Posts Tagged 'performance'

Back to the future – Nokia N95

Image showing the Nokia N95 with slide openedImage via Wikipedia

If you’ve been following this blog (and me) for a while you’d know I’m a huge fan of cell phones, very early adopter of new technologies and a massive user. My phone is my laptop away from home, and there are a lot of things I expect my phone to do. No compromises. I’ve been sporting the Nokia N95 since December 2007, shortly after is was introduced in Israel. Since then it has been a loyal companion mainly because of its overall package – it was, and still is, a powerful little gadget, despite its relatively weak CPU (only 332MHz):
3.5G phone with HSDPA, BT 2.0 (A2DP support), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), 2.6 inches 240×320 pixels 16M colors screen, Symbian OS 9.2, S60, Mini-USB port, 3.5mm headphones jack, internal GPS receiver, TV-out, 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss Optics and 30fps video quality – all packed in a dual slide 120g machine.

In July I participated in Nokia Israel’s campaign to launch the Nokia N97, during which I received a device for a 2 month period. My bottom-line of the N97 was ‘Big Leap, Small Step‘ – expressed my disappointment around Nokia’s ‘much-anticipated-iphone-killer’ device. Shortly after, in September, I deprived myself of sleep for 48 hours, ‘courtesy’ of Samsung Galaxy challenge – and I’ve been using the Android-based phone since early September.

Last Saturday, I decided to return to the N95, after over a month of massive Galaxy usage, that have left me both happy and pissed – not at the same time of course. The main reason for this ‘up/down-grade’ lies in the very definition of PDA – the device which most cellphones aspire to be nowadays: I use my phone’s messaging capabilities – typing SMS/emails/twitter, browsing – blogs and websites, multimedia – pictures and streaming video and navigation, among other things (like making calls). I also sync my contacts, to-dos and calendar with my laptop. The Galaxy, although very hip and cool (Hebrew link) – delayed me in some of these tasks rather than assisting me. Plus, Nokia PC-Suite is – hands down – THE BEST Mobile to PC software available today. Without it, I’d still be editing the CSV file of my 700+ contacts to import back to the N95.

I’ve learned 2 important things from this experience:

  1. When reviewing a device that is crucial to your daily work (cellphone, laptop are the examples jumping to mind) – own them at least a month before making a decision.
  2. Cellphone vendors (Nokia, SE, Samsung, LG, HTC, Apple, Palm, etc): Battery life and CPU. Those are the (new) important properties (for me at least) when making a decision. Android Market is amazing – too bad the Galaxy CPU can’t handle all that potential.

Bottom-line, the Nokia N95 that was released March 2007 may be a step backwards compared to the current stock, but for me – it’s more of ‘Back to the Future’.

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Car Review: Alfa Romeo MiTo

We had 16 hours together, less than a day, but it was more than enough to make the (un)conscious decision – I want one! And if I had 150k NIS (35K US$), I’d buy it in a heart beat. Because when it comes to hot hatchbacks, the Alfa Romeo MiTo is unique and different.

My 16 hours with Alfa’s new hot 3-door began some 2 weeks ago, with an innocent twit, and little belief this will go through. After all, Israel is not the US, and while Ford gave bloggers the new Flex + gas, Israel is 12-18 months behind when it comes to social media adoption, especially in the B2B arena, but gaining ground fast. Nir Ben-Shlomo, Alfa Romeo Israel Brand Manager contacted me several hours after my twit, and we set up this first blogger car review in Israel.

The MiTo (Milano-Torino) is a sexy car, attracting attention where-ever you go. On the highway, in traffic, people slowed down next to me just to get a quick glance at this beauty. Arriving to Orange parking was an event by itself, as people gathered around the car, eying it in every occasion. The curves of the Alfa reveal some of its sources, like the amazing 8C Competizione, especially in the front of the car.

True to the current trend of smaller and more economical engines, this MiTo has a 1.4L powerhouse, with a Turbo-charger for the added force. It’s not a Prius when it comes to fuel consumption, but still holds its own in CO2 emissions, with 153 gr/km. The 1.4 Turbo-charged engine puts out 155 BHP and 169lb ft @ 3,000 RPM, transferred to the road via a 6-speed manual gearbox. With Alfa’s DNA system which control the steering wheel, suspension and Turbo – there’s power in every gear, starting from 2,000 RPM until the red line at 8,000. Acceleration to 60MPH is 8sec flat (quite fast), but the 60-90 and 80-120 are faster, thanks to the Turbo charger, kicking in at 2,500/3,000 RPMs, bringing the horizon faster to you.

Based on the Fiat Grande Punto, Alfa had their hands tied in some aspects, but the interior is usual Alfa style. There’s much beauty inside, and driving in one is a pure joy. The electric steering does a great job at the city, the gearbox stick falls right in your hand and all there’s left to do is lowering the windows and hear the music. Of the engine. The on-board sound system includes 8 speakers and MP3 support with steering wheel control, but I did miss a line-in input for iPods and MP3 players. There’s a 2-area climate control system and 9 airbags for safety. The back seat will house 2 adults, but not for long rides – leg room is just ok.

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is one small sexy car, with a great engine and handling capabilities. Packed with driving assistant systems and great interior it will give you the joy you need, in the city or outside.

Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4
ENGINE: 1368cc, four cylinders
POWER: 155bhp @ 5500rpm
TORQUE: 169 lb ft @ 3000rpm
TRANSMISSION: Six-speed manual
FUEL: 43.5mpg (combined)
CO2: 153g/km
ACCELERATION: 0-62mph: 8sec
TOP SPEED: 134mph

Photo album from the test drive
Videos of the test drive
MiTo car review at newsgeek (Hebrew)

20 Seconds

I’ve been using Lotus Notes 8.0.2 version for quite some time now, and only today have I downloaded the latest release, which includes Symphony 1.2 (instead of 1.1), as well as Sametime Primary Buddies plugin (pretty cool addon).
The latest release has really improved the start-up times, and my ThinkPad X60 (Intel Core Duo, T2400 @ 1.83GHz with 2GB RAM) machine loaded Lotus Notes 8.0.2 in 20 seconds. The CPU consumption has also decreased dramatically, to around 200MB (see screenshot).

Client’s faster, improved performance – nothing more to add really… :-))

Lotus sales up 7%; IBM revenue at $98.8B

IBM released its 4Q and full year results for 2007. You can tune in for Mark Loughridge remarks, SVP and CFO, over at Investor Relations website. A podcast is also available (24MB, mp3 format). Analyzing the Software business, we can see an increase across the board: Lotus sales in 4Q were up 7% compared to 2006, whereas the entire Software revenues in that period were up 12%, to $6.3B. IBM revenue in 4Q was $28.9B, up 10% Y/Y.

“IBM had a terrific fourth quarter and full year with record revenue, profit and cash. The broad scope of our global business — led by strong operational performance in Asia, Europe and emerging countries — as well as continued growth in services and software drove these outstanding results. As we begin 2008, IBM is well-positioned as a result of our global business reach, solid recurring revenue and profit streams, and strong financial position. We are on track to achieve our long-term earnings-per-share roadmap objective in 2010.” Samual J. Palmisano, IBM Chairman, President and CEO.

Obviously I can’t comment on my own country or region performance, other than saying we had a good year, both at Lotus and Software, landed some new customers, upgraded others. Our larger geography, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) was accountable for $10.8B in 4Q (+16%), and was the 2nd largest contributer to IBM’s full year results, with $34.7B (+14%).

You can read the complete press release at the site.

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