Sunday, July 26, 2009

My Second Gadget From US

Few starts saying I am lying after I revealed my Bluetooth mouse. Aiyor, as I said, ain't it just a simple mouse? It's not a new technology and you can easily get one here, nothing special what. Same goes to this second gadget, it's very common here. In fact, this gadget is not for me but for my mom.

Woooo... My mom sounds canggih huh? Yeah, she is getting more canggih everyday, she recently nagged me to backup a dual layer DVD for the granddaughter, and challenged me why I didn't stock up blank DL DVD but only dated single layer DVD! On the other hand, one of my aunts wake up in the middle of the night to water her plants, in facebook! OMG~ sound like I'm so dated these days.

Perhaps I am really dated which this gadget is, again, not something fancy but cheap to get in the States...


The Philips 8" digital photo frame. The package...


The frame, power adapter, a stand and user manual. Nothing unique to highlight but here are the key features...


I like the RadiantColor feature, which I think is unique to Philips frames as I couldn't find such in other brands when I shopped in Walmart, Bestbuy, Fry's etc. Generally you will get black bars on the sides (up and down or left and right) if the aspect ratio of the photos are not similar to frame, for instance, 4:3 vs. 16:9. With RadiantColor, the frame will extend / match the color of the photo edge so that the photo is shown like a full screen photo with no black bars. This makes the photos look nicer and is useful as currently we are at the transition of 4:3 and 16:9 cameras.

The resolution of the frame is 800x600, my minimum requirement. I have seen quite a number of frames of same size and compared them side by side, most of them are 430x322 (or something similar) which the photos are really pixelized. And this frame is the replacement of a damaged one below...


Bought by my bro for mom to view the granddaughter photos. This was bought long ago when digital photo frame wasn't as common as nowadays, hence you could imagine how good was the resolution. Not sure my mom intentionally hinted me or not, she told me the frame was damaged just before I flew to Houston, she might know I could get cheap gadgets there, asked at the right time so I didn't forget and couldn't find excuse not to get her a replacement. Hmmm... Must watch out this mom. :P

Back to Philips frame. Power it up...


The guide shows up. Meaning, you don't really have to read the manual. Few seconds later, the sample photos show...


Cool, very smooth. I have not uploaded photos to the memory card to use with the frame but you could probably observe that the pixels were small, so the end result should be identical to above since my photos are higher megapixels than the samples.

The other feature I like on this frame is its visual button indicator at the top right edge...


Since the buttons are the back of the frame, it's hard to know if you press the right button when you are configuring the setting. This visual indicator really helps to guide my finger to press the right button. I couldn't remember the brands, but I did try on few other brands which have the same button setup at the rear, I had to flip front (screen) and rear (button) to verify I pressed the right button to the right setting. Same experience with buttons on top. Try it yourself and you will understand what I described.

Since this frame is for US market, the power adapter is rated 110V...


So I need a step down transformer to convert 240V in Malaysia to 110V...


This frame costs me RM320 which the price for 7" frames were listed at least RM600 when I checked on ebay.com.my and lelong.com.my! Another great deal I got from Walmart!

This ain't a detailed review nor a fancy gadget but at least it makes my mom happy to see the granddaughter everyday again. Oh, the real cutie is coming back this weekend, no outing no date no appointment no minum no mamak no phone call for my weekend! :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Gadget From US

Numerous people in the office keep on asking me, "Hey, back from Houston? What you bought this round?" I have returned for almost a month, yet, people still don't believe I did not spoil myself with new gadget(s). When I responded "nothing", nobody believed me! I think I've already been stamped "gadget nut".

Ok ok, y'all are right. I bought something, but it's not something that amazes everyone with jaw-drop expression like I did in the past. This time it's just a simple "Jerry", nothing special and therefore I did not want to show off. But let me reveal it here...


"Jerry" in Tom and Jerry cartoon, the mouse, the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000. I bought it from Amazon.com for RM135 inclusive of shipping compared to RM185 in Low Yat, the last I checked before I flew to US.

When I received the parcel, I thought I would not be able to open the hard sharp plastic without a cutter, unless I really took the risk of cutting myself by the sharp edge plastic when teared it apart. If you have bought something seal in such plastic, you know what I mean. But look at this...


The hard plastic was pre-cut that I could easily just tear it off along the guided line...


Thumbs up to Microsoft! This is why I like their products (except Operating Systems) especially the input devices, they are so heedful to the buyer needs and their product users. I always prefer their keyboards and mouses than any other brands like Logitech, this is just personal preference though.

The entire package...


Yes, Energizer battery, not some unknown China brand battery with "heavy duty" label which you normally get when buy something with free battery in Malaysia.

Now the buttons...


One draw back, no forward button. Actually this wasn't my ideal choice, but I traded off the forward button with its transceiver free feature. If you have used any wireless mouse before, it always comes with an USB dongle/transceiver and sometimes you need to install drivers for it to function. For this transceiver-free Microsoft mouse, no need USB dongle/transceiver, I just paired it with the built in Bluetooth. This saves me 1 USB port.

Now the size...


A bit fatty. Well, I believe it is ergonomically designed to curve with the palm...


Just nice to rest my palm on it. I have been using it for a month plus, feeling good for long use like 2 3 hours, no pain no strain so I think the size is just perfect for my palm. Also, I don't feel like it drains the netbook battery, perhaps few minutes reduction with its usage but insignificant that I do not bother measure its power consumption, I guess the laser technology which doesn't emit any light like the old time LED/light mouses could attribute to its low power consumption. The only uneasy part for me at the beginning was the precision, it's 1000dpi which I am using 800dpi in my home PC and work laptop. I needed some time to get used to it. Oh ya, the scroll wheel a bit noisy.

I am not going to guide through how to pair it with the netbook/notebook, it's as simple as abc, but I want to share a tip that may be helpful to others, especially I read many user reviews complained the same issue. Many users reported that they encountered dead mouse after inactivity of the mouse for some times i.e. 10 minutes, or when the workstation went on standby/hibernate and came back on, the mouse was not recognized and needed a re-pair. I faced the same problem when I used it in my day 1 and 2, then I spent little time to diagnose it and discovered the root cause was the security setting in Bluetooth software. This is the setting you need to change in your Bluetooth software...


Wind comes with Toshiba Bluetooth Stack. If you are using the same software, right click on the Bluetooth icon in the system tray and select Option. Go to Security tab - Custom Level. Deselect Link Level Enforced Security (Authentication and Encryption). Click OK few times to exit. You are done and try it out!

I am not happy with the loosen security, so I went into the setting again to tighten the security...


You can enforce full security for all other Bluetooth services such as A2DP, PAN etc but you can only enable security on the client side for HID service, just like the snapshot shown above. With this tune up, the security is not compromised and the mouse works flawlessly after that.

Try it out and feedback if it works for you. If you are using other Bluetooth stack like Widcomm or Windows, just explore yourself on the security setting, try and error, I believe you may get to the same result.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Glory Day

Glory glory~

Tomorrow is the glory day. Not that I won anything nor will I win anything tomorrow, though I believe I have won the credibility from others in my new job, hard work pays off! . But I sing glory because I am gonna be a stars chaser tomorrow. What stars?? These glory stars...


And not to forget the boss...


I always be respectful and salute individuals with credibility and capability, Sir Alex is definitely one of them and he is also one of the primary reasons I support MU. Try to act Lang Si Lang Yong to me without substance? I will make sure you roll into your own graveyard. Somebody is digging it for own self now.

Anyway, let's glory again. My pocket is not glory to fly me to Manchester (Hmmm... recall some memory) but certainly those glory stars have, and I am gonna chase them with this...


The pass for their training session tomorrow and the ticket to the match on Saturday! I wanted to get the RM300+ ticket but my gangs yelled at me "No money la!" "I am Arsenal fan ok?!" Hehe...

Too busy on my work till I think this is the first outing I have after 2 months. It would be more exciting if I could join the gang of Liverfool friends to Singapore next week, but really, I have no time. Oopps! Typo! Liverpool not Liverfool

Ok, time to sleep to wake up early tomorrow, another battle day before I off from office to chase stars. Off topic, may be I can try to hit my "treble" this year? Hehe... Let's sing glory glory before logoff.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Jacko Mystery

Michael Jackson is gone.

This was the big news when I was still Houston. In a week, I heard 4 deaths, 2 celebrities and 2 workers in my company. What a week?!

When I flew back, I was reading a Malaysian newspaper, theStar. Nothing surprise, the front cover was about MJ which I had read tonnes of it in US papers.

When I arrived home and started to download my emails and someone welcomed me with a good picture...


Jacko Mystery became Jacko.MY


It was the front cover of the paper that I read in the flight. I never thought of that when I read the paper. How creative the sender was?!

May be I should use this as the banner. And may be Jackson 5 is still a 5, inclusion of me! Hehe...

Condolence to MJ family. He was the first English singer I know, his song was the first English song I listened, his MV was the only MV that I never switch channel whenever it replays on the screen. I missed his concert when he came to Malaysia, too expensive for me and I told myself not to miss if he ever revisit Malaysia. That's all gone.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I'm Home!

I'm finally home!! Damn excited!

Fortunately the pilots did not go on strike, the pilot was rather enjoying his drink while chatting with the ground officer...


After some long hours transit and flight, getting closer to my home...


The last transit from Tai Pei to KL!

*Yawn* Excuse me, still jet lag.

Upon reaching KLIA, I was handed this leaflet after I filled up a health declaration form...


*Yawn*

So tired. I am not sure if the jet lag causes it or the flu causes it. As precaution, I did few temperature tests throughout the day...


No fun one, same reading all the times. Nevertheless, I self quarantine myself for 7 days.

I'm home but yet to declare safely home, few more days to go to clear from potential flu infection. There's no vaccination for swine flu but I believe I have taken the right Chinese herbs to prevent it, which is Bah Kut Teh! Come Klang and eat few bowls of BKT, you are immune to swine flu then. Hehe...