Semi-baptised Laptop

Water spillage > funky lines on screen > up until 2 stripping the laptop thanks to the HP manual page for my laptop and I ended up with this.. a decapitated and naked laptop
Laptop innards

After a day of playing around (and thinking the keyboard was shorted [I guess I really need to learn to put the connector in properly, but it did seem right the first few times… *shrug*]) and stressing over the situation all is fine it was all down to one thing…. disabling SATA native mode. Doh! What a wasted day and time. But one thing I did notice is that the CPU utilization seems to be ~20% all the time on one core…. strange (don’t remember it being that way at all)
Screen shot of Windows Task Manager's CPU utilization

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Pure Joy

With all the things that have happened (and are happening) I could so easily be like this:

But James 1:2-4 says:

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Consider it “Pure joy”: Not easy huh?

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Magnificent Night

Yes I was working until 0130 but it was what happened after work that was so refreshing. The drive in the quiet night. With a peace and calmness that you don’t get to see during the day or even at night with people busy running their own rat race. I took a nice leisurely drive in the midst of the first day of the week that more or less started off with an expectation of a busy week, anticipating the work that needs to be done. And this was/is camp work, not even office work which woke me up in the morning via an innocently ringing phone. Data population was to be resumed after a long hiatus: people have finally given me data to populate! (the enthusiasm more for the feeling of relief that finally get to make a few more steps towards finishing the project, rather than the happiness of getting work to do). But enough about work and just enjoy the beautiful world that we have before us. Got my supper at the pasar at church and felt like taking a nice long walk in the cold of the early morning. I guess the feeling of relief after a long day of work and the opportunity just to relish in the morning was so satisfying that I just drove around for an hour. Just me and God and His magnificence. Church camp coming up this weekend and 3 weeks until YDM youth camp and I’m sure He’s stirring up something special. Brace yourselves. It’s going to be awesome (yes I had to resist the ‘ooosome’ ;-> =P)

Not so subtly


  • $6 for photo print (8″ by 12″ I believe) at Hua Ho Kiulap
  • $2.50 for plastic envelope
  • ‘Free’ – 2 strips of double sided tape from my stationery stash

I guess the idea came from Leah Culver and her laser-etched Macbook Pro but I’m just giving free advertising to great free content on the web. My DIY fixture hides any laptop branding and is interchangeable when the time comes. Yay! Couldn’t use stickers or anything big like that though, since it is the laptop work ‘loaned’ to me to, well errrr… work =P

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Why didn’t they have this when I was still studying?

Ubuntu for Malaysian – sebuah blog tentang Ubuntu. I guess I would have learned Malay better though I doubt I would have used any of the terms I know in any karangan (composition).

Anyway bro in Japan (a play on the name TV in Japan which I heard from Tekzilla) got a nice post on “What do you want out of life?” which is indeed a question we should all ask ourselves to achieve true enlightenment nirvana happiness?

Programmers vs. Management

Anybody in the technical departments all over the world can related to this. Source

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.

The woman below replied, You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.

You must be a programmer, said the balloonist.

I am, replied the woman, How did you know?

Well, answered the balloonist, everything you told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.

The woman below responded, You must be in Management.

I am, replied the balloonist, but how did you know?

Well, said the woman, you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.

Quote of the Day

you know “w/ dual screen linux love running” stuff like that won’t get u laid/married ever?… unless the girl is incredibly nerdy which is rarer than <insert fact of something rare> here

This all stemmed out during an IM conversation regarding Celebrate ICT with a Smile

-> 11:48:44: i shld take a photo 2 :P
-> 11:48:56: w/ my compiz fusion w/ dual screen linux love running :D
<- 11:50:32: you know “w/ dual screen linux love running” stuff like that won’t get u laid/married ever?
<- 11:54:06: but plz add “unless the girl is incredibly nerdy which is rarer than <insert fact of something rare> here “