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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Streamyx Netbook package from RM38

Breaking news!

Streamyx has finally has a package for non-students and has a free netbook to boot.



As part of the National Broadband Initiative (NBI), Telekom Malaysia and the Malaysia Government have launched a broadband and netbook package called “Pakej Jalur Lebar TM dengan Komputer 1Malaysia” specifically for lower-income households.

The new package starts from RM38 per month for 24 months. The RM38 package comes with 384Kbps Streamyx and a netbook called Komputer 1Malaysia.

Consumers have the options to go for higher speed at cheaper price(4Mbps at RM88) or choose the HP Netbook at a slightly higher price. Those who signed up for the new package will receive:

* Streamyx broadband Internet access with speeds starting from 384Kbps
* One (1) Komputer 1Malaysia or Hewlett Packard (HP) Netbook with 160GB or 250 GB hard disk, 1 GB memory with integrated Webcam and WiFi capability plus FREE delivery anywhere nationwide
* One (1) FREE Streamyx Zone account and access
* One (1) FREE wireless modem with a 12-month warranty period
* One (1) Streamyx email account (xxx@streamyx.com)
* Add-on choice of the RM10 Call Plan
* Waiver of installation fees (RM88) and activation fees (RM75)

ccess Speeds Streamyx + Komputer 1Malaysia netbook (For the 1st 24 months and beyond) (RM) Streamyx + HP Netbook (RM)
1st 24 months From the 25th month onwards
384Kbps 38 59 38
512Kbps 53 74 53
1Mbps 68 89 68
2Mbps 83 104 83
4Mbps 88 109 88

To be eligible to subscribe for the Broadband with Netbook Package, the potential subscriber must meet the following criteria:

  • The individual must be from households with a monthly income of RM3,000 and below for rural residents throughout the country.
  • The individual must be from households with a month income of RM5,000 and below for those staying at urban areas



Taken from:
http://www.malaysianwireless.com/2010/05/streamyxnetbook-packages-as-low-as-rm38/

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Review: Caught in the middle IV


Caught in the middle 4 is a comedy sketch held at PJLA at Jaya One as a part of PJ Laugh Fest which is until the end of May.

As Nuffnang had a contest at their blog, I gave it a try and got two free tickets which originally cost RM70 each.

The winning entry was something me and a friend thought up and I didn’t expect it to win.

As the event was held in Jaya One,I had to take the LRT from KL Central to Asia Jaya station which costs me RM2 and then a RapidKL bus (T628) to Jaya One at RM1.

The journey took a pretty short time considering the distance; it took about 30 minutes plus the waiting time.

I guess I was lucky because there were not so many people at the time because it was a Wednesday.

Anyways, I got the tickets from Nuffnang at the first floor of the PJLA block which opened at 7.30pm and got into the show at 8.30pm with a friend who barely made it.

Here’s a short synopsis before I elaborate further:

"A day in the life of the Chandrans and their friends, the Hamzahs as they wade through landslides, uncertain public transport, the TakPandai Medical (Last) Resort, shopping malls, warungs and the surreal landscape of local TV, culminating in the reality show ‘Who Wants to be a Politician?’ … or maybe it’ll end with another landslide. This multilingual/dialect Malaysian comedy first appeared for two successful seasons in 1987, culminating with, according to the Singapore Straits Times, being one of the three best shows at the Singapore Fringe Festival 1988. Parts II & III surfaced in 1991 & 1993."

The show starts off at a mundane pace with a landslide incident at Runtuh Heights causing excrements to flow into the condominium swimming pool of Ni Ah Seng Heights (that’s what they named the place, seriously).

We are then introduced to the Chandrans and Hamzahs along with the other residents of the condominium.

From there on there were jokes and gags which mirror of the life of a typical Malaysian.

One memorable part was when the actors on stage read a headline from the newspaper saying:

“Crime rate drops as police pulled from streets”

Everyone laughed and a question was posed from Mr. Chandran, who was played by Mano Maniam ,

“Is there anyone here who has heard of or experienced of housie break-ins, snatch theft, robbery and rape? Please raise up your hand.”

Most of the audience raised up their hand and Mr. Chandran started counting until he was stopped by Mr. Hamzah, who was played by Zaibo.

“Chandran. You know you have trouble counting after 20. Let me ask. Anyone here who has not heard of any crime before? “

If you are a Malaysian, then you should know that none of the audience raised up their hands which indirectly shows how the crime rate has affected us all.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that Malaysians are now becoming more knowledgeable on where food comes out after being digested aka @$$h*les.

Later, the scene shifts to Tak Pandai Medical (Last) Resort as the Chandrans had their medical check up.

At the scene, we were served with parodies of Glee and House which are quite famous on TV and not forgetting patients playing with wheelchairs. Wheeee!

After that, the scene shifts to a shopping mall food court where Mr. Chandran gets conned by a few conman with the usual tactics; scratch & win, donation for the poor, donation for the disabled and gambling on the upcoming World Cup.

A few scenes later, we are shown a parody of "Who wants to be a millionaire" which is "Who wants to be a politician" which was really funny and one of the actors used a water gun to shoot at the audience!!

After saying so much, it's better to watch the show yourself as there are a lot of jokes which I can't possibly write down here and it wouldn't have the same effect if I did.

Kudos to all the cast for making such a wonderful show which took almost 3 hours with a 10 minutes break in between.

The tickets are a bit expensive at RM70 but you get a 20% discount if you mention that you are a Nuffnanger.

The show ends this 30th May and you have to be 18 and above to enter (due to political elements and some bad words).

Overall, I rate this show a 4 out of 5.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Helmet Phone Charger

If you are a forgetful person who forgets to charge your handphone and drives a motorcycle, this may very well be the solution to your problems.

Charging your phone from your helmet, now made possible

Two students from an Indian University went on to do something that may well solve more than a few problems in the gadget world. They have come out with some ingenious helmets that make use of solar and wind energy to charge a mobile phone in just 40 minutes. That’s a lot of power generated. The main aim of the students was to serve dual purposes. This move will encourage people to wear helmets and the same time, go on to charge their phones (and not answer it when it rings) while riding.

These will cost just about Rs. 1000 ($22). It comes straight from the Nirma University in Ahmedabad. Kudos to them!

http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/charging_your_phone_from_your_helmet_now_made_possible.php

Internet over LED!

Nowadays, many people use wireless networks to connect to the internet, usually with the aid of free Wifi at college, universities or just your local Starbucks outlet.

Setting a Wifi network is easy for a small scale area but to cover a whole building, you need multiple wireless routers which may be ugly at times.

Using LED may solve the problem of aesthetics and at the same time encourages the usage of LEDS which use less energy for lighting.



Chinese scientists demonstrate 2Mbps internet connection over LED

LED data transmission used to be all the rage -- we fondly remember beaming Palm Pilot contacts via IrDA. Then we got omni-directional Bluetooth and building-penetrating WiFi, and put all that caveman stuff behind us.

But now, scientists the world over are looking to bring back line-of-sight networking, and the latest demonstration has Chinese researchers streaming video to a laptop with naught but ceiling-mounted blue LEDs.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences claims to have realized a 2Mbit per second internet connection that transmits data simply by modulating the flicker of the little diodes, and imperceptibly enough to have them serve as room lighting as well.

Like Boston University before them, the Chinese scholars see short-range LED networks controlling smart appliances. It's not quite the gigabit speed you'd get from laser diodes, but this way you'll get more mileage out of those expensive new bulbs, eh?


http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/17/chinese-scientists-demonstrate-2mbps-internet-connection-over-le/

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ip Man 2 Review


Yo yo.

It’s been a while since my last movie review and I’m glad that the movie I’m going review is Ip Man 2 after having watched it at GSC Tropicana City Mall.
First up, I want to say sorry to those people who rushed at cinema hall 1 at 10pm that night cause I think people followed me to the washroom cause I was walking quickly towards it.
My dad said that many thought that I was heading to the hall. LOL.Okay.
Now the serious part.
Ip Man 2 starts off where the first movie left off showing Ip Man(Donnie Yen) leaving Hong Kong with his wife and son.Life was not smooth sailing for Ip as he opened his martial arts club for a few days straight without any customers.
Wong Leung

Things started to change when Wong Leung came to challenge Ip, got defeated and subsequently became Ip’s first disciple there.
Pretty soon, the number of disciples keep increasing and Wong Leung somehow managed to annoy the locals there.
Ip saves Wong Leung after taken hostage and a fight scene with more than 10 people takes place at a fish market (an upgrade from the “Ngo yiu sap kor”, or “I want ten!” From the first movie) where we see anything from knifes to crates being used.The fight lasted a while till Sammo Hung’s character, Hung Chun Nam, steps in and tells him the rules of Hong Kong.Soon after that, Ip Man has to face the other martial arts schools to gain their approval by fighting on top of a round table.

The first round was against “Blinky” (cause he blinks too much) who uses the mantis kung fu followed soon after against another master who uses Ba Gua Kuen."Blinky"

The climax of the scene was when Hung Chun Nam VS Ip Man which was so hyped up in the TV advertorials which was so exhilarating.
They exchanged fists so quickly and managed to make the table turn before finally splitting it in half, signaling a draw.
Ip Man gains the martial arts schools approval but was still reluctant to follow their rules causing him to lose his spacious training area.
In the end, he has to make do with training his disciples at the local park until Hung offered Ip tickets to a boxing competition he was working on (while being harassed by the local police chief).
During the opening ceremony for the boxing competition, the martial arts schools show off their skill on the ring but were disrupted by Twister, the main boxer for the competition, who knocked out one of Hung’s disciples.

What ensues was a serious impromptu match for Hung against Twister who was well prepared.
The fight between the two of them shows how versatile Hung still is after so many years of practicing Hung Kuen against the boxer Twister.

The fight lasted three rounds with Hung at least an even match for the first round and the second but ran out of breath for the third.
Suffice to say he was down but did not let go of the ropes until he could not hold any longer and died.

Later, Twister and co. held a press conference to hold off the bad press that the British had been receiving about the match.
Twister was not remorseful and looked down on all the Chinese and set a challenge for all of them.

Subsequently, Ip Man defended the Chinese and took on the challenge head on.
On the big day, Ip Man fought with Twister on almost equal terms in the first round with Ip Man only able to hurt Twister by kicking.

The second round sees Ip Man beating down Twister with kicks and fists and a few grappling moves, ending with a kick to Twister’s neck.
When the second round ended, Twister sent a surprise punch to Ip Man on the head which was not supposed to happen.

Fearing defeat on their side, the judges announced that kicks are not allowed for the third round as Ip Man’s kicks did the most damage to Twister.

The third round started with Ip Man not getting any hits as the fists were not powerful enough to hurt Twister’s body.

After almost getting beta down, Ip started to remember what Hung said about not attacking the mid area only as there are muscles which block the fists.

Remembering the fight against Hung, Ip started using Hung Kuen and did a knock out to Twister.

In the end, it was a happy ending, Ip won the fight, the police chief got sacked for unfair treatment to the Chinese and Ip Man’s wife gave birth to baby boy.

There was also a sneak peek at a young version of Bruce Lee who came to learn from Ip Man.

All in all, this is a great movie and highly recommended for the action and teaching something about helping each other in times of need.

I give this movie 4.5 out of 5.

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