Entries for August 2006

How much system memory is enough?

When it comes to adding memory, we all have to deal with the cost vs. speed equation. So how much memory do you really need?

Video: Robot Battle

How to have better conversation

Back home

The past ten days or so seems like a dream but in reality, it is one of the most physically and mentally challenge I’ve experienced thus far. I wasn’t really looking forward for this trip as mentioned in my pre-departure post but I thought it would be a good experience and I might as well learn something out of it. Furthermore, I was mentally prepared for the environment and living conditions that I’ll be expecting based on past experiences. However, this time round, things were not as bad as I thought. Instead, we had a warm welcome from the host and it was a smooth transition except for the delay in our luggage.

Most of the exercise went smoothly and I’m glad I was excused from having to skin a quail. It’s part of the requirement but the team of instructors were compassionate for that I’m a vegetarian and my religion does not permit me in doing so. Anyway, I managed to survive 4 days 3 nights out in the field with no fresh water and food. Even then, though my stomach groans now and then, food didn’t seem to cross my mind. The only thing that demoralized me was the constant rain in the area where we were inserted for survival training.

I realized that I was very lucky as I just managed to scrape through and pass the requirements. I don’t really wish to elaborate on what happened but all I have to say is that I’ve learnt many valuable lessons and seen what true friends are from this exercise. Nevertheless, I’m determined not to let past mistakes happen again.

To sum it up, I’m glad everything is finally over and I’m home safely! Right now, there are many things on mind which I hope I’ll be able to get it done as soon as possible and take a break from everything else.

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Big spanish castle illusion

Big spanish castle illusion. Stare at the dot for 30 seconds. Then, without moving your eyes, move the mouse over the image.

The image will look like it’s in color until you move your eyes.

Why men don't ask directions

Google to allow free download of books

The Google book search service will allow one to download and print classic novels and those in the public domain at no cost.

Genius junk food

Software development comic

How to write unmaintainable code

50 common interview Q & A

Here’s 50 common interview Questions and Answers. Good prep for those going for interview!

Online font maker

Online font tester

An online font tester for you to try out different shape and sizes of various fonts! Pretty handy tool for web developers.

Surviving Brunei, once again

I’ll be away from Aug 20 till Aug 30. During this period, I will not be able to update my web log as I have no access to an internet enabled computer. Though it’s only going to be a short trip, I’m definitely not looking forward to this trip as eight months ago, I told myself during one of the exercise back then that no way am I going back to Brunei jungle again.

This time round, the training is going to be more challenging as I’ll be attending a Jungle Survival Training and surviving without food and fresh water for 4 days. Furthermore, we will be given minimum equipment in our field pack to survive out there and we are expected to build an a-frame, a fire place and a trap — all of which using raw materials like vines and tree branches. The so called finale of the jungle survival phase will be escape and evasion. This phase requires us to form a group and navigate our way out of the jungle and back to base camp. Imagine the amount of effort and energy required since we have not been given food for the past 3 days and Brunei’s jungle terrain is not friendly (steep knolls and plenty of thorns everywhere). I hope I’ll be able to survive that!

Looking at the positive side, I think this would be my last outfield. After which, I’ll be able to “archive” my field pack and other outfield related items as I will no longer need them. Hope I would be able to endure the gruelling 8 days and return safely. Till then, stay tuned for post-trip updates.

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Recreational activities

I managed to roller blade for the first time today at Bishan Park during a cycling trip with my cousin. It’s not easy but I would say it’s relatively easy to grasp the concept once you get the hang of it. Less the occasional falls and attempts to balance myself at a public place.

It has been a long time since I last cycled. I remembered when I was young my uncle bought me a four-wheel BMX bicycle. Then, it was one of the coolest toys I ever had and as I began to ride and explore, I started removing the side wheels and eventually learning to ride only on two wheels. Of course, I suffered many bruises and falls and there were numerous times when I attempted to reconnect the bicycle chain every time it came off — not forgetting the scratches I left on the floor tiles.

I hope I would be able to enjoy such activities at a more constant rate as this can be another form of keeping fit besides regular swim and endurance run.

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Why doesn't Linux filesystem needs defragmenting

Unlike Windows, Linux filesystem doesn’t need defragmenting. Here’s a good article that explains it all.

Video: Test drive of Lamborgini Murcielago

Video: Test drive of Lamborgini Murcielago, one of the best drive test for this beautiful car.

Things to remember when preparing a speech

Brickshelf lego gallery

20 great resources on entrepreneurship

Ever wanted to start a business? Here’s 20 great resources on entreprenuership.

Your brain boots up like a computer

Your brain boots up like a computer. A primitive gatekeeper in the brain works like a club bouncer to control what information gets in as we wake up.

Another chapter closed

Today marks the end of my seven weeks of Air Force Service Term (AFST) training in the Officer Cadet School (OCS). I must say time passes very fast and seven weeks just seems to vanish at the snap of a finger. This training is one of most enjoyable and memorable one as compared to my pre-infantry training back in OCS last December. Not only have I made a bunch of new friends from other vocations, I’ve also learnt many values, leadership qualities and how to handle various situations as well as to lead a team of people and get things done.

I mentioned in one of my posts that this service term training would be a good break from my previous routines and I aim to give my best. In every course, there would be ups and downs but I’ve not really seen any major issues in this course except for the occasional miscommunications and debates. I guess the Air Force culture is different and the people have a set of positive mindsets and thinking. The way things are done are more professional and efficient and this could be one of the factors why my stay in OCS Air Wing is enjoyable. The trainees are given more freedom and say in terms of the way things are being run and executed and this has greatly helped in many areas.

I’m not sure if the rest have this feeling in their hearts but honestly speaking, I’ve never felt “sour” when it was time to hand over the bunks and leave the place. Air Wing has more or less became my second home over these few weeks. Nonetheless, I guess it’s time to move on to the next chapter of my training back in Air Force School. Before I end, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the instructors and fellow course mates whom have made my stay in OCS Air Wing an enriching, memorable and enjoyable one.

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Thermogenic Foods

Eating Thermogenic food will raise metabolism and help in burning body fat.

Ball trap game

World demand for water will double by 2050

According to this article, the world demand for water will double by 2050.