Monthly Archives: December 2011

What I love and hate about my Nokia N95 phone.

Well, perhaps Love/ Hate are  too strong a word. Especially since I am no techno geek or techno whizz and slow to make the  change from a proven and working system. Indeed my N95 came out in 1997 and we have only been together for 3 months. So I am not really up there with the latest technology. In fact the only reason I got it is that I felt it would be handy to be able to access the web via wifi.

So let’s start with the short comings of my Nokia N95.

  • For one you can use it like a normal phone because the ear piece does not work 95% of the time. It’s a bug in the software that never seems to have been ironed out. You have to speak to your call either via loudspeaker or headphones. Shocking! A lot of people must have returned these phones for this reason.
  • Volume control does not work – a design fault where the button breaks of it’s mountings. You can hover adjust the volume and leave it at a preset level using the external volume control cable. No ideal but a work around.
  • Nokia has provided sync support only for MS Outlook and IBM Lotus Notes. This means that you cannot sync your calendar with open source email applications like Mozilla’s Thunderbird which is a pain. And please no one mention Google Calendar. We have already given Google too much power with near search engine monopoly, our addiction to Youtube videos that I don’t really want to hand them my Calendar.
  • Not many applications out there, but I don’t find this to be a limitation as it does web, email, calendar and a couple of instant messenger programs.
  • Some say it’s a bit bulky but I don’t find this a problem.

The things I like about the N95

  • Pretty stable Symbian S60 operating system
  • Decent SatNav and Nokia Maps
  • Great sound system! Puts Apple iPhones to shame. You don’t need external speakers with this on to get the party going )
  • 4 Gb memory for storageis sufficent and the apps cope okay with the 48 Mb internal RAM.
  • Takes great pics with the 5 Mega pixel camera
  • Plays Youtube videos well – Real Player
  • Crystal clear and bright display
  • Supports OggPlayer (free app. but they accept donations) which is great for Audio books – has independent volume control and fast forward/rewind which default Nokia Music Player lacked.
  • Buttons – I like buttons. Nokia’s 3 lettered buttons suit me down to a tee.

Well, that’s be and my N95 in a nutshell. I am not looking to get another phone anytime soon )

Exercise with Tenses

Upper Intermediate Level Exercise with Tenses

    Write in the correct tense, using the tenses from the list below. For example, John has always travelled Tense?_present perfect a lot. You can abbreviate continuous with cont

    simple present
    present perfect
    present continuous
    present perfect continuous
    simple past
    past perfect
    past continuous
    past perfect continuous
    simple future
    future perfect
    future continuous
    future perfect continuous
    future intention

    1.John has always travelled Tense?____________a lot. In fact, when he was Tense? ____________ only two years old when he first flew Tense?
    ____________ to the US. His mother is Tense? ____________ Italian and his father is Tense? ____________ American. John was born Tense? ____________ in France, but his parents had met Tense? ____________ in Cologne, Germany after they had been living Tense? ____________ there for five years. They met Tense? ____________ one day while John’s father was reading Tense? ____________ a book in the library and his mother sat down Tense? ____ beside him. Anyway, John travels Tense? ____________ a lot because his parents also travel Tense? ____________ a lot.

2.As a matter of fact, John is visiting Tense?____________ his parents in France at the moment. He lives Tense? ____________ in New York now, but has been visiting Tense? ____________his parents for the past few weeks. He really enjoys Tense? ____________ living in New York, but he also loves Tense?____________ coming to visit his parents at least once a year.

3.This year he has flown Tense? ____________ over 50,000 miles for his job. He has been working Tense? ____ for Jackson & Co. for almost two years now. He’s Tense? ____________ pretty sure that he’ll be working Tense? ____________ for them next year as well. His job requires Tense? ____________ a lot of travel. In fact, by the end of this year, he’ll have travelled Tense? ____________ over 120,000 miles! His next journey will be Tense? ____________ to Australia. He really doesn’t like Tense? ____________ going to Australia because it is so far. This time he is going to fly Tense? ____from Paris after a meeting with the company’s French partner. He’ll have been sitting Tense? ____________ for over 18 hours by the time he arrives!

4.John was talking Tense? ____________ with his parents earlier this evening when his girlfriend from New York telephoned Tense? ____________ to let him know that Jackson & Co. had decided Tense? ____________ to merge with a company in Australia. The two companies had been negotiating Tense? ____________ for the past month, so it really wasn’t Tense? ____________ much of a surprise. Of course, this means Tense? ____________ that John will have to catch Tense? ____________ the next plane back to New York. He’ll be meeting Tense? ____________ with his boss at this time tomorrow.

5.John has always travelled Tense?____________ a lot. In fact, when he was Tense? ____________ only two years old when he first flew Tense? ____________ to the US. His mother is Tense? ____________ Italian and his father is Tense?____________ American. John was born Tense? ____________ in France, but his parents had met Tense? ____________ in Cologne, Germany after they had been living Tense? ____ there for five years. They met Tense? ____________ one day while John’s father was reading Tense? ____________ a book in the library and his mother sat down Tense? ____________ beside him. Anyway, John travels Tense? ____________ a lot because his parents also travel Tense? ____________ a lot.

6.As a matter of fact, John is visiting Tense? ____________ his parents in France at the moment. He lives Tense? ____ in New York now, but has been visiting Tense? ____________his parents for the past few weeks. He really enjoys Tense? ____________ living in New York, but he also loves Tense? ____________ coming to visit his parents at least once a year.

7.This year he has flown Tense? ____________ over 50,000 miles for his job. He has been working Tense? ____ for Jackson & Co. for almost two years now. He’s Tense? ____________ pretty sure that he’ll be working Tense? ____________ for them next year as well. His job requires Tense? ____________ a lot of travel. In fact, by the end of this year, he’ll have travelled Tense? ____________ over 120,000 miles! His next journey will be Tense? ____________ to Australia. He really doesn’t like Tense? ____________ going to Australia because it is so far. This time he is going to fly Tense? ____________from Paris after a meeting with the company’s French partner. He’ll have been sitting Tense? ____________ for over 18 hours by the time he arrives!

8.John was talking Tense? ____________ with his parents earlier this evening when his girlfriend from New York telephoned Tense? ____________ to let him know that Jackson & Co. had decided Tense? ____________ to merge with a company in Australia. The two companies had been negotiating Tense? ____________ for the past month, so it really wasn’t Tense? ____ much of a surprise. Of course, this means Tense? ____________ that John will have to catch Tense? ____________ the next plane back to New York. He’ll be meeting Tense? ____________ with his boss at this time tomorrow.

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