Month: May 2013
Tablets and tablas
Just bookmarking this one here for future chillaxation reference, since you can’t bookmark playlists in YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoVkReLGpBk&list=RD03qsnwftjlW5o
Windows 8: Face Thump
Humor transcends language.
I will definitely use this clip in one of my classes.
what’s going on
So I took the fam on a trip with my coworkers from the English program last week. We went to Hua Hin, which I had passed through but not enjoyed since our honeymoon. We saw the resort we had stayed at (Nern Chalet) and the massage parlor my dad got groped at, and the kids had a great time at the beach. Max learned how to stay underwater at the hotel pool, and was very proud of himself. Mina could put her face in the water, but is still scared to put her ears in, I think.
I have many photos, but alas, the start of the new term is imminent, and I have a textbook to write and several orientations to attend/help with.
Accidentally turned my Tilapia into a Grouper
It took a few hours to research and get a custom ROM installed (SmoothROM v5.1), so I was dismayed to see that it lacked 3G support. Oops. So I started over again using Nexus Root Toolkit and pushed the latest cyanogenmod nightly for Tilapia (Nexus 7 3g) and gapps via my laptop. Success!
cyanogenmod is kind of boring because it’s so stable – and that’s a good thing.
Regarding the title above,
grouper = Nexus 7 wifi
tilapia = Nexus 7 3g
What to do if you can’t find Developer Options in Android settings
In Jelly Bean 4.2 and higher, if there is no “Developer Options” shown in the “Settings” menu, go to Settings –> About Tablet –> Build Number and tap on it 7 times to unlock/unhide it.
Thailand’s True Move H APN settings for internet
So basically create a new APN with the following settings:
Name: TRUE-H INTERNET
User name: true
APN type: internet
Personally, I think anyone using MMS in this day and age should just give up and go back to using a typewriter, so I won’t cover that.
You can find device-specific info on the True page from which I borrowed the above graphic: http://www.truemove-h.com/helpsupport_apnsettings.aspx
True seems dedicated to the curious corporate tactic of changing the location of any helpful information on their website every few months, to the point where I can no longer find it. Anyway, the settings described above are still valid as of February 27, 2014.
All hail Nexus 7
I have started down a new path on the way to tech happiness by (almost) throwing away my smartphone and replacing it with dedicated tools: a dumb phone, a tablet computer, and a camera (when I need one). I am tired of carrying around a device that is a compromise in every area it was designed to cover – a smartphone is the Swiss Army knife of handheld devices, and while it can be used for many things, it does none of them as well as tools designed for those jobs. A smartphone, in general:
- Is too big, complicated, and laggy to be considered a good replacement for a simple mobile phone
- Has too small a screen to view many webpages, documents, etc., especially for an extended period
- Usually takes crappy photos compared to a dedicated camera
- In its latest and greatest form, costs more than a dedicated camera, tablet, and dumb phone combined
For these reasons, I have decided to go back to carrying more devices, perhaps until smartphones can be had with better features at a reasonable cost. This is an experiment.
I have cameras, so that is covered.
I went to buy a dumb phone, but the color I wanted (a small black Samsung flip phone) was out of stock at Tesco, where it was on sale. They had one in Ruby Red with sequins, but I’m not ready for that quite yet.
As for a tablet, I got a great deal on a Google (ASUS) Nexus 7 3G 32Gb at the Tesco Lotus five minutes from my house. This model can use wifi and a 3G sim card, so I signed up for an unlimited True H promotional deal for 499 baht/month (discounted iSmart 699 plan). I don’t plan on using the sim that often at home or work, but it will prove useful when my wife and I go on trips. The 400 voice minuted bundled with the plan will go to waste, since the tablet does not have phone functionality. Oh, well.
My next few posts will be dedicated to the rooting, modding, and set up for the Nexus 7.
I somehow imagine this flavor would have come out in Japan rather than Thailand, either way, it wasn’t as bad as the salmon cream pizza I had in Tenri in the late 90’s.
JACK IS BACK! JACK IS BACK!!
But I dinna understand:
Thai Spirit House on Top of a House
In Thai they are called san phra phum. Never seen one on top of a house before.
Taken down the street from Max & Mina’s great grandmother’s house in Sankha, Surin Province, Thailand.
Mina and a Monkey
@Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Chonburi, Thailand
Nice Toilet Kit (Dusit Princess Korat)
We rockin rock glasses, foo!
We leverage Agoda points gained by using our account for official trips, and can stay at all but the most expensive hotels in Thailand for very reasonable amounts.
Korat Street Art
Lego Time @Highway Rest Stop 90km from Korat
I don’t know the name of the town because I couldn’t be bothered to look at my phone’s location. However, it’s only fair to note that this is the first fueling station I’ve ever seen to have two 7-11s – one for the petrol station and another, newer one for the LPG filling station; they were about 120 meters apart across the huge parking lot.
Rainbow on the Bypass (Maha Sarakham)
Mina pimping new Jordans @Mag Shop, Maha Sarakham
Off to Rayong
We are taking a trip for a few days. Will update from the road.