Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cornersmith cafe in Marrickville

name: Cornersmith
address: 314 Illawarra Rd Marrickville NSW 2204 (corner of Petersham and Illawarra Roads)
decor: neo industrial, marble tables, polished concrete floor, white walls
food: gourmet, double gourmet
users: hipsters, milfs with prams, cashed up gilfs
opened: 17 December 2011
music: needs more electro
size: too small

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S2

It is not often that one get his own xmas present, but about a week ago my ebay delivery came through. I am now the proud but not too proud operator of a Samsung Galaxy S II. It set me back about $550ish which I think is good, but more costly than any handset that I had recently.

This post, like the others tagged with my, is again a place holder for notes relating the the equipment. So here is what I know:

  • At low screen brightness, the center part of the screen looks like it has a smuge, like a cloud of semi conforming pixels. My friend with an unrelated galaxy s2 has the same situation. So I guess it is normal -- also I don't care.
  • The handset is a dream to use.
  • Skype video calls are awesome; you can switch between forward or backward cameras.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Asus Eee PC 1015PX netbook

I got this Asus Eee PC 1015PX (aka eee pc r051px) netbook about 2 weeks ago, from JBHIFI for about $400. I also got an external DVD burner and got a $20 discount, or something like that. (review) (official)

This was an upgrade from an Acer [Acer Aspire One NAV50 (aka AO532 N450 spec);since 20100413] because I felt that I needed a faster machine to do some 1080p video editing. This new one has a 1.6GHz dual core atom with DDR3.


  • ubuntu works well out of the box
  • only one speaker
  • bluetooth works well with with external Logitech speaker; but once connected it does not disconnect and revert to built in speaker without rebooting.
  • screen could be brighter, speaker could be louder, the right shift could be bigger rather than next to the enter key, the screen could open up more
  • this netbook has a mat screen which is less effective to wipe, unlike my previous acer with a glossy screen
  • thick
  • mic sound quality is crappy (not unlike the Acer), but I suppose it needs different drivers but who knows
  • track pad works well with 2 finger scroll
  • comes with a 6 cell battery and a tiny power supply wall wart, which is nice
  • power connector is small and does not look like it can take much punishment
  • SD card reader works out of the box
  • boots pretty fast
  • I swapped out the original HDD for my Corsair 32GB SSD that I already had in the Acer; getting inside the case via the keyboard was a pain
  • 1080p HD video from my dslr does not play smoothly at all

Kogan Atlas laptop [w Sandisk 120GB SSD]
Acer Aspire One AAO D270 netbook laptop [w Corsair 32GB SSD]
Asus Eee PC 1015PX netbook laptop [w Corsair 32GB SSD]
Acer Aspire One AAO 543h netbook laptop [w Corsair 32GB SSD]
Asus eee pc 701 netbook laptop
Acer Aspire laptop
OEM laptop
OEM desktops

Saturday, September 24, 2011

ARTcycle ride

The other day, via the internets, I found ARTcycle, an artist cyclist group.

Today I joined them on the Green Ring ride, for the Sydney Town Hall to Mascot leg. The content was good, the pace was not too difficult, and made some new friends.

Here are my photos.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

DIY bike tail light mod

So a few weeks ago yet again I was too cheap to spring for an proper bike light from a bike store and opted to get this unit from the two dollar shop. Soon I found out that as I rode in the dark I had no tail light.

The design fault here is that when you go over a hump it jars the unit, and the battery disconnects for a split second, turning the unit off -- or at least that's my theory.

The solution was to solder a capacitor across the battery terminals. The capacitor provides power for that brief moment as the batteries disconnect and spring back into position. It appears to do the trick.

The capacitor was salvaged from a power supply that I picked up for a dollar at The Bower. I don't remember the value, but possibly 200uF 10V, the usual power filter cap.

Huawei Sonic

-btw- this handset died on me after a month

I got the Huawei Sonic (U8650) last weekend -- from South Granville Woolworths for $188 unlocked.

I've been wanting an android 2.3 for a while, but off course the Samsung Galaxy S2 is just out of my price range.

This handset is a downgrade from my previous Ideos X5. It has a lesser CPU, less screen resolution, and a lesser camera. Nonetheless I chose to continue with the Huawei bonanza of Woolworths Android proliferation -- also all former handsets get handed down to needy friends. Anyway, I a google fanboy. This is my third Huawei android in 18 months and not likely to be the last.

  • responsiveness is sluggish at times
  • the headphones jack is compatible with ubiquitous iphone headsets (unlike my last 2 androids)
  • directional finder seems to use a proper 3D compass, so it points your gps screen in the correct direction no matter how you hold it [revision: after Maps updates, the direction finder is on the fritz, and I can't find any setting options that corrects it]
  • the Google goggles app does not work, or even install -- error message is "This item is not compatible with your device." Based on my reads, it has something to do with not having an auto focus camera. wtf, it's just just a camera
  • 11 September 2011, touchscreen suddenly became unresponsive. Rebooting did not help. Contacted the manufacturer twice via -- NO RESPONSE :: RIP 11-09-11
  • factory reset :: remove battery, insert the battery, hold down volume up and power buttons for about 12 seconds. that will get to the Android system recovery screen. use volume up down for menu and power button to select

Monday, April 04, 2011

Huawei IDEOS X5

Yesterday I went to DSE and upgraded my phone from Huawei U8230 (android 2.1) to the IDEOS X5 aka Huawei U8800 (android 2.2).

This is my proud second android, and it's pretty awesome.

I will update this post later.

photos link


  • if the phone speaker stops working then turn off, remove battery for a minute, turn on. it should start working again (link)
  • Friday, June 03 2011 :: Yesterday I accidentally discovered that now I have a WIFI hotspot, like those "MI-FI" modems selling for around $100. The feature must have come across with a recent system update. This compliments the pre-existing USB tether feature. I am now considering ditching my 3G USB modem dongle in favour of the hotspot -- fewer gadgets, fewer internet access costs, albeit greater dependence on the phone but such is life.
  • audio plug pinouts -- 3.5mm plug, TRRS (tip ring ring sleeve), T=left R1=right R2=mic S=ground -- multi-meter proof: T to S 32ohm, R1 to S 32ohm, T to R1 62ohms, R2 to S = 2ohms when mic button pressed -- full function is not compatible with iphone headset, because it has RS and S switched


  • this phone went to Ed