Sunday, 16 March 2014

Coffee, Global Day and Comic-con

Writing a blog is actually incredibly painstaking work. I'm not really sure what I want to say and many times I think that I don't have anything of relevance to say. The best policy to abide by when one does not have anything to say is to smile and not say anything at all.

These are some of the things that I could smile about this week, most of them include spending time with my siblings and my cousin.
Another thing to smile about is the upcoming MEFCC i.e. Middle East Film and Comic-con (only the third ever in Dubai). I am very excited for this and I am also going to cosplay. I don't know yet if I will enter the competition or not - most likely not but I will be cosplaying Allen Walker from D. Gray Man. Watch out for my post comic-con post. That will be an interesting read.

The Highlights of this week:


1. Tim Horton's French Vanilla

Coffee is just about the most delicious thing I have ever come across; and the French Vanilla coffee from Tim Horton's is my favourite. Those who know me already know this. I went to Tim Horton's with my sister and cousin and now they love the French Vanilla. Spreading the coffee love!

2. Festival City and Dubai Mall

Since my cousin is here for one week only and this is only his second time in the United Arab Emirates, we decided to take him to Dubai Mall. 

3. AUS Global Day

Global Day is one the biggest events at the American University of Sharjah. Students from different countries

Monday, 10 March 2014

The Associate

I just completed reading a book by John Grisham, The Associate. It has been a while since I read a novel like that. It was exciting to get back to reading with so much passion and curiosity for the characters and the story.
The Associate revolves around the life of one Kyle McAvoy who recently graduated from law school. On his way back from a little league game, he is shadowed by a couple of strange looking men in dark suits. This is where his life turns upside-down and he is forced into the world of corporate espionage.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Wreck-it Sonia!

Today was a productive day compared to most Saturdays.  I was able to finally clear up the obscene mess of wires behind my PC. I think everyone has to do this at some point in time or another.

My greatest achievement today was removing the LCD screen of my sister's old Dell INSPIRON 1525. 
A long time ago, my then 7 year old brother kicked my sister's Dell and damaged the hinges a little bit. It never opened and shut quite the same way every again.  As time moved forward, the hinges became progressively worse and there came a point when my sister had to use a stack of text books to help keep her screen propped up. This was 3 years ago. 

My sister bought a new laptop, HP something something.  She even won another; talk about good fortune. It's been a year since she bought the HP. I decided it was time to make use of her old laptop, the poor old Dell. I replaced Windows (I think it was vista) with JoliOS, with her permission of course. (She would kill me if I had done anything without her permission.) Here comes the exciting part: I took apart her LCD screen and we are now using her old Dell in place of our old desktop PC.

Some cool pictures are posted below.  I unscrewed the power button panel,  the keyboard,  the hinges and pretty much everything else. We cannot connect to the Internet wirelessly now since I had to remove the antennae. There is no webcam anymore. These were minor issues that were fixed in no time with an external webcam and an ethernet cable. 

Of course I put the entire thing back together again (minus the LCD screen) and it works just fine! Connected the laptop to an external monitor and we're now using it in place of our even older desktop computer.  Connected it to the printer, the mouse and the speakers, and my little brother who kicked the thing years ago now uses it like a pro! 

All broken things can be fixed. 

The question now is: What should I do with the LCD Screen?