Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A special dedication

This post is directly dedicated our dear author of this blog...for others out there, bear with it for a moment..hehe..:p

21 years ago on this very very special day,
Born a very very special baby,
Simple and ordinary,
Yet so big at heart and gay. (no, nothing to do with sexuality at all)

9 months and 24 days ago,
Born a very very special blog,
A simple yet meaningful log,
For all to share and sought.

At this very very special moment,
There is a big big compliment,
Dedicated to this special appointment,
For all his effort and commitment.

His forever friendly smile and cheerfulness,
His undying effort and tenaciousness,
His undivided care and lovingness,
Deserve this little appreciativeness.

To the birthday boy,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~!!!
May u be blessed, well and happy always. Thanks for all that you do. :)

p.s: thanks for putting up with my errr...lousy poem..haha..no good in any kinds of poetic stuff..hehe..have a wonderful birthday :)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Journey called Life... (Part 33: Truth?)

The truth for most people out there are things that they wanted to hear and and expecting, not what is really happening...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Howto: Use RSS Feeds with Firefox 1.x/1.5.x

RSS (Really Simple Syndicate) is a way for websites to provides updates without needing the surfer to manually navigate to it. This is accomplished by the use of 'feeds' which are regularly updated and updated by RSS-readers. An example of RSS in action is the 'Latest Headlines' within Mozilla Firefox


This RSS Feed is always install by default with Mozilla Firefox and provides the latest updates from the British news agency BBC. I use it to check on the latest news from around the world once every few hours and middle click on the topic that interests me to read the article. Pretty handy because I don't have to go open up a new tab just to see what's new *wink wink*.

Here's how i manage my own RSS feeds.

First of all, we need to determine if the site provides RSS feeds, this is indicated by an orange coloured symbol like the one shown below at the end of the address bar of Firefox. Mine looks blue because of the Firefox theme I am using changed the colour of the default icon(second picture below), but it functions the same nevertheless.


Click on it, and it will pop up a window like the one below:

From here you can choose to add to any bookmark folder that you are using. In my case, I made a folder especially for blogs which I read regularly.

Oops, I think I just revealed what I read regularly... hehe...Nevermind, it's not things that I have to hide.

Neat feature eh? Now you guys can also catch up on things faster as well. Sadly, Internet Explorer 6 that comes with Windows XP don't support RSS. The browsers that do are anything other than IE6 and released within the last 3 years like Firefox and Opera.

That's all for my Howto this time around, take care yah everyone out there=)

*It is confirmed that Internet Explorer 7 will be released as an update by Microsoft within this month, do upgrade by then because of it's enhanced security and usability features compared to IE6.

Short note: I had tested with using Opera for one week for the last week, but i still find that i like Firefox better... maybe I am just too used to the handling a web browser the Firefox way... And I find that Opera actually operates slower with my computer... Maybe i had optimized my firefox way too much for Opera to catch up=p hehe

Anyway, went fishing in class everyday.. sometimes kena ikan bilis, sometimes ikan jerung, and sometimes ikan paus... hehe... Anyway, the best part of this semester is, I HAVE 3 DAYS WEEKENDS, YAY!!!

20 things an average person don't know about Windows XP (Link)

Found out about this site from Digg. Kind of useful for you guys... Read it up, and speed up the way you use windows xp... I might write some tips on my own later, because some of the tips presented there are kind of too complex to follow, and there are alternative ways which are easier to follow. =)

enjoy

20 Thinge the Average Person Doesn't Know About Windows XP

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Sunset: 11 oct 2006

Sunset at my place... (11 october 2006)



These photos are taken with my cameraphone, so the picture qualities are not on par with my own requirements...hmm... oh well, save save save... me want another camera liao...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Premier English Dharma Camp is Back!

Tidal waves, fierce wind, never ending rain and
strong undercurrents.

Land erosion, poaching, bribery and oppression.

What does the above natural and man-made
phenomena have in common? Using the seas as a
metaphor for our lives, the social issues we face
today can be equated to storms in the seas.

Do you sometimes feel like a boat, drifting
aimlessly in the seas, pushed and blown about
beyond our control by the wind, waves and
currents?

The Buddha once said "Make an island unto
ourselves…" (Dhammapada, Chap 18). Hence, in
the face of increasing social issues & conflicts, it
is imperative that we anchor our path firmly in the
truth of His teachings, so that we may overcome
many difficult changes and challenges we will face
in the future.

Come find out how YOU can be a calm island
amidst the stormy seas, whilst providing refuge and
shelter to those around you!

In today's modern world, issues like
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We need to realise that we, yes, we, Buddhist
youths have a responsibility in improving these
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they offer powerful solutions to various social
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Theme : Calm Islands in Stormy Seas

Date: 7– 10 December 2006

Venue : Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA)

In the dawn of the 21st century, the centuries-old
Buddha's teaching, which is experiential by nature,
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Hurry! Closing date is 11th Nov 2006.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Hidden Gem in the Net: Songbird




While browsing some of my favourite forum sites a few months ago, I came across a thread in the Ubuntu forums detailing a new cross-platform media player called Songbird.



Well, as someone who is very curious about softwares, especially new and cutting edge ones, I went to their site, downloaded give it a spin. It's interface is very iTunes-like, which is not a bad thing since iTunes had been my default music player for more than 2 years now. It's sleek black interface is refreshing compared to those of iTunes, and also Windows Media player 10 and 11.

Behind the pretty face of Songbird is the very same engine used by Firefox web-browser. Yup, you heard it right, it's literaly Firefox modified to be a media player cum web browser. I had to commend the developers for developing an intuitive interface for Songbird, no complains here.

The performance is very good for a player that is still in it's early stages. In fact, the stable version now only have a version number of 0.2 Developers Preview RC2, meaning it's not that ready for mass public comsumption yet... So far it had been very stable during my test-run on it, so by all means, try it...

The player is still under furious development as of now, and we can expect a great many more new and cool features awaiting to be implemented. Some of the new features to be implemented are extensions and themes support... *salivating at the prospect of it being as extentible and skinnable as Firefox=p

you can evaluate for yourself the capabilites of this player from the screen cast below=)...




Do give www.songbirdnest.com a visit and see for yourself what it's all about=)

Short Notes: My new semester will start next week. According to the schedule, my studies will put more pressure on me liao...meaning no more fooling around surfing the new all the time like the last semester liao... hehe... to all out there...enjoy yourselves yah...

on the other hand, it's raining everyday here... not good...the weather is just too good for me to snuggle under my blanket and sleep... translating to more trips to dreamland suring my classes =p

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Journey called Life... (Part 31: Helping Hands)

Arloo to all... time for my 31st part of the Journey called Life series...

Nah, I am not going to talk about helping people and why we should be doing it or things like that... I guess we all know that what goes around will come around. So we will reap what we sow.

There is a limit on the help that we can offer to others around us, whether they are family, friends or just plain strangers. There are 2 main reasons to this.

1. Dependence.
Well, the title says it all. When we gave too much of help to some people, they will get overdependent on our help and will not seek out their own ways to solve their problem in the future. Yes, I had seen too many of these kind of situations. Sometimes, it takes creativity on our side to determine the type of help that should be given to others. It's like the old saying, "Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he won't get hungry for the rest of his life." We shouldn't just give in to whatever requests that are forwarded to us. We give people what they need and not what they want. This will explain why I take an off-handed approach with certain requests.

2. Pride/Ego
This shall apply to people with impulsive need to help people like me (=p). There are times when your offer to help will be treated as sympathy to the other party, and this shall affect their self respect greatly. The line between just enough and too much is just too thin here, if persists, can destroy friendships as well. You will have to make your own judgement whether you had offered way too much of help or not.

I, for one, will want to make the world a better place to live in starting from the people who live around me, and helping people is one of the ways to achieve that goal. Look into the needs of the people that needs help. Most of the time, they only need someone to listen in to their problems and for someone to share their burden. There is really no need to go to great lengths and help them do everything for them. Yea, it's simple to just say it, but I know everyone have their own place in the world. Seek and ye shall find.

seehua
*Let's create a world full of LOVE~

Short Notes:
It's getting cold over here in my place. I think winter is coming despite Autumn had just begun it's reign. The leaves are starting to turn yellow...Yea, snow will come soon enough. Class had started, but I am just like how I had always been, sleeping in class... hehe... for some reason activities that don't require me to sit down there and listen to the lecturer and copy notes just seem more exciting to me... hmm... well, it's just me... hehe... Winter semester is coming.. Ganbatte to myself~ =p

*From now on, short notes on myself will appear as small prints at the end of posts. Enjoy=)