Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Love Win 7

There's one huge improvements to Win 7 (over Vista) that I absolutely love and can't live without - it's something very small but somehow, Vista couldn't get it running.

I usually put my PC to sleep in Vista so that when I wake up the PC, it takes 3 seconds for me to log in and get back my desktop. Pretty fast. The problem? My wi-fi card is dead. It doesn't wake up. I have to wait for 10 minutes before it finally makes up its mind and connects to my router. Or, I have to restart my Windows. If I have to restart Windows, why do I need to put it to sleep mode in the first place? (note: didn't happen to the laptop so it definitely is not due to my router)

Vista SP2 is said to fix this issue but it didn't.

Somehow, this problem went away in Windows 7! Hooray!! Now my PC experience has improved tremendously! I could just power up, checked my email and put it to sleep.. within minutes!

Edit: Turns out it is a feature of Win 7 that MS is tauting!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

version 0.8

I'm baby sitting lil sen today and I realize she's at version 0.8 already! Still in beta mode. Can't wait for her graduation, out of beta, when she reach version 1.0 in a few more months!

At this development stage, she could sit upright without assistance, able to crawl on her stomach (swimming style), and has around 10 teeth. She has started on solid food and is very curious of her surroundings.

She smiles when she sees people she know and is able to recognize faces. Red is still her favourite colour and when she gets excited, she shakes her legs.

Last month, she developed slight fever, running nose and sore throat but fortunately she won the battle against this 'virus'. Her virus definition is updated to the latest version now :)

Friday, January 08, 2010

New Low

How low can Malaysia get? The spat of church bombings over the use of "Allah" is the new low. In fact, this incident has causes many media and citizens to use the word "Allah". If there is any abuse of that word, it's what this incident is causing.

Many Malaysians knew this are politically motivated. If it is not the race card, it is the religion card. What else is new in this country?

I find this blog from Marina Mahatir pretty interesting..

In 628 AD, a delegation from St. Catherine’s Monastery came to Prophet Muhammed and requested his protection. He responded by granting them a charter of rights, which I reproduce below in its entirety. St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is the world’s oldest monastery. It possesses a huge collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican, and is a world heritage site. It also boasts the oldest collection of Christian icons. It is a treasure house of Christian history that has remained safe for 1400 years under Muslim protection.


An excerpt from the blog:

The Promise to St. Catherine:

"This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by God! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses.
Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).
"

Interesting read, eh?
Aside from the obvious instructions to protect the Christians, I find it interesting to read that you don't need to convert to Muslim to marry a Muslim(!). This is news to me and it looks like what I was told all along are lies by Malaysia government. These are Malaysia Muslims definition, not Muslim in general definitely not the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. Looks like there are many people in Malaysia who will burn in hell for twisting the teachings.

Malaysia Boleh indeed!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone... hope you have a great start. Every emails I received at work were about fast start la.. leap ahead la.. time to quickly close gap la.. etc.. but it wasn't such a great start for me. Yesterday, my boss shared with me my 2009 assessment .. it was just 'meeting expectation', being a 'solid contributor'. Well, I am not surprise, seeing how my boss doesn't think highly of the technical contribution from the team.

In my 10+ years in this company, this is the first year I received a 'meet expectation' rating. I read this as a sign. The traffic light at the cross road is screaming a NY message to me - change job!

Aside from the said 'fast start' and motivational stuff I received from company executives (which is beginning to sound rather hollow now), I saw at least 4-5 farewell emails .. my fellow colleagues are also changing jobs.. leaving the company. In such an economic situation, people are still changing jobs! Or perhaps, I am the one that is still perceiving the economy in a negative light where as in actual fact, it's already picking up. I must change my perception. Take the bold steps.

One of my best friends is also changing job! After being in the current company for years, he finally took the bold steps and is going to a brand new job in March.

Aren't these signs?

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