Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How to Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon

I woke up today and saw this icon on my Windows 8 desktop.

I don't remember downloading or installing anything last night. I can't delete it with the Delete button or right-click. So let's get to the point on how to remove this unwanted Homegroup icon from your desktop.

Step 1: Press Windows + R
Step 2: In the search box, type regedit then click OK

Step 3: A Registry Editor will appear and you'll see a lot of folders. Follow this path;


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\

Step 4: Find the folder {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}. Delete this folder.
Step 5: Go back to desktop and press F5 to refresh.
Step 6: Win.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Skin Tight Jeans


Seriously how can people wear this thing? I was shopping for new jeans and to my frustration most of them are not as loose or well-ventilated as the ones I have. I remember what kinda cut I like (even stated on my current jeans) but no matter what size the jeans are, they seem to warp and hug the very soul out of your legs.
I'm a size 200 and I look fabulous with these skinny jeans.

I can feel my children in my scrotum suffocating and that's only in the fitting room. And this problem seems to linger every time I go shopping (during festive season and or when goblins made holes in my jeans). It's just luck I'll find the most comfortable jeans that allows me to NOT look like a hipster.

A typical hipster. Source: Wordpress

Sunday, May 5, 2013

I Voted

Finally the long-awaited Malaysia's 13th General Election is here! And the best part is I finally exercise my voting rights. 

Although a small town, Sibu is not spared from being marred with unwanted political-related incidents e.g. cars being smashed for bearing political stickers, youths purposely ride through the opposition crowd and unsurprisingly gets beaten, and opposition supporter stall being burnt to name a few.

Anyways the big day is here, the 5th of May 2013 where Malaysians will decide. As a first time voter, I went to my polling station not far from my house.

First I get this ticket showing which station I'm supposed to go to drop my ballot. It also contains voter number.

Then here comes the queue. I found out the counters are designated for specific age group. In this care counter 7 is for those about my age. Look at them first timers.

Of course here comes the poster telling you what not to do. I find those cat eyes... disturbing...

Although being informed that there is no way your vote can be traced, I guess most of you voters noticed your ballot had a serial number. Seeing how your name and voter number from the ticket earlier was being read out loud, I do wonder if the ballot officer jotted down that number to the ballot for record. I didn't see it because I was distracted by another officer painting my finger with indelible ink which is a new addition to the general election. But I was informed the serial number was just to keep track which ballot book the ballot came from. 


Anyways the ballot has been cast into the ballot box and we'll see the results tonight. It's a very close fight and it's anybody's guess who'll win both Sibu and Lanang.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Russian Meteor

Yup, by now you've probably heard it or saw the video about how a meteor came crashing into Russian causing over 900 people injured due to the impact shock wave. But in case you haven't seen it, here's the video:


Like something out of an apocalyptic Hollywood movie, the meteor travelled 13-19KM per second (whoa!) before crashing into a lake(?) that shook buildings nearby, causing windows and glasses to break which led to the majority of the reported injuries.

With tonnes of telescopes watching the skies why no one saw it coming? Well the reason was because everyone's tracking a near-Earth asteroid passing by at the same time and the Russian meteor came from the direction of the sun.

Dad, I'm looking through the telescope I can't see what you are pointing at.

Those reasons seem legit. So it's none of those Russian shot down a UFO, Mayans, weapons test or even aliens. Either way the meteor crashed and unlike the movie Armageddon there is no way to stop a burning space rock, for now. We should be thankful it was not a catastrophic event.

Putin is just awesome.

Well overall it makes sense as it could be another Tunguska where a mysterious blast crater remains until today. I guess we can sleep easier thanks to some scientists who did all the maths for us and told us that the meteor came from somewhere from the asteroid belt beyond Mars and it was already on the way to our planet before most of us were born.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Wow is it 2013 already? Dang I haven't updated in ages! Talk about being busy in the rat race. Anyways, happy new year 2013 A.D.! If you're reading this that means you've survived the 21 December 2012 doomsday! Give yourself a pat in the back.


"SUCKAAASSSSS!!!!!"

The whole 2012 thing could've been the longest-planned prank by a trolling Mayan. Anyway, let's celebrate the end of the Long Count calendar and welcome the new 13th baktun cycle!


So in Sibu we welcomed the new year with a major blackout from Civic Centre to Premier area that lasted for hours. Other parts in Sibu were unaffected. Apparently a snake caused the blackout that trips the transformers or something like that. Ironically, 2013 is going to be the Year of the Snake.

Meanwhile, a decisive battle between serpents and ninjas were brewing in the dark.

With the advent of technology life is undeniably getting faster and faster. They help us to do more things at greater speed. And you and I are going to agree that 2013 will zoom *snaps finger* just like that. So see you at the end of the year for the year's review!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

iOS 6 Review (On an iPhone 3GS)

Updating. And you can have both Apple and Samsung products together...

As expected with every new iPhone Apple will release new iOS to improve their product. Well for me and most owners of the aging ancient iPhone 3GS, we are delighted with the iOS 6.0 update as it let us experience some goodies that come along the new iPhone 5.

For starters it took roughly 3 hours to download (what a whooping update!). Then the updating takes roughly another 20-30 minutes. But after doing so you'll be treated with some improvements as shown below:

Typical update menu.

Do Not Disturb - Finally I can simply turn on this mode to still get selected updates without relying to total communication shutdown in airplane mode. Apparently you can set which contact are able to contact you while silencing the rest. Apart from that you can set "Quiet Hours" to make your iPhone leave you in peace even when there are calls and SMS coming in. It'll just sit there quietly waiting for your command. 

New Music Player Interface - Black and orange themed player, looks good. But changes are just visual.


New VIP in E-Mail - So we can get quick access mail from important people. Okay, a new category then.

Passbook - An all in one app where you can digitally get your scan-and-go boarding pass, tickets etc. But knowing Sibu, this neat function is quite impractical for now. Oh you still need to go to App Store to get those passes.

New Keypad - Okay, we have a new white and brighter keypads for us to tap in numbers. This is cool. Again changes are just visual.

New Camera & Photo Interface - Well, not new per se but the interface is now black in colour instead of white like earlier iOS versions. Changes are visual and no new improvements. In Photos, your images can be easily shared with the new icons form the 'More' options.



Apple Maps - Apple replaces Google Maps  with their own app and well... the satellite/hybrid map is horrible (for Sibu anyways)! It's like the comedic Restoration of Jesus! I could see my house in the previous app but now all I see is Pixel Land. At least the streets and roads are adequately named this time.


New Call Response Options - Besides the standard Decline or Answer key, you can now slide the menu up to reveal "Reply with Message" or "Remind Me Later" to your caller. For "Reply with Message" you can instantly reply with present messages to explain to the caller why you can't talk e.g. "I'll call you later" or "I'm on my way".  As for "Remind Me Later" your iPhone will remind you later to call the person. Cool. 

Voice Control - ...still cannot catch Manglish. I was asking "What time is it?"

Overall the iOS 6 didn't come with much features for iPhone 3GS but it's understandable as it was focused on iPhone 5. Some features are gone like YouTube and the good old high-resolution Google Maps. However the introduction of Do Not Disturb mode is very much welcomed. The iPhone do feel to run a bit faster too. I hope we can get the ability to blacklist some numbers too in the next update. And perhaps a map of Sibu with better resolution? Anyways I'll summed up the review:


iOS 6 for iPhone 3GS
by Apple Inc.


Some good upgrades like the Do Not Disturb mode (although some already used in other smartphones e.g. Android's Reply with Message), we appreciate the new updates. We just got a beef with the map quality and there are rooms for improvement. (Ability to blacklist please)

iPhone App Review: Dead Trigger


Dead Trigger
by MADFINGER Games



FINALLY! Some high-quality NVIDIA-graphics-powered zombie blasting game for the iPhone! And it works on older generation like my 3GS smoothly (most of the times).




I haven't gone on an undead killing spree since Left 4 Dead 2 two years ago with my mates. Now seeing everyone's busy with work and lack time to get together to LAN or Steam, we went our own separate ways and our tradition of defending humanity from imaginary murderous zombies died down.

Until my girlfriend kept telling me to download this:

 Hey remember us?! We're the zombies from the mall that you didn't kill in L4D2!

Weeeeee I'm a plane~!

Yup she kills zombies too. And my urge to blast the undead was rekindled. You play as a dude trying to survive the zombie apocalypse along with the remnants of humanity who defend themselves from the undead horde. In this game, it's you against the zombie horde.

It's the standard move, aim, shoot, reload and repeat. The money earned from missions are used for weapons and other goodies. The controls are quite easy but cumbersome at times. You progress in a story-based missions which include blasting zombies, go from point A to B, retrieve something and blasting more zombies. There are also side mini games which are represented as icons in the game map.

The highlight here is the mind-blowing graphics and ragdoll physics. I mean, this is the second game with proper physics after Angry Birds (if suicidal birds on slingshot were physically feasible to start with). Zombies will be pushed back with each shot, climb obstacles, stumble when you shot them in the legs and crawl towards you afterwards because you forgot the rule to double-tap and give them headshots. 

The only cons are the control which may somewhat be difficult when the zombie horde is upon you and you start to panic and start to tap the small iPhone screen in horror (should be good on iPad, not sure). 

Apart from that, this game is gold and a must have in your device!

If only Apple Map on iOS6 look like this... please Apple hear our pleas!

"Whoa!" says the stunned zombie at the stunning graphics

The storyline is pretty easy to follow and the characters will tell you to do things which you know will end up with you killing more zombies.

Alright, let's go kill some zombies baby!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hailstorm in Kuching


Well it is unusual considering Malaysia or Sarawak specifically stands in the equator where it's hot and humid. So does this mean the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" is feasible? Are we at the equator are going to experience a cold winter snap in a strange climate change as foreseen by ancient alien scientists? Too bad no videos or pictures within my reach though.

Anyways below is the news that piqued my interest:


KUCHING: Shopkeepers and members of the public at Central Park commercial centre here were astonished when a small hailstorm hit the area soon after the start of a heavy afternoon downpour yesterday.
Hundreds of pea-sized translucent globes of ice rained down with a loud clatter as they bounced off the metallic surfaces of motor vehicles and rooftops and onto the roads and  footways.

Some pieces of hail appeared to have had air bubbles frozen in their centre.

Many curious onlookers emerged to marvel at the unusual weather phenomenon that began around 4.30pm.
Two occupants of a sports utility vehicle that pulled up by the road shoulder when the storm started were spotted picking up the pellets of frozen rain and putting them in a plastic bag amid the tropical downpour.
However, the hailstorm lasted only a few minutes and the hail quickly melted away in the continuous rain.
The thunderstorm continued for half an hour before stopping altogether.

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/09/16/unusual-hailstorm-hits-part-of-kuching/

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Driverless Car in Sibu



So Sibu is in the spotlight again and this time for... a haunted car, a ghost driving a Perodua Kenari recklessly and damages property in town near Island Road. Some who are superstitious claim that there was a ghost or demon that escaped from Hell early before the 15th of the seventh month in the Chinese calender, also known as the day of the Hungry Ghosts. 

I don't know, it all seems suspiciously man's error (or woman). The driver let the car running with passenger inside while he went into the night market. Then the car suddenly reversed and drove forward randomly, hitting other cars and properties. It could be that the passenger accidentally shifted the gear to 'R' then it crashed, causing her to panic and the passenger shifted the gear to 'D' and whatever other gears available. And in the end to avoid being mobbed by angry drivers the blame was put on a ghost. Or it could've been a Poltergeist-class being who physically messed with the car.  Anyways you be the judge.

Source: The Borneo Post

SIBU: A car with no driver sped up and down Island Road on Friday at nightfall here sending chills down the spines of a huge crowd who witnessed this paranormal happening.

The hair-raising incident occurred at 7.15pm after the driver got out of the car to go to the night market, leaving a woman in the front passenger seat and the car engine on.


According to an eye-witness the car suddenly reversed at high speed, screeching, before ramming into a steel railing.

It then continued reversing before ramming into the front portion of another car.

The impact caused the other car to also reverse before ramming into another car behind it.
The driverless car then surged forward before reversing another time to slightly brush the side of a car behind it.

It reversed further after that and rammed into another car.

The car then made a 360 degree turn before surging forward again.

It then made another reverse and surge forward before ramming into the metal gate of a shop. Only then did it come to a halt.

The woman passenger was badly shaken but luckily sustained only minor cuts and bruises on her face, head, knee and arms in the incident.

As it was only a week from the 15th day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar year – the day the Chinese believe the gates of hell would be opened for ghost and demons to roam the earth, many speculated that perhaps some might have snuck out before the stipulated time.

One of the witnesses said it was extremely eerie as it happened in the month of hungry ghost overlooking the fact that such an incident would be frightening anytime of the year.

He likened it to a scene in a horror movie, saying it was like watching “Nightmare on Elm Street”.

“How can a car travel at high speed up and down the road with no driver inside?” he asked with a quaver in his voice.

However, another eye-witness offered a more mundane explanation saying it could be due to a mechanical fault.

When the reporters arrived at the scene, the driver requested the reporters not to take any photos, but, this was stopped by policemen at the scene.

A policeman said this related to public interest and the reporters had the right to take photographs and report the incident.

Rescuers from the Fire and Rescue Department arrived with the policemen.

The rescuers took the frightened woman out and an ambulance sent her to the hospital where she was given outpatient treatment.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Salam Eid 2012!

Would like to wish Salam Eid-ul-Fitri to all! Congratulations to all who completed their fasting and perhaps lost some excess weights. Do come for open house yea I'll be in Sibu haha!