Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Another reason to spend money on a phone.

I'm waiting until Tmobile gets the Samsung T809 slider phone but the regular price is about $300.

This phone has a bigger display than any of my phones, has a better camera, MP3 player, and takes better video than my Motorola v635. Of course, the only reason why I'm upgrading, is to get a better phone with more features, and this will hopefully be my first slider phone and my second Samsung phone.

Maybe I can find this phone in the newspaper or on a local forum and trade my old phones for it.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Get your free business cards!

After a bit more than a month of waiting, I finally got my free business cards (actually, I had to pay about $5 shipping, but everything else was free!) It looks like I got 200 business cards in the box, and now they'll go to good use now that my class requires a business card.

Here's a picture of the card:


I thank Vista Print for printing my business cards, but since this took a month to ship, I made some changes.

Recently, I made a website and I'd love to put it in there, also along with my "professional" email address, but I can't afford to wait another month or so to send it, and I'm broke right now (I actually had lunch as Mcdonalds today [not to offend the people who eat at Mcdonalds, I'm just used to eating more at lunch, because I eat it early]). Also, in compliance with the class, I should have put my home address or something else to contact me via mail or something. But I guess I need to redesign the card and hopefully do something at kinkos or something.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Ow, my body hurts

I just came back from bathing, after working with my Dad, rearranging his workshop area. For 5 hours, I moved all kinds of wood (lumber, 2x4s, etc) various tools, metal and steel pipes, and other construction-related materials. My body hurts like heck right now, I can barely type this, and I'm hurting in places where I don't even knew I had feelings.

But, if there's some good news out of this, I learned that my job alternative is very tough if I don't shape up in school and do better, then I'll barely make out of the truck when I come home with my Dad from his work.

And even more good news: I uploaded a personal site for everyone to see more about me, and for employers to look at my online resume. The website is here and its undergoing a few construction work, so it probably won't be finished for a few weeks.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

oh christmas tree... oh chistmas tree....

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend, and stuffed themselves with delicious food.

This year was the first year in 4 years that I didn't go to a Black friday sale, nor any sale this weekend for whatever reason. But I did add a few more songs to my christmas playlist, and my phone was a favorite at the Thanksgiving dinner because it played songs throughout the night.

Anyway, here's my family's christmas tree that we put up this weekend:
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Top 10 reasons Intel will not participate in a dual-core duel

Top 10 Reasons Intel will not Participate in the Dual-Core Duel
10.Tried to follow their own roadmap to get to the duel
9.Decided to take the "front-side bus" to the duel; got stuck in a bottleneck
8.The "Intel Inside" stickers they used to package the cores together keep melting
7.Too busy rearranging the deck chairs on the Itanic
6."Hey, we don't expect anyone to actually buy these things!"
5.Didn't want to compete when they realized that the duel would involve actual "rules" of fair competition
4.They couldn't get a permit from the fire department to emit thatmuch heat
3.No systems available yet --protective clothing used by manufacturers only safe for up to 149 watts
2. Dell told them they weren't allowed to participate

And the number one reason Intel won't accept the dual-core duel:
1. Moore's Law has been replaced by "Paul's Paradox": the number of canceled products per year at Intel will double every year after the introduction of the AMD Opteron™processor.

What's happening this week

Sorry that I didn't post yesterday, but I was busy with my Routing class's midterm test. We took the Cisco test and a lot of us got low scores, even me (I got a 42 - I thought I'd score lower). Today is our security midterm, and tomorrow is our school's dress down day (where we pay $2 to wear jeans, regular shirt, you know: regular clothes) and no ties or slacks for whoever paid.

Of course, Thursday is Thanksgiving, and lunch will be at my Aunty's house (a few houses down), then its off to our cousin's house for dinner (more turkey, take out, etc) and of course enjoying it with our friends and family. Friday will be the day to shop, as its Black friday. I'll tag along, just to work off the food from the previous day, and hopefully it'll be better than last year, when we had to wait in a line just to park, then another line just to enter the store.

On the grad project, I'm thinking that this is a bad idea, because if I compare it to my current computer, only the processor will be faster (and literally doubled), while the other specs will stay practically the same (well, except I get to work with water cooling, and it'll be in a smaller case). Of course, I still need to figure out if I'll work with two computers at once with 2 monitors, keyboards and mice, or get a switch to use one equipment with 2 computers.

Oh well, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

A brownout just ended

For an hour, I was stuck without any electricity.

It all happened at around 0730, when I heard my UPS beep and my monitor turn off. I then realized that the electricity has gone out and my computer was running off the UPS's battery. Then I initiated hibernation to save my computer, all the while hearing a noise from behind my house (where the Fire Department's maintanance facility was). I then investigated more, and the electricity was turned off in the whole house; later, I figured out that the whole neighborhood didn't have power, when someone came to visit, saying that the main road intersection lights weren't working.

For the past hour, I realized that I couldn't live without electricity: always expecting the TV would turn on if my computer isn't working, or jumping on my computer to find out the news when I'm bored. I even couldn't eat breakfast because I coudn't warm food, or cook rice.

Luckly, it was just for an hour. If this had lasted a few days after a hurricane, then I'd just lose it (well, if this had lasted until tomorrow, then I'd have an excuse on not finishing my presentation.)

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Only missing one more component for project

I somehow managed to get my project under $1,000 with the following items:
  • Biostar Tforce6100-939 mATX motherboard: $75
  • AMD Athlon x2 3800+ processor: $322
  • Kingston valueRAM 2x512mb: $73.10
  • Western Digital Caviar SE 80gb HDs 2x: $109.52
  • Liteon DVD burner: $39.88
  • EVGA GeForce 6800XT video card: $169
  • Cooler Master Liquid Cooling system: $88.99
The motherboard was just put on backorder on Newegg.com a few minutes ago, just when I was about to purchase those items. With shipping, the grand total comes out to $929.9!

From the looks of things, this computer will beat my current computer (which I'm planning on starting my own network in my room).

All I'm missing, is the monitor, or if I desire, then I need a keyboard and mouse, and possibly a switch to network these two together in my room.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Went to Best Buy's opening today, and purchased a case for my project

I went this morning, while it was raining.

Basically, its a 2 story store (like Circuit City) but they have appliances (ice boxes, washing machines, etc; like Sears) and they have some jacked up prices (lets just say that its more expensive than Compusa).

But atleast I had fun with the Cingular people on the phones, and I actually touched the Xbox 360 they had on display (I tried one game selection, and it was a video, not the game).

They opened right in time for xmas shopping, and hopefully this will stir up some competition between CC, Sears, and Sam's Club.

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Afterwards, I bought the last blue Aspire QPack Alliance computers had. I took a few pics of it and will post it after I uploaded it. Its bigger than my brother's SFF case, because it can fit 2 optical drives, 2 hard drives, and a floppy, plus it can accept a full size PSU and mini ATX motherboard and it has a handle for easy carrying.

I put in my dead ATI AIW 9700 video card, a shot mobo, and a hard drive to test the size, and it can accept them beautifully.

Of course, I'll be putting in an AMD 64bit x2 3800 processor, a mini ATX mobo, dual Hard drives in RAID 1, and water cooling it for added flavor. And since I'm adding an AMD, I'll need to change the PSU.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Alliance computers on Dillingham has some geeks!

In this case, that's a good thing.

I went to that store 2 times and during both times, the salespeople were kind, and knowledgable in the computer parts I was looking for, especially with this visit.

Today, I went out to try and price and possibly purchase a a case for my project. I went to the usual places, compusa, Circuit City, and Personal Touch Computers, and they either didn't have the form factor I want or the price I want. In a last hope, I went to Alliance Computers on Dillingham Blvd and the salesperson there was very helpful, answering my questions professionally, and letting me take apart the cases and letting me examine them. I went into the store thinking of getting a different case from the Aspire QPack that I set my eyes on, asking her about cases with handles, or SFF cases, and she let me open them up and lift them up to weigh it. I mentioned if she had a combo of a SFF case with a handle, and she pointed me to the QPack. I then mentioned that I had a $100 budget, but she sadly informed me that it was $120. She did mention, that it'd be a worthwhile investment to save and get a higher quality case, rather than getting a cheap case and running into problems later. She even mentioned that someone else went the same route I'm going, and got a QPack and coupled it with an AMD x2 dual core processor.

If I had to give a medal for the store with the best customer service, it'll go to Alliance computers. They seem like they know their stuff in computers, and how to treat geeks like themselves. It might be the best hole in the wall I discovered so far!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Dodged a bullet right there

I was supposed to do a presentation for my career development class today, but since the teacher rambled on about what the presenter presented, we get to present next week Monday! (on wed. we have career services for the class).

That's good, because I was lacking in the design department in my presentation, and it looked like I just put it together in a few minutes. I'll jump on Photoshop when I get home to jazz it up a bit, and hopefully make a presentation that has 3 slides last 5 minutes.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Pics of my phones

The only thing I did today, was to accessorize my Motorola v635, buying an antenna and a 128mb transflash card for MP3s and pictures.

Here's my updated phone collection:


I acquired those phones over a four year period, increasing the count rapidly in this year only, with hte start of the v300, then the e715, a Nokia 6101, which was then recently traded for the v635 yesterday.

At any time, only three of those phones can be turned on at one time, with one of them able to send and receive calls, the rest has dummy SIMs.

And I thank T-Mobile USA for letting me have all of these phones, or else I'd be stuck with a lame selection that is limited by the carrier's technology. ;)

Friday, November 11, 2005

I officially give up on the CNA tests

I didn't even get to start the test, because I forgot my SS card card at home. The Red Cross requires a CNA test taker to have 2 forms of ID, I only had the state ID. Plus, the test room was filled with females who just finished the CNA class, probably not older than 20, all talking about normal girl stuff, and all nervous becuase its their first time taking the test.

I'm at the Apple Store at Ala Moana right now, trying to wait for someone who agreed to trade phones, so I'll post back on how it goes.

EDIT: I just came home from being out all day. The phone itself very sweet, and I think this will stop my phone buying for a few months. Its 10x better than my motorola v300, as it has an MP3 player, can add themes, takes 1mp pics w/ flash, and overall it has a solid feel.

The phone itself is unbranded, but I don't know if its unlocked.

Here's some pictures from it:

My college














A tow truck, towing a tow truck, towing a car













An area near my neighborhood

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Don't get this guy angry


Someone just ripped appart his Motorola e398 cell phone with a knife and bare hands

Here's part of the post:

I just got home today and was really angry every little thing that pissed me off filled my head. My E398 was one of the things that pissed me off most so without thinking I took my knife and just started taking it apart. Now heres the thing MOTOROLA BUILDS THEIR PHONES TOUGH took me almost 20 minutes to take the whole thing apart with one knife and hands. I also wet the little white sticker if anyone wants to know what it looks like when wet.

feel free to comment feel free to flame. I dont really care what you say this totally made me feel better. Motorola couldnt do anything about it since it was not a officially released US phone.

Even though some of my phones make me angry, I don't whip out my knife and just start to smash my phone with it.

May that phone RIP.

About to trade my Nokia 6101 phone for a Motorola v635

A poster on a local forum asked if someone would like to trade a Motorola v635 for a Nokia 6101 and a few cash, and after I realized that the v635 was a better deal, I jumped on it. The trade will be going down at a local billiards place on Friday, after I take my Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) test.

I had the Nokia 6101 for a month, after I bought it from tmobile prepaid (wasted minutes after downloading from free WAP) and since I take care of my phones (I have 5 of them) I can probably return it to tmobile and get a replacement. The 6101 was a good phone, combining the quality and reliability of a Nokia with the small form factor of a flip phone. The RF was excellent, while the calls came in loud and clear.

I'm excited about this trade, because this will be my first bluetooth phone and it has a 1mp camera and transflash memory. Its also an MP3 player, and hopefully I won't blow out the speaker when I increase the gain.bin table.

If you're wondering, I have the following phones:
  • Nokia 3390
  • Nokia 6010*
  • Motorola v300
  • Samsung e715*
  • Nokia 6101* (until this friday)
* Unlocked phones

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Portable Apps

I just remembered that I had a website link to a few handy portable apps that can run on a USB thumb drive. What's so great about these apps, is that you can take it to school (or work, or a friends' house) and use them without installation!

Here's a few I got from JohnHaller.com:
I also recall seeing a USB thumb drive version of Linux, so if anyone can help me, then I'll post it here.

And if you're in the same boat as me and trying to cram all of this into your small 512mb thumb drive (along with your music, pictures and other files) then you might be upgrading your thumb drive to a 1gb version, or even a small hard drive. Speaking of music players on thumb drives, I got this killer app on mine that plays just about any MP3s I throw at it. Its called CoolPlayer, and and I found that it could play music without installation on accident, after I backed it up onto my thumb drive and tried to play a song through it on a friend's computer.

Have fun with the new software!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Its those nights again...

Great, ever since this afternoon, I had one computer problem after another.
  • First, I couldn't take the Cisco networking chapter test after I studied my behind off
  • Then my hard drive of 2 years suddenly died, causing me to lose various files (and space)
  • After, my internet goes down (which is pretty normal with my ISP, but that added to the fuel)
  • Now an upgraded antivirus program wouldn't update its definitions (I just bought it too)
I'll just go whatever's left with my night, and hopefully tomorrow will be better (which won't probably be, because I left an installation unfinished, and when I continue it, it'll take another 30 minuts to finish it, plus I need to install it with other switches).

Atleast I now have a place to put my problems (my computer journal went south with the bad hard drive).

Good night!

There's never a sale when a computer component fails

A 2 year old hard drive of mine (that I bought along with the other components when I first built my computer) has now died.

First, it made a clicking noise while I was downloading some files, then a few minutes later, my computer screen froze. I tried to do the three finger salute (ctrl+alt+del) but it didn't do anything, so I pressed the reset button on my computer. When I got back into Windows, I continued my thing, but then it happened again while I was updating some files. Restart again, then I'd need to restart a 3rd time. I had enough, then check the BIOS settings, where everything was normal, so I entered Windows, but still the hard drive clicked. So I powered down and disconnected the 120gb Maxtor drive (which I had problems with before, but I thought after a few months hiatus would fix everything else) and now its sitting in my computer, collecting more dust (which reminds me to buy some canned air to clean out the computer).

I'll see if I can stop by compUSA or Circuit City within the next couple of days so that I can have room to expand. But I checked yesterday's papers, and they didn't have any sales on hard drives.

This will possibly change the way I'll build my next computer.

Christmas is coming!

I'll be editing this post to update on the things I see that I know christmas is coming.

11/7
  • At the Ala Moana Mall, the center stage had its christmas decoration (actually, not the stage, but the room across from it. It was like a xmas house where kids went through like a maze).
  • While on the bus home, someone who look like a local santa came on kids sat on his lap! Of course, there was a line when schoolkids came aboard, and parents were embarrassed by the scene.

Possible grad project specifications

I configured a couple of computers at Newegg.com, and this is what I got:

Small desktop power
  • GIGABYTE GA-K8U-939 ATX AMD Motherboard
    • $60.99
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor
    • $332.00
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
    • $57.50
  • Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM System Memory x2
    • $99.90
  • NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A Optical drive
    • $39.75
  • Case
    • $90.00
  • PNY VCG6600GAPB Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card
    • $149.00
Shipping: 48.2
Total: 515.18

Missing processor (newegg.com has it in backorder, while zipzoomfly.com doesn't have the right socket)
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Low Powered computer
  • DFI 855GME-MGF Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    • $190.50
  • Intel Pentium M 760 Dothan 533MHz FSB 2MB L2 Cache Socket 479 Processor
    • $310.00
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
    • $57.50
  • Crucial 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM x2 Memory
    • $91.00
  • NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A OEM Optical drive
    • $42.98
  • ASPIRE X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Case
    • $85.00
    • Shipping: 31.94
      Total: 764.31

      Of course, each configuration has its pros and cons, but I guess I'll need to sacrifice one for the other.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

T-Shirt Slogans

Source

1. "My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't."

2. "I used to have a handle on life, but it broke."

3. "Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive."

4. "You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me."

5. "Earth...is the insane asylum for the universe."

6. "Nyquil - The stuffy, sneezy, why-is-the-room spinning medicine."

7. "I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing."

8. "The gene pool could use a little chlorine."

9. "It IS as BAD as you think and they ARE out to get you."

10. "Consciousness: That annoying time between naps."

11. "Ever stop to think and forget to start again?"

12. "That's it! I'm calling Nana!" (Seen on an 8 year-olds shirt.)

13. "Wrinkled...was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up."

14. "Procrastinate...now."

15. "I have a degree in liberal arts - Do you want fries with that?"

16. "Party - My Crib - Two A.M." (On a Baby's T-shirt.)

17. "FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. It comes bundled with the software."

18. "I'M OUT OF ESTROGEN AND I'VE GOT A GUN!"

19. "He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead."

20. "FOR SALE - Iraqi rifle. Never fired. Dropped once."

21. "HAM AND EGGS - A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig."

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Remaining classes

I just found out my remaining classes that I need to take to graduate:

  • Advanced Networking
  • Technical Customer Support
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Physics
  • Grad/internship
I was supposed to graduate this past July, but since I had a hard time with with Algebra I, I retook it a few times. And since I didn't pass Advanced Networking the first time around, I moved on to the next class, but I need to retake it to graduate in April.

Just came back from the internship meeting

I'm in college, currently in my 7th quarter at Heald, and since I have the option of doing either a grad project or an intern, I decided to see what the intern would be like.

Basically, they talked about how we'll have to maintain a good attendance record during the intern, represent Heald college with a professional attitude, and of course be responsible for our schedule, for school, home, and of course the intern.

Since I have an hour commute to school, I thought that interning would be bad for me, but they have some sites closer to home, but also they mentioned that the dean will practically mold our class schedule around our intern, so that we don't have any stress or worries going to school and interning after.

My main concern is the transportation and of course time to do the intern. Since we'll start next quarter (basically, next year) I'll have some time to prepare myself. Technically, I have only a few days to make up my mind between a grad project, and doing an internship. From what I got, there's an internship site in my neck of the island, but its at Oceanic Cable, which is a few towns from where I live, and I have to take atleast 2 buses to get there. Maybe I'm negative about this, is because I hate OC's guts. Its like Microsoft: I hate them because they have a huge monopoly over the computers, but I still use their software. In Oceanic's case, I hate them because of their RoadRunner service, that they share bandwidth in a neighborhood, they have a lot of bandwidth to go around, but my family has been using their cable service for 20+ years.

Here's how I see things:

Internship
Pros:
  • Experience based on your degree
  • Get your foot in the door
  • A chance to juggle school, interning, and your personal life
Cons:
  • There's stress if you don't know what you're doing
  • IMO, there's a transportation issue, since I take public transportation
  • I'd have to juggle my classes, personal life at home (taking care of clients, helping my Mom, maintain a LAN with 5 computers) and of course, the internship (getting there on time, trying to complete the tasks, making 120 hours within 3 months, maintaining the Heald image by being professional)

Grad Project
Pros:
  • Learn how to RAID Hard drives, install and maintain a watercool kit
  • Get a new toy (or two)
  • Less demanding on schedule
Cons:
  • Money will come from Mom
  • Hard time trying to find components
I guess the only reason why I want to do a grad project, is to get a new computer, but also the transportation will be a major issue for me if I do an internship.

When it comes down to it, time and money is what comes down to it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

First blog!

First off, let me introduce myself: I'm Pyehac. I got that name from merging 2 of my favorite things to do: food (pye = pie) and computers (hac = hacking). That was a few months ago, and now I'm trying to lose weight, and I don't like to invade other people's privacy by hacking (even though a class at college requires me to do so).

Yes, I am a college student at Heald College, Honolulu Hawaii and right now I'm in my 7th quarter majoring in Information Technology. Originally, I was supposed to graduate this past July with my friends, but math held me back, as I dropped it 3 times, forcing me into suspension at the beginning of this year. This quarter, my classes are career development, routing and securities, and planning a grad project.

If you could blackmail me for something, then it'll be that I love to watch Power Rangers. I've been watching it since the beginning, and am currently enjoying what's left of the current season. Probably it helps me keep in touch with my inner child, but mostly it gives me something to look forward to on the weekends (or whenever they air a new episode), or to keep tabs on when I'm bored and don't want to do work.

I built my first computer in 2003 after I graduated from High School, and power wise, I haven't upgraded it much (I only upgraded the CD drive and replaced it with a DVD burner), only replaced broken or worn out parts when needed. For you geeks, here's the specs: Antec 660AMG mini-tower case, Asus P4P800S-SE motherboard, Intel Pentium 4 2.8ghz processor, ATI 9800 video card, Crucial 1024mb DDR SDRAM, WD 120gb and Maxtor 120gb Hard Drives and Sony DVD burner, all running Windows XP Pro SP2. Speaking of software, I have Adobe Photoshop/Imageready (which I use a lot), Microsoft Office XP, NOD32 and all of the primary spyware scanners.

I'm a quiet guy, but once you get to know me, I can be a valuable friend and ally. That's why I hang out on a lot of forums, trying to help noobs any way I can.

If you want to contact me, just email me at pyehac@gmail.com.