Sunday, December 19, 2010

Baking a motherboard works.

I've been hearing about this method for quite long but never had to do it.

In theory, any processor or CPU will heat by been used... and cool off when is not: so the constant on/off of a computer can crack solderings and then faiures happens.

The victim

Also, a power source can simply just heat enough your devices, or better the electric field created by such high voltage can crack the tin.... anyways, sticking your motherboard in your oven at 200 Celsius degrees for 5 minutes is supposed to do the magic trick..
baking... I made 4 aluminum foil balls to keep the mobo leveled
I have no better explanation than this; but it works and now my desktop system is up and running.

Here is the method.

  1. Remove the CMOS Battery. Every battery exposed to fire will explode... important.
  2. Remove all cables and every piece of plastic that can be removed. In this case I didn't took off the fan mount and guess what.. it melted.
  3. Preheat the oven.
  4. Once the baking time is over.. let it cool by itself and do not touch it.

Shit happens

Couple of posts back I've mentioned about my desktop computer been broken... So I did the proper troubleshoot and prognosis said motherboard dead.

So  I did whatever the average joe will do on such a case.. Buy a new mobo.
Problem with this kind of things is that 2 years old technology is not really available. I had 4 ddr2 dims on that mobo so I needed a 4 slot motherboard AM2/AM2+ socket...

long story short... I got one and guess what...
My proc is a Phenom 9850 X4 who runs on 125 watts... motherboard only support 95 watts CPU so i'm fucked.

Time to upgrade... I'll need to get an exchange and maybe spend 500 dollars in cpu, mobo and ram.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blackberry OS 6 on the bolt 9700

Whoever follows me on twitter or just happens to know me will know that I've been bitching around the fact that I've got drawn to the blackberry path as well as everybody in this piece of shit country.

Somehow, phone companies have brainwashed population... so everybody here thinks that there is no other way of having data on a cellphone if it's not a blackberry.

Anyways... blackberry data plan were cheaper than open data plans so I went the cheap road and got a blot2 (9700) who came with blackberry OS 5 and SUCKS BIG TIME

Then, because a couple of events that happened on the office I decided to use the "encryption" feature of the cellphone to encrypt my data and stuff. I'm not really sure if the thing really encrypt; but it definitely sucks processor resources and made it worst.
A friend of mine told me about his bolt2 with blackberry OS56 and I did the upgrade.... here are my thoughts.

RIM has made a serious improvements (at least i feel it that way) with this UI. It is faster than the previous version and the new webkit based browser improves A LOT the sucky browsing experience.
Overall, the whole thing has been retouched so the user interface is snappy and quick. The whole design seems sharp and resemble android or an iphone UI and yes.. I liked that.

Apparently I won't be trowing my blackberry against the wall on march as I was thinking to do when replacing it with a motorola droid pro (or better the flip out that looks quirky)

The truth is that... it is a beta release for my phone as RIM has only released it officially for the new torch (9800) so I'm been nice not to point out the couple of bugs I've found. Apparently the improvement on speed is making me happy enough to let it be; but the truth is that RIM need to upgrade the hardware... ATM every mayor manufacturer of smartphones is designing their devices with the Qualcom Snapdragon and this new blackberry OS6 seems to be putting more stress over the crappy processor  in terms of graphics (try to run texas holdem king2 or some other game and you'll get the phone freeze up).

For me, running blackberry OS 6 on the bolt 9700 only means a "delay" on the replacement... which means I earn a couple of months to save up for a new piece of hardware that worth it.
how to doit?


Like any Microsoft product... this blackberry os6 is a piece of shit with a prettier UI.
I feel the phone snappier but I have to reboot it way more often than with bbos5. Now.. taking into consideration that I'm running a Betta I can't be so dramatic; but yes.. it still sucks.

I've installed version on the bold 9700. Follow the link to know what I think

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rain... lots of rain

Ok... whoever live's in Panama as I do is suffering first hand the odds of nature.... but (and here is the reason of this post)

really?   odds of nature?

and here I go

I've been hearing some fuzz about the Gringos making a new kind of mass destruction weapon  based on the HAARP Program.

HAARP is supposed to be a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems among other things.... a high power transmitter facility operating in the High Frequency range used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study.

Now... I'm an electrical engineer... so I'm supposed to know about high frequency emitting shit and it's consequences... so here is my word.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The workship of patience...

I just wanted to vent out 'casue I've been suffering in first hand the Murphy law...

My wife is a sales manager on a company that sells/trade computer parts and accessories... silly me, I don't have a UPS or any other kind of power protection on this computer (home desktop); so I did the natural thing... ask her for one.

According to her, there were none available (at least not larger than 300 VA which is nothing), so guess what.. we didn't get any UPS.
Couple of days back.... bamm! porwer source.

So naturally... my motherboard got fried. I did the proper troubleshoot... no signs of pulse here... the thing is drop dead.
So I did the natural cheap guy thing... change the power source thinking that maybe the powersource was faulty and because it wasn't sending enough power to the board it didn't POST....

error... same thing.. no pulse.

well.. do not ask me what I did.. but while I was removing the thing I know I removed the 2032 CMOS bat to use it for something and fired it up... guess what


well, last night i was doing the oil service on my wife Fiat Palio and got along with it so I ended washing the engine as if the car will go to a show off or something... everything fine except that by the time I wanted to go home (after a couple of beers ofcourse) while I was driving on the highway the car started to add erratically as if some sparkplug is not firing up or something.

Odd... as usual I thought there were some water damage around so I reved up my engine as much as I could. After I burned fuel like an idiot I went straight to bed for my beauty sleep.

Today I took the car out to run some errants with the fam... guess what..
I ended again on Ozland troubleshooting and applying contact cleaner to every single electric contact I could see on that damned engine bay.

The car still faulty and I'm pissed of as I have no fucking idea what could be. I'm about to change the engine coils and the spark plugs cables to see if it lives on or what.

maybe it will get fixed by itself as my desktop.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Panamanians can receive money thru paypal!

This may be old news but happens to be that I just find out.

Panamanians with paypal accounts can receive money and withdraw money. Apparently Paypal started to likes Panamanians again.

We were screwed for several years because our country were in several money laundry list that paypal just let us make our purchases by handling our credit cards and that's it.

We can withdraw money to a US bank account... which at least is something.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The schnauzer dilemma...

About a month and half ago, I went to the pet shop in order to buy the fish tank filters. (yes, I have a fish tank full of goldfish) and while I was picking the tera filter package my wife and daughter went to see the doggy's...

Long story short... I took home a 3 months old standard schnauzer plus another bunch of crap for the puppy. When I asked for the dogs papers they gave me the vaccination chart because the dog has no pedigree and is not registered. OK fine... I accepted and took the dog home.

To comply with the "sales contract" I had to take him within 7 days to the vet (their vet) to verify if the puppy was defective or something which I did.. The dog had some infection on the ears so I bought the medication and asked for the third multivalent vaccine that was supposed to get applied 8 days later...

Happens to be that the dog got sick 2 days later.... bloody diarrhea. I took him to another vet, made some test and such to find out the dog had parvo...

So, 5 days later, when the diarrhea ended and the pup slightly got his strength back, I started to take him out for short walks; where we ran into other people with other dogs...
Some gal told me that she feels Thomas was kinda small for a standard schnauzer. Inevitably, I started to have my doubts; so I  looked for the schnauzer growth table all over the internet without any luck... just found the miniature schnauzer table.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

changing the gmail account associated to your Google account.

Recently; I've found myself in a "fair and stupid" dilemma... I wanted to change my gmail address.

The deal was simple.. I need a new; not so offending username for my gmail account as mine is pretty obscene.

Back on the days that gmail was available only by invitation i had made an account and honestly don't remember why I errased it... Nevertheless, I had tested how good was the spam killer and filters big G implemented on their new free email product first hand; so I decided to create a new account specially for web business, warez forums and porn sites logins.

back on those days this social web shit didn't exist; and I couln't figure out that people from my job will be linking who was the motherfucker behind the gmail account.

Anyhow, with buzz, facebook, twitter and other stuff that i had logged in to test (using the gmail account in question) i've made some friends and shit... to find out that everybody knows who i am; and if they doesn't...t hey are still able to see my email address if they were smart enough... so I NEED A NICER GMAIL ADDRESS.

anyways.... google doesn't let you do that.

what the hell will I know.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blogging da' bullshit facelift

Using blogger new "Template Designer"

It is pretty obvious that this is a blogger blog with a custom domain name; and since the beginning I've tried to make a kick ass design; which made me think several times to make the blogger to wordpress transition since it is sort off easier to design websites on wordpress.

Well.. I'm still using blogger and got rid of all my template tweeks. Too bad as I had to read way too much crap to know what I was doing.

Now, blogger has introduce a new designer thing... I checked it out... and in less than 5 minutes I pimped my blog. Way to go google!

Now... my overall design has the header over the blog part at the same level of the sidebars... and i meant to keep that; but it has been impossible to get the transparency of the image shown... Minor thing but it's looking pretty damn nice!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Slackware 13.1 on the asus laptop (eee 1005HA)

I've been using this little machine as my main system for the last couple of days since one of my hard drives died... well it was recoverable with zerofill / dban but why bother? The hard drive still under warranty.

back to Slackware 13.1 released on may 24th; it is not really a breakthrough but an update to the legendary linux distribution. The upgrade from 12.1 to 13 was the biggest change just by taking into consideration that since then, Slackware Linux support officially amd64 processors.

I've chose slack because of
Anyways, i wanted to write about my experience with Slackware and the little netbook that could. This machine lack the horsepower but has enough capabilities to print out a nice smile on my face; and Slackware 13.1 has improved the performance in comparison with winXP or kubuntu; wich is amazing.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Revenge CRABS

WTF i mean...

Get Even with Revenge Crabs

you have to be kidding me...
Gestational pubic crab eggs delivered fresh to your door.

This is just fucking hilarious.

Friday, April 30, 2010

My new asus laptop

Some time ago, asus invented the netbook.

Great idea.
From a strictly engineering point of view it was brilliant. A cheap machine designed to do the job; and that's it. I don't know what is the idea behind it; but lets face it. If it get broken... you buy a new one in a new york day... maybe swap the hdd if you are lazy enough to customize it again....

Cheap, portable ... whatever a salesman will tell you to convince you; true.

But as many other people around the world... I don't need one.
I have a full blown desktop that i build myself. Quad core processor, 8GB of ram and two overcompensating full HD monitors to watch movies and play  videogames.

Anyhow... I got me this week a nice looking asus Eee (model 1005ha)
it last 8.5 to 9 hours on a full charge (nice!) and performance wise... perfect.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Live Butterfly Gardens

Ok... time to blog.

I live in panama city, Republic of Panama; where we have abundance of butterflies. In fact, panama, in some native Indian dialect means that; abundance of butterflies and fish.

Since I was born here; i honestly don't give a damned; but you know... webbing around while killing some time in the office (like you don't do it) I've found out that some people take the time to grow butterflies...

I've seen people grow iguanas, fishes, frogs... turtles and bugs; and in fact (thanks to the silence of the lambs) I know people collect butterflies; but never heard of growing them.

They even sell butterfly gardens kits with alive caterpillars that they mail out. NICE

I wonder... why there is always a "kit"?

anyways... I found interesting that it was such a popular hobby... not only collecting the butterflies; but grow them from caterpillars.
So inmediatly  and without thinking my business mind came along...

What kind of butterflies caterpillars can I find in my sunny, humid and beautiful Panamanian rain forests?
I can make a fortune if I were hunting such a thing...

now... been serius

This is a big huge thing.
One of the things I've learn while reading about butterfly gardens is that you actually need to handpick the plants and flowers you'll grow up, so they will get enough nectar and hang around your place... So the whole idea of getting these kits is actually to grow up the caterpillars and deal with your butterflies pets.


Maybe I've never tough about it because I'm a lucky bastard who actually is annoyed by all the butterflies that hangs around my place with no invitation.

so.. why do I care to about such a thing?

simple... in one of my alternate lives I'm a famous entomologist... like CSI Grissom.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

3 year old toddler mistakes gun for Wii controller- shoots herself

Cheyenne Alexis McKeehan, a Tennessee girl, aged 3, accidentally killed herself on Sunday night, according to local police in Wilson County.

The incident allegedly occurred after she mistook a gun for a Wii controller.

Investigators claim that the girl's stepfather, Douglas Cronberger, had left a semi-automatic weapon on the living room table, and that the child had mistaken it for a Nintendo Wii controller. The child is then said to have fatally shot herself in the abdomen.

I have a daugther that age.... and if you ask me... that stupid ass guy (father) will have to rot in jail.
How in your fucking mind you are living a semi-automatic weapon on the coffee table?

better yet... how it is that you do not enable the security device that locks the trigger?

Acording to what i've read, the girl took the gun and it immediately went off...


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

blogger or self hosted wordpress....

Ok people...
I've been spending time into thinking what to do about this specific topic for bloggindabullshit.

One of my co-workers happens to be a good graphic designer who offered to make up my blog in change of some other knowledge... wich I accepoted.

so.. yes, soon I'll have a fancy unique design (not that mine isn't unique or cool enough) and since I own my domain..

however... there is nothing I've found that wordpress do that blogger doesn't offer me at the moment.

In fact; blogger give me the option of forgetting about webhosting and stuff... becuse it is owned by google... and let's face it.

who is going to hack google?

This site is not an adult site or any ilegal stuff related so no worries about been banned and stuff like that... which is what i've been found as answers on the forums and stuff.

I haven't make my mind yet on this toppic... but hey

Ineeded to  post something didn't I?