|Missing Miles||[Oct. 31st, 2004|01:01 pm]|
|I had been curious as to how many miles I had accumulated over the summer. My brother and I flew quite a lot, and I was hoping that I would get a rank upgrade with the mileage programs. So yesterday, I checked United Airline’s frequent flyer site. I logged in, and found that I only have 15,000 miles! What happened to the miles that we earned flying from Beijing to JFK? What about the miles that I asked Singapore Airlines to credit to our UA accounts when we flew from Newark to Singapore, and then to Kuala Lumpur? That’s a lot of missing information!
I was hunting through the house for the journal that I kept over the summer to see if I had written down anything – flight numbers, departure dates. My mom couldn’t find all the receipts that she had me keep. There’s a possibility that she chucked it all away after scanning through it a few times and keeping a quick note of our expenses.
Now that I have the dates, I’m going to write up Air China and Singapore Airlines. I want my miles.
The XBox got repaired after the unfortunate modchip flash. It turns out that there was some bad connection between two points, and that they just had to resolder something. And all along, I thought it was the modchip’s BIOS. I read that the orange and yellow LED indicated that some reset switch wasn’t contacting properly, and I dismissed it thinking that this was an entirely different problem from the one that I was experiencing. Even so, I didn’t have the tools required to fix it up by myself. I don’t have the Torx 10 screwdriver required to expose the motherboard, and my dad got rid of our soldering iron. We probably sold it off or something once we knew that we wouldn’t need it in Beijing.
My brother, dad, and I went to Ampang Park to pick up the XBox at about 8PM last night. We got there, and it worked just fine. However, it didn’t play DVDs like it was supposed to. My dad insisted that they install the dongle-free DVD playback software and get the XBox back to us at a later date. Of course, we haven’t even had it working for the past week and Justin wasn’t so happy about this. Hopefully we can get it back soon, and have it ready to go by next weekend.
Sweetie’s getting rather lazy lately. She’s been inside the house for a good 4 hours, just laying down in the study. I thought she’d want to get out and have a drink. We really need to make a dogtag for her so that people know where she belongs. The sidegate has been fixed up so she can’t get out anymore. She doesn’t like the sound of fireworks going off, and she barks at them thinking that they’re enemies. We need to wash her. Badly.
|XBox Troubles||[Oct. 26th, 2004|04:43 pm]|
My brother just got his freshly modified XBox home last night. I had already downloaded a lot of nice utilities including emulators for it, and I set about immediately to install the latest version of EvoX on it. I haven’t had any experience with XBox modding in the past, so I guess screwing up once can’t hurt me too badly. I wasn’t able to get the XBox to boot into the EvoX dashboard last night, so I decided to go for another shot at it today.
I got back home from school, went upstairs, and got ready to get things working on the XBox. After examining the evox.ini file and finding nothing wrong, I decided to try and flash the modchip. I don’t know what brand the chip is, and it doesn’t get detected properly through Slayer’s EvoX Auto-Installer’s utilities. I flashed it with the M8_16 BIOS and everything looked like it was working. The XBox turned itself off like it said it would. I tried to turn it on again, but I got nothing except for flashing LEDs.
It’s repeatedly flashing orange and red. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with a bad flash that the chip didn’t support. Crap.
|Runaway||[Oct. 21st, 2004|06:48 pm]|
The past few days the Muslims in our neighborhood have been lighting up firecrackers after sundown in celebration. Of course, our dog hates it. She bangs on the door when it’s about to rain, begging to be let in. Last night, the firecrackers went on for a long time. She was banging on the door for over an hour, and she just didn’t want to quit. This morning, we went out and noticed that she wasn’t by the front door to greet us. We examined the little side gate, and noticed that there was a little tuft of hair there – she had run out in the middle of the night. Now the neighborhood’s mostly a Muslim community. The only people who own dogs are the Chinese families here, and there aren’t that many altogether.
So where did the dog go? My parents took a walk around the entire neighborhood searching for her, but they found nothing. My mom drove my dad over to the PutraLine station so he could get to work, and Sweetie was waiting outside the gate when she got back from home. She was fed breakfast, and acted like absolutely nothing had happened. We seriously pamper her too much. I don’t know what we’re going to do about her. We don’t want to chain her up because we’re afraid this will make her develop a fear of humans and she will bark at everything she sees.
Now she’s outside again. She simply disappeared. We let her inside the house for practically the entire afternoon, and she still isn’t satisfied. Crap. I’ve been busy for most of the time, and I was just watching Team America: World Police earlier. It’s pretty funny, but it’s bad quality. I’ll finish it up and probably get rid of it or burn it onto a CD.
I have a Music Theory World Music presentation tomorrow, and I need to finish it up. Work work work.
|Sony QRIO||[Oct. 19th, 2004|08:38 pm]|
Wow! The coolest thing I’ve seen all day. I was looking at Tech TV’s Screensavers site when I stumbled upon this odd little invention. Take a look at the QRIO. The homepage is here. Really really cool stuff. I’m sure it costs a lot, though. The video clips are very impressive as well! The robot can run, walk, jump, recover from falls, grab objects, throw, respond to changes in the floor, respond to outer forces such as resistance from a finger, and it can “communicate” with humans. Again, wow!
Sony has also made a new AIBO. Really cool robotic dogs. I’m wondering what this new one can do. I remember the last model that I took a look at could run when excited, respond to human voice commands, take pictures, and it could be used with new software via Sony MemorySticks. Too bad all of these toys are just so expensive.
News concerning the troops in Iraq here.