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My PIKOM PC Fair Comments

Early in the morning, I sent my wife to work. Then roamed the PC fair for a bit with Ashbi.

Huge crowd! Here’s my list of so-called “tweets” during the event:

Intel Booth
– covering PC fair… this netbook is not better at anything at all… rm1299? yuck:…
– the touch-screen all-in-one iMac wannabe is helpless…

Anti-virus Booth
– kaspersky 2011 for Mac for RM150? money flushing down the toilet…

Visual Tech Booths
– 40″ edge LED Phillips for rm3,999. evrybody is showing transformers…
– panasonic… sold out. promoter not helping, can’t tell between LCD and LED TV. bad labelling

Macs & Lenovo Booths
– epicentre… too expensive (help! Apple store!)
– lenovo, 12.1″ core i5 for rm5,399? too small of screen. I can get 15″ mbp at that price…

Storage Booths
– freeagent 1.0TB seagate for rm259? interesting… that’s a lot cheaper than when I bought it last year…
‎- 8GB thumbdrive still at about 40 plus. last time rm49, now rm45. 8GB SDHC card for rm49? grab one. normally 60plus… now I can operate my digital camcorder

Sound System Booths
– 1Avira, 1malaysia 1antivirus solution. free movie passes with it. oh. marketing
– sonicgear, altec lansing, edifier, e-view, eacan, divoom. only altec lansing is worthy. but of course it doesn’t beat Bose.

PC Booths
– vaio is over-rated. rm5,999 for 13.1″ unit. again, mbp is the way forward: boots both mac os x and windows, best of both worlds.
– htc… aria, smart, legend, desire, dual, tattoo. which one? quietly confusing, not brilliant.
– asus i5 at rm3,899? that’s the better deal. shame on hp
– toshiba qosmio i7, rm4999. harman kardon speakers. nice, but it runs windows. and it’s super thick.
– dell, uh, wow. I’m not gonna even start to compare. not worth it.
– acer has a better deal, corei7, rm4,699. dolby speakers. 15.4″. but it only runs windows. oops.
– fujitsu is waay too expensive. core i7 laptop starts at rm6,c (Rm6,988. It was too expensive, I accidentally hit sent before I finish typing)

Bottom Floor Booths
– sandisk selling 8GB SDHC at rm55. so my purchase was justified.
– msi core i7 at rm6,599. all these pc-manufacturers are making apple inc look competitive. heheh.
– Western digital element is competing, 1TB at rm249. and samsung G3 at rm245.
– Nikon’s D90 for rm3,339? nice deal! save rm700…
– blackberry bold 9700 digi for rm1,199. rm200 better than the last deal they offered…
– foot soldiers in colors! yellow digi, green maxis, purple P1, orange TM. and celcom in blue.
– no Samsung, LG monitors participation. oh no. not even TV.

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Maxis broadband gets 230KB/sec

Maxis broadband surprises me sometimes.

Normally, it’s a struggle just to get 50KB/s.

Maxis KLCC branch

When I was at Maxis KLCC branch the other day, I noticed one thing:

There was a counter just for Petronas staff!

Now, that’s quite a privilege.

MAIS Smart card

I settled many things today:
1) Car Insurance renewal at Berjaya Sompo
2) Road tax renewal at KLCC post office
3) Replacement of wife’s SIM and purchase of Ibu’s SIM at Maxis Center KLCC
4) Application of Kad Nikah Pintar MAIS (MAIS smart card) at Shah Alam
5) Purchase of Touch & Go card for wife at Batu Tiga toll service center

For those of you who’re not quite sure what MAIS smart card is all about – it is basically a form of ID for a couple to identify themselves that they’re lawfully married. Since the enforcers now send unmarried couples caught red-handed straight to the main offices without any question, this document becomes very useful. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I want to indulge in obscene acts outside closed door, but in case some officers decided to check us up, I have proof in my wallet handy.

Here are the 10 easy steps to apply for the Kad Nikah Pintar MAIS (Majlis Agama Islam Selangor):

1 ) Bring one passport photo each of the husband and wife, RM40, a copy of Nikah certificate, a pen and yourself.
2 ) Physically go to North Tower, Bangunan Sultan Idris, Shah Alam.
3 ) Approach the Information counter at ground floor – the receptionist will provide you the pass card and the form.
4 ) Go up to 9th floor. Approach the front counter. The receptionist will provide you another pass card that you can swipe to open doors to the payment counter on your right side.
5 ) Fill up the form and submit it at the payment counter.
6 ) Pay RM40. Wait until you obtain a payment receipt.
7 ) Exit the payment area and return the pass card.
8 ) Proceed to South Tower. Go up to 4th floor.
9 ) Scan the first pass card to get into the application section.
10 ) Submit the rest – passport photo of husband and wife, Nikah certificate, and the payment receipt. Done. Remember to go back to North Tower to return the pass card at ground floor to get your IC / driver’s license back.

Bangunan Sultan Idris, Shah Alam.

Zoom in to read the instructions on the banner.

Wait and call after about 5 working days before you can pick up the smart card. Remember, all of the counters above open only from 8PM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM.

Bear in mind, the traffic waiting in line varies from day to day. It just so happened that there were not many applicants around on this very day.

To newlyweds – good luck!

Maxis broadband malfunctions

Maxis broadband is hell today. I am a customer and I have a say.

maxis_connection

The IP is there. There is a connection. The modem is transmitting out, requesting data.

But there is just no data coming in.

I hope they will improve tomorrow.

MacBook Pro HSDPA connection to Maxis

Personal note: Haywire. Losing control over what I thought I could influence. But nevertheless, I learned a great deal about the game play. A strategist has higher chances of success than a technical guru here.

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Is it just me or it’s only recently that Maxis has stepped up the game in portable broadband services. I have been subscribing to the Unlimited Data plan for a while now but I never realized that the speed could be so high for a normal use. I initially geared it up for portable use but now ended up using it as a static internet too.

macbook_pro_maxis

The Motorola “RAZR2” V9 is not only a great phone, it is an amazing modem. This phone connects me to the ISP GSM network on HSDPA (High-Speed Download Packet Access) connection at rated 3.6Mbps.

  1. I first activated the Unlimited data in February 2009. Recorded by this entry: Honeywell control system.
  2. My first entry on the connectivity: Maxis 3G connection.
  3. This was how it was connected during Leopard (now different in Snow Leopard): Troubleshooting internet connection.

speedtest_maxis

The connection shown by Speedtest.net here is 2.07Mbps, 4 times faster than the Streamyx of 0.5Mbps (in the wee hours, this figure could reach up to 0.7Mbps).

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