Printershelf

Printer shelf

The Ikea rack is good and neat for stacking printers if you have a few of them.  The only problem is that the planks are made from chipboard.  In high humidity climes this does not bode well.  I made a mistake replacing the damaged planks with planks of the same kind.  Apparently it did not took long for the tell-tale signs to appear again.

Humidity

It has not rain for quite a while and this is the humidity reading

Since I had done with the computer table and still in the mood, I decided to give the rack a makeover.  I bought a 3′ x 4′ plywood which was about 10mm thick and made a small cabinet replacing the top shelf for storing the papers and inks.  With the leftover of the plywood, I managed to replace the planks of two shelfs except for one as I did not have a sizeable plywood left for it.  As with the computer table it was a quick one as I did not prime it with skins or lacquer and wood dye. I just went for the raw look.

Hub & Power

A single USB extended into a hub and the power point extension…and no it’s not a pincushion distortion of the lens, it’s the real bending of the chipboard plank

There is space on the lower shelf for a larger cabinet but I don’t have the need for the storing space at the moment though I will do it if the materials happen to be available freely.

DIY: Small Wall Mounted Computer Table

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad pbuh 1435 years ago (Edit: Actually this was the time he moved from Mecca to Medina.  He was more than 40 years old then.) according to the muslim Hijri calendar. Sallu Alaih.

Wall mounted small table for PC

The small computer table that I bought was made from chipboard (nowadays woods are expensive, you have to pay a premium for it).  In the high humidity of the tropical area that I’m putting at, it did not last long.   Soon the table top had lost its flatness followed by the chipping of the woods at the edges.  Someone had discarded a plate glass which was just about the size of the table top, so I picked it up, brought it home and replaced the table top.  It was alright for a while.  Then I had trouble cleaning the area around the computer table. Dust seemed to be creeping very consistently underneath the table in just a short while after the place had been cleaned.  It was a hassle.  Not that the cleaning was very laborious but that I needed to shift things aside if I were to clean the area thoroughly.  Since the table was not handsome anymore and I needed the ease in cleaning the area, the idea of a wall mounted table was hatched.

I bought a pair of wall mount brackets and a pair of rollers for the drawer.  I could not get a solid bracket that I once saw sometimes back, so I got the next best thing.  Made from thin stainless steel and rather twisty, I figured that it should suffice to support the weight albeit a little flexing if I were to rest my arms on the edge of the table.  The material for the table was from scrap plywood that I had lying around at the back of the house.  I still retained the glass to cover over the table top and the table is now done and in service.

table done

The finished table. Just 3 components, the table top, drawer and the cage to hold the PC

bracket

Brackets fixed and ready for load (update: ordinary wall plug is not strong enough, I had replaced the topmost wall plugs, where the brunt of the loading occurs, with the much stronger wall anchors)

table attached

The table attached to the brackets

Some Pictures From My Travels Across Peninsula Malaysia

I have travelled around and across peninsula Malaysia a few times and had taken a few shots but not much. One have to be really serious to take photographs while travelling cross-country by your own transport.  All those stops and drives really doesn’t add up to the experience unless one is really very adamant about it.  Hence I didn’t have much collections except for a few places where I did stop and also places where I stopped for rest.

Fishing boats and Passenger boats at Mersing River, Johor

Fishing boats and Passenger boats at Mersing River, Johor

The Legendary Tasik Cini in Pahang

The Legendary Tasik Cini in Pahang

Chalets at Tasik Cini

Chalets at Tasik Cini

Dungun Beach, Terengganu

Dungun Beach, Terengganu

Coconut Plantation, Terengganu

Coconut Plantation, Terengganu

Fishing boat laden with fish traps sets out to the sea at Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Fishing boat laden with fish traps sets out to the sea at Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Seafood stall, Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Seafood stall, Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Vigilante Vandalism, Dabong, Kelantan

Vigilance Vandalism, Dabong, Kelantan

Highest waterfall in SE Asia, Gunung Stong, Dabong, Kelantan

Highest waterfall in SE Asia, Gunung Stong, Dabong, Kelantan.  Not much water in the dry season

The water just before the drop

The water just before the drop

Rest area on the East-West Highway gives a commanding view of the Titiwangsa Range

Rest area on the East-West Highway between the states of Kelantan and Perak gives a commanding view of the Titiwangsa Range

The city of Alor Star, Kedah

The city of Alor Star, Kedah

Paddu field, Kedah

Paddy field, Kedah…or is it Perlis? Not sure

North-South Highway at R&R area at Gurun, Kedah. The Thai border is not very far away

North-South Highway at Gurun R&R, Kedah. The Thai border is not very far away

Somewhere in Perak

Somewhere in Perak

The Royal city of Kuala Kangsar, Perak

The Royal city of Kuala Kangsar, Perak

Yatchs at the island of Langkawi, Kedah

Yatchs at the island of Langkawi, Kedah

While resting in the parking lot of this mosque, I saw this

While resting in the parking lot of this mosque, I saw this

Fraser Hill, Pahang, a cool place to get away from the tropical heat

Fraser Hill, Pahang, a cool place to get away from the tropical heat

Advantages Of A DIY Lens Jacket

DIY protective lens jackets

DIY protective lens jackets

After making the lens jacket for my Sigma 150-500mm and using it, I found that besides protecting the skin of the lens from scratches and light knocks, it could also be used as a rain jacket in light drizzle and as an emergency lens hood.  But, the thing that I like most is that I could carry the lens in whatever bag that I’m using and not only in bags specially built for cameras, lenses and accessories (plus maybe a pocket for the notebook).

I made two more lens jackets.  One for the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 and another for the new Sigma A lens, the 18-35mm f1.8.  As for the material, instead of the thicker foam of the camping mat, I opted for a thinner, about 3mm, foam that I bought from the stationary section of a local superstore.  All done in a matter of a few hours as for this time around with the experience that I had, I just concentrated on getting the job done.

Materials used:

  • 3mm foam
  • Black cotton cloth
  • Adhesive
  • Velcro® Strap
Cover one side with oversize cloth and fold over

Cover one side with oversize cloth and fold over

Afterwards paste the other side to cover the whole foam

Afterwards paste the other side to cover the whole foam

Velcro strap stiched and that's all.  For hole and notches just cut the cloth diagonally and fold over

Velcro strap stitched and that’s all. For hole and inward U cut at the sides just cut the cloth of the first pasting diagonally and fold over

Since the foam used is thinner the hood is able to slid in but only for storage and not during transportation because of the space between the hood and jacket

Since the foam used is thinner the hood is able to slid in easily but only for storage and not during transportation because of the space between the hood and jacket

One other thing that I would like to mention that is not directly beneficiary to the lens is that I like the feeling of holding the jacket firmly in my hand with the lens in it. A lot more confidence and less worry.

Dual Monitor Setup

dual

Dual monitor display in extended mode

I have always wanted to have a second monitor for quite some times now so that I can read the tutorial on one screen while practicing the program on the other.  It is much more convenience, I don’t have to flip over the windows endlessly and removes one of the stumbling blocks on the learning curve. Although it is also possible to have both windows cramped side by side on one screen, but then the drawback is that I have to be contented with the smallish windows.

tutorial

Learning a program is much more easier

Just a few days ago, I had purchased a used 17 inch Dell monitor.  This was what I had been looking for, a small 17 inch monitor that could be flipped over to portrait mode.  It was a priority, easy reading on narrow screen than wide and not too tall.  Technology for having two or more monitors on a PC for the masses had been around for quite a while. The setting-up for multiple monitors should be quite easy as of now given the time period for it to mature.  I must say that the installation was quite a breeze except for the initial hiccup.  After attaching the second monitor to the graphics card VGA port (the primary was on the DVI-I port) both screens went blank while the computer did booted up.  This made me frantically searched the internet for the howtos.  From what I read, I had the requirement but it did not explained my problem.  Then it struck me that it could be the bios setup.  A check into the bios and changing the default initial search for graphics card on PCIE bus solved the problem.  The startup process was shown on both of the monitors. For the rest of the setting I encountered no problem at all.

Bios setting

Bios setting

I set the display system to extended mode.  This made the secondary monitor to the right of the main monitor by default.  Then in the “Creating and Arranging Desktop” of the AMD VISION Engine Control Center, I changed the position of the secondary monitor to the left of the main monitor.  That is all about it.  Although I would like to have an individual desktop on an individual monitor (not extended or multiple desktops on a single main monitor), that I found out is not possible.  That is to my knowledge as of now.

Note: It is possible with additional graphics cards and specialised software to have two or more users simultaneously or Multi-PC but that is a different category.

Set to extended mode

Set to extended mode

To summarise, basically the process for setting-up two (or more) displays is as follows:

  • The graphics card must be able to support more than one display
  • Make sure the bios setting is set for the computer to look and initialised the graphics card in the right place (PCIE bus in my case)
  • Once it is up and running, press Windows logo key + P and select how you want your desktop to be displayed
  • Use the utility programs that come with the graphics card to change the position of the second monitor from right to left if you need to (update:  Actually this can be done in Windows “Screen Resolution” by dragging the monitor icon from right to left)
  • Note: The first monitor will be the main monitor with taskbar and all the rest.  The second monitor will be the extended screen.  So if you want whatever monitor to be the main monitor, attach that monitor first and boot up so that the system will recognised it.  Shut it down, attach the second monitor, boot up and set the extended mode.  *I am just assuming this and I could be wrong.  My main monitor was previously on DVI-I port but now it is on the HDMI port.

The downside of using an old monitor is that the resolution is low compared to the high resolution of the new monitor today.

(Update:  The resolution of the Dell monitor is quite okay, 1280 x 1024. But using the analog port of the D connector the max resolution is not possible unless there is a driver for it. Problem solved by connecting it to the digital DVI-I port and the main monitor on the digital HDMI port.  I got away with some mess caused by the cables and just use the speakers on the monitor, not the one shown here.)

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