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Finally an iPod speakerdock: the JVC RA-P50 (review)

Finally an iPod speakerdock: the JVC RA-P50 (review)

For some time I wanted to have a iPod speakerdock so I could listen to my iPod in the kitchen and bedroom. For the speakerdock I had some requirements in mind:

Needed requirements:

  • FM radio (I like to listen to the radio sometimes)
  • Compact size (I do not want to carry a heavy device with big speakers around)
  • Work with the iPod Nano 3rd generation (mine) and the iPod nano 5 using the 30-pin connector
  • Priced less than 100 Euro

Optional requirements:

  • Run on batteries
  • Charges iPod if docked
iPod nano 3rd gen docked in the JVC RA-P50

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Kubuntu Jaunty on Samsung NC10

Kubuntu Jaunty on Samsung NC10

A while ago I posted about how one can install Kubuntu on a netbook without cd-rom device. Although there were some issues on the NC10 still it worked pretty neat. Two days ago Kubuntu Jaunty (9.10) was released. I updated my NC10 with this version and this is what I discovered:

  • Video artifacts in KDE login screen disappeared
  • Speakers are muted when plugging in earphones
  • Getting Wifi to work is a lot harder than the old Kubuntu version (especially 802.1x). I have to use knetworkmanager to make it work (sometimes it does not work at all).
  • The screen brightness can be set with the slider of the energy widget.
The new Kubuntu
The new Kubuntu
Samsung’s NC310 netbook

Samsung’s NC310 netbook

Today akihabaranews.com posted information about the Samsung NC10 successor: The Samsung NC310. The website claims the NC310 can work 11 hours with an enhanced battery. I am very curious if this battery lifetime can be achieved in real-life.

samsung_nc310
photo (c) akihabaranews.com
Samsung NC10 RAM memory upgrade

Samsung NC10 RAM memory upgrade

Today I bought a new 2GB memory module (Kingston M25664G60, 2GB, SDIO) for my Samsung NC10. I thought it was a good idea to upgrade from 1GB to 2GB. replacing the memory was a piece-of-cake I thought.

When I unscrewed the memory screw on the cap which covers the memory did not came off. I did not want to break it so I was very gentle with the force I used to bend it. I decided to search the web for information about the amount of force the memory cap could handle. I found a tutorial (with video) showing how to replace the memory. It turned out that you really need to put some force on the cap, and finally I managed to replace the memory 🙂

If you are running Linux and you are wondering about the amount of  RAM in your system has, just execute:

$ free -mt
2GB memory instead of 1GB
2GB memory instead of 1GB
Setup voipbusterpro.com (Betamax) account on a Nokia E51

Setup voipbusterpro.com (Betamax) account on a Nokia E51

I am using voipbusterpro as my default voip provider. They offer a SIP service which makes it possible to call with any SIP device (both soft- and hardware) you want. Recently I bought a Nokia E51 which has wifi. I wanted to make SIP phone calls over any arbitrary wifi connections with my voipbusterpro account. The only problem was setting the right settings. After a long period of trial and error I figured out the right settings.

This post shows a brief tutorial about the settings needed to setup your Nokia E51  with a Betamax account. Betamax uses a tremendous amount of  different names like: 12Voip, BudgetSIP, Calleasy, DarmowyTelefon, Dialnow, Freecall, Hungarytopup, Internetcalls, Intervoip, JustVoip, LeVoip, LowRateVoip, NetAppel.fr, Nonoh, SmsListo, SparVoip, VoipBuster, VoipBusterPro, VoipCheap, VoipDiscount, Voiphit, VoipRaider, VoipStunt, VoipWise and WebCallDirect…

Nokia E51
Nokia E51

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I want a netbook…but which?

I want a netbook…but which?

Yesterday I decided I wanted to have a netbook. Since I do a lot of router configurations for my customers it would be nice to have very compact computer which does not have the weight of my MacBook Pro. The most common option for me was the Asus EEE pc, but recommended by a friend I explored other options. These other options turned out to be the MSI Wind, Samsung NC10 and the HP Mini 1000.

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