Dell XPS M1730 With Optional AGEIA PhysX Processor

If you are a game freak, here is good news for you. Dell announced a new model for hardcore gamers a short while ago — the Dell XPS M1730 notebook. It is the world’s first notebook with an optional AGEIA physX processor.

System specification

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2Ghz / 800 FSB / 4MB Cache)
  • 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • 17.0″ UltraSharp Widscreen TFT Display with TrueLife
  • 160GB Hard Drive
  • 8X DVD Burner
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT

Price tag

A hefty RM7,999.

What is this AGEIA physX processor?

It is a specialized accelerator dedicated to calculate all the physics involved in a game. Previously, all game physics are computed by the CPU. Since the CPU is already having a huge load computing the game logic and other AI matters, this leaves not much resource for game physics.

With the AGEIA physX processor, game developers can push game physics to a whole new level. We will be seeing more realistic effects in fighting and driving games for example.

For more information, check out the AGEIA website.

My verdict

For whatever reason that you prefer having a high end notebook for games instead of getting a desktop, the Dell XPS M1730 is something you should look into. The AGEIA physX add-on is a must if you want that extra boost in your games. However, I am not sure if you will notice a difference in all games.

[Via lazyfellow]


.my Second Level Domain Name (2LD) Now Available

A .my third level domain name (3LD) is the common domain name extension that you see (eg. .com.my, .net.my, .org.my, etc). It is quite seldom that you find a website with a .my second level domain name (2LD) of .my. Two examples that I can find is Jaring.my and UKM.my.

Jaring.my was registered in the year 1992 while UKM.my in the year 1996. I guess they must have stopped selling the 2LD after that but it seems like the domain name is back on sale again.

There will be a priority period starting 1st November 2007 at 9am until 31st December 2007 at 5pm. During this period, all existing 3LD owners can apply for their equivalent 2LDs. For example, if you own the domain domain.com.my, you can apply for the domain.my domain.

Problem arises when two different 3LD owners with the same domain prefix wants the same 2LD (eg. domain.com.my and domain.net.my). In such a case, whoever that registered their 3LD the earliest will be entitled to own the 2LD.

For more information, check out Exabytes.

Cannot Withdraw PayPal From Al Rahji Debit Card

UPDATE: There are reports of successful withdrawal using Al Rahji debit card. The only “problem” is that the conversion rate seems to be a little lower than the others. I wonder if they offer a lower rate or the rate was lower at the time when others withdrew the money.

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Just when I had given up waiting for my Public Bank Visa Electron debit card and wanted to give Al Rahji Bank a try, KennyP alerted me that Jimmy’s attempt to withdraw PayPal funds into his Al Rahji debit card has failed.

Does this mean that the only debit card that currently works with PayPal is Public Bank’s Visa Electron debit card? I guess that’s why Public Bank could be slightly arrogant when it comes to debit card applications. They are the only one that works. Take it or leave it.

In my case, I have no other choice but to wait patiently for them to process my application. One of the reasons I need to debit card ASAP is so that I have some time in case they limit access to my account and need me to fax over my documents.

[Via KennyP]

Al Rahji Debit Card And PayPal

The entire blogosphere or at least among those who make money online blogging got excited when PayPal announced that they allow PayPal withdrawal into some credit and debit cards. Everyone started trying their available credit and debit cards to see if they worked. Those that failed started looking forward to applying a new card.

For an almost complete and growing list of credit cards and debit cards that either does or does not work with PayPal, check out Steven Wong’s blog.

Earlier, I had a choice between Public Bank Visa Electron debit card and Al Rahji debit card. I chose the former thinking that Public Bank must be more established. Another reason although unimportant is that I felt that their debit cards look a lot nicer than Al Rahji’s.

Anyway, my Public Bank debit card application seems to be taking forever! The nice gentleman that spoke to me the first day sounded really helpful and gave me the optimism that Public Bank is the right choice. However, the consequent calls are nothing close.

It is no secret that the service provided by Public Bank sucks. Just read the two posts below to find out why.

Despite sending my application personally using express courier service to Public Bank’s HQ, my application isn’t even entered into the system yet. I have no choice but to try out Al Rahji. They do not have a bank in my area so I called up their customer service to ask if I can apply through postal. Unfortunately, it is not possible. All application needs to be done in their office. I might make a trip down to KL next week or so to get it done.

Things I learned about Al Rahji from customer service

  1. You will get an ATM card when you apply for the savings account. This ATM card can be used as a debit card to receive funds and make online payment.
  2. The logo on their card is a Visa Plus sign. The lady told me that Al Rahji currently has no link with any other banks. Therefore, all withdrawal of money from other bank’s ATM machines will be charged RM10. The RM10 charge is for the Visa Plus charges.
  3. When your Al Rahji debit card is credited with cash, it goes straight into your savings account. Therefore, you do not need to manually transfer it “out from your debit card”.
  4. Al Rahji has sweet-voiced lady customer service personnel, unlike Public Bank. Pfffff.

YouTube New Default Player

YouTube has been experimenting with a new website layout and player for some time now. I just noticed that all the videos that I embed in my blogs are played in their new player.

YouTube new default player

Checking the YouTube website, I couldn’t find the link to “revert back to the old design”. Does this mean YouTube has finally crossed over to their new designs? I have been using their new design for quite some time so I do not know when the actual transition took place.

The new layout and player looks more “Web 2.0″ and I like them very much. If only they could fight off the recording companies and allow us to embed all music videos freely in our blogs, I would like them more. *sigh*