Archive for June 2006

Stereotyping guys with soccer

Whenever I tell someone that I don’t really watch soccer, they gave me a shock expression. Most people will assume that all guys watch soccer, support at least 1 soccer club and can talk about soccer 24/7.

Well, I don’t. And I know some guys who doesn’t too.
Are guys being sterotyped? I think so.

And the sterotyping is getting from bad to worst. The media is now sterotyping guys by saying that they will dump their wife/gf over world cup. And soccer is the most important thing in life. There is even a new term for gf/wife who were neglected during the world cup. They are call soccer widow.

Come on lah. Got that serious meh?

Anyway, I don’t really watch much soccer. But then, its the world cup. Maybe I’ll find a few friends to go pub for a drink and watch a match. Its more for the mood and get together rather than soccer.

Oh ya. If you have a PalmOS PDA, you can try downloading this program that helps keep track of matches and scores. Cool huh?

Define "Anything"

Me: What you want for dinner?
Dad: Anything.
Me: Fried Rice?
Dad: Don’t want. Yesterday just ate that.
Me: Hor Fun?
Dad: Eat Hor Fun until abit sian already.
Me: Then what you want?
Dad: Anything.

-_-”’

Define “Anything”.

Outsource crap

Went for a meeting on behalf of my sub-teamlead because he is on leave. Nothing much actually. Most things are more or less settled by him on the previous meeting. This meeting is just to tie up some loose end and an update of the new timeline.

Appearantly, there is a delay in the schedule. All because a portion of the stuff is outsourced to china and the staff in china reported that they can’t do it. Then how? Singapore staff do lor.

Perhaps it has become such that our existance in the company is merely to do things the china staff can’t do or errors they have created.

Sometimes I wonder if it is just that our company is unlucky that we got such lousy group of people for outsource. Well, it seems that my company is not alone. Happen to bump into a blog who also have problem with india outsource staff.

Which sometimes makes you really wonder…. WHY OUTSOURCE???

Data Mining on the Internet with Google

Found this website on google tips. Very useful. Hope is serves you well.

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Basic Usage:

  • Use quotation marks ” “ to locate an
    entire string.

    eg. “bill gates conference” will only return
    results with that exact string.

  • Mark essential words with a +
    If a search term must contain certain words or phrases, mark it
    with a + symbol. eg: +”bill gates” conference will return all
    results containing “bill gates” but not necessarily those pertaining to a
    conference

  • Negate unwanted words with a –
    You may wish to search for the term bass, pertaining to the
    fish and be returned a list of music links as well. To narrow down your
    search a bit more, try: bass -music. This will return all results
    with “bass” and NOT “music”.

    General Tips: (I use many of these almost on a daily basis)

    • site:www.cwire.org
      This will search only pages which reside on this domain.

    • related:www.cwire.org
      This will display all pages which Google finds to be related to your
      URL

    • link:www.cwire.org
      This will display a list of all pages which Google has found to be
      linking to your site. Useful to see how popular your site is

    • spell:word
      Runs a spell check on your word

    • define:word
      Returns the definition of the word

    • stocks: [symbol, symbol, etc]
      Returns stock information. eg. stock: msft

    • maps:
      A shortcut to Google Maps

    • phone: name_here
      Attempts to lookup the phone number for a given name

    • cache:
      If you include other words in the query, Google will highlight those words
      within the cached document. For instance, cache:www.cwire.org web will
      show the cached content with the word “web” highlighted.

    • info:
      The query [info:] will present some information that Google has about that
      web page. For instance, info:www.cwire.org will show information about the
      CyberWyre homepage. Note there can be no space between the “info:” and the
      web page url.

    • weather:
      Used to find the weather in a particular city. eg. weather: new york

    Advanced Tips:

    • filetype:
      Does a search for a specific file type, or, if you put a minus sign
      (-) in front of it, it won’t list any results with that filetype. Try
      it with .mp3, .mpg or .avi if you like.

    • daterange:
      Is supported in Julian date format only. 2452384 is an example of a
      Julian date.

    • allinurl:
      If you start a query with [allinurl:], Google will restrict the
      results to those with all of the query words in the url. For instance,
      [allinurl: google search] will return only documents that have both
      “google” and “search” in the url.

    • inurl:
      If you include [inurl:] in your query, Google will restrict the
      results to documents containing that word in the url. For instance,
      [inurl:google search] will return documents that mention the word “google”
      in their url, and mention the word “search” anywhere in the document (url
      or no). Note there can be no space between the “inurl:” and the following
      word.

    • allintitle:
      If you start a query with [allintitle:], Google will restrict the
      results to those with all of the query words in the title. For instance,
      [allintitle: google search] will return only documents that have both
      “google” and “search” in the title.

    • intitle:
      If you include [intitle:] in your query, Google will restrict the results
      to documents containing that word in the title. For instance,
      [intitle:google search] will return documents that mention the word
      “google” in their title, and mention the word “search” anywhere in the
      document (title or no). Note there can be no space between the “intitle:”
      and the following word.

    • allinlinks:
      Searches only within links, not text or title.

    • allintext:
      Searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page
      title.

    • bphonebook:
      If you start your query with bphonebook:, Google shows U.S. business white page listings for the query terms you specify. For
      example, [ bphonebook: google mountain view ] will show the phonebook
      listing for Google in Mountain View.

    • phonebook:
      If you start your query with phonebook:, Google shows all U.S. white page listings for the query terms you specify. For example, [ phonebook: Krispy
      Kreme Mountain View ] will show the phonebook listing of Krispy Kreme
      donut shops in Mountain View.

    • rphonebook:
      If you start your query with rphonebook:, Google shows U.S. residential white page listings for the query terms you specify.
      For example, [ rphonebook: John Doe New York ] will show the phonebook
      listings for John Doe in New York (city or state). Abbreviations like [
      rphonebook: John Doe NY ] generally also work.

    Never seen a gentleman

    Sometimes I feel sorry for some people.

    We were chatting at the lift lobby while waiting for someone. Her hands are full and she was eating something. So I offered to hold her handbag for her. Another female colleague walked pass and noticed that I was holding a handbag and she made a big hoo-ha over it. Didn’t really bother much about her actually. Later in the afternoon, 1 of my friend told me that she told quite a number of people that I helped someone hold her handbag.

    What is wrong with holding a handbag for a lady when her hands are full? Is there anything wrong with being a gentleman? I always help ladies carry heavy stuff, open door and do some stuff. What is the hoo-ha about?

    Perhaps no guy had been a nice towards her before. Nobody help her hold her handbag when her hands are full. Nobody help her carry heavy stuff. Nobody opens the door for her. Perhaps she has never seen a gentleman before in her entire whole life. That why she make a big hoo-ha over it.

    Feel so sorry for her.
    Perhaps its not that there isn’t any gentleman around her, but just that none of them treats her like a lady.