2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 48 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 200 posts. There were 41 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 9th with 398 views. The most popular post that day was S5 – soft keyboard.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were gizmodo.com, umpcportal.com, ifreestores.com, blogs.genghiskhent.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for akihabara, onenote iphone, htc hd3, iphone onenote, and onenote for iphone.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

S5 – soft keyboard June 2009
7 comments

2

Off to Akihabara – any tips on the best tech shops? August 2009
4 comments

3

Onenote iPhone app July 2009
7 comments

4

Viliv X70 windows 7 upgrade so far November 2009
1 comment

5

Windows 7 going on the viliv x70 November 2009
5 comments

This just in: the Viliv Boys are moving to a new Blog – outofoffice.net.au

After lots of soul searching and discussion we’re moving to a new blog. Vilivboys will remain here as an archive but we won’t be updating the site. Join us at our new blog:

Out of the Officehttp://www.outofoffice.net.au/

After having a great experience with both the Viliv X70 and the S5 we both sold our Viliv’s. That’s kind of the guys we are: pretty early adopters and pretty fats turn arounders of technology. Basically we go through computers and phones like no one’s business! We’re not proud of it…actually we probably are.

Since we (me and J) are both always on the lookout for mobility solutions and indeed are trying to setup our lives and work to become completely untethered from the office, we thought a more genral style blog was called for. We’re not limiting ourselves to a brand or even a type of mobile device.

The new blog will cover: smartphones, UMPC’s, tablets, slates, solar power devices (you need to be untethered form the wall outlet too sometimes), car mounts for technology, any kind of portable tech you can imagine. Our usage of these devices and also our active journeys to become mobile workers.

Hope you can join us for the ride.

Apple wireless testing lab a work of fiction?

Call me a cynic but when Apple takes a group of journo’s on a secret back street tour of Cupertino and ushers them into the wireless testing rooms I feel that it’s so much like science fiction – that it is! I mean come on. Apple have been caught pants down on this design flaw in the iphone 4. And in the scramble to right the situation I’m sure there have been long nights spent with PR hacks in rooms trying to come up with the best way out for Apple. Including free cases and refunds and keeping Steve Jobs off the airwaves as he seems to put his foot in his mouth a fair bit (his solution – hold the phone a different way – wacked). I have nothng to back this up but I think Apple spent some money and built this hollywood set to get massive media covergae (achieved) and reel back some of the negative comments about them not seeing these issues in testing. OK so if you did see these issues in testing then why did you not fix them? You can’t tell me with Apple’s “genius'” of which we hear so much they coldn’t fix this problem? RIM can, Nokia can. Apple probably can – they just screwed up.
Phone testing kit looks like this:

Wireless and phone test labs look like this:

Wireless and phone testing labs look like this


Not like this:
Apple's "fictional" test lab

Need a MID or smartphone that can replace a laptop for travel – comparing the iPhone 4 to the Nokia N900 to the HTC Advantage

The hunt is on for a new MID or smartphone or something very portable that can still meet my productivity needs while travelling. I’ve narrowed it down to a few contenders and put them up against the iphone 4 for good measure. I’m almost set on a smartphone bu the viliv N5 could make the cut if the 3G model is not too expensive. Here’s my table trying to compare apples with apples.

Nokia N900 IiPhone 4 HTC Advantage x7510
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 2100, UMTS 850 / 1900
Announced 2009, August 2010, June 2008, February
Status Available. Released 2009, November Available. Released 2010, June Available. Released 2008, June
Size Dimensions 110.9 x 59.8 x 18 mm, 113 cc 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm 133 x 98 x 16 mm
Weight 181 g 137 g 375 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 65K colors TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors (65K effective)
Size 800 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches 640 x 960 pixels, 3.5 inches 640 x 480 pixels, 5.0 inches
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off - Scratch-resistant surface - QWERTY keyboard
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate - Multi-touch input method - Handwriting recognition
- Full QWERTY keyboard - Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Three-axis gyro sensor
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones Vibration, MP3 ringtones Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers Yes Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5 mm audio jack 3.5 mm headset jack 3.5 mm headset jack, dual speakers
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days 100 received, dialed and missed calls Practically unlimited
Internal 32 GB storage, 256 MB RAM 16/32 GB storage, 512 MB RAM 16 GB storage, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB, buy memory No Mini SD
Data GPRS Class 32 Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps Yes
EDGE Class 32 Class 10, 236.8 kbps Yes
3G HSDPA, 10Mbps; HSUPA, 2Mbps HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps HSDPA, 1.8 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP Yes, v2.1 with A2DP Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port Yes No No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB Yes, v2.0 Yes, miniUSB
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2576×1936 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Dual LED flash, video light 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video Yes, WVGA(848 x 480)@25fps Yes, 720p@30fps, LED video light, geo-tagging Yes
Secondary Yes, VGA Yes, videocalling over Wi-Fi only VGA videocall camera
Features OS Maemo 5 iOS 4 Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional
CPU ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX530 graphics 1 GHz Apple A4 processor Marvell PXA270 624 MHz processor
Messaging SMS (threaded view), Email, Push Email, IM SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds HTML (Safari) WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML ( Opera 9)
Radio Stereo FM radio (via third party software); FM transmitter No No
Games Yes, 5 + downloadable Downloadable, incl. motion-based Yes
Colors Black Black, White Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps Yes, with A-GPS support Yes
Java No No Yes, MIDP 2.0
- Skype and GoogleTalk VoIP integration - MicroSIM card support only - Voice memo
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ music player - Scratch-resistant glass back panel - MP3/AAC/AAC+/WMA/OGG/AMR player
- WMV/RealVideo/MP4/AVI/XviD/DivX video player - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic. - WMV/MP4 player
- TV-out - Digital compass - TV-out
- PDF document viewer - Google Maps #NAME?
- Photo editor - iBooks application - Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer)
- Adobe Flash Player 9.4 - Audio/video player and editor
- Voice command/dial
- TV-out
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J) Standard battery, Li-Po 1420mAh Standard battery, Li-Po 2100 mAh
Stand-by Up to 278 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G) Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 300 h (3G) Up to 300 h
Talk time Up to 6 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 4 h 30 min (3G) Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G) Up to 6 h
Music play Up to 24 h 30 min Up to 40 h
Misc SAR US 0.92 W/kg (head)     0.82 W/kg (body) 0.48 W/kg (head)
SAR EU 0.80 W/kg (head)

MIO MID – awesome mobile internet device, tablet UMPC and GPS

This little unit seems to have everything we’d ever need:

http://www.mio.com/miocebit2010/MoovV780.html

JKK Video:

Mio Moov V780
A premium navigation, entertainment and Internet experience.

The Mio Moov V780 goes beyond being a navigation device. The iF Award-winning design provides a premium navigation, entertainment and Internet experience, the Moov V780 features the new Mio Spirit navigation software, a 7” flat widescreen, HD multimedia capabilities, digital TV receiver, and wireless connectivity. Rethink your navigation experience with the premium Mio Moov V780.

http://hothardware.com/News/Mios-Moov-V780-MIDGPS-Device-Gets-Powered-By-Tegra/

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