Archive for March 2007

Short and sweet

Our tutor showed us one of the assignment answer done by my classmate. She wrote 18 lines for a 3 mark question. And her answer is perfect, 3 out of 3 marks. My tutor said it was the best answer she got for that question.

The thing is, I also got 3 out of 3 marks. And my answer is 5 lines long.

Shouldn’t my answer be considered better? I wonder…

The Corrs feat. Bono – Dancing when the stars go blue

The Corrs feat. Bono – Dancing when the stars go blue

Dancing where the stars go blue
Dancing where the evening fell
Dancing in your wooden shoes
In a wedding gown

Dancing out on Seventh Street
Dancing through the underground
Dancing little marionette
Are you happy now?

Where do you go when you’re lonely
Where do you go when you’re blue
Where do you go when you’re lonely
I’ll follow you
When the stars go blue

Laughing with your pretty mouth
Laughing with your broken eyes
Laughing with your lover’s tongue
In a lullaby

Where do you go when you’re lonely
Where do you go when you’re blue
Where do you go when you’re lonely
I’ll follow you
When the stars go blue
The stars go blue
Stars go blue

What was he thinking?

Our team has been sharing one login account to 1 of the system. The person who owns the login id has resigned for quite some time, but we didn’t unregister his id until recently.

So another colleague went to apply for an id to share among the whole team. When he got his id, he mass mail to the team to inform everyone the user id and password.

When I look at the to list, something seems to be wrong. The number of recipient seem abit too little. We have 10 people in our team…. but there are only 7 people in the recipient list.

I don’t know why was he thinking. The easiest way to mass mail everyone is to take an email from our teamlead copy the list of recipient. Our teamlead always mass mail to the whole team to inform us important stuff. If he use our teamlead’s email as a guide, he won’t miss out anyone. Simple thing like that also can make mistake.

And one look you know that the number doesn’t tally. The list is too short, its obvious that someone is missing. And he didn’t even bother to do a quick count to see if he missed out anyone. What the heck was he thinking?

Oh, no need to guess…. it is our fave guy again…..

Which company are you from?

I’ve lost count the number times that someone ask me about the company I’m working with during Nexus.

Seriously speaking, I’m not very comfortable revealing my company name. Firstly, I’m attending Nexus as an individual. I do not represent my company nor do my company know that I’m attending. I paid the $15 registration fee myself.

And I’m beginning to more and more dislike my company, its policies and its staff each day. Somehow, I don’t want to be anyway linked to my company at the event.

While browsing thru the attendee list, I found a number of people from my company. I don’t know them. But I check the outlook addressbook and found that they are mostly director or manager level.

I feel quite uneasy when people ask me about where I’m working at. As much as possible, I tried to move away from such topics. Lets hope that next year I’ll be in a company where I feel comfortable revealing its name to everyone.

We are still ISO certified

The external auditors came and left on Friday. She didn’t manage to find any reason to tear away our ISO cert. I’m pleased to announce that our company is still ISO certified. :)

(PS: This lorry doesn’t belong to my company)

I always wonder, what does it mean to be ISO certified. So what if a company is ISO certified? And so what if it is not? What difference does it make? Would you stop using a company’s product if it is not ISO certified? Would you specially go check if a company is ISO certified?

If the company has a good process, it doesn’t matter if you are ISO certified or not. So why is everyone chasing that status? Just like why is everyone going outsourcing when reports says that most company didn’t see any savings in outsourcing.

And its irony that I’ve been assigned the ISO coordinator for my team. To me, being ISO certified means nothing. Its just a nice status that you can print at the back of your company’s lorry.

Actually, its easy to pass ISO. You just need 2 tools…..

… and 3 skills. 无中生有, 人间蒸发 and 前昆大挪移.

After 2 years of being ISO coordinator, I think I’ve mastered the skill already.