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May 27, 2010

HTC Desire is here !!

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HTC Desire is here !!

HTC Desire is here !!

After eagerly waiting for the launch of the HTC Desire it’s finally here !! There’s a launch and a roadshow currently going on in KLCC and believe it or not the people who first brought in the iPhone are the first to launch the Android powered HTC Desire as well !! Yup Maxis has once again proved to be the market leader and has listened to what their customers wants !! So how much is the Desire gonna cost you ?? For just RM 1,499 you can bring it home with you. Yes you read that right it’s RM 1,499 !!! Of course you don’t expect to just take the Desire for such a heavily subsidised price without being tied to a contract now would you ?!? 🙂
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May 26, 2010

Travelling with Google Maps on Android

Google Maps

Google Maps

One thing I missed most about my Nokia is the Garmin GPS software. At the time I got my HTC Tattoo, Google Maps still didn’t have turn-by-turn voice navigation so I never used my Tattoo for GPS at all until recently I was recently forced to. I was travelling up North to Tok Bali, Kelantan and wasn’t very familiar with the roads. Since I had my trusty Tattoo with my I decided to try out Google Maps and see how accurate it is in finding it.

Key in the destination

Key in the destination

Directions to the destination

Directions to the destination

The suggested route

The suggested route

Turn-by-turn display

Turn-by-turn display

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May 22, 2010

Showdown – Yellow man vs Blue bear

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I’ve been relying on Digi for my mobile Internet needs for a while now and so far the service has been reliable. I’m able to access the web in almost all places in Klang Valley at respectable speeds, good enough for my needs anyway. The only thing I would wish for from Digi is for them to increase their Turbo 3G service cause whenever I drop down to EDGE, it really feels like I dropped out of warp speed.

An irresistable offer popped up recently to switch my secondary line to Celcom and I grabbed it curious to see how things are with the blue bear as I’ve never used Celcom service before. I’ve only managed to use it for a day and I must say I’m pretty impressed with the speed.

I’m currently up North in Bachok, Kelantan and had already set my expectations on Internet availability quite low. I was surprised when I checked my phone and saw the 3G logo appear. Yay the yellow managed to follow me all the way here. Tried accessing Twitter and didn’t notice any difference until of course I wanted to share the beautiful view of the beach with my fellow twitterers.

It took me numerous tries and almost 10-15 mins to just upload one picture. Tried uploading to Facebook and that was an even worst experience. After 1/2 hour of trying I gave up, that’s when I gave up and decided to enjoy my little break instead. It then dawned upon me to switch to Celcom and see how they fare against Digi. I manage to upload my picture within the first try !!! Woots I’m a happy camper and I went on an upload frenzy and the envy of those still stuck behind the desk on a Friday afternoon 🙂

Decided to do a speedtest and here are the results.

Blue bear

Blue bear

Yellow man

Yellow man

May 20, 2010

MoDaCo-ing the HTC Tattoo

I finally gave in to my curiosity and decided to run a custom ROM my HTC Tattoo plus the phone is running low on memory and I constantly get notifications and it bugs the living daylights out of me. Plus the phone seems to be lagging quite a bit recently especially when I’m typing text messages or emails. Believe it or not I have to wait for the device to catch up with my typing, it’s not like I type super fast, it’s just the Tattoo is already overloaded thanks to my need to try out the many available software out on the Market. Oh yes you can now get Market on the Tattoo by rooting the phone, no custom rom needed just root and voila thousands of apps at your fingertips. I’ve listed out some important resources needed to root the Tattoo here.

After doing some research I decided to run Modaco on my Tattoo. Modaco seems to be the most stable release and has a very active forum for support when things get messy. You can get the files off their forum. I got the file with the default additions which comes with Spare Parts, Titanium Backup, WaveSecure, WiFi Status Indicator, Dropbear.

Installation was a breeze. All you have to do is follow these instructions

To install the ROM:

  • Ensure you have a custom recovery image installed (see ‘requirements’ above)
  • Download the zip file of your choice from the links below (or the online kitchen) and copy to your SD card
  • Restart your device in recovery mode (power on with the volume down button held and select ‘Recovery’)
  • PERFORM A NANDROID BACKUP FROM THE MENU
  • Select the option to apply an update zip, and select the zip file you copied to your memory card
Modaco succesfully installed

Modaco succesfully installed

 After a reboot and you’re done. The reboot can take quite a while though and at first I got a little worried because the phone never took that long to reboot. After the reboot I was presented my home screen with the HTC Sense UI still intact, was afraid I might lose it during the upgrade. A quick check on the About screen confirms that Modaco rom is installed onto the device.

Now to test drive the new rom. I had some text messages that came it when the phone was rebooting so I decided to reply them first. Opened the Messages app and I clicked on the text area and waited for the keyboard to appear and after a few attempts nothing. The keyboard somehow vanished from the phone. I started panicking and since I was out of the home there’s no way I can even get on Google to look for a solution. I was stuck and the only solution I could think of was to restore my NANDROID backup and boy thank god it was easy as clicking a few buttons. Within minutes I was back on my original ram sending texts and surfing the internet.
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May 19, 2010

No more concerts at Bukit Kiara ?

I was appaled when I first heard the rumours about the ban on Bukit Kiara for concerts and then the local newspaper wrote about the ban and the rumours became true. For those who don’t know, there was a 12 hour concert organised by Marctensia over the weekend at Bukit Kiara. I attended the concert and had an awesome time and was rather impressed in fact with the way authorities handled the traffic situation. Those cars that were blocking the road were towed away and traffic was smooth sailing around the Bukit Kiara area.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail put the ban on concerts in Bukit Kiara following constant complaints from the Bukit Damansara Residents Association (BDRA). Now thinking back, actually why is BDRA kicking up a fuss when the concert is held in Bukit Kiara ? Shouldn’t residents in Sri Hartamas who are much nearer to the venue and who need to drive pass the place be first ones to be knocking on the doors of DBKL ?

Yes, I agree it can be an inconvenience at times especially when motorists do not abide by the law and decide to double park or worst still triple park the cars along the highway in front of the Bukit Kiara club but that didn’t happen this time around. Organisers, realising that it’s a major inconvenience to the road users in the area have bucked up and rectified this issue this time around but of course there’s always another issue on the list.

The next issue raised was the unsightly mess left behind by the concert goers. What tickles me is that instead of blaming the concert goers, what did DBKL do about this ? Did the food operators or merchandisers who were selling their stuff there had proper permission or license to set up stalls in the area ? If parking the cars at the side of the road was considered as a danger and a nuisance what about the make shift stalls that popped up like mushrooms under the bridge in front of the Bukit Kiara club ?

Have you ever driven pass your friendly neighbourhood street after pasar malam (night market) ? I’m pretty sure the whole place is in a mess but somehow with the proper resources to clean up the place, it’s pretty clean the next day. Can’t the same be done in Bukit Kiara ? I’m sure the revenue of such an event would be more than enough to hire people to ensure the whole area is clean before the next morning right ?

It seems like a trend nowadays. When something upsets a certain group of people let’s just ban it without taking into consequences what the impact might be for everyone else. Is it not possible to actually get down to the root cause of the problem and find a compromise ? With such events doesn’t some of the revenue actually channel back to DBKL or even the government ? With the scarce amount of places available to hold such concerts and with the even stricter rules being imposed on organisers, it’s a wonder if we can get any artist to come in perform in Malaysia in the future. It was my first time ever attending a concert in Bukit Kiara and I must say, I was pretty impressed with the venue and how suitable the place was for a concert. So what’s next on the list to be banned ???

Links

Klue – Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club concert ban! What’s up with that??
The Star – No more concerts at Bukit Kiara
Malay Mail – City Hall : No More Concerts at Kiara Equestrian
News Strait Times – Residents Sick of concert-goers rubbish

May 17, 2010

12 Hours – Live with Chivalry

Everyone was talking about the 12 hours party which familiar names like Pitbull, Benny Benassi, Roger Shah, Lisa Lashes and not forgetting our local acts Xu & Blink will all be under one roof. What made it even more special was its suppose to be going on for 12 hours !! Imagine partying and moving to awesome beats for 12 hours !! I was naturally hyped and looking forward to this awesome event. Much love goes to my friends for the ticket hookup 🙂

12 Hours - Live with Chivalry

12 Hours - Live with Chivalry

The men in white, RELA and others officials did an awesome job in ensuring that the roads were not filled with illegally parked cars. I was expecting a massive jam around the area and was surprised when I drove through heading towards Hartamas for our meetup point where we had a drink before car pooling to Bukit Kiara Indoor Arena. My impression when we first got there was how organised the whole thing was. There wasn’t a overspilling queue leading right out to the roads like how I expected but then again it could be because we were there after 8pm 😀   

By the time we reached indoor Roger Shah was just starting his set and everyone was already in full gear dancing the night away. Made our way to the cabana were we met up with the rest of the people. Felt like we had our own personal party and it was fun seeing quite a number of familiar faces.

Roger Shah working his magic

Roger Shah working his magic

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May 16, 2010

Relay For Life 2010 – The social media initiative

It’s time once more to bring out your sleeping bags and get together for a night out under the open sky in support of Relay for Life 2010. I’ve participated in it back in 2008 and due to work commitments was unable to do it last year. So this year I promised myself that I will have to make up for missing it and this time stay for the whole duration of the event.

Relay for Life 2010

Relay for Life 2010

If you don’t know what Relay for Life is then head over to their official website to learn more. In a nutshell Relay for Life is organised by National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) and is held yearly to raise funds and be part of a global fight against cancer. For 16 hours everyone gets together in a carnival like enviroment to celebrate cancer survivorship, to remember those who succumbed to it and also to support those who are currently still battling it.

This year there will be a social media initiative in support of Relay for Life organised by Niki Cheong. The main aim of this initiative is to gather all bloggers, twitterers and other social media folks to help raise funds for NCSM. More details can be found here.

The social media initiative

The social media initiative


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May 14, 2010

Hands on iPad

One can’t help but wonder if the iPad is going to be a success especially with all the hype surrounding it. The sure thing is everyone wants to get their hands on one. Walking around some of the popular IT centres reveals that the iPad are already in Malaysia despite the fact that it’s not being sold by Apple Malaysia yet. The initial price for the device was a staggering RM 3k for the 16GB wifi version.

iPad

iPad

Weeks later the price has now dropped to roughly RM 2.5k which is still a far cry from the USD 499 price displayed in Apple US site. With the current exchange rate it works out to roughly RM 1.6k. So if you know of anyone heading over to the US make sure to ask them to bring an iPad back !!Lucky for me a colleague of mine recently got himself the iPad and the best part is it was a gift. He doesn’t even know how to register for an AppStore account and just uses the device to browse the web !!! I persuaded him to bring it to office and let me fiddle around with it for a day and yesterday was that day 🙂

Picture frame

Picture frame


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Android – The need to root

Thanks to the widespread usage of iPhone devices the term jailbreak has been very closely associated with installing unauthorised software onto the devices. Unlike the iPhone, android devices doesn’t have iTunes to control every thing that you install onto your device. So what’s the point of rooting an android device then ?

Simply put rooting the devices gives you the ability to customise your device to your liking, to the extent of cooking and compiling your own ROM. One of the biggest gain you’ll see from rooting your phone is speed. There are loads of custom roms available and one of the popular ones is CyanogenMOD ROM. Users have reported significant increase in responsiveness using the custom rom. Plus you have the ability to install apps to the SD card and save precious memory on the device.

One other feature you get by rooting is the ability share your internet connection with other devices via wifi or bluetooth. I find this extremely useful when me and a few colleagues are stranded at a client’s office without internet. Just enable the application and you’re set to go. Be warned though you better have your charger ready because this apps sucks battery like no business.

To make things easier rooting the Tattoo can be done with just a single click !! Yes, I kid you not with just a click of a button you can root the Tattoo but obviously you better do a backup first before doing anything with the device.

Here are some resources for the HTC that I’ve gathered

How To: Root the HTC Tattoo –
http://theunlockr.com/2010/03/16/how-to-root-the-htc-tattoo/

How To: Load a Custom ROM on the HTC Tattoo –
http://theunlockr.com/2010/03/30/how-to-load-a-custom-rom-on-the-htc-tattoo/

How To: Unroot the HTC Tattoo –
http://theunlockr.com/2010/03/30/how-to-unroot-the-htc-tattoo/

How To Backup/Restore Your Android Phone
http://theunlockr.com/2010/02/06/how-to-ba…-android-phone/

As long as you need access to the rom to modify the device the way you want it than root is the way to go. Backup backup backup before anything and if you ever accidently screw up anything just restore it to it’s former glory. I’ve rooted my Tattoo and enjoy apps that need root access. Next step to find a good custom rom worthy of a change on the Tattoo

May 10, 2010

Glee Flashmob Episode KL 2010

Okay before I go on any further, I have a confession. I have never watched  Glee before, I’ve listened to the soundtrack and watched some of the video clips on Youtube but to date I’ve yet to catch it on TV. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just I can’t seem to find the time to do so but that definitely will be changing soon !!

That being said, last Saturday I joined a whole load of people in one of the biggest Glee flashmob which was held in The Gardens. It was organised by RandomAlphabets who have organised numerous other flashmobs before this. Why did I join a bunch of people who love Glee if I haven’t even watched it yet then ? I liked the idea behind the whole unity thing and how 1Malaysia is not just about those who were born a Malaysian but instead should be about Malaysia as a whole including those who have migrated here and have chosen Malaysia as their home plus it all looked very interesting and challenging !!! 🙂

Glee

Glee

Those who know me can attest to the fact that I have two left feet and to make things worst my upper half usually doesn’t communicate with my lower half !!! They each have a mind of its own I tell you !! LOL To me this was a personal challenge to be out there overcoming my “stage fright” and to hopefully not make my self look too silly 😀
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