Archive for August, 2016

Gegirl, and Her Upset Tummy..

August 24, 2016

Get well soon.

Been pooping watery poops lately.

Been to the vet, praying for fast recovery.

Apparently, I didnt know cats hated abrupt cat food changes.

But fret not, she is still as active as she could be.

And sorry guys, no poop pics as Im busy cleaning her up. And her cage area. And her litter tray too.

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LED/LCD Issues..

August 24, 2016

Ok. Im one of the victim as well, actually.

Got that new flatscreen TV. Then you spot some issues:

  • Image is lagging behind audio
  • Sound difference across channels
  • Image is overly too bright or dull
  • Is my TV gonna last long?

Ok, so here we go as we try to troubleshoot the issue, one after another. Ill be using my Toshiba UI (user interface) as an example, though most TVs uses about the same layout.

A. The lagging image issue.

This is usually caused by some additional features that tries to boost or clean the image before it shows up on the screen.

Press MENU on the remote, and head down to Picture / Image setting. Since we are adjusting several settings at once, Ill set my TV first to Dynamic picture mode (we will later tweak this).

As for my Toshiba TV, they have Contrast Booster in the Picture Settings, Ill disable it first.

Also for my TV, it has Noise Reduction separate menu. Just click RETURN / BACK button on the remote.
For others, the features may already be on the screen which can be accessed by pressing the down/up key of the remote. Or try scrolling to the right on the Advanced Settings.

Ill disable everything that is related to image cleaner or booster.

Auto Clean, MPEG NR (noise reduction), DNR (digital noise reduction), they just have to go.

Some TVs have Cinema Mode. Try toggling either settings and see which works better. My Toshiba has lesser delay with it enabled.

Now for an added advice, ensure your colour temperature is set to Natural else your image will appear too blueish or reddish.

B. Image is too bright or dull, and how to ensure your TV will be able to last longer.

Remember the previous settings set to Dynamic? This is where I will adjust several settings down as Dynamic will set everything at maximum, which is supposed to irritate your eyes.

Backlight: The higher you set, the faster the LED or CFL tube light will ‘die’. Reduce it. Depending on where the TV is placed, you can set between 50% to 85%. In short, the lower you set, the lower the power consumption and heat production, thus longer TV life.

Contrast: Most old tube TVs had did setting at maximum, and woah, no you dont wanna do that on your LED/LCD or plasma. Reduce it. Settings between 75% to 90% should be good.

Some TV has a contrast boost setting, or image enhancer. You may want to disable them to reduce picture lag, if disabling them resulted in a dark picture, enable them a low or medium settings.

Brightness: This affects how bright the pixel will appear. No, you should be fine at default 50%.

Colour: Again, this settings should be defaulted at 50%. You dont need to tweak unless you want to increase or reduce the details intensity which will affect output quality.

Tint/Sharpness: Again another settings which you usually do not need to adjust. Keep it at default, or zero for this case.

*Some TVs do not use % for their settings. They have a scroll bar that can start from 0 to 10/15, or have a balanced setting of 0 and can go to -15/-30 or +15/+30 . Auto adjust your understanding of these explanation on these scenarios. 

If you are totally lost, set the picture mode back to Standard / Default.

Lastly, always ensure your TV is not installed near heat producing sources. Clean the air vents regularly by using a vacuum cleaner and do not blow the dust inwards.

Ok, now do the same for other sources by changing the Input Source (i.e. TV, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, Video 1, Video 2) and checking their individual Picture Settings.

C. Volume imbalance.

Some TVs have auto volume leveller. Enable this function under Audio Settings.

For my Toshiba TV, they dont. You will need to adjust the Audio Level Offset.

Ill set it upward to +6 or +8. This will upblast the volume for channels with soft sound output, so you do not need to set to insane volume and get a shock when you switch sources.

And yes of course, if they have settings such as virtual surround, bass boost or Power Bass Booster, any kind of enhancer such as Vocal Boost, disable them. The TV speakers can do so much, you may destroy the sound output quality or the speakers themselves. 

Keep the audio settings (treble, bass, balance) at default.

Spelling Plays A Part

August 20, 2016

.. even for brandings.

You see, this is one sad case, I shall say.

A fan that brings back..

.. Memories. Hehehehe..

Sorry seller, got to share this.

No offence. Peace.

Darling. Where Are You?

August 16, 2016

Ok.

There she goes again.

Climbing on her own cage.

Meow. Meow. Where are you?

Never mind.

Ill just sit in.

Android Gallery. Blank. Missing Items. No Please..

August 16, 2016

*updated 23 Aug 2016. My bad. I forgot about clear thumbnail caches.

It happens.

One fine day, you open up your Gallery and you will be shocked to find out:

  1. Damn! Where did my photos go to?
  2. Where are my videos?
  3. What the.. My screenshots!

In some cases, some appeared. The rest, the more suay ones will see a blank gallery.

Then again, here is the catch.

You opened up a file manager app (i.e. File Manager or File Commander), you still see your photos or videos there (usually inside Internal or SD Card, under DCIM folder), or if you are an organizer, your personally created folders and their contents are still intact.

So, what now?

Usually, the issues are with 2 main Android apps: Gallery and Media Storage apps.

I recommend if you have the time, do a backup immediately, either via cloud storage apps or a PC/laptop, before proceeding.

1. Go to Settings, open up Apps or Applications

2. You may need to scroll to the right or left, or select from a dropdown selection menu, and choose to view All Apps.
Now, we need to target the two problematic apps, and Clear Cache, Clear Data and Force Stop them.

So first, as above, look for Gallery and click it.

Hit Clear Cache, followed by Clear Data then Force Stop. Now, lets proceed with Media Storage app as well.

Look for Media Storage, click on it.

Again, hit Clear Cache, followed by Clear Data then Force Stop.

3 . Now, we need to clear old thumbnail caches. Use a File Manager app, and search in both Internal Memory and SD card if applicable, go into DCIM > .thumbnails folder, clear everything in it. Do the same if you see .aux folder, clear all the contents inside.

Once done, reboot your Android device.

Upon reboot, allow your device to boot up first, not opening anything within the first 2minutes after powering on.
Then, open up Gallery again, and give it time to update the lists/folders/media items.

Psst. Have you secured your Android devices? Read up here.

Why Windows (10)?

August 10, 2016

Ok, this is so gonna be a random post.

Why, I really preferred Windows:

  1. Its not Mac OS.
  2. Its easier to manage; CMD is easier than Terminal, even Control Panel is way easier on Windows.
  3. BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) is our best friend, to inform us of a software compatibility or possible hardware failing issue. In Mac, you usually dont get random crashes, which may sound good, but next thing, you tried to start up a Mac machine and you get a folder with a question mark.. Woot! That feeling..
  4. UI (User Interface)? Hey, they feel the same these days, especially if you use Windows 10. Multi screen, perfect transitions.
  5. Compatibility with almost all sort of devices, Windows offer many alternatives, Mac restricts then gives you limitation nonsenses.
  6. Battery life; no Im serious. If you set the correct settings, and manage your applications properly, a Windows portable machine can play well alongside a MacBook. I had an Aspire laptop from Acer years ago that outlasted 8hours when on Centrino.
  7. Virus? What virus? Windows may sound more vulnerable, but MacOS needs an antivirus also these days. Can I cough on the likes of MacKeeper? And take note, security patches are made available on either OS on a frequent basis, and most Mac users are guilty of not updating regularly.
  8. Varieties. Options. Admit it. Everyone have different preferences, and Windows is supported on various brands and models, so go ahead and choose which you like. Some are detachable, rotate-able, transformable. Mac? Sit tight there.
  9. Portability. And connectivity. Hey, even the slimmest Windows machine (cough.. cough.. Xiaomi? HP?) offers a proper USB port, and even HDMI out. The Macbook? One USB Type C and you need an adapter to connect to power, USB and HDMI, and man, that thing heats up so much.
  10. Cross device/platform compatibility. Windows won it here; they had it on mobile devices, laptop/notebook alikes, and desktops.

Memories. Emotions.

August 10, 2016

Human minds can be tricky at times.

One moment you are smiling, laughing. Discussing about work stuffs.

Next, the mind suddenly played an old memory. One that can either bring joy, or bring back a memory that causes you to feel down.

Tears may even trickle down.

Your expression suddenly changes, and people around you may just suddenly notice it.

And best of all, that random playback has got nothing to do with the discussions you were having about.

*images used are random images of my own, captured using my own mobile, taken years back