the gadgetry: thermalright xp-90c, motorola razr 2 / canary

Thermalright XP-90C

I headed out to KLCC this morning after having arranged to COD for a Thermalright XP-90C with a member of earlier on in the week. Since building my computer last summer, I’ve been using the stock AMD Athlon 64 HSF. While it works, it gets awfully loud when gaming. I guess that’s all you can expect out of a pure aluminum heatsink, though.

I started work on the Thermalright XP-90C’s installation, thinking that I can take off the AMD stock fan and mount it on the XP-90C. Took apart my computer case, tore everything apart, and took the motherboard out of its tray. I rummaged through the heatsink’s packaging and found the custom mounting bracket for Socket 754/939. Noticed immediately that the DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D’s stock mounting screws would not work for the custom MB. At which point I panicked and searched desperately for a few nuts. A fruitless search and a phone call later, I had found the mounting screws and successfully swapped heatsink mounting brackets.

The XP-90C is massive. It weighs in at 690 grams. That’s over a pound of copper. Some reviews have called it a work of art and it truly is one. I cleaned off my AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice and the AMD stock HSF with Zippo Lighter Fluid before applying new thermal compound. Was very afraid of damaging my processor at first and had second thoughts about how to properly mount the XP-90C. Managed to get it on in due course without any hiccups.

The Thermalright XP-90C comes with retention clips for both 80mm and 92mm fans. It turns out that the AMD Athlon 64 stock fan is not an 80mm. It’s slightly undersized and doesn’t look much like a standard fan. It’s shorter than your average fan and does not have the standard screw threads. Whoops. I opened up the other three computers in my home in search for an appropriate fan. I know I have a Thermaltake Smartfan 2 lying around somewhere..

Was forced to use my 80mm exhaust from my case as a CPU fan. While trying to plug in all my PCI devices again, I noticed that my PCI-e graphics card wouldn’t go in properly. The Thermalright XP-90C is so long that it does not allow access to the PCI-e slot if your PCI-e graphics card has a cooler with a custom backplate on it. Luckily, I have two PCI-e slots and did not have to remount the XP-90C itself.

What’s there left to do? I need to pick up a good, quiet 92mm fan this weekend so I can have my 80mm exhaust back. It must be a smartfan – it turns out that the the Coolermaster case fan that I’m using as a CPU fan is not a smartfan. I ran Prime95 for over 30 minutes while I went out for a swim. Temperatures did not once reach over 48°C, even with the fan spinning at 2250 RPM.

Motorola RAZR 2 / Canary

Love the color. And I really like how Motorola has slimmed down the RAZR. The camera is much less obvious than that of the V3i’s as the whole body has the same look to it. Wonder what the spec sheet’s going to look like 

Listening to:  Coldplay – Green Eyes

becoming a vegetarian?

I just had to do this.

Turning VegetarianHey again~!

As you all know.. I’m “turning vegetarian”! lol.. you have NO idea how they treat animals.. it’s soo sad. Now, if some of you aka. Ken might think that eating plants is stupid.. well then, I shall tell you WHY it isn’t. My mom and I had a talk about this over dinner and is why I’ve decided to turn vegetarian.

Firstly, pork. Do you know where pork comes FROM? they come from PIGS! Pigs, people may say, are disgusting, foul, smelly creatures that ought to be eaten just because God put them here. Well sorry to disappoint you, but in my opinion, they are SOOo NOT meant to be eaten!! Did you KNOW that pigs actually CRY before they get killed? My mom and grandmother don’t eat pork and you know why?? It’s because my grandmother was eating at a restaurant and saw a pig run out of the place, crying. Oh, don’t start crying yet.. coz in the end, they caught the poor little pig, and killed it in the end. And the meat from that pig ended going to your mouth just so you can be “stronger”. Ah, I see you have tears in your eyes now? I know.. it’s SOoo sad!Okay, now.. HOW do they kill it. They put ALL the pigs into this one room, and then, they’d poison it to death with deadly gas. Heartless and cruel.

Now, beef. Beef, for your information, comes from cows. Like pigs, they cry before they get killed. And how do people kill it?? They bring it to a slaughterhouse and the next day, they’d cut off their head, while they’re ALIVE! Can you imagine your head being cut off with the same deadly tool your killer used to kill your family while you’re alive?! And then once you’re dead, your meat would end up going to someone else’s stomach just so they can get “stronger” and “taller”. Personally, I don’t see how a person like my old self would actually sacrifice a life just because it’s “good for me”. heh.

Now, chicken. Chicken, obviously, comes from chicken. Chicken.. they eat each other. Well, the chicken from McD’s and KFC do anyway. But the worse part is, they don’t even know it. They eat they’re own friends and family ffs! Can you imagine your own meat going out to millions all over the world, and the unwanted, going out to your friends and family?!There’s more.. but I think I forgot. So I guess you can go ahead and eat chicken. I’m not being persuasive here at all. lol. But I’m not eating them. Poor little chickens. OR chicken. depending on which one you like. The live one, or the one you eat.

And dogs. Don’t eat dogs. Please don’t eat dogs!! I have a dog as a pet and he’s dying!! So like, don’t eat them. They’re pets, not food. But of course some barbarians eat them – and if you happen to be one of them, I think that you are a very, very, sick and cruel person. Did you know, that a Chinese family had a dog as a pet once. The dog was too old. So, they put it to sleep. Now, that is understandable. But what shocked me was when they actually ATE it in the end! They were soo sad that their dog died. But WHAT did they do in the end, they ATE him. stupid meat-eaters. Not everything with 4 legs are meant to be eaten. complete barbarians. woof.

And now, lamb. Please oh please don’t eat lamb! They’re uber cute animals and I’m born in the year of it!

Okie dokes. that’s all. By the way, my dog’s dying. He’s going to have an operation tomorrow in the morning and so, I’m missing out on school. Yay, right? No.. not at all. It’s soo sad! I’m going because I personally think I’m good luck. Well, I should be! After everything I’ve been through for karma. And karma better exist. The operation’s like.. 50/50 i think. I’m not sure. But if it doesn’t go well, my dog’ll die. Right now, he can’t even walk or stand. He’s in so much pain you can’t pat him much nowadays.. because he ends up shivering . My mom said that tonight, we all better pray lol. I’m not a Christian. I’m actually nothing. lol. haha we don’t even go to church! But my dad’s buddhist. Anyway, my mom told me that in her prayer, she said that if the operation goes smoothly, we will go to church on sundays. haha.. talk about bribery. Anyway, in my prayer tonight, I’m just going to tell Him that if the operation doesn’t go smoothly, then He does not exist. heh. So there.. lol. But then again, I’ve been using that since I was 4yrs old! Lol.. so I’m not sure it’ll work out.. haha. But oh well, worth a try.

So yes.. this entry’s kinda ridiculous.. so I’ll end it now. heh.

But yeah, don’t forget~ Don’t eat meat!! If you do.. you’re a murderer! And dog-eaters, I hate you.



While eating dinner today, I thought about the crab in front of me. I looked into its pitch black eyes, devoid of life. This life, my family took it. We tossed the living creature into a pot and allowed it be steamed in a slow death. The pain that it must have experienced! Had the crab been able to cry out, surely it would have. I can only imagine the horrible, shrill screams that it would have belted out.


Then I ate it. As I peeled the crab apart, I felt revolted by its now dead flesh. What was once free to roam this beautiful earth now lie in front of me, a shell of its old self. Its soul was freed, its life taken just for my dinner.

Every day, someone eats a crab. The crab is usually killed in a horrific manner. By death of boiling water. Pried apart while still alive.

Please stop eating crabs! Become a vegetarian. Think about the poor crabs.

The cows! I will never eat beef again! You know why?! Because they kill cows with poisonous gas. The poor cows are bunched up in large, wholesale bins. They are labelled based on which restaurant they will be sent to. Some cows are branded with McDonalds! Guess where they’re going! McDonalds! They might even end up at Burger King! So the poor cows are all bunched up together and they get so hungry that they eat each other! I once saw a mother cow eat its mate and three of its offspring! I cried my heart out and then swallowed it back in to keep myself alive! Oh, the humanity! And when they kill the cows, they send the dead, poisonous corpses immediately to McDonalds! The McDonalds staff wear protective suits to work on the cow and they cook it! And then you eat it! If you keep eating at McDonalds you’ll die of mad cow disease! You’ll get foot mouth disease and your foot will go into your mouth!

Oh, and dogs! The poor dogs! Think about how unfortunate they are. They get fed all they want, they live a life of pure luxury, they have no work to do, their owners shower them with love. And then people eat them! Chinese people! Chinese people are barbarians! Singaporean people are so civilized! I’m a Singaporean Chinese girl with a head full of bullshit! My roots, from as early as my grandmother, come from China. I enjoy talking crap regardless because I’m a dipshit. And proud of it.

If I write enough about my good deeds, pretend that I’m a great person, then perhaps good things will come my way. That’s how this whole idea of Karma works, right? I refrain from slapping the shit out of my neighbor and BAM! Something good will happen. Oh, I can explain all the day to day events in my life through Karma! I’m such a great person! I’ll live a happy life because I can twist the truth and talk shit.


I didn’t like it, either.

hangzhou day 2, 3.

I don’t feel like writing in my journal. I also can’t recall what’s happened over the past two days. Instead, what’s happened today rests more clearly inside my memory.

I’m still staying with my dad at Hangzhou’s Xihu State Guesthouse. My aunt (dad’s elder sister) and her husband have also come from Zhoushan to enjoy Hangzhou with us. Oh, the joy.

I woke up at around 8 AM today. Or rather, I woke my dad up after screaming out, “Come here!”. He said I sounded rather angry. I recall that I was in a dream, thinking about beating a level of some-game-or-other and calling for my brother in my excitement. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my brother’s attention. He’s in Shanghai. I’m exactly two hours and fifteen minutes away by bus.

I went back to sleep and woke up at 9:30 AM. And then I finished Kiss of the Spiderwoman for the second time. By then, it was 12:30 PM. I decided I was getting a little fat from all the Hangzhou food and had assumed the Plank position while reading a number of times. Went out afterwards, climbed a hill to where Chairman Mao Zedong used to sit down and read, and took a taxi out to the nearest McDonalds.

My aunt bought a new cellphone today. She had decided on a Motorola earlier on, but ended up with a Sony Ericsson. She needs a Tri-Band phone. I know about phones. Yes, I do.

And here’s something that I posted on

The first step for me is always the features list. Let me explain (despite my being under a Barcardi Breezer induced drunkedness), why I look at the features list first.

I’m a traveller. Add onto that I’m a kid with no salary whatsoever. I want the assurance that my new phone will work anywhere in the world, even though I might not be able to afford the service plan or the roaming charges. I need a Tri-Band phone at the very least.What do I do? With my phones, I always look at the ability to make calls and send messages. A comfortable messaging interface is an absolute must. I can afford to shed a little talk time for increased efficiency with SMSing. I do make a few long-duration calls, so it’s a good idea for me to have a comfortable-to-use phone. That means something that I can hold next to my ear for a long period of time without my ear starting to ache or my hands starting to seize up.

I’m not exactly loaded with cash. When I want to buy a phone, my parents often don’t agree with me. They don’t see a reason to upgrade until a product has died. Met its maker. Me? I like to buy nice, shiny gadgets that come at good prices. Only by looking at the features can I decide whether or not a phone is a good buy. Just looks don’t make for a good phone.

Design is a necessity, but that comes after the features list. I can afford to use a less attractive phone that excels in the features I need to use over a more attractive model with a whole load of crap. I’m rather open-minded in my tastes. As long as a phone doesn’t go against all design trends, I’m alright with it. Meaning I don’t want to be seen talking into a brick.

The camera and MMS capability are more or less worthless to me. Battery life, ease of use, SMS efficiency, and design are more important. Form-factor? I could care less. I have used two candybars and one flip. I honestly don’t care.

Enjoy. And whatever you do, be happy with your decision.

They were talking about cellphones. Did I mention that I like phones?

Had dinner with my cousin and my dad’s cousin. I haven’t seen my cousin, Zhou Tian Xiong, for two years. The last time I saw him was when I spent Chinese New Year in Zhoushan. We went to a local internet cafe a number of times before my mom scared us off.

Dinner was Hangzhou’s local food. That means it was excellent. We had some beer brought down from Harbin. Harbin’s up north in China. And as we all know from our Russian comrades to the north, northerners like hard alcohol. This was considerably harder than the local beer. For some reason, Hangzhou restaurants like to serve light beer. Bah. We had us some Harbin booze. Two bottles a person.

And then I went with my cousin to the Night & Day Cafe. This was my second time here. The last time I went was two years ago, with HGY and my aunt. I had one of every single available Bacardi Breezer and he had a glass of whisky. I’ve had enough whisky for now – I drank down half a bottle of Johnnie Walker’s Black Label Scotch with HGY last Saturday (April 1st). That stuff was beautiful. It went down smooth and hit like a sledgehammer afterwards, reducing me to sleep after a few glasses.

My cousin is working with a software-oriented consultancy company right now. We talked about a number of issues ranging from the accquisition of new languages down to prostitutes and gold-diggers. I love the guy.

If you’re going to buy Bacardi Breezers, do buy the Cranberry flavor. It’s no bullshit, clean, good-tasting stuff. The Lime and Orange flavors seem to dance around on your tongue a bit. Raspberry goes down smooth and tastes great.

Alex, out.

Listening to: Mini-bar Fridge

spring break.

I’m keeping an actual journal and writing in it at night. Usually I’m too tired to write much, so I have very few thoughts in there. Not like I have very many good ones to begin with. I’m in Hangzhou right now with my dad, staying at Hangzhou Xihu State Guesthouse. Will be heading back to Shanghai on Friday, April 7th. From there, it’s back to KL on Saturday.

I don’t have my PSP anymore. More on that some other time.

There’s a lot of pollen in the air, my skin is all dried out from staying in Shanghai, and the hotel doesn’t have its A/C system on. Hot hot hot!