Thursday, January 22, 2015

Moto G XT1033 Lollipop (Android 5.0) FAQ, Tips and Tricks

Here's just what I've gathered after upgrading Lollipop on my device for about 1 week now.

1. Mobile Data not showing H+/H/E anymore after Lollipop update

- Apparently, H+ doesn't appear on Lollipop but you should be able to see H or E sign. If you don't something is wrong somewhere.

2. User photo not shown on notification bar

Fix: Select "Guest" and "Done". Then, revert back. The photo should appear now.


3. Missing Auto Rotate/Mobile Hotspot/Cast Screen/Invert Colours on Quick Notification

Fix: You need to select them from the settings once, and then it will appear on your quick notification automatically


4. Remove Auto Rotate/Mobile Hotspot/Cast Screen/Invert Colours from Quick Notification

Fix: Set your date of your phone about 35 day backwards. Ie. If it's 31st January 2015 now, put it on 25th December. Then, re-set the date again.


4. Exclamation mark on Wifi/Mobile Signal

- From what I've gathered, the exclamation mark means that the Wifi/Mobile Data is not connected to Google server. I experienced this in the first few days even when I was using wifi at home, but later the exclamation mark on my Wifi just disappeared. No idea why.


5. No silent mode on Lollipop!

- Ya, it sucks. If you're expecting the "normal" silent mode, you won't be getting it on Lollipop. There's now 3 sound notification modes on Lollipop.

  1. None: No vibration, no notification sounds not even alarm.
  2. Priority: Selected notification (priority apps) and vibration mode.
  3. All: All notification and vibration mode.
6. What's the "NO" / "Star" symbol on my notification bar?!



- The "NO" symbol indicates that you are in "None" notification mode. You will get a "Star" symbol if you are in "Priority" mode.


7. LED notification not working on Lollipop!

- Another sucky feature on Lollipop. Unfortunately, it seems that we can't get LED notification when we are on "None" or "Priority" mode. Sucks to be us. Hopefully Google will fix this in the next update or something.

8. Cannot get into recovery mode!

Fix: 

  1. Press and hold Power and Volume (DOWN) buttons at the same time until the device logo/Android logo appears on screen.
  2. There should be a large arrow at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Volume (DOWN) repeatedly until you see "Recovery" in the arrow.
  4. Tap Volume (UP).
  5. Hold Power button for 5 seconds and tap Volume (UP) once before releasing the power.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ban, Baju Kurung and... Buttons?

This is a follow up from my previous post.

Some people have criticised the uncle/guardian for posting the matter on Facebook, and blamed that because of his actions, this whole case has gone out of proportion because of the involvement of media. Some also pointed out that his actions has caused the student involved to face unnecessary shame and embarrassment.

I do agree that it is very unfortunate that the poor student has become the victim of the situation. I cannot imagine what she has to go through. Can the teachers and the principal see this student neutrally anymore? Will they be able to treat this fellow student without bias - and not see her as the "troublemaker" that is hurting or threatening their iron rice bowl? Does she have to transfer to another school now? I empathised and I reiterate that it is really unfortunate that she has to become the victim of the situation.

Could this whole thing go to a different, more positive direction? Yes, definitely. If the issue was settled in good terms, ie. both the school and student/parent side find a win-win solution, all this drama could have been avoided. Although I have to admit, I am rather glad that the issue has gained national attention.

I have friends and I know others who think that this issue about baju kurung seem to be too trivial, and are in the opinion that we should (and I quote) "move on" and focus on more critical issues ie. the quality of our education. I have to disagree to this. Yes, this baju kurung is indeed very trivial but why are schools creating more and more rules related to this kind of "discipline"? Our children are being sent to school for education, not to get "military training" standards imposed on them. The fact that schools spend so much time thinking on creating new rules shows that they do not think that these issues are trivial. I for one, think this matter is trivial but when we begin to dig deeper why such rulings are created we will know that there are many underlying issues and concerns that are unresolved. It may be the case of opening a can of worms, but I think it may be worth to take the risk to make schools a better and healthier environment.

Back to the criticism. I think some people may have already forgotten the fact that the parent had tried to negotiate with the school but failed. It must have been frustrating, for having a voice but letting it fall on deaf ears. So I think quite naturally, he posted about his experience and got the media's attention. This is very similar to many other stories that has been caught by the media. Remember, we are no longer people without voice because we have social media. So why not use it to make a difference? The uncle has probably posted on Facebook to rally support from people, and I believe many people would have supported that his niece has the right to go to school and the school has no right to stop her just because she is wearing a baju kurung.

One more thing, I am utterly disgusted that the principal has the gut to lie and used the standard response used commonly by people to cover up. Yes, the standard being "misinterpreted" or "miscommunication happened" defence. But how things have turned because someone has the evidence to debunk whatever he had said about miscommunication. Ya, someone posted a copy of the rule book by the school that state that non-Muslim students are not allowed to wear baju kurung. This rule is not new but finally something that is contained has burst, and this is the effect of it. But again I say, it is unfortunate that a student has to become the victim of the situation.

Perhaps if only parents have been more involved in school, they will not be so surprised that so many schools have come up with their own rules that seems to be rather oppressive. I do not have issues with rules but they must be rational and fair.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Of Baju Kurung and School

I read with interest about the viral news/headline for the day about a female student being sent home for wearing baju kurung. I read even with more interest because this happened in Cheras. The sources I read from didn't reveal the school until I stumbled upon this news article by Malay Mail Online (link). Well, of course! Why does it not surprise me that the "Cheras school" happens to be the high school that I had attended for two years?

I have blogged about this matter about baju kurung and school rules four years back, because you know I just finished school, and was full of angst and all. Anyhow, I think I'm calmer now (let's hope so). When I read this, I immediately empathised with the student because I think I understand how she is probably feeling right now. Because I probably have went through something like that but not in such a big scale. I knew it was a matter of time before things get worse and sure it did, as we see now how this issue has now gained national attention.

I found out from fellow friends (ex-students who have siblings in the school) that the rule was enforced most likely because of "indecency" from some students ie. non-Muslim students (or in this case, it's categorized by race - non-Malay students) who wears baju kurung but didn't button up at the top. I know very well there is also another issue with baju kurung: people argue that you can see "everything underneath" the baju kurung. Therefore, it is not unusual that many schools have made it a rule that students who wear baju kurung must wear camisole and skin-colored, normal conventional bra (meaning the bra must be strapped on both shoulders, cannot be the ones that you tie on the neck etc) otherwise they will be penalized.

So, my deduction from this ruling imposed by the school that non-Malays are not allowed to wear baju kurung stemmed from these 2 ideas - that students are not wearing camisole/"proper bra colour" and not buttoning up. Why specifically non-Malay/non-Muslim students are not allowed? Because most likely Malay or Muslim female students have to wear tudung (by the way, it's a strict rule for Muslim female students to wear tudung) so they are covered up in that sense.

From my own experience, it really doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim students. Female students are always under the scrutiny of the school authorities like discipline teachers or prefect. Generally - if I could say this - we are seen as cheapos who are rebellious and desperate to show off, and the school authorities will go lengths to identify and punish these "rebels". I say they will go lengths because when I was in highschool, everyday, I had prefects touching my baju kurung (and I wear baju kurung everyday when I was in form 3-form 5) and checking to see if I wore a camisole. So? The fact of the matter could be this: if you have to touch to know if I wore a camisole, it means that you cannot see what's underneath my baju kurung, isn't it? Simple logic there. Even for bras, the prefects will purposefully press the material of the baju kurung against the students' body to see the colour of the bra. Really? Seriously? And it's not just for those who wear baju kurung, mind you. Students wearing pinafore do not escape this kind of treatment as well.

The problem I have with the issue is that the root of the issue is the uniform itself. Banning students from wearing baju kurung is not the solution because it is a fact that baju kurung is allowed under the national guideline. For one, I really want to know how many students are really not buttoning up their baju kurung. I think the more prevalent issue is about the "exposing" part. It's a tricky situation because the case now appears to be this: The baju kurung that is available in the market is not up schools' expectations, and students who have bought it have become the victim. Does it make sense that they are blamed for the low quality baju kurung and is it fair that students are being accused of "exposing themselves" just because they wore a black bra or didn't wear a camisole?

So, back to this case. I think it is purely unreasonable and disrespectful for the school authorities to suggest that the parents get BR1M money to get pinafore for the student. That is besides the fact that the school authorities are not even willing to meet people halfway even if people are willing to compromise.

The parent is right. He said that he wants to give his daughter good education but now they are occupied with this silly issue. The baju kurung is just one of the many ridiculous rules that have been imposed by schools.

It may be a small matter, but I can tell you it is things like this that create unhealthy and unnecessary stress for students. Imagine if you have to go to school everyday..and everyday, you come under the scrutiny of people who are seemingly just waiting for you to just make one mistake to bring you down. Exaggerating? No, not really. Even if it's not true that people are waiting for students to make mistakes, it is true that the environment in school is in such a way. I felt so stressed in school everyday and really, I hated every moment of it.

I really wished that schools have friendlier environment that is there to nurture students, not schools that are quick to judge and punish students. If only. I don't believe this issue is a racial one although it may seem that way. It is really about the administration system of our public schools and the philosophies that are being uphold within our education system.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Beginning of the End

This afternoon happened to be the first class of the semester for the year 2015. My final semester for degree, nonetheless. It feels surreal to be able to say that this is my final semester and I'm going to be a fresh graduate in about less than 5 months time. Results came out earlier than expected and I wasn't really prepared to know what I got but heck, I went and check as soon as I was informed that results were out. I didn't do badly but I didn't do great either. I was very disappointed that I didn't do better for my core subject yet again and I know that this will affect my hopes to get first class for my honours classification. In fact I was feeling so down that I went to do some mathematics and see what are the possibilities of me getting first class to which I find out that I need to get at least an A- for my thesis to have any chance at all. So, heavy burden on me now and it's really no time to joke around. Lol, I know I might sound exaggerating about being disappointed and all because I know my results is actually pretty good but the thing is it may not be enough to achieve first class. I think I didn't realised that it will take a little more effort to get first class and it's not as easy as it looks. I've underestimated the program and overestimated myself in certain aspects. But well, I've come this far and I know I couldn't do whatever I've done without favour from God. Whatever it is in the next 5 months, one thing is for sure - I will give my best!

Anyway, after close to 3 years, there are major changes happening in the surrounding environment for the uni. My uni shifted one of its campus to a new place down the road, so naturally the place where I used to attend classes for foundation is now a deserted building that is surrounded with construction.

I still park at the same place although it's really dangerous and the condition of the parking space is really bad - potholes everywhere - but it's really the only feasible option available that is suitable for me, and I hope the parking stays there until May 2015 so I don't have to worry about parking anymore. University students in Klang Valley will know about the infamous parking here because of the flash flood and also how we (students) fight for parking but these days, the parking here is also deserted. Most of my friends have chose to park somewhere else because they are afraid of the ongoing construction.

Meanwhile, eateries near my campus are slowly undergoing changes too. One restaurant and a food court is undergoing renovation. Thankfully, the traders are still around so there's zap fan, and it's usually what I buy anyway if I didn't bring my lunch box.

Another thing is that the shuttle bus route has changed. So now I will have to take either the public bus and pay RM1 for a shorter route or wait for the shuttle bus provided by uni and expect at least 10-15 minutes more of traveling from my campus to the place I park.

So ya, a lot of things and changes going on. I hope for the better for this uni.

Looking forward to finish this semester well, with no regrets!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Look: Herringbone Papas Pocket Small (Black)

So right, back in early November 2014, I bought a Herringbone Atlantis Small bag which you can read about (here) from local distributors Storks.

I was already going to make a new post to review the bag but then something happened. The bag was already peeling by early December, barely one month of usage. I really liked the bag cause it was the right size for my usage, not too stiff and yea, I like the style.

So anyway, I emailed Storks to tell them about about the situation (bag condition and how fast the peeling happened) and wondered if there was anything that could be done. The people behinds Storks were kind enough to entertain my questions, which I was really thankful for. They acknowledged that the faux leather may have such problem because of the heat of humidity of the environment when they stored the product. They would offered me a new Atlantis bag but unfortunately they had no stock left for the Atlantis Small bag. So they offered me refund or an exchange the Atlantis for a new bag of the same value. They also offered me the option to top up or refund me if there was difference in price.

At last, I chose to exchange for a new bag - the Papas Pocket Small (black).




Everything went on smoothly for the exchange process. Remember I mention about the top up or refund for the price difference? I bought the Atlantis Small during sale for RM129.50 and the price of Papas Pocket Small was RM137.40 during sale. They decided that I don't need to top up for the extra.

Well, that's super cool. Excellent customer service.


Unlike the Atlantis series, Papas Pocket has magnetic buckles.




Two things I don't really fancy about the bag. 

1.Most padding has velcro but Papas Pocket does not have any velcro for the padding part. So the padding does move around, which can be annoying.

2. The bag is stiffer, so I can't really stretch it if I have extra things to put and it's a little smaller than the Atlantis Small. 

At this rate, I think I'm gonna get a new bag soon... LOL. But I have to control this GAS (Gear-Acquisition-Syndrome). So, I'm gonna have some self-control and use this bag for at least 6 months.

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