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Is that a vacation job or free labour?

From the Straits Times Interactive,5578,361748,00.html?

Dec 29, 2005
Is that a vacation job or free labour?

I WISH to highlight a practice by a local restaurant chain which appears to use students on vacation as a source of free labour.

My daughter, who had just completed her O levels, applied for vacation work at Fish & Co in Parkway Parade. She was told the pay was $4.50 per hour.

Happily, she started work on Dec 5, working a five-hour shift for five days. However, near the end of her shift on Dec 10, she and some others were told their services had been terminated. Nothing was said about outstanding pay.

My wife accompanied her on Dec 23 to ask about the outstanding pay. They were attended by one of the staff members who told them new employees, whose services are terminated, should have served a minimum of 24 working hours to get paid. If they failed to clock the minimum hours, they would not be paid a cent. She told my wife that ou…

New Year's Day to be a second late

Scientists will insert a "leap second" onto the end of December 31, by tweaking their atomic clocks, the world's most precise timekeepers, so as to be consistent with the Earth's rotation.

Leap seconds are inserted because atomic clocks tend to go slightly ahead of the Earth's rotation, largely because the rotation of the Earth has been slowing down.

It will be the first extra second in seven years. The first leap second was added on June 30, 1972, according to NIST, an arm of the U.S. Commerce Department.

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The 10 Commandments of Microsoft Access

From the microsoft.public.access.formscoding newsgroup:

And it came to pass that the cries and lamentations of the Access newbies were heard on high by the gods of the Database, and their hearts were moved to pity for their followers. And they opened their mouths and spake, saying: "Nevermore shall the young and innocent wander witless on their journeys! We shall provide guidance to them, yea, and to all who wish to seek the paths of wisdom." And they caused these commandments to be written and placed before the eyes of those seeking enlightenment.

So heed the words of those who have come before you, and keep these commandments in thine heart as thou dost create thy Database application. If thou shalt only follow these commandments thy burden shall be made light and thy path shall be made straight.

Thou shalt design normalized tables and understand thy fields and relationships before thou dost begin.Thou shalt never allow thy users to see or edit tables directly, but only throu…

My Top 10 Best Products of 2005

The top 2 happened to be my top few too!
I think I will come out with my top 10 one day.

All Products Listed by Ranking
Experts-Exchange IT Solutions Collaboration SiteGoogle Gmail Web MailQuickPost Experts-Exchange New Question Auto Notification
Mozilla Firefox Web BrowserVisual Studio .NET 2003 IDE .NET 1.1 Visual Basic 6.0 IDE for Visual Basic 6.0MSN Messenger 7.5 Internet Messenging ProgramGoogle Search EngineMSDN Library Microsoft Technologies DocumentationNJStar Communicator Chinese Input

The 100 Best Products of 2005

The top 2 happened to be my top few too!
I think I will come out with my top 10 one day.

All Products Listed by Ranking Mozilla Firefox Web BrowserGoogle Gmail Web MailApple Mac OS X Version 10.4 (Tiger) Operating SystemBelkin Wireless Pre-N Router and Notebook Network Card Wireless NetworkingDell Ultrasharp 2405FPW 24-Inch Wide-Screen LCDAlienware Aurora 5500 Performance PCSeagate USB 2.0 Pocket Drive Portable Hard DriveSkype VoIP ServiceCanon EOS Digital Rebel XT Digital SLR CameraPalmOne Treo 650 PDA PhoneZone Labs ZoneAlarm Antivirus Antivirus and Firewall SoftwareMysoft Technology Maxthon Browser Plug-InRio Carbon Midcapacity MP3 PlayerWebroot Window Washer 5.5 UtilityMaxtor H01R300 Shared Storage Drive Network Hard DriveGoogle Search EngineNetgear 54 Mbps Cable/DSL Wireless Travel Router Model WGR101 Travel RouterOnlyMyEmail Pro Spam FilterSony PlayStation Portable Handheld Gaming DeviceNVidia GeForce 6600 GT Graphics BoardAPC Back-UPS RS 800VA 120V Uninterruptible Power Supply2Bri…


The shiokness comes when I managed to answer a programming question without knowing the language and not having anything required installed to test. Purely code out the logic from examples and by instinct.

More than half of Asia's software illegal

The biggest culprits were Vietnam which topped the list with a piracy rate of 92 percent, followed by China at 90 percent, BSA said in the study which it commissioned research firm International Data Corp. to carry out.

New Zealand's piracy rate of 23 percent was the lowest in the region, followed by Japan's 28 percent. Australia was at 32 percent and Singapore 42 percent.

[All above extracted from in parts]

I doubt it will get any better soon.

Rank High for Quick Answer

Some statistics provided by the always excellent reporting service by expert ameba.

For each of the below, click on "Quick Answer" column to sort.

January 2005 - November 2005 Statistics
Ranked 23rd for a I-took-23-seconds-to-answer question

January 2004 - December 2004 Statistics
Ranked 25th for a I-took-27-seconds-to-answer question

I am pleased.

Poem to Promote Bush

Below is a poem happen to be found inside a Pakistani's English language textbook having the first letter of each line spelt out "President George W Bush". The anonymous poem, called The Leader, is seen as a praise for the president. This textbook is due to be reprinted next year.

Patient and steady with all he must bear,
Ready to meet every challenge with care,
Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,
Strong in his faith, refreshingly real.
Isn't afraid to propose what is bold,
Doesn't conform to the usual mould,
Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won't do,
Never backs down when he sees what is true,
Tells it all straight, and means it all too.
Going forward and knowing he's right,
Even when doubted for why he would fight,
Over and over he makes his case clear,
Reaching to touch the ones who won't hear.
Growing in strength he won't be unnerved,
Ever assuring he'll stand by his word.
Wanting the world to join his firm stand,
Bracing for war, but praying for …

Do You Surf in Toilet?

Interesting but it would be better if there are hard facts.


"A significant number of Americans use the computer connection in the bathroom," said Jeffrey Cole, of the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future.

Since people were unlikely to be surfing in the bath, or while brushing their teeth, Cole said he had concluded that many of them went off into cyberspace while on the throne.

23rd SEA Games Medal Tally (Finalized)

COUNTRYGOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL PHILIPPINES113 84 94 291 THAILAND87 78 118 283 VIETNAM71 68 89 228 MALAYSIA61 50 64 175 INDONESIA49 79 89 217 SINGAPORE42 32 55 129 MYANMAR17 34 48 99 LAOS3 4 12 19 BRUNEI

Freelance Project Ethics

1. ANY desktop based projects in ANY programming languages.
2. ANY web based projects in ANY web programming languages excluding CGI.

3. School projects.
4. Design intensive.

Latter rules supercede former rules.

So PLEASE don't tell me to do school projects! I was once a student and so am able to identify them.