June 30th, 2008

Lappy Toppy

Yes if you were astute enough to pick up from my previous post...


It's a...

Acer Aspire 4920 (Linux Edition)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 4MB L2 Cache)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • 250GB Western Digital HD
The rest is all standard stuff... DVD, Bluetooth, 14.1" screen, Intel integrated graphics...

...oh and a very excellent 2MP webcam along with a pretty awesome sound system that's great for webcamming.

Do note the T7500 processor and the 800MHz FSB. Most other contemporary laptops have systems that run at 633MHz FSB which means this is bigger harder stronger faster.

All that for RM2550, which makes the machine a bargain. A similar 800MHz FSB machine from other manufacturers would go for a much higher rate. And that's even when you subtract about RM200 to take into consideration the useless Windows Vista they're providing you with.

On another note, lately I've been receiving some spam sparodically from unknown numbers.

From: +60123739306
Yg nak tengok video Hebat Ku?Tulis ON BELL htr ke 33933.ADA MP3,MTV dan sbgainya menunggu.Yg.Semua Pdftrn FREE Tunggu ya babe.Minta hbhkan.Frm:BeLL(fwd Msg)

Translation: Wanna watch My Cool videos? Type ON BELL and send to 33933. MP3, MTV, etc await you. All registrations are FREE. Wait for it, babes. Please publicise this. From: BeLL (forwarded message).

Ohkay... it's spam advertising. The moment you reply ON BELL you're probably gonna have your number on multiple spammer lists, and you're gonna get gang-spammed like you dropped the soap in prison.

But that's fine. It doesn't happen often enough. Then I receive this:

From: Hotlink
MESSAGE PLUS dr Hotlink! Anda boleh menghalang mesaj spam/sms yg tidak diingini dr no. Hotlink yg tidak dikenali.Hantar REG ke 21000 utk melanggan.Hanya RM1/bln.

Translation: MESSAGE PLUS from Hotlink! You can block unwanted spam messages from unknown Hotlink (012/017) numbers. Send REG to 21000 to subscribe. Only RM1 per month.

See, the thing is the biggest SMS spammer is actually Hotlink. Everyday I get 3 or 4 advertising messages from Hotlink telling me about random services, like the spam-blocker above.

There have been a few times where I'm driving to meet a friend or the missus when suddenly my phone receives a message. Naturally you'd wanna check, in case your friend has had a change of plans or something. So balancing my car on two wheels whilst dodging an entire squadron of Mat Rempits, I somehow manage to squeeze my phone out of my jeans pocket...

...only to see that it's yet another advertisement from Hotlink. Cheebai motherfunction!

Can I give RM1 a month to Hotlink so they'll stop spamming me??