Monthly Archives: November 2006

Nikon Coolpix L3

Call it spur of the moment shopping. I was in KL in September 2006 and wanted a proper point and shoot digicam but did not have that much money, cash or credit to spare.

So I ended up purchasing the Nikon Coolpix L3 digicam at a photo shop in Midvalley KL, cost RM700+, with a few freebies thrown in, including an umbrella and extra batteries.

Blame it on my “countryman” from Sandakan, or so he claimed.

Later on, when I came back to Sabah, the user reviews I found online were mostly negative

Google Desktop issue: filling up hard disk space

By default, installs in C drive.

I was shocked recently to find I only have about 50MB left on that drive, and that GDS’s index took more than 3GB.

Solution: move the index files to another drive which has more space.

I used TweakGDS to do this: http://desktop.google.com/plugins/tweakgds.html

If you prefer to tinker directly with the registry: http://www.mt-soft.org/?go=articles&a=show&id=3

Something to consider about the state of the country

Michael Backman wrote on 15-11-2006:

Why argue about how to divide wealth rather than get on with the job of creating it?

Next year, a Malaysian astronaut will go into space aboard a Russian rocket — the first Malay in space. And the cost? RM95 million ($A34.3 million), to be footed by Malaysian taxpayers. The Science and Technology Minister has said that a moon landing in 2020 is the next target, aboard a US flight. There’s no indication of what the Americans will charge for this, assuming there’s even a chance that they will consider it. But what is Malaysia getting by using the space programs of others as a taxi service? There are no obvious technical benefits, but no doubt Malaysians will be told once again, that they are “boleh”. The trouble is, they’re not. It’s not their space program.

Back in July, the Government announced that it would spend $RM490 million on a sports complex near the London Olympics site so that Malaysian athletes can train there and “get used to cold weather”.

But the summer Olympics are held in the summer.

Malaysia’s oil will run out in about 19 years. As it is, Malaysia will become a net oil importer in 2011 — that’s just five years away. It is time to move on, time to prepare the economy for life after oil.

Outstation to Johor Bahru, 20-22 November 2006

At The Puteri Pacific, JB which seems to have 2 websites:

* http://www.panpacjb.com
* http://www.puteripacific.com

…of which the 2nd one seems to be more user friendly, with telephone numbers actually listed. The first one’s email address seems to point to its web developer’s address.

Physical address:

Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim
‘The Kotaraya’
PO Box 293
80730 Johor Bahru
Malaysia

* Reservation: 1-800-888-533
* Tel: 607-2199999
* Fax: 607-2199998
* email: info at puteripacific dot com

Attending Program Penilaian Risiko Keselamatan Maklumat Sektor Awam Bil 4/2006″, 20-22 Nov 2006.

Something to do with ICT Security matters, of which related websites are:

* http://www.mampu.gov.my/pkict.php
* http://www.prisma-mampu.gov.my
* http://www.niser.org.my
* http://www.mampu.gov.my/mampu/wep/tr.php?blobId=378

Procedure:

1. apply eizin hadir seminar
2. book ticket with travel agent (usually Rejoice Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd, tel: 088-291888 & 291892), note booking reference (usually made up of 6 letters) and cost of ticket (in this case, RM1,586).
3. Call Anisah, tell her booking ref and cost
4. Anisah should be able to tell you warrant number (usually made up of 6 digits) immediately. Usually you have 2 working days (including Saturdays) to give the travel agent the number before Malaysian Airlines cancels the booking, so have to hurry.
5. Call travel agent, give them warrant number before the deadline given by them
6. They will send the ticket to your office, usually the next working day morning.

Since the program only starts in the evening of 20th November, and Smokie’s live at Genting the day before, I think I can make both! Can also get tickets from ticketcharge.com.my Concert seating arrangement: http://www.ticketcharge.com.my/events/smokie_files/smokieplan.jpg

Update: unfortunately, cannot due to economic reasons.

Also, I had planned to visit Singapore, but my passport already expired. Looks like I’ll be stuck in JB. But on the bright side, I have never been to JB before, this would be a good opportunity to have a look around.