Thursday, May 22, 2008

Lacoste reinvents tennis

Graffiti on my laptop

Was thirsty last night at around 1am, and all i found in the refrigerator was a can of redbull...
redbull induced insomnia..for an hour or two...
and i woke up in the morning with this on my dell.
used an OHP marker.. maybe i'l finish it tonight :D .
havnt done one of these in a long time. used to do a lot of stuff on cds.. will put them up some time.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

PC vs MAC vs Linux

New southpark style PC vs MAC vs Linux spoof ad

heres the original one:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

laptop skins: alien

Some ideas for laptop skins for another friend at work. He wanted something with aliens(he also mentioned something about Andy Warhol) anyway here it is, some of the ideas. He liked the green+blue one.

click here for hi rez

click here for hi rez

3ds Max 2008 trial

Thursday, January 31, 2008

redirect yourself please

ok, a lot of my friends have blogs here, so in order to be allowed to comment on them, i decided to register here...

however i already have a blog at

so if your interested in learning more, head on there

heres a taste of whats there:
Visit the Widget Gallery

Friday, January 25, 2008

laptop customisation

Ok .. so after all the laptop skins i designed.. for printing on vinyl and sticking on my laptop..

I got fed-up of trying to find the time to go to the printer's and get it done! so instead I went ahead and painted a custom pattern right onto it with,.. a traditional paint brush:p and standard enamel paint.

and this is where i did this diabolical deed

more images here >>

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Crysis rocks

Ok its been almost a week since I've had my new notebook.
Heres the good and bad of the week.


closeup here

The performance is pretty much off the charts for Bioshock(played with everything on high...except gi lighting). one issue i had was that the game wouldnt recognize the scroll wheel on my dell premium mouse. and everytime i pressed one of the audio volume buttons, the game paused and i'd be at the game menu... strange.

The timeshift demo looks awesome. will have to wait till i get my hands on the full version, before i say more.

Crysis worked great, although in order to get 2x or more antialiasing to work smoothly i had to reduce my resolution by a notch. as you can see in the screenshots the games recomended system rating is 5 and my systems rating is 4.5 ...

considering that i have 3.5gb of the 4gb ram available, thats not too bad. eventually when i have all the dell drivers for the 64bit os, i'l upgrade to vista 64 and then, we'l see what happens. for now this is awesome.

Alternate OS:

2 days after i got the machine, i tried to instal ubuntu on it. heres an account of what happened:

I first downloaded the dell+ubuntu distro from dells linux wiki they didnt have a distro for the inspiron 1520, but they did have one for the 1420.. so i took that, since its essentially the same hardwaare..just with a smaller screen.

This was a 4gb download, so it took me a while to get it. after i had it, i needed to make a couple of partitions for it.

I had a 40gb partition for my vista and all windows programs. a10gb dell recovery partition. a 2gb dell media direct partition. and @180gb in the last partition.

I first tried to split the biggest partition using vista's disk manager...but it had some problem and wouldnt do it. So then i installed partition magic. Now i hav used this app on xp machines before, without any serious problems. however... on vista things were different. during the instalation, vista warned me that it had "known issues" with the program. i continued anyway... the installation went ahead successfully.

Then when i ran the program...disaster struck. as it was loading up it detected some inconsitencies with my partitions, and asked if i wanted em fixed. i clicked OK. tada! blue screen!

After my initial shock i restarted the machine, and before vista loaded it went into a recovery screen... unfortunately non of the recovery options available could work because they all needed access to my c: drive. and apparently c: was now what used to be my d: . i could see the other partitions including the 10gb recovery partition...but had no way of using em.

Booting with the both the vista dvd and the dell os reinstallation dvd prooved pointless, as neither could recover my system.

So then in a last ditch attempt, i ran the ubuntu dvd in live cd mode. WOW! it detected my native screen rez of 1680x1050 ! and gutsy never looked cooler. the "places" navigator showed up all my partitions, but they were all write protected until i instal ubuntu... so i figured what the hell, lets try installing... unfortunately ubuntu's installation programme couldnt detect any partitons! the only option available was to forma the whole hdd and instal ubuntu.. i wasnt prepared to give up that much :(

And so i called up dell tech-support and explained the situation to them. they walked me through reinstalling vista, which could only be done by formatting the entire hdd. then they told me that the culprit for all my maladies was the 2gb partition for Dell Media Direct.. basically when you hit the media direct button, it looks for the 2gb partition... and if you have more that the standard number of partitions.. it ends up corrupting your os.

So until i find a work around to this, i wont be installing ubuntu or anyother linux distro on this machine. not anytime soon. :(

The up side of this fiasco is that i ditched the 10gb dell recovery partition, coz... well it was completely useless, when i needed it.

And so now i have 10 extra gb to play with.

Monday, January 7, 2008

My New Dell

Well its finally here!

First thing i did was uninstall Mcafee(trial) and install avast.

next i changed my desktop to a she hulk (matching green) one i had

Then the first real app i installed was Crysis. and does it look good!(will post screens soon)

While that was installing, i got busy removing all the dumb intel and vista stickers :)

As i mentioned earlier, heres the specs:

-Intel(R) Core(TM)2Duo Processor T7500
-NVIDIA(R) GeForce(TM) 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR2 dedicated graphic memory
(the same card that the macbook pro has)
-15.4" UltraSharp(TM) Widescreen WSXGA+ (1680x1050) Display with Truelife(TM)
-250GB SATA Hard Drive
-4GB ( 2 X 2048MB ) 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM

-Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945 Dual Band 802.11a/g 54Mbps Wireless Mini Card
-9-cell 85Whr Lithium Ion Primary Battery
-Spring Green Color with Microsatin Finish and camera

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Arrived !

My laptop has been delivered to my home

I'm not allowed to open it. a DELL engineer has to come and unpack and verify that all is well ...before i can touch it

and they don't work on saturdays

So i have to wait till monday. :(

Can admire the packaging all through the weekend.

(image from flickr, i was at work when i posted this)

Friday, January 4, 2008


:D The dell online status tracker for my laptop has finally reached delivery status!

looks like it got through customs yesterday,
and is going to make the estimated delivery date of 7th Jan!:cheers:
Can't wait for it to get to me!! :)