Archive for the ‘Rants’ Category

Porn and Disney are reponsible for most frustrated humans

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Pretty true, huh?

Original post at garry blogs

How 5 Brands Are Mastering the Game of Foursquare

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

In this day and age of social media, the companies who keep up with social media marketing trends, and master the cutting edge, wins.

I especially like what Wynn Las Vegas did - making use of Foursquare to enhance customer service.


Original post at garry blogs

Exposed: Tigers murdered for £185 wine

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

It’s sad when you see stories like this, and while I’m not shocked that this came from China (again), I’m amazed that these people feel absolutely nothing for these animals.

I guess there’s a reason why the Chinese are one of the only ethnic groups in the world who worship a Money God - greed. I’m almost ashamed to be Chinese in this respect.

Looking at these majestic tigers reduced to skin and bones, and reading about how they are mistreated and underfed just makes me fume. If the conditions of the tigers on show are already so appalling, I just wonder about those kept in the dark, in the small concrete enclosures!

It’s just so… sad. Maybe like someone said, there really is only one species that truly deserves to be extinct.

Original post at garry blogs

Why you should buy pirated DVDs…

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Kinda true, don’t you think? I’ll just buy mine off iTunes, tho, when the stupid iTunes store decides to open in Singapore.


Original post at garry blogs

Idea of the Day: Use Your Hand Puppet As a Cellphone Case

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Kermit: “See? It fits.” True. And here’s the proof.

Probably the wrongest image I’ve seen this month. Make that this year. And guess what, there’s a wrong-er image if you click through the link above… haha!

Original post at garry blogs

Mathematical Refutations of Folk Wisdom

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Absolutely hilarious… via @acidflask. If you don’t get it, nevermind ;)

Original post at garry blogs

Cookies off? No problem, we can track you anyway!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.

Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.

Only anonymous data will be collected by this site.

Click here to test how trackable your browser is.

I was pretty shocked when a colleague (thanks Steven!) forwarded me this. Looks like for the really paranoid, you should just simply stop surfing the net altogether.

What Panopticlick does is that it uses publicly available information your browser is willing to share (plugins installed, screen dimensions, colors, fonts, http headers, etc) EVEN if your cookies are disabled, and this information, apparently, is sufficient to uniquely track you (your computer) for practical purposes.

However, there is an upside, i guess. You analytic companies, are you using all these information as a combination to *uniquely* track visitors yet? :)

Original post at garry blogs

Oracle Finalizes Acquisition of Sun

Friday, January 29th, 2010
Oh no, I fear for the fate of MySQL..

Oracle Corporation

We are pleased to announce that Oracle has completed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems and Sun is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle. With this news, we want to reiterate our commitment to deliver complete, open and integrated systems that help our customers improve the performance, reliability and security of their IT infrastructure. We would also like to thank the many customers that have supported us throughout the acquisition process.

There is no doubt that this combination transforms the IT industry. With the addition of servers, storage, SPARC processors, the Solaris operating system, Java, and the MySQL database to Oracle’s portfolio of database, middleware, and business and industry applications, we plan to engineer and deliver open and integrated systems - from applications to disk - where all the pieces fit and work together out of the box.

Performance levels will be unmatched. Oracle’s software already runs faster on Sun SPARC/Solaris than on any other server or operating system. With Sun as a part of Oracle, each layer of the stack will be engineered to further improve performance, reliability and manageability so that IT will be more predictable, more supportable, and more secure. Customers will benefit as their system performance goes up and their system integration and management costs go down.

In addition, our open standards-based technology will give customers choice. Customers can purchase our fully integrated systems, or easily integrate our best-of-breed technologies with their existing environments. Our open technology also enables customers to take full advantage of third party innovations. Oracle also plans to extend its partner specialization program to include Sun technologies to better enable partners to deliver differentiated and value-added solutions to customers.

As always, our primary goal is 100% customer satisfaction. We are dedicated to delivering without interruption the quality of support and service that you have come to expect from Oracle and Sun, and more. Oracle plans to enhance Sun customer support by improving support access, offering better interoperability support between Oracle and Sun products and delivering services in more local languages. Support procedures for your existing Sun and Oracle products are unchanged, so for now you should continue to use the same channels you’ve been using. Customers can continue to purchase products from Sun in the same way they did prior to the acquisition. We will communicate any changes to this through regular channels.

We are very excited about this combination and look forward to delivering to you increased innovation through accelerated investment in Sun’s hardware and software technologies such as SPARC, Solaris, Java, and MySQL. If you weren’t able to join the live event on January 27 where we, along with Larry Ellison and other executives from Oracle and Sun outlined how this powerful combination will transform the IT industry, you are welcome to view the replay that can be accessed at


Charles Phillips

Safra Catz


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Original post at garry blogs

The complete National Geographic

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

And it’s mine! :) looks like there isn’t gonna be much work done tonight…

Original post at garry blogs

Gotta repair my car, again!

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

After this guy opened his door into the side of my car…

Original post at garry blogs