku Bunka Kenkyuu Kai or the Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture. Rather than focusing on a specific interest, the club tries to become a converging point for fans of various visual media.

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Some more themes for the E61i coming your way! I’ve got blue ones for today.

 

Saku by Ivanov

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