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Forced to read and read just to understand project requirements

To even get myself started on one of my projects, I had to read 4 research papers, 1 reference site, 1 lecture note from my school (National University of Singapore) and 1 lecture note downloaded from University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science website.

Hopefully with that, I need no further readings to complete my project.

Research Papers
Using the Fluhrer, Mantin, and Shamir Attack to Break WEP
http://www.isoc.org/isoc/conferences/ndss/02/papers/stubbl.pdf Weaknesses in the Key Scheduling Algorithm of RC4
http://aboba.drizzlehosting.com/IEEE/rc4_ksaproc.pdf Cracking WEP
http://www.airscanner.com/pubs/wep.pdf Reference Sites Fluhrer, Mantin and Shamir attack (Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluhrer,_Mantin_and_Shamir_attackLecture Notes (External)
WEP Weak IVs Revisted (University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science)
http://abelard.flet.keio.ac.jp/seminar/security-slides/kobara.pdf

My schedule for school

March02: CS5322 Quiz 103: CS4236 Project deadline05: CS5322 choose research topic10: CS4236 Assignment 1 deadline12: CS5322 Assignment 1 deadlineApril
05: CS5258 Assignment 105: CS5258 Assignment 213: CS5322 Quiz 215: CS5322 Project deadlineXX: CS4236 Assignment 2 deadlineXX: CS5322 Assignment 2 deadline27: CS4236 Exam28: CS5258 ExamMay
03: CS5322 ExamStrikethrough means I am done with it. Am current working on CS4236 Assignment 1 (reading project specification for 2 hours still left me confused).

Hopefully still manageable.

Why did you become an Engineer?

No matter what discipline of engineer are you, be it Software Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Mechanical Engineer or Product Engineer, it is very likely that money factor is not going to be the carrot.

Why did you become an Engineer? [via]

Singapore Polytechnic new Hilltop Library

Hilltop Library - Exterior

Hilltop Haven - 2nd floor for interaction, relxation & coffee in cafe
I speculate the name is Hilltop since it is located near the Business Faculty, up on top of a hill (students call it the 峨嵋山).

Above 2 photos were grabbed from here.

Facebook Glitch Sends E-Mails to Wrong Users

It is reported that several Facebook email messages were sent to the wrong recipients due to a coding glitch. This unintended incident happened on Wednesday.

As websites get more and more complicated, it seems like frequency of hearing privacy issues being implicated gets higher too. Is that a direct correlation?

Facebook Glitch Sends E-Mails to Wrong Users [via]

真有趣!

真有趣
今朝有酒今朝醉,明日愁来明日忧。
人生得意须尽欢,莫使金樽空对月。

SMRT Corporation stock chart

Am pleased with SMRT Corporation stable and steady growing share price performance thus far, especially February 2010. This is in reverse to many other blue chips for February.

Gmail graduates 6 features incl 'Search Autocomplete' but retires 5 others

Gmail Labs made an announcement that six features from the Labs have graduated while retiring five others.

Graduating:Search AutocompleteGo To LabelForgotten Attachment DetectorYouTube PreviewsCustom Label ColorsVacation DatesRetiring:MuzzleFixed Width FontEmail AddictLocation in SignatureRandom SignatureThese decisions to graduate and retire were made based mainly on usage, and users' feedback.

Gmail Labs graduation and retirement [via]

Greek alphabets

Αα Alpha Ββ Beta Γγ Gamma Δδ Delta Εε Epsilon Ζζ Zeta Ηη Eta Θθ Theta Ιι Iota Κκ Kappa Λλ Lambda Μμ Mu Νν Nu Ξξ Xi Οο Omicron Ππ Pi Ρρ Rho Σσς Sigma Ττ Tau Υυ Upsilon Φφ Phi Χχ Chi Ψψ Psi Ωω Omega

More factorization algorithms

More Mathematical headaches for me to self-learn.

Serious threat to the web in Italy

From Google Official Blog:
Serious threat to the web in Italy 2/24/2010 01:57:00 AM
In late 2006, students at a school in Turin, Italy filmed and then uploaded a video to Google Video that showed them bullying an autistic schoolmate. The video was totally reprehensible and we took it down within hours of being notified by the Italian police. We also worked with the local police to help identify the person responsible for uploading it and she was subsequently sentenced to 10 months community service by a court in Turin, as were several other classmates who were also involved. In these rare but unpleasant cases, that's where our involvement would normally end.
But in this instance, a public prosecutor in Milan decided to indict four Google employees —David Drummond, Arvind Desikan, Peter Fleischer and George Reyes (who left the company in 2008). The charges brought against them were criminal defamation and a failure to comply with the Italian privacy code. To be clear, none of the four …

Purchase: Asset or Expense?

Wonderh should your purchase be recorded as an asset or an expense? A decision tree by Harvard helps us make this accounting entry decision.

ecareers.sg portal to allow students to make informed career choices

Students of Primary 5 and 6 can now make informed choices of their career aspirations. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched an interactive web-based Education and Career Guidance (ECG) portal for primary schools.

Using ecareers.sg, students can explore information on various industries through colourful illustrations, personalised 'Avatars' and by playing interactive games.

I wonder how the portal would look like after logon (I can't since I am not P5/6).

Education & career portal aids primary schoolers to choose life-path [via]

Enjoyed lunch in Singapore Polytechnic

Met up with my that most respected polytechnic lecturer for the second time this year for lunch and this time round, I had my 9 years ago all-time favourite Pig's organ soup from Food Court 6. After 9 years, the price of their soup still remains unchanged at $2.00! Their ever so-popular fried chicken rice and western food stalls shall be my next target.

Unlike previous visits whereby I went around visiting other lecturers, I visited the new 1-month old Hilltop library beside T22. This new library that comes with a cafeteria and comfortable sofa is built to replace the old BizIT library located near MLT18.

Indeed a nostalgic homecoming for me whenever I visit Singapore Polytechnic.

Parkway Holdings chart

Both MA (14d, 25d) and MACD indicators, together with a tightening Bollinger Band, are showing positive trend for Parkway Holdings.

I am pleased with the counter thus far. Remain vested.

Parkway Holdings post profit jump of 29% for FY2009

Parkway Holdings, Asia’s biggest hospital operator by sales, posted fourth-quarter net income of $24.8 million and profit after tax and minority interests (PATMI) for the year grew by 29% to $117.9 million.

The Board has resumed dividend payments by declaring a final tax exempt one-tier dividend of 1.15 cents per ordinary share.

Parkway Holdings closed at S$2.930, higher by $0.070 or 2.447%.

Koh Brothers Reports Net Profit of S$10.7 mil for FY2009

Koh Brothers Reports Net Profit of S$10.7 mil for FY2009Revenue climbs 55% to S$333.8 million on the back of improved performance from the Group’s Real Estate and Construction & Building Materials divisionsExcluding exceptional items, Group net profit jumps 347% to S$12.1 million Proposes first and final dividend of 0.3 cent per ordinary share Healthy order book of over S$485 million for Construction and Building Materials divisionCome to think of the meagre 61% lower dividend for FY2009 as compared to FY2008 makes me sigh. However, looking on the brighter side of the story, the decline is largely due to an exceptional gain of S$25.0 million in FY2008, which arose from gain on disposal of Changi Hotel and acquisition of a subsidiary’s shares from a minority interest. These exceptional events was not repeated in FY2009. Excluding the exceptional items, the Group’s net profit attributable to shareholders for FY2009 would have increased by S$9.4 million or 347% to S$12.1 million.

Nice chat with an acquaintance

I had a nice chat with an acquaintance after my today's lecture. He is an external student from NTU.

Throughout the journey from NUS to Outram Park, we talked on topic relating to the education system in Singapore. One interesting finding is NTU actually offers a programme on Singlish (Singapore Slang English) Linguistics. I wonder what is the passing criteria for that programme.

Birthday problem

In a group of at least 23 randomly chosen people, there is more than 50% probability that some pair of them will have the same birthday.

Birthday problem [via]

Nomination of Insurance Nominees

The Insurance Nomination Law, which came into effect on 1 September under the Insurance Act, gives policyholders two options when nominating a beneficiary or beneficiaries under their life or, accident and health insurance policy.
Under the new law, policyholders of policies that are effected on their own lives and which pay a death benefit can choose from two options: Make a trust nomination, or a revocable nomination.
With a trust nomination, the policyholder relinquishes all rights to the policy, and can only regain it with the consent of all nominees.
With a revocable nomination, the policyholder retains the ability to unilaterally change, add or remove nominees.
To know the details, simply read Your Guide to the Nomination of Insurance Nominees 2009 (English) or (Chinese).

Referring to the English guide, page number 12 explains what ought/should be done on existing policies.

A picture's worth a thousand (translated) words

Do check out Google Goggles too.

Google Goggles is a visual search app for Android phones. Instead of using words, take a picture of an object with your camera phone: we attempt to recognize the object, and return relevant search results. Goggles also provides information about businesses near you by displaying their names directly in the camera preview.

把握当下

凡事自有安排,顺其自然,把握当下,喜乐自在。 At times, we need to understand that chances come only once - grab hold of it, seize the moment and take action.

Singapore Budget Day on 22 February 2010 3:30pm

Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, will deliver the FY2010 Budget Statement in Parliament on Monday, 22 February 2010 at 3.30pm.

Singapore government response to "The Economist: The stingy nanny"

Read on below for a response by the Singapore government to an article published on The Economist: The stingy nanny.
Singapore government response Feb 17th 2010 From Economist.com
SIR — I refer to your article “The stingy nanny” of Feb 13th.
Each society has to decide for itself the appropriate balance between unconditional welfare and self-reliance. Singapore has concluded that we cannot afford European-style state welfare, not because of dogma, but because our circumstances are different. We face competition from some of the most vibrant economies in the world, we have no hinterland or natural resources of our own to fall back on, and our future depends on being a dynamic and self-reliant people who strive our utmost to excel and create wealth for ourselves, our families and our society. Each generation must earn and save enough for its entire life cycle.
Our approach is based on time-tested values of hard work, self-reliance, family responsibility and community support for those in need.…

Mathematical Symbols

OMG!!! I am seeing them once again in my lecture notes!!!

= ≠ < > ≤ ≥ ∝ + - × · ÷ ⁄ ± √ ∣ ∤ : ! ~ ≈ ◅ ▻ ⋈ ∴ ∵ ⇒ → ⇔ ↔ ⊕ ∀ ∃ ≡ { , } ∅ ∈ ⊆ ⊂ ∪ ∩ → ↦ ℕ ℤ ℤn ℤp ℚ ℝ ℂ O ∞ ∑ ∫ Δ δ π σ

Partial Order

A relation "≤" is a partial order on a set S if it has:
Reflexivity: a ≤ a ∀ a ∈ S.

Antisymmetry: a ≤ b and b ≤ a ⇒ a = b.

Transitivity: a ≤ b and b ≤ c ⇒ a ≤ c.Re-learning Mathematics. More to come :(

Valentine's Day movie is great

VERY VERY short review from me.

Funniest scene: When Taylor Swift was doing that 5 6 7 8 cheer-leading move. But I thought Taylor Swift should stay singing and not act. Acting is just not her strength.

Most romantic scene: When the old lady (forgot her name), wearing red, did a bollywood, and went to look for her husband in the cemetery. I vote for this for its hilarious element in it too.

MM Lee said property prices went DOWN last year!

Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew made a comment that property prices actually went down last year at a Lunar New Year dinner held at Tanjong Pagar GRC. His comment really scared me!

Isn't he aware of the ever increasing property prices in Singapore? Scary.
“Let me tell you what happens when we slow down too much. You get the reverse spiral. Low growth, maybe even zero growth. Last year we had minus two per cent. Prices go down, property prices go down, incomes go down, you can't refurbish your houses, no new SERS, no upgrading and the country goes down.”
MM Lee warns of dangers of slow growth if productivity does not increase [via]

Is it fair for S'poreans and PRs to pay a S$100 casino levy at RWS?

I think it is not fair for Singaporeans and PRs to pay a $100 casino levy to enter RWS. It is ridiculous if you were to see how Malaysia's Genting and Macau casinos are operating. It is really a joke when foreign workers and maids in Singapore are able to visit and enjoy the experience but not us.

People in Malaysia and Macau must be laughing at us. Indeed laughable.

Managing super packed schedule

February
17: Testing18: Flight trial19: Flight trial22-26: Internal Software Acceptance TestMarch
02: CS5322 Quiz 103: CS4236 Project deadline05: CS5322 choose research topic10: CS4236 Assignment 1 deadline12: CS5322 Assignment 1 deadlineXX: Software Acceptance TestXX: Lab Acceptance TestXX: Ground Acceptance TestXX: Software Management CommitteeXX: 3 flight trialsXX: Conduct user trainingApril
13: CS5322 Quiz 215: CS5322 Project deadlineXX: CS4236 Assignment 2 deadlineXX: CS5258 Project deadlineXX: CS5322 Assignment 2 deadline27: CS4236 Exam28: CS5258 ExamXX: Software Management CommitteeXX: 2 flight trialsXX: Conduct user trainingMay
03: CS5322 ExamThe above does not include my 2nd project at work because its schedule is still very much unknown.

Managing them systematically is very important and I hope I won't lose control over it. Still manageable.

Questions set were really too difficult

I really wonder what was in my mind when I set those 50 odd POA MCQs a week ago. Today, I actually had a hard time doing them myself for the second time since last week. Those questions require one's mind to be clear without distractions. They "boomerang" and almost overran myself.

My goodness!

AIA A$ Wealth Accumulator – Up to 4.7% Interest per year

Once Again, AIA is offering the highest guaranteed interest up to 4.7% per year. This product is a 4.5 year non-participating Endowment plan.

The guaranteed yields are as follows:
Single Premium Amount (A$)
$10,000 – $29,000 : 4.50% p.a.$30,000 – $74,000 : 4.60% p.a.$75,000 and above : 4.70% p.a.However, the catch is this product is based in Australian dollars (A$) and hence the maturity amount will also be paid in Aussie dollars. This product is suitable for those who are aware of the risk involved in currency fluctuation and of course especially geared towards those who have long term plan to live or study in Australia.

Bank Lodgements VS Credit Transfers

What is the difference between Bank Lodgements and Credit Transfers?

Credit Transfer: Refers to a payment mode in which an amount of money (credit) is transferred directly from one account to another, in the same or different bank.

Then what is Bank Lodgement?

If the lodgement is brought forward to the branch of the same branch as the account to be credited, then it is a Bank Lodgement. If it is brought to another branch or bank, other than the account-holding branch, for transmission to the account-holding branch, then it is a Credit Transfer.

However, it looks like Credit Transfer is often used loosely for all.

Rules on getting into Resort World Sentosa casino

Dear RWS Casino guests, we have heard your feedback and are striving to iron out our operational kinks.

To ensure that you have no undue problems getting into our casino, please note some of the rules and regulations.

The dress code is Smart Casual. Persons in singlets and slippers will not be allowed in. If in doubt, dress as if you were attending your wedding dinner. :)

Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are required by the Singapore government to purchase an entry levy prior to entering the casino. A day levy costs S$100 and an annual levy costs S$2,000. They can be purchased from casino levy counters just outside the RWS Casino or via our website, www.rwsentosa.com .

For foreigners, please bring along a photo ID for verification. For more details, please check http://bit.ly/FAQlevy .

For those interested in becoming Resorts World Card members, please visit our membership counters. These are available both inside and outside the casino and in the Forum. Holders of Resorts W…

Gmail launches new Buzz Settings Page to allow total disabling

Google has updated Gmail to include a new "Buzz" tab under the "Settings" page, where you can remove Buzz from your inbox, delete Buzz altogether, or to hide from the public whom you are following and being followed by from your Google Profile. Do note that it is set to show to public by default.

ST Engineering posts 27% rise in 4Q09 net profit

ST Engineering, world's largest aircraft repair firm, posted 27% rise n 4Q09 net profit as compared to 4Q08.

For FY2009, the Electronics and Marine sectors reported higher turnover, the Aerospace sector had comparable turnover, while the Land Systems sector had lower turnover as compared to FY2008. The higher turnover in the Electronics sector is largely attributable to milestone completions of several projects including MRT projects in Singapore, Taiwan, Guangzhou and Bangkok, the Integrated Resort project, software system and simulator projects as well as sales of satellite communications products. The Marine sector recorded higher shipbuilding turnover due to favourable sales mix in both the Singapore and US operations.

A final dividend of 10.28 cents per share, consisting of an Ordinary Dividend of 4.00 cents per share and a Special Dividend of 6.28 cents per share is being proposed. Together with the interim Ordinary Dividend of 3.00 cents per share paid in September 2009, th…

How to disable Google Buzz completely?

Exactly one week ago, I posted a tip on Disabling Google Buzz. It talked on disabling Buzz through merely removing it from showing in Gmail.

Google recently added a new option to disable Google Buzz integration in Gmail and delete your Google profile and Buzz posts. It will also disconnect any connected sites and unfollow you from anyone you are following. This unfollowing process will also unfollow you from the ones you follow in Google Reader, which is rather unnecessary.

To find the new option, go to the profile editing page, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Delete profile and disable Google Buzz completely".

Which Social Network Is Right For You?

An article on LifeHacker attempts to compare popular social networking sites, namely Facebook, Twitter and Google Buzz, to help us make a decision which social network is right for us.

Which Social Network Is Right For You? [via]

2 days of Nintendo Wii

2 days of Nintendo Wii and no work makes me feel even more tiring. I do not know why. Games like Super Mario Bro, Wii Sports, and classic SEGA games like Shadow Dancer and Bare Knuckles loaded on emulator can be addictive. Can't believe the game console is just in my house but I have never really played it before this Chinese New Year festive season.

I better get back to work and stop touching the controller.

Two studies show ICT aids the teaching of Chinese language

The proliferation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) usage in teaching is sowing the seeds of hard work put in by both the implementers and educators. No doubt, Information Technology (IT) is getting very closely knitted to our everyday learning process.

As always, Chinese idioms (成语) is very much a “我不认识它它不认识我”affair.

Two studies show ICT aids the teaching of Chinese language [via]

Windows Phone 7 (Totally Reinvented)

Microsoft finally come out with a new Windows Mobile version 7.0 for mobile phones. This new operating system is a total revamped, built from scratch and cocomes with a completely new user interface for touchscreen. It is obvious that Microsoft is trying to attempt to beat the likes of Apple's iPhone stronghold and the new emerging Google's Nexus One.

NOTE: The name of the new operating system is Windows Mobile 7 Windows Phone 7. Looks like they have decided to drop the word Mobile.

The new Windows Phone operating system looks pretty snazzy.

Demo: Phones for a “Life in Motion”

See how Windows® Phone 7 Series reorganizes the phone, Web and applications to deliver a mobile experience that will help make the most of customers’ busy lives.


Is Microsoft too late in the party? I think so.

Wrong buy on Neptune Orient Lines (NOL)

It is getting clearer that my buy on Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) is a wrong and expensive one after all. In just one month, the stock has since fallen 11 per cent.

What has resulted in the drop? Fundamentals have shown the shipping industry though recovering, the possibility of shipping companies like NOL seeing red in the first half of 2010 is still real.


Last Thursday, NOL announced larger-than-expected FY2009 losses of US$741 million ($1 billion) on the back of a 30 per cent drop in revenue to US$6.52 billion. It is anticipated that the downward pressure on freight rates, owing to the oversupply of tonnage, is likely to weigh on NOL's profitability. This still-gloomy trend will affect other shipping companies too. Due to overall losses, no distribution is announced for FY2009.

Let's hope FY2010 will be a better year for the shipping industry. Looking on the brighter side, the rest of my old and new holdings still remain relatively healthy.

王菲《传奇》令我不禁沉浸其中

王菲复出演唱歌曲《传奇》令我不禁沉浸其中。她的歌声真是百听不厌啊。

她真的还是很行!真棒!Voice of a celestial being!
王菲《传奇》歌词
词:左右曲:李键
只是因为在人群中多看了你一眼 再也没能忘掉你容颜 梦想着偶然能有一天再相见 从此我开始孤单思念 想你时你在天边 想你时你在眼前 想你时你在脑海 想你时你在心田
宁愿相信我们前世有约 今生的爱情故事不会再改变 宁愿用这一生等你发现 我一直在你身旁 从未走远
只因为在人群中多看了你一眼 再也没能忘掉你容颜 梦想着偶然能有一天再相见 从此我开始孤单思念 想你时你在天边 想你时你在眼前 想你时你在脑海 想你时你在心田
宁愿相信我们前世有约 今生的爱情故事不会再改变 宁愿用这一生等你发现 我一直在你身边 从未走远
只是因为在人群中多看了你一眼

The Economist - Welfare in Singapore: The stingy nanny

I was browsing The Economist when I happen to come across an article on welfare in Singapore. An article like the below will never ever going to be published in local Singapore.
The stingy nanny Feb 13th 2010 | SINGAPORE From Economist.com
The city-state stays strict with the needy
FOND of having the last word, Singapore's government can nevertheless be flexible. Who would have thought it would be building casinos? But one policy that shows no sign of reversing is Singapore’s antipathy towards public welfare. The state’s attitude can be simply put: being poor here is your own fault. Citizens are obliged to save for the future, rely on their families and not expect any handouts from the government unless they hit rock bottom. The emphasis on family extends into old age: retired parents can sue children who fail to support them. In government circles “welfare” remains a dirty word, cousin to sloth and waste. Singapore may be a nanny state, but it is by no means an indulgent nanny.
The aft…

A 2-for-1 Google Doodle today

A 2-for-1 Google Doodle today, marking Winter Olympics + Valentine's Day. COOL!

1 project down ?!

It seems the core of my 2% project is completed except for some final aesthetic finishing on the presentation slides.

COOL!

New Framework for Nomination of Insurance Nominees takes effect September 1, 2009

The Insurance Nomination Law, which came into effect on 1 September under the Insurance Act, gives policyholders two options when nominating a beneficiary or beneficiaries under their life or, accident and health insurance policy.
Under the new law, policyholders of policies that are effected on their own lives and which pay a death benefit can choose from two options: Make a trust nomination, or a revocable nomination.
With a trust nomination, the policyholder relinquishes all rights to the policy, and can only regain it with the consent of all nominees.
With a revocable nomination, the policyholder retains the ability to unilaterally change, add or remove nominees.
But then what's the default option? I shall seek an answer to it by end of this week.

From the Life Insurance Association, Singapore website:
LIA Media Release (7 Sep 09) [via]Your Guide to the Nomination of Insurance Nominees 2009 (English) [via]Your Guide to the Nomination of Insurance Nominees 2009 (Chinese) [via]Insur…

Third-hand smoke also bad for you

Nicotine residues will stick to a smoker's skin and clothing, and these residues follow a smoker back into the community he or she mixes with and get spread everywhere. The biggest risk is to young children.

The only socially responsible solution not to risk people around you from second-hand or third-hand smoke is really to kick out the habit of smoking.

Third-hand smoke also bad for you: study [via]

HAPPY

My review on the restaurants I visited for Chinese New Year

The below are the restaurants I visited either for lunch or dinner for Chinese New Year.

Paradise Inn at City Square Mall (Lunch)

Overall rating for the 268++ set lunch is unsatisfactory for 2 reasons.

Except for yu sheng and dessert, all the other dishes were served in the wrong sequence. For example, fried rice was served as the second dish instead of being the one before dessert. Herbal soup was served as the last item before dessert OMG!

Quality of food is another disappointment. Broccoli was served with only broccoli, meaning to say, items in the dish is just broccoli with salt. Most of their dishes were too salty for me.

Ingredients used and quality of food do not justify the 268++ price tag.

Hooters at Clarke Quay (Lunch)

The only reason why I was there having western food for Chinese New Year is because that's a company event.

Overall rating is unsatisfactory for 1 reason.

I think any restaurant selling pork loin, chicken chop and fish dory will be able to serve anything mor…

How DarkMarket is taken down by FBI?

Pledge to finish my 1st task after my 2 full days of rest by today.
03 March 2010 : CS4236 Project deadlineIt is basically a "waste-time" project, considering this is a 2% weightage, 20 minutes presentation on any security-related topic. For this, I decided to do a "story-telling" style on the topic of "How DarkMarket is taken down by FBI?".

The lecturer has promised us as long as we do something, 2% is guaranteed.

A simple introduction to Dark Market.
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/oct08/darkmarket_102008.html

12 Google Buzz Tips

Find some rather useful tips on Google Buzz.
Send direct messagesDisable email notificationsAdd more connected sitesLink to a Google Buzz messageQuickly open Google BuzzHide Google Buzz's counterSubscribe to a Google Buzz account in a feed readerFind public Google Buzz messagesSave searchesView Google Buzz photos in a slideshowAdd rich text messagesGoogle Buzz on a mapGoogle Buzz Tips [via]

Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP)

Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP) is the new term I learnt today. DRP provides the option to elect to receive new units (DRP Units) in lieu of the cash amount of any distributions (cash dividends), declared in respect of all holdings of units which are deposited with Central Depository Pte Limited (CDP).

Only when you manage your own investment will you gain new knowledge.

Managing super packed schedule

February
17: Testing18: Flight trial19: Flight trial22-26: Internal Software Acceptance TestMarch
02: CS5322 Quiz 103: CS4236 Project deadline05: CS5322 choose research topic10: CS4236 Assignment 1 deadline12: CS5322 Assignment 1 deadlineXX: Software Acceptance TestXX: Lab Acceptance TestXX: Ground Acceptance TestXX: Software Management CommitteeXX: 3 flight trialsXX: Conduct user trainingApril
13: CS5322 Quiz 215: CS5322 Project deadlineXX: CS4236 Assignment 2 deadlineXX: CS5258 Project deadlineXX: CS5322 Assignment 2 deadline27: CS4236 Exam28: CS5258 ExamXX: Software Management CommitteeXX: 2 flight trialsXX: Conduct user trainingMay
03: CS5322 ExamThe above does not include my 2nd project at work because its schedule is still very much unknown.

Managing them systematically is very important and I hope I won't lose control over it. Still manageable.

The Real Scandal Behind the Toyota Recall

The Real Scandal Behind the Toyota Recall Business Week February 11, 2010, 4:39PM EST
Fuzzy findings, media manipulation, and tort lawyers scare the public and destroy millions in shareholder and resale value, writes Ed Wallace
By Ed Wallace
Following my own advice to go to the source, I called a few respected local Toyota (TM) dealers in the Dallas area to ask a simple question: "In the past 10 years, how many Toyotas have come into your service department with the complaint of unintended acceleration?"
The answer I got again and again? "None."
And they would remember: For new-car dealers across America, unintended acceleration is the most serious complaint a customer can make. Not because the situation exists as represented but because, as any auto industry insider knows, this condition can invoke a media firestorm whether it happened or not.
The newest story is that Toyota products are falling in resale value as a result of this issue. If true, this proves that our abil…

Singapore ranked 53rd most liveable city while Vancouver retained top spot

In an annual survey by the The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which compared 140 cities worldwide, Vancouver has again topped a list of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world. It is to note that seven of the top ten cities are in Canada and Australia. Auckland, New Zealand, ranked 10th. From the same survey, Singapore is ranked 53rd most liveable city.

No wonder countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand remain the top destinations for migration.

Cities in Canada and Australia are most liveable in the world [via]
S'pore - 53rd most liveable [via]
Winter Olympics host, Vancouver, ranked world's most liveable city [via]

A really really nice contractor

I have never seen such a nice contractor before. Too tired to elaborate. In short, he sent people down to do up some new enhancements but insisted not to be paid. He even went down to my place regularly to visit my mother and many times, brought CNY goodies plus lunch!

I wish him and his wife happily ever after.

How to remove Buzz email notifications from Gmail Inbox?

If you do not wish Google Buzz social notifications, count as emails and appear automatically in your Gmail inbox, you can try creating a filter and then redirect/archive it right away, skipping the inbox.

A filter for Has the wordslabel:buzz is to be created and actionSkip the Inbox (Archive it) is to be created to make the filtering happen.

UBS stake may be worth 70% less as GIC converts

Singapore sovereign wealth fund, Government Investment Corp (GIC), will convert 11 billion Swiss francs ($14.54 billion) worth of UBS notes into shares next month at a price that may erode the value of its stake in the Swiss bank by 70%.

So far, I haven't heard of good news from Singapore's two sovereign wealth fund - GIC and the Temasek Holdings.

UBS stake may be worth 70% less as GIC converts [via]

我对昨天的感触

昨天,我亲眼目睹一位同班同学(A)向另一位同学(B)说了一句话。
A: How's your working schedule like?

B: Still quite manageable.

A: Mine is really hectic. Furthermore, my the other module sucks! My group mate basically don't care everything and end up I have to do most of everything. I hope you will understand that I may not be able to put in 100% effort for this module. But of course I will do my best.

B: Sure. Let's work hard together.我真的不晓得他说的每一句话是不是真的。但我知道的是他上一个学期也是这样更我说。今年我学聪明了!在他问我要不要组成一组之前,我已经已有了一组了。哈哈哈!

我认为当良心不小心被私心给吞没时,真的很领人失望灰心。I hate those selfish free rider! My philosophy is one can be slow but then one must not be lazy and take others for granted.

Wireless@SG offers auto log-in feature

Free wireless internet access at hotspots around Singapore will now be easier with a new Wireless@SG automatic log-in feature.

A new feature called Seamless and Secure Access (SSA) enables an “always on” experience to users as their devices will automatically connect and log into the Wireless@SG network when entering a hotspot. The automatic service requires a new Wireless@SG Connect software that has to be downloaded and installed on Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices or notebooks.

This may sound convenient, however, I do have reservation over the security aspect. With this new “always on” feature, your Wireless@SG account may come under threat and abuse if you ever lost your mobile device. Unless some mitigation measure is incorporated, the success of such implementation may be questioned.

Faster and Easier Access To Wireless@SG [via]

Medisave for Approved Overseas Hospitalisation

From 1 March 2010, Singapore residents will be able to use their Medisave to help pay for their hospitalisation overseas under certain conditions.

The scheme will start off with two providers: Health Management International (HMI) and Parkway Holdings Pte Ltd.
HMI has set up its local Medisave-accredited referral centre at its Balestier Clinic and Health Screening Centre. It will work with its two overseas subsidiaries: Regency Specialist Hospital in Johor Bahru and Makhota Medical Centre in Malacca.Parkway Holdings has set up a Medisave-accredited referral centre at East Shore Hospital. It will partner 9 hospitals under the Pantai group in different states of Malaysia, as well as the Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur.Medisave for Approved Overseas Hospitalisation [via]

Introducing Google Buzz

Google today announced a new service, Google Buzz, that automatically brings social networking into Gmail and the rest of the Google-sphere.

Google Buzz

Buzz for mobile


Currently social services supported include:
FlickrTwitterPicasa WebYouTubeBloggerAny feed connected to your Google profileGoogle Buzz
http://www.google.com/buzz

Buzz for mobile
http://www.google.com/intl/en/mobile/buzz/

Google is still currently rolling out Buzz to all Gmail users in phases.

Finally got my PMP original certificate shipped from the U.S.

After a month since I passed my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification examination, the true original certificate finally reached me today!

I thought the package looks rather prestigious, professional and sincere, unlike my earlier international professional Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certificate. Looks like the Project Management Institute (PMI) has done a better job than Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

Other than the PMP certificate, the package includes a credential name card and a lapel pin. It is noted that every single document in the package is printed using the environmentally friendly soy ink. Cool!

Yeah! I shall make a trip down to my HR tomorrow and get it endorsed for another $x incentive :)

Trial on CNY week

I really do not understand why flight trials are scheduled on CNY week!
难道他们真的要我们新年来上班不可吗?!

真的不明白,搞不通。

Goojje, A Google copycat

Goojje.com, a copycat of Google.com, is now causing a stir in intellectual rights issue, resulting in the real Google Inc in coming out saying Goojje.com is in no way affiliate to Google.

A lawsuit may follow.

Uncle Poh Curry Mixed Rice and Porridge + Peep at Fei Sao Niang Dou Foo stall

Their curry chicken is so so good!

Notice the stall Fei Sao Niang Dou Foo beside it? I used to have their really nice yong tau foo almost everyday more than 2 years ago. I really miss their yong tau foo. MUST visit it one day.