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The Re-Imagining of Microsoft

Bing, Skype, and Xbox rebranding plans revealed in Microsoft design presentation.

WAKE UP! Malaysian Rapper United (Namewee / Ashtaka / 5Forty2)

ASP.NET fails to detect IE10 causing _doPostBack is undefined JavaScript error

Should you encounter _doPostBack is undefined JavaScript error on IE 10, it is because there is a bug in the browser definition files that shipped with .NET 2.0 and .NET 4.

Scott Hanselman published two ways to fix this: one is a machine-wide fix, the other is a way to fix individual sites. The replacement of the "fixed" ie.browser file will supposedly resolve the problem but it somehow didn't quite work for me. If that file didn't work for you, you may wish to use the below instead.


<browsers> <!-- Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4325) --> <browser id="IE6Plus" parentID="IE"> <identification> <capability name="majorversion" match="^[6-9]|\d{2,}$" /> </identification> <capabilities> <capability name="ecmascriptversion" value="3.0" /> …

Skype Facing Problems Signing In Using Microsoft Account

It's confirmed that signing into Skype using Microsoft Account is facing problem as indicated on Skype Heartbeat.

It seem to be affecting only Skype for Desktop.

In case you do need to connect with your MSN friends urgently, you may explore the following options:

Skype on mobileThird party IM e.g. or eBuddy.
[UPDATE Apr 25, 2013 18:15 GMT+8] The issue has been resolved - at least for myself.

Xiang Yun (向云) Euology On Huang Wenyong (黄文永)

Quoted from the Wikipedia,

Huang Wenyong (25 July 1952 – 20 April 2013) was a Malaysia-born Singaporean actor, musician, and former teacher of Chinese descent. He was an actor for MediaCorp from the early 1980s until his death. Appearing in more than 100 television programmes, he was among the first few batches of locally-trained actors to enter the local entertainment industry and considered to be one of the "pioneers in local Chinese drama". Huang died on 20 April 2013 of Lymphoma.
Soon after his death, several fans and fellow colleagues pour in their consolation and regret to have lost an invaluable asset to Singapore local film industry. Long-time working colleague of Huang Wenyong's (黄文永) - Xiang Yun (向云) penned an euology on the passing of her friend.

Xiang Yun (向云) penned an euology on Huang Wenyong (黄文永)



Samsung Galaxy S4 (Corning Gorilla Glass) Scratch Test

Coming Samsung Galaxy S4, equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass, is put to scratches under knives, keys and coins, pass with flying colours.

See for yourself.

Yahoo! Mail New Re-thought iOS and Android App

Ever since Marissa Mayer came on board as the CEO of Yahoo, its mobile strategy seem to have taken quite a bit of a lift. Once slow and sometimes buggy Yahoo! Mail mobile app has now been revamped and re-thought.

Quote from Yahoo! corporate blog post Unbox Your Mail with Yahoo! Mail For Tablets,

Today, we’re excited to introduce the Yahoo! Mail Apps for iPad and Android tablets - a full-screen experience that gets rid of the noise. There are no folders, no buttons, no tabs - just you and your mail - and you can easily flip through it like a magazine. We've designed Yahoo! Mail to take full advantage of the tablet making reading your email faster, easier and just a little bit more fun.

Download Yahoo! Mail for iPad and Android tablets now.

Flat Design Language Makes It to Facebook Too

Facebook redesigned its icons moving from a more 3D-like icons to flat icons. The changed icons which also include its logo are as below:

Get Facebook Home on Any Android Phone

Facebook Home is live but is available only on selected phones for now. Lifehacker has a tip on how to Get Facebook Home on Any Android Phone.

A first look on Facebook Home.

Constant "Check Disk" After Windows Update 2823324

You may be encountering constant prompt to perform "Check Disk" on boot-up after performing the recent Windows Update. Microsoft Security team has confirmed a problem with security update 2823324 and has since pulled it off from the pipe.

Should you have unfortunately installed it, please read this Microsoft release on the steps required to uninstall 2823324. I personally experienced the problem and resolved it using the just-mentioned instruction.

All the best.

Control Postback Only On Second Attempt After Validation Error

Recently, I encountered a problem whereby my DropDownList in UpdatePanel didn't AutoPostBack after a validator control return failure. The PostBack only happen after I tried to change the SelectedIndex the second time.

Reading from a blog, I learnt that resetting Page_BlockSubmit back to False in client side will resolve the problem.

What is Page_BlockSubmit?

When the user clicks on a button causing a full post back, after running Page_ClientValidate ASP.NET runs another built in function ValidatorCommonOnSubmit. Within Page_ClientValidate, Page_BlockSubmit is set based on the validation. The postback is then blocked in ValidatorCommonOnSubmit if Page_BlockSubmit is true. No matter what, at the end of the function Page_BlockSubmit is always reset back to false.

If a page does a partial postback without running any validation and Page_BlockSubmit has not been reset to false, the partial postback will be blocked. In essence the above function, RunValidation, acts similar to Validator…

Video: Accident Near Bugis Involving Mercedes Driver

On 15 April 2013 before 8:30pm, an accident involving up to 7 vehicles occurred near Bugis at the junction of Victoria Street and Middle Road. This accident is said to be the result of a drunken or fainted Mercedes driver.

Investigation is still on-going. Thank goodness, passengers in the taxi are unharmed.

Facebook Home "Launch Day" Video Ad

What do you think of the Facebook Home "Launch Day" video ad? What message is Facebook trying to convey? Did you having a better understanding what Facebook Home is all about after watching this video? IMO, the video seems to suggest Facebook Home is a great potential for creating distractions.

PSY - Gentleman

South Korean the Gangnam Style man has just released his new music video - Gentleman. Will this new Gentleman video break previous Gangnam Style record 1.5 billion YouTube views? Currently, the Gentleman video has recorded 6.9 million views so far.

What do you think of this new video? IMO, I find it rather clown and non-gentleman.

How to Disable Chrome New Right Menu?

If you somehow or rather don't like the latest Chrome's right menu, there is a way to disable it.

Look for the shortcut where you usually start Chrome e.g. on your Desktop.

Right click on the shortcut and then Properties.

Make sure the Shortcut tab is selected.

In the Target field at the end of "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" after space add "–-disable-new-menu-style" without quotes. (note we have got two hyphens before disable).

Click OK to apply changes.
Done! The next time you click on this shortcut, the good usual familiar right menu will be used.

» Don't like Chrome’s New Menus? Here is how to Disable Them | TechDows

Difference Between LCD, LED, Plasma, and OLED TV

My trust in Citibank has gone down the drain

Please do share if you do have a bad experience with Citibank or any other banks too.

Dear Sir/Mdm,

Reference to a request from @AskCiti (Twitter handler) to send an email to the above email address for elaboration as to why I have decided to terminate my credit card and my relationship with Citibank, I am here - now writing this email.

Twitter correspondence here:

So, what actually happened?

On Feb 2013, I received a credit card bill from Citibank showing an annual fee of S$150 + S$10.50 charged onto my card.

I called in to +65 6225 5225, spoke to a customer service officer (CSO) and requested for a waiver. The guy I spoke to promised and reassured me a total of S$160.50 would be waived on the spot. I proceeded to make bill payment without the waived amount.

On Mar 2013, I received a credit card bill from Citibank. What shocked me was not only the S$160.50 wasn't been waived, a further S$21.85 was incurred due to an unexpected deb…

How to Determine Origin of Food From Bar Codes?

According to a Facebook post, it is possible to determine the origin of food bought from a supermarket by reading the barcodes on the package itself.

Disclaimer: I am not sure if it is 100% accurate.

HOW TO READ BAR CODES... (everyone must know)


With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made "black-hearted goods".

Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old broiler chicken).

It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar…

MSSQL: Run Large SQL Script

Having problems when running large SQL scripts using the SQL Management Studio (SSMS)? I would suggest you use sqlcmd instead. Save your script in a flat file (e.g. .sql or .txt) and pass the file as an input parameter to sqlcmd like below.

sqlcmd -S SERVER\INSTANCE -i mysqlscript.sql
In case you are having problems logging in, you may wish to try either one of them.

sqlcmd -S SERVER\INSTANCE,PORT -i mysqlscript.sql

sqlcmd -S np:\\\pipe\MSSQL$INSTANCE\sql\query -i mysqlscript.sql
NOTE: Replace SERVER, INSTANCE, PORT accordingly to suit your server configuration.

Hope it helps.

Google New April Fools' Day Features

As part of Google's tradition, a series of new features or initiatives were announced in this year's April Fools' Day.

We have announcement from YouTube at which they announced they are now ready to announce the best ever uploaded video in 10 years' time. The selection process will be by several technicians based on strict guidelines. And YouTube will be shut down for good.

Next, we have announcement featuring whole new service in beta - Google Nose - a whole new different experience in search using a sense.

We also have got Google Maps launching treasure mode.

Joining in the fun, Gmail is launching Gmail Blue, obviously in mockery on Windows Blue - making everything blue.

Google Fiber is bringing fiber close to you, as long as you are connected to a "pole".

For webmasters and marketers, Google Analytics participated in this joke day by including hits from the International Space Stations.

Last but not least, a Google Easter Egg for you just by doing a search