My Every Day Carry (EDC)

Key Chain

As you know, living in North America, everyday you go outside, at least you would have something to carry on in your pockets or bag or in your purse for the ladies to survive in this lifestyle. Well, what else is important? Cash it is… Nothing else to say.

I like the idea of EDC key chain, it’s compact and easy to carry around. So, what do I have in my EDC key chain?

  • A big iPhone 3G
  • Movado Esperanza watch
  • Leatherman Squirt P4 multitool
  • Fenix LD01 flashlight
  • Car and house keys
  • Wallet (of course)

DIY Charger Station

DIY Charger Station

Wondering how to organize all your battery charger in one nice place like a box or a carton? There are plenty of ways how to make yourself one with little cost. Here is one of my DIY charger box. Here is what I use:

  • clear Really Useful Boxes (4 liters)
  • TENERGY charger (for my Li-ion RCR123A batteries)
  • UltraFire WF-139 charger (for my Protected Li-ion AW 18650 batteries)
  • Panasonic BQ-396 charger (for my Ni-MH / Ni-Cd AA and AAA batteries)
  • UltraFire Battery Protective case (case for my RCR123A and AW 18650 batteries)
  • Globe 8 Outlets Power Bar (hidden inside the box)

Basically, I hid an outlet power bar inside the box and drilled all the necessary holes for the wires going through. I’ve found some good videos out there with instructions how to do it yourself.

How to fix Fenix TK10 TK11 gap

As you know, all the Fenix TK10, TK11 and TK11 R2 flashlight have little gap (about 1.5mm) between the tail cap and the body (the grip ring). This can be easily fixed using little bit of sanding skill. Here is how I did below:

I placed a sand paper on a flat surface (I used 400 grit), and I started to sand down the bottom body until I took off about 1 mm is best. Remember do not sand to the treading.

Fenix TK11 sanding

I took out the original TK11 tactical grip ring, and use the spacer ring instead. So, here is the result is a tight fit and the beauty is NO more gap.

fenix_no_gap_small

Enjoys.

Fenix_TK11 R2

One Dollar Antique Bill?

I just found out these 2 One Dollar Canadian bill was made in 1954 (bottom) and the other in 1973 (top). Aren’t they antique enough? Damn these bills are sure older than me. Does anyone know what’s it worth? Look at the big photo below to see for yourself.

One Dollar Antique Bill

Lighting it up with Fenix TK11

Fenix TK11 R2

This is one of my new flashlight which I got last weekend. It’s a Fenix TK11 R2 edition with Cree Premium R2 LED and max output is 240 Lumens. I don’t even know what lumen means to me, but this flashlight is so freaking bright, it could blind a person for few seconds there. “Throws beam over 200m” was written on box. Damn, is this serious or what? I’ll try to shine this out some where, but there is a problem, it all depends on power of the battery cells too. I regretted I got RCR123A Li-on rechargeable batteries. I’d rather get the 18650 cells instead. Now, I know where to get some 18650 rechargeable cells online.

So far I’ve got it for two days, and I must said I like it a lot. As an oriental guy with small hands, the flashlight just fit perfectly on my palm. I’ve done some researches and there are tons of flashlight brand like Surefire, EagleTac, Pelican, UltraFire, … etc. The only one catch my eye is this Fenix TK11, that’s why I got it. This is my first “expensive” flashlight or my last one. Let’s hope that …

AVIRA Antivir Personal – Disable its nag screen

avira_logoAvira Antivir Personal is a neat anti virus software which you can download for free. Well, it’s not entirely free compared to AVG Free Anti-Virus because through daily update (by default)  it would pop-up a big nag screen asking you to purchase a full professional paid version of the software which is Avira AntiVir Premium. Therefore, some may call it a nagware. Like most anti-virus software, it scans disks for viruses and also runs as a background process, checking each opened and closed file. It can detect and possibly remove rootkits. Avira updated all their products to version 9.0 as of March 2009. Here’s a workaround to disable its nag screen.

Windows Vista Ultimate x86:

  1. Open Local Security Policy through Start > type secpol.msc in Search box and hit Enter
  2. Click on Software Restriction Policies > Action > create New Software Restriction Policies.
  3. On left pane right-click on  Software Restriction Policies > Additional Rules > New Path Rule….
  4. Click Browse and navigate to C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\ and select avnotify.exe  and then click on OK.
  5. Set Security level to Disallowed.
  6. Click Apply and then click OK.
  7. Voila, pop-up nag screen is history. Enjoy your free Avira Antivir

Note: For 64-bit version of Vista Ultimate, avnotify.exe is actually in C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop

Windows Vista Home Premium:

  1. Go to C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avnotify.exe.
  2. Right-click avnotify.exe and go to Properties > Security.
  3. Under the group or username SYSTEM, click edit.
  4. Put a checkmark under the DENY column for “read and execute”.

Toronto Large Hail

Just a few minutes ago, I was in my bed and all the sudden I heard all the noise come from the roof top. I looked out the windows, it was freaking large hail storm. I could say it’s about 2-3cm golf ball hail. LOL I didn’t want to go outside to take one in and measure the hail. I just grabbed my iPhone and took a shoot out of it, here it is:

toronto_hail

Updated: After the hail storm, I went outside and checked out my car what kind of damages would this big hail do to my car. I was amazed by it, the hail has put my car roof top, hood and the trunk top a ton of little dents. I looked around all the cars by my house, they all had the same damage like my poor car today. As always, I took out my iPhone and took a few shoot of my car hood. Check out the red squares below:

Car Dent

SF4 Fightstick templates

Would you want to use your own custom artwork for your SF4 Fightstick? I would, but how would I start getting the templates? Here is your PSD file templates provided by Mad Catz (click on images to Save As…, please)

Fightstick Template

Tournament Fightstick Template

You can get some more artwork templates from Shoryuken forums which is a great place to discuss about it. Here is one of the sample that “likkuid” has made it using the above templates, you can download them there.

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Remove Windows 7 watermark

Windows 7 watermark hack

Updated: This method works for both Windows 7 32-bit, and 64-bit version.

After downloaded and installed successful Windows 7 RC1 build 7100 today, the most annoying thing is a watermark “Windows 7 Evaluation Copy. Build XXXX” at the bottom right on desktop.

So, here is how you can remove it:

1. Download [Download not found] and extract to a Folder.
2. Run RemoveWatermarkX86.exe for 32bit or run RemoveWatermarkX64.exe for 64bit.
3. Follow the instruction on the file.
4. Restart the PC.

Enjoys, simple as that. Hope it will work for you.

How to play Blu-ray rip on PowerDVD 9

I sit around and ask myself HOW in the world I could use my HTPC to watch a Blu-ray movie rip from a hard-drive. Well, this was a trick question in my head before building a HTPC set. Now, it makes live so much easier to watch it.

Softwares you will need:

Basically, I’ll create an ISO image out of the Blu-ray rip folder in ImgBurn, then mount the ISO file with DAEMON Tools Lite, and then play with PowerDVD. NOW, the most important part is creating an ISO file to able to play with PowerDVD.

Here is few steps how:
1. Open ImgBurn and select “Create image file from files/folders“.
2. Browse and select a Blu-ray folder from hard-drive you want to build.
3. In Option tab, select File system: UDF revision 2.50 (VERY IMPORTANT)
4. Give the ISO a label in Labels tab.
5. Choose a Destination to save your ISO image file then click Build.
6. Sit back and relax.

ImgBurn step 1

ImgBurn step 2 3 4 5

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