Category Archives: Techie

A Bug Perhaps?

Something’s wrong with my baby (netbook).  It’s sick.  I’m not sure if it’s a glitch, a bug, or a virus.  I’ve been searching the net for possible causes but a number of things keep turning up.  I think I need to have it checked but I’ve been so lethargic for the whole day that I ended up just staying home instead of going out.


I need to have it fixed as soon as possible.  I don’t want to encounter problems when I’m doing my work, surfing the net, or just plainly enjoying myself with games and watching movies.  Wish I had someone to go with me though.

Tomorrow, we have no work so maybe I’ll visit the shop where I bought this.  I just wish it’ll be fixed immediately.

Poor baby… poor mommy… *sniff sniff*


Google Earth

Google Earth

Image via Wikipedia

I first saw Google Earth when I went out with my guy friends last Friday.  I wasn’t able to try using it (since I had no need for it yet) but I suddenly remembered what my Dad had wanted to ask of me in relation to looking for sites.  I guess this was what he meant when he said that it was sort of a satellite feed of a certain place to find it’s exact location (or if you’re techie – coordinates).

I’m not quite familiar in using Google Maps much less in using Google Earth.  But since it appealed to my interest, I installed it in my laptop.  The first few minutes were spent in downloading the application (seemed more than minutes especially for my internet connection).  After it’s full installation, I ran the app.

It was a slow process at first and, since I didn’t go through with the tutorial, I wasn’t familiar with the buttons at all.  Nevertheless, the application seemed user-friendly enough.  After all, if you could read and paid attention (even for the least bit) during geography class navigating Google Earth would be quite easy for you.

Upon first look, you would see an image of the globe amidst a starry sky.  Then on the left side would be the different options for searching locations, preferred view, etc…  On the right would be the controls of zooming in and out, and rotating the 3D globe.

I especially had fun when I was able to see how our house looked like from a satellite view.  There were a other areas which were hazy and I’m wondering if I’m the one who made a mistake in installing or maybe there might be other reasons.

Google Earth also offers sky viewing (wherein you would see the constellations), ocean view, and viewing of the Red Planet – Mars.  I think that’s offered by Google Earth Pro.

So if you’re a traveler by heart and would like to explore different parts of the globe even by just starting at the comforts of your home, I would recommend that you get yourself Google Earth for your enjoyment.  I haven’t explored the application at it’s full capacity yet but with what I’m seeing, it already has a lot to offer (even if you’ll just download Google Earth).

Google sure has given key benchmarks in how we see the world,  how to affirm your existence, and how to keep in touch in this world.  It indeed has become a “small world” after all.

A Pre-empted Post

I was going to post something earlier but it got lost over ignorant error.

Why? Well, my post this morning was about how I started my day (quite boring actually). Anyway, just like this morning, I am posting for the first time (2nd, counting my lost post) using mobile internet from my 5800.

IT IS SOOOO DIFFICULT!!! My thumbs are too big for the qwerty keypad and the “trauma” I encountered this morning adds to the frustration. But nonetheless, I think I can adapt.

So why the transition?

Don’t get me wrong. Nothing beats a good ol’ computer keyboard in typing but after trying my hands on mobile browsing, it has its perks. Mostly its great convenience in being connected mobile in this fast-paced world. And even if the keypad is quite small, using the stylus helps. Owning an Xperia X10 Mini Pro gives a great training ground for small touchscreen keypads and qwerty keys.

Oh, and did I mention my mobile browsing connection is free? How cool is that? All thanks to my bff!

Well, better send her a “thank you” post on her facebook! And I’ll be doing it mobile. Ü

Rockband Unplugged

I got a new game in my PSP. It’s called Rockband Unplugged. It’s a relatively simple game wherein you press the appropriate buttons at the right time. For those who’ve played Dance Dance Revolution, Dance Maniax, Xceed, you’d be quite familiar with the gameplay. It’s all about the eye-hand/fingers coordination.

I used to play Guitar Heroes when I still had my PS2, and mainly the main reason why I got a copy of Rockband Unplugged. The difference however was immediately noticeable when I started playing. In Guitar Heroes, you could choose whether you’ll be playing the lead guitar or the bass guitar. But in Rockband Unplugged, the player would be switching from one instrument to another. You had to play the bass guitar, the drums, vocals, and the lead guitar for every song. And if one instrument fails, well you fail. Don’t worry though, a certain instrument plays on it’s own for a period of time so you can switch between instruments.

I started out with EASY first. And so far I’m doing good. I tried MEDIUM – quite tricky but manageable. But I need more practice though. I accidentally selected the EXPERT mode and had to quit the game. Oh, when you opt to quit a song you lose fans in the process though. So better watch out for that.

You get to learn different information about the music in the game as well as the artists. Like, did you know Billy Idol wrote the song White Wedding for his sister? And other music stuff.

At the start of the game, you’ll be asked to create your own band – complete with band name, logo, and customize your band members purchasing items to fit your style. I named my band Temperature Rising ◦. (Yeah I know, so corny. But it was what I could think of that time.)

Anyway, I’ve just begun playing for the past few days and have unlocked only a few locations. But hopefully over the weekend and holiday, I can unlock more songs. It gets very addicting in the long run.

So for all music lovers and frustrated musicians who have PSPs, get this game and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it.

Here’s the list of songs in the game that might interest you.

Song List

* 2000s
* AFI – “Miss Murder”
* All-American Rejects – “Move Along”
* Audioslave – “Gasoline”
* Black Tide – “Show Me the Way”
* Freezepop – “Less Talk More Rokk”
* Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”
* The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
* Lacuna Coil – “Our Truth”
* Lamb of God – “Laid to Rest”
* Modest Mouse – “Float On”
* Queens of the Stone Age – “3’s and 7’s”
* System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
* Tenacious D – “Rock Your Socks”
* 1990s
* 3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
* Alice in Chains – “Would?”
* Blink 182 – “What’s My Age Again”
* Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
* Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
* Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
* Lush – “De-Luxe”
* Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Where’d You Go?”
* Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
* Nirvana – “Drain You”
* The Offspring – “Come Out and Play (Keep ’em Separated)”
* Pearl Jam – “Alive”
* Smashing Pumpkins – “Today”
* Social Distortion – “I Was Wrong”
* Soundgarden – “Spoonman”
* Weezer – “Buddy Holly”

* 1980s
* Billy Idol – “White Wedding Part 1”
* Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer”
* Dead Kennedys – “Holiday in Cambodia”
* Motörhead – “Ace of Spades”
* The Police – “Message in a Bottle”
* Siouxsie & the Banshees – “The Killing Jar”
* 1970s
* Boston – “More Than a Feeling”
* Jackson 5 – “ABC”
* Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
* Kansas – “Carry on Wayward Son”
* Rush – “The Trees”
* 1960s
* The Who – “Pinball Wizard”

DLC List

* 30 Seconds to Mars – “The Kill”
* Belly – “Feed the Tree”
* Disturbed – “Inside the Fire”
* Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Gimme Three Steps”
* Muse – “Hysteria”

* Mute Math – “Typical”
* No Doubt – “Just a Girl”
* Oasis – “Wonderwall”
* Paramore – “Crushcrushcrush”
* Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge”

QR Codes

I first encountered QR Codes when I was watching 1 episode of CSI:NY season 4 (?) a few years back.  In that episode, Lindsey (Anna Belknap) was able to trace the suspected culprit through the QR Code imprinted at the back  portion of the postcard (the evidence).  What amazed me was the ability of her phone in grabbing the details from that small code.

So what are QR Codes?

QR Codes are what are called as matrix codes or two-dimensional codes which can be read by QR Scanners, mobile phones with cameras (but I think you need to have a certain application installed since my other phone can’t read QR codes on its own), and smartphones.  These “codes” are arranged in a square pattern composed of black boxes or what they call as modules.

QR stands for Quick Response since the information is automatically decoded on your screen (if your phone has this function).  Data encoded may be a url, text, phone numbers, or sms.


Aside from being featured in tv shows (1 that I know of…), QR Codes are also famous in Japan.  Largely because QR Code was created by a Japanese corporation – the Dens0-Wave – in 1994.  It was primarily intended for tracking vehicle parts but it’s use has long evolved into something more contemporary.

QR Codes have been used in artworks, identity cards for some countries, and other mediums (for some artists).

So why the sudden rekindled interest?  Well, as I mentioned in my previous post I got myself a new phone.  An android one (that’ what it’s called in the market and for some expert techies).  Turns out, it has a Neo Reader – an application that can read QR Codes.  So I tried it out, and it can read the code even through the computer monitor.  What fun!

What came next?  Making my own QR Code.  Good thing that the use of a QR Code is free of any license.  Although the patent rights is owned by the Denso-Wave Corporation (to whom the term QR Code itself is a registered trademark), they opted not to exercise them.  Bless them!

So here’s my QR Code sample which I generated from kaywa.

My QR Code

If you have a QR Scanner, a mobile phone with camera (that has a QR Reader), or a Smartphone you’ll be able to read the link encoded here.  Sweet right? ^__^

I mentioned that I’m not ready to let go of my old phone, but I’ve decided to look at the brighter side.  After all,  X10 Mini Pro packs quite a wallop for a small phone.  It just needs getting used to.

So for those who were able to accidentally come by my blog and have read this post, here’s a little message for you (take out your qr scanners, smartphones, or mobile phones with qr readers):

Just a simple note.

For those who aren’t able to read this: Ha! too bad for you! Just kidding!  It says:

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Hope you’ll keep on reading! Take care always! ^__^

So cheesy.  Haha!  Thanks for coming by!

By the way, for those who also would like to generate their own QR Code visit this site.

Not Ready to Let Go

Ok.  I’ve just bought myself a new phone – Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 Mini Pro to replace my Nokia 5800.  For now I’m still reviewing if the X10 Mini Pro.  I just discovered that I’ll be overhauling all my stocked “techie” knowledge about mobile phones with this one.  A number of my needed (and wanted) features are not available in the X10 Mini Pro.  Features such as: Bluetooth File Transfer, Saving MMS, Group Contacts, and an easy access key for dialling. I’m also not sure if I can make conference calls.

The X10 Mini Pro is one small touchscreen phone.  I can’t complain about the camera because it has 5MP.  But I kinda miss the zoom in function of all normal phones which I have owned so far.  I just hope that on the next software update, it would provide the functions I am looking for.  I know there are some android apps which have been developed to address these concerns, but I would prefer a more easier means of resolving this rather than bombard my phone with so many applications.  I even have a hard time following the guide in  rooting the SE Xperia X10 Mini Pro.  Too many computer terms (or maybe I’m just slow).

So for now, I’ll be holding on to my Nokia 5800 Xpress Music until I get the hang in operating an android phone.

Do any of you guys know an easier way in rooting a SE Xperia X10 Mini Pro?  Would appreciate your help!  Thanks!

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