Tuesday, January 30, 2007

iPhone Shuffle

We all know that Apple will be releasing this much coverted iPhones in the middle of this year, but this is really ingenious. Read the following picture for more info :P

-Warning: This is in no ways a real product-

Thanks to this thread for this very nice joke :D

*Let's create a world full of LOVE~

Journey called Life... (Part 36: Nolstagia)

Here am I, sitting right in front of the computer just doing nothing. Ok, I am missing home now. I miss all the activities that i can do with my close friends back there. And i sure hope that time goes a bit faster so that i can go out yum cha with them. Anyways, i will be back in Malaysia during the Chinese New Year period for one week, and then another week in West Malaysia before coming back to Germany again to start my third sem here.

By that time, hopefully you guys are free enough to come out and lim teh la... hehe...

meanwhile, i'll keep enjoying the feeling of nostalgia and also missing my Dear back there... hehe... Quite a nice feeling actually...

Till next time, c'ya all ;)

*Let's create a world full of LOVE~
This post might contradict my always talks about being here and now. Now, i am not the buddha ok, and there are no need to go to extremes... hehe...
This post was somehow inspired by listening to 988 FM... hehe... yes, i am listening to Malaysian Radio Channels here :p My Fm is out of the list now due to it's insistence of using ActiveX controls, and the fact that i couldn't get a decent connection to it...

Saturday, January 27, 2007

What slows your computer down the most?

I had came across this page some time ago, but no i'll just put the link for everyone to view and decide for yourself. These are some of the reasons why your computer runs slower and slower and then even slower.

Here it is: What slows your computer down.

For years now, i had been advocating people to remove Norton Antivirus from their systems, as is's a massive hog on system performance, and a eats your memory for breakfast. Removing it is a pretty hard affair as it leaves a whole trace of registry entries that requires manual editing. You guys might want to try this tool to see if it works, and then leave a comment.

Here are some other tips for you guys seeking to speed your computer up without burning another hole in your pocket.

1. Many programs install themselves in such a way so that it's components with start along when you turn your computer on. The most serious offenders are iTunes, Real Player, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, Microsoft Active Sync.

I suggest you guys go and delete these start up entries so that you can use your computer's processing power to do something more beneficial.

2. Some services that aren't essential to the operations of the computer are running. ipodservice .exe and themes are 2 of those. Note that most of the services are critical to the daily operation of Windows OS, it's better not to touch it if you don't know what you are doing. I am running with minimal services on myself, and had seen a large performance improvement as a result.

3. System errors. It's recommended that you scan your drive once in a while to make sure that the data on it are not corrupted. Corrupted files can cause massive slowdowns that will end with error messages. To scan your drive for errors, right click on the drive from 'my Computer' select properties, and select the tools tab. Click on the Scan drive button and select both options. Let it run and it will ask you to reboot. Reboot and let it finish the process.

4. Fragmented files scattered along your partition cause long delay when you are reading something from the hard drive. Defragment your drive regularly to ensure that the files are staying at one place instead of in thousands of pieces here and there on the drive.

Now, back to the startup issue. I had been using a very nice program recently that managed to clean up a lot of the junk in my laptop. It's called CCleaner (Crap Cleaner). It's simple enough for everyone to use, so I won't be talking about using it. Just note that there is a startup option within the program for you to control which programs starts up with your computer and what should not.

That's all for this post, hope you enjoyed reading it. Till next time, c'ya

*Let's create a world full of LOVE~

Friday, January 19, 2007

Heavy Storms in Europe

As some of you guys might have read in the papers, extremely heavy storms are currently tearing throughout middle Europe, and it had been so for the last few nights. So apart from the prediction that this winter is going to be the warmest one ever (it's still relatively very warm for a winter fyi) it's also going to be one of the most unpredictable one. Be ready people, mother nature is taking it's revenge for her destruction...

more here and here.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Men's best friend buried alive...

So it is correct of the saying that humans are the most inhumane being that had ever lived. One of the many evidences here. Let's pray for the well being of the dog. No living being deserved a treatment like that.


Here are some good reasons for me not to wear suits :p

Monday, January 08, 2007

Postcards along my journey

Since I lost my photos, I took the liberty of scanning all the postcards I bought along my trip and make it available for you all to have a look. They are going to be away from my hands soon though, since it's widely known that i send out postcards quite often... hehe... anyway, enjoy :)

Genevé, The Swiss, bordering France

Lyon, major city at the south/middle of France

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Howto: RSS using Google Reader

Hello to all out there, and a Happy 2007 to all out there. This article is written as a follow up to an earlier RSS in Firefox version 1.0x/1.5.x post. The main advantage is using the earlier method is that our RSS settings won't carry over if we decide it's time to update or reinstall our operating systems (most of us use windows, i use both linux and windows), or if want to access our feeds from another computer. Hence, a portable feed aggregator will be much appreciated. In this article i would like to intro you all to one of such services available on the net.

Google Reader is just one of the many many web based RSS feeds aggregrator available for public consumption. The main reason i use Google Reader is that it intergrated well into the other Google services that i have been using (Gmail and Picasa Web Album), and so, i only need to login only once and i can get full access to them.

To access this service, just browse to www.google.com/reader from web browser and you will be seeing this page, assuming that you had login-ed with your google account of course.
As you can see, it have a nice clean and intuitive layout. If you click on one of the links on the light blus area to the left, you will come to something like the next screenshot.

The title of the feed along with the contents will be displayed for your own reading pleasure. Some sites provide only the first few paragraphs of the whole article for preview, it's up to you to go to the main site by clicking on the title should it interests you enough to want to finish the whole article.

You will find that if you scroll along the feeds, Google Reader will automatically mark them as read and they won't show up again unless you click on the show all link near to the top of the pageIf you want to save up the article for later reading, you can unmark the "mark as read" check box at the bottom of the feed.I'll leave it to you guys to discover the other services offered Google Reader.

The next part of the article is specific to Mozilla Firefox 2.0.x

Should you come to any interesting site that you would want to track, you can add them to the lisk of feeds in Google Reader. Click on the RSS button at the end of the address bar of Firefox, and Firefox will brng up this page.

Click on the Live Bookmarks button and choose Google Reader from it's drop down menu. Afterwards click on the subscribe now button. Firefox will take you to this page
Click on the Add to Google Reader button and you will have the new feed up and running, ready to be read from within Google Reader.

I hope this article is simple enough for you all to understand, and to benefit from. Till next time, c'ya

Screen shots done on Ubuntu Linux version 6.10

Monday, January 01, 2007

Realisation Part 7: Happy 2007 ~

First of all let me wish everyone a very happy new year~! New year is here again...hehe...so how did u guys dived yourselves into the new year? oh well, i did it by counting down in front of the comp, online chatting with many friends...those who had chatted with me few hours ago should know..more than 10 active msn windows and im still online now*.. :p

As i was gleefully greeting many of my friends a happy new year and receiving streams of smses wishing me happy new year, i know and i realise, there are many who are actually not happy at all at this very moment im typing here. Some may be crying tearfully at the loss of their loved ones**. Some may be hiding behind their bedroom doors still looking at the scar of their past hurts**. Some may be faking a smile to hide the depression in their hearts**. Some may be still recovering from the anger of being exploited like a slave and had just resigned from the job today**. Some may be putting up a happy face despite still holding on tightly to a grudge formed long ago in the past**. Some may be wetting their eyes missing someone**. These are the few people i personally met and had in touch today...

Of course its undeniable while so many people are in their own grief, their are also many who are actually enjoying themselves. Some are enjoying themselves in some private hideouts***. Some are shaking their heads and butts off in some discos. Some are happily chatting away on the internet. Some are having huge celebration with their friends waiting for the countdown.

And some doing the more neutral ones...
Some may be sleeping now..hehe..as it was suppose to be the way it should..keke..(healthy lifestyle, but im still awake now.. :P) Some may be reflecting over their previous year and thinking over a new resolution for this new year.
Some may be rushing to finish up their assignments, especially those had played too much during the long holidays.
And some, like me, writing a post for the blog..

After reflecting for a moment, i realise how lucky i am, and how lucky most of us are. Life is really short and there is no time to frown. The 2 deaths of those close ones of my frens and one myself in such a short time shows how short our life is, and how fragile our life is. Just like a candle, once 'Phoof~!' and there goes the light. Likewise, if life is not guarded well enough, it'll also 'Phoof~!' just like that. I realise how important it is to live our life happy, to be satisfied with the things given to us as well as things that are not given to us. I suppose things always happen for a good reason. Cherish everything that's given to us, treat both the good and bad the same for blessings often come in a disguised form. Like my friend just told me just now, if we don't know the unhappy, then how to be happy? If u had not tasted the bitterness, how do u appreciate sweetness? Let go of things in the past.. Forgive those whom had hurt you because, holding on to the grudge hurts not the others, but you urself. Forgiving someone who had hurt u for so long and so deeply is never an easy task, but the liberation felt after being able to let go, is more than words could descibe.

Dear readers,
Good luck , Good health God bless you :)

Wanna know some of my new year resolutions? We shall count how many times it's broken for this year compared to last year! So there goes....
1. Sleep earlier. Catch the beauty sleep! Uh, ignore the time of this post..
2. Not to procrastinate. Ahem..ignore the * below.

So u guys have new year resolutions too? hehe...hope u guys will be succesful in acheiving them la!

If life is a game, i wish u will be winning always.
If life is a journey, i wish u will be walkin on on roses.
If life is a rainbow, i wish your days will be bright always.
If life is a joy, i wish you will smile always.
If life is in blue, i wish the sparkle in the stars will spark u up :)

That's my wish for you. May everyone be well and happy this year. :)


* i am supposed to do my holiday assignment u know! ahh..the first new year's resolution to be broken. :p

** For my dear fren, a physical body may lose its life but the memories remains alive in your heart. Let it spur you to cherish more of those who are still living today. May you and your family be strong and well. Take care my dear friend.*hugz*
** For those who had been hurt deeply in the past, it's time to let go the past and start anew. Don't let the past sadness kill the present happiness. Leave behind the hurt and guilt but take along with you the lessons you learnt. Bring happiness into the new year. May you be well and happy.
** For those who are in deep depression, look at the positive side. While some things may seemed fated that way, the destiny is in your hands. Purify oneself, do some good and say a prayer. May u be blessed in this new year. May you be well and happy.
** For those who are still holding a grudge, it's time to let go. Don't let the past grudges ruin your present happiness. Forgive them, and forgiving is a way to free yourself from self torturing. Youll understand the meaning of forgiveness once u give it. May you be well and happy always.
**For those who are missing someone, familiarity breeds contempt. Distance makes our hearts grow fonder. Having a person to miss is a blessing. So cherish those moments of missing. May you be well and happy.

***ahem, you know who u are, you havent told me the location..I'm curious, faster tell me..hehe :P