# Sunday, 26 March 2006

From my colleague I learnt that Carrefour has this smalll itty bity 8" screen with integrated speakers on sale.

I bought this mainly for use with my Creative Zen Vision cause the wife complains that the Vision's screen is too small to be visible.

The video display is normal.. it's just a plain old 320x240 PAL display I guess. But I'm not looking for super image quality or anything.

It didn't hurt that the thing comes prepackaged with a car cigrette lighter plug to get the 12V the screen needs from the car, so that saved me time cause I don't need to splice a power adapter myself.

All this is fine and dandy but.. the screen has a few more tricks up it's sleeve which managed to tip the scales and made me buy this little guy... first of all.

The little guy has VGA INPUT, it supports up to 1024x768 and is ugly as heck due to all the resizing but at 800x600 it's pretty usable as a side screen. Or if you just want to watch a movie on the side while you work. Speaking of entertainment on the side..

The darn thing also has a TV TUNER built in. The builtin antennae could only get me 8TV but it comes with a connector so you can plug a real antennae to in.

So it's not just an LCD monitor, it's an LCD TV! For RM380 you get a small car ready screen WITH a TV TUNER built in and you can also use it as a secondary display for your PC. This thing is bigger than the usual LCD screens they sell at car accesory shops AND it's already a TV, I guess if you're looking for a TV in your car you might want to think about this.

Sunday, 26 March 2006 15:49:39 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  | 
# Thursday, 23 March 2006

PC Games has always had some form of copy protection associated with it since the beginning of the PC gaming industry, manual look ups, code wheels, star maps... Then in the CD era we had the copy protection systems that detered the copying of the actual CD.

And now.. there's StarForce, the current super champion of copy protection that's just causing all sort of grief around the PC gaming world. Just do a quick Google on the name and you'll find a whole load of sites against it. We've had copy protection that stops legitamate users from playing a game before but this is something different.

First of all it installs DRIVERS and other various service that poke and prod your system even when you're NOT playing the game!! And the most recent news is that if the background service feels that you're trying to do something illegal, it'll force a windows restart on you.. BLAM.. there goes all your work cause the service thought you were running something illegal.

Makes me feel glad that I've pretty much swore off PC Gaming already, my consoles and handhelds serve me well enough for entertainment. :P


Thursday, 23 March 2006 01:50:15 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 20 March 2006

On Wednesday (16th Mar 2006) I went down to Singapore to attend the Xbox 360 launch over there, following an interesting trip from JB to Singapore I finally reached the launch party at night at the Red Dot Design Musuem.

So there I was enjoying the atmosphear, looking at the demo kiosks and well trying to get hold of some of them lime green cotton candy they were giving out and as I was trying to take a picture of the host of the event she announced that she was looking for volunteers for a gaming competition so once again the experience of attending years of MS events kicked in, which is... if ever the host asks for a volunteer or asks if anyone wants anything, just say yes cause no harm can come out of it. So I walk on stage almost immediately after she asked for volunteers and pretty soon 3 more ppl joined me.

Then as we were getting ready for a little DOA4 action, the host mentioned that another team was needed, she then mentioned the prize which was up for grabs.


Now everyone wanted to join, and one thing lead to another and...

Our team won! For the first time in my life my gaming experience paid off!!! Whoopeee... now I wait with held breath for my 360 to be delivered... :P

Monday, 20 March 2006 00:21:09 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 14 March 2006

I got a new pair of glasses.


The sensation of putting on a new pair of glasses is like seeing the Xbox 360 in action after playing the Playstation 2 for months. Everything is just so sharp and clear, the images jump out right at you.

and you get dizzy staring through the new lenses.

Tuesday, 14 March 2006 21:30:46 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 11 March 2006

So.. MS has came up with a set of device specs for Ultra Mobile PCs. But of course they themselves aren't making the devices, like the Tablet PC, MS is just providing the software and leaving the hardware specs and stuff to the experts in hardware developement. So what is a UMPC? It's the thing that's formerly known as Origami.

A lot of people out there must be thinking, this is old technology, Here's MS copying other people's ideas again, A small PC, how original!

But MS isn't presenting it as a new idea, the UMPC is a hardware standard like the Tablet PC. So that when a OEM wants to make a device based on those form factors they can choose to use the OS and other software which MS has that makes using those devices easier for the user.

So what did MS do for the UMPC that no one has done before? Let's take a look shall we..

Ooo... look a program launcher that's designed to be operated via a touch screen. Nice... but this is nothing special, just another launcher.

A Windows Media Player 10 skin that's better suited for touchscreen operation.. nope.. nothing too special here.

And then there's this... The errr.. touchscreen thumbboard. Seeing this screenshot and design shows that MS isn't just making up another product why? Because usually whenever someone makes a keyboardless, touch screen tablet style device that runs Windows XP they don't think about implementing any sort of new input functionality, instead all they do is to just make the builtin software keyboard pop up on screen..

And yes.. this thing works but.. you need to take out the stylus then hunt and peck with it.  Where as MS actually looked at the design of the devie and came up with a solution that allows you to enter text conviniently without having to hunt for the stylus everytime. Turns out that it wasn't MS that created the DialKey, but rather another company check it out here I'm a bit bummed that MS didn't come up with the idea, but props to them for bundling it with the system!

Why the word circular design? here take a close look at a UMPC.

Now think again why the circular design was used, of course I do believe not everyone would be able to use it depending on the size of your hands. That's why I'd love to find out what other options you can set on the interface.

In any case.. this is a sweet piece of gear... I'll need to take a close look at it when it decides to arrive here.

Saturday, 11 March 2006 23:36:09 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [3]  | 
# Thursday, 09 March 2006

Ever since the announcement that Street Fighter ][ was coming to the Xbox Live Arcade I have been ready. Yes all those memories of getting beating to a pulp within 15 secs by Ryu and Kens are coming back to me now... but hey it's still good clean healthy fun!

But I knew that a joypad is not the right controller to do a Dragon Punch, neither is an analog stick. No... the only thing that you should perform all these quarter circle turns, and the notorious 'Z' Dragon Punch motion is a proper.. DIGITAL joystick! But they don't come cheap and I knew I wasn't that good to warrant spending that much money on a stick specifically for that one game.

Then an opportunity arised, Lik Sang was informing customers to use up their reward points cause they were retiring the system and that all customers should spend all their points as soon as possible, as I browsed through what they had to offer I was surprised that I could redeem... The Hori DOA4 Arcade Stick! either someone screwed up on the points allocation for the stick, or I really spent a lot of money in Lik Sang (curse them and their Japanese DS game supply!) to actually get ENOUGH points for the thing I didn't care. Within 10 seconds of seeing I could redeem the stick it was in my shopping cart and the delivery order placed!

I still had to pay for the UPS shipping charges but it's just a fraction of the stick's actual costs, then on the day that the UPS tracking page said it arrived in Sepang I still didn't get the delivery by the afternoon I called up UPS and they told me Oh.. it's being held for customs inspection. NOOOOOOO!!!!! I thought this is it... they're gonna tax me!!! Or worse.. what if.. what if because there's a picture of a girl on the stick, and the fact that it's a JOYstick they might just clasify it as a PORNSTICK and confiscate it???

Luckily it was all in my head, the stick was delivered the 2nd day (a Saturday in fact.. that's service!) intact with no taxes.. and now I have it.. and I'm ready...


Thursday, 09 March 2006 00:51:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 05 March 2006

For my wife's viewing I bought her the VCD for the show "Sympathy For Lady Vengence" I bought the local, original, authorised version of the movie.

I regret my decision since... they censored a few bits, including an all important KILL SHOT!!! God damn it!! And they wonder why people buy pirated stuff??

Sunday, 05 March 2006 16:54:09 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 04 March 2006

I woke up this morning with the thought of zero internet connectivity during the weekend hanging over my head. Then my brother told me that he saw some wires dangling from the back of the roof yesterday but didn't figure it had anything to do with our net problems. So I walk behind the house and sure enough there was some wires dangling on the roof and I traced where they went and they lead to a telephone pole, with a guy working on it.

I asked him what was up and he mentioned that he was replacing cable wiring, I left him to his work and 10 minutes later he yelled from the back alley through my kitchen asking me to check the phone and I rushed upstairs and saw on my router the net connection light blinking with activity!!!

YESSS!!! I got my net connection back!!!!

So maybe my poor net connection wasn't TMNut's fault, maybe it was the cable all along...



Saturday, 04 March 2006 20:59:06 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 03 March 2006

My Streamyx line was just being useless lately with lines having hiccups nearly every half an hour so I called up Streamyx to file a complaint and they told me that I had to be in front of my desktop and that my line had to be directly connected to the PC for them to 'help me' and if they were unable to help me THEN ONLY would they file a fault report. I blew my top upon hearing such things and hung up on them.

And then I come back at home and what happens? The phone line which was I was using to connect to Streamyx? GONE.. DEAD... no dialtone!! Coincedence?? I don't think so! Someone must be getting at revenge... damn I wish there were more broadband providers around town!

Friday, 03 March 2006 22:52:07 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 01 March 2006

OK... I got my flight booked... I got my hotel booked... everything is ready as long as no emergencies pop up I should be go to go to Singapore on the 15th for the 360 launch. Yahoo!!!!

Wednesday, 01 March 2006 22:27:14 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  |