# Thursday, 10 June 2010

My mother wanted to let WZ learn about cutting things properly so...


Give a 3 year old his own pair of scissors... righhttt... obviously we keep an eye on him when he's using it. But there's something SPECIAL about these scissors.


The blades are PLASTIC. It doesn't actually CUT paper but more like it SHREDS paper. If the paper doesn't have enough surface tension it won't cut properly. And obviously it's pretty much impossible to cut things like skin or well... furniture and stuff.

A new generation of kiddie scissors I guess.

Gear | Gen 2
Thursday, 10 June 2010 22:54:38 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 07 June 2010

Just got a disturbing message from my cousin, someone walked up to him in a Starbucks and ask if he could borrow his notebook for some Facebooking. Not to mention he wanted to plug in a thumbdrive to do something. My cousin sent him packing on his way, but he just kept going around asking people for access to their PCs. If you haven't already figured it out yet, you shouldn't let strangers use your PCs, and allowing them to plug their thumbdrives into your system could be just allow them to get a trojan into your system. So remember.


Monday, 07 June 2010 17:46:02 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 05 June 2010

I just attended the Sony NEX Micro Four Thirds camera launch, and as I watched the person doing the main product launch I came to the realization that if ever I attend another even like this, I need to bring along the video camera to record any mess ups.


First of all, Mr Product Manager (sorry, don't remember your name, not a real journalist you see) did the number one mistake of reading the contents of the slide EXACTLY without any additional explanation. While that can be slightly excused due to standard presentation template dribble. The 2nd snafu came when they talked about the NEX's Sweep Panorama feature.

It's a really cool feature, in order to take panorama pics instead of snaping multiple photos, you just hold on to the shutter button and sweep the camera from left to right. VERY VERY COOL and NIFTY! Then MR PM PROUDLY boasted that you can take 3D PANORAMA PICTURES! While that's a cool thing to note I remembered reading about it here that the tech is not ready yet. Sure enough after a LOUD proclaimation of 3D Panorama Support, MR PM followed up with a more subdued and quieter statement that you'll be able to take such 3D Panoramas after downloading a firmware update.

BUT.... Mr PM again proclaimed that the 3D pictures that were being shown in the demo pavilion as seen below.


Are ACTUAL SHOTS TAKEN BY THE SONY NEX! It's obvious that Mr PM didn't actually go through all the demo material that's used in his show if not he would have noticed this message that's played in front of the 3D loop.


This is not the first time I caught a Sony FAIL. I wonder if I'll have any more chances?

Saturday, 05 June 2010 00:13:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 01 June 2010

My main desktop workhorse PC was having a weird problem. After leaving it idle for a while, Windows Explorer wouldn't respond until I hit CTRL-ALT-DEL to bring up task manager and then it'd behave properly. And for a few days I couldn't figure out what was wrong, I didn't install anything on the system, I wonder if it was a virus or trojan that sneaked in from the other PCs.

Then... just now.. I saw IT.. the SCROLL FORWARD button on the wireless mouse had caved in, most probably due to the fact that WZ or mommy kicks it off the sofa every now and then. I pried the button back out, then did a test by holding the the button. Yup... when the button was held down, Windows Explorer just stops responding.

So... WHY was I experiencing the problem only AFTER the system went idle? I have this theory. On idle without movement, the mouse shuts down then when I wake it up by moving the mouse it sends the FORWARD BUTTON down message constantly to the PC, and when I pressed CTRL-ALT-DEL to bring out the task manager it killed the message being sent to Explorer and thus I regained control.

Hard to believe one stupid button caused so much problems.

Tuesday, 01 June 2010 22:25:18 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 30 May 2010

Why beat around the bush? I picked up yet another piece in my ever growing list of foam weaponry. Behold the Nerf Deploy!


Where's the trigger on the thing? Well that's where the DEPLOY bit in the name comes in, one push of a button on top of the carrying handle followed by a loud POP of springs getting their tensions released.


And you get a more traditional looking gun. And that's pretty much it's only trick, being collapsible to make it a bit easier to store and carry around. What can I say? I really like spring activated transformation features!

Ok, so I lied, the Deploy has one more feature bullet point on it's box.


It has a red LED flashlite. Yes I said lite not light cause... well... you won't be looking at total darkness when you use it but... couldn't they have put in something a whee bit stronger? Oh yeah.. what am I saying... it's a kid's toy you don't want to put a tactical capable light on it.

Performance wise, well... feels like your typical Nerf gun. Get's the job done spiting out darts to hit your son across the room. It uses the Clip system so if you're feel like it you can just use the drum magazine of the Raider with the Deploy.

I do have one gripe about the Deploy thought and that's with regards to the grip.


The problem here is that because the grip (and ONLY the grip, not the trigger) needs to be collapsible in the compact mode as such.


It's not one rigid piece attached to the frame, so holding on to the gun with only the grip just feels loose and well.. I do have a fear that it might actually break if it undergoes too much stress. :P

Can't say I recommend this to anyone just looking for a Nerf gun to shoot with, it's pretty... normal. And there are other cheaper alternative in that category.

But if you like seeing spring loaded toys deploy....

By all means then!

Sunday, 30 May 2010 02:01:29 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |