Archive for January 2008

Hey, is this your picture?

A ex colleague send me a MSN message just now.

Hey, is this your picture? :S http://www.msnimages.net/images/viewimage.php?=xxx@hotmail.com

It looks fishy. I suspect it is a virus. But I still clicked on it.
The file was downloaded to my computer and it wasn’t a picture file at all.

You must be thinking that I’m crazy. Suspected virus still click.
Well, 114,000 known viruses for PC. But not mac.

If you caught the virus, here is how you remove it. Not sure if it works cause I don’t have the virus to begin with. Let me know if you tried it.

Download MsnCleaner.zip to your Desktop.
Extract the content of MsnCleaner.zip to your Desktop.
Reboot into Safe Mode
Double-click MsnCleaner.exe to run it.
Click the Analyze button.
A report will be created once after you finish scan.
If it finds an infection, click the Deleted button.

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I always feel that Mac is very vulnerable. More and more people are using Mac OS. Everyone thinks that there is no virus for Mac and most Mac users doesn’t have a virus scan. (Me inclusive) All it takes is for someone to write a good virus for Mac OS that spread around Mac users and we are in deep shit.

Our Transport Minister should do Hip Hop during the next Chingay

Everyone was talking about Transport Minister Raymond Lim’s comment about cabbies earning average $318 daily. The amount seems too good to be true. While everyone has different way of calculating the take home pay, all of us conclude that if the earning is $318, the monthly take home pay will be around the pay of a fresh grad (or even higher).

Most people feel that the figure is near impossible.

Then ComfortDelGro steps out to clarify the matters.

ComfortDelGro has since clarified, $318 accounts for a taxi’s takings over two shifts.

With most taxis shared between two drivers, to defray costs and working hours, the average daily takings for each cabbie — before deducting rent and petrol costs — would work out to $159. Minus expenses, this would mean the average driver pockets about $85 a day.

“We have over 30,000 drivers and there will definitely be drivers who earn more than the average and those that earn less,” said ComfortDelGro spokeswoman Tammy Tan.

Luckily this article came out in time. I was about to submit my resignation letter and apply for a taxi license.

Although some cabbies claims that $159 per 12 hr shift is optimistic, at least the figure looks much more closer to reality.

Which makes you wonder something. Is Raymond Lim too disconnected from the average Singaporean? When the $318 figure was reported, everyone knew that there was an error. He didn’t ask or use a calculator to check before presenting this obviously flawed figure to parliament.

Either he has no idea how much an average cabbie is earning or he thought that cabbie can work 24 hour shift daily.

I think our Transport Minister Raymond Lim should do Hip Hop for the next Chingay to connect with the people. Just like what the P65 did last year.

Phil Collins – Against All Odds

Phil Collins – Against All Odds

How can I just let you walk away,
just let you leave without a trace
When I stand here taking every breath with you, ooh
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

How can you just walk away from me,
when all I can do is watch you leave
Cos we’ve shared the laughter and the pain,
and even shared the tears
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now,
‘cos there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me,
just the memory of your face
Take a look at me now,
‘cos there’s just an empty space
And you coming back to me
is against all odds and that’s what I’ve got to face

I wish I could just make you turn around,
turn around and see me cry
There’s so much I need to say to you,
so many reasons why
You’re the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now,
‘cos there’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me,
just the memory of your face
Take a look at me now,
‘cos there’s just an empty space
But to wait for you,
well that’s all I can do and that’s what I’ve got to face
Take a good look at me now,
‘cos I’ll still be standing here
And you coming back to me is against all odds
That’s the chance I’ve got to take, oh, oho

Just take a look at me now

Never say hi to your friend if you see him working at a roadshow

Was kinda surprised to see my friend at my office lift lobby yesterday. He is working for a bank promoting credit cards. So I tap his shoulder and said Hi to him.

Well, I did expect him to try to sell the credit card to me. But I wasn’t interested in it. So I rejected him nicely. But seriously, he is quite a hardcore salesman. Simply can’t take no for an answer. So he keep telling me to sign up and I keep tell him not interested. Didn’t really catch up with him actually. Just him trying to sell the card and me rejecting it. I mean, there is a time when no really means no.

It was so bad that he even called me on my handphone today to tell me that he will be back to my office lobby today and ask me to help him sign up. Wah lao. Cannot take no as an answer one leh. I have to lie to tell him that I got meeting and be rushing around. Sigh.

DK, next time, never say hi to your friend if you see him working at a roadshow. You are just asking for it. The worst thing is, I cannot say: Which part of “I’m not interested” do you not understand?.

I should be a taxi driver instead

Sometimes I wonder why did I bother to study so much.

While some cabbies have complained that passengers are not flagging taxis, Transport Minister Raymond Lim said their earnings have however gone up.

Based on figures provided by ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s biggest taxi operator, cabbies are pocketing about $11 more a day, earning about $318.

Let’s see.
Earning: $318
Rental: $100 (Round up. Actually should be $97)
Petrol: $80

$318 – $100 – $80 = $138

Daily take home pay is $138.

Let’s assume they work 25 days per month.

$138 * 25 = $3450

Then every month give them $450 for miscellaneous stuff like season parking and car wash, that’s $3000 take home pay! OK, now, why did I take a part time degree when Taxi drivers are paid almost the same? Should just study the street directory and apply for a taxi license.

Where can you find a job with flexi working hours, high pay and many great benefits?

I’m going to apply to be a Taxi hirer. Anyone wants to be my relief driver?