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    Selamat Hari Raya

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      Every year I make the journey to Kampung Telaga Nenas – possibly the least known village in Malaysia – in order to celebrate Hari Raya. Before I met my wife and started making this journey, I really had no idea what to expect.  People sometimes...
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    Volcano highlights Icelandic spelling crisis

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    Well everyone is talking about the volcano that has shut down travel in Europe. I have a number of colleagues who were hit by it.  Well, not hit by lava exactly.  But unable to get home In fact there’s a business review on later this week for...
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    Sleeping and Driving

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    So I’m in the homewares store today looking for a power board as I always seem to run out of power points. And while checking out (and wincing at the cost of the power board – must stop buying this stuff in normal malls) I noticed something I’ve never...
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    F# – putting the Fun into Functional programming

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    Happy to see that the latest release of Visual Studio includes support for a functional programming language F#. Back when I started at university, I was surprised to find that we were expected to learn a “weird” programming language called Haskell that...
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    Manual Deskterity

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    This is pretty cool – touch and pen, working together. It kind of combines gestures with two modes of touch interaction (the finger and the pen).  So its pointing/holding with the finger, and fine work with the pen (which is a proxy for any tool...
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    Search Engines a-Twitter

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    Interesting article on CNET – Bing is integrating real-time twitter search.  Quite cool you can let it just scroll the latest tweets and easily see the top shared links – easier than clicking around on the feed. Google seems more focused on analytics...
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    Hulu – Who Knew?

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    So I arrived in Seattle a few days ago and have been playing around with Hulu . What’s Hulu?  If you are American you will think this is a pretty stupid question as everybody knows it’s the TV video streaming service that has lots of popular TV ...
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    Troubled Marriage? – Government Gives Honeymoon

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    Well I just love this article in The Star - Honeymoon Package for All . The state government of Terengganu (in Malaysia) will give you a second honeymoon on Perhentian island (some decent diving there by the way) if you having some trouble at home. Better...
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    Feature pack for C++ programmers

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    Just found out from my good friend Damien Watkins that there is a big update to the MFC library. What can you do? Build Office 2007 style ribbons and menus, docking toolbars (like Visual Studio), tabbed documents, etc. There's a great walk-through on...
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    Security Vulnerability Research & Defense

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    I just found this blog - looks like it is new. I like it - very high technical content on what makes various vulnerabilities tick. Not for the technically faint hearted! It includes network protocol details, code (well some initializers anyway) and disassembly...
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    Malaysian food considered fattening?

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    This article in Sydney Morning Herald talks about how Malaysians are (supposedly) finding their food rather unhealthy and looking to improve their diet. This probably isn't a big shock for Malaysians reading as food is one of their daily little guilty...
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    Guitar Hero 3

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    I've been playing a lot of this lately (and GH2 as well) and it's a fun and very addictive game. Just read a great description of someone finishing " Through the Fire and Flames " on Expert. This is a fiendishly difficult track that I have trouble doing...
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