# Saturday, 18 April 2009

As I was looking around the Daiso RM5 shop at the curve I noticed a box of screws.

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They may look just like any other screw, washer and nut set to you but.... There seems to be JUST the right parts to declamp an Xbox 360, the screws are just the right length to fit both the GPU and the Processor heat sinks, and not only do they have washers, they have SPRING WASHERS too. And the heads are slimmer than the previous screws I used so maybe.. just maybe I don't have to drill holes into the case after the fix.

I ripped open Yoroi's old RRODed box which died after finishing the fight last year and tried to fit the screws in. That's when I realized... I remembered the width of the screw wrongly!! I bought 4MM wide screws, the box needs 5MM ones!!!! Now I have to go get another box!

Damn it!


Saturday, 18 April 2009 02:00:34 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Friday, 17 April 2009

So, the mirror screen guard I was talking about has arrived.

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As I expected (I finally thought about how it could work AFTER I fired off the purchase) It's essentially a well cut one way mirror tint sheet. So when there's no light from the screen it appears almost as reflective as a mirror, but when the screen is on it'll show through. With a little caveat being that since it does fancy tricks with the light the screen is tinted and thus a whee bit darker than usual. It'd be fine if the screen was set to a higher brightness, but on the Diamond I can set the screen brightness to auto adjust based on ambient light but because the sensor doesn't know about the tinted screen thus I now have a slightly darker screen than I liked. (wonder if there's a way to tweak this sensitivity)

Quality wise, the surface feels nice and smooth both finger and stylus manipulation seem to be ok. Though I think I need a bit more pressure to tap on stuff, maybe I should perform a screen calibration again.

Would I recommend this to other users? No! Now I know why this is cheaper than other screen protectors even though it has a special gimmick. Not everyone is going to be able to live with the fact that the screen will appear slightly tinted unless you're always using your device on MAXIMUM brightness. But if you'd really like your phone's surface to look like a mirror... be my guest!


Friday, 17 April 2009 01:01:18 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 14 April 2009

As most SLR camera owners will tell you that it's probably best for you to keep your camera in a nice dry container. It could be just an airtight storage box with silica gel in it, or it could be an actual electrical climate controlled dry box. I can't bring myself to buying a dry box, so silica gel it is for me then. So previously I stuck either a pouch of silica gel or one of those thirsty hippo things into the box, and it worked out well except I had to change them after a few weeks.

Today I bought this.

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They call it a rechargable dehumidifier. It works just like silica gel, but once it's done it's job instead of throwing it away, you plug it into a wall socket to recharge it and you can use it again. This thing isn't really anything special, it's basically contains silica gel inside, as well as a heating element. Whenever silica gel is full you can in theory just bake it in the sun, microwave it, etc. etc. and it'll be ready to suck moisture again. So with the builtin heating element you can basically do it in an easy manner.

This is NOT the first time I got something like this, a while back I already bought one of these so called rechargable dehumidifiers. It stopped working after 2 months, what's different now? That one looked the part of a chapalang branded product with dubious quality issues. This one looks... errrr... like it'll actually work for a while longer. I highly doubt it'll hit the 5 years it says on the sticker but consider this post a timestamp on how long/well it worked.


Tuesday, 14 April 2009 00:58:09 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Monday, 13 April 2009

I was trying to take a photo of a crystal statue to see what results I'd get. A side flash made the details stand out, and well it looked like a cube of glass.

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Then I positioned my flash so it shot from the top, and the cube started casting some flares.

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Closing the aperture darkened the pic to give it a more errr.. gem like look? And reduced the main glare point. (err... what's the term for it? hotspot? reflection?)

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But then again we can cut glare just by taking the shot from another angle.

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I'm sure the semi pro wants to say something about the flares, I just found it interesting how the light X'out when it hit the top.

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And here's a shot where I try to be make the shot look nicer with some bokeh at the side. And I took it at an angle too!

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Then when viewing the pic on the screen I find out I made the same mistake again whenever I take stuff with my macro lens. I forgot to wipe down the thing to remove all the dust trails from it! :P


Monday, 13 April 2009 01:38:41 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 11 April 2009

I was in the middle of writing a sample page to create a compeling Silverlight install experience (ie. anything better than the plain Install Silverlight Now button that appears in Silverlight Streaming hosted apps) so I can show how well the user can be guided to install Silverlight for a project we're working on.

As I hunkered down and got ready to hit the code, I find a link to... a white paper and sample code on how to make great Silverlight install experiences.

Well.. that sure saved me a lot of trouble! :P


Saturday, 11 April 2009 16:58:32 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |