# Tuesday, 16 December 2008

A new release of the Windows Live Apps Beta has been released. Or as the Windows Live team likes to call them the Windows Live Essentials!

Everything looks smashingly great, Live Writer is as good as always. Though I wish they didn't enable all the smart quotes and other character replacements by default. I feel that'll cause some amount of grief to some people.

Live Messenger looks spiffy! But they removed the signature sound which allows me to set a sound to be played on my friend's system when I get online, I liked that feature even if I did get scared by it sometimes. Hope they put it back in as a setting that can be switched on or off.

Live Photo Gallery... works, interesting point to note is that now the autofix tries to straigthen you photo as well. Somehow I don't think that's a good idea since the problem is that the program doesn't know the intent of the photographer's angle. Or actually understands the subject being photographed.

And then there's Live Movie Maker... oh god... what have they done to the Movie Maker name? I really LIKE Movie Maker, in my opinion it's a very underappreciated program that comes with Windows. It just works! you can easier trim and create movie clips, add captions, etc. etc. You can even customize your own encoding profiles so you can make WMV files for any usage. In the name of simplification.. They've redesigned the whole UI, and basically removed everything that gave Movie Maker it's charm previously. The team mentions that the engine powering Windows Live Movie Maker is capable of great things, and I WANT to believe them, I WANT to believe that there's a program capable of being as good as the old Windows Movie Maker. In it's state right now I call attention to this old Mac vs PC ad.

If you asked me how bad does the output of Windows Live Movie Maker looks right now? It's WORSE than the PC movie being depicted in the Ad! Come on guys, make me BELIEVE that Windows Live Movie Maker works!!!

Other then Live Movie Maker, everything else in the Live Apps suite works great!


Tuesday, 16 December 2008 22:49:15 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

So the new year is coming and what better way to start the year than by learning something new? There’s a Technet MSDN technology summit that’ll be happening on 15th January 2009 over at the KL Convention center. And there’ll be demos of the MS Virtualization platform, and more interesting to me would be that there’ll be sessions on AZURE, yum yum indeed.

Oh there’ll also be a demo of Windows 7 for those of you who like me haven’t bothered to acquire the preview released during PDC.

And maybe… just maybe.. and this is just ME saying this.

We *might* actually get a new Beta of Windows 7.

Just remember.. operative word here is *MIGHT*… with asterisks too!


Tuesday, 16 December 2008 22:15:38 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Here comes a NEW CHALLENGER!

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So with the purchase of the Revoltech Chun Li I can safely say I'm done buying figures for the next few months. Note again how they choose to make left and right parts non symmetrical so it looks natural. Still feels weird to me!

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Short posing stand once again limits off the ground moves.

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This time I took my shots by using a large white colored piece of EVA foam as a backdrop, then I mounted my flash on the tripod and setup for Wireless High Speed Sync flash on my camera so at least there's a background to the photo instead of the dark void you see the last time I tried doing this. Still not perfect, so I guess the next thing is to built on actual light box or a diffuser for my flash.

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And of course would a Chun Li shot be complete WITHOUT a spinning bird kick?


Tuesday, 16 December 2008 00:34:53 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 15 December 2008

There are times where I'm still surprised at what WZ is able to do, just the other day I leave him watching the eeePC for his videos and I left it on the floor and I turn around and I see...

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And I never told him that he can put the thing on his lap, and he does it himself! I guess he just saw me do it before.

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He doesn't actually read the pictures, or knows how to flip the books properly. But they are a great tool for training him to understand numbers. Bring daddy book 14!

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Food is one of WZ's great hobbies.

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Like all kids... WZ is easily distracted and forgets one toy once he walks past another. :P

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Just about 2 years old and already looking like an Ah Pek reading the newspaper.


Monday, 15 December 2008 22:51:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Saturday, 13 December 2008

My brother's car was STOLEN this evening from his office. It looks like this.

License plate number is ABR 5698. It's such an old car you'd wonder why people would steal it? either for parts or for a heist? or maybe because it's such an old car that you don't need rear seat belts that's why they took it?


Saturday, 13 December 2008 01:59:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |