# Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The Acer W510 doesn't come with a full size USB port on the tablet, as mentioned previously Acer has provided a USB Micro to USB port (ie. USB OnTheGo) cable in the box. But when you're mobile you don't want to have a cable dangling around no matter how small a thumbdrive you're connecting it to.

Knowing that it might be a problem I looked around for a solution and found this.

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It's basically a solid USB OTG plug, it's also set at an angle so it doesn't extend outwards of the W510 much.

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The W510 is a bit thinner than the plug itself, so it's not going to lay flat when this is plugged in. The fact that it's pretty close to the body *might* cause some problems with extra fat USB devices though.

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I bought these from Deal Extreme, they come in a pack of 2 connectors. One in each direction

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So one will point towards the top, and the other point towards the bottom of the W510.

Highly recommended if you want to have a more mobile, less dangling experience with the Acer W510. You can grab them here. (affliate link)


Wednesday, 30 January 2013 23:10:15 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 26 January 2013

Learnt of this 2D map editor tool called Ogom Editor, saved me a ton of time of coming up with something of my own design! Highly recommended

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Saturday, 26 January 2013 22:48:59 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 20 January 2013

There was a grid of blocks, a purple square and an orange square.

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Sunday, 20 January 2013 16:56:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 31 December 2012

Let me just drop another quick post regarding the Acer W510. This time with regards on how the batteries seem to work. If you bought the version with the keyboard, there's an additional battery inside of it which would extend the total running time of the W510 to > 10 hours.

At first I thought it would do so by letting the keyboard's battery charge the tablet's battery, but according to the information shown by Windows that wasn't the case.

To Windows, there are two batteries running in parallel to help distribute the current load on the batteries. While I found this to be a bit surprising I didn't think too much of it until I realized that if the tablet's battery was already flat the keyboard can't be use to help top up the tablet's battery so it can be used independently again. This was a bummer after I realized that... until I figured out an interesting quirk...

The keyboard WILL charge the tablet if the tablet is COMPLETELY OFF. Here's a video explaining the quirk.

So to recap,

  1. Shut down Windows
  2. Wait for shut down to complete, you can tell when the thing stops rumbling when you press the Windows key on the tablet.
  3. Plug the tablet into the keyboard
  4. See charge light appear!

Gear | W510
Monday, 31 December 2012 00:11:57 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 25 December 2012

For the past year, every few months, this appears in one of the plants in front of my house.

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I seriously have no idea why they choose our house for it, but they've been back more than once already! Today evening my wife mentioned to me that the parent birds were busy chirping and flying around in the foyer. Upon closer inspection we realized that a little baby bird was on the ground trying to fly. We didn't pay much attention to them lest we interrupted their circle of life moment until after a while I noticed that one of the parent birds was constantly peering into the storm drain near the foyer.

The storm drain is covered, but there was a small crack on it. Fearing the worst I lifted the heavy slab of concrete covering the drain, to be greeted by the butt of the little bird peering inside the storm pipe. I still didn't want to interrupt their lesson so I left the cover open and see what the parents would do.

They didn't do much, at one point one of the birds seem like they wanted to entice the little one out with food.

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It was then I decided that I'll screw with the chain of natural selection and scoped the little bird out of the pipe and put it on the ground near it's nest. I think the parental birds approved...

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While I was moving the baby bird I had a chance to take a closer shot of it.

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For those who'd like an EXTRA close look at it here's a Zoom.It version of the original photo.

Eventually the little bird ended up back in the foyer on a shoe.

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The 'training regime' was interesting to see. Basically one bird was closer to the baby bird.

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And repeatedly flew and hovered in front of the baby bird and eventually baby would try it a few times. Meanwhile, the other parent bird would stand as overwatch. Probably keeping an eye out for predators.

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They basically kept doing this.

Guess it worked, since the birds were gone when I came back from dinner. Now there's ONE more little chick left in the nest..


Tuesday, 25 December 2012 23:00:46 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |