Nov 1, 2006

The matchstick struck

DEEP THOUGHT, the supercomputer created by novelist Douglas Adams, got there first, but now the astronomer royal has caught up. Professor Sir Martin Rees is to suggest that “life, the universe and everything” may be no more than a giant computer simulation with humans reduced to bits of software.


I suppose I wasn't too far off when I wondered if this universe could be a product of a man in another dimension striking a match to light his cigarette. The big bang occurs as the match flares up, the universe ages as the man lights his cigarette, and then comes the end of the universe, when the match is lit out.

It may not be too difficult to imagine a possibility where by the Matrix is a reality or the earth being a small lab experiment to see how conscious beings develop in a specific environment. The possibilities are endless.

Imagine a world where every man and woman asked the question about creation, existence, purpose, and other unknowns that surround mankind... Would humanity progress, would civilizations flourish, would there be development? Human beings have been asking these questions for as long as the recorded history goes. There have been thinkers who have tried to address these questions in their own way, with the knowledge that any explanation they present would be incomplete.

And these great men, who pondered through their lifetimes, to realize in the end that they are incapable of finding an answer, created God. The creation of God was the one word answer to all that was unanswerable.

The solution worked marvelously, and had a great many effects most of which, these wise men had never imagined. As the stories surrounding God evolved, wars were waged to establish ideologies. Guidelines for living were chalked out. A new social structure emerged which rewarded those who enforced these guidelines. Thought and perception of being as we know has since been irreversibly altered.

We have come a long way since. We have created science. We have augmented our senses, and expanded the horizon of our perceptions. And yet, our thoughts still tend to run on the established rails.

I long for that day when we can break free ... and think beyond ... wonder why... I wonder...

Jul 5, 2006

How to hard reset a Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphone

Well, I was trying to develop an applicaion to start on boot. When I changed the registry wrongly, the phone wouldnt' boot. The only way out was to hard reset the phone.

Officially, O2, a brand of HTC claims that hard reset can not be done by the end users. There is however a way to hard reset the Xphone / Xphone II / C500 /smt5600 / SP3 / SP3i / SP5 / SP5m.

Following are the hard reset instructions:
  1. Turn off the phone. (If the power button fails to respon, take the battery out.)

  2. Press the two soft keys while the phone is off. (I find it easy to set the phone on the table with the power button pointing towards the right. Then use the index and the middle finger of the left hand to press the soft keys simultaneously.

  3. Press the power button for 1.5 seconds. (Timing is sensitive. You make take several tries to get it right. ) Essentially, the picture is that the phone is off, you are holding the two soft keys, and then you press the power button for 1.5 seconds and release it.

  4. Press '0' when instructed. (When the phone will power up, and the screen will display an instruction to press '0' restore factory defaults, other keys to quit.)

  5. Wait while the phone hard resets itslef.

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Jan 5, 2006

My First Job @ Buildfolio Technologies (April 2004 - April 2006)

I started my first full time work at the Singapore branch of Buildfolio Technologies Pte. Ltd., a startup founded in the Silicon Valley, which provided Facilities & Asset management enterprise solutions. At Buildfolio, I worked on various projects, which included: To my fortune, my job required me to travel for requirements gathering, deployment, UAT and user Training. I visited Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Putrajaya and Kuching (Sarawak) during my tenure at Buildfolio.