Just the other day, I was passing by a mall and there was an event in the main foyer. I thought I would go over to take a look at what systems they were using. When I passed the speakers, I had a look at them and saw that they were of this brand…Depusheng. They did not sound bad as it was not being pushed. So I waited a while to see how they sounded like
I did not have to wait long. After a while, the emcee started speaking and conducting games. That is when I started to find the speakers getting distorted. Then they started playing music through it and I heard the unmistakable “crack” sound that happens when a speaker is over-driven or the sound a speaker makes when it cannot handle the power of the amplifier.
When I got home later that day and scoured the China online sites like Taobao and Aliexpress, I found the exact line of speakers that I saw on sale there. They were very inexpensive and upon further checking, I found out that there is a speaker rental company renting these very same speakers and system for a bargain basement price. People like these kill the market by renting out cheap, inferior speakers for a cheap price. I was not too impressed by many of these China-made speakers and these Depusheng probably fits in that category.
Well, as they say, you pay your money and you do get what you pay for.
It was 32 years ago…1984 in fact, when a 12″ single was released that tore up the charts and packed dancefloors like crazy. The name of the song? You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). The name of the group was Dead Or Alive, led by eccentric gender-bender Pete Burns. Today is a sad day for me because I just read that Pete Burns passed away after a massive heart failure. So it looks like 2016 has claimed yet another one. Rest in peace Pete Burns. We DJ owe you a debt of gratitude
My friend had the shock of her life yesterday. The power adapter powering her SingTel ADSL modem had obviously short-circuited and melted the plastic around it. You can see it in the photo above. If they were not home, this could have been a fire hazard and their home could have burnt down. And get this. When they tried to contact SingTel to tell them about this, SingTel wanted to charge her $248 for the modem as her contract is over. Never mind if the house could have burnt down…never mind if they lose their homes. Apparently, all they care about is the money.
Now do you see why I have never contracted with SingTel? Bloody bunch of unethical buggers
While walking at the Nguyen Hue walking street, I came across this very interesting building in Ho Chi Minh. Just look at this picturesque building with 7 floors of coffeeshops, restaurants and more. And all of them look different, adding colour to the building. A building like this is just what is needed in Singapore but nowhere to be found.
I looked up one of the tenants with a signboard in this picture. Delight Kafe & Tea. I managed to find the Facebook page and also the address of this building. The address is Apartment No. 42 Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I am kicking myself for not visiting this building. So much to see and do in Vietnam. I need to go there more.
Back in the day, whenever I used to go to the cinema, I used to glance up at the projector window and see the faint outline of the projectionist’s face whenever he changed reels on the projector. Nowadays, it is all automated and digital. This is what I saw while at a client’s place to fix something. I got to see, for the first time, these monstrous Barco cinema projectors. It makes sense really. In this age of automation and digital files, this projector does not look out of place.
About a week ago, my wife was complaining that her iPhone was not charging. I asked her if her cable was OK. She admitted that her cable was slightly frayed. So I took a look at it and confirmed it…the plug near the Lightning side had :cracked” and the internal wiring was showing. That is what I have always hated about Apple and their cables…they break too easily and are very expensive to replace. The new cable is going to cost my wife about $20. So for now, she uses her iPad cable to charge her iPhone. Come on Apple. Can you guys at the very least forget about aesthetics and make a charging cable that lasts longer than this?
I first saw these on Facebook and I thought to myself…damn. I could have come up with this idea 20 years ago. The reason I say this is 20 years back, my domestic helper made a vase out of an old lightbulb. She gutted out the innards and planted flowers in the lightbulb vase, pouring water into it through the part that screws into the bulb socket. I mean, if it could hold water and be a vase, why not make it into a cocktail glass like these? Oh and by the way, I got this picture from TheHunt.com so if you want these, go there and get these