Archive for July, 2008

Something to look out for (if you’re a Firefox user)

Mozilla Labs is working on weave, a nifty online service (with corresponding extension) for storing all of your Firefox settings on a central location. Something Google attempted with their BrowserSync and Opera already has for some time…

More info at

July 10, 2008 at 13:01 Leave a comment

iPhone coming to Belgium on July 11th (again)

Apple\'s iPhone 3G

UPDATE 08/07: Press conference @ Mobistar at 15:00

  • The phone *will* be available as of July 11th
  • This very same day, and as of midnight in the Mobistar shop located in the Avenue de Toison d’Or in Brussels. (Only) 250 devices will be for sale.
  • Mobistar was not allowed to show or demo the iPhone before July 11th
  • There will be a portal site which will be preinstalled on the device
  • The device will *not* SIM-locked, (… “but SIM-locking is not forbidden” according Mobistar)
  • The price turns out to be very high:
    8Gb model: black 525 EUR inc VAT
    16Gb model: black or white 615 EUR inc VAT
    Note that all these devices will be NOT SIM-locked, *without* Mobistar contract but with warranty and after-sales service.
  • Initially, there will be a limited no. of devices on stock and sales will be limited to 1 device per buyer.
  • There will be 4 special iPhone tariff-plans:
    1) 30 EUR inc VAT: 3 h communication or 300 SMS, 200 Mb data
    2) 45 EUR inc VAT: 6 h communication or 600 SMS, 500 Mb data
    3) 60 EUR inc VAT: 9 h communication or 900 SMS, 1 Gb data
    Minimal 24 month contracts
    4) Business: 25 EUR excl VAT 1h communication 1Gb data
  • As of July 11th, iTunes 7.7 will be available from Apple, needed to sync the device

UPDATE 04/07: Mobistar (the Belgian operator) announced tonight that the scheduled press meeting of July 4th (tomorrow) has been cancelled. The press meeting was supposed to inform us about the Belgian release date and prices. The given reason was that Mobistar hasn’t been able to get everything ready by tomorrow.

Exactly 706 years after the Flemish people won from the French invaders during the Guldensporenslag, Apple promises to release the much-hyped iPhone 3G in Belgium.

Mobistar logo

But… (there’s always one)… as far as we can see it will be sim-locked, and at this moment Mobistar will be the only provider selling this nifty piece of technology.

Check out Apple’s official release information at

What is all this going to cost ?

This is where it get’s cloudy. I spoke to an official Apple Store employee today, and she confirmed the cost would be around €200 for an 8Gb iPhone.


  1. Rumour goes however that we’r emore likely going to pay €499 for an 8 Gb model and up to €569 for the 16Gb model… This same source indicates that we’ll have to wait until September to get our hands on a new iPhone…
  2. The same source and a Mobistar reselleer confirmed that Mobistar will hold a Press Release this Friday July 4th (What’s the deal with all these Celebration days ??) on prices and availability.

July 8, 2008 at 14:00 Leave a comment

Movie Review: I am Legend

Will Smith and someone who needs to brush his teeth...

A couple of days ago I watched I Am Legend (directed by Francis Lawrence), which tells the story of a lone(ly) human which must survive in a world overrun with Vampires. While the core plot is simple, Will Smith does a great job bringing the feeling of utter-loneliness and slowly loosing your mind to the white screen.

He plays Robert Neville, the lone uninfected (and immune) human in NYC, who’s smart and determined, but whose sanity is starting to fray, even as he seeks to find a cure for the retrovirus that has wiped out 90% of humanity and turned most of the rest into bloodthirsty, light-fearing monsters.

The film has a somewhat “rushed” ending, which is unfortunate, but overall I liked the movie a lot and would rate it 8.5 out of 10.

Alternate Ending

The original book of Richard Matheson had a different ending than the one shown in the movie.

It’s not clear why (dissapointed viewers ? Will Smith leaking the ending ? or one of the vampires complaining :o)), but they shot a whole new alternate ending, which is available on the DVD release.

WARNING – SPOILER: Only look at this fragment if you have already seen the movie !

July 3, 2008 at 13:51 Leave a comment

Firefox usage rising

Firefox 3 RobotAccording to the latest browser version market share from Net Applications, Firefox usage is rising:

IE 7.0       46.45%
IE 6.0       26.38%
Firefox 2.0  16.13%
Safari 3.1    4.28%
Firefox 3.0   2.31%
Safari 3.0    1.15%

An interesting note though:

The release of Firefox 3.0 on June 17th was followed by rapid usage share gains, topping 4% worldwide. In the first hour after the effective release of the product, Firefox 3.0 gained 1% of worldwide share. Firefox 3.0 share gains came mostly from users upgrading from Firefox 2.0, while its overall usage share by grew about .4%, primarily at the expense of Internet Explorer.

Source: and

July 2, 2008 at 11:52 Leave a comment

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