# Saturday, 25 November 2006

So, I grabbed a new hard disk for the fried one on the Shuttle MCE that was fried 2 weeks back. Then I decided what the heck let me just slap in Windows Vista Home Premium Edition for the MCE duties now and see how Vista performs as a normal home system since I can't seem to use it on my developer system. (More on that some later)

The most interesting thing which I wanted to try out was a point made by someone on the team that the setup time for Windows Vista would be around 20 mins, and boy did it. I came back home from work, slapped the hard disk into the hard disk holding cage of the Shuttle. (It's a very neat design, only thing is that the cage is like.. milimeters above the hard disk air hole hope it doesn't cover it too much) Popped in the installation CD, started off the installation, went to take my bath and came down to a spanking new installation of Windows Vista.

Wow... that's fast!

Saturday, 25 November 2006 12:33:51 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 20 November 2006

I'm 29 now... my birthday last week past pretty much like any other day. Had a ton of meetings, rain nearly flooded my car, and then to top it off I had to head out to the data center for some early morning work. Yes, I should probably just take the day off next time.

Well, I'm hitting the big 30 soon. Time to take account of my life, time to reflect on what I've done and wheter I'm happy with myself with it.


Monday, 20 November 2006 01:32:02 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 19 November 2006

I just a call from my colleague who mentioned that our client's website was down. I RDPed into the machine and based on the event logs, figured out that there was something wrong with the connection between the webserver and the SQL server express that was installed.

I looked at the services list for the machine but noticed the SQL Server service was started. Then I noticed something weird, the instance name of the SQL Server was SQLExpress where as we had already set it up as the default instance previously.

Further checks revealed other worrying signs, our SQL user was missing, and a DB which was less known to the client was also missing from the server.

This is going to be a problem.. only 3 parties have access to the server, us, the client and the web host service provider. Obviously having the actual database file deleted and also the SQL user itself must mean that someone had pretty much full acess to the server.

Question now is.. who screwed up?

Sunday, 19 November 2006 17:14:43 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Been having sort of an argument with a client recently.

The project in question is to make a desktop widget, thingamabob that will pull down information about the client's promotions and offerings so that the users can be kept up to date on the client's offerings.

The client also has BIG BIG plans for future expansions of the product, so it's not just a plain and simple RSS viewer.

So half a year ago, when this item was first inserted into the project proposal I already stepped in and informed the client that based on what they want, and planned to do int he future, the best way that we can go with was to use .Net to make the program. And they all agreed to using the .Net framework then.

6 months later and after some staff turn over, they're telling me a different story. And now they're asking us to use alternate methods, the main alternate method is of course to use Win32 to make it.

But ask any ISV who gets paid on a project basis if they'd commit to a 2 month deadline for a Win32 UI application and they'd probably tell you it's a crazy thing to suggest.

The results will be known today on how things go...

Tuesday, 14 November 2006 09:50:51 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  | 
# Monday, 06 November 2006

Overheard from the head of a certain high education instituition to the lecturers who are teaching there.

"Now your annual review will be based on the passing rate of your students, cause if you're doing your job properly your students won't fail!"

Oh great.. just what we needed more lecturers who are afraid to flunk students who are not up to par!

Monday, 06 November 2006 23:16:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  |