Archive | November, 2011

Microsoft Windows 7, Office 2010 & The Great Family Time Contest

I actually really love Windows 7, I use it both at home and in the office and I have to admit I completely skipped out Windows Vista and went right from Windows XP to Windows 7. And before that even, I took a LONG time to move from Windows 2000 to Windows XP.

Windows 7

I guess in some aspects, I’m stuck in my ways. I have to say though I never regret upgrading my PC rig and upgrading to 64-Bit Windows 7 – especially with an SSD as my primary HDD (for Windows and my applications) it’s super fast. Continue Reading →

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Xmas Is Coming! Why Not Get Someone A Samsung Galaxy S II

I’ve written a bit about various gadgets before and recently – Samsung Galaxy S II – Great Blogging Tool, Great Camera & Much More! – Christmas is coming soon (and you KNOW how us Brits love Christmas)…

Wouldn’t it be great to get a Samsung Galaxy S II for a Christmas present from your nearest and dearest? It’s a sexy phone, and what’s better than a present that’s both sexy and practical!

With the festive season round the corner you all better start behaving yourselves and writing your list for Santa..I’d love to get a Samsung Galaxy S II for xmas personally…

Check out the awesome graphics on Shrek Kart (one of the games available on the SII):

If you’re into gaming you can actually play games on the phone on your big screen TV via the HDMI out:

If you are interested in getting hold of a Galaxy S II – it’s currently selling for RRP RM1,899 – perhaps you might like to buy one as a present..

I already know 2 people that have received a Galaxy S II as a present and they are both loving it so far.

For the geeks out there, the phone is powered by Android 2.3 (codename Gingerbread) and has a 1.2GHz dual-core application processor, size wise it’s extremely portable being only 8.49mm thin and weighing in at 116g. The screen is one of the highlights of the phone for me – it’s a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen which is actually very efficient with power usage.

You can find out more here:

I Love Samsung GALAXY S II

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Tiger Balm Warm & Cold Plasters

Sometimes things hurts, in a way it’s a symptom of getting older. Sometimes it’s just sitting at the computer for too long and my shoulder aches, sometimes it’s after badminton and my knee hurts.

I’m pretty sure you have all heard of Tiger Balm, it’s a product used by generations of Malaysians to treat aches, pains and muscle soreness. They have come out with a great new product integrating Tiger Balm into large plasters.

Tiger Balm Plasters

They come in two sizes and two types (Warm & Cool), they are easy to apply and give long lasting relief for muscle pain and any others aches or soreness you may have.

Tiger Balm plasters are easy to apply, especially with the additional adhesive that’s provided – and the instructions for application are very clear.

Tiger Balm Plasters

The plasters themselves (the part that contains the Tiger Balm unique formulation) come sealed in an airtight plastic packet and also have a clear plastic backing to protect them – after removing this you can apply the plaster (it is self adhesive).

Tiger Balm Plasters

After a game of badminton (especially if I did some crazy dive) I quite often have some knee pain, Tiger Balm Plasters are great for soothing my knee after some exercise – I prefer to use the Warm type for this (like the heat sensation).

Tiger Balm Knee Plaster

The great part about this is the hydrogel plaster and the additional adhesive are flexible and comfortable so you can apply these plasters on your joints (knee/elbow etc) and not have to worry about them falling off when you move about.

Tiger Balm Knee Plaster

The other way I like to use these is when I have a headache or I’m just generally overheated – just put the cool Tiger Balm plaster on whatever part of your body feels very warm.

They are really great value for money, each pack actually comes with two plasters inside and the large pack is retailing for RM6.80 and the smaller one is RM5.20. You can get them at all the major pharmacies (Guardian/Watsons etc) and nearby pharmacies.

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In Langkawi – Heading To Koh Lipe

So here I am in Langkawi, I have been here once many years ago – and I have to admit I wasn’t impressed. I’m still not now to be honest, the only thing that floors me here time after time is the cheap booze!

RM48 for 1L of Absolut, RM3 per beer! It’s nuts.

We drove down to Penang late last night and took the ferry early this morning.

It was a uneventful trip – it was quite choppy though. It takes about 2hrs45mins to get from Penang to Langkawi and costs RM115 for a return ticket.

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There are car parks nearby and they cost around RM5 per day.

Sadly it rained the whole day today in Langkawi so we didn’t get to go on the cable car or see the sky bridge (which was our point of staying over).

Hopefully we can see it on the way back as we have a few hours spare.

We are off to Koh Lipe at 9.30am tomorrow – its a 1 hour journey and costs around RM240 return.

Hope the weather is good there! Can’t wait to get stuck into my first dives in Thailand!

I’m updating from my iPhone in the hotel room after some good drinks and good laughs with friends – ah the wonders of technology.

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Kumar Drag Queen – The Funniest Singaporean

I guess most people have seen this already, but I just saw it and thought he/she was HILARIOUS! So do enjoy.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

We need some more outrageous local stand-up acts 😀

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The Toyota Altis Drive – Treasure Hunt In KL, Malaysia

So one Saturday morning, not very long ago, I had to get up very early (very early for me anyway) – earlier than I get up on any weekday. Now you may ask, what was the purpose of this, it was to drive the new Toyota Corolla Altis! The last time I talked about Toyota was for the Toyota Vios 2010 facelift quite some time back.

A few of my friends have the previous Corolla Altis but I’ve always been interested to try the new 2.0L Dual VVT-i engine as it looks pretty powerful. It turns out we weren’t just going to be driving the car but we also had some challenges in a kind of treasure hunt style to complete.

There were two teams, black and red (I was on the red team) as signified by our t-shirts. We were briefed first, a little about the new 2011 Corolla Altis and the changes, plus what was going to be happening during the day.

Altis Drive Briefing

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Movie Review – Immortals – More Clash Of The Titans Than 300

Immortals (2011)

The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids.

This was a movie, I have to admit, I was quite excited about after seeing the billboards and the trailer it looked hopeful that we may finally have a veritable contender to Frank Miller’s 300. After the dissapointment that was Clash of the Titans, could this herald the return of the Roman era?

Honestly after the series Spartacus – it had some high standards to live up to. For me the lead actor was as about as wooden as Keanu Reeves at his worst, I didn’t care about his character or the simplistic story line.

Henry Cavill in Immortals

And oh hoorah, we have to look forward to more of him as the new Superman in 2013 – but then again, Superman has always been fairly wooden.

The cinematography was beautiful, the soundtrack was forgettable and the fights were too fake for me. Too much obvious CGI, in this day and age after watching movies like the most recent Planet of the Apes and of course the LOTR Trilogy – it’s unforgivable.

The ‘Titans’ looked like something out of a badly constructed PlayStation 3 game.

For me the show was stolen by Mickey Rourke as Hyperion, he’s an extremely convincing villain and since his come back in the The Wrestler I’ve been constantly impressed with his performances. You gotta admit he was the highlight of Iron Man 2 as well as Ivan Vanko / Whiplash.

Mickey Rourke as Hyperion in Immortals

The only other convincing actor in the whole thing was John Hurt as the human form of Zeus, the lead women wasn’t even hot, yah that girl from Slumdog Millionaire and Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Freida Pinto.

And Zeus himself, father of all Gods, was played rather poorly by Luke Evans who ironically also played Apollo in the train wreck that was the Clash of the Titans remake in 2010.

And just a heads-up, the 3D version is a post-conversion…so no, it’s not really a 3D movie.

Would I recommend you watch this movie? No not really, and if you do – make sure you watch the uncensored version. It’s bound to moderately better with all the violence and some boobs.

I give it a rather poor, head chopping 4.5/10.

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Was An ENTP – Now An INTJ

It’s funny, today I saw someone post a link to a Jung Typology Test, coincidentally the exact same one I took back in 2004. Apparently back then the test thought I Shaolin is teh ENTP.

But this time, I’m no longer a ENTP – but a INTJ – not too far different, but notably different in 2 aspects.

I used to be – Extroverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
Now I am – Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging

And from the description, it sounds fairly accurate. Back then I used to like to argue for fun and was more extroverted but had less true self confidence. Arguing for the sake of it isn’t really fun any more, it hurts and offends people and what’s the point in always trying to be correct?

I’m not really Introverted now (I don’t think – even though I do have hermit tendencies), but I am definitely less interested in going out and meeting random people in random places – home is far more comfortable now and a much nicer place to be.

So this is me now – so it says..

To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of “definiteness”, of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise — and INTJs can have several — they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don’t know.

INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion “Does it work?” to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.

INTJs are known as the “Systems Builders” of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait combination of imagination and reliability. Whatever system an INTJ happens to be working on is for them the equivalent of a moral cause to an INFJ; both perfectionism and disregard for authority may come into play, as INTJs can be unsparing of both themselves and the others on the project. Anyone considered to be “slacking,” including superiors, will lose their respect — and will generally be made aware of this; INTJs have also been known to take it upon themselves to implement critical decisions without consulting their supervisors or co-workers. On the other hand, they do tend to be scrupulous and even-handed about recognizing the individual contributions that have gone into a project, and have a gift for seizing opportunities which others might not even notice.

In the broadest terms, what INTJs “do” tends to be what they “know”. Typical INTJ career choices are in the sciences and engineering, but they can be found wherever a combination of intellect and incisiveness are required (e.g., law, some areas of academia). INTJs can rise to management positions when they are willing to invest time in marketing their abilities as well as enhancing them, and (whether for the sake of ambition or the desire for privacy) many also find it useful to learn to simulate some degree of surface conformism in order to mask their inherent unconventionality.

Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ’s Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.

This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. 🙂 This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete’, paralleling that of many Fs — only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.

Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to “work at” a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.

I find the best result for these kind of tests if you don’t think about your answers or consider them, just answer what your heart/gut tells you and you’ll get an accurate interpretation.

If you want to take the test you can do so here:

Jung Typology Test™

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