Thursday, November 20, 2003

Java Certification Day 2003

Went to the venue early as I was expecting a big crowd but only to discover that it wasn't the case. Interestingly, I learnt from the event that the GM of Worldwide Certification at Sun Microsystems is a Malaysian! And also, two new Java certifications are in the works -- one on J2ME and the other, on web services.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Switching to the fast lane

Got a visit by an agent of TMNet at my home doorstep. The agent signed me up for the upgrade of Streamyx broadband from 384kbps (@RM77/month) to 512kbps (@RM99/month). That saved me a trip to the Clickers at Kelana Jaya coz I was going to upgrade anyway. I was told that activation will be in two weeks' time. I will also enjoy the new speed at the current pricing for the 384kbps package for 3 months. This upgrade offer is supposedly valid till December 31, 2003.

A first look at ASP.NET 2.0 (codenamed "Whidbey")

Finished reading two sample sample chapters of A First Look at ASP.NET v. 2.0. I like the "master pages" feature of ASP.NET Whidbey. This particular new feature not only aids the design and consistency of sites, but the in maintenance of the site as well.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Panther unleashed!

Dropped in at the Orange Club in the heart of KL for the "unleashing" of Mac OS X Panther. Well, I must say that Apple has some pretty impressive stuff here. Panther's windowing system a.k.a. Exposé was especially awesome. Exposé lets you instantly see all your open windows at once, then switch to the right one. Oh...there was free flow beer and that cool mousepad!

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Matrix Revolutions

Went for a free showing of Matrix Revolutions at KLCC courtesy of MIND. Verdict: Action scenes are engrossing but my favourite is still Matrix Reloaded.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Microsoft Office System launch in KL

Attended the Microsoft Office System launch and breakout sessions at PWTC. Here's an amusing trivia: I had a pleasant surprise as I went up to my car after the event and found a little card on my windshield wiper saying that my car had been given a free wash. Can you believe that?

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Office 2003 Workshop

Went for a free one-day workshop of Office 2003 on invitation by Iverson. The workshop focused on the new features in the latest version of the productivity suite.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Joining the DigitALL revolution

I bought myself a cool new 17" Samsung SyncMaster 763MB flat-screen monitor replacing my 6-year-old CTX 17 incher. The colors are vibrant and texts appear sharp. I especially like the MagicBright feature in which 3 brightness modes are available at just a touch of a button.

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

MCP today!

Yipee! A Microsoft Certified Professional today! Passed exam 70-315 - Developing and Implementing Web Applications using Visual C# .NET and Visual Studio .NET.

Monday, January 20, 2003

Where's my office?

I've been using on my home PC for the past few months but I found it not fitting to my requirements. It's sluggish and it doesn't exactly export documents correctly to Microsoft Office (MSO) formats. MSO format compatibility is important to me because my workplace uses MS Office. Guess what? I got myself a copy of Microsoft Office XP Professional -- the real thing. That solves it! :-)