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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Quick Certificate Printer

Came about this website.

The internet is really about anything

Polling Day Holiday

POLLING Day next Saturday will be a public holiday as Singaporeans go to the polls to cast their votes in Singapore's 11th General Election.

Those who have to work on Polling Day are to receive a day's pay or given another day off, said the Manpower Ministry.

And workers whose day off falls on Polling Day are entitled to a day-off-in-lieu or one day's pay, its statement added.

The ministries said companies should treat Polling Day in the same manner as any other public holiday, as given under Section 35 of the Parlimentary Elections Act.

More details are available at the website

Extracted from The Straits Times Saturday April 29, 2006

Thursday, April 27, 2006

I Need To Vote

Who would I vote? I already have the answer after some serious consideration and assessment from the daily Today paper and the news. I better not discuss too much relating to election issues to avoid clashing with the law.

Voting is COMPULSORY. Voting is SECRET. And Voting is FIRST time for ME.

My area is AMK.

Dial-Up Remote Uploading = Yawn

Doing dial-up to Madras, Cebu, Bombay, Russia, etc... Doing upload and remote install made me irritated. Damn slow. Slow but then at least all understand English.

Taipei uses leased line and so will be fast but... These Taiwanese people don't want English! They request for Taiwanese Bopomofo Chinese! Made my coding difficult. Environment wise can also be so tricky. Hope all these areas turn out well.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

12 tips for better e-mail etiquette

  1. Be informal, not sloppy.
  2. Keep messages brief and to the point.
  3. Use sentence case.
  4. Use the blind copy and courtesy copy appropriately.
  5. Don't use e-mail as an excuse to avoid personal contact.
  6. Remember that e-mail isn't private.
  7. Be sparing with group e-mail.
  8. Use the subject field to indicate content and purpose.
  9. Don't send chain letters, virus warnings, or junk mail.
  10. Remember that your tone can't be heard in e-mail.
  11. Use a signature that includes contact information.
  12. Summarize long discussions.

Extracted from

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Working Late Once Again


Working Late

It seems to be a norm.
Cannot believe a shipping company can have so many development to do!
Lucky this company can claim OT and taxi fee (only if one works at least till 10:30pm).
So tiring...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

PS Carrefour Sale

Bought a book on ASP.NET Web Security at $5
Bought total 4 CD wallet at $1 each

Monday, April 10, 2006

Welcome ryancys

Welcome ryancys, my Experts-Exchange mate, back working in Singapore. Guess we can meet up for lunch one of these days.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

SgDotNet Talk

Ya.. I actually attended a talk on "Web Parts" and "UML" last Thursday. The talk on "Web Parts" was by Maung Maung (MVP for Security). Sharepoint was introduced. I am IMPRESSED with the power of Sharepoint with SmartPart. I guess is most probably created that way.
It was held Microsoft. That was my 2nd time there.

Interview: Microsoft's Database Guru

I still feel MsSQL is easier to use.
As for enterprise, I think SQL Server 2005 has addressed this issue. Even SQL 2005 reporting services is competing Crystal Reports.

Google's Eric Schmidt Told a Lie In 2002


PC World: So you don't want to be the next Yahoo?

Schmidt: What we do is search. Yahoo is a portal with a myriad of specialized services. What Google does is sufficiently limited. It's not really targeted at what Yahoo or AOL is trying to do. Our business strategy is not to compete, because we want them as customers.


RCL is a different working environment as compared to WPH. RCL is more corporate and the environment is a LOT LOT LOT quieter. You don't normally see people joked and cracking lame jokes. On average, people there are in their late 30s. Thought chinese make up the majority, there are quite a number of Burmese.

The nature of work is also different. It is mainly on web programming at WPH while it is mainly on component-based programming at RCL.

Long Time No Blog

It has been quite some time since I last blog.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Blogspot Comment Feature Used Instead

Due to sabotage by an anonymous, I have switched to blogspot's comment feature instead of the haloscan's. With blogspot, I can perform moderation.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Internet Explorer PNG Transparency Hack

This is an interesting find.

This is a bug in Internet Explorer 6.0 and below. Internet Explorer 7.0 has confirmed this PNG transparency bug is addressed.

All along, I thought it may not be possible for this particular image. PNG supports 256 levels of transparency where GIF only supports one. Turning a PNG with an alpha channel that doesnt reach %100 transparency into a gif would look just like the PNG without the alpha channel. And turning a PNG with an alpha channel that does reach %100 transparency into a gif would result in a halo around the image. Not only that but PNG supports thousands of colors where gif only supports 256. My recommendation to fellow EE experts thus is always "Convert to GIF".

Still, GIF and JPG are still the 2 picture formats being supported by all browsers. If you don't see the transparency (without applying the hack), this means the browser you are using doesn't support PNG files with alpha channels. IE for windows doesn't, IE for Mac does, iCab for Mac does, Netscape 6 does, Mozilla does, and Firefox does.

Dictionary Suggest

My 2nd AJAX mini application - Dictionary Suggest
Try it out and you should know what the mini app does.
I will improve on the functionality whenever I got the time.

New Phase of Life

3 months in Web Professional House is short but then memorable. I have decided not to extend my contract and move on to another company, RCL Feeder. Colleagues at WPH are all nice people. They are a group of young people and some even younger than me! We blast music at work, talk loudly, listen to gossip, etc.. On my last day of work, they gave me a Waterman black ballpoint pen, and a nice tie. I am so touched.

I know RCL will not be that vibrant. Nevertheless, it is going to be another experience for me.

TARGETED to A Unrespected Barbarian

That barbarian has made insulting posts to my shoutbox twice giving reasons that I have used hongjun for my blogspot. Because of this, IT is unable to use hongjun for ITS blog name.

Just too bad!

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