Category Archives: Mobile Entries

Samsung Omnia i900 – ROM Download & Upgrade

It’s almost been 4 days since I’ve installed the new ROM which I stumbled upon Samsung’s Site. The first impression I got was a smoother running interface and secondly an improved battery life! The Keyboard selector does not hang like per before. Then again, the sluggishness could have been due to the fact that I might have overloaded my Omnia previously with all sorts of program which I wanted to test out. For this new ROM, I only installed back what I use as per what is stated at http://www.ourplaypen.com/2008/10/13/samsung-omnia-i900/

The battery level improved drastically especially under normal usage levels. I use the phone to receive and make business calls so you can expect pretty “heavy” usage. The battery level you would be surprise is still remaining at 100% and it’s already 6:47pm granted that its been pretty quiet over the last hour or two 😉 Normally under the same circumstances, I would have had to re-charge the phone already. But having said that… if the phone is used for heavy GPS or GPRS usage as well as games, the battery level does come down… then again.. shouldn’t it ? Everything uses power esp transmissions. Using the Internet Sharing to surf via 3G+ shouldn’t be a concern as the USB cable will charge the phone at the same time. Using WMWiiRouter as a wireless hotspot is a different case because both the WIFI and GPRS is running concurrently. All in all, I’m happy with the battery level for this new ROM and I would recommend it to those of you who are complaining of short battery durations.

You may download your own ROM from http://www.samsungmobile.com/promotion/omnia/index.jsp. Upgrade your phone today if you haven’t done so already. You’ll notice a marked improvement in the performance of your phone.

Samsung Omnia i900

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog… but then again it has also been a while since I bought myself a new phone. Well actually, it has only been 1 year since my last phone purchase, a Nokia 6300 but what was more important in shaping my decision to get a new phone was the fact that my PDA (HP iPAX rx3715) was due for a change after having served me for many years.

After having had 3 weeks to play with my new Samsung Omnia i900, I’m glad to report back that its money worth spending even though I paid a hefty RM2800 for my unit. This does not include the new bluetooth headset I just purchased since my Ericsson one gives up on me after receiving/making 1 call after each charge. I also just purchased myself a cool car handsfree kit that helps me hold my Omnia when I’m driving and navigating with the cool GPS.

I’m sure a few of you would be wondering why I said the purchase was worth it? Well… since I consider myself as one of those “power” users instead of a “basic” user, I think the purchase was worth it. If you’re a basic user then I don’t think this phone is for you. Why? Coz apart from the Chic Factor, you’ll be under utilising a lot of the phone’s powerful features. For starters, I currently use the phone for the following tasks:

  • As a Phone (Duh)
  • As a Modem (Connected to Maxis 3G – HSDPA) for true internet mobility
  • As a PDA – Organiser (Calendar, Tasks, Notes & etc)
  • As a truly mobile platform for retrieval of Emails, SMS, & Immediate Notifications
  • As a tool to avoid boredom (yeah games & puzzles)
  • As a tool to stay connected? Oh yeah I mentioned that… to surf facebook & avantgo & various news sites
  • As a GPS Navigator to help me get to where I want to be quickly without wasting petrol
  • As a camera to take nice pictures and videos as and when needed
  • As a Pen Drive (Storage)
  • As a Media Player (Songs & PodCasts)
  • A 3G Video Calling Phone… (No I haven’t used this yet… need to try it out with someone who has a 3G capable phone)

As can be seen, I am fully utilising and enjoying this phone. Basically, for RM2800, I got myself a Phone, a PDA, a Camera and a GPS device. If you add all of them up… I’m sure the cost will be around there if not more. Plus having all these features in one cool looking devide is just the way to go.

Why Samsung Onmia ? Well, first of all I didn’t hessitate to try out Samsung although I’ve never tried Samsungs before. But since I did have my HP PDA which utilises Windows Mobile, I was more or less already comfortable with the operating system. Learning how to use the unit took only a fraction of the time. What took the most time was the configuration and messing around with the system. yeah 3 weeks in total… and still messing…

Here’s a list of programs which I have installed onto my device which I strongly recommend to owners of the Omnia (listed not in any particular order of preference) :

  1. S2U2 (Slide2Unlock2) – http://slide-2-unlock.en.softonic.com/pocketpc
  2. Microsoft Voice Command – http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/downloads/microsoft/about-voice-command.mspx
  3. SPB Mobile Shell – http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/mobileshell/?en
  4. SPB Time – http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/time/?en
  5. fring – http://www.fring.com/
  6. Garmin Mobile TX (GPS Software) with Malsingmaps – http://www.garmin.com & http://www.malsingmaps.com / http://www.malfreemaps.com
  7. Resco Keyboard PRO v5.11  – http://resco.net/pocketpc/keyboard/default.asp (Helps speed up data entry… making it easier to type in stuff without using the stylus)
  8. WMWifiRouter – http://www.wmwifirouter.com

Other Programs which I have installed onto my unit:

  1. SPB Pocket Plus – http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/pocketplus/?en
  2. SPB Traveler – http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/traveler/?en
  3. SPB Pocket PC Tips & Tricks – http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/tipsandtricks/?en
  4. Games – SPB Games – Air Islands, Arkaball, Balltracker, Brain Evolution, Bubbles, Matches, Sudoku, Xonix & etc

I’m not writing a review on the unit here but basically just skimming on the surface as to what the Omnia can do. Do you think this phone suites you? For an indepth review on the Omnia, check it out at http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i900_omnia-review-267.php

 

 

Omnia connected via USB Notebook Online via Omnia Internet Sharing

SMS Control for Facebook

Judging from how popular Facebook is amongst my friends and being interested to see how easy it is to develop an application for Facebook, I have taken the opportunity to create an application which allows facebook users to update their STATUS messages without needing to be seated infront of their computer with an internet connection.

Users who install the application and carry out the mobile phone authentication verification will be able to use their Mobile Phones to update their status wherever they are.

For more information about SMS Control, please surf on over to http://apps.facebook.com/smscontrol/

Lion Dance without Fireworks

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Managed to capture this Lion dance at Imbi Palace restaurant during dim sum time. It really brought the festivity mood to all the customers there. Who says you need Fireworks to feel its Chinese New Year!?

hmm.. I wonder when they will be removing the ban on fireworks. Its a pity why the entire nation has to suffer just because kids are blowing themselves up by messing with the fireworks. Maybe they can have a new ruling by stating that only kids above 18 are allowed to purchase or play with fireworks. Well I’m still glad there hasn’t been any moon rockets flying into my porch over the past few years ;)  &@(*!*# stupid kids…

 Chinese New Year 2007 – Year of the Fire Boar

WebSMS2u Plugin

WordPress WebSMS2u Plugin Introduction

Tested with flying colors with WordPress Version 2.1


This WordPress Plugin was developed so that people with self hosted WordPress Blogs are able to integrate into their blog systems the ability to send SMS to a phone number as well as receive postings from users.

 

Features: 

  • Send SMS to any Phone Number or Multiple Phone Number (separated by commas, e.g. 601212345678,601912345678 will send to two numbers at once)
  • Send SMS to any telco provider as long as they are on WebSMS2u’s coverage list
  • Post Articles by sending in an SMS to your WebSMS2u account.
  • Control how received messages are authenticated and posted
  • Ability to send Normal or Unicode Messages
  • Use either SEND and RECEIVE functions individually or BOTH at the same time. It is up to you.
  • etc….

Requirements: 

  • WordPress installed on your host server (Unix/Linux Server)
  • Operating System follows WordPress’ requirement of a Unix / Linux Server.
  • A WebSMS2u.com Account Package.
  • Available credits if you need to send Outgoing Messages

 Plugin Downloading
Plugins can be adjusted and re-programmed by hackers or unscrupulous people to grab sensitive information like username and password settings. As such it is advised that copies of this Plugin be obtained only from WebSMS2u.com
This Plugin is downloadable and available at:
http://www.websms2u.com/docs/wp-websms2u.zip

Installation Instructions

  1. Unzip the Plugin Zip File.
  2. Upload the entire ‘wp-websms2u’ folder to your plugins folder (E.g ‘wp-content/plugins/’)
  3. All files should then be sitting on ‘wp-content/plugins/wp-websms2u/’
  4. Activate the plugin on the plugin screen of your WordPress Administration
  5. Proceed to the Options Screen to configure your websms2u options.

Configuration Settings
Once you have activated the Plugin from your WordPress Administration, proceed to the Options Screen to configure your wp-websms2u plugin.
The latest version of this plugin (Current Version: 1.1) has the following configurable options which are basically split up between Incoming Message Settings and Outgoing Message Settings

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wp-websms2u Plugin Options Screenshot

    Incoming Message Settings
    Allow Receiving of SMS Posts
    If you wish to allow or enable posting of articles to your blog, then you need to check this option. Only when this option is checked will posts be accepted via SMS to your WebSMS2u Account. If this option is selected, please ensure your WebSMS2u Account (Login Here) has been set to forward messages to the URL where your Plugin is at. (E.g. http://www.yoursite.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-websms2u/wp-websms2u-receive.php)     Allow anyone to post
    If this option is checked, that means anyone will be able to post to your blog. This is to control so that normal people will not be able to simply post to your blog unless they are registered users.Immediately Publish Posts
    As the name implies, checking this option will result in posts from SMS to be posted immediately. If this option is not checked, the status of the message is set as ‘Draft’ instead of ‘Publish’. This is a good way to ensure people do not post nonsense to your blog if you happen to allow anyone to post to your blog as per the option above.Default Post Title
    This will be the Default Title that is used for SMS posts unless the sender specifies a Title for the Post in his/her SMS. To define the post title from the SMS, the user simply has to enclose the TITLE in brackets [E.g. (THIS IS THE TITLE) The rest of the message will be in the body].
    SMS without specified TITLE in brackets will use the Default Post Title.
    Outgoing Message Settings
    Allow Sending of SMS to Mobile Checking this Option will open this service and option to people on your blog.
    Warning: You need to be careful of this option as Spammers can use this option to send Junk to your handphone at your expense. As all messages are charged to your WebSMS2u account, having a spammer hit your SMS sending page can quickly deplete your credits in your account. Please use this option at your own risk.     WebSMS2u Username
    If allow sending of SMS to Mobile is activated, you will need to enter your WebSMS2u.com Account here. This is used to authenticate the plugin with the WebSMS2u.com service to check if you are a valid user and whether your account has the required credits to send outgoing messages to your target number.WebSMS2u Password
    Just like your Username above, your WebSMS2u.com Account Password needs to be entered for authentication and sending purposes.SenderID
    Set the SenderID here so that the recipient of the message will see this as the Sender’s ID. Normally you might put your Blog’s name or your Name here to identify it. Please ensure that you adhere to the maximum 11 Alpha-Numeric Character limitation (or in the case of Numeric Characters Only, up to 16 characters maximum).

    Destination Number
    Set the Number of the Mobile Phone where you want all messages to be sent to. Ensure the number begins with the country code or messages might get lost. (For Malaysia, e.g. 601212345678 or 601912345678)

    Maximum Characters
    You can limit the number of characters per message where people are able to send to you. Each normal message has a 160 character limitation. Chinese or Unicode Messages has a 70 character limitation. You are able to set a maximum of up to Base Limitation multiplied by 3 (E.g. 160 x 3 = 480 characters for Normal Messages, 70 x 3 = 210 for Unicode Messages). Setting a maximum threshold level will mean people have the option to type up to the maximum level, but you will also be chargeable to a maximum of 3 credits depending of the length of the message.

How-to Use

Incoming Messages:

To use this option, all you have to do is (1) ACTIVATE and configure the Incoming Message Options and (2)point incoming messages sent to your WebSMS2u.com Account to your Plugin URL. Once those two things are done, all you need to do is send ‘SMS ‘ to the phone number 32355. To use this option, all you have to do is (1) ACTIVATE and configure the Incoming Message Options and (2)point incoming messages sent to your WebSMS2u.com Account to your Plugin URL. Once those two things are done, all you need to do is send � to the phone number .   

      Syntax for postings without Subject Title specified:
    SMS JOHN Hi how are you (Will send a message to John’s account with the message ‘Hi how are you’Syntax for postings with Subject Title specified:
    SMS JOHN (Greetings) Hi how are you (will send a message to John’s account with the message ‘Hi how are you’ along with the Title ‘Greetings’. Basically the plugin will recognise words in the brackets and treat it as the Post Title.

Outgoing Messages:

    To use this option, all you need to do is (1) ACTIVATE and configure this Outgoing Message Options and (2) Create a Post or a Page with the following syntax:

    [ wp_websms2u_form ]

    (without the spaces)

To use this option, all you have to do is (1) ACTIVATE and configure the Incoming Message Options and (2)point incoming messages sent to your WebSMS2u.com Account to your Plugin URL. Once those two things are done, all you need to do is send � to the phone number . 

Maxis lucky number – 888

As I was at KLCC for lunch on Monday 30th October 2006, I went to Maxis Center after lunch to check with them how to set my APN (Access Point Name) into my phone so that I can send posts (which was successfully done on Monday itself through sheer determination) via MMS to my blog.

There were 14 persons ahead of me and I had to wait approximately 30 mins or more to get to my turn. All I knew was that I had enough time to go down to the lower level’s toilet (where you don’t have to pay) at the Center Court and walk back up and stand around and wait till my legs grew tired. When it came up to my turn… I asked the staff there how I could set my phone up. He did some keying in onto my phone… then half way decided to give up and asked me to type in the Server Address to my phone myself (talk about good customer service eh) and decided to send off an email address to the URL. I’m like thinking to myself… what in the world are you doing? He finally gave up and asked me to call their Data Center which had a 1800 number. All this testing and all was completed within 5 mins or less. Now what in the world was I doing waiting in line for so long just to have someone try their “luck” in sending off a message when he apparantly did not even know what he was doing?

 Anyway I managed to call the 1800 number…. and a person called Jenny attended to me. All she could do was give me instructions on how to set up my GPRS and MMS settings on my Nokie phone. I wouldn’t say the information was useless because even though the instructions were not specific enough, talking to her made me aware of certain settings and possibility on the phone. Anyway I managed to twiddle with my phone and got the MMS sending to work! So thanks a lot Jenny. I owe you one and perhaps you also help saved many hours of my precious time.

So what’s the deal? Well… the whole point of this post (DUH… talk about long windedness) was that I got a waiting number slip (which I duly scribbled all over it while waiting and also while talking to Jenny) with the special number 888 ! Yes isn’t that the loveliest number you have ever seen? If you decide to go buy 3D or 4D with it and you happen to win, do share some of the winnings with me ok?

Here’s a picture of the Winning Number! hehe

 

Maxis

 

 

SMS Forwarding to Email

You have received the following Message From WebSMS2u.com SMS Forwarding ServiceTime: 2006-11-0109:06:22
From: 6012xxxxxxx
Text: THIS IS HOW YOUR POSTING WILL LOOK LIKE YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED USER. THE SYSTEM WILL TAG YOUR SMS AND SEND IT TO THE EMAIL PLUGIN
MessageID: 67601682
Shortcode: 32355
NOTICE: To stop receiving messages to your Email Address, you are advised to log into your WebSMS2u Account and change Email Address for the forwarding of received SMS Messages. If you believe you are not the intended recipient, then please forward this email to admin@websms2u.com so that we can take further action.

The above is a sample of how the WebSMS2u Forward to Email Feature + WordPress (wp-mail.php) will look.

How does it work?

 If you send a message to me by typing SMS OPP and send it to 32355, a copy of your message will be forwarded to my predefined forwarding email a/c in WebSMS2u.com. Once the wp-mail.php or any similar plugins are run. The email message is then grabbed from the email account and posted onto the blog here. As you can see the sender’s phone number is automatically grabbed from the sender so the messages will have to be edited if you don’t want the numbers to show. Don’t worry, I will edit the numbers off so for privacy reasons.

What are the requirements?

 If you want to test this feature on on my BLOG then you need the following:

  1. Ensure you are a Malaysian Handphone User
  2. If you are NOT a Malaysian Handphone User, you need to configure your SMSC into your phone to use any Malaysian Mobile Operator (see below on the example settings for Maxis)
  3. Send a message to me by sending to SMS OPP [MESSAGE].
    • Example: SMS OPP Hi how are you? This is a test message from Mr. Pinkie.
  4. Send the Message to 32355
  5. Wait for your message to be approved. Once approved, you should see it on the blog under Mobile Entries Category

COSTS NOTE: WebSMS2u.com charges RM0.30 per messages sent through the system. WebSMS2u.com also supports re-forwarding to an alternative mobile number (which is not activated in my case) so that I can be notified via my phone of incoming messages. Reforwarding of Messages will cost additional (ranges from RM0.11 to RM0.145 depending on how much you purchase the credits from)

If you want this feature for your wordpress a/c then you need the following:

  1. WordPress (and perhaps it will work for other email blogs too)
  2. Account with WebSMS2u.com
  3. Set up WebSMS2u.com to send copies of received messages to an Email
  4. Get your wp-mail.php or similar plugin to grab the emails and post them onto your blog

Optional: You can also use the wp-websms2u.php hack/plugin and get WebSMS2u.com to automatically connect to the script to automatically check, authenticate users and insert the SMS Content into your posts without having to go through forwarding to Email. – You will need to be hosting your own blog or find a wordpress blog that allows you to insert scripts/plugins.

 

Example Maxis Malaysia SMSC Settings – (Used to configure your phone only if you do not have a Malaysian Telco Line)

Message Center Number: +60120000015
Messages sent via: Text
Message Validity: Maximum Time
Default recipient number: (not defined)
Delivery Reports: No
Use GPRS: No
Reply via same centre: No

 

POSTING BY SMS

THIS IS SO AWESOME. THIS POSTING WORKS!

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The above sentence was posted via SMS by using the WebSMS2u.com SMS Inbox Forwarding service to my script here on WordPress!

How does it work? – All I had to do was send an SMS to 32355 which wrote “SMS OPP (Posting by SMS) This is so awesome. This posting works!

The forwarding engine at WebSMS2u.com identifies the message as belonging to my account (identifier being the word ‘OPP), and forwards the real content portion “(Posting by SMS) This is so awesome. This posting works!” to my script here. The script URL is up to me to set in my OPP WebSMS2u Account Manager but it basically points to my script here. Or it can be pointed elsewhere if needed for other purposes.

The wp-websms2u.php script sitting on Ourplaypen.com then which then breaks down the mesage into Subject and Text and enters the entry into my posts automatically.

The subject / category portion is determined by the words inbetween the (brackets) and the rest of the text following that is entered as text.

I have set the authentication to check against my userlist here so that only registered users are able to perform posts to my blog.