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Pavilion Ownage

In General - Old Posts on March 29, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Even before I took out the DV9202tx from the box, I can feel its power already. The instant I took it out, the first sight of it made me realize how beautiful it is, times more beautiful than the ones I saw in shops. The shiny surface reflects even the tiniest details, the HP logo depicts the dominance Hp has in the entertainment laptop market. I lifted the lit, and felt the surface, it’s even smoother than anything I’ve ever felt. Unable to resist my temptation, I tapped on the power button. Icons on the QuickPlay™ bar glowed with blue light, just like the powerful sun about to unleash it’s powerful sunlight. The uber clear 17′ WXGA+ screen displays the HP logo, and unknowingly, it was on Windows Vista the next instant. Unrivaled speed indeed. The moment I finished configuring the settings using the Synaptics Pointing Device, I knew buying this laptop was the rightest thing I did. It was one of the tightest moment I ever had in my life.

Heh, that was quite an exaggerating summary about the moment when I was in my Father’s car opening the laptop, but it was exactly the feeling I got. But as you know, I’ve been waiting for this laptop not for days but for weeks!As seen below, very cool base.

After I reached home, I configured my laptop to my liking. It was seamless, seriously, with a Core 2 Duo 2.0 in it, it wasn’t surprising. It was twice the performance of my current desktop, featuring only a Pentium D 3.4. I tried running multiple applications at one time, like running multiple instances of Firefox and IE 7, listening song using Windows Media Player 11 and played Supreme Commander. I don’t feel any slow down at all. I was impressed. Windows start up was excellent considering I have so many start-up programs like Skype, MSN, DAP and Norton etc.
It has 4 USB Ports equally spread out over the both sides. There are 3 inputs in the front, one microphone jack, one headphone jack and a SPDIF jack(although I don’t know what’s that or what it does). They also included a HDMI port and Express Slots. These are the major ports that I’m naming, the others are not so significant. One of the signature feature of this laptop is QuickPlay™. The usual buttons as you can see below:

The keyboard has a spacious layout, buttons are not too big nor too small. I have no problem typing, feels like my desktop keyboard. There is also a keypad for easy input of numbers, which can only be mounted onto a 17′ laptop.

You are able to navigate easily with the Synaptics Pointing Device, which can be disabled if you use a USB mice.

So far, the best I have seen of this laptop is Movie viewing, clarity is at its best. The downside of this laptop is the driver support, re-installing the OS means drivers are gone, and you’ll have to scout for it on the HP website. I’ll post some screenshots another day. That’s all for now. Cya!


Holy Sh*t!

I’m back from a break, I did indeed had a very bus…

In General - Old Posts on March 29, 2007 at 1:26 pm

I’m back from a break, I did indeed had a very busy time. I’ll recap on what I did these few days.


March 26th 2007

I had to make my SP Student Card on Monday. My father brought me to Trend Micro to collect my notebook, it was a long wait but it’s worth it. It was one of the happiest moment of my life the instant I unpacked the notebook, A complete beauty, a computer packed with superb processing power. The HP Pavilion Dv9202tx. I’ll elaborate it more on another post.

After collection, my father brought me to SP, the journey was great. We got there via an expressway(forgot the name already). We passed by the Singapore Flyer, what a beautiful sight, it was under construction still, will be ready in 2008. After 10 minutes or so, I reached SP. I made my way to the classroom. It was quite a seamless procedure, take a ticket number, wait for 5 minutes, take a photo, wait for another 2 minutes and voila! A new student card is born! The whole procedure takes less than 10 minutes. It was followed by the student club intro thing. We had to proceed to different rooms with different themes. The first I remembered was the Student Union, followed by the Business club, after that was the Debate club, Sports club and lastly, the errr…Cultural club. All of the members are nice and friendly, but I’m spoilt for choice. However, I had already decided to join Badminton for CCA even before I chose my courses, So I chose the sports club, I wonder if I made the right choice. I took 74 home after that, convenient!

March 27th 2007

On Tuesday, I had to make my way to SP, again, but on my own. I did received a little help from my father, he dropped me at Bishan MRT station. That saved me 5 minutes. I boarded the train and waited for the train to reach Jurong East, it didn’t happen as quick as I expected. It took at least 30-45 minutes to reach Jurong East. The trains are uber crowded, so crowded that there was constant announcement about not boarding the crowded train, and another train will arrive in 2 minutes time. It indeed arrived in 2 minutes time, I went in and after a few minutes I was wondering how to exit the train, it was so crowded inside. Luckily, I managed to squeeze out. It was just a 3 minutes walk to SP, how convenient!

After getting into SP at 9.10am, I followed the Signs pasted on the walls to my destination. It was on the fourth storey, and at that time the only way to reach the fourth storey was to take the stairs, darn. And again, I followed the signs and I reached the IT room, I signed in and started working on my computer. I said goodbye to Vista . Never did I expect myself to bid goodbye to many of my notebook’s functionality!(Quickplay 3.0, Hp Battery Management etc). The drivers downloading was a chore, the only aspect of HP that sucked was Driver support, they didn’t provide any Driver CDs to install, only recovery disk to restore to Vista. I spent 2-3 hours figuring out drivers to install. But at the same time, I made a new friend, which uses another variant of my laptop, so we helped each other to figure out the different drivers that will work. I finished the whole process at around 4pm, which was a total of 8 hours. Pretty scary isn’t it? I can’t remember what I did the rest of the day.

March 28th 2007

Nothing much, played badminton with Benjamin Lye at the sports complex.

Today, March 29th 2007

Woke up early this morning as Benjamin called me to wake me up, we intended to go swimming and watch movie later on, but I messaged him and called him but to no avail. So I had other plans. I virtually played City Life for the whole day. This is so because it’s the last time I can play my computer(until 20th of April est.).

I’ll be moving this weekend, so it’ll be a busy weekend. Sadly, construction is not finished yet. I know this sounds weird, why move when the house is not even completed? This is so as the buyer of my apartment have to start work on the renovation on April 1, which is the decided date of the transfer of keys. At the same time, construction was still far from complete due to some complications. My family will be staying at a chalet for at least 5-6 days. It will be a different case for me however, I’m having an Orientation camp on Monday. I think it’ll be a 3 Days 2 Night camp. I’m feeling a little excited, I don’t know why, perhaps due to the new friends I’ll make during the camp. And it’ll be the official start of my Polytechnic life at SP. I still have to go back SP tomorrow for the briefing, damn.

2 More weeks to SP Orientation, 3 more weeks to of…

In General - Old Posts on March 25, 2007 at 2:25 am

2 More weeks to SP Orientation, 3 more weeks to official start of school!

Check this out.

I won’t be blogging for at least 2-3 weeks due to …

In General - Old Posts on March 18, 2007 at 11:22 am

I won’t be blogging for at least 2-3 weeks due to busy schedule. There are many things I have to do :

-Scout for notebook
-Badminton,Swimming, Jogging.
-Shifting house
-Polytechnic Enrolment
-Computer organization
-Notebook Certification
-Many more

Might be back before poly orientation. Cya! Till then!!

Swimming, Badminton and jogging, what else? All t…

In General - Old Posts on March 17, 2007 at 5:50 am

Swimming, Badminton and jogging, what else?

All this contributes to my objective to lose as much weight as I can before my first polytechnic course starts. Among these three activities, jogging is the hardest but the most effective way to lose weight. After almost months of not jogging, my stamina had decreased tremendously. To gain more stamina back will be a very hard challenge but it is necessary, since picking up speed at your own pace is better than being force to run faster and further in NS. After jogging, I did indeed feel fresher and better. Thanks to Benjamin for jogging at the same pace, although he could had covered the same amount of distance I ran, twice the speed.

Since he’s in ITE now, and out of Computer Club, he will have more time to exercise as well. I’ll be playing badminton and swimming with him every week, not to forget about jogging, which would be every Saturday perhaps. That’s all for now, will blog again later.

I’m healthy, but being healthier is better. I can…

In General - Old Posts on March 17, 2007 at 12:17 am

I’m healthy, but being healthier is better.

I can’t believe that I am actually going jogging with my friend later, I used to be lazy and find excuses not to go out so early in the morning, but I finally took the effort to wake up, get ready to get out of my house. If I can do this daily, I can get some serious fats off my body, heh. Got to go, will blog more later. Cya!

Singapore Polytechnic Enrolment Package, A mess to…

In General - Old Posts on March 14, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Singapore Polytechnic Enrolment Package, A mess to begin with.

After hours of waiting, I finally got the Enrolement package. I can feel the excitement trapped within the yellow-brownish postage, the same feeling I get when I receive stuff I brought over Ebay. I violently tore open the whole thing, and to my horror, there are many paper inside, a shitload of them. So much I didn’t bother to count. What I remembered it included was:

-The offer slip
-2 Checklists, one for general forms and another for financial stuff.
-Enrolment Guidebook
-Pay-in-slip
-Edusave thingy
-Tuition Grant
– Many more

It wasn’t easy to figure out what to do with these forms, especially the payment slips. The major problem was, the offer slip would have to be sent back to SP, but, what was on the page was a small slip that I will have to bring to SP, to collect my student card. So what do I do with it? Split the paper into half? No idea, so my sis is going to call SP for me and ask them. The whole thing lasted for at least 2 hours due to unclear instructions, but I finally finished everything.

It’s going to be a busy day for me today. Luckily I don’t have work. The dead line for everything is the end of the day. I have to make payment to SP via Standard Chartered branches only. Which I will have to travel all the way with my sis to Woodlands. Woodlands because there’s a certified clinic that is recommended by SP to do my medical checkup. I will have to do an X-tray, eye check, weight thingy and omg? BLOOD TEST? I freaked out the moment I saw Blood Test on the medical report slip. I don’t know why, but I the presence of blood, especially my blood, being forced out of my finger -_-. Let’s just hope they will take the blood report from my previous blood tests I had last year. That’s all for today.

As quoted from Skyscrapercity Wednesday March…

In General - Old Posts on March 14, 2007 at 1:38 pm

As quoted from Skyscrapercity


Wednesday March 14, 7:25 PM
Singapore tops list of best cities for Asian expats-survey

SINGAPORE, March 14 (Reuters) – Singapore’s low crime rate, clean air and solid infrastructure helped the city-state top a list as the best city in the world for Asian expats to live in for the fifth year in a row, a survey showed on Wednesday.

Three Australian cities — Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra — took up spots in the top five while Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo in Japan made it into the top ten, according to ECA International, a human resource consultancy for multinationals.

But Singapore — well known for its squeaky clean, safe streets — claimed the spot as best place in the world for Asian expatriates for the fifth year running. “Singapore is consolidating its position at No 1 — it’s continuing to improve,” said Lee Quane, ECA’s Hong Kong-based general manager.

“I can’t find another city that matches it in terms of personal security and safety. Singapore is pretty much the safest place in the world.”

With more Asian expatriates being sent overseas for work, the ECA’s survey can help determine suitable compensation packages and hardship allowances for expat employees.

The ECA report is based on expat surveys and country data for 254 locations globally on areas such as climate, air quality, healthcare, infrastructure and political locations. Language and proximity to home are also among the top concerns among expatriates around the world.

“Asia is improving at a far greater rate than anywhere else,” Quane said, adding that cities in China and India had rapidly climbed up the rankings.

Within Asia, the gap between Singapore and Hong Kong has widened over the last five years.

“We have seen more and more companies and expatriates say they would prefer to relocate to Singapore because of the better facilities,” Quane said. That’s despite the fact that Singapore ranks lower than Hong Kong in terms of press freedom and recreation, he said.

The Hong Kong-Singapore rivalry is heating up as the Chinese territory’s air pollution worsens, pushing it down on the global ranking list from five years ago.

The Southeast Asian city-state is working to improve its image as a place for fun and entertainment, with new restaurants and bars springing up and two multi-billion dollar casinos on the way.

Quane added that one of the most interesting findings in the survey was Macau which, thanks to heavy investments by casino resorts and a fast-growing tourism industry, had climbed to 56 in the global ranking for Asians, up from 80 just five years ago. Top 10 best locations in the world for Asian expats (previous ranking)

1 Singapore, Singapore (1)

2 Australia, Sydney (2)

3 Australia, Melbourne (3)

4 Japan, Kobe (5)

5 Australia, Canberra (4)

6 Canada, Vancouver (7)

6 Denmark, Copenhagen (6)

8 New Zealand, Wellington (8)

9 Netherlands, Amsterdam (23)

10 Japan, Osaka (10)

10 Japan, Tokyo (11)

10 Belgium, Brussels (14)

10 Germany, Bonn (14)

10 Ireland, Dublin (14)

10 Switzerland, Basel (9)

10 Switzerland, Geneva (22)

Top 10 best locations in Asia for Asian expats:

1 Singapore, Singapore

2 Japan, Kobe

3 Japan, Tokyo

3 Japan, Osaka

5 Hong Kong, Hong Kong

6 Macau, Macau

7 Taiwan, Taipei

8 Thailand, Bangkok

9 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

10 Malaysia, Georgetown

Copyright © 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

I made a choice, but god gave me another one. Thi…

In General - Old Posts on March 14, 2007 at 3:29 am

I made a choice, but god gave me another one.

This is true for my polytechnic choices. I don’t know why but I feel I am the luckiest person on earth to not go Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Maybe god knows I’ll have a bad time there if I did enter this polytechnic. This course will last 3 years. Imagine having such misery for 3 years, although not as bad as Secondary School. Also, I am lucky to not have any old classmates in my school, lousy classmates that is. I can’t wait for school to start, seriously.

Thank god I went to SP!

Oh and another thing, all outdoors programs will be canceled(excluding the paintball session on friday) so as to enjoy as much on my computer before school starts, which I believe I won’t have much time to enjoy on. I will also plan a schedule after I get the timetable for my new school. The next few days I will be busy in stuff like :

-Spend as much time on my computer.
-Do research for notebooks
-Reschedule my calendar in my handphone
-Reorganize my computer files
-Find a new theme for my computer and handphone
-Calculate my finances and control spending
-Brainstorm for my new room layout
-Lasty, remember to buy Business Times daily.

omg, STI falls by 96.35 points! Another Asian stock market plunge?

I’ve done quite a lot of changes to my blog templa…

In General - Old Posts on March 13, 2007 at 3:56 pm

I’ve done quite a lot of changes to my blog template, especially the top banner. I had also changed some info at the sidebar, check it out. That’s all, cya!