萬法唯心 – Impermanence

Google Chrome – Browser

September 4, 2008 12:12 pm

Can’t believe that google will now make it’s own web browser. I didn’t do much/any reading on it, but thought I will just donwload it and try it out. My first impression is that it keeps the interface to minimal which is what I like, all the common shortcuts works, responses is very quick and all the small little details are done right (for me anyway)! Just everything I need for a browser! I’m surely dropping firefox (at the moment I use it to check email since opera doesn’t load gmail nicely!). It’s difficult to not sure google since their products is so well decided, but there is a danger that I’m so dependant on google products!!! Would be nice when they release the Linux version!

Google Maps “My location” & Skype on K800i

July 14, 2008 7:50 pm

Google Maps Mobile – My location

If you want this function on K800i and found that it’s not supported after installing GMM, you will need to flash your phone with the latest firmware.

Google Mobile Maps (GMM) 2 recently introduce a new feature called “My location”, a function to find your current location using Mobile towers around for mobile without GPS. I’m surprise that my K800i from 2 years ago can run GMM, however to support this function the mobile need the latest firmware (at least not the one I have)!

I’ve version 2.2.0 installed and tried this function in Bracknell, I would say it’s not too bad. Most of the time it says it’s accurate to within 1.7km (probably better than it claims, I would say within 1km most of the time). However in places more urban the accuracy will be higher. I read somewhere that GMM uses data collected from mobiles with GPS, with increasing number of people using this function, it should get more accurate over time. The reason for finding out about this is mainly for travelling. GMM would be very useful in finding hostels, food and point of interests nearby…

Skype Mobile

Download the latest version from skype directly and it works fine on the K800i too but it’s not true VOIP. What it does is that it loaded up all the contacts and everything as expected, but when you make a call, it will dial a number (charged at local rate or deducted from inclusive minutes) to make that call. A bit like using a calling card I guess, but without entering the pins… So becasue of that I went on to searching for a true VOIP (SIP) client for K800i but couldn’t find one at this moment of time. However did found PennyTel which is slightly cheaper than skype and the good thing is, you can use any SIP phone or softphone like x-lite or ekiga in linux. Also the Skype that comes with 3’s X-series is actually a iSkoot, not Skype!

Three Roaming

Something that I only just found out, Three roaming is actually “free” with you are travelling in a country with a 3 sister network, ie. Austria, Australia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. “Free” means you can use your inclusive allowance to call or text standard UK number + data allowance! However if you call a local number aboard, it will be charged as a oversea calls just like how it would be if you make the call from the UK!

Useful Appications

Software mentioned here are data intensive, unlimited internet access is recommended on your mobile!

If you are also on Three UK, you will find that 3 includes many download links in the 3 Planet page, but they are usually not the latest version!

  • Google Maps Mobile – http://m.google.com/map/
  • Google Mail Mobile – http://m.google.com/mail/
  • Skype Mobile – http://www.skype.com/m/
  • Opera Mini – http://operamini.com/

Google Notebook

September 20, 2007 11:54 am

I’ve been searching for a daily software for work for a few weeks now, finally find something that I like. All I want is a simple daily, more like a advance notebook with features that helps me orgainse the notes better, something like the Tomboy notes would do the job nicely, a online one would be even better. But I can’t use that since I’ve to work on a Windows machine at work. I also don’t really want to setup another wordpress blog for it since it’s not going to be public and I don’t need all that functionality, just need something simple.

This morning I found the Google notebook, it’s quite amazing, and I’m very happy with it. The functions it supports is just what I need + a easy to use interface and it’s online which means I can access it anywhere given that I have connection to the internet! It even has a firefox plugin that makes it even better. It also supports sections and different notebooks, before I found this I used to use gmail draft to just drop down something, now it’s a lot easier. Thanks google for another amazing application/software.

Other Google software that I like:

Got Hacked Again!

September 4, 2007 3:09 pm

One of my joomla site (Design and Hosting) got hacked again! Usually I just fixed the configuartion file knowing that it will do the job, but also knowing that the vulnerabilities are still there. So this time I’ve decided to track down the problem, found out from the log that it was hacked by someone in Turkey using a something called R57shell! How it works on the other side seems quite simple, in this case the url used was

http://vinlai.com/index.php?mosConfig_absolute_path= —-

I won’t show the last part but it’s url to a site containing the r57shell script. And that’s it, they can view and change all all the files and directory! Anyway, in my case the problem was caused by a sef components used to rewrite the urls. Have no time to fix it now, only took out the hacked files. Will do a clean install this time since the current one is quite ‘broken’, until then, the site will be done. If you also uses Joomla, here are some guides which I found useful…

A lot of them are common sense like keeping the software up to date… can’t be lazy sometimes, will just end up spending more time fixing it after the damaged has been done!

— Update 17:10 —

Site back online! Using a different component for url rewrite this time, hopefully it won’t be hacked again soon…

Google Downtime

August 24, 2007 10:52 am

This was a surprise to me last week when I first experience myself that google is down (including gmail, anyaltics, search, etc…). At first I thought it was my internet connection which went down, but even this blog is up! This is something that I thought won’t happen (near impossible), and I used to just ping google to check my internet connection… I wonder what is going on with google since the downtime has become more frequent, I myself have experience 3 times already in the past 2 weeks. And it’s happening again now while I’m writing this post.

Decided I would do a search and find out if others have the same problem, I naturally type “google downtime” in the search box and forgot that it’s down! I think it has become so natural that many people would use google for granted, it’s something we should appreciate. Everything is possible and will change – IMPERMANENCE!

Google Analytics New Version

May 9, 2007 11:09 am

Google keeps improving, they just released a new version of the Goolge Analytics yesterday. The main differences for me is the interface, when I compared sitemeter and Google Analytics last time, I mentioned that sitemeter has a simpler interface. With this new version, I feel that they have managed to put in as much information as possible in a user friendly way. It does take some time to get use to and they are new features which I haven’t try as well, e.g. the customisable dashboard. Remember, Google Analytics is free, Google is quite amazing. Here are some screenshots which I took:

Overview – Summary page

Google Analytics - New Overview

Some more

Google Analytics - Content Summary Site Meter - Site Overlay Google Analytics - Map Overlay