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Friday, July 27, 2007
Phew~ Another week has passed n the precious weekend is here! I'm feeling the burn out from continuous work without much rest. Next week will be my final working week. Time to take a one week break, bid for my modules n get ready to fight a tough battle in school starting 13th August. I do fret going back to school, in fact, the sight of NUS makes me sick, much worse when my School of Computing is full of PRCs, Vietnamese n Indian Nationals. N to think that these people will be fighting with me for a rice bowl after graduation makes me even sicker. The only consolation I get is that their presentation skills is by no means better than a secondary school kid due to their inefficiency in the English language. The fight will continue in August n stop temporary on November. I have 6 more semesters to go.
Studies aside, sitting in the office for 8.5hrs a day makes me crave for some action after work. Yeah, action, but my body is already so tired that I juz wanna get home n sleep. Haha, so the only action i get is from the TV. There's a new HK movie due to be released next Thursday named "Flash Point", starring Donnie Yen & Louis Khoo. I'm a fan of Donnie ever since the early 90s when i was still a skinny little kid. I could still remember this fight scene in "Wong Fei Hong" he had with Jet Li. Jet was Master Wong, Donnie is a tyrant government official. Managed to get the videos on youtube.
In a more recent movie "Sha Po Lang", Donnie once again showed how good a fighter he is.
Donnie VS Wu Jing
Donnie VS Sammo Hung
This is his latest movie coming up next week.
Nobody does fight scenes like Donnie Yen. It's so real n full of power. I love it cos he's usually the good guy, but he fights like a bad guy. Some badness within goodness, marvellous combination... He's 40+ now, n he's a dying breed in the movie industry. With Jet Li retired from action movies n Jackie Chan getting old, Donnie is the last real kung fu actor around. Nicholas Tse? He's nowhere near. Now I'll savour on Donnie's movies till the day he gets too old to execute his trade mark 360 degree turning kick.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
As some had known, my original PC has died somewhere in February. Due to financial constraints, I was unable to build a new one for myself. So i ended up using my laptop n borrowed Poh Siang's desktop PC temporary since he's got a new one. I scrapped through the 6 months n finally saved up enough for a new dual core PC for myself juz before the extra 2% GST hike. Heh Heh, i luv my new powerful PC..
So here's a crash course on how a desktop PC is actually built for those who are interested. It's quite easy actually , but mine will not be as detailed. Go Google it if u want more details.
Here's my 3yr old baby who died on me. SAD.......
The motherboard died on me, off i "ripped" it off the casing n sold the other parts that were still worthy to be sold as 2nd hand hardware
Good bye baby, it was being sold for S$5 to an engineer who wanted some spare parts
I suspect it was the cheapo power supply box dat killed my baby. I bought it a few months back when the original one was spoilt. This one above is the new one--more expensive, but more reliable. I sold the cheapo one for S$35
So here are the basic essential parts to build a PC.
From top left clockwise:
Here's the motherboard, a spanking new technology using the AMD690G chipset
The back panel of the motherboard. It comes with DVI, S-Video, Sub-D n HDMI video output. No other boards have this feature
Here's the AMD64 dual core processor
The processor socket on the motherboard
Plugged into the socket
The four slots are RAM slots
The processor cooler fan
The RAM into the slot, with the processor fan plugged in, in the background
Getting the casing ready
The empty skeleton, i've screwed in the power supply unit
Everything mounted onto the casing
Additional cards--sound card, TV card, graphics card.
A total of 3 harddisk. I bought one in 1999, one in 2003, n a new one
All up n ready for a long run. May look a little messy due to the power cables for the individual units in the system.
Things I bought:-
Biostar TA690G Motherboard + AMD64 x2 3600+ Processor bundle...........$233
1GB Kingston RAM..................................................................................................$51
Asus Nvidia GeForce 6600GT Graphics card......................................................$70
Seagate 160GB SATA2 Hard Disk.........................................................................$75
CoolerMaster Extreme 430W PSU.......................................................................$50
Things I sold:
External sound card...$55
Power supply unit......$35
Total spent $214 for a new PC, quite worth isn't it? Well, dat's cos I reused some old parts. Now it's time to enjoy it!!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Below is a video made by my Alma Mater Tampines Junior College(TPJC). I was dumbfounded when i watched it for the first time. I mean, do TPJC really have to do this to attract students? Trying to brainwash people to join them? I don't know. The only thing that's nice in the video is at the final seconds, when Kids Central's Kim sung the last part of the school song. She's grown up n became even more beautiful...
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
NSF vs Regular
There has been this saga lately about this 2LT officer in the SAF mass sending emails to authorities without going through the "chain of command". He was being charged as a result n had brought much attention to netizens as well as the general public. Juz how special is it that this matter is brought up in the news? The 2LT is named Li Hong Yi(pic). Ok, u may ask who the heck is this person?? Let me tell u he's our PM's son n our MM's grandson. Our dear PM Mr Lee Hsien Loong n MM Lee Kuan Yew.
Alright, this is getting serious n i think i have to be careful with what i write here when this entry is gonna involve the SAF n the ministers. So, what actually happened that made 2LT Li to mass email the different authorities as well as defence minister Teo Chee Hean? I'm not clear of what was written in the email, but according to the news, 2LT Li is complaining about a fellow soldier, an LTA, of being AWOL on two occasions.
2LT Li was enraged with how the matter was being treated so lightly that he wrote a complain letter n sent it out to many people, including defence minister Teo Chee Hean. Having served my 2yrs of NS in the Army between January 2004 n March 2006, i have to applaud him for his courage. Son of Singapore's PM, nonetheless, was not spared the punishment n was duly charged for his actions. He committed the fatal mistake of not going through the "chain of command", which is ever so important in the SAF.
So what is "chain of command"? It's very simple. What ever u want to complain or feedback, u can only bring it up to our direct superior n NO ONE ELSE. 2LT broke the rule by going straight to the defence minister as well as those authorities that have no power in dealing the case of "AWOL". His actions left the authorities with no choice but to charge him, eventhough he's the PM's son.
After 2yrs 2months in the army, I've seen many many different types of people. They come in different shapes, colours, sizes, personalites n backgrounds. No matter how bastard some people are, you have to work with them, cos u have no choice. In the outside world, if you're screwed up, your boss FIRES u. But in the army, they can't fire u, cos u're serving your NS. Haha, how i wish they can fire me then, n i can be free from NS!! Haha, i'm crappin.
Talking about firing, let's zoom down to Army regulars. Regulars are those people that signed on to the Army as a career. In the case of 2LT Li, he's complaining about an LTA regular going AWOL twice. Unless they commit a serious offence, the regulars will not be fired, they only don't get their contract renewed when it expires. Some signed for 5yrs, some 10yrs n some 20yrs.
Ok, I'm not condemning regulars, but I found the working efficiency of some regulars really not up to standard. Some push their work to NSFs, thinking that the NSFs won't complain about them since all NSFs' mentality is "Serve my 2yrs n i can fuck off", which is true. That's is why many chose the option of keeping quiet when they see something not right. They would rather keep quiet n do the extra work than create a hoohaa n end up on the losing end. So who's the loser eventually? The NSF of cos, cos his life will be made even more difficult if his complain is unsuccessful. In short, NSFs will juz "close one eye" n "Serve my 2yrs n i can fuck off", I dun want any trouble.
This is the reason why i applaud 2LT Li Hong Yi for his courage. He actually dared to speak up n question the Mindef's system. I understand why he chose the email rather than going through the chain. In the Army, the chain will usually take ages to go through n may even not be addressed at all, which eventually leads to nothing being done.
If i'm 2LT Li, I could have jolly well kept BOTH my eyes closed n pretend nothing has happened, cos it doesn't help being a busybody n risk getting myself into trouble. Dat's the mentality of SINGAPOREANS isn't it? Keep quiet n MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. OK, let's juz say no system is perfect in the world. I won't reveal anything about the insides of the Army from my experiences during the 2yrs of NS. Only the Males of Singapore will know how is it like inside the Army. There's always flaws, enough said.
To end it off, our local famous blogger, Mr Brown, juz added a damn hilarious podcast about this incident. Listen to it------> MY GRANDFATHER'S ARMY
Thursday, July 12, 2007
HP opens islandwide in Singapore today. I'm so looking forward to it since the last part showed the dark wizard coming back to life. So when MQ asked me to watch it I didn't hesitate a bit n even took half day off from work.
We happily bought the tickets n watched the film in Plaza Singapura with much enthusiasm. Harry is much older now, a great difference when he first appeared in the Sorcerer's Stone. Hmm, the film started slow, with Harry in London, n he was expelled from school for breaking a rule. OK, i thought it could be interesting. But what was to come next was so freaking boring that i actually FELL ASLEEP for a good 15mins or so n had to be woken up by MQ. I mean, why is no there action n all I was watching were neverending dialogues???!! Ok good, nvm, I'll endure the boredom, perhaps it'll be exciting later in the 2hour film.
What I can say is that this is the worse of all HP films, it thoroughly disappointed me. I was waiting for the dark wizard to appear for the whole bloody film, n guess wad? He only came out in the last 5min. CCB, I felt like I've wasted $8, n I think this is definitely not worth it for the whole load of 2hrs of boring shit. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.
On the other hand, I finally watch TRANSFORMERS on Monday. Gosh, it blown me away with those CGI. There is excitement from the very first minute to the last in the 2hr film. It's definitely one of the best, if not the best movie so far this year. However, the only downpoint is that the actions scenes are a tad to uncomfortable for the eardrums. Me being a audiophile, I like my action scene loud n full of quality surround sound. But i think it's too loud n the noises are too sharp during some scenes. Nevertheless, it's a great movie!
Harry Potter VS TRANSFORMERS = Hyundai Matrix VS Mitsubishi EVO
Don't be fooled by the trailer. Watch only if you're suffering from insomnia