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Monday, December 5, 2011

Cherry Pad Turbo Review

Just bought my own cherry mobile's cherry pad turbo 2 weeks ago.  So far, the cherry pad turbo is doing pretty good. I would like to share my views and opinions about this device. So here it goes:

Purpose in buying:
An alternative to my laptop! Since I travel often giving lectures and attending one as well, a small gadget this size with the ability to run my powerpoint slides, an ebook reader, a movie player, surf the net, the HDMI out to bring out my screen to bigger screens, battery life, price, and local warranty motivated me to go with this product.

Why Cherry Mobile?
Its local warranty! (My CP is also cherry mobile)

Is it worth it?

Inside the box:
The tablet, charger, and a NOT so informative users manual.

NOTE: See the CP turbo specs on Google!

First off, the CPU is already very good. Although, they stated that it's running with the clock power of 1.2 Ghz, on the tablet settings, its only at 1.008 Ghz!

Second, its RAM is 512 Mb! This is already alot!

Third, its running Gingerbread!

Lastly, on the hardware:
USB port detects! Tried it with 2, 4, and 8 Gb. But it could NOT detect my 1 terra portable drive. ( I think galaxy and I pad does NOT have this)
HDMI port detects instantly! Tried it with our LED tv and our office's DLP (with HDMI). Galaxy tab and Ipad needs a separate hardware to be able to have an HDMI out!
Sound is pretty descent! Its not really that great but what the heck! I have a 5.1 speakers!
Movie is great! It reads 1080p! The default movie player could NOT detect built in subs so I had to install another movie player. Also, needed another movie player to read several movie files that I have that need software rendering.
MicroSD works. Tried it with a gig, 2, and 4. Can NOT get my hands with an 8, 16, and 32. If you tried it, please comment!
Tablet could be detected via PC by Windows, Linux (I am an Ubuntu user) and Mac!


NOTE: all could be all remedied

Cable support for the tablet needs to be bought separately (USB and HDMI)!
4 Gb of initial storage is small.
Needs tweaking to be able to meet ones demands.
No proxy support.
Some games does NOT run on the tablet even though the tablet met the game's system requirements.
Support from cherry mobile is NOT as active as the competitor (Archos, Samsung, Apple... hmmm)

Its a great tablet! Battery could go as far as 5 hours as long as you disable several components of the tablet that you are NOT using. When buying tablets, always remember about warranty. It will give someone some peace-of-mind that you can take your tablet to an authorized dealer in case your tablet goes haywire!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Oracle “donates” Open Office

Its thursday! Another blog segment.

Here's the intersting read for today:

My Synopsis:

WOW! That was a NOT really a surprising move by Oracle – why? - because Oracle wouldn't gain anthing from Open Office! From the start, it would be pointless for Oracle to sell OO. I was really expecting Oracle to throw away OO but what made me shook my head is that they gave it to Apache! Why not the The Document Foundation? Is this another type of bullying from Oracle?

Oh well, I think that OO is slowly dieing eversince it was baught by Oracle unless Apache will give it to The Document Foundation (If it would NOT be too late ofcourse). Libre Office is getting a lot of support and hype these days and I think that this would be the next big thing in Office applications.

I would be shocked if Oracle would give Java or MySQL back to the community! Ofcourse, this WILL never happen!

PS: Oracle is still an entity trying to kill free/open source!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

FOSS: Adoption by Government!

Wow! Its Thursday once again! Time for another blog segment!

I stumbled upon this interesting read:


My synopsis:
Well, Linux is NOT the same when it was years ago! I have been in the IT industry for more than a decade and it was during my novice years when computer hardware and software were evolving very fast! Back then, getting a Linux (any variant) on a PC was hard as hell! Support for hardware was difficult, applications were written mostly for Windows, technical support (for Linux) was only a very limited, getting help is like (virtually) none at all, and managing Linux was for geeks ONLY!
But today, Linux has become a force to be reckon with! Although, there are still some issues, it is compensating on its own unique way!

On FOSS Apps:
Back then, this is very very similar to the aforementioned especially that Internet access was very rare and it was very costly. Unlike today, Linux OSes have their own repository websites in which a user would just click on the install button and let Linux handle the rest!

On FOSS General:
I am NOT really surprised that government all over the world are starting to migrate to FOSS. Even the white house started migrating to FOSS. FOSS apps are great tools as long as someone has time to explore and master the tools and apps that they want. Licensing of proprietary software vendors today are very tricky that whatever move you make, you will still be charged at the end (e.g. MySQL, Java, etc.).

Final Thoughts:
FOSS is great! You would pay a fee when subscribing to a full support of your app (e.g. Canonical for Ubuntu). Internet access is very easy these days. So, if you opt NOT to pay for support, there are a swarm of Internet users and experts that would answer your questions!

Give FOSS a chance! Try it! And just like me, you will appreciate and love it!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

10 Ways Microsoft Guards Windows' Market Dominance

Hey guys! Another time for another blog release. Here is an interesting read about the Microsoft Windows Operating System.


My synopsis:

I was already discussing this matter to my colleagues before on why is Microsoft Windows the dominant OS out there. Just like here in the Philippines, Microsoft has a great strategy in making their Windows a must have on all PCs.

First, they offer their OS almost for free for the usage in the academe! Imagine, kids being taught Windows! As they grow up, they would be dependent on Windows that trying alternative OS would be difficult and a hassle.

Second, PC gaming are more common here in the Philippines. Almost all BIG game development companies develop their games compatible only with Windows! Though Wine is there for Linux, Wine only supports limited Windows compatible games!

Third, Software piracy is common here. Why bother downloading and installing free operating systems (ahem... Linux) when a user could just go to the streets and buy a pirated version of Windows.

Fourth, even though **ahem** Linux is installed, installing applications is difficult to new Linux users. Unlike Windows, just click on the buttons and your app is installed. With Linux, oh boy!

These are the top reasons that I see why is Microsoft is strong. Oh well, good luck Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Microsoft: One in 14 downloads is malicious

Hi guys! This is an interesting read.


My Synopsis:
Think twice before installing Microsoft OS and Microsoft apps!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Microsoft and Skype

It was just only yesterday that i wrote my insights about the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle. Now, Microsoft (another IT giant) has acquired Skype! In their press statements, it was said that the acquisition would benefit both companies. Well, I really don't care about that but how about us users? Up to this time, Skype services were free just like Yahoo!'s. Just like what's happening with the Sun products, in the very NEAR future,  Microsoft Skype would be charging customers on the use of services(which was then free). I don't think that MS is a jolly good fellow company that will just give 8 billion for free (look what they did with Netscape!).

Oh well, it was fun Skype. It's a good thing there are still other similar Skype services out there which are FREE!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hidden Chip Art

During the 90's, I just bump into a TV program which featured microchips with hidden art. Well, I was NOT that interested by that time but what me glued to my seat was when I saw clever and artistic engineers made the image of Thor! By then I was searching other hidden chip arts that were uncovered.

Just want to share it with you guys. 

Check out this link.

*Don't forget to checkout Thor's hidden art!