# 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.


Sunday, 10 February 2008 23:18:57 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

That's what I told myself a few years back after a particularly nasty incident involving around a particularly bad system restore experience with my C110 Tablet PC.

But after my shuttle died in a brilliant lightning storm, I needed a replacement desktop PC. I didn't need something extremely powerful, just something to watch movies with, do video editing of WZ's videos and other miscellaneous tasks. Definitely not to play games cause I've swore off PC gaming already.

I was even considering just getting of them media playing cases like this since that would be what I did primarily.. watch videos. But then, it costs about RM1700 just for the case itself without even taking the hard disk into consideration.

Then I stumbled upon this...

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The Acer Aspire L3600. It's a small form factor PC, and it costs RM1999 for the Core 2 Duo version, the Core Duo and AMD versions are even cheaper! But since the Core 2 Duo one comes with 1GB of RAM I got this one.

Not much surprises in the machine.. DVD Multiwriter.. builtin WiFi card... TV Tuner.. which since it doesn't have a hardware MPEG2 Encoder it doesn't work with Windows Media Center.

One of the reasons why the system can be so cheap is that it doesn't come preinstalled with Windows. But rather Linux.. Linpus Linux. I'd tell you about the features offered by the free OS but... the problem is, Acer decided to install the OS onto the system and then forgot all about it. It doesn't even come with a GUI enviroment!

Upon first boot, you're greeted with a command prompt and the message that says something to the effect of "type os-update to install X-Windows". So I did so... and pages and pages of error messages scrolled through the screen, most of them seemed to be complaining about being unable to find something for download. 5 minutes later it said it was done installing X-Windows and I needed to restart the system.

I restarted the system and was still greeted with the command prompt.... I installed Vista Home Premium immediately. It really puzzles me why did Acer do such a half ass job with the Linux install, it was obviously an afterthought considering how crappy it is!

No problems installing Windows considering the drivers are all provided on a CD with the system.

All in all, the system is ideal for use as a simple home PC, it's powerful enough to do handle most non gaming related tasks and definetly sufficient for most users.


Sunday, 10 February 2008 21:18:37 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

I still remember when I heard the name Transflash... oh god, not another memory format! That was when I just swapped my SD card for a Mini SD card to be used in my phone. And with the apperance of Transflash I knew that it wouldn't be long until I got a phone which needed to use that type of memory.

After a while, Transflash got renamed to MicroSD and then it became apparent that with the right type of adapter you could use MicroSD cards in any SD card scenario.

And I recently completed my collection of MicroSD adapters.

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To complete my set of adapters I finally managed to get hold of a MicroSD to MiniSD by trading my MicroSD to SD & USB adapter for it. This means that I'm now able to use a MicroSD card in pretty much any situation... granted.... how many people still use MiniSD cards nowadays?


Sunday, 10 February 2008 19:20:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 09 February 2008

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For those who can't read Chinese the red words at the top of the book says "An UNTEARABLE Picture Book" Well... guessed WZ proved that wrong, I guess the fact that the joints are the weakest link also contributed to it's eventual demise.


Saturday, 09 February 2008 21:10:41 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 08 February 2008
We accidentally left WZ's pillow in a relative's house when he fell asleep on their bed. The repercussions were shocking! WZ just didn't want to go to sleep without the pillow, granted there are many other reasons that he didn't want to sleep but I cannot deny the fact that after we gave him the pillow and he falls asleep within 10 minutes after we've been trying for hours...

Friday, 08 February 2008 00:02:59 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |