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Ho-hum, I know it’s been a while since my last post. First off, here’s a preview of the E61i from AAS. Even though the E90 has more features, I’m still partial to the “Blackberry” form factor of the E61. Go go Nokia! Also, here’s an article – with a funny picture – about enemies of the iPhone. As I discussed in one of my first posts, the iPhone lacks a lot of features even if it were released today. Still, I can’t help but wonder if & when Apple will sue Meizu for their, uuuh, iClone.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been using Vista RC1 for a while now. Although Vista is not perfect, it has served me well; it helps that it’s a free beta copy so I guess that’s why I’m not complaining. Still, based on these articles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, whew!), Vista seems to have its fair share of detractors. Their common recommendation is to stick to XP or switch to Mac. When my Vista RC1 expires in June, I still haven’t decided what I’ll do. To be honest, I don’t want to switch back to XP since I would miss the cool little things in Vista. Mac? Not an option, since I’d rather spend $199 for Vista Business Upgrade then junk my laptop and buy a new one for $1.5K. Besides, how the hell will I use PLDT Weroam on a Macbook? Ubuntu is very tempting, but I guess I’ll cross the bridge when I get there..

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Whoa, it’s been a while since my last full entry. I’ve been glued to my laptop for the past week for the sake of a new business venture. My partners & I are developing a LAMP-based accounting system, so I’ve begun to get my hands dirty with Linux. For the not-so-tech adoks out there, LAMP generally stands for Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP. Since my sister-in-law is a mini-expert on PHP & MySQL, I’ve decided to focus on Linux & Apache. So, my goal is to become a full-fledged Linux-Apache systems administrator in a year’s time. The good thing is that, instead of being totally stressed out, I’m really REALLY excited.

The first thing that I had to decide was the Linux distribution of choice for my self-study. I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve tried different Linux distributions before. My former distribution of choice was Fedora, the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux or RHEL. I used to work for the local Red Hat partner, so I was exposed to its growth as a distribution. I also tried SuSe & Novell Desktop after we became a Novell partner. When I left the company & ventured on my own, I became out of touch with Linux since my succeeding business ventures weren’t IT related. Now, after nearly two years away from the industry, I feel like I’ve come home.

There have been a lot of new & exciting developments since then; Fedora Core is now at version 6 (Zod) and a relatively new entry called Ubuntu has become the most talked-about Linux distribution. Their tag-line says “Linux for human beings” so I guess they focus on making Linux very accessible to non-techies. This review gave me a nice overview of the two distributions, so I decided to try Ubuntu 6.10 or Edgy Eft. Two words: simplicity rocks!

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I’m extremely happy today — I FINALLY got my Gmini back! As I mentioned in my first post, my Gmini 400 was in the service center since December due to a small crack in the LCD screen cover. Yesterday, they called and said that my unit was ready for pick-up. Guess what? They replaced the unit with a new one for PhP4,800 (around $95); to be honest, I’m not sure if it’s really a brand new unit or a refurbished one. Still, it’s in prime condition and it seems to have a different hard-disk – Toshiba MK2006GAL according to Windows Vista vs. MK2004GAL according to this old review. Here’s a picture of my “new” baby:

My Archos Gmini 400

To be honest, I was hesitant to spend the money, but when they informed me that the unit would be replaced, I was thrilled. Imagine, where can you buy a brand new 20GB DivX/XviD PVP for less than 5K? I know, the warranty for the unit is only 3 months, but the original warranty already expired months ago, so I’m not complaining. Now that’s customer service for you 8)

If you read the first paragraph above, you may have noticed that I mentioned Windows Vista. That’s right, my trusty Acer laptop is running Vista, though it’s only Release Candidate 1. I joined the Customer Preview Program last September and, for a pre-release product, Vista RC1 is quite good. I’ve used Windows 3.1, 98, ME & XP, and I’ve even gone through several Linux distributions (Red Hat, SuSe, Ubuntu) since the beginning of my tech life. The only one I haven’t tried at home is Mac OS – we used Macs in computer class way back in high school since our principal was a Machead.

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