Category Archives: IT

Gmail vs. Exchange

My university is using Exchange at the moment and now is deciding whether to continue using it or change to Gmail (for Business/corporate).

To fellow IIUM staff, as far as domain name is concerned we will still be using our iium.edu.my extension to the name. I support the migration to Gmail even though I was the strong supporter for Exchange few years earlier. Why?

  1. Today is the era of Cloud computing & between Gmail & Outlook, it’s no brainer, Gmail gets two thumbs up.
  2. The best about Exchange & Outlook is its ability to invite meeting appointment. Now, Gmail can also do that. Having said that how many really use the feature?
  3. Oh I better ask the most important question. How many  really use our IIUM email? Many will give the excuse that IIUM email is not reliable. So it’s another reason to switch to Gmail. Known for its reliability.
  4. How much space you got for Exchange? 1 GB? Oh…it is 500MB…. ha ha ha. And many staff complained that they have to delete & clear many emails in the mailbox. With Gmail you’ll get 25GB.
  5. Security & confidentiality. Hmmm.good question. But how many is using Yahoo or Hotmail or Gmail to send their exam questions to the exam administrator? So don’t talk about security & confidentiality lah. If you want security, use encrypted message. Oh you don’t know what is encryption? So don’t talk about security or confidentiality.

I say, let’s change! I know that UM is using Gmail. And you guys are talking about ownership & security with those top in World University Ranking (compared to us) has been using it for some time.

I am no longer holding any IT post in the university, and this is my personal view.

iPhone 5: My quick impression

Received my iPhone exactly on 14th Dec as promised by DiGi.

First impression – sleek design. Slim. Its new taller dimension need sometime for adjustment. The lightning port is cool.

One thing very obvious, its A6 chip is pretty fast! The internet is faster. The response is brisk.

From someone who was using iPhone 4, the camera image quality is impressive.

Other than that, I say it is pretty similar like my peevious iPhone 4 with iOS 6.

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Trying jailbreak on my iPhone

I have a 3Gs version. Was eager to JB my phone since ages but did not seem to be able to do it due to its complexity (it should have been peanut if I really wanna do it actually) but now with the existence of www.jailbreakme.com website where one can JB on the fly (using Safari)……and it was extremely easy. I did everything in less than 2 minutes (could be faster if my 3G is not congested).

So what is so great with JB? Basically, you allow your iPhone to accept more applications even though it was not registered with iTunes. The JB fans will say that JB will unlock the true potential of iPhone. But I would say…..the restriction to few other capabilities on iPhone are because of two things, (1) business (monopoly) purpose by Apple and, (2) allowing to modify many things exposed the phone to instability & errors.

Having said that…not being able to do multitasking (now is OK with iOS4 but it comes with the slow speed and poor reception problems) is not acceptable.

No one forced me to JB my phone. So I did everything at my own risk.

I like some of the packages (they called it app in iTunes) especially the iBlacklist, iFile etc. But I encountered few problems to install some packages & error to connect to some repositories (the place where they place all the packages I guess)…..and I really hate those ads (yeah…I know Cydia is free….so they must survive with sponsors). And one thing should be clear here, packages in Cydia are not free….eventhough I know there are some crack available & you can crack them if using Cydia & you can’t for apps using Apple’s iTunes. Well….nowadays…as far as phone app is concern, I prefer to pay for what I like.

So what is my verdict?? Using JB reminds me of using Windows…with so many apps but one will endure the crashes most of the time. I will unJB my iPhone….so I am going to upgrade to iOS4 4.0.2….

Update: I jailbroke my iPhone again! Can’t stand plenty of software options offered from so many repositories.