Accessing Hulu

14 July 2010

If you live outside the US and wish to watch television shows and movies on hulu.com then you may wish to read this article on Gizmodo. Took me about five minutes to set up and it’s working so far.

VPN

21 February 2010

Thanks to one of the many idiotic laws controlling the Internet that the South Korean governments has chosen to intact, youtube won’t let me upload videos. I got around this in about two minutes by installing VPN. Another annoying thing about the internet in Korea (aside from the massive use of ActiveX) is the fact that the government has put up a firewall restricting access to a number of websites. I get around this by using the PhZilla add-on for Firefox.

The VPN I’m using at the moment is Hot Spot Shield, there are others available.

Disassembly of an Apple Mouse

21 February 2010

To start with, my opinion of the Apple mouse is that it is a poorly designed piece of overpriced garbage. I’m also to cheap to pay the ten bucks for a good mouse when I can repair the piece of garbage I already own. Something you should be aware of, the mouse is not designed to be disassembled, it’s designed to be thrown away and replaced after it breaks. If you follow my instructions and destroy your mouse, that’s not my problem. Lots of videos on how to do this on youtube, my battery was almost dead so you get pictures. Scroll ball gumming up is the main problem I’ve had with my mouse, takes me about ten minutes to take the mouse apart, clean it, and put it back together.

First, the tools; I used a pry bar, a phillips #00 screwdriver, and a uco cleaning tool. All available from County Comm.

First thing you need to do is remove the batteries and pry up the gray strip around the battery compartment, bit tough to do the first time around. I use super glue to reattach this.

Next, you need to pry up the white skirt. Also use super glue on this.

Here’s what the mouse looks like with the white skirt removed.

Carefully pull it apart, the two pieces are connected and if you pull too hard then there is a good chance that you will break something.

Two ribbons, green and gold. I use the orange uco tool to push back the black tabs holding the ribbons in.

Removing the ribbons will separate the top and the bottom

The scroll ball is in the black boxy thing. Unscrew the screws.

The housing, the top shell, the screws.

Closer look at the scroll ball housing

The white cage should pop right off

All of the parts laid out.


The Sad thing is, I would really like to like this mouse. Two years and it still mostly works, the manufacturer should be commended and the designers should be shot.

Rolling a Coin

21 February 2010

Rather then do something productive with my free time, I’ve decided to learn a bunch of things that have no practical value in real life. First thing I taught myself is how to roll a coin across my knuckles.

Not so bad for a couple hours of effort.

And here’s a video tutorial if you want to learn how to do it yourself.

Steel Panther

16 February 2010

With a bonus behind the music Special

Steel Panther

Might know them as ‘Danger Kitty.’ Stuff from Hsoi posted them as his Sunday metal and I had to follow suit.

Rock Sugar

16 February 2010

Rock Sugar

Interesting mix of 80’s pop and metal, worth taking a look at.

Diving in Subic Bay

18 January 2010

Back in Korea after spending two weeks in Subic Bay, Luzon. Had a lot of fun in Subic and I’m going to have to go back to dive the wrecks I haven’t gotten to yet. So much ocean, so little time and money.

Dive Shops:

I’m told there are three shops in and around Subic Bay.

1. Johans

These are the guys I dove with. They have three instructors; Johan (the owner), Paul, and Steve (I think). Did my AOW with Johan and Nitrox with Paul. Did not do any courses with the third instructor who was on vacation most of the time I was there. In addition to the instructors, there are two divemasters; Wing, and Henry. Both of them are very good in the water and Henry is amazing with air consumption, man just doesn’t seem to breath. If you do any courses with Paul, tell him that you stubbed your toe and can’t dive and then laugh when he gives you the rest of the story. Food is alright to good, rooms are livable.

2. Blue Rock

Did not do any diving with these guys so I can’t comment on that, will say that the food is spectacular.

3. And a third somewhere in Olongapo that I didn’t get a chance to visit and know nothing about.

Pros:

Lot’s of wrecks (main reason I went)

Warm Water

Lots of wrecks (it bears repeating)

Cons:

Low visibility

Not much marine life

Another thing to be aware of is the fact that the closest (working) decompression chamber is in Manila. There used to be one on the former base but they tell me that it’s fallen apart from lack of maintenance.

Some of the wrecks I dove were:

The USS New York

Which is the only armored cruiser that can be dived. It’s in a shipping lane so the visibility isn’t so good, I will say that it’s fairly interesting to be going through the gloom and then suddenly come face to face with a giant gun.

Depth: 28m on the first dive, 28.5 on the second.

Visibility: 8m on the first, 2m on the second.

Water Temp: 25c – 28c

Marine Life:

Rays

Barracuda

LST

The clamshell doors have fallen off and are sitting upright in the sand, very cool.

Depth: 32.2m

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: 28c

Marine Life:

Rays

Barracuda

LCU

Depth: 23m

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: 28c

Barges

Lots of marine life compared to most of the other dive locations in Subic, only the San Quentin could compare.

Depth: 16m

Visibility: 14m

Water Temp: 28c

Marine Life:

Clown Fish

Lionfish

Sea Cucumbers

Japanese Patrol Boat

Depth: 22.6m

Visibility: 2m

Water Temp: 28c

Marine Life:

Lionfish

El Capitan

Cargo ship built in Oregon (my home state) that went down in shallow water. Very cool dive, cargo bays are open and can be swum through.

Depth: 21.1m (The ship is on it’s side, the hull starts at 5m)

Visibility: 8m

Water Temp: 28c

Marine Life:

Giant Clams

San Quentin

The Spanish sunk this boat during the Spanish American war in an attempt to block one of the channels. The wood has all rotted away leaving only the metal parts of the ship. Lots of marine life, for Subic.

Depth: 15.9m

Visibility: 15m

Water Temp: 28c

Marine Life:

Giant Clams

Clown Fish

Lionfish

Sea Cucumbers

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7 November 2009

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Learning Korean

1 November 2009

There are a lot of great resources on line to help you learn a new language.

KOSNET – Site requires registration, haven’t checked it out yet.

Koreanclass101.com – Also requires registration but you can get a large amount of their materials off itunes.

Sogang Korean Program – Put up by Sogang University, this site has one of the best tools I’ve seen to help learn the Korean alphabet.

Quite a few more and I plan to add them as I have the time and inclination.

The Warrior Song

1 November 2009
www.thewarriorsong.com

Someone said that this song reminded them of the cadences they used to chant. I can’t think of a better description. Kinda makes me want to reenlist, heh.


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