# Saturday, 10 October 2009

Long time readers of my blog might remember what this is.


Yes, this is a hand crank 5V dispenser, but it's not the one that was pictured in the previous post no, this is a new one that I picked up from DealExtreme, so why did I go buy another thing which I hope I never be in the situation where I'd need it? Cause it comes with a USB port as it's output!


The previous one I had used a normal power plug style connector, so it meant I'd have to carry the proper cables around if I wanted to provide power for USB.


But of course with this new one I can just directly plug a USB charge cable into it and start cranking. But... as I started testing it I realized something. First of all the USB cranker had a much tighter and stiffer crank, and I could hear the gears slipping every now and then. Secondlly the USB cranker seemed to be outputing much less current than the old model.

As the crankers were only secured by 2 screws, I decided to pop them open to see what's so different between the 2 of them. Here's the USB Cranker


And here's what the old cranker looks like on the inside


Since I have no electrical engineering experience and can't tell how efficient each cranker is, I'll explain from what I can see. The crank handle of the old cranker has a METAL core thus it can rotate around more smoothly, the new one has a PLASTIC core, so not only it doesn't move around smoothly, I'm gonna guess if I use it too much it'd start changing shape and get filed down. The gears generally feel much more tighter and well made on the old one as well.

Damn.. I guess they really don't make things like they use to anymore!

Hmmm... maybe I can perform a transplant...

Saturday, 10 October 2009 15:46:43 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

As previously mentioned in an earlier post I ordered a protective device skin from Gadget Shieldz. And they arrived a few days ago. Installation of the thing was hair raising considering I was going against everything I believed in and actually putting visible water on my Diamond 2.

Then was the fact that immediately after applying I noticed that there were a LOT of micro bubbles and imperfections trapped underneath the skin. The installation page on the Gadget Shieldz page stated that I shouldn't fret over micro bubbles or the hazy appearance of the screen cause they'll improve after 24 hours.

But I was worried never the less, since traditionally a screen protector should look GREAT the moment you put it on! Not to mention the skin felt tacky and not ideal for sliding your finger around on. Then one of my friends mentioned that I should just let it be for a few days and see.

So I did... and what a drastic change it was!


After one day the skin feels smoother and slicker, the micro bubbles all over the place has almost fully disappeared. Whatever's left are just small little traces of bubbles.


I'll give it another few more days and see, but they're acceptable to me. What was not acceptable to me were the side flaps, because they just seem to be too long and overlapped in some places.


So I have to trim it myself.

And so.. the big question is... Is this thing SCRATCH PROOF? The website of all these shield products say that the sheet can withstand being punctured by a screw driver. Well.. that's nice cause it means the sheet is tough enough to not be RIPPED APART because technically a screw driver (especially those big ones which they used to demonstrate their point) doesn't really have a SHARP POINTY point.

To test the scratch resistance I took my keys which I would put in the same pocket as my phone now that it's protected by a scratch proof sheet, and introduced it to the rear panel. The results? Not pretty. The film is definetly scratchable causing fine lines to appear where the keys hit it. The reason could be because some of the points on my keys are sharp enough to be used as a needle point and can prick skin. If I used a NOT so sharp key, then well the film escapes undamaged.

I guess I should have expected this to happen since it's not INDESTRUCTABLE! :P I DO feel that it's stronger and more durable than my other screen protectors though.

So you might say it's because I used the cheaper Gadgetshieldz and not the original more expensive Invisible Shield. And I'm a strong believer of getting what you paid for. So I took a look at the videos hosted by the Invisible Shield.

The one on top is just one of the many that they have there, and I noticed a common path, they try to scratch the device with a key, they drop screws on the thing, then they put a rotary tool on it (seems like it's using a sanding or cutting disc, though they move it around on the device, would love to see what happens if they actually TRIED to cut it, but then they're simulating usage and not finding out how indestructible it is) then they remove the film to reveal that the DEVICE is scratch free. So the point here seems to be that, they never said the PROTECTION FILM can't be scratched or damaged, but rather your DEVICE is the one that'll be more protected from scratches.

Anyone care to introduce their invisible shield covered device to my keys of doom?

Saturday, 10 October 2009 12:40:03 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 09 October 2009

I was scribbling on my DS when mommy brought WZ in to watch some TV before going to sleep. Mommy set WZ down on the sofa and was about to ask WZ what he wanted to watch, when WZ uttered "Papa, bring it over for WZ to play." It's always something seeing your kid learn how to properly express his wants through words, but of course this just reminds me that soon the day will come when he wants to play the 360 himself.

Or of course.. in coop mode!

Friday, 09 October 2009 23:23:40 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Everyone is saying how good Windows XP is, how fast Windows XP is, etc. etc. etc. That in comparison Windows Vista is slow, memory hog, etc. etc.

Isn't that what they complained about Windows XP when it was first released?


Friday, 09 October 2009 17:59:44 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 06 October 2009

A few days ago I saw WZ dig out two cardboard boxes from a cupboard and then started pulling out some books from them. Then he'd attempt to read it but of course he couldn't understand everything yet. The box was interesting, it was more like a binder than a box. And they held 6 books each.


WZ can't actually read them yet, but he can memorize the titles based on the pictures of the books. Even though of course, these are simple picture books with giant illustration on one side, and words in big giant fonts on the other side.


When I saw WZ retrieve the boxes I already knew what the contents were. You see, these aren't WZ's picture books. These were MY picture books. The memory is faint, but I do remember that the books were kept in the box previously when I was... I don't know... 3? 4? And of course, now WZ inherits them. Hopefully he doesn't completely destroy them in a fit of rage or something.

The other main treasure that WZ will inherit will be something I present to him when I realize he wouldn't shallow small plastic bricks. :P

Tuesday, 06 October 2009 00:37:14 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |