Laptop repair for beginners

Before our trip I asked the readers for a suggestion if I should take a laptop with me.
Eventually I did. It proved a great help in storing and organizing photographs, accessing email, entertaining with a movie or two.
It went along to every country visited, via land or water, road or rail.
And it started showing signs of weariness. Firstly, the display started showing a green vertical band, then DVD device stopped reading some discs. Battery lasts only 10 minutes nowadays.
I was patient.
But when graphics card lost is ability to do the hardware acceleration, I've decided to take measures. Meaning, take it apart and look the problem in the face.
Now the laptop looks like this:

 

Laptop disassembled into pieces, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Laptop disassembled into pieces, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

I wonder if there will be  READ MORE »

Taking vacation from vacationing

Soft and warm evening breeze. Sun setting behind the sea. Table standing on the beach. Deliciously barbecued fresh fish. Good company.
I love having vacation from the vacation.

 

Restaurant employees prepare freshly caught fish for dining on the beach, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Restaurant employees prepare freshly caught fish for dining on the beach, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand  READ MORE »

You win, you lose

There has been a flood in Koh Samui a few weeks ago. CNN had a report on it, as a result - tourist flow decreased. Local authorities say the journalists overreacted.

Those visiting the place right now are happy to find out that a night in a resort like this just got cheaper.

 

Illuminated resort facing the beach, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Illuminated resort facing the beach, Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand  READ MORE »

Gradual ND filters and Margaritas

Read this post only if you are interested in photography.

Making a technically good photograph during the sunset or sunrise is difficult due to one factor - the sky is usually much brighter than the land. Which makes either the land very dark and without detail, or the sky badly overexposed.

 

That's exactly a liter. Costs 12 bucks, if you need to know. Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

That's exactly a liter. Costs 12 bucks, if you need to know. Lamai beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

One possible solution is  READ MORE »

From now, until whenever

I think we have to learn from the relaxedness of Thais, even in the corporate field.

 

Sign stating the end of the construction, Thailand

Sign stating the end of the construction, Thailand  READ MORE »

Cheapest way to read Financial Times

Back to easy life.
Want to read "Financial Times"? Grab a black and white Xerox copy on the street, it's practically free!

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Usability, the Aussie way

Being in a country as a transit destination (in our case from New Zealand to Thailand), I like to have it as easy and comfortable as possible.
Not worrying about anything, until the connecting flight arrives.
But it's not working in Australia. After changing the money with a goal to get some coffee, you get metal coins.

 

Obverse side of one and two dollar coins, Sydney, Australia
Obverse side of one and two dollar coins, Sydney, Australia

Intuition and rules of usability dictate that the bigger coin is the more  READ MORE »

Farewell in pictures

Today we say farewell to New Zealand. In photographs, not words.

 

Campervan, lake and mountains, New Zealand

Campervan, lake and mountains, New Zealand

 

Sheep and sea, New Zealand

Sheep and sea, New Zealand

 

Trek through damp and mossy jungle, New Zealand

Trek through damp and mossy jungle, New Zealand

 

Lone sailing boat, New Zealand

Lone sailing boat, New Zealand

 

Backpack by the sea, New Zealand

Backpack by the sea, New Zealand

 

Seagull on a wooden fence, New Zealand

Seagull on a wooden fence, New Zealand

 

Cows grazing under purple sky, New Zealand

Cows grazing under purple sky, New Zealand

 

Photographer looking for a shot, New Zealand

Photographer looking for a shot, New Zealand  READ MORE »

It's hard to be a dog owner in NZ

New zealand is probably the strictest country I've been to, in regard to dogs. Can't take them practically anywhere, except specifically designated areas and your own land.

Dogs are strictly forbidden on Mauao hill, Tauranga, New Zealand
Dogs are strictly forbidden on Mauao hill, Tauranga, New Zealand

 

There are some very strong reasons behind, though. For example,  READ MORE »

Computer graphics effects without the computer

Kiwis like to metaphorically think about themselves that they do have the ability to build or repair anything with a piece of number eight wire. Rephrasing, it could probably sound something like "innovate, make it simple, make it work".
In some cases the opinion is justified. While filming "The Lord of the Rings", an optical contraption (Ames room) was used to distort the viewers' normal perception of perspective.

 

Ames room demonstrates the illusion of disproportion, Wanaka, New Zealand

Ames room demonstrates the illusion of disproportion, Wanaka, New Zealand

Looks (and is) very natural, and no expensive computer graphics are needed.
We saw how it works while visiting  READ MORE »

Third official state language of New Zealand found in Kaitaia

A sign greets the visitors upon arrival to Kaitaia. In Māori, English and a third language, unknown, but strangely familiar.

 

Welcoming sign in Maori, English and... Dalmatian, Kaitaia, New Zealand

Welcoming sign in Maori, English and... Dalmatian, Kaitaia, New Zealand

After some reading and asking around, we found out that  READ MORE »

Sandboarding on Te Paki dunes

Sandboarding does not look like an activity, at least remotely capable of raising the adrenaline level.
Until you see the size of Te Paki dunes.

 

Sandboarders looking forward to slide down the giant Te Paki sand dune, near Cape Reinga, New Zealand

Sandboarders looking forward to slide down the giant Te Paki sand dune, near Cape Reinga, New Zealand  READ MORE »

The Supertoilet

Can't believe I'm posting already a second photograph of the toilet during only two months.
But this one's is equally good as the previous. By Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

 

Interior of Hundertwasser toilets, probably the most photographed in the world, Kawakawa, New Zealand

Interior of Hundertwasser toilets, probably the most photographed in the world, Kawakawa, New Zealand  READ MORE »

Z-z-z-zorbing. Wait, how many teeth was I supposed to have?

Probably more than anything else, New Zealanders like to challenge themselves in various ways. Like bungy jumping off the unimaginable heights.
One more of the ingenious inventions is zorbing.

 

Zorb rolling down the mountain, near Rotorua, New Zealand

Zorb rolling down the mountain, near Rotorua, New Zealand

Stuff yourself inside the huge plastic ball, add water and some more  READ MORE »

Jesus tribal Christ

Quite an unusual fusion of cultures, religion and symbolism, as viewed from inside of Christian church.

 

Jesus Christ walks on water clad in Maori cape, Rotorua, New Zealand

Jesus Christ walks on water clad in Maori cape, Rotorua, New Zealand  READ MORE »

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