Saturday, 28 March 2009

Earth Hour may cause power surge...

...if TNB isn't prepared, endangering the national grid and severely damage many generators.

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In 1999, a short solar eclipse hit the UK. naturally everybody would turn off the lights to observe the rarely occurring phenomenon. Sudden drop in power demand was promptly handled.

But as soon as the sun reappeared, demand increased rapidly as people resumed normal life, causing the most significant power surge in the UK thus far.

(source: ni semua EES lecturer Tim Green yang cerita)

Lets hope every utility providers in the world has foreseen this and be fully prepared.

Hooray for Earth Hour!!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Your desktop = You

How you arrange your desktop icons and your wallpaper of choice can represent what kind of person you are. According to psychologist Donna Dawson;

Desktop with icons strewn across the screen - the owner is disorganised and tends to lose focus easily

Even icons on each side - owner values balance and proportion and tend to keep a cool head in tricky situations. Likely to be organised and dislike clutter

Desktop with many rows of icons - reflects a person who needs everything to hand, likes to feel in control and on top of their life, while at the same time revealing a tendency to be slightly disorganised

Personal photos as wallpaper - indicates the kind of person you are and what priorities you have. Often a parent will have a photograph of their child, or a keen traveller will have a photo of an exotic location. Photos of friends shows popularity, useful in work environments where you need good people skills

Plain blue wallpaper - suggests the kind of person who likes to keep their personal lives private

Trophy photos as wallpaper - Choosing pictures of past successes can suggest a big ego and someone who glories in their past successes so choose carefully!

And here is my desktop as I'm posting this:

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The layout of my icons is highly dependant on the image composition of the wallpaper I currently put up, and my wallpaper of choice revolves every month. So what does it says about me?

Source: Gizmodo UK

Friday, 6 March 2009

DIY car remote amplifier

A few days ago I learned something new on the net: pressing your car remote against your cranium while pushing the unlock button boosts its signal and could get you a few extra meters than the maximum distance normally needed to unlock your car!

I was really skeptical. Can your skull really work as an antenna? The harder question is, can it conduct radio frequency, or even amplify it? My amateurish physics knowledge says it shouldn't.

So I put it to the test, Mythbuster-style, although control parameters and fixed condition are largely ignored. Azie was my witness.

Step 1: Approximately 30 meters away from her Myvi, I pressed the remote while holding it up high, trying to get the signal reach as far as it could. Car not unlocked.

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Step 2: At the same position, I held the remote against my temple, surprisingly the car was unlocked!

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Step 3: Retrying Step 1, I had to move in 5 meters closer to unlock the car.

Sigh. It worked (when I thought it shouldn't). I don't know what to believe now. Somebody please enlighten me.