Birth of Wolverine

Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The first chapter in the X-Men saga – X-Men Origins: Wolverine – unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.

Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar, as the fierce fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, adamantium claws, and a primal fury known as berserker rage.

The film also introduces a team of mutants, including several whose appearances in the movie series have been long anticipated.

Movie audiences will meet Team X, a covert military cadre composed entirely of mutants. Its members are Logan aka Wolverine; his brother Victor Creed aka Sabretooth, a feral being of unimaginable power; Wade Wilson, later to be known as Deadpool, a high-tech mercenary skilled at swordplay; Agent Zero, an expert tracker and lethal marksman; Wraith, a teleporter; Fred J. Dukes, also known as The Blob, a morbidly-obese and super-strong behemoth; and Bradley, who can manipulate electricity.

Leading them is William Stryker, a figure introduced in X2 but whose origins and motives are now fully explored, for it is Stryker’s complex relationship with Wolverine that defines much of Logan’s past … and future.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine also explores Logan’s tragic romance with Kayla Silverfox. Kayla’s fate triggers Logan’s involvement with the ominous Weapon X programme, a top-secret, billion-dollar military experiment, in which Wolverine and other mutants are key players.

The main story of X-Men Origins: Wolverine – as the saga’s first chapter – is set prior to the events of the earlier pictures, sometime in the 1970s. But the epic sweep of the new film also encompasses flashbacks that span 150 years.

“We wanted to exceed expectations in every way,” sums up star and producer Jackman.

Director Gavin Hood says: “Yes, the film needs to be visually stunning, and the action has to be amazing and hard-hitting. But you’ve also got to buy into the story and characters. The core idea of the film is that it’s about someone who is not comfortable with who he is, who’s at war with his own nature. That’s an interesting character to explore.”

For Jackman, reprising the role was an opportunity to expand and deepen the three previous films’ exploration of Wolverine.

“We now get to see Logan’s journey and the battle within, as he owns up to the events of his past. Wolverine has certain qualities that are sacred, and number one is that he’s a bad guy.”

The story of X-Men Origins: Wolverine begins with Logan seeking solace from a past rife with darkness, working as a lumberjack in the remote Canadian Rockies. Finding love and contentment for the first time in his very long life, Logan leads a seemingly idyllic existence with schoolteacher Kayla Silverfox.

“Kayla is a catalyst for the biggest changes Logan’s ever faced,” says Lynn Collins, who took on the role after Jackman had seen her on stage in The Merchant of Venice, opposite Al Pacino.

“She leads him to think differently about the conflict of being human and being a mutant. Their relationship leads him to try and heal old wounds, and experience the consequences and risks of love.”

And it’s clear from the beginning that Wolverine has run away from things he needs to face. And one of them is Victor, his brother.

Victor Creed, also known as Sabretooth, possesses powers similar to Logan’s. They are both virtually indestructible and have a feral, super-human strength.

As we learn in flashbacks, Logan (born James Howlett) and Victor did not learn they were brothers until their teens, in the aftermath of a family tragedy that leads to the emergence of Logan’s signature berserker rage and claws that power their way through his flesh as razor-sharp spikes, turning him into something more, and something less, than human.

Logan and Victor flee their home, forming a bond that transcends even brotherhood. “Logan and Victor are a team,” says Jackman. “They go through a journey together.”

Victor’s savagery in battle leads the two to face a firing squad – but of course mere bullets cannot stop them. Recognising their unique abilities, military officer Col William Stryker asks them to join a special team he is putting together – a covert, black ops unit known in comics lore as Team X.

Meanwhile, Danny Huston who plays Stryker sees his character as a kind of Dr Frankenstein. “In a way, he helped create Wolverine. Stryker both hates and loves Logan, and certainly wants to control him and other mutants.”

Team X member John Wraith, who becomes Wolverine’s closest friend, is a teleporter who can appear or disappear at will.

“He’s not to be messed with,” says actor and music icon, of the famed group The Black Eyed Peas, who makes his motion picture acting debut in the film.

But in telling this story of “origins”, no mutant has greater impact on Logan’s journey than his brother. Appalled by Stryker’s ethically-challenged directives, Logan had abandoned Victor and Team X, but the two brothers cannot be separated by time or by distance because they are two sides of the same person.

It is Victor’s brutal murder of Kayla that triggers Logan’s quest for revenge. When they are reunited, Logan and Victor fight, leaving Logan battered and wounded.

Stryker, again entering Logan’s life and again forever changing it, offers what he calls the only solution: the top-secret Weapon X programme.

“To beat Victor,” Stryker tells Logan, “you’re going to have to embrace the other side of you. Become the animal.”

In the procedure, Logan’s entire skeleton will be bonded to adamantium, an impenetrable metal alloy that will make Logan virtually indestructible – turning him into the Wolverine we know from the previous X-Men movies.

Wolverine emerges from the ordeal to face yet another betrayal and an epic showdown with Victor and with the next generation of Stryker’s military experiments.

can’t wait to watch this movie.. love wolverine ever since i knew x-men.. my favourite hero. having Hugh Jackman as Logan was best choice.. he suits Logan’s character perfectly.. got this from Sun2Surf.

Giggs in a class of his own

Ryan Giggs (r) and Nani celebrate with the trophy after the win over Chelsea

It has been a long time coming, but 18 years after making his debut, Ryan Giggs has picked up the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award.

The 35-year-old Manchester United veteran, who is in line to make his 800th first-team appearance this week if he plays against Arsenal in a Champions League semi-finals, was handed the ultimate accolade from his peers on Sunday.

The Welshman hopes it will be the first of three trophies he wins in the coming weeks.

With United on course for a third straight Premier League title and two games away from a second successive Champion League final appearance, Giggs is on the verge of collecting more silverware for an already heaving personal trophy cabinet.

Archive – Giggs causes a stir in 1994

He has won an unprecedented 10 league titles, two European Cups, four FA Cup wins, two League Cups and a Fifa World Club Cup.

Yet the longevity of Giggs is an achievement in itself considering he is a winger who has spent his record-breaking days dazzling defenders in the most physically demanding league in the world.

“That’s why if you asked any player or pundit in the world which left-winger is in their ultimate dream team, they’d say Ryan Giggs,” said his first Manchester United captain Bryan Robson.

Ryan Giggs celebrates United's 1999 Champions League win over Bayern Munich
Date of Birth: 29 November, 1973
Place of Birth: Cardiff
Position: Left-winger/attacker
Man Utd appearances (goals): 759 (144)
Wales caps (goals): 64 (13)
Man Utd debut: v Everton, 2 March, 1991
Man Utd honours: 2 Champions League, 10 League titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 6 Community Shields, 1 Uefa Super Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup
Did You Know?: Giggs’ skills were honed at Manchester City’s School of Excellence

“Ryan has fantastic balance, he’s quick, a great athlete and lately his composure in the final third has improved.”

Giggs has been a constant for Sir Alex Ferguson as the Old Trafford supremo etched himself into footballing folklore as the most decorated English manager with United, matched only in history by Liverpool’s dominance of the late 1970s and early 80s.

“If Ryan could no longer contribute to Manchester United then Sir Alex would be the first one to tell him,” said Giggs’ former Wales team-mate Dean Saunders.

“United can’t afford to carry passengers and if Giggs’ standards had dropped then Fergie would have just opened the cheque book and replaced him with another world-class player because the United boss has no sentiment.

“But Sir Alex hasn’t needed to because there has been no-one better than Ryan and he knows much of his success is down to the industry, vision and creativity of Ryan Giggs and whenever Fergie has celebrated winning a trophy at United, Ryan has always been with him.

“Players with Ryan’s footballing brain are rare breeds; he’s more than a left-winger, he can play in any attacking position and if you make the right run he’ll see the pass – that’s why he’s still at United.”

Giggs was the first superstar of the Premier League era but he never fell foul of the trappings of celebrity.

Ryan Giggs receives an OBE from The Queen in 2007
Ryan Giggs is the prototype that every youngster should want to copy
Terry Venables

“He is one of the game’s great ambassadors,” former England boss Terry Venables told BBC Sport.

“He is the prototype that every youngster should want to copy.”

Robson, who played when Giggs made his United debut, added: “He has an unbreakable winning mentality and attitude to want to improve himself whenever he is faced with a challenge.

“There was once talk of him leaving United but he simply reinvented himself and became even better. A player with that much drive and focus is hard to find.”

Giggs’ 64-cap international career is the one barren area on an otherwise glittering CV.

Even Arsenal’s Brazilian star Gilberto Silva admitted: “In his prime, Ryan Giggs could have represented any country in the world – even Brazil!

“To play regularly for a great and successful club like Manchester United for so long, you have to be a bit special.”

If Giggs was never able to lead Wales to a major tournament, the boy raised in Cardiff has the consolation of a club career that seems to get better and better.

my favourite player.. Ryan Giggs. best of all.. article from BBC Sport.

Q&A with Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo

Luca di Montezemolo (ITA) Ferrari President talks with the media. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 26 April 2009
The Bahrain Grand Prix was arguably another race that Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo might rather have missed, given that his team scored just three points, courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen’s sixth place. But at least it was three points more than they managed at the last three rounds, thus avoiding what would have been the worst start to a championship campaign in Ferrari history. Montezemolo blames a late start to ’09 development, ‘grey’ areas in the rules, and a certain level of complacency for the Scuderia’s slump…

Q: What is your explanation for Ferrari’s poor start to the season?
Luca di Montezemolo:
I was thinking in my car coming to the track that my first race with Ferrari was at Silverstone in 1973. At that race Jacky Ickx started from 16th position and Arturo Merzario from 18th. So in my life I have seen a lot of difficult moments – this is part of the competition, this is part of sport. We have won eight world championships in the last ten years, in the last two years we won three out of four titles – and the fourth we lost on the last corner of the last lap of the last race. So we have to look ahead. But I want to understand why we are there, why we are in the middle of a black tunnel. And there are three main reasons. Number one, we have seen very badly written rules. They are what I call grey rules, with different interpretations. And if teams that have won the last three world championships, like Renault, McLaren and Ferrari, an important team and car manufacturer like BMW and even Red Bull, have made one interpretation, it means that the rules are not so clear. So very unclear rules means different interpretations, means polemics and different cars in the field. And there is KERS. KERS represents a lot of money. It represents something that has been introduced to make a link between Formula One and advanced research for road cars in terms of energy, and in terms of ‘green’ and in terms of innovation. So we immediately did KERS, even though KERS means a lot of money, it means a problem with the safety, it means reliability and it means a completely different car – as McLaren have done and as a lot of other teams have done. But we have been surprised that KERS was just a suggestion, not a real rule. And today we are facing a very strange and in my opinion not positive situation. We have three different F1s on the grid. We have F1 competition between cars with KERS, F1 competition between cars with no KERS and a different floor, and thirdly competitors with no KERS and no floor. I think this is bad, and it is one of the reasons why unfortunately we are not competitive and we are forced to invest time and extra money at such a difficult moment, to make heavy modifications to our car.

The second reason is that we have started to work hard on the new car late. And this was a pity, particularly in a year in which the rules have been completely new. It is not, in other words, an evolution of last year’s car, and this is a second reason why we have not been competitive. And the third reason is that I think that inside the team there has been a little bit too much of a presumptuous approach. Sometimes by putting your head down in the ground is useful to looking ahead, but having said that sometimes having your whole head, feet, everything in the ground is better. So I think these are the main reasons. We are working hard and I have a big confidence in our team. I am sure that we will go back very soon – not immediately, but soon.

Q: How long will you wait and observe before you change something within the team? You cannot be happy with the way it is now…
Of course I am totally unhappy. But the stability of the team and confidence with the team has been my main goal since1992 and I will continue, as this team is exactly the same team that passed the finish line in Brazil – not 20 years ago but a few months ago – to win the championship. So I have no problem. When I know the reason I am confident, but when I don’t know the reason I am worried. I know the reason, my people know the reason and they are fully committed, so I am very confident. Then I am upset for other reasons, but they have nothing to do with the team.

Q: What is the present situation regarding unity within FOTA?
Well, I think the unity of FOTA is good. We will have a meeting in London on May 6 to discuss, as we did at the end of April, and we don’t know yet the exact rules for next year as stability is important to keep the costs down. We have made so many changes in the past year that now we need stability in the future. Some teams have taken the opportunity from very bad rules by making their own interpretation. What we will try to do is to get all the teams together as this is a very difficult moment.

Q: Can you clarify Michael Schumacher’s position with the team?
This whole situation was a little bit invented by the press. Michael’s position has been very clear since the beginning. When Michael stopped I asked him: ‘Michael do you want to become a manager? Do you want for one year to be the right hand of Jean Todt and then replace Jean Todt? Yes or No?’ He said no. So we said: ‘Why don’t you come sometimes to the races.’ But his main engagement was to work on the development of the road cars. He has a very good connection with our technicians but he has no role inside the team because he has no time to be present in Maranello. Having said that, Michael is part of our family, Michael is part of our history and he has a good relationship with Stefano Domenicali and is always welcome to suggest an idea. No more, no less.

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2009. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 26 April 2009 Luca di Montezemolo (ITA) Ferrari President. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 26 April 2009Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2009. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, 25 April 2009 Luca di Montezemolo (ITA) Ferrari President talks with the media. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 26 April 2009

Q: What do feel when you see Brawn winning and leading the championship? Ross Brawn was also part of the Ferrari family…
First of all I like Ross very much, because he has been part of our family during very important years and gave it a very important contribution. Then I see the Honda car with the Brawn name – a car that Honda invested a lot in, with two wind tunnels running. So this is still a Honda, built with one of the biggest budgets. And their interpretation of the rules is significantly different to other teams’. In my opinion this was mainly due to this grey area of the rules. At the least, the rules have been very badly written. Then I don’t want to make any comment about the result of the (diffuser) appeal as I don’t like to make comments as this is a Ferrari attitude since forever.

Q: What do you think has been the effect of that ‘presumptuous approach’ by the team?
Well, sometimes when you win too much, you think you are the best. I want a different attitude, particularly when you have fantastic people like we have in Ferrari. Sometimes we think that keeping top is easy. But over ten years, we have been able to maintain ourselves at the top. Except for 2005, when we were not competitive, we won or lost the championship at the last race. This year the main reason was that if we approached the rules in a different way, without KERS and with a different floor, then today we would talk about a different Ferrari.

Q: FIA president Max Mosley wanted to know from the teams what a good budget cap figure would be. What does Ferrari think about a budget cap? Wouldn’t that be a solution that would please you, as it would give you freedom?
Let me put it in a different way. We have been in Formula One since 1950 without stopping. We race and we continue to race in Formula One for three historic reasons since the beginning: competition is part of the Ferrari brand. We started as a team and then became a car manufacturer. The second reason is advanced research. We want Formula One to be a technologically competitive series where there is competition in which we can develop gearboxes, engines, electronics, and yes, why not KERS, and then transfer this to our road cars. And the third reason is that competing in Formula One means extreme competition between teams, drivers, cars, technology and technicians. We want to maintain this kind of level. This is the reason why we’ve been against a standardised engine. I personally have a lot of passion and Ferrari has a lot of passion, but this is not a never-ending story. So we will see. What I feel is important is that we have stability and credibility of governance of Formula One. What I think we need is a strong political authority, we need clear rules, we need teams that are very close away from the track and good competition at the track and we need a modern, efficient company as the commercial rights holder. Having said that I don’t like to do polemics, as this is what Formula One doesn’t need as it is facing difficult times. But I think that the reaction of the teams has been fantastic.

an interview between F1 Website with Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo. taken from Official F1 Website.

2009 Bahrain Grand Prix: Three out of Four for Jenson Button & Brawn GP

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN - APRIL 26:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP celebrates in parc ferme after winning the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 26, 2009 in Sakhir, Bahrain.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

It may not have been the dream start going into the first corner of the Bahrain International Circuit in sweltering hot conditions, but ultimately after 57 laps it would be the dream start to the 2009 Formula One season for Jenson Button and Brawn GP.

After completing the first four races of the season before the F1 circus heads back to Europe, British driver Button made it three wins out of four and 31 points in the WDC (World Drivers’ Championship), en route to completing an Eastern domination for Brawn GP, who now have a staggering 50 points in the Constructors’ Championship.

Button’s Brazilian Brawn GP teammate, Rubens Barrichello, who was forced to make a third pit stop despite being on a two-stop strategy, managed to hold off the advancing Kimi Raikkonen and Timo Glock and stay in fifth position.

Speaking of the flying Finn, Raikkonen finally managed to end Ferrari’s drought when it comes to points with his sixth place finish. However, it was only to be the three points for the trademark team of Italian motorsport, as Felipe Massa could only muster up a finish in 14th place.

Massa at times could be seen slugging it out the likes of Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil in the Force India cars, completely emphasising the current predicament Ferrari are in.

However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, because at least the Brazilian’s teammate Raikkonen managed to avoid Ferrari’s worst ever start to an F1 season, in front of the expectant eyes of the team’s president, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.

After securing a one-two in qualifying, neither Jarno Trulli or Timo Glock could convert such form into race day, with Toyota coming away with only eight points in Sakhir, instead of the 18 they perhaps were expecting.

In some positive news for Toyota, Trulli did manage to finish on the podium with a third place finish, and the car does seem able to take Red Bull and Brawn GP to the wire for the drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

Trulli’s German teammate Glock however, couldn’t emulate the performance of his teammate, ending up with a somewhat disappointing finish in seventh.

Red Bull once again did well, with Sebastian Vettel showing his true driving capability and getting the most out of his car to finish in second.

After the controversial incident with Adrian Sutil in qualifying, Mark Webber did well despite having to start from 18th on the grid. The Australian didn’t manage to secure any points for Red Bull, but was able to climb up to a very respectable 11th place finish.

One person who will definitely be pleased with his race, excluding Button of course, would be the other British driver in F1, Lewis Hamilton.

In a race that showed the true power of KERS cars, the McLaren driver just missed out on a podium place, finishing in fourth.

Throughout the race it was clear McLaren had improved since the Chinese GP, with Hamilton at times coming close and battling hard with the likes of Trulli and Vettel.

It still doesn’t compare to last season however, with McLaren most definitely having to look to next season now for a shot at the drivers’ or constructors’ championships.

Meanwhile, it was yet again a very dismal day for BMW Sauber, as Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld made up the back of the field, with the exception of Kazuki Nakajima in the Williams of course, who was the only retirement of the race.

However, one positive for BMW has to be that German driver Nick Heidfeld managed to complete his 25th consecutive race, beating the previous record set by F1 legend Michael Schumacher, who had managed to complete 24 consecutive races.

Although of course Heidfeld’s achievement, despite it being no mean feat to drive an F1 car and complete a race, in no way really compares to that of Schumacher, who managed to complete all his consecutive finishes in the point-scoring positions.

In any case, it was an improved performance today from Renault’s Nelson Piquet Jr. The Brazilian was under immense pressure today, as many in the mainstream media were suggesting the young driver was driving for his F1 career, in front of the expectant eyes of father Nelson Piquet Sr.

He managed to finish in 10th in Sakhir, Bahrain, two places behind his more experienced teammate Fernando Alonso, with the Spaniard securing one point in the last points position as he ended up in 8th place.

Lastly, it was a slightly more competitive race in Bahrain from the ones we rarely hear about in Europe, Force India.

Despite being hit with a three place penalty after the incident with Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Adrian Sutil did well in climbing up to 16th, finishing just ahead of F1 newcomer and Bahraini resident Sebastian Buemi in the Toro Rosso.

In the other Force India car, Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella finished a place higher than his German teammate, with his 15th place finish.

Fisi had for large parts of the race been challenging with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, with highlights both the competitiveness of Force India, and the current predicament in which Ferrari are now finding themselves in.

All in all, it was a decent race in Bahrain, one in which we learnt many things.

Brawn GP, Red Bull, and Toyota are the three main title contenders this year, with Brawn GP most certainly in pole position for the Constructors’ Championship. Likewise, Jenson Button is on pole when it comes to the WDC.

And as for some of the teams at the back of the pack, the three main contenders of last year, McLaren, Ferrari, and BMW Sauber, will certainly have a lot of work to do if they are to even come anywhere close to finishing in a competitive position this season.

Once again, Button and Brawn reign supreme in Asia, but the question is, can they do the same in Europe? Time will tell, and we’ll find out come the Spanish GP at Barcelona in two weeks time.

Bahrain F1 Grand Prix: Yet another superb race. only one car did not complete the race. kazuki nakajima. the rest fought to the last lap. it was great race from first to last place. lots of overtakings.. again the big teams failed to show their colors this season. but as said by the comentator, wait for barcelona and we’ll see a different ferraris, mclarens and saubers.. they are developing something to overcome the diffuser advantage being held by brawns, toro rossos and toyotas. but anyhow, congratulations ross brawn and jenson button for winning again..
hell im still waiting for ferraris to do a lot better.. hm i have yet to decide on my favourite driver yet after schumi left.. but vettel looks good. but too early to judge his skills.. just wait another few races.. for now no favorite driver yet. favorite team – scuderia ferrari.
article from bleacher report.

Omnia Tips and Tricks


While you may have purchased an 8GB or 16GB Samsung Omnia, you may not know that there are actually two internal storage spaces in your device with the primary storage space having only 90MB in memory. By default, any files that you have downloaded or received from a friend will be automatically stored in the “My Document” folder that is on your internal storage.

There is a way to set that default location to your SD card by disguising the “My Document” folder. For this procedure, you will need a Registry editor to make some basic changes to the registry. Now here are the steps to accomplish the disguise:

  1. On your registry editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\StorageManager\Profiles\SDMemory
  2. Under the Value Name ‘Folder’, change the key to ‘My Documents’
  3. Now go to your File Explorer and rename your ‘My Document’ to something else (i.e.  Omnia’s Document)
  4. Disguise is done! Now you can reset your device.
  5. Finally, re-sync your Samsung Omnia.
  6. Open up File Explorer and look for the folder ‘My Document’. You should see a SD Card icon next to the folder.

From now on, everything you download or receive (i.e. through Bluetooth) will be stored in the ‘My Document’ folder in your SD Card. Enjoy the wide open space! 


one of the best tips i found.. but i have yet to do anything on my beloved omnia.. still slowly learning. i will start modification once i know inside out of my phone.. got this from CareAce again.
for more tips, do take a look at this blog.. it compiles a lot about omnia.. see
Omnia/GPS/XBOX360 Fanboy Manila.

Decoding Symbols of Windows Mobile Devices


While working on your Windows Mobile device, a strange symbol that you have never seen before suddenly popped up on your screen. What does that pointy triangle even mean? Or the capital letter E. And the manual is nowhere near my house, it’s probably in a landfill somewhere afar.

Symbol Icons Description

Omnia Status Icons

Symbol Icons Description

Omnia Network Status Icons

Do not panick, CareAce is here to care for your Samsung WM needs! And that is not just a cheesy comment. We have compiled a couple of charts with both the symbols and it’s descriptions nicely arranged in a table, just for moments like this. Here goes:
There are also some questions regarding the 4 most common letter that appear in a WM device’s Taskbar: “H”, “3G”, “E” and “G”. Some are explained in the chart above. Here’s the break down:

  • H – 3.5G Network
  • 3G – 3G Network (3.5G allows speed up to 3.5MB but usually average around 1MB~1.5MB.
  • E – Edge Network
  • G – GPRS Network



here begins the journey with my brand new samsung i900 omnia. here’s the symbol that encountered when using this omnia. there’s a lot more i believe. these are general Windows Mobile symbols. got this from CareAce.

Samsung i900 Omnia


SEOUL, KOREA – June 9 2008: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of Samsung OMNIA (model name: SGH-i900). It brings together high performance business content, top of the range style and a fun, dynamic multi-media experience, to ensure consumers are always connected both at home and at work. OMNIA, meaning ‘everything’ in Latin and ‘wish’ in Arabic, goes beyond the current top-of-the-line features available in today’s mobile phones. The OMNIA will be available to the market from June 2008. Bringing a PC environment to Mobile The new Samsung OMNIA allows users to switch seamlessly between Microsoft Outlook email and productivity applications that replicate the look and feel of their PC – with a stroke of their finger. Based on the most up to date Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, Samsung OMNIA gives users a mobile extension to their PC experience, with access to MS Office documents such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Users can also send and receive email and manage their appointments in Outlook while on the go. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system means users can download additional programs as they would on their PC and customize it for their individual needs. For ease of navigation an optical mouse similar to those on laptop computers offers improved usability and one-handed control. Vivid, lively multimedia experience Samsung OMNIA delivers the ultimate in digital entertainment thanks to a wide 3.2-inch WQVGA LCD screen for viewing videos and slide shows in high-resolution and advanced audio capabilities. MultiCodec support for DivX, Xvid and other video formats eliminates the hassle of file format conversions. Users also have the assurance of a long-life detachable battery for extended playback. Samsung OMNIA also comes with a five-megapixel CMOS camera with the latest value-added features, which include auto-focus (AF), face and smile detection and auto-panorama shot. The handset’s generous internal memory (available in 8GB or 16 GB capacity options and extendable slot for additions) ensures ample storage space for digital assets. Rounding out the fully comprehensive feature set, Samsung OMNIA also offers GPS, including navigation and geo-tagging capabilities, so users can get their bearings wherever work or life takes them. The One and Only mobile with everything in touch Samsung’s patented TouchWiz user interface makes entering data and text simple. With unique widgets, users can customise and personalise the way they use their phone. The Samsung OMNIA’s high resolution touch-sensitive screen uses intuitive tap, sweep, drag and drop operations as well as an on-screen qwerty keyboard. It also facilitates easy and convenient calling and texting with a dedicated dome key for controlling communications. Samsung’s pursuit for design perfection The Samsung OMNIA presents Samsung’s leadership in design. With maxi-phone capabilities, it boasts a slender, chic form, so users can step out in style. It features an ultra-slim 12.5-mm profile and a platinum-look finish that fits snugly in the palm of the user’s hand. The elegant hairline patterns on the back of the phone bring the perfection in style. Geesung Choi, President of Samsung Telecommunication Business, said: “I am very excited to introduce Samsung OMNIA, a mobile device that truly delivers the best possible features for today’s busy, connected consumer. Samsung OMNIA demonstrates our vision for the Samsung mobile business, which is to provide premium phones for users who desire functionality, style, usability and entertainment in one innovative device. The OMNIA mobile range will help users to be at the forefront of work and play and at the same time, to stay connected anytime, anywhere.” The Samsung OMNIA will be unveiled at CommunicAsia, Singapore from June 17 to 20 and commercially launched in the Southeast Asian market starting from the same week. The phone will be available in the European market from July. About Samsung Electronics Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2007 consolidated sales of US$103.4 billion. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of four main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, and Telecommunication Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit




My new handphone. Still learning what can be done with this phone. i was considering either tablet pc or smartphone. i wasn’t comparing apple to apple. but i need the functions of both device. both are most similar in input method in which – handwriting recognition capability. at the end i choose this phone!

further updates on why, how and whats of these phone.. article pasted from Samsung.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010

The new edition of a popular soccer game features many improvements sought by players.

pes2010.pngKonami says Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, due for release this spring, will boast the “most exhaustive raft of new features in the series’ history”.

The publisher claims that these additions, which reportedly cover every single aspect of the game, will combine to make it “the most realistic football simulation available”.

PES Productions, Konami’s production house behind Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, says key areas for improvement have been identified in feedback from online fan forums and press coverage. “We have been monitoring feedback and comments on the progression of the PES series for some time now, and PES 2010 will see us implementing a great deal of the ideas players have been requesting,” said Naoya Hatsumi, Producer for PES Productions at Konami Digital Entertainment Japan. “We aim to make PES 2010 a more user-friendly, immediate experience that places the emphasis on getting straight into the gameplay for which the series is famed. PES 2010 will look better, will play better, and will recreate real football as closely as the current hardware will allow.”

The new features include improved gameplay and AI, enhanced visuals, additional animation and player moves, realistic and context-sensitive crowd reactions, and enhanced online performance and functionality. Konami has also secured the exclusive video game rights to Europa League Licence, giving PES 2010 complete access to the full player roster and other aspects of the competition.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 will release across PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PS2, PSP and mobile phone platforms.

so PES10 will be coming soon. ive been playing PES6 for the past few years. neither 2007, 2008 nor 2009 impresses me much. i’ve tried, but gameplay wasn’t that good. still prefer PES6. hopefully this 2010 version be better.. article from Game Console.

Yellow Dog Linux on Playstation 3

Title: Yellow Dog Linux v6.1 on Playstation 3
Objective: To install YDL 6.1 on Playstation 3 and use the system to replace my aging desktop computer.

TOPIC: How to create an Install DVD using Windows

This HOWTO is to guide the creation of a Yellow Dog Linux Install DVD using Windows.

Burning an Install DVD
Note that you must burn the image to the DVD as an ISO.

  • Using the default DVD burning software
    After downloading the ISO image to your Windows box, you can use the default DVD burning software installed on the Windows system to burn the ISO to a DVD.
  • Using freeware (BurnAware Free)
    If your default DVD burning software does not support burning ISO images, you can download and install the software of your choice to accomplish this task.
    There is a variety of free DVD burning software available. For example, you can use BurnAware Free or any other flavor of freeware. Just make sure it has the ability to burn ISO images to DVD.To use BurnAware Free to burn an install DVD:

    1. Download and install the BurnAware Free software.
    2. After downloading the YDL ISO image to your Windows box, insert a blank DVD into the DVD-W drive of your Windows box.
    3. Run the BurnAware Free software, either by double-clicking the icon on the Desktop or by selecting the software from the Start menu.
    4. From the BurnAware Free software user interface, select the DVD tab on the left.
    5. On the DVD tab, select Burn ISO Image.
    6. On the ISO Image window, browse to find the downloaded ISO image. Also, select the DVD drive as the Destination drive.
    7. Click the red, circular button in the upper, right corner of the window to begin burning the DVD.
    8. Once complete, eject the DVD from the drive and you are ready to install!

This HOWTO was written by Bonnie Gosler, Terra Soft Solutions

Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 operating system for SONY’s PlayStation 3, Apple PowerPC G4/G5, IBM Power Systems and YDL PowerStation was officially released by Fixstars on November 19th, 2008. Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 (codename Pyxis) is an operating system for the PPC64 architecture and it is based on the CentOS Linux distribution, a RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) derivative. We decided to create the following tutorial for people who want to install a Linux distribution on their PlayStation 3 gaming consoles. But, before you jump to the installation of this Linux-based OS, please read the warning information (in red) below and all editor’s notes throughout the entire tutorial.

Also, take a look at the screenshots (at the end of the article) to see how it looks.

What does Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 offer?

· Linux Kernel 2.6.27
· X.Org server 1.4.999 with xrandr 1.2.2
· Enlightenment E17 desktop environment
· Mozilla Firefox 3.0
· GNOME 2.16.2 components
· 2.3 (version 3.0 available for users)
· Improved Wireless network
· GUI (private software repository)
· Bluetooth support for PS3’s SIXAXIS controller
· ps3vram: temporary file storage or SWAP using video RAM of Playstation 3
· GCC 4.1.2
· Cell SDK 3.1

WARNING: Be aware that if you continue, all the saved games, game data, bought games, downloaded demos, PlayStation Home settings/installation and any data (music, movies, pictures) saved on the hard drive of the PlayStation 3 will be permanently ERASED. However, the PlayStation 3 settings will NOT be lost. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you back up immediately any saves of your games, hard drive movies, pictures, music or PlayStation Home data on a removable HDD device or USB stick! The bought games or downloaded demos can not be copied, but you will be able to re-download without the need to buy them again, as they are stored on your PlayStation Network account.

Editor’s note: Please read the above warning very carefully before you proceed with the installation of Yellow Dog Linux. Also, please read the following guide very, very carefully, as we don’t want to damage your PS3 machine. You should also know that the GNOME desktop environment included in Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 is very old compared to the one found in Linux distributions such as Fedora 10 or Ubuntu 8.10, and if you are familiar with a new GNOME desktop, then you will definitely miss a lot of its features. It appears that Fixstars did not replace the GNOME environment components from version 6.0 of Yellow Dog Linux, created by Terra Soft back in 2007. Even so, you will still enjoy a modern and eye-candy desktop, thanks to the Enlightenment environment.

What do I need to get started?

· Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 DVD ISO image (free download)
· PlayStation 3 console (any model) with the latest firmware: 2.53

Part 1 – Prepare the PlayStation 3

Editor’s note: If your hard drive was previously formatted for OtherOS, please skip step 1 and ignore the above warning, as you will not lose anything (except the existing OtherOS installation, of course).

Step 1 – Format the PlayStation 3 hard drive

In the XMB (PS3 interface) go to Settings -> System Settings -> Format Utility and select the “Format Hard Disk” option. Select YES when you will be asked if you want to format the hard disk and follow the steps below:

· Select “Custom” when you will be asked for a partition setting for the hard disk.
· Select the “Allot 10GB to the OtherOS” option.
· Select the “Quick Format” option.
· Select YES when asked if you want to format the hard drive.

Wait a few seconds while the format operation is in process. When it finishes, you will see a confirmation message: “Format completed. Press the X button to restart the system.” The PS3 will be restarted.

Editor’s note: At this point, you will notice that all the data has been erased (music, videos, pictures, saved games, game demos, PlayStation Home installation and settings, bought games). Also, the Information Board will appear (if you have set it to not be displayed), giving you the impression that all the settings have been removed, but don’t worry because all your settings are intact!

Step 2 – Install OtherOS boot loader

Insert the Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 DVD into the Blu-Ray player of the PlayStation 3 and go to Settings -> System Settings -> Install OtherOS. The PS3 will scan for the otheros.bld file and when it will find it you can press the “Start” button on the screen to perform the installation. Wait a few seconds. When it finishes, a confirmation message and some information about how to switch to the OtherOS (see the next step) will be displayed.

Step 3 – Switch to OtherOS

In order to start the Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 installation, you need to reboot the PlayStation 3 and boot into the OtherOS. Therefore, go to Settings -> System Settings -> Default System, press the X button and select the “OtherOS” entry. Select YES when asked if you want to leave the PS3 system and start the OtherOS.

Editor’s note: At this point the PS3 will reboot, a black screen will appear for about 10 seconds, and then you will see two penguins and some text.

At the end of the boot process you will see “kboot:“. For different HD TVs you can type one of the following commands:

install_ps3_1080p (Full HD)

…and hit Enter to start the installation process.

If you know the maximum resolution of your HD TV, then we recommend to type one of the above commands, but if you are uncertain about your TV’s resolution, just hit Enter at the kboot prompt and Yellow Dog Linux will automatically find and adjust the resolution for your TV.

To return to the XMB (PS3 operating system) from the kboot prompt, in case you don’t want to continue with the installation process of Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 or for any other reasons, just type:


…and hit Enter.

Part 2 – Installing Yellow Dog Linux 6.1

Editor’s note: Once you hit Enter at the kboot prompt or typed one of the above installation commands, after a few seconds, the Anaconda (Red Hat installer) will appear.

The following will be a regular Fedora/Red Hat installation process:

· Click the “Next” button on the Welcome screen and you will be asked to select your language for the installation process.
· Choose your keyboard layout and hit the “Next” button.
· If you formatted your hard drive, you will see a message that the partition table is unreadable and in order to create new partitions it must be initialized. Click “Yes.”
· Select the “Remove Linux partitions on selected drives and create default layout” option (default) and click “Next.”
· Click “Yes” when asked if you are sure that you want to remove all Linux partitions on the /dev/ps3da drive.
· Click “Yes” when asked if it is OK to turn SWAP immediately, because the PlayStation 3 memory is low.
· On the network configuration screen, you will notice two entries: eth0 (LAN ethernet connection) and wlan0 (Wireless network connection). Set up your network connections as follows:

For DHCP (dynamic IP) users without wireless:

· Leave the eth0 entry as it is.
· Uncheck the wlan0 entry.

For DHCP (dynamic IP) users with wireless:

· Leave the eth0 entry as it is.
· Select the wlan0 entry and click on the “Edit” button. Uncheck the “Enable IPv6 support” option and enter your ESSID and Encryption Key for the wireless network you want to connect to. Click “OK” when you are done.

For non-DHCP (static IP) users without wireless:

· Select the eth0 entry and click on the “Edit” button. Select the “Manual configuration” option under the “Enable IPv4 support” and input the IP address and netmask from your provider. Also, uncheck the “Enable IPv6 support” option. Click “OK” to return to the main window. Enter a name for the computer (it can be anything you want, e.g. softpedia-ps3), the Gateway and DNS information from your provider.
· Uncheck the wlan0 entry.

For non-DHCP (static IP) users with wireless:

· Select the eth0 entry and click on the “Edit” button. Uncheck the “Enable IPv6 support” option and input the IP address and netmask from your provider. Click “OK” to return to the main window and enter the gateway and DNS information from your provider.
· Select the wlan0 entry and click on the “Edit” button. Uncheck the “Enable IPv6 support” option and enter your ESSID and Encryption Key for the wireless network you want to connect to. Click “OK” when you are done.

· Click “Next” when you’re done with the network configuration.
· Choose your location. Click “Next.”
· Input a root (system administrator) password. Click “Next.”
· On the software configuration screen you can add or remove applications by selecting the “Customize now” option. However, this is recommended for advanced users. Regular users should just click on the “Next” button to continue with the installation process.
· Click on the “Next” button to begin the installation process of Yellow Dog Linux 6.1.

Editor’s note: At this point, the installer will check for dependencies of selected packages, format the hard drive, create partitions and install the selected packages. For us, this part of the installation process took exactly 25 minutes. Our installation had 774 packages!

When the installation is over, you will see the confirmation screen. Click on the “Reboot” button and, after a few seconds, the Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 will be automatically removed.

WARNING: Remove the DVD disk from the PlayStation 3 and wait for Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 to start. If you do not remove the disk, it will be pulled back in and the installation process will start again!

Part 3 – Final steps and the screenshot tour!

When the Yellow Dog Linux will start, you will notice two YDL icons, representing the two cores of the CELL processor, followed by six Fixstars logos, representing the 6 available SPEs (Synergistic Processing Elements) of the CELL processor.

In a few seconds you will see the customized Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 boot splash. When the boot process is over, you will be prompted by a first-boot configuration process. Please follow the instructions below:

· Click “Forward” on the Welcome screen.
· Accept the license agreement and click on the “Forward” button.
· Select the trusted services for the Firewall or disable it if the PS3 is connected in a network environment with a powerful firewall. Click “Yes” when asked if you want to override the firewall configuration.
· Leave the Kdump option unchecked and click “Forward.”
· Input your account information, if you have one, or click “Forward” to continue.
· Set up the date and time. Click “Forward.”
· Create a regular user for the system. Click “Forward” when you’re done.
· Test the sound card of the PlayStation 3.
· Click on the “Finish” button.

Editor’s note: At this point, you will arrive at the login screen. Input the username and password that you’ve just created and hit Enter to log in.


The Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 performs very well, and it is much faster than the last Linux distribution (Ubuntu 7.10) we’ve installed on our PlayStation 3 console, here at the Softpedia Labs. It boots in about 40-45 seconds, and the applications start much faster. For example, it takes approximatelly 3-4 seconds for Firefox to start. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve compiled a nice screenshot tour of Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 on the PlayStation 3 gaming console. Enjoy!

job done!

Malaysian F1 GP

A fantastic team performance today and a thoroughly deserved second victory of the season for Jenson and the team. It was an eventful race to say the least and I am pleased with how quickly we were able to react to the changing conditions to maintain the lead that Jenson had achieved in the first stint of the race.

However it was not perfect as we could have had both cars in the top three if we had been a little bolder in bringing the drivers in for their third stops for intermediate tyres.

We are delighted to have had such a successful start to the season with two pole positions and two victories in the opening races. You can’t ask for more than that and it is a credit to the talent, attitude and dedication of our team that we have been able to achieve such results.

Thanks for eveyone’s support.

RB Signature
Ross Brawn
Team Principal

Button surprisingly wins again. in that rainy Malaysian F1 GP. bravo ross brawn!

i watched Fast and Furious 4 last friday.. it was superb.. love the ending!