Sunday, March 22, 2015

Never plug USB the wrong way again!

Who doesn't use USB? Thumb drive, external hard drives, keyboards, mouse and even charging your iPhone and Androids everything uses USB! Getting your college assignment on paper must use USB. Printing stuff at work also USB. No USB, no life! Right or not?

Everyone's pretty excited about the signature blue USB 3.0 ports and plugs right? USB 3.0 can transfer data at faster speed than before. It really saves me time when I need large files on the go.

Now look closely at the USB 3.0 plug above. It's a well made plug, I know lah. But there's still one flaw with its design.

Notice the blue part that fills half of the space inside the metal housing? The blue part is what I don't like about USB since it existed. There's only one way to insert the plug correctly into the port. If you have turned the plug upside down, it's the wrong way.

How much time do I waste to plug USB the right way? As it turns out,

Especially when I need access to the back of my desktop and I can't move my chasis. This time I'd pull out a mirror and play the dentist's trick.

I don't mind about spending more time to plug my USB right. The real pain of plugging my device the wrong way is getting my stuff damaged and having a bad heartache afterward. When I'm unlucky, there goes my good USB cable or worse, my irreplaceable data in my USB flash drive.

How do you make sure USB plugs are inserted the right way? There are two choices
  1. Keep an eye for the right way.
  2. You won't plug USB the wrong way anymore! Because both ways are right. The incorrect way simply doesn't exist.

I prefer choosing the second option. It saves me much time and concerns.

What do I need to plug my USB correctly, both ways? An adapter. You're a genius in guessing it!

The good news is, Julian Chow and Kevin Lieber are working on this adapter I'm dreaming about. It's called Ryo Adapter (link).

With this magic adapter, both ways are made right to be plugged. The wrong way be damned.

Most importantly, the Ryo Adapter is a compact and lightweight device to be added on. No point for me to make an adapter the size of a golf ball right?

How to use the Ryo Adapter? First you plug your end of USB cable, like this

Then plug to your port

The Ryo Adapter stays securely attached to your plug. No worries about leaving one behind in public places!

That's it! An adapter with a minimal footprint that lets you plug your USB the right way, everytime!

At the time of writing, this project has raised $33478 at Kickstarter, far exceeding their target of $15000. I'm looking forward to it! 

How to order one? Back the project in Kickstarter. By September 2015, you'll receive your adapter ahead of everyone else!

That's all you need to know =)

For more info, visit:

Kickstarter page: Link


Good to know that they've filed a patent for Ryo Adapter!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, A Pink's Park Chorong #Listen2ChorongWi5hes

I'm here to wish my beloved kid leader of A Pink 에이핑크 a happy belated birthday! Her name is Park Cho Rong (Korean:박초롱, Chinese: 朴初珑), better known as Chorong.

She turns 24 in the year 2015 (25 in Korean age). As the eldest member of A Pink, she is put in charge of the group as the leader. I consider her a motherly figure of the group, always taking care of the members and fans. We affectionately call her Rong Mama (literally, Mother Rong) for being a mother of Pandas.

She's 24 now, but I like that she's kinda never grows up. That's why I call her a kid leader besides Girls' Generation's Kim Tae Yeon. Her leadership style? She leads by nagging. Will she turn into a nagging mom? Hahaha.

There are six members in A Pink, and telling one member's voice apart is a challenge for the uninitiated. Chorong's voice is easily recognized with her trademark babyish voice. She doesn't get a lot of lines in songs, but when she sings you'll immediately know it's her.

She has a heart for fans like me. Read how Chorong teared up at a fan signing event.

This is a pre-debut photo of our kid leader. Cute as always! I'm glad to have you as my idol.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Biorefresher: All about Mr. Chu!

If you have not listened to Mr. Chu it's best to read this before you proceed!

Biorefresher 1: A Pink releases Japanese version of Mr. Chu

Back in January 2015, my favourite South Korean girl group A Pink released Japanese rendition of hit song Mr Chu. You can hear them singing kuchibiro chu. Now what does that mean? The only hint I'm giving you is: the meaning is the same in the Korean version, at the corresponding part!

Biorefresher 2: Got7 covers A Pink's Mr. Chu

Discovered this video of JYP Entertainment boy band Got7 doing a special stage of Mr. Chu! Plus they look cute performing that song.

Since I can't embed the original video, you can view it here:

Biorefresher 3: St.319 dance cover of Mr. Chu

These girls are pro, see for yourself! A Pink better or St.319 better?

Bonus: A Pink's Mr. Chu on SBS Dream Concert

What do you notice about the background music used for this performance?

Bonus: Mr. Chu (remix)

Bonus: Acoustic Mr. Chu

Listen to the girl's voice.