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# Monday, 07 April 2014

I bought a sports camera... or POV cam... or whatever you call these things which are like the Go Pro! Specifically I bought the Sony Action Camera AS100, once again I bought ANOTHER Sony camera... why DO I keep doing this?

Anyway, my main reason of choosing the AS100 instead of the Go Pro was that most reviews point to the fact that the previous AS30 model had much better audio pick up, which is something which I need. Now prepping some tests and reviews, but in the mean time do check out the initial videos I've made.

And here's a quick test of the high speed recording mode.


Monday, 07 April 2014 17:35:59 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 31 March 2014

The Acer W4 and other 8" Intel Atom "Baytrail" tablets are interesting little things. They're small, compact, yet they run on x86 processors. And the obvious thing which you'd want to do on an x86 is to play games on it! Playing games on a keyboardless device in the Modern UI is not an issue, but when it comes to games that run on the desktop such as via Steam or what not, here are a few tips to help you get the best gaming experience out of your device.


Gaming | Gear
Monday, 31 March 2014 11:01:31 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 20 March 2014

Got this about a month ago, after all this time using it I'll say that YES, it does make the phone feel a bit bulkier to grip but it's designed well enough to not get too much in your way. Also, the built in screen protector while it does impact screen sensitivity, you kinda get used to it, also the screen protector protects against any WATER sippage if your kid drools on the screen! Highly recommended if you need the protection and don't mind the bulk.


Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:57:01 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 10 February 2014

As I was browsing in my local RadioShack, I saw this thing called "U Mold Plastic" it delivered promises of a simple easy to use plastic like material which you could mold with your HANDS... I was intrigued to say the least, so I bought the last pack off the rack, and here's my hands on.


Monday, 10 February 2014 10:20:31 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 27 December 2013

As I was performing testing on the Acer Iconia W4, I noticed that when I was using my Microsoft Sculpt Bluetooth Mouse with it, it was jittering and jumping and unusable every now and then. I thought it was a mouse compatibility and was about to run further test when people on the forums also mentioned that there were problems, and it seems like it was related to the WiFi card, since turning off WiFi solves the jumpiness issue. Why of course that is not an appropriate fix, so I decided to poke around.

If you're not in the reading mood, you can check out the video for the fix here.

So first we need to get into device manager, and here are the steps in case you're unfamiliar with it. First you need to go to the desktop, call out the charms bar and hit settings. Then you click on PC Info in the flyout.

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This will bring up the System Information window, in which you want to click on the Device Manager link.

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This will bring up the Device Manager which shows you a list of all hardware in your PC, expand the item called Network Adapters, then Right Click (or tap and hold if you're not using a mouse) on the device called Broadcom 802.11abgn Wireless SDIO Adapter, and then select the Properties menu item.

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This will bring up the properties dialog for the adapter.

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What you want to do is click on the Advanced tab, then find the Bluetooth Collaboration item, now in the Value drop down it'll say either Auto or Enabled which is not what you want, click on the drop down and choose Disabled from the list.

UPDATE 29th December 2013 : Setting the value to Disabled seems to have some performance issues with high bandwidth Bluetooth usage, like joysticks and speakers. I'm currently using the AUTO setting instead and it seems to be giving more positive results.

Then remember to press the OK button to save the changes.

You should see an IMMEDIATE improvement to your mouse performance.

I do not know if this will break anything, but so far both Bluetooth and Wireless seem to be functioning perfectly fine for me without any further hiccups.


Friday, 27 December 2013 23:53:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 24 December 2013

I bought and have been using the Acer Iconia W4, it's a small compact 8" Windows 8.1 tablet using the latest Intel Atom Baytrail processor, check out my short video review here.

When I got the Acer W510 I found that it was a pretty decent media consumption machine, but the new Intel Atom Baytrail in the Acer W4 is just AMAZING when it comes down to watching videos, having NO ISSUES at all consuming H.264 videos of high bitrate. I'd say that the fact that it has so much processing power at it's disposal and since it's running on PROPER x86 Windows 8.1 it's pretty future proof to playback H.265 videos as well. Check out the video proof here.

I've actually done numerous videos regarding the Acer Iconia W4, and I have a few more down the line, so check out the playlist below and subscribe to get informed when new videos get added. View the playlist now.


Tuesday, 24 December 2013 15:30:30 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 23 November 2013

I always seen these USB charge boosters on sale all over the place.

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But I never trusted them, since there was no way I could actually see wheter it was working or not other than through a gut feeling. But a few weeks ago I acquired a USB voltage meter, so now I CAN see wheter it works or not!

A disclaimer before hand, I'm not an electrician, but just someone who has read up on the topic on the Internet so if anything blows up when you try this. Don't blame me.

The speed of your charging depends on how many AMPs flows into your device, based on this Wikipedia article on USB charging we find out that normal USB ports usually only supply 500mA whereas it's possible for a dedicated charging port to deliver more than that.

I've measured most of my USB power sources previously, and other than the dedicated power plugs which came with the phones, they all delivered only 500mA of current when charging. Whereas the dedicated plugs could supply roughly 1A.

So I tested it with the the charger in my car, a Kensington Duo Powerbolt Charger first we use it without the charge booster.

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And the charger supplies juice at a current of 0.5A. Next we plug in the charge booster.

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Now the current is around 0.8A, definitely higher although not exactly the 2 times faster that the box is talking about.

So I guess it DOES work, even though it might not be as good as they say it is but I guess every little bit counts when it comes to juicing up your devices faster.

One interesting caveat though, the booster has 2 modes of functioning, one is where it'll boost your charging but it means you can't transfer data with your PC in this mode even if it's connected to a PC's USB port. The other mode is normal mode where you can sync data with your PC. My Nokia Lumia 1020 behaved EXTREMELY weird when connected to anything in this mode, basically the phone kept dropping in and out of charge mode, probably due to how the current is being passed through it. I recommend that if you do get this and you need to be NOT in boost mode? Just don't plug the thing in.

Because of this little issue, I have a theory about how this thing works. According to the Wikipedia article a dedicated charging port is identified by shorting it's data pins, so what this charge booster is doing could just be that it's shorting the data pins when it's on so that the device knows it can draw more current from it.

You can find this thing around town, I've seen them selling between RM60 to RM40 under various brands (since it is some China OEM product I guess) The cheapest price was at IP Mart so you can go check it out if you're interested.

A few more things to be aware of before you go.

  • Charging at a higher current heats up the battery/device faster. And since doing data transfer intensive processing on the device (like using Waze) also generates a ton of heat on the device, your device might get pretty hot with this. And then 2 things might happen, either the battery stops charging due to it's thermal protection circuit, or if the thermal protection circuit is faulty the battery *might* catch fire. :P Depends on the ignition temperature of the components inside the device I guess.
  • Someone once told me that if you had a device that was drawing much more current than the power supply could provide at best nothing happens and your device doesn't get charged, at worst you damage the power supply.

Scared yet? ;)


Saturday, 23 November 2013 12:03:00 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 18 November 2013

I recently got the ultra awesomely nifty Avermedia Game Capture HD II (what not a 2?) Why does it deserve such a title? Because it's not just a simple hardware HDMI capture device, you can actually include audio commentary edit AND upload the video from the box itself as well!!! Check out the review!

Trying to be funny, I recorded WZ doing the edit and upload demo. But he wasn't very cooperative since I didn't rehearse it with him so I left his part out of the video. You can watch the rejected bits below.


Monday, 18 November 2013 11:44:34 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 10 November 2013

One important thing which I should regarding my previously comments regarding fuel consumption in my Nissan Serena S-Hybrid follow up post.

My daily office commute doesn't consists of any stretch of highway or anything which would allow me to go above 70km/h for any long stretch. Here's a more detailed table of the fuel consumption based on my records.

Fuel (Liters) Distance (KM) Consumption (KM/L) Average Speed (KM/H) Car Running Time
40 330 8.25 23 14 Hours 2 Minutes
48.22 358.5 7.4 19 18 Hours 23 Minutes
49.29 349.9 7.09 19 18 Hours 10 Minutes
51.37 408.3 7.9 22 18 Hours 17 Minutes

Fuel usage is obtained by pumping to full tank at every cycle. Average speed and Car Running Time is obtained from on board instrumentation.

Below is an Excel Spreadsheet which if I feel like it I'll update to have a better idea of my ongoing fuel consumption. So the data below would be more updated.


Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:16:51 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 05 November 2013

It's been two months since I've gotten my Microsoft Surface Pro, and since the day they announced it. I knew I would love it except for how they choose to deal with the digitizer! But here's a quick run down of why I love my Surface Pro.

10 inches of Power!

The Surface Pro packs a Core i5 processor into a compact 10" case which I can throw into a bag and forget about it. This means I get great processing power and is portable enough for me to carry with me without thinking of it too much! The two questions which I usually get are How the hell do you see anything on such a small screen? Which I answer it's probably because I've been using small PCs long enough to be used to the small letters on the screen! for the record I'm running it at 125% display magnification. The second question is How can you do anything on such a small PC? The Surface Pro has a 1.7Ghz Intel Core i5 with 4GB of RAM, it is more than capable of handling most tasks, the Surface Pro is where code gets written and worked on! It IS a small PC, but it has a lot of power under the hood!

The power of the pen!

I'm an avid user of Microsoft Onenote, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who needs a digital diary journal for their life. You can even get it for the iOS and Android platforms now, heck.. you can even just run it off the Skydrive website! Evernote? I'll always remember what my friend who has used both said to me once regarding Evernote. Evernote is for people who can't use OneNote for their platform! I've been using OneNote since the very first version and I've been writing in my OneNote since the very first version! Even when my notebook DIDN'T have a touch screen I sought to find some way of writing on it! The fact that the Surface Pro comes with a Wacom digitizer means I have a great writing experience, without the worry of having to hunt for AAAA batteries one day.

Still hating magnet docked pen though.

Light gaming!

One of the biggest surprise with the Surface Pro was that the Intel HD4000 actually turned out to be not utterly worthless in gaming, but I've actually managed to play quite a bunch of games on it, Rayman Legends, Walking Dead, Back To The Future, etc. etc. But of course it IS still just an integrated graphics chip and wheter or not a game worked on it is still pretty much a gamble. One thing I must note though, upgrading to Windows 8.1 allowed me to run some games which didn't want to run on Windows 8 previously like FTL and Fez,  although Stealth Bastard stopped working on 8.1 so it's not perfect yet.

But hey.. I can play Typing Of The Dead Overkill on it so I'm happy!

Now that the Surface Pro 2 has been announced, do I feel like I've bought my Pro at the wrong time? Not really, the Hashwell chipset on the Pro 2 will deliver about 1.5 hours more of battery life which is nice but not essential to me, same with the slightly higher graphics performance. Also... it'll probably take another 6~8 months before the Pro 2 reaches anywhere near Malaysia so I can wait.

Though the Purple Type Cover 2 does look nice...


Tuesday, 05 November 2013 23:13:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
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