Friday, September 10, 2010

Decoupling of price and value

In these days, the price is determined solely by demand and supply, and therefore, there's a decoupling of price and value.

For example, when you eat a lunch box, the foam box was very cheap because of the law of supply and demand. However, the environment cost of the foam box is extremely big, it takes hundreds of years to decompose. And the processing of rubbish is expensive as well.

Such a phenomena is best exploited in the stock market, in which you can drive the price away from the value given you have enough money in the first place. And then after distorting the price, you can "create" value in this process. Of course, those were not really "value" since there's no production afterall.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Replacing the keyboard of my Asus Eee 1005HA

A few keys were found to be not responsing just 7 days after the expiry of the warranty. Called their service center and they said that they will charge me $300 HKD for inspection, and the cost for replacing a keyboard would be like $4xx HKD! It sounds crazy since this Eee costs me only $24xx one year ago.

Therefore, I went to ebay to buy a replacement keyboard and replace it myself. I ordered one last Friday and I got it now, and it's around $200 HKD shipped.

To remove the old keyboard, you need to loosen the clips under the battery.

After the above step, you can life up the keyboard with ease, no force required:

Remove the keyboard from its connector, put in the new one, and done!
Every keys work now!