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Why the French?

Because French swear words and gestures are poetry in motion, and my wife will be heading to Paris for a gig between the 4th and 7th of October 2009.

What is to keep me occupied in those days of solitude when my wife is on French soil making music for the benefit of the French people?

One possible thing – the iPhone 3G S! If it arrives by then, that is. The week on the 4th of October will be the 4th week since booking. Not quite 30 days, but over 3 weeks in waiting. I would say chances of it arriving is 50-50 or higher.

I am now at the end of the 2nd week of waiting, tomorrow is the start of the 3rd week. As expected, some of the enthusiasm is beginning to fade. I don’t even check around for a spare in stock anymore, as the usual same answers can be very demoralising and discouraging after awhile. Best not to prod. Like an ancient chinese saying, “if you poke and dig faeces, you’re gonna get faeces aroma and smell”. Not quite the situation to be used here, but it seems applicable.

Meanwhile, I thought I would do something more productive, instead of just waiting, checking and hoping. In the last one week, I’ve been tidying my music files in iTunes – removing albums with only one or two songs, reorganizing tracks and albums, and…using better higher resolution cover flow artwork in anticipation of the coming 3G S. You see, my previous iPod was the fourth generation one called iPod 4G Photo. The album artwork used in this device was of low resolution, given the small colour screen. The same artwork used on the iPhone 3G S would look blurry, so a higher resolution replacement was in order. I have been doing this daily for the last three days, and I have only managed to replaced about 20% of all artwork in my iTunes. Having to reinstall, crop, resize and readjust the contrast of the new downloaded artwork is a painstaking task!

I bet that by the time I’m done with this, the iPhone 3G S would just about arrive. It would be nice to know that with one sync, all these would be in proper order, without having to spend some 2 weeks getting them straightened out!

A further 2-week wait sounds predestined.

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Hey you…yes you, the one with all things iPhone in mind. Trust me, I know what it’s like once you’ve finally decided an iPhone is the way to go!

You know, I was fairly enthusiastic when the original iPhone 3G was launched in Malaysia some time last year. No doubt it was launched pretty late over here at this god-forsaken land, especially since most people in other countries around the world have had their iPhones in their hands by then. And by the time it was launched here, most of the people I know (who owned iPhones) had actually travelled out of the country to buy one (think neighbouring Singapore…) or had friends from places like Hong Kong and Australia sent one to them. I was keen on getting my grubby little hands on one too, but there were a number of issues that kept me from buying one. Not that it prevented me from stopping by the Machines shop ever so once in a while, flicking things on the screen of the display model, face lighting up like a 7-year-old with a new toy! So if it could bring such obvious joy, what kept me back?

One was the features on the iPhone 3G…or the lack of them.

I was coming from a Symbian S60 v.3 platform, still am. I have been so accustomed to it, having used many Nokia phones since the day I could afford one in 1997, but left it briefly in 2003 when I jumped on the PocketPC bandwagon, only to find myself coming back to Symbian two years later after having found PocketPC Phones irritating at best, unreliable at worst. Sure, they make great PDAs, but don’t count on them to play the role of a telecommunication device. In my opinion, the operating system was way ahead of the time of the hardware, in some case the other way round as well. They somehow fail to work well together. Most people I know (read: All) have had similar experience with PPC, and usually revert back to something more stable, after realising that they could never live a decent life with missed calls and smses that don’t deliver. You could blame it on the buggy software I had installed, but the less-techie ones amongst us, real friends included, have had similar problems without installing any or many third party apps of sort. Eventually the touchscreen gave way, thanks to the incessant scribbles, jabs and pokes. I had become very proficient with stylus use. Somehow, the idea of having to spend quite some money to replace the touchscreen on a two-year old, already-obsolete at the same time unreliable device didn’t sit quite well with me. So it’s back to Symbian…

Being on good ol’ reliable Nokia phones meant having all the reliable features that came with them. At least reliable enough to do day-to-day PIM work. I started out from the early banana Nokia 8110 right up to the Nokia N95 and E90 that i use interchangeably today. Having these great N- and E-Series phones meant good multimedia facilities were at hand, and calling the wife with 3G video calls wasn’t a problem.

So when the iPhone 3G was finally launched here, I was at first a little surprised to find that a phone with 3G in its name doesn’t do 3G video calls. Especially when most other phones in the market already had a tiny dedicated low-resolution camera on the front panel specifically for 3G video calls. It wasn’t a put-off, considering the number of video calls I make – few and far in between, and only to the wife when I travel abroad once in an indigo moon. So yes, I could live with an iPhone 3G without video calls.

I decided to check with a friend who has been using the iPhone 3G since it was launched in the USA. He lives there, so he got it the day the 3G was born and delivered to the world. He discouraged me from getting one when I asked him about it, citing reasons that the phone hangs and crashes once in awhile. Coming from a Symbian platform that rarely crashes if ever, thoughts of my previous Windows Mobile experience came to mind. Am I going to take a step backwards with another touchscreen device? Despite being very proficient with Graffiti when I was with Palm and the handwriting recognition with Windows Mobile, I had longed again to type with a keypad and T9 predictive text input those days. I’ve had it with touchscreens and styluses…

Plus, there was no copy and paste (which my N95 could do pretty well), proper GPS software that is usable in Malaysia (Maps 2.0 has done it pretty well too on the N95 and E90), no MMS (not that it bothered me, since I never send out MMS and rarely receive them…but these days, what kind of phone doesn’t have MMS capability?!). I believe the battery life on the E90 to be better than the iPhone’s too.

With disadvantages about the iPhone 3G abound, I discarded all thoughts about buying it. Sure, once in awhile the feet walks me to a nearby Machines and the fingers practised the flips and flicks on the glorious 3.5-incher, imagining “what could have been”.

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Fast forward a few months and out comes the iPhone 3G S. Even before that, the OS 3.0 had been released, with souped up features and a promise that it was going to be in the next iPhone incarnation. While I loved the new additions in 3.0, I couldn’t wait to see what upgrades would be implemented in the new hardware.

It was dismal day to learn that Apple still had not incorporated the front camera for 3G video calls in the iPhone 3G S. Why? Nevermind why for now. What matters are the other bits that have been included. While the previous good features remain, the new 3G S sports 256 MB of RAM doubled from the previous model, rumours of an 800 Mhz processor underclocked to 600 MHz, a new magnetometer and a new oleophobic coating on-screen to prevent the smudges found so often on touchscreen devices, the iPhone 3G included. Won’t go into detail here on the specs.

After much deliberation, I finally decided the specs were good enough reasons for me to go out and buy one. Problem is, you don’t get an iPhone 3G S off the shelf like you do with bread. Or like with any other phone for that matter.

I thought of maxis, since they are the appointed official carrier for the iPhone in Malaysia much like what AT&T and O2 are in the USA and UK. I have also been on maxis since 1998. However, I remember clearly when the iPhone 3G was launched last year, many complained about the contract packages that came with the iPhone 3G. I also did my own calculation, and found the overall price a little too hefty. Clearly it was a toy not for the big boy, but one for the big as well as the rich. It was one of the reasons I did not buy the iPhone 3G. If I was going to buy one then, I was going to get it from Skudai-based iWorld.com.my – contract-free and reasonably-priced!

I guess with the complaints, maxis decided to restructure their packages. The contract plans haven’t changed very much at all, but the overall price of getting the 3G S from maxis has come down somewhat. I already have over 30GB of music in my iPod, so a 32GB iPhone 3G S was the way to go. At the RRP of RM2,990 it was already cheaper than the prices at iWorld.com.my (RM3,599 at time of writing) and ebay in Hong Kong, Italy and the US (at least USD699 on average for unlocked brand new!). Plus, the laws in Malaysia does not allow for a phone to be locked to one particular telco, hence all iPhones sold through maxis is already factory-unlocked from start. So why not just get from maxis?

Just when I was going to splurge RM2,990 on the phone, I realised that it would actually be wiser to go on a plan. With iValue 1 at RM100 monthly for 12 months, the price of the phone becomes RM2,290 i.e. RM700 off RRP. I was already spending RM50 a month on my maxis phone bill, so that meant having to fork out only an additional RM50 a month. In 12 months, I would only be paying 12 x RM50 = RM600 more than what I am already currently paying. It would be erroneous to include my monthly RM50 in the calculation, as I am not adding a new line. So my nett savings would be RM700 – RM600 = RM100, plus I get 500MB data usage (free or prepaid for, whichever makes you happy!) a month.

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So, rather than buying the 3G S at the price of RM2,990 without contract and benefits, I am now getting it at RM2,890 with free 500MB data and 333 minutes worth of calls a month. Sounds like a better deal? I think so!

With this new revelation, I decided to go right ahead and place my RM200 deposit at a maxis Centre. I did on 12th September 2009 at TTDI. It has been agonizing, just waiting for shipment to arrive, which they promised would take within 30 days from date of booking.

How could it be agonizing, you ask? After all, I’ve survived through the years since iPhones 2G, 3G…and the first few months already of the 3G S.

I’ll tell you. It’s different, when you’re playing with one at the store which is not your own, and expecting one which you’ve put downpayment for, knowing that the model and unit you’re destined to own is sitting in a box somewhere in town.

In that respect, an iPhone is not very different from a new BMW.

Dear friends,

Just a little something to share, since I watched Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen some months ago, on 12th July 2009.

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As a crystal user, I couldn’t help but notice the source of inspiration in the story line. Whenever the Great Pyramids of Egypt appear, you can be sure there’s a connection to the lost city of Atlantis, and their exploit of quartz crystals. It is believed, that the great pyramids were built by the Atlantean people who travelled east after the destruction of the civilization, and not by popular belief that they were built by the pharaohs to be used as tombs. In fact, if you were to notice in the movie, the tip of one of the pyramid was shown, without a capstone. It is also believed that the original capstone was one made of quartz crystal and had been removed or lost. More likely removed than lost. It seems the original intention of the pyramid was to serve as an astronomy observatory, given their uncanny alignment to the constellations. It is no coincidence that similar pyramids have been observed on the surface of Mars, and that Cairo also means Mars in another language. So were they really built by an advanced civilization which pre-dates the Egyptian civilization of 4,600 B.C.? Most probably. If they were really built by the original Transformers, then maybe as early as 17,000 B.C. OK, back to the crystals…

I take it that the Energon in the movie, which powered the machines, was taken to be representative of the quartz crystals. Even the tiny shard which activated robotic lifeform into common electrical appliances, illustrates the way and means by which crystals are used to transfer energy and manifest the Divine Will. Not surprisingly, shard is also a common term used in mineralogy to indicate a tiny piece of crystal, often broken off from a larger piece. Note the similar terminology used.

The story of the Energon being concealed by the good guys…well, to me that roughly describes the story of the good Atlanteans (known as Children of the Law of One) storing knowledge of wisdom and loving peaceful energy into quartz crystals, hidden away from corrupted Atlanteans (known collectively as the Sons of Belial, represented by Fallen and the Decepticons in the movie) engrossed with power who eventually abused this power (in the form of lasers amongst others) which led to the destruction of the civilization. The crystals were buried and concealed (much like in the movie) with the purpose to be unearth and used by civilizations of the future (i.e. for some years now) by the people who are ready at the right time (into the Age of Aquarius) to harness its energies. Much like how silicon dioxide (the main composition of quartz) chips are used in the manufacturing of thumbdrive components to store and record information, which can be retrieved at any time. Just to touch on this briefly, there are crystals found with triangular pyramidal silhouette embossed or etched on one or more surface sides, and these are generally known as Record Keepers (Windows to the Akashic Records).

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Brandberg Amethyst with matrix at base

I have only one sample of such a crystal (pictured right) in my collection, one that was mined in the Goboboseb mountains of the Brandberg area, Erongo district of Namibia, Africa. This brandberg amethyst is so named as it is only found in this particular part of the world. The brandberg amethyst that I own, is one which is enhydro…meaning there is a chamber with prehistoric water encased within it, and this is visible due to a tiny bubble of trapped carbon dioxide gas moving about in it. It is possible that this water, trapped during the crystallization process in the cooling of magma, is as old as tens of millions of years.

The missing quartz crystal capstone was supposed be an important part of the pyramid which served as a generator, which in turn powered the flying vehicles of the Atlanteans. Much like how the shard powered the mundane objects and vehicles in the movie. Someone once quoted that these energies can be felt when one stands at the apex of the pyramid. Have not been there, can’t say for sure. I believe these flying vehicles are similar to the ones depicted in the ancient Hindu manuscript known as the Vedas manuscript. The quartz capstone supposedly amplifies and enhances this energy, focusing it for its intended purpose. Much like how the first ruby rod CRYSTAL was used to built the first solid-state laser by Dr Theodore Maiman in 1960. One such vehicle owned by Grandmaster Thoth is said to lay hidden in a chamber beneath the pyramid. Grandmaster Thoth is believed by some to be a former incarnation of Jesus Christ, but i won’t go into detail here as it is irrelevant and a long story in itself that is documented elsewhere.

So could this flying machine be represented by what was uncovered by Devastator in the movie? Even though in the movie, it wasn’t a flying machine and it certainly wasn’t buried underneath the pyramid. But it was something that harnessed the sun’s energy, and in the process, destroyed it. Quartz crystals have been said to also harness the energies of the sun’s ray (but doesn’t destroy it), breaking it into the seven colours of the rainbow, which is used in crystal healing practice and chakra activation (glass prisms don’t focus and amplify energy the same way quartz crystals do).

Did I just say seven colours?

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I take it the seven colours are adapted from the Divine Will and the Seven Great Ones. Do a quick search online and you will find that the Seven Great Ones (also known as the Ray Lords) have been well-known throughout ancient history and civilizations. In Hindu, it is known as the Seven Praj Patis. In Zoroastrianism, they are called the Seven Amesha Spentas. In Ancient Egypt, they were known as the Seven Mystery Gods, which the Bible refers to as the Seven Spirits before the Throne of God. The Tibetans devoted 5 volumes on the effect and influence of these Seven Rays on all life and other existence. In the Transformer movie, I suspect this could be represented by the seven Primes, the last being Optimus Prime. (Note, however…that there were actually 13 Primes in the animated version)

In conclusion, my interpretation is this. A dedicated quartz crystal (Energon / Matrix of Leadership) activates and channels the last Ray Lord (the seventh Prime in the form of Optimus Prime) of the violet flame (the last of the seven colours of the spectrum) to bring mankind towards enlightenment and salvation (safe from destruction of the Decepticons).

The violet/lilac colours of amethyst quartz is said to assist one to reach higher levels of consciousness. Coincidentally, the red and blue of Optimus Prime mix to give the colour purple – indigo and violet for the sixth and seventh chakra respectively. Coincidence? The Energon is also known as the Energon Cube or the Energon Crystal. All the dots seem to connect.

You cannot imagine how much fun it is watching the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen while trying to connect all these dots along the way.

In fact, the same could be said in Star Wars. Again, won’t go into detail here. But Jedi Knights could be the Djedi (prefixed with a ‘D’) Knights of the Egyptian civilization – they were protectors who had mind over matter abilities much like the ones described by the Force. And I think the whitish giants in the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones could very well have been the Nephilims. My suspicion anyway.

Next thing to be aware of is the last day of the Mayan Calendar i.e. 21st December 2012. It is suppose to signify the end of days – which could be interpreted as the end of the world, the end of civilization, the end of an age, the end of a form of consciousness. While one side of the story speaks of total annihilation and destruction of the human race and the world (Judgment Day to some), the other speaks of the end of war and hatred towards one another, and that the new world order will be governed by the female species of mankind. I hope I got that right, if I remember correctly what I have read before. This is still only speculation. But a movie along those lines titled 2012 is due this November.

Treat yourselves well till then. And realize that a lot of the “modern” technologies we have today seem to have existed a long time ago as described in ancient texts. Either the people then had highly imaginative minds as they carved the events in manuscripts…or they were true accounts of historical observation well-recorded. Somewhere along the way, all of these went missing and we began again from scratch.

Devon Buy

Dear peoples!

This is my first attempt at blogging. I’m diving in without expectations, without knowing where this will take me. I guess at this point it is not important to know, at least not for now. What is crucial perhaps is having taken the first step towards setting an online presence, and registering for a blog seems like the first step in the right direction. Is it? Maybe not.

For those of you who are on Facebook, I am found under the name Devon S L Buy. “For those of you…?!”, you asked. Yes, there are people I know who do not have a Facebook account…yet. And there are those few who do, but spend very minimal time on it, practically as good as the people without a Facebook account! There you go…not everyone is enthusiastic about social networking. I wasn’t too, until Facebook came along. I think it’s revolutionary!

You will find regular updates and postings on my Facebook. With this blog in place, I will now have to find time and divide schedule between the two sites. While Facebook serves to disseminate quick postings more general in nature, this blog intends to be the avenue for reviews and comments, and information-sharing of my never-ending hobbies. I am pretty sure you will find something of relevance to you here, as my hobbies are as diverse as the little rock found in your garden, to the secret of the great cosmos found above you.

Bear in mind, while I try to remain matter-of-factly to the best of my abilities, some of my postings may seem provocative, but I urge those who plan to leave comments, to be civil and polite at all times. You may question and debate, but under no circumstances will I tolerate insulting remarks, even seemingly innocent ones like name-calling. No doubt, only sticks and stones may break my bones…

OK…enough said for now. Let’s see some postings appear here, postings which I hope will be of interest to you, the reader.

Signing off,

Devon Buy

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