Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dragonfly 2.0

Credit: ©2005 Jessica Postle

Redbull Flugtag, again!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

MacBook Pro Battery Defect

My MacBook Pro battery (model: A1281) gained extra weight today due to unknown circumstances.

I always keep my laptop running on power source without removing the battery even when it's fully charged. I don't shut down the system, I just close the screen and leave it on sleep mode. Yesterday though I left it downloading Apple Software Updates and went to sleep. When I woke up today I found the cooling system working pretty hard and the whole laptop unibody was quite hot but what made me certain there's a problem is the trackpad. Those who are familiar with Apple's buttonless trackpad know how it feels when you click anywhere on it, it simply clicks, but mine did not click no matter where I press. At first I thought there's a problem with the trackpad itself but then I saw the bottom of the laptop to see the battery cover slightly curved. I opened the latch and the battery popped out of its place. Turns out it got deformed and swollen in the middle pressing against the trackpad from the bottom.

Curved battery cover

Battery cover with latch closed

Battery cover should align horizontally over the battery

I have no idea what caused this problem. I'm just thankful I noticed this problem before it got worse.

Even with this defect the battery's running good with only 120 cycles and over two and a half hours lifespan.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

64 Years Old !!

Photo of Sylvester Stallone prior to filming his "ALL-STARS" movie The Expendables.

Whether he's taking loads and loads of drugs or pumping his body with nitrous I think it's amazing for a guy in his age to have that body.

*goes to sign up in a gym*

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

iPhone 4 Knockoff already in the market

iPhone 4 knockoff has reached Kuwait market. I'm sure 95% of those who are going to buy the iPhone 4 are familiar with it and know how to differentiate between the original and knockoff but just in case here's a video to see how the knockoff version looks like...

Friday, August 06, 2010

Bully Beatdown

If you're familiar with MTV shows you might have heard of this show. If you get thrilled with UFC and follow MMA fighters news then you ought to watch Bully Beatdown.

Personally I hate wrestling, UFC, KOTC or any other fighting shows for that matter but this show is something else. Not only it makes me feel good to see bullies take fists and kicks by top fighters but also extremely hilarious thanks to it's host Jason "Mayhem" Miller. This guy is so awesome regardless of his hyper insanity. He also looks somewhat like German football player and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

There are only two seasons with 16 episodes so far (8 episodes each) but I read that season 3 is still cooking... I can't wait.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The "D" Sticker Story

Long story short, I filled a Benzin car with Diesel thanks to that sticker.

Being the auto enthusiast I am I've always thought I know almost everything about cars, however, not knowing what this little sticker stands for got me cornered for two days in Europe!

You see, for years and years I recall seeing these stickers on cars everywhere around the world even here in Kuwait. When I started liking things to do with cars I used to ask myself what this is and how it works and go look for it but those stickers were available way before my only knowledge resource, the internet, that's when I used to ask my parents, older brothers or friends regarding automotive inquiries and guess what? I've been told the "D" stands for "Diesel"! I remember every time I asked about those stickers I get the same answer so I took it for granted.

Now my unfortunate story starts here in Kuwait when I booked a "DIESEL" car online. The contract was "Opel Astra -or- similar". I flew to Germany to see the car I booked wasn't available therefore I got the "similar" car which was Seat Leon with the so-called "DIESEL" sticker. I drove all the way from Munich to Rust (about 4 hours drive) then after a couple of days I went out from Rust to Geneva (another 4 hours drive). On my way out the tank was half full from the first trip so I parked in a gas station, refill the car with DIESEL, and continue my journey. The moment I went out of that gas station I knew something was wrong, the car barely reached 100km/h. The 4 hours trip became 6 hours though I was lucky enough to reach Geneva before it died!

From there I was stuck in Geneva for two days going back and forth to resolve this issue with the rental company. I got leeched a couple of hundred KDs for that matter. I'm not happy but I caused this and I deserve it for not knowing better.

One piece of knowledge I got from this experience is... "It's acceptable to put Diesel in a Benzin car than putting Benzin in a Diesel car." Thank you Mr. Mechanic but I don't think I'll be doing fuel mixing anymore.

Monday, August 02, 2010

The " D " Bumper Sticker

Has anyone seen this bumper sticker on the back of a car anywhere around here? Now I have a good story regarding that sticker but first I just want to know if anyone's familiar with this sticker and what it refers to so tell me what does it stand for?

Spotted in Geneva

Who ever those guys are, they're living life to the fullest. Driving all the way from Kuwait to the far west of Europe is something I envy them for. Unfortunately I wasn't able to meet them.

I've always wanted to go a long road trip traveling around with nothing but beautiful landscapes (I kinda did this summer but that's not the story) though it needs a decent budget, strong will, good planning, and a couple of brave team members.

I wish them all the best of luck and hope to see some updates about their journey.