Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Ka-PC I want to pass on

Sony Vaio VGN-ux27

Specs on the main device follow:
    * Beautiful viewing: Clear Bright LCD
    * Genuine Windows Vista® Business
    * Visual communication: Dual Camera MOTION EYE
    * Ultra lightweight: 520g
    * Network freedom: Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth®
    * Quick access: VAIO Touch Launcher & Fingerprint Recognition
    * Security for mobile use: HDD Protection & HDD Password
    * Handy presentation: Plug & Display
    * Easy mobile typing: Built-in keyboard
    * Touch panel: Stylus input & Finger touch selection
    * Content sharing: Memory Stick Duo & CompactFlash Slots
    * Supplied accessories: Display/LAN Adapter & Port Replicator

Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Business (English Version)
Architecture Processor Technology Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology
Processor Name Intel® Core™ Solo Processor U1500 (1.33GHz)*1*2
Chipset Intel® 945GMS Express Chipset
Processor System Bus 533MHz
Memory Bus 400MHz

Main Memory
Pre-installed/Max 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (on board)*3

Hard Disk Drive
Hard Disk Drive 40GB (HDD Recovery Storage:max. 5GB*4, C:Remain) Ultra ATA/100

Graphics Accelerator Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Total Available Graphics Memory (Max) 224MB*5

Type 4.5" WSVGA (1024X600) TFT colour display (Clear Bright LCD: White LED, Wide View)

USB USB 2.0 x 1
I/O Connector x 1
Headphone stereo mini jack x1
Microphone stereo mini jack x 1
Memory Stick Slot Memory Stick Duo Slot (MagicGate compatible, Memory Stick PRO Duo compatible, High-speed data transfer compatible)*6

Wireless Connection
Wireless LAN Type Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11a/802.11b/802.11g*7
Network Connection Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Wireless LAN Data Rate maximum 11Mbps (802.11b)/54 Mbps (802.11a/g)*8
Wireless LAN Frequency 5 GHz (802.11a), 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth Bluetooth® standard version 2.0 + EDR
Security/Utilities Fingerprint Sensor x 1

Front Side Camera Effective Pixels: 640x480, Image Device: 1/8", VGA CMOS, Lens: 2 elements in 2 groups, F4 (Focus distance: f = 2.6 mm)
Back Side Camera Effective Pixels: 1280 x 1024, Image Device: 1/4", SXGA CMOS, Lens: 3 elements in 3 groups, F4 (Focus distance: f = 3.8 mm)

Sound Chip Intel® High Definition Audio compatible, 3D audio (Direct Sound 3D support)
Speaker Built-in stereo speakers
Microphone Built-in monaural microphone
Keyboard/Input Device Keyboard

Monday, July 21, 2008

Mac vs PC Ads now showing in Kenyan Movie Theatres

So a local skunker watched "Wanted" over the weekend and comments about his surprise to see a Mac vs PC ad boldly screened during the commercials before the main feature.

It looks like Apple is taking this battle to the fore - and placing alternatives in front of the public - go Apple go!

Monday, July 07, 2008

ONLY Kenyans.....hahaha!

1. Are engaged for 5 years or more
2. Never bother to divorce, they just separate
3. Are late to church, work, and everything else EXCEPT when the disco is free before 9pm
4. Refer to diabetes as 'SUGAR'
5. Show up at weddings, showers, graduation, birthday parties with a new outfit on with nails and hair done but no gift
6. In relation to #5, they eat like parking boys and take a plate home
7. Consider 'clubbing' or 'henging' as a monthly expense
8. Leave bills (instead of insurance money) behind for surviving relatives.
10. have mothers who can use curse words and religion ALL IN ONE SENTENCE e.g. "Lord, give me strength because I'm about to knock the hell out of this kumbaff child"

11. spend the car insurance money on everything EXCEPT getting the dent fixed.
12. invite co-workers and all of their friends to their child's 1st birthday party which happens to have a professional DJ with only about 3 kids (including the child) in attendance. And then expect the guests to "changa" for the bash.
13. Start every sentence with "Me I..." e.g. "ME I donno why you are saying that I always say 'Me I'.
14. Say 'Spend' when they are staying the night elsewhere from home, e.g. "Are you going to spend at her place?"
15. Put in iron rods in all windows and main doors...referring to them as ''Burglar proof''
16. Use "Ngai" as an exclamation mark e.g. "Ngai, what are you doing?"
17. Believe "Ati" is an English word for "What?" ati what?
18. Think it is cool to drink and drive and get away with it "I don't know how I got home that day..the way I was soo drunk!"
19. Think all their economic and social problems are caused by "Moi" when in fact some have never been to school.
20. Pack up all their earthly goods to go to "shaggs" for a week in December, only to pack them all back again after that one week and return to "Tao"
21. Call travelling "flying out" e.g .. She flew out (no one ever seems to wonder where all these Kenyans fly to)
22. Think that taking a clerical job in a company is better and "cooler" than toiling in their parents' family business.
23. Prefer washing cars and dishes in USA to toiling in their 20-acre tea farms in Kenya .
24. Call their homes "at ours". e.g., "At ours, we eat Githeri every day"
25. Complain for five years about poor governance and corruption then vote in the same clowns back to parliament.
26. Have a chief Justice who has no law degree!
27. Go on strike for one day and expect the govt. to resign!
28. Sit back in their homes and expect their MP to "bring Development"
29. Refuse to insure against anything and expect you to bankroll them when calamity strikes... thro' Harambee.
30. Sit calmly and sometimes cheer as a mad man drives them in a ramshackle(MATATUS) at breakneck speed to certain death.
31. Drive with their windows wound up when they get to city centre because of 4-year-old brats armed with human feaces, and still claim to be free people!

Sounds so true, eh? I hope you are still Kenyan by All standards!

Me, I am Kenyan Damu, osa vinya!!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Swing Blues

My golf swing has jammed, refused, kwama'd, kataa'd - basically I'm struggling with my game. No amount of playing rounds and rounds of golf seems to help ... well, that's not entirely true, there has been a slight improvement over the past couple weeks, but still nowhere near the game I want to play, oh sorry, the game I *know* I can play.

Maybe I need to follow the footsteps or my arch-foe and favorite playing buddy, Mambo. He had his swing 'rebuilt' after a couple visits with Zacks, the teaching pro at Golf Park - and then did lots and lots of practice. Within less than a month he is winning competitions every week and has dropped four strokes off his handicap. Needless to say his 'new' swing was a good investment (he has his hand in my pocket almost every time I have a match and bet against him). So, do I have the patience and discipline to take the time to see a teaching pro?

You bet I have! There's no way I can carry on like this. Nowadays when I stand on the tee I am so full of uncertainty because basically I don't know what's going to happen next. Last week on one hole i hit a beatiful drive with a gentle draw 270 yards out to the middle of the fairway and finished with par. On the next hole I duck-hooked into some vicious bush and finished with 3-over-par - arrggh. This kind of inconsistency wreaks havoc on one's game. So I guess I'll have to take my medicine and see the pro after all.....

Monday, June 23, 2008

On the Brrr side of life

This time the folk at Coca Cola have caught it nice and clean. The
'brrr' phenomenon as depicted in their ad campaign is so contagious
(or should I say infectious).

It has caught my entire family. The most enthusiastic is 1.5 yr old
Temwa. He loves it. At every meal when he wants to drink he says
'brrr' - the other, older kids have picked up on this and sometimes
its all we can do to get them to stop 'brrr'-ing and finish their food.

Kudos to Coke.

Sent from my iPhone

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to catch the dregs of the tech BarCamp  held in Nairobi at the Jacaranda hotel.

I also brought with me a recent acquaintance, Gregg Zachary - who is an esteemed journalist and author on technology, tech sociology, business and policy.

We had the opportunity to spend a bit of time with two of the organisers, Erik and Josiah - who were bone-tired after a busy day and they introduced us to a couple of really sharp techpreneurs.

Monday, January 21, 2008

iPhone vs. Palm Treo 680

After gleefully taking ownership of an iPhone mid-November '07 I quickly realised that I had in my hands a device with mind-boggling potential. All the way from the underlying UNIX to the insanely beautiful looks..

There were, hovwever, a few 'gotchas' that I simply could not live with. First and foremost among these is the 'locked' approach that Apple is taking to rolling out the device. Admittedly I had mine working with both Kenyan GSM operators within minutes of opening the box. But to do that I had to literally hack the phone with the kind assistance of fringe programmers known as the 'iPhone Dev Team'. Among others gotchas were the inability to manage SMS without 3rd party app, inability to manage call log w/out 3rd party app, difficulty in copying playlists from my old (1st generation) iPod etc. Add on to this the extreme grief I went through after my iPhone took a swim in the Indian Ocean and gave me hell on earth trying to open to dry out. Eventually got it working but that was after several scratches, bumps and bruises had soiled the sweet lines of this dazzling gadget.

As an afterthought I decided to 'retry' the Palm platform. One with which I have been familiar for some 10 or so odd years. The experience was totally life-changing. Almost like rebirth, I must admit that Palm still has the most incredibly intuitive and easy to use platform I have ever come across. With my black Apple Macbook and my Treo 680 I feel like I can do anything.

Palm rules!
(Sent from my Treo 680)