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Sunday, October 19, 2014

. . . upgrade . . .

assalamualaikum

this is the 3rd time that i (will) change my modems as well as the TV box.

now for those who wants to know, Switzerland by far is dominated by Swisscom, one of the largest telecommunication provider. theres quite a few but this is probably the most promoted company. in my limited knowledge, theres also UPC Cablecom (which boasts cheap and REALLY fast internet... but bad customer services), Orange... yeah. i think thats it. theres of course more but those 3 are the common ones i encounter when it comes to connectivity.

i started out with another provider (prepaid) before slowly venturing to postpaid as well as internet (internet came a bit later since the first apartment i stayed in had no way of installing your own internet as they already have one pre-installed and you had to buy monthly credits from the company who owned the building... sort of a hotel apartment). hence it was quite a while for me to get into the real deal.

after having a postpaid line for about 3 or so years, and the fact the i moved to a new apartment, i started venturing and gaining more interest in private connectivity. the internet here by far is the best. i've only experienced Brunei's capability (which still sucks until today) and Switzerland changed my adoration for the internet way more.


i started off with DSL back in 2010... that was already good. never had any faults nor complaints either from the internet to the tv box. there were moments when the modem's light turned red but it was always about re-configurations... updates or simply because the provider was currently in a process of change. which lead to fibre optics that came quite a few years after that.


above is the centro grande. as of 2013, my area was installed with fibre optics and at the moment i was at a high interest on trying out the new speeds. i called up and promptly ordered my set and it came in a mere few days. though i had quite a few bumps on installing it as i wasn't prepared for it, all went well in the end and i was happily surfing in high download and upload speeds. technically i couldn't tell the difference since its never been heavily used in terms of the maximum number of people. i had a few people come and stay but so far the speeds never dropped nor have i ever even turned it off for long periods of time. and since i don't need a land-line as i am on my hand phone most of the time, i decided to cancel it and remained with the internet and tv which has been a good choice as it has cut down the monthly bills that i pay.

now just last week, after getting an iPhone 6, i did what was deemed to be an impulse move which the results have by far been pretty okay. i upgraded my postpaid contract from CHF35 per month to CHF99 per month. a heck of a leap from the previous and definitely expensive. but hang on just a sec, i deemed the CHF99 to be cheap, because back when i was using CHF35, i spent actually more than that.

the CHF99 boasts of unlimited internet usage while the CHF35 charged me a specific amount after using my 250mb limit which was annoying me for quite sometime after being mediumly attached to social connectivity i.e. Instagram, Twitter and so on. i actually paid 100 to 200 francs depending on my usage. calling out was charged as well. messages too.

technically i rarely call and messages now are commonly typed through secondary messaging services or apps which deals more on the internet such as WhatsApp, LINE, Viber (which also includes free calls) etc. these apps eats your megabyte numbers like a fat kid goin' thru chocolate cake.

its only been a couple of days since i used the CHF99 contract and so far its been absolutely amazing. fast speeds compared to the previous and rare times of lags. so there is yet more to encounter and i am anxiously waiting for the first bill.

now back to home connectivity. i download and share my files quite frequently. i'm not the sort of person to do important business but its more for entertainment purposes. i've been dreaming of making my own server one day and accessing my files to and from home if possible. that dream has yet to be achieved but i have a feeling with the new modem, i might have a chance.

the centro grande had a usb port at the back which i thought could've been used to connect a portable hard disk or pandrive but sadly to no avail, it didn't work when i tried it out. when given a question to the provider, they simply told me that port was unusable for the moment and probably in the next few months or year, they will produce out another attachment device which then after connecting it to the modem, you can connect your hard disk or pandrive. phew. even explaining it to you, you might've felt a bit of a burden on trying to figure it out. simply, with the modem, you'd have to purchase another device that will be able to read hard disks.

now i haven't mentioned on the extra modem i connected to my centro grande. i bought a western digital modem that supplies dual WiFi speeds of 2.4GHz and 5GHz (which again doesn't make any sort of difference as i've never stress tested it before with loads of people. frankly i thought it was a waste of money but i was in the spur of the moment... i can only blame and apologise to myself as well as my bank account). to spare anyone more complicated details and complicated explanations, lets just say i was thinking of boosting the internet experience as well as my sharing connectivity.

so now, apart from my new postpaid contract, i upgraded the internet modem as well as the tv box to Swisscom's latest offer, the Vivo M. you can check it out here. there are more choices of speeds but i took this as some sort of middle ground. boasting up to 1GB/s speeds which is actually 20% faster than what i have ordered to be install BUT nonetheless... i think 40MB/s is just a median amount for a mediumly frequent internet user such as myself.

so introducing the new changes that will be installed...

this is a more detailed view of the box(es) compared to the mysterious pic
that i recently uploaded on Instagram

i have to give speedy response a plus to Swisscom. once you ordered, they will send and activate it as soon as you even barely have time to comprehend what your going up against for the future. the boxes are somewhat smaller than that of the Centro Grande which made me stop a few times on the way home from the post office. and definitely lighter. when i took it out of the box, it gave me that Apple packaging kind of feel which might be some sort of a nod to the brand as it is also widely used here only being approached closely by Samsung.

upon opening the box... more hints of an Apple design both on the TV box as well as the modem. now i wanted to tease you on picking out which one is which but i forgot that i took a broad picture and any idiot will know which device plays its role (hint: remote control... duh).



Swisscom managed to crack a smile on my face when i took out the TV box. as you can see just beneath upon holding the tv box, they stated the obvious of loving our national leisure time activity. bravo Swisscom. another thumbs up for such a cute way of attracting customers (as well as squeezing out our money). the size is undeniably similar but larger than an Apple TV. hopefully Apple doesn't come out busting Swisscom's ass on copyright regulations or whatnot as they are famous for doing that. All in all, TV Box was good to go and in perfectly sturdy condition... as for the modem.


this came at quite a shock. for the first part when i took it out of the box, seemed like someone just randomly cut a hole from a box to put into a box hastily. let me be specific and show it to you...



its somewhat terrifying to know how this package has been handled but so far no broken pieces was found. phew. i was quite worried because the modem itself was 3 times heavy than the Centro Grande.

what really terrifies me is that the metal notch that you see was simply hanging onto the cut out (read: CUT out) hole just like that and supposedly if the package was flung around here and there in the delivery van, it would've broken off ! this was also in my point of view the most important part as it will connect the fibre optic wires that will leak in those previous internet speeds... so Swisscom... well. you wouldn't be reading this anyway but still if any of your staff does come by it, you might need to rethink about the packaging. maybe put in pads or better protection for it.

that is my only issue.

they will start reactivating and changing the settings for my new connection and asked me to connect the new parts by this 23rd. so from there, i will probably take some more time to see as well as understand what the hype and difference will affect me.

wassalam

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

. . . song ga yeon . . .

assalamualaikum,

i've been waiting for her debut this whole month when i heard that she will finally debut as an MMA fighter on August 17th. and it was definitely worth it.

although i saw this through a recorded broadcast, i must say, wow! great job Song Ga Yeon! amazing and really didn't expect you to go through it fast and thorough. less than 5 minutes at that. i would've thought that you would take your time and pace yourself to put down your opponent.

Song Ga Yeon dubbed as the Korean Deadly Beauty

but i was taken aback and absolutely shocked at the first few seconds of the beginning where she immediately pummeled down Emi Yamamoto with an array of punches. after that it was smooth sailing all the way. Yamamoto gave quite a struggle but it was absolutely a futile effort.

i was also amazed at her smooth actions on launching take downs. Yamamoto didn't have much of a chance although she did manage to sneak a kick to her chin while being pinned near the wall. but seeing a determined Ga Yeon pinning and pummeling, it was definite that she'd already won.

i could see within that cute and beautiful face that she was absolutely ecstatic of her first win. hopefully the first of many to come in the near future. i'll keep on watching her for sure.

keep on the good fight Song Ga Yeon!

oh yes, hurt me!

A bit on Song Ga Yeon that i know... i began noticing her in a korean tv reality series, 'Roommate' and took quite a fancy of her since she looked both cute and innocent. straight away i could feel something good about her even though she didn't give any special aura in the beginning while surrounded by her other roommates who were obviously well-known for their entertainment popularity; singers, actors and... one comedian. once i heard she was into MMA... i got more interested and kept on watching up until this very day. now frankly, the series isn't that good and has lots of cringy moments and for the most part, it wasn't doing well when it comes to tv ratings. same goes for Running Man unfortunately.

Roommate TV Series

anyway, anyone could see she was that serious into fighting and even gave few peeks of her launching several low kicks to her roommates as well as guests of the show. to the naked eye, probably it doesn't seem like it hurt. me too, i didn't see anything special on it but i am definitely sure, when in some sort of miracle that she does do it to me (maybe... one day... who knows?), i would probably give you a true answer.

born in Jeju Island, she knew exactly what she wanted from an early age. to be a fighter. her father put her into Hapkido training and her interest gained. sadly after a while, her father passed away and she seems burdened whenever asked about her parents. maybe from the sadness and to relieve her from it as to being depressed, she turned to martial arts. doing kick boxing as well.

as she continued to grow both in age and interest on martial arts, she went to school; worked in a few places to earn money and even wanted to further her studies. what amazed me the most is that she even wanted to enlist into the military. and i don't mean just normal recruits. she intended to enlist on the Korean Special Forces. i don't know about you but of all the women i know, that isn't what i would expect from a cutie like her. props on her for that and if she did manage to go into it, i don't think enemies would have a chance on her. hahahha...! most probably they'll die of the raging cuteness she brings ^___^

so after struggling with life, she moved on to MMA when first spotted by a chairman of a Korean MMA club in 2013, who thought she was some other fighters' girlfriend coming to watch them train and was surprised to know she was interested in martial arts. Ga Yeon was then invited to Seoul to join the club. she worked as a ring girl (obviously) at first then progressively made into one of a newly made team in the club, being the sole woman among other men. but don't be fooled, she has also had experience on sparring with the males. from the tv series itself, Ga Yeon isn't embarrassed nor timid when facing the opposite gender. in fact, she seems comfortable. she did eventually mention that most of her life, her family was from the club which consist mostly of men hence she doesn't restrain much when having physical contact with any male she meets (as long as she knows them of course).

to tell you the truth, the Roommate series is the only way that i know on keeping tabs on her (hey no, i'm not a stalker... i am interested in her growth since i am beginning to be a huge fan of hers). so far i haven't got a clue and i couldn't even find on the internet on her online social networks. and probably she won't accept easily...probably she even doesn't have time for it. i do hope the series manages to hang on for a bit more time so i can witness her progress.

she is a beauty!

again, congratulations Song Ga Yeon on your first MMA debut win! Fighting!

wassalam

Friday, August 15, 2014

. . . next! . . .

assalamualaikum,

although i feel it was just an Asian version of GTA, Sleeping Dogs managed to catch my attention aaaaand.... now that i've already finished wasting a few weeks of my life playing Sleeping Dogs (not involving the DLCs)... its time to move onto the next game(s) in line (among the hundreds that i have which i haven't played yet).

 Wei Shen as the protagonist of the game

along the way, as it is with most games themed like Sleeping Dogs, things got repetitive... quite a bit interesting at some points. i hate the racing parts especially because you ALWAYS start off the slowest and just plough your way to win (which eventually happens at most times if you concentrate enough to prevent yourself from being stuck or clip a sharp corner).

story-wise was awesome. kinda gives an 'ode' feeling to the Infernal Affairs movie(s) which i love and still watch it from time to time. its is quite short if you just stick to the storyline avoiding all the mini-quests that you can do along the way. i'm still confused between the green and blue story-markers... i think the blue is the main. or was it the green. anyhow, awesome game, give it a try if you get bored of GTA.

now!... the next game.

Alice: Madness Returns

roughly played around 5-7 hours of it since last Sunday while i was waiting for Max Payne 3 to finish downloading (which finished today!!! damn the heavy downloading traffic). surprisingly it really worked out my PC - by the way, i will do a separate post on that as i've been facing a few problems with it the past few months - especially on the graphics. funny to say so because i didn't think it would give much of a heavy effect after altering some settings. by far, there has been one time that the game suddenly hanged and reverted back to my desktop. friggin' annoying but to play it for more than 3 hours, i guess i let it slide...

kind of a new play for me since its all dark and gloomy yet full of black humor. and the animations are amazing and the voice overs are attention grabbing (as i love to hear English accents especially the Scots and Irish). story-wise... still trying to wrap my head around it as it supposedly after Alice in Wonderland. plus the Alice in Wonderland that i knew was all Disney based. so yeah, a different kinda feel but in a excitingly sordid kinda way... i guess.

i still have yet to finish my replay of Final Fantasy 7 and 8... both on PSP, and theres one other that i forgot the title. oh gosh, now that i mention that... the PS3-XBox-Wii games... oh wow, i think i need to stop impulsive game purchases.... urgh.

wassalam

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

. . . make god laugh . . .


You're only given a little spark of madness.
You mustn't lose it

Robin Mclaurin Williams
July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014