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The first day I hear of you is also the day you die

The first day I hear of you is also the day you die

Mocca Perks, the first day I hear of you is also the day you die.

Executives in local companies simply don’t understand that execution is the key to success. They think that throwing money in to hire some random people to run the show and spamming money into marketing can get you a sustainable business.

OMGWTFBBQ LMAO.

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Mac to PC: Look, no condoms

Mac to PC: Look, no condoms

All of us software developers know that all software will have vulnerabilities. To err is human and software are created by human. There will always be bugs, loopholes and possible exploits.

So why do Macs have such a good reputation when it comes to security? Simply because so few people use Mac that it is not economical for hackers to attack Macs by creating viruses and malwares for it. Hackers are smart.

Sadly, many Mac users (not ALL Mac users, mind you) are at the other end of the intelligence spectrum. So they go around telling people, “Hey, look at my Mac, I ain’t need no anti-viruses on, because there are no Mac virus!” However, the Internet is a treacherous place, with viruses floating everywhere. Mac users’ proclamation sounds to me like dickheads waving their dicks around and yelling “My dick has never gotten Aids before, so I don’t need condoms!”.

We, the smart, all-knowing, all-wise PC users can only look at them in disgust, perhaps sometimes with envy. After all, putting on anti-viruses sort of slows down your system, taking something away from the somewhat amazing computing experience just like what condoms did to sex (I am guessing on this one, sex is not my area of expertise). And when we look at some of the more recent Apple advertisements that proudly proclaims how “safe” Macs are, we can only hope that some malignant god that governs the ethical realm will be kind on Apple and gullible Mac users one day…

Well, that day has come sooner than expected. Sadly, society is structured in such a way that there are more gullible than rationale people, so more and more users switched to Mac. The value of writing viruses for Mac has increased tremendously.

And with that, came this, this and this, the fun is just beginning.

Look, no condoms.

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Don’t work. Be Hated. Love Someone.

Don’t work. Be Hated. Love Someone.

This is a commencement speech written by Adrian Tan, author of The Teenage Textbook (1988), was the guest-of-honour at a recent NTU convocation ceremony. This was his speech to the graduating class of 2008. Reposted from Half Half. This speech resonances very strongly with me, having been inspired when I was 14 by the movie Dead Poets’ Society.

I must say thank you to the faculty and staff of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information for inviting me to give your convocation address. It’s a wonderful honour and a privilege for me to speak here for ten minutes without fear of contradiction, defamation or retaliation. I say this as a Singaporean and more so as a husband.

My wife is a wonderful person and perfect in every way except one. She is the editor of a magazine. She corrects people for a living. She has honed her expert skills over a quarter of a century, mostly by practising at home during conversations between her and me.

On the other hand, I am a litigator. Essentially, I spend my day telling people how wrong they are. I make my living being disagreeable.

Nevertheless, there is perfect harmony in our matrimonial home. That is because when an editor and a litigator have an argument, the one who triumphs
is always the wife.

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The Truth About IT Helpdesks

The Truth About IT Helpdesks

It is sad yet sometimes undeniable truth that many enterprise workers are only aware of an IT helpdesk and its value when something broke down and a phone call has to be placed.

Since budget allocation to each department would be relative to the perceived value of each department in an enterprise, it follows that IT helpdesk staff have to ensure that things constantly break down so as to maintain awareness of their existence and to give themselves perceivable value.

In short, because they are paid to solve IT problems, it is in their best interest that you face IT problems regularly.

If you don’t face IT problems, then their career is in jeopardy.

Conflict of interest is so interesting.

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“Immoral Discrimination”

“Immoral Discrimination”

Immoral discrimination in job application process occurs when additional criteria that are not related to the job (such as gender, age, race, disabilities, wealth, sexual orientation, weight, height) are used in selection of employees.

Therefore, those who select their relationship partners based on age, race, disabilities, wealth, sexual orientation, weight and height are not discriminating immorally – those attributes are job related.

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“I don’t care about GPA”

“I don’t care about GPA”

Recently, it seems that there are some displeasure regarding my claim that “I don’t care about GPA”. Let me clarify.

“Don’t care about GPA” does not imply absolutely not studying. We are all students; we have to put some effort into studying. It doesn’t make sense to totally not study given that I am putting myself in such a huge tuition fee debt. What differentiates someone who “cares about GPA” and someone who doesn’t is the extent to which they mug for examinations.

People who care about GPA give up sleep in order to hug their textbooks for a little while more. While these people are enjoying their pratas supper at 3am, I am curled up in my bed in fetus position dreaming dreamy dreams. I have never gone to that extent. I sleep 8-11 hours every day during exam periods and this mantra had never been broken during my 3 years in SMU. It is only after exams where I will sleep only 4 hours a day to have more time to play games, watch anime and do development.

After serving as a Teaching Assistant for 3 modules, I would also like to point out that IN GENERAL, individuals who are very motivated by GPA tend to participate in class more (class part). Well, for those who took modules with me, the only module I bothered to class part out of all the 20+ modules I have already taken in SMU was Architectual Analysis, and that module has negligible class part component.

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Chingay@Heartland 2012

Chingay@Heartland 2012

Took some photos of the heartland chingay parade last night.
For these shots, I’m sick of the normal photos so I intentionally introduced additional grains and effects so that they look more interesting.

Enjoy.

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The Deglon Meeting Knife Set for $1000

The Deglon Meeting Knife Set for $1000

I came across this interesting Knife Set on Amazon. Costing USD1000, “The Deglon Meeting Knife Set is practical, durable and a work of art. Designed by Mia Schmallenbach and produced by Deglon, it won first prize in the 5th European Cutlery Design Award. This lovely set is made of high quality stainless steel and seemingly appears to be created from a single block of stainless steel. Each knife nests within the set. To remove each knife, simply press down near the tip of the blade and life knife away by the handle. Set includes a 3-1/4-inch paring knife, 5-1/4-inch utility knife, 8-inch chef knife, 8-3/4-inch slicer and matching stainless steel block. Occasionally, use a steel to sharpen. Hand wash and dry, recommended. Made in France by Deglon. Deglon – handcrafter of quality cutlery since 1821. Limited lifetime warranty.”


I mean, just look at how nicely sliced the sushi are. You can also derive the time taken to slice those sushi from the state of those bean sprouts and onions.

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Quality of articles on PCMag is going down…

Quality of articles on PCMag is going down…

While the iPad and tablets of today pretty much operate as standalone devices—and some will continue to do so—I am starting to think now that they will actually be the detachable screens on most laptops of tomorrow. After using the iPad with the Zagg Folio, I can actually see this concept being flushed out and eventually representing the form factor for a large user audience someday. That’s why the tablet is so important.

When Apple introduced the iPad, most of us just thought of it as a cool product, but one that stood on its own. In fact, it seems to me that it is actually a key part of the form factor of future mobile devices and in many ways, the fulfillment of Bill Gates’ vision from 20 years ago.

Source

Bullshit. My response?

For me I see iPad as something that is purely for entertainment only. I see everyone treating iPad as an adult gameboy. Zagg is a third party and it’s keyboard case certainly isn’t representative of Apple’s vision for IPad, which was to sell content. If Apple’s vision was so noble as the way you put it, Apple would have their own form of keyboard attachment by now.

If you look at the bigger picture, there is only one tablet OS fitting Gates’ vision you talked about. USB support, ability to plug in SD cards, PC-like functionality and flexibility. As well as TRUE multitasking. That is Android.

On the hardware front, look at Asus Transformer released more than a year back. It is exactly as you described. A laptop form factor with detachable screen. In fact, this article was typed on an Asus Transformer Prime, which is already a second iteration of this very concept you say is “futuristic”.

While Apple is selling you present technology as “futuristic”, the real future is here already. Time to wake up.

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korean drama

korean drama

I think Korean dramas has this thing with “perfect guy”. Cool hair, dirty rich, highly intelligent, etc.

While the media industry making big bucks feeding fantasies to Korean girls, their the social impact of this cannot be under estimated.

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iBooks or “I booked you?”

iBooks or “I booked you?”

Now although iBooks Author Tool is free to use, Apple has it that you can only give your work away for free or sell it through Apple’s book store. In other words, Apple owns your work that you created using iBook.

If you wrote a book, it is not yours to choose where you want to sell it. You can’t print it out to sell it. You can’t sell it on any competitor’s book stores. It is as if what you wrote belongs to Apple.

In summary, if you wrote something on iBooks Author Tool, you can only sell it to Apple users. Or give it away for free.

Now let’s see who is stupid enough to use it.

iBooks Author: You Work For Apple Now

With iBooks Author, Apple just made a hideous play to kill authors’ rights over their work. This doesn’t just affect big publishers like Pearson or HarperCollins; it affects every single person who wants to use Apple’s new tool to get their word out. Like iBooks Author? Apple now owns you.

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“Being Elmo”

“Being Elmo”

The documentary “Being Elmo” is a very emotional and inspiring work of art. Everyone should watch it.

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The first day I hear of you is also the day you die

Mocca Perks, the first day I hear of you is also the day you die. Executives in local...
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Mac to PC: Look, no condoms

All of us software developers know that all software will have vulnerabilities. To err is...
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Don’t work. Be Hated. Love Someone.

This is a commencement speech written by Adrian Tan, author of The Teenage Textbook...
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The Truth About IT Helpdesks

It is sad yet sometimes undeniable truth that many enterprise workers are only aware of...
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“Immoral Discrimination”

Immoral discrimination in job application process occurs when additional criteria that...
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“I don’t care about GPA”

Recently, it seems that there are some displeasure regarding my claim that “I...
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Chingay@Heartland 2012

Took some photos of the heartland chingay parade last night. For these shots, I’m...
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The Deglon Meeting Knife Set for $1000

I came across this interesting Knife Set on Amazon. Costing USD1000, “The Deglon...
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Quality of articles on PCMag is going down…

While the iPad and tablets of today pretty much operate as standalone devices—and some...
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korean drama

I think Korean dramas has this thing with “perfect guy”. Cool hair, dirty...
article post

iBooks or “I booked you?”

Now although iBooks Author Tool is free to use, Apple has it that you can only give your...
article post

“Being Elmo”

The documentary “Being Elmo” is a very emotional and inspiring work of art....
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