Windows 7 Square Text: Lost in Font Translation

Windows 7 Square Text: Lost in Font Translation

I’ve recently re-formatted my SSD (due to an extremely unfortunate and random – i.e. unintentional – incident involving the total death of my SSD), and to my dismay there isn’t built-in support for non-system locale text out of the box, although it is not as troublesome as Windows XP. A quick google search shows that most people advise you to install the language packs, but it’s only restricted to Enterprise/Ultimate editions, which is kind of a wet blanket, after coughing…

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One Tablet To Rule Them All: Kobo Arc Review

One Tablet To Rule Them All: Kobo Arc Review

The need for a device that I can use as an eReader, and also for entertainment and computing necessitated me in getting a tablet. Problem is, given that one brand is out of the picture due to my preference for tinkering stuff (*coughapplecough*), it was a tough choice on the Android platform, although the freedom to choose was there, which is a good thing. I narrowed down my choices to the Kindle Fire, and the B&N Nook HD. I didn’t…

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Creative’s ZiiLabs Sale – Boon or Bane?

Creative’s ZiiLabs Sale – Boon or Bane?

The news that our once-popular local company, Creative, is selling off ZiiLabs to Intel, has probably shocked a few people following both companies closely, and as well as local tech enthusiasts as well. Effectively, Creative appear to be licensing its ZiiLabs chips to Intel, and at the same time Intel gains access to ZiiLabs’ “engineering resources and assets”. It sounds as if Creative has given Intel access to design and develop the ZMS chips for use in ARM-based devices, and…

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Special Shenzhen Service: or, How I Ordered an Apple MacBook Logic Board Online

Special Shenzhen Service: or, How I Ordered an Apple MacBook Logic Board Online

So apparently there was a Macbook Pro at work that died, seemingly because the backlight is burnt out. On closer inspection and research, however, it turns out that in order to replace the backlight, the motherboard (aka Logic Board in Apple-speak) has to be entirely replaced. So much for being environmentally friendly. In any case, after forking out an unbelievably low price to a mysterious website (and praying hard that I didn’t get ripped off) – as compared to the official quotation…

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Anime Festival Asia 2012: In Review

Anime Festival Asia 2012: In Review

So another year passes, and its been a really long break since I last visited an anime festival – roughly 4 years! Last year’s AFA was refreshing; a revisit those memories of my youth where I rabidly went to the city area and Singapore Expo for various IT Shows, and on occasion, anime/cosplay and/or Japanese festivals way back in 2006 and 2007. Those days also consisted of me reading (and buying) manga, and various anime shows as well. This year’s…

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Rooting iNO One, and experiments!

Rooting iNO One, and experiments!

This amazing device from iNO Mobile apparently is faster than my current Xperia Ray, and apparently it has a lot of problems associated with it as well. Here’s my documentation and journey into rooting (and experimenting on) this phone. UPDATE 4 Dec 2012: Firmware v1.0.4 is out! Changelog is on iNO Mobile’s Facebook post. Indications for fixes in v1.0.4 marked in red. Added link to MT6575 ADB drivers. UPDATE 13 Nov 2012: Added CWM Recovery section, and full ROM dump section. Added alternate…

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Earth Hour

Earth Hour

Its strange to see how companies “support” Earth Hour here in Singapore. Most of the companies turn off or dim the lights in their shops or office to do so, but I fail to see how this works out, since fluorescent lighting – used in most establishments, shops and offices – don’t usually consume so much electricity as to other things like refrigerators, TVs, computers, and the like. If it were me, I’d open my shop one hour earlier, or close it one…

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