This is a photo of a snowman that I took using my iPhone5 on Saturday. By Sunday, it’s gone. I wonder why anyone would want to destroy it. There was another bigger snowman nearby and its head was gone. Anyway, I think the detail on the photo looks pretty good considering that it was taken using a mobile phone camera. I actually uploaded this photo on my Facebook page and then saved it again to my laptop to be used here. When uploading the photo on my Facebook page, the size of the photo was resized to just around 10 – 15% of the original photo. Imagine how much better it will look if I use the original photo on my iPhone5? On another note, this snowman looked pretty cute.
I am starting to love my mobile phone again. Yes, the same old HTC Desire. As you may have already know, I have been complaining about the space. To solve that, I found an app call Simple2Ext. How it works is to move almost every single bits of an app or game from the internal memory to the external card. Sadly, it didn’t work for me and it even damaged my sd card ext partition. In the end, I couldn’t access my mobile as it needs the ext to work. I formatted my mobile and re-flashed it again with Cyanogenmod ROM. I was tempted to try MIUI ROM but I thought I am going to change the interface by using other apps anyway, hence the ROM shouldn’t be too much of a factor especially Cyanogenmod is already well established. So, everything clean and I tried the Simple2Ext and it just won’t work for me and my HTC Desire.
Another search and Link2SD came out. Well, it turns out to be what I needed and it’s better than Firerat script which I used before this. It’s been faultless so far and the formatting did my HTC Desire good as well. I manage to tidy up some of the apps which I haven’t used a long time, in other words, not installing them again.I shall be posting my screen again some time later. Well, to summarise, I am using Go Launcher EX as the main app and WidgetLocker as the lock screen app. Yes, I paid to get WidgetLocker and it is the first and only paid app for my Android device.
Social network apps play an important part too. Facebook and twitter are almost the must install apps and there’s a new addition, Instagram. I just find it a lot easier to capture photo and publish it online. Actually, it should be the same as using Facebook but I like the effects that you can use. However, I don’t like how the Instagram app work. For example, the loading of the pages are slow, even when looking at my profile. Just the other day, I was looking at some popular photos and it just stuck on a picture with a wall mounted fireplace posted by someone from half way round the world. Anyway, I will just be using Instagram to take photos at the moment. Twitter, I hope to make more use of it but I just don’t get the hang of it. Maybe I will install a widget right in the front screen of my HTC Desire and that way, I can post anything easily and immediately.
I’ve done it. I now have a working Windows 8 Consumer Preview running on my MacBook Air. The installation was as quick as Windows 7. Hence, it didn’t surprise me since I have installed Windows 7 numerous time. I just don’t like the fish logo which replaces the Windows logo when booting up. During setup, I just chose the express settings and then logged in using my hotmail account. That reminded me that I haven’t checked my hotmail account for months. I kind of just forgot that I still have a hotmail account!
As expected, I was greeted by the so called Metro UI style screen. I wasn’t quite sure what to do at first and it certainly didn’t look as user friendly as it could be. However, a few minutes of navigating around, Windows 8 is actually very fun to use. It’s colorful and everything is laid out totally in front of me. It does look like using a giant 13.3″ mobile phone but I like it though. Whether or not it will bore me in the future is another story but I am quite sure I will be playing with it quite often. I am even playing with the thought of installing it on my netbook.
There is the Live Tile where you can see up-to-date weather forecast as well as latest emails. I hope that when Windows 8 is officially launched, it will allows users to customize their own Live Tile such as pointing to Facebook or any RSS feeds.
On the other hand, I just wish that Microsoft gets rid of the desktop totally. It’s pointless in having a stylish UI yet keeping the rubbish desktop. Well, if you haven’t seen Windows 8, let me give you some idea of it. You get the windows desktop but without the Start button, or shall I say invisible Start button. If you hover your mouse to the bottom left corner, a little start windows will appear. Click on it and it will bring you the Metro UI screen. So, the Metro UI screen is giving you list of boxes of pinned apps and by right clicking on it, you have the option to see all apps. Essentially, it’s a fancy way of viewing all your apps or pinned apps in a restyled yet effective screen.
Some apps like calendar, email, settings, photos and etc have a totally revamped interface while some stuffs like control panel, device manager and the likes still have the same old windows standard box UI. Maybe some will disagree, but I certainly would like to see the final version of Windows 8 to be freed from desktop.
As I am using Parallel 7 for Mac to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview as a virtual copy, it didn’t work as smooth as I thought it will be. The touchpad was sluggish and scrolling was a bit of a nightmare at times. However, it’s fair to say that my version of Parallel 7 doesn’t actually support Windows 8. There’s a new update but I haven’t got around to download and install it. The whole installation costs around 9GB of disk space which in my opinion is a lot. In addition, my copy of virtual Windows 8 Consumer Preview couldn’t shut down properly.
As one of the tech blogs mentioned, the search is your friend, and it really is. Forget about the search in previous versions of windows though Windows 7 search is an improvement but it’s nothing like Windows 8 search. Some things you have to try it to believe it.
In a sense, Windows 8 takes its ideas from Mac OSX. The Metro UI screen is like Mac OSX Launchpad except that it does more things; more like how Android home page compared to iOS home page. Mac OSX still keeps its “desktop” except that Mac’s “desktop” is more useful compared to Windows 8’s “desktop”. The search in Windows 8 works as good as if not better than Mac OSX. Better yet, most of Windows 8 settings and apps are now being shown in full screen and everything is clear and easy to use.
Now, I can’t wait for it to be launched. I might even be thinking of getting a Windows Phone!
I have always said about Android themes and a while ago, I published my Android home screen with the title Almost Perfect Android Home Screen. In fact, it’s the home screen that’s keeping me intact with my HTC Desire. Looking at the screen from the previous post, it looks normal like everyone would have on their Android phone. However, I searched high and low recently and managed to put together a few widgets and themes to get the home screen. Well, this is the home screen that I consider to be stylish and elegant yet giving my all the information that I need in one screen. All the widgets and themes are totally free; nothing paid or cracked.
- Cyanogenmod Theme – Aerish GTX
- Go Launcher EX Theme – Aerish GTX
- Weather – 1Weather
- Clock – BobClockD3
- Calendar – Simple Calendar
- Go SMS – Aerish GTX
Now I just love to look at the home screen though the additional pages still look a bit rubbish. Anyway, my plan is to just have icons like iOS for other pages for quick access to apps and games. I do hope that someday, they will create an Aerish GTX theme for Go Locker. The closest match is Diva Theme Go Locker.
For Facebook fans, there’s FaceDroid but I don’t like the matching color; red and blue. I thought it would be better to have white and blue instead.
I have just been into Facebook. It’s been quite a while since I last browsed through my friends’ pictures. The fact is, there is so many information that gets updated these days and if I haven’t been in Facebook for a day, I will be lost in the sea of news feed. Hence, I just take it easy and only login whenever I feel like it and browse anything which appears on my news feed. Anyway, I just saw some incredible candy apples pictures post by one of my Facebook friends. They look incredibly delicious and unique. I wonder if the pictures were taken in a shop or they were actually made by my friend. Some of her friends have already made some comments but she still hasn’t replied yet. I can’t wait to find out.
Talking about my approach on Facebook, I find that Flipboard really helps a lot. Flipboard is an iOS app that displays feeds from any sources like Facebook, twitter and RSS feeds. I just entered my Facebook account, Flipboard will then display my Facebook’s news feed like a newspaper format. I can then flip through from the latest posts to the last posts that Flipboard allows. Using Flipboard, I can still make comments, likes as well as create new posts. Thanks to the app integration, I can view Youtube videos effortlessly and zoom pictures by pinching the screen. I used to like Pulse but Flipboard just take the feeds reading to a whole new level.