# Sunday, 18 October 2009

I find that mashed potatoes are great for WZ to eat, for one thing, he can eat it on his own. For another, it doesn't fall off the spoon that easily! It can be quite hot (temperature wise) though!

Sunday, 18 October 2009 01:49:29 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

There are times when your child will just amaze you with the things he does, leading you to question where did he learn to do that? And does behavioral patterns actually get inherited? So I finally manage to grab a picture of WZ doing this.


Where the heck did a 2.5 year old boy manage to learn to support his chin in his hand and give out the "What the heck are you doing?" look? I also caught him stroking his chin and had that "I'm thinking about something" look before.

Sunday, 18 October 2009 00:55:32 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 11 October 2009

Wow.. I've been looking for something like this for AGES! Maybe I didn't find it cause I was looking in the wrong places?


And then all of a sudden I just managed to get hold of one.


It's a really neat and handy thing to have around.. yes yes.. I do believe there are tons of stuff like these for iPods. But I've got other things to hold at an angle. Mostly for WZ so he doesn't need to hold his player and eat at the same time.


Of course... Daddy could use the stand as well.


The sad thing is, I know this thing is for sale, but they weren't actually selling it. I got it when I bought something else.


And we'll talk about the something else later...

Sunday, 11 October 2009 23:04:43 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# 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]  |