Thursday, July 26, 2007

Show current Windows Media Player music status in Google Talk

My Google Talk is not showing the current music I am playing in Windows Media Player even though I had enabled the show current music status. After consulting Google Talk Help, I found the following tips. So, the following is for the convenience of those who faced the same problem as me.

Windows Media Player is designed to disable all plug-ins (including the Google Talk music status plug-in) whenever Windows Media Player or your Windows desktop crashes. To re-enable the Google Talk plug-in:

  1. Open Windows Media Player.
  2. From the View menu, select Plug-ins > Options...
  3. From the Category section of the Plug-ins tab, select Background.
  4. Select the Google Talk Music Plugin checkbox.
  5. Click OK.

You'll need to close and restart Windows Media Player for your change to take effect.

Monday, July 23, 2007

All Was Well

(might contain what some consider as spoilers on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
I got my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from a nearby Tesco around 7.00 am. Since there was news that our hypermarkets will run out of the special priced books around noon, I thought it is better to grab it early.
Initially, I planned to purchase the book from Kinokuniya as they were offering a 30% discount for readers with The Star cut out coupon. However, the special price by our hypermarkets is really too tempting to resist.
Anyway, I finished the book early Monday morning with quite a number of breaks in between for shopping malls, food, drinks, Germany F1, etc. The summary of the story is per expected, Harry survives and lived happily ever after :)
One thing I really miss from this final book is Hogwarts. There is very little mention of Hogwarts. The main reason I really like the story is not because of Harry but because of Hogwarts, the stories of young witches and wizards growing up in a magical boarding school.
For those who had not read it, go get a copy. However, if you try to read only the last book, you might be very disappointed as the stories picks up from the previous books and you will not be able to comprehend a lot of it. So, to thoroughly enjoy it, start reading from book one.
I am sleep deprived and is in a zombie like state now. I think I am no longer young enough to finish 600 pages in two days.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sales boycott

It seems like four major bookstore chains in Malaysia will refuse to sell Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tomorrow. They having this boycott to protest against a few Malaysian hypermarkets which are planning to sell at a special promotion price which is way cheaper than the selling price at the bookstores.
The recommended retail price of the book is RM109.90. Most bookstores are giving on average of 10-20% discounts for pre-orders and their members. The hypermarkets are planning to sell at RM69.90 which are more than 35% cheaper than the recommended retail price.
Even without this boycott, I think most Harry Potter fans will be getting their copies of the book from hypermarkets.
I wonder what will happen to those who pre-order the book now that the bookstores are refusing to sell. Or will the publisher disallow the hypermarkets to sell below the recommended retail price? All I want tomorrow is to be able to get my copy of the book at RM69.90, no matter who is selling it.

The story of Kitt & Cherry

The story about how my friend met his wife, dated, proposed and lived happily ever after. Enjoy the music video at the second half of the clip.
Updated: The photos from their wedding dinner.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

How to get Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

For those of you who have not pre-order your Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, fear not, as you can always get it from the bookstores on 21st July 2007 itself. The book can only be sold after 7.00 am Malaysian time on that day.
I will most probably get mine from Kinokuniya KLCC as they current give the best offer on that book. They are giving a 20% discount only on 21st July 2007 on a while stock last basis. I got a few of my previous Harry Potter books from them too as they really give the best price compared to the other book stores in KL. Most other bookstores will require you to pre-order or be members of their bookstore to enjoy the promotional prices.
For those of you planning to get from the other bookstores, I heard that they give 10% discounts to their members and also offer breakfast for the early arrivals.
Read more about the Kinokuniya Harry Potter promotion here.
Updates: Seems like you can get Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for a promotional price of RM69.90 from our friendly hypermarkets, Carrefour and Tesco.

Grass cutting or pebble spraying

My car got its paint chipped off again! On the way to work today, I didn't manage to see MPSJ cutting grass(spraying pebbles) by road side. When I pass them, I heard a loud pebble connecting to my door sound. On inspection after I parked my car at the office later, found that paint had been chipped off.
I think everyone had problems with the pebble spraying before. MPSJ sends its arsenal of pebble sprayers out nearly every month. I had seen cars with side windows smashed, windscreen smashed and I guess a lot of cars are as unfortunate as mine, with paint chipped off or bodywork dented.
Everyone knows that these pebble sprayers are unsafe when there are cars or motorcycles on the road. Why must they do it every time when people are driving to work when the traffic is at its peak? I wonder if these pebble spraying issue happens elsewhere in other countries or am I stuck in the only country whose town council does not think.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Seven Eleven 2007

Today is just like any other ordinary day. Went to work. Tried to catch Transformers the movie after work, but it is still full house. Still got loads to catch up this month. A lot of tasks to finish up in the office, a few movies such as Transformers, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and Ratatouille, to catch and the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, to read.

Saturday, July 07, 2007


Today is suppose to be a special day. Why? Because the calendar will show three "07". However, other than noticing a lot of people trying to get married on this special day, I don't see it being really special at all.

It is an extremely warm day. Been like this since one or two weeks ago. Makes us hot, irritated and tired. There are also news that the haze will be coming again from our neighboring country. I managed to miss it the previous year by being in another continent. Hope the haze does not come this year as I have no opportunity to escape it this year.

Referring to weddings, there is really a lot of wedding dinner going on this weekend. Maybe everyone thinks that 070707 is a special day for getting married. For those who miss it this year, there is still 080808, 090909, 101010, 111111, 121212. If you are still not married by 2013, then you might have to wait till 2101 for 010101. That's if you can wait that long.

I have nothing special to mention on this special day as it has so far appear to be very ordinary to me. So that's it.