Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
My future phone is now in stores in the UK and US , the N93 is the latest baby from Nokia N-series phones.
I can't seem to get the price of the phone though normally in Mauritius it could easily be above the Rs25,000 range .
I did found one being sold on eBay at £7.72 which seems to be really absurb.
Vodafone UK mentions that the phone's price has not yet been fixed , so still have to wait a bit. As I will be in UK "theoritically" next week I might be having a peek at it at their shop.
Dodo written by Javed Mandary at 11:07 AM
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Lately I have been noticing that many people have suddenly switched to ADSL or WIMAX (Nomad) , frankly I was taken aback ...since I don't even have a connection at home(..modem burnt out) :P.
Mauritians no longer hesitate to take a Rs500+ something package to enjoy the bliss of surfing the web...which is a good thing ..at last we can say babye to our dear old dial-up modem.
So here is a list of things that you should consider (Please correct me if am wrong) , when you do take your Internet Package:
Frankly I got to install a Nomad Kit at my cousin's house she was completely loss as to how to configure the thing. So she called me I came over realized that there was only a USB connection , then was equally puzzled as her until I figured out that a LAN connection had already been created and that she could as it is surf the web.
So the plus side I would say is that installation is simple and that it is easy to get a Nomad package at any Nomad stand, no need of any big paperwork.
Also you can take the kit with you and install it on your friend's pc , so thats cool.
The bad thing is the connection speed which is I must say awfully slow. I just hate having to wait for my pages to appear let alone download something. So thats a minus .. along with the fact that coverage is not guaranteed everywhere.
Also note that the Nomad box needs an AC current so if your power socket is near to your window then your really a lucky bunny.
Obviously if you are taking an ADSL connection from Telecom Plus this would mean that you connection would be faster than Nomad. However the big disadvantage is the paper work and you have to wait for the telecom guys to come over and install the gimmicks for you which can take a while ..heard it took like 2 whole weeks.
Personally I dont have much patience, when I buy something i intend to have a quick and good service.
Unlike Nomad your ADSL kit is dedicated only to your phone line , so you can't really take it with you..argggh.
Note: These prices are going to go down by Rs 100 in a few days
My.T is the latest offering from Mauritius Telecom basically its the Wanadoo ADSL plus certain additional features:
So basically from what I understood you will be provided a LiveBox which is a small rectangular box with wires going into a TV Decoder for you to view new channels on your TV .
The LiveBox also acts as a WIFI server making your house WIFI-enabled.In human language this means that you can connect to the internet without the need of wires .. you just require to add a WIFI card (which the telecom will add for you) to your pc.
So installation is not that straight forward as the Nomad.
Here with the Rs950 + VAT package you get a clear 256Kbps connection which is really fast , so surfing is like a breeze along with the fact that you enjoy a 2MBps connection locally within the country...awesome.
However there is a big "BUT" there is a limit to this freedom and that is 1Gb if you download the equivalent of a ..lets say DVD on you pc well you would need to pay on top of the monthly fee Rs0.50 per megabyte which really is so annoying ...arrrg .. just when you thought that you could download all those freebie movies and software on the net.
So do take care of the amount of stuffs you download with this package.
There is also the TV remote which allows you to pay for a movie and view it. Now there are some channels which are available for free like TNT and some films which you do have to buy .
But believe me the film listing is ..really aweful and aweful is a small word ..the movies available are just plain bad. People choosing that should consider newer flicks , movies just out on DVD or something ..comeon who is going to watch The Army of 12 Monkeys , i already saw that a couple of dozen times....There's even bobby there ..aaaah awful.
So I personnally wouldn't go for My.T for just the tv stuff , go get Canal Sat instead!
----> So my Choice would be for the My.T package although the 1G limit is annoying still its 256Kbps for an affordable price and who knows maybe in a couple of years they will upgrade the level of the programs too!!
ADSL Availability Check
My.T Film listing
Dodo written by Javed Mandary at 2:28 PM
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Its lunch time your hungry nothing in the office kitchen except an egg , your stomach starts growling, you ask yourself why you didn't take your wife's smelly tuna sandwitch and you become deaf by the noise your tummy makes... well not anymore!!!
One guy found the solution to your problem , fry the egg with your laptop!!!
Laptop nowadays although being 'almost' as powerful as regular desktops do have something really annoying , they emitt a lot of heat and this can be really uncomfortable if you have to actually place it on your lap while watching tv or in the plane for example.
The guy pictured above demonstrated that by literally frying an egg by placing it at the back of the pictured Macbook. Don't know if it tastes as good as being fried on a pan but hey thats better than becoming deaf from your stomach noise :P .
Dodo written by Javed Mandary at 7:48 AM
Monday, July 17, 2006
We have come yet again to our annual weather report. People currently on dodo island are suffering from windy , cold and rainny conditions . Tell you how it is, you wake up in the morning wash your car ,its sunny , you get on the road , starts raining , get to the office , its windy and ruins your mood and your plans , not to forget that it dirties your car again...arggh.
Haven't been to the beach yet but heard that it was however full with tourists....not very intelligent to come to us in winter when its summer in europe. Anyways this ends our annual weather report.
Dodo written by Javed Mandary at 8:57 AM