Month: January 2009

Caught by the sound

How many pictures have you taken with your phone-camera during this holiday season? And did you or your subjects find the shutter sound annoying and you have since turned it off?

It may soon be impossible to do so in the US. A new bill to require mobile phones containing digital cameras to make a sound when a photograph is taken has been proposed.

I can see where the sponsor is coming from. I can almost understand the need to safeguard privacy. But seriously. If some weird person wishes to take unauthorised pictures, this shutter thing will not be his or her biggest hurdle.

Dubbed as the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, how I see it – it should have a function that screams upon the shutter-click, “Your picture has just been captured by [fill in cellphone number]. Contact the police if you do not authorise this act.” Now, that will be an alert.

Remembering The Reader

Traditionally, I am not a fan of book adaptations1. It was 1998, The Reader left a deep impression and I read it several times over simply because. In fact, my first book review was on this novel, back in the days of It sure took Hollywood long enough to make this into another movie.

I have not watched the film but I do like Kate Winslet (most of the times). I am pleased that the performance has been recognised. Very looking forward to the release in Singapore.

The book is somewhere in the stash. Next spring-clean stop!

  1. Girl, Interrupted was butchered []

Dressing up the X1

Warning: Long geek post ahead.

Since the much needed purchase1 of the Xperia a month ago, customisation becomes an interesting pastime.

It is my virgin experience with a WinMo phone. I must have spent 70% of my internet bandwidth on XDA and have a serious love-hate relationship with the developers. On one hand, you want to try everything. On the other, you don’t really understand all the steps and are mildly paranoid about conflicts, if any.

Anyway. My X1 is almost fully dressed (or rather, I am getting tired). In alpha order.

1. AvantGo2
2. Batti
3. Facebook panel3
4. FDCSoft Task Manager
5. HandyShopper
6. HTC HD Dialer
7. HTC HD Keyboard
8. HTC HD TouchFlo3D
9. HTC HD TouchFlo3D panel
10. KeePass
11. MSS Converter
12. MyMobiler
13. SPB BackUp
14. SPB MobileShell
15. XperiaTweak

What’s missing. If you have any recommendations, shout.
1. Twitter. TwitToday looks promising.
2. WordPress. I have installed the WPhone plugin but would much prefer for a WinMo app.
3. Expense management. I have tried so many.
4. Flash plugin for web browsing. For some reason, youtube works but regular websites don’t.
5. Bodyguardz for X1. Not an app but hey, it is equally important.

Yeap, no GPS software at all. I am pretty satisfied with Google Maps.

The phone took it first dive today. It was a very sad moment.

  1. In case you are sniggering, I almost suffocated in Seoul without a 3G phone. Yes it is a need-buy! []
  2. For some reason, screen scrolling does not work. []
  3. Panels are exclusive to X1 at the moment. Not a regular WinMo app []