Latex compilation made easy...

while trying another editor for LaTex using Geany, i stumbled while trying to get bibtex to work. Instead of the known procedure of:

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new gadgets in the house

This post is just as a quicky - as i should slowly "re-"kickstart the almost idle blog - lately there had been some new gadgets coming in - since end of last year I got my first taste of Android phone and since a few weeks I've got from the department the Samsung Galaxy S2 for further experiments and tests. As i have told people - this phone is finally what i call a good and usable Android phone. It is speedy, extremely light and the screen is beautiful.

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Time to resume...

Been really a while since i last updated the site - you only get things older than 2010 because my provider had a bad "hiccup" last year and the things posted between the 2009 and 2010 were not retrievable. So i have just recovered the site from an old backup (yeah, my fault) and leave it there while i have other priorities to catch up with.

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Presto Beta bootup video

Just a quick post - below is a video i have captured to show how it works under my EeePC 901. It is just a minute long, including booting up (about 10-15 seconds) and starting Firefox (about 10 sec?).

Mama mia presto!

a couple of weeks ago Xandros released the news that they are also into an "instant on" OS for netbooks. So i signed up for the beta, and a few days after the announced release date (well, i actually forgot about the sign up too :P) i got a mail to invite me to download it. It is actually available for everyone at download.com or tucows...

Synchronization of Symbian S60 3rd Edition Phones under linux/Ubuntu?

Just a short question for those who frequently searched for similar topics and ended up here - should i make an update write up specifically on this topic, especially when i now have access to several Nseries phones (am using a N95 8GB for my experiments and measurements, plus perhaps another few more S60 3rd / 5th Edition phones on loan when i have the time)?

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Operating systems expectation.

while reading the updates made by Sacha in Tapei regarding the latest ARM-based netbooks (with snapdragon chip), i suddenly start thinking the choice of OS on this platform. Since it is an arm-based system, most likely we will get linux variants running on it with perhaps customized specialized interfaces. For some prototype or first hand screenshot, take a look at the pictures taken by Sacha (German entry, but pictures and visual speak more than words :) ).

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Some insights into the reason why people got involved in opensource projects

The guys at the ETH Zurich had carried out a survey last year regarding the participation in opensource projects, specifically the Maemo and Openmoko projects. I think i am the only guy from Malaysia who answered the survey :) The result was published and you can view it here. It is good to see this, because often many asked why would one spend time and resources into some thing that cannot bring back money (directly).

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Summary of what was missing so far

hmm. the year started well actually. So well, that i no longer feel like writing stuffs anymore :) Naw, it is just perhaps lack of ideas that can take up more than 100 words... so i think i will just quickly summarize some of the events/incidents since last update...

maximizing time, and podcast

time is fair to everyone - we have have same amount of time, not more or less. But how well can time work with us, that is another issue. Most of the time, we have more things to do than the time we have. I realise the problem lies not at the amount of work we have (unless you are really bad in saying no to new tasks) but a matter of how we prioritize and plan our usage of time. Besides cutting down different things that waste time, you and i can also think of ways to maximize time.

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