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horrible efficiency and touch screen fury

Try loading this site

It's takes so darn long to load for my maxonline ultimate plan.

The menu and navigation sucks too. Anyway once you're in. Here was one thing i saw before i gave up. Cost savings is way too painful. Hardly efficient.

Note on Avanade Catalog Win Touch 7 - did you see the lag on the touch screen? Urgh! I can just imagine a person or myself at the screen in a shopping mall whacking at the screen in anger.

Ok, I'm a person who hates the iphone because it just doesn't respond to my fingers and that just drive me nuts. Still I am happy with my Samsung i780 because it gives me the qwerty option.

More on touch screens, I've tried some drum kit program on a HP touch screen PC and that massively sucks, maybe it's fun for a non musician, but you'll never be able to keep any beat. Probably just a shop gimick. But it totally put me off the HP touch screen.

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setting up simple samba on centos 5

Here is the quick and dirty way to get your samba file share. I did this on my VM for easier file transfers
1) system-config-securitylevel - select SAMBA
2) vi /etc/samba/
These are the lines I uncommented and modified. # and ; are commented out.
workgroup = netbios name = test-l1 security = user passdb backend = tdbsam
[public] comment = Public Stuff path = /home/samba public = yes writable = yes printable = no

3) smbpasswd -a
= your linux/windows username

4) /etc/init.d/smb reload

5) vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m udp -p udp --dport 137 -j ACCEPT -A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m udp -p udp --dport 138 -j ACCEPT -A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 139 -j ACCEPT -A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 445 -j ACCEPT

installing live messenger 9 on windows server 2008 64bit

Well I'm back to windows 2008 again on my desktop and one of the annoying things about the server version of vista is that it prevents the installation of things like Live messenger.
To get Live messenger 9 and all the other good live stuff;
1. Downloaded the Live messenger 8.5 MSI file from this link
2. Install the MSI file.
3. Download the Live 9 client "wlsetup-custom.exe" from Microsoft as normal and install
I'm guessing the MSI doesn't do a check of version of windows before installation, and the live client just does an upgrade if one program already exists.


The DNS-323 already comes with a bittorrent client these days, but here is how to extend the use of the NAS for other jobs.
These are the more practical uses for funplug: remote administration of the nas (openssh, dns-utils)web server (lighttpd)distributed filesystem (glusterfs)media server (mediatomb) How to get started Step 1. download funplug and funplug.tgz from 2. copy both files into Volume_1Step 3. rebootStep 4. telnet your DNS-323
Ports used in the DNS-323 using iana as reference
printer 515/tcp spooler netbios-ssn 139/tcp NETBIOS Session Service www 80/tcp World Wide Web HTTP ftp 21/tcp File Transfer [Control] https 443/tcp http protocol over TLS/SSL microsoft-ds 445/tcp Microsoft-DS telnet 23/tcp Telnet netbios-ns 137/udp NETBIOS Name Service netbios-dgm 138/udp NETBIOS Datagram Service ssdp 1900/udp SSDP plysrv-https 6771/udp PolyServe …

cutting IT costs

After watching the day the earth stood still on DVD, I decided to write about cutting cost and of course recycling and how we can stop killing the earth and hopefully the holes in our pockets.

Let's set some ground rules for IT.

1. IT is ruled from business needs. Exception: There are IT business out there and these guys are thriving, because businesses need IT or rather buy IT. There is a difference between needing IT and buying IT which I hope to cover later.

2. IT is viewed as a cost to the business. Exception: Unless they start a shared service center and start charging other departments, but that's still funny money.

3. IT is expensive and difficult to quantify. Exception: This is normally comparative, but even comparatively, the figures are all fake, so don't believe the sales people.

So with those 3 rules in mind, we can tackle how to reduce this unfounded cost for the following business functions:
Emails - reduce cost by moving to a service provider if not get a service …

Windows 7 review

I've installed windows 7 RC again. Not the beta on a VM, but a real machine. I figured, I'll run it through the workstation test.

So far the results of the tests are (for windows based OSs)

1st place: Windows 2008 Server / workstation
2nd place: Windows Vista 64 bit ultimate / home premium - strictly for media center purpose, which is important.

Pros and cons of Vista

Let's revise the pros and cons of Vista before we proceed with Windows 7. And I mean pros and cons, because after using Windows for so long, I can't determine if it's a bug or a feature.

1. Time to boot

Yes, vista takes ages to boot, but after it does, don't shut it down. simple solution. Yes, we don't know where everything is, but it's a searchable

2. Driver problems

No salvation there, I bought a mac to solve that problem, but I still kept the vista 64bit ultimate windows desktop for my xbox media center extender. Now that PC has broken sound, but that's another story and I don't think …

how many ways to blog

I'm trying to blog from flock now. It's a firefox based browser with preloaded add-ons intended to make my life easier. I think it's great however it shouldn't be used on public computers or shared computers, because of all the auto logon stuff that happens in the background.

Still the best features is that I can drag my photos from picasaweb from the webpage into the upload tool and it will be plonked into facebook, photo bucket or flickr. So it does improve productivity provided you already have some sort of personal workflow.

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"Idiots" guide to using manual mode on DSLR

Step 1: Observe the amount of light around you to set ISO

ISO 200 - 400 : outdoors or (flash photography which is not described in this post)
ISO 800 + : indoors or night shots without flash

Step 2: Know your light meter

The trick of photography is light. it's just to adjust the amount of light that comes through the lens. Looking through the lens is like looking through a HUD, other than the focus ring, you will see a light meter. it indicates if it is too bright or too dark.

the answer is simple, keep it in the middle. To do this, the 2 things you can change is the aperture and the shutter speed. you just toggle with the 2 until you get the meter indicator in the center.

Which one you do first depends on your personal preference. This is how I do mine.

Step 3: Set Initial Aperture

I first set my aperture to the largest which is the lowest number, e.g f2.8

Step 4: Set Initial Shutter speed

Depending on my focal length, I set my shutter speed to the same as the focal length. This is a set…

how technical is photography

The thing I realise is about technical people is that they love their digital SLR cameras. The question I have is how much of it is art and how much is technical.

Sure, there is the technical aspects of photography, balancing the iso, aperture and shutter speed. Picking the right lens for the job. For tech guys, it seems like, what's the fastest shutter speed, what's the lowest aperture,

Maybe art comes in the form of "what is the job?". It's not about taking a photo of an object, landscape or person. I think there always need to be some story which makes the photo successful.

If someone can answer the question on why is Singapore so hard to shoot, my answer is that's it hard to capture a perfect city. It's way too boring and hardly flawed. Not to mention the excessive cloud cover that makes everything even more boring.

Well, I haven't been blogging here, but I've started a new photo blog as well just to remain creative.…

Kraftwerk gig

I'm sure these robots wouldn't find it offensive to take pictures of them while the song was going. The band was off stage for a change of clothes and the gig still went on.


Classic analogue tones with German precision. Great gig which makes you want to either get a new synthesizer or a Audi A4


Some songs\sounds sounded like they came from a kiddy Casio keyboard demo song.