# Friday, 18 June 2010

So, in some unbreakable form of tradition I got yet ANOTHER media player. It's almost like I'm getting one every year!

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This is the Ainol V9000HDA, capability wise it's close to the AC Ryan PlayOn HD

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Which basically means it can play a PRETTY WIDE variety of files, BUT... in a nice portable form factor. And to top it off, it has a HDMI mini port built in.

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So you can watch stuff both on the small screen AND on the big screen. But I noticed a little problem after connecting it to the TV for a test.

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Problem here is that the V9000HDA is pretty much BUTTONLESS it has no navigation buttons, just a volume control button, power, and a back button. NOTHING ELSE. But once you connect the thing to the TV... the screen goes blank and you ask yourself HOW THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO NAVIGATE WHEN IT'S CONNECTED THEN?

Luckily they provided a remote control as an additional freebie when I purchased my set.

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But what if they didn't? Or what if you forgot to bring it with you when you needed the output? And also.. the remote doesn't have all the necessary buttons, it doesn't have the back button required to exit some of the screens, so you end up fumbling between the remote and the player for certain things.

What a bad way of screwing up the TV out feature of your player! Luckily I didn't buy it for watching stuff on TV, 2 strips of velcro later and this thing acts like an upgrade for my car audio system.


Friday, 18 June 2010 23:52:06 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

The Secret Of Lousiana is a restaurant located in Plaza Kelana Jaya.

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It's main claim to fame around my office was the fact that they offered an interesting package of all you can eat Spaghetti for lunch for only RM15.

So today I went with my colleagues to try out and see how good the Secret is.

We got there, gave our orders and waited. It seemed like a very busy restaurant since I could see the waiters constantly shuffling in and out with food. Most probably because of their all you can eat package. After a while the food for my colleagues came, and I was left waiting...

And waiting....

And waiting...

I reached there about 12:30PM, I waited until about 2PM. NO FOOD IS WORTH WAITING FOR ONE AND A HALF HOURS! We asked for the bill and when the waiter came I told them to cut off my set, since I DIDN'T FARKING EAT MY MEAL!

It would seem like the secret to learning the Secret Of Louisiana starts with NOT GOING ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON! The person in charge was typically apologetic when I wanted to cancel my order, but I'm still pissed off because..

  1. My colleagues all got their food, why wasn't mine done?
  2. It seemed like they ran out of Bolognaise sauce or something since I heard some other people  asking for their Spaghetti Bolognaise. If you knew you had a problem, shouldn't you have let the customer know that there might be some problems with their order instead of letting them STARVE?!?!

So after wasting my time, and parking fees, and on the verge of fainting due to an hunger (I was ready for a buffet man, for PLATES OF SPAGHETTI... I GOT ZERO.. ZERO!!!) I still was unable to figure out the Secret Of Louisana.

In the end, the only secret I learnt was that:- Queuing up for McDonald's doesn't take 1.5 hours.

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Friday, 18 June 2010 14:40:18 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# 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]  |