Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Baby Son Learns To Walk

My 13 month old baby son finally learn to walk today. Right on the last day of the year, 2009. He was so overjoyed that he could do it finally. Every time he walked a few steps and fell down again, he would laugh, clapped his tiny hands and then clasped his hands like in prayer, moving them up and down like as if thanking the heavens. He had tried the whole day, starting from early morning onwards and he was getting kinda frustrated before finally he managed it. He was really pushing himself to walk before the new year arrives (as if he knew).

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

'This Hardware Cannot Be Installed' Error

Recently my PC (running on Windows XP) started having problems with my USB flash drives (actually all USB flash drives as I found out later). My PC can detect them but can't use them. In the Device Manager, they were correctly listed but with an exclamation mark next to it meaning error. I tried to re-install the devices for each respective USB flash drives but encountered a 'This Hardware Cannot Be Installed' error message. I tried re-installing the Microsoft Service Pack 3 as well and no good, the problem still persist. It was really frustrating.

I then search for a solution in some of the Windows XP forums. None of them offered a workable solution until this forum. In one of the solutions posted, it suggested downloading the USBSTOR.inf file. That I followed and downloaded the file from this excellent site which offers .inf files for free download. I put the file in my 'Driver cache' folder under the windows folder.

I then fired up Device Manager, select the problematic flash drive, right-click and select 'Update driver'.

In the 'Hardware Update Wizard' pop-up box that appears, I selected 'Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)' and specified the folder where the downloaded file was located. Click Next ... et viola my woes are gone ! My pc can read my usb flash drive again !

That felt like magic...good magic.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Solution To "MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly."

I'm using a Windows XP and tried to open the Device Manager today. To my surprise, I got a "MMC could not create the snap-in" error screen instead (pic):
MMC could not create the snap-in
I recalled that 2 weeks ago I encountered the exact same problem after I ran a third party 'Registry Cleaner' software to fix some device problems my pc was having. That time I solved the problem by re-installing Windows XP.

This time I thought well there must be an easier way to fix the problem. So I searched the Microsoft support site and see if I can find a solution related to the problem. Thanked my lucky stars there was a solution for it. The solution is in this Microsoft support page. It suggested downloading a hotfix to fix the problem. So I downloaded the hotfix and applied it. It worked swell. My Windows XP device manager is working again. No more "MMC could not create the snap-in. " screen. What a relief that was.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Adam Khoo On TVIQ's 'The Millionaire Makers'

Adam Khoo millionaire, Star Wars fan as wellI was flipping channels last night on Astro (Malaysia's pay TV) when I chanced upon a segment on Adam Khoo, on TVIQ channel. It was a program called 'The Millionaire Makers'. For the uninitiated, Adam Khoo is a Singaporean entrepreneur, a best selling author, peak performance trainer and a self-made millionaire by the age of 26.

From the program, I learnt that Adam Khoo's a huge Star Wars fan. He even owns the Darth Vader mask with the voice changer and saber which he gladly demonstrated in front of the camera. He bought it in Malaysia for around RM 500. He goes on to tell us that when as a kid that he used to have loads of Star Wars toys but of course his mother has threw them all away.

He confesses to enjoying playing Playstation games and was shown playing some Tiger Woods golf game.

At one point he proudly shows off his huge collection of books. I chuckled when I saw some 'Idiot's Guide to ...' books in the collection. He picked one book out from the shelf to show to the camera and my heart skipped a beat when I saw that it's 'Buffetology' by Mary Buffet, the exact same edition that I have. He must have bought it around the same time that I did. Well, but he's now a millionaire and I'm still almost where I was when I bought the book.

We also see that he drives a sporty BMW (hmm, that's not being very frugal) but interestingly his home is pretty tidy ... and bare (I guess that's him being frugal).

Well, I'm glad I came across this little profile segment of Adam Khoo. Got to know some interesting facts and background about my favorite guru. I will keep an eye out for the repeats. Missed the first few minutes.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ampang Gleneagles Hospital Email Hoax

I've been receiving the following email about a deadly perfume sample every now and then ever since last year:

Subject: FW: News from Ampang Gleneagles Hospital Important news to pass it on Please spend 1 minute and read on... News from Gleneagles Hospital (Ampang) URGENT !!!!! from Gleneagles Hospital Limited

Seven women have died after inhaling a free perfume sample that was
mailed to them. The product was poisonous. If you receive free samples in the mail such as lotions, perfumes, diapers etc. throw them away. The government is afraid that this might be another terrorist act.
They will not announce it on the news because they do not want to create panic or give the terrorists new ideas. Send this to all your friends and family members.

Warmest Regards,

Mei ling
Gleneagles Hospital Limited Human
Resource Department

Tel: 03-4270 3474
Fax: 03-4270 3472
I did a check at the Ampang Gleneagles Hospital website and there they confirm that it was a hoax. Read here at their website.

Ampang Gleneagles Hospital Email Hoax

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tony Fernandes of Air Asia Has Own Blog

Tony Ferandes Blog Hey, I didn't know that Tony Fernandes of Airasia has a blog. I've only just stumbled upon it today while google searching for some bio data on the man. It's located at I once bumped into him at a local shopping centre. I think that was about 2 years ago at the time of the X Airasia launch. My wife noticed him first and pointed him out to me. Tony Fernandes was with his wife and had the Airasia cap on. They were walking around the ground floor of the shopping centre and finally went into a shop to have a look at some luxury watches. I'm pretty sure the shop attendants must have got a shock albeit a good one.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Cure's 'Boys Don't Cry'

My 2 1/2 year old daughter, Sophia, hummed to the opening guitar riffs of The Cure's "Boy's Don't Cry" today. I was playing the song on my mobile phone when she started to take interest to the song. That was also the first time I heard her hummed the melody of any song. She normally sings part of the verses of songs she liked but never hummed to any before this.

Friday, May 8, 2009

"Together again" ... after 11 long years

I believe I bumped into Suziesenorita today at Ta Kiong Supermarket at the Spring shopping mall today. Suziesenorita was the girl that many years ago I had tried hard to win her heart but ultimately failed. I wasn't really 100% sure it was her at first as it has been a long time since I last saw her (11 years to be exact) and also because she looked slightly different. Her hairstyle has changed, her face is thinner and she looked ...well, older. She was wearing the dark blue KPA (Kuching Port Authority) coat that she wore so that more or less confirmed it was her. It was a Friday and she must have taken advantage of the extended lunch time on Fridays to shop for some candies at Ta Kiong. I recalled when I went out with her she likes to shop for candies at supermarkets we visited.

Well, we came face to face about 8 feet apart. My 8 month old baby William was with me. When I saw her face I didn't recognize her at once. It was only like a second or two later that realization dawned upon me that it was my beloved Suzie. I don't know why but perhaps by instinct or out of total surprise I quickly turned around. I was not sure how to react. Then a wide smile broke over my face. Did she recognized me I thought? When I turned around, she had already gone back to searching for her candies. For the next few minutes I spied on her from a distance.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

'Sounds Of The Universe' Stream

Depeche Mode - Sounds Of The Universe - Stream
Looks like there's an European site that's got exclusive streaming rights to the new Depeche Mode album 'Sounds Of The Universe'. You can now listen to the whole album at:

The sound quality of this stream is better than either the 320 Kbps or 192 Kbps leaked mp3 versions even though its only 120 Kbps. That's because its encoded from a better source. The sound is crispier and better mastered.

Friday, April 3, 2009

I've Listened To Depeche Mode's 'Sounds Of The Universe'

Listening To The Leaked Sounds Of The UniverseIt's now one week after Depeche Mode's upcoming album 'Sounds Of The Universe' (SOTU from now onwards) was leaked. Since then I've listened to SOTU like almost 20 over times now.

I'm surprised the album sounds surprisingly fresh and upbeat. It's like an album from a new band and not from a band that has been around for 30 years. It's hands down better than 2001's lacklustre 'Exciter' and is definitely an excellent follow up to 2005's 'Playing The Angel'.

Continuing on the trend from 'Playing The Angel', this album once again see them embracing their electronic roots again. On this album, they have pushed the guitars to the background and brought the synths back to the fore. Drum machines are once again very evident.

Overall the album has a retro feel to it partly because a lot of old vintage analog synths were used. Although they are using lots of analog synths it must be clarified that they are not using them like they used to. So don't expect anything sounding like 'Speak and Spell' on this album, ok maybe the beginning of 'Perfect' does sound like 'Puppets'.

The tracks from the album:-

Depeche Mode with Notebook
1. In Chains - In a recent interview Dave Gahan the lead vocalist of Depeche Mode leaked that they will open every show of their 'Tour Of The Universe' world tour with this track. The track is indeed an appropriate track for opening a show and so I couldn't agree more. The track begins with a long electronic buzz or hum that sounded like maybe that THX thingie from the theatres.

2. Hole To Feed - This album version sounds very different in terms of production from the boring version that was leaked. Its been spruced up a bit here.

3. Wrong - I didn't notice the guitar riff in the background the first time I heard the song from their Echo Awards performance. I've just noticed it. Well, not one of their finest singles but not their worst either.

4. Fragile Tension - The very first track from SOTU to be leaked. Most will be disappointed that there is very little difference between the leaked version and this album version. Perhaps, a bit more electronic sounds sprinkled here and there, that's about it.

5. Little Soul - This song starts off a trio of synthpop tracks that wraps with 'Peace'.

6. In Sympathy - One of my favorite tracks from SOTU. It begins with the riff from 1993's 'Songs Of Faith And Devotion''s 'Walking In My Shoes' but slightly speeded up.

7. Peace - Is this DM doing an Erasure? As it is very Erasure-esque. No doubt fans of pure synthpop will dig this.

8. Come Back - One of the slow songs on SOTU. Embarassingly simple lyrics. The whole song just come across as slighltly pretentious. I usually skipped this track.

9. Spacewalker - The production on this instrumental track could have been from the 'Music For The Masses' era, think Stjarna and Agent Orange. It's their best instrumental in years.

10. Perfect - If Peace sounds like an 'Erasure' song then this sounds like a Duran Duran song. It's amazing how Gahan at times sound like Simon Le Bon on this track. Was it deliberate ?

11. Miles Away / The Truth Is - My least favorite track of the album and not too surprisingly it's a track I usually skipped.

12. Jezebel - The only track helmed by Martin on this album. I found it really nice to listen to this at night.

13. Corrupt - Another track that just doesn't do anything for me. Maybe in time it will grow on me.

Overall, I rate SOTU 8/10.

I owned every one of Depeche Mode's albums (except for SOFAD live). There's no doubt that I'll be getting the official SOTU for my collection when it comes out on April 21st 2009.

Friday, March 27, 2009

'Sounds Of The Universe' Leaked

Sounds Of The Universe
Depeche Mode's forthcoming new coming album 'Sounds Of The Universe' has been leaked ! Leaked approximately 1 month before the official release on April 21st 2009. I've just found it at Rapidshare:
Currently listening to it while writing this.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Adam Khoo's New Book "Profit From The Panic"

Adam Khoo's Profit From The Panic Book CoverI bought Adam Khoo's "Profit From The Panic" book yesterday from my local Popular bookstore. It was priced at RM49.90. Well, RM50 then. It was the last copy left (yeah, it sold like hotcakes).

I immediately got right down to reading it when I got home. I wasn't all too surprised when I was reading it I realised that a major portion of the content in the book is culled from an earlier book of his called, "The Secrets Of Millionaire Investors". Let's admit, he tends to rehash materials from earlier books. For instance, the first few chapters of "The Secrets Of Millionaire Investors" were totally rehashed from at least 2 chapters in "Secrets Of Self-Made Millionaires". So needless to say, if you already have "The Secrets Of Millionaire Investors" then it may not be worth buying "Profit From The Panic" unless you want to add it to your collection.

And like all Adam Khoo's books before, this one's no different in that it's contents are easy to absorb and are presented in an easy to read manner. That's why I enjoyed his stuff. Some books by other authors I've read that deals with similar subjects tends to waffle and bogs you down but Adam Khoo's books doesn't. His is straight to the point and offers valuable info and teaches practical methods that one can put into practice right away.

In my opinion, 'Profit From The Panic' is excellent and recommended for the novice investor who wants to be taught the right way to stock market investing without getting turned off. For the seasoned investors they would find this book useful as well as it offers a few insightful info that they probably did not know before and perhaps will help them understand why they kept losing money in stock market investing all this while.

Monday, March 2, 2009

More 'Sounds Of The Universe' Tracks Leaked

Two more tracks have been leaked from the upcoming Depeche Mode album, 'Sounds Of The Universe' and they are 'Hole To Feed' and 'Come Back'. 'Hole To Feed' which is a Dave Gahan composition is not a bad electronic number. You can listen to it at YouTube:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Download YouTube Videos

Nowadays you don't need a software installed on your PC or a plug-in for your web browser to download YouTube videos direct to your PC, PSP, Mobile or iPod. That I just know after I was introduced to a web site that can convert YouTube videos into various video formats like .flv, .mpg, .mov etc. for download. It can even convert the videos into audio formats like mp3, mp4, wav etc.

The site I'm referring to is YoutTube Videos

In the field provided at the site, just specify the URL of the YouTube video that you want to download. For example:

After that, select the format you want the video to be converted to. Next step is to click on the 'Convert and Download' button to begin the conversion. When the conversion is completed (usually after 3 seconds), you should see a message that says: 'File Converted Successfully. Please download the file from below'. Click on the 'Download' button to download the converted file.

It's the best find for me this year and the best thing of all, the service is free. There is no charge and registration involved !

Depeche Mode's 'Wrong' Music Video

I've just seen the music video for Depeche Mode's new single, 'Wrong'. And wow, it's quite different from all the videos they have done previously.

This one's very dark and creepy ... and disturbing as well. I wouldn't recommend it for the little kiddies.

You can watch the 'Wrong' music video here:

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Depeche Mode Premieres 'Wrong' on Echo Awards Show, Germany

Depeche Mode premiered the first single 'Wrong' off their upcoming album 'Sounds Of the Universe' on Germany's Echo Awards Show last night.

On contrary to reports both before and after the performance of the song, I can confirm this: it wasn't performed live but rather it was lip-synced.

The song itself was kinda repetitive. Melody wise, it's very bluesy. Noticeably there is no chorus for the song. In my personal opinion, I think one would have helped the song a lot perhaps bringing it to a higher level. All in all, I can say it's vintage Depeche Mode because it's all synths and no guitars and of course, Dave Gahan's strong vocals on this one.

You can watch the performance of the song on YouTube:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Depeche Mode's New Single, "Wrong"

Depeche Mode will be releasing their brand new single 'Wrong' on April 6th 2009. Before that, they will premiere it on the Echo Awards TV show in Germany on February 21st (in 2 days time!). Incredibly unlike the previous 2 albums where the first single or the entire new album is leaked online 1 month prior to the official release, well except for 'Fragile Tension' there have been no leaks this time.

The cover for the single has already appeared on Depeche Mode's MySpace page. A lot of DM fans has bashed it for its uninspiring simple design and call for Anton Corbijn (the designer of the cover) to be replaced.

Depeche Mode single Wrong cover

For me I neither hate it nor love it. Many have likened it to cigarettes in an ashtray. One DM fan has even made a literal interpretation of this on this modified 'Wrong' cover:

Depeche Mode single Wrong cover like cigarettes in ashtray

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just Heard 'Fragile Tension'

I've just heard 'Fragile Tension' on Youtube, one of the new songs from Depeche Mode's forthcoming album "Sounds Of The Universe" (Release date: 21st April 2009). I must say I'm very disappointed with it. I'm surprised as well that they'd release an awful song like that (they have never released an awful song before). It is really horrible. It could easily rank as one of the worst songs in their catalogue. No amount of production could do justice to this song. Not even Alan Wilder could save this song.

Wel,l here's the link to the song on YouTube. You'll be the judge. I'm sure you'll be shaking your head in disbelief.

I've embedded it here as well for easy access:

Fragile Tension - New Depeche Mode song

Depeche Mode is my favorite group and it's gotten me into a really good mood to know that they will have a new album out this year. The album is called "Sounds Of The Universe". One of the new songs from the album is called 'Fragile Tension' and its about 4 mins 8 secs long. I believe a working version of the song has already been leaked into the internet. I myself haven't heard it yet.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My First Clickbank Sale !

My First Clickbank Sale

I hadn't logged in to my Clickbank account for some time now. And what a pleasant surprise I had when I logged in today to discover that I had made my first Clickbank sale about 3 weeks ago (in the week ending 21st January 2009).
I signed up with Clickbank in August 2008 after Clickbank was finally made available to Malaysians (much to the joy of Malaysian Internet Marketers). I admit I was never really active with Clickbank.
Since joining, I only had 3 or 4 campaigns on Clickbank products running and they did not generate any sales. I had much, much better success with other similar Affiliate programs (grossing more than US$2,000 per month). I don't know why. I guess there's way too much competition for the products on Clickbank.
Well, I think after this sale its only natural that I'll tend to be more active and motivated in promoting more Clickbank products in the future.