Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mar 30, 2010 11:58:22 AM

This week or so is for everyone to visit the graves and ash urns of their dead kin. Not so clear about the religious aspects but I'm here to wipe the urns anyway.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mar 24, 2010 8:02:35 PM

Somehow my install of iis,php,mysql and drupal didn't work. I think I'll install a clean os tomorrow to start anew. Wonder if tinyvista will work? Vista ultimate seems heavy..

Then maybe I'll start with xmail and get it to work first before adding drupal.

And my 486. Hope its still working! I'll take it out tonight to see what i can do with it. I'm hoping to run a gallery thing. Hope theres a really light open source gallery thing i can use,and hopefully it does static pages. Or lets me set up cacheing easily.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mar 21, 2010 7:54:33 PM

On the bus back.

The macpup/p3 system at home lacks 2 things crucially. sound and office.

I'm going to cycle thru all the sound driver options before giving the machine a separate sound card instead of using on board sound. And i hope open office runs ok on a p3 500mHz. After which i can think about a better video card than the on board video.

Tat settled, it'd be the 486 next. Will slitaz or deli run ok and at least browse the net on it? I wonder if i can add xampp and/or a mailserver+mailscanner and clamav on it? Probably too much. Especially the latter i guess. SMS requires at least a 500mHz pentium or k2. But what other use is such a machine?

i hope to keep the p4 as it is and figure out how to make it record tv and stream the recordings. maybe this could run the web and mail too.

but if so what to do with the 486?

ha ha.

Mar 21, 2010 9:50:51 AM

Sian. The macpup p3 system can go online. I haven't tried openoffice on it yet.

I'll see if that'll work properly on it first before i go about changing the sound and video cards.

Currently its using the on-board sound and video. and theres no sound. and youtube clips play at maybe 5 frames per second?

and the mkv file i tried to play didn't play. either i figure out how to add codecs to it or i get totem or maybe a p3 500 is really just underpowered for modern video playback.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

free mac

i've setup a p3-500mhz system with 192mb ram and a 4.3gb hdd with macpup...

i think i still want to retain my p4 systems for whatever usage i have for them in the future if possible...maybe for running some sort of hosting from home, i dunno...

so i'm going to pass the p3-500 to my friend who needed a system 'just to surf net'...

the hardware actually ran xubuntu 9.1 just fine from livecd. so its actually even speedier on the much lighter macpup...

and macpup probably looks better than xubuntu...

if he protests violently then i'd maybe swap the p3 macpup for a p4 running ubuntu 10 or something...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mar 18, 2010 10:13:14 AM

A Republic of Steak has just set up shop here. while stocks last,they say. about their $29.90 wine fed wagyu.

in other news, I've no problems at all connecting to my ftp server using its internal ip. but when i connect by its name, or external ip, all i get is 'econnrefused'. why?! i suspect i left out something basic. maybe i put in the port forwarding rules but didn't turn them on or something.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mar 16, 2010 1:43:18 PM

An aunt stays here..

Mar 16, 2010 12:20:40 PM

A cousin stays here..

Mar 16, 2010 9:58:01 AM

Touched down on malaysian soil..just like aa paper,no jam. been thinking the whole morning if its economic to purchase a pack of cigs here just for the day..but i simply cant bend my mind around the numbers..must be because woke up too early...

Monday, March 15, 2010

except that i think they're all a joke

totalitarian/fanatical regimes.whats wrong with them?

on a less extreme topic, how come its become such that one must not offend the religious people, but one can totally offend the non-religious ones?

i think in some places there are still blasphemy laws? and then theres lots more other places with laws against inciting religious conflict..

hey, i am offended by your saying that i will go to the worse place possible if i don't join your book club!

maximum social good

1. Some other interesting notes about Gmail:
  • The original invites system wasn’t a marketing ploy, it was simply an engineering decision to make sure they could scale
  • There’s a 30-1 engineers to products managers ratio in the Gmail team — it’s certainly one of the biggest ratios at Google
  • The Gmail team is spread over a few offices around the world (including Zurich), it used to be more, but they consolidated to help the product.
  • There are “hundreds of million of users” — the third-largest email provider
  • In India, Gmail is the number one email provider
  • Gmail is growing fasters internationally than in the U.S.
  • Gmail is available in 53 languages
  • Internally, the Google Buzz team was known as “Team Taco Town” after an SNL skit
  • Google uses Gmail internally (obviously), switched over from Microsoft Outlook at launch (about 6 years ago)
  • Gmail is slow for some users mainly because they have a ton of emails saved. A fix for that is coming soon
  • Most of gmail is written in Java, JavaScript, C++
  • There are several hundred thousands lines of javascript in Gmail – one of the biggest in the world
  • No new feature can launch for Gmail that adds latency to the product

2. At the heart of their dispute is a sense of betrayal: Mr. Jobs believes that Google violated the alliance between the companies by producing cellphones that physically, technologically and spiritually resembled the iPhone. In short, he feels that his former friends at Google picked his pocket.

“We did not enter the search business. They entered the phone business,” Mr. Jobs told Apple employees during an all-hands meeting shortly after the public introduction of the iPad in January, according to two employees who were there and heard the presentation. “Make no mistake: Google wants to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them.”

One of these employees said Mr. Jobs returned to the topic of Google several times in the session and even disparaged its slogan “Don’t be evil” with an expletive, which drew thunderous applause from his underlings.

3. the example of how google does things is gmail. they gave it away. they worked on the technical bits mostly. we all chose to use it because it was good.

lets see how android compares to gmail.

they're essentially giving it away. its open-source. theres an official release from google. but anyone can cook their own android. witness the cyanogen mods. and the unique versions customised for/by each handset maker.

they even started out just like how they did with gmail. they invited only HTC at the start. then they made their own low volume Nexus One. android phones are not everywhere, just like gmail accounts were not everywhere.

and the technical bits..its best summarized by 'anything iDon't...Droid does'
gmail changed webmail by giving everyone huge mail storage. and even now, its functions are more powerful than either hotmail or yahoo mail.
android by itself probably does not have any breakthrough function. but what it does is let anyone develop for it freely. it means that a flash enabled browser will be available on android anytime, as at least mozilla will be developing for it. whats more, we also know that opera and skyfire are working on it too. and this is despite that android has just 7% of the smartphone market. all of them develop for windows mobile and symbian, the biggest markets - they gotta pay the bills i suppose, and everybody is there. but android allows them to develop for the android platform without unnecessary restrictions.
and it allows any phone or electronic device maker to focus developing the hardware, and only do minimal customisation to let android work on their device. witness the hordes of android based media players, netbooks , tablets and phones being released by chinese manufacturers nowadays - the barriers to entry are drastically lower. you no longer need to be a multi billion dollar firm to be in the business.
and i think that is the breakthrough function.
it lets anyone and everyone in to the smartphone and phone apps business.

whereas apple is trying its best to keep others out of the smartphone business and to keep a close tab on its apps developers.

you would have to question why google is trying to do this for us - to encourage the smartphone and apps market for free. but i think its a better social outcome if we had more phones and more apps rather than 1 phone and some apps. even if all those phones came with 1 browser with 1 default start page at google.com. i mean, after all, its much easier to change the browser, failing that, the browser homepage, than to change your phone.

p.p.s. its not all rosy. i hear that android code has been dropped from the linux kernel because google has made no effort to reconcile their code with upstream stuff. i'm hoping, waiting for them to ,um, do the right thing..haha...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mar 13, 2010 5:13:24 PM

So its the 3-monthly i.t. show again. The crowds inside suntec are ridiculously large. And the traffic like shit. Wonder why they all bother. Hardware zone posted a flickr album of all the posters and brochures found in the show. They don't even need to come to see,only to buy. If they have something to buy at all. The prices at the show are not magically low,and they're held every 3 months. Whats making everyone come? If anything, looking through the brochure scans, only 3 things caught my attention. 1.There're way too many digital media players..i believe they'll be all over the shops after the show anyway-there's no need to get one now. 2. The buffalo terastation quad and the dlink dns343 are the cheapest 4 bay Nases at around 300+. 3. The people selling planex are selling a bluetooth earpiece at $20,which is cheap enough for me to get one to play with,if I'd actually find it in myself to brave the crowds..

Friday, March 12, 2010

Mar 12, 2010 10:21:17 PM

Does Guinness still come from the Dublin factory?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mar 11, 2010 6:51:30 PM

On the pie. On the 154. What an amusing day! If there're no barriers to entry why isn't everyone doing it?

Are some people already laughing their way to e bank? We just need 2 weeks to see..

sell gold

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

arsenal 5 porto 0, fabregasless..


Arsenal v FC Porto
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Mar 10, 2010 1:59:01 PM

Am at plaza sing..the text to speech thing for their queue system is amusing..Edit me

Mar 10, 2010 1:54:01 PM

With friend at starhub.. he's wasting his 58$ plan on a free phone like mine..but theres no better specced android phone with resistive screen..and hopefully a hardware qwerty too..

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

Mar 8, 2010 3:10:19 PM

Suntec tower 5.. boring day..started real early too:(


its all my fault of course. but i still think..

1. outlook express is the waste product of the algae that grows on top of the scum that collects in the cracks of stinking sewers.

ok, i dunno how outlook express works. i dunno imap folders. even more so, i dunno how outlook express deals with imap folders.

2. i already cannot connect the bledy ibm and the aw1 with the safensec. why add fsis to the bledy ibm? why introduce more factors that can screw up the thing???

ok i think its connected but it just doesnt create a new db. dunno where go wrong either.

3. whereblog succeeded in updating this blog once. otherwise it just says publishing succeeded. so where the flying fuck is the post?

why once?????

4. why cannot spotmessage just send a sms with the map link? why must email? maybe i didnt set it up with sms function? really?

5. the bledy gdoc app has successfully uploaded a something akin to a text file up to my google docs account. but it cannot see the existing ppts. wtf?

6. i absolutely suck at go.

found this on flickr...nice mono....

Mar 8, 2010 8:21:41 AM

At bugis super early.. have a Prata first..

Sunday, March 07, 2010

found on flickr

nice colors

this android fragmentation issue is boggling my mind real bad

there're programs that work on 98 only.
there're programs that work on xp only.
there're programs that work on vista only.
there're programs that work on both 98 and xp.
there're programs that work on both xp and vista.
there're programs that work on all 3.
what is this big deal about having many different versions of android all at the same time???
what about apt and yum? don't alot of different oses use them? is there an issue there?
debian has a problem because ubuntu was forked out of it? are debian users confused and angry about ubuntu?
ditto fedora, rhel and centos?

and google doesn't even own android. its just one of the open handset alliance partners. htc, lg, motorola or samsung could certainly have had a say in the development of android.

and if htc decided to make a stupid phone (tattoo) that has a 320x240 pixel screen , thats google's fault too? and i think its not limited to just htc. there will be more phones coming from other phone makers that don't have a 480x320 pixel screen.

and yes, of course, the last refuge of foss(gpl v2 and apache 2 in this case), if u really don't like it, roll your own. android, in this case.

Mar 7, 2010 10:43:50 AM

Suntec road diversion again! Probably some idiotes going for an en masse jog..again:(

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Crimes Against Humanity

so recently apple has been busy suing HTC. contrast that with nokia, who bought symbian to open source it. and google, who bought etherpad, android and more recently remail..and open sourced them all..

let us remind ourselves that the aim of society granting patents to inventors is to encourage more invention, not less. society benefits from enjoying more variety. when inventors invent things, variety increases.

same deal with the threat of android 'fragmentation' thats been much talked about. the point of an open source os is not to 'rule them all'. for that we can all use win mo. or iphones. the whole point of this is that there is more choice. any phone maker can roll a smartphone out with android(and symbian too, actually, i think) now - without having to pay ms for the privilege. and they can roll their own flavour.

and this 'fragmentation' - it reads 'flavours'. there'd be 1000 os choices rather than 1! and there could be 10000000 programmers selling their apps/games/whatever that are better on some and not other oses, each likely earning less than the one big software firm selling 1 app/game/whatever on that 1 os choice that ruled them all, who hires maybe 1000 programmers.

but back to the apple suit, the pragmatics of the matter, imo, is that if it drags ms and google(HTC basically makes phones that run win mo or android) into the suit, then its declared war on some very big foes with very deep pockets indeed. and of course, theres also the altercation with nokia, another monolith... in the latter case, i can imagine they'd probably invented lots of stuff that had to do with the basic functions of mobile phones in general - they look to me like they practically invented handphones together with motorola...i can almost imagine also that nokia may have wanted to license the extremely broad patent apple has on multi-touch interfaces(not on a specific way of implementing multi touch, but the very idea of multi touch) in exchange for apple's use of their own patents on stuff that every mobile phone would require, maybe even the use of gsm itself...and yes, the suit against htc is very probably about this multi-touch as well...

i wonder how long has multi touch been around anyway..i think drug/medicine patents last only 5 yrs..

p.s. i'd been amused by http://www.afterlogic.com/ for some time now...but perhaps they're no longer relevant now...with google apps you get 7+gb mail, contacts and calendar sharing and 1gb online document store...and now they'd just bought docverse...and it looks likely that they'll add docverse functionality over to google apps...why would anyone(qualify that: anyone below 50 users?) want to host their own email/messaging/collaboration platform now?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 05, 2010

"everybody" has a nokia


We should point out up front an important caveat: just over 89 per cent of those who took part in the survey said they own a smartphone, defined for the purposes of the study as "a mobile phone that combines voice services with applications including e-mail and/or internet access".

That definition takes in a broader array of devices than you might expect - these days, the ability to download apps is what sets smartphones apart - and the market penetration of true smartphones is actually around 14 per cent, according to most market watchers.

So either a large proportion of punters think their feature phone is a smartphone, or Fanfare's sample is significantly more biased towards smartphone usage than is the general population.

basically, if it runs symbian, palm/webOS, winmo, android, or if its a bb or an iphone, its a smartphone. apple has maybe 1/3 of the smartphone market. win mo and bb are the incumbents in the US, symbian(read:nokia) for the rest of the world. and if its not a smartphone, its probably a nokia, samsung, LG, motorola or sony-ericsson. or maybe its a wince device from china; wince is huge in china - how many phones do they sell there?

and about apps, part of the reason symbian, win mo and bb are incumbent is because there're actually useful apps. they won't have 100 different fart apps to choose from, but they will connect to your corporate messaging system.

another interesting development is samsung's bada os. now with the open-sourcing of symbian and the open-source-almost-from-day 1 android, why does any phone maker need to spend development money on a phone os? if its about differentiating their product and avoid becoming box pushers, how about better design and better hardware? or maybe exclusive, bespoke apps like samsung's very own midori ?

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

"Simple mistakes can shatter lives. Your actions could stop them happening"

recently, aaron ramsey got his leg broken at the away game against stoke by ryan shawcross.

1. ryan shawcross broke francis jeffer's leg before(7 mths out?) and almost did it to adebayor later, rendering him out for 3 weeks.

2. arsenal in the last 3-4 years had eduardo's leg broken by martin taylor(birmingham), and diaby had his broken by dan smith(bolton?).

i will avoid talking about patterns.

but i will say this. road accidents are accidents too.

if i accidentally shoot somebody while at the range, thats an accident too!

but i will repeat

"Simple mistakes can shatter lives. Your actions could stop them happening"

so, i suggest

1. we could apply the rule of law(for us hoi polloi) and charge the footballers who inflict grievous bodily harm on their colleagues with assault or battery, as it would likely happen if they did it maybe 100m away, just outside the stadium.

2. or we could ban the injurer for as long as the injured player. and maybe have him conpensate the injured player with half his pay too. or something along those lines.

the idea is, if the cost of breaking somebody's leg is 2 weeks off from work, its probably too low. if we can raise the cost of injuring others(just like we do in real life) , maybe footballers may think harder before they do something stupid(again, just like we do in real life).

i'm in favour of 1.) because

1. why does law stop on the pitch? and for players only?
2. if i went down to the pitch and gave a player a good kick and broke his leg, i'd be charged for battery/assault too
3. you cannot contract for somebody to break laws, i believe. since i cannot sign a written consent form to allow you to kill me-the police will still arrest/charge you, i think playing football in a stadium with 10000s of witnesses doesn't mean you can break my leg either.

Monday, March 01, 2010


i've added pandahome and openhome, on top of the default android and lg homes..and i think pandahome would become my default...until i try others and find them better..(or i could just run multiple homes?)

that could be gde...its certainly shinier than pandahome graphically, but i like pandahome for its ability to use other home themes-in fact i'm using a openhome theme right now...and its already quite shiny enough for me - it can regularly/randomly change themes and/or wallpapers, touching the screen gets a bubble/glow/color effect, and i can choose how many home pages i want(5..more than that would be too many apps for the poor phone? and definitely too many apps for me to keep track of!)...

on another front, this dreamhost apps beta thing is really quite amusing...u get to play with a bit of drupal, zenphotos, phpbb, mediawiki and wordpress..and google apps too! functions are much duplicated, to various degrees, between the 6 platforms...

its finally over

i got the lg gw620. cost me $0 with $25 starhub plan. the $248 sticker price the main stumbling block to my getting the acer neotouch and its snapdragon...

got a bunch of apps to manage apps..ahahhahaha...

gonna try out watching anime on it, managing wordpress with the wordpress app, try a couple of rpgs in time to come, maybe install OpenHome and see what happens... plus maybe even run a ftp server on it(why not Apache/Mysql/Php???! its already got the "L"! ahahahahah!!!)..