# Sunday, 27 February 2011

This here is my LG Optimus 7

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With it's Gorilla glass protected screen, it would have been ok to just carry it around naked like this. But that was before WZ realized that games on the Optimus 7 is different from games on the iPod, and he would like to have some variety... So I knew I needed some sort of drop protection since it would only be a matter of time before he dropped it while playing for one reason or another.

I decided I would just go for a simple bumper case, tried searching around the local shops but as expected it's not exactly a mass market device here so I couldn't find anything. So I turned to PDAir and found this.

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The Luxury Silicone Case!!! The main reason I choose this instead of the soft plastic case was that from experience, those soft plastic case usually made it VERY hard to press the buttons that are covered by the case. So I figured soft silicone would be easier, that and yeah... I really wanted to find out how LUXURIOUS it was. (Curiosity killed the wallet in this case)

The main difference I found between this and other silicone cases I've seen is the surface texture, yes... it's a silicone case with a SURFACE TEXTURE.

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It's not just plain smooth like other silicone cases I've seen, feels like some non smoothed leather to me. So... feels like leather means luxury?

The case works as it should, as a soft dampening bumper in case of drops. The main problem when using cases like this is that you've put a frame on your screen and therefore reaching the edges might be a bit tricky. Luckily since it's a silicone case it can be pushed aside easily.

One problem that I do have with it is that, when my hands are dry, and the case is dry. It feels smooth and SLIPPERLY to the touch, does make me worry that it might slip off if my hands are too dry!

Still unsure about the luxury title though!


Sunday, 27 February 2011 00:19:25 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 26 February 2011

There are things which no matter how cheap they are, you just don't tell you wife that you bought it, since you'll most likely get the "What the bloody hell were you thinking?!?!?!" speech. This would be one of those things

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Yup.. it's a plunger, and yup.. I bought 3 of them

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It's hard to think imagine their function is until you see them in use

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Yup, these are very small plungers. Basically what you do with them is press them onto any smooth backed device (or something stuck with a suction cup helper I bought in Daisho) and then you can use it as a stand for said device.

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Of course, a lot of factors come into play, the device must have a smooth back to allow for maximum suction (that phrase sounds a bit wrong out of context), it works only on a stable surface, and if the device is too heavy it'd probably just collapse onto the poor plunger.

Well.. it works for phones pretty well.

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If I made you curious enough to want to buy one of these, you can get it at weird gadget dealer DealExtreme, bonus points if you looked at the packaging picture and went "Oh, that's suprisingly appropriate!"


Saturday, 26 February 2011 23:59:30 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

I’ve been hooking up my phone and my various portable players to my car audio system through the use of a preamp and a couple of cables, something which I’m sure a few people also do, anyway I end up with the setup below.

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One of the problems that I was facing was that if I charged my device at the same time through the cigarette socket, there would be this ANNOYING hum that seem to be in sync with my engine. That has caused me a lot of headache since it meant that I can’t charge my device as well as listen to it at the same time, which is disastrous when it’s the phone we’re talking about. Even when I can stomach the humming noise, Wife Acceptance Factor is obviously very very VERY low with an annoying hum in the background.

Then I saw this thing hanging on a rack recently.

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This is the Kensington Noise-Reducing AUX Audio Cable it caught my eye because on the box it specifically said it’ll reduce the car engine humming noise. I figured I’ve got nothing more to lose anyway so I bought it and here are the results.

And it worked as advertised! No more annoying humming while charging means I can enjoy more music on the go then. Highly recommended if you’re facing the same problem with your audio setup.

On further research of the car humming problem (which I was spurred to do after so many years by this purchase) it would seem that this is most likely something called a ground loop isolator, and as such you could probably buy a cheaper unit in some audio equipment shop if you know what you’re looking for.

ps. I don’t have audiophile ears or equipment so I wouldn’t know how much signal degradation is happening through the use of this cable.


Saturday, 26 February 2011 17:13:24 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 16 February 2011
A common misconception is that you can interact with a touch enabled Windows 7 PC in exactly the same way as you do with a mouse and keyboard. Well, you CAN'T. If you keep thinking about how to interact with your Windows 7 PC via touch in exactly the same way as through traditional methods you'll run into a few problems which are likely caused by the fact that you are unable to do what you want to do via touch, and you're unfamiliar with the touch alternative to what you want to do. So here's a little guide about how to browse effectively with Internet Explorer via touch ONLY.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 00:56:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [8]  | 
# Monday, 31 January 2011

This is an XBOX360 Wireless Controller.

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On the box, this is ALSO called an XBOX 360 Wireless Controller

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There are some slight differences along with a special transforming D-Pad feature. But let's get the subtle stuff out of the way, on a normal pad's analog stick, there are 4 dimples to indicate directionality.

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On the transforming controller, the surface of the analog stick is smooth but with a little pit right in the middle of it.

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Ok it's not exactly smooth, there's an ever so slightly gripy texture on the surface of the stick to ensure your thumbs don't just go flying off the thing. But not so gripy as to put all the grip pad manufacturers out of business.

The other obvious difference are the face buttons, where as this is the normal one.

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Buttons are marked with letters and color coded. Now for the transforming controller (seriously… why no special name?)

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Notice it's a mono tone design, and the X is BARELY visible! So… if you're the type of person that still has to look at the controller for the right colored button or letter when the game tells you to push it, you might have a slight problem.

And now for the main event. The D-Pad, this is the normal D-Pad.

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Some gamers call it Worst D-Pad EVER! Basically because instead of a cross which presses in like a button, you get a disc which tilts. Which is probably causes the majority of the complaints that the D-Pad isn't accurate. Personally I never had too much of a problem with it. Here's the D-Pad of the transforming controller in disc mode.

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By gripping and turning the cross key in any direction the grey colored rounded edges sink into the pit, leaving you with…

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A distinct cross key, so your thumb doesn't need to guess where the major directions are.

And now for the little problem I have with this. When I first heard about this controller, I thought when the corner edges are sunken the cross key would then function like buttons instead of tilting the entire D-Pad. But when I got home and took the controller out of the box and pressed it around in cross key mode, it feels slightly different. But it's still a tilt. Trying out a few games like SSF4, Ikaruga and Pac Man CE DX and I can't say wheter or not in cross key mode it is better than a normal D-Pad.

This is probably because MECHANICALLY the transforming D-Pad is probably the SAME as the normal D-Pad, the only change was that instead of a single plastic disc that forms the D-Pad area, what we have is a 2 part cap that's able to convert when necessary.

The OBVIOUS difference would be that your thumb can actually feel the major directions, and maybe for big thumbs, now that the corners aren't there you won't accidentally hit a corner?

If you're looking for a controller bundled with a battery pack plus play and charge cable to add to your console I'd say you can consider this, since it is still a normal controller. UPDATE : In light of recent events I must downgrade my recommendation from buy it if you want to to NOT A RECOMMENDED BUY. What's the recent event?

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Yes, you're seeing it right, the whole D-Pad SNAPPED off from it's controller stem.. It might have been weaker because it's a thinner rod than the normal one to allow it to spin. And I guess I must have snapped it after a particularly intense Super Meat Boy test session. I hope this falls under the normal warranty claim…

But… if you're hoping that the D-Pad actually works radically different from the normal D-Pad, you might want to test it out first before buying it. The converting D-Pad is a nifty feature but it doesn't really feel all that different to me.


Monday, 31 January 2011 00:39:45 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [4]  |