Friday, November 13, 2015

Ceramic Pro Malaysia Review

When I first got my new CX-5, I was looking for a coating product that could protect the car paint, reduce car wash frequency, lowest maintenance (of the coat) ever required and ultimately the car will fetch higher resale value with show room condition after X years when I upgrade to another. In short, I just want my car to look clean and great all time. I do understand maintaining a car especially a dark color like black or dark blue is not an easy task. In contrary, I am a lazy butt and dislike waiting, wash car every week and sending it for wax and polish are time wasting efforts in my opinion. It should be minimized as much as possible, the time could be spent on something more meaningful.

I had a sealant product applied on my ex-lovely Civic FD2. The car looked great even after 8 years. See the photo after the break...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lazada, Incubator of Dishonest Sellers & Scammers

Let me extend the scammer incident to share more about my experience shopping virtually at local online stores.

I rate the online stores with "unpleasant" and "bad" experience. For former, I defined it as "I got what I ordered but the shopping experience wasn't a pleasant one", for instance, slow delivery, require successful warranty claim, technical error etc. That may or may not stop me from buying from the site again depending on the magnitude of the problem. Whereas the latter is "I didn't get what I ordered, paid but didn't get to enjoy". Obviously a big NO to buy again and obviously the scammer incident falls under this. Having said that, it's the last for me to ever shop again at Lazada after the incident.

Why I said "incubator of scammer"? Read this email excerpt...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GN eStore is a Scammer

I have been an online shopping addict for more than a decade. I bought stuff from all over the world, UK, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada and majority of my shopping loots came from US stores. I considered myself a lucky one as I only had handful of bad experience. To be precise, only 2 incidents. Now, another bad experience to be filed in the record.

Here's what happened. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Netgear PTV3000 with AppRadio

The key success factor for AppRadio to work is the ability of the connected phone to output or cast the screen via HDMI, and a compatible adapter (either Slimport connector or the MHL adapter) is crucial to make this happen. This actually becomes the show stopper for many as not many phones can work with an aftermarket adapter. For instance, the One+ One and the Nexus 6.

With a series of posts on AppRadio I shared, some of my friends really got poisoned to do the same on their lovely car. Too bad, none of them are using Nexus phones, so I ought to further inject the poison making sure I have a solution for them! Glad that I do have something to offer!! *evil grin*

As wired solution is almost impossible for some phones, the alternative is to go on wireless. There are few matured wireless display technologies such as Miracast, WiDi and so on. The safest is to pick a technology that is natively supported on any Android phone, which is the Miracast. 

A deep dive into Amazon and I found this...

Read on to see the "alternate solution".

Update A Rooted Nexus 5 with Lollipop 5.0 to 5.0.1

Google released update 5.0.1 just few weeks after the major upgrade to Lollipop 5.0. A minor update that I thought I could just let the OTA to run and complete the upgrade. Unfortunately, something happened...

If you encountered the same, read on for remedy.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

CX-5 AppRadio 3 Ep 5

It's been a busy gadgetry month for me. Few goods and bads. 

1 x Good - I have been enjoying the AppRadio in my everyday commute. :)

2 x Good - It came earlier than expected. Google just pushed the OTA Lollipop upgrade to my Nexus 5. :)

Oh wait! The good turned bad...

1 x Bad - The AppRadio Unchained ARU app stopped working after the upgrade!! This is really really a nightmare!

Let's see if I have any workaround after the break.

CX-5 AppRadio 3 Ep 4

Follow up from the earlier post that few pending items to complete the installation of AppRadio:

  • To reactivate the stock backup/reverse/rear camera.
  • To reuse the OE/stock USB port in the center console.
  • To activate Bose's center dash speaker when playing music from phone i.e. Spotify.
I bought the step down transformer and USB cable off eBay/Amazon to achieve the first 2 items...

I will go through one by one, and share as well things that I discovered over the use of more than a month.