9 posts • joined 9 Nov 2010
FON ownership a waste of time - for me anyway.
Hmmm, I have THREE of the basic FON Access Points around my home in HK, one is troublesome in that it requires power-up and then pull the DC power cable & re-insert if the unit is ever to connect back to one of my many routers & on to Internet.
In my travels - I have never found ANY FON access points to connect to - and I have THREE good working reasons as to why I should - if I can ever find an access point outside of my flat.
Also, I've never had any "traveller" access via my FON Wi-Fi points - the only access has been the occasional very local - read, in my building complex - using the "Open Channels that my FON's offer for free from their additional high gain antennas.
The only reason I keep them active is to provide my 'pina maid with Wi-Fi signals in her room.....
Luckily, when I travel, I usually get "free" Wi-Fi from the hotels I stay at; the FON units - which cost me HK$48 or so (years ago) at a promotional time - are rather a waste of time!
Lenova's failure to upgrade drivers
My grouse with Lenovo is that they did not make the Windows 7 touchpad drivers available for their N500 model, so I'm lumbered with HAVING to carry around a USB Mouse *&* a spare battery for it!
Added to that, I got this model secondhand in Hong Kong from a non-techie user who couldn't get it to switch on.... I just removed one of the two RAM strips & it has booted up ever since.
Fitting a second RAM strip again caused it to fail to boot up until removed!
I now run with a single 2 GB RAM strip 'cos the Lenovo Service Dept in HK couldn't offer any solution that was co$t effective - or supply a Win 7 driver for the touchpad. <Grrrrrh!!!>
Hordes of street crapping "Locusts" from the North!
So '拜拜' is "simplified Chinese characters"??
Actually - Hong Kong uses "traditional" Chinese characters!
Neither of which are understood by most of the rest of the world - even the so called "Yellow Bananas"!
And as for Chinese place names "converted" into "English" - Pah!
A city in Canton Province's Pearl River Delta is spelt out as "Shiqi" - which you'd *think* ought to be pronounced as "She-kwi" but actually comes out as "Sek-Kay" from the mouth of a local.
And due to "re-education" - the Commie Locust hordes who pour into Hong Kong to strip the shops to resell everything from Baby Milk Powder to luxury goods expect the shop staff to speak Mandarin *&* provide "simplified" Chinese character signs too.
These used to call us "westerners" 'Barbarians' - But frequent altercations between the civilised Hong Kongers & the barbarian hordes from the North over their kids shitting and pissing on the streets of Hong Kong really show that it is THEY who are today's Barbarians!
""Allan George Dyer"" makes mention of Kowloon's Ap Liu Street - but if one just crosses the "Bamboo Curtain" beyond Hong Kong's ancient "New Territories" - to Lowu, and rides 6 stations down their MTR - exiting at Hua Qiang underground railway station in very close proximity to SEG Electronic Market (just across the road) one can immediately enter an "Aladdin's Cave" - well about 10 stories full of electronic goodies, the lowest floors given over to hundreds of small counters selling almost any electronic component you would ever need. And it close proximity to OTHER multi-storey emporiums selling similar components.
It is my "Mecca" and I go there fairly frequently to pay homage & to buy the things that CAN'T be found in ShamShuiPo's Apliu Street or the Golden Computer Centre across the road!
That it co$t$ me HK$900 [ ~GBP70] (I think it was, or maybe it's upped to HK$1200) for a 3 year unrestricted Commie China Visa is annoying, especially as my HK Chinese wife & our daughter get in and out for free, but I don't have the wallet battering experience too often.
Apart from Ap Liu Street, a place I discovered about 37 years ago, there's little else in HK for the few electronic experimenters to gather components.
First to the post?
Well, I saw a Lenovo Tablet - with Android 2.2 in one of Shumchun's massive 10 floor of computer & electronics plazas (Segoo) [a 6 MTR station ride from Lowu crossing in/out of Hong Kong] on Wednesday of last week... Didn't see any keyboard with it then... and failed to note down the price!
Jaybird Freedom wireless Bluetooth buds
Too expensive !
I'm perfectly happy with my Hong Kong $ 25 wired buds - I don't feel broken hearted when such devices get intermittent / broken connecting wires.
Chink in their armour?
Seems that Renault claims that there was a "Chink in their Amour" - or should that read "Armour" ?
Having driven a few of their cars, I certainly was never amoured with them !
Bolt hole? No - a Rope!
Hinder the Fuzz at the door - climb up the "Indian Rope Trick" & disappear!
Tablets? - they don't cut it for me!
For a little more than about 60 Quid I got a 64GB Eken-m003-android across the semi-permeable "Bamboo Curtain" separating Freedom Loving Hong Kong from Shumchum.
Of course, I'll never buy an Apple iPad - there's been far too much Foxcom - Shumchun District - blood spilt by their suicidal staff pushed beyond their endurance!
In all honesty, I can NOT say that it was a "knock out" buy, I still prefer the easier to operate Lenovo Netbook I reserve for travelling around the world.
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