KLIMS 2010 – When Girls Meet Cars

This is the sequel of my previous post. I intentionally separate the post so that one is showing only the cars, and another is showing only the models (or simply the babes). I always wonder why exhibitors hiring models standing beside their cars? It wouldn’t be just because of attracting guys (typical car buyer) in some way, but I’m sure you wouldn’t have considered purchasing a car just because there’s a pretty lady promoting that car?!

KL International Motor Show 2010

This is the first time I went to a motor show, thought it would be very exciting to see a lot of futuristic automobiles, conceptual vehicles, hybrid cars, etc. Not forget the beautiful models posing around exhibit cars by various manufacturers. Nevertheless, I think the main highlight of the show was none other than the renowned “Bumblebee” character from Transformer! …and of course it’s real form, the Chevrolet Camaro. However, the “Batmobile” was a lame junk, ended up I didn’t took any photos of it. Enjoy the show…

WM6.5 with HTC Sense

The customer service representative at HTC Care Centre was very friendly when I requested for a free ROM upgrade for my HTC TP2. I have backup all my data and programs using SPB Backup Tool, before sending in my device for service. It just took the technician 30 minutes (partly because there are no other customer at the time) to flash my HTC Touch Pro2 to Windows Mobile 6.5 completed with HTC Sense™.

It took me sometimes to familiarize with the new UI, and compare to WM6.1 with TouchFLO 3D, it has a significant improvement to user-friendliness and I truly love it! A key aspect of HTC Sense™ has focused on social communication, hence the seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter.

Contacts integration with Facebook
Twitter Updates with HTC Peep

Another surprise from WM6.5 is the Lock Screen, which is similar to the iPhone slider unlock! The original slider was positioned at the top of the screen, which makes it difficult to stretch my finger to the top of the screen. I have applied a cab update to position the slider to the middle. Note you can slide it to the left or right to reveal the password unlock screen, suitable for both left or right-handed users.

Slider Unlock Screen
Passwork Unlock Screen

Weather screen deserve a shout out here, it has integrated into your home screen and calendar agenda, to allow quick glance of weather condition at your current location! Yes, the apps has smartly uses the built in GPS module to determine your current location, very impressive! Besides, your home screen can be configure to use the animated weather wallpaper, check out the video below.

Before this, for those of you who are using TouchFlo 3D on HTC TP2, the proximity sensor is a cool and useful feature that will turn off the screen to save batter life when you place the phone over your ear. Often, there was time when you want to use the virtual keypad during a phone conversation (to save a phone number or record a note for instance), the proximity sensor will turn the screen back on (when you move your phone away from your ear). However, it switches back to the home screen, which annoyingly requires you to tap a few keys back to the phone screen and virtual keypad! Fortunately HTC Sense™ has fixed this and now I can have a flexible voice call experience.

Enough of the pros, let’s see what are the cons. After using WM6.5 for few weeks, there are 2 big problems I’ve realized:

  1. I have rebooted the device more than I have done that on WM6.1, i.e. it becomes sluggish after some times!
  2. Occasionally, when my voice call is connected, the receiving party cannot hear my voice. Not really sure whether it’s the network issue or the device or the OS.

To overcome #1, try install a RAM or task management program. This will ensure your OS is always at it’s optimum performance. The odd with WM so far was the ‘X’ button at the top right screen is to minimize instead of exit a program; day-to-day operation of apps in WM will pile up a lot of programs running in the background. At least that’s my feeling about the reason of poor performance of WM; Mike Calligaro has an interesting blog post of why WM has no close feature.

Overall, it’s still a good experience with HTC Sense™. I hope I can try to get rid of the unused default programs to free up some RAM for the phone to run smoother.

My Upgraded ROM

Anyone upgraded to WM6.5?

I got an email from HTC Asia recently regarding the ROM WM6.5 free upgrade for my HTC TP2. I was hesitated at the moment, while quite exciting about it. The exciting part is there’s a new firmware for my mobile phone, and I was hoping the upgrade will boost the performance, or at least solve the occasional program lag issues. If I were to compare my current WM6.1 phone with my 4 years old PPC2003 Phone, there are no complaint at all; to be certain that they were 3 major versions apart (PPC2003 > PPC2003 SE > WM5.0 > WM6.0), most problems I encountered that time were resolved.



Now back to what I’ve been hesitated for the upgrade. It was stated in the email, that I can perform the upgrade online; or bring my phone to HTC Service Center @ Plaza Berjaya KL. Obviously, I’ve try clicking on the link which brings me to HTC SEA Support site. Fast track to what was stated as the Improved Functions for WM6.5:

  1. HTC phones featuring Windows Mobile 6.5 are designed to handle your daily life, with only one consideration: You.
  2. Nah…not impressed!

  3. You can customize with programs, ringtones, TouchFLO 3D options, and more.
  4. Come on, I can do that now!

  5. Connect with the people you care about most using Windows Live, Facebook and other chat clients available for download.
  6. You called that an improved function?

  7. Backing up with Microsoft My Phone is as easy as typing in a username and password and selecting what you want to back up. Everything else is automatic. You can even let it run in the background while you surf the net, chat with friends, or have it just resting in your pocket while you relax on the couch.
  8. Sounds a bit interesting…

  9. All this and increased convenience with a one stop shop for applications available for free and for download in the brand new Marketplace.
  10. Should try that out…

A few more lines down the page, there’s a warning quote which reminds that all data will be erased once I proceed with the upgrade. Well I can understand the point and backup my data prior to the upgrade, but what about the free softwares I get when I purchased the phone?! I know what’s the decision and will surely pay HTC Care Center a visit, I do not know when, but let’s see…

Tips for MCTS WSS 3.0 Configuration

I took the 70-631 exam last 2 weeks and frankly speaking, it was not too hard. Just to share some tips here for the exam:

  1. Study every chapter presented in the MOC 5403: Implementing Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0.
  2. Get to know the skills being measured in this exam, so that you know roughly what kind of questions will be tested.
  3. Google for “70-631” and go through every sites returned on the first result page, you might find useful sample questions.
  4. There are some technical questions regarding configuring SSL and NLB for WSS 3.0, which are not found in the MOC.

Good luck everyone!