Archive for April 2007

Virginia Tech….. 1 week later.

I didn’t write anything about the VT shooting. Not because I wasn’t concern by the cold heartless murder. But I don’t know what to say about the whole incident. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims.

But at the same time, I was also reading news about Iraq. Perhaps one of the biggest reason why I didn’t write anything about the VT shooting until now is because of the extensive reporting by the media around the world. And they seem to have forgotten that Iraq is experiencing the same massacre on an almost daily basis.

Perhaps, the best way to convey my feelings about the whole incident is via this comic that I’ve found on the Sunday newspaper.

If you feel sorry for the victims in the Virginia Tech killing, I’m sure you will also feel sorry for the people living in Iraq now. The killer at VT is dead. The killers in Iraq are still alive and plotting to take more lives.

Powerless….

I almost cried while listening to these parliament speech by our opposition party member of parliament. Everyone is against this unpopular move by the government. Yet we are powerless. We can’t stop them from doing it. Nobody can.

The 3 opposition member are only a small whisper in parliament. What can they do? They did tried to fight and block the minister pay hike. But they are not strong enough to stop it. We didn’t give them enough power.

Why bother to do hip hop at chingay? You think you can really connect with the youth merely by dancing? Even if you did managed to connect with the youth, your pay hike just disconnected yourself from the rest of Singapore. Completely…..

Remind myself to bring up this post when the next election comes…..

Buffalo wings at Buckaroo

Went Buckaroo with the JR gang today. Brian last minute fly aeroplane. Don’t know assamble what cupboard lah. Wah Piang.

Buckaroo is located at the corner of Sembawang part, along Andrew Ave. It is one hell ulu place. Near impossible to get there if you don’t drive. I always told people that you don’t need good location in Singapore. If your food is good, the crowd will go to you. Buckaroo is an great example. It was crowded when we get there.

We ordered a dozen escargot. The escargot comes in a pan with a little bit of mash potato at the bottom. Nothing special about the escargot actually. Just like any escargot that I’ve tried before.

We also have some deep fried mushroom. The mushroom were huge.

Regretted ordering the pizza. Not nice at all. I ordered it because I was afraid that we would still be hungry. But I was wrong.

Anyway, the ‘main course’ is the Buffalo wings. This is not wings of buffalo. Buffalo doesn’t have any wings… in case you don’t know. It is call buffalo wings because it originated from Buffalo, New York.

Buckaroo serves excellent Buffalo Wings. They come in 10 level of spicyness. But level one is already enough to make you sweat. There is a reason why they placed a box of tissue paper on every table. Most people order up to level 3 only.

We ordered 1/2 dozen level 1 and 1/2 dozen level 2. The level 2 buffalo wings are shoik. It really excite my taste bud. I was sweating while eating it. But the feeling was great… so great that it makes me sing “I will survive” while eating.

I really survived after eating that. Shoik.
We should go again and try some level 3. Level 10 is so out of the way.

Village Talk – "My One Wish For The Future"

I think I should be attending this Village Talk – “My One Wish For The Future”.

The goal of the event is really to provide a collaborative platform for people from across industries, backgrounds, classes to speak about what their concerns about the future is or why they do what they do.

Which set me into thinking…. What is my one wish for the future?
I don’t want to rush into replying this. Will post later when I got all my thoughts sorted out.

Mark your calender/PDA.
Date : 25th May 2007
Time : 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue : Video Conferencing Room, Research Technoplaza, Nanyang Technological University

Internet banking Security vs Convenience

Sometimes I wonder…. Have we placed too many security features into our online banking system to a state where it hinders convenience. I know security and convenience doesn’t go hand in hand. But the fundamental principle behind the creation of online banking is convenience. The ability to conduct banking at the comfort of your home or office. Yet with the increase in security features, sometimes you feel that it would be better if you just get your ass out of your house and queue up at the bank.

I wanted to transfer $5000 from one bank to another bank using internet banking last sunday evening. But I discovered that the daily transfer limit between banks is set at $1000. If I want to increase the limit, I will have to download a form, fill it in and mail to the bank. *Horror* Isn’t online banking suppose to do away with all those forms already?

In order to transfer money from one bank account to another, I need to add bank account payee first. The system will send me a SMS with password for me to activate that account payee. Without the activation password from my handphone, the fund transfer cannot take place. So rightfully, all the accounts in my transfer payee should already be authorised by me. Right? Then why still the $1000 limit? And why do I have to submit a form and wait a few working days if I want to increase the transfer limit?

So either I can transfer $1000 everyday for 5 days or I can just go down to the bank on my non-working day (which is Saturday), withdraw $5000 and deposit into the other bank. I choose the latter. Surprisingly, the queue was rather short for both banks.

OK, I know I’ll get flame for this post. I’ve already been flamed for the 2FA post that I did several months back. But seriously, I think we have overly secured our internet banking to a state where it is no longer convenience to use.

Let me walk you thru the steps to make a online banking money transfer:-
Login internet banking with user id and password (Security #1)
Enter 2FA password (Security #2)
Create bank transfer payee.
Authorise transfer payee with SMS password send by system (Security #3)
All IP address are logged (Security #4)

Isn’t there already enough security features to prevent hackers? A hacker needs to know my login id, password, have my 2FA token and my handphone to successfully transfer money from 1 bank to another. All all these while, his IP address will be logged and we will know which account he transfer the money too. Why the need to limit the daily transfer limit when it’s already so secured? And why the need for physcal forms and why need to wait a few working days if I want to change the daily transfer limit? Why can’t I use my 2FA code or SMS password to change the limit?

Is it time for us to rethink about our internet banking security policy and how it hinder convenience? I know internet security is important. But there is a need to balance the security and convenience before everyone find it a hassle to use internet banking and start queuing at the banks again.