Archive for December, 2013

iPad Air

December 30, 2013

I didn’t plan to buy this, brother Anson bought this 16G model but thought he needed a 32G one!

Now my iPad 2 needs a new owner.


M600 retired

December 28, 2013

I bought this Toshiba M600 notebook in June 2008, it came with Vista (still remember that?) then I used it to play with a few Ubuntu distro, Windows 7 and 8 previews etc.

Then I bought an upgrade version of Windows 8 and replaced the original HDD with a Intel 180G SSD.

One day it failed to charge, it wasn’t the charger so I bet it must be something on the motherboard. I salvaged the Intel SSD.


Now the SSD is in a $180 USB3.0 case, for some strange reasons Windows 8 doesn’t recognize it? My way out is to connect it to my MBP so I can save files from Windows 8 via VMWare sharing.

Because of cloud storage in recent years and pretty cheap thumb drives it’s kind of odd to carry an external HDD around.

Remember this

December 27, 2013


Very enjoyable walk especially in the cold winter morning!

Doing it differently

December 25, 2013

I have said this many times. Most people resist change so we keep on doing things the same way. For certain things, if I could, I like to do it differently every time.

I can’t escape hiccups failure so I tried to enjoy them.

About 10~12 years ago I set up at work a browser based search facility to help myself with mountain and ocean of papers. I published my experience on an ASP Programming site.   What I’ve learned is obsolete, I hardly remember anything, never mind that I enjoyed the learning process.

Then few years back I did that again that time I used XAMPP server stack and WordPress, a popular CMS, as the platform. Everything went as planned and I learned from that experience backing up the database and scheduled backup by running DOS batch files using XP’s scheduled task.   XP support ends in a few month so again I used obsolete technologies.

Recently I’m in the mood of doing this again, the 3rd time.  To do this differently I’m working on XAMPP portable lite on an external SSD drive. However my work location uses DHCP so in case my 6~7 years old DIY computer failed on me I could still run the stack on another computer running Windows OS.   I did struggle a bit if I should be running Linux or XP for this little project, at the end I chose the easier option as I want this launched ASAP.

I’ve worked out a few safety measures such that I could migrate my work easily, backup the whole thing, making it easy to restore things etc.   I’ll post codes separately later as I’m sure these will be useful to me in the future.