Archive for August, 2014

Messy server rooms

31/08/2014 Leave a comment

If it is one thing I hate, and that is messy server rooms. Just like the picture above. You know, wires snaking all over the place, with dirt and debris stuck in between them. Yep. Server rooms like these do exist and that is the picture I took a few months back after completing a project. Last I checked, it was still that way, besides me telling the people responsible that this is not something to be proud of. I have a very funny feeling that it is going to stay this way for a very, very long time.

So if you all want to do a job well, do it right. lay those cables, like the ones I showed above, in proper conduits. laying them on the floor like this for people to step on will not help and horrors, may even render the cable defective.

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West Coast Park circa 2008

30/08/2014 Leave a comment

I took this picture with my old Nokia 6233 mobile phone some years ago, in fact, 6 years ago. West Coast Park has changed quite a lot since the old days. You cannot find these boats tied up like this, a stone’s throw away from shore. West Coast Park brings back lots of memories. It’s a place I used to go to pretty often during a dark time in my life, which is when this photo was taken.

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Gillette Contour Plus shaver

29/08/2014 Leave a comment

I have been using this very same type of Gillette Contour Plus shavers for years. And when I say years I mean years. There was a time when I used to remove the “Lubrastrip” as indicated in the picture because I felt that it was pretty slimy. But no matter what, I still love this shaver. It can be pretty hard to get the blades sometimes as some shops sell blades only for the newer and better shavers but to me, this is the best. Speaking of which…I need a shave with it right now!

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Debarking a dog: stupidity exists in Ang Mo Kio HDB

28/08/2014 Leave a comment

When I saw this posted in Hardwarezone today, it really made me laugh out loud. There are ways to stop the dog from barking but debarking a dog? How stupid is that? Makes me wonder about the kind of people we have working in our statutory boards. Honestly…and I will say it again…one should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity. And this time folks, from the HDB Ang Mo Kio Branch

********** EDITOR’S NOTE **********

Last I checked, HDB had taken the notice down…after being bombarded by all likes of people and societies, in social media and the like. They realised that they could have expressed themselves better. But I honestly say…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Shouldn’t these things be vetted before going public?

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Roasted chestnuts

27/08/2014 Leave a comment

It is customary for people to eat Chestnuts during the holiday season of December…at least in most European and American customs. Remember the song Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire? But here in Singapore, you can meet many of these roasted chestnut vendors in street corners around town. The chestnuts are cooked in hot charcoal pieces and the smell wafting from them can really make you hungry. They sell charge about $5 per paper bag of roasted chestnuts. I must admit, they are delicious and once you pop them, you just cannot stop. I remember my late dad was so fond of them that he used to eat them while driving…trying to break open the shell while holding on to the steering wheel. I think that is what I am going to do next week. I saw one such vendor outside Lucky Plaza here in Singapore selling roasted chestnuts. I might get a bag and snack on them

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Sennheiser HD 25 Aluminium headphones

26/08/2014 Leave a comment

I bought myself one of these lovely headphones from Sennheiser but I have yet to try them as I still am using my Denon headphones, which are in a very bad state of disrepair. I need to get those Denon’s repair and when they are being repaired, I can use the Sennheisers. But I cannot wait to break them in slowly. That is what you must do if you buy new headphones. Listen to them at varying degrees of loudness every week. It is the same for what I do when I buy new speakers. That being said, these are probably the best pair of headphones I am ever going to own and lots of aftermarket pads can be found.

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Rest in peace Sir Richard Attenborough

25/08/2014 Leave a comment

I normally listen to the BBC World Service when I shave in the mornings but while listening to it this morning, I had a shock when I found out that Sir Richard Attenborough passed away. The prolific actor and director, who directed the Oscar-winning film Gandhi and also acted in one of my favourite shows, The Great Escape. The picture above is a still from the movie where he played Big X. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Sir Richard