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Reading my own diary

Today my colleague was looking for information on how to take off the cassette from his rear bicycle wheel. Then I remember that I have written something on here about the differences between cassette and freewheel. What a great idea keeping a diary like this! I can easily retrieve the information too, probably quicker than using Internet search engine.Sometimes it’s not about me writing something more useful than what already have been written elsewhere. It’s just that some times it is quite nice reading what I’ve written some time ago as well. Does remind me of what I’ve been up to at that moment in time. And interestingly I was somewhat amazed after reading my post again, as I could not remember most of what I had written, and that was only 2 years ago! Think I will make a conscious effort to keep blogging here, despite spending more and more time on Facebook lately. Shame on me (I know!).

Blogger Mahathir

He’s probably the world’s first ex-Prime Minister to become a blogger. This is his blog, which is maintained of course not by him, but someone who is good in this business. Apparently his blog has just reached one million hits! Credit to him, I don’t think there are many bloggers, if any, who can get so many hits in less than a month by just plain blogging (no fancy videos, no flesh flashing pictures etc). Looks like he’s still relevant in Malaysian politics after years of stepping down as a Prime Minister. And he definitely has his agenda behind all this blogging, to bring down the existing PM. Is it in all Malaysian’s best interest that he does this? I doubt it. Mahathir of late is not his usual self. A lot of things he has done in the past when he was Malaysia’s fourth PM has come back to haunt him. In much the same way as Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe who has done some great things when he came into power, remaining in power for too long has corrupted him. Both are now scared of being exposed and punished for what they have done wrong in the past, thus want to cling on to power for longer, albeit in different ways. For Mahathir’s case, he certainly wouldn’t want the opposition to get into power, as that means that Anwar will become PM, and he’s doomed, for what he has done to Anwar back in 1998, sending him to jail on grounds of sodomy.Malaysian politics is getting more and more interesting by the day. Follow it from here, it’s like a best-seller 🙂

Free Internet access at Costa Coffee

I’m supposed to watch some ads on my web browser before I’m allowed to get free Internet access at Costa Coffee. However my PC and web browser settings are so hostile to ads that nothing shows up, yet here I am using their service. Looks like this type of business model is not very effective when they have users/customers like us 🙂 Advertisers when know about this will probably not be too happy about the money they have paid. I think it is likely that service provider, Anacapa in my case, will count my access into their statistics regardless of whether I’ve been properly served ads, not to mention that I can open a new tab and start browsing straight away without watching the ads. I mean if the Hotspot provider is already providing free service anyway then there’s really nothing to lose for them. In fact they will get a cut of the advertising revenue, which is good for their otherwise free service. How effective it is for advertisers to advertise in this manner I’m sceptical.Anyway to think about it this model definitely works very well for people with a Wi-Fi capabled device, allowing them to get free high speed access at public areas. I’ve been longing for the iPhone to massively drop down in price, as it is indeed a very sleek phone, equipped with Wi-Fi interface. However the iPhone’s touch screen is not great for typing, unfortunately. If only they have a Blackberry keypad 🙂

Upgrading WordPress

After years of using the same old version of WordPress, I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and upgrade it to the latest version. I’m always cagey about doing such thing, not least because I’ve not done it before, it’s that I’m worried I’ll someshow mess up the posts that are stored in the MySQL database. Although I’ve made two different backup copies, one backing up the database and the other the whole working directory, I’m all too wary that it will take me a long time to put things back together should something went wrong during the upgrade process. Luckily for me everything seems fine and I don’t think you can see anything visibly different from what it used to be, as all the plugins seem to work too.Over the next few days I’m planning to change the look and feel, or the theme, of this blog. Hope it’s not going to be too much work.

If I don’t enter hell, who else?

Raja Petra escorted by police in handcuff

A picture tells a thousand words doesn’t it? Blogger for Malaysia Today, Raja Petra, was charged under Malaysian’s Sedition Act 1948 for the piece he wrote on Altantuya’s murder. For those who don’t know, Altantuya is a Mongolian lady who was murdered and with her body destroyed by C4 explosives. Rumour has it that Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Najib was involved in the murder, but eluded justice through his political power.It is upsetting to see righteous person like Raja Petra being charged and sent to jail for upholding his belief in justice, something which is clearly lacking in Malaysia, for someone he doesn’t really know. He’s a true boddhisattva in my view, in Buddhist’s term. And a true Muslim who is doing his duties for the community, one of which is to oppose all forms of evil, as explained in his article “What is Islam“. Educated people, people with wisdom, don’t really buy into ritual practices that are quite often needless and which are passed on from generations ago. Submission to a greater figure/being like God or Buddha makes sense to me, to keep us humble, to maintain our well being etc. But if one becomes a follower of a religion, by way of practising just the ritual, to hedge against a difficult after life or what have you, then one is really missing the point.Anyway, Raja Petra knows he’s walking a fine line, and is prepared to accept the consequences. Hope we will see reform in Malaysia’s justice system in a not-too-distant future.

Blog censorship in China

Unbelievable. Even my blog is censored in China. Well I don’t suppose there’s any reason to specifically censor my blog, but I didn’t realise that the Chinese government is so strict on blogs. According to my friend most blogs are censored in China, regardless of the content. Which makes sense for them since they want to have some control over the content, as it’s getting harder to monitor them nowadays. Tough it may be, but I don’t believe this level of censorship is here to stay. Someday China will relax the censorship policies, or maybe even remove them. However, for the time being, I guess it’s the right thing to do. You can not dismiss the possibilities that there are people who want to sabotage China, to stop them from becoming a powerhouse in the new world.

Transfer to a web hosting service

Couldn’t help but to buy myself a two year web hosting service with hostmonster for less than $120. It gives me all I’m looking for, ssh access, mysql database, hosting unlimited domains etc, and I’m also given a free domain name during this period! Have to say goodbye to using my old home PC to host this blog, as switching on this machine 24/7 mainly just to do that is not very environmentally friendly 🙂 And if I continue to do this it won’t be long before I’ll kill PC. In fact recently the PC switched off itself and had problem booting back up again . I initially thought it was about time to dispose of the PC. But turns out that the power supply unit (PSU) was just clogged with dust, no ventilation, overheated and then switched off itself. I gave the PSU a good vacuum and it’s now back up running again. Anyway, I still need the PC to work as a wireless router as well as a file storage system, so don’t really want to f**k that up.The process to transfer this blog to the hosting server was easier than I thought. I only need to copy the whole web directory to the hosting server, set up a new mysql database (user name, password and database name), modify the corresponding mysql parameters in wp-config.php, change the domain name server and that’s it. Easy peasy.

Finally up and running

What should normally take 5 minutes to set up ended up taking me days! To be fair to wordpress, if you are using a third party web hosting service, it shouldn’t really take you much time to get wordpress installed and there you can start blogging. I know I should shoulder some blame as well, as I tried to host this website on my home machine, which wasn’t equipped with php and mysql initially. But to later find out that it was actually a simple mistake in the wordpress package that was preventing me from getting this done sooner was absolutely deflating. That closing php tag, which was one short in the install script, was costly because it confused me into thinking, for days, that my web server wasn’t configured to work as required by wordpress, which uses php and mysql. But on a positive note, much was learnt during the process, as is always the case when you play with Linux. Avoid using pre-compiled binaries if you have multiple packages that you want to link together. Compile from source always gives you control over what you want and don’t want.