03 Oct 2006

my mario kart ds friend code

my nintendo wfc mario kart friend code is "008669165452".

i've not been able to play mario kart online successfully yet, but add me if you like or send me your friend code.

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03 Oct 2006

my mario kart ds friend code

my nintendo wfc mario kart friend code is "008669165452".

i've not been able to play mario kart online successfully yet, but add me if you like or send me your friend code.

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25 Sep 2006

python easter egg

for anyone who loves or hates python:

mcbook:~ liquidx$ python
Python 2.4.3 (#1, Apr 7 2006, 10:54:33)
[GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 5250)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> from __future__ import braces
File "<stdin>", line 1
SyntaxError: not a chance

found this from here.

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16 Sep 2006

own a mac? don't buy hp scanjet scanners

last month, i installed the 100M worth of software that hp requires you to install on a mac to scan a document. fast forward to yesterday, i bought up activity monitor to kill menucalendarclock because it crashed, and there i see there is a process called "HP Communications" that had taken 1.5G of virtual memory, nearly double that of the next biggest virtual memory consumer, kernel_task!

even more frustrating was that i couldn't find where it was being started from, not in my user's startup items, /Library/Startup Items or other usual suspects.

i've since uninstalled the HP ScanJet software. if i were to recommend someone to buy a scanner for a mac, i'd not recommend HP's scanners.

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16 Sep 2006

design is ...

.. not using comic sans ANYWHERE, EVER.

there's a meme going around design sites to make their own wallpaper about what design is, started from here?


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13 Sep 2006

chiming in on itunes 7

the internet is ablaze with mac users commenting on how the changed itunes 7 is going to destroy their lives and eat their first born plus second born.

1. 1024x768 is too small for the itunes music store.

see how i've maximised my window and i still get scrollbars in the store. it isn't only this page, but all the music store pages. they're really trying to get me to upgrade to a widescreen, aren't they?

2. look and feel of the new interface

it seems like mac os x 10.5 is going to be moving away from shiny aqua things and tone down the interface colours, but add a lot more fancy animation (see core animation).

but that is not the reason why itunes has done away with nearly all the aqua components on the main window. i think it is mainly they wanted to unify the look on both windows and mac. now that they have a subtle gradient scrollbar and sunken buttons. i prefer aqua buttons personally, but now that all the ilife apps look slightly different from one another, i don't know what to think.

with that criticism out of the way, i can move on to the nice bits. there are so many improvements to list:

a. a downloads pane shows what downloads are happening (store downloads and podcast downloads) so you can pause them and resume them easily.
b. apple mail/iphoto like numbers on the sidebar to show you how many podcasts you have yet to listen to!
c. new coverflow view, wmp album grouped view
d. funky black selection highligh on the source list.
e. got rid of the itunes arrows on all the songs, and only display the arrows on the playing and selected songs.

3. album cover art

i think this is a great feature, if it works. there is no indication whether it works at all. i selected the option from the menu and it went crazy with my music collection, however, i haven't found it to work for me. i deleted the album art off a couple of songs to test it and it didn't seem to get the art for me. i'm not sure whether it is because the album is named slightly differently to the one in itunes, or what.

we'll see what happens. however, one thing i did notice was that during an album art fetching, my album art widget can't access the artwork of any songs (whether it is updating that particular song or not). it's a bit odd to say the least.

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12 Sep 2006

status: slight food poisoning, ds-lite and eczema

been slow on updates because i've just been far too busy with work.

on friday night, we celebrated andy's thesis submission (well, actually he celebrated on wednesday but he kept his submission a secret from me until friday.)

well, actually it was an excuse to go to a chinese restaurant called "dog & pheasant & saigon city restaurant" that is on chesterton high street. the food there wasn't too bad, except the portions were pretty small . we ordered like three starters and three mains for three people and the waitress wanted us to order more worried that we won't have enough food.

1. prawn on toast didn't have any prawns. and in fact tasted a little funny.
2. i had my classic fried wonton in sweet and sour sauce (錦露雲吞), and it was pretty good. hadn't had that for probably over a year!
3. had sweet and sour pork and not sweet and sour chicken!

but anyway, on saturday i was hit with a mild case of food poisoning. i wasn't sure whether it was lunch or dinner on friday, but one of them caused me to visit the toilet gods for extended periods of time. thank god i had my DS.

ds lite

which brings me to the next thing, i got a ds lite! it is so awesomely cool. i got it from ebuyer for a little over £100 including the new super mario bros. i've finished that game once but i haven't unlocked all the secret worlds yet. the mini games are very fun, however there is one where you have to blow into a microphone and it only works occasionally.

however, i need to send my ds lite in to nintendo (damn they won't pay for shipping) because it has a bright green stuck pixel on the bottom touch screen. its a little distracting but i'm trying to decide whether i will send it back or not. on one hand they will replace it with a new one, but on the other hand, am i really that bothered? i'll have to decide.

also, i've been thinking of getting one of those fancy supercard and superpass combos that some friends have been raving about. it costs about the price of a couple of games but then i can download some of the games which i'd never buy anyway, like tetris ds. and also use some homebrew stuff, and maybe even try the stuck pixel remover program.

i wonder if there is a nintendo ds game rental service somewhere.


over the weekend, something happened to my palms and they started to go very itchy and calluses started to appear. i'm pretty sure it isn't because i'm writing too much thesis :P but it is just really itchy and its spreading to the fingers.

so this morning i went to see the doctor and he told me it was eczema. so now i have some creamy hands and type precariously on the keyboard as not to spread that cream all over my powerbook.

the doctor said that there could be a number of causes, such as stress, genetics, allergic reaction. i've only just started having eczema thing from a couple of months ago, in which i blamed some of the weeds in the front yard for giving me. so maybe i'm allergic to something outside, even though i haven't done any gardening for a couple of weeks now.

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02 Sep 2006

tesco: every (extremely) little helps

observe: tesco's (national supermarket) motto is "every little helps":

Tesco Every Little

and then look at the great savings you get for buying a ds-lite:
Tesco Ds

incredible! 2 pence saving! every little helps!

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02 Sep 2006

ted talks on google video

i was mentioning the ted talks that you can get from the ted blog once a week. today google announced they are carrying them on their site too. cool!

Google Video Ted

google video: ted videos.

if you're only going to check out one video, you should check out david pogue's one.

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02 Sep 2006

things you can't bring on a plane: curry ..

because flatulence is a deadly killer in confined spaces!

here's a link to the list of stuff you cannot bring on the plane at stansted airport, my closest mainstream airport.

mind boggles at the explosive power of cotton wool!!

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