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Inhon is a relatively unknown manufacturer in the computer industry. It is a Taiwanese company that only recently started making laptops. Before making its own laptops, however, it was the OEM for Gigabyte's X11 Ultrabook. Despite receiving mixed reviews, Inhon went on to create the Carbonbook 11 based on the same framework as the X11.

The Inhon Carbonbook 11 I bought has a Core i5-3337U processor and a 120GB SSD. It weighs less than 1kg, and has a mediocre battery to keep its body slim. The main reason I bought the Carbonbook last year was because my previous laptop (Asus U32U) was severely underpowered. Even though I upgraded it to have 6GB of RAM, it's E450 APU couldn't handle much more than extremely basic office tasks. The Carbonbook was only around $600 USD, yet it had a current-gen processor and an SSD. It had an amazing price to performance ratio.

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October 29, 2014 | 4 comments

It's been a little over two months since I arrived in Tallinn, Estonia. When I stepped foot out of Tallinn Airport (Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport), I was still feeling the exhausting effects of a 20 hour flight, yet the first thing that came to my mind was: Wow, it's cold. Bear in mind I arrived in the middle of August, so technically, it was still summer! A few days later, I settled into a tiny apartment in Mustamäe. Thereafter, I began to notice other aspects of life in Estonia.

For example, I was waiting for the light to turn green at a pedestrian crossing one day when I noticed a car slowing down. The driver then stopped before the crosswalk and motioned for me to go ahead. I was surprised to say the least! In Taiwan, drivers never stop for pedestrians, least of all if the light is green. But in Tallinn, drivers often stop for pedestrians - even when pedestrians don't have right of way! Another interesting fact about Estonian drivers is that I have almost never seen one run a red light.

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October 15, 2014 | 3 comments

Well, you may be wondering why I'm using AppServ instead of some other WAMP bundle. Or even why I'm not using Linux? There's no real answer - except I'm just used to it. I've been using AppServ since high school. It works, so I just didn't switch. Anyway, AppServ comes bundled with PHP 5.2.6. The more powerful date functions like date_diff() come with 5.3+. Upgrading PHP should be trivial: all you need to do is download a thread safe version from the PHP website. I downloaded PHP 5.6.1. Then, rename your old php5 folder to php5.bak (It's located somewhere like C:\AppServ). Extract the upgraded PHP package to that location and rename it to php5.

Now, restart the Apache server. You may find that it cannot restart. There may be an error saying something like:

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October 2, 2014 | 10 comments
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