Google maps starred location over time forgotten

Google Google, why don’t you allow users to rename starred location to their liking? At least allow us to describe what the heck the starred location was for…  I’ve got several addresses starred, but over time I’ve forgotten whose address it was. Bummer, no?

Is it really that difficult to allow users to save renamed starred items in their handset (if it’s super difficult to do it on your server)? Would appreciate it if Google could add this feature.

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Clear history when Firefox closes… sigh

I opt for this setting to ensure I don’t forget to clear the history of sites visited after I’m done using. However, it’s a bummer when Firefox force-closes and then ask you to restart. There is no way to retrieve the previous sites visited during the time Firefox crashed.

If only the “Clear history when Firefox closes” exempt situation when it crashes and force-closes. Alas, it doesn’t. So, back to manual setting.

Rega ceiling fan lifetime warranty caveats

I bought a Rega ceiling fan from Choong Ying Pte Ltd at IMM Building level 3 no 17 (referring to the receipt info) on new year eve of 2012. It cost SGD 360.

I had no previous information about this brand nor did I check the review about the company selling this fan. My first impression about the company was very good because of the help the salesperson given me during the buying process.

I got the ceiling fan (model V10/56) and the salesperson offered to give me the 3 speed control wall panel/module for FREE. When the technician came, the installation was okay during the mounting of the ceiling fan. However, when he was installing the 3 speed control panel, it was bad – he had to drill holes on the wall. The process was very distasteful: (1). He purposely drop his tools onto the unprotected marble floor when he was finished using them. This action caused several chipped spots on the surface (I told him on the second “throw” because I gave him the benefit of a doubt on the first incident), (2). The drilled hole did not match and he had to re-drill.

When the wall control was fixed, the knob for controlling the fan speed was faulty – whenever you turn the knob to the next speed, there was an abrupt electric buzzing sound. For fear of electrocuting my loved ones at home, I asked for a replacement and he said – all the control panel is the same (i.e. defective). I had to insist that he stayed put while I rushed to a shop to get a better control panel for the fan. He had to re-drill (the poor wall) to fix the control panel/module. Thank god it was all over….

Six months later, the fan started to decrease speed. Speed 3 slowed to equal that of speed 2 and subsequently speed 2 is equivalent to speed 1. Two days ago, it stopped completely. Adjusting the speed dial did nothing. A touch on the fan motor part gave sensation of a motor-“whirring” vibration suggesting that the electricity is flowing through the motor and the motor is “vibrating” but not powerful enough to move the blade.

A call to the service center today was the best decision of all. The person on the phone said that the motor is under life-time warranty. If I decide to claim the warranty, a technician will drop by my home and inspect the fault. That will cost me SGD 30 for the transportation and SGD 80 for the service (or installation fee). However, if the technician diagnosed the fault as not being the motor, the transportation and service fee still apply but additional parts not under warranty will be charged. Third scenario is that if the technician comes and diagnosed the fault and I decide not to take any action, the transportation and minimal SGD15 fee (for diagnostic) still applies. Thank you so much – I decided the hell with Rega and Choong Ying Pte Ltd (no. 199906782Z). Move on to shop for other ceiling fans.

FYI: The reason for opting Rega instead of major brands such as KDK et al. is due to the fact that the colour of this specific fan matched our living room. KDK comes mostly with metallic or white colour. Anyway… going for KDK this time.

Hello Kitty @ McD speculated

Limited Edition of Hello Kitty at McD costing SGD4.99 is targeted by speculators. The result comes as a ballooning price tag of more than SGD20.

Kids, my apology. Adults are sometimes creepy creatures. I can never understand the craze for such soft toy s and it baffles me as to why in the world that such toys are always limited.

Shouldn’t McD Singapore be well-informed about the trend of collecting Hello Kitty by now? Why don’t McD minimize kids’ disappointment by ordering more of these toys (to cater for crazy adults as well) for each event? In addition, considering the craze for such toys, more manufacturing plants can be setup in third world to help boost the economy and alleviate poverty. If McD hasn’t done so, the profit can be channeled to charity.

Right now, all I gather is that
1. McD entice-and-deprive kids of Hello Kitty.
2. McD promotes speculation of collectibles (probably limited edition stuff draws more crowd – marketing strategy).
3. McD is more successful in its collectibles than other fast food joints (the power of Hello Kitty).
4. McD is not proactive enough to prevent the loss of feel-good moment. These speculators only strike at the crucial moment (e.g. in the mid of the event when everyone got hooked up to complete a series) and never ever during the beginning. That’s a strategy speculators learnt to minimize cost and maximize demand. Speculators must be very happy that McD is providing them the thrill-for-the-kill.

readcube dot com review

Lately, I have been directed to this site for some of the searches I do and click on Google. What the heck is it (readcube.com)? I went to search wikipedia and came up with this –  Readcube is an app for reading academic research papers.

Okay, first look I have decided that I don’t like readcube. Here are a few reasons:

1. I have already got a lot of online “memberships”, from blog, news, ncbi (pubmed), emails, facebook, google plus, etc.. and I don’t really fancy having another account with login and password etc.

2. The look is really inconvenient. Reading a pdf file in acrobat reader offline is already difficult due to the small font size and really limited figure size. Having a left and right panels to further encroach the reading field makes my very-less-than-20-20 vision impossible to read. What is worst is that I can’t find (probably just me) a toggle to hide/show these panels. I tried giving them a feedback regarding this matter but failed (because I need to sign up first).

3. I’m really used to scrolling up and down with the mouse wheel. Using readcube, scrolling the pdf file takes significant processing. If you have a dinosaur processor, just forget it because it just “slow-mo” on you. Bottomline is that it takes more processing (or FLOPS) to read at readcube than offline or via acrobat-reader-on-browser (in my hand).

Well, I think the only thing that really frustrates me with Readcube is that the reading field is really really small in my netbook (10″ screen) and the “slow-mo” in scrolling the pdf.

Where there isn’t any Blu-Ray writer on sale

Asus online site (http://www.asus.com/sg) gives your the product listing and description but when it comes to order online (there is none). When you scroll down and click on “where to buy” – it shows a listing, the promising ones would be at Sim Lim and Funan shops. Don’t waste your time searching at “superstores” such as Best Denki, Challenger, COurts, Harvey Norman, and Newstead online sites.

Same case with Samsung (http://www.samsung.com/sg/). What is so annoying with Samsung is that they try to be smart by directing consumers to “buy-online” option only to bring you to partner websites such as Courts Singapore (or Gain City). The problem with Courts search engine is that it runs on “tiny squeaky mouse on wheel” in a prehistoric pre-Google era with lack of respect for consumers’ search inputs by throwing rubbish as output. Try searching “optical drive” and you will be guaranteed a driven-up-the-wall-while-pulling-your-hair-screaming response.

LG Singapore (http://www.lg.com/sg/) nada (synonymous to nothing, zilch, zero). Seems to find a trend now… Singapore has no Blu-ray writers in store… or at least online stores or at “superstores”.

Liteon (http://www.liteonodd.com/) country selection prompt is a funny event. I can’t even click Singapore which is like a microscopic speck. Asean region is not clickable as well… I need to go to Hong Kong or Taiwan (the nearest region) to shop if I want Lite-On.

Panasonic Singapore (http://www.panasonic.com.sg/) – no luck.

Well, Sim Lim Singaopre seems like a place to visit if I want to hunt for Blu-Ray writers (latest BDXL up to 128 Gb). Need to search at level 3 and above for best bargains. At the highest floor will be a good bet, but I will need to ascertain which are respectable shops. This can be determined via Sim Lim “StaRetailer” with a Star sign (http://www.simlimsquare.com.sg/store_list.php). Don’t visit those without the “Star”. Likely will get into trouble as highlighted by most reviewers who visited Sim Lim departmental store (http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g294265-d1459192-Reviews-Sim_Lim_Square-Singapore.html)

Now, I will update if I ever get a Blu-Ray in Singapore.

Expiry or manufacturing date on a product?

Dear Manufacturers,

Please be considerate as to allow consumers to figure out what the date on your product means. Best still, why not date all your products as expiry dates instead of being smart Alec and date your products as you please.

For example, I have a Kodomo baby lotion powder with the date 020312 and I am really confused. First, I am unsure what the first four numbers are. They could be (ddmm or mmdd). I can only guess the last two numbers are (yy). FYI d=day, m=month, y=year. Second, I am unsure if the date is manufacturing date or expiry date. It would make more sense if the manufacturer just provide consumers with expiry date because I don’t give a shit when the product was manufactured, I only care when I should stop using it. If the manufacturer insist on printing manufacturing date, at least be sensible as to provide information about “use within duration from date of  manufacture” or in short, “good within 2 years (from date of manufacture)”. See how cumbersome to print manufacturing date?? Make life easy and just print expiry date!

What should I do with my Kodomo product that have all the dates printed but make no sense? Anyone contacted Kodomo to get the above answer? I have emailed them and hope to receive a response soon. Will update this post (hopefully soon).

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Update (20130602-yyyymmdd)

I have received a response from Kodomo representative. The date on the product is manufacturing date and the expiry date is 3 years from the manufacturing date (ddmmyy format). The example above would have an expiry date of 02 March 2015. Just hope Kodomo will switch to expiry date soon because manufacturing date makes no sense.