Geek bag, obvious and dated

Geek bag 2.jpgGeek bag 1.jpgIn the move to China I’ve thrown out literally kilos of stuff. Less to move, and it moving country makes one heck of a motivating factor for spring cleaning. This particular item is, was, a laptop bag. Bought to accommodate my then laptop, an HP presario X1000. Pockets and compartments everywhere, even one for a PDA which dates the bag back to the early 2000’s. Big, boxy and saving the for the colour, unstylish. It tended to scream geek. In comparison, the Asus bag I got with my past gaming computer is much more stylish. I have no problem being a geek, as I’m often called upon to help out on someone’s laptop.

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Laptop donor graft onto broken chair, results in Franken-chair

The one good thing about living in Korea is the things that people throw away. Outwardly the office chair that I’d spied and then repossessed from the garbage area was in perfect nick. It wasn’t until I sat down I found out it’s flaw. The amount of friction that the chair recline was way too much.  It wasn’t until the next day that I’d had a chance to examine it that I’d found the crack in the fibre-reenforced plastic. Someone had lent back much too often, literally ripping an incomplete rectangular tear in the backing. Looking at the design I concluded that the plastic was, too thin. Surprise, surprise. It needed strengthening with something. Looking around at the neatly stacked rubbish pile, all I saw was cardboard and plastic bottles. Something more staunch than what I could see was needed. In the end I used the back cover of a used laptop that a friend of mine had given me. The plastic cover from the Harddrive fit the bill. though, a bit on the thin side but I was hoping that it, combined with the preexisting plastic, it would hold.

Making a hole in the plastic was the easiest part of the fix-it-up project.  The Chromium-Vanadium alloy of my ‘X’ screw driver I use for opening up the backs of laptops was surprisingly robust. Next to enlarge the hole, for that I used the Phillips attachment on my Swiss army knife and then the metal file attachment to bring it up to the 8mm diameter. Shavings of plastic were now sprinkled over a small area. Mounting the former laptop part cum re-enforcing was easy. No glue required but simply the unscrewing and re-attaching of the tension knob. Yes!

A post script:  It works, but to a point. Maybe I need to graft on more parts of the laptop to aid the back support.

Laptop solution, rodgered by an elephant

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Definitely one of the biggest laptops on the market and, definitely the largest laptops I’ve ever had the chance to help buy. I write ‘help buy’, because I was helping my workmate buy a laptop at Yongsan electronics market, acting in the role of fundi; an advisor or expert. One of the fun things in this role is that you get to look at the latest gadgets and talk about them.

In this case it was an 18 inch laptop. Big but not bulky at 4 kgs. But if you wanted to take it down to Starbucks to show off, then a big table is advised, this laptop takes up a lot of real estate.

No fun, like a gammy OS

Got it done. Twice. One of the least fun parts of computing and most ironic flash screens I’ve seen was that. Time is precious. I’d rather spend time using my laptop than reinstalling the software for it. Time is precious. Re-loading an OS takes ages.

jasetv, unplugged

What’s a laptop without an internet connection? In my case, it’s no laptop at all. Too heavy to carry to NZ, it’d be slightly more than a glorified jukebox. Fortunately it’s the last week of camp, then it’s off to New Zealand for a well earned rest.

So it’s just me in my room at the Yeongwan with nothing but the tele for company. 40 chanels and there’s nothing on. I only wish that I’d taken the Rammstein download with me to listen to. “Du haust” and “Amerika” sounded so interesting. Labelled as being an Industrial band. Without a definition, to me they sound like heavy metal. An Industrial band? It sounds so pretentious.

In the meantime, I’ll try to spend as much time in the PC bang as possible, to ward off boredom.

Gaming on a stuffed lappie, had no money

When my friend (CB) visited Korea a few weeks ago, the question came up of what computer games I was playing recently. My reply was two games, that he’d sent me when I first came to Korea in 2005.  It’s a long story, but over that medium we actually got to know each other. He actually laughed when I told him. These games a re a bit dated, but classics none the less.

They are subsequently, Command and Conquer: Generals, Zero hour add-on and Return to castle Wolfenstein.

In my defence, I would cite that I was playing them on an aged computer, and the games matched the ability of that laptop. In trying to find a link for the product, all I found were websites for parts; nothing stays new with regards to computers.  It’s only been recently that I’ve bought another laptop. I have no games worthy of the new laptop, for many reasons, one of which being money.

Footnote: Command and Conquer: Generals edition is banned in China. As in the game it portraits China as a war-farring nation.

New lappy, VISTA was slow to respond


Imagine the great anticipation when Jiang told me My laptop had finally been delivered. All shiny and mostly black (and devoid of fingerprints) it worked perfectly. I even got a choice of language for the OS, (naturally I choose English). Playing games was no sweat for this machine, it’s so nice to have a fast computer. But here the first problem cropped up. The DVD drive on my much vaunted and expensive laptop simply stopped working. It wasn’t ejecting, there wasn’t even an icon in ‘my computer’. A brand new laptop with a busted optical drive and a help desk that spoke a foreign tongue. This was heart attack material.

Desparately seeking a driver programme for it over the internet, I looked high and low though forums, performing a scan which turned up nothing. I went to bed knowing that I had until Monday to ‘fix it’, as Jiang was going away on the Wednesday.

Waking up the next day the laptop had gone to sleep after the newly installed software had finished its scan. It was working again. What ever I’d done the OS had time to sort it self. Or maybe it sensed the evil thoughts that I had ruminating before going to bed and lost it’s subborn streak. Gaming sessions awaits, so does sore shoulders and overuse syndrome.