# Sunday, 10 February 2008
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This is the first pack of cigarettes I've bought in my life. I feel like I've finally completed my journey into manhood now, and when I light up a shot I will finally feel how it is to be a man, to have gaya, mutu, keunggulan.

NOT!

I will never condone smoking! This is the real reason I actually bought the cigs.

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It's a keychain with a 1" LCD screen on it, basically it's a mini digital photo frame... on a keychain that is. So what does this have to do with a fine pack of Dunhills? Everything!

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See.. it was basically a bundle.. you have to buy the 2 together, I felt it was a good deal considering that I saw the Genius keychain digital photo frame (which seems to be from the same manufacturer) being sold at RM74.

How do I know that the thing is just a simple rehash from god knows which manufacturer from Taiwan or China? Well.. take a look at the driver CD.

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A bloody CDR... really now.. this is definitely going against Gaya.. Mutu.. Keunggulan here aren't we?

Why do we even need a driver CD? Because the thing isn't really a USB Mass Storage Device. Well... it is, when you plug it into the system it's recognized as a drive but it's using some proprietary file system so you can't access the files, when you try to access the drive with Explorer it'll ask you if you want to format it, and I decided not to try that just yet.

So.. the only way to get pictures onto the thing is via the software on the CD, which thankfully works with Vista. The funny thing about the software is that you can't resize your pictures that you want to upload so it fully fits onto miniscule screen of the keychain, you have to crop it to a SQUARE! You have absolutely no control over it at all.

The results are usable as long as you aren't expecting a lot of detail from it, ie. Face shots, pretty good. Wide panoramic views... not so good. The manual doesn't even mention how many pixels does the screen contain. I'm gonna guess it's errr.. 160x160?

In summary, it's an interesting toy if you feel like getting it. And it's cheap compared to getting it on it's own.

What I'd like to point out is how worrying it is that Dunhill bundled this with their cigs, other than this photo frame, they also bundled a USB thumbdrive + pen device, and also a USB Speaker with their cigs. Obviously this is all targeted to the gadget lovers. I wonder what their aim was in doing this promotion? Did they expect non smoking gadgeteers to buy the bundles and then just decide to light one up because they have a pack of cigs anyway?

I for one.. am gonna just give the cigs to whoever asks for it in the office tomorrow.


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