Monthly Archives: March 2008

Salon Pop

Salon Pop

Tues 03.04.08 – If you live or work or are within 25 miles of Long Beach and you don’t get your hair / nails / skin done at Salon Pop & Barber Shop, well then… you are missing out. Salon Pop is my hands down favorite in SoCal. Great folk / stylists: Nicole, Lesile, Beth, Eva, Billy, Sarah, Armando, and Chelsea. Great decor & music, and great prices for a full service cutting edge salon.
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N82 while sitting under a hair dryer while the purple & pink were cooking.

Urbanista Diaries: The Accessories

I still have three city photo essays to post for y’all: Goa, Mumbai, and Vienna; but unfortunately work has intruded. Darned work that I have to get done before I leave for SXSW on Thursday. In the meantime, while I was packing up The Box to send back to WOM World today, I wrote up my thoughts on the accessories that I took out on my leg of the Urbanista Diaries mobile adventure.
The Nokia Bluetooth Keyboard : Like it, but it takes a bit of practice to get the typing right. Even with practice, I will still making more typos than I would on a regular keyboard, of which part of that may be the bluetooth keyboard’s size and part of it may be the small screen of which I could not always see what I was typing. I had been looking into getting a bluetooth keyboard before the trip and using it to type a whole blog post to a photo rather than just a headline was very convenient. I used the keyboard to compose several posts to this blog via Lifeblog on the N82 and was quite happy with the results. The only thing that was a bit of a pain is that the keyboard was not automatically found by the N82 but I had to download software for the phone to run the keyboard.
Nokia BH-602 bluetooth headset: I really didn’t use this while in India, as I was not making a lot of calls. I did start to use it when I got home to try it out and other than the awkwardness of it being made for a bigger ear, I quite like it. It doesn’t fully stay on my ear and wiggles around a bit, but I do like the lack of wires. The sound quality is a bit fuzzy with some crackles. If the price were under $60, I would buy it. But given that it is over $100, I won’t be purchasing one.

The Proporta Charger
: This would have been a very handy accessory to have for the trip to recharge the phone batteries while on the go, as the phone would lose battery power about half way through every day of photos plus GPS plus Sports Tracker running. Only one problem with the Proporta Charger, it never worked. I got a gimpy charger that even when it was fully charged, it would not charge another device. I tried a number of times, Jay tried when he was in Chennai, and the Proporta was declared defective on arrival. Good thing I had my own Power Monkey with me and the Power Monkey ended up being the best and most used accessory of the trip.
Generation X Cell Antenna: Ok, they are small, cheap, and sticky, but it works. I put the cell antenna extender in one phone and had another one that I did not have an extender on and then would test both in multiple situations. The cell antenna extender worked to boost at least one bar for phone calls and improved data connections. For all of my friends who are complaining about the dropped calls on their iPhones, too bad that they can’t get into the battery compartment of the iPhone to add one of these little guys.
Nokia GPS Modules: I didn’t use these. I had good GPS reception everywhere and had no problems with GPS to Sports Tracker, except for the lack of cell towers in the Mumbai Harbor (which was not a GPS problem but a Sports Tracker settings problem), so I never trotted this out. I carried one with me, but didn’t need to use it. Part of the reason I may have not cared to use this GPS module was the lack of screen and/or LED read out made it boring to use. It is just a black plastic ovoid. Huh. Screen please with geo-coordinates. Nokia, make this thing fun to use.
Now all these accessories are back in the box awaiting their trip back to the UK tomorrow via the nice folks at DHL. I will be sad to see the bluetooth keyboard and headset go.

Evening



My evening was completely derailed by the onset of a migraine at dinner.

Urbanista Diaries : Best of Kerala Photo Essay

Kerala: Communista March Kerala: Bright Yellow Building Kerala: Church on the Airport Road Kerala: Kochi Goat Kerala: Lunch at Dal Roti Kerala: Terracotta Bull Kerala: Ceiling Fan Kerala: Big tree on the edge of the cricket pitch Kerala: St. Francis' Church Kerala: Golden Light Kerala: Sunset at the Fort Cochin Beach Kerala: Boats and Chinese Fishing Nets Kerala: Plumeria Kerala: Roadside Shrine Kerala: Kochi Apartment Towers Kerala: Cell Towers Kerala: The Backwaters Kerala: The Slow Boat Tour Kerala: Ceiling of the Lime House Kerala: The Crushing Floor at the Lime House Kerala: Drink Stand Kerala: Doing the Washing Kerala: The Backwaters, Part II Kerala: Ducks Kerala: Somany Kerala: The Mixed Tandor Platter at Dal Roti Kerala: Peeling Orange Paint

All photos taken by Jenifer Hanen in Bangalore, India, with a Nokia N82.

As a wrap up for my Urbanista Diaries adventure, I am going to be publishing photo essays of my favorite photos that I took in each city that I visited. Some of these photos are in my flickrstream, most of them on the nseries.com website, and some are new to everyone but me.
The above photos were taken in Fort Cochin & Surrounds, Kerala, India, from Wed. Feb. 13th to Fri. Feb. 15th, 2008. I really enjoyed how laid back Kerala was, it was a true treat from staying at the Delight Home Stay in Fort Cochin to the backwaters boat tour. I have previously blogged about it being “God’s Own Communist Country.”
Click on a thumbnail and then navigate through the lightbox slideshow by putting your mouse over the top right hand side of each photo, titles along the bottom.
Enjoy the photos, three more cities to come.

Urbanista Diaries : Best of Bangalore Photo Essay

Bangalore: Driving from the Airport to Richmond Bangalore: Casa Piccolo Bangalore: Richmond Post Office Bangalore: Barbed Wire Bangalore: Outside a school Bangalore: St. Patrick's Bangalore: Construction Bangalore: City Park Flower Bangalore: Mohan at Ulla's Refreshments Bangalore: Brigade Road Bangalore: Meta-Moblogging, taking a photo of an Nokia N82 ad with a N82 Bangalore: Low Prized Bangalore: Dog
Bangalore: Breakfast at Casa Piccolo Bangalore: Papaya Tree Bangalore: Scooter & Motorcycle Traffic Bangalore: Gateway to the Bull Temple Complex Bangalore: Entrance to the Bull Temple Bangalore: Front to the Bull Temple Bangalore: The Bull Temple brought to you by Spectra!
Bangalore: The Bull Temple Antechamber Bangalore: Another temple in the Bull Temple Complex Bangalore: RR Restaurant Bangalore: Kentucky Fried Chicken (and presumably KF Vegetables, too) Bangalore: Mohan, taking a photo on MG Road Bangalore: Penguin Grove Bangalore: Rhinocerous Bangalore: Engine Room at the Tech Musuem Bangalore: Engine Room at the Tech Musuem, Part II Bangalore: The closed Museum next to the Tech Museum Bangalore: The closed Museum next to the Tech Museum, Part II Bangalore: Calf eating garbage Bangalore: At the Airport

All photos taken by Jenifer Hanen in Bangalore, India, with a Nokia N82.

As a wrap up for my Urbanista Diaries adventure, I am going to be publishing photo essays of my favorite photos that I took in each city that I visited. Some of these photos are in my flickrstream, most of them on the nseries.com website, and some are new to everyone but me.
The above photos were taken in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, from Mon. Feb. 11th to Wed. Feb. 13th, 2008. Big thanks to Mohan Nadig for kindly shepherding me around Bangalore and all the great conversation. I truly enjoyed Bangalore and would like to go back and visit again. I do think that some of the call centers should offer tours and an opportunity to sit with someone who has answered your support or complaint call before…. ;o)
Click on a thumbnail and then navigate through the lightbox slideshow by putting your mouse over the top right hand side of each photo, titles along the bottom.
Enjoy the photos, four more cities to come.