Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dell Inspiron N5050

I got my dell 3 weeks ago, and it's my first dell. Its also the first laptop to be bought over the net without first inspecting the laptop at a local showroom or reseller. And it's also going to be my last.

This is what RM1599 paid for
Inspiron 15 (N5050) Direct Base
U510808MY-Dell(TM) Inspiron(TM) 15 (N5050) Laptop
2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M processor 2.20 GHz
Discount is only valid if the corresponding upgraded item is selected above.
Limited time promotional offer only. No further discounts apply.
15.6" HD WLED True-Life (1366x768)
Dell Webcam Central Software
LCD Back Cover - Obsidian Black
Genuine Windows(R) 7 OS Label
Dell(TM) Welcome
Break the Seal Sticker
DataSafe Local Basic
APCC Info Mod
Direct Ship Info
Skype Software
Ebay Webslice
Energy Star Label
Energy Star Label (on shipment box)
My Dell Downloads
Dell(TM) Support Center
Stage Software - MusicStage
Stage Software - PhotoStage
Stage Software - VideoStage
Windows Live Software
Stage Software - Framework
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 Series Processor Label
Adobe Reader X
SERI Document (English/ S-Chinese/ T-Chinese/ Japanese/ Korean)
3-in-1 Memory Card Reader: SD/MMC/MS
Internal 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Dell SyncUp Software
Dell Stage - Remote Control Application
Resource DVD
Inspiron N5050 System Driver
Enrico15 Placemat (English, Indonesia)
Integrated 0.3 mega pixel webcam
Driver for Dell Wireless Card 802.11b/g/n, BT3.0+HS
Me and My Dell
4GB (1 X 4GB) 1 DIMM DDR3 1333Mhz
320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
12.7" SATA tray load DVD+/-RW
Roxio Creator Software
Power Cord (UK)
65W AC Adapter
6-cell Lithium Ion Battery
Shipment Box - Brown
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Integrated Stereo Sound
Dell Wireless Card 802.11b/g/n, BT3.0+HS (MY)
Dell(TM) Chiclet Keyboard with Multi-touch Touchpad (English)
Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Basic COA Label (SEA)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Basic 64bit (English)
Windows 7 Microsoft Patch (Including SP1)
OS Media Kit Not Included
- Microsoft(R) Office Starter 2010: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
Dell(TM) PC Restore Software
Cyberlink PowerDVD Software (DVDRW)
McAfee(R) Security Center(TM) (Multi-Language) - 15 Months Version
# Yr 1 Carry-In Service after Remote Diagnosis
# Yr 1 CIS Parts Exchange Service
For info only:1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
# 1yr Ltd HW Wrty, InHome Svce after Remote Diagnosis
# 1yr Parts Exchange Service
1 Year Standard Phone Support: Mon-Fri 0900-1800
1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
Regional Support Within Asia Pacific Countries For Laptops

It's an unnecessary long list of items to make you feel that you bought a house for RM1599. Personally I couldn't be bothered with the preinstalled software like cyberlink power dvd, mcafee and software by dell. I like by system trimmed, free from unwanted garbage. But for the system spec that I got, even with the unwanted garbage, it doesn't feel weight down, slow or sluggish. Except for the mcafee update part. Anyways, the summary of the N5050 hardware is as follows.

The number one reason why I got this dell is because it's cheap. At RM1599, it's a steal for a 15.6 inch display laptop powered by an intel i3 sandy bridge with 4GB of RAM.
And it's also 'cheap' cheap. Laptop feels cheap, with lots of hollow parts especially the keyboard which I disliked the most. Typing on the N5050 can be very noisy. This is all due to the design of the laptop itself.

Take a look at the back of the N5050 and you won't see any removable lids for the HDD or RAM. Instead you'll need to remove the screws at the back cover, flip the laptop around, lift the screen, and then very carefully pry the stainless steel finish only to be greeted with dell's patented anti DIY alarm of plastic snapping sound. It's a very mac way to build a laptop. Don't get me wrong, I like apple products, especially the iPhone, but if I wanted a mac, I would have bought one, instead of getting a dell. IBM clones are suppose to be DIY friendly. This is one of the biggest regret in getting this laptop. Future upgrades will be troublesome. And this is the biggest disappointment of the N5050. All these while I've never bought any PCs online, though I do scout for prospective PCs the final purchasing decision will be a physical examination of the product at local resellers. I should've done the same with this purchase as well.

Another thing about having the 'latest and greatest' hardware like this dell with an intel i3 2330M with built in HD3000 graphic processor on the same die, is the lack of support by non mainstream OSes, namely linux. Sure, the latest kernel 3 is suppose to have better compatibility with sandy bridge, but it's how the desktop integrates itself with the kernel to give the best user experience which matters most. The old ubuntu 10.10 that I'm currently using on my compaq proves to be obsolete on the dell. And being a linux convert, I did what I can to not rely on windows.

In my hunt for the perfect linux for the N5050, I've installed Fedora 16 64, Linux Mint 12 RC 64, Xubuntu 11.10 (assumed to be 32bit). I've avoided Ubuntu because of Unity. There are many other distros, but I stick to those that required the least compiling. Don't even need to access the terminal, all the better.

I couldn't get fredora 16 to detect the wifi card. Mint 12 rc has trouble accessing my wifi unless I unhide the ssid. Xubuntu 11.10 doesn't have the same problems as the earlier two, and since its based on ubuntu (which I've been using for months now), its very easy to get the hang of it. But there's one minor set back. Boot and shutdown time. Xubuntu 11.10 shutdown much slower then the older ubuntu 10.10, and out of curiosity, I also tested Win 7 (64 bit) and realized that Win 7 not only boots faster (1 second faster then Xubuntu) but also shutdown faster as well. The test is done on freshly installed OSes with their drivers updated. No additional 3rd party software installed on Win 7 (firewall, anti virus, etc)



If you have 2 minutes to spare, test video is right below.

After editing the video and posting them into this blog only has I realized one variable that I did not take into account. load time from login screen to desktop. Win 7 took its time from the login screen to the desktop while Xubuntu 11.10 felt almost instantaneous. I would have done a second round of testing with auto login into desktop but then abandoned the plan when xubuntu 'excellent' battery management has drained the battery dry when I left a 60% charged laptop unattended for 6-7 hours. That was never an issue with win 7 as it went into hibernate and still has 40% charge (from 50%) after being left unattended for the whole day (about 8 hours). As a desktop OS, i'll opt for Xubuntu anytime, or may even try the lighter ldxe version. But for better battery management, better hardware optimization, win7 is the only way to go, for now.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Aging Ungracefully


My Neo has passed five, and signs of aging is starting to show, other then the badly faded paint. The engine is still running fine, it purrs while idling and whine when being pushed to the red line. Just like a brand new car.

The body however is a different story. Just this evening the rear passenger window almost dropped off as I accidentally knocked it form the inside while trying to fit a heavy duty trolley at the back seat. It's a good thing that it happened there and then. If it were to happen while I'm ferrying a passenger and he just so happens to rest his head on the glass, it could be fatal.

RM80 is what it cost to have the glass removed, and have the seal replaced. The foreman did warn beforehand that there is no guarantee that they won't accidentally break the glass while attempting to remove it as the adhesive on some part of the glass is still strong, and its that little bit of adhesive that prevents the glass from dropping off during the journey to the windscreen repair workshop.

The other side is starting to peel too.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

No Rants


From now on you won't get any annoying rants from my blog into facebook.

unless I click the "share in facebook" button below.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Surprise Butt Seks

My car is a whore. Just slightly over a month since the previous accident, my car has been rear ended AGAIN! Should've seen it coming. In fact I did see the kenari from the rear view mirror gliding, barely slowing down for 50 meters before impact. At that point I was debating against myself should I just run the red light to save my car or stay put and do the right thing. Before I could chuck in the first gear, the traffic in font of me has decided for me by crossing my path.

This guy who used his car to rape mine was very apologetic and persisted that he will be compensate for damages done. He even handed me his IC without me asking for it. With his car picture taken, along with road tax, IC and his name card which has the same name with his IC, I took his word for it. I still has 24 hours to make a report, and I already got all the vital information.

The following day (today) just 5 hours before the end of the 24 hours window, I called him regarding my compensation and he requested to meet up later in the evening, which is totally unaccepted as it'll pass the 24 hour deadline to  report a traffic accident, thus making me not eligible to claim insurance, regardless mine or his. After a lengthy telephone conversation of him with his promises to pay and me threatening of a police report at high noon, he finally gave in and set a venue at Shell Sunway Damansara. I was half expecting to be given the run around. And lo be hold, he arrived with cash in hand. He paid, we shook hands, and left.

He has indeed left an impression not just on my car, but me too. Someone responsible like him is a dying breed. And the best part of all, he wasn't angry, mad, or sulky. And also the part where he apologized first, instead of saying 'just a small matter only' like the other two chinese who damaged my car. Somehow I felt lucky meeting him, and rather unlucky for him that he had to meet me that way.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

JMC No More

I've tendered my resignation in August but only officially resign in September. That's 12 months service with an earlier 2 months kepoh-ing their monthly meeting. Seeing that I quit, clearly the negative has out weight the perks from that role.

I wouldn't rant on the monthly meetings that drag on past midnight almost every single time. After all, that's part and parcel of being JMC. It wouldn't be half bad if we actually accomplish something from these late night gatherings, most of the time it feels like pissing into a sea of piss. In fact all the time it feels like that.

The biggest problem is there is no senior manager manning the site. Everything goes to the building executive which I think is an okay person when coming to handling small matters. However when coming to managing people and service providers, that's his main weakness. He's just too soft. Though I do hope that this will not be a permanent problem as only recently a new building manager was assigned to this place.

Then again, the JMC is partially to be blamed too. The JMC micromanages every single thing. Especially when coming to purchases. This will delay essential repairs as the management can't do anything until it gets majority vote. And this is also one of the main factor driving me away from the JMC role. It wouldn't have come to this if there was no breach of trust by the past manager as accused by the current JMC. If it was true, a police report would have been made and the managing company would be replaced. Instead they retain the company, and fire the manager. As a result, many prospective managers shy away form our apartment.

And seeing how management is being 'slow' certain projects were taken up by JMC which I too participated. The project that I was involved in was gym room upgrade, after completing a tedious hand holding-maintenance-work of keeping the parking lots well lit, which mainly consist of rewiring the entire lighting system to external wire trunking as we discovered that the internal wiring had shorted out.
The gym room upgrade was actually a project of another JMC who was pressured by her non JMC kaki to undertake as they use the gym room allot. Coincidentally this JMC was not well verse with gym equipment, nor even use any gym equipment. All I need to do was compare price in their quotations and giving a little feedback saying 'I had gym membership before' and viola, now it becomes my project.
Having total control over a certain project isn't really a bad thing either. Like the gym room upgrade which is essentially purchasing new equipment to replace old ones. The original gym equipment supplied by developers are nothing more then home use flimsy exercise machines. No surprise that it broke. So the original head project JMC sourced for quotations on gym equipment while I compared it with previous recommendations from previous manager (whom was fired). The price difference was huge for similar spec. After that, there's a round of visit to supplier facility to inspect the equipment intended for purchase. Just like how government purchasing officers does it, minus the under table money, big fulfilling dinner and free spa.
So, the gym was equipped with new toys, and spent less then the approved budget. Residents are once again happy, until someone broke the 2 week old upright bike. Fucking vandals.

The next project however is what convinced me that I should leave. The terms too many chef spoils the soup holds true in this case, the resident card system which has been a pet JMC project for 2 years prior me joining the committee. It would've been forgivable if the JMCs were bickering amongst themselves about which card system to adopt. I never knew there were so many types of proximity cards and sensors existed. What has been holding back the implementation was extremely trivial. How the card should look like! O_O
And it happened way too many time. When a design is put to vote, there will be comments on how to improve it. Some want detailed particulars like unit number, some don't. Some want an encoded code (something like the nirc number) to identify unit of resident, some don't and has even voted against it. Some like pink, others don't. And there was one time that I though they have finally finalized on a design when it got majority vote, only to have it cast back into the redesign,voting endless cycle when someone says 'hey, landscape mode looks better then portrait'

Monday, November 7, 2011

C714TU Hard Drive Replacement


After many weeks of procrastination, I finally bought a new 2.5" SATA hard drive to replace the ailing Hitachi 120G HDD that originally came with the C714TU. Procrastination was costly this time, literally. There was a price revise due to the flood in Thailand, and local computer dealers claim has affected supply of HDDs. RM170 for 320GB 2.5" SATA HDD, profiteering at its best.

Tools:
Tiny Phillips screwdriver


Removing the HDD case
There are two screws that required to be loosen. They are marked with the HDD symbol, which is indicated with three OOO overlapping each other. Once completely loosen the cover should pop up a little to allow you to pick it up with your fingernail or a flat head screwdriver.


Once the cover is removed the HDD chassis is exposed. Pull the plastic tab to remove the HDD form the slot.


The HDD is secured onto a metal chassis which locks the HDD onto place. You need to remove this metal chassis and install it onto the new HDD. There are 2 screws on each side.


Installing the HDD back into the laptop, just reverse the steps. What was once pull is now push. What was once loosen in now tighten.

Simple eh?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Half a Pounder

McD's is at it again. First the triple cheese burger, which is rather meh. Now its the double quarter pounder. Nothing new as I'm getting my double quarter pounder fix(and sometimes triple quarter pounder) at Wendys. But since I'm a sucker for beef burgers, and had once sworn loyalty to McD (don't laugh, I know allot of people sworn loyalty to some brand, like mac fags and droid fags alike) I thought what the heck, after all it's been a really long time since I've visited the clown's restaurant. (30 days McD hiatus is a really long time)

Looks mouth watering ain't it? It's amazing what a little work over gimp does to pictures. And this pic was taken with my good ol Samsung SGH-G400. Dumb phones last surprising long, just like dumb people.

And it cost RM14.80 for Medium McValue Lunch (after tax). So, the verdict? It taste EXACTLY the same like your regular quarter pounder. I've already expected this from past experience with the triple cheese burger. Comparative to Wendys (which taste awesome), its dryer, which isn't surprising at all as Wendy's patties are cooked on the spot when order are placed unlike McD's which has its ingredients precooked and stored in little yellow-orange drawers. Since McD's have to deal with mini Somalia from 1200 to 1500, making fresh hot meals at the expense of the growing hungry and angry lunch crowd is out of the question. McD's also throw in a cheese Mcshaker for large meal, something that I avoided.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Is it an Upgrade or Downgrade?

Product C714TU Laptop Mystery Netbook
Year Released 2008 2010
Processor 1.46 GHz Intel® Pentium® dual core processor T2310 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU Cache 1 MB L2 Cache 3MB shared
System Bus 566MHz 800MHz
Memory 2GB (Upgraded) 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM onboard (4GB maximum)
Video Graphics Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (64MB Shared memory) NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
Hard Drive 120 GB SATA (5400 rpm) 128GB of flash storage
Display 15.4” WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) 11.6-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, (1366 X 768)
Multimedia Drive SuperMulti 8X DVD±RW with Double Layer Support None
Sound Altec Lansing® speakers, Single Integrated Microphone Stereo speakers, omnidirectional microphone, headphone minijack
Fax/Modem High speed 56K modem None
Network Card Ethernet 10/100BT integrated None
Wireless Connectivity 802.11 b/g WLAN IEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Price RM2500 inclusive of RAM upgrade RM2599 after discount

I saw a really good bargain the other day at Mid Valley. But I was rather reluctant to fork out that much for a premium netbook while compaq laptops cost about only half as much.
Then again, I don't really need another laptop. My current 15 incher is just right on my lap, but lugging around such a big hardware can be tedious when it comes to traveling. And because my laptop is suffering from multiple hardware failures, dead DVD drive, failing hard drive, battery which only last 1 hour, max, I'm very tempted to put down my laptop. Not to kill it though, but rather make it a desktop replacement and get a netbook for traveling needs. Not to mention that the netbook is advertised to last 5 hours on a single charge. That's 2 extra hours compared to my laptop when the battery is still brand new.

And, the netbook is made from aluminum, you've probably guessed what it is from the poorly masked picture.

To buy or not to buy, that is the question.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

JEN 123

This post it for the driver of the Yellow Mini with the registration plate bearing JEN 123 whom I almost ran into (without knowing) just 20-30 minutes ago. And.... I'm not sorry because I DID NOT SEE you. And do you want to know why?? Your headlight is off YOU STUPID CUNT/FAG. Who in the right mind will be driving along a dark road at 10PM with their HEAD LIGHTS OFF??? I know, YOU! because you don't have a right mind!

CRASH AND BURN, FUCKER!!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RM40.76 per night

That's how much my home cost. Being a middle class working citizen, having a home doesn't really mean much other then having a place to bunk after a days work. After all, we are out of the house for at least 8 hours. So, the house to me is more like a hotel. I only use it at night. For RM40.76/night it's a pretty good deal.

It pays for:
  • 3 room apartment (with kitchen)
  • 24 hour security (it means there's a guard at the entrance the whole time)
  • in door parking for 2 cars
  • heated shower
  • 5Mbps HSBB by Unifi
  • the use of common facilities, pool, gym, broken sauna, indoor badminton court (advance booking required), tennis court, playground, games room (which is just an empty room with a mahjong table)
  • 5units (assuming it's 5 meter cube) of water/month. Additional charge applicable for overuse

It does not cover:
  • house keeping

Friday, October 7, 2011

Not Safe For Children

This blog is once again not safe for children.
picture used without permission
credits: José María Andrés Martín

Previously I'd turn the adult content filter option on in the blog settings. However having to click on the "I understand and wish to continue" button every single time I want to post a new entry in my blog is way too tedious. Furthermore how effective is it anyway? It doesn't stop minors from visiting adult sites, especially when they wanted to watch smut in the first place. Plus, there's no minors in my facebook, except for my niece who have yet learn to read.

Don't get your hopes up if you are looking for smut in the blog though. I won't be posting pictures of butt naked ladies or guys.

USB vagina

The people from the land of the rising sun has never fail to surprise me. They brought us ramen, they brought us robot dogs, they pioneered personal music players, they even have comic books depicting child pornography. Now they brings us a USB vagina so you can fuck your computer, literally.



The above is actually a game controller for sex games, namely 3D custom girl. Otaku rejoice, you can finally make sweet love to your virtual girl. Release date: 25 November 2011 a month ahead of xmas, perfect timing.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

iDied

Good Night Sweet Prince, Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

We bid farewell to a visionary, pioneer of home/personal computing, ruthless businessman (that's how Pirates of the Silicon Valley poetry him). What I remembered him most is how he killed the floppy drive by not having any floppy disc drive in iMacs. It took the world by surprise as back then we are still pretty attached to that magnetic sensitive and fungus prone storage media. Who would've thought to make CDs bootable? I still remembered the steps needed to install windows in a new computer back then.
1) insert boot disc
2) type cd d: (if the cd drive is D)
3) setup

Then there's the iPhone. The first ordinary-person-friendly-smartphone which is affordable. Sure, the samsung galaxy s 2 is way better then the iPohne 4 and cheaper, but that's how market matures, like how IBM clones finally beat macintosh in their own game. Before there was an iPhone, smartphones was only within the reach of businessmen or really rich and spoilt kids. For example the Sony Ericsson P series smartphones cost close Rm3000 during launch. Take a walk in any shopping mall in the Klang Valley today and you'll see more iPhones then an SE Experia.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Y U NO TOP?


Seriously Facebook. Top stories is probably the stupidest thing ever since 'news feed'. In fact, coming to think of it, top stories lame post is exactly as lame as news feed. At least news feed was interchangeable to live feed, so the latest updates stays on top. But nooooo..... you've just got to put a rebranded news feed into the main page with no option to turn it off.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Unifi VS Astro B.yond IPTV


Recently Astro has been promoting its B.yond IPTV service, powered by Time Dot Com. At first I wasn't bothered much as I'm not a TV person and almost all the media that I watched came form the internet, weather it's youtube, downloaded HD movies or failblog. Today, the apartment office received a proposal letter from Astro to bring it's B.yond IPTV service to the residents. I most welcome this move as there's already a small demand for B.yond form the residents which they are being deprived of at the moment as the common satellite dish is not compatible with B.yond and upgrading it will cost the management a fortune, AND not to mention that other existing apartments who are using the upgraded service from subcontractors are not satisfied with service rendered. This B.yond IPTV service offered directly from Astro/Time which is a savior. If JMC approves it that is.

First Looks
Anyways, in a nutshell, from my point of view, Unifi and B.yond IPTV is basically the same thing, they are both apples, but marketed in a different way. Unifi sells high speed broadband (HSBB) as its main course and the IPTV, VOD, voice line as value added service. B.yond IPTV markets its IPTV first. Either way you get both the same thing weather Unifi or B.yond IPTV with an additional extra from Astro is the PVR recorder.

Installation
Installation however is quite different, and also the main point of this blogpost. Observe the installation method of Time HSBB from the image below. Do take note that I'm talking about installation of HSBB in a high rise residence (apartment/condo) I'm not sure if this encompass flats.
Article 1.5.1 states that a two core fiber optic cable will be truncated into the subscriber's unit. Compare that to Unifi which fiber optic cable ends at the MDF rizer (image below).


 Meaning to say that if you are a Unifi customer at your high rise home, you'll be sharing your fiber optic connection with other units via copper line. For a B.yond IPTV that comes with Time Dot Com HSBB customer, you get the fiber optic cable direct into your home, no sharing with your neighbors.

Think of it this way:
Astro B.yond IPTV (powered by time HSBB) = highway straight into your house.
Unifi = highway ends at residential area, shared common narrow road with neighbors

They say that sharing is caring, but not when coming to bandwidth, it's everyone for themselves.

It's clear who's the obvious winner here.

Price/Value
packages offered by B.yond IPTV
I've merged the offered HSBB packages by both providers for easier comprehension. The cheapest HSBB is offered by time which is just Rm128/month for a 3Mbps line.

But I'm not going to look into this, rather focus on TF6, which is the closest competition to Unifi's 5Mbps line. Firstly TF6 is RM1/month cheaper then Unifi VIP 5 and also 1Mbps faster. Then there's the bonus of speed boost that boost your internet speed to 10Mbps for 30 hours, which means for 30 hours your connection will be as fast as Unifi VIP10 package (as claimed by Time Dot Com). Even if we ignore the speed boost bonus, TF6 has the best value.
The other packages are priced accordingly to their offered speed.

Unfortunately I've signed up a 2 year contract with Unifi.

Grow a Pair

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sprouts in the Sink


Some weeks ago (yes, i'm aging) I can't remember exactly which Sunday, sweetheart made green bean soup. Part of the preparation was soaking the beans in water and then washing them in running water. I've noticed some beans in the sink trap but ignored it as I told myself "beans won't rot". And they didn't. Instead they germinate. What's odd though was within those days, I didn't notice the sprouts growing in the sink.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Why Would You Do That?


Why, oh, Facebook, Why do you have to change the way we look at our home screen? All top stories are not 'top' at all. Sure the motoring journo posted pictures of cars that I can't afford and there's over 50 comments on it, but I don't find it top. But I do find it amusing that a buddy's post on facebook new home look being rated as top, that's something I'll let slide. On the plus side though is the constantly updated activities on the top right, or like my friend will call it, stalker's update.

Normally whenever anyone post a comment, it will not be shown immediately on the wall, but rather summarized and buried along with other status updates and minor activities. This time I get live feed of friends adding friends, and liking photos of people I don't know. This stalker update is obviously good for stalkers, catching their prey in the act. Good for bosses to keep watch of their employee's activities. Not good for the people being stalked. Personally I'm torn between liking it and disliking it. I don't mind having the ability to stalk people, but definitely not being stalked.

Even with the negative feedback, Facebook being Facebook will not cave in to these small protest. If you've been on Facebook long enough you'll know that whenever there's a change, it's there to stay. Facebook is the only entity that I can think of that does what it likes and the users are forced to swallow it whole, even if it's turd.

This post is now about first world problems



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sammy Clean

Picture related to previous post. I could really use a Sammy Clean. But then again, it sounds like semi-clean. worth spending 19k yen on it?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Living on the 17th Floor

It's been twelve weeks, add minus a day or two since I've moved in. The first thing that I realized is how I've took house keeping for granted. A sparkling clean floor no longer awaits me when I get back home. If I leave it for a week, dust bunnies will appear from under the TV shelf. The house gets dusty, fast. On the bright side, since it's less then a thousand square feet, cleaning isn't much a chore. Vacuum and mopped the place in an hour tops. Doing my own house chore does teach me a few things, like not all off the shelf cleaning detergent is the same. The first floor cleaner I used was Dettol, which I believe having antiseptic floor cleaner was a good enough to kill germs and keep the floor clean. It did feel clean immediately, but after two days, it felt sticky again. Then I tried some unheard of floor cleaner which the hardware shop that I frequent has on sale. It worked wonders, a week since the first use and the floor doesn't feel sticky. There is a catch however. This floor cleaner has wax which eliminates the sticky feel, however it doesn't have special dust repellent of any hocuspocus to keep the floor clean for a week. Dust still settles, and the regular once every two days housework remains.

The other immediate realization living in a high density high rise is the smell. I got to smell what my neighbor cooks. Every weekend some neighbor at the lower floor will boil herbal soup. Almost every night there will be smell of fried fish, a smell that I cannot forget as it's imprinted during my childhood years having the Filipino maid frying ikan kembong for lunch 2-3 times weekly. I grew sick of it then, but crave for it now. And then there's the smell of cigarettes from 2-3 floors directly below who always puffs at the balcony which I always leave open. So, an advice to those of you who think of living in a high rise and are sensitive to smell, get a unit installed with climate control and be prepared to spend a bomb on electricity.

There are some perks though. Firstly, being on the highest floor, I will never have to experience heavy stomping. Also, there's no plumbing on the ceiling. Double plus, don't have to hear the unit above flush the toilet, especially in the wee hours of morning. And in the event of any leaks from the ceiling, it's borne by management. Getting unit owners to pay for repairs which doesn't directly affects them can be a bitch sometimes, knowing malaysian attitude. Dealing with management is somewhat less of a pain.

Alternatives

note to self:

http://downloadpedia.org/Open_Source_Alternative_to_Commercial_Software

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

It's been a while since I last blogged about my ride. In fact there's nothing much to blog about it as it's been in a state of neglect for many many months. The paint job is in a state of despair, no thanks to the workshop that work on my neo during the October 08 accident. And there's a roach infestation inside the car. Other then that, I've removed the poser gauges as it's utterly useless daytime. I had the back light on during ignition, meaning the back light is on whenever the key is in the ignition and yet I still can't read the gauges. Whoever had the great idea of having smoked lens on black face gauges. And no one is smart enough to make black face gauges with clear lens other then Omori that's demanding for your first born for one measly 52mm gauge. On the bright side, it's a full electronic gauge with 7 color EL back light.


Lately it's at the workshop again, this time it's at my regular mechanic for tire change. I can't remember how long I kept the front sets and it's badly worn on the passenger side but still has enough thread left on the driver side. Probably I'm not making enough left turns. And I've also forgotten how brand new tires felt. Regardless the sissy camber settings (my neo now is no longer as nippy as I first drove it out the showroom) the ride feels more planted during corners. Over time, I've changed driving style to suit the less-traction-worn-out-tires. Actually I drove the neo like how I'd drive a savvy or viva, be leaving lots of room for under steer slide on the exits, and braking early putting more weight to the front tires on entry for better traction. Also, keeping a safe distance from the car in front. Now, with new tires, I can be reckless again.

Or maybe not. This is my 4th set of dampers and its dying. Or it's rather dead by this evening as the knocking got severe. And the best part is, this set of dampers has never seen any track or touge activity, well maybe a mini touge at Tropicana, but not a full uphill-downhill Bukit Tinggi. I'm not going to fork out another RM600 to have it die again 6 or 12 months later. And kayaba is now in my shit list of shitty products. I've thought of getting the entire suspension reworked with full adjustables including the pillowball mount. But I like the current ride height, and the spring rate of the R3 springs is just right. I'll probably get an original replacement from Proton, but first I'll need the part number.

Last but not least had a fender bender on the start of work. Picture related, since a police report is made with no incidents, I'll save the public humility and leave out the details. All I can say is, she bangs.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Brace for Impact!


Way back in June I've discovered a huge chunk of bad sectors in my laptop hard drive. ‎2752814 bad sectors. This morning it has 2883899 bad sectors.

yesterday I checked the WD MyBook and found it to contain 190 bad sectors.

This comes as no surprise as I normally unplug the power cord to the laptop whenever the OS freezes up and does not respond to any kind of inputs, be it windows or linux (yes, lunux crashes too). And it also could be due to these bad sectors that the OS load times has increased significantly.

Cheapest option would be a direct HDD swap, about less then RM170 for a 500GB notebook drive. On the other hand, I'm also keen to try SSD however the cheapest SSD is within the range of Rm500 for a 64GB drive. I'm okay with the size as my current linux partition is just 30GB and that's already plenty, provided I don't store the entire Top Gear seasons in it. Speaking of SSD, I've noticed that new netbooks are no longer equipped with SSD and reverted back to traditional platter spinning HDD. No demand perhaps.

Oh well, time to backup the laptop before it fails to book completely.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pornview

Last year I had a debate with my sister regarding which is the most efficient way of storing movies (.avi .mkv and what's not) She proposed the alphabetical system where folders are set for movies within a certain alphabet range. I opt for the year-movie-is-released system, requires less folders initially, but grows in time. There is one disadvantage, I've to remember how old was the movie.

As of late I had this nostalgia syndrome, whatever you call it. I wanted to watch the first Fast and Furious, and could not remember the year it was released. Sure I can use the search button as the magnifying glass icon sits there in the upper right taskbar is well within reach, however, being a seasoned XP user, I never use the search until I've gone through all the folders that I think where the file is kept but still can't find it. I've got to tell myself that searching in linux is much faster then XP was.

Wai Leng, you are right, alphabetical is easier. But I'm lazy to reorganize my movie folders, so I went searching for movie managers/organizers. The first place I looked is no other then Ubuntu Software center.

and lo behold, pornview. Yes, I'm very immature. I still giggle whenever someone says 'penis' aloud in the open. I'm not sure if this app is from the default repositories or from the many others that I've added for other apps, none the less the author does little to hide its true intention. It reminds me of ACDsee which I've grown to love way back in 1998. Picture very related (below)


About the movie organizer, I installed XBMC

Monday, August 15, 2011

Y U NO UPDATE?


I was going to blame it on Top Gear, but the season ended 2 weeks ago. If you know me, when I'm hooked onto a TV show, everything else is chucked one side. Even if the fire alarm ring I'll continue watching. Then again, it's all an excuse. Truth to be told, I'm lazy.

There are many draft post saved which has yet to be published. Mainly because most of which are of pathetic quality and twitter-standard-short. They are checked in cold storage until I find inspiration to finish it, which of course will never happen and I'll probably abort it with the delete button.

Until the next 3 weeks, here's a small blog bump telling you guys that I'm still alive.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Friendster Blog is Now Gone

Only recently did I noticed that my original blog (Banana Talk) is taken down from friendster. When I deleted my friendster account some time ago, the blog was still up, probably its treated as a separate entity from the user account as the blog is wordpress, nothing changed from the original. So when friendster announced that they are purging its user database in May, I barely gave too hoots.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Technological Wonder


About a month ago, my aging laptop got all cranky upon shutting down which requires me to pull the plug. At first I thought it was just a buggy Ubuntu. But that problem also persist on my other linux OS which i used for 'wireless network survey'. And soon, a minor shut down bug manifest into RTL(something) driver problems in BOTH OSes which is in two different partition using two different journaling file systems. I then ran fsck on the entire drive and discovered bad sectors, oddly enough these bad sectors lie on the RTL drivers on two separate linux partitions. Coincidence?
Safe to say, I can't use my Alpha wireless adapter in both linux, even after fsck. And being a Windows user for about 20 years has thought me the one size fits all solution: partition, format, clean install. The only problem is, my hard drive is dying and that solution won't help. So, I procrastinated in getting a replacement hard drive, debating with myself over which hard drive to get, a 500G SATA drive, or 350G portable USB drive where I can swap the drives and use the old drive as backup or movie storage.

After some time, all these was forgotten and I plugged in the Alpha out of habit for my nightly 'wireless survey' and unexpectedly, it worked! In fact I've forgotten about the problem until my wife said "I thought that you said something's wrong with your wifi". Only then did I remember about the bad sectors. Oddly enough, both linux manage to fix itself.

On the side note, ever since I've adopted Ubuntu as main OS, I find Win7 more complicated to use. The only thing that I liked about Win7 is the ease of networking computers together for file sharing. That's the only easy part. But while trying to set a different DNS server, I was lost in the maze of revamped network settings interface. Its easier to change DNS in Ubuntu, and XP compared to Win7.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Alienating its own Citizens

I feel that it's only appropriate that I should only point you to a very well written article, instead of copy-pasting the entire content here.
http://art-harun.blogspot.com/2011/07/bersih-my-final-thoughts.html

The writer has manage to dissect the strings of event from the start till the eventual day of the rally. He also gave very sound reasoning and how the blunder can easily be overcome if the government has taken a more lenient approach.

Friday, July 15, 2011

G+

SOURCE

Its everything Facebook was. No adds. No apps. And no over 9000 friends. In fact, not many friends using it too despite it Facebook-ish looks.




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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bersih 2.0

Bersih 2.0 came and went and what I remembered most was the bullying attitude of the police force (read: BN dogs) which started since Thursday with preemptive arrest and their infamous fear and hate mongering road blocks. Yes, road blocks irritating and getting stuck in a jam is very FRUSTRATING, thanks to the PDRM, what normally takes 30-40 minutes to get home in rush hour traffic, prolonged it to 1.5 hours, probably more, and on top of that, the road block wasn't on the road that I'm using. The jam was caused by spill overs of stagnant traffic from the blocked roads. Whoever that got stuck along the blocked roads, you guys know who to vote for in the next election. It's no surprise that the mainstream media highlighted frustrated drivers and traders who were affected and blaming the rally for everything instead of the police that locked down the entire city, instead of isolating a few streets for a few hours for the march like how night markets were done. And by doing so only reinforces the support for Bersih and ultimately Pakatan Rakyat which is the only choice other then BN. The lesser of two evils.

PR isn't that clean either. Remember the three frogs that hopped to become BN friendly independent? IF PR is clean, they will stay regardless how big the carrot dangling on the other side. Then again it's very easy to blame BN for 'buying' over their agents. But then, if there's no buyer, there won't be any suppliers.

One thing that still boggles my mind though. His Royal Highness intervened to diffuse the tension between Bersih and the government by asking them to call off their rallies. Ambiga Sreenevasan, the chief of Bersih 2.0 has met with the Duli yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda yang dipertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan days prior the rally. Why didn't she hand over the memorandum there and then when she was in the same room with His Royal Highness?? Here she says "with respect to His Royal Highness, we won't hold street demo" then days later, BOOM! the streets are flooded with sea of people making way to a closed stadium guarded by riot police and chemical troopers. Things would have played out differently had she delivered the memorandum AND canceled the rally. Personally I think it's a sign of disrespect to His Royal Highness.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Finally Unifi-ed

The whole setup. From left Internet TV, high speed modem, rebranded router with reskinned interface which I'm still unable to change the router password, VIOP cordless phone and TV remotes.
Wires, wires everywhere. I won't be doing any wire management until I get a better TV hung on the wall. And I'll also need extensions for the xbox and PS2 (yeah, i'm still keeping it for Metal Slug).

Looking back on the installation, with a much calmer mind now, I've really got to salute the trio of Unifi technicians (2 technicians work at the rizer, the other one setup the toys in the living room). Yes, they pissed me off with their poor sense of direction which made them 2 hours late for the installation. If I were in their situation, I'll just tell the customer "it's late, I'll come back tomorrow". Instead, they pushed through to see the installation gets done that day. Depending on how you look at it, some people don't like having strangers at their house 10 at night fiddling with their telephone cables. I on the other hand much welcome that gesture as living without internet access at home is a huge inconvenience, especially when coming to bill payments as I do all my bill payments online.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gas or Electric?

How about both?

The heating element is actually fiery red. Since the camera of the G400 doesn't comes with IR filter, hence the discoloration.

There are hybrid Hi-lite ceramic tops with conventional gas stoves in the market, but after one bad review on an Elba all-in-one, I've decided to separate them both so I have better control over how far apart to place the stoves so that the heat from the gas stove doesn't melt the sensitive circuitry of the Hi-lite ceramic stove. Oh yeah, Vees is helluva overpriced. Just visit any kitchen specialist and you'll be amazed over many other alternative brands that are competitively priced.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Unifi Installation Chronicle



6 June 2011
Subscribed to Unifi via Unifi portal (occ.unifi.my) selected date 18 July 2011 because every other earlier date is unavailable


15 June 2011 10:43am
Got a call from unifi (0322465000) to confirm installation appointment to 16 June 2011 2pm-7pm slot.
I was elated that my installation was brought forward by a month.

15 June 2011 10:47am
Received confirmation SMS form Unifi regarding installation on 16 June 2011 2pm-7pm
Was high as a stoner when I saw that confirmation sms.


16 June 2011 2:00PM
Waited for unifi technician. No other phone calls from unifi between this time.


16 June 2011 3:00PM
Called unifi hotline ( 1300881221 ext 3 as stated in SMS) - phone line engaged
le fu..


16 June 2011 3:30PM
Manage to connect to TM hotline but was put on hold for 10 minutes then got cut off. never had the chance to speak to anyone.
FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuu..........


16 June 2011 7.00pm
Unifi NO SHOW!
FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.........


17 June 2011 8.40am
Filed a complaint regarding Unifi NO SHOW at Unifi portal (occ.unifi.my)


20-ish June 2011
Complaint status changed to "Appointed"
is somebody going to call me?


27 June 2011 4.10pm
Got a call from unifi (0322465000) regarding complaint. Arranged for 'accelerated' installation, suggested date 1 July. I'm not free then so I suggested 4 July 2-7pm slot, which was then agreed upon.

lol part of the conversation
unifi: sudah kah technician unifi pasang unifi di tempat encik?
translation: did the unif unifi technician install unifi at your place, sir?

me: tidak
translation: no (in my mind: that's the whole point why I filed the complaint, duh!)

unifi: adakah technician unifi hubungi encik?
translation: did the unifi technician contact you, sir?

me: tidak
translation: no

unifi: adakah anda pasti unifi belum lagi di pasang?
translation: are you sure unifi is not installed [in your unit] yet?

me: ya, pasti belum lagi pasang.
translation: ya, not-chet install

funny thing, I didn't raged

Took them a week to call me after my case was appointed to someone. No surprise, this is Malaysia, the land of pathetic customer service. Even Maxis service center sucks balls. I just got billed 25 bucks for a phone line that I disconnected weeks ago.


30 June 2011 3.36pm
Got a call from unifi technician (0177230XXX) telling me that he's coming to my place (form old klang road) to install unifi. claim to take about 2-3 hours.

What faggoty is this? last minute notice!!! But since I'm desperate for internet connection, I oblige with the new timetable and hurried home.

30 June 2011 5.00pm
At home doing house chores while waiting for the unifi technician

30 June 2011 5.45pm
Floors vacuumed and mopped. Called Unifi technician directly. He's on the way form old klang road.

30 June 2011 7.50pm
Called unifi hotline ( 1300881221 ext 3) and waited 6 minutes for the operator to take my call.
I inquire about my installation status and also asked them to verify if the unifi technician is indeed genuine unifi technician by giving them the technician's number.

my installation status: appointment @ 4 July 2011 2-7pm slot
unifi technician verification: Was put on hold for another 15 minutes while they "check". I hung up.

my biggest mistake was not asking for her (the call center operator) name.

30 June 2011 8.52pm
Unifi technician called again. They lost their way. Requested to rendezvous at Sunway Giza.

30 June 2011 9.32pm
Many phone calls later with me increasing my volume higher each time, they finally met up. Convoyed back to my place.

I'm sure I'm not the first unifi customer at the apartment, why can't they send someone who knows the way??? RRRRAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

30 June 2011 10pm - ish
Everything finally installed. Was briefed about the internet TV and the LED indicators on the router and modem-thingamagic.
All their sins forgiven, but not forgotten.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Home Sweet Home

So I finally moved in. After 18 months of DIY home improvement, I finally got the professionals to finish the job, namely the kitchen, window panels, replacing water faucets (which required wall hacking and patch up work), and floor tiling.
Also it was a coincidence that I met with the property agent who sold me the unit. Not to my surprise that he, asked if I'm ever going to move in as he noticed my unit being vacant for more then a year. He thought that I was buying it for investment, which according to him, my unit is worth at least 250k. That's a big jump of 60k in 18 months, compared to the original buyer who only profited 30k in 4-5 years. That's a good profit margin, but then again, so is every piece of property around PJ which saw similar price hike.

I've also subscribed to Unifi.


But the technician didn't come to install even after confirming the appointment :(