Kotobukiya Online Shop


I just received the direct news from the Kotobukiya member newsletter today. However, not much news reveals if they are doing international shipping business or just delivery only in US. But we will surely find out after June 2nd when they re-launch their official website, kotous.com, with new features, latest update product info (I am expecting that) and online shopping capabilities.
Jeffery Kashida, president of Kotobukiya's U.S office comments:
"We are very honored and happy to be able to re-launch Kotous.com with new design and great service that has long been awaited for.  We have lots of exciting campaigns and prizes waiting for our fans and we hope to make your online shopping experience worthwhile. "

The URL will stay the same as always: www.KotoUS.com, so keep your bookmarks updated to avoid missing out on lots of fun and exciting opportunities!

Xia Xue New Blog Skin Update


Just decide to drop by her blog and check out her post. I really love her new blog skin and the loading are now much faster compare to her previous one. I probably guess this time have less photos. Anyway, she posted one Youtube video that something we rarely see. Check it out. below. Also don’t forget she got her own Twitter now.

Anyway, It was call Jerboa (Wiki)

Xiaxue's Appearance on "Asia Uncut

My Next June is Mission


Man, can’t believe June is just few more days to arrive. It will be a good month for me because my pre-order is going soon to send out. But I am much more concern unable to control myself planning over spending for next month because the god damn Hobby Link Japan second discount wave is coming on the 1st day!   I told myself that this is my next opportunity to hoot something from it especially when it comes to Master Grade kits. I’m not going to overlook on this one and going to blow my pocket for sure.

To counter this issue, I decided to take any side jobs as much as I can to cover for July and make sure my bank have enough to cover my monthly expenses. I already received some and hopefully this will help a bit to cover my fuel and foods. I don’t even know why I am torturing myself like that, but I really do find it worth my life and enjoy this suffering collecting my favorite toys. Muahaha…

I also going to get rid my Mastercard to avoid any necessary yearly charges. Not sure which items I am planning to get from my current reward points because most of them require higher points. Damn, the previous HSBC staff provides me with two different cards, causes me so inconvenient and uneasy to manage my paying. Anyway, going to do it next week once I settle the remaining outstanding and claim my reward.

Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel


 
I really missed the old days reading manga (comic) books when I was student. In Brunei, it’s truly hard to find many locals running comic shops business. I’m not sure if the previous manga shop is still around or not. But I guess it might already close by now. Running manga business is not really that good and easy here. Not sure about in the capital, but I am planning to get Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel manga from Yesasia.com. I love Gundam especially studying the timeline in Universal Century stories is quite challenging. Ecole du Ciel is one of the story I miss it out and even without knowing about such manga exist in the first place. I failed as a Gundam fan, but it doesn’t mean I am going to give a shit for not getting it, right?
Anyway, I don’t really recommend this manga for new Gundam fresh reader because it will definitely get into trouble understanding what exactly happen in the story if you do not watch the previous anime. This story involve in between the Gundam and Zeta Gundam story so you might find difficulty to understand most of the events took place.
About Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel
Set in Universal Century 0085, Asuna Elmarit is a student from Ecole du Ciel, a military school for training future MS pilots. Unexpected events occur, exposing Asuna and her classmates to the reality that is war. Along the way, the school council's real intentions are revealed.

Gundam RX-78 – Repair Done!


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Phew! Finally finish fixing my old Gundam RX-78. It’s not entirely really fix and even putting some lining into it. It just for practicing because I haven’t touch my kits for too long, so I decided to take the broken one for some experiment and test my knowledge on repairing. Not a quite a looking Gundam as it turned out so I decided to name it as Gundam RX-78 Training MS. I will be uploading to BAKUC (its now up!) website soon tonight and also waiting for approval by Admin.
PS: David. It case you wonder about mine thruster. It fix now. 

First Look! - Acer Aspire 4935


Damn Acer! They really are throwing in so many good stuffs for budget buyers this year which is why they are still the best selling brand in Brunei. I was having a good opportunity to have a first look on one of the budget Acer model that has comfortable viewing screen and powerful enough for everyday used at work or home. The model I will be looking is Acer Aspire 4935 (-641G32Mn). Mind you, that is not mine.

Before I start, here is the specification list:

  • 14.0” HD Acer CineCrystal LED with built-in Webcam
  • Intel Core 2 Dou Processor T6400 (2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache)
  • Mobile Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • 1GB DDR2
  • 320GB HDD SATA
  • DVD-RW Super Multi DL
  • Intel Wireless 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N WLAN
  • Bluetooth
  • 100/1000 Gigabit-LAN
  • 56K Onboard

The Acer Aspire 4735 I received for my first look review is just the hard disk has much more bigger size compare to the size of 250GB SATA. I somehow believe Acer is trying to clear their remaining stock by rolling out a same limited model with a bit better spec to fight off their competitors. Which are why this time the eSATA is included and offer only two USB slot rather than three. Don’t be disappointed over minus one USB slot because eSATA is also a nice good feature for supporting future portable storage with twice the transfer rate compare to USB 2.0.

Other specifications are remaining the same as previous model except two additional changes in the hardware. Though 1GB DDR2 memory ram is totally out of question if you planning to run Window Vista. But this is what the today value notebook could offer and enough to run Window XP or Ubuntu or the upcoming Window Seven if you prefer to wait this year. Well, you can upgrade the extra memory ram anytime.

If you wonder the 14.1 inch wide LCD is too small for you, I say it’s not at all. But I believe some of you might have difficulty to read due to optimize wide resolution. Unless you are talking about Aspire One notebook that I have to say it is. I would prefer having 14.1 inch size notebook rather having a smaller one because it makes my eye very uncomfortable. If you travel a lot, Aspire one notebook is better carrying around and less complains on how heavy it was.

But my dissatisfaction is why Acer wants to separate the two USB and put them on separate side? If the eSATA slot is located on the left, they should just put two of them together. I find annoying because you might not know encountering with some of the portable 2.5” storage require extra USB cable to power up properly. With such a distance on side, you may have a hard time reaching that. Pray that you don’t really need it and hopefully you received a longer USB cable to reach its other side. So far I only know Seagate supply such USB cable.

The performance tested in Window XP is great. Getting another 2GB memory ram upgrade will indeed improved the performance. You only need some trouble finding the Empowered Technology utility from the internet because Acer did not include it on the original DVD. This is another reason why I don’t understand them not providing the Empowered Technology utility. Even I can’t find Vista version on the DVD is much funnier. Well, you can get it from the Acer official download, at least, but not XP version.

Acer Aspire 4735 could set you back around for B$1,098.00 (License Vista) and B$958.00 without Window Vista. Just note that, the price may include the bundle items total up the amount showing above. Check with your local seller shops for more information and remember, the model you sees here may be different from the brochure too.

Do You Really Need Undo Card for PC?


I have been working on some school lately and found that they wasted much money for a bunch of useless R&D Undo Card. For your information, the Undo Card automatically restore or repair back to the previous original state for the PC whenever there are changes to the files by the students. I can’t think of the reason why you really need this. I know students are smarter and always wanted to enter to any website these days or mess up the PC. But this Card doesn’t show you any bright reason for helping you in saving for maintenance and long term guarantee support when your Window are fully expose to any attack without updating. 

I don’t know how the previous technicians setup the PC. After looking at it, everything is so messed up and expose to higher risk of infection when it’s not maintain by the well-trained teacher. Not to mention everything is totally outdated because it revert backs after you restart the system. The funny thing is, the PC is infected with virus and this undo card can’t do a single damn thing about it after undo the whole Window automatically. The infection Trojans and Virus these days are smart enough to change anything. Do you really think that the simple restore hardware card could protect the PC from such threat? From what I see it just likely having the same built in recovery feature in Window.

If you happen to be a computer teachers, principle or communities sponsoring the schools thinking about buying new PC or upgrade. Don’t bother listening to PC supplier suggestion having an Undo card install. There are many ways to keep the PC running in good conditions. There is much free software and Windows allowed you to take control over the account so the student won’t mess with it. Strict rules can be applied to the student like noting down their names on which PC does the student currently using. Undo card only helps you in short period of time if they are no maintenances set for every PC install. Unless you have skill trained teachers looking after it every day and months then that is different story. If you do not, don’t bother looking at this stuff.

Hobby Link Japan May 2009 Order


Just order a very small numbers for this month. A Banpresto Gundam OO Nena Trinity figure and Revoltech Jun Mihara from HLJ sales section except for Mr Hobby Clear Green color bottle is just an extra for testing the clear parts for Gundam OO kit. I couldn’t find the spray paint so I decided to try out using hand mode working on the clear color. If my hand is good, I probably get another clear red color bottle to save some cash for other spray paint.

I never really thought about buying figure, but it just gave me an idea of having a Gundam character is pretty good idea putting them together showing who the pilot is. The only problem is I didn’t expect to be quite tall though. I am really somehow wishing Bandai would reconsider releasing Gundam Throne Drei in 1/100 size. I guess I will find out soon when I buy the 1/144 version. Anyway, Banpresto does seem to have a good quality figure from this price point and it’s not really disappointed either. Check the photos I taken for your sample and decide if it worth for your own collections.

As for Revoltech Jun Mihara, I decided to buy an extra safe keeping because the previous one seems to be a bit dirty when I play around with it. Well it is really cute and adorable taking photos together with other products (first on Acer Aspire 4935). Expect more soon!

Gundam RX-78 Repair


I decided to do some repair and modification on my Master Grade Gundam RX-78 20th anniversary (coating version) plastic kits. So many broken parts and the coating color are getting bad for so many years. So far it was half way done on the spray painting, parts replacement and some modifications. It should be done by next Sunday, I guess.
IMG_3124 (480x640)The only problem left is the broken thruster. I’m not sure how to fix it because it using some kind of clip on the backend. I think I might need to use some plastic plate and mod the thruster.

48th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2009 – A Little Bit More Gundam


Gundam Seed VS Astray 2009
Seems like there will be seven possible more Gundam coming for Astray line up. I haven’t really start getting HG version but hopefully maybe next year because I am much more into getting Gundam OO right now and can’t back down yet, unless there is some sort of bargain sales! 

Four Perfect Grade Gundam Astray, Gold Frame, Red Frame, Blue Frame and Green Frame. The last frame still haven’t reveal by Bandai.
More @ Ngee Khiong
XN Rasier Special Item
I will be damn! Bandai has also announced the upcoming XN Raiser 1/144 kit prize item for Hobby Japan Magazine October Edition this coming August release. I am really surprise by it because I never seen Hobby Japan (for me) bundles with prize item before except Dengeki Hobby. Anyway, I am going to get two of them from Hobby Search and used my remaining point to cut the cost down. YEAH!!!

Closer Look at GN Raiser upgrade kit

SOoooo That was a blade for Gundam OO….


Virut Virus Case Close


Seems like no one in the world really know how to fully eliminate the W32.Virut virus. I have been fighting this bastard for two days straight with many different methods to fully disinfect the Virut infection in the past. If your customers are urgently needed the pc or laptop, then the only best solution is backup the data and reformat it, without bother wasting too much time fixing it.

Virut is a very nasty virus that can inject malicious code to any existing executable programs like .exe file and create bunch of .scr files in your system32 folder. That’s not all, it even capable of spreading through any USB removable device like pen drive and external storage. According to Miekiemoes blog also, it can mess up the web designer’s work too. Read the quote below:

This latest variant may also search for htm, html, asp and php files on the drives and modifies them by inserting an iframe that points to a malicious website. So you can already imagine what may happen if the owner is a web designer and uploads the infected webpages.

However, someone from Remove-Malware.com said it can be done easily. Oh, Really? Of course, you must check this out if that is true or not. According to the blogger (who is also work onsite serving computer), the method he used is running the free Dr Web Cure IT in UBCD4Win environment and starts full scanning and clean from there. Wasn’t it is much the same thing putting the external infected drive to another PC to do the cleaning in Safe Mode? This solution only disinfect the executable files including other files in “system32” folder and does not actually clean the Virut virus at all.

Since he didn’t mention anything about fixing or repair the network using the UBCD4Win boot CD. I am going to wait for his response on the comments. But based from my own experience, Virut virus creates a backdoor like on the network connection. Once you connect to the internet, it eventually starts causing traffic on the sharing network users and downloads the virus again. No one could figure out how to prevent the download from the host. The IP address cannot be easily blocked by the firewall. If he did not manage to fix this problem that’s means most of his client infected by it, are still expose to Virut threat.

I am not offending or conclude the Remove-Malware blogger are wrong. But I believe he fail to aware how bad does the Virut virus has done to Window and said maybe he was lucky he can clean it. I don’t quite believe that when you are working one or two hour onsite. Nothing is guarantee when you are onsite servicing because I also work as an IT technician and I can’t say if I really disinfect the entire infections virus and spyware or not. For the time being, the best solution is to perform scanning and disinfect the virus before you backup your data and reformatting.

48th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2009 – MG Gundam Exia


OH MY GOODIES!!! Bandai has showcase one of the latest next Master Grade is Gundam Exia in 48th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2009 Event. I don’t know I was lucky or not to say this. But I am grateful that I didn’t purchase it the High Grade version except only Astraea and Type F version. The bad thing is I am going to be broke if I pre-order it on July. This year there are too many surprises products and it’s much harder to owned one these days.
For now, MG Gundam Exia will be on my pre-order list since I haven’t own one and also, same as usual, there will be first batch for including special bundle items call “Ignition Mode” which will include RE Conversion parts and LED lighting effects parts. Man, June and July is the worst month for me.
 
Image and Links Source @ SRW Hot News

Hero Movie 2007


It was damned when I discovered that I missed Hero movie last two years, not to mention the worst part about it is I never knew it release before. Fuck! I really have to read more Asia celebrities news a lot these days. All is not lost as I was lucky enough to read the news last month about Takuya Kimura and Lee Byung-Hun are working together on a new movie. This is where I learned about the Hero 2007 movie. It also took me a while to find the old movie back and watch it next day.

It still never fails to impress me, it was good and the movie was at least two hours long. But some of the character I have not seen before because they have appeared in a special TV episode for Hero and I totally missed out the story there. Since this movie is about after five years Kuryu Kohei was transferred to Shinigaki Island. I think I am going to search special episode again. Man, it makes me wanted to take out my Hero TV drama and watch again.

About

After six years away, D.A. Kuryu Kohei (Kimura Takuya) returns to his former Tokyo Johei office, just in time for a brewing storm. Kohei's first case starts out simple enough. The suspect, a blonde-haired security guard, had already confessed to manslaughter, but he suddenly retracts his confession and takes things to court with big-shot defense attorney Gamo (Matsumoto Koshiro). It turns out that the security guard is a key alibi witness in a high-profile political corruption case, and the results of his case will directly affect the next. With the media, politicians, and a special investigative team breathing down his back, Kohei must handle the case with care (and flair) to find out the truth.

Visit the official English site for trailer.

HLJ 1st JP Anniversay Celebration


FUCK!!!! I just order and pay up my goods yesterday. Now they suddenly comes up with 1st Anniversary sale? Dammit! I missed the Master Grade Gundam IWSP sale, it was over and still thinking about getting Blue Destiny Unit 1. I have to think about next month orders so I am going to skip this one out.

For your information, the sales is going to last until June 19th! So you guys still have time to look around but just a reminder that most of the good stuffs is gone which means "Sale Over" will be label. 

Visit Hobby Link Japan Anniversary Sale

Blog Update for May


Nothing much changes, just a few added links and new Gundam works done by to be show on the side. I have been thinking about this from the beginning this year. Because of my laziest, I drag my plan until now and forget to install the Adobe Photoshop to create banner. I also encounter some issue updating the blog layout using Firefox. I have no clue what the hell happen, it was suppose to be working but it somehow, doesn’t want to save whenever I add or update the links or codes. In the end I ended up logging using IE to update the layout. Well, everything is now solved!

Hobby Link Japan Order This Month


Damn, I still can’t control myself when I am browsing through the bargain pages. This month order was kept as minimum as possible because my June order going to be massive expensive. This time bargain hunting is Nena Trinity, Mr Hobby Clear Green bottle and Revoltech Jun Mihara (my second). Everything comes close to ¥2000 Yen. I’m not sure why I am getting another Jun Mihara but this action figure simply too cute for me and as for Nena Trinity, she is dirt cheap making no excuse not getting her. I am planning to get her MS Gundam Throne Drei for complete collection.

If you wonder what is my next month order. Well, it’s HG 1/100 Gundam OO Raiser Designer color version, HG 1/144 Gundam O and two Figma Drossel. This cost surely killing me and I decided to throw in the discount point to lower a bit on the shipping cost. 

Enable Removable Device Scan in AVG Free


I didn’t even spot this good feature in AVG Free version after I mess with the advance setting today. This is really good for extra protecting and prevents infections from any removable media and USB flash drive. If any of you using AVG Free version 8.5, it is recommended to enable this feature and it’s rarely to find such free anti-virus would bundle include this feature in the basic protection program. Yes, there are a lot of USB free protection program out there. Many of them I tested the free version that don’t really work that good and fail to capture some of the old Trojans. AVG was a well known anti-virus company so I’m sure catching the popular virus and Trojans running free version is still worth to trust.

Also, what if you are having just a 512MB memory ram install on your desktop PC or laptop. You might consider enable it without require other 3rd party USB programs to manage the scanning and hog up your PC resource. Another good thing about this AVG Free allowed you to control how you want the scanning method on the removable device. You can either manual remove the infected file once it detect or automatically heal/remove the infections during scanning. The scanning process priority can also adjust at your own need especially those who own an Apple iPod might encounter some problem.

To enable this feature, simply open up the AVG control panel, search the option in tab and look for advance setting. Now, look for the “scans: and click to drop down the list. There you will find the extra “Removable device scan” option (picture below). Cheers!

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