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Burn – Intense Energy

I rarely take energy drinks. And I doubt that I would want to try a new Coca-Cola product called Burn. Currently it’s only released in the Netherlands. The thing that caught my eye was it’s resealable top.

Graphic and info snippet from Geekologie.com

Image by Geekologie.com

The can is opened by twisting the plastic seal. While doing this the pressure inside the can is released slowly through the smallest hole on the seal (see picture), thus preventing the soda to spray out if the can has been shaken. When you’ve had enough for a while you can close the seal with another simple twist, and you’re good to go.

Official site. I did a lot of clicking around but can’t seem to find more info. Not in English.

Speaking of cans, I saw some self-heating coffee in cans in a convenience store earlier today. A quick Google search and voila. It’s from Hot-Can. Seems like its a Made in Malaysia product.

Here is an extraction from the post on FriedChillies.

The can contains a heating catalyst at the bottom compartment containing a mixture of quicklime and water. What you need to do is to push the actuator button at the bottom of the can which crushes the seal separating the catalyst ingredients. Once mixed, the chemical reaction produces a non toxic reaction containing chalk, water and HEAT… which then heats up the aluminium can. And since aluminium is an excellent heat conductor, the heat is efficiently transferred to your cuppa as well.

And here’s more info from Wikipedia on self-heating can.
It’s not really a new technology but it’s certainly the first in Malaysia as far as I can tell. If not then it only proves the point that I have been living under the tempurung for too long. Expect a pricier tag compared to other can beverages. If not mistaken it’s around RM2.60.
Both of these products main attraction is the technology behind it. Wonder what other packaging ideas that will be unraveling real soon.

Photon Freedom

Any of you who are looking for reliable and affordable headlamps? Or torchlight or personal flashlight? I just got myself a Photon Freedom Micro (RM64) and Photon Freedom Fusion (RM120). Yup, Photon lights are available in Malaysia now. The Photon Freedom Micro review came out in Malaysia’s T3 March 2010 issue.

Photon Freedom Micro T3 March 2010

Photon Freedom Micro T3 March 2010

Copied this from MyPhotonLight.com

The easiest-to-use, most powerful, full-featured LED micro-light available with Intuitive, Intelligent Programming!
Ready for any daily need or emergency, the new Photon Freedom Micro personal flashlight features simple, intuitive single-button operation to provide quick, easy access to the features you use most, with additional mode settings available only when you need them. “Smart circuit” technology gives you the light you need, when you need it.

Some of the kick ass features.

  • Simple & intuitive single-button operation
  • Easy operation even with gloves.
  • Instant full power on/off at any time
  • Full range brightness control.
  • 4 Safety modes: Slow – Medium – Fast – SOS.
    Signal / Morse Code mode (Also useful to prevent accidental turn-on)
  • FREE Accessories! (a $4.95 value) — Photon Necklace & Photon Hands-Free Clip included with every Freedom Micro LED flashlight.
  • Water Resistant — The most water resistant Photon Micro-Light yet.
  • Virtually Indestructible.
  • Micro-Size & Weight
  • Brightest LED’s Available
  • Up to 10 different LED flashlight beam colors including specialty UV & IR beams.
  • Guaranteed – If your Freedom Micro LED flashlight ever fails for any reason other than abuse or battery expiration, return it for a free repair or replacement.
Photon Fusion Freedom

Photon Fusion Freedom - Courtesy of Gadgeteer.com

Well currently I have a Energizer headlamp which cost me around RM40. The Freedom Fusion is RM120 but it’s way way better in terms of built and function. Those of you who have crazy expensive ones from Black Diamond or any other brand can check and compare.

The Photon Freedom Fusion is a flashlight, headlamp, table light, clip-on safety light, or even a bike light. Yes it can transform. :D

Here are some features for those who want to get something that is value for money yet kick bloody ass.

  • Smart Circuit: Instant on/off – full range, up & down brightness control
  • Easy to use – single button operation
  • Weight: approx. 103.6 grams w/out batteries (or 176.6 grams w/ 3 AA Alkaline batteries)
  • 4 Safety Beacons including SOS, Morse Code
  • Smash Protection
  • 8 Unbreakable LEDs
  • Professional quality stainless steel index plates with ball bearings for stable directional lighting
  • Durable Xenoy(R) by GE, body – incredibly tough and completely chemical resistant.
  • Easy Battery Change
  • Water Resistant
  • Long Life Replaceable 3-AA Energizer Batteries included
  • Water resistant Nylon carrying bag with closure lock
  • Available in 3 beam colors: (Primary / Secondary) White Fusion: 6 White / 2 Red, Blue Fusion: 6 Blue / 2 Red and Red Fusion: 6 Red / 2 Yellow
  • Maximum brightness all the way to the end

Check out the detail review of Photon Freedom Fusion on The Gadgeteer. For product info, check out MyPhotonLight.com. Freaking awesome I tell you. Can’t wait to try it outdoors. Any camping trips or hikes coming up?

Oh and if it helps, they are all Made in the U.S.A. If any of you campers/hikers/climbers are interested, let me know. Leave a comment and I will get back to you. IMHO, Maglite can suck this.

Did I mention to you that their products are used by NASA shuttle crews, US Military the US Secret Service?

ClimbStation – Rock Climbing Simulator

It’s a treadmill, only that it’s vertical. Haha…
Never thought of it before… seems amusing but seeing a cute chick on it got me concentrating. Come to think of it, they are using a lot of females in their promotional campaign. Sex sells theory, tried and true.

The ClimbStation is the child of Joyride Games based in Finland. From what I observed, exercising on ClimbStation is like bouldering on a moving vertical platform. It takes up a width of 3.0m x 4.8m which is considerably small. But wait up, it has a touch screen monitor for you to login, check performance, display statistics and save top scores too. It enables you to link up to 6 machines for competition. Speed climb whatever. Betcha there is a speedometer to gauge how fast they are going too. Hahaha.

As for difficulty level, I don’t think it could come close to bouldering. ClimbStation could be used for endurance training because it keeps going on and on and on. Would be a nice workout no doubt, but the height factor is not there. Would love to give it a try if given the chance. I will be like a hamster on wheels.
They have a new full flash website launched yesterday, the 25th of February 2009. Interested to have it in your home? Buy one and let me in for the fun ok?

Good to be back

It’s good to be back online. My bandwidth usage exceeded it’s limit last month. One of the blogs hosted on my server generated too much traffic that it brought the curtains down on the rest of the blogs. It’s amazing that only one single post was able to do that, but of course it was through the tagging on StumbleUpon that made it all happen overnight. Abnerd.com has not even come close to have 500 First Time Visitors but on Week 29 itself, the Tuzki Icon on BunnyFairy.com managed to get 82,664 First Time Visitors. Bloody hell… what is a freaking crazy figure. And one post alone. The madness eventually delivered coup de grace on my normal hosting package.

Nothing prepared me for it although I kept getting emails informing me of my domain is about to exceed it’s bandwidth limit. Final straw came on July 28th with the title… The domain has reached it’s bandwidth limit. Dang.

So may I ask any of you how should I keep it in check. Hopefully the craze will not last and the figure has dwindled to about 3k plus before we went offline.

On the other hand, it’s Hungry Ghost month and I am tempted to share some encounters here. Just did so with my colleagues.

Busy downgrading from Vista to XP Pro

Spent quite some time meddling with my lappie.
Decided to downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP Pro after mulling over it for a week. My softwares don’t work properly.
Problem is that the XP drivers are hard to come by as manufacturers are beginning to phase out and move ahead without lifting a brow for XP preferred users. One can’t even get required XP drivers on their official websites. I got myself a Compaq V3000 series machine, a 3795TU to be exact. And I have searched high and low on the wide web for the elusive drivers. I breathed a sigh of relief when my colleague sitting opposite of me had bought the same machine and had purchased an original Windows XP version from the HP people. I went for Free Dos as I have to answer to Jack Sparrow’s call of duty, matey! Just doing my part.
Shockingly, it could not work as it’s not compatible or incorrect. And I had to discover that when I have already deleted and started formatting. Weird.

Times like this calls for desperate measures. Luckily I had saved up some links and information for XP downgrade drivers earlier. With the help of my knowledgeable office techie Mr. K, problem was solved. Mr. K really made my day. Thank you so much! A meal is on me bro!

For any of you out there who are getting quite fed up with Vista making you look bad and is considering the downgrade option, I say go for it.
And if you so happen to be an owner of a Compaq 3795 who wants to downgrade from Vista to XP and are facing problem getting all the right drivers, let me know. I can upload them for you.

Skin Me Alive

Tomorrow will be a busy day for me.
The Samsung event will be in the evening inclusive of dinner. Ms. B even reminded me not to have anything before I go for the event. Don’t worry… I have never in my life had my dinner so early. Haha… ok… that was me trying to be a smartass.
Just set a reminder to get some dough out in order to purchase the Samsung phone that had been placed in my trust for review purpose. Never had I considered getting a Samsung phone but a month with it… and little discoveries here and there, it kind of got me smitten with its features. And the slick design and ability to add in external memory made me like it even more. My old abandoned phone does not have any of it… and though it never crossed my mind to change my SE phone… I used to have this thought that I won’t get a new one unless the old one dies on me. Frankly, when I got the Samsung phone, I was still holding on to that belief. It lingered and twirled around for the first two weeks before I start to warm up to the phone. Yeah, the product has got me snared.
And being a trustworthy traveling companion throughout this period, the little fellow has got me quite dependent on him/her. I have yet to ascertain it’s gender.
I did try the Adobe PDF function, but the documents that I had were not mobile friendly… all the scrolling and zooming in and out irked me. But one thing for sure, it sure is handy.

I finally found a theme maker that supports most Nokia Symbian S60 but Samsung i450 is not listed in there. I tried downloading a theme made for Samsung i400 | Smile Theme and bluetooth from my lappie to my phone. After installation and voila… it works! Now my phone has a girly inside with a macho outlook. Haha…

It’s an online version though, the search for a stand alone application proved to be an arduous task.
Go check it out at OwnSkin.com
I got myself signed up in just under a minute. The theme maker is in Flash, so make sure you have a good stable connection and latest Flash player. The GUI is straightforward but once again I have yet to really give it a test drive. It has a lot of icons to play around, background to change… in short a helluva customization if one really want to bury themselves inside.

The member lobby. Haha… yes, I purposely did a screenshot with the girl in the center. Looks damn inviting and certainly got some eyes wandering and straining don’t it?

Here is the playground. A lot to meddle with. All the sizes are shown, so if you have some Photoshop skills, it will make things easier for those little icon work. Build your own little pixel world.

I Have Been Working Late

Yup, been working late and hard and so far no paranormal sightings from me. Not that I am welcoming any. *Touch Wood*

Sorry for not updating lately.
*Bow*
I have been tied up with loads of work. Precisely… freelance work. A sudden influx of work demand just came rushing head on, and I did what I know what I should do. I took it head on of course. So I am kind of juggling several projects at once in a time frame of 2-3 weeks. I have already got the money to buy the Samsung phone. I figured I won’t be able to win it anyway… and the hectic schedule has robbed me of my blogging pleasures. No choice.

Have been using the phone a lot and somehow or rather and I can’t escape the idea of it being some kind of lucky charm or amulet, given the things that are going on lately. Am enjoying it really. Work is tiring as usual but it has took a turn to being fun too. The regular meetings with new clients and all. My housemates are seeing me less and less lately, even on weekends. Though I am sure I am not missed yet. Haha…

Oh and I am picking up reading. Nope… not again. I never had the real habit of reading. But what can I say… I am only on my second book in a period of 2 weeks. Nope… I don’t do it on my normal time. If I have some normal time to spare, I would be blogging. Yup. Honestly. Instead I am reading once I step foot in the LRT compound. Surprisingly, the commuting time seems to fleet by me as I am engrossed and swimming freely in the sea of words. Just freestyle, I can’t do breaststroke, water treading let alone butterfly stroke. The first book was The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom. A 194 Page – #1 New York Times Bestseller. A not so thick and intimidating book that stir up my interest in carry on reading while I take the train home. Together with my i450+Bang & Olufsen sound technology loaded with my current favourite songs, I look forward to my daily commute. Now I am on to my second book, by Mr. John Grisham. The Partner… I am at a chapter where Mr. Patrick S. Lanigan had got himself hauled back to Biloxi and the court drama will ensue. Gripping. Entertaining. Am taking it all in. Delicious. My hunger for good reading material is growing. Food4Thot can I borrow some books to read?

Gotta stop here. Work is beckoning at the top of their lungs.

Here are the bake a cheesecake session. I had a great time there and I just did the easy work. Some manual labor here and there. Best cheesecake I ever had… be it hot or cold. Cold is much better. But I ate 3 pieces when it came out of the oven because I know I would never get to taste hot cheesecake outside.


Ops… I got some photos jumbled. Not in sequence ya. I forgot the term for what I was doing. If not mistaken, Qiqi is folding. Mmm… some help here sis?



It’s obvious we are feigning help.


I like this pic too.

The process had me all wide eyed. Hard. My hand motion is slightly retarded. Again, it’s jumbled. Qiqi doing the honors.

Beautiful. Looking at it, I seem to be able to catch a sweet whiff of seduction.

No wastage. Scrape of what’s left on the butter paper.
Last but not least… exaggeration. Haha…

evil@lai took the pictures, so she was missing. We are looking forward to some shepard pie and hang around till we finish dinner. Early June?

Olympic Torch Relay – Malaysia Pix

Finally I managed to extract the pictures taken last Monday. The crowd was huge.








Nice bike.

Samsung girls…



Me and Samsung i450. Did not realize she was in the background.



Torch bearer


Exchange of the Olympic torch

She said “Welcome To China!” …

Wanted to start another post for these photos… but what the heck. Let’s put it up all here.


This was the roadshow Samsung held in KLCC


I saw a lot of new models thats yet to be released. Very nice…

Got 2 of the girls to pose for me. One of them was my colleagues friend so it was easier to approach. Hehe.
Ale… my climbing friend.

Excolleagues

Haha… sorry… I need head count. :P

Abnerd does i450

So more than half a month has gone by and I am starting to get to know the Samsung i450 better. Everyday I get to learn some new applications or functions thats hidden here and there. No, I don’t read the manual. Yet. It’s more like learning through experience. When am really stuck…there’s the internet.

Let me go through the ones that I use the most. That would be the basic functions, calling, messaging, listening to music, taking photos and jotting down to-do notes.

Since I got this phone, I have been making loads of calls and it shows. My phone bill this month has already exceeded the RM200 mark. Wow. My record so far. And let’s hope it stays uncontested for days to come.

When I make a call, the reception on my side is apparently quite clear and no disruption. Unfortunately that was not the case on the other side of the conversation. My mum especially was quick to point out the flaw, but I was doubtful at first cos older people… hearing not so good… *sorry mum* But when my brother and friends too complained about the breakage and disruptions, I was convinced. Tried plugging in the handsfree set but it was the same. Any of you guys having that problem?

As for the messaging, it needed a little bit of getting used to. After 2 years churning out smses on my SE K700i, having a different messaging system to explore was fun. I liked the fact that I get to “Add Recipient” before I start texting. This would prevent from sending a message to the wrong person. With Predictive Text @ T9 turned on, it was a breeze. The * and # made my life easier too with their extra functions. Even more cooler was the Copy, Cut and Paste function.

I never played with those before, and now I send contact numbers or web address by just copying and pasting. No more retyping. Sending a message while driving is a bit more difficult and the flat keypad makes it harder. Being a lousy multitasker, I try not to reply any smses when I am driving. And luckily no “mata-mata” has caught me in the act. Have just sent out an Audio Message, do not know if it works. I sounded funny.

I am using the To-Do Notes extensively. Currently I have 7 things I need to complete. Top in the list is to train and get a mean core muscle. Haha… Others are meetings, appointments and things to settle. Had the habit to list them down so I don’t have to keep remembering them. Details are displayed in one single interface unlike my old phone. I like it. Much much.


I really dig the dual slider design. The horizontal interface of the player is amazing. The sound quality is no doubt excellent. It’s like having my own compact Bang & Olufsen in hand. Scrolling through my songs with the touch control is totally rad. Songs are sorted in different categories and I could choose to play them All at once or by Albums, Artists, Genres. Heck, I could be my own DJ and create my own playlist. I take the LRT everyday so I am pumping the i450 to and from work. For now, I have abandoned my 512Mb MP3 player. Poor fellow collecting dust. Can’t blame me because with a 1Gb MiniSD card, I could load in so many songs. Yesterday a guy on the street thought I was using an iPod or something. I don’t know about you all, but I can watch movies, read PDF, make calls, send messages, get organized, listen to songs and much more with my i450. FM radio reception is good and now I can listen to it in my office too, for those prank calls, fix its and gender discussions. Haha…

The camera function does not match the other functions though. It’s a known fact that the 2.0 Megapixel camera get their ass whooped by their other 2.0 peers. But I am not disappointed for my old phone photo quality is even worse. Haha… so not much complain from me. And I can save it to my MicroSD card makes it way better. My solution to make my photo sessions much more fun and exciting… let me show you.

Yup, I got a LOMO Fisheye filter imported from Japan. Now even my reluctant friends have become willing participants. *wink*
Yeah, the 3G video quality is affected. It’s bad. I look like I got run over by several army trucks. *roll eyes* Nothing I can do.

I am also using a lot of their Organizers function. Under the Clock, I can set a quick alarm. For the past few days I was setting it every night before I went to sleep. Was actually not too happy with it because my old phone has a function where I can set alarms for my working days. To my surprise, while commuting back home last Wednesday I found out that the Samsung i450′s Alarm function provides all these and I can even set several alarms with different Repeat selection. For now, it’s only 2… one to wake up to go to work every weekday and the other is to get me to sleep daily.

The last one, is World Clock. For kicks, I set several time display which are Bangkok, Tokyo, Taipei, Hanoi, London and Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi because Sponkers is there. Er… actually he is in Qatar but since I can’t find it, I just chose Abu Dhabi. This time next month I will be using the Bangkok time. Aaa… can’t wait.

Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have not even tried their S60 Platform. Will share what other features I use before I burrow into the abyss. Haha…

Damn. My audio message failed to send. Mmm… who else for me to test it with.

Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

Getting out my camera and snapping around was something that I very seldom do. More so, when approaching total strangers or not-so-strangers to pose for you. Last Saturday, when I attended the BlogMob event, I kind of agreed to get out of my comfort zone, that being a bit shy and avoiding attention. The phone itself had generated quite amount of buzz lately, with the huge billboards, tv and radio ads, press ads and roadshows too. Guess the people in Samsung are really working their butts off. Having meeting them personally and seeing all the work they put in, *pat pat* *nod nod*

Let me roll out the photos first as I have to get all my pictures out before this Friday. My brother and YF will be flying to Taiwan and I promised to borrow them my camera. Mmm… how am I going to take some photos of me showing people the i450? Nah… it will work itself out. Let’s hope that they bring me back something nice from Taiwan. Haha… Joking… but you guys better find someone for me to take pictures with.

Some of you might not understand what I am proposing to you online. So I am showing you examples of what I need you to do when I meet or do not meet any of you. Here goes. I missed out the first person that I showed it to. Will get him to pose for a photo soon.

First night. Had some German beer before we took photos.

My friends at the climbing gym. Did I mention only a portion of climbers?

This is my current favorite. Poor fellow was a bit blur when I approached him to ask for a photo. Was worried that the phone will slip off his hands too, because his glove was too big for him. What a start.
My favorite nasi lemak seller. They are friendly and nice. And their nasi lemak… power. I could eat them for the whole week. I got them to pose for me because by 8.40am they were already sold out and nothing left for me to eat. Hence they were free, so got them to model.
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