Friday, August 31, 2007

Who's eating all my SMSes?

This blog is for whoever that might be sending me text messages. I had a problem with my mobile (an O2 XDA II mini) before I flew off to Sydney, a sudden hang and hard reset. Ever since then, I do not receive SMSes and I actually thought it was some roaming problem.

I have tried switching SIM cards and phones and it's confirmed that something has gone haywire here. The hardware The O/S (and solved by not restoring my O/S to a previously backed up state).

Jeez. You will never like this happen, will you? Let me know if you have an idea about this problem.

P/S: I'm back to KL.


Saturday, August 25, 2007

RE: eGENTING Programming Competition Registration

So I signed up for the eGenting Programming Competition of this year, an open-book hand written programming competition.. Now, the nature of the competition might be a big challenge to IDE guys like me. ;-)

A letter I received after the submission of my registration form:

Dear Yuen-Chi Lian,

Thank you for registering for the eGENTING Programming Competition 2007.

If you are shortlisted, we will notify you in a separate email after the registration closing date.

Research & Development (Systems).
eGENTING Sdn. Bhd.
19th Floor, Wisma Genting,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Interesting, you'll have to pray for being shortlisted. Taking a look at the past questions, and you could see how Java could be incredibly written in C/C++ style. That's a crazy mix.

Good luck Yuen-Chi.

yc, praying

Friday, August 17, 2007

Introducing Jyte to fellow Malaysians - BN is going to win the coming election!

Jyte is a community-based webpage which (fundamentally) allows you to make claims and to receive opinions from the community. There are some reasons why I'm interested with it (Oh, by the way, Jyte stands for Just You Tell 'Em):

  • It is an OpenID-enabled website. OpenID, in short, is an online identity that can be used anywhere. I had a blog entry about it a few months back.
  • It is Web 2.0. If you haven't yet heard of this big name/thing (it's merely a concept anyway), see this picture.
  • It's neat, needless to say. It is not a new idea but it is easy and it beats hosting polls in an online forum.
Something quite (yes, just quite) similar to Jyte will be Digg, you might have heard about it, which comes with a set of rich features in comparison, basically, a way of bookmarking and to receive public opinions.

For the sake of promoting the use of OpenID and exercising Web 2.0, I have made such claim (that I disagreed):

Malaysia's upcoming election is recently a very hot discussion everywhere, contributed by the recent actions/reactions from our government against bloggers and the Internet users, I believe.

Let us know what you think and see you at Jyte. If you'd like to do some digging, click here.

yc, jyte-ing!

RE: Reason Behind The Recent Condemnation Against Bloggers

Note: I'm a technical blog writer and if you are reading this from a Java/IT blog-aggregator, it's probably that I labeled it incorrectly for some reasons.

This blog entry is written for the sake of being patriotic (patriotic doesn't mean that you are siding any party but you love the country for your own god's-sake reasons) and not being a quiet blogger, in response to:
If you read about one of my entries earlier ago, I attended a blogger's meeting and one of our forum discussions was about being a responsible blogger and how we should exercise the freedom of speech. That simply says that bloggers in Malaysia do meet up to talk about serious stuffs and care much about the country's future, but sadly, bloggers are wrongly labeled by the Malaysian media and government as irresponsible and culprits (citation needed).

In the discussion, we mentioned about the impact of blogs to the upcoming election in my country. (And for my dad who did not really understand what bloggers truly were but did read about some influential one being a DAP guy from the paper, I spent some time to explain to him about cyber communication, and I urge you to do the same to your parents.) And at that time, I did not really realize about how our government would react like today's, and it would have not been fun if I did realize, perhaps, would just feel a little bit more disgusted.

A few years back when it was our last election, Internet and blogs couldn't play a role in driving and educating the people, mainly because at that time Web 2.0 has not exploded yet and personal homepage could hardly be widespreaded unless you hosted interesting contents, and simply at that time, the voters preferred reading cooked-up news from the local media (citation needed), which I believe could be the matter of age. Right now, as people move with Internet daily or in another words: Internet moves and feeds people to be more intelligent, the decision of casting a vote can be more rationally made than emotionally, and surely for that, our government freaked out (did they? citation needed) and all the hypes of arresting and suppressing bloggers came out (citation needed).

To brief you, in case you do not know or read the links above, blogs make some parties unhappy and they thought of eliminating or controlling them as they could for other protocols, say, newspaper. Being a blogger and all-time geek in responsible of helping the growth of my country in terms of Information and Technology, I have a few words to say: the tool is neutral and innocent but opinions are always subjective. I would love it, if, besides of reading all other political blogs, my government and the ruling party could set up some good blogs to write about what they have done good for our country daily.

If any piece of the content above is offensive and considered breaking the laws of Malaysia, please let me know, as the content is written when I am physically in Sydney and the data is stored in Google's server which I believe do not have an immediate mirror service located at Malaysia at the point I commit this cyber crime (at the point I press the submit button).

yc, BLOGging

Saturday, August 11, 2007

MyJUG Committee Meeting, 4th Aug 2007

Malaysian Java User Group have just had a committee meeting last Saturday (4th Aug) at Secret Recipe of Mid Valley Megamall. The following is a list of the attendees:

  • Kar Seng, Loke (founder)
  • A. Faisal Shaazi
  • Desmond Lee
  • Chee Seng, Chua
  • Yuen-Chi Lian
  • Kristanto Oetomo
The meeting focused on re-establishing the group, which currently, has more than 600 members in its mailing. Agenda as followed:

  • MyJUG's background
  • Committee members and roles
  • Web-page, contents and hosting
  • Sponsorship
  • Active members and future events
Some had been addressed in this thread #6870 a month ago.

Here is a brief summary on the ongoing tasks after the meeting:

  • Working on the web hosting plan and its sponsorship (Faizal)
  • Working on a long-term strategy that increases the value of MyJUG (Faizal)
  • Promoting MyJUG to people through different communities and channels (Yuen-Chi)
  • Collecting more ideas as part of the features of the group and its website (Yuen-Chi)
  • Planning on the future events, esp. organizing tech talks (Kar Seng and Chee Seng)
Most of the plans are right now still preliminary but nevertheless a good start. Our next meeting will be held in about a month time, to follow-up some of the issues of previous meeting and to put things into concrete form.

Anyway, we love ideas, we love inputs. If you wish to be part of MyJUG, to help out, or to be one of the sponsors, feel free to talk to me.

- yc, jugging