Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
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Would you buy them?
The e mail seems to be done last minute as you can see the messy writing.
Friday, August 28, 2009
A teenage Chinese witness to a racially motivated assault is being driven to the police station. A quiet reminder of the dangers of inter-communal suspicion and conflict.
Fancy carrying a traditional fan just for the likes of it?
"Made in the traditional Japanese way, this pricey handmade sensu is made with both bamaboo and wood with five layers of lacquer and a famous Japanese oni (devil), aka Fujinraijin"
Seems cool but you need to bring a cable to connect it.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This year is Malaysia's 52nd Independence Day! Yay! As always, we will be running a few special campaigns to commemorate this special day.
Stand a flag in front of the house,.. check.
Stick a flag on the car rooftop,.. check.
Put an iLoveMalaysia logo on website to win iPhone 3GS,.. REALLY?
YES! This is a chance for you to win yourself one fancy, must-have smartphone - iPhone 3GS worth RM 2500 each! That's not all. The best part is, you can also refer someone to join this campaign, and if they are selected as winner, you as the referer will win the exact same prize! - all while expressing your love to the country!
Don't be disheartened if you fail to get the grand prize. We still have other cool and expensive consolation prizes waiting for you. We hereby kick off this campaign today!
and add my email: lzc1991_8(at)hotmail.com
Change the (at) to @. This is to prevent spam.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This research was published in 2004. A little old but interesting.==================================================================
Academics find that the finger of destiny points their wayMale scientists are good at research because they have the hormone levels of women and long index fingers, a new study says.
A survey of academics at the University of Bath has found that male scientists typically have a level of the hormone oestrogen as high as their testosterone level.
These hormone levels are more usual in women than men, who normally have higher levels of testosterone.
The study draws on research which suggests that these unusual hormone levels in many male scientists cause the right side of their brains, which governs spatial and analytic skills, to develop strongly.
The study, which has been submitted to the British Journal of Psychology, also found that:
• these hormonal levels may make male scientists less likely to have children.
• those men with a higher level of oestrogen were more likely than average to have relatives with dyslexia, which may in part be caused by hormonal levels.
• women social scientists tended to have higher levels of testosterone, making their brains closer to those of males in general.
The study drew on work in the last few years which established that the levels of oestrogen and testosterone a person has can be seen in the relative length of their index (second) and ring (fourth) fingers. The ratio of the lengths is set before birth and remains the same throughout life.
Yep. You heard it right. Nokia is now making laptops or netbook to be precise.
"PETALING JAYA: After more than 25 years in the mobile industry, Nokia enters the PC world with its mini laptop, the Nokia Booklet 3G.
Powered by the an Intel Atom processor, the Nokia Booklet 3G runs on Windows and offers up to 12 hours of battery life.
The Booklet 3G weighs 1.25kg and measures slightly more than 2cm thick. It supports a broad range of connectivity options including 3G/HSPA and WiFi connectivity."
Taken from: http://star-techcentral.com/tech/story.asp?file=/2009/8/25/technology/20090825131439&sec=technology
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"An Indian boy is asked to build a model of his house at school. A tale on the social economic plight faced by many Malaysians."
This is scenario seems familiar. Kampung Buah Pala anyone?
The video that I want to show is Potong Saga. A short video about a man who wants to open an Islamic Bank account. Without giving much away, the video is below:
Sunday, August 23, 2009
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Saturday, August 22, 2009
The idea of using mud balls to save our rivers seems fun and easy so I searched the web to find out how to make them.
(PS. TARC had a mud ball making session during the SOS Earth event but I did not bother to see how to make them at the time)
What I found was that this type of thing is still relatively new as there is not even a wikipedia entry on it yet.
Here is the best thing I found about the mud ball. The main content is in Bahasa but scroll down and you will see the English version on the lower right side.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Seeing that this is Friday and that tomorrow is a holiday, I expected that there is a huge crowd and I was right.
While wearing the mask I felt uncomfortable not because I cannot breathe in but because the air that I'm exhaling is drying up my mouth.
I can even smell my breath every time I exhale which is not something pleasant as there are a lot of microorganisms in a person's mouth.
It was then, when I thought of how do we dispose the masks as there are no proper disposal sites for this in Malaysia which is easily accessible.
My due concern was because the virus can survive for quite a long time outside of a host cell. Thus, the health warning of washing your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
If the mask that were thrown away in a simplistic manner, I wonder whether it could cause another person to get infected if the mask does contain the virus especially the garbage collectors.
As I'm lazy to search for that, I found a link of what the HK government has done to curb the spread of SARS a few years ago which can still be used today.
Today my class had biology in the physics lab.
You might be asking why physics lab?
Well, it was an extra class right after the last class of the day which is also Bio. LOL
Besides that another class is joining in as the had some tutorial classes disrupted due to school events at TARC.
As it was the last say before holiday (hurray) in which after the holidays we have our trials(sob), there was only enough people to be accounted as a full attending class.
Anyways, the class was a normal past year paper discussion which is a continuation of the class before (yes, it was 2 hours of exam question discussion).
While in the class, one of my classmates,A got bored and started to play with the apparatus that was set up there. It was a pendulum rig but I don't know how to describe the full configuration here.
Our Bio teacher noticed that she was playing with it and got annoyed.
Strangely enough, the class got livelier with the mention of balls.(humans have a strange affinity to the word balls or is it because it was the phrase "playing with the ball")
Then my bio teacher commented more on her action.
Get excited because I say the word ball.
You all almost 20 years old also like my son.
You know ah, when he see ball, he say bo bo,
when he see durian also he say bo bo.
What lah you all."
The class started to laugh at what our Bio teacher said.
Later on in class we stumbled upon this:
Well, it's not funny now but it was the moment that counts when a friend said "bo bo" in a childish manner that everyone could not stop laughing.
My class also did something that we had not done since primary school which is having the whole class to read aloud one Bio question passage.
It was not the first time my class did it and it was done also for Bio tutorial. I remember the first time we started reading coordinately, the Bio teacher opened all the doors and windows of the classroom we are it.
Here's the funny part, when we were reading, no one passed by to see but when we finished, there were many people walking around. At least we won't get weird stares.
Oh wait, I guess our class did get it when we went for Genting this year. For those who went to Genting on June 11 to play the outdoor theme park and heard a lot of noise was probably from my class.
Anyways, Happy Holidays to those whose holidays start tommorrow and take care.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This is not a truly original post but about an article I read in The Sun today.
What does H1N1 mean?
As the strain originated from America and since America is in the northern hemisphere, it was named "A(H1N1)'. ~by Doctor H.
This is obviously wrong.
The real answer was given by a government veterinarian.
In A(H1N1), A refers to the influenza category.
The H is haemagglutinin, a surface protein that binds the virus to the host cell that is being attacked.
N stands for neuraminidase, an enzyme that penetrates the host cell.
Both H and N are present in the cell membrane of the viruses.
There are 16 kinds of H and only ninekinds of N. And that is why we have numerical digits in the influenza strains.
The bracketed letters and numbers refer to the specific strain or sub-type of the category,Dr K explained.
If you do not believe me click on the picture to enlarge or go to sun2surf.com and check out today's paper page 3.
Sorry for the weird title but this is one of those post that makes me feel so unlucky because it took me a month to complete buying the four ink cartridges shown sitting on the printer.Here goes.
About a month ago, I decided to buy ink cartridges for my printer which has been low on ink for a year, mainly because I have some photos I need to print in high quality.
So, on my first stop was Tesco Mutiara D'sara on Friday night. When I reached there I was delighted to see that the complete set was there. Hurray! However, I reached there after 10pm where the Tesco staff said that the promoter has went back. Haiz....
As I was busy on Sunday, there were some activities with my family, I went to Brem Mall the next week where I did find all the colour cartridges which are original but failed to find the black ink. So, I had to wait yet another week. Is the ink that hard to find?
And the following week, I went to Jusco Kepong to search for the ink but it seems that they do not sell ink cartridges from Epson (Why me?) and even when they did, it was for another model. I'm currently using Epson CX4100.
Last Sunday, I went to Tesco yet again as my dad was finally free to go there at 8pm.
However when I reached there, all the black ink was gone, only the colours remain. Haiz....
Not realising defeat, I asked RM 50 from my dad and searched the other malls in order to find it.
Firstly, I walked all the way to the Curve's HSL City and upon reaching there, one of the salesperson told me that I can find it at the IT Hypermart in Cineleisure.
So, I walked all the way there and saw people who took part at the F&N dancing contest receiving their prizes. As I was searching for the place, I did not have the mood to take photos.
After finding where IT Hypermart is, I checked out the area only to be disappointed yet again as they only sell inks from Canon. What do you have against Epson!?
Still undeterred, I knew I had only one place left to search, which is at Ikano Power Centre.
Upon reaching there, I quickly searched the IT centre at Harvey Norman. I saw a sign that was supposed to be Epson with a missing 'E' at the ink catridges section only to be tricked and they replaced them with those from Brother which I do not use.
After walking for almost one hour of searching, I decided to try my luck at someplace that you would not usually buy computer accessories at. That place is Popular Bookstore.
Strangely enough, I found the missing ink cartridge I needed, albeit it is only a compatible version. So I quickly asked the cashier and wrapped up one of them.
When I was walking towards the bridge to the Curve, it somehow hit me that what will happen when I run out of black ink? Do I have to search again only to be disappointed?
And so, I went back inside Popular and asked the same salesperson to open the glass cabinet where it was placed. The salesperson went to get the key but could not find it. Strange considering I just bought the same thing from there a while ago.
After 5 minutes of "Where did the key go?", they found the key and I got the second cartridge which was the last one there too.
I felt that that whole day, I was in an RPG which required me to travel a few places before finally reaching my goal. The only regret that I had on this final trip was that the ink was not original which can possible clog my printer head which happened to my other Epson printer and yes, I have two Epson printers which are quite a headache when the ink runs out.
Hoped you enjoyed reading this as I sweated a lot last Sunday from walking. (You try walking to the top floor at the Curve from Tesco before going to Cineleisure and then walk to Ikano Power Centre by passing to the Curve in less than one hour searching for something.) Anyways, for those of you who read my blog: Thanks for reading! :)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
While I can say that the taxi fare is very long outdated, the increase is too big of a difference especially in times where the economy is not that good.
I experienced this when I took a taxi from Kepong Sentral to BSD which costs me RM4 when they use the meter and there is light traffic.
Even when the taxi drivers charge an extra RM1, I would happily oblige as the bus takes almost forever to arrive there, I heard it sometimes take 2 hours for a bus headed for BSD to arrive at the bus stop .
On Friday, I had a chance on sitting one of the taxis fitted with the new rate and the fare was higher but still expected. The fare increased from RM 4 to RM5.50 at light traffic.
OMG, this is just light traffic, not accounting for the peak hour jam that occurs at 5pm. I wonder how much I would pay if it happens.
Anyways, if you don't believe here is an article from the Star which I think would have read before but anyways here is the link:
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Hurray for Malaysian innovation.
8Start Launche.r A free Application Launcher to make your desktop clean, with Tree Notes feature to keep and share your notes fast and easy. Portable, skinable, customizable, innovation...
"8start Launcher is a free portable application launcher, I created 8start Launcher because I believe there should be a convenient way to access application than using windows start menu, quick launch and desktop. Windows desktop look messy if too many shortcuts in the desktop, windows start menu become hard to access if too many applications installed in the computer, windows quick launch not suitable to handle too many shortcuts.
Now you can make your desktop wallpaper never be blocked by the icons, you never have to search program shortcuts in start menu. You can divide different programs into categories and groups, and access it by a single click.
I put a lot of effort on created 8start Launcher, included skinable design and shortcuts grouping interface. After using this application I am so used to it that I can't manage to work on computers where it isn't installed.
With continuous improvement, 8start Launcher is including fast and beautiful Tree Notes feature.
I am publishing this software, hope that it can be a help for you to also. You are free to download and distribute the software. This software is freeware!"Taken from: http://www.8start.com/index.htm
Yes you heard it right, the possibility of TAMIFLU resistance has occurred.
SINGAPORE has reported a case of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 virus, said a World Health Organisation (WHO) scientist.
Dr Charles Penn, a scientist with the Geneva-based agency, said on Wednesday WHO has received formal notification of seven cases.
He told The Canadian Press that Japan has reported three cases of resistance; and Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong and Singapore have each found one.
Dr Penn also revealed that WHO has been alerted informally to the discovery of 'a small number of other Tamiflu-resistant viruses' but would not say where they were found or how many there were in total.
Tamiflu is one of only two flu drugs to treat H1N1 cases.
Since its emergence earlier this year, the pandemic H1N1 virus has been resistant to two older flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine.
Dr Penn said the Tamiflu-resistent H1N1 cases 'look like individual isolated cases,' suggesting that there is 'no onward transmission, or implication of them having originated, from a common source."
He added that laboratories around the world are on the lookout for changes in the pandemic viruses that might suggest a similar problem of resistance.
'But so far, no evidence has been found,' he said.
Friday, August 14, 2009
However, after reading the fine print that all your files and setting have to be sent to a new OS once it expired, I gave up the thought.
Instead, I tried a Windows XP mod and see how good it is graphics wise.
Although the graphics do look much better than the XP orginal background, it looks a lot like Vista but with a few improvements.
Nonetheless, this mod is good to freshen up an old computer just in case you got bored of the old XP theme.
The mod can be downloaded here and free of charge.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Well, since The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has become a worldwide phenomena since the anime aired in 2006. It got the best anime of year 2006 and an ending clip which became highly addictive as there is a dance sequence that seems fun. Also, before I forget, the anime is adapted from light novels which are popular in Japan but you can get it here.
Not to stray too far, this anime franchise has now an album of its hit songs composed in orchestra music which sounds awesome.
Here are some songs which are in the original and orchestra version.
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu - Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite by Yuki Nagato
Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou - Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite
Aya Hirano - Lost My Music (Full Version)
Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou - Lost My Music
Hope you enjoy it!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The whole event started when TARC organised a blood donating event; August Blood Donation Campaign 2009 which is sponsored by Hotlink.
The event commenced for the whole week at TARC college hall.
Me and a few classmates agreed to donate blood on that day and did so after having a light meal.
PS. A reminder before donating blood;
~Have a least 5 hours of sleep.
~have lunch before donating.
~for gals make sure ur 5 day after period.
~u do not have HIV, hepatitis or same sex/bisexual relationship
We reached college hall at about 1230pm ++ and filled the forms upon reaching there.
After doing a blood test(I'm blood type O) and registration I went to donate blood at the set area. Personally the blood test was more painful then when they insert the needle to extract blood.
A point to note: they only give free test for hapatitis when you donate blood the second time.
After the nurse took my blood bag with her (along with 450ml of precious blood), I rested for a while and got a freebies bag form Hotlink.
They had a lucky draw as I heard someone got a hamper from Hotlink. I only got the usual stuff; cap and the cert for blood donation. My friends got the iron pills and folic acid pills which help promote blood production which they did not give me.
After walking out, I went to have a chat at the area where they provide free food (packet drinks, biscuits and bread).
After resting for a while, I fainted without realising.
When I woke up, everything was a blur (my specs were taken off)and according to my friend my face went pale as I fainted and he slapped me (had no memory or feeling of that).
I was taken back into the college hall to rest with the help of the First Aid Unit (FAU) in a wheelchair.
BTW, I saw a girl puking beside me when I was in the wheelchair. Thankfully not on me.
Anyways, thanks to ChingYee and Sze How for looking after me as there was supposed to be class at 2pm. I rested for almost an hour and took about 6 packet drinks before feeling better.
At 3pm, I was OK and I said good bye to my friends who were leaving. I stayed behind at College to wait for a friend and went back at 4PM.
Here are some souvenirs I got.The certificate I got for donating blood.
The red book that records each visit you made donating blood
The scar I got.
Trees are cut down,
More condos are made,
Global warming starts to make itself visible.
In the world we live in today, there seems to be more pollution, wastage and less habitats for animals and plants to live in.
It seems that if we continue this trend, the future looks bleak for mankind.
Fortunately enough there are people who try to reverse this trend.
Watch the video below made by TARCians.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Malaysia has recently made August the ICT month and one of the highlights is PC Fair that is held at least two times a year for three days each.
Friday was the first day of PC Fair organised by Pikom at KLCC. I reached there from my college at about 12.40pm and waited for a friend.
After he (Lam) arrived, we searched the food court,to have lunch, for a few minutes but gave up due to the increasing amount of people who were coming in and decided to go to Burger King instead.
During lunch, Lam had a bit of trouble with the imperfect dispenser machine there and got his hand stained with some carbonated drink. Apparently, the stain did not come off after washing with water.
After having lunch, we walked to the fair.
(As we all know, KLCC is beside KLCC. The first one is Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre while the second is Kuala Lumpur City Centre which is either weird or convenient.)
While walking up the floors, me and Lam joked about how there was a bridge which was at one of the levels and seemed very low. From that we talked about how if the world's tallest man were to arrive and hit his head on it.
The headlines: "World's tallest man hits head on former world tallest building",comes to mind.LOL. Lame.
Somehow I think because we criticized the building or rather the poor management of escalators, one of the escalators suddenly stopped when we were traveling up the floors. I did not get injured but Lam got some cuts.
Anyways, we started from the top floor where most of the laptops and smartphone booths are. The brands that are available are Dell, Acer, HP, and Samsung if I'm not mistaken.
While walking there I saw a friend who is from the same college but different class and she just asked me to survey the booth she is promoting. I forgot which booth it was but I remember that it was for laptops.
After that we continued exploring the area while asking whether the laptops have international warranties (Lam needs it as he is going overseas soon).
We finally reached the ground floor which is where most of the noise came from and also where we get to see more interesting stuff. Compared to the hall at the top floors, the air con was slightly cooler in the hall here.
There seems to be a few things that become quite popular which are high capacity hard disks combined with a RMVB player which you can play all the movies you own.
Some of them even have the nerve to call RMVB players as MP 5 players. LOL
Also, it seems that LCD monitors seem to have a lower price tag. A Samsung 18.5" monitor with 16:9 ratio costs RM390.
We went to check out a few booths for a pair of headphones that Lam was searching for his MP 3 player and while checking I met with a few other friends form secondary school and college. Two of them who were working with Avira is Wei Phang and VJ who are from my secondary school.
Another two friends I met there from are from my class from college who works for Kapersky who are Grace and ChingYee. It seems Kapersky is now having Jackie Chan as a spokesperson which weird but true. The Video is below:
It seems both sides want me to buy from them so I just settle with not buying anything. Avira antivirus had a spin and win game which makes me think that I can get the prize without spinning as I have friends there. Besides they also have this.
After viewing most of the booths, Lam got his headphones and both of us are satisfied.
Besides the hordes of broadband promoters who swarm to you like your sugar and the myriad of sounds from the speakers booths, everything was quite OK.
Still I was planning to buy this:
Samsung Smx-C10. It is small in size and quite cheap: RM899. The only drawback is that it cannot take photos.
I can say that this trip was a success as we get updated with the latest prices on IT equipment and I give a thumbs up for this event.
PS. I heard that there was a lot of traffic jam on Saturday and most of the roads are closed. Seems that I can can't go today by car and need to rely on the train. Haiz, that means I have to use the KTM which becomes slower during peak hours.
Anyways, anyone who is going by car can see this:
Parking at KLCC: