Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hardware: Skype Outside the Box

For quite some time I have been thinking about getting a palm device that would work with Skype. I wanted to have a messenger separate from the computer, working with wireless. These days it’s impossible to get a palm lower than 300 Euros and it will include a camera, phone and will be running Windows Mobile 5 or 6. So, I was looking for a touch-screen device without the camera, without the phone with the thumb keyboard. It wasn’t an easy task but after several hours of research I have found that there is an iPAQ 4350 that fits my desires. It runs Windows Mobile 2003 Premium on 400 MHz processor. Well, there were 2 operating systems released after (the device is 4+ years old) that so I wouldn’t be able to run the latest software. On the other hand, I needed a Skype carrier, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (I already had a Bluetooth GPS receiver). Combined all the things it was the best and the only choice. It took me 3 weeks to hunt it on eBay and I finally got it for 170 US$ which is a very good deal. I received the device yesterday, installed all sorts of programs, tweaks and so on, and I should say I like it better than the latest Sony Mylo communicator (mainly due to the absence of the touch screen), for instance. Email, internet, icq, msn, pdf but no Java (I don’t think any of the WM devices can run java these days. Well, here are some pictures.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Nature: Spanish Killer Slugs

From time to time after the rain, here, in Sweden, it's possible to see interesting slugs on the roads. The rainy weather this summer made the population of them really boost. Until a couple of days, I realized that this creature isn't much of a vegetarian. I mean they do eat the vegetables in the gardens but would easily eat their brothers, the black slugs. The local newspapers printed the reports >> and one of them a list of the ways how to fight them. The killer slugs (Arion lusitanicus) resist even the boiling water. However if you put a jar with the beer, they tend to go in and drown there :P. Pretty wasteful way though.

There is one type of ducks that eats them. But when there are too many of slugs, ducks become fat and lazy.


Saturday, July 07, 2007

Lifestyle: Shoelaces - Change the Look

There are quite a few different ways of tying the shoelaces than we were taught in the kindergartens. Here are some examples of them. If you want a printable document (in Russian though), let me know.



Friday, July 06, 2007

Free: SMS for free [Updated: Not Anymore]

I have tried quite a few applications that supposed to send SMS-es for free. None of them quite worked. My sister sent me an invitation to frype.com (frype.lt as well) where it's possible to send SMS for free around the world. I tried to send to Lithuania and Sweden and it worked. It will add an advertisement in the end but you still got a free sms with 160 symbols. I am not sure if this service will last long but if you would like an invitation (they don't do open registration for now), drop me a line.

Frype has changed the rules and free SMS service is not available anymore so there is no real point in opening an account with them.


Monday, July 02, 2007

Misc: June in Stockholm

So, I am having two and a half months off this summer which I am pretty much enjoying. There are a couple of things missing that would be the sea closer to our place and some friends from Klaipeda. Well, what can we do? On June 13 I attended a record signing session for the release of the new album by Per Gessle (of Roxete) sung in Swedish. Not my favorite album but I bought it and got signed. I had to stand in the line for one our but it was worth it. I hope one of those days both Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle will be signing records as the new Roxette album will be out. Future will show.

From time to time we try to explore new parts of the city, take walks in the center, meet with friends and have a beer or just sit on the benches by the bay and drink soda and eat some cinnamon rolls. Last weekend we dropped by a flee marked. My expectation were too high for that place. I was thinking it will be something like in Klaipeda with the stuff actually look at. The place was much smaller than the market in Klaipeda with the very few things of my interest. There were mostly Asian people selling various things and the theme of everything was pretty much Asian – the cloth, music, books and so on. We spent 15 minutes there. Maybe we should search for another flee market some day.

And here are some pictures of us and of our current apartment