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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, […]

Starting Subversion Service on Demand in Mac OS X

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Since I moved to a new home I didn’t let my Linux servers run 24/7 so that I can save on electricity bills. It’s not so much about moving homes but it’s about the tariff increase. My 500W and 400W power supplies can easily reach the max usage of around 300W each which translates to […]

Tak Nak – Really?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

“Tak Nak“, literally translated to “Don’t Want” is a tag line for Malaysia’s anti smoking campaign. In true sense it means “Say No To Smoking”. It’s a collaboration between the Government and a few other organizations. I was lucky enough to have some time to recently visit the National Zoo of Malaysia (locally known as […]

TM UniFi Downtime: Exercise Your Rights

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

If you are a UniFi subscriber, and live in the Puchong (plus Damansara reported by achmatibrahim via Twitter) area you might have already been aware of the downtime since yesterday afternoon (8 December 2010). At the moment I am writing this post, it has been more than 12 hours. TM is not actively informing users […]

Everything On The Web Is Public Domain

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

That’s what an Editor of the Cooks Source magazine told a writer when she called about the magazine taking her 5-year old article and publishing it in the magazine. If that’s true this blog wouldn’t have been taken down by GoDaddy a few months back because one of the sister blogs hosted in the same […]

Malaysian Bank to Avoid: EON Bank

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I received a call just about 10 minutes ago, from an automated recording system. Dear customer, you have eight thousand of outstanding amount in the system. Please remit your payment immediately. Press 0 to talk to our customer service So I did. For the record I never had any relationship with this bank for anything. […]

DiGi iPhone Page Has Wrong Modification Date via HTTP

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

iPhone 4 has just been launched in Malaysia, and I have also been closely following the progress. Looking at SoyaCincau’s comparison between Maxis and DiGi, I was attempting to load DiGi’s page again. I have done this before. Instead of talking about iPhone 4 itself, I am going to see why the page is showing […]

Google Instant, Anyone?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I saw quite a significant number of tweets mentioning Google Instant, and decided to check it out. Some people might already be aware of it or heard of it before but I am outdated, that I am willing to admit. First, I went to the Official Google Blog where I saw Search: now faster than […]

Does Berjaya HVN Really Have Rights Reproducing Thomas & Friends?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

My son’s current favorite series are Special Agent OSO and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He sometimes still watches Thomas & Friends. He can recognize Thomas in Toys ‘R’ Us even from the entrance a hundred meters away. I’ve been looking high and low for high quality, and updated DVDs for him to watch in the […]

Maxis Transparent Proxy is Causing Problems to Developers

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

I had to transfer 2 WordPress blogs to another hosting provider last night, as the free one is going to expire today. It should be as easy as: Transfer the files Transfer the database Change DNS servers in registry to the new DNS servers Configure the new hosting location In a few hours after the […]

SMTP Smart Host Setup for Postfix in Snow Leopard

Friday, August 6th, 2010

PHP does not have any SMTP authentication mechanism in its configuration, and most developer opt for PEAR packages to perform email sending via custom ports and SMTP authentication. I am one of those who will avoid using external packages as much as possible unless really necessary, and of course because I wanted a quick solution […]

Maxis SysAdmins Are Rookies?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

If you’re one of the SysAdmins working for Maxis, and you celebrated the recent System Administrator’s Appreciation day, you should really think about your future. SysAdmins are supposed to make people life’s easier, not the other way round. Maxis has been implementing transparent proxy for some time now, I think to save on bandwidth usage […]