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14 Sep. 2013 Posted by zenno in Travel Tip

Travel Tip: 3G Prepaid SIM in Maldives

Upon exiting the international arrival hall at Male Airport, turn to your left. You will find a Dhiraagu shop. I got a 3G Prepaid SIM Card + additional 4.5GB of data for a total of US$55.
Plugged it into a Huawei Mifi router and it more than lasted my 7 days stay - laptop surfing the internet + mobile phone messages + posting photos online. Speed was very decent, I got about 4 mbps in the resort we stayed in. Room wifi rates at the resort were around US$30 a day, although there was free wifi available at the main lobby and common pool area.

Info correct as of 2 March 2013.

3 Sep. 2013 Posted by zenno in Travel Tip

Travel Tip: 3G prepaid SIM in Bangkok, Thailand

If you are planning to get a 3G prepaid SIM card in Bangkok, it is hassle free. Once coming out of the arrival section, lookout for the AIS booth. 599 baht buys you a prepaid SIM card with 1GB data valid for 30 days and voice calls (subject to utilization and drawing down of your prepaid credits). You will be asked for the size of the SIM upon purchase and no photo ID is required.

1 Sep. 2013 Posted by zenno in Travel Tip

Travel Tip: 3G Prepaid SIM in Taipei, Taiwan

Sometime back I was in Taipei for holiday, I didn't want to pay for expensive data roaming charges and hotel wifi charges. I got a local prepaid SIM with 5 days of 3G unlimited Internet access for NT$350. The only caveat is, you need to have 2 photo IDs at the point of purchase as they need to verify both your photo IDs and register the SIM to your IDs.

30 Aug. 2013 Posted by zenno in Travel Tip

Travel Tip: USB Powerbanks

Having used many different power banks, most does not allow you to charge it and charge your phone at the same time. WIth the Sony CPF2LS Portable USB Charger - 7,000 mAh I can charge it and my 2 other USB devices all at once. This is especially useful when you are travelling with limited travel adaptors and limited time.

30 Aug. 2013 Posted by zenno in Travel Tip

Travel Tip: Carry less chargers

I am sure many of you would agree, that travelling these days with a bag full of gadgets and as many power adapters or chargers is a nightmare! Each time I travel for business, I leave the hotel in the morning and only get back late at night. I bring with me 2 mobile phones (sometimes another Blackberry), iPad, 2 power banks and 1 laptop.

11 Jul. 2011 Posted by zenno in iOS

App Review: Atomic Web Browser iPad/iPhone app

Atomic Web Browser iPad/iPhone screenshots

I started out with the Perfect Web Browser on my iPad, but then I saw Atomic Web Browser one day and decided to give it a try since Perfect Web Browser was crashing on my occasionally. Atomic Web Browser has more features than Perfect Web Browser, it supported Tabs, Gestures, Privacy Mode, has a nice bookmark organizer, store pages for offline reading, identify as a different browser and support ad blocks that you can define which sites to block. More importantly it handled sites that are graphics intensive better than Perfect Web Browser.

11 Jul. 2011 Posted by zenno in iOS

App Review: Perfect Web Browser iPad

Perfect Web Browser for iPad screenshots

I didn't like Mobile Safari, each time I switch windows the contents of the page would randomly reloads and most sites detected it as a mobile browser. I was introduced to Perfect Web Browser for iPad. There are some really cool features like tabs, privacy mode, gestures to switch tabs, popup blocker and block all images. What I was attracted to initially was the ability to make Perfect Web Browser look like a desktop browser such as Firefox or IE to the website.

22 Jun. 2011 Posted by zenno in iOS

App Review: PocketCloud iPhone/iPad

PocketCloud for iPhone/iPad screenshots

I was actually quite happy with iSSH as it served almost 90% of my needs. When I saw PocketCloud, I was thinking I could use it to remotely access my laptop. It was more a want then a need, basically I was itching to try RDP over 3G. Also to pipe audio from a remote computer to my iPad.

I am now US$14.99 poorer, but maybe a little wiser. PocketCloud is really a neat app, its just that because my needs were more with SSH and VNC, this didn't fulfill more than 50% of my needs.

22 Jun. 2011 Posted by zenno in iOS

App Review: iSSH iPhone/iPad

iSSH for iPhone/iPad screenshots

This was the first app I bought once I got my iPad. I've been using this for the past 1.5 years and I find it an indespensible tool for a system administrator.

iSSH has some key features that attracted me to shell out US$9.99 for it. SSH, VNC, XServer, Telnet, SSH Keys Support and works the same on iPhone and iPad.

After you have installed and made the necessary security configurations, when you next lauch it you will be prompted for a PIN. This is good to keep prying eyes or kids off from your servers.

21 Jun. 2011 Posted by zenno in Android

App Review: Bria Android

Bria for Android Screenshots

There are plenty of nice iPhone apps, Bria on the iPhone was a joy to use, it just worked! I began my search for android apps for VOIP. There are plenty of VOIP android apps that do they same thing, but the challenge was the find the best apps for this purpose, thus my journey began... choosing the right paid VOIP apps mean you needed to know what the competition could do, this became an expensive exercise.