Sunday, July 31, 2011

The End of the DVD is Here...

When was the last time you pushed a DVD into your desktop or laptop?
Neither can I. I now download my softwares from the Internet and copy them to my external hard disk over a USB port.
Which is why Apple is now selling its machines without DVD players/burners. Remember, Apple was the first to kill the floppy hard drive. And now they have nailed the last nail into the life of the DVD recordable media.
Read the whole story here.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Gmail Attachment Error in IE

This is what happens when one uses Internet Explorer 9 on a 64-bit Windows 7. Where on earth did fakepath come from?

Over the Board

Playing chess on the Internet is totally different from playing chess over the board. When playing on the Internet, no one cares how you're dressed or what exactly you're doing behind the keyboard or who you really are.

But playing over the board is a whole new experience for me. Just this year, I started playing chess in Perth and it was an eye opener. I first started out playing without the clock, so my opponent and I made fast moves and just like playing over the Internet, I was able to beat him.

And then I enrolled in my first tournament. And lo and behold, my first opponent was someone I had beaten in the previous week. I was confident. In a rated chess game, each player had 90 minutes or one and a half hours to make his move. So in total, the game could go up to 3 hours.

Like I said, I was confident. The game started well, and I had a good setup. But playing with a clock was different for me. My opponent had lots of time to ponder about his next move and that idle time made me restless and I started to play some risky moves. Which, on hind-sight, was the stupidest thing to do since these are all seasoned chess exponents. After a hard fought middle game battle where my Bishops dove to the rescue of my Knights and his Castles came in for support, my opponent ended with a pawn advantage which he held on for dear life. I tried to win back the pawn in the next 30 moves but alas, my worth opponent held on to it and was headed for a Queen. I had to resign. I didn't need any more harassing from a lady on the board.

I lost the next game too because of impatience. But managed to win the next two games because I have reined in my enthusiasm and I now try very hard to focus the entire 90 minutes on all the possible variations I, and my worth opponent, can make.

Another 3 more rounds await me in my first chess tournament.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Diabetic Plant?

My wife puts sugar for my flowers. No wonder my plants have diabetes!

Work Place Humour

Looking over the log book kept by the computer support staff at my office, I noticed several entries stating the problem was PICNIC.
I asked one of the technicians what PICNIC meant. He laughed as he told me it meant "Problem In Chair, Not In Computer."

Speed Chess

How's this for speed chess?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

AirAsia moves HQ from KL to Jakarta

In a surprising move, AirAsia has moved the Headquarters from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta. With their group chief, Tony Fernandes even reportedly having bought a house in Jakarta.

I guess Mr. Fernandes finally got fed-up with the treatment he and his company gets from Malaysia Airlines and Malaysian Airports. After all, for most passengers flying into Malaysia via LCCT, the airport is a shocker and many wonder if Malaysia is indeed a 3rd World Country.

But Mr. Fernandes seems blinded to how his customers view Malaysia through the LCCT airport as his main concern is his planes. And with AirAsia HQ now moving to Jakarta, there goes any hope of Malaysians seeing a better LCCT terminal in the future.

Read the whole story on Malaysiakini.

0 - 3

I hope this is not the type of results we'll constantly see in the upcoming season. We're Liverpool and we're supposed to win over teams like Hull!

Oh bummer. Read King Kenny's reaction here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

3 Goals in so easily Liverpool?

When your favourite football team lets in 3 goals against a 3rd world soccer team, you begin to wonder what its chances are in the upcoming 2011-2012 season.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

We All Start at the Bottom

It's good to be able to play some real chess after so many years. SO I have no qualms about starting at the bottom. Let's see how high I can climb. The field is a tough one though.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Borders Book Store Collapes

Apparently, borders bookstore is no more after the parent company in the United States filed for bankruptcy.
Check the story here.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Dont Blame Alcohol...

They say that alcohol kills people.
Well, lets not forget how many people were born because of it.

August 7, 2009

On August 7 , 2009

At 12hr 34 minutes and 56 seconds on the 7th of August of 2009, the time and date was

12:34:56 07/08/09