April 2009


iPhone Tip: Resize Text Columns by Double Tapping It

The brief video above contains two iPhone/iPod touch screen double tap tips:

1. Double tap narrow hard to read text columns to automatically resize them to fill the screen in either portrait or landscape modes

2. Double tap the top of the web browser to automatically return to the top of a web page (assuming you have scrolled down the page)

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Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix 0% Battery Power Situation

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Anyone who has ever used a notebook or netbook computer understands that battery charge percentage reporting is not even near an exact science. If your notebooks and netbooks are like the ones I’ve used over the years, you’ve probably found your notebook or netbook completely shuts down way before your battery charge gets to 0%. I’ve had some units that failed with a charge over 20% and power management set not to do anything at that relatively high level. So, imagine my surprise when my Acer Aspire One running Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix kept running about 20 minutes after the battery charge indicator hit 0% (see screenshot above).

I spent quite a bit of time learning about how UNR manages battery power on my Aspire One. And, I’ll be sharing that both here and over on MobileContentToday over the next few days.

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Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix Great: But Boot Time is Nothing to Write Home About

I’m really enjoying using Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix (UNR) on my Acer Aspire One netbook (512MB system RAM, 8GB Solid State Drive). However, its boot time is not very impressive. Linpus Linux Lite (which came with the Aspire One) boots in under 20 seconds. UNR took a bit over 36 seconds just to get to the login screen. It takes another 20 seconds after login to see the graphical interface.

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Microsoft Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Driver Bad for Windows 7’s Health

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I installed the optional Atheros WiFi chipset update provided by Microsoft for Windows 7 Beta on my Asus Eee PC 1000HA netbook this morning. Unfortunately, after the installation and reboot, I was able to see but NOT connect to my wireless network. So, I used Windows 7’s System Restore to get me back to the pre-update state and was able to get online.

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Microsoft driver update for Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter
Download size: 1.3 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.
Update type: Optional

This driver was provided by Microsoft for support of Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter

More information:
http://winqual.microsoft.com/support/?driverid=3846

Help and Support:
http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=hub

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AT&T Upgrading Its Wireless Network to 7.2Mbps; But Will It Be Noticeable?

Telephony Online notes…

AT&T doubling 3G capacity

This won’t mean anything to those of us with current generation devices that do not support HSPA+ (evolved HSPA) though. And, even if your does, my observation is that browser rendering speed on many (most?) mobile devices aren’t fast enough to take advantage of the existing HSPA bandwidth.

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Podcast 23: Hotspot Shield – Free Ad-supported VPN – A Conversation with AnchorFree’s CEO

I spoke with AnchorFree CEO and Co-Founder David Gorodyansky about the firm’s free ad-support Virtual Private Network (service)…

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Clients software for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X are provided free to use with their VPN service. The service also works with an iPhone without requiring any software installation. The iPhone’s native VPN can be configured to work with the service.

I was very skeptical of the service before speaking with David. But, I developed a level of comfort after speaking with him and am running their software and using their service on my Asus Eee PC 1000HA netbook running Windows 7 Beta.

I’ll provide more details about some of the things I learned about the service over on my MobileContentToday blog on Monday morning.

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