iOS 9 first impressions…




I was a bit hesitant to update to the new iOS 9 as soon as it came out. But being a curious cat I just couldn’t resist getting killed.

And yes it was buggy as expected. Fonts seems to be a bit different with the simple letter recognising stock keyboard. Of course I did like the multitasking feature which enables a right edge swipe to left pull out a side menu which enables you to sneak peak the Twitter app or your email for example. Also the mail app has become more usable with one drive and iCloud attachment capability. Await more additions to the list of features I fall in love as an update to this post

But yes it seems to be bit laggy and I tried the steps in the following link;

Additionally I did turn off Siri which I hardly use and didn’t turnoff the background refresh which will kill the experience. Well it did make the device faster but… The keypad effects were gone in some of the apps. Specially the Google search app which must be the mostly used application by me. Then playing around with the settings my finding was that you need to turn Siri off for Spotlight which gives a balanced performance for my iPad mini 3 cellular. I don’t know how it behaves on other iOS devices and I welcome comments about the other devices.

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Review: New Vodafone AU $50 Red Plan

Well as soon as I arrived in Oz I went with two MVNOs and learnt that cheaper they are the crappier.  (Lebara and Lycamobile)

So I went in search of different plans and being a Sri Lankan the recommended plan from most of the people living here was the $50 Vodafone Red Sim Only plan since I already had the phone and the main advantages of this package was;

  • 300 Minutes of International calls to ANY country where as the others offered the minutes but they were limited to selected countries which did not include Sri Lanka
  • Unlimited local calls to any number
  • Unlimited TXT and PXT (SMS and MMS) Local and International
  • 3GB of data

I guess I was happy with this and ended up getting the same connection for $35 as I added more connections under my name.

Adding a shared plan added 1GB to my plan and also I could share everything I had with my wife for another A$30

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Sharing Mobile Broadband

Your travelling…. and you want to share your mobile broadband connection over WiFi. What can you do…?

Following are the options available…

1) Using a MiFi router. There are various models and types, Google it if you want more information.

2) If you have an Android or an Apple Device (iOS), you already have it; assuming that you have your cellular/mobile data connection connected.

3) If you don’t have any of these still there is a way, as long as you have a windows and a PC with a WiFi adapter. (Disadvantage of this method is that you can only connect windows computers)

  • Connect your Mobile Broadband Connection
  • Go to; Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center
  • Create the Ad-Hoc Connection
  • Turn on Internet Connection Sharing
  • Ask others to connect to the defined WiFi Connection Name (In the below video it’s VENURA9.COM)
  • Following video explains how it is done;

4) If you are more of a techie you can have a fully fledged WiFi network on your PC. This way you are not restrcited to a network where only the windows users can connect.

  • Run the “cmd.exe” as the administrator
  • Run the following commands to setup the network (Network SSID is VENURA and the password is 12345678):
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow "ssid=VENURA" "key=12345678" KeyUsage=persistent
  • To Start:
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  • To Stop:
    netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
  • Go to: Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections
  • Go to the properties of the connection you want to share, this can be a mobile broadband connection or even a wired connection
  • Select the sharing tab and tick “Allow other network users to connect through this computers internet connection”
  • From the drop down select “Wireless Network Connection 2” (Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter)
  • Press OK
  • Other PCs, MACs and Phones will see a network named “VENURA” and they can connect using the password “12345678