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What Is Wrong with American Educational System?

Posted by editor On October - 9 - 2012

Below is the one comic that explained how screwed education in America really is. We all know education is very important and indeed is a basic human right. In America when one has a student loan, he or she can’t get a way from it different from any other type of debt. We often believe people have equal access for a higher education in America, the truth is with price tag so high per course’s unit most Americans can’t afford higher education, they ended up really behind (in debt) just when they’re about to start their lives.


Very Useful Tips on How to use your iPhone (part 01)

Posted by editor On December - 30 - 2010

1. Save pictures and images from the web

Simply touch and hold an image (it’ll automatically save inside your camera album) or choose copy to paste into an MMS or email.

2. Customize your iPhone wallpaper

You may pick 2 wallpaper for iPhone. One is for your lock screen and the other is for your home screen.
Easy steps:
1. go to settings and choose wallpaper
2. click the lock and home screen
3. pick either wallpaper or camera roll
4. then tap on a picture you’d like to use
5. it’ll prompt you to set/cancel > choose set
6. and next it’ll prompt you either set it for lock screen only or home screen only or for both > pick one option then you’re all set

3. Send multiple pictures at one time through email/MMS

Step by step guide:
1. Go to your camera roll until you see all your thumbnail pictures
2. then click the bottom left “foward” icon and start tapping on pictures you want to select and iPhone will display check mark icon on each of the chosen one
3. then press “share” button or “copy” button (when you choose copy nothing happen but you can go to your email and then tap and choose paste all your selected pictures will be paste there) and if you choose share you get to choose between email or MMS
Tips: when you select more than 5 pictures one button may be disabled either “share” or “copy” depending on your iPhone OS, here on my phone I showed that if I selected more than 5 and less than 10 I have my “share” button active by my “copy” button disabled in some may be the other way around. And if you choose share above 5 and below 10 pictures the email option is gone only left me with MMS option. The trick is to just copy after 5 items and do multi tasking menu choose email app and paste in then do multi tasking menu again and back to camera and select more then copy and back to email again to paste it.

4. How to do multitasking in iPhone and lock screen orientation

Whenever you are inside the app or from your home screen simply double click the iPhone home button to bring up the multitasking interface.
You may swipe to the left to see more running applications or you may swipe to the right to see the lock screen orientation and iPod menu. For multitasking just tap on any app you want to switch into and to close the app from running tap and hold on any app until the negative (-) sign appear and then you can click on this (-) sign to close an app form running. And to do portrait orientation lock simply swipe to the right and tap the portrait orientation lock once to turn on and again to turn off.

5. How to do screen capture on iPhone

One of the most useful tip I discovered from a co-worker when I first got my iPhone 3G. Indeed it’s very simple but it’s not intuitive for a person to discover it unless they were told or read about it.

Press the sleep/wake button on the top right hand side of your iPhone together at the same time as pressing the home button to generate a screen shot of the current screen you’re viewing.

iPhone screen capture is so cool it works to capture moving things such as game, video, or screen transition (although you gotta be pretty fast) below are some samples of my screen captures.

Don’t forget to checkout more iPhone tips, I’ll continue to add more tip and tricks. As I unfold I’ll continue to blog about these in sequence so be sure to check up-coming part 02, part 03, and so on.

Move Over California – New Traffic Law effective January 2010

Posted by editor On February - 13 - 2010

“People were not slowing down and it’s very dangerous for the emergency services personnel to be on the side of the road” said Tela Mange, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.


So I guess these days if you happen to be driving especially on a highway and overlooking somekind of eye-catching scene and do that rubber-necking look on what’s going on on the side of the road you ought to be very careful about where you do this from – the new law require you to move to the furthest lane possible away from the scene if you slow down and still on the lane closest to the scene WATCH OUT you may be fine!

In California, the “Move-over” law became effective on January 1, 2010.

I’ve got a circulated email message:

I want to let my friends know about the CA move over law.
One of my friend’s son got a ticket on Pleasant Hill coming back from Wal-Mart.
A police car was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else.
His son slowed down to pass but did not move into the other lane. The second police car
immediately pulled him over and gave him a ticket. His son said had never heard of the law.
It is a fairly new law that states if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you
are to move into the far lane.

The cost of the ticket is $754, with 3 points on your license
and a mandatory court appearance.

However the California’s “move over” law that was implemented in 2007 has stated standard penalties that seems to be exagerated in the circulated email message:

California has had a “Move Over, Slow Down” law for several years. The law that took effect January 1, 2010 made it permanent and added Caltrains trucks to the list of vehicles you must make way for, which includes police cars, fire engines, ambulances and tow trucks. If you see an emergency vehicle on the side of a highway with lights flashing, you must slow down and move into an adjacent lane if it is safe to do so. The fine [for violating this law] is around $146, with one point on your record.

well with that being said don’t move over because of just the fine but do it for the safety of others and yourself as well.


Search Engine Experience

Posted by editor On December - 19 - 2009

These days people won’t think much about what search engine to use where everyone keep on saying “just google it” which seems like Google is the only thing available to use.

I’ve been using AOL when the first internet industry break through then I started using Yahoo, Alta Vista until Google is out.
I was so happy when I got to use google since it’s so simple, easy to use and the search result is great.

However nowadays you don’t have to get caught up in just one search engine – especially if some information is filtered out (Google banned some websites so search result sometimes won’t be acurate whereas Yahoo and Bing don’t really do that) – I start exploring Bing and its visual search is amazing (especially for visual oriented person like myself – it makes it easy when it comes to shopping search)

Just a comparison of some of the pages that get banned from google (such as textlinkads, ask2link and other SEO related stuff)

Google search result for Text Link Ads:

Google search result for ask2link:ask2link-google-search

Bing and Yahoo result for ask2link and Text Link Ads:
Yahoo search result for Text Link Ads:

Bing search result for ask2link:

Try to pay attention to the screen shot above – Google just eliminates all relevant information by eleminating all search from that particular domain (since it banned the domain) however if you look at Yahoo and Bing they didn’t do that – they display the domain as the 1st result making it more user-friendly approach when you’re really seeking for something.

Other than this Bing and Yahoo also has its own pluses.
Yahoo is extremely fast in screening and giving the user other options while the user type (Look at the dark blue box above) and Bing it’s has a phenomenal user friendly interface especially for its visual search (beta).
Here’s a screen capture of the visual search from Bing versus image search from google:

Google image search result for Kristen Stewart:

and you have to navigate using:

Bing image search result for Kristen Stewart:

and you navigate using this “infinite” scroll bar (I called it infinite because for someone or something that is popular this can get into along one-page type result)

However this makes search easier and less distraction by having to always press each page’s number or “next” button, it’s a hassle – really.
Another cool thing is Bing let you display sizes such as medium pic sizes, large pic sizes or even small pic sizes, making visual search faster especially when it comes to shopping (see below):


Shop for a handbag is as easy as the actual walk in the mall, your eyes scan for things you’re interested not actually staring or looking at it longer than couple seconds (unless you’re into it) so this is a REALLY nice interface to have. This is achieved by getting rid of the pagination links/next buttons and just let the user scroll through all available images. This type of interface bring users closer to the actual shopping experience.
I’m loving BING’s visual search (all you need to do is a fast install of silverlight and you’re good to go)

There are many other cool features BING got to offer (the search engine sometimes act like your Browser – it can clean your search history and has setting/preferences) which for some user I think it’s a big deal, so it’s a plus after all!

Now you can’t really trust that famous search engine for all things, can you?
So why not experiment with different ones? It really pays off when you’re happy with the result!


This Flickr Related Tag Browser has the best user interface in term of image search, too bad it only limits the search to all Flickr images’ tags otherwiser it’d have been the perfect browser image search.

All you need to do is type any word i.e. “design” and it will search all Flickr tags and display images associated with those tags. I like how it displays the result:

Enlargement is easily accessible:
You may navigate more pictures by clicking more underneath thumbnail pictures to show more thumbnail pictures and you can click each thumbnail to get a closer preview of the image you select, even better it provide you with a link to the original flickr photo page by clicking the link at the bottom of the image you are currently viewing.

I think this is way better than the old fashioned google image search so start your picture search the fashionable way, hope this help makes you find things easier in a more comfortable way:



Swine Flue case in Bay Area

Posted by editor On May - 1 - 2009

Yesterday I heard the radio local news stated there are total of 3 reported cases in Bay Area including 1 from San Jose and 2 others in San Mateo county. I checked the online SF gate/ San Francisco Chronicles this morning and see there are total of 11 reported case of swine flu.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus and does not normally infect humans, according to federal health authorities. Typically, when people have gotten it, it’s because they came in direct contact with pigs. But this particular strain has been spreading from human to human.

Signs of possible swine flu

*Flulike symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.
*Recent travel to Mexico or contact with someone who has been to Mexico recently.
*Recent travel to San Diego or Imperial counties in Southern California, or contact with someone from there.

My co-worker had to call his wife yesterday to pick up their son from local a San Jose school because of the reported case of swine flu near-by. The school already issue a reqiuire shut-down for a week.
It’d be difficult to go anywhere if this get worse just like in Mexico people have to stay at their house, no school or restaurant allow to open. Well I hope it doesn’t get to be that worse but I already went to costco and stock up some canned food just in case…  =D

source: sfgate.com


Finally a mobile app that allow not just to share current location but also status and availability.With so many location sharing for mobile app such as loopt, google latitude, etc, I personally think 3deep is quite different and more appealing because it can offer useful functionality to its users. Here’s a shot from 3deep.com, check out the site for more info.




What to Do About Conficker?

Posted by Smurfette On March - 31 - 2009

What is Conficker?
Conficker, also known as Downadup or Kido, is the latest super virus to spread around the Internet and has security experts in a panic.

The worm isn’t just exploiting a networking hole, however; it features a sophisticated method of cracking administrator passwords, making it difficult to remove, and also copies itself to USB drives so that it can spread even when the online flaw is plugged.

This nasty worm is supposed to be active on april 1st.  Here are some steps that you can take in dealing with this worm:

Your first step should be the tools you already have: Windows Update, to make sure your computer is fully patched, and your current antivirus software, to make sure anything that slips through the cracks is caught.

But if Conficker’s already on your machine, it may bypass certain subsystems and updating Windows and your antivirus at this point may not work. If you are worried about anything being amiss — try booting into Safe Mode, which Conficker prevents, to check — you should run a specialized tool to get rid of Conficker.

Microsoft offers a web-based scanner (note that some users have reported it crashed their machines; I had no trouble with it), so you might try one of these downloadable options instead: Symantec’s Conficker (aka Downadup) tool, Trend Micro’s Cleanup Engine, or Malwarebytes. Conficker may prevent your machine from accessing any of these websites, so you may have to download these tools from a known non-infected computer if you need them. Follow the instructions given on each site to run them successfully. (Also note: None of these tools should harm your computer if you don’t have Conficker.)

As a final safety note, all users — whether they’re worried about an infection or know for sure they’re clean — are also wise to make a full data backup today.

What won’t work? Turning your PC off tonight and back on on April 2 will not protect you from the worm (sorry to the dozens of people who wrote me asking if this would do the trick). Temporarily disconnecting your computer from the web won’t help if the malware is already on your machine — it will simply activate once you connect again. Changing the date on your PC will likely have no helpful effect, either. And yes, Macs are immune this time out. Follow the above instructions to detect and remove the worm.



P-Mate: Allowing women to pee freely just like a man

Posted by editor On March - 27 - 2009

Women, you don’t have to be afraid of not having real toilet when p-mate is available you can pee anywhere just like men. This is extremely useful during camping, long hiking, or any other situation where you can’t seem to find restroom but you just desperately need to go.
P-mate is clean and hygienic urinating device that allow women to pee freely just like a man, standing up. Now women do not have to squat in privacy to pee – just wear P-mate and pee anywhere!

here’s a product description:

  • Made from recycled materials
  • Made of finely waxed cardboard
  • Quick, clean and leak-proof
  • Fits discreetly in pocket or purse
  • Shaped to the female body form
  • Urethra empties urine from the bladder into the cupped area.
  • And here’s how to use it:

  • Simply pop open the P-Mate and move your panties aside and place the cupped area under the flow area between your legs.
  • Have the funnel facing slightly downwards.
  • Relax and pee.
  • Dispose of in the garbage.
  • source.


    Smart And Easy Filing System

    Posted by Smurfette On March - 25 - 2009

    I have a filing system for all my bills and other important document. It is labeled and alphabetized, but it still take me some time to find what I’m actually looking for because all the letters look the same. Today, I stumbled upon this:


    Using logos as the label will definitely make your files easier to find and another plus side is you don’t have to print a custom made label, you can just cut a little part of your bills.
    Thank you Aaron for sharing this tip!



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