Monday, September 27, 2010

Laptop Surgery - Recovery

Success! Not only I didn't break my laptop, but my keyboard no longer has any sticky keys!

Re-assembly was far easier than opening it up. Even the ribbon-cable (*see image) for the keyboard was easy to reconnect.

This is the nightmare connector. Image from

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Laptop Surgery - Keyboard Cleaning (Part 1)

There was a freeze-pop accident this summer. Some keys got sticky to the point where it was annoying to type. It took weeks for me to gather up the courage to open my dear laptop up... tonight was the night.

It was not an easy task. At one point my heart just stopped. I thought I snapped (broke) the ribbon-cable that connects the keyboard to the laptop. It ended up just being a snap-lock connector. I'm not looking forward to putting that cable back in place. It's going to take some patience and a few extra sets of hands.

Tomorrow I was put it back together and hopefully everything will be fine.

*Disclaimer: My laptop's warranty expired two months ago.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Edit CSS in Google Docs

Since I changed my email to Google Mail (GMail), I slowly started using the other Google applications. In time, they have become essential to the way I work and I organize my time. Syncing my Google Calendar to my iPod Touch is just awesome.

One of the things I've been using a lot if Google Documents. I love to be able to create a document at the office, perhaps just a brainstorm idea or a draft from something and without managing any files being able to continue from home. I also love the collab. features.

My favorite feature of Google Documents was the ability to edit the style of the document with CSS (Edit CSS).

When Google launched New Google Docs in April, their was an immediate uproar - they removed Edit CSS and Edit HTML. My favorite feature gone.

Recently, I was randomly searching to see if Google was turning back or if they explained why the removed it. Instead, I found a way to revert to the old Google Documents editor which includes the Edit CSS. Here's how to do it
  • In Google Documents, in the top-right corner of the screen click on Settings then Documeent Settings.
  • Click on the "Editing" tab
  • Uncheck "Create new text documents using the latest version of the document editor"
  • Save
There you have it. I posted this because it's not widespread knowledge. Some people are still complaining about the fact they can't edit their styles in an efficient way because of the lack of Edit CSS in New Google Docs editor.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

PSP RPG-gasm!

Who says the PSP has no great games?... These all came out within a month.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Late-Summer Shots

Late-Summer Sun Autumn Echinacea

I have just posted two new shots on my Flickr. They were taken in a park next to where I live. Even though it's so close, I have just yesterday stepped foot in it. I was drawn to go then because I saw a sunflower in the Community Garden while driving back from the store.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Diary of a Personal Shoot (Part 2)

Oats at Dusk

Sometimes, you're at the mercy of multiple factors. Last night, they all fell in place perfectly.

Weather, timing, light, location... everything was perfect to try my experiment.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Diary of a Personal Shoot (Part 1)

Whether you are an amateur, a hobbyist, a serious, or a professional photographer, there is one constant: personal work is an important aspect of exercising your creativity and gaining some technical experience. There are several approaches to personal shoots and shots. Having a camera everywhere you go is the most common. You can often push yourself to find interesting shots where it’s not really obvious, or find another perspective of a place you pass by every day.

There is an approach that I personally like but don’t use much at all. You can have a very technical approach to some personal work. Not all personal work have to be candid or “on-the-spot”. This approach exercises the technicality of some shots and can teach you how to plan some shoots from a technical stand-point and then execute them.

There are multiple planning and technical approaches to execute a photographic vision. The following post is one of mine.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Little World

Little World

A coworker of mine almost scolded me because I didn't bring my camera everywhere I went, including just going to work. This morning I decided to start. I have no regrets, otherwise I would've missed this.

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