# Thursday, 09 July 2009

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Such concentration... so serious in what he's doing...

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In order to play a video!


Thursday, 09 July 2009 21:53:59 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 08 July 2009

Been crazily busy for the past few weeks but just had to put this up before I forget to celebrate the event.

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WZ is now capable of using the mouse to guide the (extra large) cursor, and use it to double click on the video he wants to watch. Then.. once he gets bored, he'll close the video by clicking on the X, click on the start menu, fire up paint and start scribbling with the various tools.

He has absolutely no idea of what actually does what though, so he's been dragging and messing up stuff up over the desktop.

But.. yup.. he's definitely growing up and learning stuff. Once I have time I'll write about the things that are fed to WZ by the family. :P


Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:16:56 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 27 June 2009

I was over at the Section 14 Digital Mall to see if anything interesting popped up during their sale. And then in a mobile phone kiosk near the entrance, they were having an offer on external battery packs. Or... Portable 5V Power Supplies as I'd like to call them. So I decided to see what they were offering since I was looking for a replacement for my old 5V pack which had died a few months back. They were products from a company called Lenmar, the products of interest are those on this page.

They were having an almost 50% sale on their products, so.. the small 700mAh was RM55, the bigger ~2100mAh one (can't remember the exact capacity but it's around 2000+ mAh) was RM99 and the big ass one that outputs enough DC current to recharge notebooks was RM349. Then there was on more thing that was also at RM99. It was a 2100mAh battery, but... it had a solar cell on it, so it's rechargable by the power of the sun as well as any other 5V source.

Oh well.. it is the same price as a normal one, so I thought why not?

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As you can see it's roughly as big as my Diamond 2, and you can see the front carries the solar errr.. collectors. Other than that, there's nothing much spectacular to talk about.

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It has a charging LED, and an output LED. The 5V in port is just a USB Mini A port, which is always a good thing, and the 5V out port is just a USB socket, which is DEFINETLY what a 5V power supply should have.

UPDATE : Mother farker! While the charging light is a normal soothing green LED, and IN USE light is a BLINDINGLY BRIGHT blue LED! It blinded me when I plugged something in to charge for the first time!.

I have never had a good experience with solar cells, they just never seem to work for me. The last one I had, I left out in the sun for the WHOLE DAY but in the end it just powered the phone for 2 minutes before being exhausted...

Let's see if this one turns out any better.

On a side note, after I paid for my battery, the fair organizers rolled out the "ROBOT" for people to take photos with....

If that IS a robot, then I better gear up for a robot invasion soon.


Saturday, 27 June 2009 17:20:38 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Here's a text heavy post that compiles up the common complaints I hear from Windows Mobile Phone users. Complaints like.
- It's unstable
- It's taking too much memory
- It's not user friendly
- The battery life sucks

Read more if you're interested.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009 00:50:12 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 20 June 2009

You are obsessed with it! My wife said to me. To which I replied calmly, no I'm not as I glance at WZ while he played at the fiberglass houses and slides in Toys R Us.

But everytime you come to Toys R Us, you keep checking it out. And then you talk about it for a while. I replied that while I might be intrigued by it, it's just another gun.

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If it's just another gun, would you be so obsessed over it? Aren't you supposed to be the one that tells me not to buy so many toys?

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I don't understand why you're thinking so much about it and not buying it, it's way cheaper than most of the other crazy junk you buy. Well I need to think of the consequences, the aftermath, how much work involved to play with it, where would I put it?

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You know what.. this is probably the only thing you desire that I can afford to get you. And now you who are reading this, think about this image for a second. Your significant other lugs a toy half their height from a shelf and heads for the checkout counter with the full intent on buying it for YOU, just because you're obsessing over it.

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A Nerf Vulcan EBF-25 Dart Machine Gun. Yes it just looks like a big gun in the pictures, so let me explain it in one sentence.

It's a battery powered, chain belt ammo fed machine gun that's capable of firing darts in rapid succession! (about 3 a second)

IMHO I find the belt fed part as the most innovative part about this gun. 

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When I first saw the ammo belt, the following scenario immediately played through my head. It's during the design meeting of the team developing the machine gun.

A : So... how many rounds should we allow the gun to carry? 25, 50? What kind of clip should we use?
B : What if we didn't put a hard limit on how many rounds? What if we made some way of constantly feeding ammo into the gun instead?
A : Like a ammo belt? But that's insane, how would a kid be able to lug around the already heavy gun along with 3 meters of ammo?
B : A Kid wouldn't, BUT... an adult intend on winning out in an office Nerf dart war, would be more than capable of not only carrying, but BUYING as much ammo as he wants!

And that's where the true genius of the designer shine through. The ammo belt that comes with the gun is able to carry 25 rounds, BUT... you can purchase additional belts of 25 and link them into a giant chain (EDIT: Looks like I screwed up, after an inspection of an add on ammo pack, I don't think they made it so they can link up to form a giant china. It does seem hackable to make it work though), and then some how if you can figure out how to coil the thing around your arm and still have the gun fire without jamming, you can finally realize that Rambo fantasy you've been having. (By the way it's kinda hard to coil the belt around your arm and still have it fire properly, and yes.. that's like the first thing I tried to do. You KNOW you would have tried to do it too!)

The firing mechanism is pretty ingenious.

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You have a rotary dial which advances the and primes the next dart into shooting position. And then when the dart is in position, the firing assembly locks the dart in place and then kicks it out.

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The firing assembly is the white thing with an orange ring that you see at the back of the grey ammo belt. What's interesting is that if you run out of batteries, or you feel like conserving ammo, you can actually cock the thing MANUALLY with the pump lever.

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And then shoot off one dart at a time.

Performance wise, as a dart gun, the Vulcan suffers some trade offs. Which might be quite severe to some. When firing in battery powered full auto mode, a dart travels about half a living room before losing power, while in manual mode the darts seem to fly as far as the bog standard N-Finder gun I got previously. But while range isn't the virtue of the Vulcan, the fact that you can keep firing rapidly till you run out of ammo is a fun feeling... until you remember you have to reload the damn thing! :P If you wanted a gun that has a decent rate of fire, as well as having pretty decent firing range, get the 6 shooter Nerf Maverick which I also mentioned previously.

The tripod is detachable from the gun itself.

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The legs actually close with a spring action, so the idea it's possible for someone to rapidly pick it up and redeploy it in another location.

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Everytime I look at this shot I keep thinking of R2D2, do any of you get the same feeling?

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While the Vulcan is a FUN toy to play with, I'd think the tactical value of the Vulcan in a Nerf war is close to a standard single shot dart gun, while you can have a high rate of fire and a large ammo capacity, once it's gone, it's hard to reload on the field since you can't just pick up a dart and drop it into the chamber to fire. If you're looking for a gun that gives the best bang for buck, I'd say the 6 Shooter Nerf Maverick is the best choice.

That said, it's immensely fun to tell your son to go look at the glass door and then fire darts around him to make an outline... until you run out of ammo and realize.. I need more than 25 darts to encircle him!

PS. In case you feel like commenting about all the various mods I should do to my guns to make them faster, stronger, better. I KNOW about the mods. I'd do them in a HEARTBEAT, if I didn't have a little kid in the house that's just as likely to shoot himself in the head as well as something else around the house! :P


Saturday, 20 June 2009 18:23:37 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |