The following articles were authored by dk

The mess 2 month later

I look at my PDA today. It is in such a sorry state. No, physically, it is still in mint condition. But the internal software is in a mess. My PDA crashed when I returned from reservist in July. I think it must had miss me too much that it crashed the moment I use it when I come back from my incamp. I have no choice but to hard reset it and reinstall everything from my backup. But somehow, there seem to be some problem with the backup and some program cannot work.

It’s Sept now. For 2 month, my PDA has been just a glorfied organiser. I didn’t bother fixing those software that were having problem after the hard reset. I’m too pre-occupied by other stuff to fix it.

And it is not just the PDA itself. Life have been a mess ever since I come back from reservist 2 month ago. Today is exactly 2 month after I come back from ICT.

Everything is in a mess now.

My PDA can’t sync using bluetooth, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My PDA and my HP cannot pair with each other, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My HP screen have problem and need to be send in for repaired, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My laptop’s bluetooth have problem pairing with other device, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My laptop virus scan subscription has expired, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My home networking cannot share file and printer, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My blog is in a mess, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My room is ever messy, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My office work been piling up, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My work’s documentation is in a mess, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My school grades are falling, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My 2 important assignment are going to be due soon, and I didn’t do anything about it.
My exam is coming, and I didn’t do anything about it.

My life is miserable, and I didn’t do anything about it.

This is a wake up call to you Darryl.

Starlight Cinema

Got some free tickets to the starlight cinema when I subscribe to Stuff magazine. Cool.

Kinda looking forward to the event. Don’t know why. Maybe the idea is very interesting. Watching movie in a big open field with stars in the sky. How romantic. :)

Most prob will be watching Batman Begin and Fantastic 4 on 17 Sept.

Let me see…. what do i need to bring?
Ground sheet
Subway sandwich

What else??? hmmm….

Comex 2005


Ok, DON’T BOTHER going level 6. Got cheated by the stupid banner, asking us to go level 6. Level 6 is a food fair. Not PC show. The most advance gadget they have there is perhaps the espresso machine. And they not selling the espresso machine too. They are selling coffee. At least if they do sell the espresso machine, I will still be interested.

Anyway, don’t go level 6 unless you are hungry.

Comex in Singapore is boring. We don’t get big companies launching new products during the show unlike those they do in USA. It’s more like a big market place selling gadget instead of a PC Show. Even home grown Creative don’t launch their new product in our local PC show. What do you expect?

Sometimes, I do daydream myself being the CEO of some big IT company that make gadgets. And I dream myself launching the new product in these PC show in Singapore first before showcasing to the rest of the world. And people all over the world will flock to Singapore’s PC show just to be the 1st person to see it.

Yes, Singapore is a small market. Why bother having a product launch here? But don’t forget, you grow up in Singapore, your company started in Singapore. This is your roots. If you don’t launch new product here, then who will?

Besides, with internet and newspaper, the rest of the world will get to know about your new product within a few days. So why not launch them at the country where your company started?

Sim, you reading this?

Out of office message

Ever send an email to your colleague and got a “Out of office” reply? It’s a common sight. But seriously, how many of these out of office message are useful?

If properly written, an out of message can provide a lot of information to the person who is sending email to you.

My out of office message will usually look something like this:

I’m on leave/MC/reservist and will be back on *date that I’ll return*.

For urgent matters, please contact:
*Issue 1 under my charge* – *My coverer’s name*
*Issue 2 under my charge* – *My coverer’s name*

Else I’ll reply when I’m back.
Thanks and have a nice day.

Simple, sweet and informative. :)

But then, I hate it when people just don’t know how to write a good out of office message. Alot of time, I got this kind of out of office message:

Hi, I’m on leave.
Please contact *coverer name* for urgent matter

Which makes me wonder, when will you return? How long more do I need to bother your coverer?

Others just simply don’t put the coverer’s name:

Hi, I’m on leave and will be back on *date*

SO how? I go hunt high and low for your coverer if I got urgent issue?

Then there are others who simply don’t know the purpose of setting out of office message:

Hi, I’m out of office

Sure, you left for your leave in a hurry until you didn’t have time to write a proper “out of office message”. But with this kind of out of office message, might as well don’t set any lah.

But these are not the worst “out of office message” I’ve seen. The worst I’ve seen come from 1 of the china staff whom we outsourced our work to. He was on leave from friday afternoon to the following week’s Tuesday. Here is his out of office message:

I am so sorry for missing your mail, I am not in office from today’s
afternoon to next Tuesday.
I would be back to office on next Wednesday.

Err…. if I were to send you a email on Monday morning, I’ll be darn confused. So exactly which afternoon will your leave begin and which wednesday will you be back?
*Confused look*

The above “out of office message” are all real. SERIOUS!
Anyway, below are some jokes “on out of office message”

I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to
get the position. Be prepared for my mood.

I’m not really out of the office. I’m just ignoring you

You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the
office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn’t have received anything at

Sorry to have missed you but I am at the doctors having my brain removed
so that I may be promoted to management

I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send me
until I return from vacation on 4/18. Please be patient and your mail will
be deleted in the order it was received.

Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the
first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message

The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is
unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try
sending again.’ The beauty of it is that when I return, I can see how many
in-duh-viduals did this over and over.

Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queueing system.
You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in
approximately 19 weeks.

Please reply to this e-mail so I will know that you got this message.

I am on holiday. Your e-mail has been deleted.

Hi. I’m thinking about what you’ve just sent me. Please wait by your PC
for my response.

Hi! I’m busy negotiating the salary for my new job. Don’t bother to leave
me any messages.

I’ve run away to join a different circus.


I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical reasons.
When I return, please refer to me as ‘Loretta’ instead of ‘Steve’.’

White elephant?

Can someone please explain to me the logic behind this.

You build the NEL, but keep 1 station closed. Giving the excuse that there is not enough people in the area to open the station.

Now you come out say you might wanna relax the rule and open the station. Make a big hu-ha over it and everyone start calling you an angel.

But wait a min, aren’t you the same devil who kept the station closed for the past few years? So why should I be grateful now?