Archive for 2011

Let Apache Compress Your Website

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Website speed is one of the most important factor to make people like to visit more. In 2008, I wrote Compressing WordPress Output and this is done by adding one line to index.php The problem with that approach is that when you upgrade WordPress you have to manually add the line into index.php, and the […]

Sparrow and Shortmail

Friday, December 9th, 2011

I’ve been pushing the limits of my mid-2010 13″ MacBook Pro lately, running all sort of applications and leaving them running. There has been occasions where the machine will freeze while it struggles to schedule the CPU time to all of the applications. I use a lot of email, and by a lot I don’t […]

O2 Broadband. Customer Loyalty. Rewarded

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

A friend living in the UK asked my opinion on which provider he should choose for his Internet needs. He showed me a few options and O2 Broadband is definitely the winner. I have heard about issues with customer support before but the truth is we’re all humans and we’re hard to be pleased. From […]

Sleep Issues & Noisy Meleis

Monday, November 7th, 2011

In 2006, I wrote about how I think I suffer from Narcolepsy. I’m still suffering from the same issue, and I can’t get any doctor to confirm the condition. Living in Malaysia, I don’t expect much since the doctors will always say it’s nothing until it’s too late and you’re on your deathbed. Now that […]

Compiling flip on Mac OS X

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

I was looking for a simple utility that will work like dos2unix tool on Linux to convert endlines from DOS to UNIX. I was scraping some contents from a server running .NET and those ugly ^M characters appeared in vim. I found this https://ccrma.stanford.edu/~craig/utility/flip/, downloaded the PPC binary and used it happily for a while. […]

Used Nikon D50 Kit For Sale

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Since Mudah.my has decided to be Susah.my (again) I have decided to post this item here, on my own blog. This is my old DSLR, fully functioning and very much loved. It’s for sale as I have upgraded to a faster camera suitable for shooting children in normal and low lighting conditions. Here’s the same […]

Problems Saving Alerts in MyProfiles

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Let’s face it. iPhone/iPad “new mail” alerts sucks and if you have multiple email accounts set up you’ll never know which account received the new email. When you’re driving or having a meal, it’s convenient to know whether the email is from your boss, is an important alert from a system dying somewhere, or just […]

First IKEA Hacking Project: VIKA AMON and LACK

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

My better half and I have been looking for a nice table as surface in our large kitchen but we couldn’t find any nice ones. Even IKEA products are too simple or too expensive. She found a website that she likes very much, IKEA Hackers and has been showing me many designs since. For her […]

Shrinking VirtualBox Disk Images

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

On my MacBook Pro with minimal disk size (250GB) I had to install VirtualBox in order to run any kind of Windows, for emergency cases. I was able to install Windows Server 2008 in a 20GB dynamically expanding virtual disk image (VDI). A couple of months back I also made a clone of my HP […]

Selangor No Plastic Bag Every Saturday

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Since January 2010, the state of Selangor where I live imposed a new campaign where no plastic bags will be provided in retail transactions. Note that it’s a campaign and not a law. While I am in agreement that we need to do something about the pollution and improving the environment, I think this campaign […]

WordPress 3.1 Upgrade

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

I am not going to announce or talk about the release of WordPress 3.1 as I know that most people already know it was released on 23 February 2011. I am also not going to talk about the features. I would like to share problems that I encountered and how to fix them. Well, I […]

If You Want to Be Selfish, Do it Smart

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Late Friday afternoon, tired from the week’s work, I encountered this on the road. Approaching a crossroad with traffic lights, it turned red for those going straight. From behind, there’s this Proton Iswara swerving dangerously to the right taking the right lane for vehicles turning right. Fine. Detecting that there’s a car on that lane, […]

Good Bye MyBlogLog

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

I have just received an email from Yahoo! announcing the end of MyBlogLog service. It’s going to be discontinued effective May 24, 2011. Nice of Yahoo! to give us some time before terminating it for good. However the link for help pages redirected me to this page: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/ysm/ll/featured/index.html, which I think is a mistake because […]

Google Authenticator Rocks

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

OK, “Google Authenticator” is actually the name of the smartphone apps provided by Google. What is it all about? It’s two factor authentication similar to the ones banks use to authenticate users to log in or to perform transactions. Corporate users might also have the same security method using smart card or RSA SecurID to […]

Mac OS X: Modifying Stubborn Files Transferred From Windows

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

This is related to the previous post, where I had a lot of checked out Subversion working copies in my disk. They came from a Windows machine I used before I bought myself a Mac. For your information, in a Subversion working copy, there will always be a hidden folder named .svn in each directory, […]