Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

Leopard VS Vista


Photo from engadget

Guys over at engadget compiled a great comparison table between the two OS on their out of the box features.  The final score of the duel, Leopard 45 and Vista 41.  Click here to check it out.


October 28, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Productivity, Review, Software | , | Leave a comment

Make Your Own Name Card

Bumped into two young chaps at the Web Wednesday HK event and they introduced me to their site over at http://www.deyey.com.  The site features an online name card design and sharing application which I find it pretty easy to use and extremely useful.  You can save your name card in three different formats – the small RGB format (591w x 378h pixels, RGB file), the large RGB format (1182w x 756h pixels, RGB file) and the large CMYK format (1252w x 828 pixels CMYK JPG file).  So click over there and check it out.


October 5, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Productivity, Software, Websites | | Leave a comment

How to Enlarge Your Gmail Capacity from 2.8GB to 28GB?

Mobile01 have this great article up, check it out here.  Really useful if you’re using gmail.

September 16, 2007 Posted by | Productivity, Software, Websites | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Getting in Sync, Part 2


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week, I’m looking at getting files in sync over multiple platforms. Click here for the link.

September 6, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Productivity, Websites | 1 Comment

Review – BandRich C100 7.2Mbps HSDPA 3.5G Modem

TweakTown had a very nice review out today on the BandRich C100 7.2Mbps HSDPA 3.5G Modem.  Link here.  The BandRich C100 supports EDGE/GPRS – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and Tri-band HSDPA/UMTS – 850/1900/2100 MHz.  Remember two weeks ago when I was shopping for a HSDPA 3.5G modem, I came across this modem from BandRich on ExpansysHK also but at that time, my preference was a USB modem, one that is compact and without the cables dangling all over the place, especially to use with my UMPC.  However, a compact modem do have some trade-offs.  As pointed out from one of my reader Tom today in the comments to the MITO MU108 3.5G HSDPA USB modem post, the MITO MU108 only supports UMTS 2100 band whereas the Merlin X950D 3G HSUPA\HSDPA 7.2 Mbps ExpressCard or in this case, the BandRich C100 both supports the Tri-band HSDPA/UMTS.  Nonetheless I would still opt for the compact size and here in Hong Kong, HSDPA/UMTS 2100 is good enough for me.  Price-wise, the MITO MU108 costs HK$1,680 and the BandRich, HK$2,380 on ExpansysHK.  To wrap this up, I’ve posted some pics on the BandRich C100 on Mobile01’s forum, demonstrating how the BandRich C100 links up with the notebook.



Connect via USB.  The C100 is clipped on to the top of the screen and connected via the USB cable to the USB port.


Connect via ExpressCard.  The C100 is connected via the ExpressCard slot.

[All photos from Mobile01’s forum post, BandLuxe C100 3.5G 無線網卡.]

September 5, 2007 Posted by | Accessories, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Productivity, Review | 5 Comments

My Gear Bag


Mitchell Oke from Gear Diary posted his My Gear Bag article two weeks ago and inspired me to do the same. Took me longer than I thought but here it is, My Gear Bag. Wonder what’s in yours.

Continue reading

September 2, 2007 Posted by | Accessories, Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, Mobility, My Gears, PocketPC, Productivity, Review, SONY, UMPC | , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Getting in Sync, Part 1


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week, I’m looking at the problems and solution in getting multiple devices and multiple email accounts in sync. Click here for the link.

August 28, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Mobility, Productivity, Websites | Leave a comment

Got a Domain and Hosted Exchange

If you noticed from the right side widget bar, our email address been changed to gadget@hkphooey.hk. Yes, we got our own domain name and the Microsoft Hosted Exchange this week and I’m just loving it. Imagine the hassle I have to go through in trying to get 1 desktop, 1 notebook, 1 UMPC and 2 PockerPC Phone in sync with my work desktop PC every day….now with the Hosted Exchange, I’m like a free man. Push email is another awesome invention and is another great Hosted Exchange features. If you wanna know more about Hosted Exchange, I just have the great intro article here from jkOnTheRun, Hosted Exchange 101: what is it and do you need it? (click to read)

Someone might ask, so what’s the cost? here’s the breakdown for reference.

Domain registration and subscription: HK$250/year (US$32)

Hosted Exchange: HK$88/month (US$11.3)

July 20, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, General, Microsoft, My Gears, Productivity, Software, Websites | | Leave a comment

Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami™ Is Finally Here!

From Origami Project Team Blog, we learned that the long-awaited Microsoft Reader upgrade is finally out, link for download here. According to Microsoft,

“Microsoft Reader has been enhanced to take advantage of the unique capabilities of UMPC devices.

With the Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami™ you get:

  • Innovative content support: Enjoy thousands of Owner Exclusive eBooks on any Microsoft Reader 2.0 or higher enabled device.
  • New touch screen navigation experience: Page turning and larger advanced navigation controls right at your fingertips!
  • Updated Audible support: Listen to your favorite audio books using Microsoft Reader technology.
  • Great on-screen readability: ClearType® display technology that makes text on screen crisper and easier to read than ever before. The rotate and resize features enable you to take full advantage of your Origami device in landscape and portrait modes.
  • Dynamic reading features: Enhance your texts with highlighting, bookmarks, notes, and drawings. Plus, you can view your annotations and rename or erase any of them at any time. The inking features make it easy to add rich handwritten notes and sketches to your books.
  • Great support for embedded graphics: Use the new pan and zoom feature to get a close-up view of graphics and pictures. Keep your zoomed view open on your desktop even as you page ahead in your book. “

July 11, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Microsoft, Mobility, Productivity, Software, UMPC | , , | Leave a comment

My Gear – Sony UX-27


With all the hype about UMPC, I finally took the plunge and bought the Sony UX-27 a couple days ago. Full specification here. Well, the spec is not truly what Microsoft termed as the true “origami” (UMPC), but it truly added mobility to my browsing/blogging/reading experience. The 4.5″ screen is one of the best I’ve seen so far in the market, Sony is so good at making these nice, sharp and crisp LCD screen. With 1G ram on board, not really too sluggish with the Vista Business OS. Weight wise, bit heavy after long use, but I tend to rest it on my legs when sitting, or on a table with its attachable stand. Loaded a very nice RSS reader, GreatNews, perfect for both English and Chinese RSS feeds and most important of all, it’s free. Highly recommended.

May 19, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Microsoft, Mobility, My Gears, Productivity, Review, Software, SONY, UMPC | , , | 2 Comments