# Thursday, 31 May 2007

I always find it difficult to recommend people on what things to buy, cause when the stuff doesn't work out well for them I eventually get blamed for it. Same goes for recommending where someone goes to buy the actual stuff.

The problem is that when the shop does a 180 turn on their policy and how to treat their customers, not to mention sell the same item at various prices to different customers it just pisses me off on how they can do it in the name of the community and yet screw them over at the same time.

So now when people ask me where to shop for stuff, I'm just gonna say I buy it at this particular shop but I sure as HELL ain't going to recommend the shop just like I sure as HELL don't recommend Streamyx to people even though I use it every day.

Thursday, 31 May 2007 00:51:53 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 28 May 2007

In order to ensure that WZ didn't smack his face into the floor while learning to crawl I went out and got them rubber foam panels.

These things don't come cheap!!! But.. luckily I found them at SS2's Babyland which was selling them at almost half the price of everywhere else I've seen.

Now that I've got them though.. they're a bitch to stow away :P

Monday, 28 May 2007 22:18:19 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 27 May 2007
One of the first games I ever got for my Nintendo DS was Ouendan, it was basically the only game which after I saw a video on the web I knew.. I just HAAAADDD to get it!! And it was a brillant rhythm game, so fun and exciting, and fast paced!!! So fast that the game also served to be a DS screen killer since you had to spin the stylus on the screen like hell! Fast forward to today...

Sunday, 27 May 2007 23:22:28 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Friday, 25 May 2007

I'm a lousy interviewer. That's why I hate having to do them.

I don't care about how the candidate feels, what he had for lunch, etc. etc. I just want to know how technically capable the person is since I'm deciding wheter or not to hire said person to assist me in developement.

The way I interview people is simple, first I ask them what kind of projects they might have done. Then from there I process to poke and prod them to see how much they understand what they've done, I usually start from the simple and mundane like What is a dataset? Then I'd proceed to something that requires a bit more understanding of how stuff works like Could you explain how the ASP.Net runtime knows which button you clicked? And then from there I'd move to the tougher questions like What is an IHTTPHandler and why would you use it?

To some people it seems like I'm picking on some mundane question like What is a dataset? or How does a form post back to the server? The reason I ask these questions is that while undoubtedly the person is able to code I need to know if he understands WHY things are working. ASP.Net has a lot of plumbing involved and while you don't need to know exactly how things work, it's best if you at least know how data passes from the browser to the server to the .Net runtime. Also I want to see if the person truly understands what they are doing, or just coding for the sake of it.

Through my questioning I also like to see how the person tackles questions when they don't know the answer, people who are straight and direct will immediately say that they don't no the answer after giving it some thought. People who try to potray themselves as a valuable hire when they aren't will fire off on all cylinders until they realised that I'm not impressed at all with the jargon they're spewing.

Friday, 25 May 2007 10:09:20 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 23 May 2007

When I saw the Mario Hat Cushion on sale in Play Asia I was cursing the fact that it wasn't the real hat, but rather a cushion in the shape of Mario's hat. After contemplating buying it for a whole 5 minutes I dropped both the Mario and Luigi hats into the shopping cart.

Then my sanity slapped me in the face and asked me to disregard Luigi like the forgotten 2P which he is.

And after spending a few weeks in an economy class box.. here it is!!! The Mario hat cushion!!!!

Now how do I get WZ to pimp this product?

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 13:39:58 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |