Sunday, July 29, 2012

KLMBH @ Setia Alam

It's all started in Facebook when one of my friends posted the info about this bash organized by KLMBH. My friend and his PCT gang, as well as 2 of my friend and colleague from KL decided to join since it's at "my territory" (hehe...) and I was curious to find out what route / trail would the organizer plan. However, on the very morning at 7am, the PCT gang decided to go for other option as 9:30am was too late to begin a ride. So it turned out 3 of us went to join the big crowd...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Samsung Soft Brick Root Cause

I talked about the soft brick problem I was (and am) suffering on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. And I want to reiterate that this is not an isolated problem to SGT7.7 (or GT-P6800 model), it happens to many other Galaxy models like I mentioned in my previous post. It seems that the root cause has been identified to be hardware problem, in particular the eMMC is the culprit to the problem. Apparently, your Samsung device might hit into soft brick or hard brick forever when the operating system or application erases the eMMC with a specific WRITE command. 

Because of the widespread, a smart developer in XDA Developer Forum developed an apps to check if your Sammy device houses any of this buggy eMMC chip...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bukit Bandaraya Reservoir Attack

There has been many group of friends inviting me to join their off road expedition even before I decided my MTB. I really appreciate that and can't wait to explore the natural with them, at the same time I have less confidence to jump into their hardcore bandwagon before I re-train my stamina and skills.

With another few beginners like me, we have our regular "training sessions" by riding ourselves around some hilly roads in Setia Alam...

Google MyTracks Android Apps

While my MotoActv is struggling in the operations theater, I turned to my phone to see if there is any apps in the Play Store that allows me to track my bike sessions. Atrix is not a phone equipped with ANT+ feature, and both the HRM and Speed + Cadence are not Bluetooth sensors, therefore I can't pair them with the phone. As such I settled with only route tracking feature when searching for the desired apps.

There is quite a number of apps available, Endomondo, Sport Tracker, Run Keeper etc that can be the temporary alternative while waiting my MotoActv to return to action. Since I don't bother to sign up another training portal, I chose Google's MyTracks for route tracking. In addition, I was also looking for a reliable and accurate GPS software to contribute to MFM.

Head to Play Store to install MyTracks, or you can have an overview here and watch the intro video for a better understanding. Some snapshots of the apps...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Finally A Complete Giant XTC

I shared my MTB in one of the posts...


It is not complete yet. And yesterday the last piece arrived and installed onto the bike...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

MotoActv: I Smashed The Gorilla!

There are quite a few accessories by Motorola for MotoActv...


I have everything except the SF600 bluetooth stereo headset, which I find it comparable to my Motorola S9-HD, so not worth to spend extra bucks.

One of the reasons I bought the armband was because I don't like the "stickiness" under the watch strap when I wear MotoActv on my wrist during workout. I also shared the same concern like one of the readers here. The other reason was there were few rare occasions that either my partner's or my racket hit the watch during the game. Fortunately nothing happened in the past and I thought wearing it on the arm could reduce the likelihood. One could do whatever to prevent accidents, but accidents did happen inevitably...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MotoActv: Motorola Bike Speed + Cadence Sensor

There's one bike accessories I did not mention in my previous bike post was the speedometer. Nowadays the meter is no longer a simple speed measurement device but includes other measurements like cadence and whatnot. I learned a new word, cyclocomputer after browsing through some related catalogs. I did not buy any cyclocomputer as MotoActv is more than capable of providing the similar features (and metrics). 

I need 2 additional accessories in order to transform the MotoActv into a complete cyclocomputer. The first is the bike mount...

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Giant XTC Custom Made MTB

OK, no more running for me. I move on to another old-time hobby - cycling, or I learn that nowadays many like to call it biking. Here I intro my very first bike after more than a decade I quit biking...


The Giant XTC Mountain Bike MTB. It was in the "assembly plant" of a local bike shop LBS as I did not order a factory complete bike. I worked out a different configurations with the boss and have him tailor made a complete bike within my budget with a weight of less than 11.5kg...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

MotoActv: MotoActv.com Training Portal

Now back to indoor after a workout with MotoActv. The workout data should have been synced automatically, otherwise execute a manual sync.

Logon to MotoActv.com and you will be directed to the dashboard...

MotoActv: Running

After setting up MotoActv and MotoActv.com profile, it's time to expose it outdoor and get myself into action. I highly recommend to get a heart rate monitor HRM to make full use of MotoActv. Any ANT+ HRM is compatible, I got myself a Motorola HRM which is on a little premium compare to other brands like Garmin...


Pairing it with MotoActv is as simple as ABC...