Monday, February 25, 2013

Kogan Agora 5.0" Dual-core Smartphone

Today I received the Kogan Agora phone. This was the first batch for the value handset. They were taking preorders for about a month leading up to distribution. It sold out. If you missed the boat then the next the next batch is due to send out in April.

About 2 years ago I got my Galaxy S2 on ebay for about $600. This year I got the Nexus4 for $350. The Agora sells for $150 -- stunning demonstration of Moore's law.

From left to right: 
Kogan Agora 5inch, Samsung Galaxy S2, Google Nexus 4

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kogan Agora Mini 8" Dual Core Tablet (8GB)

Took delivery of this Kogan Android 4.1 tablet. It took 7 working days to deliver. It feels like a cheap build compared to the Nexus7, but for $120 this is amazing value. It charges from USB, like your phone, thought it does come with a 3A 5V PSU if you want to use it.

The courier package had an extra USB PSU and adapter, but they were not really necessary. 

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Reid x cockpit mod

There comes a time when the factory fitted original ergonomic handle bar leaves you longing for something else, something more hip. I've been thinking about a flat bar a lot lately, but the store was out of stock.

Then I got a breakthrough brain fart, that is to just modify my existing cockpit. I simply used an angle grinder to cut my curly bar, flip it, angle it downward, and move the breaks. This is the awesome result.

Also, as an unrelated non sequitur, after months of skidding on the rear tire for fun, the cumulative abuse took its toll. I had a blow out on Broadway, like a firecracker had gone off.

The take away is, do maintenance. You have a choice: replace a blank on the least convenient terms (on the road), or when it is relatively convenient (maintenance).

Thursday, February 07, 2013

LG Nexus 4

Upgrade: Samsung Galaxy S2 to LG Nexus 4

Late 2012 there was a batch of Nexus4 phones that came out. I missed out because I was just too poor. But the phones sold out almost instantly. Then there was gossip that LG was not making any more. After weeks of stalking, late January 2013, the Google Play restarted taking orders.

So here we are after delivery. Joy.

update: 9 July 2014, dropped it, screen cracked and became unresponsive. It was a good year.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Vegan Tatoo

This is one of my favorite things that I've done, very memorable and often a conversation starter.

After a long thinking and planning process, I finally got my black mark of pride -- a vegan tattoo.

Joke: How Do You Know Someone is Vegan? They'll Tell You.

So let the telling continue, and now with a new angle.

vegan tattoo


I was referred to Nae at First Blood to get this procedure done. It took about 30 minutes from walk-in to walk-out. The pain during the inking process was noticeable but did not really rate on my pain scale.

The font I chose was Shadows Into Light by Kimberly Geswein via Google Fonts

Friday, February 01, 2013

Song Dong Waste Not at Carriageworks

Went to see the much publicized stuff exhibit. There sure was a lot of it, all neatly laid out.