# Sunday, 10 November 2013

One important thing which I should regarding my previously comments regarding fuel consumption in my Nissan Serena S-Hybrid follow up post.

My daily office commute doesn't consists of any stretch of highway or anything which would allow me to go above 70km/h for any long stretch. Here's a more detailed table of the fuel consumption based on my records.

Fuel (Liters) Distance (KM) Consumption (KM/L) Average Speed (KM/H) Car Running Time
40 330 8.25 23 14 Hours 2 Minutes
48.22 358.5 7.4 19 18 Hours 23 Minutes
49.29 349.9 7.09 19 18 Hours 10 Minutes
51.37 408.3 7.9 22 18 Hours 17 Minutes

Fuel usage is obtained by pumping to full tank at every cycle. Average speed and Car Running Time is obtained from on board instrumentation.

Below is an Excel Spreadsheet which if I feel like it I'll update to have a better idea of my ongoing fuel consumption. So the data below would be more updated.

Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:16:51 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
A few years ago Microsoft introduced a new ASP.Net feature called ASP.Net Web Pages. I found the light use of control tags intriguing, but I didn't see any reason to use it instead of the standard ASP.Net Web Forms style of developing web sites. It also didn't help that Microsoft seemed like it was talking about Razor as a side component to be used with ASP.Net MVC another new feature which I wasn't too keen on. But recently as I sat down to take a look at Razor once more, it finally dawned on me what Razor is actually good for. So make yourself a drink and come back to the longest code snippet filled article ever written by me on this site!

Sunday, 10 November 2013 21:00:45 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 05 November 2013

It's been two months since I've gotten my Microsoft Surface Pro, and since the day they announced it. I knew I would love it except for how they choose to deal with the digitizer! But here's a quick run down of why I love my Surface Pro.

10 inches of Power!

The Surface Pro packs a Core i5 processor into a compact 10" case which I can throw into a bag and forget about it. This means I get great processing power and is portable enough for me to carry with me without thinking of it too much! The two questions which I usually get are How the hell do you see anything on such a small screen? Which I answer it's probably because I've been using small PCs long enough to be used to the small letters on the screen! for the record I'm running it at 125% display magnification. The second question is How can you do anything on such a small PC? The Surface Pro has a 1.7Ghz Intel Core i5 with 4GB of RAM, it is more than capable of handling most tasks, the Surface Pro is where code gets written and worked on! It IS a small PC, but it has a lot of power under the hood!

The power of the pen!

I'm an avid user of Microsoft Onenote, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who needs a digital diary journal for their life. You can even get it for the iOS and Android platforms now, heck.. you can even just run it off the Skydrive website! Evernote? I'll always remember what my friend who has used both said to me once regarding Evernote. Evernote is for people who can't use OneNote for their platform! I've been using OneNote since the very first version and I've been writing in my OneNote since the very first version! Even when my notebook DIDN'T have a touch screen I sought to find some way of writing on it! The fact that the Surface Pro comes with a Wacom digitizer means I have a great writing experience, without the worry of having to hunt for AAAA batteries one day.

Still hating magnet docked pen though.

Light gaming!

One of the biggest surprise with the Surface Pro was that the Intel HD4000 actually turned out to be not utterly worthless in gaming, but I've actually managed to play quite a bunch of games on it, Rayman Legends, Walking Dead, Back To The Future, etc. etc. But of course it IS still just an integrated graphics chip and wheter or not a game worked on it is still pretty much a gamble. One thing I must note though, upgrading to Windows 8.1 allowed me to run some games which didn't want to run on Windows 8 previously like FTL and Fez,  although Stealth Bastard stopped working on 8.1 so it's not perfect yet.

But hey.. I can play Typing Of The Dead Overkill on it so I'm happy!

Now that the Surface Pro 2 has been announced, do I feel like I've bought my Pro at the wrong time? Not really, the Hashwell chipset on the Pro 2 will deliver about 1.5 hours more of battery life which is nice but not essential to me, same with the slightly higher graphics performance. Also... it'll probably take another 6~8 months before the Pro 2 reaches anywhere near Malaysia so I can wait.

Though the Purple Type Cover 2 does look nice...

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 23:13:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Received a new DX shipment.. bought some interesting junk this time, first up is this.


It's an electronic cigarette lighter which recharges via a USB plug, flipping it up causes a coil (the glowing orange thing in the picture) to heat up and you can light up a cigarette with it. Surprisingly the coil only stays powered for around 5 seconds at a time, I wonder was that a decision to save battery life, safety or just because any longer the thing might just melt? I don't smoke, I just find it interesting to have a battery powered lighter!

Next up is this.


It's a flashlight powered by USB. Why didn't I just get a NORMAL flashlight? Well, I was getting a bit tired of the batteries in my flashlight running out when I needed them. And with this I can just slap it into any of my USB power sources and it'll work!

And finally we come to the most interesting thing.


This is a combination Voltage AND Amperage meter for a USB port! This is very cool indeed, with this little gadget not only can you see how many volts is being pumped out by a USB power supply.


You can also see how many amps is the connection pumping out!


Knowing how many amps are being consumed (is that the right term to use?) is useful because it's a nice indication of how fast your device is charging/drinking the battery. It is also interesting to use it as a gauge to see wheter or now all the battery packs that claim to have 1A~2A output actually live up to their name. Of course, it also depends if the device you plugged in can actually draw that much current.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 00:22:13 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 02 November 2013

As I was reading a rather interesting entry on Scott Hanselman's Blog, a rather interesting thing stood out. If I press Fn+CapsLock on the Type Cover of my Surface Pro, It'll make it so I don't need to press the FN key to access the function keys!!

That'd be fantastic I thought! Until I actually tried it...

Cause you see... while it works... It also effectively disables the Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys, since they're on the same row... I guess it's depends what I feel like doing at the time I guess.

Saturday, 02 November 2013 22:08:38 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |