Sunday, September 30, 2007

A Quick Guide To PC Security

This book has been compiled and customized ages ago under one of my weekend projects. It has been collecting electronic dust on my desktop and therefore I have decided to share it.


PC Security Cover



About the ebook:
Quick Guide To PC Security offers you a quick glance and overview of some of the most common threats to your PC such as adware, spyware, viruses, hackers, and more - and how you can worm your way for solutions and prevention measures!


PCSecurity
PCSecurity.zip
Hosted by eSnips


You are allowed to redistribute this book through your websites. This book is in an exe file but you will need Adobe Acrobat or a compatible pdf reader to view the ebook.

The Quickest Personality Test

This type of things seem to be quite addictive. Look at what the results of my personality test is. A bit of a loner they mentioned.




Your Personality Profile



You are happy, driven, and status conscious.
You want everyone to know how successful you are.
Very logical, you see life as a game of strategy.

A bit of a loner, you prefer to depend on yourself.
You always keep your cool and your composure.
You are a born leader and business person.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

WhiteWater Rafting & Caving at Gopeng

After hearing about my friend's trip to Gopeng for caving and rafting, I was all excited and organized a day trip with some of my peers from the office. We started the day early by leaving Sungai Buloh at 7.15 p.m. The 200KM drive to the destination took about 2 hours whereby we arrived a little bit earlier than required.

Main Arch at The Entrance
Main Entrance of Gua Tempurung


The guides from Riverbug arrived on time and we they introduced themselves as Max and King. Both of them are Sabah natives. Once we geared up, we started our journey climbing over 900 steps from the mouth of the cave and ventured in deeper and deeper. Throughout the journey, we saw magnificent sites of historic markings of the communist that took shelter there and also from the miners. The natural stalegtites and stalegmites also took shapes of amazing creatures such as elephants and the mystical dragon. I tried to take load of pictures but due to the amount of light exposure, it did not turned out fairly well. I had to hand in my camera to the guide for safekeeping in a water proof bag.


Communist Markings
A Convoy of Cars and a Clock Drawn by Communists



Gua Tempurung Miners
Some Chinese Words Left By The Miners


We reached a dead end of the cave with a steep slope that leads to darkness. We were told to slide down and as more and more of us when down, our head lamps brighten up the area. We were soon gathered around this small hole whereby we were told that we needed to squeeze ourselves in. At first, I thought it was just the guides messing around with us but apparently not! I can't help it but keep the movie "The Descent" playting in my head over and over again. The route that we took required us to commando crawl on the water and submerged ourselves to nearly head deep. We survive the whole route of about 2 hours.


The Exit of Gua Tempurung
The Exit of Gua Tempurung


Before I forget, if you are planning to go caving anytime soon, get head lamps as it saves you the hassle of carrying a torch light while you are crawling and avoiding obstacles. It was soon lunch time whereby we were served with Chinese food cooked in Kampung style at My Gopeng Resort where our base camp is for our whitewater rafting activity.


Lunch Time at My Gopeng Resort
Lunch Time at My Gopeng Resort


Once filled up, we were given a quick safety briefing which I found very helpful. They demonstrated how we should handle ourselves if we go overboard and some body rafting tips. We then carried our rafts to the river where our journey was about to begin.


Safety Briefing at Base Camp


The water level of the river was low and they mentioned it was on rating of 1-2 instead of its usual 2-3/3-4 in November. Since it was my first time, I did not mind. Here are some sequence shots from one of the drops in the rapids.


The Rapids on Kampar River
Surviving One Of The Rapids


The whole rafting journey lasted for two hours covering about 7 kilometers.


After Capsize and Body Rafting
The Final Group Photo



As a conclusion, it was indeed a different way to spend the weekend and my next return there will be to jungle trek to Cameron Highlands.


That's all for now!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mood Ring Generator

Look at what I found? Never believe in such things though....




Your Mood Ring is Red



Excited
Energized
Adventurous
Ready to go


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Safest Storage

Have you ever stored something in a place so secure and random that you can't even recall where it is when you need it? Well, I am ransacking my room now to find a document that I urgently need distracting myself from my original plan. I formulated my plan of searching for the document by recalling the last time I used it. It should be about three months ago and that is when I just barely moved into my new place and was living out boxes. It took me ages to get things properly in place and my suspected areas of where it could be is my cupboard which I have made worse than before. Since I am getting tired now, I better go off to bed and start my search once again tomorrow evening after work. I believe I will be able to find it eventually and it will be a good laugh. ;)

Goodnite everyone!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Law of the Garbage Trucks

A forwarded mail that I have received that is worth sharing:

A good philosophy, worth trying

The Law of the Garbage Trucks

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do
you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee
ruin your day?

Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set
back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how
quickly she can get back her focus on what's important.

I learned it in the back of a Harare City taxi cab. Here's what
happened. I hopped in a taxi and we took off for Westgate .
We were driving when all of a sudden a black car jumped out of a parking
space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks,
skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!

Here's what happened next. The driver of the other car, the guy who
almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started
yelling bad words at us. How do I know? Ask any Zimbabwean, some words
in Harare come with a special face.

Now, here's what blew me away. My taxi driver just smiled and waved
at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, "Why did you just
do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, "The Law
of the Garbage Truck."

Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of
garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let
them, they'll dump it on you.
When someone
wants to dump on you, don't take it personally. You just smile, wave,
wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did. I guarantee it.

So this was it: The "Law of the Garbage Truck." I started thinking,
how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I
take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on
the streets? It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it anymore."

I began to see garbage trucks. Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense,"
the little boy said, "I see Dead People." Well now "I see Garbage
Trucks."
I see the load
they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi
Driver, I don't make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them
well, and I move on.

One of my favourite Football players of all times, Ronaldino, does
this every day on the football field. With a smile he always jumps up as
quickly as he hits the ground after being tackled. He never dwells on a
hit. Ronaldino is always ready to make the next play his best. Good
leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents
know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs
and kisses.

Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at
their best for the people they care about.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks
take over their day.

What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if
you let more garbage trucks pass you by? You'll be happier. I guarantee
it.

Wonderful people are created by God. Wonderful moments are carefully
planned by God. And wonderful friends like you are carefully chosen by God.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Shayne Ward - If That's Ok With You

This is the song that I am currently addicted to. For those who do not know who Shayne Ward is, he was the winner of UK singing competition X-Factor in 2005. We will know him better as the person that belted out the hit No Promises which is constantly on our airwaves.

Well, a quick search on Wikipedia reveals that he is the same age as me and even 4 days younger than me to be exact. Well, my point is I thought he was much older.

I also found this cool website called Esnips that allows you to share up to 5GB of your files online and this is the source where I am streaming the audio file from.

















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Watching the video, I notice similarities to David Beckham and Justin Timberlake, what do you think?



Enjoy this song and I am pretty sure it will be a chart topper.

Shaun The Sheep

The Sheep has always been very closely related to human for centuries. Their wool keep us warm through the cold winter nights and they also cater to the needs of some misunderstood people as demonstrated in the picture below.


The Inflateable Bonking Sheep
Well, before I digress, the makers of Wallace and Gromit which uses the art of clay mation have came up with a brand new series called Shaun The Sheep which I have to admit, am a huge fan of it.

I first watched this series on the plane and would like to share it with you all. Feel free to call me childish because I admit that I am still a kid at heart. (Not anything like Micheal Jackson though!)


Here is what the maker's description of the series are:"Get ready for chaos in the countryside as Aardman’s ever-popular Shaun The Sheep returns in his very own TV series.

Shaun is a sheep who doesn’t follow the flock – in fact, he leads them into all sort of scrapes and scraps, turning peace in the valley into mayhem in the meadow. Shaun and his pals run rings around their poor sheepdog Bitzer, as he tries to stop the Farmer finding out what’s going on behind his back. The show also introduces a farmyard-full of new characters, including the Naughty Pigs, Timmy the baby lamb and the enormous Shirley, a sheep who eats anything and everything.

Every day brings a new adventure for Shaun – a stray cabbage bouncing into the field turns into a football feud with the Naughty Pigs, and a freezing cold sheep dip sends him on a commando raid to get hot water from the Farmer’s bathroom. With high-energy slapstick and classic silent comedy in Aardman’s world-beating animation style, one thing’s for sure – when Shaun’s around, the countryside will never be the same again"

Here are some clips from the website:

Shape Up With Shaun



Bath Time



Off The Baa



Timmy In A Tizzy



Scrumping



Still Life



Besides Shaun The Sheep, I have also developed a following for Pingu after the watching my first ever episode yesterday morning on Astro.



I always played with clay during my childhood and created similar scenes with my own characters. The good thing about the above mentioned two series are that the stories are told through easy actions and are very simple to follow. Anyone no matter how old can relate to them.

Trust me that they are very good stress reliever.

That's all for now and till my next post, take care!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Better Than National Geographic

This happens to be the best live footage of the wild that I have ever seen. The video is just a little under 9 minutes but it is worth spending that time watching it.

I believe the video is captured somewhere in South Africa because of their accent. It shows the best of the wild and how the weakest can be the strongest and unmatched in a team. This box office standard production by mother nature features Crocodiles or Aligators (don't know the difference), Buffalos and Lions.



I hope you have enjoyed the video and share with me what you think!

Buh Bye and will keep you bunch posted!

Cheers!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Create Your Own Avatar

The arrival of Web 2.0 have foster a new generation of inter communication between websites. I myself have always welcome this change and are looking forward at what areas that the internet is stretching itself to. Besides the duplication of content that Google and major search engines are trying to cut down on, there are a few cool applications that works well with social networking sites such as Friendster.com and my new craze Facebook.com.


I stumbled upon RockYou.com and made an assumption that it is just another Slide.com which is a web based image slide show generation tool like what has been created below. All you need to do is allow it to communicate with your web based photo hosting page and it will automatically syndicate content from there.



RockYou.com had a special feature that kind of encourage me to try it as you may already know that I am a self worshipper. It is a create your own Avatar tool. All you need is a full face photo of yourself and you can follow the on screen instructions. (You will need to create an account for this, registration only requires your e-mail address and a password of choice)


Well, look at what I have come up with and I used the text to speech converter as my mic did not seem to be working after several rounds of recording. (Which explain's my Manly voice)



Rockyou.com features does not end there as they have a wider range of other tools that you can mess with and jazz up your blog or pages of your sites.


That's all for now and let me end this with a one line summary: Rockyou.com Rocks!

Free Reflex Tester Game

Greetings Bunch,


Look what I have come up with in the past hour. A Reflex Tester Application. As per the screen shot below, the application test's your reflex by requiring yourself to react to the change of the background colour. You start the game by pressing the button and you have to quickly click on the stop button whenever you realize the colour in the box has changed.


Reflex Tester


My fastest record is 0.316 Seconds. Tell me what are your results?


Being true to the applications I have compile, they will not need to be installed and can execute instantly. Keep it in your thumbdrive and have a go at it whenever you are bored. ;)


Download the application and have a go at it.


Enjoy what is left of your weekend.


P/S: Two other applications that I have compiled, Pong Game and Zodiac Calculator


UPDATE: This is the first software that I am distributing through other freeware website:

5 Stars Awarded on Best Freeware Download

Best Vista Downloads

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Visit to Pusat Sains Negara

We decided to have an educational trip to National Science Center out of curiosity. I remembered hearing about the opening of the center when I was in Primary School and once again during Asimo's (The World's First Humanoid) visit.

The National Science Centre, or Pusat Sains Negara (PSN), is located on 8 hectares of landscaped groundsat Bukit Kiara, on the northwestern part of Kuala Lumpur. The National Science Centre was established in 1996 to enhance our understanding and interest in science and technology. Over the space of nine galleries are scientific exhibitions to educate through entertainment.



There were loads of exhibits that rival any other international science center but the condition of some are very disappointing. Although there were roughly four school busses in the premises with kids in uniform running throughout the building, it was definately under utilize. I am wondering how queit it will be on week days. It is also funny to mentioned that we even saw a security guard sleeping in one of the small theatre domes.

The huge roof that allows day light into the building in the main dome somewhat reminded me of the British Museum and the spiral walkway paths at the side of the building as well. We visited numerous rooms from at ended our trip either in space travel or the future.

We played a mindball game that apparently tracks your brain wave activity to control the movement of the ball on a table between two oponents. This game at least off set my investment of visiting the center.

Tickets cost RM 6.00 although we were suppose to get a RM2.00 discount with Jusco Discount Cards, they mentioned that their machine has gone bust (What an excuse of having the intention to rip us off, I spare them the benefit of doubt)

Anyways, I strongly feel that the science center should be free for all to encourage more visitors and promote it as a place for a family outing. I sort of understand the vision of having such Science centers but failing to sustain it pulls the whole plug on the effort. Instead of leaving the facilities there idle, making it a free place will ensure a rise in visitors and it can be used to justify additional Government funding. Well, I won't get to deep into my independent views on it.

That's all for now and till next time.

Take care!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Who Wants To Be A Superhero

When you thought that Reality Show has reached its limit, think again.....

From the pioneering series of Survivor to American Idol, From So You Think You Can Dance to Pirate Master, Amazing Race to Fear Factor, some have lost its touch and show traids of similarities. Well, nothing can beat Comic Legend Stan Lee's Who Wants to Be A Superhero.

Who Wants To Be A Superhero

The ultimate prize for winning is getting your character immortalize as one the comic series and also a figurine. (How cool is that!) Watch out for Basura which is my favourite character of all as I think she is hot!

Well, this is one of the series that I have been following as it never fail to amuse me. I consider this as one of those brainless shows for me that I run the risk of having my IQ level dropping at the end of each episode. I am not discriminating the makers of the series or any fellow viewers but that is how I define the shows I watch. Simple matrix, CSI = not good for relieving stress, Brainless Shows = Great as stress relief shows. Are you with me now?

Since I am in the topic of reality series and shows, I also have the whole three series of Drawn Together which is a cartoon themed as a reality series. They have eight cartoon characters with similar to Pokemon's Pikachu, Spongebob and Superman all leaving under one roof. It is yet again another series that I tune in everytime I want to watch something that can help me fall to sleep.

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Drawn Together by Comedy Central


One last thing is that I am not a big fan of Malaysian versions of Reality Shows but I have to admit that I kind of like Project Runway Malaysia that was on telly about an hour ago. It has this uniqueness that tempts me to watch the next episode.

Till next time. Buh bye!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Help Wanted!

Isn't this poster just classic. I would have bought the t-shirt if I ever come accross it!

Help Wanted

Monday, September 10, 2007

Is Organic Worth It?

When you head to the grocery store, shopping for products like eggs, meat, fish, milk, and produce can be very tricky. Signs are posted everywhere labeling food as natural, organic, and a number of other things—but what’s the difference, really? Learning what specific names mean can help you decide if you should shell out extra money on a product of it is simply a marketing ploy.

Natural is a turn associated with a number of fruit and vegetable product. Typically, this is simple a marketing ploy to convince you to buy the product. After all, all fruits and vegetables are natural, right? Unless it’s a new kind of food that has been developed and processed, the product is natural. What you really probably want is organic. Organic foods are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There are two main benefits to organic foods. First, you are helping the environment because those chemicals are not being introduced into nature. Secondly, you are avoiding ingesting chemicals and are therefore healthy more healthy foods. However, organic products are usually more expensive. If you’re on a budget, skip over organic fruits and vegetables that you can peel, like oranges and bananas. After all, once you’ve discarded the peel, you’ve also discarded the chemicals. Instead, opt for organic items like apples, where you eat the peel. No matter what you buy, however, make sure that you rinse off the food when you get home.

Another tricky label you will see is “no hormones.” This is usually in regards to milk or meat products and is false, since all animals naturally produce hormones. Hormones are what helps an animal (even a human) regulate body organs, have young, and otherwise function. All meat products have hormones. What the labels really mean is that no hormones were unnaturally given to the animal, which is sometimes done to increase milk production. Regardless of hormones, however, the milk and meat is safe for a person and not a violation of an animal’s rights.

Lastly, a label on eggs and meat can indicate if the animal was caged or penned. This does not make a difference in the quality or nutritional value of the meat, but is simply a matter of animal rights. These products may be a bit more expensive, but if you want to make human decisions, that is the way to go. Reading the label and making healthy choices can sometimes be difficult, but learning how to do so can help you make the best choices for you diet.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

StageGold.com - Your Own Customized Player

I have discovered something new today while doing my Sunday routine web browsing. The page is called StageGold.com which is something similar to Slide.com but for your videos. Practically any flv video that you have hosted somewhere on the web. It allows you to have a customize player from a selection of roughly 30 skins.

See a demo below of a video that I uploaded on Youtube to test this tool. The video is of the puppy that the office that my sister is working in has adopted. It was abandoned at their front door without an aparent reason. Well, have a look at the video and see how freakin cute that puppy is. We are just taking care of it for a day as it is meant to be back with its adoptive parents which are out of town. Enjoy!





You do not need to register to use the tool as it is free but registration is optional if you want to have a record of the customizations you have made. It will also allow you to create a playlist or videos you have as below:



Enjoy having fun with the tool and whats left of your weekend.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Dinner @ Hilton Boardwalk Poolside Restaurant

Finally, we were able to have our long overdue celebration dinner. It was to comemorate the performance thrown during our Graduation dinner at our annual company event. The struggle of having this dinner was because of everyone's busy schedule and not being available.

Dinner at Boardwalk Poolside

Despite the mixed reviews, the dinner went on well and the crowd turned out was as well. There was concern over the approaching stormy weather as the breeze seems to become stronger as the dinner progress. The shelter in the form of the small shed will certainly not be able to stand a heavy downpour. We were most definately fortunate because the rain came down softer than we anticipated.

The food served was of big portions of Barbequed meat such as Chicken Satays, Sausages and Lamb Shanks. They tasted good but definately too much for most of our appetite.

The good thing is all of us had fun and it was a good end to a yet productive week in the office.

It also just occured to me that I have not been taking the lead like I used to in ensuring that we have a group picture taken after each event. It was a drive that I somewhat lost. With that said, I will make a commitment to do so in upcoming events since I carry the camera along anyways.

That's it for now. Till the next time. Buh bye!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Day Trip Back to Batu Pahat

My Mum had made prior arrangements to ensure that all hers kids commit to a day trip back to Batu Pahat, Johor. (My Mum's hometown).


My sisters and me took turn on the wheels along the smooth sailing highway. It has been months since I last visited my only surviving grand parent, my Grandma. My other cousins was busy out and the only one at home was the youngest of all, Steven which is meant to have his UPSR examinations on Monday with 7 subjects. (Luckily, I only had 4 subjects). To take of the stress of him, we took him out for the day.


MInyak Beku


It has almost become a tradition to drop by a temple in Minyak Beku. My insticts tell me that this is a temple that worships the god that protects the sea as there were statue resembling marine creatures and was facing the sea. Well, the main attraction of the temple was huge fishes in shallow ponds. I can't remember the exact name of the species but people are attempting to touch the fish apparently for good luck. Well, see the video for yourself from my previous trip there because I jumped into the bandwagon as well. ; )



Well, that's it from now. Till my next post, C'ya!