2007 Lifehacker Top ten List

Lifehacker's 2007 Top ten List

Top 10 iPhone Applications
Top 10 Free Windows Downloads
Top 10 USB Thumb Drive Tricks
Top 10 Free Computer System Recovery Tools
Top 10 Wi-Fi Boosts, Tweaks and Apps
Top 10 Free Video Rippers, Encoders, and Converters
Top 10 Free Wallpaper, Fonts and Icon Sources
Top 10 Body Hacks
Top 10 Ways to Sleep Smarter and Better
Top 10 Google Products You Forgot All About
Top 10 Must-have Firefox Extensions
Top 10 Ubuntu Applications
Top 10 Ways to Clean Up Your PC
Top 10 Mac OS X Tweaks
Top 10 DIY Office Projects
Top 10 Free Mac Downloads
Top 10 Food and Drink Hacks
Top 10 New and Improved Apps of 2007
Top 10 Home Networking Tricks
Top 10 PDF Tricks


Also, we congratulate Arnold & Stephanie the newly weds seen here in the only photo I took just before they made their grand entrance at the wedding luncheon on Sunday.


Who can use the term "Allah"?

For a start, the word ‘Allah’ predates the revelation to the Prophet Muhammad and goes way back to the pre-Islamic era. Christians had been using the word long before there were any Muslims, in fact. Furthermore the word is Arabic, and is thus common to all the peoples, cultures and societies where Arabic - in all its dialects - is spoken, and is understood by millions of Arabic speakers to mean God, and little else. One could also add that as “Allah” is an Arabic word it therefore has more to do with the development and evolution of Arabic language and culture, and less to do with Islam. It is hard to understand how any religion can have a language to call its own, for languages emerge from a societal context and not a belief system. If one were to abide by the skewered logic of the Minister concerned, then presumably the language of Christianity (if it had one) would be Aramaic, or perhaps Latin.
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The Naked Island



Download this e-book FREE
The experiences of an Australian soldier imprisoned in Malaya for four years during Japanese occupation.

Tribute to those NOT on holiday


Happy 2008 to everyone and may Allah(God) shower his abundant blessings on you and your loved ones.

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Most manly ad award goes to....

COD4:Modern Warfare













A must try for serious FPS gamers and I am not even one.Have been sneakily playing after the kids are asleep and the graphics,details & game play is mind blowing.Has everything that made it Game Of The Year.

OpenHULU


OpenHulu
has all your favorite TV shows and will bring you up to speed with the latest episodes.You can beat the United States viewers only with VPN service like Hotspot Shield. Take note, to enjoy the shows, your connection has to be relatively decent lah.On other news, was delighted to see Arsenal keep their position as leaders and that Ashely Cole must be charged for that jab he took at Fabregas right at the end.Can't say Fabregas was an angel but at least he did not use his hands.

update: http://tvparadise.org/ does this as well without the ads.

Vampire Energy

Thomas the Train
















Luke is going through the "Thomas The Train" craze phase.You should see him impersonate "Percy" his favorite train seen here in the picture above.Nothing much to the impersonation as all he'd do is move his eyes from side to side as that's about the only expressions
these train characters have.


As for me, I am making him the ultimate Thomas the Train DVD...100+
episodes and an audio cd with all the songs from the shows.
Yes, I am cheap!Unlike me, I guess Luke's grandparents,uncles and aunties are probably getting him something related to Thomas the Train this Christmas.Seeing from the prices of these freakin toys, I'd gladly welcome it.
People like Ringo Starr , Alec Baldwin have done the narrations and soon Pierce Brosnan will lend his voice too.


Kids with autism love Thomas The Train









Here comes another bubble



Fell for it,had to blog about this song.

beeMP3=freeMP3


If you are rocking Firefox,ensure your downloads are set to "save to disk" to save the files in your local drive.
On IE, I guess you can right click and open in new window and choose to save the file when the dialog box appears.
Jump to BeeMP3!

Boycott the Newspapers

Was looking for the daily paper or papers this morning in Daphne's place in Melaka.My father in-law subscribes to 3 papers daily and 4 on Sundays so what happened?He told me that he has stopped buying news that are half truths and complete lies.Thanks to the state of free press in Malaysia, at 60+ my father in-law is becoming so,so internet savvy.

The Star peddles itself as the People’s Paper. This People’s Paper gave the Bersih rally all of a single page’s coverage, reflecting how much The Star thinks of the Malaysian people – us. It did not carry any picture of the crowds or of human beings. It had one photograph of motorcars stuck in a jam.

When casino magnate Lim Goh Tong died, he was front page news. Bersih on the other hand was hidden away in the middle pages. The Star devoted seven pages to the late tycoon. And it talked about the Tan Sri for days after, to the extent of telling us how much his funeral wreaths cost.

Lim is not ‘people’, he’s one person. Instead of the People’s Paper, the Star might want to consider tagging itself ‘the Very Important Person or VIP’s Paper’.

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After the Temples, now the Cross...

I've just read the most disturbing piece of news in this blog which talks about a certain MP of Parit Sulong proposing on the demolishing of statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Crucifix in mission schools (apparently it was the actual words in BM of the MP). The rationale is that Muslim students go to missionary schools and since this is Islamic country, Tuan Syed Hood bin Syed Edros has proposed that these statues should be demolished (dirobohkan) and the crosses destroyed (dimusnahkan). If you are wondering whether he really did say it, download the transcript of the parliament here and check out page 143 (it's available for the public). Here's another blog that mentioned about this. And another. And another.

Obviously as an MP, he's not too well-versed in the Constitution of Malaysia, which he should be as he is, after all, a member of the parliament. I'm just saddened that after the Malaysian government has decided to go on a temple demolition spree, some crack pot wants to go after the mission schools. What will they think of next? It just amazes me that after being independant for 50 years, as a nation, it seems that we're just going one step forward and two steps back. Surprisingly, there are quite a number of well-known folks who graduated from Missionary schools, to name a few, see below. I wonder, by going to mission schools, would all of these jokers develop a sudden urge to be a Christian, quite apparenly, not. :

St. John's Institution (check it out here):
St. Paul's Institution
  • Zainal Abidin bin Ahmad, a Malay scholar familiarly known as 'Pendita Za'Ba'.
  • S Rajaratnam, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore (1965 - 1980), Minister for Culture of the Republic of Singapore (1968 - 1971), Deputy Prime Minister (Foreign Affairs) of the Republic of Singapore (1980 - 1984).
  • Tan Sri Dato' Chan Choong Tak, former President of the Malaysian Senate, currently Patron of the Old Paulians' Association.
  • Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia's first astronaut (dato'ship-got-or-naut)
St. Michael's Institution (More here)
  • Datuk Paul Leong Khee Seong, former Minister of Primary Industries and former Deputy President of Gerakan Party
  • Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, State Legislative Assemblyman for Bukit Nenas, Selangor from 1969 to 1974; Member of Parliament for Kuala Lumpur Bandar/Bukit Bintang from 1974 to 1990; Vice-Chairman of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation; Member of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Advisory Board; and Member of the National Service Training Council
SMJK Catholic PJ

- Current MCA president, Minister of Housing and Local Development

- Bukit Bintang Member of Parliament - President of CHS Alumni



Procedure: Japan vs China


HINDRAF Rally

I can't comment much on this as I still need to digest & debate about what's going on but one thing for sure,this is the sign that people are getting tired of the empty promises and the MIC leaders who have done shit for the Indian community.

Sagaladoola: HINDRAF Rally of the Marginalised (Videos and Pics)

Get Camstasia Studio 3 for free

Download Camtasia Studio 3 from here and get a registration key from here.Camtasia Studio 3 is an excellent screencasting software.

Futurama


Futurama fans like me can rejoice now that Bender's Big Score DVD is out...mmm,so is the torrent files Hi!Hi!

The power of Google











I spotted that Google directed someone looking for "links to gay blogspots" in Philippines to this little corner of ours.Spot on google,btw TP & Jake our raunchy 3way S&M session still on this saturday?!Don't forget the handcuffs & Vaseline!
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Oh yes!

Don't mean to be mean towards the England fans but truly,England got what they deserved from the kind of performance they displayed through out the qualifiers.Now, you cannot argue with that.


Word illusions

Disposable e-mail account


You know the scenario,where a valid e-mail account is necessary to sign up for some service on the net but you are a little hesitant to reveal your e-mail address because of all the nasty spam & unnecessary newsletters that has been flooding your inbox.Enter Jetable...my favourite disposable e-mail address creator that allows me to stay anonymous.

Your Music Anywhere









Listen to My Radio on MediaMaster.com



I like MediaMaster that allows me to access my playlist from anywhere in the world via the internet.Uploading is a breeze and tracks play smoothly.If you are looking for something that plays tracks you are looking for instead, Songza would do just that.

Why you should quit smoking




Show me an experiment like this on the ill effects of caffeine and I will quit drinking coffee today.This video has to be the best visual evidence to show someone to quit smoking immediately.

ComicLife for Windows


I was thrilled to find out(a little late) that ComicLife is available for windows.Tons of features and you can create your very own comic strip to add a little fun to the usual and mundane pictures.Here you see an example of a strip I created in 5 mins...yes, 5 mins for my Japanese friends in Washington.The pictures were taken with a crappy N70 during one of our Yakiniku & Shochu binge and a lot of horsing around.

Was that election or erection?



This may be a little late on my part as I was not in the region but I am watching this at the airline lounge in LA and am laughing my head off.Listen carefully to what our INFORMATION minister is saying.I repeat INFORMATION minister ok.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts




I think there are no Krispy Kreme outlets in Singapore & Malaysia but personally I think they taste better then Dunkin Donuts.This is an outlet near my hotel and see the traditional original glazed donuts in the line being coated with sugar syrup?They are my favourite and is delicious when it's hot.
All said, they still will never beat a hot "vadai" with some green chili or some "putu-piring",that much I can tell you.Put me in America but you can never take the Malaysia out of me.


Do people look like their pet?



Fall in Washington




These pictures taken with my inferior camera phone doesn't do justice to the actual scenery all around in the state of Washington.I am sure TP can get great shots with his SLR camera.I have been coming to the US almost on a monthly basis for the last 7 months and the truth is am getting a little tired of it.I have one last trip (hopefully) next month and then can look forward to a nice break before my project in Korea begins.Isn't it funny when you realize we live in a world where the people who like to travel end up in some desk job and those who do not like travel much end up with jobs that require them to be living out of a suitcase.Time for a change if this does not ease up because I miss my family too much at times.Thanks to technology the Webcam & VOIP allows me to see my wife and kids daily.

Wealth & Religiosity


Stating the obvious here,when you have more money you tend to think that you don't need God in your life.

Awesome Dog


Spotted this on BoingBoing, really liked it because it looks like but is definitely not a flyer for a lost dog.Instead it's just a flyer for an awesome dog.

Surviving a monkey attack


Anyone who has been to Ulu Watu temple grounds in Bali would know that the sunsets there are breathtaking and the monkeys there mean business.Guess you've heard about the Indian politician who died after falling down while trying to fend off a group of monkeys who attacked him.The way the Indians are handling it is to bring in bigger monkeys to intimidate the smaller monkeys.My bet is, the population of cows and monkeys in Delhi will continue to boom since they have some religious symbolism.
Anyway, Slate magazine has an article on how to survive a monkey attack...Macaques in particular.

The study in Bali found that most macaque bites don't break the skin, but a wound could allow transmission of herpes B,
which can be fatal to humans. Baboons, which sometimes attack humans in
Africa, are much more dangerous: They're bigger and less predictable,
and they're armed with 3-inch-long canines. Last year, a South African
man's forearms were ripped to the bone, and doctors dug out a baboon tooth during surgery.






Everybody Loves Ramen



Hairspray


I've seen Hairspray on two ocassions,not that I have so much time on my hand but it was during one of those long haul flights and I must say that it was indeed very entertaining.The tunes,dancing and acting is really good and John Travolta is simply fabulous as Edna Turnblad. This movie was really fun to watch and it carried a good message as well.

An adaptation of the hit Broadway play, which was in turn inspired by
the 1988 John Waters classic, chubby teenager Tracy Turnblad will do anything to get on Corny Collins' local Baltimore dance show.


Hairspray official Site

Hairspray Review

Plant a tree


Last Friday,I was caught speeding , actually a mere 13km then the 110kph and I am embarrassed to say that I got off with a "Boleh tolong Encik" and a RM50 note.We can use that RM50 for something better, like planting a tree in Niger,Africa...one of the poorest nation in the world.Click tree-nation.

Leopard OSX guided tour



For Mac lovers like Jake & Jesse (whose Bali Holiday photographs looked stunning ..upload it you guys)
here's a look at the new Leopard OSX in detail
and yes I have always been a PC kinda guy but am seriously thinking of playing with the "Leopard".Pretty!!

Download TV Theme Songs


Here's a list of TV Theme Songs that you can download and use as a ringtone on your phone to irritate people around you.Suresh would definitely pick the most masculine among the lot, a throw up between "I dream of Genie" or "Smurfs" even though we all know that what he really wants is the theme to "Duck Tales". If you rock Firefox with Downthemall, grab all of them with one click.

Cure Hunter


When our kids are not well, while we do take them to the doctor usually my wife will do her own research on what could be wrong so that we are able to understand better or irritate the doctor more by our so called cyber medical knowledge.Jokes aside, this site is great and it has an extensive resource.Click for the jump to CureHunter!




Foo Fighters Classic


It's hard to believe that these guys are older or around my age.They look the part but they sure can rock and the video to "The pretender" is really nice.This 6th album has all the traits of Dave Grohl and then some, a treat for us who listened to them back then and new listeners as well.Chris, you'd like this one....I assure you,this is classic FF.

"The Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners was inspired by two Tasmanian miners who were trapped underground for 2 weeks and, while awaiting rescue, requested an iPod with Foo Fighters music on it to help lift their spirits. Grohl was alerted of the situation by a staffer at the band's Australian record company and wrote a note to the two men."I was in tears, man," he recalls. "I said, 'Hey guys, it's Dave. You're in our thoughts and prayers. When you get out, there's two tickets and two cold beers waiting for you wherever you want to see the band."



Perceptions



















































Private parking

I know parking fee in city area like KL is expensive,something that I am seeing more and more in Melaka as well.Freaking mahkota medical charges RM3.50 on weekends now.
In the US, most parking areas are free but as you can see from this example,some territory are clearly dangerous.

Beauty & Brains...NOT!!



Proof that girls who are extremely beautiful with brains are a dying breed.Was there such a breed to start with?

Aliens in America

I read about a premiere of a new sitcom in USAToday and was a little intrigued about how this new sitcom will play out as it touched on a subject a little different from the usual issues reflected on the other sitcoms out there.I found the sitcom rather hilarious but at the same time,I think it's about time that they touched on these issues in America as some people here are still rather confused about Sikhs and the Talebans.As one guy asked me in a pub.."isn't Malaysia like really poor and stuff?" before his friend intervened and told me to ignore his friend who is a red neck.I knew he meant well as he was a nice guy actually.
See, we watch a lot of American TV but they don't watch anything on our culture,so we need to understand that.They still think pronouncing Orang Utan the way they do it is still the right way.

Anyway, I find that slowly America is trying it's best not to paint all Muslims as terrorist in this post 9/11 era,(no thanks to shows like 24) and sitcoms like "Aliens in America" and comics like "The Axis of Evil" (who are still missing a North Korean guy) are learning to laugh at themselves and in the process changing attitudes.I doubt you'd ever see this back home so you just may need to download it.






















Don't get me wrong,this is a great country and I see tolerance but it maybe be masked within a smoke of doing what is politically correct.Let's face it, we will never be able to make fun of our PM or King the way Bush is being portrayed by the media here.I must say that there's 2 side to free speech and at times it can backfire.
Apart from that,it's getting colder here, and the trees look lovely during Fall as the changing colours are beautiful.Though, IMHO the most beautiful place on earth still has to be New Zealand (south island).Since Halloween is coming up,the hotel has started their black cat and carved pumpkin decorations and you have no idea how big the pumpkins here are.This picture doesn't do it any justice.