5 things that used to be common around me

1. Photo Albums Collection
I’m not talking about Flickr, Picasa or Fotopages (de facto Malaysian online photo album site), but I’m talking about the classic Photo Album books. Once, every household must have Photo Albums, whether it is about Weddings, Family Vacation, New Born Baby, or just some random photos. Back in those days photo album housed 3R sized photos that was taken by cameras that used 35mm photographic film (some of them needs to be rewound manually!).

In Malaysia (at least in Malay culture, more than 15 years ago), photo albums is a common item in every house and are usually stored in the Living Room, where it served as a sort of entertainment to the guests. Makcik/Pakcik/Acquaintance of the family would be invited to browse through photo albums while the host prepare refreshment, this is the usual practice especially when the guest just stop by the house because the want to visit (read: ziarah) the host who are just back from a long vacation (ie: umrah, etc) or recently wed, or just having a newborn baby.

Photo Album

I think most of you would agree that photo albums have become less significant nowadays. How many are you that still keep these photo albums? I think the only photo album still common in every household is the wedding photo album, and I bet that was stashed in parts unknown, somewhere under the bed or closet instead of the living room.

Photo Album

p/s: Photo Albums becomes so rare that I even had difficulties in getting its sample image.

2. Public Phone (Booth)
Remember public phone ? It was very common to have phone booth around back then, 15 years ago. The older generation phone booth accepts coins, and the newer one accepts prepaid phone card which you can buy from convenience store. Now since almost everybody afford to own a mobile phone, phone booth is less common now.

Phone booth was previously a required fixture in public university and colleges and shopping complexes, now its almost nowhere to be seen

p/s: I fondly recalled my friends used to get free calls from public phones using a technique call “short mengeshort” which involves the use of paperclip around late 1990s.

3. TM-Issued Phone Directory Book
Previously Phone Directory Book is a must-have for every household that have fixed-line phone. Divided into three main parts (Peach Pages, White Pages and Yellow Pages), the Peach Page list the phone numbers of government agencies as well as their addresses. White Page on the other hand list the fixed-line phone numbers of common folks, together with their addresses arranged in alphabetical order. Yellow pages was once a must-have addition to the phone directory because it lists the phone number of the nearest exterminators, furniture store and workshop service.

When did the last time you’ve even refer the TM-issued Phone Directory Book?

4. Rabbit Ear Antenna
Back 10-15 years ago, almost every home relies on the venerable Rabbit Ear Antenna for TV Reception, couple with Booster (most popular in Perlis, Malaysia), you will get excellent reception of the government-run RTM station ( TV1, TV2) with a slight drawback as boostered Rabbit Ear antenna is very sensitive to kereta kontrol (RC Car).

Now most people would either subscribed to Astro, or in my case – The Torrent TV station, which requires neither Rabbit Ear Antenna nor Booster.

Here is the photo of a rabbit ear antenna:

Rabbit Ears Antenna

5. Cassette and Sony Walkman Portable Player
Once considered a cool gadget that Johnny Depp used to strap around his waist on “Nightmare on Elm Street” :

Cassette

Sony Walkman Cassette Player

The cassette and Sony Walkman was considered one of the common item for teenagers. It runs on TWO (2) AA batteries with the most advance type display digital readouts and can even ‘flip’ the cassette automatically. Sony Walkman even has AMS feature (Automatic Music Sensor) where it can detect the start of a song automatically when using fast-forward/reverse (just like switching CD track).

Cassette and Walkman (portable cassette player) are now has been displaced by MP3 players, iPods or plain Feature Phone.

My favorite classic game : UFO Defense Enemy Unknown

Here’s a video to my favorite game during my high-school days. It reach Malaysia in 1993-1994. The name of the game is UFO Defense: Enemy Unknown, published by Microprose.

It is a turn-based game, but unlike any typical turn-base game it includes elements of real-time action

 

The premise of this game is the aliens are invading Earth, and it is up to X-COM, an elite black-ops organization funded by UN to protect the planet from the Alien terror. The alien uses advance weaponry and genetic engineering to achieve their goals, while the humans with organized efforts from several countries would attempt to stop the invaders from succeeding in their plans.

Screenshots

 

More information about this game:
ufopaedia.org
XCOM UFO

If you happen to download the Windows version, then you should also download the bugfix for a bug that caused video display garble error during the game start-up.

Download the bugfix here

You can get the game from Amazon :



X-Com: UFO Defense
or from some other shady places….

Enjoy!

Absent Minded-ness : Signs of madness or personal quirks?

I dont feel well lately as I found out that I’m hard to focus on certain things. The random lapse of attention made me worry a little bit.

Probably I should restructure my way of thinking. I need something to do, something like developing an interesting and exciting system, something useful which can make me re-focus my attention and train my brain again.

The state of idleness can drove one mad, or is it just my personal quirks to be absent minded when I’m not into research and development work?

Upgraded to WordPress 2.5 today

I finally had the time to upgrade Please Name My blog to WordPress 2.5 today (or rather tonight). I noticed the blog runs much faster and smoother with the latest release of WordPress, though I hope they would fix the upload file script which I find it a bit buggy for my use.

Wordpress Logo

If you running WordPress, then I suggest you upgrade your WordPress installation the latest release as there are many bugfix and features in this release. Not to mention about the potential security issues when running older WordPress installation.

Expect to see newer posts after this.

Ass kissing is an important skill that I’ve forgotten

That’s true. I blew up a teaching job today solely because I forgot to ass kiss one of the interviewer, supposedly a great teacher who really cares about the well-being of his student (Let just say his name is Noor Hassan from BPM MARA, some hypocrite if you ask me! ). Poor me. (Well you don’t know me, I dont know you, fair enough. Even if I know you, I would be still treated badly btw for the sake of ‘fairness’ among other candidates)

Yeah, rediscovered that in order to get what you want; talent, experience, flair and intelligence does not count much when people does not seek you. What matter is that you are willing to go further down below, even farther than you ever go, and that is ass-kissing.

Leaders who are in their top place does not rely with their skills in leadership alone when they first started from the bottom of the pack. They are the greatest ass-kisser around, and I was blind to take example from our fine leaders.

I wrote this because of the very same reason I wrote every other article, which is to inform. Interviewers are human too, no matter how they act, react or trying to portray, a well-placed ass kissing is the way to go if you want to get extra impression that you are knowledgeable and an asset to government organizations, things are different in private sectors though.

Don’t laugh, it is part of the so-called communication skills.

Time to get a new mouse

Darn, guess I’ve to get myself a new mouse. Among most the things I hate to replace, I hate getting a new mouse the most. Probably it going to take me some time to get use to a new mouse in order to be more productive.

The current mouse still works, but its left button seems a little bit “trigger-happy” and I’m having trouble to perform drag+selecting text action. This might impair me when I’m manipulating graphics too.

Oh well better get a new mouse btw rather than complaining, probably I should get a new keyboard too..