Thursday, 30 July 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
By Nathan Barry
July 22, 2009 8:00 am Categories: Armchair Geek
Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds.
Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to today’s teenager.
The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel.
Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room.
Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control.
Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.
Laserdisc: the LP of DVD.
Scanning the radio dial and hearing static between stations. (Digital tuners + HD radio b0rk this concept.)
3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.
Watching TV when the networks say you should. Tivo and Sky+ are slowing killing this one.
That there was a time before ‘reality TV.’
Computers and Videogaming
Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
The scream of a modem connecting.
The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
Using jumpers to set IRQs.
Terminals accessing the mainframe.
Screens being just green (or orange) on black.
Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it.
Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID.
Counting in kilobytes.
Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.
Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.
Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.
Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.
Booting your computer off of a floppy disk.
Recording a song in a studio.
Finding out information from an encyclopedia.
Using a road atlas to get from A to B.
Doing bank business only when the bank is open.
Shopping only during the day, Monday to Saturday.
Phone books and Yellow Pages.
Newspapers and magazines made from dead trees.
Actually being able to get a domain name consisting of real words.
Filling out an order form by hand, putting it in an envelope and posting it.
Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
Carrying on a correspondence with real letters, especially the handwritten kind.
Concatenating and UUDecoding binaries from Usenet.
The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them.
Correct spelling of phrases, rather than TLAs.
Waiting several minutes (or even hours!) to download something.
The time before botnets/security vulnerabilities due to always-on and always-connected PCs
The time before PC networks.
When Spam was just a meat product — or even a Monty Python sketch.
Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?
Sending that film away to be processed.
Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.
Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away.
Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart
Phones with actual bells in them.
Vacuum cleaners with bags in them.
Everything ElseTaking turns picking a radio station, or selecting a tape, for everyone to listen to during a long drive.
Remembering someone’s phone number.
Not knowing who was calling you on the phone.
Actually going down to a Blockbuster store to rent a movie.
Toys actually being suitable for the under-3s.
LEGO just being square blocks of various sizes, with the odd wheel, window or door.
Waiting for the television-network premiere to watch a movie after its run at the theater.
Relying on the 5-minute sport segment on the nightly news for baseball highlights.
The days before the nanny state.
Starbuck being a man.
Han shoots first.
“Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.” But they’ve already seen episode III, so it’s no big surprise.
Kentucky Fried Chicken, as opposed to KFC.
Trig tables and log tables.
“Don’t know what a slide rule is for …”
Finding books in a card catalog at the library.
Swimming pools with diving boards.
Hershey bars in silver wrappers.
Sliding the paper outer wrapper off a Kit-Kat, placing it on the palm of your hand and clapping to make it bang loudly. Then sliding your finger down the silver foil to break off the first finger
A Marathon bar (what a Snickers used to be called in Britain).
Having to manually unlock a car door.
Writing a check.
Looking out the window during a long drive.
Roller skates, as opposed to blades.
Libraries as a place to get books rather than a place to use the internet.
Spending your entire allowance at the arcade in the mall.
A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions.
When a ‘geek’ and a ‘nerd’ were one and the same.My thanks go out to all of my fellow GeekDads for their contributions to this list.
Monday, 27 July 2009
Yelah, sebelum ni, handphoneku dah tak boleh charge. Hari-hari tugas tukar bateri dengan handphone suami. Tu tak kronik lagi la bagi aku, sebab sakit kronik sebelum kes bateri tu, handphone dah biasa mati sendiri dan hang (yeah, benci betul... memang tak dinafikan handphone Sony Ericsson memang suka hang macam komputer). Tapi sebab dah ada faktor seperti handphone suami pun tak boleh nak charge dah dan suka betul hang (seperti handphone aku), jadi memang dah kronik sangatlah sebab tak boleh backup bateri. Sebelum masuk ICU pun, kami dah baiki banyak benda seperti menukar bateri baru dan tempat plug in charger.
Rasanya memang dah sesuai sangatlah nak tukar, padahal baru pakai 3 tahun.. huhuhu, frust makcik frust!!! Both of us are loyal Sony Ericsson customer, tapi sebab dah selalu sangat ada problem dengan handphone ni, aku bertukar ke Nokia balik... uhuhuhuh. Walaupun penjual tu dok promo SE macam nak pengsan, aku konfiden tak bertukar balik ke SE walaupun designnya marvellous :P
Dapatlah handphone baru, janji ada yang basic SMS dengan boleh telefon ok lah kan.. hehehe. Suami pula cam tau-tau jer taste aku, sehati sejiwa ler katakan :P.
Friday, 24 July 2009
I was on leave last Wednesday (my leave was actually on Tuesday), since I promised my hubby for his birthday's treat of 'Harry Potter dan Putera Separuh Darah'.
We settled everything on my personal matters first. And I missed the letter on BTN (kem kenegaraan) from MARA. Found out that they posted the letter on 7 July and we have to attend the BTN on 8 July. I have arranged another session with MARA next month, so you guys will see me huffing and puffing during the outdoor activities.. hahaha
Anyway, back to the Harry Potter movie, aduh.. it focused too much on romance. Yes, I did cry when Hermoine asked whether Harry feel like this when he saw Ginny with someone else. My expectation is not really that HIGH, since I have not read the book (hahahaha!). But I do pitied that Malfoy.
In fact, dh was shocked when I said I have not read book 6 and book 7, since I found JK Rowling has lost her appeal. Yes, being a bookworm like me, I can notice when an author lost his / her magic touch. Lynn, no worries, your books are still safe and sound with me.. hehehe.
Oh ya, I have registered our kids for Hajj. Their turn is on 2026. Oklah tu, considering my girl and boys will be grown up at that time.
But then, I so don't like it when I said to my friends,
"Pergilah register haji, sekarang ni giliran haji tahun 2026."
"Aku takut kalau aku register, by the time nak pergi, tak cukup duit."
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
If anyone want to buy the RM 68 ticket, free seating, blue entrance, please leave your e-mail / phone number here so I can contact you. SOLD to my friend's colleague!
Since the training pass is hard to get,
if you want both, I can give you with the price of RM 78. (I am selling the training pass at RM 10 only!) This is just to cover the processing fee of RM 10 when my husband bought the RM 68 ticket in the first place.
Saturday, 11 July 2009
As I told my colleagues, "Selagi tak meeting tu, selagi tu lah asyik mengubah jer kerja." The problem is, the person commented on the fonts, the colours.. etc, etc, yes, the mundane stuff. Manalah makcik tak stress.
But since this report is a new requirement, and I am still in a blurry mode since no guidance at all, I started this 12 pages report from scratch. I do feel like writing a mini thesis, with the analysis done by me.
Adoi, pening makcik!
Adeh, sampai boleh terlupa hari ni ada orang dalam rumah dah ada angka 3 kat depan umur dia!
Monday, 6 July 2009
Inilah tempat saya. Tempat yang strategik sebab terletak di pintu paling hujung dan menjadi penjaga tandas.. hehehe. Kalau nak panggil colleague dari sebelah hujung sana, siap jenguk dari tempat kami dan jerit nama. Bak seorang kawan saya kata, "Open space ni, nak kentut pun boleh dengar satu office.." Huhu, haru tak?
Seluas mata memandangOho yaa... ini pula beza jarak meja saya dan meja setiausaha GM saya. Gosip-gosip hangat pasal T* ni, laga bahu je kakak sebelah ni, confirm tau cerita.. hehehehe. Saya tak tunjuk lagi space belakang saya. Staff saya duduk. Kalau nak bangun pun, kena bagi amaran dulu. Bukan apa, takut berlaga kerusi kami. Punyalah sempit.
Jumaat lepas, saya dapat stok baru t-shirt Muslimah dari Pretty Modesty (kedai maya kak Tini). Dapat satu luggage besar. Lepas tu kakak belah kanan saya ni kata nak tengoklah t-shirt tu. Saya pun bukalah luggage tu, sambil tunjuk segala contoh t-shirt. Kami ni kan penjaga pintu, sekali boleh pula Dato' B (CFO yang kacak itu) & VP kami lalu belakang kami. Nampak sangatlah tengah kantoi berjual beli. Dato' B sengih-sengih jelah kat kami.. hahahaha :P. Yang kakak secretary ni siap baru nak mekap-mekap lepas solat.
Sabar jelah kan?
Pengajaran entry kali ni, bersyukurlah dengan office memasing yang ada cubicle itu.. :D
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
On 26 June 2009, T* received a confirmed report that one of our colleagues in Menara T* is infected with the Influenza A(H1N1) Virus. This is the first positive case of infection reported in TM. Based on the chronology of events, the staff was probably infected during an official trip to Singapore on 19 June 2009. After experiencing fever and cold for several days, the staff was confirmed to be infected with the Influenza A(H1N1) Virus on 25 June 2009 and had undergone treatment at the Sg. Buloh Hospital.
Hmmm.. boss datang office dah pakai topeng muka.
Kalau nak tau cerita, GM baru balik Singapore sebab CommunicAsia event. Masuk-masuk office je, ada flu.
Division ada 20 orang, 4 orang dah kena kuarantin duduk kat rumah.. hehehe