September 2006 Archives
- Acrylic Case (Pictured)
- Hard Flip-Top Case
- Neoprene Holster
- Canvas Flip-Top Case (Pictured)
- Canvas Holster
- Sports Armband
- Slider Case
Nope, I', not suggesting that you go cozy with your gadgets and do the "jiggy" with it. What I'm trying to talk about here is that in order to make your gadgets work better and last longer, you need to KISS it (KISS = Keep It Simply Simple, or sometimes Keep It Simple Stupid!). As a veteran gadgeteer, I understand the "need" to constantly update the software of your laptop or PDA. As a new gadget comes along, the temptation to "test" each and every new programs on it is very strong -- only to have it un-installed after finding out that you don't need the program at all or worse, when you run out of space on your gadget. This problem is more pronounced on Windows laptops and Windows Mobile-based PDA.
Windows (be it Windows Mobile or Windows XP) has a registry and 99% of the programs installed onto it puts an entry on this registry. Once the registry is filled up, or worse gets corrupted, bad things happen. This is the reason why over time, a Windows-based laptop (or desktop for that matter) slows down over time. The slowdown is more often than not caused by cluttered a cluttered registry. A similar thing happens to Windows Mobile-based PDAs. When a simple clearing of its memory is not enough to speed things up, a hard reset is the only solution when things start to slow down. This symptom -- the slowdown of a system due to cluttered or corrupt registry is known as "bit rot" and to prevent "bit rot", just KISS your gadget!
PalmOS-based PDAs and OS X-based computers are also prone to problems caused by *not* KISSing them. Program incompatibilities and poorly coded programs causes system slowdown on PalmOS and OS X but such things does not happen as often as it does with their Windows-based brethren. For PalmOS devices, installing applications from dubious sources may cause it to do a hard reset spontaneously. As for OS X, some programs (shareware or freeware) may interact with other programs causing slow response time. Again to prevent system slowdown on your Palm and Mac computers, *all together now*, KISS your gadget! In my own personal experience, my gadgets are at their best when I keep them simple. My PDA has only few programs installed in it -- programs I really use and absolutely need -- a book reader (iSilo), a check balancing program (PocketQuicken), a shopping list program (HandyShopper), a "wallet" program (KeyRing) and a backup program (Resco Backup). With these in my Palm, I have a lot of spare room in my memory and my device (a Treo 650) is as stable as an oak... no problems with spontaneous resets, no headaches. The same is true with my Mac. I only keep essential programs in it like an office suite (NeoOffice), a GTD helper (TiddlyWiki) and the built-in OS X apps. Now I have less problems because I KISS my gadgets.
How about you? Are you willing to KISS your gadgets?
I'm Elber Cruz, known to some as driver ng bayan. I'm a freelance photographer, graphic designer, and writer. I'm also a boy scout, or so I've been told. I almost always have a flashlight, a multi-tool / utility knife, a pen, or some other thing that might be useful in a given situation.
Today marks the day I start blogging on Mobile Philippines. Being the geek that I am, I think that's a pretty nice birthday gift.
Yes, that's right - it's my birthday today.
One of the niggling problems of using Microsoft Windows is Microsoft's slow/delayed release of critical patches that plugs security holes that allow malware to easily enter a Windows machine. This allows hackers/crackers to be one step ahead of users in terms of protection against security vulnerabilities. In the past few months, there were a couple of "Zero-day vulnerabilities" that are malware (virus, spyware & trojans) released on the day a vulnerability is discovered.
But wonders of wonders, Microsoft was able to deploy a patch that prevents a program called FairUse4WM days after it was released. FairUse4WM is neither a malware nor a security vulnerability. FairUse4WM allows users to strip out the DRM of audio files (mostly music or MP3 files) and allows users who purchased these music to do whatever they want to do with their purchase.
This is a rather disturbing fact since they (Microsoft) prefer to delay legitimate fixes to their inherently flawed OS while they rush over themselves to release a "fix" when their DRM is in jeopardy. What I find really goofy about this is that Microsoft has stopped issuing security patches for "older" Windows versions making users of Windows 98, Windows ME and Windows NT fair game to crackers and botmasters while they have dedicated a team to work around the clock to counteract FairUse4DRM. Is DRM more important than user security? Do they prefer to have a secure DRM than a secure computing environment that is free from virus, spyware and trojans?
FYI: Microsoft releases patches for security vulnerabilities once a month -- a day now dubbed as 'Patch Tuesday'.