# Sunday, 02 April 2006

Visual Studio 2005 is a GREAT tool to use and code with. After using it for a while you really don't want to go back to any other IDE. Cause it allows a programmer to be really productive, with lots of time saving code generation tools and what not.

And there lies the problem, a lot of people just click click click to build their programs and never really go into understanding what the IDE did for them. What code was generated, what the code does, and most importantly what makes the code WORK. The thing is generated code can never be used in every single situation, if you do not understand how the generated code works, how are you going to change it or improvise on it to get it to do your bidding?

Sunday, 02 April 2006 23:32:08 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

At first the McD delivery service was interesting, and useful. Since well they devliered something else other than pizza. And it's something you could eat much more regularly than pizza. But then a few months back the first little stain on their record happened to me where when I called them to order during a weekday and they tell me... "We can't take our order now, we're too busy!" Errr.. ok... But weren't you guys expecting the load?

And just now was pretty much the last straw, I made an order and they said it'd take 45~60 mins to arrive. An hour later and still nothing so I called them to see what was wrong, they told me that the order was closed which I gather means that the order should have been delivered. I told them no it's not delivered. And after being put on hold for a while she tells me her supervisor would call me back in a while.... The supervisor didn't call me back.

I call them again, hunger.. starvation... [b]anger[/b]... all building up... Again I tell them my order wasn't delivered, again they told me my order is closed, again they put me on hold, again they said their supervisor would call me back. This time I told them.. supervisor now! When the supervisor told me to wait again I blew my top, screwed them about the delays, actually used a fuck in my anger. (causing my wife to be pretty annoyed) 10 mins later they FINALLY delivered the full, I didn't say a word to the delivery boy. I just paid him knowing that this is probably the last time I'm ordrering McD delivery!

Sunday, 02 April 2006 17:46:43 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [7]  | 
# Sunday, 26 March 2006

From my colleague I learnt that Carrefour has this smalll itty bity 8" screen with integrated speakers on sale.

I bought this mainly for use with my Creative Zen Vision cause the wife complains that the Vision's screen is too small to be visible.

The video display is normal.. it's just a plain old 320x240 PAL display I guess. But I'm not looking for super image quality or anything.

It didn't hurt that the thing comes prepackaged with a car cigrette lighter plug to get the 12V the screen needs from the car, so that saved me time cause I don't need to splice a power adapter myself.

All this is fine and dandy but.. the screen has a few more tricks up it's sleeve which managed to tip the scales and made me buy this little guy... first of all.

The little guy has VGA INPUT, it supports up to 1024x768 and is ugly as heck due to all the resizing but at 800x600 it's pretty usable as a side screen. Or if you just want to watch a movie on the side while you work. Speaking of entertainment on the side..

The darn thing also has a TV TUNER built in. The builtin antennae could only get me 8TV but it comes with a connector so you can plug a real antennae to in.

So it's not just an LCD monitor, it's an LCD TV! For RM380 you get a small car ready screen WITH a TV TUNER built in and you can also use it as a secondary display for your PC. This thing is bigger than the usual LCD screens they sell at car accesory shops AND it's already a TV, I guess if you're looking for a TV in your car you might want to think about this.

Sunday, 26 March 2006 15:49:39 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  | 
# Thursday, 23 March 2006

PC Games has always had some form of copy protection associated with it since the beginning of the PC gaming industry, manual look ups, code wheels, star maps... Then in the CD era we had the copy protection systems that detered the copying of the actual CD.

And now.. there's StarForce, the current super champion of copy protection that's just causing all sort of grief around the PC gaming world. Just do a quick Google on the name and you'll find a whole load of sites against it. We've had copy protection that stops legitamate users from playing a game before but this is something different.

First of all it installs DRIVERS and other various service that poke and prod your system even when you're NOT playing the game!! And the most recent news is that if the background service feels that you're trying to do something illegal, it'll force a windows restart on you.. BLAM.. there goes all your work cause the service thought you were running something illegal.

Makes me feel glad that I've pretty much swore off PC Gaming already, my consoles and handhelds serve me well enough for entertainment. :P


Thursday, 23 March 2006 01:50:15 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 20 March 2006

On Wednesday (16th Mar 2006) I went down to Singapore to attend the Xbox 360 launch over there, following an interesting trip from JB to Singapore I finally reached the launch party at night at the Red Dot Design Musuem.

So there I was enjoying the atmosphear, looking at the demo kiosks and well trying to get hold of some of them lime green cotton candy they were giving out and as I was trying to take a picture of the host of the event she announced that she was looking for volunteers for a gaming competition so once again the experience of attending years of MS events kicked in, which is... if ever the host asks for a volunteer or asks if anyone wants anything, just say yes cause no harm can come out of it. So I walk on stage almost immediately after she asked for volunteers and pretty soon 3 more ppl joined me.

Then as we were getting ready for a little DOA4 action, the host mentioned that another team was needed, she then mentioned the prize which was up for grabs.


Now everyone wanted to join, and one thing lead to another and...

Our team won! For the first time in my life my gaming experience paid off!!! Whoopeee... now I wait with held breath for my 360 to be delivered... :P

Monday, 20 March 2006 00:21:09 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |