My G1 is here and it's actually fairly good.

My T-Mobile G1 got here yesterday night and I have to say it's pretty good. First of all, it's very easy to use, much more than the iPhone and such. The iPhone is still prettier and have some (minor) advantages. Second, the phone is fast and gives you options for everything. On the minus side two things stand out. The main one is bluetooth. As with the iPhone it seems to be only to connect a wireless headset for calls, no Stereo streaming of music. That combined with the non standard jack for the headphones is, frankly, pretty crappy. The second point is the market, it is pretty sad. The applications are all free, but there is very little that is great. There seem to be no easy way to download and play podcasts on this thing...


The best review of reviews (and the G1)

I am calling out a lot of favors in an attempt to get my G1 in my hands by Monday. I am reading every single review I can find. But this got to be the best review not only of the G1, but of reviews!


Jeremy Clarkson: That Motorcycle will kill you

Since I started to ride a Motorcycle to work I am curious about articles about Motorbikes. The genius that is Jeremy Clarkson has written the best article possible. I know what you will say Alfredo, you have a scooter... a moped! Not a Motorcycle!". Well, yes, but that's what Jeremy rode too! (except his was an Italian Vespa, while I have a Chinese scooter with similar advantages). Some choice quotes:
Imagining that you can ride a bike because you can drive a car is like imagining you can swallow-dive off a 90ft cliff because you can play table tennis.

I also liked the idea of a Vespa because most bikes are Japanese. This means they are extremely reliable so you cannot avoid a fatal crash by simply breaking down. This is entirely possible on a Vespa because it is made in Italy.

What’s more, because the heavy engine is on the right, the bike likes turning right much more than it likes turning left. This means that in all left-handed bends, you will be killed.



No electric power in Venezuela is the norm now

For over a hundred years electric power to Caracas was provided by a private company. It has had its ups and downs and its problems like any other third world electrical company. A few years ago it was taken over by a US company and things improved fairly quickly, though there were local problems, the number was wide and far appart. Until Hugo Chavez' government took over...

After paying millions of dollars to the US company (yes, the imperial companies get compensation in this is stupid revolution), the government took over. Now, blackouts are regular (about once a week) and big scale, prompting protests against a increasingly unpopular government that forbids protest to be reported. How stupid is it for an incompetent government to want to have more responsabilities in the eyes of the voters?. I am writing this during one of the blackouts. I bought a UPS the moment Chavez started talking of nationalizing. Whoever thinks that governments can run anything is deluding themselves. Government is not the solution... government is the problem. The more power they have, the more they fucked up private citizens lives.


It's time to go to the future... Again

The new Macbooks do not have firewire... The pro only has Firewire 800. How are you going to connect your video camera? Apple is telling you to go to the future... Again. Because Apple lied to you... Again.


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