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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The crosscol archive

Ever notice the cross column underneath the header (Anti-Xenophobic IT)? Well, it will be updated (rarely or occasionally depending on what's up) from now on! It'll include what I believe is groundbreaking news, and here will be the archive of what was previously on there:

"Expect Windows 10 to be the last version? Nope! Windows 365 is next."

"Blackberry switching to Android and Microsoft is using Linux for its Cloud. What else is new?"

Unfortunately, I do not remember what I used in the beginning... Maybe someone will remind me? Anyhow, this post will be updated as the cross column changes.

*Actually, I will use it from now on to switch to the HTTPS version of this site.

Dual-booting Android and Windows with a Chuwi Vi8

Well ever since winning $150 by sheer luck (paid $3 on one of those ticket machines) soon after doing so-so at bowling, I decided to go forward with a personal project of mine. It's supposed to include a Pico Projector (which I will get one way or another later) and either a Raspberry Pi, Mac Mini, or PlayStation 3. Well I chose none of those, and instead got a tablet with mini HDMI and microSD slots that dual boots Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4.4 for $120. It came with all the cables along with a keyboard case and 32 GB microSD. Here is my experience with this 8-inch wonder.

First of all, performance is quite good for an Intel Atom with only 2 GB of RAM, especially considering Windows 8.1's minimum requirements. There is next to no lag with everyday tasks, including playing 720p video with HDMI mirrored to the TV (while charging at the same time). I haven't tested gaming, but don't expect much with Intel HD Graphics from Intel Atom (even though it is Bay Trail). Android KitKat runs admirably as well.

An added bonus was that it includes a lifetime license of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Premium! That I transfered to my gaming laptop. It also came with Microsoft Office 365, but unfortunately doesn't accept my Microsoft account. Oh well, uninstalled it for 350 MB more space. Although Windows 10 and Android 5 should be available for this device, I don't want to ruin anything especially the rooted (by the previous owner) Android OS. Therefore, I decided to disable the upgrade to Windows 10 notification, that downloads in the background without you stating yes, altogether: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/huge-problem-with-unwanted-windows-10-download.379049/page-3#post-2525124

Not everything was fine and dandy though. First, I noticed that after rebooting from Android to Windows, I cannot access the microSD on Windows anymore. It seems Android locked it for exclusive access or something to do with Windows... Also, my edits to the BT_Config.xml doesn't stick, it always resets back to what it was on reboot or re-enable of Bluetooth service. The only reason I do that is to use the same mouse on Android and Windows without re-pairing it. The Bluetooth keyboard case seems to support multiple devices, so it works on both without issues. Oh well, Android is touch-based after all. Lastly, I couldn't connect the tablet directly to my laptop and recognize it, even using Android. Guess I'll need to use an OTG cable or something, but I want it charging at the same time. Therefore, I'll just copy to and from the microSD directly.

Overall, it's quite the worthy investment as I have not only a tablet, but a full-fledged computer at the same time all in that portable package. If I could upgrade the RAM or flash storage, I would. But it'll have to do, and I have no complaints with it as a secondary machine I can easily bring down the living room and hook up to the TV. Did I make the right choice? You decide!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

How I find cover art, lyrics, etc.

For my favourite music; the proper title, author, album, cover art, and lyrics must be shown (on Windows Media Player). Although I strip away those details when I convert those MP3 to M4A to save space on my phone, my computer must archive every faved music in their proper format.

Here are the software I used to perfect those (downloaded) MP3 files:
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/ (MusicBrainz Picard)
http://www.mediahuman.com/lyrics-finder/ (MediaHuman Lyrics Finder)

The first allows me to add every single detail about the music onto the MP3 file, except lyrics. That includes dozens of tags of varying usefulness. If I can't find it in the database, I add the following tags myself: title, author, album, and cover art. That means scouring the Internet for whatever is relevant. It usually happens for obscure non-English songs (I listen to a lot of Japanese, and some Chinese / French). Then I add the lyrics with the second program, which also allow manual input.

For one particular song (I'm Okay by Cathi Bruns), I had to decipher the lyrics myself and write everything down manually. That means listening to a slowed-down music file, and jotting whatever sounds about right. Here is the fruits of my labour as proof:

All of this editing I don't keep only to myself as I also do the same for my little sister's collection (thankfully it's a fraction of mine in terms of amount). Maybe I can help one of you if need be...

*Can't believe I had to write the lyrics for another song... This one is easier though:

*Wow, I can make a hobby out of this:

Me and My Punching Bag 2.0

Remember the first video (which I will not link cause I'm not proud of it)? Well, here's a better one, finally. If I ever get to seriously making myself in shape, watch out LOL.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Nexus 5 "Desktop"

Hello all, and welcome to my current project: The Nexus 5 "Desktop". Surprisingly, I won't follow convention and use anything Bluetooth (such as mouse/keyboard) other than my watch, and no external monitor via MHL. Instead, everything will be connected to one OTG cable.

What is connected you ask? Well, there is an Apple Aluminium Keyboard with 2 USB slots. Connected to those slots are a Mighty Mouse and Card Reader. And finally, the phone is mounted on a selfie stick with a tripod. The YouTube video is a screencast of everything in action. It wasn't all fine and dandy at first though, I had trouble finding a USB storage that is low-powered enough to work with the keyboard and mouse all connected to my Nexus 5.

Using my OTG cable (hope to find a hub with charging):
Not enough power or something for non-powered USB hub. Keyboard/mouse doesn't work.
Apple Aluminium keyboard works! Along with Apple Might Mouse on one USB side. But lacking in power for 128 GB flash drive, 35-in-1 card reader, etc. Supports "USB 2.0 all in one card reader", but that doesn't read 64 GB SDXC microSD (can read lower capacity).

And lastly, here is a picture of the entire setup:

*Oh yeah, I got that selfie stick for $5 on craigslist. And the aluminium keyboard was free!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Catching up on anime

*Pain in the @$$ finding free legal images. Might get a Wacom or something*

It's been quite a while since I watched any anime on my own accord... Something to do with lack of time or motivation or something ever since somewhere around the end of June... Anyhow, I've decided to watch the next seasons of some of my favourites, and might as well list them all:

  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
  • Yuru Yuri San Hai!
  • To LOVE-Ru Darkness 2nd
I've actually been classified as a "moe-fag" by one fellow otaku due to liking such anime, but that doesn't really bother me at all. Why though? Well, mainly because of Prisma Illya, YuruYuri, To LOVE-Ru, and the following I watched at June:
  • Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic
  • Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
  • The World God Only Knows
Others that I've considered and will probably watch include:
  • Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka?
  • Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
Damn that's a lot of ecchi now that I think about it... Ah hell with it, I'll just state this: Animation has unlimited possibilities, but sex is not one of them (at least for me).