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Please take note that I will not be blogging for a week as I have some important matters to attend. After this, I will be back with more interesting posts that are currently partially completed.

I will like to take this opportunity too to thank all my readers and commenters. Rest assured that I do read and appreciate every single comment but only choose to reply to comment that seek my attention like requesting for help, clarification etc. It is also unfortunate that at times, genuine comment inadvertently end up as spam and hence my apology if it does not immediately appear in post.

With this, I wish everyone good and happy days ahead.

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Book Reading of the Month: September

I am a avid reader especially on book about entrepreneurial success, Web, ghost, mystery, Microsoft (there are whole lot of it !) etc.

There are many books I read with some I read for only few sections. So here I present those books that I completed reading from the very first page to the last page for this month of September. I highly recommended the following books not because I finished reading it but because these books are really inspirational, interesting or refreshing.

 

About: Very comprehensive and informative “classic” book on Steve Jobs and Apple. There are lot of meticulous detail scrutinising the leadership of Steve Jobs, how his characters, talents,  personalities and philosophy of life shapes and influences the culture and operation of Apple. Among others, it touches on design, technology, marketing and innovation of culture to which Apple is renowned for. It is a “must” read for those who writing business assignment on Apple. It is full of quotes and even includes a interesting chapter on iPod which elaborate on its inception to its phenomenal success.

http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Steves-Brain-Leander-Kahney/dp/1591841984

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The following books are all local Singapore publication and hence its information is not available in Amazon. However you could find these books in the popular bookstore like Borders, Popular bookstore.

 

About: Do you have what it takes to be a successful towkay (business-man) ? We envy wealthy business-man with big car, big houses, accompanies by ChioBu (pretty gal), with seemingly unlimited wealth and riches but then do we know the years of struggle and hardship required in order to become a successful towkay ? This book reveals the secret of a hard-earned towkay and the distinctive mindset requires to sustain a profitable business and wealth.

http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=42882

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About: This narrates the journey of a “elite” government scholar with respect to some of his successful classmates in 1970s/80s within the government sectors. It is a good read on how been positive and optimistic can help traverse through life no matter how things turn out.

http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=41098

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About: Singapore is full of practical urban legends with many of them embellish with such dramatic details that it looks all seem real. Still, this book does mention that there are some truth to the urban legends. Some famous urban legends investigated include the ghostly apparition of lost soldier in Pulau Tekong in 1983, raiding of home for pirated CDs if acquitted in causeway custom, “blessing” the taste of satay in Satay Club using napkins, sightings of headless ghost in MRTs when pass through Bishan that originated from cemetery.

http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=38138

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Interesting New Books

Some books I came across while browsing in the bookstore in Funan Centre. Look like I am going to order these books. No, I’m not going to buy it, I’m going to request for purchase from my favourite world-class library. Yes, it is indeed world-class library and I am not been sarcastic this time, haha. Not only the library offers a conducive modern digital “lifestyle” environment (eg browsing internet, listening to CD audio, watch DVD), most importantly, the library maintains a healthy flow of new books every week that keep me on my toe. Almost every book I request end up in the library, with some as fast as a month (No joke, asking library to acquire a book generally requires a long tedious wait).  As what library I’m talking about, stay tuned.

 

So here is the list of books I’m talking about.

About: Delivering effective presentation

http://www.amazon.com/slide-ology-Science-Creating-Presentations/dp/0596522347

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About: Introductory programming and development on Google’s Android Mobile platform.

http://www.amazon.com/ANDROID-PROGRAMMERS-GUIDE-Jerome-DiMarzio/dp/0071599886/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222584628&sr=1-1

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About: Software development essays by none other than Joel Spolsky http://www.joelonsoftware.com/. This is a compilation of some of his popular essays from his site.

http://www.amazon.com/More-Joel-Software-Occasionally-Developers/dp/1430209879/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222584747&sr=8-2

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About: Singapore secrets of success from those who been there.

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Creativity is all around us. The moment we open our eyes, we can see works of creativity everywhere. Look at the objects around you, and you see chair, book, packaging, logo with appealing and colourful design that you just have to take a glance and imagine how much work is needed to design such a creative product.

So it happened that while as usual browsing for new books in my favourite bookstore, I saw a book that caught my eyes. However this time, it was not so much of intriguing book design but the title that amused me. The book entitled “Cimple” is about learning C, a programming language, the simple way as taught by the author. To anyone unfamiliar with C, C is a low level computer language that very popular during early 1990s where it was the primary programming language to be taught in education institutions to learn about computer programming. C, despite been efficient, is notorious for being hard to learn and to program. Still C and its successor, C++, remain the language of choice for many hardcore programming and niche systems like embedded system and devices.

Hence when a book says that “C is simple”, I do find it ironic (No doubt as for anything, practice makes perfect. The more you practice and using it, the easier it becomes.). Most likely the title is trying to convey that “C is simple” if taught in the correct way, or to specific, the author’s way.

imageBut what I found intriguing about this book is actually the creative use of the words. So what do you get when you combine C with simplicity, C + Simple ? You get Cimple. The title is meaningless by itself but the pronunciation of the title comprising of the language name with its desired characteristics makes it sound like “Simple”. Such creative use resonates with those who fascinate by such playful combination, after all, creativity is all about connection. I could not find this book in Amazon. Maybe I can trying searching in Cazon instead Open-mouthed.

 

Lesson: Blend object name with its adjective (full or partial) to create a interesting word.

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STILL PENDING

It is really fascinating to see how a map can enliven a post

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image Sketching around 4km in total length and divides by a main road junction into two main tracks, the running/cycling track along the large canal has to been one of the popular place for relaxation and sport to those living around Clementi and Buona Vista. Everyday, there are people running, cycling and skating in the track after work. In the morning and afternoon, cleaners and workers are hard at work clearing dead leaves off the road path. If you are lucky, you can even see a large harmless shy giant lizard basking in the canal or even greeting you by the side of the road.

Essentially, there are two 2km tracks that separated only by the main road. One leads from Clementi to Buona Vista (Track A, red dot) and another from Clementi to Teban Garden (Track B, blue dot).

To visit the track, align at Clementi MRT and takes the bus #284 to reach the canal. One also can take bus #154 and #74.

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Over the years that I use Windows Operating System, I have yet to fail to successfully upgrade the service pack of Windows. Because each service pack of Windows need to undergo stringent testing and quality assurance before its official release, there is high probability that the Service Pack upgrade will be successful as long as one’s hardware is not too obscure or using too much legacy hardware components. The success rate will even be higher if it is a recent hardware purchase from reputable computer vendor like Acer. But through my experience installing Vista SP1, I realize that this is no longer the case anymore. With the recent update of Windows XP from SP1 to SP3, everything went smoothly after downloading and running SP3 upgrade executable. The same cannot be said for Windows Vista. It is undeniably that why Vista faces more compatibility and upgrade issue is because it is a lot more complex and sophisticated than Windows XP. Vista is more robust and reliable than Windows XP and I experience less blue screen of death. However, Vista is yet a beast that fully tamed and it shows in the recent SP1 upgrade. Rather than unjustly claims that SP1 fails to live up its expectation, I restrict that to my own observation of upgrading to SP1.

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