I bought the newspaper…

March 29, 2008 at 9:18 pm (Personal)

… NOT!

I really didn’t buy the newspaper. I saved 80 cents for that. 🙂

I wonder what’s making job hunting so hard. I think I’ll do things the hard way. Like I used to be. Is it the required skills? Is it the qualifications?

Or is it the “I-lie-to-you-that-I-can-do-this-and-that” that makes the job secure?

Some people just don’t deserve that job as much as other people need it. Some people just lie their way through to earn it. Some people just wait (like me) because other people who are incompetent managed to secure that job offer first.

Well, some people are playing chess. They think and wait for the next move.

Others, plays like checkers like an amateur. They just go straight without thinking that it could be worthless move.

Oh, and I SWEAR TO GOD I DIDN’T BUY THE FUCKING NEWSPAPER. 🙂

And I don’t need your money. You might as well donate your 80 cents to the needy. I’m not one of them. I don’t ask for charity.

Cheerios~

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Limited Edition Epiphone “Nicke LP Custom”

March 18, 2008 at 7:13 pm (Personal)

Limited Edition Epiphone “Nicke LP Custom”

Until today, I didn’t know what guitar I was playing on. All I know it was a custom epiphone guitar I bought on impulse. 😛

So I did some research. I don’t know where to start, so I thought of using the “skulls and bones” as part of my keyword other than Epiphone.

And this page came up.

Now I realised that it was a custom guitar by a guitarist of “Backyard Babies”. So I though, I want to sample some of their songs and see what they sounded like. Went into my favourite music site, imeem.com, and searched for it.

Looks like their songs are more of the rock-type music. Can’t really generalize their sound, but it sounded like that. Kinda nice.

The hard true fact is that I wanted to get another epiphone guitar. But by the time I came into the shop, it was not there anymore. 😦 The one below is WAY cheaper than the one I bought (the above guitar)

Limited Edition Special-II “Dr Skull” Guitar

I am definitely going to keep my eyes peeled for this guitar again. I loved that “skull” design. Just suits my desires. 😛

And I’m also trying to aim for this one too…

 

BC Rich Mick Thompson Signature

 

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This blog is moving place!

February 24, 2008 at 10:53 pm (Aishah's, Announcements!, Band progress, Band reviews, Competitions, Covers, Dermapthera, DIY, Downgrade, Fishing CR, Fishing Review, From Stomp, From the News, Fun Stuff, Funny, Gadgets, Game Review, GBA, General, Gossip and Entertainment!, Hot Stuff, How to, iPhone, iPod Firmware, iPod Touch, iPod Touch Jailbreak, Jokes, Magic Tricks, Movie Reviews, MP3/MP4 Players, Music Reviews, Original compositions, Other products, Personal, Previous Gigs, PS2, PSP, PSX, Random Snaps, Reviews, Song reviews, Technical Stuffs, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized, Upcoming shows, Upgrade, Version 1.1.1, Version 1.1.2, Version 1.1.3, YouTube videos)

Hi guys.

I am going to relocate most of my non-band related content from this blog onto another blog.

Although I enjoyed getting a lot of reads lately, it seems that this blog has become a little bit non-standard. I have loyal readers (I hope) and people who’d be willing to come to me to ask for help. I enjoy helping as much as possible.

And not forgetting being featured in WordPress’s BOTD and fastest growing blog, I’m just so honoured. But my decision is final.

Most links WILL be broken (if you have linked to me). I will not leave any trace of the post in this blog at all.

Since I’m getting more and more ready for my band Dermapthera, I plan to use this domain name (dermapthera.wordpress.com) as an official blog for the band only. I have been sticking to the domain name for as long as I can remember, and most people in the blogosphere will identify me as “dermapthera”.

I find that this could be misleading in the near future. Although I don’t see the band anywhere being successful in the near future, there’s still a possibility that we could be if we worked hard. Me and my vocalist have drawn out our visions for the future of the band and what we could do.

Hence I would like to take this opportunity to migrate to another blog. A new blog name, a new blog address. And I need a new identity. I don’t want to be remembered as “dermapthera”, but instead, as the “guitarist of dermapthera”.

When my new blog is ready, I will announce the address again. For now, I might not be updating new contents yet.

Sorry if I have caused any inconvenience. You guys have been great, and I have been enjoying a lot from blogging here.

Expected migration period will take one week (starting today). I will re-announce again once migration is successful.

Cheers.

P.S: The main reason why I placed all the tag/categories there is to reach out to potential RSS readers.

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My brother’s Photography pictures

February 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm (Personal)

Wow!

He’s a talented photographer. Hehe…

Anyway, visit his flickr page here.

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Some people are just… selfish

February 15, 2008 at 7:24 pm (Personal)

To whom it may concern,

I know time and money have been a concern to you. If you have cared for the feelings of the other 4 of us, we could have still be together.

I can’t believe you made me worried for nothing. After all these times, I was thinking maybe you’re hit with a financial problem, or someone in your family was stricken to a disease that requires full attention to. But I was wrong. All you did was kept quiet. None of us knew what’s happening.

Not until one day I learnt the truth. Truth hurts you know. The bond we’ve built, the joys and sorrows we shared… It was priceless. You can never rebuilt the friendship once lost. You choose you break it. And you don’t trust to tell anybody about it.

You had your stupid motorbike to pay, and your girlfriend to treat to. I had the same problem the other time, remember? And I choose to leave because none of them are willing to give and take. But sooner or later, they realised that it was an inevitable denial that they can’t progress without me. Hence I decided to give another chance, and we lived happily ever after.

To you my dear friend, if you had told us you had money problems, WE CAN GIVE YOU. If you feel that you’ve got no time to spend with your girlfriend, WE CAN GIVE YOU TIME. If you feel that you’ve been ignored, I AM HERE TO LISTEN. All you need to do is OPEN YOUR FUCKING MOUTH AND SPEAK.

Well, I’m just saddened to the fact that the dreams we once shared was no longer there. You chose to separate ways with us. I hope you’ll find happiness in whatever you’re looking for.

P.S: For your information, we don’t jam every week. Everyone is tight on their budget. Not just you. Everybody else too.

Thank you for your support, Fadli. We don’t need it anymore. I’m just sad.

Yours unfaithfully,

Whoever you want me to be.

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Game tester

February 5, 2008 at 11:20 pm (Personal)

Wow.

Finally I got my butt moving to apply for a freaking job!

It’s not permanent, so I’ll be more than happy about that.

It’s a job advertisement I saw. But I think I might not be able to get the job though. Maybe someone else have got the job first.

But I’m still keeping my fingers crossed. I mean, you never know what might come right?

Well guys, pray for me! And I’ll write more reviews on hot and latest games!

Cheers!

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Tired

February 2, 2008 at 7:06 pm (Personal)

I’m feeling rather lethargic nowadays.

I want to keep my site alive as much as possible. But it seems that I can’t keep up on my own. This is a one-man show if you asked me. I have to do all the reseach, testing, documentation, experimenting, debugging, hacking, cracking, installing, downgrading, and the list goes on.

Yes all technical related topics written here are run alone by me.

I am looking for contributors. If you’re interested, you will need a WordPress account. Then drop me an email (via the contact link) and I’ll add you as a contributor. The more the merrier though.

Though if you ask me, there is really no incentives for doing that. However, it will make a better discussion page compared to forums/other sites.

I hope there are some souls that will consider.

Good day to all of you.

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Tips for a successful job interview

January 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm (Personal, Tips and Tricks)

You might be a fresh graduate looking for the new job offer you’ve been eyeing for. However, you don’t know what to do or what to expect. Having the “paper” is definitely not enough to secure the job application.

What I’m going to share are some of the tips and personal experiences I got from various friends who managed to secure their very first job. You should always use these as a general guideline, and not take it as a whole. Pick the right ones for you.

  1. Learn about the company and the job scope. This is critical. I was asked this during my practice interview session, and I couldn’t answer it. It was one of the typical questions interviewers liked to ask. Make sure you check out the latest happenings in the company, read up about them, what they do, and make sure you know what to expect for your job application. You can work in a Banking company, but you might be doing Networking Administration job.
  2. Always be early. Let’s say your interview starts at 1pm, what time should you arrive? Preferably as early as ½ hour earlier. If you’re an experienced driver, and driving a vehicle, then it shouldn’t be a major problem because you should know how fast to travel from one place to another. What if you’re using the public transport, and that place seemed alien to you? Plan your route early, anticipate problems like “what if there’s a traffic jam?” or “what if I missed this bus stop?”. Plan and make necessary adjustments to your timing. Being late is definitely a no-no for the first timers. You wouldn’t want to show a bad impression to your interviewers by turning up late for the scheduled appointment.
  3. Dress appropriately. If you’re applying for a part-time job, in most cases you probably can just wear anything casual. As long as it’s presentable, it should be fine. Avoid wearing open-toes shoes, sometimes the toes can be the most unsightly thing you’ve ever seen. Don’t turn up in skimpy clothes either, it may just turn off your potential employer. Don’t be too casual either. You wouldn’t want to turn up in baggy hip-hop clothing. Over-dressing is definitely a no-no. If you’re applying for a position that works in an office environment, put on the office wear, dress smartly, and go for that interview.
  4. Be prepared, or over-prepare. Prior to the interview, there might be some documents that you need to bring (they will probably ask you to). If they don’t, just bring all the necessary documents to support your skills. If you have previous employment, you could also bring your last received payslip. All other documents that boost your values such as testimonials are definitely helpful in convincing the interviewer your value. Bring extra copies of your proof-read resumes. Being prepared shows that you’re reliable and proves that you’re serious about clinching the job.
  5. Speak out loud and confidently. You don’t want to sound boring to your interview. Being soft doesn’t help either, because they can get irritated if they can’t hear you repeatedly. Don’t stammer, pace your speech, don’t rush. Avoid shouting (I doubt anyone would do that?) at all cost. Make sure your intonations are pleasant enough. If you want, do role plays with your siblings, or your friends. If you’re shy, try practicing in front of the mirror. Look at how the interviewers would look at you. Speaking confidently also helps interviewers to picture your personality.
  6. Maintain eye contact. You can be the most shy-est person in the whole wide world. But think about it. If you keep moving your eyes around, the interviewer can get irritated by you. Maintaining eye contact means that you’re serious. You wouldn’t want to make the interviewer feels that he’s talking to the wall. Engage in the conversation.
  7. Wait for your turn to speak. Sometimes, you just wanted to say something. But no matter what you do, DO NOT INTERRUPT the interviewer while he’s talking. Let him finish, then you speak. Interrupting just shows how rude you are. No one wants to hire a rude personnel.
  8. Turn off or silent your mobile devices. You don’t want your handphone or pager to ring during the interview. It just creates a wall of disturbance and it distracts your conversation. Always remember to turn them off. You don’t need any calls during this period of the time.
  9. Be courteous. Not by actions, but by speech. Sounding pleasant and courteous makes your interviewer thinks that you’re friendly. The more friendly people joins, the more fun the workplace will be.
  10. Don’t over-talk. Some questions requires your answer to be a little lengthy, but avoid talking too much. There’s a saying that goes “the more you talk, the more you lie”. Over-talking can sometimes deviates from the original speech, causing more confusions between you and the interviewer. Keep your answers simple, but not too short, and make sure it answers the question.
  11. Always clarify. If you can’t hear what they are saying, politely ask them to repeat. Say something like “I couldn’t get your last sentence Sir”, and they will gladly try to repeat themselves. Most of the time, they will probably try to rephrase the sentence to make it sound clearer.
  12. Add some joy in the conversation. I remembered once during my interviewing skills lesson back in my poly days, where I managed to tickle my interviews. The thing is, if they find that you’re a fun person, they might probably hire you. Maybe their company is just out of fun people.
  13. Lie subtly. Lying is part of the skill. If you lie at the correct place and the correct time, they will never find out. Don’t lie about critical things like “I have skills in cooking” but you can’t cook, that’s not a very good lie. You lie about things that affects your situation. For example, if you’re doing part time studies, and your interviewer knows about it, you can tell them like “although I have my studies to manage, I’m confident that I can continue to give 100% commitment into the job that I do”. Remember, securing the job is one thing, doing what you say is another.
  14. Know your strengths and weaknesses. This is very tricky, and it’s a fairly common question to purposely tickle your bones. Don’t panic though, you should already be prepared for these kind of trick questions. Find out what you’re good at and what you are not. If you don’t have any weaknesses, convert one of your strengths and make it sound like it’s a weakness. For example, if your strength is that you are hardworking, say something like “My weakness is that I get bored easily when I’m not doing anything.” Look at how contradicting it sounds. This may make your interviewer put a trust on you in whatever you might be doing.
  15. Know what you want to be. Plan ahead. What do you want to do in 5-10 years time. Everybody starts low. Make sure you set a reasonable goal for the future. Share your aspirations to the interviewer. This will reflect on your determination to strive on becoming a better and invaluable personnel.
  16. It’s all about the personality. Like I said, it’s not all about the paper. The interview can be made to just trying to get to know you much better. Try to sound lively, share your experiences and hobbies, make them feel at home. The more friendly you are the better.
  17. Thank them for their time. Sometimes, the interviewer is a busy person. Make sure you thank them appropriately before leaving the room. Explicitly thank them for their time, because we don’t know if we have either wasted or utilised the time they set aside for you.
  18. Before you leave… Tell them that you are very interested in securing the job application and will wait for them to contact you back. Suprisingly, research shows that expressing interest causes the interviewer to remember you. If they have interviewed a few candidates on that day, they will probably get reminded of you because you show explicit enthusiasm in trying to secure the job.

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Can’t upload files in /Applications/

January 28, 2008 at 6:07 am (Personal)

Seems I’m not the only one here.

I always thought that I installed too many files, hence the installer won’t even install any more programs. Or there’s a buggy program.

Then I found out something from a reader that she’s facing the same problem too.

I probably have to do a clean restore again, but it’s too troublesome for me because I don’t use wifi at home. Unless all programs are running in PXL format, then I can probably use iBrickr to install applications.

But it seems that everyone is using wifi. Dammit. I’ll have to figure a workaround for this problem.

But I can upload any other files in any other directory except /Applications/*. That means, I can’t put in BIOS (for GBA and PSX), and I can’t manually install applications. Even if I upload to another directory and try to move it into the /Applications/* directory, the file just gets “corrupted”.

I tried uploading the files multiple times, there are success rate, but it’s not constant. So I can’t conclude that re-uploading will improve. There have to be some sort of a trick, somewhere.

Someone show me a link please? I tried google, and modmyifone is down at the moment.

😦

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eJamming

January 27, 2008 at 3:42 am (Personal, Technical Stuffs) ()

Shit.

Read: CES 2008 Video: eJamming online live jam sessions software

Last time, I was proposing this project idea as my ITEN (IT Entrepreneurship) module back in my poly days. It was called Zicmu (it’s supposed to be opposite of music). But my team’s proposal was so bad, we almost failed for the module.

Maybe I lack the “entrepreneur” blood in me.

This eJamming thingy is exactly the same as my proposal; using internet as a medium for jamming session across the globe. I can’t make a claim now, because my unsupportive lecturer said that “this project will never make money in real life”. If I have the chance to meet him again, I’ll definitely say “fuck you it’s already been done” because now I see a living proof. Even if I don’t make money, I still want to make a music community. It’s also cheaper to pay $10 per month, than the cost of travelling.

I was telling my team members that I wanted to create an application that allows musicians to connect to one another using the internet. The scheme was simple because of successes of voice messaging (via MSN) that drives my inspiration. I thought that in this way, people can connect to each other no matter where they are across the globe. My team members were very reluctant to the idea because they think that it’s utter rubbish. By my ideals were very simple, music is universal.

But my lecturers think that this kind of application will never sell. Today, I just witnessed that every subscription is $10 (their currency) per user, per month. The way I see it, it’s still earning money because the cost of maintaining the server, is not that expensive. The amount of unique visitors is very promising.

But I guess, it’s all over. Thanks to the stupidity of my lecturers. They don’t deserve to be a lecturer if they can’t even motivate their students to explore more on something they believe is possible.

I could have be that young Singapore entrepreneur.

Damn I hate schooling.

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