Serious geek toy



My Nokia 9500 is looking for a new home. I was worried about battery time and the Qtek 9000, but this is not SUV of PDAs I was expecting. My old iPaq drained the batteries much faster. Charging trough a standard mini-USB port instead of a proprietary thingie is a big plus - as is the normal 3.5mm headphone plug. The keyboard is also more or less as good as the one in the Nokia. It is not much of a phone, but it gets the job done.

This photo, from the room where I work, is surprisingly good. It doesn't come close to a real camera, but for a lens-less camera phone this is quite good.

First post



My first post with my Qtek 9000 (HTC Universal). I'm not yet sure what I think of it. It is a very nice PDA and a not so practical phone and it will take some time getting used to. I am optimistic, though. And the camera, although still a typical "digital pinhole camera" with a slightly blurred image, is a bit better than the one in the Nokia 9500. And this device creates EXIF data in the JPEG header, something a have really been missing in the Nokia.

This test image is not the best possible, and I'll try to take some more photos under better conditions as soon as the conditions improve, it's -15 and snowing now.

Qtek 9000



A brand new Qtek 9000 (HTC Universal) still in its box...

There was nothing wrong about the Nokia 9500 but this one is even better. Or so I hope. On paper, it looked promising but also ... very different from what I am used to. There is not much "telephone" about this device anymore.

Hopefully the camera is at least a bit better than the one in the Nokia.

...activated too many times...



"The Google Earth license key you entered has been activated too many times or on too many machines. Please contact Google Earth customer support for assistance."

And this after only six months of using it, I still have six more months before the license is supposed to expire.

I have been reinstalling Windows a lot lately as my new Dual Core desktop computer has been acting up and simply isn't stable. And whenever the desktop computer is down, I have been using my laptop.

I understand that software makers have to protect their products, but it really feels unpleasant when I pay for software and the copy protection feature prevents me from using it. Yes, I have been activating the software many times, but I am the only one who has been doing it and I have only used the software on one machine at a time.

The not-so-electrical train - part 2



So here I am again, this time in VR's InterCity nr 56 on Boxing Day, December 26, going South. Now there is electricity in the outlet, but VR has sold four of these "PC seats with electrical outlet" around a tiny table with just two outlets.

By the time I got on the train, both outlets where already in use.

I guess I won't be using my laptop all the way this time either.

And this table is a joke. It is about 30cm wide at its widest part. Try putting two big laptops opposite of each other on that. It can't be done.