Tuesday, September 27, 2005

TMNet Horror 1.14.3 - 2 Months and counting ....

The frustration...


Hello TMNet,

What is the status of this complaint?
I have been waiting for over 2 months and no reply now.

My Account has been disabled for 2 weeks now,
because of the extra charges you have wrongly charged me!
I have paid my subscription for this month,
and am appalled that I have to endure more downtime
just because of this issue.

BTW, November is coming up, and I wonder if
it can actually take 1 year to resolve this problem.

1) Please re-enable my account
2) Please rebate the other charges
3) Please respond to this within 1 day.
4) Please escalate this problem to your manager, if you cannot help me.
5) Please solve this problem soon.



Anybody got contacts in TMNet who can help me?!


TMNet Horror

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Been trying to figure out why my MySQL server kept dying on me. Ive written an internal application which all employees use. After about an hour of running, the server just stops accepting any more connections and dies.

Totally unacceptable!

So I tried changing this:
# The maximum amount of concurrent sessions the MySQL server will
# allow. One of these connections will be reserved for a user with
# SUPER privileges to allow the administrator to login even if the
# connection limit has been reached.


Unfortunately as I tried adding more and more connections, and the server refused anything more than 105 connections, for some strange reason.

I noticed that the webapp left some 'sleeping' processes which will eventually timeout, freeing up the connection. So instead of the infinite time of 1000000 seconds, Ive put it to a more reasonable 3600s (1 hour) and now things are behaving abit better.


I hate tweaking database servers.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Public Service Announcement Brought To You By SPAMIS

I just got this spam in my inbox,
and its probably the funniest Ive seen!
[Yes, it beats fallen nigerian / korean / iraqi dictator aides emails]

However its still spam, and the last paragraph is rather ominous.


Subject: BREAKING NEWS: Microsoft CEO Vows to "KILL" Google

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Vowed to "KILL" Google

News Published: September 2, 2005, 1:07 PM PDT
Reprinted From CNET News.com - Written by Ina Fried

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer vowed to "kill" Google in an
expletitive-laced, chair-throwing tirade when a senior
engineer told him he was leaving the company to go work
for Google, the engineer claimed in court documents made
public on Friday.

In a sworn statement made public Friday, Mark Lucovsky,
another Microsoft senior engineer who left for Google in
November 2004, recounted Ballmer's angry reaction when
Lucovsky told Ballmer he was going to work for the search
engine company.

"At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said:
'Just tell me it's not Google,'"Lucovosky said in his
statement. Lucovosky replied that he was joining Google.

"At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it
across the room hitting a table in his office," Lucovosky
recounted, adding that Ballmer then launched into a tirade
about Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "I'm going to f***ing bury
that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again.
I'm going to f***ing kill Google." Schmidt previously
worked for Sun Microsystems and was the CEO of Novell.



Do you trust a company with "your computer" security/privacy
and support a company with a CEO that acts in this manner?

----- ---- --- -- - -
MICROSOFT: Self-Admitted World's Largest & Greatest Spammer
----- ---- --- -- - -

" I'm with one of the greatest, most hated institutional
"spammers" around. We are a spamhouse. Doesn't matter
that we're Microsoft. Our legitimate, unsolicited email
is still just spam. "

- Mike Lyman

1. Under Search for type: "We are a spamhaus."
2. Under Search for type: "most hated institutional"

----- ---- --- -- - -

" Businesses ought to be able to send unsolicited e-mail to
people even if they are unsure if they have a pre-existing
business relationship with them. "

- Ryan Hamlin
- MICROSOFT CHIEF COUNSEL - August 22nd, 2005


----- ---- --- -- - -
- [ Public Service Announcement Brought To You By SPAMIS ]
- [ Strategic Partnership Against Microsoft Illegal Spam ]

Fully "READY" to Begin Increasing Public Service Announcement
Emails to 20 Times the Amount of Internet Users by 25 Times the
Current Sending Rate & Speed When a Certain Activity Transpires.

Monday, September 12, 2005


I read this off Suanie's blog, and decided to myself, why not just send the darn email.

Basically Afdlin Shauki is having a hard time getting distributors to sell his album, as they consider him not mainstream enough, and I guess people know him more as a funny man than a serious musician.

Many moons ago he performed at the Actors Studio in Bangsar with Haze and I was mighty impressed. They didnt have any CDs to sell, and I had been looking out for it ever since.

Little did I know about Afdlin's drama of getting distributed.

"One station manager actually said to me that my album is to NICHE. Kepala Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu..... dia. So nak dengar lagu yang macam meleleh aje sampai mampus, sampai bila negara kita ni nak maju. Bagilah people the choice to choose. I knoow it may not be for everyone, but what about those people who want to hear afdlin shauki's song or even are waiting for something different / NICHE setan gondollll?"

Anyway, so he's giving away his album. He'll pay for the shipping anywhere in the world. If you like it enough, send him the money. If you dont like it, destroy it.

I emailed in, and last week I received it. I listened to it, and I liked it. It wasnt perfect, he could have left out the comedic elements to it, cos after the 3rd listening, it got old. But its a great album. Ive already sent my RM35 for it via Maybank2U. [OMG, that was conflusing! Beneficiary ID?! Payment Ref No?! TAC?! How difficult does maybank want it to be?]

Anyway, it seems to be working:

"Gua macam tak percaya siut!! in one day we have outsold the number of CDs that my @#$%* DITRIBUTOR has sold in a month."

It was very courageous attempting to distribute music by himself, and his efforts should be rewarded. Good on him!


Friday, September 02, 2005

In Word or text format please...

I received some questions from an online journalist yesterday regarding some Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) deployments in my company and I responded to them in an OpenOffice document. A few minutes later, I got this response:

Dear Yoon Kit,

Could you kindly resend document in either Word or text format?


Now, normally in business dealings, I would. However this was after all queries regarding FOSS, and it seems so hypocritical to discuss FOSS and yet send it back either in a proprietary format, or text which is good, but loses the pretty formatting.

Here was my response.

just download from openoffice.org: its free.


Now if need be, there is the standard lengthy response one can use from the FSF, and also why its important that we use freely viewable files.

Hopefully the journalist takes the opportunity to test drive some FOSS applications so as to be an informed reporter on the state of the quality of the very software being written about.