My electronic cigarette (e-cig) experience

Justyn | December 13, 2014

As some of you may know, I have my spinal surgery coming up in January. So I thought now was just as a good time than ever to stop smoking, or at least try to stop. I told Chell the other day that I wanted to buy an e-cig, so went to the local tobacconist and had a chat about the different kinds of e-cigarettes they have. I was very happy with the information that they gave me, and settled on buying the Smoke NV Express Kit.

The tobacconist recommended trying a disposable first, just in case I didn’t like it. However my view was that I was going to waste money on cigarettes anyway so spending $36 on an e-cigarette kit would be a worthy investment. I know online at the moment, there is 40% discount on all their products (I ordered some other cartridges for mine), so if you’re looking at getting one now would be the time.

Smoke NV Charger

The express kit came with 3 Canadian Flavoured cartridges which each is around a 25 pack of cigarettes. So with my literal thinking, I bought 75 cigarettes for $36. The Canadian flavour is quite nice, and I do like it. However they also have Australian, American, Menthol, Apple, Coffee, Chocolate, and Peach. The normal price for the pack of 5 cartridges is $19.99 online, however with the 40% off at the moment it makes them $11.99. Essentially you’re buying 125 analogue cigarettes for $12. Bargain.

A Smoke NV Cartridge is equivalent to approximately 25 traditional cigarettes based on an average of 3 seconds per puff. The inhalation length determines how many puffs can be achieved.

Inhalation Length (sec) Approx. # of Puffs Achieved
3 seconds 325-375 Puffs
2.5 seconds 375-425 Puffs
2 seconds 425-475 Puffs
1.5 seconds 475-525 Puffs

I’m only on day one of using my e-cigarette (which contains no nicotine), and so far I’m doing alright. Haven’t had a analogue (real) cigarette yet, nor am I craving one at this stage. So already I am off to a good start. Hopefully around the 3 – 4 day mark, I don’t have the usual “want” for an analogue smoke like you usually get when quitting. If this e-cigarette works, it is worth every sent. If I replace smoking analogue cigarettes with e-cigarettes I’ve already saved a bunch of money, so it will be win-win.

To me it is a healthier alternative to smoking analogue cigarettes, reducing my chemical intake from over 4000 chemicals, down to just three. That’s right, three! Now, the ingredients are simply Water, Vegetable Glycerin, and Artificial Flavourings. Which make the e-cig so much healthier to me. Other people may not view it that way, but to me by not inhaling over 4000 harmful chemicals it is healthier.

Glycerine is classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) and complies with specifications for the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur. or EP) E244.

Products with Vegetable Glycerin can be found in various common items around your house. A few examples include:

  • Sugar substitute
  • In Beauty products including makeup, mousse, shampoo, bubble bath, after shave, and deodorant
  • Pet food
  • Soap
  • Skin and hand cream
  • Baked goods – increase moisture
  • As a thick gel for creams, gel capsule pills, rubs and jellies
  • Eye & ear drops, toothpastes, pastes, and many dental care products

What are your thoughts on e-cigarettes, and vaping? Do you currently smoke e-cigarettes or analogue smokes? Have you considered using e-cigarettes?

The Pirate Bay HAS NOT resurrected in Costa Rica

Justyn | December 10, 2014

As most of you are aware by now, The Pirate Bay along with other sites like,,, EZTV, Zoink, Torrage and Istole went down due to a police raid in Stockholm, Sweden. Police seized servers, computers, and other equipment.

However there is some misleading information in regards to the raid have come to light. Some outlets including Sydney Morning, NT News, International Business Times, PCWorld and many others have reported that The Pirate Bay has resurrected at a brand new domain in Costa Rica found at This is untrue.

As reported by TorrentFreak is a Pirate Bay proxy/mirror service (it’s listed by Proxybay) and as such relies entirely on The Pirate Bay for its torrent content. Currently it has none. The site appears to be operating out of the Netherlands and only became widely available in October.

The confusion appears to stem from the fact that some “proxy” homepages stay up even when The Pirate Bay goes down as they cache some content. As can be seen from the screenshot below, another proxy ‘‘ displays just fine, but then does nothing when the user attempts to find torrents.


Bomb Squad detonate suspicious device in Townsville

Justyn | December 6, 2014

Yesterday, hundreds of homes were evacuated in Heatley as the Explosive Ordinance Responce Team were called in to detonate a suspicious device found in a bin.

Townsville Police were informed of the device around 11:30am after being found at Long Tan Memorial Pool on Fulham Road. Townsville Police declared an emergent situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in Heatley around 5:45pm and set up an exclusion zone.

Exclusion Zone

Exclusion Zone

Residents in the exclusion zone, which consisted of Fulham Road, Mill Drive, Finerty Street, and Lindeman Avenue were evactuated at 8pm after explosive experts inspected the package and advised that it should be destroyed.

An excavator was used to create a large hole, in which police destroyed the device in a controlled explosion about 12.50am.

Evacuated residents are now able to return to their homes, with about 35 people forced to seek refuge at a temporary evacuation centre at Tony Ireland Stadium.

Investigations are continuing with police asking for anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area to contact Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or via the website 24hrs a day.

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes and more

Justyn | November 17, 2014

A post like this is very left field for me if you read my blog often. However when I come across a product that amazes me, I generally try to write about it and share my experiences. To make things clear, I don’t use Younique products myself however my Wife does, and she loves them. It’s no lie, women love makeup. I know this, you know it, and everyone else does.

So one day Chell told me she decided to sell Younique products, venturing her own little business. I’m very supportive of her, and am amazed at how happy she is doing it, and she looks beautiful wearing the products. If you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably not heard of 3D Fiber Lashes, but coming from a guy, they make women’s eyes look simply amazing.

You don’t have to take my word for it, Chell was putting on her 3D Fiber Lashes this morning and I snapped a pic so you could see the difference. You would be lying if you don’t agree that her lashes look amazing. These aren’t fake lashes or mascara. These are 3D Fiber Lashes.

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes

Now whether you’re a woman reading this post, or you’re simply looking for something for your partner / wife / girlfriend, you know she would love something like this,. Especially being so close to Christmas. It would be a great stocking stuffer, and they don’t only have these amazing lashes, there is lip stain, and all these other products. I admit, I don’t know everything about Younique, but I do know that the lashes are damn sexy!

To get your hands on these amazing products, or if you want to find out more you can simply head over to  Be Younique With Rachelle on Facebook to check out some of the photos, or chat to her. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Android 5.0 confirmed. Android L teaser video posted by Google

Justyn | October 15, 2014

Today is October 15 here in Australia, and there seems to be a rumour about it being a massive day for Android. After all, Google hasn’t officially mentioned anything regarding any new devices, announcement dates or their upcoming version of Android L. However there’s plenty of information about the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Android L.

There’s been a new “Sweeeeet” video released to tease the Android community, again. Posted by Sundar Pichai it shows a casting call where different kinds of desserts audition for the role of “L”. You don’t see any lollipop in the video, but it does confirm that the next version will be 5.0. On another note, you also see an Oreo. Since Android 4 was named KitKat, maybe theres also a hint that the new version will be named Oreo too?

Kinetic sand, take my money

Justyn | October 11, 2014

Kinetic Sand

I recently discovered a product called kinetic sand, and it is pure magic.

It was invented by the Swedes it contains 98% pure sand, the other 2% is magic. The sand sticks to itself, and nothing else, which allows you to build or cut it cleanly, however it is somewhat alive, and can also move on its own like regular sand.

If you’re looking at the YouTube clip and thinking that you must have it, you can buy it over at Amazon.

The Ebola Virus isn’t as contagious as some diseases

Justyn | October 5, 2014

It’s understandable that people are worried, even freaking out about the ebola virus. It has killed around 70 percent of people that were infected in West Africa. However there’s not necessarily any reason to worry due to the fact that it spreads slower than other infectious diseases. The following infographic taken from NPR’s post on ebola shows this. A person with measles can infect 18 people on average, where as ebola can infect two.

Ebola Infection Rate

The reason for this is due to a term coined “R0“, which is the reproduction number or R nought. This R0 shows how contagious an infectious disease is, in say an outbreak or epidemic and how many people may catch the disease from a sick person.

Ebola isn’t something to take lightly, however it can easily be contained due to it being very difficult for the virus to spread. It isn’t an airborne disease. It actually requires someone to have extensive contact with “bodily fluids like blood or vomit“. Also, people that may be infected with ebola aren’t contagious until they show symptoms.

So you can now relax a little. You should be quite safe if you aren’t coming into contact with blood and vomit.

Uneducated truth of PayWave and PayPass

Justyn | August 7, 2014

The other day there was a discussion about PayWave and PayPass on Facebook. A discussion that I tried to chime into and educate the people that were spreading misinformation. The point of this post is about how here, in Australia our PayWave and PayPass cards use NFC, instead of RFID or EMV like what is primarily used within the US, Japan, Europe and the UK.

For those that don’t know, Near Field Communication (or NFC for short) operates at 13.56MHz and allows two-way communication (unlike RFID), only supports a single transaction at a time, and only works within close proximity which is up to 10cm. In terms of PayPass and PayWave though, the distance is within 4cm of the terminal.

This is more likely due to the induction loop in the card, with the power being transmitted from the terminal being so low, the card won’t work over 4cm, even in an ideal world it is more realistically 2-3cm. When I have ever used PayPass it has always been the “within 4cm” as like what is stated on the VISA PayWave website. I’ve never had one be read by a terminal over that distance.

I figured I would add some of the screenshots from the Facebook conversation, with names obviously disguised.

PayWave 1

I’m asking a logical question.

PayWave 2

Seems that some people just don’t understand.

Now further on after this, the other people mentioned about how it is “all over the internet” regarding people accidentally paying with PayWave / PayPass, which I guess is true if you have the card within 4cm of the terminal, and not in their handbags or wallets in their pocket. However in terms of EMV it is contact-less for the actual payment, much like PayPass/PayWave but EMV still requires a pin to process the transaction.

Alpinestars S-MX 1 Boots Review

Justyn | July 3, 2014

I ended up getting a pair of the Alpinestars S-MX 1 boots which say they deliver protection and comfort which is exactly what I want in a pair of boots. Commuting to work everyday I didn’t want a full length boot which would be uncomfortable to walk around in, so these are a happy medium.

The price came in at $169.95AUD due to a sale instead of the RRP of $199.95AUD so I even saved $30 on them, bonus!

Alpinestars S-MX 1

Alpinestars S-MX 1

With the S-MX 1 boot Alpinestars got the design cues from their S-MX racing boot and well, basically cut them in half. They have a reinforced heel, toe cup, reinforced ankle, and simplistic sliders (which can be replaced). The thing I like about them too is how easy they are to put on and take off due to a single YKK zip, and velcro cover. Long gone are the original ways of putting on boots via laces.

The boots themselves are very comfortable. I have a pair of Alpinestars Fastback Waterproof boots which are size 10US however these ones are 9.5US and still fit perfectly, so make sure you check the sizes when you try them on. They do have an adjustment strap running across the bridge of your foot which can be adjusted too, however I’m unsure how well they will stay on in the event of a crash. Something I don’t ever want to test.

So if you want a safe, comfortable boot that you can walk around in all day, I would highly recommend these S-MX 1’s. They don’t stand out too much under a pair of jeans either.

Nexus 5, ParanoidAndroid, Franco.Kernel and Undervolting

Justyn | June 8, 2014

Update: I no longer have my N5 undervolted, but will keep the voltages here. I have however changed a few of the CPU options, and in turn have updated this post.

So I managed to get myself a Nexus 5, which best of all was free. So I thought I would do another post about my settings like what I’ve done in the past for my Galaxy S2, Xperia Z and Xperia Z1. So without further ado here is my set up.

Device: Google Nexus 5 (16GB Black)
ROM: ParanoidAndroid (4.5 Alpha 3)
Kernel: franco.Kernel (r54)

So I am running ParanoidAndroid 4.4 RC2 (4.4.3) with franko.Kernel which is running beautifully.

Here is all the CPU, GPU and Miscellaneous settings that I’ve configured which loads on boot via init.d, some of it is from Vomer’s settings, and some from Piereligio’s colour profile (I’m using TrueRGBv7).

Note: I am not responsible if any of these settings makes your Nexus 5 catch on fire.

Per-App Modes

  • Books: Adobe Reader, AdSense, Westpac, Calendar, Dominos, File manager, Fuelly, eBay, Google Opinion Rewards, Google Play Books, Keep, Paypal, SpeedTest, WordPress
  • DualCore: 2048, Candy Crush, Chrome Beta, Clean Master, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Flappy Bird, Gmail, Google+, Hangouts, Instagram, MOG, PicFrame, PicSay Pro, Skype, XDA, YouTube
  • QuadCore: Fast & Furious 6


echo “interactive” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor
echo “70” /sys/module/msm_thermal/parameters/temp_threshold
echo “50000” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/timer_rate
echo “300000” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_min_freq
echo “1190400” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_max_freq
echo “500000” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/sync_freq
echo “700000” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/hispeed_freq
echo “800000” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/input_boost_freq
echo “120000” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/above_hispeed_delay
echo “0” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/boostpulse_duration
echo “95” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/go_hispeed_load
echo “10000” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/min_sample_time
echo “90” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/target_loads
echo “0” > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/interactive/io_is_busy


echo “N” > /sys/module.lm3630_bl/parameters/backlight_dimmer
echo “0” > /sys/module.lm3630_bl/parameters/min_brightness


echo “320000000” > /sys/class/kgsl/kgsl-3d0/max_gpuclk
echo “4” > /sys/devices/fdb00000.qcom,kgsl-3d0/kgsl/kgsl-3d0/min_pwrlevel
echo “25” > /sys/module/msm_kgsl_core/parameters/up_threshold
echo “10” > /sys/module/msm_kgsl_core/parameters/down_threshold
echo “4” > /sys/class/kgsl/kgsl-3d0/min_pwrlevel



echo “0” > /sys/devices/virtual/misc/mako_hotplug_control/load_threshold

Enable Fast Charge

echo “1” > /sys/kernel/fast_charge/force_fast_charge

Disable FSync

echo “N” > /sys/module/sync/parameters/fsync_enabled

Disable Logging

echo “0” > /sys/module/logger/parameters/enabled

Volume Tweaks

echo “5” > /sys/class/misc/soundcontrol/volume_boost

Headset Gain
echo “3” > /sys/class/misc/soundcontrol/headset_boost

Mic gain
echo “3” > /sys/class/misc/soundcontrol/mic_boost

Speaker Gain
echo “5” > /sys/class/misc/soundcontrol/speaker_boost

Colour Profile

echo “0 12 19 30 39 48 56 72 82 104 118 127 119 116 115 106 84 78 66 60 44 35 20″ > /sys/module/dsi_panel/kgamma_rp
echo “0 12 19 30 39 48 56 72 82 104 118 131 120 116 114 107 100 78 66 60 44 35 20″ > /sys/module/dsi_panel/kgamma_rn
echo “0 12 20 31 40 55 62 76 89 109 123 132 115 113 111 103 78 75 67 58 49 39 21″ > /sys/module/dsi_panel/kgamma_gp
echo “0 12 20 31 40 55 62 79 84 109 123 134 116 112 112 104 101 76 67 58 49 39 21″ > /sys/module/dsi_panel/kgamma_gn
echo “0 12 19 30 39 48 56 72 83 105 119 130 119 115 116 106 88 80 71 62 52 42 25″ > /sys/module/dsi_panel/kgamma_bp
echo “0 12 19 30 39 48 56 72 83 105 121 130 118 115 114 108 100 80 66 60 48 38 22″ > /sys/module/dsi_panel/kgamma_bn
echo “32” > /sys/module/dsi_panel/kgamma_w


echo “80” > /sys/class/timed_output/vibrator/amp

As for undervolting, my CPU is a “PVS-0″. Taken from this post you can check what PVS revision your CPU is.

The Qualcomm (S4 Pro) SoC has 4 different variant. Slow, Nominal, Fast and Faster (0, 1, 2, 3) . Faster variants can undervolt a lot lower than the rest, or it should already be pre-configured automatically at a lower voltage like the Nexus 4, so some Xperia Z will have less heat and perform better in battery life. For example, for nominal variants, they might only be able to undervolt around -100mV while faster variants can undervolt around 175mV – 250mV.

Voltages (Frequency = STOCK = MINE)

  • 300000 = 800000 = 650000 (-150)
  • 345000 = 800000 = 700000 (-100)
  • 422000 = 800000 = 700000 (-100)
  • 652000 = 810000 = 735000 (-75)
  • 729000 = 820000 = 745000 (-75)
  • 883000 = 840000 = 790000 (-50)
  • 960000 = 850000 = 800000 (-50)
  • 1036000 = 860000 = 810000 (-50)
  • 1190000 = 885000 = 835000 (-50)
  • 1267000 = 895000 = 845000 (-50)
  • 1497000 = 930000 = 880000 (-50)
  • 1574000 = 945000 = 895000 (-50)
  • 1728000 = 975000 = 925000 (-50)
  • 1958000 = 1020000 = 975000 (-50)
  • 2265000 = 1075000 = 1025000 (-50)
  • 2419000 = 1090000 = 1040000 (-50)
  • 2572000 = 1105000 = 1055000 (-50)
  • 2726000 = 1120000 = 1070000 (-50)
  • 2803000 = 1150000 = 1100000 (-50)
  • 2880000 = 1175000 = 1125000 (-50)
  • 3014000 = 1200000 = 1150000 (-50)