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Friday, June 17, 2011

Getting Conned at Hi-Tea Bedok Point

Yes, I face yet another bad experience again and this time, I got conned outright! For food, I usually do not complain too much. If it taste bad, I jusy wont't go back again. No biggy.

But this incident, I feel I must share. Because I do not want other customers to fall into the same trap.
Basically, this was what happened:

I was there at Bedok point after dinner at KungFu Paradise. Oh, by the way, their food was quite good and when I forgot to take my voucher, the waiter actually took it out for me. Thats what I call a A++ service. In any case, I wanted to have a cup of relaxing tea after food and I saw the promotion that you can order an additional limited side for $2 with tea at Hi-Tea.

So, I went happily ordered a pot of White Dove (Or something like this), which was stated to be $4.00 on the menu.And I added the tuna sandwich (which is suppose to be $2.) Then the waitress asked if I wanted to add a slide of cacke and my wife asked her how much and she said $2 also. Under the impression that this may had been because its late night and the cake was going off cheap, I took one slide as well.

Guess what? The bill came up to >$11 (after discount $10 with banquet card, which is beside the story).

What was wrong?
Firstly, the tea was charge under Calming Spirits instead which was $4.50. I went to ask the cashier and she said the prices on the menu is not correct, the computer price cannot be wrong. I mean WTF? You can say one price on your menu and another when you charge customer? I will call this FRAUD!

Secondly, the sandwich was charge at full price, and not the $2 promotion! That was the reason why the bill was >$10…Only the cake was charged at $2.

I really had a long day and instead of having a relaxed cup of tea, I ended up having a really bad night at Hi-Tea. I didn’t feel like arguing with your staff because I think they have no idea what they are doing and I also notice there are no other customer beside than us in the shop. Maybe there is a GOOD reason for this!!!

In case you did not believe what I said, I have the receipt here as proof. I am still considering if I should bring this to CASE because I feel cheated by the misleading promotion as well as fake menu prices. What do you think?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

PSP Firmware 6.39-ME5

I decided to jump up to the version 6 firmware finally after hanging around 5.50-pro for a while. I had found that for v6, there are 2 main camp now. ME by Nuer0n and Pro by TEAM PRO. I had decided to go with ME since there are clearer instructions and such, where TEAM PRO does not comes with documentation and a lot of the steps are open for misinterpretation, which is dangerous.

In any case, if you have been with me for firmware, you know how I work. I have prep the firmware for Slim (or Phat since there is no difference for this firmware) and make sure you have a 8B and below date code. If you had been using 5.50 (if you had followed my blog) then you are pretty safe to go up to 6.39 with me now.

Here is the file:

Just download it and unpack it to \PSP\GAME and you are good to go. Find the Update on your XMB and run it. It will check the files and run the official update, then reboot with the patch.

Go try out some games! Oh wait, I almost had an heart attack when I did. None of the games work!!! All of them give some error about The Game Cannot be Started 800100XX. Actually I had seen this error before. I think its Shadow of Destiny... In any case, DO NOT WORRY. You did not brick your PSP. The firmware works. Just check at System if you do not believe me.

What is wrong is the UMD driver. You need to press [Select] and change it from "Normal" to M33 or SONY XXXX. Then try the games again. Yes, it works. I can see the smile on your face.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Bullguard Internet Security and Windows Home Server 2011

The long awaited Windows Home Server 2011 had finally gone final into RTM. I did not hesitated too long before going for the upgrade. Despite WHS2011 losing DriverExtender (which is both good and bad), there are other merits of WHS2011 to think about. Firstly, its built on Windows Server 2008 R2 which is no doubt far better in performance and security than the previous Windows Server 2003 (and not even R2). There will be more drivers support as well as easy server backup. Drive Extender is actually also a pain when it comes to recovery, but WHS2011 uses normal files system which you can copy anytime.

Despite the good, I seems to always find the bad as well. I wondered why. I am running Bullguard Internet Security which is based on BitDefender. One my first client, things actually works and WHS2011 backup successfully. However, on my subsequence deployments, they all failed. After uninstalling Bullguard, WHS2011 actually manage to connect and work, but as soon as Bullguard is installed, its block once again. Offline - According to WHS2011.

I had email Bullguard support and with a little hope and luck, we may be able to get this working.

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