iChoose.my website review quickie

MYNIC is on a roll at the moment; aggressively promoting our local top level domains (TLDs) like .MY and .COM.MY registrations. One of the recent marketing promotions they’ve launched is the iChoose campaign to persuade Malaysia bloggers to register a local domain name.

ichoose.my

I liked their simple approach of presentation and they were heading the right direction with the quick domain name checker. However, I felt the “STMP” was pushing it a little.

Blogging tips for the masses

They’ve a section on the website with few articles written. I personally found the layout a little difficult for scanning content of the full length articles because of the unnatural arrangement of the panels.

ichoose.my blogging tips

I felt my eyes going all over the place with text being here and there.

Feature request

This was something I didn’t expect to see on their campaign website. But anyway, if it was a feature I would request is to please please please please please revamp the user experience of your domain management system. 😛

Cash prize giveaway

They’re running a lucky draw contest with a RM10,000 cash prize as the one grand prize. The mechanics of the contest is you must register a local top level domain name and write a blog entry with the following keywords; blogger, mynic and iChoose.my.

It’s unclear from the terms and conditions whether you may register any local top level domain names. This means other than .MY, .COM.MY and .ORG.MY, you may also register .NET.MY and NAME.MY.

Personally, I’m not a fan of lucky draw type contests and to be honest, I still find the price range for local top level domain names pricey. Especially if it’s for personal use.

Lenovo Ideapad V360 Battery Life and Benchmark Results

Yesterday I lugged both my Macbook Pro and Lenovo Ideapad V360 to a business network meeting. I seriously thought it was insane and unnecessary to weigh myself down. However, the weight increased wasn’t back breaking. Thank goodness.

Lenovo Ideapad V360 General Battery Life

If you’re constantly browsing the web, the battery will last you a good 3-4 hours. The standby is pretty impressive as well. On standby, it can last up to 6-hours or more. Thanks to its power saving mode either in the operating system or the machine.

From my observation, the standby has 2 phases. The first is to turn off the monitor and the second is to put the computer on sleep mode. But the standby test was done by leaving the computer alone. Meaning, I left it there and didn’t touch it at all.

On the daily basis of opening the notebook, browsing and closing without powering down, you can expect the battery life to last probably 3 hours.

I’ve to personally say this battery life review isn’t complete yet. I’d still like to see how long can the battery withstand constant movie viewing and music listening. So, I’ll get back to you on that later.

Lenovo Ideapad V360 Benchmarks

The tool I used to generate these results were from Futuremark. Using both their PCMark and 3Dmark software. And no, it wasn’t a pirated neither an original version.

Generally, the Lenovo Ideapad V360 performed well in the video and spreadsheet segment of the benchmark.

A note of caution if you use this software, beware the insane browser simulation flicker. It totally reminded me of those TV programs which warn you it contains fast moving images. Lol.

When it came to gaming, the Lenovo Ideapad V360 couldn’t handle heavy graphics. The frames per second (FPS) was either 0 (zero) or less than 10. However, this is highly dependent on any game settings.

And what would interest me more, how will the Lenovo perform with Starcraft 2 installed? 😀

Ooh ooh. I forgot to mention I can only share the 3DMark scores with you because for some odd reason, PCMark didn’t display the machine scores.

lenovo ideapad v360 3dmark score
Lenovo VS fastest system

There’s 1 other test I’d like to try but I’ll need to get the approval from Intel Malaysia, P1 and Lenovo Malaysia first.

The drop test. 😛