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PayPal Integration Completed

Finally PayPal integration is completed and this marks completion of my freelance project, excluding some initial support should there need to be any changes.

I can finally catch some sleep :)

Summary of Blogs Mentioning EditGrids

Just so happen to find the below link and realize my blog is mentioned!
The reason as to why my blog is mentioned is because I actually quoted "EditGrid" as one of my entries previously. The below link actually points correctly to my previous post - http://hongjun.blogspot.com/2006/08/gsheet-google-spreadsheet-and-writely.html.

Internet is so threatening. No one can hide anything once something has posted live on the Internet.

Check it out!
http://www.editgrid.com/tnc/cliff/Summary_of_blogs_mentioning_EditGrid

Knoppix 5.0 OS

I finally finished downloading 600 over MB of files yesterday.
Had a try on this bootable OS on a CD-ROM and realized I almost forgotten how to use Linux!
It has been almost 2 years since I used a Linux.

Overall Rating: Good

Interview On Myself

hongjun joined Experts Exchange (EE) in Sep 1999, and has been a long time contributor in the ASP topic area. He has also achieved over a dozen other topic areas to reach the 1,000,000 point level, so we asked him what keeps him going.

How did you first find Experts Exchange?
Well, I first get to know Experts-Exchange during my poly days. A friend of mine introduced EE to me when we were stucked with some C Programming logic.

First EE question asked by me: Simple scanf question (C Programming)

What made you start answering questions?
Ever since I asked my first question, I often rely on EE to get quality and prompt replies to my technical questions.

Few months later, I realized there are some questions out there where I can also provide my assistance. I realized the need to give back to the community and to share knowledge.

First EE question answered by me: string requires char type but how to add all entries and get total? (C++ Programming)

What do you get out of answering questions?
In short…

Statement Of Attainment (1)

I just got my certificate for the below
ES-WPS-1CRM0 COMMUNICATION AND RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
- OPERATIONS LEVEL

This certificate is issued by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

Find out who gives away your email address with Gmail trick

When you give your email address to a website, you hope that they don't sell or trade your address to a bunch of spammers. Well if they do, here is a simple way to see what sites are responsible for what particular piece of email. This requires you have a Gmail account.

If your Gmail login name was username@gmail.com and you went to samplesite.com to fill out a registration form, instead of just entering username@gmail.com as your email, enter it as username+samplesitecom@gmail.com instead. When Gmail sees a "+" in an email address, it uses all the characters to the left of the plus sign to know who to send it to. In this example it would still send it to username@gmail.com.

Now whats cool is if you search Gmail for username+samplesitecom, you will see all massages that were sent to that email address.

To see who is responsible for sending a specific message click the Show Details link and you will see the complete address.

http://www.hedir.com/introduction/about17942.html

How I Celebrated My Birthday

8th Nov 2006 - My 25th Birthday.

All was planned by Regine and my job was just to follow.

We met at HarborFront MRT at around 7pm before heading to Bugis.A small hint from her was that dinner would be near Fortune Centre. I was left making guesses on where would be the place for dinner. I have no idea. We finally reached a place which till now I don't even know what is the name of the restaurant. There wasn't any sign of any signboard nor name of the restaurant written on the menu. I would grade the restaurant highly for their ambience.

After we finished our main course, we were served with ice cream and brownie (both were heart shaped) by one of the waiters. On top of the brownie was a lighted candle. This arrangement was preplanned and well-timed. I appreciate Regine's effort for this planning.

We left for home early after the dinner because we still need to work the next day. Oh ya.. I got a birthday card, a bear (she also has got one), and a wallet from Regine as my birthd…

Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Beta

New Features:

• Redesigned, smarter contact cards give you more data about and easier access to your friends
• Your display name, status and personalization roam with you to any computer
• Try PC-to-phone calling with two free calls to virtually any phone in the world*
• Better server performance
• Automatic updates
• Improved sign-in performance

http://ideas.live.com/programpage.aspx?versionid=39014087-6c05-4de9-98ac-b37d7ccd5617

Freelancing

I have been having quite a bit of constant freelancing projects for the past month or so.

One of them "Woodward-partners" is completed with Regine
http://www.woodward-partners.com/dev (Note it is under some modification by another developer).

The second one is Dell-Privilege. But I stop working halfway due to some poor project management by the Business Analyst
http://www.dell-privilege.com/

I have one new project coming along but it is still under negotiation between the Business Analyst and the client to close the deal. Once again, I will work with Regine again.

Just another excuse to stay together.

It's Me!!!

Internet Banking in Singapore

2FA stands for Second Factor Authentication. With 2FA, you are better guarded against online crimes such as Trojans and phishing attacks.

By next year, all banks will need to be equiped with this new security feature. Already, I am using this 2FA with MayBank. I would say MayBank is the pioneer to kick start this new technology. Very soon, DBS Bank will follow suit too!

MayBank 2FA (Live And Compulsory)
http://info.maybank2u.com.sg/banking_services/e_channels/2FA/index.htm

DBS Bank 2FA (Still in the process of sending out the devices to customers)
http://www.dbs.com/sg/personal/ibanking/news/

Toolkit to Disable Automatic Delivery of Internet Explorer 7

IE7 was released to the general public few days ago. What many do not realize is that it is being sent out as a high priority automatic update to Windows XP SP2 users. So many/most users are likely to update like it or not. It could lead to problems for some unknown reason if IE7 is running on a computer causing some legacy system not to function. In any case there is a tool to block the automatic update for IE7 this tool can be found here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4516A6F7-5D44-482B-9DBD-869B4A90159C

Why Green Tea Helps to Lose Weight

Recent studies show that green tea can help greatly in the process of losing weight. It does it by increasing the body's metabolism. If consumed regularly, it can help you burn as much as eighty calories extra. In a year, that’s about 8 pounds; you lose that much just by drinking, even without diet and exercise.

To further enlighten you as to how green tea works, read on below:

Green tea slows down the absorption of fats and regulates glucose. The same substance, cathechin polyphenol, restrains the transition of glucose into fats. By doing that, experts believe that green tea is an effective glucose regulator. It effectively prevents insulin spikes and slows the rise of blood sugar after every meal. Insulin, as specialists agreed upon, promotes the storage of fats as it deals with the body’s blood sugar.

Green tea has the ability to reduce appetite. Because green teas have regulating effects on the blood sugar, people who drink it are observed to eat food as much as 60 percent lesser…

Body Aching Shiok After California Fitness Workout

I had a workout at California fitness last Wednesday and today.
The feeling was good.

Wednesday - Attended "Body Combat" class and I would say the workout was quite tiring but fun. Afterwhich, I went for the static stations.

Saturday - Attended "ABT" and "Body Combat" classes. Both were demanding on lower body and abs muscles. Tiring but fun.

Web-Based Calculator

Below worth trying

Google Calculator - http://www.google.com/help/calculator.html
Just try to search for 1+2+3*4 and you got the answer straight!

Yahoo Instant Search - http://instant.search.yahoo.com/
Note: There is no need to hit Search button. Just type and result will be shown.
Some queries to try:
* time in Paris
* weather in Boston
* convert 100 pounds to yen
* convert 5 kilograms to pounds
* sin(pi/3)

10 Programming Languages You Should Learn Right Now

In order to increase your employability.PHP - Did a freelance beforeC# - Did a freelance beforeAJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) - Tried during my free time beforeJavaScript - Being using it since v1.0Perl - Never tried beforeC - Mainly console based and UNIX shell scriptingRuby and Ruby on Rails - Never tried beforeJava - J2EE / SE / Servlet / JSPPython - Never tried beforeVB.Net (Visual Basic .Net) - Answered some questions in forumhttp://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2016415,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594Gone are the days of Visual Basic 6.0 and ASP.

My Search Result

My sign is Sword in Chinese Horoscope

Got my prediction from Superfate Fortune Management.

◎Your life is represented by the lucky sword, courageous and organized. You can make a fortune with your creativity and justice. You like well-behaved and wise people. With your leadership ability, you can break through any dissatisfying situation. ◎

Your characteristics, subconscious, and behavior modes, according to your fate and destiny, are represented by the sword. You are a bit bossy and dominating, but have leadership ability.

You are capable and talented, with a great sense of justice and righteousness, and willing to help others for the sake of justice. Like a sword, you are able to cut through a difficult or unsatisfactory situation and eventually change your fate and destiny. You may hurt yourself carelessly with a double-edged sword if you are too aggressive and pressuring people around you. You may be dominating with your appearance, but have a loving heart to protect the weak with a sense of justice and fairness.

However, …

Gmail Skins for FF Users

Gmailskins adds the following features:
Change the colour/skin of your inbox.Integrate your google homepage alongside your inbox. This allows you to view weather reports, rss feeds, news headlines, flickr recently added, google calendar module etc from your inbox.Easily insert images from your Picasa web album in to your emailsInsert smileys/emoticons and images in to your emails.Insert HTML tables and other complex HTML in to your emails.Make the navigation (Inbox, Starred, Sent Mail, etc) horizontal.Fix the navigation in place so that you don't have to scroll to the top of the page to see it.Zebra stripes on mailbox - pretty!Change the attachment paperclip (on inbox) to an icon indicating the type of attachment.Hide various page elements (invite panel, page footer, your email address from the top right of inbox).http://gmailskins.mozdev.org/

Google Books

Google has just launched Google Books search. From there, you can even search and download full version of an entire book! However, full version is only limited to non-copyrighted books or some out of print books. Shakespeare's books can also be found.
http://books.google.com/

Google Apps for Your Domain (Google Corporate Package)

Now you can offer private-labeled email, IM and calendar tools to all of your users for free*, so they can share ideas and get things done more effectively. You can design and publish your organization's website, too. It's all hosted by Google, so there's no hardware or software for you to install or maintain.
https://www.google.com/a/

It sounds good but will it work out? What I know is that several universities have signed up for the package. Time will tell if a corporate decides to use this option.
http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006/08/google-launches-corporate-package.html
http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006/08/why-corporate-google-office-wont-be.html

IE 7 Release Candidate To-Read

What's new in Internet Explorer 7?
* tabs
* feed reader
* better CSS support (including CSS2)
* security (phishing filter, protected mode in Vista)

Download Link
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx

Internet Explorer 7 Quick Reference Sheet (Cheat Sheet)
http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/attachment/715071.ashx

Add-Ons for Microsoft Internet Explorer
http://www.ieaddons.com/default.aspx?cid=home&scid=0

Intel Wi-Fi update is memory vampire

This post is especially for Intel ProSet 10.X users. Those who had read my previous post http://hongjun.blogspot.com/2006/08/intel-prosetwireless-software-local.html and had applied security patch for Intel ProSet would need to apply another patch.

A new problem affects the Intel PROSet software version 10.5. The PROSet software accompanies Intel's drivers that run the company's wireless hardware on PCs.
http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=33947

Interesting Google Articles

Yahoo! Mail in OE Look

Yahoo has announced a beta version that has an OE-like interface. No more checkboxes, and it even includes a preview pane, drag-and-drop and RSS feeds to go along with the 1GB of storage. It isn't available to everyone yet, but you can get on the waiting list.

What's New With Yahoo! Mail
http://whatsnew.mail.yahoo.com/

all-new Yahoo! Mail
http://advision.webevents.yahoo.com/mailbeta/

I kinda like the interface.
BTW, I personally experimenting it now!

How to Detect Lies

Watching facial expressions in order to determine whether a person is lying might just save you from being a victim of fraud, or it could help you figure out when somebody's being genuine. Jury analysts do this when assisting in jury selection. The police do this during an interrogation. A lie detector of course does this, but is a little heavy to carry with you. Therefore, you have to learn the little facial and body expressions that can help you learn to recognize a lie from the truth.

http://www.wikihow.com/Detect-Lies

Microsoft To Offer Free Vista Upgrade

Microsoft has teamed up with PC vendors to promote the delayed Vista OS by offering PC buyers worldwide a free upgrade coupon, as a way of encouraging them to buy a Vista-capable PC as early as possible, according to market sources, citing information leaked from Taiwan-based PC makers.

http://www.smarthouse.com.au/Computing/Desktop_PCs?Article=/Computing/Desktop%20PCs/E2L7F3Q5

Definition of Leap Years

If the 4-digit year is not evenly divisible by 4, it is not a leap year.

If it is evenly divisible by 4 and also evenly divisible by 100, it is not a leap year — unless it is also evenly divisible by 400.

Therefore:
If it is evenly divisible by 4 and not evenly divisible by 100, it is a leap year.If it is evenly divisible by 4 and is also evenly divisible by 400, it is a leap year.If it is evenly divisible by 4 and also evenly divisible by 100 and also evenly divisible by 400, it is a leap year.However, if it is evenly divisible by 4 and also evenly divisible by 100 and not further evenly divisible by 400, then it is not a leap year.
1600 was a leap year. 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years. 2000 was a leap year.

From [http://www.willmaster.com/blog/perl/Calculate_Leap_Years.html]

ScatterChat

ScatterChat is a secure instant messaging client designed for non-technical users who require secure and anonymous communications. Our typical end-users include human rights and democracy advocates operating in hostile territory. ScatterChat is also a valuable tool for anyone requiring secure communications.

It is based upon the Gaim software, provides end-to-end encryption, integrated onion-routing with Tor, secure file transfers, and easy-to-read documentation.

ScatterChat's security features include resiliency against partial compromise, immunity from replay attacks, and limited resistance to traffic analysis... all reinforced through a pro-actively secure design.

http://www.scatterchat.com

Introducing CCleaner

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less that a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)

http://www.ccleaner.com/

My Top 10 Best Products (Aug 06)

All Products Listed by Ranking
Experts-Exchange IT Solutions Collaboration SiteMozilla Firefox Web BrowserGoogle Gmail Web MailGoogle Calendar Online CalendarQuickPost Experts-Exchange New Question Auto NotificationWindows Live Messenger Internet MessengingNetVibes Personalized Page (Web 2.0)Google Search EngineMicrosoft Office 2007 Office Package
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 Internet Browser

Previous Rankings
http://hongjun.blogspot.com/2006/03/my-top-10-best-products.html (2 Mar '06)
http://hongjun.blogspot.com/2006/01/my-top-10-best-products-renewed.html (6 Jan '06)
http://hongjun.blogspot.com/2005/12/my-top-10-best-products-of-2005.html (19 Dec '05)

IE 7.0 Beta 3 VS Firefox 2.0 Beta 1

Emphasis is on RSS.
http://lifehacker.com/software/internet-explorer/internet-explorer-7s-superior-feed-handling-192023.php
http://www.lifehacker.com/software/top/firefox-20-beta-1-screenshots-186687.php

It seems like IE 7.0 is at the top of the world in this aspect. Firefox needs to double up.
Just in case someone interested in doing a RSS feed, watch this video
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdntv/episode.aspx?xml=episodes/en/20060629IE7WV/manifest.xml

Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software Local Information Disclosure

Summary:
A security vulnerability exists in the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software (PROSet application) because of insecure usage of shared memory allowing a person having access to the user's computer or malicious software installed on the user's computer to obtain access to users' wireless network security information.

Description:
A security vulnerability has been identified in Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, and 10.x (PROSet application), which could be locally exploited by malicious users or software to obtain Wireless network security information such as WLAN pre-shared WEP key (all PROSet versions) and user authentication credentials (only PROSet 9.x and 10.x versions). This flaw is due to insecure usage of the shared memory.

Visit below link for more information
http://support.intel.com/support/wireless/wlan/sb/CS-023066.htm

10 ways to personalize your PC

Change your language settingsPersonalize a screen saverChoose your sounds and volumeCustomize the speed of your mouseChange your desktop appearanceCustomize your taskbar layoutSet your default Web pageChoose your Win