# Saturday, 05 May 2007

I just finished programming something in NotePad, something which I thought I never do again for a LOOOOOOONG time. But.. since I'm using Silverlight 1.0 and there's no real intellisense for the Javascript objects in Silverlight on VS2k5, I thought what the heck.. let me just bum it out retro style! ;)

Saturday, 05 May 2007 01:25:25 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 02 May 2007

Realizing that Wen Zhern was hot when he was sitting in his stroller I bought one of those little clip on fans to cool him down.

This little piece of gear instantly invoked gadget lust in all the other babies that saw WZ's little fan.. aaaa.. they start so small now.. :P

Gear | Gen 2
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 21:24:01 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

My main portable media player is the Creative Zen Vision. It does it's job quite well, plays video pretty well, except for the fact that it doesn't play AC3 streams which makes it a little inconvinient when trying to rip DVDs to play on it. But that's another rant. The rant for today is the fact that the speaker on the Vision.. is pathetic! It produces sound, but dont expect the sound to be audible if you have anything more than a fan running.

So I've been constantly trying to find a proper portable speaker to use with it, my previous attempt was the Creative PopZ speaker, which although it was unpowered it was quite well... for unpowered speakers that is.. it pasted the portability test cause it sealed up into a nice carryable case. But still wasn't loud enough for enviroments like say... a chinese wedding dinner?

So again I went looking for portable speakers, I saw some around but I didn't like the size.. or the price.. considering some of them were charging above RM100 for a small pair of speakers. Then I saw this small little powered speaker being sold for.. RM39.

I thought.. hey what the heck.. it's RM39.. it wouldn't be that big a loss if it doesn't work out. And after I got home and tried it out this is the summary of the little guy.

The Good

  • My god the thing is LOUD!!! I don't see how this can't pass the wedding dinner test, heck.. my wife would probably tell me to turn it down!
  • It recharges it's internal battery through USB.
  • The sound plug is integrated so no wires to loose.

The Bad

  • The battery is an internal lithium ion battery... given typical lithium ion battery lifespans.. this would probably last oh.. 1.5 ~ 2 years?
  • It recharges through USB.. but the head LOOKS like a non standard one, I'll know after I do a quick run into the cable bin over at Sri Computer or All IT mall at Low Yat cause I remember seeing a few different types of Mini A type cables there.
  • The sound plug is integrated, so it means that the thing just sticks out of the audio jack of your device so it can get in the way. A short audio extension cable should solve that.

The mini speaker also has one more little trick..

The extremely broken manual calls this the RESONATOR which is supposed to make your sound more bassy now that it has some place to bounce around.

All in all, this is highly recommended if all you wanted was to hear the sound coming out from your devices properly, since I don't think this is gonna pass any audiophille test anytime soon.

Wednesday, 02 May 2007 17:13:53 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 29 April 2007

My colleagues drove me down this morning back to Yong Peng to pick up my car. One lousy piece of plastic which forms my radiator cover ended up costing me RM400... bloody hell!

The car survived the trip back from Yong Pong to home without over heating luckily.

But the nagging question is still there.

Just that the heck was that molten piece of plastic that fell out of the car?

Sunday, 29 April 2007 01:05:44 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 26 April 2007

OK.. let's recap the day.

I woke up at 6:30 in the morning so that I could get ready to go to the client's location so we could get some testing down on the equipment we installed down in Johor.

The tests went well even though we didn't get to test out the massive processing scenarios that we wanted to.

It was already 4:30PM when we decided to pack up and leave the area, my boss gave me 2 choices, stay the night in the hotel and leave tomorrow morning so we can drive around more rested or well.. drive back then. As I knew I could make it back around 9PM if I left then I could get back home in time to catch WZ waking up at me and motion "Oh look daddy's back... FEED ME!!" I decided to drive home.

After we stopped for petrol at the Machap toll, I started hearing some weird fluterring noises from the car, like something was flapping around loose inside. As I pulled over to the side of the road and the car started slowing down it stopped on it's own, I thought I over heated the car but a quick glance at the thermometer showed otherwise. I popped open my frontal hood where my radiator was located, the roof of the hood had water traces on it, and my spare tyre located in the hood had spray marks on it.

My colleague who was riding with me looked underneath the car and saw a chunk of melted plastic drop from the engine, it looked like some sort of valve cap or something. Luckily I stopped meters away from a PLUS assistance phone and very quickly the PLUS Ronda people showed up and helpfully towed the car out to the Yong Peng toll.

Once there we had to fend for ourselves, but the typical service center wolves were present, the service center was located right outside the toll, he got his own toll truck to toll the car over to his place, for a fee of RM40 this time.

That's when the bad news was delivered, the mechanic poured water into the radiator, and it all just leaked out... since it was too late to go get parts he had to go find a new radiator tomorrow.

Luckily for me, my colleague's home town was just a town away. And that's where I'm posting this right now.

ps. We STILL don't know what that plastic piece that fell out is for....

Thursday, 26 April 2007 23:00:43 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  |