November 29, 2007
When I bought my Palm Treo 650 about a year and a half ago, I was sooo glad that I bought it for a really cheap price. It was my first international trip. I was in our Silicon Valley office for the new-joinee training. I don't know if I learned enough stuff during the trip; but I definitely bought quite a lot of stuff. In addition to buying electronics for me, I also bought plenty of shirts, a lot of stuff from Google Store for me, my friends, Pascal, etc. Only when I had to pack all the stuff I realized how much stuff I had bought. After starting to use the Treo, I started liking it more and more. It's no-nonsense UI, ease of use, build quality, battery life, quality of the touchscreen, integration with my beloved Linux computer made me happy. Those who believe "reality is far from ideal" are correct. The phone has its own glitches. But you know, it was far better than the Nokia 7710 I was using. A few months back I got tired of big phones. Wanted to get a phone which I can use to make calls, with no fancy features. I settled for a Nokia 5200, which is a pretty low-end phone with Bluetooth support. I could not use it for more than a month. Nokia's UI made me grumpy. Even when I fondly used my Nokia 3120 and had great love for Nokia phones, I hated their UI. (quick question: what is the average number of keypresses you need, to do anything on a Nokia phone?) And a few other minor usability issues. So I switched back to my Treo. Last week I was bitten seriously by Treo's infamous "ghost jack" problem. I decided to change my phone and started looking for a good phone. I didn't want to buy some really good phones for personal reasons, including iPhone (no thrid-party apps), HTC Touch or S710 (yucky Windoze mobile OS). And I already have an aversion towards Motorola's and Nokia's. Syncing with a Linux computer is something that is not support by almost all the phones. So decision made: be happy with the Treo until some superstar company releases an Android phone.
November 25, 2007
<shameless plug> After living on my laptop for about a year, my Sify Broadband client has found a new home in Google Code. For the lack of a better name, I am just calling it MSify, and it's available at http://code.google.com/p/msify. If you use Sify Broadband on a Linux computer, try it out. Feedback, bug reports, feature requests are always welcome. </shameless plug>