# 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]  | 
# Monday, 21 May 2007

WZ's nails are pretty long, you can hear scratching noises when he claws the bed in his sleep. And he doesn't hold you when you carry him, he prefers to claw grip your shirt sleeve, or worse you arm! And when I'm sleeping beside him and he flails when he sleeps I get scratched.. he gets scratched...

So.. as a good father I've tried to cut his nails, but it's just such a stressful job. First of all he just doesn't want to hold still so I have to grip his finger pretty hard, next, he's pretty strong. As his father I don't want him to get hurt because he pulled his finger out of the socket cause I wouldn't let go so I have to give a little. And sometimes instead of pulling his hand/feet away the limb goes slack and I find the finger/toe shoved towards me wedged in between the nail clippers.

Mommy accidentally piecered him once, but luckily he didn't cry then but still.. cutting his nails is akin to disarming a bomb. One wrong move and you have one loud crying baby on your hands!

Monday, 21 May 2007 13:39:31 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [3]  | 
# Saturday, 19 May 2007
My quest for a wireless keyboard for my Windows Media Center has finally turned up something!!

Saturday, 19 May 2007 22:08:03 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 18 May 2007

My colleague was trying to install SQL Server 2000 on to his newly formatted Windows Vista, which although is not a supported action we need to do it cause we still have apps running on SQL Server 2000.

But the setup program just kept dying and dying once it reached the start copying phase. This puzzled me since I was able to install it.

I then noted that he had already installed VS2k5, and SQL 2k Express as well. On a hunch I told him to reformat and reinstall Vista (to clear off all remanants of anything that might have stopped the install) Luckily Windows Vista installs pretty fast so it wasn't too much of a hassle.

After the reinstall, the first thing we did was to install SQL Server 2000.. and BOOM.. it just went in..


Friday, 18 May 2007 17:33:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

After seeing all the money invovled in the acquiring of Flickr, Youtube, etc. etc. Potential clients are now coming to ask us to create websites that support User Generated Content (UGC), blogs, social circles, videos, etc. etc.

But in typical fashion they want it all done yesterday and they expect to gain full traction within 3 months contrary to the length of time it took all the big sites to get to where they are today!

And they expect developement to only take 6 months AND match the other sites feature for feature and with some additions.

The most ironic thing about it all is that, even though the clients are so gung ho about UGC they are pretrified about unmoderated content and blogposts. ;)

Friday, 18 May 2007 10:14:57 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Ever since Silverlight was announced I just couldn't get it out of my head. It's like irritating coder's itch that I just got to scratch soon, and if I don't scratch it I keep thinking about it over and over in my head.

So I have a few things already on my mind, first off is a collection of ideas on what kind of things you can do with Siliverlight, this will be compiled into a web application project with the title of Introducing Silverlight 1.0.

Next I'm thinking of creating a little sort of photo plugin for my website to show off al of WZ's photos and possibly videos.

Than the last thing.. is something I'm still thinking about.. ;)

Tuesday, 15 May 2007 14:48:54 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

This was how WZ talked around 3 months, mommy kept saying it sounded nothing like a baby. I gotta record a more recent conversation clip so everyone can hear his super squeals.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007 13:10:14 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 13 May 2007

Through out the years, the person that's always looking out for your, ensuring that you grew up properly, happily, and took care of all your needs, your mother. And no matter how old they get they'll still be there for you, looking out for your best interests.

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, 13 May 2007 21:49:59 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 11 May 2007

This is how mommy likes to play with WZ

Friday, 11 May 2007 00:20:17 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 08 May 2007

You want that achievement for killing me 20 times? You're gonna have to dig it out of my warm, bleeding, bullet ridden body, but just think about it, the satisfaction that you'll get as you hold high your achievement still dripping in my blood and you scream through the headset "Achievement Unlocked!!! Suck on this MarauderMY!!!"

Then I snipe you in the head cause I've already respawned, pickup a sniper rifle, found a good vantage point and fired while you were going through the theatrics.

Tuesday, 08 May 2007 17:48:34 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 06 May 2007
Ahhh.. how far we've come now in application developement. Things used to be so easy when I started delving into programming, back then an application was just a program that just ran on your computer and that was it, hmmm and if I started work back then I guess it be a lot of database applications since that was when everything started being digitized. After the announcement of Silverlight recently I think I'll now use this post to reflect on the different methods/types of application developement that are now available.. from a MS technology based perspective of course since that's what I'm most experienced in.

Sunday, 06 May 2007 23:56:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Version 1.0 of Siverlight is essentially a vector graphics display control, something like SVG but there's someone actually support the creation of content for it. And because of which, there aren't any actual user interface controls in it. No buttons, no textboxes, no scrollbars.

After doing some initial test scriptlets and stuff I immediately realised that the most important control I'd need would have to be something that allows the scrolling/panning of content larger than the display area.

And that's exactly what I did, feel free to check out the sample project attached with this post.

PannerSample.zip (11.22 KB)

Sunday, 06 May 2007 15:14:42 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 05 May 2007

I just finished programming something in NotePad, something which I thought I never do again for a LOOOOOOONG time. But.. since I'm using Silverlight 1.0 and there's no real intellisense for the Javascript objects in Silverlight on VS2k5, I thought what the heck.. let me just bum it out retro style! ;)

Saturday, 05 May 2007 01:25:25 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 02 May 2007

Realizing that Wen Zhern was hot when he was sitting in his stroller I bought one of those little clip on fans to cool him down.

This little piece of gear instantly invoked gadget lust in all the other babies that saw WZ's little fan.. aaaa.. they start so small now.. :P

Gear | Gen 2
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 21:24:01 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

My main portable media player is the Creative Zen Vision. It does it's job quite well, plays video pretty well, except for the fact that it doesn't play AC3 streams which makes it a little inconvinient when trying to rip DVDs to play on it. But that's another rant. The rant for today is the fact that the speaker on the Vision.. is pathetic! It produces sound, but dont expect the sound to be audible if you have anything more than a fan running.

So I've been constantly trying to find a proper portable speaker to use with it, my previous attempt was the Creative PopZ speaker, which although it was unpowered it was quite well... for unpowered speakers that is.. it pasted the portability test cause it sealed up into a nice carryable case. But still wasn't loud enough for enviroments like say... a chinese wedding dinner?

So again I went looking for portable speakers, I saw some around but I didn't like the size.. or the price.. considering some of them were charging above RM100 for a small pair of speakers. Then I saw this small little powered speaker being sold for.. RM39.

I thought.. hey what the heck.. it's RM39.. it wouldn't be that big a loss if it doesn't work out. And after I got home and tried it out this is the summary of the little guy.

The Good

  • My god the thing is LOUD!!! I don't see how this can't pass the wedding dinner test, heck.. my wife would probably tell me to turn it down!
  • It recharges it's internal battery through USB.
  • The sound plug is integrated so no wires to loose.

The Bad

  • The battery is an internal lithium ion battery... given typical lithium ion battery lifespans.. this would probably last oh.. 1.5 ~ 2 years?
  • It recharges through USB.. but the head LOOKS like a non standard one, I'll know after I do a quick run into the cable bin over at Sri Computer or All IT mall at Low Yat cause I remember seeing a few different types of Mini A type cables there.
  • The sound plug is integrated, so it means that the thing just sticks out of the audio jack of your device so it can get in the way. A short audio extension cable should solve that.

The mini speaker also has one more little trick..

The extremely broken manual calls this the RESONATOR which is supposed to make your sound more bassy now that it has some place to bounce around.

All in all, this is highly recommended if all you wanted was to hear the sound coming out from your devices properly, since I don't think this is gonna pass any audiophille test anytime soon.

Wednesday, 02 May 2007 17:13:53 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |