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floAt's Mobile Agent

FMA is a free1 powerful phone editing tool allowing users to easily manage all of the personal data stored in their phones, via a number of different connections methods. FMA allows easy management of Phonebook (both SIM and Phone memory), SMS, Profiles, and Files stored on the phone. FMA can also allow you to pickup and dial calls directly from your PC. FMA is fun and much more; whatever you want it to be, it is whatever a mobile phone should have.

Search Crystal (New Search Concept In Visualisation)

SearchCrystal is an interesting way in searching for information. It uses results from different search engines and formulate them to come out with a visual effect. Results common to more search engines are formed closer to the centre of the circle.

A simple search on keyword "Loh Hon Chun" gives me below.
http://www.searchcrystal.com/versions/embed/pSearchCrystal.php?&query=loh+hon+chun+docCount%7C10+source%7CWeb+view%7Ccluster

RecordExit Event Unavailable in Microsoft Access 2002

I answered this question recently.

"MS Access help talks about a form event called RecordExit, but I can't find it on the form property sheet."

Answer:
"Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article."

Photo of EE T-Shirt

Just a photo grabbed from EE.

Got My Salary Adjusted

I just got my salary reviewed and adjusted :)

I will be getting slightly higher annual income from my current company if I get 3 months bonus as compared to my previous company if I were to get 6 months from them. I guess I will be using this to make myself feel better because I know my previous company has the culture of giving generous bonuses to employees. However, I doubt 6 months is not likely this time round for my previous company.

Credit Card Even for Those Without Income

Citi Clear Card is the first credit card with no minimum income requirement. Whether you’re a tertiary student, serving your national service or if you’ve already started work, Citi Clear Card keeps up with your pace of life, offering you privileges around the clock. However, this card's credit limit is capped at $500.

From today's papers, OCBC and UOB will be launching their own version soon.

Is the goverment's decision in relaxing this rule wise? Will this end up encouraging students or those having annual income less than $30K using future money? Will this end up having more people defaulting credit card payments?

IMHO, this move is more towards a business/commercial one than one that considers social impact.

BAD MOVE! And it's EVIL!

Finally Got My EE T-Shirt

After months waiting for my EE T-Shirt, it finally is here all the way from the US. The T-Shirt is for my Active Server Pages Sage Rank.

2 more awaits me for my Microsoft SQL Server and VB.NETMaster Rank. I will need to wait another few months for these 2.

3,090 Questions Answered

To date, I have answered a total of 3,090 IT technical questions in Experts-Exchange. I hope to push myself further and make it to 3,150 by end of this month. I know it is going to be tough but I just want to give it a shot.

Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution

This update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities. Two of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution on client systems with .NET Framework installed, and one could allow information disclosure on Web servers running ASP.NET. In all remote code execution cases, users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

This security update addresses two vulnerabilities by modifying the way .NET Framework addresses buffer allocation.

Independent Financial Advisers Or Other FA

I am writing this post to show my perception of Independent Financial Advisers (IFA) and representives of tied Financial Advisers (FA).

Independent FAs are able to advise consumers on a wide range of investment products from various product providers. Only FAs who can clearly show that they do not have financial or commercial links with product providers that may influence their recommendations to consumers can use the term "independent". He should have no direct or indirect commercial arrangements with product providers that will create product bias and should operate freely from any form of product restriction. A IFA provides service like Cash Flow and Budgeting, Income Replacement Planning, Children’s Tertiary Education Planning, Home Loan and Debt Financing, Retirement Planning, Savings and Investment Planning, Tax Planning, Estate Analysis and Planning, and Corporate Risk Management. Financial consultants from exempt FAs such as banks and insurance companies are barred f…

The New Seven Wonders of the World

The original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Great Pyramid of Giza Date of construction: 2650-2500 BCBuilder: Egyptians - Built as the tomb of Fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.Date of destruction: Still standingCause of destruction: N.A.
Hanging Gardens of BabylonDate of construction: 600 BCBuilder: Babylonians - Herodotus claimed the outer walls were 56 miles in length, 80 feet thick and 320 feet high (although some archaeological findings suggest otherwise).Date of destruction: After 1st century BCCause of destruction: Earthquake
Temple of Artemis at EphesusDate of construction: 550 BCBuilder: Lydians, Persians, Greeks - Dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis, it took 120 years to build. Herostratus burned it down in an attempt to achieve lasting fame.Date of destruction: 356 BCCause of destruction: Arson
Statue of Zeus at OlympiaDate of construction: 435 BCBuilder: Greeks - Occupied the whole width of the aisle of the temple that was built to house it, and was 40 feet (12 meter…

Zoho Vs Google

While Google is still in the midst of finishing their Word Processor, Spreadsheet and Slide Show, an Indian company already have them and in fact, they have more! Zoho is the one

Zoho Official Site
http://www.zoho.com/

Zoho has an upperhand over Google with their MsAccess version - Zoho Creator. It is pretty cool. They even offer an option to embed forms on your own website / blog. For a demonstration, watch their 2 min video at http://static.zoho.com/creator/v2/collateral/gettingstarted/index.html

Shocking News On WWE Superstar Chris Benoit

Investigators have now reconstructed in detail how they believe the horror unfolded in the Benoits' once-peaceful dream house — resulting in the death of Chris' wife Nancy, 43, and son Daniel, 7.

http://www.myeyewitnessnews.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=9703b59a-1699-46ea-9f01-09a34f7cadbc
http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272614560.shtml
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/286673/1/.html

Backup Your Blogger

It's possible now!

The Blogger Backup utility is intended to be a simple utility to backup to local disk your Blogger posts. This tool allows both full backup as well as incremental backup.

iPhones Dissected in Minutes Out of Curiosity

Ifixit.com, an Apple parts and repair guide site, conducted one of the most sophisticated dismantlings, posting dozens of high-quality photos alongside technical commentary.

"They've done some things that are above and beyond. They did some very innovative things," site cofounder Kyle Wiens said of the iPhone's manufacture.

Their efforts yielded a few nuggets of information. The iPhone boasts a main processor and memory chips from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., an audio-processing chip from Britain's Wolfson Microelectronics Plc and a Wi-fi wireless chip from Marvell Technology Group Ltd.

SAP Sued By Oracle And SAP Admits Wrongdoings

Long long story cut short:

The roots of the down-on-the-ground grappling between SAP, of Waldorff, Germany, and Oracle run deep. While steadfast partners on the database front—a majority of SAP's customers run their software on Oracle's database technology—the relationship soured when Oracle embarked on a hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft, the world's second largest business applications developer, in 2004. When Oracle succeeded and acquired PeopleSoft in late 2005 after a bitter battle, SAP acquired TomorrowNow, which provides support for Oracle's applications (not only PeopleSoft, but also JD Edwards and Siebel, which Oracle also acquired).

With the TomorrowNow acquisition, SAP started its "Safe Passage" program that provides third-party support for Oracle applications, at about 50 cents on the dollar.

As soon as SAP acquired TomorrowNow, the gloves between the two companies really came off. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison vowed to get even.

The legal wrangling offi…

New Authentication Method Using Windows Card Space

Windows CardSpace enables users to provide their digital identities in a familiar, secure and easy way. In the physical world we use business cards, credit cards and membership cards. Online with CardSpace we use a variety of virtual cards to identify ourselves, each retrieving data from an identity provider. Don't struggle with usernames and passwords, just choose an information card!

What is Windows Card Space
http://cardspace.netfx3.com/

Secure Your ASP.NET Apps And WCF Services With Windows CardSpace
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/04/identity/

Entertainment clubs try to cope with smoking restrictions

At the Ministry of Sound, one of Singapore's biggest clubs, patrons started streaming into one of the five special smoking rooms, which were constructed at a cost of almost a quarter million dollars, for their puffs at the stroke of midnight.

I cannot imagine the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) level in the smoking rooms when all are in there puffing.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/285604/1/.html

Incident in EE

Something happened in EE today.

I was helping an expert in solving a JSP problem and all in all, I provided direct answers to each and every question he has. However, he gave me a C grade and of course I requested an explanation to the low grade. I definitely deserved an A if not a B for my effort. His reply was "I love C". I then countered him by asking if he would prefer a C grade or an A for his exam paper. His reply again was "C".

I could not accept his explanation and thus posted a request to review the given grade and at the same time requesting a moderator to "teach" him how to behave in EE. Both of us managed to make peace an hour later before a moderator stepped in to interfere. However, my request was sent and there's no way for me to pull back.

Just a few minutes ago, a moderator interfered and got the grade upgraded to A and suspended the offender's account. I didn't know my words carry so much weight and caused a suspension on his ac…

My Top 10 Best Products (Jul 07)

It has been almost a year since I last post my Top 10 Best Products. Some of the products in my new list are newcomers while some remain but their ranking either went up, down or unchanged. I also noticed many are from Google Inc!

All Products Listed by Ranking
Experts-Exchange IT Solutions Collaboration Site (Prev ranked 1st)Google Gmail Web Mail (Prev ranked 3rd)Windows Live Messenger Internet Messenging (Prev ranked 6th)QuickEE Experts-Exchange New Question Auto Notification (Newcomer)Google Calendar Online Calendar (Prev ranked 4th)Google Reader Web-Based Aggregator (Newcomer)Google Search Engine (Prev ranked 8th)Internet Explorer 7 Internet Browser (Prev ranked 10th)Visual Studio 2005 .NET Development IDE (Newcomer)Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Virtualization Suite for OS (Newcomer)Previous Rankings
http://hongjun.blogspot.com/2006/08/my-top-10-best-products-aug-06.html (5 Aug '06)
http://hongjun.blogspot.com/2006/03/my-top-10-best-products.html (2 Mar '06)
http://hongjun.blogspot…

Stop Page Processing in JSP

In JSP, we use the return statement to stop all processing on the page. However, if we were to just use return; then we will encounter an error saying "Statement is not reachable". To counter this problem, we use the below
<% if (1==1) return; %>