Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's Christmas Time in the City...

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It is the time of the year again. It is Christmas season. Young or old, man or woman... everybody is excited about Christmas.

For children, it is time for Santa Claus and presents.

For adult, it is time for party - foods and booze.

Today, Christmas is so commercialized. Shopping malls are decorated with Christmas Tree. Special sale offers are everywhere.

BUT do we remember the reason for celebrating Christmas? Many people have forgotten about the reason for celebrating Christmas.

'WE' are the reason for celebrating this auspicious day.

Some 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born into this world, in order to die for our sins. This is the true meaning of Christmas.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Demolition Man

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Speaking about computers, they can be great tools to us. Helping us to more effective and more efficient in our jobs. However, sometimes when problems (virus, software problems, device not working, etc) strike, it can be disastrous. So the next thing, we can do is to fix the problems ourselves. But when the problems are unsolved, we will call the computer support/technician or send the machine back to the shop for repair.

And then great disasters strike, all our data or software were gone. One of the fixes, technician always do is to format your harddisk. This is especially when your software does not work properly and also when your system is infected by virus. Actually, this problems are RECOVERABLE. But the technician normally just reformat your harddisk... taking the easy way out. But to us, the problems now get bigger. Now, we have to find and reinstall all the software and reconstruct all our data again.

Recently, my wife has complained to me that she cannot log onto certain websites with her office computer. I asked her why. She told me that the technician has removed the Internet Explorer (IE) from her computer. Apparetly, she told the technician that she is facing some problems with her IE. So the technician simply just remove her IE and install Mozilla Firefox to 'so-called' solve her problem. Now she has greater problem. What the techician never realized is that websites written in ASP require IE to access. And with other browsers, you faced problems accessing these websites.

Furthermore, some of these technicians do not know what are they doing. These technicians simply just 'try-and-error.' They might just delete the wrong things, connect the wrong connection, etc. For example, there was this technician who try to relocate the scanner to another computer. And the scanner uses a SCSI cable which has similar connector to a parallel cable. And not realizing it, the tchnician DID NOT reinstall the SCSI card from the old computer to the new computer. He just plug the SCSI cable into the parallel port of the new computer causing the new computer to short-circuited.



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Darkside of the Force - Episode I

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Three greatest inventions of the 20th century are the computer, Internet and cell/mobile phone. These three inventions have revolutionized our world and have brought changes in our everyday lifestyle. As if human can live without these three items. They have also improved our everyday life.

With the introduction of computers, our lives will not be the same again. We can be more accurate, more efficient and more effective in our works. The benefits brought about by computers are countless. However, there are countless drawbacks of the computers.

Instead of sport or outing, people are now glued to their sits, engaging themselves in the virtual arena fighting monsters and killing goblins. Furthermore, these online games allow players to communicate with others and 'fighting' each other. Players will just sit in front of the computers... not knowing day or night.... trying to 'win.' Some students will ignore their studies and so much so some of them play truant (staying away from school without permission) for the sake of playing computer games.... affecting their sudies.

Beside affecting their studies, sitting in fornt of the computers will also affect their health. Especially, some players will continue playing till midnight and without stopping or resting. This will cause tiredness to their eyes and lack of exercises. Playing computer games can be addictive. People addicted to games will spend much of time doing nothing useful.


Sunday, November 30, 2008


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One of the difficult being a lecturer, is to marking assignments and examination papers. However, in e-world, students will just cut-and-paste. They will just search the web for materials that related to their assignments. Then they will cut-and-paste the article onto their assignments.... Sometimes, they don't even care whether it is relevant or not. As long as it is related.... Furthermore, they may not read or understand the articles.

Some of the students don't want to submit their assignments ot tutorials. They think these assignments and tutorials worth 5% - 10% contribute small amount of marks to their course. I actually have some students who failed the subjects because they did not submit their assignments or tutorials. These assignments or tutorials contribute to a tiny fraction of the mark (5% - 10%).

About exam, I find that students don't read the exam questions carefully. Students tend to answer the questions wrongly. For example, 'How does Internet work?' When students answering this question, will normally write about 'What is Internet?' When students see the word 'Internet', they will write everything about 'Internet' and they don't see the requirement of the question. The former actually ask for the working of the Internet and not what is Internet.

Student also to leave the question blank. Students try to attempt the exam questions and should not leave them blank. Students should try to answer the questions. At least, this is a chance of getting the answer correct.

The biggest problem of all is the use and understanding of English. Sometimes, I have to spend plenty of time, trying to decipher what the students have written on the exam papers. Students tend to 'translate' other languages directly to English We cannot do direct 'translation.' Each language will have differet ways of writing or grammars. Further to this problem, students also tend to use 'messenger chatting' language to answer question. WE SHOULD THINK IN ENGLISH AND WRITE IN ENGLISH.