Thursday, October 2, 2014

hot no?

10/1/14

It's really hot here, isn't it?
Especially at noon and midnight (yes, midnight). Ayayay!

I felt sick on Sept. 28, around 2.30 a.m. Sudden nausea. I stopped working and went to bed with a barf bag. I did not vomit.

Today, my stomach acted up. It woke me up.
Rumble... nothing. Rumble... nothing. I thought that was it, I was fine. Then, rumble! Toilet! What's happening?!

Nausea, diarrhea. Could be stress... or the fish oil supplement I started on Sept. 27?

I don't know.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

hot and cold

So far, within a day, it's been hot one moment and cold the next. It's a cycle. It has been raining most afternoons too.

The hot/cold cycle is a pain at night. I'd keep under the covers for a few minutes, then I'd need to push it off me. I'd do this over and over, several times a night before I could sleep.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

mackerel and rack's

delatang mackerel na ginisa sa sibuyas, kamatis at itlog
De-latang mackerel na ginisa (two months ago)

dada's fam lunch at rack's festival mall alabang
Lunch at Rack's (last month)

dada's fam lunch at rack's festival mall alabang
Lunch at Rack's (last month at Festival Mall, Alabang)

Monday, July 28, 2014

win7 disable hibernate for more space

I have a partitioned HDD, partitioned while we still used XP. The man allocated 20 GB for the system. Did maintenance work regularly and kept that baby running smoothly. Fast-forward X years, I updated to Win7. Problem is most of the system partition is used even with the bare minimum of programs installed (only what i need, the biggest hog is adobe reader), free space was only 3.+ GB. Boot up was fast enough but still, it may suffer if it gets any lower. So, I still go through regular disk cleanup for a few megabytes of space (and peace of mind).

Then Glenda happened. After the power flickered, it created a system restore point which ate up memory. After a normal start-up and restart, it deleted itself. But memory was down to 2.4 GB -- not OK.

I didn't want to start over (format, etc.) for more space which typically takes a very long time.

After defrag+cleanup it was still a low 2.6 GB. I could try extending the partition but no, too chicken. So, what else could I do for now that's low risk and reversible?

Ding! Ding! Ding! Disable hibernate which basically deletes a system file. I have never used hibernate (or even sleep) so I have no problem disabling it. The great thing is - that system file is recreated if I re-enable hibernate. No risk, actually. Nice.

First things first, I didn't have hibernate on my start menu (only saw sleep). That means, I have hybrid sleep on. So, this fixed that:

control panel -> power options -> change when computer sleeps -> sleep(expand/dropdown) -> allow hybrid sleep(select: OFF) -> apply -> OK

Hello, hibernate.

Now to say bye-for-now through the command prompt (this part deletes the system file I talked about above - which frees up some memory):

start -> cmd (right-click, run as admin) -> type powercfg.exe /hibernate off -> hit enter -> type exit

Done in a moment and 1 GB regained. From 2.6 to 3.7 GB, not the best at 20% (ideal is 25%) but not very bad either.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

#GlendaPH 2014

7/15 Tue
Typhoon Glenda came here early evening. Strong winds followed. Howling winds.

7/16 Wed
2am Power flickered twice. Restarted desktop to properly shut it down, fingers crossed power keeps steady till it finishes.
Gone to bed. Howling wind.
Power went out around 4am.
Weather was OK by mid-morning. No running water.
Power restored 8 pm.

7/17 Thu
Power gone a couple of hours before dawn. Gone again before noon until 4 pm. Still no water. Started raining early afternoon. Little to no water by early evening.

7/18 Fri
No scheduled power outage today - thank goodness (Meralco started rotating power shutdown yesterday due to low generation daw). Trickles to no running water. Globe cell reception still iffy since Glenda hit. Electricity situation desperate in areas where strong winds took down poles and damaged power lines. Overheard: some people out there taking advantage, offering to charge devices for a fee. Sad.

Monday, July 7, 2014

who you dada blog

Search the words - dada blog - on the big G and there I am, on page 1 (with the movement/philosophy, a music band, a dad blogger, doctor...). Then last month, I am still on the prime numero uno page but the bottom half, and sometimes on page 2... kicked off by a nice craft blogger.

Where was she all this time? We started blogging about the same time but I did not notice her till she shot up to number 1 of page 1. I'm glad she caught up, she has a business and a niche -- hers is an income source. Mine is not even close, just a personal journal with one google ad running on a small box in case a visitor decides to click on it which sends a few cents my way.

Why do I want my blog to be on page 1 for anyway? I want to find it quickly, I back-read. Have you heard about bookmarks? Pfft! Seeing myself on top of SERP is awesome! Who the heck searches for "dada blog" anyway? ME!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

finally bought a better desktop monitor

... because I had to.

Someone said our custom-built desktop computer's hardware and parts have a useful life of four to six years, and then, you'll either have to upgrade or replace something. That was six years ago (2008). He was right.

The motherboard died last year. Useful life: five years. We replaced it with Gigabyte A75M-UD2H and upgraded the memory and processor.

Last week, on June 26, the bottom display of the AOC 16" widescreen monitor went bad. The bottom 1/3 of the display was covered with a white, not-totally opaque row where image changes rendered in slow motion.

dada blog - old AOC monitor display problem


Did it look like that at startup? Yes.
Take a screenshot (print screen button) and paste it on Paint, is it still there? No.
Definitive test: We hooked it up to another machine and the white row did not disappear -- the monitor is shot. Useful life: 6 years.

Go and buy a new one. The recommendation? HDMI for higher resolution (min. 1080p) AND buy an HDMI cable too because it doesn't usually come with the monitor. NOTED. I added these:
  • LED (low power consumption)
  • 21.5" (anything wider will not fit in the old, framed computer table)

Went to Festival Mall in Alabang yesterday for new monitor-shopping. The good computer shops are on the 3rd level at the end of one wing, close to the elevator on that end. It's the wing on your right if you're coming in from entrances behind the mall. Don't make any turns to where the smaller shops are. From the elevator, the way curves a little to the right and there they are - PC Express and PCWorx!

PCExpress was a bust. The smallest monitor in stock with HDMI was a Samsung 24". No, thanks.

The bigger PCWorx was next door. There it was, displayed at the entrance, my second choice Samsung S22D390H 21.5" with everything on the list + tilt feature. SOLD (cost me 7,590 pesos). Does it come with an HDMI cable? No. Do you sell one? Yes. SOLD (1.8 meters and cost me 350 pesos). My first choice was the previous version daw so this is better!

samsung S22D390H 21.5 inches led, hdmi, tilt
Samsung S22D390H (stock photo)

Bought a WiFi all-in-one printer (with fax, copier, scanner, mobile printing) for the house too. An HP 4645e series B4L10B. They already installed the ink cartridges (black and tri-color) and tested it at the store. I set it up at home. Entered correct settings and turned it off-on so it will save it OK. Printing over WiFi worked flawlessly. We are good.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vintage Ray-Ban

vintage ray-ban aviator 1970s

Score! Vintage Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses from the 70s. Hand-me-down from the old man.

One nose pad has broken off and it is really too wide for my face (bumblebee-zilla). But I don't care. I will get the nose pads replaced and wear... err... put them in my bag as backup if my current sunglasses break.

Monday, June 9, 2014

pldt modem dsl light

6/4/14 WED
*Morning - Lost Internet connection, again!!! Power-cycled. DSL light on modem did not turn on.
*Noon - Power-cycled. Same result. Called PLDT 172. Told Customer Rep what I wrote above. He tested their server. Can I hold? Sure. Dumdeedum... Yup, the server is not communicating with our modem daw. He wrote a job order (asked me to write down the ref number). He said someone will come down to check the service cabinet. I was told to keep the modem on so they can continue remote testing.
*10 p.m. - Power-cycled. DSL light is now blinking. It should be steady so, no joy.

6/5/14 THU
*11a.m. - Mister PLDT service man called. Same person as last time, from his voice.

Mister Pldt: Let's replace the modem. Did they tell you it will be P1,200?
Me: Um, we have an extra modem from when we changed subscriptions.
Mister Pldt: Oh, OK. Can you attach that now? Can you do it yourself?
Me: Oo naman.
He said he will give me time to do that and he will call right back.

I took them (modem and power plug) out of the box. This modem is like the old one, except it's red-orange. Plugged it in, turned it on... all modem lights are good. We are back. (I should be happy and excited but no...)

*Fifteen minutes later - He called back, said the old modem is broken. He said if I turn the new one over, there is a password...

Me: Weh, what?
Mister Pldt: Ay, what modem is that?
Me: It's like the old one, the black box. This one is in a different color. We use a separate router...
Mister Pldt: OK, never mind. You're good for now.
Me: Did you see any problem in that cabinet?
Mister Pldt: If that modem did not work, that's when I'll look at the cabinet.
(Sa loob-loob ko, ngek, sana tiningnan nyo na din.)

Me: So, I'll throw the old modem out...
Mister Pldt: You can or you can keep it... as a souvenir.
(Yup, same mister.)

This is the third time within 30 days that we lost our Internet connection (see the previous two times). Not good!
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