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My experience with Windows 10 so far

27/06/2017 Leave a comment

Well I got my wife a new Dell Inspiron 14 3462 laptop that was running on Windows 10 and I can honestly say that I prefer Windows 7 a whole lot better. I feel sad that Windows 7 will reach the end of its life in 2020. This is exactly the same feeling I had when Windows XP reached its untimely end-of-life, from what I feel.

Why do I feel that way about Windows 10? Well, for starters, it is clunky, takes ages to load and the updates just download pretty damn slow. I have upgraded the Internet connection in my house to a faster one and while it is faster with a lot of stuff, for Windows 10, downloading updates seems to take forever…and a day. And it is not only the uploads. When I swapped the disk for an SSD…an 80Gb SSD, that had no issues with Windows 7, I was in for a very rude shock. The SSD, after the install of Windows 10, was almost full up! That is why I feel that Windows 10 is full of bloatware, bloatware that I certainly do not need. Another thing is that Windows 7 ran fine on 4Gb of RAM. Windows 10, on the other hand, ran like a fly in molasses on 4Gb of RAM

But then again, if you want to make Windows your main operating system for your laptop, I am afraid that you have no other recourse, by the looks of it. It has to be Windows 10. So we either get used to it or switch to Linux.

Tanker explosion in Pakistan kills over a hundred

26/06/2017 Leave a comment

This is the remains of a fuel tanker that exploded in Pakistan…on Hari Raya Puasa no less. Apparently, the driver of the fuel tanker lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road near a rural village, on June 25. Villagers had gathered around the tanker to collect the spilled fuel when it exploded. Apparently, all that is or rather was left of the tanker and the bodies were some charred remains. This is really sad as it marked a day of grief for what should be a day of festivities…just to grab free fuel.

Thanks to CNN for the picture and the news story.

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Entertainment at Johore Bahru outdoor eating places

26/06/2017 Leave a comment

About a week ago, some friends and I went to Johore Bahru. We went there to get some groceries and to eat. We selected one of the many outdoor eating places to have our food. I went for a Ramly Burger that was very nicely cooked and my friends bought their own food. But the best thing had to be the entertainment. Just next to the table I was sitting at, there was this screen upon which they were screening movies from the cable network. The show being shown was Spectre. All I can say is, dinner was a very enjoyable experience. I doubt they can do the same in Singapore. The copyright police would come down hard on any eating establishment that does try to do that!

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidul Fitri 2017

25/06/2017 Leave a comment

Like to wish all my friends, family and colleagues a Selamat Hari Raya Aidul Fitri.

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1983 A Taste Of Nanyang

24/06/2017 Leave a comment

A couple of weeks back, while at Marina Bay Sands, my friends and I decided to drop by this place to get some food. This place was 1983, A Taste Of Nanyang. The reason I ate there is because one of my friends is Muslim and thus can only eat halal food. So we came here because there were some halal certified stalls there. Something inside me warned me not to eat there after I surveyed the stalls and I was found to be right…and that was after I ordered my food.

I ordered the nasi briyani. What they plopped on my plate was some yellow-coloured rice…which did not taste like briyani….at all. Then the stall helper poured curry all over my rice despite me telling him that I wanted it in a seperate bowl. Not wanting to waste food, I grudgingly accepted it. And the fried chicken that came with my nasi briyani? let us say that it did not even look like fried chicken. It was just like a piece of chicken lightly smeared with batter and then fried. And it was not cheap too! Let us just say that I had to eat an expensive, bland, tasteless lunch.

So would I recommend it? Nope. never again. Don’t even think of spending your money there. It is not worth it. If you are looking for something cheaper to eat, try the Livewire Sports outlet. The food there is better and cheaper too!

Belden 1813A microphone cable

23/06/2017 Leave a comment

I have been using Belden cables for my microphones for years. The only other brand that I think that can match them are probably Canare cables. Both of them are equally good and I have never had any of them fail on me. I just managed to get myself some Belden cable the other day and these are going to be made into signal cables for powered speakers. I am going to terminate them to some Neutrik XLR connectors and I will be rocking!

Radio Design Labs TX-A2D balanced to unbalanced converter

22/06/2017 Leave a comment

I need something like this for my arsenal of audio tools. Like some time back, I had a request from a customer to record their AGM. I have a Behringer UCA-202 USB audio device but the inputs are unbalanced. So from the sound board, I take a balanced output and send send it to the Behringer. I can also take a feed from the headphone out but what if the console is far away?. I also have at my disposal an Extron BUC 102 but that one requires a power supply. This one does not. And it is pretty small…just like what audio tools should be.