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I don know if it is safe to reveal this…. They lost my IPPT record last year.
Meaning, I didn’t pass my IPPT last year, but they din ask me to go for Remedial Training (RT). There was some error in the MIW website. I couldn’t book for RT. So I ignore it and wait for SAF100 to come. But it didn’t come. But this time, I log in MIW and see the option for me to book RT now……

They found me…. I don’t know how but they found me…. RUN!!!!
I mean run 2.4 and shutter run lah. Me no chao keng personnel. 😛

Its funny, birthday is suppose to be something good. But this yr, I ganna stupid errors from china outsource people, SPAM from OCBC and now RT….. Maybe there is really nothing much to look forward to on your birthday…..

I’m not some chao keng personnel. I’m Pes B and in combat vocation. I never keng during my NSF times. I report for my ICT every year without fail. (okie, I did grumble before stepping in the camp) I feel that it is every singaporean guy’s duty to serve the nation.

But IPPT? oh crap…. I hate IPPT. IPPT gold so what? Cannot shoot accurate also no use. Run so fast for what? Jungle so thick, you also cannot run fast. Jump so far for what? You carry heavy load also cannot jump far.

You see, physical fitness and combat fitness are 2 different things. I don’t know why they bother so much about physical fitness.

We are soldier, not sportman. End of the day, I still can go into battle with my full battle order and defeat the ‘enemy’….. that is more important than chin up, sit up, standing board jump, shutter run and 2.4km run. After all, if another country attack us, do you think they bother if your 2.4km can do below 9:45min?

Oh well…. wat to do? A man got to do what a man got to do. I know I can’t pass my IPPT. My upper body has always been weaker. I can run fast, but I suck at chin up. Let see if the RT can train me up so that I can pass this IPPT and get over with it. After all, I used to be near gold standard during my NSF period.

Ok, so where did I left my running shoes??

Sunday Times did a little bit of investigative reporting by having their reporters sign fake signatures while making credit card purchase. Most of the cashier didn’t notice that, and the reporters wrote a letter to the company asking for “explanation”.

My 1st reaction when reading that article was, head will roll. Can imagine the company trying to find out which staff was at the cashier at that time and the poor person must be in deep shit now.

But what is the purpose of a signature on your credit card? With or without the signature, the transaction is still valid. So why bother about the signature? Besides, someone can also try to fake your signature since it is written on the back of the card. So why bother about the signature?

The article serves no purpose at all. The best way to prevent fraud is to report the lost of your card asap. The signature is not a security measure at all. It can be easily faked by the person who found your card. So why bother? These reporters only create trouble for the poor cashier.

On a lighter note, one of the picture they use for the report shows the credit card number, CVC code and the signature. The reporter, with the nick name “Mee Siam” got to cancel his card.

Serve you right…..


It took me quite some time to accept the fact that Palm (Once known as PalmOne) is going to release a Treo running Window Mobile platform. After all, Palm and Window Mobile has always been rival.

But after sitting down, and think about it, you feel that it is actually something inevitable. Treo is a very good product, the only shortcoming is that it is unable to convert Window Mobile die hard fans out there. If Palm don’t do anything about it, they might end up losing that pie to other Treo wannabe. Palm understand that it cannot survive on palmOS alone. It has to make device on other OS. Although it is sad to see that they choose Window Mobile, but it is the best choice available. After all, revenues made from Window Mobile devies will ensure that Palm doesn’t close down. If palm doesn’t close down, it will contuine to make PalmOS device.

Some might argue that it might cause existing Treo user to jump to Windows Mobile. But on the other hand, it might also cause some Window Mobile users to jump over to PalmOS. So what difference does it make?

Another worries from PalmOS die hard fans is that Palm might neglect PalmOS and change its focus on Window Mobile. But I personally feel that so long as there is a market for palmOS device, we will contuine to see palm making them.

Nothing much will change when palm release window mobile treo. But this move is maybe a wake up call for PalmSource.

PalmOS market share has been decreasing rapidly lately. Not because PalmOS is not good enough. But PalmSource failed to get enough quality companies to produce device on PalmOS platform. 2005 see Sony and Tapwave leaving PalmOS. Lesser companies making PalmOS device means lesser palmOS device owner and lesser developer willing to release software on palmOS platform. Although LG will be coming out with a plamOS phone, I don’t think it is enough to fight with Dell and HP whom are leaders in Windows Mobile.

I don’t want to make this post a PalmOS vs Window Mobile thread. It’s a pointless debate. Both have their own pros and cons. They suits different group of people. Just like some people look better in T-shirt while other look better in tubes. It really depends on the person. But seriously, if PalmSource want to gain back the lost market share, they really need to get in some hardware superpower to license their OS.

I personally hope that Lenovo (which bought over IBM’s laptop and desktop business) will license PalmOS. IBM has experience in palmOS device. Although nothing special since it is the same as Palm’s device. But Lenovo is the only major hardware maker that is not under window mobile. I believe with Lenovo’s position, it should be able to bring palmOS device to the china market and the rest of the world.

Got a SMS from OCBC bank wishing me Happy Birthday…. How sweet…. if I remember correctly, I’ve been with OCBC for around 15 years already. It’s nice that your bank actually sends you a SMS to wish you happy birthday.

But then…… it’s not just any Happy Birthday SMS….. it’s a SPAM Happy Birthday SMS….

Happy B’day fr OCBC!

Visit any branch & enjoy S$Time Dep @ 1.38%pa for $5-$20, 6mth. Or call 64383333. Valid for 2wks T&C apply. To unsub, sms UNSUB OCBC.

Thanks for the Birthday wish. No thanks for the SPAM. Still need me to waste my SMS to unsubscribe to your SPAM? stupid…..

Friends are better. They send you happy birthday SMS and don’t SPAM with the rest of the message. Thanks for all the well wishes…. 🙂