Wednesday, June 30, 2010

An Hour at HP Service Center

I was at HP Service Center at Damansara, again. This time, not my C714TU. Its been running fairly well since since the motherboard replacement in 2008 which is covered under its 1 year warranty plan. Now that the C714TU is obsolete, I've to take really good care of it. No more 3D graphic intensive games that will melt the CPU.

It was my cousin's brand new CQ41-214TX that needed a DVD combo drive replacement as it stopped working a month after it was purchased. Having gone through my first warranty claim 2 years ago, I went through the same routine, get a number and wait to be called. However it was not that. This time, there's an extra procedure. I was required to test the machine at the testing counter (previously was a product demo area) before taking a number and filling up the service form. The technician at the testing counter was very helpful and infact all staff at HP service center was courteous. Big thumbs up there.

So, when my number was called, I expected a quick scan the serial number and just drop it off and then come back a week later to collect it. Only to be told that there's stock for the DVD combo drive and it only takes 20 minutes to have it replaced. Happily I agreed to wait. There's stacks of news papers and a large LCD TV to keep me company. I'd be happier if they have retained the product showroom so I can play with the new HP touch or at least surf the internet while waiting. Due to the space constraints, some sacrifices have to be made.

And as earlier said, the DVD combo drive replacement was fast and I sign the release form. However I personally feel that I should be given the opportunity to check the machine first before being told to sign the release form. After collection, I proceeded to the testing counter again to have the laptop tested. It booted and the CD that I poped in can be read. What's interesting is that Vista detected the new hardware when I turn it on. Which means, there's no testing done by the technician after the DVD drive was replaced.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Death mars KL marathon

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 16,500 people took part in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon which took the runners on a route from Dataran Merdeka past some of the city’s historical landmarks.

The event not only attracted marathon enthusiasts but also entire families who took part for fun.

However, the event was marred by the death of a runner, Lim Wei Yee, 25.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said Lim died on his way to the hospital and that his body had been sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for post-mortem.

He said the police had yet to receive any report alleging negligence on the part of the organisers over Lim’s demise, which had been classified as sudden death.

Earlier, software engineer Toh Yit Ming, 26, said he was running his final lap on the 10km run when he saw a participant, whom he only knew as “Lim”, sitting on the roadside in front of City Hall before collapsing.

“He was having a seizure. A few runners tried to put him in a recovery position,” he said in a telephone interview, adding that he had told Lim to relax and breathe deeply as he was short of breath and clenching his teeth.

Toh said he, a doctor taking part in the event, and another participant had taken turns to apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Lim when his pulse stopped.

He claimed no medical services arrived until about 15 to 20 minutes later.

“I am disappointed that the ambulance came late when the Runners’ Guide had stated that response time for emergency medical services would be three minutes and that medical aid was available every 5km of the marathon stretch,” said Toh, adding that three City Hall officers standing nearby with their motorcycles had not bothered to help the group.

He said he had to tell a passer-by to inform the officers to call the ambulance.

Toh also alleged that when the ambulance arrived, it did not have an automated external defibrillator or a face mask with pump (to pump in more air into the lungs).

Organiser Golazo Sdn Bhd race director Wes Sakai said they were unable to comment because they were still collecting information on the incident.

He said they were notified that a runner participating in a 10km run had collapsed and died during the race, adding that he was given first-aid treatment on site and rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

“We extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family on their loss and offer our support during this period of bereavement,” he said.

SOURCE: THE STAR

Just weeks after the BHP petrol kiosk attendants refusal to help by lending fire extinguisher to a passerby, and now there's another news on nonchalant behavior, this time its city hall officers. Unlike the previous incident where the accident site is a distance away, these three goons are within line of sight of the victim and the group that's giving first aid. But these lazy city hall officials bastards who are within line of sight decides to do nothing other then bum around their bikes like a mat rempit. I wonder, what excuse are they going to give.

I foresee a Fuck DBKL facebook group coming up.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Progress so far

Paid the 3rd month maintenance fees and has yet to move in because progress is slow. Dreadfully slow. With only one day in a week to work on the house, little can be done, especially when some of the sundays were taken up by must-attend events. Preparing the wall for painting is allot of tough work and lots of skill required. Chipping off chipped paint is one thing, skimming and then sanding the WHOLE wall is both tough and tedious. The original wall was a rush job, the skimming wasn't flat and only one coat of green chalk paint was applied. The boarders of the windows were lumpy which took most of my time sanding and reapplying wall fillers and sanding it down again.

The only consolation is that I got good quick dry paint which allows me to make two coats in a day, three if i decides to apply another coat at 10pm.

1 bathroom and 1 bedroom done. Another 2 rooms, living/kitchen area and a bathroom to go.


Work in progress. Current state of the kitchen sink.

And I need a new camera phone. The sensor in the G400 is dying.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Off My Want(s) List


I got a surprise on facebook today when I got news of Mythelogy's newest product, the lighten crank pulley for Kia Forte. Performance parts for Korean daily driven cars is as rare as finding a Rolls Royce emblem in your regular car tuner/pimp up shop. After all, those who buy Korean doesn't appreciate driving, let alone modding their ride.

Korean cars has never been a favorite amongst Malaysian car owners as Korean cars are synonymous with problematic. But then, that was the 90s where workers from those two manufacturers organized protest and strikes on a regular basis, so I'm no surprise that all these manufacturing defects were part of their anti establishment ploy to bring down the company. Also the Kias and Hyundais that infested our roads were driven by drones who has no other choice but to go for the cheapest import as they boycott locally made cars for political, racial, anti-patriotism or whatever reason.

2009, Hyundai launched the 2010 Genesis Coupe. Looks MUCH better then the sissy Hyundai Coupe we have here, and the specs looks really good.

Engine: 2.0 liter four-cylinder / 3.8 liter V6
Aspiration: Turbocharged / Natural
Maximum Power: 212 hp (158 kW) / 300 hp (224 kW)
Maximum Torque: 217 lb-ft (294 Nm) / 263 lb-ft (356 Nm)
Transmission: Six-speed manual (optional five and six-speed automatics)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive!!! YES!!!

Sadly, it's not available here.

Then Kia launched their new Koup which is not available here also, but the 4 door sibling is, though Naza.

Pic of the Kia Koup. The Forte has two extra doors.
Engine: Gamma 1.6 DOHC CVVT
Aspiration: Natural
Maximum Power: 124 ps @ 6300 rpm
Maximum Torque: 156 Nm @ 4200 rpm
Transmission: 4AT (Gate Type), H-Matic / Shiftronic!!! BOO!!!
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive

So it has a lousy slushbox, and it's riding on rear torsion, not exactly sport material, but I wouldn't mind having one for retirement, as it looks good. And I've always have a soft spot for coupes. Especially the E36 M3 and 135i Coupe.

Anyways, back to the main topic, which is about the Forte which I've been hearing so much good stuff about. Weather form the motoring journalist facebook, the papers and even magazines. I was wondering, if it's THAT good. And being a performance orientated driver, the engine output as displayed on the brochure doesn't disappoint, but that's the brochure. Real driving conditions is different.

So, what you get when you have an engine with 156Nm of torque mated with a 4 speed slushbox?

This:

Barely 125Nm at peak point. That's 20% transmission lost, but what's more appalling is the torque curve, and that's coming from an engine with variable valve timing, jointly developed with Japanese Tristar, Mitsubishi.
I know how most campro owners whine about the lazy Malaysian made campro engines with its notorious torque dip at 2500rpm as I'm one of them. And in real driving situations, torque curve and area below the graph is far more important then peak power alone. Comparing my lazy non variable Malaysian made campro, it aint so bad.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bachaang

Its that time of the year again.


nom.. nom.. nom..

Takumi Delivers Tofu

But I'm no Takumi.

Days ago, this motoring journalist was commenting about how Malaysians in general would treat their city cars as MPVs, in his facebook status. He brought that topic up while trying Honda's new city orientated MPV on a 500++km road trip which he soon regrets.
I on the other hand, got myself a warm hatch something that suits my fast blooded driving nature. I drive to work everyday, and driving is something that I enjoy most, so my Neo is definitely a good drivers car for cheap. However, when duty calls the Neo will be there to serve. Just yesterday I've loaded 150kgs of plastic materials and a mold weighing almost 100kgs into the rear of the neo. That is quarter of a tonne resting on rear multi link suspensions supported by R3 springs and modified stock dampeners.

Pictures because I did happened. I wouldn't put my Neo to such torture unless absolute necessary. And since that journalist ranted how slow and unsuitable that city orientated mpv was, and how poorly it did on the road trip, I thought that it would be fun to subject a warm hatch to the role of a minivan or pickup truck.

There's no fender gap when 250kgs rest on the rear. About a month ago I was considering spacers to make the wheels flush with the body of the car, ala mini cooper style. Its a good thing that I didn't get it done or I'll be scrubbing rubbers.

Driving for 10km with all that load is some new experience. Acceleration is slower, duh, but surprisingly not that slow. I was able to reach safe cruising speed of 80kmh in a 10 seconds which most sane drivers will take to achieve on normal public roads, with all that load, there's no way I'm going for my usual 100kmh. Another thing that surprised me is the rear suspensions didn't bottomed out on speed bumps. Earlier this year when I touged Bukit Tinggi, the front suspensions bottomed out in several bends on the downhill course.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

When Mainstream Media Goes Soft

Its more then a week since the incident, and as expected, it was drowned out by other news, and the most anticipated World Cup 2010. Only Komuniti Kini is making followups.

Fire safety officer of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue department Thiong Ling Hii today said there is no reason for round-the-clock petrol kiosks to put their extinguishers in storage.

Referring to the recent incident which two BHPetrol attendants refused to loan fire extinguishers to save a woman in a burning car, Thiong said by right every petrol kiosk should place their fire extinguishers at the pump island.

“If there are four (pump) islands in a kiosk, they should have at least two extinguishers. This facilitates our firefighter’s job when responding to an emergency.”

Student Florina ak Joseph was burnt to death in a three-vehicle accident last week as bystander Teo Chai Yong’s pleas for a fire extinguisher from BHPetrol staff fell on deaf ears.

The BHP representatives claimed the move by the two attendants was purely out of security concerns because the kiosk at Taman Pertama Cheras has a notorious record of burglary and murder cases.

The petrol kiosk has placed the fire extinguishers outside the kiosk after the incident.

However, the question arose as to why the operators were told to store the fire extinguishers inside the kiosk.

Thiong said petrol kiosks are indeed vulnerable to crimes during wee hours.

“We understand that, that’s why we don’t blame them to keep (the extinguishers) inside when the shop is closed,”

“But for 24-hor kiosks, I don’t see why they want to do so.”

Meanwhile, Teo is pressing the government-linked petrol company to explain the matter openly.

“They said I was not acting calmly and I behaved barbaric. If it is true, why don’t they hold a press conference and let the two attendants to clear their names?”

“(The two attendants) might also explain why did they still being negligence even though I showed them my I/C,”

According to the race steward, the two attendants claimed they do not have access to unlock the kiosk’s door.

“But when I asked whether they can come out if their kiosk is in fire, they replied yes.

“They said they could not see the accident, but I am sure they would see (it) if they had come out from the kiosk.”

Teo said he is irked by the way the company has ‘twisted the story’ and denied its responsibility.

The petrol station in the earlier story was not the correct one, according to Teo, saying the BHPetrol station he went to was one alongside Jalan Cheras and not the one marked by BHPetrol on a map.

“We are not asking for compensation or anything, we just want them to tell the story so that everyone can learn a lesson.”

Teo wore a tee shirt, cap and shorts when he approached the kiosk

A Facebook group has been created to boycott the petrol company. It has attracted more than 5000 members.

BHPetrol has yet to reply till press time.

Anonymous BHP attendant at Tmn Pertama refused to speak on the issue, asked media to contact the PR woman directly.

Source: Komuniti Kini

Those words intentionally bold, BUT i'm not implying anything. Just so you know.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Awesome Italian Space Saver Furniture


Definitely a must have for my apartment.

Chicken Rice for Breakfast


Having chicken rice for breakfast is quite uncommon, like having fish and chips for breakfast, as its a full course meal, rice, chicken, slices of cucumber and pickled vegi soup. And what I liked most, it's served in nice porcelain ware, unlike other shops which use cheap orange melamine plates, like those you find in HK prison movies.

Anyhow, the stall operator didn't tell the reason why she decided to stop operating there, when she told me that she'll move out from the coffee shop restaurant at the end of May. She also didn't tell me where she's moving to. Chicken rice breakfast will be missed.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

BHP Saga: update

Small update, or rather the lack of it.

I was eagerly awaiting the news on BHP official press statement/conference which was due to happened on Monday. Since I'm not a TV person, I check on The Star Online every once in a while when I had the chance, furthermore it's easier to source it as reference for my blog then, say, record the TV news with my camera phone and then youtube it.

BHP being a large corporation one would expect professionalism. And I was actually expecting a proper public relations officer to give a statement and to right the blunder of the previous two, especially Abdul Kaiyum, the so called government relations manager with his now-famous-in-facebook "not acting calmly" comment. Instead, they got two executives who refuse to be named. And that's where the credibility and integrity of the company goes down the drain when you get two anons to represent a company with over 3000 staffs.

Komunitikini spoke with two Boustead Petroleum (BHP) representatives for their views on the incident that has drawn public ire and calls to boycott the firm.

According to the BHP executive, who refused to be named, the incident was clearly a case of misunderstanding between Teo and the two BHP staff at the time.

He said that the accident’s location was further from the BHP station, and not by the side of the Cheras highway as previously reported. (The location of the station can be seen in the accompanying Google Map)

“As the BHP staff could not see the accident, then a misunderstanding occurred with Teo claiming the staff refused to hand him a fire extinguisher,” he said.

He did not deny the possibility that Teo’s agitated actions in suspicious conditions might have caused BHP staff to be too afraid to hand him the extinguisher.

In such circumstances, the BHP official said that the staff’s actions were out of caution as the accident did not happen in front of their eyes and the station was far from the accident site, not to mention the lateness of the hour – 3am.

Before this, BHP staff had complained of trauma at frequently being exposed to the threat of rape, burglary and murder.

On a related note, BHP expressed its condolences to the victim’s family on the loss of their loved one.

Komunitikini was told that the victim and owner of the Perodua Myvi involved in the accident is believed to be Florina ak Joseph, 27, a student from Sarawak while the other victims injured have been sent to PPUKM for treatment.

SOURCE: KomunitiKini (view map there)

And then there's the quick reply form Akina Teo, who has revealed his name in full (In your face BHP anons).

Hi there the BHP Executive who refused to be named!

“you said that the accident’s location was further from the BHP station, and not by the side of the Cheras highway as previously reported.”

I am so sorry to say that you dint even investigate this case properly!... See More

the location and map you providing here is not the BHP station that i went to!

you say ““As the BHP staff could not see the accident, then a misunderstanding occurred with Teo claiming the staff refused to hand him a fire extinguisher,”

Im claiming the staff refused to hand me the fire extinguisher?? Great… hereby im challenging your BHP management to show the CCTV recording to the public on how they respond my plea! Better if your CCTV got voice recording. Hear how they answer!! Im challenging you to show it out!!

From,
TEO CHAI YONG

SOURCE: Facebook


So that's why the two BHP executives refused to be named. They were ill informed, made another blunder and no one can lynch them online like what happened to their other two colleagues when they gave lame excuses over the incident. Or probably they purposely gave the wrong station to mislead the public and try to shift the attention away from them. Either-how, it backfired and was even challenged by Akina to have the CCTV recordings of that early morning incident to be made public.

This is how I see BHP now, 2 apathetic attendants, a nonchalant government relations manager, and 2 ill informed anonymous representatives. Seeing 5 rotten apples rolling out the barrel one after another, I could only think less of the other 2995 BHP employees, after all, worms spread fast.

Why the numbers you ask?

Meanwhile, MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong said consumers should not boycott BH Petrol because of the incident as it would affect its employees who are mostly Malaysians.

He said the company currently had 3,000 employees in the country and a boycott would cause many to suffer.

“I personally feel that a boycott is inappropriate and unethical,” Chong told reporters at Wisma MCA yesterday.


SOURCE: Star (scroll to bottom of the article)

So a boycott that affects livelihood of 3000 people is unethical. But refusing to help which caused a death is not? Taking into account that the statement is made by someone in a political party which I already considered defunct, meh.

What really amazed me is how BHP seems to dig their grave deeper and deeper with really really poor PR. And it keeps getting worse. Its like a company being run by imbeciles. This tragedy, no doubt wasn't entirely BHP's fault, but it has landed them in hotwater in a shallow pot, which they are just incapable of climbing out of. If I'm a stakeholder I'll sell my shares now.

Lastly, the real lucky person who survived this internet hate is the Vios driver who caused the accident. Lucky bastard.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

FUCK BHP!


It was a Thursday morning when I heard about it on FLY FM. The deejays weren't their joyful self, and there's a somber atmosphere. Earlier a caller called up and told a heart breaking story on how a girl was trapped in a burning car, and when the caller tried to borrow fire extinguisher form a nearby petrol station, the attendants there refused. The attendants indirectly caused the girl's death. That's just the summary,

Full story (first person perspective from the caller himself, Akina Teo)

FUCK BHP!!!!! FUCK BHP!!! why? let me tell you!!

this morning approx 3.20am, at Cheras Tmn Pertama roundabout,

saw a freak accident, involving a Vios, Myvi and a Lorry.

im one the first badge who arrive, mean it just happen maybe seconds ago.

Vios believe to be turtle and badly damaged. When im passing by the vios, rear passenger started to pull out the front driver and front passenger.

then when i pass the Myvi, the car was totally sardine. Heard one girl was yelling cos piined inside. I stop my car then run towards the myvi to offer a hand while calling 999 emergency line to request for ambulance and bomba.

then saw fire spark at the engine bay of myvi. while still on the phone with emergency line to provide more details, i run back to my car and drive to BHP station which is just less than 500m away from the scene.

then i request for the fire extingusher from the attendant which is kept inside. There was 4 extingusher on the ground. But the attendant refuse to pass to me.

the BHP attendant claimed dat the door cant be open.

then i shout at him, i need it! i want it! someone is pinned inside the car and its started to burn!

then the BHP attendant keep repeating he kenot borrow and open the door.

then i was like WTF! if ur kiosk is burning can u come out? then he replied yes.

then he still say he kenot open the door. Then he say his boss wont allowed to borrow. WTF!!!

then i started to amuk kicking the kiosk and punching the glass of the kiosk.

i even throw my IC to him say that if im dun return u report police.

i saw i borrow.. if i use it i will pay for it. then he keep on just smile at me.

then he ask another partner to come out. Then i start shouting and yelling at them with bad words saying dat if the girl dies you two are the murderer.

then the 2nd BHP attendant shout back at me.

i demand for their names, i told them i would complain bout them,

then the 2nd attendant copy down my number plate and said that all my acts been recorded on CCTV and he gonna report to police tumoro. I challenged him.

then i drove off back to the scene.. the car was totally burning and the poor girl was burn alive inside.

then i spoke to the Bomba and PDRM how many casualties was inside. they told me one girl.

Then i spoke to PDRM about the incident happen in BHP.. then the policemen also scold with anger WTF with them.. if i could get the fire extingushier.. the girl might be saved.

then the Policemen ask me to go police station to report a cover about the BHP, and he assured me that the stupid BHP wont get to report on me.

Personally i would like to ask, how much does 4 fire extingusher cost? isit more expensive than a life?

would like to ask the BHP petrol station's boss! u cant afford to lose 4 fire extingusher then u better closed down your station!!!! Fuck you boss!!!!

and this is to BHP MALAYSIA!! seens your procedure to keep all safety gadget inside the kiosk... if anything happen during refueling... is your attendant gonna open the door to help? seens he claimed that the door cant be open after hours??

FUCK YOU BHP!!! FUCK YOU!!!

i personally from now on will boycott BHP... i dont know how about you all!!!

gonna give BHP HQ a call tumoro... see what the fuck will they say about this kind of safety measurement they have!!!!!


for the two BHP attendant!!! you are the murderer!!!!!
http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=129676560391899#!/note.php?note_id=127900590567573

Having two idiotic attendants causing the death of a girl was bad enough, wait till you see the kind of reply form idiotic higher management.

BHP government relations manager Abdul Kaiyum when contacted claimed that the BHP attendants refused to open the door for Teo as he was not acting calmly when asking for assistance.
http://komuniti.malaysiakini.com/news/woman-dies-in-fire-as-bhp-staff-refuse-to-loan-fire-extinguisher

Not acting calmly? It's a fucking emergency. I wonder if Abdul Kaiyum will act calmly when his family is trapped in his burning house and his neighbors refuse to lend him fire extinguishers. I bet he'll kill for a even a bucket of water. And of all person, that idiotic statement came from a so called government relations manager who just proved that he doesn't deserved that job. What a fucktard.

Yes I'm angry, not only because of the loss of life, but how even top management were apathetic to such situation. And that's why I'm joining the boycott against BHP. There are plenty of alternatives out there, loosing one would hardly hurt car owners, furthermore our fuel pricing is standardized, it shouldn't be a problem switching.

As for me, boycotting BHP is easy as I've never fuel up in any BHP or BP stations (before the changeover to BHP). It's like breathing, I've been doing it since I was born, and I'll continue 'breathing'.