Adventure Of A Poor Traveler : Ha Noi Tour (Part 2)

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Vietnamese Wedding

One thing I noticed of Old Quarter, It’s such a great place for street photography.

I don’t really fancy street photography. Well, as a matter of fact, I hate most of modern street photography – they’re more like “take a photo of anything you can find on the street”.  Only small percentage of photos under street photography category on Flickr that I found having a strong story. That being said, I also don’t have the talent to capture a good one.

However, the scenes were too good to ignore so I try to capture some of those moments. Not really successful I would say.

I took this one while wandering aimlessly. Wow, its is so generic haha, sepia effect is really overdone. Better photographer will capture that moment better. If you are into this kind of scene, you’ll be happy at Old Quarter.

Old Quarter - Your Average Street Photography Wannabe, Contains All The Cliche

Old Quarter – Your Average Street Photography Wannabe, Contains All The Cliche

The hotel I was staying at is located somewhat in the middle of a morning market. I was surprised when I walk outside and find all these people doing transaction. I was not expecting that because when I arrive for the first time, the place is so empty (well it was almost midnight).

At The Market

At The Market

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Adventure Of A Poor Traveler : Ha Noi Tour (Part 1)

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Ha Long Bay

View Of Ha Long Bay

In mid of 2008 I had a chance to visit Vietnam. Because of the limited time (and fund) I have to choose between Ho Chi Minh or Ha Noi. I choose Ha Noi because just a week before the visit my friend mentioned Ha Long bay, which happens to be located at Ha Noi, and upon googling I found that the place is quite fascinating. And the most important, its cheaper.

Being a poor traveler, of course I flew by budget airliner and the consequences is that I arrived almost midnight. I stay at Old Quarter, in one of the cheapest hotel I can find online. Turns out the hotel is quite good and the staff are nice bunches, so USD25 a night is money well spent.

Morning Sight At Old Quarter

Morning Sight At Old Quarter

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Movie Review : The Dark Knight Rises

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Amazing movie, the best I’ve watched this year so far.
My score : 9 of 10

Great story executed beautifully. CGI looks real and believable. Definitely better than The Amazing Spider-Man. A litte bit too long maybe, but does not bother me at all.

The first act is so intense, in fact it’s one of the best part of the movie.

Some minor detail can be done better but they are not distracting so I can forget about them.

Oh, the movie opens for possible continuation.

Overall, this movie is worth every penny I paid for, and maybe more.

Microsoft Surface Models Listed at Amazon.de

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Here are the models listed at Amazon.de:

MICROSOFT SURFACE 26,9CM (10,6 ZOLL) TABLET PC (NV TEGRA 3 QUAD-CORE, 32GB FLASHSPEICHER, WIN 8 RT)

MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 26,9CM (10,6 ZOLL) TABLET PC (INTEL CORE I5, 32GB FLASHSPEICHER, WIN 8 PRO)

MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 26,9CM (10,6 ZOLL) TABLET PC (INTEL CORE I5, 128GB FLASHSPEICHER, WIN 8 PRO)

MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 26,9CM (10,6 ZOLL) TABLET PC (INTEL CORE I5, 64GB FLASHSPEICHER, WIN 8 PRO)

MICROSOFT SURFACE 26,9CM (10,6 ZOLL) TABLET PC (NV TEGRA 3 QUAD-CORE, 64GB FLASHSPEICHER, WIN 8 RT)

No price announced yet, but the rumors said that the cheapest will be around $599 for the RT version and $999 for the Pro version.

Source : PCWorld

Movie Review : The Amazing Spider Man (3D)

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Just got back from watching 3D version of The Amazing Spider Man.

Overall its a very entertaining movie, I’d give it 8 out of 10 score.

The first half of then movie kinda slow, but Its build up quite nicely. The acting is pretty good, even the walk on artists act is not bad at all. The action sequences are not spectacular but still enjoyable.

But it has some flaws that I can’t let go easily such as:

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Windows 8 On My Four Years Old PC – Part 3 – Start Screen Is The New Start Menu

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Windows 8 is clearly developed as a tablet oriented OS. If a user has little experience of tablet usage then everything would not make any sense at first. I still feels awkward even after using it for a while.

After a successful logon, W8 will greet us with its “Start” screen. By default, It shows rather large icons of popular “Apps”.

Windows 8 Start Screen

Windows 8 Start Screen

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Internet Bandwidth Measurement : Byte VS bit

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I often asked this question : “My internet speed is 1Mbps, how come I have to spend 1 minute to download 5MB file? It should take only 5 seconds, right? Is my internet provider cheating?”

I can understand this confusions, as this bandwidth measurements thingy is indeed quite confusing.

Computer storage system using the Byte unit to state size of a media. 1 Byte is equal 1 character in a file.
For example: text “hello world” contains 11 characters (10 letter and 1 space) so computer requires 11 Bytes to store it.

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Microsoft SQL Server (T-SQL) : Getting Affected Row Count After TRY…CATCH block

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Found a bit of interesting MS SQL Server / T-SQL behavior on @@ROWCOUNT function.

As we know, @@ROWCOUNT function is used to get the number of affected row by the last statement (or number of result row if the last statement is a SELECT statement).

However, if the statement issued inside a TRY..CATCH block, and the @@ROWCOUNT function called outside that block, then the @@ROWCOUNT will always return 0. Of course there are many ways to get the correct row count, but I’ll choose the easiest one here.

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Windows 8 On My Four Years Old PC – Part 2 – Hardware Compatibility

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Okay, Windows 8 is now up and running on my PC. Time to have a look if the important (read:multimedia) hardware working properly.

Display / Graphic Card

I uses LG Flatron L1752S 17″ LCD monitor, and Windows 8 detected it correctly, and automatically set it to its native resolution.

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