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Nexus S review incoming

This is just a quick note that I broke down and replaced my ageing iPhone 3G with a brand new unlocked Google Nexus S. I got it in my hands last Saturday and by the end of the first day it did 90% of what I used my iPhone for and by the end of day two it did 100% of what I used my phone for before this and did it better than the iPhone. I will give it a week and then write up a bigger thing on all the good and bad things I notices from my migration from iPhone to Nexus S.

Social distribution

I have just looked at traffic to my photos from Debconf10 during and after the event. During the event I sent out the link to the photos to Twitter/Identi.ca and to IRC channel of the conference. The amount of people visiting my photos rose from <100 per day to around 1000 per day. That might be the number of people that follow Debian actively enough to either follow the conference directly or look at #debian or #debconf or #debconf10 Twitter hashtags (if only half of people care about photos, multiply that number by 2).
Now right after I posted the group photo to my blog and to Debian Planet on the 7th of August, the number of daily views sharply rose to 10 000 per day and stayed at that number for 3 days, then decayed to 5k, 3k, 2k, 1k.

Debconf10 group photo

Phoning it in

Currently I own and use an iPhone 3G. I bought it almost two years ago, when the local phone provider LMT started offering the iPhone legally. I had a pretty good experience with it most of the time, but now it is showing its age:


  • The two year warranty will run out in September

  • The iOS 4 update left out most of the new features - my model cann't have multitasking or backgrounds or any of that new cool stuff that is exclusive to the new iPhone 4

  • The hardware itself is starting to wear - the speaker stopped working a few weeks ago (so I have to use the loudspeaker function or headphones) and also approximately around that time the phone stated to randomly lock up approximately one a week or two - it freezes and after a few minutes reboots and demads to be connected to iTunes and restored from backup

  • Also the battery does not last as long as it used to

Jaunais zemās grīdas tramvajs - pirmie iespaidi

Šodien pirmo reizi izdevās izbraukt ar jauno Rīgas Satiksmes sarūpēto zemās grīdas tramvaju. Jau iepriekš redzēju to visinoties pa ielām testa braucienos un katru reizi pārsteidza cik tas ir kluss, pat uz nelīdzenām sliedēm. Tagad, kad pabīju tā iekšienē varu droši teikt - iekšā ir vēl klusāk. Motora skaņas var dzirdēt tikai pie straujas ātruma uzņemšanas vai straujas bremzēšanas, bet citu laiku ir praktiski klusu. Turklāt pateicoties tam, ka logi ir ciet un strādā kondicionieri, nevar dzirdēt arī automašīnas, kas brauc garām.
Nezinu vai kondicioniera jaudas pietiks karstākajās Latvijas vasaras dienās, bet šodien bija tīri pietiekoši - gaiss nebija sasmacis.
Vietas tramvajā bija daudz - parastais tramvajs nevarētu pārvest tik daudz cilvēku, kas šajā tramvajā vienkārši sēdēja. Arī stāvot nav nekādas vainas - ir kur pieturēties visu augumu cilvekiem.
Lai arī tramvajam ir durvju atvēršanas pogas, tās tiek vienalga atvērtas katrā pieturā. Es domāju ziemā tas mainīsies un mēs redzesim to pašu skatu kā rietumeiropā - tramvajs apstājas, uz durvju pogam iedegas lampiņas - ja gribi iekāp vai izkāpt, nospied durvju pogu un durvis uzreiz atvērsies.
Visvairāk gan mani pārsteidza informatīvie tablo - tādi ir vairāki visā tramvaja garumā. Tablo sastam no 3 ekrāniem. uz viena būs reklāmas, uz otra ir laiks, maršruts un nākamo pieturu saraksts, bet uz trešā tablo ir dzīva karte (izskatās pēc Google Maps), kurā parāda tieši kur pašlaik tramvajs atrodās.
Karte ir mazliet izplūdusi (nav pareizais izmērs pikseļos), bet izlasīt ielu nosaukumus var. Šo ekrānu varētu papildināt uzzīmējot tur visu šī tramvaja maršrutu, kā arī atzīmejot to, kur tas krustojas ar citu transportu maršrutiem.
Tramvajā ir arī visādas citas ekstras - drošības kameras, kāju sensori durvīs, ...
Izskatās, ka par daudz ko ir rūpīgi padomāts - piemēram, kad tramvajs apstājas, tad durvis daļēji aizsedz sānu paneļus, kas rāda tramvaja numuru, bet lai tas nenotiktu tad, kad durvis ir vaļā tablo pārslēdas un tā vietā lai rādītu ' 6 Stacijas laukums ' (no kura varētu redzet tikai 'ijas la') tablo rāda lielu ciparu '6' pašā tablo vidū, kur to atvērtās durvis neaizsedz.

Hacker 'Neo' caught in Latvia

A scandal has been brewing in Latvia over the last half year and yesterday the activity spiked shocking the media and some IT people in the country. I'll go back and explain what happened first, what is happening now and why this could have a heavy impact on IT and journalists in Latvia.

Going to Debconf10!

After a few months, today I finally got the approval and

Ubuntu 10.04 and NTFS filesystems

subj. don't mix - just upgraded a simple Ubuntu 9.10 to Ubuntu 10.04 and it failed to boot. After careful examination, it looks that something replaced the munt line of my NTFS partition in the /etc/fstab and claimed that it is a VFAT partition and 'mountall' that is run during boot gets very, very confused if presented with such dillema, so mach in fact that it hangs and stops the whole boot sequence.

Latvijas pavasara Ubuntu Bug Jam un Installest - 27.03.2010

The following is an invitation to the Latvian Ubuntu Bug Jam (in Latvian) sent for a bit of a wider circulation to catch people that monitor Planet Debian, but not Planet Ubuntu.lv.

USB 3D Sound

Want a sound card? Want a cleared sound that is not contaminated by electromagnetic interference in you computer's case? Want that all to work in Linux?

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