Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year Resolutions.

I have to be frank; I make promises and I keep them. The promises I can't keep would be related to relationships because, well, shit happens.

But in the world, we have friends who do their resolutions, and sometimes, it's great to think that they set their resolutions and all, and would attempt to achieve it.

I don't set resolutions; because I hate living life by the lines.

But here's a list of achievements for this year:

  • Got the iPad
  • Got the iPhone 4
  • Got the mini-rig that consists of a BOSS DS-1, BD-2, DD-3, Jim Dunlop BG-95 and the Roland Cube 30X
  • Got a guitar that I've somewhat dreamed for 6 years - two years prior to the time I started playing the guitar.
  • Managed to collect figures that feeds my inspirations (If you noticed, the Takara Masterpiece MP-01B, and Sneaking Suit version of Big Boss)
  • Managed to consistently catch up with studies, and work.
Then again:

  • Failed 2 subjects on the first semester, and 1 subject on the second semester (results pending as I got a supplementary paper for it)
  • Killed my entire leisure time due to studies, and work.
  • Failed to meet my savings for this Malaysia trip.
  • Uncertainty in financial stability.
  • Uncertainty in future job security.

So, pros and cons.

I think this will be a good lead for me to place my goals for next year.

And the first step's always in getting a job.

.. But what about a career?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Here's another review of something that I installed to customise the hidden potential of the Magic Mouse (and if you have one), the Magic Trackpad.

One thing that I mistook the Magic Mouse to have, would be the pinch-to-zoom ability that you get on the standard trackpads that comes with Macs.

Boy, was I wrong. I think I nearly sprained my wrist due to its odd gesture.

So I did a quick search on Google and I found this - BetterTouchTool.

Better known as BTT, It allows you to add custom gestures to your devices (regardless of the trackpad or the mouse .. and normal mouse too!), and you'll be able to customise everything from head to toe, inclusive of the gestures.

As ironic as it may get, I wanted to customise the "pinch-to-zoom" feature, but ended up pretty buggy.

.. So, I downloaded BTT because of pinch-to-zoom, but ended up not using the feature.

But then again, with shortcuts, my mouse extended its capability. And I'm pretty amazed at the Magic Mouse. I always wanted to understand how was it.. "magical".

You can't consider technology .. as magic or sorcery. It's physics, engineering and science. So, how did they actually manipulate the damned thing?

I'll figure it out when I have the time, and when I stop being impressed by such.. performances.

Here are some screenshots of what you can do with BTT (and my custom settings too)

The above menu is to show the available gestures that you can pull off - along with modifier keys.
These are the available commands / shortcuts you are able to assign the gesture to.
Live view - where you'll be able to check out your gestures and the assigned shortcuts.
That's three random fingers on the Magic Mouse. Cool, eh?
Customisable settings.

I find these things interesting.

On another note; my MacBook Pro is running on an Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4GHz, and I just found out that with full respect, the i5 processors mounted on the Dell Inspiron n4020 is at .. 2.4GHz.

Please, Microsoft. You have definitely got to do something about it. Your GUI interfaces is getting way out of hand with insane resource requirements, and you're allowing manufacturers like these to provide shitty hardware to support your Mac-wannabe graphics. You all should've used Windows XP as a benchmark, and improved there.

As long Steve Jobs is around, you all are screwed. Not that I'm being extremely biased to Apple; but if there were to be a Google OS, I'd happily give that a go. It's just that the OSes that Microsoft provides is a bloody risk for me, and I quit taking risks when I have my dreams to achieve.

Too bad. You may say that I'm a biased bastard towards Apple, but face the fact - you'd want to own one as well.


Here is an app that spoils me in my iPhone.

I always wished that it would be easier to somewhat sync my data from my computer, to my iOS devices. Sadly, I can't do much about it. I can send myself emails, but if someone hacks into my account, they'd think I'm pretty dead lifeless.

I was surfing through, and I saw this list of apps you should have for your devices for this year. And the reviews of it are promising!

What I can do, is that I can use a shortcut key (command + C + C) and it pushes the highlighted item into the app I have in my phone (MPD)

It's a pretty smart app. And if I were to be at home, I can just stop the hassle of keying in my key code for my iPhone (it's a keyboard thing that you can on iOS 4.0 onwards on the iPhone 4/iPad) .. And I use it to push it to my phone!

If push notifications are off, you can manually access MPD, and it performs a data pull instead.

The contacts are not the contacts in my iPhone, but it was sync'd via MobileMe, so I was able to load my list from my MacBook Pro's Address Book.. Which is pretty neat!

The downfall of this app, on the other hand, is that you need to access most of it through MPD (except for copy-paste texts - where it will be in your clipboard for the iPhone for you to paste).

I LOVE this app!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Having one eye bigger than the other.

In relation to the title, I have no idea what to say.

But one thing's for sure, I just found out about this thing called BTT - BetterTouchTool - To solve all stupid issues and questions that I raised for the Magic Mouse that I have for this MacBook Pro - pinching to zoom, and all that.

And I'm pretty surprised at the technology of the Magic Mouse, by the way. I didn't know it detects pressure sensitivity.

How DOES Apple do this anyway?

And as you can see, I made my mouse into a whore. A mouse that controls my Spaces windows, volume and brightness control, and all

I'm still trying to make a shortcut for it to shut my laptop down for the heck of it.

Life's good.

I think.

I don't know.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas.

It's been a while.

Just a quick update, I've been here since December 15th 2010, but I've been dead busy meeting up with several mates from Kuala Lumpur - ranging from friends to ex-colleagues.

It's all good and awesome, really.

And I'm writing this from my new MacBook Pro that my family (specifically my mum) got me due to the frustration on my netbook, and it's horrid.

Well, what to do.

Finally, I converted to a Mac user.

I'll use my Windows for all the risky downloads. Heh heh!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, all of you. Speak to you all soon.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The best way is to perform, is to..

.. Take a step back.

I remembered that the first time that I messed around with my iPhone, it made me realize that; I'm more sane and in focus with my objectives when it's off and not functioning.

Every single detail distracts me, and its time to eliminate all sort of relate thoughts and 3rd parties regardless of what they are.

And after 40 days of work, (officially since 29th October 2010 to be fair) tomorrow is my first day off until Saturday where I will be working until I fly back to Malaysia.

This should be interesting.

Hope all goes well.

Till then, I'm going to nail this stupid supplementary paper.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Virgil Donati in Hobart

Been quite a while since I felt like this. I'm actually looking forward to this!!

Oh yeah!

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