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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Acer Switch 12 – an honest review by someone who actually uses it

Acer Switch 12 – an honest review by someone who actually uses it

So this is the latest flagship introduced by Acer. I find it weird that the Acer web site does not display this product although it was launched last September 2014.
I bought this to replace my Lenovo Yoga 11s. I fell in love with the convertible notebook concept (that’s 4-in-1 mode aka tent, tablet, notebook, stand for you folks) but the Yoga line from Lenovo came with faulty hinges that cracked heartbreakingly whenever I folded them. I briefly considered the Acer Switch 10 but the 64GB MMC really turned me off. What can you install on 64GB space? I also considered the Acer Switch 11 which had a 500GB HDD but once I went SSD, I never wanted to go back. Also the Switch 11 was more expensive than Switch 12.

bad placement of power jack

The deciding factor for me was the pen (it states optional, but Harvey Norman’s model included the pen) as I used tablets mostly for drawing and light gaming. Setup of the new notebook was fast and I was up & running in no time. Was a little bit irritated that Windows 8.1 forced me to use the same login ID as my other machine (unless I created a new email for this).

No complaints about the screen size (12.5”), because I was working with an 11” previously. Screen quality was sufficient, both indoors and out. Touch screen is what you expect it to be. There is no touchpad and I really hate the trackpoint. Keyboard is a tad small, I have small hands and I am complaining already. The keyboard is prone to oil residue from fingers but I think that’s a problem faced by many notebooks.

Points are placed with no planning at all. The power supply jack is awkwardly placed in the middle left of the screen. When the notebook is in its casing, you can’t charge it as the case is covering the middle part. The casing is so poorly designed, there is only one way of slotting the notebook in and when you try to take it out, the magnetic keyboard sometimes disconnects, giving you a scare thinking you’ve broken the notebook.

There is only 1 USB 2.0 port, not even located on the screen itself but on the rotating hinge. There is an additional micro-B USB port located on the top left of the screen (you’ll need to get an adapter for that since not many devices use this port). Power button and micro-SD (yet to test this) on top right, and the rest (volume, earphone jack) on the right.


Performance is very good. Artrage runs smoothly and the pen works like a charm. Haven’t really installed any graphic intensive game to test it out. Speaker was mediocre at its best.
The switch 12’s selling point is its 5 modes of use (a first in its market). The extra mode is desktop mode where the keyboard is disconnected from the unit itself. The hinge is solid (much more than the flimsy Lenovo) which was what I was looking for.

It is a good notebook to carry with you on your commute as it is lighter than most models. It will never be a desktop replacement but this notebook accompanies me if I feel like doodling while watching TV or to read an ebook while I’m relaxing on my recliner.

  • -          Cheap for a product with these specs (Core M, 4GB, 128 GB SSD, Intel 5300+ graphics)
  • -          Light
  • -          Cool keyboard factor (go watch Avengers when Agent Coulson hands the tablet to Stark)
  • -          256 point pressure pen
  • -          Gorilla glass, no fingerprints so far
  • -          Battery life acceptable

  • - Awkward positioning of power plug
  • - Not full size keyboard
  • - Screen cannot be closed or covered
  • - Pointer doesn’t work for certain games
  • - No touch pad
  • - Only 1 USB port

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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Friday, May 30, 2014


On being an asshole

I'm talking about myself.
Going thru this phase in life where I think I know everything and I'm just being mean to people.
I am aware of this and just getting so cynical about life.

Probably has something to do with the association I currently belong in. Too many bad vibes...
People need to know that our strings are intertwined. The vibrations resonate down the line.

Being mean to one person and the chain gets passed along unless somebody breaks it.
Sure it's easy to say, 'don't let him get to you'. Easier said than done when the person doing it shapes your values.

Hating my life right now.

Ending this post on a positive note :

Traits of successful people (hint: I don't wanna be successful, I just wanna be happy)
They don’t assume they already know everything.
go above and beyond the call of duty
Publisher: hungheykwun - 5:22 AM

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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A spoof: 10 Reasons Why Adults Who Play Video Games Are Happier


Read this article. I beg to differ.
Now if you were to refer to mini games like Candy Crush, Farmville, Flappy bird, Angry bird and the entire flock, I would agree that these games provide the recreation value needed to de-stress after a work day.

Yet still, have you ever raged when you ran out of lives in Candy Crush or when people just wouldn't give you the ticket pass to advance to the next level? Or when no matter how you tried, you couldn't get past Level 247?

Most video games are complex works of art, involving a group of creative individuals with many facets of story lines. Not many adults (I'm referring to 80s children here) have the dexterity to navigate the WSAD and mouse combinations. Some even say it is more complicated than piloting an aircraft.

Here's the points from the spoofed article.

1. More connected to inner child.
Really? And what did you do as a kid? Play ball outdoors or mash buttons while glued to a TV set?

2. Easy escape from stress of life
Running away from reality? After the GAME OVER screen, the problems are still there and may have escalated.

3. Exposed to greater creativity & imagination
The only one being creative here are the creators of the game. You are just consuming. Do not be deluded.

4. Bond with other people
Sure. LOL, GTFO, WTF......
Such meaningful conversations we have over team speak

5. Balanced life perspective
If your sole purpose in the day is to get off work so you can play games, you lead a sad, pathetic life.

6. Better hand eye coordination

7. Include spouse/friend in game
Not everyone likes games and even if they do, sharing game scores with them are just soooo much fun

8. Something to look fwd to
See 5

9. Turn exercise into a game
To quote the page, "try Fruit Ninja without breaking a sweat."
I can just see your fingers sweating there

10. Turn boring situations into fun ones
Look around you. Waiting rooms, dinner tables, everywhere. Everyone has their heads down, eyes glued to smart phone, thumbs flicking away.

What have we reduced ourselves to?

Put the device down.


Publisher: hungheykwun - 8:41 PM

Monday, May 26, 2014


ted talk: on arguing

So why do we even try to argue? Why do we try to convince other people to believe things that they don't want to believe? And is that even a nice thing to do? Is that a nice way to treat another human being, try and make them think something they don't want to think?

we think of arguments as war, and you know what that's like. There's a lot of screaming and shouting and winning and losing, and that's not really a very helpful model for arguing but it's a pretty common and entrenched model for arguing.

arguments as proofs.

arguments as performances, arguments as being in front of an audience
arguments are also audiences in front of juries who make a judgment and decide the case.
Publisher: hungheykwun - 12:01 AM

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Excerpt on "God Explained in a Taxi ride"

A young child asked his father if he could 
prove there is a God.
• ‘I can’t prove it,’ he said.
• ‘It’s like the wind. You can feel it, but you 
can’t see it.’

ME: Now  that's bullshit. You can prove something you can't see by studying its effects

We are God.
• We are made of the same matter that makes the 
• So when we pray, we also pray to ourselves.

agree with this

Speaking different languages leads to misunderstanding, which leads to 
animosity, which leads to fighting.
ME: don't agree. When you speak different language, keep silent. As you know you don't understand each other. It is when you attempt to speak the foreign language that misunderstandings happen.

Believing in God does not make you a 
religious person.
• It makes you a spiritual person.
• A religious person is quite different
I strive to be this

We have a new religion.
Supermarkets are the new cathedrals. 
Everyone has thoughts on what will happen when they die.
• Yet no one has ever come back to tell the tale.

ME: disagree. So many tales of tunnels of light and recollections of past lives.

Publisher: hungheykwun - 1:02 AM

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


A Ted Talk summary

Top 5 regrets. A survey by hospice workers
Number one: I wish I hadn't worked so hard. 
Number two: I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Number three: I wish I had let myself be happier. 
Number four: I wish I'd had the courage to express my true self. 
And number five: I wish I'd lived a life true to my dreams, instead of what others expected of me.

Here are the top five things that people with post-traumatic growth say: 
My priorities have changed. 
I'm not afraid to do what makes me happy.
 I feel closer to my friends and family.
 I understand myself better. I know who I really am now.
 I have a new sense of meaning and purpose in my life.
 I'm better able to focus on my goals and dreams.

Now we know from the research that the number one thingyou can do to boost your physical resilience is to not sit still. That's all it takes. Every single second that you are not sitting still, you are actively improving the health of your heart, and your lungs and brains.

willpower actually works like a muscle. It gets stronger the more you exercise it. So tackling a tiny challenge without giving up, even one as absurd as snapping your fingers exactly 50 times or counting backwards from 100 by seven is actually a scientifically validated way to boost your willpower.
Publisher: hungheykwun - 2:34 AM


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