# Monday, 26 February 2007

Hey.. I've been posting quite a bit of video haven't I? So.. here's another piece of video that I did over the weekend with a friend, will it turn into something regular? I guess it depends if I have the time for it or not.

The No Name Show : EP0

Click on the pic to go to the Soapbox site.

Gaming | Gear
Monday, 26 February 2007 22:18:09 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Damn... maybe I should have just bought up the whole set instead?

Monday, 26 February 2007 13:46:13 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 24 February 2007

Oooo.. this is just such a wonderful song.

Saturday, 24 February 2007 22:12:31 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 23 February 2007

So does anyone have any tips for making the baby sleep earlier? Cause Wen Zhern just seems to constantly throw bitch fits till 12AM in the morning, then he sleeps till about 3:30AM for milk, then sleeps and again at around 6:30AM for milk. Then he usually sleeps throughout the day.

This is obviously a sign of a messed up day/night cycle, but how are we supposed to change it? Keep him constantly awake in the day?

And he's starting to get the habit of wanting to be cradled to sleep, and of course there's just so many different schools that says how this is good / not good on the internet. Heck.. even my friends and family keeps giving different opinions.

Don't even make me get started on the damn pacifier issue!

All this would be ok if not for the fact that he just doesn't like it when I try to hold him to sleep, he just keeps fidgeting around clawing at my face. Heck he headbutted my glasses just now... luckily it didn't take his eye out in return. Yet when mummy takes him, he just immediately keeps quiet.

Must be the smell!

Friday, 23 February 2007 23:33:29 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Wednesday, 21 February 2007

You've got a ton of baby clothes to wash, but it'd be a waste to throw all those clothes into your regular washing machine cause it's just too small a load. And you don't have time to scrub down everything yourself. What do you do?

Buy a cheap ass washing bucket, which uses an egg timer for it's timing mechanism, has no fuzzy logic whatsoever, and you have to manually drain the water from it.

Gear | Gen 2
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 10:18:50 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Wen Zhern has been having very bad cases of phlegm and hasn't been sleeping very well for the past few nights. Then we noticed that he has phlegm caught in his throat. Too bad he's too young for me to teach him to hack it out.

I tried a few things... herbal medication.. water... and came up with 2 effective methods. One was to give him a very healthy patting on the back with him lying on my chest, caused him to squirt out the phelgm all over my shirt but hey.. he felt fine after that.

The other way was to let him sleep on his side so that the phelgm doesn't hold onto the wall of his troat and irritates him.

Of course.. there's a whole bunch of articles on the internet that says this is not safe at all cause the baby might roll over and suffocate himself. Then again Wen Zhern can't even roll over when he's sleeping on his back yet.

I hope I don't regret this...

Tuesday, 20 February 2007 00:16:09 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 19 February 2007

The .Net Framework 3.0 was released a couple of months back. But I never found enough time to brush up on all the components. So now I'm going to use this CNY break to come up to speed with everything.

The main thing I want to concentrate my efforts on is Windows Workflow Foundation which should streamline developement of various processed based applications like web based processing systems, item inventory control systems, etc. etc.

Windows Presentation Foundation is a fun distraction and I'd probably look into that once I'm done with the Workflow Foundation.

I don't find myself having a need for Windows Communication Foundation right now so I'll just take a quick glance at it first and nothing much else.

Hmmm.... 2 more days of holidays...

Monday, 19 February 2007 01:13:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 18 February 2007

I've been waiting and waiting to get the little keychains that make Mario sound effect noises to become available at Play Asia.

And finally they DID became available!!

And the speed of which I went from hitting the view item button, to the express check out button was just TOO scary!!

But they're just so adorable!

Sunday, 18 February 2007 18:26:36 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Wen Zhern is one month old now, one month closer to running around and cause all sorts of havoc to my wireless controllers, one month closer to PWNing all your asses on XBox Live. But right now, his cute, defenseless look will inflict maximum damage on the ang pows you may be having on you!

Sunday, 18 February 2007 16:48:54 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Until you've seen your baby vomit up a stream of milk like you dropped a mentos into a bottle of coke.

Sunday, 18 February 2007 10:22:03 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 17 February 2007

Mommy is just cranky when Wen Zhern can't sleep at night.

Anyone got any hints and tips?

Saturday, 17 February 2007 23:33:31 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

It was a simple requirement, all I wanted was to get a baby monitor so that I could keep track of the baby while he was sleeping in the room and we were outside. In case you don't know what a baby monitor is, it's essentially a voice activated one way walkie talkie, you put it in your baby's cot and you can hear him when he cries. It's a simple piece of equipment! Or so I thought...

First I found some of those which costs almost 1k! I could get a pretty good pair of walkie talkies with that money, it's just a pity that voice activated walkie talkies usually needs a headset to work.

So finally I find a baby monitor that cost only RM195 at Toys R Us, I think to myself hmmm.. it's cheap but I guess it should do it's job right? it's such a simple piece of equipment!

So I get home I put in the batteries, I turn the monitor unit on, I turn the parent unit on, then I walk of the room. Hmmm.. the unit is very sensitive, it's picking up the fan noise... oh well.. I guess I can live with that. I walk over to my work area and I can hear quite a bit of static, cheap transmitter I thought. Then I put it on the table.

The exact moment I drop it on the table, a loud BEEP is emitted from the speaker and then all is silent. After the initial WTF moment I pick it up again, and the moment my hand makes contact with the unit it springs back to life.

Looks like I'm gonna have to test out Toy's R Us 7 day refund policy!

Saturday, 17 February 2007 23:29:35 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Some people might think that it's only my wife that does everything with regards to the baby, that's absolutely not true. It's just that I'm the only one that runs for the camera all the time!

Saturday, 17 February 2007 16:50:29 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 16 February 2007

It's a tough job trying to get your son to fall asleep when you want him to, just sat beside him for 2 hours watching him gorge himself to sleep on a pacifier. We didn't want to give him a pacifier but well it makes him fall asleep easier, and once he goes to sleep we extract it so he doesn't get used to having it while he's sleeping.

Sometimes I just think we should just feed him when he asks for food, but it's currently a 50/50 opinion on wheter we should do that or not.

Maybe I should just leave him to fidget through out the night and see how long it takes for him to get tired eventually. :P

Friday, 16 February 2007 23:27:02 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 15 February 2007

Bah, what a commercialized, contorted event day! On this day rose prices are quadropled, restaurants are over booked, and they serve you hastily cooked yet expensively priced couple meals.

I would think having dinner at one of these overbooked set restaurants will be like married life.

  1. You arrive with your date, you're just so wonderfully happy together as you're taken to your seats. You chat, you laugh, you're having a wonderful evening. (Honey moon period)
  2. 30 mins later it's not so wonderful, you've already finished your drink but the food aint here yet. Your date gets pissy and asks why the heck did YOU choose this place anyway. (Typical married couple squables)
  3. Another 15 mins later the two of you are starving, but you managed to convince each other that the food will arrive soon and it doesn't make sense to go anywhere else. (Together in sickness and in health...)
  4. Depending on how good the food is the two of you either remember that it was a lovely evening baring some unfortunate events (Happily ever after) Or it'd be the stain mark in your relationship (errr... the affair? the divorce?)

But then what do I know? I never took my wife out for a valentine's event at all cause I know it's a BAD BAD idea anyway. and I have never bought flowers for anyone in my life before. I just find it all a terrible waste of money!

Thursday, 15 February 2007 01:19:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 14 February 2007

I got this in my mail just now.

Mail server report.

Our firewall determined the e-mails containing worm copies are being sent from your computer.

Nowadays it happens from many computers, because this is a new virus type (Network Worms).

Using the new bug in the Windows, these viruses infect the computer unnoticeably.

After the penetrating into the computer the virus harvests all the e-mail addresses and sends the copies of itself to these e-mail addresses

Please install updates for worm elimination and your computer restoring.

Best regards,

Customers support service

Along with the mail was a file attachment named Update-KB3794-x86.exe. After such a helpful email, I guess I should immediately execute and install the update immediately!!

Oh.. but I can't run the EXE file, Outlook has blocked my access to it!

Hopefully this means that there'll be less people who are infected by this virus.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007 17:49:21 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Heck.. people are even starting to make fun of it.

But like I mentioned in my rant about LUA, it's a necessary evil moving forward for a more secured system. And if the you keep seeing the LUA box pop up while running a program, more often than not you can thank the developer for trying to access parts of your system that he shouldn't be accessing in the first place.

From here on out programs should start playing more nicely with the system, and the constant haggling of LUA will become a thing of the past and become what it was meant to be. An additional layer of protection against unscrupulous people.

One thing that I must stress though, as much as LUA is a pain in the ass, it never gets as irritating as what the ad tries to imply during normal use. If you keep getting a LUA prompt on every other action you do, it's either you're mucking around in the system folders, the program you're using isn't playing nice, or you have something running in the background that's not doing nice things to your system.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007 16:49:36 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Why is it that, to get from the public car park building of a hospital to the hospital there's no way for someone in say... a wheel chair, or using a cane, or just pushing a baby stroller to go from the car park to the hospital without having to pass through a set of steps? Why the heck is that? You're a hospital for god's sake, and yet you're not wheelchair accesible? How about all those wheelchair bound people who wish to move around independantly without assistance? How can they seek services from the hospital this way?

And an additional question, why did I buy such a big baby stroller? It takes up a quarter of my car's trunk space, it's bulky. Oh yeah... my wife prefered this it to the other model which didn't have such a nice big undercarriage basket.

Well.. at least I didn't buy the big ATV style stroller with tension adjustable shock absorbers on it's wheels. :P

Wednesday, 14 February 2007 00:18:12 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 13 February 2007

That was what one of the people in the test team said for the windows application which I made under the client's instructions. And he wasn't even refering to the size of the .Net 2.0 runtime, no no no. What he did was just right click on the program folder, saw that the whole folder was all of 2MB and gave out such a comment.

I groaned silently under my breath...

Then I noticed one of the people weren't doing anything, so I asked him why wasn't he doing anything. His answer was priceless.. "I don't install any FREE software, there's definetly a catch, spyware or something in it" Sure enough.. his system doesn't have Flash... Firefox... anything free at all!

I wanted to point out that his company asked my company to make the program, that he is part of the test team, that he's responsible for testing and ensuring the program fits their requirements, that his argument is insane, that... but I decided to save my breath.

This is the last time...

Tuesday, 13 February 2007 00:56:37 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 10 February 2007

I need to keep my quote high!

Mommy's idea to toture the guy, not mine. :P

Saturday, 10 February 2007 20:15:22 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 08 February 2007

That's what people say when they get their Nintendo Wii, but come on lar! Isn't that obvious, you've got a brand new spanking toy of course you're gonna pour all your love and affection onto it. And if you're a Zelda fan, you know all you wanna spend as much of your game time as you can in Hyrule!

But as much fun as the Wii is in giving a different gaming experience, the Xbox 360 is able to give a fantastic online gaming experience. So once you are done with the mystery of the twilight princess you'll hang up your sword and grab back your chainsaw to play Gears Of War.

And then, whenever you need to work off some stress you'll boot up the trusty Wii, pop in Wii sports and lay the smack down on some poor Mii.

Welcome to the world of the Wii60!

Thursday, 08 February 2007 21:40:44 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 

The Wii is a nice little console. It offers a unique gamer experience, and for the first time it's very easy for people to learn to play certain games. And anyone who sees it in action always has the urge to try it, and the best thing is? Depending on the games some might be very easy to play no matter how much gamer experience you have.

Gears Of War on the Xbox 360 is a fanatastic game, and everytime my mother watches me play she will comment on how nice the graphics look, and how bloody things get. But my mother would never even begin to understand how to work a controller to play GOW.

But when I'm playing Wii Bowling, it's easy to let my mother to try out the game. All I have to do is to tell her which button to release to let the ball go and she's able to bowl more or less like she's playing the real thing. Same goes for Wii boxing, when I let my colleagues try out my Wii, the first question they ask was "which button do I press to punch?" I love it when I can answer "Just act like you're beating down your worse enemy"

Then one of them started punching like a girl, so delicate and soft, so soft until the Wiimote couldn't even pick up the punch motion!

But one thing's for sure, everyone who tried out the Wii really felt like getting one of their own cause of how fun it was, and also how simple it would be to play with their children I guess. ;)

Thursday, 08 February 2007 13:46:20 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 05 February 2007

Could have been done a bit better I feel.

Let's get the first question that people will ask out of the way first, so how much does Windows Vista costs? OK.. let's go for a pricing table.

Edition Full Ver Upgrade Ver
Home Basic RM859 RM446
Home Premium RM1020 RM686
Business RM1271 RM855
ULTIMATE!!! RM1703 RM1118

The general response I get when I tell people how much it costs is "WAH SO EXPENSIVE ARRR!!!??!!" For the first few people that said that I explain to them that.

  1. Pick the RIGHT edition for your needs, not everyone needs Vista Ultimate! If you just use your PC for simple office apps or just to play games and expect little use of the other OS features, guess what? HOME BASIC WORKS FINE FOR THAT! Here's the link to the compare editions page on the Windows Vista site, have a look see.
  2. You buying a piece of software that you're going to be using almost whenever you use your computer (yes, I said almost to take into account all those people who dual boot) for oh.. the next 2~3 years maybe even longer. And you call the price expensive?

OK.. 2nd questions that I kept getting asked. "So I upgrade?" Very tough call, Windows Vista does bring some pretty nifty features that would make your life easier. Readyboost gives 1GB notebooks the potential to be as spiffy as notebooks with higher amounts of RAM. The nice integrated search is welcomed for some people. But the main thing that stops me from saying "Yes, please upgrade to Vista now if you can." is LUA as I mentioned here. Until you're sure the programs you're using can properly support Vista's new security model, you might want to hold off the upgrade.

It should be ok for you to buy a new PC with Vista pre installed, but again... it's about wheter or not the programs you use the most can work with Vista or not.

Now.. about the launch event at Low Yat during the weekend. A few rants I'd like to put out.

Here's the video of the night launch, just click the play button to get it to start caching first.

Where's The Love For Existing Customers?
So.. Windows Vista was launched and the software was being sold at the launch event, but whenever I asked about the upgrade version they told me the stock wasn't in yet. While it is true that most people would go for the full version, some of us would like to take advantage of the cheaper upgrade pricing.

More Talk About The Features, Less Rapping And Dancing.
During the official launch event at 8PM where the MS Malaysia MD, Yasmin Mahmood came out, it was an ideal time to talk about Vista's features and get the already attentive crowd stoked on the product. But instead all of 5 MINUTES were spent to talk about the features, then they brought on a rap group for entertainment. (You can see this when I finish uploading my video)

If You're Gonna Pay Money For A Rap Group, Make Sure They're Worth It.
So.. they got local rap/pop/whatever group K-Town Clan (I think that's how it's spelt) to give a little concert during the event. I personally have no idea who they are so I can only gauge their popularity based on the crowd's response. So.. for reference there's a crowd of 900 people (according to what Yasmin said during her little keynote) So when the MC goes "I want you all to say K-Town Clan.. K-Town Clan.." and I couldn't hear any chanting at all from the back of the crowd where I was I just have to wonder wheter having them there added anything at all to the event. Then when the group comes up and greets everyone with a "Alright, everybody make some noise!!!!" and the crowd whimpers.. Something's wrong right there.

Must Music Be Played THAT Loudly?
While the concert was on, and during some other events during the day they pumped some pretty LOUD rocking music through the speakers surrounding the event area. So loud that there was no way I could talk to anyone in the booths for information. Why do people do that at events? Why hamper the customer from gathering information?

ReadyBoost Does NOT Add Memory To Your System
Windows ReadyBoost is one of the cool new features in Windows Vista, what it is essentially is that it allows you to use an external memory device ie. USB Key, SD Card, CF Card, etc. etc. with proper performance specifications to be used as a additional CACHE area which can be accessed faster than the swap file on the hard disk. It does NOT add memory to your system. So if you plugged in a 4GB USB thumb drive and use it to Readyboost your system you do not get an additional 4GB of RAM available for use in the system. Why am I mentioning this? Because the OFFICIAL Windows Vista Edition of Hardware Magazine that was being distributed around during the event keeps mentioning that ReadyBoost DOES ADD MEMORY to your system. Oh... the problems that's gonna cause.

Videos to follow once I get them uploaded.

Monday, 05 February 2007 01:07:22 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Saturday, 03 February 2007

Hey guess what?  Miss the speech recognition is actually quite a lot better than Windows XP, I would say it's actually quite usable it seems to be getting more so than things right but it can't seem to be able to understand me saying windows Mr. I have no idea why maybe it's my pronunciation baby address, pronounced the V were all in all I am quite impressed roof the function of the box speech recognition in the new windows Mr. Of cost now I think the nutrients a mall dictation might be problematic but controlling windows brief speech seems to be a pretty good idea I can also correct errors beat the easily with buffalo the speech on full blown interface and if used to go and get it this entire block entry list TV and using voice dictation I just didn't decide to go through all of the trouble of correcting all the errors wish I could've done pretty easily I think. . .

Saturday, 03 February 2007 02:49:39 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Thursday, 01 February 2007

Yeeeeesss... must ensure that there' no rejection to that which will accompany him through life.

Thursday, 01 February 2007 20:50:31 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |