A big chapter of this life is the freedom of wheels

22 Jan Friday
I got my professional Australian license

23 Jan Saturday
Had my first drive with my wife in Baby’s Galore Taren Point

24 Jan Sunday
We went to the church and then purchase a GPS.
Had my first top-up of fuel in Caltex (Premium Petrol 98 RON).

26 Jan Tuesday
Had driven 120kms to Wollongong to celebrate Australia day with style =)
Had my first car noise when swerving at 100kph downhill.

I’m loving this freedom and very thankful

Wolfram Alpha is too academic and claustrophobic

Wolfram Alpha is probably a project designed by scientists that came from a science school.

It displays numbers, graphs, semantics and tables. I love how it presents information discovery like in the case of the term ‘apple’ where it displays the company and then the next option is about the fruit. I don’t know if it is using some form of page ranking or trending. Well apple as a brand is stronger compared to the fruit.

One other thing, I am stuck on the page and I get this feeling of being contained in a box. I guess it is backward to get all that I want from a single website. It feels like being in a library on your own with a huge book.

But then again, it is good to see an alternative to a growing behemont like Google. I just hope that this in not just a hype like Cuil.

Balsamiq should be lifesaver in steroids

I have been using Balsamiq for quite sometime now and all I can say is it’s a mockup creation tool in steroids. We are doing a massive web redesign project and I have to produce some mockups with the infamous out of this world deadlines from an existing style guides. I was able to finish my mockups in one weekend and it was a breeze!

I have installed it in Windows XP 64bit and I was amazed not to encounter any error and it plays well with the 64 bit system. One thing though, I just hope that there is a scroll that can be used to expand the workspace down without going to this hack of inserting a UI object and then keep on resizing it down just to increase the workspace.

The interface is very simple so are the UI components but the whole package is intuitive enough for its purpose. I have yet to use Balsamiq into mockups other than webpages but I am already excited on doing things on it for the iphone. I am also going to try this linking feature that I just came across from their blog.

Moving forward, I will be showing this to my team at work since we are using Jira and Confluence. It might speed up everything with a mockup tool already integrated on our workspaces.

Well, all of this is not possible without them lending me a copy to play with. Thanks guys. Also, good thing that I am listening to Net@night where I get to know Balsamiq in the first place. =)

Bushfire density map prototype

Note: This is purely for educational purposes only and there is no warranty for the validity of information. Hopefully there is someone out there who will refine the code for the community to utilise the technology effectively.

Data use: http://sentinel.ga.gov.au/GPX/hs00to12.gpx ; 16 Feb 2009 16:38 Sydney Time

Resources:

http://jeffreybarke.net/2008/07/density-map-tutorial/
http://sentinel.ga.gov.au/acres/sentinel/gpx_data.shtml

Recovering Windows XP Profile

After doing a windows install on existing OS, windows xp is not very good in using existing User Profiles.This also happens when joing a new Domain.

To recover the old profile so you can get Outlook data and other Application settings, open the Registry Editor

Run > regedit

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

You will get something like S-x-x-xx-xxxxx…

Change the ProfileImagePath to the directory of your old profile : ie %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\your_username

Vnc on Centos 5

useradd vncuser
passwd vncuser
yum groupinstall ” X Window System” “GNOME Desktop Environment”
yum install vnc-server

vi /etc/sysconfig/vncservers
VNCSERVERS=”1:vncuser”
VNCSERVERARGS[2]=”-geometry 1024×768 -nolisten tcp -nohttpd”

service vncserver start
chkconfig vncserver on /* auto start at boot */

vi /home/vncuser/.vnc/xstartup
exec gnome-session &

su vncuser
vncpasswd

tail -f /home/vncuser/.vnc/hostname:1.log
.vnc/xstartup: Permission denied

chmod + x /home/vncuser/.vnc/xstartup

service vncserver restart