The origin of the Beijing Olympics logo

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Crime capital of the world – Bangsar

First my shoes were stolen. Bet you didn’t know that my replacement shoes were stolen again exactly 6 months after the first pair. It’s like this guy goes shoe shopping every half a year. A month ago a young lady who was most likely walking back from work had her bag snatched by 2 guys on a motorcycle. As far as I know she was not seriously harmed. A few weeks later my house mate was walking back to her car after dinner with her brother. As they got into the car they spotted a group of guys with sticks approaching. One of them raised his stick to smash the passenger window but her brother stepped on the gas just in the nick of time and sped away.

After getting into the house yesterday evening, I was in the toilet when I heard a woman screaming from the road outside. Seconds later there was a loud bang in front of our house. When I looked out the window, my gate was no longer standing but instead was leaning against the bonnet of a car which had rammed into it! Before I could unlock the door to go out and have a good look, the car reversed and sped away. I had no luck with the number plates. I was left standing dumbfounded over my fallen metal gate on the road.

After a few frantic phone calls I managed to get through to our contractor who was out drinking with friends. He promised to come over after his alcoholic indulgence. Hours later he turned up with 3 other guys and together they lifted the gate and leaned against the wall outside. It was a surprise to me that they were sober enought to do it. There was nothing to be done at that time of the day and they left. We went to bed without a gate for the night.

An elderly couple turns up at our doorstep the next day and offered to pay for the damages. A clearly distraught lady with absolutely no trace of jewelery on her, dabbed at her watery eyes. The lady told us that 2 guys on a motorcycle had smashed her car window with a rock and grabbed all her stuff off of her neck and wrist. She panicked and drove straight into our gate. She sped away, fearing that the assailants would come back for more.

It was big of them to offer and I wish them the best of luck. 24 hours later after the loud bang in front of my house, my gate is back where it should be albeit more wobbly than its former self. There is a crime wave in our neighborhood. What are the authorities doing about it? Zilch, from what I can gather.

Bangsar is a suburb just outside the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

World’s best kept auto secret

Got this in my mail box just now. What an interesting discovery!

The Worlds Best Kept Auto Secret.

I have been driving (legally) for over half a century. One would think I
would have noticed the little secret on my dash that was staring me right
in the face the whole time. Well, I didn’t and I bet you probably haven’t
either.

Quick question, what side of your car is your gas tank filler cap? If you
are anything like me, you probably can’t remember right away. My solution
is to uncomfortably stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look.
If you don’t do this in your own car you more than likely have done it in a
borrowed or rental car.


Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to share with you my little secret so
you will no longer look like Ace Ventura on your way to the gas station, or
put your neck at risk of discomfort or injury.


If you look at your gas gauge, you will see a small icon of a gas pump.
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handle of the gas pump will extend out on either the left or right side of
the pump. If your tank filler pipe is on the left, the handle will be on
the left. If your filler pipe is on the right, the handle will be on the
right (see photo below). It is that simple!


I don’t know how you feel about this discovery right now but when I found
out this morning , I felt pretty damn cheated!


Why don’t the dealers share such important information with car buyers? I
don’t understand why this isn’t in the driver’s/owner’ s manual? And why
don’t our favorite mechanics think of mentioning this to us all? The only
possible explanation can be that all these people probably don’t even know
themselves!


Go out and share the world’s best kept auto secret with your friends this
information is way too important to be kept secret.

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Update – just checked on my own car. It’s not true! 

Things I love about my iMac

  1. The fact that I can adjust the volume of songs being played on iTunes from my bed using the remote control.
  2. The glossy and bright screen.
  3. Easy integration with my iPod Touch.
  4. The overall aesthetics of the OS.
  5. The quietness of the machine.
  6. The ease with which I could share and transfer files between the iMac and my previous WinXP desktop over my home wifi network.
  7. The minimal fuss with which the iMac hooked into my broadband ADSL connection. No setup what so ever on my part.
  8. The iSight which allows me to hold video chats with family
  9. No need for virus and spyware scans or defragging.
  10. Playing streaming radio iTunes from the endless list of genres.

iMac Graphics Firmware Update 1.0 – a cure for iMac freeze-up?

Since the release of the new Aluminium iMac’s, lots of owners have complained about frequent freeze-ups with their machines and some went as far to suggest that everyone should just start switching back to WinXP and heaven forbids Vista. Thats pretty harsh coming from Mac fanboys. Everyone was hoping that the issues would be fixed with some update from the company and after weeks of hand-wringing, Apple has finally responded. Is this the magic bullet to cure all our ills? Only time will tell.

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For more info go here.

Update – no freeze-ups since applying the update more than 48 hours ago. 

My first Apple desktop experience

specs_config_20in20071026.jpg3rd hour into my Apple desktop experience! Trying not to come across all fanboyish is going to be hard. I am practically melting in my very uncomfortable moulded plastic chair which is a feat in itself. My pleasure is tinged with a twist of guilt about having overspent for the month and the thought of having to tighten the old belt for the foreseeable future.My day started off in turmoil with the 2 hemispheres of my brain in a bar-room style brawl. One was for instant gratification while the other went on about the cost it would incur. Names were called and punches were thrown. A few Jackie Chan moves later, the hedonistic one had his frugal opponent pinned to the floor.

Take that, you pansy!‘ he hissed into the ear of his fallen enemy.

When the clock struck 11 am I bounded out of the house and made a beeline to the local Apple store and put down hard cold cash for a 20″ 2.4 GHz iMac. Along the way I had to endure the hard sell courtesy of a youthful Apple staff for the AppleCare Protection Plan. They were having a 50% discount off the plan and I jumped in feet first. Now came the hard part. I had to lug the machine all the way to the underground carpark and I came to the realization that I am severely out of shape. To make things more interesting, I took a wrong turn in the maze of parked vehicles and ended up asking for directions from a security guard with questionable immigration status. He stared at me as if I was from a distant planet and pointed to a suitably vague direction. By this time I was sweating like the proverbial pig with 2 embarrassing wet patches under my arms. I had lost all sensations from the shoulders down and my spine was about to take the last train to Shanghai in protest. Thankfully I found the car and with the last few remaining ounces of strength in me I hoisted the damn thing onto the back seat.

Back home my hands started to tremble mainly from the lactic acid buildup in my muscles and partly from the excitement of getting to play with my new best mate. The machine started up with the familiar metallic ‘theng!’ of the Mac OS. The clarity of the screen blew my mind wide open. It was looking through a window pane which has just been wiped clean with industrial strength cleaning solution. It took me about an hour to upgrade to the much touted Leopard OS with the installation DVD that came with the package. Besides the new reflective dock, things looked pretty much the same although there are reported to be 300 plus new features under the hood. Lots of time for exploration later. Right now I just would like to soak in the splendor that is my very first Apple desktop.

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