Tuesday, February 28, 2006

[PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT] "Why Windows Vista won't disappoint"

Here's a good writeup about the new Microsoft Windows Operating System: Windows Vista

Many users view Windows XP (and Windows 2000, and previous Windows versions) as unsafe. No matter how many patches and updates Microsoft releases, the foundation of the OS itself—the kernel—is designed and built in a way that prevents it from being truly secure. The only solution, it is argued, is to redesign and rebuild the kernel with a focus on security and stability.

Well, that's exactly what Microsoft is doing with Vista. The whole kernel has been reorganized and rewritten to help prevent software from affecting the system in unsavory ways. In Vista, it should be much more difficult for unauthorized programs (like Viruses and Trojans) to affect the core of the OS and secretly harm your system.

I'm really interested in Vista, and hopefully my new computer will be able to support it. :D

EDIT: My favorite feature will be the image backup utility, that will backup the whole computer onto a CD or DVD, the keyword being image-based.

(and this will be one of the many "public service annoucements") I'll have on my blog. Its just a post to raise awareness for people, and it won't be nothing newsworthy.

Just took my advanced networking midterm

I've been noticing that for the past two tests this week (the midterm for tech support and the midterm for my advanced networking) I finished it in less than 35 minutes. Granted, I don't know if I got it all right, but usually I take atleast an hour to finish tests.

Anyway, like the post title says, I just finished my advanced networking midterm written test, and we just had to answer ten of the 12 questions given to us. The ones I don't answer, was "Give (3) new features of NTFS 5" and "What were the three components of IIS".

I originally answered the NTFS question, but only got two answers down and when I looked at the second question, I realized that I knew the answer (what protocol in the application layer of the TCP/IP model allows file transfers between two hosts [or something to that effect - I knew the question wasn't that obvious, but that's all I could remember]).

Tomorrow will be the practical midterm, where we have to install WinNT, then upgrade that to Win2k3, with all of the users and stuff intact.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Got my phone back!

I just came back from receiving my phone from a friend, and I'm happy to say that everything is in working order.

I'm about to backup the flash incase something else happens, then I'll return my settings to the phone.

Friday, February 24, 2006

I f'ed up this time

Get this: I only figured out that I had the wrong link to a class on the 5th week of school!

We have this online discussion site for certain classes, and its required for my grad project class to go on there and get the assignments; its sort of like an online classroom. Well, I messed up on the first week of class by not checking in with the school with my schedule, so that was my first mistake. My second mistake, was that I didn't see the teacher about the class meetings, or the class itself.

How I got the correct link? I lying in bed just about to sleep when I was thinking about graduation. Somehow, that lead me to think about the grad project and how I kept on missing the class meetings. Then I remembered a classmate who reminded me about how I missed a class on Wednesday, but I just declined that I wasn't going to that class. So, I jumped on my computer and investigated, and found that I had selected the wrong link when I logged into the online discussion site on the first week. I didn't recognize any names of the people in the message board there, but the teacher did have the assignments up and luckily I didn't miss much.

So now, I have to cram about 5 weeks worth of assignments into a couple of days, or risk failing this class again or dropping it (both of which, will push back my graduation date to October, and that's just for one class).

Lesson learned: ALWAYS CHECK WITH SOMEONE BEFORE DOING THINGS! If I didn't assumed that I failed a class and picked up my schedule ontime, then I would have made it to the first week of class and be in the swing of things, instead of trying to figure out what other people were doing and trying to compensate.

Well, I can say that this is my latest blog yet, because its 11:01pm, and I'll need to meet with someone to pickup my phone tomorrow morning. Good nite!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

W00T! The reflashing worked!!

Will receive the phone over the weekend, and hopefully I'll be a bit more careful this time.

[EDITED] Flagship phone going away for a while

In a few hours, a friend will pick up my Motorola v635 and attempt to reflash it because it freezes when its registering itself (even though I'm using a dummy SIM card).

Currently, I'm using my Nokia 6010, with no camera, nor MP3 ringtone capability (but atleast it has loud ringtones). And I'm lucky enough to have a few levels of backup phones, so if this Nokia goes out, then I have a few more phones to use.

I just gave my phone to a friend who'll try to fix it. To make it fair, he gave me his school ID, so that he won't "run away with the phone". Hopefully he'll fix it and I'll have it back tomorrow.

camera unlost, but not quite found.

I just finished reading a blog about someone who lost her camera in Hawaii, then received a call from a park ranger that someone found it, and was in Canada. She called them and now they won't return it.

I hadn't posted here in a while, because just after the last post, I got a call from an excited park ranger in Hawaii that "a nice Canadian couple reported that they found your camera!" She gave me their name and number, and I eagerly called to reclaim my camera.

"Hello," I said, when I reached the woman who had reported the camera found, "I got your number from the park ranger, it seems you have my camera?"

We discussed the specifics of the camera, the brown pouch it was in, the spare battery and memory card, the yellow rubberband around the camera. It was clear it was my camera, and I was thrilled.

"Well," she said, "we have a bit of a situation. You see, my nine year old son found your camera, and we wanted to show him to do the right thing, so we called, but now he's been using it for a week and he really loves it and we can't bear to take it from him."

I listened, not sure where she was going with this.

"And he was recently diagnosed with diabetes, and he's now convinced he has bad luck, and finding the camera was good luck, and so we can't tell him that he has to give it up. Also we had to spend a lot of money to get a charger and a memory card."

It started to dawn on me that she had no intention of returning the camera.

"We'd be happy to return your photographs..."

read more here

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Cruise day today

So, we had to do a group presentation today for my Tech Support class, but the rest of the day was total cruise.

I totally choked on the presentation, reading from a half piece of paper and stuttering through half of my speech. But I didn't read the whole paper, and I did improvise whatever I could pull from my head. The next class was Advanced Networking, and my teacher had to attend a funeral, so the dean came in, took role and told one of his famous stories, this time it was recent with his tennis coach hobby, always emphasizing that they destroyed other teams. After he left us alone, I just finished a midterm study sheet for tech support and decided to bail from class, as other people did.

Since I was hungry, I went to Shirokiya, wanting to partake in their buffet, but it started at 1530, so I hopped on the bus and went to another mall to eat lunch.

So, that's my story for today. Like it, hate it, IM me and rant about it, whatever.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A total of 5 days being sick... and there goes my break!

So, I was sick for the past five days, on my only 4 day break in a long time. I'm feeling better today so I'll be going to school (if I don't then it'll be my third absence).

But last night, I had a problem with my Motorola v635 phone. I was editing a skin to change the home screen, and now my phone wouldn't let me make a call (its stuck at the screen where its registering the phone, and the SIM card is an expired prepaid card - which works on other phones). Now I'm stuck using my Samsung e715 phone.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Day 4

I just got up, and now I have a sore throat, so its hard to swallow. I'm amazed that I got 9 hours of sleep. Still coughing, fever, and body ache.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Day three of being sick

Sorry for posting late, but this morning we worked on the rooms that we're building for my cousin and uncle (I got pics, and I'll post them soon), and since I'm still sick, I took a little break and rested my body while I slept (turns out, I slept for four hours).

I'm still coughing, with with some yellowish mucus coming out, but when I woke up, it was just dry coughing, with nothing coming out. I still feel dizzy, probably have a fever, but I'm too dazed to get an orientation except that I'm at the computer. I still need to study for my Math test on Tuesday and wash my clothes, so maybe I'll accomplish them tomorrow or on Monday.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Day 2 of being sick

Last night was a rough night for me because I was always coughing and it was hard to breathe because of the mucus.

Right now, I have fever, sore throat and still coughing, which I took tylenol and rubitussin (sp?). Plus, my body still hurts, so I was walking like an old man to the medicine cabinet, then to the fridge for water, then back to get other medicine then back to my room.

The coughing subided a bit, but when I do cough, I cough up thick white mucus and I'm still am feeling a bit drowsy.

But, I'm narrowing down my grad project options, as I'll try to compare temps between my computer and a friend's computer.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Getting sick... must feel better for weekend...

So, a classmate came down with the flu earlier this week, and sarcastically told everyone that she'll spread it to us. Well, it did, as I got the symptoms earlier today. Basically it started with a bad cough, then I had a headache, so I took tylenol and airborne, hoping that this won't last long.

I had this weekend planned, because tomorrow I was supposed to take my drivers permit test (tonight I was supposed to study, but I don't feel like reading anything that wasn't backlit, so I'm stuck at my computer) and get some help for school, but I guess I'll need to stay in.

I doubt I'll feel better tomorrow, because I was sick all through New Years with the flu. And since I don't have insurance, then I can't see the doctors, which I need to show proof if I'll miss school on Tuesday (oh, damn, there's a math test on Tuesday also). But if there's a good side about this, is that I have four days to fight this.

EDIT: Just incase anyone wants to track my sickness, on day 1, I have the following symptoms:
- Coughing, with white mucus and chest pain when coughing
- fever(atleast the second half of today)
- warm body

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


I just finished downloading a big file that usually took me 10 minutes to download, but this afternoon it took me 3 minutes!!

I checked my speed, and I'm up to 3mbps!! and this is on DSL!!!

Hawaiian Telcom, I love you!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Traffic, traffic everywhere!!

After 2 1/2 hours on the road, I finally made it home!

Traffic was a nightmare this evening, with almost every major thoroughfare jammed with pau hana traffic. At some point, the H1 viaduct got backed up within 15 minutes. To make it worse, we had to switch buses, so we had to wait in the pouring rain.

We need to find some way to elevate traffic, or go underground or something.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Its so cold, I can overclock my processor and won't see a temperature change.

I wish it was that cold, but I'm wearing long pants with socks and a a long sleeved shirt.

The news said that strong winds prevailed today, but I guess the temperatures at night dipped down low.

I won't be surprised if there's snow tomorrow.

Pedestrians who goes against the light

This morning while waiting for the bus, there was a pedestrian accident, where a guy in a Chevy truck drove into a pedestrian who was crossing against the light, and the driver was making a right turn onto the highway. The truck ran over the bike (but it was under the truck with no apparent damage). The pedestrian flew probably a couple of feet, but looked to be unharmed.

From what I can remember, the driver had the right of way, so it was the pedestrian's fault for crossing against the light. I wish I could provide more details about the aftermath, but my bus was approaching.

This is another reason why most people are stupid. They just cross the street thinking that the drivers will stop for them.

And this is one of the times I wish I had a higher resolution camera to atleast zoom in and get a clearer picture.

Update on my life

Ever since I broadcasted that I was about to work at Upnext Wireless a week ago, everyone has been wondering how's my life. Well, here's the breakdown:

- I DON'T have a job at Upnext Wireless. The most I have connected with them, is that I submitted my resume and cover letter and got an interview for a full time position. Because of school, I wanted to cut it down to part time, where the interviewer is trying to find right now (hopefully).
- I ATTEND SCHOOL FULL TIME. My hours are from 10:00am to 16:15 max (that counts just the time at school: from class time including doing the homework and getting help) Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for homework help or doing the actual homework. Not to mention the 1 hour (or sometimes 2 hours from school to home) bus rides to and from school.
- When I got word when I was going back to school (the story is that I saw that I failed two classes last quarter, so I applied for a job. I got the full time position at upnext, but since I was moved back into school for some reason, I dropped that full time position infavor of a part time) I also got word of my graduation date: July 2006!! (if I pass these classes) So, I got a graduation date to look forward to (a year later than expected because of the math and failure of classes) which makes me evermore excited to continue schooling.
- Lately, my family and I have been busy with housework, with the latest being a project to add an additional room to my Grandma's living room for my cousin. From what I understand, my Mom will be moving her office to my cousin's room so that we can have a third client to take care of; which means I'll be more of a help to her when she takes the clients to doctors or out of the house. That means that I'll need to organize my time and juggle it between school, keeping my sanity and looking for a job. Plus, I'm under more pressure to getting my CNA , and that's ontop of learning how to drive and getting my A+ certifications.

So, that's what's going with my life so far. I know that there's other 20 year olds (or younger) who is holding down a job, plus going to school, but I consider helping my Mom my job, plus not to mention that I have customers for my computer business thanks to my referrals so far.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Plate lunch + $0.76 = long line

L&L Hawaiian BBQ is having this charity fundraiser, where from 11am to 1:00pm today, they'll be having plate lunches for $0.76!! The lunches includes chicken katsu, hamburger steak, and kalua pork. More details can be read here.

I went to Walmart (where the L&L is located) before 10am today, and this is what I seen:

Front at the counter

Line starting by the bathrooms

rear of the line (or as of when I took the picture)

I'm sure the line grew by a few feet because people were just getting word of the promotion. As for me, I thought I'd go down a block to Ala Moana Center and go to their L&L drive in to get lunch. :)

Thursday, February 02, 2006

[best buy website ad] Run Windows 9x on a Mac powerbook

I just saw this on Best Buy's website, so I thought I'd share it with you guys:

Here's the link to the page