October 30, 2011

daily dose

Alright, I won't write a lot of things here, I just want to share some of the new TV series I am currently watching.

So, first of all, have you heard of The Big Bang Theory? It's an AWESOME show! It is currently on its 5th season in the US, I just started on its 2nd season, a long way to go, but totally worth it. Created by Chuck Lorre, the same guy that created 2 and A Half Man, so you know this is good. The show portraits a bunch of geek+nerdy+smart+intelligence guys with no social experience whatsoever especially with hot girls. One day, a new hot young girl become their neighbour, and this changes the dynamic of the team. This usually come with hilarious result. The show throws a lot of big words that only few people understand, but this is what makes the show hilarious. So have it a go.

Second TV shows, is the Secret Circle, sounds cliche right? That because it is. It's another story from CW, the same network that created The Vampire Diaries and brings you Supernatural. Basically, the shows about a bunch of teenage witches. Yes witches. It's call the Secret Circle because they bound themselves to a circle of power, or something, that makes their individual power gone, but gain a whole power as a group (sounds like a bad bargain right?). The whole show so far clouded with a lot of questions, just started airing last September, it still has a long way to go. The show focus more on the history and mystery that happens to the teenagers' parents when they were their age. Although bound by the circle makes them vulnerable as an individual, they can still cast spell when they in a group. Which, to my surprise makes for a good storyline. If you watch it and like it, then maybe there's hope yet for this one.
Another show, I'm currently watching is, Person of Interest. I am having a mix view on this one. It is about a guy that created a software that allows the government to assess threat from everyone, and I mean..EVERYONE..However, the software can't differentiate from a small threat to a big threat. The guy eventually work it out, that the small threat be remove after a day, however, after a while he realize that the small threat involve ordinary people that involve with unfortunate incident. He make up his mind, to find out what makes this small threat, a threat in the first place, by hiring an ex-special military personnel, to investigate the threat. The show so far has increase it pace, but I can't see how this thing could go any further, but it's still too early to tell.

Once Upon A Time, sounds like a beginning sentences from a fairy tale cartoon. However, it is a show that just aired last week in the US. The show fuse the beautiful and happily ever after fairy tale and the harsh and cold reality of the real world. It is about Snow White and her crazy step mother that put a curse that plunge all your fairy tale's character to the real world. The kicker is, none of them remember that they are fairy tale characters except for the evil step mother and one boy, who has this magical book that told story of the fairy tale. For the first episode, it looks kinda cool, the acting was good, the effect was superb, but the story is a bit slow. Let see where this show will go.

Last of all, American Horror Story. Let me tell you something, the story is KINDA scary. Don't let me ruin your fun ok? The show is about a family that move to a haunted house, with a LOT of very dark and bad memory in it. It seems that everyone or anything that ever live here, died, either by natural causes or killed by something. There are ghosts and scary scene, but none of them can compare to the boring drama that involve between the broken family. You could skip the scene though if you don't like, that's what I do anyway. But, the show did get great review from the US. It is still fun to watch though, just don't go and watch it alone tonight.

So there you go. If you feel like a change in your daily dose of TV show, why not try one of this? Til next time.

October 29, 2011

Must know

So here's another post of the week.

It was a crazy month for me. Too much work to be done, I barely had time to breath. I will take time to post my work place in a few days, it's a boring place to work, the colour is gloom, dull and it make you sleepy all the time. No wonder work never got done there..hahaha. But for now, let us focus on something else.

So, there are a lot of things going down with the world, but, I know you guys are busy and don't want to read the whole stuffs, so let me list out some of the things you MUST know by now
  • Lindsay Lohan going to pose nude on Playboy, this is because a source claim she is going broke.
  • Samsung just pass iPhone to be the top smart phone seller in the world.
  • Android 4.0 is just around the corner
  • What you think about government overspend 3.7 billion of last year budget allocation? Your money people
  • Inflation nowadays peak at about 6%, but wage increment is only 3%, we are getting poorer.
  • Steve Jobs memorial was release in US last Monday, will be in Malaysia by next year.
  • In Steve Jobs' book, he said, he would use all Apple's money to bring Google's Android down! Because he claim Android stole the tech, well..more like they stole the idea..hehe
  • Piala Malaysia Final between Terengganu and N.Sembilan
  • Masterchef Malaysia has started, what do you think about it? I think it is a boring show so far, I blame the judges.
  • Thailand's flood is getting worse, with the surge water is going to submerge the city of Bangkok for a month.
So there you go, what else is going on in the world? Oh yeah..there's a lot of buzz on the new The Avengers movie, have you watch the trailer? It doesn't give us much to work on, but it's still satisfying. How bout Mission Impossible 4 that is coming out this December? Would you watch another sequel to the Mission Impossible franchise?

Paranormal 3, hold 2 weeks at No.1. For those that never saw Paranormal Activity, your loss. Go and watch it from the beginning, then you understand the 3rd installment of this most successful horror franchise. The first movie was made with 200,000 USD I believe, and rake about 80mil USD, now that's a good investment. 

Til next time. Adieu

October 22, 2011

still another post about Android

It's been a while since I drop in here.

First thing first, have you got your brand new iPhone 4S yet? No...well you in luck, it'll be coming to Singapore by the end of this year, no news yet on when will it be coming to Malaysia, and if you can't wait, go down south and get yourself a brand new iPhone 4S. 

One thing that caught everybody attention in iPhone 4S is the new assistant Siri. If you haven't had the chance to witness it, go to YouTube and search it. If however, you wanted to see the Siri meme, just go here and here, you would laugh your ass off.

Some of you might not know this, but iPhone 4S sold for more than 4 millions after it's launch and pre-sale orders. Which is way more than iPhone 4. Some people says this is mainly due to the fact that iPhone 4S is post Steve Jobs, which worth something more. I don't know, I have no comment on this.

So, since I'm an Android user now, I have been following all things Android, there are a lot of stuffs to read just to understand the fundamental of the OS. I have been surfing the web and asking around, and believe me, it is as hard and complicated as Apple iOS, maybe harder. So, if you are thinking of buying an Android phone, make sure you are prepare for a brand new world.

But enough about that. Last week, Samsung unveil a new phone with a new Android OS. Presenting the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Made from Google's own brand, Nexus, the brand is now incorporated into Samsung. Although, Google's logo can be seen at the back of the phone. The phone runs on the new Android 4.0 OS, the Ice Cream Sandwhich (yes that is the OS name). 
Some might get confuse, when you see an Android's phone now, the latest firmware is 2.3, Gingerbread, what happens to 3.0? Well 3.0 is Honeycomb which runs only on Android's Tablet. So Ice Cream Sandwhich will be put into both the phone and the tablet, so your phone will have features that was previously only on Android's tablet.

Galaxy Nexus itself is a modest phone, running only on 1.2 GHz processor, with only 1GB of ram, and only a 5 megapixel camera. The screen however is 4.7 inch! That is larger than Galaxy S2 (4.3 inch) Do not worry about the phone size, it is more or less the same as Galaxy S2, only the screen gets bigger.
Currently only Galaxy Nexus is running on Android 4.0, but the upgrade will be available to all Android's user by the end of the year, or early next year. I won't go into detail about Android 4.0, you can get that from Google. But the OS looks sweet! Can't wait for the update.

My recommendation? If the price of Galaxy S2 is lower than Galaxy Nexus, go get the S2, however, for those that don't care about the price, try out Galaxy Nexus, and tell me what you think. Will be a long time though before it debut here.

For more info on Galaxy Nexus, go here. For more info on Android 4.0, go here.

That's it for now. Adios

October 9, 2011

first review on Samsung Galaxy S2

For more than 3 years, I was an Apple user..but yesterday I was a proud user of Android OS.

I bought Samsung Galaxy S2 yesterday. I didn't really plan to buy the phone until last week, when Apple failed to announced the new iPhone 5, but instead release an iPhone 4S. I can't bear to wait another year, for iPhone 5, so I decided to give Android a try.

But I am not an Apple hater, I've been using them for 3 years. Maybe it is time to try something else and totally new. So here is my own review about Samsung Galaxy S2, which you can look up on Google or go to mobile88.com for more info.

For those that hates going through all the lengthy specs of a phone, here's a summarize version for Galaxy S2.  I will also compare them to iPhone 4 and 4S.

Galaxy S2 has 4.3 inch of screen, bigger than iPhone 4 and 4S (3.5inch). I know some of you would go "why we need so big of a screen?!" You are right, we can just zoom in to read or search something. However, a bigger screen means a wider vision when we go through email, or internet, so we don't have to scroll that much to read them. Plus, the awesome look when you played games in a bigger screen is not a bad thing.

Galaxy S2 also uses Super Amoled screen. Where it looks incredible! I'm not being bias or anything, you can look it up on Google about Super Amoled. What it does, is that when you're outside on a scorching hot day, you're screen won't have that glare, where you can't view the phone's screen, due to the bright sun. Super Amoled won't have that problem, it works superb on low light, and even better on bright day. Now, as far as I know, only Samsung has this kind of technology, but I think some of them will catch up eventually.

One of worse part of iPhone for me, is the inability to change the memory space. With Galaxy S2, you get 16Gb of internal memory, but if you want, you can add your own SD memory card. Just think about when buying iPhone, where the price vary according to the space its providing.

iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2 both has 8MP of camera, however, only 5MP for iPhone 4. Some of you won't mind having 5MP, I don't too, since 5MP is a essential enough to take great photos. But if you're a photographing junkies, you might one the 8MP camera, just because. Both Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S take 1080p HD video, but iPhone 4 still takes 720p HD video. You can fully appreciate 1080p HD video, when you played it back on laptop or TV that has HD capability.

The phone has 1.2Ghz of dual-core processor, which is faster than iPhone 4S (1Ghz), however, some said, this is a small trivial matter, since there are NO apps in the world, both on Android's and Apple's platform that can push the processor up to 1 Ghz.

The internal RAM for Galaxy S2 is 1GB, same with iPhone 4S, and 512MB for iPhone 4. RAM is basically the same thing in your laptop or computer, where you need more memory to run more apps, and to run app simultaneously without hiccup. This is great for those of you that love to run several apps at the same time, and makes the phone run smoothly.

Another upset from iPhone is their inability to run Java from their web surfer, mainly the Safari. There are ways to get them running on iPhone, but it's a complicated way, and has the potential of getting the iPhone stuck. I don't get it why they won't allow Java, maybe the developers are a bunch of egoistic pride people.

The USB port on the bottom of the Galaxy S2, act also as a HDMI port, which is convenient if you want to play back your video on HD format. Somethinng iPhone is lacking.
Also, Galaxy S2 uses HSPA+ which is a much better version than HSDPA to surf the net from your mobile carrier, I believe, iPhone still using HSDPA. This gives you about 14mbps of internet surfing, although, this also depends on the availability of the coverage.

Now, here the bad side of using Samsung Galaxy S2, apparently, if you have thousands of contacts on Outlook, you can't sync it with Samsung. This has to be done manually by putting all you contact on Gmail (yes, you have to have a Gmail account), and then sync from Samsung's phone using the Gmail account. This is one of the bullshit you have to endure, since Android (a Google's OS) wants people to have Gmail account. You can Google about it, on the how-to transfer your contact from Outlook to Gmail.
Another weird thing about Android, is when you surf the web, it automatically view the mobile version of the website, with no buttons to change to normal view. There is a long complicated way to change it though, but it revert to default once you out of the internet. Another way to handle this is by using another websurfer, like Firefox.

Another issue (that I yet to encounter) is the battery life. I've read about it countless times that Galaxy S2, has a battery life problems. I can't know for sure, but from what I read is that the battery life drain faster when you start downloading widget or apps that runs on the background, which means the apps is constantly running. I have to get back on you with this. 

So there you go, I have yet to master the way of the Android. I will keep posting for different pros and cons of the Galaxy S2. 

In the meantime, if you're thinking of buying an Android's phone, I suggest the Galaxy S Plus, it has almost the same specs as Galaxy S2, with different in RAM (512MB) and Processor (1.4Ghz). Also, they only come with 8GB of internal memory, but you can add your own SD card to boost the memory. They came with 5MP camera with 720p HD video, but they are newer than Galaxy S2.

The best part of Galaxy S Plus is its price, around RM1300..way way cheaper than Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4 now. With luck, you could probably get it for RM1200.

Good luck in finding your new phone.

October 5, 2011

the same OLD iPhone 4S

The hype is over, there is NO iPhone 5!

The 4th Oct announcement of Apple that everybody is talking about is apparently about the release of the new iPhone 4S. This is expected, since there are no official leaked photos of new iPhone being developed or mass produce, unlike iPhone 4 before.

So, if you want to know more about iPhone 4S, just go to Gizmodo, where you can learn more, or better yet, Google them.

Here's the quick version of the new iPhone family. 

  • Same design
  • Different processor, using A5 processor with dual core about 1Ghz of power
  • Increase RAM memory
  • 8MP camera.
  • using iOS 5
  • AI-kinda software nicknamed Siri
  • Claim to be 7 times faster than iPhone 4
  • Faster internet use, using 4G HSPA+
  • New HD video
  • New backlight, which they claim can get iPhone 4S 73% more light
I am getting fed up with this wait on iPhone 5, for me, iPhone 4S is boring, since most of Android's phone are already using the above specs. So it's up to you if you want to buy the new iPhone 4S or wait for another year for an iPhone 5.

October 2, 2011

Sister's 12th birthday

So, on 27th last month was the twins' 12th birthday, normally we would buy birthday cake and celebrate at home, but since it's their last birthday with her primary school's friends, my mom decided to brought the cakes to the school, so they could celebrate with their friends.

The date come and go, however, I did promise them a present if I got a job, sadly, I did, hehe...so I decided to bring them for a movie and lunch in Pavilion, and also to look for their toys.

Why Pavilion you ask? I only decided to went there because I want them to taste Carl's Jr. It was never my intention to buy their toys there, because they haven't had any good toys store for the kids, the only toy store is in Parkson, and it was just a small corner at the back of the store. So, if you want to buy toys for your kids, please don't go to Pavilion.

So, we decided to catch Johnny English Reborn, and ate lunch at Carl's Jr. Oh yes, for those that haven't seen or want to watch Johnny English, I highly recommend you watch it with your families. I don't think you want to watch it with your friends, because the movie might be kinda dull for you. It is funny, at least some part of the movie is. Bare in mind that this is not a Oscar winning movie, it is a simple, funny and a good movie to laugh together with your family.

So after lunch, we set out to find their toys. Like I said, there is no good toys store in Pavilion, we took a round inside Tokyo Street, went into Parkson, and still can't seem to find a good store. So we decided to go to KLCC and went to Toys 'r' Us (they change location, in case you don't know) 

I told them, each of them had a max limit of RM100 per toys, so they could pick either one toy of RM100, or several toys amount up to RM100. We bought nerf gun (after brainwashing them, so I could also play along) hehe..and several other toys.

It was a tiresome day, and that is all..adieu.