Oakwood Housing Experience That I Must Log

Ah, it's been three weeks and I still have no Internet. I think I need to log down this experience for future references.

I had two three-month rentals with Oakwood and had no problems. Everything went smoothly. But this year, the rental is actually quite different.

Although it is not the end of the world not having WiFi and/or Internet, I'd love to get access to it whenever I want to. But apparently, in this rental apartment, I could not get a satisfying experience.

The First Day (Sunday, Week 1)

I actually arrive very late in the day, about the midnight. I just spent about 24 hours in the airport, I lifted two of my 24kg luggages with red eyes, and moved physically inside the apartment -- btw it has the weirdest apartment building layout I have ever seen and I spent 30min trying to locate where my apartment is. After I put everything down, I thought I'd open the webpage and download the required documents for FB interning. I took my laptop out of my bag, surprisingly covered a thin layer of dust, and turned it on. Great, so far not bad, I think.

And I found I had no Internet. Nothing. I went to look for notes about WiFi SSID name and password, but there was nothing.

Okay, I'd better call for maintenance and fix this.

The Second Day (Monday, Week 1)

I called in the early morning and their attitude is supreme. They apologized and quickly arranged an appointment to fix it. Unfortunately, they said it'll be fixed on Friday.

I told myself it's okay, as I can use hotspot and there's an Xfinity WiFi hotspot I found last night. They told me I can purchase it and get reimbursed.

Sadly when I went back home, I tried the Xfinity WiFi and it's signal quality is horrible. You can imagine my feeling that night, and I said okay, at least I have mobile hotspot (for free), and at least this will be resolved on Friday. Continue reading Oakwood Housing Experience That I Must Log

One Day, I Found "Knives Out" Cheat, for real...

I played 'Knives Out' a while, a mobile PUBG game made by NetEase Inc. It is an awesome game, and I love(d) that the game is fair and there is (was) no cheat.

Apparently, I am wrong. One day I was just landing. I turned my camera to various locations just to double check how many people are around me and where they are. Guess what, I saw someone running on the ground. It is not surprising because he/she may land before I did. But then I found something weird. (S)he ran super, super, super fast. It's like just a click, (s)he went from south to north...

I was shocked, so I did some search online and found several places people actually sold the so-called "Knives Out Assistance." And there is one other place publishing a similar hack for free. Continue reading One Day, I Found "Knives Out" Cheat, for real...

ZenFone 4 Pro does not support WiGig

A news article draws my attention from Qualcomm saying:

Qualcomm Technologies’ 11ad Wi-Fi allows users to download and share 4k videos in seconds, sync their photos, videos and other files with blazing speed, and enjoy fast access to cloud services. Moreover, when users connect other devices, such as laptops, with the phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot feature the Snapdragon mobile platform is designed to provide end-to-end gigabit wireless connectivity with 802.11ad access and Gigabit LTE backhaul, on a compatible network, even in crowded places such as airports. Like the upcoming 5G NR standard, 11ad utilizes the mmWave spectrum – in this case, the 60 GHz band— tapping into a massive amount of data-carrying capacity that complements existing cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Additionally, ZenFone 4 Pro users will enjoy robust Wi-Fi connectivity using Qualcomm Technologies’ integrated 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO technology, which offers twice as much throughput as 1x1 Wi-Fi and improved coverage, especially in buildings with brick or concrete walls.

And we can see from its article:

Clearly, the previous descriptions and "Zenfone 4 Pro uses the 60 GHzmmW band for 11ad, providing an early glipse of 5G mobile experience" indicate that the phone will support WiGig and 802.11ad transmission standard.

I was a bit excited as it has been a long time since LePhone claimed they are the first phone supporting 802.11ad, yet disappointing me that they actually do not support it. I bought the AD7200 router which supports WiGig transmission, and yet I have no device to really use and test it. For a moment, I thought, great we (as customers) finally have something to play with.

But then when I went to Asus official website, I did not saw anything about WiGig or 802.11ad in the device tech spec.

I asked the customer service, and the answer is both expected and disappointed. All in all, Qualcomm is "lying" and Asus ZenFone 4 Pro doe NOT support WiGig (or 802.11ad).

Google Updates When They Stop Supporting Pixel and Nexus Phones

Pixel will be supported until October 2019, and Nexus 6P is up to September 2018.

:'(

It is understandable, since as the generation of phones aggregate, it would be too busy to support all of them and it would be nearly impossible to have bugs in it.

But at the same time, it is sad to learn that when the old phones are still usable, it will be unsupported. The hardware won't expire till 5 years, 10 years maybe. But the software is outdated within 2 or 3 years. Why? Is it really necessary to stop supporting old phones that fast? Continue reading Google Updates When They Stop Supporting Pixel and Nexus Phones

Vultr upgraded the plan

This is awesome. Vultr recently upgraded the $5/month plan so that I now have 1GB memory with 25GB storage! YAY!

And what is more fun is there is $2.5/month option, which has less bandwidth, storage, and memory. The only thing is there is no possibility to downgrade a plan, otherwise I might just go for this one (since my old plan was 768MB memory and 15GB SSD).

Here is the referral link if you are interested in it. I'll answer any questions if you get any.