Saturday, April 29, 2006

Dell 2007WFP

I placed an order on the Dell today. There is a RM600 discount for the next 3 days. The monitor is now priced at rm2099! Last month it was rm2299. W00t!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Kash

I need a hair cut. Badly. I have been so busy that I have no time to go to my usual salon in Mid Valley. This evening, I decided against my will to go to this salon across the road from where I work. I have been to this salon twice and I had a bad experience. That is why I have not returned. But I am desperate. So, I took a gamble and went today.

At the counter, the girl asked me if I have any specific "sifu" that I wanted. I said I don't have preference. I just wanted someone who could give me a normal haircut. The reason I said this was on both occasions I was in this salon, they gave me a young punk-Jinjang-Ah Beng hair style. Once, I actually commented to the "sifu" that I think she overdid it and she exclaimed that this is the "in" thing and that I look good. I said no, this will get me into trouble at work. No one goes to work in this hairstyle. She just pooh poohed my comment and sort-of give me that "don't be ridiculous" look. I was pissed! I thought I was the customer!

So I told the girl at the counter I wanted someone conservative. The girl who walked me to my seat was 6 foot tall and she said she could do it for me. I said "You?" because I thought she was just a counter girl.

"Do I look hip and lala girl?" she asked.

"Of course not", I answered, feeling pai seh that I actually thought that she's a counter/shampoo girl.

So, off she goes happily cutting my hair...

"Who cut your hair previously?" she quizzed.

"I don't remember. Some girl's name that start with H something," I said, trying hard to think of her name. It sounded like Hash, Hazel or some name that only come from Hong Kong.

"There's no one named H here"

"Oh well.. maybe she left, I said" and I told her the story about this H lady who was adamant to cut my hair in HER style instead of mine and that she did not even listen when I said no.

She cut and snipped. Then she rushed to attend to another customer. Cut and snipped.. Then ran to another customer.. Hmm, why was she so busy, I wonder, and why was her rushing around and not cutting my hair, felt so, um, disturbingly familiar. Nevermind, she did a good job anyway, I thought as I checked myself out in the mirror.

When she finished, she asked me if this was conservative enough and I said yes, good job.

She walked me to the counter.

"Thank you, she said. Let me give you my card. My name's Kash.. what's yours?"

And that was when it HIT me! RIGHT in the FACE! KASH! NOT HASH! I remembered this bitch who thinks that her name sounds like Cash and that it was pretty funny.

I looked at her hard, paid the fee, cursed myself and left.

Bitch.

How did I end up with her again?

Friday, April 21, 2006

No Movies

Do you know that the most recent movie I saw was "Inside Man", a movie by Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster? And the movie before that was Jennifer Aniston's Derailed. Between these two, I have missed out so many other movies! What's happening? Where did all the time go?

(I meant this post in a very good way, of course)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Study Room

My work table...
There is a defect with my widescreen LCD monitor. There is one dead pixel in the screen.

Of all the places in the entire monitor, the single dead pixel had to happen right in the middle of the screen. It's irritating and I am disatisfied with it.

So, I contacted Dell via email. The girl was very helpful. She said that I was not able to exchange the monitor because the company policy states that any LCD monitor with less than 5 dead pixel is not considered a defect. If there are more than 5 dead pixel, I would qualify for a one to one exchange.


I told her that I would like to return the unit then. In Dell's Total Satisfaction policy, I could return any purchase within 15 days from the invoice date without question asked. She agreed and kicked start a process where by DHL will come and collect the monitor. I have to pay the shipping and handling though - it cost me rm80 and I agreed to it. What to do? I rather lost rm80 than have a dead pixel. Such is life. LOL.

Returns and exchange are different. Exchange means that the purchase is confirmed (after 15 days) and that it is considered a warranty process. Returns means that they will just refund me because of disatisfaction with the product, not neccessarily due to defect.

So, while waiting for DHL to come and pick up the monitor, I went to dell.com.my again to buy a new unit. To my surprise, the system is now rm100 cheaper! Wow... Instead of losing rm80, I gained rm20 from this activity.

Such is life.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Widescreen Gaming

Widescreen Gaming
After 6 hours of using the Dell widescreen LCD, I have been pretty happy with it. It was a different experience, both when playing games and when surfing/using Windows. The fact that I could be reading a blog and monitoring all my chat windows while checking my download status all at a glance AND running my email program on the old Sony so I could also keep an eye on it, was an exceptional experience.

The Dell widescreen LCD shipped with default brightness set to 50, out of 100. When I first plugged it into the PC and Windows started, I felt that 50 was too bright – my room is dimly lit, by design – so when I surfed the Internet for 2 hours, my eyes was strained. I proceeded to reduce the brightness to 15. Ahh.. much better…

However, the lower brightness level affected gaming. As usual, ZipD’s critical eye saw the washed-out textures. It was really due to 2 reasons: the low LCD brightness and the higher in-game video brightness (80% in the slider). This combo causes darker textures such as those of a huge boulder to looked washed out. Once I fixed this, the world of Tamriel came back alive in VIVID colour. However, quitting the game and going back to Windows to surf would create eye strain again.

It’s a catch 2-2 dilemma.

Luckily, there’s the nView profile provided by nVidia drivers to adjust brightness. I’m still playing with some of the settings but it looks promising.

Otherwise, it is something to get used to. My work tonight is to find the right balance in terms of brightness.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Widescreen

Dell is damn efficient. One day after I ordered my widescreen LCD, it shipped! I am now looking at this in my new Dell 2007WFP. Damn nice.. I shudder to think of gaming and watching DVD in widescreen. More updates later..

Monday, April 10, 2006

Hardcore

Zip said I upgrade PC because of a particular game. He said I am more hardcore than he is.. Hmm.. let's see..

I bought my Pentium 2 in 1997 because of the superb 3D graphics of Tomb Raider 2.
I upgraded to Pentium 3 in 2000 - I don't remember upgrading for a particular game.
In Feb 2004 I upgraded to a P4 for a game called Gothic 2.

I have since been using this P4. It's almost 2 year old.

I am hooked to Oblivion now. Today I bought a Dell LCD monitor so that I could play this game in widescreen. I'd be lying if I said Oblivion plays no part in this decision but I'd also think that it is about time I get a nice LCD monitor for myself. That way, I could have two screens. Kiasu!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Cool

This is seriously cool: TuneBuckle. It's a belt with a buckle just big enough to fit the iPod nano. Who would have thought of using a belt buckle as a convenient place for the nano? The headphone jack plugs into the side of the buckle. Brilliant! Go to the webpage to take a look.











On another side note, BootCamp from Apple allows intel-based iMac and MacBook to boot Windows XP. Check out the cool disk partition software and the "alt boot" screenshot. Nice...


Press alt key when the Mac boots up to choose which OS to boot.


The disk partition software that came with BootCamp

Monday, April 03, 2006

Updates

I have been very busy lately. I have visitors, both from the States and from London. I have been playing hosts the whole of last week. Couple this with some recent house hunting and I am truly spent. What little time I had for myself are spent on a new game called Oblivion. So, yeah, very busy I was. And in case my avid readers are worried about me, don't. These are good things. It's not a good thing if I am blogging. It means I am too free :D

A couple of updates:

Anne are as wonderful as ever. I truly belief she's really my missing "bone". How could one girl fit me so perfectly is truly beyond my comprehension. I would not believe this compatibility exist a couple years ago... but it does! Yay Anne!

I am very pleased at the weather. It's been raining in the evenings and early mornings so it's very pleasant. It's bizarre, some said, because it's supposed to be a hot season at this time of the year but I think that perhaps the "El Nino" effect is really gone and we are back to the good, old, tropic weather with monsoon rain and cooler weather. Like 15 years ago during Secondary school. I remember that every morning my father have to wipe the windshield with a cloth to clear up the dew. I have not seen dew on the windshield for a long time and I am not seeing them again. Yay Weather!

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