finally a new laptop, Acer Aspire V5

Acer Aspire V5-573P-6896

Not sure how it comes about, but although I delve in technology almost 24/7, in the end I seem to end up with some really old stuff myself. Not that this is always a bad thing - old quality speakers kick the crap out of most speakers in showrooms these days. The same is true of my Technics which with a proper needle and amplifier produce a warm sounds which easily puts many club system to shame. Sadly, this is not the case for my ancient Dell E1505 Inspiron laptop which I’ve been lugging around for longer than I can remember. Although I have to give credit where it is due, this brick of a monster which must weigh at least 7 lbs, has just refused to die. Sure the screen hinges have come loose and cracked, the bottom side has deformed due to an overheating processor and a failed fan, the battery doesn't last more than 45 minutes at a time, but when plugged in, this beast just kept on going even after 8 years or so. Maybe, had I've not had a company laptop over the last 6 years or so I would have replaced it earlier, but given my nature of not fixing what is not broken, that is rather unlikely.

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how about a comeback


This site has been largely abandoned, I know, trust me. As a matter of fact it has been down for the most part of this year – but life has been just too hectic, and the things I put in motion over the last year or so left little or no time to finish up what I started over here. Anyhow, without further ado, here are the things which are new and why it took so long.

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site-keeping, google app engine, Vosao, and

Google App Engine

I decided there were simply too many different interests represented on this site. I would prefer to be mostly a personal site, and to keep my business interest separate.. As such, I’ve created a separate site for MB Ventures, the company under which I do most of my business, at It will focus exclusively on my business interests and endeavors. It is very basic to say the least, but feel free to check it out and give me your feedback. On the development side of things, while I predominantly tend to develop using Joomla when it comes to web-sites, is my first foray into using the Google App Engine. The content management system (CMS) which I chose to utilize for the site is Vosao. It is vastly different from Joomla and a little bit rough around the edges to say the least, but eventually I did learn to appreciate some of the flexibility which it offers. It still has quite a few bugs, and on many an occasion I had to hack a few things here or there to get things to work properly - but overall the CMS has quite a bit of potential. Hopefully the developers will continue moving it forward as it has been quite a while since the last release. It is open-source, and trying it out using a free Google App Engine account won’t cost you a dime, so give it a shot if you feel adventurous.

So what’s next for I would like to upgrade the site to a newer version of Joomla, something in the 2.5.x tree, and update my Menalto Gallery to a newer version as well. The problem? The Menalto Gallery is not a native Joomla component, and as such requires a bridge to enable it to work in Joomla. Sadly, no bridge has been developed for the latest version of the Menalto Gallery to make it work within the latest Joomla releases - and although I have searched far and wide, it does not appear that anyone is working on it either. Migrating to a native Joomla picture gallery does not exactly seem straightforward either for such a large collection. I may just upgrade the site and keep the gallery as is, although it would be nice to upgrade both. Of course, when either of these might happen is a different story as I’ve been working insane hours as of late!

thinking about an HP laptop? you might want to think twice

HP EliteBook 2540p

I personally have nothing against HP. Over the years I’ve used several of their printers without any problems, and in more than one case they’ve lasted far beyond to what I expected. Sadly, I can’t say the same thing about my recent EliteBook 2540p laptop. I used it extensively over the last couple of years and ran into so many issues, it is difficult to figure out where to start. The 2540p was by no means a cheap or flimsy laptop, and according to several reviews, it was built to military specifications for toughness. This probably explains why it weighed in close to 4 lbs, which is rather on the heavy side for an ultraportable. What this does not explain is why this laptop almost completely fell apart over the course of that time - maybe a review of the military specifications for toughness might be in order.

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