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Posted on 28 October 2009 @ 1:28 am GMT+8

It’s been a pretty long time since I last posted here! (a very long time, actually >3mths). For a moment there, I almost forgot that I do have a blog.. LOL.
Well, a lot of things have been keeping me busy lately like daddy-hood, getting a house, etc.

Let me get to the post now. Ever since I shifted my gaming to the Xbox360 console, I realized that I can easily do away with PC gaming and save a lot of money upgrading on PC hardware. Not only PC gaming hardware cost quit a bit, they generate a lot of heat and uses a lot more energy to run compared to your standard Dell office desktop.

Thus, I was planning to build a “green” PC using the Intel Atom solution. Knowing my needs to play HD movies and also the need to have 2 screens for my average use, I was contemplating on on whether to go on with the purchase or not. Just that moment, I got excessive graphics corruption on my PC and I told myself perhaps it’s more cost-effective to slowly convert my current system to be more green and energy efficient.

First, I looked at the 2 hottest stuff in my PC. They happen to be my WD Velociraptor 150GB running at 10K rpm and my beloved Leadtek GeForce 8800GTS 320MB with it’s humongous fan-sink. The graphics card definitely has to go, due to it’s malfunction (or maybe it’s just overheating).

I was keen on getting a low-power card that could be powerful for my media-centre needs like playing HD movies and also be fan-less. After scanning through Sim Lim Square, I found that the only one that fits my requirements was the XFX 9400GT 1GB. There was this 8400GS too, but the card was out for quite a while and it’s nicer to get an updated series. Damage: $99.


Looking at the power requirements, a system with a 8800GTS would consume about 125W, compared to the same system with a 9400GT that will consume about 87W. That’s an instant 30% gain, not to mention the fact that I got a fan-less unit, so there’s no extra current required for passive cooling. Overall casing temperature and noise is much lower now :)

Next, I moved on to change my WD Raptor. I felt that spinning at 10K rpm all the time just isn’t that green. The heat on it is enough to fry an egg! Speed-wise, I’ve been dreaming about owning a solid-state drive (SSD) ever since I heard about it. Well, guess what.. I splurged on an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD.


You have no idea how cool it runs! (Wait a minute.. Am I suppose to brag about it’s speed first?) My Windows 7 loads really fast and I don’t have those grinding noises I got from my Raptor anymore. The drive is tiny and allows good air-flow in my casing. A Raptor consumes about 4.35W of power when idle, as compared to 0.06W of the SSD. That’s a 98% improvement! Even when you look at average power consumption, the Raptor uses 6.08W compared to 0.15W. Damage: $420. The picture above shows the SSD mounted to a bracket which seems that only Silverstone makes. The bracket has a good finishing, but cost me $20.


Ok, so now what? My casing is the NZXT Zero that comes with 7 fans all round. 4 on the side, 2 at the back and 1 on top. I plan t shutdown the 4 side fans and shift one of the fans to the front instead. That way, I would have reduced my system fans by 3 and definitely make it more quiet.

Energy efficiency is appropriate for me not only because I’ve left PC gaming, it’s also good for the times I need to run my PC non-stop for weeks (downloading spree).

Posted on 15 July 2009 @ 9:11 pm GMT+8

I was free today and apparently my friend Javier was in town from Perth and we decided to head down to Dallas Chicken for a buffet meal. We heard about Dallas Chicken from various blogs and thought it was a pretty good deal, considering that both of us are heavy eaters. Initially we ended up in Chinatown where the outlet was some 2 months ago. A quick on the net lead us to their new place at POMO (former Paradiz centre).


We ordered a total of 7 chicken pieces, 12 drumlets and 6 nuggets as variable buffet items (free-flow). A single buffet meal also consists of a burger (chicken/fish) and a drink (NOT free-flow). The chicken’s texture was very similar to KFC’s original chicken, although the taste was slightly different.

Overall, it’s worthwhile taking the buffet meal if youre really into chicken! The drumlets were exceptionally good, with more spice in them. The burger was similar to the ones you get at western food outlets at hawker centres that cost about ($2++) However, I can say that the fish fillet in the burger was bigger:



As you can see, this is the leftover! I had a short chat with the owner and it seems that they’re strict on food wastage. It’s stated that wastage is chargeable at $25/100 grams. Well, it’s a reasonable deal, and prevents people to order recklessly.


If youre really hungry but you cant afford other buffets like Sakura or Seoul Garden, this is your best bet! Buffet is available everyday from 3-6pm. They’re located at POMO (former Paradiz centre) at Selegie Road, 2nd floor. It’s owned by a Muslim British guy and the food is Halal. If youre not getting the buffet, you can consider other set meals with fries/onion rings.

We were so bloated after the meal.. that we almost needed wheelchairs.. LOL!

Posted on 9 July 2009 @ 12:26 am GMT+8

I was just strolling along Orchard road earlier this evening at about 10.30pm and a group of people standing around a zebra crossing between Lucky Plaza and the Rolex building caught my eye. I knew something was not right. As I approached the area, I saw a champagne-gold Toyota Altis crashed right into a pedestrian barrier, at the road which has the traffic flow apposite to the car’s direction.


As you can see from the last picture.. imagine if the barrier wasn’t there. The car could have gone for alot more distance, and injured/killed people as well! No relevant civil servants were present at the scene. The driver must be somewhere there disguising himself as a on-looker.. LOL!

Posted on 10 June 2009 @ 11:25 pm GMT+8

It’s about 12 hours to the PC show, and those who go nutz about such shows can download/view pricelists from our loyal contributor, Bootstrike.


The show starts daily from tomorrow 12pm to 9pm at Suntec City. To avoid the rush, go on a weekday if possible and parents with young kids, don’t bring your strollers in! Check out the pricelists here.

Posted on 26 May 2009 @ 8:32 am GMT+8

I was at Suntec City last weekend for a sale and happened to use one of the toilets. Being a convention center at a strategic location, it’s a pretty “high-class” place compared to your favorite hawker center toilet. Nevertheless,  here’s what I found written on the wall of a cubicle:


It’s quite common to see this in certain toilets, but what amazed me is the conditions this guy is setting. No fat guys, no private number, and finally no Indians! It’s totally hilarious. Probably it’s the color that turns him off. I guess he hasn’t eaten chocolate bars before :P The first thing that came into my mind is Russel Peters, where he quotes in one of his shows: “We are Indians and we are gay!”

Anyone wanna call the above number? Not me.. I don’t meet one of his condition and I’m certainly not gay.

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