Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Friendster Blog is Now Gone

Only recently did I noticed that my original blog (Banana Talk) is taken down from friendster. When I deleted my friendster account some time ago, the blog was still up, probably its treated as a separate entity from the user account as the blog is wordpress, nothing changed from the original. So when friendster announced that they are purging its user database in May, I barely gave too hoots.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Technological Wonder


About a month ago, my aging laptop got all cranky upon shutting down which requires me to pull the plug. At first I thought it was just a buggy Ubuntu. But that problem also persist on my other linux OS which i used for 'wireless network survey'. And soon, a minor shut down bug manifest into RTL(something) driver problems in BOTH OSes which is in two different partition using two different journaling file systems. I then ran fsck on the entire drive and discovered bad sectors, oddly enough these bad sectors lie on the RTL drivers on two separate linux partitions. Coincidence?
Safe to say, I can't use my Alpha wireless adapter in both linux, even after fsck. And being a Windows user for about 20 years has thought me the one size fits all solution: partition, format, clean install. The only problem is, my hard drive is dying and that solution won't help. So, I procrastinated in getting a replacement hard drive, debating with myself over which hard drive to get, a 500G SATA drive, or 350G portable USB drive where I can swap the drives and use the old drive as backup or movie storage.

After some time, all these was forgotten and I plugged in the Alpha out of habit for my nightly 'wireless survey' and unexpectedly, it worked! In fact I've forgotten about the problem until my wife said "I thought that you said something's wrong with your wifi". Only then did I remember about the bad sectors. Oddly enough, both linux manage to fix itself.

On the side note, ever since I've adopted Ubuntu as main OS, I find Win7 more complicated to use. The only thing that I liked about Win7 is the ease of networking computers together for file sharing. That's the only easy part. But while trying to set a different DNS server, I was lost in the maze of revamped network settings interface. Its easier to change DNS in Ubuntu, and XP compared to Win7.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Alienating its own Citizens

I feel that it's only appropriate that I should only point you to a very well written article, instead of copy-pasting the entire content here.
http://art-harun.blogspot.com/2011/07/bersih-my-final-thoughts.html

The writer has manage to dissect the strings of event from the start till the eventual day of the rally. He also gave very sound reasoning and how the blunder can easily be overcome if the government has taken a more lenient approach.

Friday, July 15, 2011

G+

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bersih 2.0

Bersih 2.0 came and went and what I remembered most was the bullying attitude of the police force (read: BN dogs) which started since Thursday with preemptive arrest and their infamous fear and hate mongering road blocks. Yes, road blocks irritating and getting stuck in a jam is very FRUSTRATING, thanks to the PDRM, what normally takes 30-40 minutes to get home in rush hour traffic, prolonged it to 1.5 hours, probably more, and on top of that, the road block wasn't on the road that I'm using. The jam was caused by spill overs of stagnant traffic from the blocked roads. Whoever that got stuck along the blocked roads, you guys know who to vote for in the next election. It's no surprise that the mainstream media highlighted frustrated drivers and traders who were affected and blaming the rally for everything instead of the police that locked down the entire city, instead of isolating a few streets for a few hours for the march like how night markets were done. And by doing so only reinforces the support for Bersih and ultimately Pakatan Rakyat which is the only choice other then BN. The lesser of two evils.

PR isn't that clean either. Remember the three frogs that hopped to become BN friendly independent? IF PR is clean, they will stay regardless how big the carrot dangling on the other side. Then again it's very easy to blame BN for 'buying' over their agents. But then, if there's no buyer, there won't be any suppliers.

One thing that still boggles my mind though. His Royal Highness intervened to diffuse the tension between Bersih and the government by asking them to call off their rallies. Ambiga Sreenevasan, the chief of Bersih 2.0 has met with the Duli yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda yang dipertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan days prior the rally. Why didn't she hand over the memorandum there and then when she was in the same room with His Royal Highness?? Here she says "with respect to His Royal Highness, we won't hold street demo" then days later, BOOM! the streets are flooded with sea of people making way to a closed stadium guarded by riot police and chemical troopers. Things would have played out differently had she delivered the memorandum AND canceled the rally. Personally I think it's a sign of disrespect to His Royal Highness.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Finally Unifi-ed

The whole setup. From left Internet TV, high speed modem, rebranded router with reskinned interface which I'm still unable to change the router password, VIOP cordless phone and TV remotes.
Wires, wires everywhere. I won't be doing any wire management until I get a better TV hung on the wall. And I'll also need extensions for the xbox and PS2 (yeah, i'm still keeping it for Metal Slug).

Looking back on the installation, with a much calmer mind now, I've really got to salute the trio of Unifi technicians (2 technicians work at the rizer, the other one setup the toys in the living room). Yes, they pissed me off with their poor sense of direction which made them 2 hours late for the installation. If I were in their situation, I'll just tell the customer "it's late, I'll come back tomorrow". Instead, they pushed through to see the installation gets done that day. Depending on how you look at it, some people don't like having strangers at their house 10 at night fiddling with their telephone cables. I on the other hand much welcome that gesture as living without internet access at home is a huge inconvenience, especially when coming to bill payments as I do all my bill payments online.