# Friday, 29 February 2008

And here we go.. WZ has finally started walking! Problem is he's still a bit scared at times so the moment he sees something he can balance on he DARTS towards it.


Friday, 29 February 2008 23:54:13 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

When WZ had a fever he got pretty hot, we gave him some paracetomol and it helped a little. We tried to stick one of those bye bye fever thingies on his forehead but he kept peeling them off.

After my wife talked to her friend, she recommended that we get some suppositories cause they are more effective and should be used when a high fever breaks out.

So the next time WZ gets a fever, I need to stick a pill up his ass... great.. this fatherhood thing just keeps on getting more interesting.


Friday, 29 February 2008 23:45:29 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 25 February 2008

What I caught, seems to be going around. Worse still was that 2 days after I fell sick, as I limped back from work my mother tells me WZ is burning up. I didn't even need to touch the little guy to feel the heat from him. My parents shipped him off to the doctor which basically gave him the same drugs as I got... something for the fever something for the running nose.

What's worse was that because I was deemed the source of this problem, I was unable to come into contact with WZ for a few days.

WZ is better now, but he's probably still shaking off the effects of the medication and still having some other weird symptoms like me.. ie. chills, breaking out into a cold sweat, etc. etc.

And now my mother's just caught a fever this morning.

shit..


Monday, 25 February 2008 11:48:19 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Sunday, 24 February 2008

A Flu... Fever, whatever it was it was bad. Bad enough to keep me in bed for 2 whole days, and even now I'm a bit dizzy and I still ain't sure of myself yet. I feel so disjointed typing on the keyboard.

Any sort of problem that makes a person go light on the head it's a BIG problem for programmers, since it's hard to think of algorithms and solutions when your world's spinning and you feel as if your limbs aren't your own and even typing a mere msgbox results in something else.

It's a VERY BIG PROBLEM.. a programmer who doesn't have a straight head is pretty much useless. *sigh*


Sunday, 24 February 2008 20:32:28 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 17 February 2008

Some people were asking how to get the web Live Messenger chat box like what I have on the site. And I forgot about the link myself! Luckily A quick Google search revealed the link.

http://settings.messenger.live.com/applications/WebSettings.aspx

Just go to the page, apply the settings, and then get the HTML to be placed on your blog.


Sunday, 17 February 2008 16:15:19 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 14 February 2008

I've been using Tablet PCs since a few years back, and I've gone through 4 of them already. And there was one similarity between all of them, I have not had a built in optical drive ever since I started using Tablet PCs. So I had to rely on external DVD drives, and there was always one little problem with all the drives I had. They had to be powered by an adapter, so I wasn't exactly fully mobile.

But now.. I found the LG GSA-E50L external DVD Multi Writer.

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It's your typical USB 8x MultiFormat DVD Burner, with one notable exception. It DOESN'T come with a power adapter. Finally I found a DVD drive which can be fully powered by a FULL POWER USB port (ie it'll most likely not work if you plugged it into an unpowered hub)!! Finally I can use a DVD drive with all my tablets, the U1010, P1610 and of course.. the eeePC! Also the drive has one more little trick...

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The drive is Lightscribe capable, I always wanted to try out one of these drives to see how well it works. Basically with special media (which obivously costs more than normal discs) after you burn your files, you flip the disc over and the the laser is used to burn the image onto the disc. Nifty... and is a nice touch when you need to make the disc special. It's definetly better than scriblling on the disc with a CD marker, and it's more convenient than printing and sticking labels.

This is highly recommended if you have a notebook without a built in optical drive, the convinience of not having to need a power adapter to work is immense! But you have to realise that if the USB ports are not full power ones you'll need to rely on the additional USB power cable provided in the box. MOST ports on notebooks are full power ports, but there are exceptional cases.


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Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:51:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

If there's one holiday that's commercialized more than anything else, it's Valentine's Day. Why the heck do you need a day to be nice to the ones you love?

Gheeeezzz... and check out how much the flower prices bloat during today!


Thursday, 14 February 2008 10:53:12 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Definitive evidence that WZ is gonna be fighting for food when he get's older. Pay attention to how he grabs grandpa's arm when he feeds him.


Tuesday, 12 February 2008 23:40:01 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

WZ is trying to walk right now, he can walk quite fast, but he's just scared to let go of the railings.

Of course it doesn't always work out when he pushes stuff around.


Tuesday, 12 February 2008 23:37:23 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 10 February 2008
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This is the first pack of cigarettes I've bought in my life. I feel like I've finally completed my journey into manhood now, and when I light up a shot I will finally feel how it is to be a man, to have gaya, mutu, keunggulan.

NOT!

I will never condone smoking! This is the real reason I actually bought the cigs.

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It's a keychain with a 1" LCD screen on it, basically it's a mini digital photo frame... on a keychain that is. So what does this have to do with a fine pack of Dunhills? Everything!

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See.. it was basically a bundle.. you have to buy the 2 together, I felt it was a good deal considering that I saw the Genius keychain digital photo frame (which seems to be from the same manufacturer) being sold at RM74.

How do I know that the thing is just a simple rehash from god knows which manufacturer from Taiwan or China? Well.. take a look at the driver CD.

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A bloody CDR... really now.. this is definitely going against Gaya.. Mutu.. Keunggulan here aren't we?

Why do we even need a driver CD? Because the thing isn't really a USB Mass Storage Device. Well... it is, when you plug it into the system it's recognized as a drive but it's using some proprietary file system so you can't access the files, when you try to access the drive with Explorer it'll ask you if you want to format it, and I decided not to try that just yet.

So.. the only way to get pictures onto the thing is via the software on the CD, which thankfully works with Vista. The funny thing about the software is that you can't resize your pictures that you want to upload so it fully fits onto miniscule screen of the keychain, you have to crop it to a SQUARE! You have absolutely no control over it at all.

The results are usable as long as you aren't expecting a lot of detail from it, ie. Face shots, pretty good. Wide panoramic views... not so good. The manual doesn't even mention how many pixels does the screen contain. I'm gonna guess it's errr.. 160x160?

In summary, it's an interesting toy if you feel like getting it. And it's cheap compared to getting it on it's own.

What I'd like to point out is how worrying it is that Dunhill bundled this with their cigs, other than this photo frame, they also bundled a USB thumbdrive + pen device, and also a USB Speaker with their cigs. Obviously this is all targeted to the gadget lovers. I wonder what their aim was in doing this promotion? Did they expect non smoking gadgeteers to buy the bundles and then just decide to light one up because they have a pack of cigs anyway?

I for one.. am gonna just give the cigs to whoever asks for it in the office tomorrow.


Sunday, 10 February 2008 23:18:57 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

That's what I told myself a few years back after a particularly nasty incident involving around a particularly bad system restore experience with my C110 Tablet PC.

But after my shuttle died in a brilliant lightning storm, I needed a replacement desktop PC. I didn't need something extremely powerful, just something to watch movies with, do video editing of WZ's videos and other miscellaneous tasks. Definitely not to play games cause I've swore off PC gaming already.

I was even considering just getting of them media playing cases like this since that would be what I did primarily.. watch videos. But then, it costs about RM1700 just for the case itself without even taking the hard disk into consideration.

Then I stumbled upon this...

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The Acer Aspire L3600. It's a small form factor PC, and it costs RM1999 for the Core 2 Duo version, the Core Duo and AMD versions are even cheaper! But since the Core 2 Duo one comes with 1GB of RAM I got this one.

Not much surprises in the machine.. DVD Multiwriter.. builtin WiFi card... TV Tuner.. which since it doesn't have a hardware MPEG2 Encoder it doesn't work with Windows Media Center.

One of the reasons why the system can be so cheap is that it doesn't come preinstalled with Windows. But rather Linux.. Linpus Linux. I'd tell you about the features offered by the free OS but... the problem is, Acer decided to install the OS onto the system and then forgot all about it. It doesn't even come with a GUI enviroment!

Upon first boot, you're greeted with a command prompt and the message that says something to the effect of "type os-update to install X-Windows". So I did so... and pages and pages of error messages scrolled through the screen, most of them seemed to be complaining about being unable to find something for download. 5 minutes later it said it was done installing X-Windows and I needed to restart the system.

I restarted the system and was still greeted with the command prompt.... I installed Vista Home Premium immediately. It really puzzles me why did Acer do such a half ass job with the Linux install, it was obviously an afterthought considering how crappy it is!

No problems installing Windows considering the drivers are all provided on a CD with the system.

All in all, the system is ideal for use as a simple home PC, it's powerful enough to do handle most non gaming related tasks and definetly sufficient for most users.


Sunday, 10 February 2008 21:18:37 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

I still remember when I heard the name Transflash... oh god, not another memory format! That was when I just swapped my SD card for a Mini SD card to be used in my phone. And with the apperance of Transflash I knew that it wouldn't be long until I got a phone which needed to use that type of memory.

After a while, Transflash got renamed to MicroSD and then it became apparent that with the right type of adapter you could use MicroSD cards in any SD card scenario.

And I recently completed my collection of MicroSD adapters.

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To complete my set of adapters I finally managed to get hold of a MicroSD to MiniSD by trading my MicroSD to SD & USB adapter for it. This means that I'm now able to use a MicroSD card in pretty much any situation... granted.... how many people still use MiniSD cards nowadays?


Sunday, 10 February 2008 19:20:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 09 February 2008

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For those who can't read Chinese the red words at the top of the book says "An UNTEARABLE Picture Book" Well... guessed WZ proved that wrong, I guess the fact that the joints are the weakest link also contributed to it's eventual demise.


Saturday, 09 February 2008 21:10:41 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 08 February 2008
We accidentally left WZ's pillow in a relative's house when he fell asleep on their bed. The repercussions were shocking! WZ just didn't want to go to sleep without the pillow, granted there are many other reasons that he didn't want to sleep but I cannot deny the fact that after we gave him the pillow and he falls asleep within 10 minutes after we've been trying for hours...

Friday, 08 February 2008 00:02:59 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 06 February 2008

I just came back from a 2 day trip to my in laws place over at Melaka, it was a nightmare!!! Not only did Maxis not have 3G coverage over at their house, there wasn't even EDGE connectivity available!!! And the GPRS signal was so crappy I couldn't even sign on to Live Messenger!!!

But... everything is fine now, I'm back home, and my next travel stop will definetly have broadband internet connectivity.

I hope I never have to feel so out of connection again! Maybe I should sign up for all the telco's datalines since something is BOUND to work that way. :P


Wednesday, 06 February 2008 22:47:37 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 03 February 2008

If only WZ was of a breakfast cereal age, cause I HATE breakfast cereal. Cause I saw this in Carrefour just now.

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The toy in the bottom of this box of KokoKrunch is a flight simulator game, that in itself isn't enough to go WTF about. Please bring your attention to the bottom right corner of the box. Let me read it out to you so you don't have to click on it to see a bigger picture. "Exclusive games inspired by Microsoft Flight Simulator X"

WTF?

Also in the WTF department.

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When the heck did parallel imported consoles become mainstream enough that they're being sold in Carrefour (I'm pretty sure I'm spelling that wrongly!)


Sunday, 03 February 2008 21:54:13 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

So I got another bag for the Asus eeePC.

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It's uninteresting at first glance. And a bit worse when you get to the insides.

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The accessory compartment is FLAT, it can't expand to accommodate anything bulky in there, ie.. The power adapter, It has a wire mesh zipper to hold some cables, a removable disc folder to hold DVDs and a pocket.. which I think is for the power adapter, but like I mentioned, the compartment doesn't expand so it's not a good idea to throw anything bulky in there.

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Which means the power adapter ends up in front with the eeePC, this case was initially designed for a 10" portable DVD player so there's plenty of room in there for the eeePC. But since everything just mashes around it's really not that good a carrying case.

So why would I buy such a lousy carrying case for the eeePC? Because obviously there's some gimmick that makes it interesting!

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The case comes with straps and hooks to suspend it in open mode either between the 2 front seats or behind a specific seat. (No reward for guessing what's playing on the eeePC right now)

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As the eeePC is so small there's still plenty of space left for you to connect a USB hard disk containing your movies to watch. You can technically use the eeePC while it's in the case if you tightened the straps enough but the middle bracing strap that goes over the keyboard might get in your way, you can of course remove the strap but that would mean there'll be an eeePC flying around the car if anything happens.

Why did I buy this? Well... it's about time for the Chinese New Year trip, and I don't want to be caught flat footed in a jam with WZ in the car screaming over boredom. For those questioning the battery life of the eeePC, it doesn't matter because I have an inverter in the car. So all I need is to fill up a hard disk or thumb drive with lots and lots and LOTS of anime and WZ should remain happy.

Yes I do realise that the eeePC isn't that readable in sunlight... maybe I should only travel at night then? :P


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Sunday, 03 February 2008 21:34:24 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Ok... here we go... the start of the end.

Only a matter of time till he starts to asking questions about everything, or complain about everything.


Sunday, 03 February 2008 18:39:57 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |