You need WIn XP

I have been going to this customer on and off for the past few weeks and do I really get sick of going there all the time? Well, yes and no. Yes, when I go there and do small things like fixing a screw or become a consultant to them. No, when there are a lot of things to do there, which is not so frequent. And each time I go there, there are costs involved. No to mention, I could have been somewhere else doing other service calls.

Anyway, the main problem is that this customer has bought a lot of item from China from his last visit and we are "obligated" to fix and install them. Which is not much of a problem except that I need to find these items among the stuff in the first place as they were moving office. Not only that, other assitance such as scaffolding, forklifts and higher ladders promised to us were usually not available at the last minute.

And for the last two days, it was really frustrating for me......

Finally, we found the card that connects to the CCTV cameras
after so many weeks. But from my experience, this installation
would not be an easy one.

And after wasting precious time installing it on the wrong PC, we found
that the correct PC has only 56MB RAM and running on Windows 98

And the story does not stop there. The first PC does not have a CD-ROM
so I had to salvage one from another PC (which happened to be the right PC)
And the dang drive ate the CD, scratching it when it toppled. Luckily, they
had a (the only) DELL running (running on the only Windows XP) which
managed to read the CD. So, I backed it up on my thumbdrive and burnt
on another CD. So, on the next day, during installation, I got this screen.....
Haih. I want to kill everyone, I tell you.

And after a month of seraching, their door access system finally
appeared. And this is the first time I see a long magnet bar as
we usually put two side by side after some modifications. And
this China made one has three strips. Which, might be stronger

Armed with more information, I need to go back to my company for
more tests. Haih. I know we can install them straight away but I do
not want it to burn out halfway

And the story continues

Loh Mee

Whenever I visit my customer in Jalan Ipoh, I would stop by this place for lunch and if there are not too many customers around, I will order the Loh Mee. I discovered this dish by accident when I was having my normal rice. One of their customer ordered it and she really did cook it on the spot. Although sometimes it takes a long time, but when it arrives, they are really worth it. You will get ample amount of prawns, meatballs and the sauce is thick. And the other lady who serves you will asks if you need some chili sauce or the vinegar to go with it. And when sometimes you do not order any drinks, they will give you a glass of ice and some chinese tea.

RM4.50. Really worth it, man!


Sometimes, when there is a cloudy sky, there are some trees
or plants that "glows" and they are so beautiful. I was at the
Damansara Uptown parking lot when I saw this. I only took
this picture and not the whole scene. But you can imagine it:
You are sitting in a room, which is lit from the large window
outside. And just outside the window, are the tress or forest.

I have seen this image before, somewhere on the Internet,
which was actually, taken from an abandoned Hospital in
Japan somewhere

[Update: 03032008] Ha. I found it again here, which is a
great site for abandoned pictures buildings

The Doorphone

A customer was up to his ears trying to solve the problem of his doorphone. Apparently, his contractor, after the completion of his house, was very difficult to get through. I was not surprised as this is the usual procedure of anyone who had done their job and received all their money: Run.

So, by a stroke of luck, he discovered one of my customer has nearly the same doorphone as his and we were then referred to this guy. Once I came over, I discovered why the contractor does not want to pick up his phone. The is the problem with most contractors. Of you want a gate, he will get you a gate but he will never let the gate people deal with you directly. He might be aftraid you would discover the real cost of the gate and so on.

I have seen the problem and I will quote him another unit but we're not going any further than that. This was because if the cables were faulty, repairing them or pulling a fresh one would be a very difficult job. Moreover, since this is a house, do not expect to them to pay industry prices.

The contractor has stupidly cemented
the whole unit into the wall. After
digging the hardened cement out
for the screw, it still would not
budge. Time to call for more

The next few days, I got one of my guys
to use a chisel to remove most of the
cement. And what we found was not
encouraging; everything in there was
wet. But the cables seemed OK...

Just looking at the back of the
unit was enough to tell us that
it would need a replacement

Still, I was kind enough to redo his push button
doorbell. This one uses
radio frequency to
activate the door
bell inside the house. All
you need is
just a 12v car alarm battery.
But I stop at putting cement to cover the
sides. Still, if the customer wishes to buy
the replacment unit, the next time I go
there, I will also fix a small metal splash
shield for this doorbell