# Sunday, 17 October 2010

I never understood this about the Tropicana City Mall Atrium display area, do they want people to burn to a crisp with the direct sunlight? Imagine the last time when they did a Japanese food fest and the sushi stand was RIGHT UNDER THE SUN?

The pic above is a Zoom.It pic, so while it's small normally, click on the expand button (the right most one) to go fullscreen for a better view.


Sunday, 17 October 2010 17:05:51 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Recently I came into possession of two wireless keyboards which might be of interest to some people. The first one is this little guy.

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This is the Cideko Wireless Keyboard, small and compact little guy which looks like any normal wireless keyboard. But then you’ll notice something, why is there a key with a mouse in the upper left corner. And then when you look at the top of the keyboard.

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It has buttons, but WHERE’S the mouse control? This is because the Cideko is what people like to call an air mouse. Which in plain English means you tilt the mouse to control the cursor. The problem here is that the tilting of the keyboard is very errr… unnatural in some cases, I guess I’ll have to make a video for a better example of that. It really isn’t as nice or useful as it should be.

The Cideko runs on a pair of normal AA batteries nestled in the grips. The back of the keyboard is also where you dock the wireless receiver.

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Between the keys feel buttons on an cheap remote control, and air mouse control doesn’t feel intiuitive at all. This thing is only worth its expensive price tag to you if you REALLY REALLY need an air mouse.

And now for keyboard number two.

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You might have seen this available in the local shops under the name of Rii Mini or something like that, you also might have seen something that seems similar design and goes under another brand name. That’s just the typical OEM factories at work.

It’s a small flat thing. Let me break out the rulers to show you.

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So it’s about 15CM x 6.5CM in size, very small and pocketable. There’s one difference between this and the Rii’s that I’ve seen being sold here, let’s focus in on one particular key.

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Instead of using a proprietary 2.4Ghz dongle, this Rii which I have uses BLUETOOTH. I got this from Brando instead of any shop here in Malaysia because well… I’m planning for the future, hoping to use this on any future slates, phones or other devices I might get which don’t support USB HID devices but DO support Bluetooth. But other than the difference in communication hardware, everything is the same as the 2.4Ghz model probably.

The keys have the phone style keyboard feel to them, so they feel nice when you thumb type. You can also turn on a backlight so you can see what you’re typing in the dark.

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The keyboard is powered by a non removable battery, and recharged using a mini USB connector as pictured above. No… plugging it in through USB DOES NOT make it work as a wired keyboard.

A dinky red laser (I say dinky because when you go green, you don’t wanna go red anymore) sits on the right end of the keyboard.

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Personally I found red lasers to be pretty much useless in a presentation scenario but if it works for you....

If there's one bad thing about the keyboard, it's the touchpad.

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It COULD have been a little bit more sensitive but instead you'll probably finding yourself surfing around the pad more often than your regular notebook touchpad.

Of the two, I'd say the Rii is the better wireless keyboard even with it's little touchpad issues, mainly because the touchpad works MUCH BETTER than the Cideko's air mouse control!


Sunday, 17 October 2010 00:51:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Yup… still don’t know how to take insect macro shots.

Zoom.It pic of squished mosquito below


Tuesday, 12 October 2010 00:59:06 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 09 October 2010

So I got a new 32GB iPod Touch 4G a few days ago for my wife, and I couldn’t get any screen protector or case for it yet because… well no one had any thing for it yet. So I was extra careful in handling it, also made sure WZ didn’t toss it around when he was getting some bullet hell action going. But… after less than a week of very babied placing on tables…

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Horrible horrible scratches! What did they use? Butter coated metal? It’s almost as if they delibrately made it so fragile to make it a NECESSITY to buy a case. hmmmm……

Here’s a Zoom.It version of the pick so you guys can take a closer look.


Saturday, 09 October 2010 11:13:16 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 30 September 2010

After installing the latest Internet Explorer 9 Beta on my Tablet PC I noticed a very worrying problem. The IE9 UI degraded my Tablet PC surfing experience compared to IE8. Ok, let’s me show you the problem.

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The picture above is the top of a maximized IE9 window displayed on my Asus T101MT when it’s in Portrait mode, therefore it has a width of only 600pixels in this configuration. There are > 3 tabs opened in the browser. So at first glance the problems are:-

  • Address bar has limited space making it hard to read or enter an address
  • Tab display area has limited space, making it hard to navigate between tabs.

Let’s see how it used to look in IE8.

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So obviously more VERTICAL screen space is used up, at first glance you can see these UI problems

  • Address bar has limited space, after being squished by the search bar which was given the ability to extend way more than it should.
  • Tab display area is VERY cramped, only able to display the current opened tab.

So, how is IE8 better than IE9 in this UI aspect? Because of a little known thing called the tab list!

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Clicking on the drop down to the left of the tab row shows a list of your currently opened tabs which can then be easily used to navigate between tabs. But instead of just a plain list, you could also click the left most button and bring up the quick tabs view which looks like this.

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And you have a nice visual way of navigating between tabs. Honestly I didn’t use this feature AT ALL before I started using the Asus in slate mode, AFTER I did though this was a GREAT way of moving between tabs. It’s basically how mobile browsers work when they let users navigate between tabs as well.

Fixing this UI problem is actually VERY easy, since everyone says that Microsoft stole the whole simplistic UI from Google Chrome, let’s bring up Chrome then.

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This is Google Chrome maximized on the screen. With only 600 pixels to display tabs with, it probably can’t fit too many as well, BUT… look at the address bar, since the address bar is on it’s own line it has plenty of space to actually be USEFUL.

So the best thing that the IE team can do now is to stop fighting over who has the most compact title bar chrome and split off the tabs and address bar into 2 rows, bring back the Quick Tabs button and the user experience for Tablet PCs can be brought back to functional instead of annoying. Smile with tongue out


Thursday, 30 September 2010 23:55:28 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |