Thursday, August 02, 2012

VPN via router

If you want to use VPN via your router to enable devices that have no VPN connectability (or to save time from setting them up), then you probably can.



First,you have to check with DD-WRT.com if your router is supported with a DD-WRT firmware, which ensures your router can connect directly to a VPN server. If so, then upgrade your firmware to the latest DD-WRT firmware for your router from DD-WRT.com. Usually instructions to connect via DD-WRT are provided by your VPN provider.

Second, for OpenVPN protocol: In order to work, script (provided by your VPN provider) may require BIG, MEGA, or VPN version of the DD-WRT firmware.

For PPTP or L2TP protocol: after you are done inputting values (provided by your VPN provider) in Setup > Basic Setup : Apply Settings -> check with http://ipaddress.com/ -> if not working then try other IPs for a while -> if still not working then restart router by Administration -> Management -> Reboot Router.

Third, whenever you connect to VPN via the router, the router disables passthrough for the protocol used in order to work via the router. So after you are done, you probably won't be able to connect to PPTP via PC; to fix that: Security -> VPN Passthrough -> select Enable for PPTP -> Apply Settings.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Find the Oppo Finder, the thinnest smartphone in the world

Oppo Finder is the thinnest smartphone in the world.

Oppo Finder, the thinnest smartphone in the world


At just 6.65mm, it is 1.95mm thinner than Galaxy SIII, and 2.75mm thinner than iPhone 4S.

But the thin size doesn’t mean the phone is fragile: http://youtu.be/6tMyDKdFs-o

Available at around $400. Behind the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen rests a dual-core 1.5GHz chip and 1GB of RAM, which powers Android 4.0.



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Sunday, July 15, 2012

PATHETIC PRODUCT ALERT: Merlin USB -> TV for Android Network Media Player


SUMMARY
Only good if don't have cable nor satelite, and you don't really watch any TV anyways.

RATINGS (out of 4)
- Quality: -3
- Efficiency: 0
- Friendliness: 0
- Overall: -1 (PATHETIC)


REVIEW
Most channels are Chinese, many channels are not English, all movies are Chinese, some channels don't work, browser barely works (loading too long, cannot copy-paste), cannot read other languages like Arabic, applications won't download, interface is very tacky.


MORE INFO
Sucks, really sucks. Merlin is not known to product quality products anyway I guess, just perhaps innovative. This was a complete waste of my time; luckily I got to get a refund for this junk.


CONTACT
- virtual site: Merlin.com
- real site: CompuMe at MoE sells this peice of s#@t

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

case does not work

A technician replaced the motherboard of a PC but still did not work, so he tried to convicne me to buy another entire PC on grounds that the case does not work, lOl!


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Thursday, July 05, 2012

OUTSTANDING SERVICE ALERT: Cafe Arabia

Pic from TripAdvisor

SUMMARY
Amazing ambience in what seems to be an villa of 4 floors (2 indoors, 2 outdoors), full of perfectly syncrhonized Moroccan lamps, comfy sofas, and modern art.


 RATINGS (out of 4)
- Quality: 1
- Efficiency: 2
- Friendliness: 2
- Originality: 3
- Overall: 2 (OUSTANDING)


REVIEW
Feels like you're at a rich friend's house, waiters are friendly, and the food's great too 8D

MORE INFO
pics


CONTACT
- virtual site: TimeOutAbuDhabi's
- real site: Located at 19th St. and 2 (Airport Rd.) in Abu Dhabi (map)


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Saturday, June 30, 2012

PATHETIC SERVICE ALERT: Al Ahli Riding Club













SUMMARY
I took 2 horse-riding lessons for the first time on February 2012, this at Al Ahli Riding Club.


 RATINGS (out of 3)
- Quality: -1
- Efficiency: -3
- Friendliness: 1
- Overall:  -1 (PATHETIC)


REVIEW

Admin is aweful:
- gives wrong directions, does not know nearby landmarks
- expected me to go all the way to the club for just 15 minutes of unguided riding
- had to wait for the horse even though already came late and gave time to prepare it while I changed
- got almost no instruction from "Mustafa" even though I arrived late
- denied I already booked a second class, and got no ticket for it
- there are no signs to the place and can easily be confused for another Al Ahli Club (though nobody warned about that)
- washroom is dirty (flush esp. does not work)
- no changing room
- no greenery





On a more positive note, some of the instructors are great, especially the female ones ;]


MORE INFO

Horse riding is good for:
- internal fitness related to coordination (since you have to synchronize with the horse's bounce, not pull the rein as you lift up)
- balance (especially when the horse goes fast since you end up being lifted up and sometimes swayed to the side)
- small muscles you never knew existed (like inside glutes, back, abs, legs, especially when you have to raise yourself off the saddle).
- communication skills (especially non-verbal) and leadership / resilience (you actually have to hit fairly hard to indicate desire to move).





CONTACT
- virtual site: http://www.alahliclub.info/
- real site: in Dubai, far far away.


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Friday, June 29, 2012

Why Die

WiDi (pronounced Why Die) is a wireless technology used to connect PCs to TVs, with the conditions that both support it. If the TV does not support it then a WiDi adapter (by e.g. Net Gear) can be connected to the TV via HDMI.

You can only however control the TV using the PC. I am guessing it stands for Wireless Display.


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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Emirates Hospital: you are the farthest link

Here's me talking to Emirates Hospital receptionist, Jan. 4th 2012.

- me: "I am coming by public transport, can you please tell me the best way to do so?"
- receptionist: "Sorry sir I did not understand."
- me: "How can I get to use by public transport?"
- receptionist: "You can take a taxi."
- me: "No, public transport, like bus or metro. What is the closest metro station?"
- receptionist: "There are no metro stations close to Jumeira."
- me: "No I mean which one is the closest?"
- receptionist: "There are no metro stations close to Jumeira."
- me: "Which metro station is the closest?"
- receptionist: "Sir if you keep asking me the same question I will keep giving you the same answer. There are no metro stations close to us."
- me: "Which metro station is thc closest?"
- receptionst: "There are no metro stations close to us."
- me: "Which metro station is thc closest?"
- receptionist: "I think Dubai Mall."
 


 
And the answer was wrong, of course. I called to confirm with Road & Transports Authority and they told me that I was heading the wrong way and should go back to Ibn Batuta Mall lOl!

I asked them to check and they finally told me to go to Business Bay metro station, which actually (anf finally) is the closest one.


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pinterest interest

Pinterest.com, the picture social-networking site.





It is 3rd biggest site after FB and Twitter, one of the fastest growing sites, has increased from 3 million to 20 million users in 6 months, 85% are women (hmmm), and is manned by just 30 employees, is said to be worth over 7Billion 8O

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Apple Macs are not foolproof

600,000 Macs were affected by a trojan virus. It was due to Java, but it is the same story for Windows too: an unpatched OS version that runs vulnerable versions of a program. The more popular any platfrom becomes, the more it will be attacked.

Like Windows, Macs need regular updates for the OS and its programs, antivirus, and other security precautions like a Limited account, etc.

The main reasons Macs are more stable are
1) due to all their restrictions and limitations (on drivers, programs, transfer e.g. in iPads you cannot see the files in a hard-drive other than through specific programs)
2) because it is uses a less popular platform.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

FatCow.com web hosting

If you have / want website hosting, then with FatCow.com, you can save 75% (of ~ $100) by using the usual year end promotion of 75% off to setup an account, or if you have one then:

1) register a new account with the promotion code
2) back up your site files
3) transfer your current domains to the new account
4) upload the site files to the new account.
5) if you cannot do without your old username, then you can link the 2 accounts together afterwards.


... or you can just ask me to host any domain for you using my account 8D



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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Nokia now has a 3G / WiFi netbook, called Nokia Booklet 3G!

With up to 12 hours of battery life! The computing power of a PC with the full benefits of mobility 8O

I think with the seamless smart phone syncing, and Ovi cloud upload, Nokia is brewing up another "ecosystemonospolistic" storm!

More @ http://unleashthephones.com/2009/08/25/nokia-announces-the-booklet-3g-mini-laptop-leaves-me-so-very-confused/

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

OUTSTANDING SERVICE ALERT: Just Falafel





SERVICE
Just Falafel











SUMMARY
Just Falafel consistently offers falafel meals, but shaped according to the tastes of the cultures of the world.



 RATINGS (out of 3)
- Quality: 2
- Efficiency: 3
- Friendliness: 2
- Overall:  2.3 (OUTSTANDING)


REVIEW
For  example, The American is a slab-of-meat shaped falafel with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber pickles, mayo, cocktail sauce, in a burger-bun, with french fries!




There is also: Emirati, Lebanese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Greek, and Japanese! Check them out at http://www.justfalafel.com/menuitems.php

Even their website is creative, with falafels for menus, in 3D! http://www.justfalafel.com

Currently, they have many branches in UAE and 1 in Jordan. http://www.justfalafel.com/shops.php



CONTACT
- virtual site: http://justfalafel.com
- real site: many branches in UAE, 1 branch in Jordan



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Thursday, February 16, 2012

OUTSTANDING SERVICE ALERT: Arabic-Keyboard

SERVICE
Arabic-Keyboard


SUMMARY
If you are not quick with the Arabic typing you can transliterate into Arabic characters (type it as you say it and it will come out in Arabic alphabets) / type with a virtual Arabic keyboard if you don't have one / translate into Arabic, and it's free!

It even has a dynamic guide at the bottom as you type!


RATINGS (out of 3)
- Quality: 2
- Efficiency: 3
- Friendliness: 1
- Overall: 2 (OUTSTANDING)


REVIEW
If you want to make an Arabic character then use the similar looking number (e.g. 3 looks like a as in 3imara, 7 looks like ha as in 7abil, 6 looks like ta as in 6abeeb, 9 looks like sa as in 9aneen)

AND

similar looking number and add the dot (e.g. 3' looks like gha as in 3'asseel, 7' looks like kha as in 7'aroof, 9' looks like tha as in 9'ameer)

OR

generate the Arabic character that just needs the dot by using the same-sound English character and add a ' (e.g. for tha type d', for sha type s')

OR

look for how on the virtual keyboard.

OR

look for the dynamic guide at the bottom as you type.

AND

You can even use it to add pronounciation specifications (like fat-ha or kasra etc.) using the buttons on the bottom left.
 

 CONTACT
- virtual site: http://www.arabic-keyboard.org/
- real site: ?
- email-address: ?
- phone-number: ?


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Monday, January 30, 2012

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTS ALERT: NCH

The only video editor that I found that can even rotate videos was NCH's PhotoStage Slideshow Producer, and it was free for converting certain formats.

NCH's video converter (Prism) and audio converter (Switch) are 500KB files that need no installation, and work just fine.

NCH had an October 50% off promotion, and if you buy one software then the other is even cheaper, sow I got 3 software for $50 when usually just one software is around that much, and NCH software actually worX 8D

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

AWESOME SERVICE ALERT: Yui Choi Yui Kay's Wing Chun of Foshan

WHAT

Wing Chun Kung Fu school called Yui Choi Yui Kay's Wing Chun of Foshan.



SUMMARY

Their school is in Fooshan of Guang Dong in the south. Yiu Kai learned wing chun from his father as well as Chan Wah Shun disciple Ng Chun So. Yui Choi Yui Kay Wing Chun of Foshan school currently has Yui Kay's 2 sons working at the center as instructors, sometimes some of their sons too (especially of sifu Yao Zhong), and a variety of friendly students and coaches. (2011).

More info about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branches_of_Wing_Chun.



RATINGS (out of 3)

- Quality: 2
- Availability: 3
- Efficiency: 2
- Professionalism: 3
- Friendliness: 3
- Overall: 2.6 (AWESOME)



REVIEW

Yiuchoiyiukay Wing Chun school of Foshan (Guangdong province) have been extremely friendly and generous providing transport and help in all the following:

- picking me up at the bus terminal
- finding a nearby hotel within my budget
- inviting me for a meal of my choice of cuisine at least once a day
- serving me the food on the table whenever I run out (especially tea, never seems to run out!)
- get the ticket to Bejing
- recharge my SIM
- get money from the right ATM
- transport to the camp and back
- protect my valuables by lock at the camp and advice
- free training uniform
- and with very nice vibes and smiles :D

Yiuchoiyiukay's Wing Chun school's name is derived from Yiu Choi and Yiu Kay being the grandfather and father (respectively) of the current 3 Sifus of the school.

The current Sifus happen to be the 6th line descendants of Wing Chun under the originator, Wingchun (in Cantonese) Yongchun (in Mandarin). Source: http://yiuchoiyiukay.com/about.asp.

Yui Kay is one of the branches / strains of Wing Chun. It is also called Flowing Snake Hand Style. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branches_of_Wing_Chun.

According to Yiuchoiyiukay school, Yip man became more popular than Yiu Choiy or Yiu Kay because they were both low key, while Yip Man was not only very outspoken, but he travelled to Hong Kong and had a lot of disciples.

Alsow, his punching technique is less preferred than the one they use which they emphasize with "joon" meaning turn (the fist before the end-point of the strike, unlike Yip Man's straight punch from the center).

You can get Wing Chun training at Yiuchoiyiukay Wing Chun school of Foshan for just AED1,000 [$270] for a week (4 hours a day, 7 days a week, unlike most other schools that take at least a day off).

That's AED35 [$9.5] an hour, including transportation, some food, and trained by 2 Sifus (direct descendants of a creator of an entire strain of Wing Chun) and their disciples!

At another branch in the same city, it's for AED1,500 [$205] for a week!

Yiu Kai learned wing chun from his father as well as Chan Wah Shun disciple Ng Chun So.

Notable students: Leung Keung, Wai-Po Tang. Yiu Kai's father was Yiu Choi (spelled Yoo Choy in the 1920s',30s'40s'50s' & 60s', before the 'new' phonetics) Yoo-Choy (Yiu-Choi) branch of Wing-Chun is also called 'flowing Snake-hand' style.

Combined family styles, like what happened historically in the Ching Dynasty, are still being taught/practiced today such as the "Hong Sun Hay Ban Tong" (Red Junk/Boat Opera Society) in Girard,Ohio under the direction of Si-fu Mark Lee Pringle. Combining both Yip-Man and Yoo-Choy family styles as well as teaching "Monkey King" (Sun Wu-Kong) and "General Kwan" (Guan Yu) Chinese Opera techniques in the footsteps of GrandMaster Wong Wah-Bo, including "Lian Pu" opera face-painting.

Yui Choi Yui Kay Wing Chun of Foshan school currently has Yui Kay's 2 sons working at the center as instructors, sometimes some of their sons too (especially of sifu Yao Zhong), and a variety of friendly students and coaches. (2011)

more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branches_of_Wing_Chun



 CONTACT
- virtual site: http://yiuchoiyiukay.com
- real site: Chaoan Bei Road Guo Fang Di Er Xin Cun Number 163 Foshan, Guangdong, China, Asia
- email-address: yiukay at 163.com
- phone-number: 13702921981 / 13702918345
- cell-number: 13600020851



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PATHETIC PRODUCT ALERT: Nintendo 3DS

WHAT
Nintendo 3DS


SUMMARY
Feels 3D alright, but not at all user-friendly.


RATINGS (out of 3)
- Quality: 1
- Efficiency: -2
- Friendliness: -3
- Overall: -1 (PATHETIC)


REVIEW  

  Was just too hard to get anything done!

   For Nintendo, the loss for the 6 month period of 2011 was almost $1 billion!

   Nintendo blamed "a smaller number of hit titles"; decreased hardware and software sales; the reduced price of 3DS and Wii hardware; and the crippling currency conversion from US dollar to "a much stronger yen" (apparently 79.2 per cent of Nintendo's total sales were done in the US.).

Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/11/04/experts-on-nintendos-immediate-future-post-losses/ and http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-10-27-nintendo-loss-big-but-not-gargantuan


 CONTACT
- virtual site: Nintendo.com
- real site: many merchants
- email-address: ?
- phone-number: ?
- cell-number: ?




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