Nokia 500 Personal Navigation Device

n500I have been using a Garmin Nuvi 370 for a while and I have my gripes about it. But I am not quite ready to shell out another big chunk of change for one more overpriced Garmin. I have been a S60 user for a long time. Therefore ever since Nokia started putting its Nokia Maps on some of the S60 devices I have wanted to try out this technology on a real GPS device. For me a phone GPS does not yet do the job unless I am walking around some downtown. So I was mildly interested in checking it out when Nokia announced the 500 device last year. There was the 330 before that. But it used Route 66 software. The 500 uses the same Nokia Maps technology that is on their S60 devices and it had arrived in the form of Smart2Go via the Gate5 acquisition.

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The Zettabyte Era

ciscoCisco in their latest Visual Networking Index study states that IP traffic will grow at the rate of 46% every year between 2007 and 2012 leading to a bandwidth demand of 0.5 zettabyte per year. All because of the WEB *.0 crowd and the Obamamaniacs 🙂 .

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Now VMware for my mobile phone!!

vmwareSaw this interesting piece of announcement from Vmware earlier today. According to Information Week this technology came through the Trango Virtual Processor acquisition. I use VMware on a daily basis on my laptop as a productivity tool. I run Ubuntu which allows me certain tools and environments that I prefer to use for certain tasks instead of the native XP environment. The VMware announcement states that with this latest and greatest technology device vendors (who are feeling the heat) can quickly move their devices to a new OS. Hmmmm.. I can think of some possibilities right away, given the mobile OS competition has been really heating up and some of the players would probably love to leapfrog into newer alternative OSs without appearing to be falling behind.

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www.change.gov – A good first step ?

May be I spoke too soon.  I see the transition team has a website up.  Looks like a positive step for the eager get connected generation. It also seems those dying to be in the new administration can even apply for jobs! May be time for that CTO job for somebody.

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A Socially Networked White House ?

whouseFor me one of the most exciting takeaways of this election year is the hope that we may be finally having a president who understands the power of technology for engaging people, and possibly for applying it for the services of good, besides things like Project Echelon, FISA and black ops projects.

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A New Beginning

obamaI never wanted to discuss politics here. But this is too important of a day in our short lives to just let the moment go by without leaving a footprint in my little world.

Now I can come out and say every penny of my campaign contribution towards the new president elect’s run was worth it, and I have been proven wrong in my theory that this country has a long way to go before electing somebody other than a white man as a president. I never thought that would be possible.

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IT@Home: Monitoring QNAP NAS with Nagios

Once I had a Nagios server set up running on my network, I was trying to figure what would be a good way to monitor the status of my QNAP TS-209 Pro NAS box. It seems there are two possibilities – one is to use the NRPE and Nagios plugins port available on Optware IPKG and the other is to go down the SNMP route using the net-snmp package available as a part of the same Optware system, and use it in combination with check_snmp Nagios plugin. Here is what I ended up doing.

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