Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

iPhone 3Gs in Cyprus – 999 euros

Are these guys for real? 999 euros for a phone? (Look at www.technica.com.cy). I mean come on! It is just a phone at the end of the day and I don’t think it is worth spending 999 euros at 16GB, when it sells much much cheaper abroad (on contract).

Some people do take an advantage of the whole hype and make some big bucks (euros).

Sony DVD Handycam

One thing I don’t like about my Handycam is that you cannot edit scenes directly on the dvd you are recording on. This means that you need to finalize your dvd and then edit it with a software such as ImageMixer, later on; which to be honest is a bit stupid.

I am now downloading an update for Imagemixer, which I think will allow me to directly edit on the recording disc. Update coming soon.

Update: It did not work. I still have to finalize the dvds and only then will I be able to copy the files on my computer. Supposedly I could do it before finalization of the dvds but Imagemixer kept crashing.

StreamTorrent – streaming tv

According to the StreamTorrent user group “StreamTorrent is a free tool for streaming to unlimited users with serverless peer to peer technology.”

The program is very easy to install and quite small in size. I have so far found a lot of news channels being broadcasted via StreamTorrent, as well as the Greek Mega channel.

Google Chrome vs. everyone else

The web is literally full of articles on Google’s new browser Chrome. The web community has greeted the new browser as a new benchmark that other browsers have to reach in order to keep up in the browser game. 

To be honest, I have not seen dramatic speed improvements while browsing with Chrome, as posted on various sites on the web. This is in comparison, not with IE, nor with Firefox, but with Opera. And it is to me very surprising that many of the comparison articles have not listed Opera as one of the competing browsers. 

Down to the details of Chrome now. The interface is very simple and clean. The Chrome window does not even have a top border (i.e. a windows border). The buttons are very few and the theme of the browser rather blueish; in a relaxing tone. 

On the top-right side of the broswer there is a button called “Other bookmarks”, where you can find all of your bookmarks (e.g. whatever you have imported for example from IE or Firefox; the only two options offered while importing data from other browsers). 

Above the “Other bookmarks” button there is one for tweaking the various settings of Chrome, as well as a button for performing various tasks on the current open page. Overall a very simple approach to interface design; after all this has been one of the aims of the Google team. 

What remains to be seen now is whether the multiple processes that Chrome fires in the background (one for each page opened), are more memory efficient than the collective memory usage of a single process in other browsers.  

More on Google Chrome in a few posts (while using the browser). 😉

iPhone 3G unlocked?

From CNET: “Despite the best efforts of Apple and AT&T, it appears that the latest version of the iPhone has been unlocked via the same method as used on the original iPhone.

A Brazilian blog, TechGuru, posted the first report of it. Gizmodo checked it out, and said the method involves using a special SIM card adapter. It tricks the phone into thinking it’s on an approved network.

“This method forges the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, making the phone believe it’s working in the network in which it’s supposed to work,” Gizmodo writes.”

Maybe it is a bit too early to be true, but then again we wouldn’t be surprised if it has alread been unlocked. There is already a huge industry behind the unlocked version of the iPhone.

Palm Treo 800w

Palm has released a new Treo model, 800w. The device is loaded with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g, 802.1x (EAP-PEAP, EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS), built-in GPS, Bluetooth, 2.0 megapixel camera, a micro USB port and it runs on Windows Mobile.

The phone is available on Sprint‘s network for now, with no dates for a European realease being announced yet.

Tour de France 2008

Tour de France 2008 is in full swing these days, until the 27th of July. It is always an exciting tour and year after year it seems to offer to its fans all the thrills they want out of cycling.

For your daily Tour de France fix you can go to the tour’s website from where you can  get overall results, points, maps, weather updates and even buy that yellow jersey. 😀

Cavo Paradiso Radio – summer 2008

If you like your share of dance/electronic music and if you like Cavo Paradiso and the music played by some of the world’s best dj’s there, then this is for you.

Cavo Paradiso Radio of the famous Mykonian club is 24/7 on the internet and you can tune in any time, where you can listen to some groovy beats and sets.

Opera 9.51- beautifully engineered

Maxthon is long gone (well from today). It started acting up and being slow (even though I haven’t installed any plug-ins lately or anything like that). So I decided to switch to Opera 9.51, which is the latest version of the Opera web browser.

One word describes it best; fast! Way faster than Maxthon. And in addition to its speed, it looks good with a revamped interface (the shiny black bar at the top does the trick).

Even though I haven’t used it for more than 2 hours, I can see some added features such as the speed-dial for websites, the widgets and the Page Info utility.

Final verdict? I will be using Opera in the coming months (unless some other browser has something better to offer…hhhmm Firefox 3 maybe) and drop everything else for now.

Wubi = Windows + Ubuntu

Here is the description from the Wubi website: “Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. Are you curious about Linux and Ubuntu? Trying them out has never been easier!”

It took me just a few minutes to install Ubuntu on my computer, after downloading the desktop edition of the operating system and placing it in the same folder as the Wubi installer (this is the alternative method of installing the OS if you don’t want Wubi to download it for you).

I dedicated 5 GB of space for the installation (more choices are available), no partition was needed and best of all…I have access to Windows files through the Ubuntu installation.

Slick, fast, no errors, no partition messing, and safe!

FLV Player 2.0.24

This is a pretty decent Flash video player, that has been refined from its previous versions in a positive way. The user can zoom in to twice the original video size, as well as to full screen.

We also like the slick interface of the player, as well as the drag-and-drop functionality added. This means that you can now easily drag and drop a flv file onto the player’s window and the file will automatically start playing.

Skype 4.0 beta

Skype have released a new version of their software, Skype 4.0 beta. The software has an updated interface than in previous versions and features full-screen video chat streams among other things.

Early reports say that the software may crash your computer (it is a beta afterall), however, this seems like a positive change from Skype and we like it a lot.

Euro 2008

Euro 2008 is starting in less than 3 days and the first match will see Switzerland facing the Czech Republic at 18:00 local time (Basel, Switzerland).

The tournament will run through the month June, till the 29th and is expected to play host to some interesting clashes between Europe’s best national teams.

The matches will be broadcasted by two tv stations in Cyprus; the free-to-air CNC Plus and subscriber-based tv station, LTV. In addition the matches can be seen on a pay-per-view basis from the tournament’s official website.

Cablenet Cyprus – more speed!

We love the fact that more internet providers are coming to life in Cyprus. This means more options for consumers and hopefully better speeds at lower prices.

Cablenet is a relatively new internet provider and the only cable player in Cyprus (everyone else offering internet over ADSL). The company is offering triple-play services at pretty competitive prices, with their base internet speed being at 2Mbps and priced at 45.90 euros! The service includes tv and telephony.

This is a way better deal than what PrimeTel is offering (a similar priced package from PrimeTel would get you a much lower internet speed, only 750 Kbps, along with the same tv channels and telephony service).

We hope Cablenet expands its network soon enough to cover more areas.