EDID Override for HDTV to Solve Passthrough

Recently I bought a new SAMSUNG 5-Series LED TV. It’s great in sense that it has a SPDIF/Out (compared to my old Panasonic HDTV) , it’s mcuh more lighter and it’s a SmartTV.
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As you do know that I use HTPC to play back videos from the internet and all and currently the configuration is setup as Video to HDMI and Audio via SPDIF/out to my Amplifier. The reason for this setup is being that my previous HDTV did not have any Digital Out. But this current Television does support it.
So I’ve decided to connect the Toslink cable from my HTPC to my TV instead so that my HDTV can make use of the amplifier , thus making it easier for any devices to output 5.1 surroundsound. Unforutantely , this setup did not work very well with my PC.
The reason being is that moment I plugged in my HDMI Cable , Windows did detect it’s a HDTV and only offered 2.1 Audio. It did not offer Dolby Digital/DTS pass-through which means that if I play back a Dolby Digital 5.1 , it would not output correctly to my Surround. Of course other systems like xbox , STB are able to do this correctly moment you set the correct output
However in Windows (and with NVIDIA) it was not possible to bypass this. It would read EDID information from the TV. Thankfully there is a method which allows you to bypass that. This person has written a guide on how to do that , step-by-step instructions on how to do it
It works great with NVIDIA Cards a well , it’s just that after you have done the configuration you may have to re-install NVIDIA Drivers to correctly detect your Audio output ūüôā
 
Let me know if it works for you

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Comparison Between IPV4 & IPV6 [UniFi]

Recently , TM decided to roll out native IPV6 for its users. Currently UniFi and Streamyx users are able to get IPV6 Addresses if their ‘port’ supports it. In this article , basically we would take a look if there are any advantages of using IPV6 over IPV4 currently.
 
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I’ll be taking a look at everyday usage to see if there is an improvement in our Internet Usage. Keep in mind that this is not a full technical test , I’ll be just doing simple tests and observations on TM’s IPV6 . I will be also giving you a brief explanation of IPV6 and the advantages .
More after the jump
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[Guide] Backing up your WordPress to Dropbox

Recently my site was down and it appears that my old hosting provider – XenServ , decided to bid farewell to their business and poof there goes my site along with it. I thought I had lost it all , this is because the only cPanel backup , I had was dated somewhere in December 2012. But little did I know that I’ve had installed an addon called WordPress Backup to Dropbox.
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It’s a nifty addon that actually backups your wordpress (your whole site including pictures , posts , addons and what-not) along with the database to dropbox and best of all ,I don’t have to worry about running it manually , it runs automatically at a configured. The problem with backup is that you need to take the pro-active step of doing it weekly/monthly or daily but with this – I do not have to worry at all , it just does by itself. The nice thing about this addon is that it uses Dropbox oauth – which means that you authenticate the application and it does not store your username/password – much like how Twitter/Facebook oauth works.
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Samba Wake On Demand Script

Recently , I purchased a raspberry pi and I have to say that it is an amazing device. It now functions as my 24/7 server, however I have already a file server whereby I use to keep important files (such as family vacation photos , important documents , backup of my phone contacts and my save game files if any). The problem was leaving the server 24/7 as it draws about 60W (idle) as opposed to the pi which is about 5W. Of course this could solved by putting the server to sleep and waking it up with a Wake On Lan tool. It’s great if it was me that want to access the shared folder , but how about my less tech savvy family-members
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Should I only use speed to determine which mobile broadband plan is best?

How to Pick Which Mobile Broadband Plan is Best
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Are you planning on getting a mobile broadband plan? It’s about time actually. Most people are now connected to the internet. You should not allow yourself to be left behind. There are so many things that you are missing by not being connected to the Web.
But picking a plan and a provider is not an easy thing. There are so many developments now when it comes to internet and communications technology that keeping track of all those changes seems a bit daunting. You can visit iinet directly to learn more here – http://www.iinet.net.au/internet/broadband/mobile
Choosing a Mobile Broadband Plan is Best
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How does one go about picking a mobile broadband plan in the midst of all the choices that are available? First of all, there’s the matter of the provider. There are so many companies out there promising that they provide the best service there is.
Then there is the question of whether you should be using mobile broadband in the first place. If you stay at home mostly and you don’t have a mobile device then mobile broadband probably isn’t for you. Mobile broadband is ideal for people who are on the go and who use the internet while using mobile devices.
Speed of Mobile Broadband
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One of the most important considerations when you are looking for a mobile broadband plan is the kind of speed that you would be getting. How fast would your connection be once you are connected? Everyone wants the fastest connection possible. But the speed of the mobile broadband service that you can get depends on your location. Some countries have decent connection speeds while others are still far behind. Canada, the United States and Australia are the countries with the fastest mobile broadband speeds.
You should also be aware that the speeds that are advertised for mobile broadband are different from what you will really be getting. Service providers might tell that you can get 7Mbps with their plan. In reality is 7Mbps is the maximum internet speed. That means you will rarely reach 7Mbps, if ever. Your average connection speed might be 3 Mbps or even lower.
Other Things to Consider
There are other things that you should consider when you are looking for a mobile broadband plan. One of those is coverage. You should find out the exact area where you can use the mobile broadband plan that you will be getting. The fast speed that you are looking for will be useless if you don’t have any coverage at all. You should ask the provider for a detailed map that would show the actual places where you would be able to connect using the plan.
Another factor that you need to think about is the type of system used by the provider. There is already a 4th generation or 4G technology that’s available. Then of course, there is the pricing of the service that you will be getting. Is it something that you would be able to afford? You should do a comparison of the prices of the different plans that are available.

Picking the Right Telco in Malaysia

A lot of times , we keep hearing that ‘OMG my telco sucks la’ , ‘expensive la’ , ‘no coverage’ and with the number portability , we have the privilege of keeping our number while switching mobile operators. A lot of people ask , which is the right telco for me , which one should I choose. Here I’ve laid out some steps in picking the right telco in Malaysia.
How to pick the right telco in Malaysia
Assuming you are Telco M and want to port your number to Telco C or Telco D or Telco U (or other way around)

  1. Ask your friends around on how is the coverage of other telco in your area (home and your workplace). This first feedback would pretty much allow you to narrow down which other telco that you can port into.
  2. Once you have found out that which Telco has decent coverage in your place , you now need to do comparison of plans on which plan is suitable for you and what are their offerings for prepaid and postpaid
  3. Once you have settled on the telco and the plan. You’ll have to do one final thing before changing telco and retaining your number

What’s that you ask ? – Simple , just buy their prepaid SIM pack and test it out first in your own phone. This is the best way to test out how well is their Internet services , Voice Quality and coverage. People may say thousand things , there are many factors when deciding a telco – such as your phone , the frequency (spectrum of the telco) , the distance from base station.
 
Once you have tried their offering and if it is up to your standard , then you would probably want to hop in and bring your number to that telco. If not, you have nothing to lose.
 
In the coming articles , I would probably write more on this subject especially how telcos in Malaysia are progressing and what is the best prepaid and postpaid plans out there
 

Building a Home Server/HTPC – Part 2 (Picking the right OS)

This is continuation of my epic guide writing a step-by-step guide for Malaysians (and people from other countries too) on building their own Home Server/HTPC or something in-between. If you have not read my first part , kindly do so by clicking here
In this part , I would be focusing on the software aspect. Assuming that you have built your HTPC/Home Server or a hybrid. Now we want to get it to run. There are two options that we can go for either taking the Windows route or taking the Linux route. I’ll briefly explain pros and cons for each of the routes.
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A Closer look at HyppTV for Streamyx & Mobile Devices

I was fortunate enough to be invited to TM’s exclusive preview for bloggers on their next big thing – which was HyppTV for Streamyx and for Mobile Devices. I am not going to bore you with the details , but what I am here is to share few nifty things on HyppTV for STB
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TM is conducting trial runs for 8Mbps Streamyx users as we speak. The new STB (Setup box) has a WiFi card built in and as well supports regular ethernet connection . The setup box is much smaller compared to last time , but what attracted me is that the new box runs on Android
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Yep , that’s right. I was amazed that TM decided to go with Android or linux instead of using some proprietary¬†software . They have got this right – kudos. I’ll explain further on how probably TM (hope if they are reading this) can improve this new HyppTV and take it to the next level
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The box itself has USB ports (you are able to connect USB drives , keyboard  and mouse and it works) , you have SPDIF/Out , HDMI , Ethernet connection and as well as WiFi
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It also allows you to playback various different file formats. Yes 3GP is included and you know what that means right *wink* *wink* . It also supports mkv up to 1080p. So it doubles as a media entertainment box for you to playback movies. I am not sure if it supports DLNA that allows you stream content from your PC to the STB.
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The device itself has 1GB of flash space , this is used for the OS and for TM to push new updates to the device.
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Yes they have a few applications installed – mainly Calculator , E-mail and Internet Browser
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The Internet Browser is the default browser (Chrome) that you get with Android phones .
Now I am not going to go much on HyppTV for mobile , but they have done a pretty amazing job that allows you to change channels on the fly without needing to go back and change. I’ll try to review it later if I get the chance
Now if folks from TM are reading this , there are few suggestions from me in order to make HyppTV the next-big-thing
1. Open up the market – kudos on using Android. Now get local developers (I mean Malaysian) ¬†to develop applications. I think developing for Android is pretty easy thus allowing them to easily port it to HyppTV. This means that people can enjoy apps that they use in the phone as well. If possible get Google Play Store or probably come up with your own play store . Another example is would be for Muslims whereby it would send out push notification on prayer times which maybe handy dandy – i know such app exists in Android eco-system , bring it to the big screen ūüôā ¬†[UPDATE – Looks like HyppTV is hacked – Read more about it here ]
2. With Android it opens up a potential , now with a web camera + wireless keyboard and mouse , entire TV + HyppTV would be a skype box. It would be easier for kids who are overseas to easily communicate with their parents. Who wouldn’t mind seeing it in the big screen ? Instagram anyone ? Put these two in it and you have it
3. Make it accessible for hackers (like myself :P). We want to explore what this little device could do Рprobably we would root it , install Jelly Bean and tweak it. Please do this
I see that HyppTV is heading towards the right direction – combine that with content and ASTRO would have a serious competitor . What it means for me and you – more choices , more content , lesser price. We are the winner at the end of the day when there are lot of choices for consumers

Building a Home Server/HTPC – Part 1 (Hardware)

When it comes to your digital life things are different.  These days , we use smartphone , notebooks , tablets , desktop computers. Our lives are revolving around digital stuff and part of that is making sure all of your digital stuff is kept safe and sound, but along with that is making it equally easy to access.
 

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This is where the home server comes it . Frankly , it is ¬†is nothing new ‚Äď you might be running one already,(without you know). Home server is a PC that is going to run 24/7 , keeping all of your data , files , flims , music , photos (and even porn :P) .This PC would be running 24/7, so it is always going to be on. Don’t worry about power consumption , we would be going green¬†That’s besides providing any network capabilities or streaming servers you might like to add such as streaming to your iPhone wirelessly , PS3 ¬†etc.
 
Initially , I thought of writing on how to build a home server ,but I am going to tweak it slightly for people who are going to build a HTPC or a hybrid. In this part , basically we would be spilling out the requirement and roughly estimate the cost that needed to build one of these beasts
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[Thoughts/Review] Alcatel One Touch Glory 2S (RM 50 Smartphone)

Recently in conjunction with RM 200 Smartphone rebate which I blogged way back , a lot of changes had happened. For instance the limit for smartphones have been lifted (which means you could use the rebate for any smartphone). Various telcos are offering various things. For instance Maxis offers free smartphones when you sign with a contract (postpaid)
DiGi on the other hand seems to be the only telco that is offering a smartphone for RM 50 (after the rebate). The phone is free , you would just have to pay for the prepaid SIM Pack which is RM 50.
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There are a lot of people asking about this phone , if it is good or not. Sadly you are not able to find a review for this phone. So I decided to write up a short review , the time I spent playing with the phone. I did not get the chance to snap some photos otherwise it would be here as well.
To know more about the package , kindly visit here.
Phone specifications 
DiGi’s website does not specify much about the phone and if you Google it around you may not even find a lot of information. The reason being is that the phone is marketed as¬†Alcatel One Touch T’Pop elsewhere in the world
The phone runs on Android 2.3 , 1Ghz processor , Bluetooth 4.0 , WiFi (802.11n) , 3G capable (HSDPA) and a basic screen resolution of 320×480. You can take a look at full specs here¬†
 
 
First Impression counts…..
At first glance , it seems to be a decent phone (have a look at the YouTube video). However , the screen feels cheap and very fragile (What do you expect – Gorilla Glass ? IPS panel ? AMOLED ?)
There is nothing to rave about quality. Well it is good enough to make home-made 3GP videos . That’s all I would say.
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Worth it ?…..
Well if you are looking for a secondary phone or if you are looking for an entry-level smartphone and not willing to spend more than RM 100 , then this is the right phone. You could easily use it to WhatsApp , Tweet , Instagram , Facebook and do light surfing. It could handle CandyCrush too I suppose.
I would certainly pick this phone up and use it as a backup phone , no doubt about it. I’ll try to get the full phone and review it
 
If you have used the phone and have anything to add , please do not hesitate to comment
 
[label style=[label style=”warning”]Oh yes keep in mind that the phone is locked to DiGi. [/label][label style=”warning”]You need to contact them to get it unlocked !. [/label]