What started as an awareness raising and ethnographic styled walk through Sierra Leone, this site now details the encounters of a not so academic academic who spends more time occupying Wall Street and squats than a university...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A day in the life.

So I am trying a little experiment using google docs in an effort both not to lose my work so quickly, and also in respect to the idea of use this format while I am in Sierra Leone (as you can see by the formats on this post, the experiment didn't go so well). Who knows what could happen over three months time out on my own in every corner of Sierra Leone.  It would be a travesty if I have a lot of things written and saved on the computer and then something happens to the computer and everything is then gone!!  So I will be trying to work with google docs a bit to see if it could be an avenue worth using.  So I’m writing this there first, and then will copy paste into the blogger program.

Yesterday seemed to be a fairly progressive day.  I spent a good deal of time on the phone with my father (technology advisor).  We were trying to talk through the computer and phone set up that I will use there.  I put another email in to “Cyril”, my contact with Zain telecom in Sierra Leone, asking what seems like the last substantial question.  He recommended a Nokia N series phone for internet browsing there, and my question is; is this if I want to have internet capabilities on my phone, as opposed to on my computer via my phone?  Basically, can any phone plug into a computer and connect it to the Internet?  All phones need to have the right SIM card (smart chip) configuration - which they can easily do there - but do I need to spend $400 on a smart phone that does all the same things as a computer or can a regular phone let me just use the computer for my needs?  Zain also has the modem that you plug into the computer and connect from there.  I just don’t want to spend money I don’t have.  At the same time though, I have to go prepared for all or I might get nothing.  Tricky.  

Ideally, should money not be an issue, I’d get both, but this is not the loosest budget out there!!  lol.  There is always the old option of just a smart phone and a keyboard, but fact is, I need a computer.  I need it now, and after no matter what, so I have to start here.  I was looking at the number of posts I have had and since my computer died, my posts and productivity has dropped a lot.  I can’t have that happen, need to keep pushing.  So the computer has to be purchased.  

My father and I have for months been talking about the ASUS Eee netbook and honed in on more specifics.  He did some research after the conversation and he sent me the specs on one that seems to match the criteria:

Asus Eee PC 1001PX-MU27-BK Seashell 10.1 inch Atom N450/ 1GB/ 160GB/ Windows 7 Starter Netbook Computer

   * Mfr Part Number: 1001PX-MU27-BK
   * Processor: Intel Atom N450 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2 Cache)
   * Memory: 1GB DDR2 SODIMM memory, Max Capacity upto 2GB
   * Display: 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) Non-Glare Screen LCD w/ LED-backlit
   * Graphics Module: Integrated Graphics Controller
   * Hard Disk: 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
   * Audio: Integrated Hi-Definition Audio CODEC; Built-in Speakers and Microphone
   * Connectivity: Fast Ethernet; 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
   * Interface: 2x USB 2.0 Ports; 1x VGA Port; 1x RJ45 LAN Port; 1x Microphone-in; 1x Headphone-out
   * Card Reader: 3-in-1 Card Reader, Support MMC/ SD/ SDHC
   * Camera: Built-in 0.3 Megapixel Camera
   * Battery Pack & life: 6 cells Lithium Battery, upto 9 hours
   * Color: Black
   * Dimension(WxDxH): 262 x 178 x 25.9 ~ 36.5 mm
   * Weight: 1.27 kg
   * Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter

I had seen longer battery life, and a better webcam, but as he said: “there are going to be trade offs and balances” and 1.27 kg is one fabulous trade off.  That’s 2.8 pounds with a 9 hour battery.  Those two are really my key concerns (as well as temperature) and I think this machine will do a good job with those key concerns.  I saw online that bluetooth was optional for this machine, and that would be something I would need to try to get if it isnt’ already included, but otherwise this looks pretty good.

The one discussion that we did have that is a bit disappointing was regarding the operating system.  I would like to use Linux as it is open source and thus much more in tune with my ideals.  There are however legitimate concerns over whether a phone’s software package would work with Linux, so this may not be an option at this time.  I will however be running through the city tomorrow and perhaps will look for a Nokia store to ask a few questions.  It may be easier to get answers from them than Sierra Leone as the questions are more technical than country specific.    

So there you have it, that was yesterday.  Close to solidifying another item.  As for this google docs experiment, my web browser has crashed twice in the writing of this and the doc was still there.  So that’s good, but how quickly does it auto save??  If I erase all now will I loose it??  Experimenting...  NO!!!  I won’t, I just deleted it and let the auto save do its thing, but I still was able to use the back arrow.  Why can’t google do that for its Blogger software just as it does it for this software?  Hmmm... the world is of course a mystery after all...

Whooopss... something seems to not be working so well with the copy pasting and formats from google docs... pictures are not going in right, and font is off at spots... I wrote this post in less than an hour, and its been another hour plus just to get it into blogger with pics... wasted time... and now I'm late...

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