Mr Compaq

Everyone, meet my new lover.

Mr Compaq

The first laptop I ever own, I hope that doesn’t sound as if I just returned from living in a cave. Well, yes. Maybe I am among the late people to have an Intel Core 2 Duo while there’s even Quad now :P I wouldn’t have needed a new laptop either in the first place. My 6 (6???) year old Pentium 4 PC is still serving me well and personally I prefer desktop PC rather than notebook computers, I mean, you can’t just leave a laptop on like that when you go out or something like you can leave a desktop PC, and storing is a thing I don’t like about laptops. But I had to get a piece as I am moving again soon, and I don’t have heart to drag the big machine to Penang. I have moved the PC here and there when I was in UIA for 4 years and the apartment in KL as well, and I guess it’s the time for Mr Big PC to retire from moving around with me. So I hope Mr Big PC doesnt mind I am with Mr Compaq now, he’s easygoing and flexible and I can bring almost everywhere even in bed ;)

OK so I got this Compaq with a Windows Vista pre-installed on it, just like what I heard that they’re forcing people to use Vista nowadays. And first I was stunned that I was using Vista and thought I would try to like it, but after hours I realized that I would never like it and I decided I’d haveĀ it run on XP no matter what it takes, just I didnt expect it would take so much work. The machine doesn’t simply accept XP installation! It ended up with error blue screen everytime it loaded the XP CD. Darn HP and Microsoft. But they don’t know people are smarter than them :P After hours of googling and downloading, I found a way to install XP on new stubborn machines (tutorial here) and my life was saved again! But I still had a problem with drivers (you have to look around to download drivers coz on the Compaq website for this particular laptop they just provide drivers for Vista =_= and yes, no CD in the first place, agh) and after many hours all was done and perfect except the audio that didnt seem to work. Mr Compaq was now mute with XP! :( Again another phase of googling, and I found this tutorial to make it sound again. Haih. So much work la.. See? I better dump Mr Compaq and go back to Mr Big PC!

Hmm and now the lappy is behaving fine again, with sound, and XP, and I guess it wouldn’t get much better than this :)

I am happy!

To do list

– Course registration -> checked. 4 courses, they didnt give me any guide to do it! Had to call someone in the department.

– Sponsor -> checked. Got it! What a relief! Have to reply acceptance form for the sponsor offer tomorrow.

– Medical check up -> not checked. Will do it on Monday.

– Laptop -> not checked. Tomorrow hopefully!!

– Hostel -> not checked! Just called the management, and she said I have to write a letter to apply for a room! eeek? Will send it tomorrow!

– Shopping -> half checked.

The Chronicles of Penang: The Location

Hmm I just realized this cheap WordPress can’t embed Google maps. So a print-screen is an alternative. Click on pic to go to actual map.

One thing that has been in mind since AGES and now becomes densed even more now that my focus is on the transportation to go to westcoast:

– The stupid government is toooooooo busy building elevated highways and light trains and mega skycrapers in KL only that never seem to realize that MILLIONS of people would need a railway from the east to Westcoast i.e. Penang, Perak, Selangor… and vice versa.

You see? Since the existence of railway in Malaya more than 100 years ago.. it’s only been this way and never improved, you need to travel south first to go to KL by railway, hence long 13+ hours.. while they could have actually been much shorter should they spend some time thinking wisely and come up with a crossing railway from east to west.. I would say it may only take less than 10 hours to KL and only 5 hours to Penang.. or can be faster assuming they’ll improve the trains system itself rather than still being stuck at the era of Japanese colonization (no offense to Japan, this is a regular metaphor to actually say loooooooooooooong time ago and never get civilized). Sigh but some people are too blind to realize.. coz they only travel by private jets..

So….. forget the train now it’s more than ridiculous to travel to Penang by train if you have to go south first then come up north again. Driving would take 5 hours from Kota Bharu, as some say.. so it’s relatively closer than to KL obviously.

Penang

OK, less than 24 hours after I made the previous post, God has sent me a sign that I HAVE TO GO TO USM!!!!!!

He does have a sense of humour :)

Electronics doesn’t sound too bad ok. And it has its own modern Engineering campus, though I much much love the good old university buildings like UKM’s, but that’s another story. And think Penang, though I have not been there since over 10 years ago, I think it’s still an exciting place to be. And think original Char Kuey Teow! Hmm.. my mouth already starts watering….

Well, the Engineering campus isn’t in the island.. but it won’t stop me from crossing the Penang straits over the weekends :)