# Sunday, 13 June 2010

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Why does he keep walking so funny? Mommy asks about WZ stepping on one tile per step, or at other times when he keeps trying to follow a pattern on the floor. I remind her that it's a kid thing to follow patterns on the flow and not step out of line.


Sunday, 13 June 2010 16:17:43 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 12 June 2010

The thing below is known as a restrictor gate.

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It's found inside an arcade joystick to limit the movement of the stick to certain angles (ie. Vertical only, Horizontal only, 4 way, 8 way) and also to stop the full motion of the stick so it doesn't damage the button circuitry inside. (Didn't get a pic cause WZ was hovering around me when I opened up the stick) The gate above is square shaped and pretty much allow movements to all eight main directions (up, down, left, right and the diagonals) It's a very common gate that you find in most sticks. The gate below is a bit uncommon.

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It's an octagon shaped gate. While you can also move in all 8 directions with this gate, the main difference is that the stick will pretty much drop into each direction so the player can be more aware that he has pushed into a direction properly.

I wonder if a simple piece of plastic like this can help me do hadokens better when I'm on the left?


Gaming | Gear
Saturday, 12 June 2010 18:43:01 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 10 June 2010

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

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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.

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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.

DON'T LET STRANGERS USE YOUR PC!


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.

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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.

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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.

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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]  |