[Online adventures] #3 – EBay – Bike – Back light

Well, if you buy one for the front, you buy one for the back. We are back for another EBay adventures.

In Edmonton: 10CAD

Well, that is actually not too bad, but guess what? EBay does better

EBay: 2.68CAD + free shipping (~30 days)


A laser button! Does it shoot out laser beams and destroy things 007 style? Nah, but it does do something pretty cool:


*Off topic note* Please do not configure the gears as pictured, it stresses the rear derailleur and chain!

These laser lines say this area is my personal bubble, stay away!

Personal road experience. Cars still give me about the same clearance. However, they tend to stay behind me instead of attempting to pass and immediately cut in front (which is dangerous)

What comes in the package?

– A mount

– The light itself

It requires 2xAAA batteries to operate (not included and finally, a common number of batteries)

Features:

LED flash modes: On / fast strobe / slow strobe / right-to-left scroll / left-to-right scroll / circular / left-right-right-left bounce / off

Laser flash modes: On / strobe / off

Here is my only problem with this light, you press the LED button to toggle the LED flash modes and there are seven modes. Usually I want slow strobe. That means three clicks to turn on, five clicks to turn off. What are we doing here? Morse code? Oh right, we are trying to turn it on and off. It doesn’t matter which flash mode you prefer. At the end of the on-off cycle, you would have clicked that button eight times. This button is going to wear out quick.

Verdict:

Great value! Not only was it cheaper, it also has a laser feature that is not a gimmick.

[Online adventures] #2 – EBay – Front light


I bought a flash light, online.

Okay, so this is not an ordinary flash light, it’s a flash light for bikes. The difference between a normal flash light and one that is designed for a bike is minimal, but the difference is there. The ones for bikes usually have a mount and have multiple flash modes.

In Edmonton: 20CAD

I am definitely not paying 20CAD for a flash light…

EBay: 1.8CAD + free shipping (~30 days)

Not only did I bought a flash light online, it is getting shipped 10,000km+ for free. What? *mind blown*


So, is it any good? We will find out! What came in the package?

– A mount

– The flash light itself

It requires 3xAAA batteries to operate (not included and an odd number too)

Features:

Flash modes: On / Strobe / Off

Features after a couple days:

Flash modes: Off

/\ Well that sums up my review

[Online adventures] #1 – EBay – A 2CR5 Battery


Well, this is unexpected, buying a battery online.

There is a reason behind this though!

In Edmonton: 16CAD+

Woah, in Hong Kong I could probably get this in a shop for around 40HKD (~6CAD). EBay to the rescue!

EBay: 4CAD + free shipping

I was in a slight hurry as I just received a Canon EOS 650 camera as a birthday gift and I couldn’t wait to get it up and running. So I went with a Canada based seller which raised the price to 10CAD and gave me a shipping time of a week.

Overall, it’s a battery, it’s from Panasonic, it works.

My airline reviews

Instead of writing a typical review, I decided to do something different. I will instead write a review in a hypothetical situation where an oxygen mask is required… In no particular order:

 

Air Canada:

Oxygen masks will be available at the cost of 10 dollars, oxygen can be provided at your convienence for a dollar per minute. Mounting straps are also available for an extra 5 dollars. We accept credit cards.

United Airlines:

Oxygen masks are currently unavailable at the moment, please try again later.

ANA (All Nippon Airline):

Oxygen masks will drop automatically. Upon wearing it, you realize it has 20 other useful features you never knew they exist/belong in an oxygen mask.

Cathy Pacific:

Oxygen masks will drop automatically, they are made of paper. Everything is fine, just that it feels cheap and the oxygen smells funny. But hey, it works.

Air China:

Oxygen masks drop and they work, cool.

China Eastern Airlines:

Oxygen masks will drop prematurely. Followed by a snap which will deattach it from the oxygen supply. Forget the mask, you might be able to breathe through the hanging tube that was supposed to be attached to the mask.

Dragon Air:

Oxygen masks drop and they work. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, customized to fit the person’s needs.

Uploads incoming

There will be a surge of posts coming soon. Most of them are written sometime in the past but I will be using them to test out posting and stuff.

You may ask, this is WordPress Jacky, what is there to test?

This WordPress blog is actually running on a LAMP stack server on a VPS. What does that mean? For me? (Near) absolute control. For you? No ads (until I decide otherwise :P) and a cool domain name to type in the url bar (hint: jacky.xyz).

“With great power comes great responsibility”

Yup, having all that control means that if something breaks, it’s my responsibility to dive into the code and fix it. Good thing is, I can start working at a problem whenever I want. Bad thing is, I start working at the problem when I want to. But the first step is identifying the problem first, hence the test.

But my test cases are not perfect and here’s where you come in. If you find a problem with the site, please send me an e-mail at jackyxyzmail@gmail.com!