Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Have Followed Him

Not long ago I blogged about yellow man. Today, I finally yellowized myself after 8 years 11 months of waiting.

I was doing some personal matter at Amcorp Mall. On the way to car park, I walked pass this yellow shop...


I just asked my lunch mate if there is any branch in Low Yat and now I came across it without having to drive to another location.

As mentioned in my previous post and needless for me to explain more on my objective, this photo is self explanatory...


Got myself a how-to booklet to make sure I fully understood what the polite and smiley sales representative explained to me few minutes ago...


These are the 8 steps switch over process to be completed...


I know the photo is too blur to be read (while waiting my sponsored camera, thanks bro!), this link guides the same process. To me, only 4 simple steps:

1. Walk in any DiGi dealer shop.

2. Pick the plan/package that fits your usage.

3. Pay nothing but walkout with a new SIM card.

4. Wait your phone to show "Invalid Sim" or something similar and replace it with the new yellow SIM.

Done deal!

Several call plans available to fit different needs, from as low as RM20 per month!


Again, blur photo. But I think the best way is to visit the shop and talk to the sale representative to understand the differences between plans, though you can switch OTA (over the air).

Since these days I don't cook "phone porridge" and I have another phone, I signed up the cheapest call plan for monthly access fee of RM20 (charge per use) with most of the common value added services free of charge, add on unlimited data plan RM66 per month, a total of RM86 plus RM3 for itemized billing and 5% government tax (plus one-time stamp duty of RM10), almost identical to what I pay now for the lousy 012 Maxis call plan with each value added service chargeable from RM5 to RM10 plus 1sen per KB for the data (EDGE/3G) service.

And tell you a public secret, according to the sales representative, DiGi will be announcing their 3G on January of 2009! Moreover, unlike other lousy service providers that only able to provide 3G at selective areas, the sales representative told me that their aim is really similar to the yellow man ads concept, 3G yellow man would follow you wherever you may go, nationwide including Sabah and Sarawak. If this is true and DiGi does not revise the existing data plan rate, my plan would be the cheapest 3G data package among all! Shhh~ don't tell anyone about this. :P

Just before I committed to fill up the registration form, I had a test on DiGi's current EDGE network...


100kbps downlink and 33kbps uplink. A bit slow, but I think this is good enough for browsing internet.

Finally, I proceed to the registration counter...


By the time I finished my form, look at this...


There were already few other customers who came later than me but committed to switch over much earlier than me. Why? 'cause I read through the whole Terms and Conditions behind the form and the sales representative looked one kind at me. Hehe... :")

I begun day dreaming while waiting my registration to be processed online. I would be like the sarung ahpek, no more "mosquitoes" and save $$$...


And the TV commercial...


At last, my SIM pack is ready with detailed starter guide attached inside...



I love Savings? The wording/slogan looks like my favorite phone brand...


Oh, that reminds me I have another project to go. Any sponsor? Heehee... ;)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Eat Junk In Healthy Way

Ok, this is the very first post I talk about food preparation. Nay, not that special, just if you know me, most of the times I rather die in hungriness than prep a meal for myself, especially if I needed to sacrifice my zzz time, NO WAY man!! This is why I really appreciate when one prep something for me like this. Very da' touchy~

Nevertheless, I am not bad in cooking you'd know. Really! I cooked 3 dishes for dinner, I cooked porridge, I fried rice and noodle, I cooked 汤圆 Tang Yuan, I prep chickens for barbecue, and of course I cooked Maggie. Those who stayed with me in Melaka should know. So today, let's Chef Jacko teach you how to eat junk food in healthy way. Hehe...

First, prep this. Cadbury's Bytes, the main ingredient. It's cereal puff with chocolatey center. Few packets depending how big your stomach room...


Then milk. Not necessary MariGold, any brand, any flavor you like and low or full cream or fat free whatever you name. I prefer full cream pasteurized fresh milk like this, with high calcium...


Now, dump Bytes cereals into a bowl...


If you are not that hungry, take your time to cut the cereal into half so that the chocolatey can dissolve into the milk later for better taste...


Pour the milk into the bowl...


Stir it and you can see the fresh milk turns brownish 'cause of the chocolatey, so the milk will taste a little like chocolate milk...


And walla! Ready to serve...


Let's see the how much fat in this serving.

On the packet, Cadbury's Bytes labelled 16.1g of fat per 100g serving. One packet is 35g, so say if you take 2 packets, then the fat is 11.27g. On the milk, it's 3.5g of fat per 100ml. Say you drink 400ml, so it's 14g, a total of 25.27g fat you gained. Hmmm... Not bad as it's 38% of the recommended RDI in Wikipedia, 65g for a day. You have more than 60% to go for the remaining meals of the day.

On the calories. Bytes labelled 439kcal per 100g and the milk is 65kcal per 100ml. With the same estimated serving as above, you gain 567.3kcal. It's just mere 28% of the recommended 2000kcal diet per day!

So try it! If you are bored with those corn flakes, this is a good alternative.

Belum cuba belum tau; Sudah cuba mesti mau!

Never try never know; once tried sure ask for more!

Hehe...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Business Is Up!

Finally, the long waiting business of mine and my shareholders are up! We have been planning for this business since a year ago. Now I learned, it's not easy to setup own business, there were so much complexities to breakthrough. We were asking for the right resource to join us, we were asking around who would be the best among few shortlisted one, we were hoping the big boss to consider seriously our proposal.

We made it!

Remember I talked about the business a year ago? Initially the group was only a lone ranger group started with a Chinese, which was the poor me as guinea pig for this new experimental job in the company. After few months of working lonely, we had an Indian and Malay joined almost the same time. After a year of holding our business start up, on 1 Oct 2008, the long waited Bangkali was finally arrived!

Proudly announce our "Head Quarter" HQ...


Due to global economic recession, it's difficult for people to get loan application approved nowadays, we agreed to take on the risk to start our loan business now to show our strong strength in capital. And after discussion among us and agreement was achieved on who handles what department:

Chinese - Being the CinaBeng living in the Ah Long town, I agreed to take on the most suitable role for me, the Loan Department Manager role.

Indian - Being the junior in the group and speaks fluent English, the Indian was appointed as Senior Sales Executive to get more people to sign up our loan promotion.

Malay - Being the most senior in the group and most daring to challenge the higher management, we have him to be the Branch Manager.

Bangkali - Being the last one to join the group and still very inexperience with group operations, the Bangkali wanted to start from the ground, so we have him to be the security guard to ensure the cash in the loan department is safe all times.

Our future expansion would include saving, credit card issuance and many more! If you are interested to deal with us, contact us, we are happy to serve!

LoL... We stay 8 hours and 5 days a week in the office, so we work for fun to make our boring job fun to work. :)

And who say there's racial tension in our country?! Look at how harmony we are with multiracial, how muhibbah we work together. It's all the bullshits that create by those politicians to achieve their personal and political agenda. So play your intelligence to vote for a truly Malaysian politician in the next election, not those idiots who are racer for racism.

Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with the real local Malaysian bank, CIMB Group. None of us working for the group but almost all of us have our accounts with the group's banking institution.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How To Upgrade MSI Wind's Harddisk

Hooray, I am back!!

Probably from the title some could have guessed my Wind was out for business due to some make over. Yes, indeed I couldn't wait anymore for the warranty to expire, I went ahead to upgrade the stock 80GB harddisk to a 320GB! ;) Tempted on 500GB but it's still very new, hence expensive in Malaysia and sorta over my budget and does not fit into my "2-year Mega Project". Hehe...

Also, I was searching high and low, left and right, in and out, front and back the whole IT mall, Low Yat for a better performance 7200rpm 16MB buffer harddisk. But to my extreme disappointment, none of the shop selling it. Sigh~

On the other hand, to upscale my lovely Wind's performance, I also attempted (again) a Mushkin DDR2 2GB RAM stick since I've updated my BIOS to official version 1.06 and the cover was opened. Result, no avail. Though, 3GB RAM may not be effective in boasting the performance (technically due to memory address per Mark's blog, my favorite tech blog. Ah~ that also affirms my suspect why HP Mini has only 1789MB 'detected' RAM) as I am running 32-bit OS. But a 2GB stick is so dirt cheap to get more nowadays and psychologically I might feel the improvement, if not technically. Hehe...

Okay, enough talk cock. Let's move on to the operation room for a surgery on Wind.

Before you begin, one thing to consider is how are you going to transfer your OS and files from the old to new harddisk. If you are running Vista (certain edition), you can use the Complete PC Backup option to create an image to be restored to the new harddisk. If XP, recommend Partition Magic or Norton Ghost. Linux and Mac OS X, I am clueless :") but perhaps P Magic and N Ghost still fit the work.

Turn your Wind with bottom faces up. Rest it on the slipcase is the best idea so the glossy top does not get scratch. Remove the battery and any other connected peripherals like thumb drive including power.


Total of 9 philip screws to be loosen as shown above. Once unscrewed, use your finger nail to unlock the clips inside the cover...


There are many clips along the side but take note on the green arrows, these are bigger clips and more fragile. Do not force open. You can easily leave up the bottom cover if all the clips are freed.

There you go.


From the left, the wireless minicard module, 2 harddisks at the center and the fan on the right. Wind has 2 harddisks?! Ha! On the right is the new Seagate Momentus ST9320320AS 320GB SATA harddisk :p Here's the real Wind's internal...


2 more screws to go. The wireless module must be taken off in order to make the replacement. Unscrew then push or pull the card follow the arrow direction...


Now the last one appeared. Remove it before we can disconnect the harddisk from the mobo...


Now try to lift up the harddisk slightly by holding the black stripe. If it can be lifted, all screws have been opened, else look properly to identify the locked screws.


First, leave it up slightly. Second, pull the stripe outward slowly as per the photo above. You can use the other hand to push the harddisk too, the SATA connection isn't tight though.

Now, the last 2 screws to go, to migrate the bracket to the new harddisk. Before...


After...


Make sure you push the bracket towards the harddisk before you lock the screw so there is no gap left between the L-shape bracket and the harddisk.

Now, reverse everything above to dock the new harddisk. C'mmon, you can do it without guidance! ;)

Power on Wind, continuously press DEL button until the BIOS screen shown. Go to IDE Information and verify if the new harddisk is detected. If not, review the steps above and make sure the harddisk is slotted into its base properly. Hopefully it's not due to faulty unit.

Done! Good job!

I was given 2 brands when at the mall, Seagate Momentus and Western Digital Scorpio. I chose Seagate over WD as the stock 80GB was WD Scorpio series too. 3 reasons:

1. If you search through Vista forums, some users encountered a weird system crash with error "logon process has failed to create the security options dialog". No root cause determined yet but a common between cases was the users were on WD harddisk with some of them failed the SMART diagnostics. Interesting to find out if it's really WD (I doubt so) or Micro$oft the culprit.

2. Simply, I looked at the power rating on the label. Seagate is 0.451A and WD is 0.55A (or 0.51A, can't recall exactly). I assumed Seagate consumes less power than WD but checked on both websites seem to prove me wrong. Hmm...

3. See below.

Lastly, why I was so eager to upgrade now than later upon warranty expiry? 2 justifications:

1. I need the disk space.

2. Kiasu lah. After knowing Mini's Tosh HDD performed better than Wind's WD, I felt so uneasy. Haha! This is also why I did not pick WD as I worried WD would lose to Tosh in WEI again. Hihi... Very kiasu hor? :p

So how's the performance? Per my previous post, Stock WD 80GB scored 4.8 and Mini's Tosh 120GB scored 5.2. But now, most important, announcing new Seagate 320GB in Wind scores...


Yip yip hooray! Yoohoo! :)

Wind the winner! Hehe...

You might curious the performance on Seagate. If you compare the spec by links above, WD is better. So far practically it (Seagate) is good and I have not experienced any lagging compared to stock WD. One thing to note, it generates slightly more noise (sound like shhh chhh) than the stock WD 80GB but it's bearable (to me). Heat, I feel WD is warmer.

Unless 2GB RAM stick is supportable with new BIOS release, this could be the last time I open the bottom. I'm now looking for further enhancement on Wind usage. More to come...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What Have You Done For Better Future?

It was a heavy downpour evening in Klang Valley.

I had an appointment in Bandar Utama. Not an appointment with customer as I ain't a sales person; Not a date with loved one or chick; Not another talk cock lepak session with gang nor a shopping spree at One Utama. It's an appointment with someone in high spirit whom I've never met before.

The illness caught me back this morning. I woke up early for a gather-breakfast. My throat was very dry even after a glass of water and fruit juice and I felt my heart beats were at little high pace. Perhaps the side effects of medication which supposed to be completed tomorrow but I emptied the bottle middle of the night as I needed an instant recovery for a dinner in Sunway. I took my rest again right after the breakfast.

2:45pm, I woke up. Felt better. The sky was dark and cloudy. Looking towards the direction of NKVE highway, I could see clouds were crowding the far sky with occasional lightning. The weather was just like my condition. Hmm... should I go for the meet up, I asked myself.

3:30pm, I drove out. The car was noisy by the drops, they were too heavy to splash on the windscreens and roof. Would it (meet up) be canceled? I doubted. I continued the journey to NKVE entrance, heading to Damansara Exit. No matter how I must make it through, I promised myself. It's just a tiny challenge compared to others who are fighting for bigger challenges and better future.

A 25-minute journey took unexpectedly long. 4:15pm, I was still at Subang area. The highway leading to Damansara was on almost stand still traffic. I already late for 15 minutes, and I had another 45 minutes to reach. I turned out to Subang interchange, detoured to Kelana Jaya and LDP.

The traffic wasn't getting better. It's flooded at Kelana Business Park (MAS building) area. 1 Merce and 1 Saga were drowned in the middle of the flood. Most drivers changed direction heading to Federal Highway exit, yielded another still traffic at that direction.

"Turn back, you're not gonna make it," evil side of me bugging my mind. NO! I must keep to my own promise.

I then risked my car to drive American style, on the lane with opposite traffic direction...


Fortunately, drivers on the opposite direction were smart to accommodate the traffic flow change and tolerable enough to give way. Thanks!

Not to be too happy, it's similar scenario at LDP. I looked at the clock, 4:32pm. By experience driving in Klang Valley, it's impossible to make it before 5pm to Bandar Utama via LDP. I detoured again to Dataran Prima and to Tropicana area. This was the only escape route and the last route I knew that could shortcut me to Bandar Utama with less traffic. If I stuck, then it's fated.

I guess the God heard me. Traffic was better than any other previous routes. 4:47pm, I arrived.

What was this appointment all about?

This is what I got from the meet up...



I bought another one for a friend whom is also on a strong spirit to support. I could have simply called up all my contacts, but I didn't 'cause I believe it's not only money matters, it's meaningless to keep the shirt in wardrobe.

If you don't know what is all about, click on Malaysia Today which is also on the right navigation bar under Daily Digest section. A direct link click here.

If you are living in this BullehLand, don't you think you are now living in World War II era where anyone could get caught and shot without reason and any fair trial? How would you feel if you were to stay in a confined cage for 2 years without any chance to defend yourself? How would you feel if you need to celebrate your birthday and festival season apart from your family because of unfairness? There are many more to ask, but if you have heart, I believe you should have asked these yourself.

So, do what you can do to support. Everyone is a small piece in the puzzle. Don't ever think what you do is meaningless and redundant, we will never get a complete puzzle with one missing piece, hence together we make better future.

One thing amazed me. One of the organizers who was in contact with me was a young lady! All the while I thought the "email address" was a guy or a middle age lady, I never thought a young lady could have participated in such campaign, let alone she is the active organizer! Well, I did not know her age (she looks young) and I did not know her at all except "she is selling shirt" and few emails we had. After reading through my daily digests just now, I came across a name she introduced herself and found her blog. She has my respects. Salute.

Also, here is another one. She too has my respects. Salute.

Now I feel much better than this morning. May be it's the effect of getting the shirt :)

What about you?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Vista Tips - What's The Time Now?

Do you have friend, family or loved one studying / living / working at the other corner of the world? Ever wonder what is the time over there at this moment? Ever hesitate whether it's the right time to give a ring or chat?

Or, do you watch English Premier League and Champions League? Ever missed the match due to wrong timezone conversion? DST? When is the match Man Utd playing against Liverpool?

Or, at work, needing to chair conferences with counterparts geographically dispersed around the world like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Melbourne, Lagos, London, Fairfax, Buenos Aires etc? When will be the best time that fits everyone's schedule?

Ever encountered any of the above? If yes, probably some of the tools like timeandate.com and Qlock might have been installed on your workstation that is running Windows XP.

In Windows Vista, you may not need that anymore.

Typically everyone has the task bar placed at the bottom of the screen, and the clock is displayed at the right end. Hover the mouse cursor to the clock shows you the date...


Click on the clock displays the full calendar...


This is improved from Windows XP whereby only a small balloon tip is displayed. Also in XP, that's all about the date and time, nothing much you can gain from it except to change the date and time of your machine and also to check if the timezone setting is correct. But in Vista, you can do more with it, at least to address some of your needs outlined in the beginning of the post.

Right click on the clock and select Adjust Date\Time. Click on the second tab, Additional Clocks and configure wherever you want to set. You can add in maximum 2 additional clocks. No worries, it won't affect your current timezone, date and time setting...


Click OK once done. Now, try it out.

Hover the mouse cursor over the clock...


Click on the clock displays 3 instead of only the local clock...


Though, this feature may not match the advanced features that other tools have, at minimum it displays the time in other different time zones. One advantage is, unlike other tools, you don't have to worry about daylight saving (DST) change happened in Australia, Mexico and other countries as long as you have Windows Update setup to receive automatic updates. You may need to install newer version of the tools to get the correct DST change.

Try it out yourself if you are on the pace with globalization...

The World Is Full With Love & Care

I start to doubt when people say there is no love in urban city like KL. Everyone is selfishly only care for own self, no time to care others. Chinese Idiom says 各人自扫门前雪, 休管他人瓦上霜 (everyone only sweeps the snow in front of own door, don't care the frost on the roof of neighbor).

I agree to some extent. But in my office, not really. My office is full with love and care.

Often I don't take lunch, stay in the office continue working. My peer sometimes worries if I would KO in office because of hungriness. Then I was offered this yummy snack not only once, but few times...


Hai~ I wanted to keep tight on my diet, but end up getting more fat. :") Some more I keep the packet because I want to visit the shop when I travel north up, too yummy to resist!

It was once I mentioned about 爱心便当, the "lovely bento set", how good would it be to have sandwiches every morning. Then, as a surprise, I was offered a stack of freshly made sandwiches in one of the mornings. Sleep time was sacrificed to wake up as early as 5am+ to deliver these sandwiches on time during breakfast time...



I am sick for 3 days. Flu, cough, sore throat and fever was just right waiting outside the door. Few pending work items needed me to "die hard" in the office before I could take MC. And I was offered this hot sweety honey lemon to ease my cough. It's DIY and delivered right to my workplace! Sweet into the heart...


Touchy? Of course! Thanks to those who care. I'm getting better today and hopefully will return to office as "siao" as usual tomorrow.

Monday, October 6, 2008

MalEnglish

I think I have developed a new hobby recently. I love to look at sign boards, bill boards and whatever board with text on it and study the exact meaning of the text. This hobby could change my entire life, from a talk cock consultant to an ahem~ macho teacher and earn more side income by giving tuition after school. And extra bonus, I might get hundreds of fans in the school, you'd know, those young chicks or even underage chicks admire me just like the Japanese drama "Great Teacher Onizuka" 麻辣教师 GTO. Haha!

So what subject I am capable to teach? Let's begin the first class and you will know!



KITCHEN. Follow me read once, k-i-t-c-h-e-n. Louder class, K-I-T-C-H-E-N. Nothing difference, English is kitchen, MalEnglish is also kitchen, so far.

Pls. It's P-l-e-a-s-e. No typo, it's short form or abbreviation. English is Pls, MalEnglish is also Pls, so far.

Ok, pay attention to this. Don's. D-o-n-'-s, Don's. Pronounce Don't with sss, like don'tsss. In English, there is only don't. In MalEnglish, singular is don't and plural is don's. Why? Bear in mind, we are learning MalEnglish. For instance:

Tolong Jangan-jangan masuk.

千千万万不要进来.

Jangan, singular; Jangan-jangan, plural. 千万, singular, 千千万万 plural. It's the emphasis in the sentence. So, Pls Don's Not Enter is actually "Pls Don't-don't Not Enter". Also means, "Please, don't-don't don't-enter". In short, 2 words, Please Enter.

Understood? Faham?

LoL.

Joke aside, the message on the board should be "Kitchen. Please do not enter." This board is in a popular restaurant at Imbi area, Mei Sin Restaurant. In fact, it should not be blamed for such mistake 'cause it's not a tourist spot like Pavilion case that I posted previously, perhaps with structured reporting and review process on the company publication. Mei Sin Restaurant is just a typical Chinese Kopitiam. To me, this is not a shame and I proudly admit my English is just slightly better than average, but I can speak and write fluent Mandarin, Chinese dialects and Bahasa Malaysia. It's no shame if you don't know other language, it's shameful for those "bananas" who don't understand their own mother language like Mandarin or any Chinese dialects, or even refuse to talk in any Chinese languages! Was it so shameful to speak Mandarin? Would people look down on you when you speak Hokkien? Were you upgraded to higher class crony when you refused to speak Cantonese, Hakka, Teo Chew etc etc?

Sigh~ We are getting more and more "bananas", but I still want to be a CinaBeng who speak loudly my own language.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Vista Tips - Repartition Your Big Harddisk

During the setup of Mini, I found a good feature about Vista.

For anyone who bought new machine from Dell or HP or even from those shops in Imbi and Low Yat, the machine always pre-loaded with Windows in the internal harddisk. If it's Windows XP and the harddisk is a big giant, say 250GB, you will have a C drive loaded with XP and to keep all your data such as documents, photos into C as well. Bad mouth and touch wood, if something goes wrong with the operating system i.e. virus infection and needing a fresh install, you would be headache on data recovery.

For techie, we always recommend to split the harddisk into at least 2 partitions, one for the system and one for user data. There are generally 2 options (exclude more advanced options) to do so. The usual one for techie is to wipe off the pre-loaded OS with a fresh install. Doing so might wipe off the easy recovery option that generally comes with brands like Dell or HP. A fresh install, in particular Windows XP requires a prior planning on the disk space so sufficient size is reserved and allocated to system drive (C). A mistake in disk space allocation (for system) would require another round of fresh install. Some brand like Dell actually helps the customers to do this so called "partitioning" to split the harddisk into 2 logical drives upon order confirmation, of course not free but with charges.


Alternatively, the techie would load some software such as Partition Magic to split the harddisk space without working the need of reinstallation. Such software comes with advanced features that non-techie might not familiar with, a mistake might return you to origin - to perform a fresh install and worse, data loss.

When I got the new Mini, the first thing I checked after boot up was the partition, whether the 120GB harddisk was split accordingly or HP did a lazy job to put everything in one big partition. And yes, HP did the lazy dirty job, with the entire 120GB harddisk allocated to system drive...


Even with the latest version of Partition Magic, v8.0, there is no support for Vista and therefore virtually I was left with only the tedious process of fresh install Vista Home Basic if I were to do repartition on Mini's harddisk. More challenge, HP does not provide any system recovery CD with the Mini!! So how the hell could I reinstall the OS?!

Fortunately, the new Windows Vista saved my time with a new feature that was missing in Windows XP. Right click on the disk you want to split / partition brings you 2 new options that you can't find in XP, Shrink and Extend Volume...


Shrink is to make the current partition smaller size so extra space can be used to create a new partition. This was what I wanted to do, to shrink 120GB of C drive into smaller size so I could create a new partition for user data. Extend is to grab more disk space to expand the current partition. This is useful when the system drive is running out of space i.e. it was partitioned with too little space in the past, more program installation needs more space. In XP, you would need to reinstall the OS or use Partition Magic to do so.

I'm not gonna cover the detailed step-by-step over here, it's straight forward and wizard base. Don't worry, unlike Partition Magic or other advanced partition software, you can't go wrong with this feature in Vista, the only thing is to make sure you are NOT deleting a volume that contains data. Condolence to your data if you've done so.

Once shrunk, right click on the extra free space and create new volume (partition) and you can start migrating your user data into the new drive. One thing good is to have your user folders to be moved in the first place. These folders are by default stored in C:\Users\your user ID\...


For instance, shown above, the Documents folder. Don't use Cut-and-Paste (C&P) method! Right click on the folder -> Properties -> click on Location tab. If the new drive is D, I recommend just change C to D, click Apply, Yes or OK to the warning and Yes again to move all contents from the original folder to the new one. You don't have to use the Move or Find Target buttons at all.

Now, your data should be safe in case of system crash or Windows failure.

P/S: Ohya, to access Disk Management, go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

MSI Wind vs. HP Mini Part 3

Let's conclude this wrestling between MSI Wind and HP Mini in this post.

After loading standard software like antivirus, MS Office, Acrobat etc same like what I have loaded onto Wind, I ran a full system defragmentation on Mini to make it operates in optimum condition, then I shut down both in preparation for a pickup race. Vroom...


I didn't cheat! Okay, you may say my left index finger cheated the right thumb to power on Wind before Mini and hence Wind wins the race. Let's try again, this time Wind is so gentleman to let Mini goes first...


Clearly, 1 Ferrari 1 Potong. Hehe... In fact it's not that bad, just more than half a minute different. But, let's try hibernate them and re-power on with IE window opened on both chicks prior hibernation. Again, Mini goes first and Wind tailgates her.


Once more, Mini losses big time to Wind, this time really Ferrari versus Viva Kancil. If you think hibernation is not important, you might be wrong. When the netbook is used till the battery drains out to the very last drop, Windows will force a hibernation to save your current operating state so you can resume the work after you charge the battery. Of course it can be configured to force shut down and all your unsaved works will be just gone like that. I also mentioned earlier that I feel Wind is running faster than previously when I first installed Vista. With this video, seems like Wind was about 10 seconds faster than previous.

Boot time may not illustrate the whole performance. As I did not want to load any benchmark software like other technical review 'cause the produced numbers may not bring any meaning to non-techie, so I ran a full virus scan (practically everyone would do this right?) using Eset NOD32 AV on both machines. Out of topic a bit, Eset might not be as well known as other big names such as Kaspersky, Symantec or Norton, McAfee and Trend Micro's PC-Cillin, but it's proven to me as an effective and efficient AV product to provide not only virus and email (malware etc) protection, also internet browsing protection, it's an all-in-one protection. The major factor is, it consumes very little CPU processing power and memory compare to other brands, this is crucial for a netbook to run faster. I couldn't imagine how's the performance if Norton All-in-One or Norton 360 is loaded onto Mini or Wind.

Back to the scan test, the result is below. Mini's...


Wind's...


Mini's CPU was almost over the top throughout the scan whereas Wind was just relaxing with average 30-40% of CPU utilization with both running similar amount of processes (total of 64). You can also see there are 2 CPU graphs on Wind but only one on Mini. Atom has Hyper Threading (HT) that makes Vista to treat it as 2 CPUs in Wind than a single CPU in Mini's VIA C7-M CPU (without HT). Hence, faster response and better performance by Wind. Another note, both are equipped with 2GB RAM but Mini only detects 1789MB physical memory wherease Wind has 2036MB. Theoretically it shouldn't be any difference even with different edition of Vista, the core foundation of Vista should be identical across the editions, so I guess it's due to the hardware architecture difference that makes Mini detected lesser RAM but I am yet to find more supporting facts (this isn't a technical review).

Here is the Windows Experience Index (WEI) base score for both. Mini...


Wind...


To access WEI, go to Control Panel follow by Performance Information and Tools. Click on "What do these numbers mean" to learn more about WEI. Basically it ranges from 1 to 5.9, higher the score the better performance.

Mini only outperforms Wind by its harddisk transfer rate. Wind is equipped with Western Digitial's Scorpio WD800BEVS 80GB 5400rpm 12ms SATA1 harddisk, Mini is equipped with Toshiba's MK1252GSX 120GB 5400rpm 12ms SATA1 harddisk, seems that Toshiba harddisk is better even with similar spec. This isn't a big issue anyway, because HDD is upgradeable, but not CPU or graphic processor that is not upgradeable and Mini scored very low on both. Also, look at below...


A capture from Wind Forum. An upgrade to a leaked BIOS v1.07, Wind can even touch 3.6 which is more than half of the total score 5.99! My Wind is currently running on v1.06, I have no gut and time at the moment to upgrade since it's not yet an official release from MSI.

Since the performance on Mini is so disappointing and I mentioned wanted to test on it, let's put some hope on its battery.

The power setting for Mini...


The power setting for Wind...


Although different power plan names, I've reconfigured Mini's HP Optimized advanced power settings to be exactly like Wind's Balanced plan. It was fully charged until the indicator light went off. With wireless turned on connected to the same router, brightness at 40%, volume level at 35, no other peripherals attached and only one program running that was IE. Here's the estimation of Mini...


And estimation for Wind...


Both are 3-cell battery. For Wind, you can refer here for its battery performance. For Mini, that's about the duration you gain from a full charge. I was using it to browse internet and roughly about 1 hour and 3 quarters (or less but definitely NOT more) before the battery drained out. With so much heat generated from it, this is what should be expected. Also. unlike Wind, you can't deactivate bluetooth while the wireless is enabled on Mini. It's the same button to on and off both wireless and bluetooth. The webcam also can't be disabled on Mini. The battery might go further and beat Wind if such features could be deactivated when unused.

I also have a funny assumption on Mini's battery efficiency, perhaps the LEDs on Mini are too many and too bright which suck up the power from the battery. Look at this photo...


There are basically 3 bright LEDs at the front. From left, the Power button, the harddisk indicator and the wireless button. Photo above does not really show what I meant, imagine if you use it in a dark room...


Gosh~ It's so irritating and annoying, especially the harddisk indicator keeps on blinking. Well, on the good side, it looks stylish and futuristic, obviously nothing more than that.

Look at Wind's LEDs, just nice enough to do their work, so practical...


Even in the dark, it's not so "blink blink" to irritate your sight, and you basically don't really see them 'cause your palm cover them up when typing...


In short, if you are looking for a sexy hot chick or metrosexual guy to be your lover, you just want people to admire and envy about your appearance with the hot chick or macho guy surround you and you don't really bother about her/his "internal beauty", go for Mini. If you are otherwise like me, outlook isn't that important but internal beauty is the vital consideration to be the life partner, Wind is the one. :)