Friday, April 18, 2014

Backing Up

So it finally happened: one of our external hard drives have gone bust.

We happened to drop one day last week, and didn't notice that we couldn't read the disk because we were busy playing Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls it wasn't plugged into our laptop. This particular hard drive contains our iTunes media, and over the years (gosh, eight and a half years now!) we've not only piled on loads of music, but also videos, podcasts and apps!

Overall we figure we've about 500 gigs of iTunes stuff now stuck in an external hard drive that we cannot read.

That's 500 gigs of combined music and videos that we have not only looked for cover art, but also loads of other details such as the year said media was released, genre, lyrics and goodness knows what other info we put in when we were in a rather OCD mood.

So we've sent the hard drive to a shop to see if they can access the files or, better yet, work their magic and make the hard drive readable again. If the hard drive works then we can immediately get iTunes to work instantly with little effort, otherwise we'll get them to copy all the files out and we'll have to (shudder) re-associate all the files from iTunes.

If not, well, we're not sure yet if we'd rather just delete all our files from iTunes and start from scratch, or really try and get the store to retrieve as many of our files they can. After all, we still have our physical CDs (for some of the music), and thankfully we have a pretty decent internet connection to redownload everything else again from iTunes.

Still, just thinking of the amount of work awaiting us...fingers crossed!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Everything Is A(cappella)wesome!

So a few of weeks back alakazen proposed the idea to do an a cappella version of "Everything Is Awesome" after he'd watched the movie 'cos he found the music super catchy couldn't get it out of his head thought it was awesome really liked it. A bunch of us at YKLS were ok to do this, alakazen brought in another friend of his for the beatboxing bits and eloneth came up with the a cappella score, and next thing you know we were at YCA rehearsing around four times a week.

Initially alakazen wanted to get it recorded and uploaded to YouTube within a week (get it out early!) but in the end it was decided to would be better if we better prepared before we recorded and uploaded it.

Two weeks and some eight rehearsals and a recording session later, and we've the finished product!

Kudos to eloneth for the arrangement, alakazen for the gung-ho-ness in getting everyone for the project as well as editing the video and Shy Tim for some awesome beatboxing!

Friday, January 03, 2014


Ok so when the iPhone 5 was about to launch in KL, we were having thoughts to get that to replace our point-and-shoot Canon iXus. After all, the iXus was a 5 megapixel camera while the iPhone took photos at 8mpx and we could immediately edit and share it too! Another plus point is now we have one gadget less to carry, and considering our size, lugging along loads of heavy gadgets don't go down well with us (we're already feeling the aches from having lug around an iPad 2, a 3DS and our chargers on our trips).

Yes you can see how blogging have long given way to other social media sites, especially when you're just a casual blogger with no focus on what your blog is all about...

Anyways we were using our iPhone 3GS during our trip to Philippines, when we accidentally left our iPhone in the cab. So we had a reason to get the iPhone 5 after all instead of holding out for yet another year, heh. And happily we started snapping photos, and Instagramming loads more, and next thing you know we've filled up half the space on our 64GB iPhone with photos and videos.

We definitely need to find time to sit down, copy out the photos and videos we can do without from the iPhone and clear up space already. Photos and videos from random happenings at YKLS, from our trips, from random snappings...

And better still? We just got ourself an Olloclip Quick-Flip Case on an impulse buy (while shopping for a present for the office Christmas present exchange, no less), and now we're itchy to get the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens as well as a Gorillapod Original tripod.

Heaven help us when the iPhone 6 rolls out and we may have to get new accessories.