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This just in: the Viliv Boys are moving to a new Blog –

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 Office

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.


Akihabara – shopping at tech Nirvana? or bust? part 1

I recently went to Japan and went shopping in Akihabara. After doing extensive reading about it and tooling around the web for ages I felt pretty confident about the visit but my Friend in Japan, Caroline, had some words of wisdom which I ignored at my peril.

The first shop we went to as we came out of the station was the giant Yodobashi Camera. This is a famous chain of tech shops and is truley a giant. 8+ floors of tech shopping and a restaurant as well as some other floors even higher – I never got there. There’s a giant TV screen blasting out sound at you as you wait to cross the traffic lights from the station. There must be no noise laws in Japan because this screen was screaming at us.

The entrance hall for want of a better expression is a place of carnage. It’s almost like a busy market place in India or somewhere with staff shouting at you hocking their wares. Interestingly this first floor is the only place it happens as the other specialist floors are quiet, normal shopping places albeit packed with goods. I call them specialist floors because the ground floor is a mix of phones, laptops, cameras, etc but after that each floor is specialist i.e. second floor laptops, third floor computers, fourth floor cameras, etc.

When you catch the lift up you can read the signs and work out where you are going but the escalators are so covered in ad’s it was hard for me to work out what floor I was on and it gave me to comfort to hear the roar of voices getting closer as I knew I was almost at the ground floor and freedom.

You could seriously get lost shopping in Yodobashi for days. You can get a discount card which gives you points for items you buy on each floor and these cards are great (you can get them as a tourist) because on the price tag of each item is a point amount and at the end you can cash them in for purchase so you get stuff free (or it’s like an extra discount on purchases). You could basically buy a digital SLR and get the acc’s for free.

The ground floor had enough laptops to fill a normal shop back home here or say in America. And then I went to the laptop floor. Wow. Laptops as far as the eye could see. dozens of every model, of every brand. I think for some brands it felt like we get 2-3 varients and in Japan they have 20, plus all the other models we never get to see. Same for cameras and phones.

Part two I’ll talk about where to shop and for what…….my experience.

Off to Akihabara – any tips on the best tech shops?

Akihabara shopping

Akihabara shopping

I’ll be going to Akihabara in two months time and I have a map and some websites I’ve been loooking at but people say that outside of the main area you can find some great shops with different things and bargains to be had. Anybody got any tips, tricks?

Update: now I’m back check out my posts about my shopping experience in Akihabara

Bye bye Advantage’

Well after much deliberation about whether the Advantage or the s5 best suits my need for a mobile Internet device, I have decided that I will hang on to the s5.

I must admit that I was totally mermerised with the Advantage’s form factor .. Slim and light with a glorious screen for watching videos.

Unfortunately it doesn’t have the performance grunt to take care of my other needs like a decent web browsing experience ESP with flashy websites. Scrolling through large PDFs weren’t that great. I went back to my s5 and found the shortfalls non existent.

Ok so it doesn’t have a built in camera for photo blogging but my iPhone 3g has become my mobile photo blog tool of choice whilst on the go thanks to the lovely WordPress iPhone application.

So I’m well and truly back in the S5 saddle again!

One day to go and we all take delivery…

…of our Dynamism pre-ordered Viliv X70’s. I’m content in the fact I was the first person on earth to order one (hopefully will be the first one dispatched).

Once the machines are out there in the world being used by real people (no offence but professional reviewers and bloggers don’t count), we’ll hopefully see lots more real usage reviews. I for one will from day one be using it for everything both in the office and on the road.

UPDATE: Just adding to some comments: I have received no communication of any type from Dynamism talking about a delay, maybe it only applies to the 128GB SSD version. It would be pretty ordinary to wait until the very day of shipping to send an email saying it’s delayed so I’m expecting it to ship as per the original date listed.