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Linux & Star Office 8 on Singapore Airlines Planes

Can you imagine working on your word documents on a plane? Singapore Airlines (SIA) is providing this service to passengers. This means more time to do your documents and this means no excuse of not meeting deadlines!,1759,2138618,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594 (With photo as proof)


GreenBorder Pro keeps you safe from identity thieves and criminals by making your PC, files and personal information invisible to any Web-based threat. You can safely go to any site with IE, click any link, view or download any content and run any Internet program. It also protects you from identity theft by securing your credit card and bank information while shopping or banking online. GreenBorder creates a protective barrier that keeps all interactions with the Web away from your PC. This set & forget protection is always current and doesn't require any updates. It prevents malicious code from silently installing or seeing your files and PC resources--even new sophisticated attacks that are undetectable. You are automatically protected whether at home, at a public WiFi hotspot, or on the road. The SafeFiles option extends the protection to any file received via e-mail, IM, and USB sticks.

Version 2.9.3 supports Firefox 2.0, Internet Explorer, and older FAT32 file systems.


Tech Laggards Not Alone

Their opposites are just as easy to spot. The Laggards and Luddites are slow or reluctant to embrace new technology because they can't afford it, aren't interested in it, or actually fear and loathe it.

As a group, they are apparently much bigger than previously imagined. In a comprehensive study of how consumers use technology, the Pew Internet & American Life Project reported this month that a surprising 49 per cent of adult Americans fall into this category.

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Google Translate

I tried to translate my blog from English to Chinese Simplified and got it as below. Even though the translation is not 100% correct, the result is quite impressive. Oh ya, my name translated in Chinese is not the one from the translated result. My Chinese name is 宏俊.

Google Translate

The Singapore Flyer - Ferris Wheel

From Channel News Asia, booking is already in progress even though the ferris wheel is still under construction. The number of bookings made is so much that it would mean no more bookings can be made for the 1st 3 months of operation.

FYI, The Singapore Flyer will be ready from March 2008 onwards

Official Website


PHP: Create Directory, Safe Mode Headache, etc

Many times when creating directories via script on a Linux/Unix machine can result in permission problems. Below will make sure it work provided FTP username and password provided is a user id with higher rights.

function site_mkdir($dir) { if (is_dir($_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] . '/' . $dir)) { return(true); } if (!$ftp_connection = ftp_connect('ftp.server')) { return(false); } if (!ftp_login($ftp_connection, 'user', 'password')) { return(false); } if (!ftp_chdir($ftp_connection, 'httpdocs')) { return(false); } $dir_list = explode('/', $dir); foreach ($dir_list as $current) { if ($current != '') { if (!@ftp_chdir($ftp_connection, $current)) { if (!ftp_mkdir($ftp_connection, $current)) { ftp_close($ftp_connection); r…

Enso - Humanized

Just watched Enso's Flash Demo and am quite impressed by how Enso does things.

Enso is dead simple to use. You just hold down the Caps Lock key and type an Enso command, which is displayed in a translucent overlay. Once the command is typed, you simply release the Caps Lock key to activate it, and the overlay disappears. If you type fast, it all happens in a flash. For instance, to launch the Firefox Web browser, you just hold down the Caps Lock key and type "open firefox." To look up the meaning of the word "proclivity," you just hold down the Caps Lock key and type "define proclivity."

Google Video Search Includes MetaCafe Videos

As illustrated by below link, Google Video has included MetaCafe (Not a Google product) in their video search result. This is on top of Google Video and YouTube.

What's interesting is the MetaCafe's video actually plays using Google Video Player and is hosted on Google! Click on "Watch Preview Here" link to play video.

Google Revamps Search Engine

Google has just released its new Search Engine interface.

To try out, we will need to go to Google Home - To do that, we need a simple tweak since Google has not rolled out to some countries like Google SG.

How to Go to Google Home?
Go to you have done (a), you will not be re-directed to your local Google page.Do notice the "more" link at the top of Google page. It can be quite handy.

In fact, Google has also released a site to showcase what are the upcoming features they are currently experimenting on. I personally like their innovative "Shortcuts" feature. I find them very handy in GMail.
Google Experimental -

Too Many Things On My Mind

I am quite stressed up these few days. My brain and mind are working non-stop 24/7.

Work is stressful especially the need to come out with algorithms from nowhere. People at DSO tend to stare blankly but in fact they are deep in thoughts, always thinking on logic. People at DSO tend not to talk with one another because they are always thinking of solutions to problems. People at DSO tend to go for quick lunch and lunch time is irregular most of the time. I am becoming more and more like them now. I can feel my brain is stretching and being used 200% most of the time. I can feel my forehead is getting higher and higher day by day.

My sergeant is diagnosed with cancer. He used to take care of me when I was in army before I disrupted for studies. I must say he is a respected leader. Hope he will pull through.

A friend of mine is going through some mental "ordeal". Workload at work is piling up, grandma just passed away, and a surgery is on the way. Hope all will be over soon.


Not Satisfied With Singnet's Answer

Their reply is to tell me to set manual proxies. However, AFAIK, Singnet had migrated to server-side automatic proxies years ago and so, no one will now require to set manual proxies on Internet browsers. Why are we still needed to set manual proxies?

I expect a reply to my above question.

Solution for Singnet Problem on Blogspot

Manual proxy settings need to be applied on web browser.

For IE 7.0 & below:
Tools -> Internet OptionsClick on "Connections" page tabClick on "LAN Settings" button (if you are using Broadband)Check "Use a proxy server for your LAN ..." checkboxClick on "Advanced" buttonUnder HTTP type, input "" for proxy address and "8080" for portClick on "OK" button 3 times to confirm changesFor FF 2.0:Tools -> OptionsClick on "Advanced" tabClick on "Network" page tabFrom the "Connection" frame, click on "Settings" buttonSelect "Manual proxy configuration" optionUnder HTTP proxy, input "" and "8080" for portYou should be able to use Blogspot normally.

Singnet Is Causing Problems To Blogger Posting

There were some problems in making a Blogger posting for the past 4 days or so no matter what browser I was using. After some investigation by many, the culprit could be Singnet.

--- Quoted From a Blogger Employee ---
Hi all,

Thanks for doing continuing to update this thread - looks like you did
some good investigating! So, let me see if I've got a good
understanding of what's going on here:

- The post editor shows up in a jumbled fashion, as demonstrated by
this screenshot:

- This happens in both Firefox and IE, but perhaps not in the outdated
IE 6
- Those who are affected are Singnet users in Singapore
- If you change the post editor's URL to "www2" instead of "www,"
you're able to get a normal post edit…