Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mega Project #4 - Ponding Test

While there are many minor problems I filed against the developer, there is only one that concerns me most, which is leaking.

If you find leaking when you first step into the house, I would rather congrats you the luckier in the unlucky group (just like me). IMHO, that's slightly better. Just imagine if you only realize there's leaking like waterfall after you renovated and moved in, how do you feel that especially if you have plaster ceiling? Definitely a nightmare and this is what I try to tackle before I begin the renovation.

From a layman view, there are 2 types of common leaking. One is due to rain and one is due to improper drainage and waterproofing in toilet. In my previous post, I identified the former leaking problem on rain. I consider it's fortunate for me as there were heavy rains before and after the rectification by the developer, the rain helped in my inspection. While the developer wanted to sign off my complaints, I demanded them to inspect other possible leaks due to the latter, which is what they called the ponding test for the upstairs toilet.

It's a very simple test, look at this...


What the developer did is to cover up the floor trap and flood the toilet with water for 24 hours (BS the developer if they say 2 to 4 hours is more than sufficient). If waterproofing is done properly, there would be no leaking after a day of ponding. Go to downstairs right below the toilet and inspect...




Yoohoo! No leaking!

The last part of test is to drain out the water after the removal of the plaster from the floor trap. Check the manholes and whatever reachable drainage pipes. Get yourself ready with a ladder for the inspection...


If no sign of leaking, congratulations! You've got a leak-free house!

I hope it's not the case but if your developer refuses to offer such service, try to insist and justify like I did to my developer. Worst, you can DIY. Go to stationery store and get yourself a few of this...


Modeling clay. Cover the floor trap with the clay just like above and inspect after 24 hours. Good luck!

Now it's time to review and decide on the contractor for renovation. Gosh, another headache!

By the way, a teaser on the "key enabler" of my Mega Project...


Damn! It's definitely a miss to WC2010. :(

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Turn Your Windows 7 Into A Wifi Access Point

I always travel with 2 lappies, one is company and the other is personal...


In the past, it used to be very easy to get free internet service in foreign countries especially in Asian countries. Or at least it's easy to share the subscribed service with more than one computer. However, nowadays the provider charges the service per computer...


Hey, SGD$27 per computer, I would have to pay $54 everyday! Imagine if the currency is in USD or Euro. Furthermore, most of the times you only get a single ethernet connection and no wifi in the hotel room...


So you can't connect to instant messenger on your personal lappy while replying work email on company lappy.

Well, there's always some workaround. If you own a Windows 7 lappy (time to upgrade if you don't), you can set it up as an access point allowing other lappies to connect to it and browse internet as if they are connected to a typical wifi access point. Let's see how to do it...

One requirement is your lappy must equip with wireless adapter. *_* Whose W7 lappy doesn't come with wifi adapter?! Hehe... As mentioned, second requirement is you must have a Windows 7 lappy. I don't know if W7 Home Basic and Starter come with the feature, but no worries if yours is W7 Home Premium and above. Perhaps one way to check is to enable the wireless adapter and check if there is a wireless adapter called Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter automatically appear in Network Connections...


If you don't see that, I guess either your W7 edition does not come with it or your real wifi adapter is not compatible with it.

There are 2 ways of setting up. Go for method 1 if you are not adventurous into technical or otherwise read on for method 2. Before you proceed, I would assume that you've plugged in the ethernet connection to your W7 lappy and you've subscribed to the internet service and able to browse internet as usual on W7 lappy.

Method 1
Download this free software, namely Connectify. Install it onto your W7 lappy and follow this tutorial to setup your W7 virtual access point...


Method 2
This method uses command line interface to configure the access point. Before get into the text based configuration, you must know the adapter name of the Microsoft Wifi Miniport which is going to be the access point. You will also need to enable ICS or Internet Connection Sharing for the adapter that has internet connection. In this example (refer to snapshot above), the access point adapter is named Wireless Network Connection 2 and the internet connection is on Local Area Connection (the ethernet connection connected to hotel room internet).

Now right click on Local Area Connection and select Properties. Go to Sharing tab and make it similar to below:


ICS is not new to Windows, it can be found in older version of Windows. In above setting, we simply enable internet connection sharing on Local Area Connection to Wireless Network Connection 2 which is going to be the access point for other computers to access internet.

Next, open a command prompt window, you may want to open it in elevated mode...


Enter this command
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourVirtualNetworkName key=YourNetworkPassword

You need to provide your own value for bold text, YourVirtualNetworkName and YourNetworkPasswod...


In example above, I replace YourVirtualNetworkName with TNS and some alphanumeric characters for YourNetworkPassword (I masked it) respectively.

Next, enter netsh wlan start hostednetwork to start the access point...


Go back to Network and Connection window you should see the Wireless Network Connection 2 is now activated with the network name (TNS) you provided...


Now you can go to another lappy, follow the usual way to scan the available wireless network. You should see TNS (or whatever name you gave previously). Connect to it with the password you entered just now and voila...


Now both lappies can browse internet with a single paid internet service!! ;)

Try it out now. Not on W7 yet?? Time to upgrade then!

Credits to Eric Geier whose article helped me on this...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mega Project #3

Finally!

And Sadly!

I am kinda excited to collect my house key weeks ago. I am kinda sad too that my saving account is soon turning zero or even negative for renovation :( There goes my $$ and also time (I was silent for more than a month in the blog!)

What am I up to now? Well, it's expected that you will never get a perfectly finished house from developers. Never ever. Same thing happens in US too when I talked to my boss. And 承他贵言 by his wishes to me, I was glad that there is no big problem like structural crack to my new house. Phew~ and fingers crossed . Nevertheless, you bet it's never ever the case that I have no complaints if you know me. Hehe... that's what I am up to now, spending (wasting?!) my time inspecting every millimeter of the house and its compound. Though, I was quite happy with the finishing but I still ended up to receive such "compliment" from developer's customer service personnel, "Wah! You are the only one who submit 2 pages of complaints!"



Hehe... What to do? Perfectionist :P

So what were my complaints? Let me share some with you, perhaps can be some tips to you if you are buying a property.

Some plaster cracks...




Broken items...





These are minor. Most important is to look for leaking and water marks...



I reckoned leaking is the major problem I have so far. Fortunately mine wasn't the serious leaking, according to my contractor and it's been rectified. So I suggest you to inspect your house after rain or during rain.

If you can't make it during rainy day, try look for watermarks on the floor...



It may or may not be due to leaking. It could be residual from clean up.

That's all for now. I gotta write up another complaint sheet now. Hehe...

Intel Venture Into Shoe Industry


These are the new CPU from Intel, the CORE series of i3, i5 and i7.

Do you know there's something planned by Intel behind the launch of these CPUs? And do you know these CPUs come with a hidden technology? Read on to get the insights!

These CPUs come with Turbo Boost technology...




What is this Turbo Boost? Here you go...


It gives you booster whenever you need it. To be precise, it's not Livita that gives you the boost but Turbo Boost gives the boost to your computer. Hit to the link if you keen to know more.

But do you know that Intel was trying to venture into shoe industry with this Turbo Boost technology? No kidding! You don't believe me?! Here's the proof...


The 2 latest shoes (or boots to be exact) were also named i5 and i7 respectively...


With Turbo Boots technology!

What is Turbo Boots? I guess it turbo charges the boots so that you can either walk faster or even fly. Hit on http://www.intel.com/apac/turboboots/ to find out more.

Hehe... Of course you will get "Page not found" error on link above, Intel did not venture into shoe industry and therefore there's no such Turbo Boots technology for their boots. It's printing error in the pamphlet I got from Harvey Norman months ago when I bought my 1810TZ.

Intel, Intel, where is your quality control? Hopefully this is one off and same thing does not happen to the CPU you produce.

Do I get a prize spotting this? Nay, I still had to pay for my 1810TZ.