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Wireless Wonder

29 November 2001 14:57

I had the chance to try out one of the most talked about technologies of late, i.e. the 802.11b a.k.a. wireless LAN. I thought it's pretty nifty! I got my hands on a Lucent Orinoco AP-1000 access point (base station) unit and some few Lucent Orinoco PC cards. If you're a laptop user, you'd find this quite a boon. We can now be really free from the confines of the network cables as with these, you can really be on the network and be mobile on your laptop! Of course, there's a limitation as to over what distance it can cover but from my initial tests, it's been great. Then, there's also the issue of the laptop running out of juice but that's a whole different story! :) There are some things within 802.11b that concerns me and that is security. Basically, if your laptop is armed with one of those wireless LAN PC cards, you can stumble into any networks that aren't yours and within your range. If the administrators of the network aren't careful enough and do not take enough precaution to lock it down somewhat, security breaches can be a walk in the park. 802.11b does come with some security features and for a small sized network, it's just fine I suppose. However, at a larger scale, the management of the network could be a nightmare with the amount of ACLs, encryption keys, etc. that needs to be maintained. Not only that, I feel like the mechanism provided isn't strong enough as mentioned in this article. I'm in the midst of writing an article on my findings on 802.11b so stay tuned.

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Personal Website Manager V1.0

25 November 2001 05:40

You would have noticed that I've added the Linkage section on the sidebar now. Yes! And so with that, I think I'd like to declare this Personal Website Manager system as V1.0 feature complete. There may be some very minor bugs lurking here and there but that's just the way it is for now, I guess (Heh! I must be thinking like Microsoft now! Bad, very bad!). However, the one thing that gets my head in is the inconsistency of in the way the whole stuff is coded. I mean, sure the whole thing works fine but HOW the whole thing (e.g. variable declaration and convention, object instantiation, etc.) is built is another thing. I'll get around to cleaning all that up in an upcoming point release. But for now, it's just what it is. Source code will be made available to those who request for now. I'm hoping to make the whole thing publically available and downloadable in the upcoming point release.

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Al-Fatihah For The Late King

22 November 2001 05:27

The People's King, His Majesty DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong Sultan Selangor passed away this afternoon at the Gleneagles Medical Center. He was 75. Tomorrow has been declared as a day of mourning. May Allah bless his soul.

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Review: Shrek DVD

18 November 2001 13:27

I thought I'd make this a first for my website: a DVD review! I went out to Bukit Bintang area this afternoon and grabbed myself the long awaited DVD copy of Shrek at Speedy Video. When Shrek first came out earlier this year, I didn't get the chance to watch it in the theaters but rather on a crummy VCD copy. I thought it was the best movie to have ever come out this year. Good storyline, incredible computer generated graphics, great voices behind the characters. Due to the quality of the VCD recording (it was pirated, whaddaya expect? :\ ), I was deprived of watching the lush details that are of abundance throughout the movie. I promised myself that I was gonna go out and get the DVD once its out and I can tell you that it was worth all the sen spent! I can now see how beautiful and detailed everything is in the movie. The extra bits offered in the DVD are just awesome, i.e. The Tech of Shrek documentary, Shrek's Music Room and my favorite, The Shrek Karaoke Swamp Song! Great stuff!

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Dazed

17 November 2001 03:10

I just got back from work at 10:45am just now. You're wondering, WTF? Well, considering that I went to work YESTERDAY at 7:30am, I think it's only fair! Yeah, was a long day and night. Been awhile too since I last pulled a stunt like this. I'm too dazed to think straight at this moment. All I'm thinking right now is to get through Friday prayers and lunch afterwards in one piece! :P No one's at home at the moment too since the rest of the family are down at JB. Yeah, the whole house to myself! But I guess I'd be sleeping it over instead of enjoying the occasional total ownership of the house. Heh!

Oh yeah, fasting month begins tomorrow. Heh! It was kinda funny at 4am this morning when Mel and I had a sudden panic attack over whether we'd begin fasting today or not since we practically missed watching any TV and were too preoccupied to bother with what's going on outside. :P

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New Wheels

14 November 2001 15:03

Our faithful Ford Laser 1.3 car of about 9 years has now made way for a spanking new Proton Waja. I'm a bit miffed about Ayah choosing the old Fiat's car registration for the Waja. I was hoping he'd transfer the Ford's registration to the new car but alas that's not the case. I like the Ford's registration number, not to mention the Ford itself. Here's a last picture taken of the car:

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Quick One

11 November 2001 22:31

Heh! I've been slacking, haven't I? ;) I guess it's still gonna continue for a bit longer. Anyways, here's the reason for today's entry:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHIDA!


We now return to our regular programming...

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