Monday, March 22, 2010


This is for you, Tracy.

Friday, March 12, 2010


DRM (Digital Right Management)doesn't mean just basic copy-protection of digital content (like ebooks, MP3s or DivX videos), but it basically means full protection for digital content, ranging from delivery to end user's ways to use the content.

I came across with this term a few years back while searching for some games over the internet. Some of the example of DRM is to limit the number of time of installation (eg. after 3x installation u can throw ur ORIGINAL disc to the trashcan ⌐_⌐b), only allow installation on a single PC (this sounds more reasonable), activation through internet (as usual), etc.

Assassin's Creed II was launched lately and Ubisoft has announced their DRM for this game. Players need to create an account at the Ubisoft server (a lot of games have already implemented this). Here come something new, in order to play the game, players need to be constantly connected to the internet. Meaning that if ur internet connection is down, ur game will be paused until the connection is recovered. If not u will lost all your progress and need to restart at ur last save point as the save files are stored in the server as well.

You pay for the game and yet u are only allow to play it whenever u have the internet connection ready. This sounds kind of sucks coz u will not be able to play the game which is "owned" by u when anyone of these happen :

  • ISP down, this always happened in M'sia ..

  • Ur housemate or whoever sharing the internet with you start up an application which eat up most of the bandwidth while u r playing the game ..

  • You installed it on ur laptop (so that u can play the game anywhere especially when u r going for outstation), but u couldn't find any internet connection in the hotel u r staying in

  • Ubisoft server down ... lolz ... just like playing online games, the only diffrent is I did not pay for the game disc which cost ~ RM200

  • I'm not saying that DRM should not be implemented, but looking from another perspective, this can kill the sales of the product as well. I wouldn't like it in the 1st place if I pay for the product yet I still don't really own it. In this case I rather go for pirated version (which i always do regardless of DRM :p)

    Monday, March 8, 2010

    Kim Jong Kook - Eleventh Story

    It has been quite some time since the last time I listen to any Japanese or Korean songs. Lately I was watching "Family Outing Season1" - a Korean variety show. I found this album from the show - Eleventh Story by Kim Jong Kook.

    I came to know about Kim Jong Kook a few years back when I was watching Xman and Love Letter (Korean variety shows as well). Initially, I only knew that he is a singer and has great physique. I was surprised when I listen to his song for the 1st time. The way he speaks is totally different from the way he sings. Can never imagine that he can sing in such high pitch.

    Eleventh Story is his 6th album. It is the 1st album released after he came back from the national service (not sure what they call it in Korea :p). Here are some of my favorite songs from the album.

    Happy Virus
    This is my favorite song in the album. The official MV is not released yet. Here is the fan made MV featuring the Kookri couple (Kim Jong Kook and Lee Hyori in Family Outing).

    Don't be Good to me
    It is suppose to be a sad MV, however if you have watched "Family Outing", you will be laughing most of the time.

    Can't Forget
    Some say that this song is plagiarized (Usher's Love in this Club). They may be similar but I still think this sounds way better (sry for Usher's fans)

    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Sarah Mclachlan - Angel

    Just heard this song in a variety show, it reminds me of "City of Angels" one of my favorite movie.

    Lyrics :

    Spend all your time waiting for that second chance

    For the break that will make it okay

    There’s always some reason to feel not good enough

    And it’s hard at the end of the day

    I need some distraction or a beautiful release

    Memories seep from my veins

    Let me be empty and weightless and maybe

    I’ll find some peace tonight

    In the arms of the angel far away from here

    From this dark , cold hotel room and the endlessness that you feel

    You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie

    You’re in the arms of the angel may you find some comfort here

    So tired of the straight line and everywhere you turn

    There’s vultures and thieves at your back

    The storm keeps on twisting you keep on building the lies

    That make up for all that you lack

    It don’t make no difference escape one last time

    It’s easier to believe

    In this sweet madness oh, this glorious sadness

    That brings me to my knees


    In the arms of the angel may you find some comfort here ...