An Honest Reviews on the BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry OS 10, and iOS

My Z30 finally arrived after placing my order yesterday. It came with 6 layers of inner packaging. Its like opening a Matryoshka doll, albeit differ in the packaging content :-P

Overall speaking I am very impressed with BBOS 10. Mind you that this is my first time trying out BBOS 10 and I'm already started to love it. Prior to that I already spent one whole week watching various features introduced in BBOS 10, so it is easier for me to make the transition. Believe me not, you wouldn't appreciate the creamy beauty of BBOS 10 until you lay your fingers on actually using it :)

As expected, the immediate things that I did after unboxing it was plugging it into a charger and let it update to from the stock At that point I didn't really explore it nor syncing my data such as contacts to avoid possible issues during the update. Not that it will happen but let's play it safe since I am going to update it sooner or later anyways :-)

Rambling of An Apple Fan Towards Apple Marketing Choices

In the days of Steve Jobs, buying an iDevices (iPhone and iPad) used to be very easy and straightforward thanks to the binary choices presented. This may surprise you, but most users typically do not want to be offered with a lot of choice, they want to be lock down and just buy things that are offered. Ask yourselves whether this is true. As the saying goes, "with choices comes responsibility". In this context, that means you would have to go through tons of research (be it written or video reviews) and outlining each and every decision before fork out your hard, cold cash. Granted, iDevices are never cheap to begin with, and never will. With the hefty price that you paid though, you earn yourself a social stature in a higher hierarchy, or such is the stereotype of spotting anyone with an iDevices.

[Tutorial] Custom Upgrade BlackBerry OS 7.1 Walkthrough

So I just purchased a BlackBerry Bold 9900 first released back in 2011. Many, I am sure you do, ask why purchase such legacy device while I could purchase a smartphone sporting quad-core processor, gigabytes of memory, Super AMOLED screen, HD resolution, LTE network connectivity, 1080p camera/video recording quality camera available. Well the answer is pretty obvious and common, I want to try out their touted physical keyboard and landline-like voice quality. Most importantly, it is cheap and serve as an adapting window before trying out the next flagship, the Blackberry Q20 or Blackberry Classic (alias) that is simply an improved version of the Bold 9900 in many aspects. There is no reason to purchase Bold 9900 after Q20 is announced, hopefully release sometime in November if the rumor are to be believed. I won't become a laughing stock by purchasing it now, since many Bold users still complains and even hold their purchase on Q10, especially the lack of a dedicated top panel for answering/rejecting calls, accessing BB menu, back buttons, and optical trackpad.

Installing and Running DOSBox on PS Vita (PSP Emulator) on TN-V8 Exploit

I missed DOS games. And luckily PS Vita has an emulator ported from DOSBox allowing you run DOS game on the go.

There are many builds of DOSBox for PSP available, with the immediate search showing the following versions (DD/MM/YY)

A Complete Tutorial to Install Homebrew on PS Vita (PSP) on TN-V8 Exploit

Following my successful attempt to exploit my PS Vita using NumBlast game, I shall now share my experience of installing home-brew (commonly known as emulators) on PS Vita in the form of pictorial.

First thing first, download some homebrews from a sea of home brew listed here.

A Complete Guide to Install Windows 95 on DOSBox

Looking at how OS had marvelled over these three decades starting from the 90s somehow makes me reminiscent the good old days of Win 3.1, Win95 and Win98. I certainly missed playing my first ever computer games such as Prince of Persia, Mario, and Doom.

And so embark my journey to relive those memories again in the modern machine. To do that, I selected DosBox, which is an emulator that fully emulates those legacy machines. Like many others, I started off to search for related tutorials and what-not on Google, only to found that most of them are either too fragmented or requires me to piece up the tidbits.

To save time, I had decided to write up this tutorial just so you wouldn't had the same experience that I did.

My Experience with Exploiting PS Vita (Gen 1) Using TN-V8 (Firmware 3.01) After Sony Releases Firmware 3.10

After missing out the TN-V exploit game last February - Persona 2 - Innocent Sin, I thought this is it. I will have to wait for the next firmware release from Sony and keep on waiting for another breed of exploit.

Various Methods of Setting Up HTPC Using Raspberry Pi (With Tradeoffs)

With the latest addition of a 50' Sharp HDTV on my living room, I decided to purchase a Raspberry Pi and setup a HTPC. Just for prelude, I had been an avid fan of XBMC ever since version 8.0 and still is even now. Before the HDTV, I mostly watch my movies (approaching 1,000 movies now) on XBMC running on my Core i7 Desktop in my comfy room at 60 FPS using SmoothVideo Project. Having this said, performance is never an issue, i.e. no video stuttering, buffering, etc. I managed to enjoy every last bit of the videos without any quality degradation.

Raspberry Pi, or generally known as the popular embedded computer for setting up HTPC, dare I say, is only having a fraction of computing power when compared to my i7 Desktop. It is comparable to a Pentium II PC in the 90's. Henceforth, I realized that I can no longer put the performance issue in the closet any longer and have to resort to alternatives.

I must say that setting up my ideal HTPC had been a rollercoaster ride for me, and I finally seek one perfect solution that match with my demands. Following just shows some of the possible setups that you might be having now, or attempted.

Pairing Wiimote Motion Plus with Windows using Toshiba Bluetooth Stack

Following after my previous post on how to connect your Wiimote Motion Plus on Windows here, I soon realized that there is yet another easier way to do so without having to resort installing BlueSoleil. Simply install the Toshiba Bluetooth stack and you're good to go. One reason I attempted this way is because I failed to get BlueSoleil to run stable (Windows Explorer keeps on crashing) after I reinstall it on my computer.