Monday, December 5, 2016

Replacing the hard drive of Dell Inspiron 2020

It uses a 3.5" desktop HDD, the original one was a Seagate 512G.  I'm going to replace it with a Seagate 1T.

1. Clone the original hard drive
2. Disassembly the Inspiron
3. Replace the hard drive

more pending...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Keeping food for camping

To keep food fresh is an issue for camping.  Vegetables are easier for one or two days, but meat could be hard since you can hardly have a refrigerator outside.  Some people will bring a large ice box, but this is not often an option for someone without a car.  And it makes no sense to bring a large ice box if you're going alone.

So I bought the following for this purpose.  I boiled some soup yesterday and I couldn't finish it at once, so I put them into the bottle for later consumption.  The weather is not cold and I expect it could keep the content hot for a few hours.

After two hours or so, I could the cap was pretty warm.  I believe the cap is the weakest link.

I will try it out soon by first freezing some meat, and then keep inside, see if it could keep them until the next morning.  Consuming it at the same night is problem free, you don't even need such a bottle, but I usually have can food before buying this one.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Toaks Titanium Cookset plus a small gas stove

This is an ultra-light setup, big enough for personal use and marginal for two persons.  I bought it for hiking + camping trip.  While I've no time to go camping immediately, so I tested it at home with my BRS-8b.

The cover could be used as a frying pan, and it fits nicely together, that handle is really nice too.  The first exercise is to reheat the soup from the refrigerator and it works flawlessly.

To complete this ultra-light setup, I've also bought a small gas stove with a tripod shape converter, you could see how compact and light weight it is.

 Finally, I bought some more titanium stuff so as to complete my ultra-light collection.

So right now I've a pair of chopsticks, a fork/spoon, a cup and also a 800mm water bottle.  Enough for the moment.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Solo Hiking: Dragon's Back

Actually, I did it before, but this time is longer and more complete.

I did wear a heart beat monitor to alert myself, there are so many people along the way perhaps this path is so famous.

Taking bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station, all the way to 土地灣 (also indicated as Dragon's Back), the entrance of the hiking trail is in view after dropping off.

The view could be really nice when weather permits.

I brought along my ukulele...

I should do more hiking myself and I wish to have my first solo camping soon!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer Camping

I hadn't gone camping in summer for something like 20 years.  It's always rainy, and exceptionally wet and hot here in Hong Kong.  This is a breakthrough to me to serve 20 kids in a local campsite.  When we said a campsite, we have bath room and we can have meal without cooking and indeed, we just cooked our own breakfast.

To tackle the hot weather, I have another camp which has good ventilation, and I have a small fan inside, powered by 3 18650 batteries in series.  I found that a set of 3400mmAh battery could last for a whole night.

This time I have so many 18650 with me, 3 for another small fan, 6 for a portable mobile charger, and another 6 as spare, and also 1 with my tent lamp.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Replacing the fan of Asus Eee 1005HA

I guess not many people were interested in this thing, it's an aged net book running Windows XP. I had replaced its hard disk a few years ago, and also its keyboard, the battery pack was replaced, too. In case you're still interested, here we go.

First of all, get a new fan from taobao at 15 RMB, it contains the heat sink for the CPU and chipset:

Taking away the keyboard is relatively easy, and you can see the fan now, but then it could not be replaced yet since the CPU and chipset is on the other side, unluckily.

So you have to remove this board from the case...


You finally see the whole fan/heat sink assembly:


Take away and replace, done!

Finally, a video to tell you how to disassemble completely: youtube

Replacing zenfone 5 screen

This is the first time I do it, and it's very encouraging and fruitful.

New screen ordered from taobao on the right, actually, we could order a plain screen which is even cheaper, but then you have to remove the glue on screen by yourself using a hair dryer.  The above contains also the plastic case and it saves some effort.

Fully removed, it contains the battery, which also holds the SIM cards slot.  Notice that you should also remove the proximity sensors, the ear piece and the three buttons on the side in case the new screen module does not contain.

It's not very hard after all.   Here is a youtube clip showing how to do the disassembly: