# Saturday, 08 January 2011

Quite literally the final project of the year since it was finished on New Years Eve 2011

Let hope 2011 turns out better than 2010!

Saturday, 08 January 2011 00:31:52 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [4]  | 
# Sunday, 26 December 2010

So I just watched Tron Legacy today, and I know some of my friends are already waiting to see how I feel about this movie and wondering how I'll rip it apart as I did with my other movie rants.

So… how was Tron Legacy? Well, it's a nice popcorn movie, didn't make as much mention to the parallels for computer terms with the way the grid works as well as the first movie though. But no, I won't nit pick at how the grid is depicted, or why do they actually eat in the movie.

No no no, my main problem with the movie is the big bad's EVIL PLAN!!!!

So errr… spoilers are coming up, then again I'm discussing the evil plan in general so maybe not so spoilerly

In any case, if you haven't watched the movie.

You'd probably should close the window now.

My problem was that the big bad's EVIL PLAN.


OH PLEASE!!! That's such a childish way of thinking of an evil plot for intelligent computer programs.

Because… Why the heck would they want to come out to the real world for? Coming out to the real world means they lose their inherent gadgets and cool accessories because as mentioned before, they're just code and programs. Not to mention like my brother said, the real world is SLLOOOOOOOOOWWWWW.


Incidentally that was exactly what the MCP was trying to do in the first movie.

I guess it would have been anticlimatic to see Mr. Big Bad derez out into the real world, consult a network engineer on how to connect the aging super computer to the Internet, pop back into the grid, give the "We are taking over the world! Out there there are limitless resources for us to use! PCs, Macs, PS3s, XBox, Phones, ANYTHING THAT'S CONNECTED!!" speech THEN send off the army into the net.

But instead, Mr Big Bad just wants to teleport an ENTIRE ARMY into the basement of an abandoned building. Do you even know what a TELEFRAG is?

Sunday, 26 December 2010 00:32:32 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 19 December 2010

So I finally went out and bought myself an actual Garmin GPS unit.


It's a Gamin Nuvi 1250, pretty much the smallest, most basic GPS unit that I found at the local Garmin outlet.

Now.. the obvious question from most people would end up being "Doesn't your phone have GPS functionality?"


So, does me buying a GPS unit is due to the fact that I can't use Bing maps for directions easily with my Windows Phone 7? Unfortunately for the Windows Phone 7 haters, that's not the case though. I pretty much made I my mind that if I replaced my HTC Diamond 2 with it's Garmin Maps software I would buy a physical device if I got a replacement phone that didn't have Garmin software support.

Why? Most important reason is that I don't trust Maxis enough to be the source of my map data, which is the case when I use either Google Maps or Bing Maps for navigation. Not to mention the fact that when I'm roaming in another country, network data usage may simply NOT be an option.

So I really much prefer an offline map solution. (Yes I know that the iPhone has a few too, but I'm getting to that)

The other reason for getting a dedicated GPS device is a matter of power. While most people look to converge all the things they do into one device, I have another view which is "The device I use must be able to serve its primary function with sufficient power reserves for any secondary functions" In this scenario, my phone's primary function is to serve as a communications device that links me to the world through the net, and of course as a phone. It's secondary function is to provide entertainment (games, movies, music) and well.. GPS guidance. Both those things require quite a big gulp of power.

I thought using my phone (The Diamond 2 and others before it) as a GPS wouldn't be a problem as long as I plugged it into the car charger, but after my first extended use of GPS when I was travelling through Melaka all day and on the highway I realized a problem. The combined heat of a working CPU, GPS chipset, screen backlight, bright HOT sunlight and the recharging of a battery is able to trip the phone battery's internal charge protection circuit. Thus the battery STOPS CHARGING until it can cool down so it doesn't EXPLODE!

Realizing that it is possible that under heavy usage my phone can't be recharged I decided that the best thing to do is to just get a dedicated GPS device so that my phone itself has power to spare.

Sunday, 19 December 2010 01:26:57 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 25 November 2010

Windows Phone 7 comes with a Map program which obviously ties into Microsoft's Bing Maps service. How effective is it when we try to use it here in Malaysia? Check out the video.

If you have don't have the 10 minutes to check out the video here's a quick summary

  • Navigation is enabled only for certain countries like US or UK. So you'll need to set the phone's region to those countries to even SEE the routing button in the Maps program.
  • While Bing can identify road names and perform routing, we can't SEARCH for road names in Bing Maps yet.
  • No voice navigation means it might not work too well as a driving aid.

So… don't go tossing out your external GPS unit just yet.

Thursday, 25 November 2010 09:51:59 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 20 November 2010

For record keeping purporses, and also as a reference post if god forbid the sensor comes crashing down one day. This is how I mount my Kinect sensor.


The sensor is mounted on the top of your typical flat screen TV. I was going to make a stand using instructions provided here, when I encountered 2 problems.

The first was that the top grills behind my TV ran the full length of the TV, so there’s no center spine area to put the tape on. Therefore I resorted to the use of a smaller tube.


I’m guessing some Asian parents should be familiar with this nutmeg oil can, it’s diameter was just the right size to angle the platform. Speaking of which, the 2nd problem was the platform.


Surprisingly I couldn’t find a simple no entry sign, or anything like that in the ACE Hardware I went to. I saw lots of STICKERS, but no signs. I ended up with a cutting mat that has a melting point of 70 degrees Celsius.


I used industrial strength velcro for all removable points, then I used some duct tape as an anchor to help ease the force of the platform pushing against the can hopefully making for a more permanent bond.

Redundancy wise, in a case of failure. I hope that my used of multiple strips of velcro on the front of the TV combined with the duct tape, will ensure that there’s no SPONTANEOUS LOSS of adhesiveness, should the heat of the TV melt the velcro strip connected to the can I should be able to see it tilt gradually and perform any repairs instead of just watching it crash to the ground.

I hope!

For spatial reference


The space from the TV, to where the white couch is, happens to be JUST THE RIGHT SIZE for 2 players. 1 player is where WZ is sitting.

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Saturday, 20 November 2010 23:01:35 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |