Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I've never heard of Oracle Corporation until last year when I was learning about databases. I keep asking myself, why didn't I know about them before. Anyhow, I'm glad I do know about it now rather than later. Oracle creates database application for business critical enterprise level solutions. They have all sort of software and solutions that I can't really remember what they call them except for the one product that I'm currently in charge over an IT project.

Oracle Malaysia held a technology summit at Sunway Convention Centre, Sunway Pyramid. They wanted to model what they've experienced at San Francisco Oracle OpenWorld 2005. Unfortunately, it didn't happen probably because the lack of participation. Unlike Microsoft where everybody knows and use it all the time, Oracle isn't your daily application you are using. Heck, I don't even know how Oracle software look like except for yesterday of course. One attendant who asked one of speakers during a Q&A session said, he would stay away from Oracle as they are very expensive. No wonder the crowd weren't as many as I attended Microsoft Office Day Out at the same venue.

As usual, I don't like my blog to just be some text based page. I like to add variety to it by spicing up some photos, even if the photos are not attractive. I'll fill in the details along the way:

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A banner of Oracle. I like their simplicity branding.

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Their booth got 4 different section. Most visitor went to the lucky draw wheel spin to get their free gift. I like the 10g database product because the person who occupies the booth is a very informative person. I guess he reads a lot and knows a lot about Oracle, he is a very good salesman.

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This is the 3rd speaker presenting his presentation. He is from Intel. Unlike the 2 earlier speakers, I like his presentation style since it contains a lot of the latest information. He told the crowd about Intel business and technology path toward the future. Do you know that Pentium-D is a dual core microprocessor? I just learned that during his presentation. I think I'll go to his presentation again some other time.

So, attending these technology events without a degree in IT is not making a good impression when I'm networking socially. I think I'll pursue my IT degree next year.
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/30/2005 01:03:00 am | 0 comments
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Yesterday, I attend my usual weekly project meeting. For the record, I have no experience whatsoever handling an official meeting yet I had to be the timekeeper and I was the one in charge over the minute meeting report. I was then had to become the point of communication between the client and my company. Pretty big responsibilty that is put on my shoulder right now. On top of that, I am also the office administrator, receptionist, decision influencer and also the webmaster for the small company that my boss owns. Enough said, I am officially trapped in the 'Rat Race' and no where near the 'Financial Freedom' that I have always dream off.

Eventhough I am now trapped, I have plan of my own on how to change all this. Anyone who had played 'Strategy Game' (My all time favourite would be Monopoly and Transport Tycoon-a computer game) will have an idea on how to deal with it. Of course there will always be risk involved, but in any game you play, you will first lose a lot before you win unless if you are familiar with the game flow. When playing whatever game, it is the knowledge and practice you've acquired can determine between success and failure. The same applies in the world of business or career. What I have to do now is to keep my mind open of any possibilities.

I want to introduce a friend of mine by the name of Vincent Rich. He is a full time online internet marketer where he collects a lot of commission cheques from various sources. I am aspired to be like him in a couple of years from now. Here's my latest look featured on his website:

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In his blog, he explains a lot of useful information from a normal people point of view. I really dislike how internet marketing gurus are telling how good their product is. Heck, I still tend to buy one. Lucky the one that hold me back from buying is, I don't have a credit card.

Don't forget to play games when you have the time. It'll keep your mind sharp. Enjoy..
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/24/2005 04:20:00 pm | 0 comments
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
The title of this e-mail forwarded to me really catches my interest. Not that I am being a pervert but it is interesting to know these psychological behaviour of a human being. Let's read what it has to say:

Till now you might have heard that clothes reflect ones personality.
Well now that fact is as old as pintux.

Here's an interesting forward that claims to reveal your personality traits according to the way you undress. So are you a pealer or a teaser?

Well, the way you undress might just help you discover yourself better.
Go on and indulge in self-exploration. Throw, dump, remove, just do your own thing...

1. If you throw your clothes all over the place, you're a friendly,
life-of-the-party type. You are free with your thoughts and opinions, not caring much about what others think of you.

Your parents might think your room looks like a cyclone's hit it? But it actually represents your happy, individualistic nature! Stay that way!

2. If you remove each piece of clothing and put it away carefully, you are a serious person who likes life to be very calm. You are comfortable with routine work. And you believe that the best way to deal with life's problems is to prevent them in the first place.

You are a perfectionist. By nature you are quite shy. You're dependable and sometimes intense. You think carefully before making decisions. You go about your tasks methodically, with concentration.

3.If you take off the shirt, and ten minutes later get around to the pants, you are an extremely self-confident person. You are naturally bright and intellectual.

You are also a deep thinker who loves to ask questions and ponder over the meaning of things.

You hate being rushed and you do not like to be hassled. Usually you like a lot of free time for yourself.

4.If you get out of your clothes as quickly as possible, you are
concerned about others and what they expect from you, but you're worried about your own needs.

You are family-oriented, and stay extremely busy.

You often feel stressed, but most of those heavy expectations come from your own head! Give yourself a break, you don't have to be perfect!

5.If you take off your rings, earrings, necklace, watch, etc before anything else, you are a warm and sensitive person.

You are considerate and thoughtful, and you give good advice to your friends. You are a natural born romantic.

Helping friends or anybody for that matter is your second nature. You hate liars and you would love the world to become a better place.

6. If you don't have an undressing routine and you never do it the same way twice, you are a very curious and interesting person. You enjoy a broad range of activities. You take risks and enjoy fun and adventure.

The word monotony cannot dampen your spirits at any cost, as you live life kingsize. Having fun is as much a part of your routine as slogging it out at office.

Hope you could judge yourself by now.
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/22/2005 04:44:00 pm | 1 comments
Saturday, November 19, 2005
It has been raining daily since the last couple of weeks. Today, while hanging out in my office and enjoying the lake view. It was raining very heavily and look at what I saw:

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The bridge that connects a small hut has submerged into the water. Taking a closer look, here's what I really saw:

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I guess, the couple was having some private moment there when suddenly the rain came pouring down. Normally, when it rains this heavily, there will be flash flood that will happen in Kuala Lumpur. Anyway, the trapped couple got away a few minutes after the rain ease off.

A piece of advice, be prepared when you go on a date..shall you..have a nice day..
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/19/2005 04:47:00 pm | 0 comments
Friday, November 18, 2005
Every morning, when I come to my office. I'll spend an hour reading and digesting various IT information which is essential as my career depends on it. Eventhough my background isn't IT related but I am more into IT solution now than ever before. Just now I read an article that really inspires me. Eventhough I am just a plain lower end employee, I have a vision of building my own legacy.

Here's an excerpt of the article written by By John Stelzer, Director of Industry Development, Sterling Commerce.

It's not the size of the army that validates the leader. In fact, a great leader need not have any “followers” at all to qualify as a leader. It’s the pro-active ownership of responsibility for achieving the quest—however great or small—that signals the qualities of a leader. A leader is not necessarily leading others as much as he or she is able and willing to take the lead in addressing a situation that yields the greater good for someone or something—a.k.a. the vision. John Erskine pointed out that “In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, gets up, and goes.”

This excerpt totally changed my mindset since before this, I thought that being a big CEO big shot is the way of a true leader. Well, we all sometimes can become narrow minded when we don't open up to the things around us.

For the rest of the article. You can read all about it by clicking the link down below:

Cultivating Leaders in a Lemming World
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/18/2005 10:12:00 am | 0 comments
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
It has been a while since I last went to a formal event. So yesterday, Microsoft has organized their Ready Worldwide Launch 2005. Practically, this event is not really relevant to what I am doing at the moment, however I always have a passion into the latest technologies, software and hardware. The event was held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Here's a few shot I've taken:

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The front entrance

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I only registered for the Technical Session. The other sessions were too boring for me to bare with.

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Such event comes with sponsorship and promotions. This is where Microsoft Partners showcase their product and services. Nothing interesting if you ask me.

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Normally, there are tonnes of freebies I can get my hands on. Anyway, since I came there late and all the freebies were snatched, this is all I got.

My next formal event would be Oracle Technology Summit 2005 this 29th November at Sunway Convention Centre, Petaling Jaya. Actually, I have no knowledge about Oracle Technology, but I do know that the software my company is selling is using it as its back-end support. Oh well, let's just see how it goes..

In the mean time, I'll be blogging a lot more stuff here. Thanks for reading.
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/16/2005 10:56:00 am | 0 comments
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
I just finished watching one of my favourite TV Series 24 on 8TV . It's the final episode. It is amazing how a 24 hours time of a bunch of people can be stretch into months of weekly episode. Anyway, I loved the show.

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I don't have satellite TV as it is expensive plus, if you have several TVs in your house, it is not worth to pay if you can only watch one channel at a time while your other house members wanted to watch something else. So, for now, I have to stick with the free TV broadcast.

The last part of the 24 is the part I liked the most. It was when Jack Bauer, the main character of the story break down and cried in his car. If you haven't felt or experienced that kind of moment, you are missing out on the wonders and the sweetness of being a mortal human. I recently experienced that special 'break Down' moment, it was a magical time when you are at your most bottom and unpleasant feeling. It makes me stronger after that. While I don't encourage anyone to get into the trouble to experience this emotion, there will be a time for you to experience this later in your life.

As a conclusion, enjoy your life and keep moving on.
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/15/2005 01:52:00 am | 1 comments
Thursday, November 10, 2005
July last year, I participate at a Wealth Seminar conducted by a British Wealth Master who has been living and doing various business activity here for the last 7 years. He was practically my wealth mentor, I devoted nearly a year of my time working at his company and learned a lot of thing. He was also a student of Anthony Robbins, the most well known so called 'Success Mentor' in the personal development business. Amazingly, I only knew about Anthony Robbins fame after I bought his book for RM10 at MPH in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. The book was on sale at that time, I just happened to be there and not knowing anything about him, I just bought the book because of the low price..haha..

Back to our topic, during the wealth seminar (you can read about the seminar here) I learned that my breathing was wrong. The proper way to breathe is by using your stomache, your stomache must push forward when you inhale and pushes back when you exhale. Just try looking at a baby's breathing, it is the natural way to breathe. My normal breathing is by the type of breathing an aerobic instructor told us to do when we do work out. It's a shame for how smart we are, we are still told to do all types of wrong doing in our life.

If you are wondering what is the benefit of breathing properly or you need a lesson on breathing, click on the link below and you'll have a better understanding of breathing for your healthy life:

How To Breathe Properly & Efficiently
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/10/2005 07:55:00 pm | 0 comments
I have been blogging for merely more than a year now. My traffic is nothing to be proud of, but it keeps on increasing day by day. That is if I keep on constantly updating my blog.

By the way, I found Andy Wibbels on Google. Basically I forgot what is the address for Google Reader so I searched for it. This guy has been blogging for 4 years already. He still blog and now has a few product created just on blogging and podcasting (I am going to learn about Podcasting after this). He also created an awesome Flash Video on How To Use Google Reader. If you are lazy to read or lazy to play around something you see 'complicated', then watch this video.

Okay now..Going to feed my mind with blogsss..Bye
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/10/2005 06:34:00 pm | 0 comments
If I am not mistaken last year, before my computer corrupted and I had to reinstall my OS and all my software back to what is were before. I've installed a software for a method called RSS. Basically it stands for Real Simple Syndication and it is used for feeding information without you having to work out for it. I like the fact that you don't have to search and look out for something, it is just too time consuming these days. As we all know, we are all lazy. Even the most hardworking person are lazy too. Sometimes, it just an excuse and sometime it is just so hard to get out of your comfort chair or bed. Anyhow, it is better to keep things simple and easy, right?

Okay, yesterday while I was surfing around. I found this feature on Google (See the screenshot below) so I played around with it:

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Well, new stuff can take a long time for people to get the hang of it. That includes myself as well. So I did some reading and I found out that, RSS it's all over the place these days. I can't believe why I didn't see it before. You can get some business point of view using RSS here.

So now I urge all my readers, to subscribe to my RSS Feed. How do you that? It is really simple (yet if you don't have the knowledge, it can get you into trouble ;-p ) Okay right click on the XML button below, copy the link location and paste it on your feed subscription. How do you use the feed, you learn it slowly and make it a practice. Practice becomes habit in the long run.

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I going to update my blog skin when I have the time. Write again soon. Be sure to subsribe to my RSS so that you don't have to log into my blog to read my new post. Have a nice day.
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/10/2005 12:09:00 pm | 1 comments
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
It has been nearly a week of non-blogging holiday. My festive season will still go on until early next month. It will be a month of eating delicious food after a month of fasting. I was away 400km from my home. Just came back yesterday. It was rejuvenating and a nice change of perspective.

Today, as usual I took a couple of hours of my working time trying to educate myself about wealth without the hassle of working so hard. During my holiday, I've seen and met various of my family members and they have no clue of why they're not going anywhere despite of their hard work and effort. Sometime, I am thankful of the opportunities that lies in front of me and the exposure that I have been blessed to look upon. It changed my entire perspective thoroughly eventhough my 'peanuts' earning kept bugging me the entire time.

What I found today is a fascinating information and I would really like to share it to as many people as possible. If you don't like reading, just try read it. If you are reluctant to read, just read it. If you don't want to read, then it's your choice. Just read this free e-book:

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SpeedWealth

P/S: Let me know what do you think ;-)
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/08/2005 03:36:00 pm | 0 comments
Thursday, November 03, 2005
I am still blogging in the wee hours of the morning since I overslept during the daytime. Only a few hours away of the yearly Eidul Fitri prayers at 8.30am in the morning. After that, the usual family meeting and eating various high cholestorol food. I know the food is not so healthy but once in a while, I hope my body can cope with that.

The dropped broadband line I've been experiencing for the past several weeks has been resolved just a couple of hours back. Hopefully it will never happen again or I'll be forced to switch to another broadband provider competitor. The reason for the whole month of dropped bandwitdh (I tested the dial-up, it was even speedier than the broadband) was for a 'slam down' (I don't even know what it mean though; guessing that the server was hit by DDOS attack or something). Apparently, only my area was affected. I was then had to rely on my office internet connection for blogging or any online activities.

I'm following my family on a trip to Kedah more than 300km from where I am staying tomorrow night. I'll be back again blogging probably on Monday or Tuesday. Until then, have a great weekend.
 
posted by Encik Ash at 11/03/2005 01:15:00 am | 0 comments