Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I am Bond. Jack Bond.

On the last day of 2008, I could not wait any longer for a very last minute "top secret mission" before the clock ticks to 2009.

I headed to the meeting place to meet the messenger (sales representative)...


I entered the shop and realized there were so many similar items (phones) over there to confuse the enemy...


After some "identity verification" (purchase), I walked away with the mission bag...


Face off protection to prevent identity thief...


Unveiled the box...


The SonyEricsson C902 Titanium Silver 007 Limited Edition.

With some useful tools supplied by Q in the box...


From left to right: the wired stereo headset connector and ear phones (to eavesdrop enemy's conversation); C902 phone; the microfiber cloth (to clean the screen and finger prints); the battery; the USB cable (to hack enemy's computing system); the orange Cybershot Quick Start Guide (if I don't know how to use the camera function), a gift voucher (to get more tools), the Bond Identity leaflet (in case I lose my memory in the mission), the PC Suite software for backing up the phone and the user manual.


Oh, I missed the charger in the previous photo.


The wired stereo headset is the improved headset from older models where the earphones can be detached and replaced with a better quality 3.5mm jack earphones (to improve the sound quality when eavesdropping). Though, I don't need one 'cause I have Beckham's S9-HD.


The gift voucher allowed me to redeem a bulletproof 007 round neck T shirt and a Touch N Go card (faster time to escape from enemy). However, agent 001, 002, 003... 006 had collected the gift much earlier than I did on the last day for redemption, so no more stock for me.


The "identity card" with a Bond site helps to regain my memory if I lose it during the actions.

The messenger also handed me 2 gifts (also the screen protector which has been pasted onto the phone)...


The "bulletproof" hard housing and soft SonyEricsson Walkman casing bag for the phone. But I think the grey casing bag for my old T610 much more matching the C902 Bond Phone than the Walkman one...


Anyway it doesn't really matter to me. I never use any casing/housing for any of my phones, I just think it ain't cool to use such thing especially for a macho guy like me...


I am Bond. Jack Bond.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008 or 2009 Mission?

Now I got a Bluetooth stereo headset, what's next? I have been surveying the phones and plan to pamper myself with a new one in coming year, perhaps a Chinese New Year gift to myself. But now with Motorokr S9-HD, I feel like a waste to leave it alone there and not partner it with a good phone cum music player.

Everyday I look at this comparison matrix and attempt to make up my mind...


(click to enlarge)

Ahhh~~ What should I do??!! C'mmon man, last 24 hours before 2008 ends!

Disclaimer: the info on the matrix may not be accurate, it's for reference only.


Santa Claus Exist!!

It sounded like I got a wet X'mas eve in my previous post. A boreful crowded eve.

Not really. As I said, there is always hope in life. Hehe...

I headed home to my brother's condo, planning to have the countdown together with the little cutie.

And I don't really have to go out to see X'mas tree, my bro and sis in law setup one at home...


With so many presents under the tree for the cutie...


So many Santa Clauses dedicated for the cutie. Didn't you see that the gift from AhSu Claus is the obvious one among the rest? Hehe...

Switch on the lights, it's time to countdown and to unwrap the presents...


5... 4... 3... 2... 1... Merry X'mas!! And the cutie couldn't wait any longer to unwrap all the presents...


Surprisingly, there was one present from Santa to me!!


The Motorola Motorokr S9-HD Bluetooth Wireless High Definition (HD) Stereo Headset!!

Quickly I opened the package...


In the package: manual and warranty card, wall charger, pocket bag for the headset, extra ear buds and the headset.

The logo...


Curvy and aerodynamic...


The power button and the USB charger connector under the blue rubber seal...


Music control buttons: track forward, play/pause and track back and also the microphone (for phone call) is hidden between the track back button and the speaker...


Call control buttons: volume up, answer and volume down...


Additional 2 pairs for ear buds. One is small ear bud to fit "mice size" of ears, the bigger one fits "rabbit size" of ears and feature noise canceling function...


Actually not much difference in size though; left one is the noise canceling ear bud and right is the small ear bud...


To fully utilize this toy, your music player or phone must support three Bluetooth profiles: the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) to stream the stereo music from your player or phone to the headset; the Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) to use the music control buttons to control your player; and the Hand Free Profile (HFP) to answer/reject calls like the ordinary mono (one side of ear) Bluetooth hand free kit. No problem to use the headset if your phone is missing the support of one of these profiles, just that you will not be able to use that particular function.

I have been eyeing such Bluetooth stereo headset (since 2 years ago), in particular SonyEricsson products. But none really a "wireless" headset. For instance like this one...


Cables are tangling around your neck like a doggy chain and most of the times you need a pocket on your shirt to keep it or at least a place to clip on. That's from my experience that I gained from this one that I used for quite some time ago...


So I was hesitate to get one. This Motorokr S9-HD looks cool to fit my requirement: go wireless completely and it's portable that I can just hang it on my neck if I am not using it.

Now I believe Santa Claus does exist! AhSu Claus sent the Madagascar hairbands to the cutie...


And the AhSu now got this Motorokr "hairband"...


Look alike?? Wahaha!

Hehe... This pushes the schedule of the "other upgrade" earlier than what I planned. Hai~, spending more money man!!

Thanks bro for the X'mas present!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

D-Link DNS-323 NAS For Sale [SOLD]

I bought a network attached storage NAS a month ago. I blogged a quick post about it, but I did not follow up with further reviews, I just had no time to play with it until now, finally. This post should be the "Part 2", however, it becomes a lelong post for this gadget of mine.

After I bought the NAS, I went to Low Yat to buy an 1TB Seagate 32MB buffer 7200rpm SATA II harddisk to start my "project"...


I did not buy 2 harddisks (since DNS-323 supports 2 harddisks) 'cause I was waiting for the upcoming PC Fair and hoped the price would drop further. In addition, 1.5TB HDD was released in our market here, and I planned to slot in an 1.5TB harddisk to the second slot after its price drops to the reasonable and affordable range.

So I slotted the 1TB HDD into the NAS...


And powered it on...


I formatted the HDD as a single standard drive and copied few gigs of files over normal Windows network share (SMB) into the NAS for trial...


I started the FTP service with Dynamic DNS. It passed the test that my friends uploaded few hundreds MB of files onto it and downloaded some GPS maps and files from it...


Oh, for security reason, I used local network access to the FTP, not my real domain accessible from internet.

I started the iTunes Server and my iTunes on my PC detects it immediately and connect to it without any hiccup...


The key feature that I wanted is BitTorrent...


Perfect! Now I don't have to switch on my PC 24x7, Green IT man!

Somehow, there's a slight change in my 2-year mega project. As I mentioned in my previous post that my group of gadget geeks have started to build our media storage at home. DNS-323 fits perfectly for my group project all the while until one bugger discovered something not-so-new called BluRay just a week before I took my long leave. Well, everyone of us knew about BluRay, we did not venture into it 'cause it's relatively new in Malaysia that it's hard to obtain the source. But, source is no longer an issue now, this bugger found a shop that is selling and also renting BluRay movies within our affordability! We were so excited when we knew about it and started the typical human behavior, commenting that downloaded movies are lousy lah, not clear lah, eye pain lah and so forth. Haha! Now all of us want to go for 1920x1080p, full HD BluRay movies! Of course, few of us have been looking into full HD LED or plasma TV or even projector, which is also part of my 2-year mega project. ;)

Because of this BluRay thingy, now I plan to sell off my lovely DNS-323 NAS. This is because 2TB is enough to keep my media files if I retain my movie files at normal resolution. It's definitely insufficient if I start to collect BluRay movies which typically come in size of 30GB - 40GB per movie, compare to at most 4GB per movie in normal resolution. That's why I plan to let go my brand new NAS and look for an upgrade to higher end like 4TB NAS.

I am letting it go at RM370, firmed. The whole package is still intact, as brand new as if it was just out from the factory...


The original receipt will be handed to the buyer too for warranty proof. The warranty is directly from the distributor, SiS Distribution. Optionally, if you would like to buy together with my 1TB harddisk, add on RM370 for it. Similarly, original receipt will be handed to with 3 years warranty from Seagate and retailer from C-Zone in Low Yat.

You can check out more official details at D-Link site. Also, you can try its software over here to get more comfort and confidence with this toy.

So any taker? Email me at blog [at] Jacko.MY. Siapa cepat dia dapat. Hehe...

A Wet X'mas Countdown...

Many tourists visit Singapore during Christmas time. Especially the famous Orchard Road, which is a shopping heaven to many and also the prettiest street in Singapore during X'mas and New Year time with many decorations on the street as well as in the malls.

I tend to avoid crowd most of the times. I hate those idiots stand still talking on phone and blocking the crowd flow, I hate those buggers walk in a horizontal line occupying the entire pedestrian path and hogging the traffic, I hate selfish donkeys standing right in front of entrance or escalator like a guarding dog disallowing people to enter/exit the building or escalator. Bla bla bla...

I visited KiasuLand several times in the past at the same festival time but I avoided the crowd and spent my time at other less crowded places. Unusual me, this time I planned to experience the eve atmosphere at Orchard Road during my trip, so I spent my day time outside of Orchard Road and move over to Orchard Road during night.

Not only at Orchard Road, big X'mas tree like this could be seen at every corner...


Small one like this...


And this...


Some other decorations...


And even a bearful X'mas tree like this...


Wandering from malls to malls and I passed by this booth...


Write your wish on the ball and the balls would be floated on a pond or river (I can't remember the place name) later to make your dream comes true. It's cyber century, you can also submit your wish online.

It started to rain when we moved to Clarke Quay for dinner. We walked around the area after meal enjoying the surrounding atmosphere...


Another 4 hours plus to the celebration...


Different timezone different countdown...


Let's move to Orchard Road before the countdown celebration started.

Nice blend of colors...


Snowing effect...


Some areas in Orchard Road were fully packed with people, also idiots, buggers, donkeys and dogs like I described above...


But some areas were not so crowded...


The rain was getting heavier and the crowd traffic was almost still at certain areas, the MRT entrance in particular. Arggh! It was getting stuffy and I could smell mixture of Rexona, CD, CK, D&G etc etc. Lucky enough could get you some "sticky effect" when someone sweat like hell passing you.

I gave up. Let's count down at home. Hehe... So that's all about my X'mas countdown at Orchard Road, a wet X'mas countdown!

But how could I answer when friends ask me how's X'mas in Orchard Road? So I returned to Orchard Road the next day, and took few photos...


Oh, the last one is not an X'mas decoration, I was impatiently waiting for the pedestrian light to turn green. Hehe...