Just like all the reviews said, Win7 is pretty solid for a Beta 1 build. I really like the new UI changes, because it is moving nearer to the usability of OS X :)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
- The Incredible Hulk (not the movie)
- Planet of the Apes (again, not the movie)
- Time Tunnel
So there was this very (sexually) awkward Sci-Fi movie/TV show that has been on my mind for the longest time, and I could not find it, until today.
And here is the Google Video link of the ENTIRE 1980 movie => http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3536993421073315692&ei=5TpXSYGeEYe0wgPD3-lw&q=brave+new+world
Or if you prefer to watch it here, it's embedded down below.
It is indeed still one of the most morally disturbing movie I have watched when I was young. Maybe still is.
Enjoy! (getting brained fucked, that is.)
Fear - people are scared of things that they do not understand
Uncertainty - plant ideas that the future is "uncertain", or question one's belief in the future
Doubt - plan old negative comments can go a long way
I am very surprised that there are many people around me injecting FUD into me when I talk about migration to Australia. Common FUDs are:
Fear - Have you lived in Australia? Do you know how old is the winter? The summer there is hotter than Malaysia, can your children take it?
Uncertainty - Do you think you can hold a job? Will your job pay enough for your family? What about the economy situation?
Doubt - I don't think you will fit into their society/culture. Can you really leave your parents behind? I have seen many family regret but cannot move back to Malaysia. If you burn all your bridges (put all your savings into it), you will regret for the rest of your life when it does not work out.
Well, I say, thanks for the all the FUD information, it is valuable because I do know that these are things that I need to consider/make preparations for, but this will make me even stronger.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Nokia Part Deux
So I told him that a one to one swap is in order, since the phone is new, but he insisted that I should bring back the box for the exchange, because there was a serial number at the side. Sigh.
An hour later, showed up with the box, gave me a new unit, which is still the old 4.x firmware. Played around, and the camera function seems OK. Matter a fact, the sliding function is much more solid than the previous 3 units he showed me. Insisted that he upload the latest firmware (there quite a bit of UI change), which he grudgingly did.
I was curious what software he uses to do the upload, and I asked for a copy. Alex was shell shocked and said that it's only for Nokia "authorized dealers" only. Incidentally, there was this brochure in front of his counter and it was showing the Nokia Software Update.
So I picked it up, and showed it to Alex, and he was scrutinizing it thoroughly. When I asked him whether that was the same software he was using, and he said "NO".
TMD KKN CCB. I took a peek at his screen, and true enough, it's the same software => Nokia Software Update.
So guys, be weary of those cock talking mobile phone salesperson.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Nokia is not Motorola
So I got Joey a Nokia 6600 slide as a replacement for her aging Motorola SLVR, also known as L7. Not that it broke or anything like that, but she was taking more videos and pictures with it, and the VGA camera is really showing it's age. Not to mentioned the choppy vids that it take (15fraps?).
But we managed to crash the Nokia every time we take a picture. It seems like either the shutter or the zoom function is broken, and whenever we try to engage those functions, it would result in the phone crashing.
I hope that my unit is a lemon unit, and this is not a design fault, as Joey likes the phone, in general. I am going to bring it to the Nokia Care Center and let's see what they have to say.
So I made a case video to prove it. Do let me know what you guys think of it:
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
- The smaller, yet fatter steering wheel. Almost hinting at a sports wheel, and
- The peddle shift/S-mode.
To me, Honda's trying to hard to make City into something that it is not. It's like those people who stick in a hugh ass spoiler on their Wira, insinuating that Wira is a sporty car, which in fact it is not.
Don't get me wrong, as I mentioned before, I do like the City as a family car. But it's just being too pretentious.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Another shot from my floor:
These weather phenomenons sure get more apocalyptic year after year.
Monday, December 22, 2008
EOS 5D Mark II Support!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Honda City Test Drive
The queue for the test drive was still maddening, as for some lame reason that there was only one car and all the salesperson were jumping their queues. All in all, it took us about an hour before it came our turn.
So Corra started the test drive, from the showroom towards TTDI. Then came my turn, and of course, I had to use the S-mode. So I expected the drive to be similiar to a manual drive, and that sure didn't happen. I put my foot down, and the engine rev-ed up rather slowly. Shifting from 2 to 3 was unsatisfying at all, as I find myself constantly downshifted to get more power, then to lose the torque when I shifted up to 3. Then had to shift down to 2 again.
Maybe it was because the car was loaded to the brim (3 lads and 2 girls), but I am very sure that everytime I pulled on the peddle shift, it takes about 0.5 to 1 second before it kicked in.
So I was driving pretty aggresively from TTDI back to the showroom, and at the very last turn (a left on the flyover), I got really scared. Pretty sure I was going to lose traction and crash. My heart practically jumped out of my skin.
In conclusion, I had my expectation put up too much. I have Honda to blame a bit for that, as cramming in the "S-mode" and peddle shift is suppose to scream "drive me aggresively!". Maybe it's too hyped up, and they should have kept it what it is suppose to be. Which is an unexciting, B segment, small family car. Which translate into safe driving, sufficient boot space, and 2 little children, and no more.
Anyway, I have decided that a B segment car is not for me. I need something bigger, more stable on the highway, a proper family far. D segment is more like it. I guess it's back to my original plan, the Cefiro 3.0 1999.
(switch 1) Then came my first MS-DOS machine, a 80286. Then the first "proper" Microsoft Windows, which is Win95 on a Acer Pentium.
(switch 2) Although by the time I was in collage, Windows 95/98 stuck, nothing else from Microsoft did. I used Netscape Navigator (remember those?), mIRC, ICQ and my final year project was on ColdFusion. I was tempted to dabble in Linux as well. So no MS in sight.
(switch 3) Then came my first job, and all I could eat and drink was SQL Server 6.5, IIS 5.0, Visual InterDev 1.0. Then came Windows NT/2000, Active Directory, Exchange 5.5/2000 and I never turned back. Was preaching Microsoft both professionally and personally. Beta tested several apps, and started to use Vista on a day to day basis since Beta 2.
(switch 4) Then came the MacBook. And with it, Leopard. And has been loving it since. Who cares about missing apps (there is always VMWare/Parallels). Who cares about Microsoft's "integrated" experience with WinMob and god forbid, Zune. It's all about the reliability! The sub second wake from sleep, the multi touch pad (which is so good that I ditched my RM299 VX Nano), the simple software update process, and the feeling that it will work everytime, anytime. Priceless.
Maybe I'll switch back if Windows 7 can proof it's worth, but I doubt that it'll win me over that easily. So now, it's me and my Mac for the meantime.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Me: I feel really bad about myself when I see kids driving more expensive cars than me.
Other people would think: Why you are so materialistic? Is driving a better car a very important thing in life?
What I really meant: I feel sad that I am not within control of my life. If I can't even reach for something simple, like a car, what about other bigger things in life? Can I provide for my family for the next 20 years? How about my children's university tuition fees?
Me: I want to migrate to a developed country because I see all my friends there are doing so well, even with just holding a job.
Other people would think: So you just want to live a better lifestyle overseas huh? Is bigger house and car what you are chasing for?
Me: I want the best for my family. When I meant best, not cars and houses. Education and medicare systems are more important to me. If my friends can have excess finances to afford luxury items even with just holding a job, that means that a career does mean something there. That is what lifestyle means to me. And that is what scares me in Malaysia, good education and proper health care is very very expensive. If I can't afford a proper car, what of the things that really matters.
Sometimes I think I am better with words than speech.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
明明是有錢的，但是因為很喜歡儲蓄，搞到手頭上的現錢不夠用時， 就會天天喊窮。“沒錢換車”，“沒錢買樓”，“沒錢買名牌包包” 就變了口頭禪。
Anyway, 今天和一個朋友講起她時， 朋友給了一個很好的比喻。問：你讀書時， 有沒有那個同學每逢考試時，常常會說 “死咯死咯。。 這次一定會考到很差。”。。。 但是成績出來時， 偏偏會考100分。
Monday, December 15, 2008
Of Traffic Summons
Please stop giving bribes to traffic polices. Other than the fact that it's illegal, I'll give you several more good reasons why not.
So the next time you pulled over, be honest and be firm. Apologize and ask for the summon. Play dumb when they ask "macam mana nak tolong?". Do not ever pull a smart comment or else you'd get yourself into even more trouble then need be.
Wanna a good example? Read here.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Consolation Price from Apple
Although they have over promised on the deliverable date (not their fault, it was the stupid Royal Customs), they did provide an excellent phone experience. The IVR had 2 simple options only (1 for purchase, 2 for support) and a human being (from Singapore) always pick up on the 2nd ring.
Back to the gift, here is what they gave me.
Such a purtee box!
A thank you card with Apple logo on it.
Feels like Christmas comes early!
Ooh! What is this? A micro fabric for me to wipe off the grease from the MB display? (grin)
It's actually a custom t-shirt, made by American Apparel
Here's the back.
Somehow those Apple people are rather telepathic, the got the size exactly correct. Or maybe I got fatter again.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Great Blogging Software Search (OS X)
After much research, I am sad to announce that there is no equal in the OS X world. Many bloggers will swear by either ecto or MarsEdit, and some even ScribeFire, but here are some glaring misses compared to LW:
- Full support for Live Spaces. That means easy setup and picture upload directly to MSN Storage.
- Full preview before post within Editor. Which means that the software should totally apply all the CSS templates and give me a full preview when I am still editing the post inside the editor.
- Insert pix first, upload later together with post. Means I can write all my posts offline first, pix included. All the OS X variations forces me to upload the pix before I can continue to edit.
Don't get me wrong, the OS X experience has been great so far, but these are some of the very few shortcomings. Maybe I am missing something, anyone to comment?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Big Three Oh
I'd decided to make dinner for my closest friends for by big 30th birthday as something different. Well, erm - you got me. I got an ultimate motive one. This is so that instead of buying me an (possibly) expensive dinner, they could use the same money to get me a nice present instead :)
So I decided on the following menu:
- Garlic Butter Baked Chicken
- Mashed Potatoes
- Salad - comprised of Nata de Coco, mixed canned fruits, whipped cream and condensed milk
Unfortunately the chicken was a bit dry (baked too long) and I forgot to cube the mashed potato before boiling :P
You guys rock for downing them all without visiting to the toilet too often....nyiak nyiak.
Thanks everyone for the wonderful gift as well! Special thanks to:
- Corra for organizing the present!
- Special thanks to Princess D for the personal shipping service!
- Joey for staying up all night to clean up!
- Iz for being playful and lovely throughout!
Oh Yeah, It's tomorrow!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
For some reason, I am frequently ditched for lunch.
I wonder whether is because:
- I talk too much during lunch, therefore annoys the hell out of people,
- I am a manager, and I sit alone in my room, therefore I should eat lunch alone? (wtf kind of excuse is that),
- I am generally not liked.
It's pretty sad. They don't even bother to pop by and ask. Or IM. Or holler.
And yet when they need my help (work wise) I am always there for them.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Some people thought that I made it up when I told them about the "theory", but it really exists and I can't really take credit for it...
Check it out at The Ladder Theory
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tomorrow, I plan to ...
... bake me some crispy bacon.
Will let you guys know whether I am successful in attempting to recreate Aussie style bacon.
I don't get why people...
... buy thousand Ringgit iPods and use the bundled earbuds.
It's audiophile sin. At least get a Crossroads Mylarone Bijou la.
Will post a review after my unit arrives.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I really hate my D630
Where got laptop computer have wireless working battery life of 1 hour?! Might as well just call it a luggable computer.
Even kinda make me miss my old D630 - at least that had a 9 cell with about 2.5 hrs of work time.
Dream wireless lappies:
- MacBook/Pro with FastMac
- X200 with 9 cell
- Wind with 9 cell (as second lappie)
4 cell sucks. Someone give me fuel cell fast!
Friday, October 24, 2008
I needed to say this. These.
I needed to get this off my chest for a while already. But before you even bother to continue reading, let me forewarn you that this is going to be a very long winded piece. If you have better things to do, CTRL+F4 please.
One more warning, I will strongly offend a lot of people in this post. For those who have strong connection with God, I urge you to turn away as well.
Done? OK - let's start.
I hate God. I fucking hate God for all the bad things that have happened to me lately. I hate Him for not standing up for me when times are tough. I hate him for probably MAKING times tough for me. And I hate God for my current financial difficulty.
You all know I drive a really old Proton. It's so old that I have decided not take it for the upcoming trip up North, for the fear of killing my friends. I'm so sure that it's going to kill me one day. And for some crazy reason, I feel that one day is inching to me, day by day.
We really cannot afford even a 2nd hand RM40K car, with the new baby coming and the housing loan refinancing and what not. It's really bloody shameful for someone who carries the title of "Manager" to drive an old car like that. Considering all my peers are driving Mercs, BMWs - and the very least, NEW Japanese cars.
Just to kick it in, I made a quick survey and found out that none of the people around me who is around my age, that I know of, drives a Proton Wira anymore. Everyone have upgraded to non local cars, all new. WHY NOT ME! WHY WHY WHY!!! I am so angry. Worked my ass off everyday and have to suffer with this situation.
Here is the most funniest part about all this. All the best stuff I own are subsidized by the company. My Q9h? Last of my flex dollar. The last Dopod 595? Lucky draw. My Creative Zen? Project bonus. The iffy Macbook (or Pro)? 1/2 to be paid by the company (if that's gonna happen at all).
Such a fucking joke. I am so broke that I can't even own anything by my own. Had to leech off the office. Even had to beg, in some cases (MB). My Crumpler backpack? Gift from my wife. HOW COME I AM SUCH A BIG FUCKING LOSER!
Back to hating God - why do You have to bring so much pain into my life. Why do I constantly feel like I need to scratch my skin off my bone, in by inch, EVERY FUCK DAY. Why do I have to, NEED TO, feel bad when everyone stares at dry, cracked, bleeding skill all day long. It's already bad enough that I grew up with all my friends thinking that I am a wierdo but you have to make the pain and embarrassment come back again and again. I only had less than 10 good itch-less years, OKEY?! AND YOU HAD TO TAKE IT AWAY!!!
Why does my son have to fall and have a scar on his skull. WHY PUNISH HIM! Why do You have to make my son lie in a hospital for 4 days, with no food or drink. And why does it have to be 2 weeks away before the cooling off period of his medical card. WHY WHY!
Is it because I bought a Nintendo Wii just one week before and You have to punish me like that? Is that it? YOU WANT REVENGE IS IT! It is so hard to ask for something that I dream off to own as a kid! I DID NOT OWN A GAME CONSOLE UNTIL I AM ALMOST 30 YEARS OLD, OK!!! You happy or not! Other people's 7 year old children are playing PS3 one OK! OKEYYYYYYYYY! WHY NOT PUNISH THEM!
And that is just one example of why I have to work so much more harder for anything in life. Anything that so simple for anyone else to have, seems to take super extra effort for me to materialize. Things that people buy out of whim always seem to be a GABAZILLION miles away from me.
Matter a fact, I am so angry at HIM, that I have stop observing abstinence on Friday anymore. I have never never ever done this in 30 years of my life. Ever. But for the past few Fridays, it has been McDonalds, KFC and Ramli Burger all the way man. I'll show you! GOD DAMN! I WILL EAT WHATEVER FUCKING MEAT I WANT TO - ANY FUCKING TIME!!! BLOW AR!
Punish me all you want - I'll survive. I've had it worst. Just today, I had a Double Cheese Burger, and WHAM! My car broke down in middle of no where, parking in the middle of a parking lot which is abandoned, and it was raining and I twisted my ankle because I stepped into a big hole coz it was so dark that I could not see it. Whatever. I got out of it. I got back home. Punish me all you like, it's not going to make me like You more right now. BUGGER OFF.
That's it. It's not graceful venting, but I had to do it. It's my FUCKING right to do so. If you think I am ungrateful - fuck it. You are probably better off than I am anyway. Don't believe? Tell me what car you drive, what iPod you listen to, what phone you use and how much debt you owe the bank. So sod off.
You want to tell God off about me? Sure, I don't give a god damn rat's ass anymore. Will I still go to church? Lucky You, coz I'm doing it for my wife and kid. DOESN'T MEAN I DON'T HATE YOU. Doesn't mean that I don't resent you all the time.
You know, maybe devil worshiping is not such a bad thing after all. At least the Satan's bible teaches you to believe in yourself. Maybe I am well off better on my own anyway. Maybe. Maybe.
Monday, October 20, 2008
It's Finally Done
There has been something that has been on my mind ever since she arrived into my life.
The lure is just too strong. I think about it day and night. Hadn't had a proper night sleep since. That thing that I want to do have totally occupied every tiny little available space of my mind.
I talked to my wife Joey and she strongly suggested against it. Matter a fact, she was quite stern and gave me a borderline threat.
I consulted a few close friends, and all of them think that it's a very very bad idea. When I told them how I felt about doing it, they just shook their head in despair.
But I know deep down they wanted to do the same thing as well.
I even took a health exam to make sure I was up to it. I spend sometime with my doctor to discuss the pros and cons, and even he has strong reservation about it. He said that the detrimental health impact might take a while to recover.
I told him that I didn't care. The urge was way too strong to resist. I would most certainly lose my mind if I don't take action soon.
That's when it started to hit me, maybe it's not worth it. At this age, it's probably best not to risk it, said to myself. Self doubt kicked in. Hard.
But's it's too hard to resist. So painful, am so weak. Life isn't fair. I even started to question God why I had to make such choices at this age.
So I decided to succumb into it. Give up. Give in.
All hail... the.... Wendy's 3/4 Pound Burger with Cheese!!!!!
Look at that baby! Look at the soft bun! Look at all 3 pieces of patty! Look at the CHEESE(es)!!!
Come to dada!
Didn't have space for any sides. Just the burger and mineral water to wash it down. Took me a full 15 mins of intense, non-stop chewing! Even the cashier was a bit wide eyed when I put down my order. Even asked me twice to confirm. The kitchen had to build my order from scratch. That's why the patty was very juicy and the cheese was very very moist.
Next to Out of Africa's Blue Cheese burger, this Wendy's is proven to be one of my most favorite in town.
Now, for my next challenge....
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Warning! Nudity ahead!
Click away if you are at work!
Scroll down if you are ready.
I grew some extra nips on me.
Actually these are ECG hickeys. Took my full medical check up this morning. Those damn suction cups always get me bad.
To make it worst, one of the suction cups keep falling off, and the ECG reading had to be reset over and over again.
Then the nurse got her colleague to help, and what she did was put MORE KY on me, and then shift the suction cups up and down, while the sucker (sic) still sucking full force!
Damn shiong man.
I Can't Help Myself!
It has got to be caused by the trauma of being in science stream in secondary school.
When I saw this toilet cubical "wallpaper", I just want to write some formulas on it.
Saw this on my way back from home.
The other day, we went grocery shopping at Tesco Selayang. First time going there, it's very big and very quiet. It's one of those formal Makro hypermarts.
I have to say it's one of those days when you have multiple "Ahhh harr?" and "What the..." moments.
Don't understand why? Check these products out:
No wonder Malaysian police can never hit any gangsters with these.
Er.... really not safe for work ar. I guess it's for some child labor use niah.
Now this is really NSFW.
Sigh - Engrish, Manglish, Chinglish at it's best.
Caught Crab Handed...
The other day during a farewell party, the office decided to have some Chinese...er... cuisine.
Guess what happened.
LH: No picture please!
LC: Eh... that's not crab meat you see...
Yeah right.... see the spoils just between both of them.
I wonder did they dream of crab that night.
Malaysian Knight Rider?
Just some car I noticed next to me waiting for the light.
Maybe it also can transform into a warrior car and have some pew pew action too.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Steve Jobs Made My Wet Dream Come True
Finally, a respectful MacBook. No more cutting corners. No more compromises. No more 2nd fiddle to the bigger brother MacBook Pro.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Someone had the nerve to finish up the water in the cooler, and instead of changing with a new bottle, he/she (more likely she) just dragged a new bottle and left it at the feet of the cooler.
(Meaning to expect the next person who needs a drink to change the bottle.)
And don't give me the crap that girls cannot change a bottle - then what for spend so much money to go Yoga or Gym!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
"He is who he is, mom. You knew that when you jumped into the car with him. If you worried that you made a mistake, then it's not his fault."
"You have to love him for who he is. Not his potential."
--Californication S02E02 15:30
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Vid explains all.
I might have missed this post during my last trip back to Kuching at May. Had limited chance to go out to eat, but one evening we slipped out and ta pao-ed the following!
First up, satey babi!!!
and accompanying peanut sauce!
Next, tao geh mee! (Bean Sprout Noodles)
Lastly, tomato mee!
And here are the stalls I got them from at Hui Sing Hawker Food Center, Kuching:
Mobile Film Crew
If you have wondered how the driving scenes are shot in TV, here is the Malaysian way to do it.
I shot this while coming down from Securities Commission. They could have just mounted the camera on the car though.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Disappointing Copy Cat
So the other day I dropped by to pick up a quick lunch from the Big D. "Hmm! What is that new item I see!" I said.
So I ordered an "Big N' Tasty" combo.
After chowing it down, I have concluded:
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"HOW CAN SHE SLAP! HOW CAN SHE SLAP!"
I can't stop watching the video over and over again.......MUAHAHHAHHAHHHAHH!
KennySia: Indian Game Shows Are Awesome
The part I enjoy most is the smirk on the guys face when he told her to fuck herself off the set. The grin, the confidence, even the arrogance.
And the fact that the bitch got so stunned when she got slapped back. Wa lao - she should have seen it coming lo.
Too bad the guy got his ass whooped big time - and was crying like baby afterwards.
Somewhere I will not go to service my car
Sunday, September 07, 2008
You have heard of webcams that follows the swaying of your face (Logitech Sphere).
You have even heard of webcams that will track you when you walk around the room (Polycom Video Conferencing).
But have you heard of 360 panoramic view webcam? Eat this.
Enter the Microsoft Roundtable!
It has 6 CMOS sensors which shoots up to a prism like mirror to form the panoramic view. It will show EVERYONE in the room ALL THE TIME.
Now how cool is that. Drop by my office or join drop me a line and we can do Live Meeting over the Internet.... ala Roundtable style!
Not to forget, this is the ONLY unit in Malaysia. Even Microsoft Malaysia have to beg us to lend it from us.
The girls at the office decided to give their group manager something..... enticing.
To her husband anyway.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Road Side Toilet
When you hear Road Side Toilet, the words "wooden hut, hole in ground, toilet seat with stains" is what comes to you mind.
Surprisingly, I have the opportunity to pang jior (pee) in one of the few "automated" toilet in KL city center.
Check it out, got door control ala lift - even comes equipment with alarm button in case you caught your jiao jiao in zipper?
Nice mirror - what is that warning sign ar?
Automated sink, minus the nose/pubic hair.
Even got a nice tray to change the baby's diapers. Erm - some horny couples can probably use it for something else...
So go try it out, best 20 cents I have spent for public amenity. Got air cond some more. But 1 caveat.
The door opens automatically within 15 mins. Don't say I didn't warn you. Can be found at junction across Wisma Sime Darby, KL.