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4 practical tips for choosing the right mechanical keyboard

I have been a big fan of mechanical keyboards all my life. And for the past 3 years, I have made many purchases and tried many switches. Heck, in my forum at loopgit, I even have a dedicated mechanical keyboard category so we can discuss this particular human user interface when using a PC or a Mac.

A keyboard is a keyboard, many will tell you. But, the moment you ventured into mechanical keyboard, you are looking at a big onion with many layers that you can peel. Much like mechanical watches or fountain pens, which functions are pretty common but the fact that they are both mechanical in nature, there are many choices and deviation.

So, how do you know which keyboard is right for you? Read on for some tips base on my experience of trying out various mechanical keyboards. You might also want to review the different type of switches in this article if you are not familiar with the keyboard switches.

Tip #1 - what is your typing style?
Before deciding on the type of switches, look at yo…

System Shock Remake

I started gaming back in Form 3, at the age of 16, when I joined the school computer club and have access to Apple // for the first time in my life. Back then many people who came to the club played games like Rescue Raiders, Digger, Karateka but my favorite genre has always been role playing game (RPG). I was hooked to games like Might & Magic 1 and 2, Ultima IV, V VI. When I bought my very first PC, the first game I bought in original boxed copy is Ultima Underworld. Underworld was made by this company called Looking Glass Technologies and they are a company that was visionary, talented and ahead of its time. The games they churned out redefine the genre. They impact they made to gaming is out of this world. Games made by them are innovative, technologically advance, replayable and does not conform to the norm.

One such game was System Shock. At a time when people were playing using floppy disks, they came out with a fully audio gaming experience on a CD! Instead of reading jour…

What to pack in modern day travelling

Well, recent all guys trip to Cameron Highlands thought me some stuff about what to pack for a trip. For one, an iPhone with Apple Music subscription is really key. During the drive, connect your iPhone to the car Bluetooth and voila, all your playlist are available. And if any of the guys have some special requests, you have millions of songs available at your finger tips. We had a good time reminisence listening to old Canto pop, thinking of the good times at school when these songs were a hit. And it creates lots of conversation topic as well when nostalgia hit.

Second, and this is where I made the mistake of not thinking about it, you need an Apple TV! Apple TV is very small and portable. If we were to bring the Apple TV, we can easily connect to the hotel/apartment's TV and you have the whole catalog of YouTube and even Apple movies available to watch!!! Even if you don't own the show, it's worth renting it so that everyone can enjoy! You don't need to have the ho…

Gay Social Network App in Malaysia

So, I was browsing the iOS App Store today to look for some new apps to play around with. I went to see the Top Paid category, being curious what my fellow Malaysians are paying their hard earned money for. Imagine my surprise to see a gay boy social networking app, Grindr, being the number 4 top paid app. And ironically, number 2 is a Holy Koran app. Holy Koran being number 2 is not a surprise, Malaysia being a Muslim country and having majority Muslim. Also this is the holy month of Ramadan.

But the contradiction between the gay app and the religious app is just too glaring!! What does it mean? We have a lot of gay people in the country? Malaysians are known to be cheap skate. People usually pirate software or they jailbreak their device. And yet, we see people paying for gay app. Perhaps, the Apple owners, known to be owned by more affluent consumers, are majority gay boys(*)? This is interesting! Let's discuss!

(*) The reason I said "gay boy" instead of …

Forum Dilemma

In my quest of learning to set up a internet forum, I learned a lot of stuff including registering a domain, setting up email servers and of course, being able to install and set up a forum. There are some cost involved: to register a domain, loopgit.com cost a yearly fee, to run the forum software requires an cloud server in Digital Ocean, which cost me RM$40/month (about USD$10). The forum software itself is open sourced and therefore, free, but the hosting server is not. Fortunately, the email service that I subscribed to, mailgun.com, gives me free 10,000 emails every month.

So, my actual cost is the Digital Ocean server hosting of USD$10/month.

Now that I have set up a forum, I'd like most of the comments from this blog to be channeled over there, as a way to discuss about something I posted. The problem is, after running it for about a month, I have maybe 3 or 4 registered users, which is really pathetic.

The root of this issue is the identity of a forum. If I am selling som…

Brokeback Mountain

Another old men trip to Cameron Highlands. Very nice and cooling. I’m amaze at many new hotels coming up. There’s this new place called Nova. They have Old Town White Coffee, Teh Tarik Place, Watson and even Hometown Stemsboat. This place is getting more commercialize by the minute.
Nova from afar. 
Looks very modern.

Love the view from our hotel... Fresh air. Very relaxing.

LRT3 and Bandar Utama

There is going to be a LRT line connecting Bandar Utama to Klang. It's aptly named LRT3. The first station is in Bandar Utama, beside the current MRT station opposite TV3. It then turn into Kayu Ara before the Shell Bandar Utama station along the Damasara river, having a second station to serve Damansara Utama residents. Then it come out of Sprint Highway and supposedly have a 3rd station, called Tropicana station in Merchant Sq.

However, recently, they decided to relocate the Tropican station from Merchant Square nearer towards the Lebuh Bandar Utama bridge.

This was the original location of Tropicana Station:

I am a bit puzzled of the new alignment Tropicana station. It was originally proposed to be put near Merchant Square, which is a commercial area very near Tropicana, BU11, BU12 and Bayu Puteri apartments. If you enter into NKVE using Damansara Toll, Merchant Square is to the left of you as you turn into left towards Subang Jaya/Klang and KLIA.

Consider this map, taking dire…

Stephen King

I love to read Stephen King's work. My only of his work started about 10 years ago. Before that, I have always thought Stephen King's story are ghost related. You know, those supernatural beings that haunt old houses. In reality though, his work is not really related to spirits or undead, even though it is always categorize under horror. His stories are just very disturbing and, well, horrifying. For example, look at this synopsis of a short story he wrote. I stumbled upon it today.


"Survivor Type" is written as the diary of a disgraced surgeon, Richard Pine (real name Richard Pinzetti), who, while attempting to smuggle a large amount of heroin on a cruise ship, finds himself marooned on a tiny island in the Pacific with very limited supplies and no food. A self-proclaimed "survivor" type, his diary entries documenting his day-to-day activities become more and more disjointed and raving, revealing his slow mental decay and eventual insanity caused by starva…

Ergonomics

Last evening, a few friends gathered for dinner and the topic of old age and resulting body aches came up. Many claim to have this perpetual neck pain, myself included, and it’s probably caused by too much time spent on a laptop and iPhone which caused our heads to be looking downwards for a long time. And so, the advise was to always keep your head straight up.

This morning, I started improvising on my workplace. 
What do you think?

End of Blogging?

One of my readers asked me if I’m going to stop writing in the blog now that I’m spending more time in the forum. Well, I want to say that the blog is still the main point of entry, where the discussion forum serves as a comment section for readers to discuss about the topic I blogged. Having said that though, blog is very much a one way street. I write about what’s on my mind for anyone interested or cared enough to read. And it’s really just a brain or emotional dump. On the contrary, the forum encourages multi way discussions where everyone can chime in and it’s anonymous and safe. Forums can be fun if the right community gathers. Building that community is not easy though. At any rate, I’ll still blog untill the forum grows big. 

Integrating Discourse forum into Blogger

Phew, this took a while.. I decided to have a better commenting system as compared to the current stock one provided by Blogger. It allows better conversation among all my readers, provided they still care about commenting. Anyway, I've always wanted to run a forum software. One of the most modern ones, which is mobile ready from ground up, is Discourse.

I wanted to share the steps that I did and some of the observations I made when following some of the online documentation. But Blogger is not friendly when sharing code snippets, where as Discourse, the forum that I set up, has great support for codes. So, please click on the comment/discussion below and read on :)

50 Dead - Orlando Shootings

Seriously! Does America ever learned? I remember reading President Obama being really vocal about gun control and then people went mental, saying he's abusing their Second Amendment rights. The President said that during his tenure, there have been the highest number of shooting incidents in the USA. Why are the Aemricans not learning a thing or two? And now, it's a possibility of being Islamic influenced. Donald Trump must be rubbing his hands in glee at the prospect of lashing out to the Islamic community!


Impressions: Supersharkz Swimming School

We have tried the swimming school in One Club Bandar Utama but it wasn’t very effective. The instructors does not seemed to have a proper methodology. They are good swimmers teaching swimming lessons part time. We went with a private instructor who taught 4 kids only and after two full lessons, we felt that the girls didn’t learn anything. We decided that we needed to look for another school. 

It so happened that I saw Supersharkz Swim School in the factory area of Kota Damansara when I was around there for a meeting. This is a specialized swimming school and they were from Puchong and they expanded a branch in KD. 
We went in to take a look
Nice and proper reception counter, with staff in yellow uniform, as compared to One Club’s temporary table manned by some part time school kid. 

I love how they have proper program for each level. I think this is similar as One Club except that Supersharkz have a detailed curriculum. 

The view right after the counter, walking into the pool a…

Blogger vs Wordpress

So, the more I work on the layout of this blog and trying to integrate to a forum software, doing sexy web 3.0 stuff, the more I find that Blogger is very limiting, including not enough support or template from people in the 'net. As such, I am seriously thinking of migrating over to Wordpress. I have had this blog for almost 10 years, but I think I needed a fresh start. There are many guides to migration and keeping all the comments and posts, so I don't think I am afraid of losing content. But what about all the post count and site visit? I need to think hard, but for the sake of change and modernization, I might just do it.

Regardless, just bookmark ringgit.loopgit.com

When I switch, you will be automatically move to the new site.

Comment

You might notice the lack of comment buttons. I've removed them in preparation for a forum integration. Should be up by this weekend. Stay tuned!!


ringgit.loopgit.com

So, I have been messing around with domains and very recently bought a domain, loopgit.com for RM5/year. Very cheap! I am not sure exactly what it means but it sounds very open source-y. Strongloop and github combined to be loopgit.com.

And it turned out you can really buy any domain that you like for maybe around RM60/year. Pretty good, imo.

And so, if you type ringgit.loopgit.com, it will redirect you to this blog.

I have other plans for loopgit.com - I am thinking of setting up a forum for my readers to collaborate and discuss stuff. Maybe you can even discuss my posts in the front page.

I hope I have time to play all these stuff, it is pretty interesting to me.



Breaking News

I read a lot of news. And often I saved or shared those which I find news worthy. If you read this blog on a desktop, the news I shared are shown in a widget on the right. Come join the discussion if the news interest you.


Choice of coffee shop

This morning, I had a choice of 3 coffee shops to go to for my breakfast. Typically people would choose the one with good food but I have an entirely different preference which annoyed my wife. 

I choose a restaurant with good air circulation as my priority. I hate eating and sweating. 
Second priority goes to a restaurant with good tea. Not may restaurant make the same tea and some are very consistent. 
If both were met, then I’ll think what I want to eat or whether that coffee shop has great char kuay teow or wantan mee. 
This morning though, 2 of the 3 restaurants met my criteria or having great air circulation and serving great tea. I went to one yesterday, and so I thought I should go to the other one, which served very good curry noodles. Surprisingly though, I decided to skip curry noodles and went back to the coffee shop which I ate in yesterday. The reason? The curry noodle shop have very lousy phone reception, which means no internet at all!!!
Looks like internet connectivi…

Getting old…

What is unchanging and true? I don’t know. But I’m beginning to think that life is all about the connections we create – the relationships we make with people great and small. We have been given so much. What did we do with it? Were we merciful? Were we kind? Did we love enough? Money and power will mean nothing at the last breath. The only thing that’ll count was how we treated one another. That keeps me awake at night. Perhaps it should. via waiter rant Great retrospective article in waiter rant. I think as we age, inevitably, these are thoughts that pop into our mind. But are we going to do anything about it? Or are we just going to be idle and pass time at our home, watching TV, playing a game of chess or just waiting for time to pass?

WhatsApp mic

One of the charms of instant messaging like WhatsApp, iMessage and Skype is that you don’t need to talk to someone when you want to communicate something. It works well for many of us who are anti- social, in fact, even the social guys who loves to talk still use WhatsApp to communicate. It makes one wonder if people are just being lazy to talk or they prefer to just drop a line and two, go about their way and then come back to attend to the response. 
In WhatsApp, on the right side, there is a microphone icon. Pressing and holding it allow you to record short messages and sent it over. On the other end, they see it as a playable link. 
I find it awkward to use that feature. It’s like talking on the phone and what’s worse is that you can playback your own voice. And most often than note, we are uncomfortable with how we sound. 
But lately, I do value the usefulness of the voice message especially in Malaysia when you have to send messages to people who does not read English, e.g. one of …