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the wtf show (video) 5 June 2007: mobileweapon.net

June 5th, 2007 · 7 Comments


the WTF! Show (www.wtfshow.com) visits Tyler Projects, the makers of Mobile Weapon (mobileweapon.net), a hot new RPG where you are the pilot of a Mobile Weapon. This Singapore company has gotten more than 2.6 million players since launch! mrbrown checks them out. (Available in mp4 and Youtube formats)

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Vodcast iconVideo Podcast: the wtf show (video) 5 June 2007: mobileweapon.net (MP4 Video, 320×240, file size: 18.9mb, Time: 00:04:19)

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the wtf show (video) 29 May 2007: Nokia N95 GPS review

May 29th, 2007 · 18 Comments


mrbrown tries out the GPS feature on the Nokia N95 by driving around Singapore with it, to see if it really gets him where he wants to go, or gets him lost. (Available in mp4 and Youtube formats)

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Vodcast iconVideo Podcast: the wtf show (video) 29 May 2007: Nokia N95 GPS review (MP4 Video, 320×240, file size: 26.5mb, Time: 00:04:10)

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N95

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the wtf show (video) 21 May 2007: Halo 3 Beta Review Part 2

May 21st, 2007 · 12 Comments


Part 2 of a 2-part quick look at Halo 3 Beta, a few levels available on Xbox Live. mrbrown continues playing the Beta, sacrificing his time, energy and dignity for your entertainment. Check out the Mongoose vehicle and watch brown die a lot.. (Available in mp4 and Youtube formats)

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Vodcast iconVideo Podcast: the wtf show (video) 21 May 2007: Halo 3 Beta Review Part 2 (MP4 Video, 320×240, file size: 24.5mb, Time: 00:03:46)

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the wtf show (video) 21 May 2007: Halo 3 Beta Review Part 1

May 21st, 2007 · 5 Comments


Part 1 of a 2-part quick look at Halo 3 Beta, which made a few levels available for some online gaming on Xbox Live. mrbrown jumps in to kick ass and take names. Check out the Snowbound map and the Sticker bomb, Spartan Laser and Bubble Shield. (Available in mp4 and Youtube formats)

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Vodcast iconVideo Podcast: the wtf show (video) 21 May 2007: Halo 3 Beta Review Part 1 (MP4 Video, 320×240, file size: 19.3mb, Time: 00:03:32)

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the wtf show (audio): Heil PR20, PR30 and PR40 Test

April 26th, 2007 · 2 Comments

PR40

This is an audio edition of The WTF! Show.

mrbrown, Aloysius and Tammi demo the Heil PR20, PR30 and PR40 dynamic mics. We did the tests at 3,6 and 12 inches away, with and without the Stedman pop filter. We wanted to see if they were as good as the large diaphragm condensers that we use.

Find out how these professional quality dynamic cardioid mics sound.

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Drobo, storage robot

April 9th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Drobo

James sent me this link to a cool new hard drive enclosure, called Drobo, that takes enterprise-level raid and makes it available at at a consumer level.

You can hot-swap up to 4 drives and the “robot” knows how to move data around to give you full capacity, on the fly, without shutdown. Watch their video to believe. Expensive though, at USD699 for just the enclosure alone.

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The Nokia N95 has arrived! And it is running pfingo! It syncs with my Mac!

March 29th, 2007 · 9 Comments

N95

And I am having a good time playing with it. So far, so good. Very nice feel. We will be doing a proper WTF! show review on it soon. The screen changes orientation very fast, when you slide the keyboard out or the media buttons out. I also liked the use of a regular headphone jack and mini-USB connection. The included charger is the smallest I have ever seen from Nokia, also appreciated.

I couldn’t get the GPS to work properly, will try again later. The photos from the 5 megapixel camera look gorgeous but there is a slight pink tint on them. Hope they fix that in a firmware update soon.

The sliding mechanism is very firm and smooth. I was using an E65 for a spell because of the pfingo trial, and I liked the E65’s slimness and leathery skin, and also the heft. Compared to the E65, the N95 actually feels lighter. Odd. While I like the N95’s feel, I preferred the E65’s size, heavier weight, and feel in my hands. Felt less plasticky. Oh, and the E65 has Active Standby Plugins! Very useful addons to the Active Standby feature! Got to get that installed on my N95, man.

Now I have to get a micro-SD card (why must they keep changing memory card types? I have MMC for my N70, mini-SD for my N73, N93 and now, I have to get a micro-SD for my E65 and N95! Can start a shop liao!)

pfingo

Meanwhile, I have it set up for Starhub’s new pfingo VOIP service. pfingo (the “p” is silent, and yes, there will be many “pfingo me, leh” jokes, for sure) lets you use wifi to make phone calls, and comes with a 3 series telephone number (3 series telephone numbers are reserved for VOIP) so that you can make local calls and IDD calls via your wifi-enabled mobile phone (like the Nokia N95 and the E65). This means it is telco independent (it does not matter if you are on Singtel, M1 or Starhub because the calls and the pfingo services work on broadband, not the cellular network). You just need to connect your phone to a wifi hotspot, or to your home or office wireless network, to make and receive the calls. Something like a Skype for your mobile.

pfingo also comes with some Java widgets (that look a lot like Mac icons, haha) which converge your email, contacts, calendar, RSS feeds and even MSN chat onto your phone. These extra services work with either wifi or 3G connections from your phone. Very nice touch. You can synchronise your Outlook with your phone, and also add up to 5 email accounts to pfingo Mail, which pushes email to your phone. Kinda like making your Nokia N95 into a Blackberry. Also very cool.

N95 iSynced

I even managed to get it to sync with my Mac via iSync, with a little help from Paul Reames’ excellent plug-ins. You can get the plug-ins for the N95 (and other Nokia phones like the E65 which are not yet supported by Apple) from Paul’s site at www.s60themes.co.uk. Note there are separate versions for iSync 2.3 and 2.4.

I had some problems making the plug-ins work at first, but with Paul’s help, we realised that it was caused by my version of iSync that Apple put into my Mac when I upgraded to OS 10.4.9. So a warning to all of you, back-up your older version of iSync before you let Software Update upgrade your Mac, or you may find that some of the plug-ins you were using or planned to use, will break.

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Best Calculator I’ve ever used on a mobile phone

February 13th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Calcium

And the app, called Calcium, is free. It has a permanent place on the Active Apps of my Nokia Nseries phone now. The calculator uses the joypad to map the plus, minus, divide, multiply and equal keys so that your data entry speeds up super fast.

Download it from mtvoid.com and install it on your Series 60 Nokia now.

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How to use your Nokia 3G phone with your Mac on the M1 network

February 12th, 2007 · 8 Comments

Nokia and Mac

For those of you Singapore M1 users who want to use your Nokia 3G phone, like the N73 or N93, as a bluetooth modem with your Mac laptop, here are the settings. I use my Macbook (OS 10.4.8) with a Nokia N93. I noticed that it was next to impossible to find Mac settings in one place online, so I decided to write this for you WTF! Show fans.

I know you can sign up for one of M1’s broadband plans and use their USB modem option, but I use 3G on my Nokia too, so no point signing up for two plans. The only downside to using your phone as a bluetooth 3G modem is the drain on the phone’s battery.

Note: I assume you already have the Nokia set up for data and you have a data plan (I recommend the unlimited plan at $68 a month if you plan to use your laptop wirelessly a lot, or else you will really rack up a huge bill). On the Mac’s end, you need to do the following:

1. Download the scripts from Ross Barkman’s page. You want the ones called “Scripts for Nokia 3G (EDGE/UMTS) phones (17kB): Nokia 3G Scripts”.

Drop the two scripts “Nokia 3G CID1″ and “Nokia 3G CID2″ into the Modem Scripts folder inside your Library folder.

2. Pair your 3G Nokia phone with your Mac laptop. To do this, go to System Preferences -> Bluetooth -> Choose Set up New Device. The Mac will give you a passkey to pair the phone.

Make sure you select “Access the Internet with your phone’s data connection” and the high speed option (see screenshot below).

Pair Phone

3. Leave Username and GPRS CID String blank. Password put “user123″ (without the quotes).

Bluetooth setup

4. After the Bluetooth set-up is done, go to System Preferences -> Network.

Create a new Location, I call it “Mobile”. And configure Bluetooth. Under Service Provider, call it M1. Password should be there already, if not, type “user123″. For Telephone Number, use “sunsurf”. Yes, it is not a number you are dialing on your mobile, it is the APN, or Access Point Name. And the APN for M1 is sunsurf.

2 Modem Settings

5. Under PPP Options, turn OFF “Use TCP Compression”.

3 Modem Settings

6. Under Bluetooth Modem, make sure one of the two 3G scripts are selected (I use “Nokia 3G CID1″ without any problems). And turn OFF “Enable error correction and compression in modem”. I also check the “Show Bluetooth status in menu bar” and “Show modem status in menu bar” so that I can connect easily.

4 Modem Settings

7. You are now ready to connect. Select Connect from the modem menu bar pulldown and if you like, “Open Internet Connect”. The screenshot below shows a successful connection.

5 Internet Connect

Hope this helps you M1 users connect to the 3G network with your Nokia 3G phone and your Macbook or Macbook Pro.

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One of the better MP4 players from China

February 5th, 2007 · 20 Comments

Update: one of our readers (Thanks Kosmikos!) sent us this link to get the right software converters for this player:

I’ve got the same player, had the same conversion issue. The converter can be found here

http://www.nasatechnics.com/software/

It’s called Mini-Mac. Need to use screen resolution 320×240. Even though manual says resolution is 220×176. If you use other resolution it’ll end up as file format error. Take a long time to figure it out.

Also I realised that the flash memory cannot be access when you’ve the mini SD in there. Have to update them separately.

In the process of looking for WTF! show material, I am always looking for gadgets to play with and recently stumbled upon this little cool video player.

The brand is called Orient, but I am sure it is called something else in other countries. It is one of the many cheap MP3 video players mass-produced from China (the most famous ones are the fake iPod Nanos). This puppy does MP4-encoded avi video, MP3, FM radio (can record FM too), and has 2GB flash memory, 2.4-inch TFT screen (very good and bright screen, supposedly a Samsung TFT) and a mini-SD slot.

Note that it DOES NOT play MP4 files like the iPod, so don’t be fooled by the MP4 name. All these players from China are called MP4 players though they play other video formats. Converting video files to its special avi format can be a pain, and the included CD had a version 1 converter that created videos with audio sync issues but a newer version of the converter solved that.

But once the files are in there, mp3 and videos play very nicely. Just be prepared to deal with video encoding issues. I suppose you can queue up the videos you want to watch on your PC, and batch-process the whole lot overnight, then copy them all over when done the next day. A little kludgy but it works.

Oh, it does not seem to work properly on Macs, but no problems on a PC running Windows XP. Too bad, the white colour looks very iPod.

It also comes in black and silver, something like this black model from Chinavasion. Singaporeans have no need to buy from online stores, of course, we just get it from our Temple of Tech, SLS.

The interface is teh sux but functional. Battery life seems quite good (I am testing the video battery life at the moment). The construction seems a lot better than some of the crap mp4 players from China that’s out there and so far, I think the 2GB memory is really 2GB (some of these knock-off players have fake memory listed, like it says 1GB but there is only 256MB in it, so beware).

USB cable and (average) headphones are included. I picked up $32 Kingston 2GB mini-SD card to make the total memory 4GB (mini-SD prices have plunged lately). I think the wife will be pleased with this $155 player.

Small and compact, but all screen. Sweet. It could all fall apart tomorrow, who knows, but so far I’m quite loving it.

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