Archive for the ‘Personal Implements’ Category

Greetings from the land UNDER Down Under…

December 12, 2008

First of all, I apologise for abandoning thePlog for a short while (almost 3 months eh?). RL had caught up with me, OZ was a “meh” experience, and the fact that my whole family has migrated to NZ to a little BIG town called Hamilton has resulted in this gross neglect of an otherwise enjoyable pastime of mine.

Now… RL caught up in the sense that I had started packing for the NZ move. Dust was everywhere, tables flat packed, cupboards emptied… there was a lot of work done in that tiny 20×90 double storey terrace house, as we eventually filled a 20ft container with ALL our worldly possessions. What we left out was the washing machine and the kitchen sink, as they were of no use in our new home. Container was sent off in three months ( long period, but it was broken by my 1 and a half month sojourn to my new home in NZ) and then I did a couple more things in Msia (both official and unofficial 🙂  )and then returning to NZ on the 19th of Nov. the following weeks were full of activity as I had relatives coming in one after the other … ( same as in Klang!) visiting and entertaining… hell that was fun! As the container (arrived AKL port 30th Nov) was bloody late due to the stupid strike in Auckland, we couldn’t do anything other than clean up and run around to the biosecurity offices, customs and the freighters to ensure everything went smoothly. The container arrived on the 10th, which so happened to be my parents silver anniversary of the marriage, so unpacking the container was like unwrapping a 8 tonne present from Malaysia. The main highlight was the leather settee set bought brand new, being my father’s gift. The leather settee was bought based on a single seater we sighted at the factory showroom, and was valued by a neighbour (who was a furniture dealer) to be around 8kNZ$…. good to know that all the money spent on the couch as well as the container shipping fees can be recouped by selling the couch!

Most of the goods are still in the garage, yet to be unboxed and dank, smelling  of bromide gas, remnants of the fumigation process required by NZ Biosecurity for ALL products brought in, to prevent any “hitch hikers” (Remember the Black Plague anyone?)

I had immediately unboxed and put my rig together…. and then fired her up… to no avail. My 3yr old rig refuses to fire up, and upon closer inspection, there was corrosion around the capacitors on board the mobo.  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I cannot say what could have happened, but I would volunteer that it could be the fact that bad weather could have caused it.. extreeme cold? bah…

so I would prolly have to use this even older lappie (5yrs old) to do stuff…. urgh…. I need a job now….

ah decisions… car or computer or 52″ LCD home theatre system…. what to do now…. argh….kuso

SO, thus I’ll bid you, my dear reader, (yes I know you are the only one) goodbye until I have the urge to share my portmanteau of emotions. Or same time next week.

also… this laptops lcd screen is giving problems…. bagh screwed up colours and shit……

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freedom! and a busy weekend

May 19, 2008

last thursday:

finished last paper, went home … had lunch, went to uni, went to chilli’s midvalley. that’s it….

oh and the comp crashed… 😆

last friday :

low yat plaza…. bought dvds and a D-Link DIR-300 router (yes its a basic model.. i know..)

watched narnia: prince caspian…. good film… just like the book

later in the evening saw a temple on Jln Pudu on fire, and went to Qba in Sunway Pyramid….

except Qba was replaced with this place called the coco banana…. cool dancing moves by teddy bear and Jaakob… a tiff took place and some people had to be KPC and watched on…

went straight back to semenyih after that…

last saturday :

packed and cleaned room…

reached home, un packed…. cleaned room

installed the router… did take some time before i got the sequence right …

will hack it later… some time in june…

dinner at the country club with my family….

SUnday:

cleaned the rooms and cleaned and cleaned…

still helluva lot of things to do…

Lala-land: An Update

June 21, 2007

G’day mates~ this is a holler from Lala-land

Monitor = Going strong , not being used much :sniff: as I am working… and at night i continue working…. (i have no life)

Anime and Manga = stop@$!#% is not working properly, cutting me halfway, and the others…… suffice to say….. if it were my old gateway… fist through glass…..

Open source = unable to find a bulk downloader for torrents…. also, tweaked the settings a little and am now encoding as well as listening to music….. ( doing this too) PC health :- RAM utilised ~ 400megs and page file ~ 200megs ; CPU usage ~40%

HiFi = clear as always…. polished and scrubbed the inputs and found the signal to be clearer…( in the case of ’70s mp3s….. cracklier….) still unable to handle metal riffs and hiphop booms

Watch = Rigours of daily life is starting to show…. on the weaket part = the metal clasp, has minute scratches and what not…… however, as in the diving forums, it is to be expected and therefore their rationale is, why store such a practical timepiece….. it’s like storing away a IWC big pilots watch….

Pictures = Cuteoverload, icanhazcheezburger.com and dailypuppy.com seem to satiate my needs for moe nowadays….. as wakachan is frowned upon in my workplace….. kurushidesu….

Language = Picking up German and Japanese, and I intend to take my “effective” mother tongue to new heights of perfection.

Girls= is it so wrong to be obsessed with something that SEEMS impossible….. I tell you my “brotzhar” nuffink is impossible… XD XD

What comes, will come, What is, will be, What will, I will it be ~ Lord Jagganath

Obituary – Aiwa Mini HiFi circa 1994 and circa 1979

June 5, 2007

This review is only in place to illustrate the disappointment I feel in the demise of quality Aiwa products ( and of the brand too)

To sum up the criticisms, the 1979 version is far superior in sound compared to the 1994 model. (Not going to name the models, as it is generally found to be true for all models)

The treble and bass in the ’79 is more balanced as they used higher quality capacitors and fluids that can be found in higher-end chip driven amps like the Meridien and JBL systems today. The ’94 on the other hand has geared for the mass consumer market, sourcing parts from lower-end companies…..

Admittedly, the ’79 cannot handle deep bass and higher treble accents, it tends to get rough around the edges in those regions. Neither can the ’94. though the ’94 has a further downside, the all in one enclosure makes for a poor airflow system. This makes it pretty hot.

SO, finally we come to the end of this rant. I am not impressed by Sony’s decision which was merely to bump their profits up for F2002. So may the Aiwa brand rest in peace.

Review – Edox C1 Diver – Official watch of the World Powerboat Championships- Part Er…

June 4, 2007

An overview of the design in my own words.

Chunky and robust in the spirit of countless diver’s watches. Weight is mainly configured to provide sensation underwater, without which you wouldn’t realise it is even on your wrist. (this watch has presence… lml(‘_’)lml )

Glass is extremely clear and thick enough to withstand 200m of water pressure. Production is limited, but not sure how many. Each Edox has a unique serial number, as per other Swiss watch makers. Curiously, many of Edox designs have made it through to people’s hands without them realising it. ( Alba and Seiko have models that are exact carbon copies in design of some older Edox models from the early ’80s and ’90s.)

The bezel is enameled black three-quarters round, from three o’clock clockwise to twelve. the remaining area is in orange enamel. The crown is another special thing, enameled black with the white hourglass which is a symbol of Edox.

The back of the watch is sealed securely with a stainless steel face, with the engraved words from the title of this article. there are two sets of numbers one set smaller than the other, which could mean anything either the number of watch or the batch number or the number of the series…. must find out… also engraved is the hourglass, the brand name and the logo for the Class 1 powerboat championships.

The bracelet is Teutonic in feel and build with both matte and polished surfaces. The two action clasp is also securely made to ensure it doesn’t fall off your hand, unlike other watches ( erm… mister Qriando…. are you listening ? XD )

It would suffice to say that the designer had people with Schwarzenegger biceps in mind when he/she matched the watch to the bracelet. ( many a pro diver have separate rubber straps if they desire to use the same watch all throughout the diving experience.)

Storing it in the piano black case with soft white/beige velvet will prevent it from getting unduly scratched and nicked. Just store that case away safely, that itself is too pretty to be gathering dust.

It is obvious the watch is very well built and has a sense of an alternative lifestyle, the kind you wouldn’t mind having. The possibility of this watch to be used daily, for dress functions and even during sports is extremely high and it is even expected!…. Just don’t pretend you know how to use the chronometers… XD XD

you either know it or you don’t.

Until the next desire fulfilled, Auf wiedersehn.

Review – Edox C1 Diver – Official watch of the World Powerboat Championships- Part Ein

June 3, 2007


You’d never believe what came in the mail today!!! It was an Edox C1 Diver!!! The specs are as below and photos after it.

The watch weighs nearly 300gms….. +- 50 gms more than my Motorola W220 cellphone… hefty for a watch…. justified as it’s all stainless steel.

The band of black and orange on the bezel makes for a sporty watch which is all justified, being the official watch for the FIA World Powerboat Championship…The quality is also unsurpassed in it’s build and finish.

Case All stainless steel 316 L – 45 mm – Case height: 12.5 mm – Divers bezel
Movement EDOX 701 BASED ON ETA 11 1/2 F 06.111
Dial Black/orange with luminous figures and indexes. Luminous hands.
Crystal Scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
Watchband Bracelet stainless steel 316L with folding buckle and Edox logo.
Date Yes
Characteristics Down to 200 meters/ 660 feet – Official watch of “Class one” powerboat championship.

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Review- BenQ FP93GW (VGA-cabled) 19″ widescreen LCD monitor

June 1, 2007

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Left: My two year old rig, an Aiwa speaker and my new BenQ lcd monitor. Note the open casing and the general setup of the rig.(excuse the mess… too excited about the lcd.)

Middle: The LCD itself and its size in relation to the keyboard, only the 22″ monitors are as wide as the keyboard. (Excuse the poor shots, the digital camera is half a decade old and only can take 1 megapixel shots; the flash is permanent too…)

Right: The setup of the monitor, sandwiched in between the massive speakers, look at the smaller white ones; by comparison they are minuscule. The bottom left hand corner shows a piece of paper, under which is the main receiver and amp of the mini hifi set.

On the whole, the screen resolution is marvelous. On Ubuntu, it only can handle up to 1280×800; whereas on regular XP, the maximum of 1440×900 is obtainable, as per the monitor settings. In any case either OS gives excellent viewing on this monitor. (have not tried any games on this, but the photo viewing is a wonderful experience.)

watching movies and anime has never been more fun XD XD.

The quality of the build is on question though. the base is made solidly out of plastic without feeling cheap and the wall mounting bracket feels flimsy so I’d still purchase a proper VESA mounting. The bezel is unfortunately silver and doesn’t look nearly as stylish as a FP94GW…. a mere trifle when you consider the value in this… the same thing in Acer guise is not nearly as feature packed as this, and is nearly rm 70 more expensive.

Another feature which seems common in most new monitors is the Photo, movie and dynamic viewing functions other than standard and sRGB modes. This function allows a person to switch colour temperatures and other settings at a push of a button. Pretty handy for those people who are hardcore ‘shoppers and imaging gods. The wide expanse of the desktop gives much space to do many things at once….. (watching anime as i am typing this XD XD).

This monitor is a good purchase if one is on a budget. However, I will confirm that with you peeps in about 3-4 months time..

Until then, ciao…

Ps: may not be blogging so much after this…. heheh- kamo….

2 Hours of my life… gone again….

May 31, 2007

Here goes nothing….. reinstalling XP…… (wicked innit…) worse come to worse…. i have to reinstall everything else… and probably run it on minimal specs….

But still curses….. whatever…..

I want to now be a guest on userfriendly.org being an assassin…  you-know-who is the target….

Preview—Long (infinite) term Review : Benq FP93GW 19″ widescreen LCD monitor

May 30, 2007

Screen Size : 19″
Resolution : 1440 x 900(WXGA+)
Pixel Pitch : 0.2835 mm
Brightness : 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio : 700:1
Response Time : 5ms ( starcraft 2…. i am ready..)
Display Area : 408.2 x 255.1 (mm)
Display Colors :16.2 million
Viewing Angle :160/160(CR>=10)
Input Signals : D-Sub/DVI
Horizontal Frequency: 31 – 83
Vertical Frequency : 56 – 76
Video Bandwidth : 25 – 135
Color Temperature : Reddish/Normal/Bluish + user mode
Power Consumption : 45W (max)
Power Supply :Built-in
Speakers Silver-Black / Black ( err mine came without…)
Features Senseye+Photo TechnologyVesa Wall Mounting (100 x 100 mm)
Kensington Lock
Adjustments tilt-5/20
Dimensions 514 x 422 x 156 mm
Weight 4.4 kg
Color VGA cable

Currently will be using the VGA cable, as it did not come with a DVI cable ( Kiam Siap buggers….) A few month’s down the road… I’ll purchase a DVI cable… And give you another review…

Bought it for RM599 ( i still feel cheated… dunno why.. you cannot win them all i suppose.)

(but then again when you factor in the fact that the Dell widescreen comes with a DVI cable…. and is only RM639… GAHHHHHHHHH… NVM…… now i know why……) It’s ok… It’s about time i dispel most of my prejudices against taiwanese goods… (Acer,  Benq, Asus etc…)

In Soviet Russia… bukkit has you!!!!

May 30, 2007