Categories
Tech

How I fix computers

All sorts of funny stuff is served to me everyday via Facebook, and I found this image over at TheNextWeb particularly hilarious, mostly because it’s true.

My point is, in this day and age, the solution to most of our “computer problems” can be found via Google, and the ability to “find the solution and follow it” seems more valuable than actual knowledge in your head, which is more or less how it is in the real world anyways: book smarts vs street smarts.

I wonder how many folks out there actually realize that they pay their “computer guys” money to sit around and fiddle with Google. Still, I used to make money off that, so I’m not complaining. It’s definitely worth the laugh, though.

 

Categories
Bersih Malaysia

Bersih 2.0: My Experience

By now I’m sure most Malaysians (and many people internationally) know about the Bersih 2.0 movement. Writing this took a little longer than I thought, but I’d just like to take this opportunity to share my experience of it, and hope that it offers some additional information of that day.

 

The sun rises. It’s off to the Forbidden City of Kuala Lumpur I go.

I must say that I was quite scared during the last few days before Bersih 2.0 (henceforth referred to as Bersih), with all the threats going around of violence, police crackdowns and sadly even silat groups, I was seriously questioning if it would turn into another May 13, and whether I’d be able to get home. I thought about writing a note for my parents and girlfriend just in case, but decided to stay positive and skipped it. I had prepared some items such as salt, a bottle of water, a towel, and the all-important “illegal” plain yellow shirt, and went for breakfast with my parents, a meal which somehow felt important. After that my dad dropped me off at the LRT station and at 9am I headed into the Forbidden City. Even at the Paramount LRT station there was a police presence, but fortunately they didn’t look twice at me, and I kept my eyes firmly trained on my phone while I walked past them. Despite all the brouhaha by the government, there were still plenty of people in the LRT going into town, though I wasn’t sure if they were joining the rally or not. While I was planning to go to KLCC and walk, I noticed that the Pasar Seni station looked pretty safe, and it was very near the Stadium Merdeka that we were supposed to assemble at, so I got off at that station. Police were present at the station too, but they didn’t stop anybody. I chanced upon a group of young students who were busy discussing their alibi in case they were asked where they were going (the KLCC education fair apparently), so I introduced myself and joined them, it’s pretty obvious why everybody is in the Forbidden City anyways.

Categories
Doodles

What really happened in Singapore

Categories
Malaysia

Arrest the yellow fiend!

I usually do my best to keep this blog away from political issues, but it’s hard to stay away this time. With the beloved Malaysian government and its police¬†lackeys¬†busy arresting anybody wearing a yellow shirt to intimidate people away from the Bersih 2.0 rally, it’s hard not to take the Mickey out of them.

Do share this with friends via email, Twitter, and Facebook. I feel it pretty much sums up the situation Malaysian’s are in at the moment.

Categories
Malaysia Tech

Bypass Malaysia’s PirateBay Censorship Using Google DNS

Image courtesy of The Star Online Malaysia

 

If you’re a Malaysian (or are familiar with happenings in Malaysia), you’ll probably know about the recent issue of the Malaysian government blocking access to file sharing sites such as ThePirateBay, MegaUpload, and some others. While some people may agree that ThePirateBay should be blocked due to its ability to help folks get hold of pirated content, MegaUpload is a commonly used tool by many people, not to mention businesses too, to share large files, so this isn’t a very smart move.

Fortunately the solution isn’t too hard, though you’ll need to get your hands a little dirty. Thanks the Google DNS, you can use a public DNS instead of what Unifi/StreamyX is offering you. Google suggests that you use 8.8.8.8 (primary) and 8.8.4.4 (secondary) for your DNS servers (and this works for me), though some folks tell me that it should be 202.188.0.133 (primary, Streamyx’s) and 8.8.8.8 (secondary), but it doens’t seem to work for me, though you might want to experiment on your own. Additional reading on using Google’s DNS.