Archive for October, 2008

The Funny Side of Work Visas & Job Angst – Page 2

October 29, 2008

Prosperity

Mergers Layoffs

Dot-com workers of America, Unite!

Pink Slips

Nukees – Copyright © 1997 Darren Bleuel

Job Prospects for the Class of 2001 – Migrant Engineering Labor

Threat of Deportation
Say No! To H-1B Visas

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Mad Jack

Immigrant Enginners in – Citizens Out

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American Engineering Association

Why Did they Lay you Off?

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American Engineering Association

Shortage of American Engineers

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American Engineering Association

Trent Lott[o]

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Mad Jack

What Does Globalism Have to do With Anything?

H-1B Train
H-1Bs Leave for the U.S. Looking for Work

Aliens are Not Pets!

Dot Com Workers: Where They Are Now?

High-Tech Braceros

Hunt For Foreign Professionals

Deportation Hearing

Unemployment Offices – 1 millionth Customer

NAFTA crossed with a GATT = Cheap Labor

Exploring the New Global Economy

Globalization 3050 AD

U.S. Labor Law

Starvation Wages

Worker Pay Rates – China vs. U.S.A.

WTO, NAFTA slave ship

What’s Good for the UAW is Good for the Country

The Funny Side of Guest-Worker Visas, Globalism, & Job Angst

October 29, 2008
Superman Claims He is a Guest-Worker

Harvesters working the Silicon Valley
Multinational Corporate Pledge
U.S. Slave Labor Goods
U.S. Ecomony

Globalization Positioning System (GPS)

Nortel’s New Way to Downsize

CEO Outsourced to India – True Justice

Labor Day Celebration – In Mexico
Graduate of India Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) – Incredible Brain Power
Dilbert Project Manager – Graduate of India Institute of Technology (I.I.T.)

Three Stooges From Arizona
Starring Sen. John McCain as Moe
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) as Curly
Larry, played by Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)
Authors of the Largest Guest-Worker Amnesy Bill in the History of Mankind

Protest gainst Capitalist Communism
NAFTA Debate
Who Wants to be a Billionaire
If Your Illegal Alien Laborer Acts up – Call INS
Dibert and Outsourcing
Cutting Labor Costs

If you Liked NAFTA, You’re Gonna Luv CAFTA

George Bush – Job Terminator of 3 Million Jobs
Nike Growing Cotton 150 Years Ago
Globalization Theory
Class of 2002
I.T.anic – Thanks To the Programming Wisdom Center
Programmer then and Now – Thanks To the Programming Wisdom Center
H-1B Target: The American High Tech Worker
Cheap Labor Wanted

I Fired You

Stop Skool Standards

You Are Now Entering Mexico

Will Code HTML For Food

New Cubicles

U.S. Immigration Policy

American’s 21st Century Nuclear Defense Shield

Linda Chavez announced her Withdrawal from the Labor Secretary Position, and then her houseworkers were told to leave…

Visa Bill – Ghost of Christmas Past

Illegal Migrant Workers Needed

World Famous Men in One Single Artwork

October 23, 2008

Hyundai i20

October 20, 2008

Hyundai has officially lifted the lids on all new i20 at the ongoing paris auto show. i20 – part of Hyundai’s popular i-series is designed to meet the bigger rivals such as Honda Jazz, Ford Fiesta (Hatchback) and Skoda’s Fabia. “Engineers have driven the Ford Fiesta and Honda Jazz and the i20 aims to combine the best parts of these big sellers but without the premium price tag,” UK marketing director Andrew Cullis said.

Pictures of Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20: Designed with Europe in mind by Hyundai’s European Design Centre in Germany this new i20 is slightly longer and wider than the Getz. While the tear drop headlamps and large air dam reminds the i10, the twin crease on the bonnet and the bold chrome-topped grille flanked by piercing teardrop headlamps at the front gives the i20 an upmarket look. chunky standard-fit 16-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels The shoulder line that runs along the car ends in a distinct manner. Over it stacked are the swap around tail lamps. Similar to other i-series cars – i10 and i30, i20 also features ‘H’ boot lid. Overall the styling of the i20 is swanky and appealing.

Hyundai i20: is internationally available in four engines. Of these engines, the Indian i20 may come with 78bhp, 1.2-litre petrol emitting just 123g/km and a 1.4-litre turbodiesels. Both the engines is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai i20: Though the new i20 got a brand new chassis platform, Hyundai – Kia developed the i20 similar to their popular hatchback ceed. The height.of i20 is same as the ceed(1480mm) while increasing the other dimensions. With a wheelbase of 2525mm (70mm larger than the Getz) you would expect a roomy hatch.

Hyundai i20: Going by the history of Hyundai, the i20 will also come with a long list of features. Expect climate control, a powerful four-speaker radio, CD and MP3 audio system with integrated data display screen, a multi-function steering wheel, sun roof, height-adjustable driver seat, reach-and-rake adjustable steering wheel, keyless entry and electrically operated windows and side mirrors with the i20

Hyundai i20: The Hyundai i20’s five-seater gets 60:40 split flat-folding rear bench with a low lip for easy loading into the 295-litre rear loadbay. I20 also offers numerous intelligently positioned interior storage spaces including a large cooled passenger glovebox and two cupholders.

Hyundai i20: At the front, i20 features MacPherson strut and at the rear it gets torsion beam suspension that are tuned to deliver the taut ride quality. Hyundai claims the new rack and pinion steering setup has also been tuned to deliver quick and accurate responses resulting in excellent urban agility.

Hyundai i20: Built on an all-new platform i20 will replace the ageing Getz hatchback in western countries. However in India i20 will co-exist with getz and expected to be priced between Rs5-6 lakhs. Launch of this i20 will happen sometime in November.

Comics: laugh away

October 20, 2008

Not planned your tax investments yet?

October 20, 2008
During the month of October, most offices circulate an investment declaration form. This form asks the salaried individuals to list out investments, premiums paid for medical insurance and interest payout on housing loan that have either been made or will be made during the financial year 2008-09. Accordingly, companies make provisions to deduct taxes.

However, it has been noticed that many fill this form without having any actual idea about investments they will make and how. And then there is a last-minute scramble to invest to save tax in the month of February or even March. “This is why tax-saving products such as equity-linked saving schemes and unit-linked insurance product have the highest sales in the month of March,” says Vikas Vasal, executive director, KPMG.

According to him, since most people do not realise the importance of planning taxes at the start of the year, they end up stressing their finances at the very last moment. Tax planning needs to be taken care of in the very beginning of the financial year. For instance, if you were to invest Rs 1 lakh in instruments listed under the Section 80C of the Income Tax Act over a year, the monthly outgo is Rs 8,333 a month. And even if you have delayed it till now, starting in October when there are six months still to go, there is a good chance that the planning will be done better.

Equity-Linked Saving Schemes: Over the long term, equity as an asset class does much better compared to other tax-saving instruments. But to get the maximum returns, investments need to be done regularly through the systematic investment plan. The biggest mistake investors make is they put the entire money at one go in March.

As the equity markets are doing quite badly now, investors could enter the market now to get more units. “If the taxpayer invests in ELSS through an SIP, the investment will not only give him more units, but also preserve the actual value of his investments, in case the markets witness a similar turmoil in the future,” says Sajag Sanghavi, a certified financial planner.

Public Provident Fund: Financial planners say that among all the debt-based options available, Public Provident Fund is the best investment avenue. A PPF account gives flat 8 per cent returns on the investment. But the interest is paid between the dates 1 and 4 of every month.

So it makes sense to invest in the early part of every month to earn optimum interest. In fact, instead of putting the entire money at the year-end in March, if there are enough funds, you should invest the upper limit of Rs 70,000 in the beginning of the financial year in April. This way, the money earns interest for the entire year.

What makes PPF even more attractive is that the returns are completely tax-free. The first tenure for a PPF can last for 15 years. It can be further renewed thrice for five months. But the maximum investment allowed in PPF is Rs 70,000 every year.

Housing Loan: This comes under Section 24, where you get benefit on the interest payout up to a limit of Rs 100,000. The principal payout gets benefits under Section 80C up to Rs 100,000. However, in the latter case, the total tax benefit that is available is Rs 100,000 across all the instruments like contribution to company provident fund, contribution to PPF, life insurance premium, NSC and others. In case, the home loan is taken for a second house, the taxpayer is allowed deductions for the entire interest amount.

Others: The other instruments that come under the Section 80C declaration include bank deposits for five years or more and National Savings Certificates. Taxpayers can also claim deductions for children’s fees up to Rs 12,000 per child, for a maximum of two children.

Historic pictures of India

October 17, 2008

Mahatma Gandhi and Jinnah in a heated conversation. A well-known photograph recently attributed to Kulwant Roy.

Gandhi and Jinnah in a heated conversation. A well-known photograph recently attributed to Kulwant Roy


String serenade

Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the press in Delhi in 1947, shortly before Independence

Nation Maker
Jinnah, sitting on a sofa like a modern potentate, surveys the scene from atop a truck at a procession in Allahabad in the 1940s, during a Muslim League session

Jinnah, sitting on a sofa like a modern potentate, surveys the scene from atop a truck at a procession in Allahabad in the 1940s, during a Muslim League session

Breadwinners
Workers gather to collect their wages from a ‘pay van’, as it was called, at the Bhakra Nangal project area in the 1950s

Workers gather to collect their wages from a 'pay van', as it was called, at the Bhakra Nangal project area in the 1950s

Tons Of Joy
Wrestling champ ‘Daula’ pins down his English adversary ‘Clark’, to the patent dismay of the referee, at a fundraiser for the Lahore Warplanes Fund, the Police Spitfire Fund and the Minto Park Fund, in Lahore in the late 1930s

Wrestling champ Daula pins down his English adversary Clark

Talks For Merger
Sardar Patel and the Maharaja of Patiala confer during a meeting of the Phulkian Union, an umbrella body of princely states, in Patiala, shortly after Independence

Gandhi and Jinnah in a heated conversation

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru walk to a Congress meeting while Sardar Patel is pulled alongside in a rickshaw. Roy’s access provided him with ample opportunities for informal photographs.


Nehru with his grandson, Rajiv Gandhi, and his daughter, Indira Gandhi, in an undated photo from the Kulwant Roy Collection. (Aditya Arya Archives, Kulwant Roy Collection )

Samsung Innov8 (i8510)

October 14, 2008

Introduction

The Samsung Innov8 (i8510), a top of the range S60 handset in a slider form factor, was announced in late July. With an 8 megapixel camera (which gives the phone its name), 16GB of onboard flash memory, 2.8 inch screen, integrated GPS, accelerometer, optical senor and comprehensive software package it is, arguably, the new super-phone – the best specified device currently announced. Nokia’s high end Nseries devices will finally be facing some serious competition; the INNOV8, positioned at the top end of the market with an estimated launch price upwards of £500, will be facing off against Nokia high-end Nseries devices such as the N95 8GB and N96.

The INNOV8 which we spent time with at one of Samsung’s offices was a pre-production model. While major hardware changes are unlikely, there will be software revisions before the retail release. You should bear this in mind when reading this preview.

Samsung Innov8 (i8510)

General Design and Hardware

At 106.5 x 53.9 x 17.2mm, the INNOV8 is obviously a large phone. Cameras are often the limiting factor in phone size so it’s no surprise that the INNOV8 is at the top end of the size range. Despite this, it does compare quite favourably with the Nokia N96 (103 x 55 x 20mm) and the Nokia N95 8GB (99 x 53 x 21mm), particularly in the all important thickness department. However, with the slide open, the INNOV8 is longer than the N95 and N96, which means that moving between the numeric keypad and control cluster can be awkward, especially for those with smaller hands. On the flip side this does mean there is more space for the numeric keypad, which feels less cramped than those found on the N95 and N96.

Click to download or enlarge the comparisons below:

i8510 versus N95 n95 i8510 side by side

In style terms, the INNOV8 follows a similar path to some of Samsung’s other bestsellers. The INNOV8 is made up of a mixture of metallic and plastic materials with an emphasis on black with silver highlights. Those looking to move over from Nokia devices will find a very different design language. In essence, I would say that Nokia has recently focussed on more simplistic, organic designs, whereas Samsung looks more engineered and feels more mechanical. Design is clearly a very subjective area and everyone will have their own preference, but the overall design and style of the INNOV8 is quite effective; the photos don’t really do it justice. Particularly welcome was the excellent build quality of the phone; the assisted slider felt very solid and there was little or no wobble in either the open or closed positions. Some of the buttons and controls on the side of the device were a little weak, but then we were looking at a prototype handset, after all.

The front of the device is dominated by the large 2.8 inch screen which sits just beneath the front camera and light sensor (used to adjust screen brightness). The screen is crisp and bright, it has support for 16 million colours, which brings the best out in photographs displayed on screen. The QVGA resolution will disappoint some, but is not a surprise given that this is the standard for current S60 phones. If you look carefully, it is possible, as with other large QVGA screens, to pick out individuals pixels, but this is largely offset by the excellent screen brightness. Visibility in bright light was similar to that of the Nokia N95 8GB, i.e. not bad.

Below the screen is the main control cluster. The silver flanking keys are the S60 and Gallery shortcut keys respectively. The large D-pad includes an interesting innovation – an optical sensor. This is the equivalent of a track pad on a laptop. In the UI and in most applications, this is used as an equivalent to the surrounding direction keys – moving a finger left or right across the sensor is the same as pressing left or right on the D-pad. This does take a little getting used to, and pressing the d-pad in can sometimes be confused with a direction movement. But the sensor is surprisingly accurate and there are sensitivity options in the phone’s settings (or you can turn it off completely). However, the optical sensor really stands out in Web, where it is used as a ‘mouse’. It makes it much easier to select links than using the D-pad and also allows you to move around the page (scroll) more quickly. It goes at least part of the way to evening the difference between touch and non-touch screen browsing experiences. The numeric keypad is a single piece of flat metallic material and each key is reasonably large and has good tactile feedback, so text entry speeds should be fairly decent. There are two customisable shortcut keys at the top of the keypad, which map to RealPlayer and Music player by default.

(As usual, click photos to enlarge or download:)

Innov8 from the front keypad

On the left hand side of the device, from top to bottom, there is a volume rocker switch, 3.5mm audio jack and microUSB port (no more proprietary connectors, as on earlier devices, thankfully). The positioning of the audio jack port, the same as on the N95, is not ideal, as it can lead to tangles, but its very presence is welcome. The microUSB port is also used as the power port. This means that the INNOV8, like other Samsung S60 devices, will charge while connected to a computer. On the right hand side of the device, from top to bottom, there is a three way camera mode slide key, the microSD card slot (theoretically supporting cards up to 16GB), and the camera capture key. The mode key switches between three possible options: camera (still images), video camera (videos) and review (album). Based on this switch, the Camera and Album applications will open or switch to the appropriate mode. This makes the INNOV8 feel more like an ordinary digital camera, although the switch may be a bit fiddly to operate one handed if you’re in a hurry.

Side innov8 left Innov8 right hand side

The back of the device is dominated by the 8 megapixel camera and its accompanying dual LED flash. A Xenon flash would have been better for still images, but that would have arguably added further to the cost. The camera is protected by a lens cover which automatically opens and closes with the Camera application. This is a very neat solution and is another obvious carry over from standalone digital cameras. Stereo speakers sit on either side of the camera housing; they put out a decent volume, but do face away from the user. A number of labels are found on the back of the device (WiFi, GPS, DLNA and DivX), which in my opinion are completely unnecessary and take something away from the sleek design.

Innov8 back

Inside, the INNOV8 has a generous 1200 mAh replaceable battery, which should get most users through a day of use. The INNOV8 has the full set of connectivity options: 3.5G (2100/900MHz), quad band GSM, WiFi, USB (2.0 Hi-speed) and Bluetooth (including A2DP and AVRCP profiles). Variants for other WCDMA bands have not been announced and would likely be dependent on an operator request. There’s 128 MB of RAM on board, with at least 70MB free after boot; this should be sufficient for all operations. There is a small amount of internal memory (tens of Megabytes – sorry all, we didn’t get an accurate reading here), but most data will be stored on the 16GB of internal flash (mass) memory (which looks like an extra memory card as far as the OS is concerned, just as on the Nokia N96).

Slider control

Camera

The headline feature of the INNOV8 is its 8 megapixel camera. However, it is not only the megapixel number that counts – it is the lens, sensor and software algorithms that largely dictate the performance of a camera phone. The INNOV8 makes use of Samsung’s new 8 megapixel sensor (also used in Sony Ericsson’s C905); this sensor is larger than that used in the current crop of 5 megapixel cameras. The resulting performance is very impressive; captured images have great detail, good colour accuracy and lower levels of noise than the current top-tier camera phones. Based on our initial impressions, the INNOV8 will be a serious contender for best cameraphone on the market and will out perform any of Nokia’s current Nseries.

While a high megapixel count is often partly driven by marketing concerns, it does mean there’s greater potential to down-size images to smaller resolutions. Down sizing does lose detail, but can also cut out artefacts and improve the overall perceived quality of the photo. 8 megapixels also means that you can crop images to show specific subjects and still retain high resolution for the cropped photos. This does give the INNOV8 something of an additional advantage over its 5 megapixels rivals. The INNOV8 had an impressively fast start up time, around 2 or 3 seconds, and shot time was good too. With that said, we’re going to have to wait for the retail version of the INNOV8 and a much more in-depth comparison before drawing any final conclusions about real world camera performance.

Detail

Sample (indoor) photo, taken on the INNOV8, click through to
download the original 8 megapixel image.

Detail

Viewing the above photo at nearly 1:1, this is the sort of detail that’s captured

Detail

Another sample (indoor) photo, taken on the INNOV8, click through to
download the original 8 megapixel image.

Rather than follow the S60 UI, the camera application takes its own approach. It looks similar to that found in other Samsung phones and to that in Samsung’s standalone digital camera range. This means that there will be a learning curve for some, but arguably gives a more camera-optimised experience. The INNOV8 camera application has two ways of controlling camera settings. The D-pad is used to access core functions such as macro-mode, self- timer and flash. The left soft key opens a menu which runs along the top of the screen and which gives access to the most commonly used settings. There are menu entries for shooting mode, scene mode (everything from landscape to beach scenes), capture resolution, white balance, effects and settings. ‘Shooting modes’ gives access to the usual single or multiple shot modes, but also has some extras including auto-panorama, mosaic shot and frame shot, but some of these can only be used in much lower resolution which rather decreases their value. More hidden away are the settings for contrast, sharpness, quality (JPEG encoding), ISO, geotagging, exposure centering and blink detection.

Camer app

Moving the camera mode slider one place to the right activates video camera mode. It has a similar layout to the stills camera mode, albeit with fewer settings. The INNOV8 can shoot video at VGA resolution at 30 frames per second or at QVGA at 120 frames per second. This latter, ‘slow motion’ mode provides some extra fun, though of course this is all done in the software. Video capture quality was good and a particular highlight was the ability to set an initial focus before commencing video capture (which makes for sharper video).

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The last camera mode activates the Album, which lets you review and, in the case of images, edit media captured by the camera. Album mode arranges media in a grid of images, with a single click bringing the image up in full screen mode. It is not as fancy as the Nseries carousel and may seem cumbersome with many media items, but it is an improvement over the standard Gallery application which is also present on the INNOV8. Although not directly accessible from the Album mode, you’ll find a licensed version of ArcSoft’s excellent image and video editing suite. Shozu, the multimedia upload software, is also pre-installed on the INNOV8. Taken together, this gives the INNOV8 a very strong suite of software for capturing, creating and publishing multimedia content on the device.

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Video, Music and Audio

The INNOV8’s Music player application is the same as that found on Nokia’s S60 phones: the music library broken down by Album, Artists, Genres and Composers and the Now Playing screen with music controls mapped to the D-pad. There’s also the usual on-device playlist editor, an adjustable equalizer and a number of visualisations. There are no dedicated music playback controls, as found on the upper slider on the N95 and N96, but remember that keypad shortcut key to Music Player, which helps to a degree for quick access. Outside of the music department, there is an FM radio with RDS support. Sound quality should be good; the INNOV8 has the same dedicated DSP chip as the i450 (amongst the best S60 devices for sound quality). Unfortunately, there is no Podcasting application because this is a custom Nokia application rather than being part of S60, a workaround is to use the Feeds feature of Web.

A first for a Samsung S60 device is support for DLNA (UPnP). This allows you to access UPnP media servers and download or play music over a WiFi network. In our time with the INNOV8, we weren’t able to test this functionality, but it is a welcome addition and we’ll cover its abilities in the full review.

Video playback is via RealPlayer. Supported formats include the usual suspects: H.263, H.264, MP4, 3GP, Real Video, but also WMV and DivX. We tested a WMV video and the frame rate was rather slow, but this is likely to be dramatically improved in the final version of the software. There’s no equivalent to Video Centre on the INNOV8, so you’ll either need to side-load content from a PC or download it directly from the Internet.

GPS and Mapping

The INNOV8 includes an integrated GPS with full support for assisted-GPS, which should give reasonably fast lock on times (although we were unable to directly test this in the prototype). There is a dedicated application, GPS+, for downloading the data needed for A-GPS, which is valid for 7 days. Previous S60 Samsung devices have had theoretical support for A-GPS, but didn’t always seem to work well, so hopefully the presence of a dedicated application will improve matters.

In addition to the standard S60 applications, GPS Data and Landmarks, the INNOV8 will ship with a Samsung-branded version of the GPS navigation software Route 66. The exact version you get will depend on the market and circumstances in which you buy the device. Some version may include a license for a single country while for others it may be necessary to download map data and buy a license. Also pre-installed are Google Maps and GyPSii. The latter is a mixture of location services and social media in a single application; it can be used to share your location with friends and search for uploaded media and points of interest around your current location.

Screenshot from INNOV8 Screenshot from INNOV8

Taken together, the mapping and location software bundle provides a decent out of the box feature set for GPS functions on the INNOV8. Samsung have taken an interesting approach here, bundling in third party software to provide a similar feature set to Nokia Maps. This should provide parity in the short term, but it may not be maintained as the web components of Nokia Maps come online in the future. Equally, Samsung’s strategy may evolve – it did announce its intention to develop its own service platform at MWC in Barcelona earlier this year.

Software

The INNOV8 is the second Samsung device, after the L870, to run S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. This brings a number of advantages, with the most obvious being greater customisation (more comprehensive themes and enhanced active standby), improved usability in the UI (tweaked layout, better multi-tasking, central softkey label, large picture caller ID, transitions) and application tweaks (unified message editor in Messaging, progressive downloads in Web). Feature Pack 2 has many more minor changes and also improves overall performance and battery life.

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Contacts, Calendar and Messaging provide the core PIM functionality and are accompanied by the rest of the standard S60 software suite. Web has support for WRT, Flash Lite 3 and a Samsung enhancement to support the optical sensor.

Screenshot from INNOV8 Web

Samsung have also started to provide a number of exclusive Samsung applications on top of the basic S60 platform package. We’ve already mentioned the customised Camera and Album application, but additional examples can be found on the INNOV8. There is a dictionary application (Collins CoBuild) which will come with a variety of dictionaries depending on the market. Team Manager lets you create additional information (e.g. conference call numbers) around contact groups. Checkit is an impressive list/to-do management application which has a diverse range of uses, from simple to-do lists through shopping lists, to storing notes on travel schedules. ‘Print OTG’ enables printing of images, contacts, messages and calendar via Bluetooth, and ‘Digital frame’ shows off a slideshow of images captured with the device via an ‘image river’.

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Samsung have also made the sensible decision to bundle a number of third party software titles with the INNOV8, providing significantly enhanced out of the box value. We’ve already mentioned Shozu, Video Editor, Samsung Mobile Navigator (Route 66), Google Maps and Gypsii. Others include S60 stalwarts Quickoffice (read only) and Adobe PDF reader, Google Mail and Google Search (in a dedicated Google folder with Google Maps), Zip manager, Smart reader (business card reader), Fring (instant messaging and VoIP), Asphalt3, Yahoo! Go, CNN, FIFA 08 and RoadSync. FIFA 08 and Asphault3 are full native Symbian applications, by the way – they look and play just like the same titles on Nokia’s N-Gage platform, albeit with the absence of the N-Gage Arena features. Please do note that this list is from the prototype device and there may be changes in the retail release.

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Conclusion

The INNOV8 may not seem as if it has any major innovations, but it is the first S60 device with an 8 megapixel camera and manages to pack in a host of other hardware and features – it is right at the top of the current generation of phone technology. Previous Samsung S60 devices like the i550 and G810 felt like they were catching up with Nseries devices already on the market. By contrast the INNOV8, which should ship before the N96, will be putting a nose in front. Assuming it gets operator uptake it should do well.

One of the things that struck me most about the INNOV8 is how quickly Samsung have evolved their S60 phones. The difference between the i520 and the INNOV8 is enormous. I suspect that, as we move into 2009, we’re going to see a lot more competition between Nokia and Samsung in the S60 space – and that can only be good for consumers.

It is impossible to provide a full assessment of a high device like the INNOV8 after an afternoon of hands-on time, but hopefully we’ve been able to give you a taste of this very impressive device. It should be out in the market by September and we’ll be revisiting the device before then in production hardware form, in a full multi-part review.

The INNOV8 looks set to become one of the most desirable phones for the second half of 2008 – apparently Steve’s beloved N95 8GB is already quaking in its case…

Samsung INNOV8

via: http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/reviews/item/Samsung_INNOV8-Hands-on_Preview.php

IT Terminology

October 13, 2008

* Project Manager is a person who thinks nine women can deliver a baby in one month.
* Developer is a person who thinks it will take 18 months to deliver a baby.
* Onsite Coordinator is one who thinks single woman can deliver nine babies in one month.
* Client is the one who doesn’t know why he wants a baby.
* Marketing Manager is a person who thinks he can deliver a baby even if no man and woman are available.
* Resource Optimization Team thinks they don’t need a man or woman; They’ll produce a child with zero resources.
* Documentation Team thinks they don’t care whether the child is delivered, they’ll just document 9 months.
* Quality Auditor is the person who is never happy with the PROCESS to produce a baby.
* Tester is a person who always tells that this is not the right baby.

The Great depression 2008 – stock market crash

October 13, 2008

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