# Tuesday, 26 May 2009

It would seems that an operation for a miscarriage is not covered by insurance since that’s counted as a pregnancy complication. Interesting... all the more reason to avoid private medical centers when you have an emergency like this.


Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:17:41 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 25 May 2009

With the miracle of birth, or the devastation of lost. And lost was what we got last Friday, it would seem that natural selection deemed that the fetus was not developing well and called for it to be terminated. Which just sent us through a whirlwind of a day.

Luckily the wife's spirits seem ok, she was more focused at being angry at being triaged to be less than emergency and ended waiting about 3 hours for her 20 minute procedure.

Seeing the bill for the procedure was also scary considering that it almost costs as much as delivering a baby as it is to handling a miscarriage! Time to talk to my insurance agent on how to handle this.


Monday, 25 May 2009 00:25:20 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [3]  | 
# Sunday, 17 May 2009

All I wanted was to not buy one phone within one year of my last one. And once again.. just a few months shy of my Touch Diamond's one year anniversary. I lost it...

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Presenting the HTC Touch Diamond 2. Now it REALLY looks like it's an iPhone wannabe! First of all there's no more D-Pad on the device, while on the Diamond the D-Pad was pretty much useless it was still nice to have around when you ran into programs that weren't expecting the D-Pad to not be present. While the device is slightly bigger than the old Diamond it now comes equipped with a 800x480 screen. The other interesting thing is that the actual physical dimensions of the screen isn't that much bigger than the old Diamond so that means it was removed just to make it look like a bloody iPhone!

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And here's the closeup of the controls (Which coincidentally I had to reshoot 5 times cause I kept getting my finger prints on the brushed metal surface) Just a pretty standard set of answer, Windows button, back button, and hangup button. It's nice of HTC to mark the hangup button as the home button since that's essentially what the hangup button does in Windows Mobile devices, go back to the home screen. And the bottom of the device you can see the always screamed about HTC Ext USB port, which means that again you need an adapter to plug your headphone in cause there's no standard headphone jack on the phone. Personally I don't care cause I don't listen to music that much and the more important thing to me is that a standard Mini USB connector fits.

Sitting above the buttons is a touch sensitive ZOOM BAR

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In compatible apps this allows sliding your fingers along the bar allows you to zoom in and out in the applications, such as Opera.. the Album viewer, the RSS viewer, etc. etc.

On the top of the phone (darn fingerprints on the rim..)

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You have the power button on the tip, the 5 Mega Pixel auto focus camera, and the slit on the side is where the speaker is. The speaker is louder than the Diamond's but it still wouldn't past the chinese dinner test. (Is there a phone that can?) Also for those of you who has seen the Diamond before, note that the Diamond 2 doesn't have the Diamond motif on the back anymore, also flat, glossy piece of shiny plastic? Fingerprint magnet nightmare!

The original Diamond had 4GB of internal storage and about 192MB of main storage memory. Which would have been ok had Opera been configured to use the external storage for Cache, and also HTC's own programs didn't simply dump large thumbnails in the main memory.

This is fixed in the Diamond2 with a healthy 300MB of main storage memory and a Micro SD HD slot which hides behind the back cover.

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Some would complain that the card slot should be out in the open, but I guess HTC just wanted to go for the aesthetics and not leave a card slot and rubber card slot cover on the outside of the device. It could have been worse, they could have put it BEHIND the battery. At least currently you can just slide out the card without turning the phone off. Speaking of battery, the Diamond 2 has a 1100mAh battery, slightly better than the 900mAh of the Diamond 1, and I can't comment on the battery life yet. The stylus of the Diamond 2 is no longer magnetic, so there's no satisfying swish as you put the stylus into the silo. I miss the little trick, but as a person who knows that even the simple magnetic clasps of a PDA case can wipe a hotel room access key I can understand the reasoning behind the decision. But.. taking out the stylus still wakes the D2 out of standby.

And that's the physical overview of the D2, I'm too lazy to capture screens for the software overview, so I most likely will just record my comments on video. But I'll just leave it at this. HTC has done an IMPRESSIVE job of beautifying the basic WM6.1 interface and making the UI simply beautiful! Also for the first time that I know of, the Chinese language support is IN THE ROM. No extra installation required. Oh.. you don't get handwriting recognition for the one they included though.

For those who are asking "Should I get the Diamond 2?" If you already have a Diamond 1, probably not unless you really feel like getting a device with a higher screen resolution. If you are looking for a new feature phone, my usual reservations to recommending WM phones to people is still there (My main worry is that during purchase, the shops installs so much 'free' software and the device starts being unstable) I always felt that the choice of getting a WM phone must be made by the users themselves because they need to be aware that with the power and capability of the phone, there's a lot of things that one person can like about the phone while another hates it to hell. But I must say with the Diamond 2, I would be a little inclined to nudge someone to get it if they ask about recommendations.


Sunday, 17 May 2009 17:04:55 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 16 May 2009

I don't usually care too much about product brochures, usually they just contain bullet points of prominent features, which is good for the casual buyer, but never quite useful enough for the more technically inclined customers like me.

Then I saw the brochure for the Gigabyte M912 Convertible Netbook, it's essentially one of the first netbook computers (ie, something with an Intel Atom processor and costs < RM2k) to have a touchscreen and hence is usable as a Tablet PC. Something that I'm always interested in.

As with most netbooks it comes with 1GB of RAM, just like most other netbook user out there I was interested in seeing if we could upgrade it's RAM, or if we attempted to do it ourselves would we void any warranty.

Then I saw this on the brochure.

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Not only did they mention that the memory and hard disk are easily upgradable, they were nice enough to provide a picture of just how easily accessible it is. One large panel at the bottom.

Whoever made this brochure definitely knows what their users might be looking for when choosing a netbook.


Saturday, 16 May 2009 15:22:02 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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This is a pack of instant noodles that is just so WRONG!

  1. It's BAH KUT TEH flavored!!! How can something that's cooked with about 11 herbs and spices be distilled into powdered soup mix? That is just wrong!
  2. On the pack itself it says it's SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS!! But it's BAH KUT TEH!!!
  3. There's a HALAL certification sticker on the main pack (It comes in a pack of 4)!! That's just so wrong!!

But, the main question is obviously how does it taste? It doesn't taste horrible, and if you had a craving for bah kut teh in the middle of the night and you're too lazy to go out and get some. Yup... this will satisfy your taste buds.

It's still so wrong though...

Why do I have the urge to get more?

Must be the damn MSG.


Wednesday, 13 May 2009 00:40:13 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Saturday, 09 May 2009
What follows is a detailed list of the various plot holes in the Star Trek reboot movie, do not read if you want to watch the movie and not be spoiled.

Saturday, 09 May 2009 01:04:24 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Saturday, 02 May 2009

As I was going to be stuck in a jam yesterday, I loaded up some entertainment on my Diamond so I could watch it while waiting for the jam to move along. But then the horrifying effects of putting the tinting on my Diamond showed up. The glare of the sun made + the one way glass tinting pretty much made the display totally illegible under direct sunlight. Then I realized something, it all has to do with where I put my phone. This is where I put my phone usually.

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It's a standard position for a phone holder, right in the lower corner of the windscreen so it doesn't block the drivers view. BUT... the sun shines directly on it, so not only does it receive the glare of the sun, it also receives the HEAT of the sun. I never thought too much about it (heck ALL my holders had been in this position since the first time I used one!) until putting the tinting on my phone made me realize I should put it in another location, away from the sun. Like...

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On the TOP of the windscreen! I would have NEVER EVEN CONSIDERED this location with the old PDAir holder cause the suction cup just felt flimsy. But with this new CRYSTAL EDITION holder the sucker just sucks so hard I feel like I can break the windscreen if I just yanked on it hard enough.

Some of you might be asking wouldn't the thing be blocking my view in that position? No actually because it's out of my field of view.

The advantages of this position is that the phone is actually IN the car and outside of direct sunlight, and added plus is that because I brought the phone up closer to my face. I can actually use the speaker phone properly now (The diamond's external speaker isn't particularly loud) which is nice since my bluetooth headset was borrowed by my wife after she destroyed hers a few months ago. So I can hear what the other side is saying properly.

The only other disadvantage is that I need to get a longer car charger cable to provide power to the phone by snaking it up the windscreen so it doesn't get in my way when I'm driving. So I told myself what a great position to put the car holder in.... until I smashed my head into it when I leaned forward to see something!

So quick adjustment left me with.

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The upper right corner of the windscreen! All the advantages of the previous position minus the possibility of me headbutting it. Also if it falls for any reason it *should* land on my seat. :P


Saturday, 02 May 2009 15:26:41 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  |