17/07/2017

Review of Nokia 225

 

My mother-in-law had this extra Nokia 225 lying around in her drawer so decided to give it away to me. I thanked her and said it will serve as a good backup phone. Although less than a year old, I had to buy a new battery. The seller advised to constantly charge any battery at least per 3 weeks or else it will die prematurely as with the original battery. Today, I transferred my SIMcard to the Nokia and had a go and found out a few things:
- Facebook viewing is very limiting hence frustrating although it opens reasonably fast
- Messenger could not be opened twice, time out so I gave up
- Twitter was updated and opened quite fast but I didn't log in as I rarely use it
- Weather app didn't open probably because I forgot to give my location
- Internet browsers function well
- Gmail functions well
- No wifi
- Tough case
- Good clear radio reception
- Takes photos off the computer quite well and clearly. Snapshots taken with it's camera are good and clear for its screen size

It appears WhatsApp stopped support for Symbian phones since June 2017 so that another issue clear. Well what Nokia 255 does well is makes calls, send sms and has a battery can last 5 days with ease though there are users telling me 6 days is a norm. Don't expect budget phones to compete with smartphones and you'll be OK in your assessment.

13/06/2017

My home renovation, so far...





Some time ago, I went into fenzy removing old wallpapers in the living and dining room and anything wooden was given a new coat of white paint, of course, with blessing and support from wifey. The old sofa was donated and a new one was contributed by her along with a wall mirror and a colour coordinated curtain to replace the previous one which we hardly ever change. Well, this is the finished look. I also had some white paint left so the bench outside also got painted. Yes, it was tiring work but being a pensioner, I had all the time in the world yet it did not take a month. Well, I am very pleased with myself and I cannot even recognize my house from inside anymore.

21/04/2017

Simpliest Brother HL-2140 printer configuration


All this while, when I wanted to configure this printer I would download and install 2 driver files from the brother.com  at their USA site. It has been going on for a few years because this printer is so reliable. However, a few days ago when I updated Ubuntu from Ver 16.04 to Ver 17.04, the grub/boot loader got corrupted but I successfully got it back working after reinstalling Ubuntu using the Legacy USB mode and not the EFI mode. Then came a stag ... I could not open those 2 driver files using the same default "Software Install" function using the right-click mouse technique. A quick surf on the internet asking a specific question on installing the HL-2140 in Ubuntu brought me to a link by some chap in the Ubuntu community site. He solved the problem so easily on his Ubuntu 14.04, without downloading and installing any driver simply because the appropriate driver to choose is NOT the recommended option but the option below ie. 2150! As by now I had already advanced to Ubuntu 17.04, I still went ahead and followed what he did then made a test print. Walla! it works perfectly. Oh me, Oh my, if I had only known this step years ago...

15/04/2017

How to find more background information on each surah



Yes, I know merely reciting the Al-Quran will get one good deeds but I wanted more so I would refer to the Noble Quran app. to read the English translation to understand what was recited. By default, I would get the page showing the English translation of a particular surah then a few days ago, for reasons unknown (maybe bored, maybe divine intervention) I decided to play around the app. and click on the few icons on the upper right side. Clicking on the information icon, it then dawn on me that this would take me to background material on the surah. YES! This was always something I wanted to know more in-depth, the whys and the where-for per surah but not many learned people could answer that for me. Having just begun reading it, I must say, it is very interesting material. Clicking again on that information icon brings me back to the earlier English translation page. It's now going to be more meaningful (General knowledge wise) and fun to read the Al-Quran rather than mere recitation. Insyallah, I hope this information will be useful to some.

14/04/2017

5s iPhone camera shots













Results from my trusty iPhone 5s camera. Flowers at mak's house. Slight breeze in photos so some flowers did sway. All photos are just point and shoot and left unedited. It's OK, I'm not complaining. Furthermore, if I were to edit a photo, it would turn out like this:

 

08/04/2017

The lazyman's technique of removing wallpaper






Polyfilla was added to smooth out rough areas
Completed job

Tools of trade

Many articles on the internet unanimously state that removing wallpaper is a difficult task. I was not going to back off so was prepared. However, my trial and error experience shows that it can actually be very simple .... if you know the technique. Here, I share my smart (or lazyman) technique:

 All needed is a spray gun of plain water (Yes, no soapy water needed and a waste of money!) and a rag to collect dripping water. Start by placing the rag at the edge of the wall. Next, generously spray the dry wallpaper to soften the outer skin. Concentrate on the top edge. After 1-2 min. (the longer, the better) start peeling. The longer the wait, the easier it comes off as one piece (Err.. I have only some patience here). Next, generously spray the inner layer. Wait till the colour of the inner layer turns darker. (Yes, the darker, the better) When the colour of the inner layer turns close to dark brown, start peeling. Again, start by spraying from the top as dripping water softens the wallpaper below. If there are resistant spots, generously spray on them then peel away. If you rush the job here, chances are the inner layer will tear making peeling more difficult. If you take your time, it comes off as one piece.

That's it! Yeah, I did it!

16/03/2017

Spring cleaning the front and dining room furniture

Front door
Coffee and side table

Drawer shelve

Dining table and chairs

Dining cupboard
Before

Upon wifey's request who has got bored with them after 24 years, I bought white oil paint, turpentine, brush and put effort over the past fortnight to give the house a new look from the original wooden flavour the furniture once had. I'm no expert but am quite please with the results.

05/03/2017

Health is wealth




Health is wealth. I don't take multi-vitamins but I've just been on my second box of 30 Habbatus Sauda pills and I notice my blood pressure now floats around 114/72 whereas it was usually at least 10 points higher. Mmmm, I can't go wrong for something recommended by the Rasul himself and its way, way cheaper than multi-vitamins. Read the many benefits here at https://www.diamondherbs.co/17-habbatus-sauda-benefits-uses-and-cures-habba-sawda/

10/02/2017

Time flies ...

video

Bringing up a family is truly the most challenging but rewarding experience life has to offer. It teaches one that life has its ups and downs but tomorrow is always another day (insyallah) to improve oneself.

07/02/2017

How did I manage all this?



Looking back, taking care of 2 munsters was already tiresome, how did I managed to convince myself to get a third? ... and survive taking care of them is a miracle in itself. No wonder nowadays I sport lots of grey hair.

20/01/2017

Buurp...


The Vet. doctor who owns him says he's obese, not surprising, he pinches dog food at the vet

13/01/2017

Creating a multimedia clip using Open Source software


Firstly, a slideshow was created using LibreOffice Impress. Next, the Slide Transition tool was configured to advance a slide every 2 seconds under 'Advance Slide'. When completed, a .odp file got created.


Secondly, a screen recorder was needed to convert the .odp file into a .mp4 file. Since I use Ubuntu 16.04, I looked up YouTube and came up with the above clip which I am indebted to. Only 3 lines of script were required to install a screen recorder where I copied and paste onto the 'Terminal'. When completed, the Simple Screen Recorder (SSR) icon appeared in the sidebar.

Thirdly, the SSR was configured to conver the .odp file as follows:


Untick Record cursor 
Determine destination file
Select Starting recording then activate the slideshow under LibreOffice Impress
Close LibreOffice when presentation ends then select Save recording. A .mp4 file got created
Fourthly, a .mp3 audio file was merged with that .mp4 file to create a .mov file. During the process, both files were imported into OpenShot Video Editor. Next, the excess ends at the front and rear of the .mp4 were snipped away using the Scissors and Arrow tool. Both files were then exported to become a .mov file as follows:


Drag .mp4 file to track 1


Drag .mp3 file to track 2
Excess end identified
Right click arrow of unwanted area then select Remove clip

Repeat process for rear end of .mp4 file
Select Red Recording button to export video then configure for web
.mov file created
Finally, the .mov file is converted as a .mp4 file as this makes it compatible with other internet services like YouTube. Steps are as follows:

Add the .mp4 file under File Selection
Determine the destination file
.mp4 file created
You can now confidently upload that .mp4 file onto YouTube.