Sunday, December 05, 2010

Huawei U8230

Finally, I got my first android! No regrets. I love it!

The price was right, and I opted to just get it. Sure, I would have much rather gotten a Samsung Galaxy S because of its far superior spec (and correspondingly higher price), but the Huawei U8230 will serve me just fine for now.
  • purchased 25 November 2010, $299 from Dick Smith Parramatta, unlocked
  • links: Huawei support site includes manual pdf; google
  • spec: android 2.1, android market, 1500 mAh battery, 3.2MP forward camera / vga backward camera, 3.5 inch display / TFT / 320 x 480, micro sd up to 16GB, no FM radio, GPS, 3G / 3G broadband internet, WIFI, USB charge and connectivity.
  • hate: bluetooth receive files only; cannot connect to headset; 2.5mm non standard audio connector (but it should not be too hard to find spares on ebay); USB non standard clip plug; skype works but mixed results, skype out mostly bad; no video skype; only kinda all day battery life, provided that you stay plugged in overnight and until you leave the house in the morning; no google docs editing
  • love: android; google account integration for contacts, calendar, gmail/talk; latitude, reader, maps
  • SIM of choice: Virginbroadband prepaid, has data, can receive calls and SMS but not send; can place calls via skype out; ordered BYO SIM card kit for $10 but yet to install / currently swapping sim between the phone and my usb dongle that i normally use with my netbook
  • some web content is formatted for mobile screens, things look a bit different
my photos link

  • this phone went to Karen

Monday, November 01, 2010

Spirulina nausea

About a month ago I started eating Spirulina. I dilute 1 flat table spoon of powder with 1 cup of water, and take this twice per day. The taste is not good but it is tolerable knowing that it is a vegan superfood hence good for me.

Today I had to stop. After using it for some 3 weeks without any adverse events, in about week 4 I may have served myself a slight overdose; about 1 heaped tablespoon with a cup of water. Shortly thereafter I felt some nausea, but was not sure if it was from the spirulina or other foods that I followed it up with, a bad combo, or a contamination. Today, in about week 5 of the trial, I made myself a dilute serving, a teaspoon to 1 cup of water. I had two sips and got immediate nausea, and stopped.

There does not seem to be spirulina intolerance on google, but there are adverse reactions reported.

I'm not sure at all that I factored out everything, but I'm taking a break from it. I've never hit such a hard limit on a food.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Hitch 22: A Memoir

Mostly on my way leaving America way back in July, I picked up Hitch 22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens. I have always been a fan his performances on video, but finally I read one of his books, the latest one. It is good, if you are a fan -- I am.

The catch seems to be holding contradictory positions -- to strive to improve the human condition and be open minded, while resisting totalitarianism and unhelpful ideologies by being single minded.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. Enjoyed it. It was an opportunistic bargain from Basement Books (Central Station tunnel; $3). This was also a chance to catch up on a classic for me.

wiki | gutenberg free ebook ]

Immediately went to Borders (I was passing by) and got Hitch 22.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Finished reading Neuromancer. Clued in on common references; wanted to catchup on this for some time but only just got around to it. Most of the interesting stuff was in the last quarter: the multi human multi AI conglomerate hive minds. Nothing new was discovered, but then again the book was published in 1984, hence its content had lots of time to diffuse into current pop culture by now.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Beat The Reaper

I bookmarked the idea for getting Beat The Reaper after having had watched Josh Bazell talk at Authors@Google. Needless to say that the personal presentation left an impression enough to complete the cycle -- watch the video then read the book. Yes, the book was entertaining and lived up to expectation, but the story is ultimately forgettable as any novel -- I guess I'm just not a novel junkie.

It looks like it's getting made into a movie.