Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I have a maid but...

.. I am still exhausted every weekend
.. I have no time to play computer games, no TV, not enough sleep and rest
.. we don't go out very often

Is something very wrong with me?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Finally, I can make use of the cassette thingy in Wira!

When I got my Proton Wira, it come with box to store cassette. Yes, 4 redundant slot below the radio to store 4 measly cassettes. At that time, no CD ROM yet; I have a very old car.

But today, with my super duper high tech iPhone 4 and Waze, I have found a great use for the cassette storage. Look at this!

Waze in Malaysia: Tips

  • The easiest way to improve Waze is just drive around with Waze turned on. Every time you travel, even if you are not using Waze to guide you, turn it on. You don't have to do anything. Waze will use the information from your journey to calculate average road speeds at the time you are driving, check for errors and improve road layout, and learn the direction of roads and which turns are allowed. However to avoid errors, these automatic updates need many, many accurately recorded routes before making an automatic change. 
  • When you later use Waze for directions, you'll benefit from better routes using the information you helped collect 
  • You don't need to make special trips with Waze. In fact Waze works best on your regular trips and commuting 
  • With Waze on, you'll get free road reports on local traffic conditions automatically 
  • If you travel to areas that are unmapped in Waze, you might try recording a new road. Just one button starts you on a map-making trip
  • With enough wazers driving along a route, Waze will automatically learn and apply corrections. Road layout will improve, roads will change from two-way to one-way or from one-way to two-way, and Waze will learn what turns are permitted at junctions.

    But to avoid errors due to inaccurate GPS measurements (especially in cities), and a few incidents of driver error (illegal turns or going the wrong way down a one-way street), Waze is conservative and requires a large number of accurate driving tracks before making a change. Between 20 and 100 trips accurately recorded seem to be enough to trigger Waze to make an automatic update to the roads.

    So the more wazers, the faster this will happen. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hazards Ahead!

This morning, Waze told me there was a road hazard ahead in NKVE because of a report by user.

Sure enough, there was a tyre rubber.

Isn't this GPS great?

I think those Garmin devices can chup lup (close down their business)



And you could also report if you see police...


Look at this. So many polices along Sprint!

This app makes me wants to buy those attachment where I can stick to the windscreen to hold the iPhone so it is at the same eye level as me... hope they are not expensive!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Waze.. Free iPhone GPS app

I don't often recommend apps in this blog. There are some really good iPhone apps: Awesome Notes, Reeder, Tapatalk, Tweetdeck, News360, etc.

I just can't stop talking about Waze.

I learned about Waze from a conversation with a colleague. She told me about this really good free GPS app to help a driver find their way around town. I asked if there is a Malaysia map and she said yes. So I was expecting a huge download only to realize that Waze is really a small foot print.

Being skeptical, I tried it out.

And I was pleasantly surprise!

This is a true GPS. Very accurate. Even with a proper lady voice over at the appropriate point during the drive. I drove from Bangi back to PJ and it just works. In fact, it gave me 3 routes and I chose the fastest. It was able to take me back via Sg Besi road through Desa Waterpark into Federal Highway and Penchala Link. I was impressed.


But it is not just any GPS. In Waze, there is a community of users. As you drive, you see little icon in the road. See screenshot above. Those are users of Waze. New users looks like baby with pacifiers. As you use it more, you unlock new icons and can set mood.. LOL.. say, you are frustrated with traffic jam. Set your mood.
Waze, like Foursquare, has badges. As I drove 20 km, a new candy appear in the road ahead. Taking it unlocks a badge.


You can quickly do traffic report. Whether there is an accident, a jam, traffic police or cameras. One tap and it will mark in the map for other users to see. So the users have intelligence especially useful if there is a police roadblocks. Ha ha.
This screenshot shows some of the users with mood. I am surprise to see so many people using Waze. I think it must be a really popular app among Malaysians!


Lastly, when you are planning your route, Waze gives you alternate routes. You can look at these and see which routes have jams. From the screenshots below, one of the 3 routes have multiple traffic jams. Amazing eh?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ang Moh Life Style?

I have friends, with families, who believes in living for the moment. What this means is that they don't believe in investing their salaries into property but instead are willing to rent houses (in good area like Bandar Utama or Damasara) and then enjoying life with the remaining money. They argue that if they were to take a mortgage, say around RM3000/month, it means that they need to be really frugal in their other spending. So, is this the way to live life? If they rent, say RM2000/month (which means they can live in a really good neighbourhood), they still have RM1000/mth. That's a lot of money to be had - which they could spend on, say, holidays.. or living very comfortable by switching on the a/c every night.. or eating out, giving better education to the children, etc, etc.

Sometimes, I wonder if their way is a better way.

Seriously, a lot of us who believes in owning properties are living with a very tight budget because of the mortgage. We have to be very careful with our spending. We consider ten times before buying something luxury. We live like a pauper, even though we know that 30 years later, our property will be worth a sum. But that also means 30 years of frugal live.

So, which is better?
Live life to the fullest.. or suffer now but live a good life later?

It's kinda like a Asian vs ang moh mentality, isn't it?

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