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Dec 5 10

Ubuntu 10.10 download speed on bittorrent

by KO
4mbs!

Ubuntu 10.10 download speed

That picture says it all… Maxcom (now owned my PTCL) recently doubled my DSL speed to 4mbps, and while the internet still crawls in fits and starts now and then, it’s hit the big 4!

Though Ubuntu has a local server somewhere in Pakistan, so that must help - updates also download lightening fast for it. My fav part about installing Ubuntu is that I can easily install it from a USB stick - goodbye cd’s!

I wrote a two year usage report on Ubuntu earlier

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Nov 17 10

Iphone apps, 2010 edition

by KO

There are many iphone lists out there, almost as many as there are apps out there it seems sometimes! The Apple app store is humongous, and resembles a large flea market more than a mall, with mostly junk, a lot of repeats and extremely hard to find the good stuff. Just like a flea market though, there are some really useful, life enabling apps out there. And of course, the games!

My app philisophy: If an app does something useful for you, whether saving time, enhancing productivity or entertaining you, than get it. The price of an app is the last thing you should consider - it’s the value to you, the user, which is the most important. Apps are worth buying. Your iphone and your monthly bill for it is so much more than all the apps you’ll buy that it doesn’t matter what the app prices are.

The best way to figure out what smartphone app you need is not through someone else’s list, but to come up with a list of things which you wish you could do better, smarter, faster, smoother and more funner! Keep in mind that the people thinking up apps for your phone are more inventive, so there are a bunch of really useful things which your phone can do once enabled with the right app that you haven’t even thought of yet, and that makes other peoples lists interesting - to find out what all they’re doing.

So here goes the list of my fav apps, sorted by what they do for me:

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Oct 8 10

Cellphone internet

by KO

I have been doing flood relief volunteer work all over Sindh, and below is a short writeup on the best internet solution I found. I was pleasantly suprised by the fact that Telenor cellphone service and internet worked just about everywhere in Sindh.

I have both Telenor and Mobilink postpaid edge, and the Telenor one is about a million times better.

I’m in rural Sindh right now, near Shikarpur, using telenor edge (through my cellphone to laptop):
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Telenor also works better in Karachi as well, to the extent that I’m now going to switch over to them and drop the mobilink one altogether, as I use more internet than phone calls now.

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Sep 16 10

Ubuntu 2 year usage report

by KO

At my house, there is one pc which is in a central place and keeps all our photos and stuff. This same pc is also used by visitors and their kids, and over time a lot of different people end up using it.

It always had some form of  windows before, and problems would crop up now and then, requiring me to troubleshoot. So some time back Google released Picasa for Linux, which is what I use to manage photos, and was just about the only thing keeping me to windows.

So I took the plunge, and installed Ubuntu 9.x on it, later this morphed into 10.04.

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Aug 2 10

Back up and running!

by KO

The old host, Site5 had disabled the site without warning due to using too much resouces. I was out of internet reach when all this happened hence the long downtime…

It took some time, but it’s not back up and running at a much better host. There are some teething problems but hopefully it should be back to normal soon, and better after!

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