Life & much, much more

A peek into the future.

It’s nearing 2011, which means we’re smack in the middle of Christmas, many things are finishing and many things are about to begin, and tradition states that now is the time to stop, reflect, realign, and shape up. I haven’t been blogging regularly as of late (given my 2 week absence) and my usual efforts to try and post every alternate day has evaporated. Mostly it’s because WIPUP has absorbed a lot of my usual verbose documentaries on the current progress of my projects (as was its purpose), but also because I haven’t exactly been doing loads lately. In fact, I’m now proudly spending some quality wasted time, and I feel as though I’ve deserved it.

Let’s take a look at what’s been going on so far. The ThoughtScore project has been relaunched and has some excellent momentum going for it. Pictures are churning out slowly as texturing is a tedious process, but on the other hand at least the storyline is getting a lot of love. WIPUP recently had a big release, as well as an appearance in Google Code-In, which may or may not result in awesome KDE integration. I’ve got myself a VPS, and learned the ins and outs of setting up a DNS server and a mail server, thus migrating thinkMoult and my main email. Various other doodads also popped up including private git hosting for my projects, and a public ADOM game server, which is quite active and seeing regular improvements and updates (and bugfixes!) There has been quite a bit of private enjoyment such as reading, learning C++, photography and music composition, and in time they will mature to see their place on WIPUP. I’ve also been publicly insulting the KDE website and discussing/proposing solutions with the kde-www team, and this is currently very much in progress as well. I also recently received a charming package from KDE eV from the KPresenter design competition, including a wicked t-shirt, a postcard and a sticker. Of course, I’ve also been doing freelancing work with the folks over at OmniStudios and the workload should increase as I start university.

Speaking of university, let’s see what’s coming up on the horizon. I’ll be off to Canada early Christmas morning (Christmas on a plane!), and will likely be having a quick 1-2 day kde-www sprint there in the midst of mingling with relatives. The days are very, very packed, and so I have a short time to reunite with Malaysia and within the same week, off to begin my new life in Australia. In other words, a lot more of "real life" is coming up.

My current plan is somewhat along the lines of "don’t panic". I might tweak it a little later :)


On the nth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me nx, (n-1)x, (n-2)x…

The start of the December holidays always begins with a guilt struck period of procrastination. Then you realise when you get back your exams are just around the corner and you panic. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. It shouldn’t, it can’t. Uhoh, braindump in progress.

Anyhow, this Christmas I’m going to be hopping over to Canada to catch up with my relatives – first Toronto, then a bit in Quebec. Living on the other side of the world keeps our visits rare and therefore quite action-packed. Not to mention the complete change in weather – snow is a rarity in Malaysia.

Doing some Christmas shopping yielded a lovely blouse and camera (combined present) for my mum. Due to computer literacy of my other two family members I won’t yet reveal what I got the others. It also lost my faith in Malaysian technology awareness. It seems as though in some areas of technology Malaysia seems to be lagging far behind.

The first example was when I was searching for an ebook reader (mainly out of curiosity). I could only find one, at MPH (a popular bookstore), and it turned out that even they had just begun selling it. It had a hefty pricetag of 1200RM (~equal purchasing power of 1200USD in the US) and featured a lagtastic interface marketed by a guy who didn’t even know how to turn the thing on. Definitely not worth the price – it won’t be surprising if as a result MPH decides it was a bad decision and stops selling it.

The second came when I attempted to find out if the ZuneHD had come out in Malaysia yet – apparently not. The ZuneHD, for those that don’t already know, is a music player by Microsoft apparently rivaling the iPod. WIth an NVidia Tegra chipset, it’s supposed to be blazing fast and it’s interface is apparently a pleasure to use – not to mention an amazing screen. Of course like Apple, it’s locked into some proprietary Windows-only music management application which makes it useless to me. However I didn’t get to check it out as – yep, it doesn’t exist in Malaysia.

In unrelated news, I am now an idea moderator on the KDE forums. That means I take a peek at the upcoming killer-features KDE will have in the brainstorm section and approve them. The brainstorm is one of the best things any software should have – it gives users a voice – someplace where they can say "hey, could you create/improve this?". Other people can chip in and vote and ultimately a developer will pick one up for his next task. If you’re a KDE user, go and throw in your vote.

Merry Christmas everybody, I’ll hopefully have a real update in January.