Going Mobile

Filipinos nowadays have been moving around too much... that's why budget airlines are such a big thing nowadays. Like our Asian neighbors, Filipino are starting to enjoy traveling. Thanks to technology we still can stay connected with our friends and love ones even when we're away.

This is also the same at home or at the office. Before, we stay connected with our friends and family through the ordinary telephone. Now, we can get in touch with anybody just by going online or buy sending an SMS. It ain't surprising that the Philippines now is considered the SMS capital of the world. What's the first thing you do when you get to the office? Check your email ofcourse!
In the past decade or so, we've seen an explosion of gadgets that allow allow their users to do what they have to do without being fixed in any one place. The two most basic examples of these gadgets would have to be the mobile phone and the laptop computer. Mobile phones basically allow people to take calls no matter where they are, and as laptop computers have caught up to their desktop counterparts in terms of value and power they've become a legitimate alternative for many people to stay in productive while in a greater variety of places.
In just the past 3 or 5 years, mobile technology here in the Philippines has changed alot. Before we only use our mobile phones to text and call. Now, we use our phones to check emails, surf the web, send pictures, taking pictures just to name a few. Now subscribers make sure their phones have MMS, 3G, WIFI, etc.

Of course a variety of newer gadgets make the palm top computer obsolete by incorporating its capabilities into mobile phones. The result is called a smart phone and there are a bunch of gadgets that qualify as smart phones on the market right now. Many of these gadgets outdo palm top computers in terms of functionality with the use of built in keyboards for thumb typing and web access for browsing and email. (To be fair, many palm top computers have these features as well, but they're fair from standard.)

For the first time in human history, it's possible to watch TV, talk on the phone, listen to music, and write a novel all on the same gadget. That's progress.
Source: http://www.newtechnologytv.com/

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Chat and call thru the internet using your mobile.

If you have Skype, AIM, Gtalk, Yahoo etc you can use your symbian phone to call and chat with your friends if you have a dedicated internet connection or a WIFI connection using your own phone.

Check it out: www.fring.com

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You have Skype?

Let me know...

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Got my WiLAN working!

Finally after weeks of trying to figure out what went wrong... I got my WiLAN working at home! Hehehe! Just had to install the latest firmware for my router. My friend adviced me to do this before but I didn't! Makulit kasi ako!

Well here's what I did:

1. Reinstalled Ubuntu
2. Downloaded the firmware update for my Linksys router at www.linksys.com/sg
3. Setup WEP

I'm so happy!

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WIFI Problem

So I got my Linksys broadband router and it seems to work with my other WIFI enabled devices but not my MSI Laptop! Darn!

Here's what I'm doing so far...

1. I install the wifi tools for ubuntu

sudo apt-get install wireless-tools

2. Tried identifying what card I have


and got

04:09.0 Network controller: RaLink RT2561/RT61 rev B 802.11g

3. I tried checking with the wifi tools


lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

ra1 RT61 Wireless ESSID:"DeatoWIFI" Nickname:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: 00:1E:E5:48:47:77
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s
RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality=100/100 Signal level:-38 dBm Noise level:-79 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

ppp0 no wireless extensions.

I learned two things...

- That the wireless card on my laptop is using RT61 chipset driver
- That it is detecting the AP but I just need to make sure that the driver is properly installed.

Will play around with the config and will let you guys know what happens... :)

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Got myself a Linksys WRT54G broadband router... installed it and followed the directions and got it to work with the two SE P990i phones at home and the PSP but when I tried using it with my MSI Laptop running Ubuntu... it was detected but I can't seem to connect to it! Waaaaaaaaaaaah! Ok I'm over reacting again! I'll just do some research and hopefully I get to make it work. :)

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Reinstalled Feisty

I recently removed Linux Mint 4. Was thinking of installing Ubuntu Gutsy again but decided to stick with the more stable Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. Been busy lately and haven't updated this blog.

Anyway since I reinstalled the older Ubuntu version, I never had any sound issue unlike in Linux Mint 4 and Gutsy. The next Ubuntu LTS is coming out really soon but I don't think I will jump in just yet. I might wait for reviews and read the forums for any possible bugs before upgrading. :)

For now I'm happy and I'm loving my Ubuntu!

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