Thursday, November 10, 2011

So here it ends :D

It has almost come to an end of my CS3216 :D not gonna name this blog post "what i leant from CS3216" or stuff, thats freaking boring :D

Anyway, like i said in my PS and first blog, the reason why i took this course is becoz i think this course draws some of the best ppl around SOC ( ya... im saying SOC not NUS :D) and i wanna learn from those people and see what they are doing.

Now i look back at what i have done , i think most ppl i have worked with are inspirations. That is super awesome, (which i do not want to go into details on and on about it), long story short, i learnt so much from them and i have achieved what i want to achieve. But still not good enough :D I kinda have a feeling that things ppl do here are very constraint on sth... just a feeling without any reason... so i would really want to check out what north America is like... hopefully i can get my SEP application successful and bang! here i am Uwaterloo :D

Taking this course kinda reaffirmed my belief that university is all about meeting people. Somedays back some guy shared an article named you are the average among your best 5 friends. I kinda agree, in uni i should really meet more awesome people and try to raise my own level to theirs so i wont end up pathetic upon graduation :<

hmmm.... all in all.... i really learnt a lot from people in this course and this is like one of the very few opportunities that provides me with this kind of chance in NUS lah... So, everything is good . good good.

in the end... sorry for this blog entry being like super short :D but really for me , this course is all about learning from peers. Their resilience, attitude towards work, just so awesome :D

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Some thoughts about Dustin :D

Final project presentation is interesting, all the teams have very interesting stuff :D but of course like always, they will receive confusing reviews , some like their stuff, some don't so...

Just as I was about to blog abt the projects, I saw this year's blizcon video popping on my youtube homepage, so i decide to take a look :D Anyway it turns out to be very interesting and there are actually some really good learning points.

Dustin is the game balance designer of Starcraft 2, and Starcraft 2 has been somewhat controversial coz terran race is said to be way overpowered. And Dustin has been under a lot of pressure and doubts. Many ppl say stuff like all he can do is designing red alert3 and things (which in gamer circle is regarded as a moron game :D ). In that video, Dustin introduced new units coming up in Starcraft2's new expansion and some new balancing factors added to the game.

There is a QnA session after the presentation, whenever some question on why terran is designed to be so overpowered, the crowd reacts like " hell yea" and Dustin stood there, was just so confident and answering all the questions like a bosh :D

I kinda admire this guy :D even though that i am among those who thinks Starcraft2's balancing has so much problem. Its the way he handles disagreements. He has so much confidence in what he has been doing, and it kinda make those who doubts him start thinking "well, am i the one that is wrong?" such a boss right?

From assignment1 and 2 reviews, we should have already known that, it is impossible to please everyone, some might think your ideas is ok, some thinks they are shit, but it is important, i think, for people to take in some pride in what they do. Have some faith in what they are doing. After all, if even yourself do not believe your idea is gold, how do you convince others.

Take in others opinions, but do not get easily swayed by them. And yea.... the course is like towards the end :D so i wish all my coursemates good luck :D and .... wish you all become bosses like Dustin.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Youtube haters pawned :D

Belated blog post :D

Anyway, last Monday's topic is rather interesting about facebook privacy. How do people manage to have privacy in this world of lots of social networks and things :D

It is rather interesting to observe that nowadays some of us choose to live a very very exposed life. You see people taking photos of them going almost anywhere. Some taken with phone cam, some with professional cams (though i never seem to understand why bother the trouble to hang out with a camera :<) , even photos of them clubbing :D kk .... hmmm

The topic kinda reminds me of a very interesting video i watched recently. Just some thoughts on how much information you can get from people's youtube account.

There is this australian chef channel, this guy teach people how to cook simple but delicious stuff. In one of his videos, he has like 5 pictures of topless men sticked onto his fridge. And a guy commented below saying that his two kids watched this video while looking for father's day recipe. And those photos on fridge offended him so much when the kids saw them :< He ordered the owner to take down this video or he will take legal action against him.

Well.... few days later the owner of the channel posted a video about his findings.... It seems that this hater has been following channels that features topless male models or gay male showing off their body and things... and what gets better is that he actually posted to one of the videos " wanna hook up? " And that is just so hilarious....

Throw away the fun part :< thing about this, what can we get about this guy from his youtube activities? he is a father of 2 boys , he is married but he is gay which may probably make him bicurious. That is like so much information about him.

Back to the topic, thinking about security and privacy, system security can be achieved through better coding , however, there is no kind of coding in the world that can guarantee protection of people's privacy. It comes down to the point that people need to know how to use social media to their benefits , how to behave responsibly, how to enjoy the most of it without worrying exposing their privacy and .....

Looking at the situation now, the technology is so mature, but people simply are not. And that is the reason why you see online games now have features like parental control or even require real life identification so that kids will not be able to play so much. The net is just flooded with all kinds of freaks and.... its just so dangerous :<

hmmm i used to go to the site whereby you live chat or text chat with random people. There was one night and i met a girl :D she said you are the first guy today not showing your penis to me :< and guess what.... she then showed me her boobs .... hope that is a powerful enough conclusion here .... LOL

Saturday, October 15, 2011

fully recharged and ready to work :D

The past week I've been spending a lot of time on other modules to catch up with what I left :< Now Im more or less OK already and all the stuff due next week has been settled with :D So.... I can spend a butt-load of time on the new project.


Dun really have anything to blog about related to CS3216 :< but I do have something else interesting ..... I have been following a few cook shows on youtube ..... and gosh.... you have no idea how much butter cream and cheese those guys are putting in their recipes.... It remind me of this show I watched "truth or dare" or sth? hmmmmm a medic was asked if fat ppl repulse him, and he said yes, and he added those people could have done a lot to help themselves. I guess its true. Jamie Oliver also criticized how American people eat. Like school giving kids sugared milk, working parents buy fast food for kids for almost every meal and things. Its just horrible.

So it comes down to the point... though i really enjoy the look of melted cheese on those mac n cheese and things, i dun think i wanna eat them :< at least more often than once a month? LOL

Monday, September 26, 2011

Midway reflection

Well, instead of what i learnt from the Monday session this week. I would really like to talk about what i have learnt from this module so far.

That is, sadly , I really really really really am not interested in web programming. Turns out that after the 2 assignments are done, I really could not care less about the final project. So i decide to do something else instead of coding.

Ya, I mean, thats it , im definitely not doing anything purely web-based in the future. Actually i kinda know it all along coz i like C and C++ over java so much so .... Guess it would be best for me to join a company to make big chunky game in C++ or even do some OS related stuff. So still i did work my ass of I mean, ya and i did learn some stuff.

Anyway, listening to what ppl have to say about their ideas, I went back to reflect on some idea that I had with a couple of friends. Which definitely violates the no porn no gambling policy of this module. But still, we definitely have a very one. Adult industry is on the rise, with modernization and materialization stuff , how should i put it hmmmmm bitches going crazy? Ya, more and more women are involved in this sector and society is putting more recognition into this kind of stuff . This is definitely a good sign :D

A few really close folks of mine and me, spreading all over the world :D will start working some stuff from next year onwards I guess, trying to bring a new era in adult entertainment world XD So please watch closely on news "NUS student making porn to the next level".

I kinda think that I would not blog about this course anymore..." have you been blogging about this course?" "well , not really" Anyway, in some sense this course is a huge disappointment. Ya, so, thats it :D

Saturday, September 10, 2011


The title is totally random.... I mean... OK, just b4 i decide to do this , i found this Lonely Island creation, totally hilarious, and guys :D be sure to check this out.

Since we are asked to do a blog post, i suppose this case study would be rather leisure :D so.... let me get started! read while listening to the awesome song plz !!!!

This app is actually quite a complete one. I would say quite concrete functionality. I can only spot a few, i wouldn't say mistakes, but rather disagreements in their UI element.
Top right corner has 4 tabs, like shown above. However, on the first look they are kinda cool. But actually it stands out of the page, meaning, well, they do not look like a part of the page, when everything is horizontal/vertical, it is not a very good idea to make slanted buttons. But of course, it depends on the page slide in/out movements also. if the pages slide in and out 45 degrees parallel to the buttons, then, maybe it will offset the uncomfortableness of the buttons, or even make it damn cool ! But now, for what i can see, there is a bit of weirdness in this page.

Moving on to next !

This is the page where the user upload his call for help!! This page has a problem, it has too much information! Its like filling up a survey, perhaps it would be nicer to have a setting section to handle certain settings such as how do you want your call for help's visibility to be and things. So this page will become a bit less wordy.

My team is actually making something like this for the 2nd assignment, actually a major problem of such app is that : how to get users to keep using it. For our app it is a bit like posting jokes and amuse each other things, so their is a fun element to it. However for this app, it is kinda serious, getting help from other people. If it is the case that people only come here to post their problem but they do not come here to help people, then the app will be pretty much dead. Thus it is crucial that a reward element is included in this app. In the given example, badges are rewarded to helpers, which makes a lot of sense :D so well done guys , whoever you are <3.

But even with this, its actually kind of hard to keep people interested in helping others. One thing a lot of ask and answer sites do is that, when you first register, you get some points. You set up bounty for ppl who answer your question, and the points can be used to some other stuff in other sectors of the website :D But for this game... there are no other sectors so....

Actually to be frank, facebook is not an evolving platform for apps anymore. Renren, with its much larger user-base and much more developer friendly environment has definitely taken over fb in terms of apps. There is actually a very cool model of app in renren, that is , for example, a pet game and a chess game is linked, where you can get your avatar for your chess game through playing the pet game. It is really a very cool model as it encourages growth of users for both linked apps :D Perhaps it would be super cool for this app to do the same.

Link with another game app say for example, you use the currency in that game to set up bounty for your question, people playing that game will want to help others in call for help app in order to get game currency. Things like this.

Another thing about this kind of app is that, well , the initial group of users is very important. Thus, for this kind of app, I feel it is crucial that it is release slowly to a group of really nice , helpful, resourceful guys first. Imagine if it is immediately released to public, some jerk may come posting stuff like need help to get my xxxx sucked blah blah. Even though admin can erase these postings very quickly, the damage is done. It is unlikely that a first time user will continue to use this app when the first thing he sees after registration is frustrating msg like that.

This is one of the issues that Im always interested in :D things like, even though the technology is ripe, people are not ripe enough to make use of certain technologies. The same goes to one of the groups that came to pitch on Monday. The one about changing the investment model. Really brilliant idea, but com'on.... I doubt anyone will do it because eventually :D the world is only getting more and more materialistic, people will only care about money more and more, that is the observable trend.

Ok, I was talking about pretty big stuff just now. I cant allow my thoughts to drift on XD , so this will be the end of my case study.

P.S. i know we have a week's extension.... but com'on.... its still within the deadline of assignment 2... so does it matter when i do it? ........

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

So thats the end of books?

So basically yesterday some fellow course-mates presented with us with an ipad app called PDF reader. Its a very handy app that allows ipad user to read e-books and annotate them while supporting some itune features. Listening to music while reading e-book, who doesn't like that :D Though some friends mentioned that there are free versions of pdf reading applications hence that people might not want to pay 10 dollars just for some minimal extra features. I personally think its a very good app.

First of all I would say the name is very good, "PDF expert" straight away tells you what the app does. I personally had some experience about that. I used to use bitcommet for ptop downloading. After I switch to mac, I started using Vuze. Even though these 2 apps works exactly the same, I find using Vuze more painful that bitcommet. In the end , I think the reason is that, well Vuze with its blue frog icon, does not make me so certain that its function is to download stuff :D

K, that was just personal preference :D

Secondly, i think being able to connect to dropbox adds an immense amount of advantage to this app. It become a really great tool to catch up with project-related readings. Those readings usually do not require very indepth understanding, so can just happily read on bus and annotate those things you are not sure or stuff. Really really useful.

Another thing that caught my attention is that prof and Joshua was talking about things like books are going to get obsolete. I totally agree that part of the reason we buy this idea or not is related to our reading habit. Honestly I hate reading on my computer so , ya, i dun think books are going to disappear.

But there is a second part to the story. Digress a bit here, this reason is totally unrelated to how good the tools are that we use to read ebooks. But rather, books carries some value that other electronic devices do not.

Imagine you walk in some guys room, he has like 3 whole shelves of books. Ignore the factor of look :D what will you think about that guy? And imagine you walk in some guys room he has like 10 computers connected to each other, what would you think? Even if people do not read books anymore, it will not be the death of books :D Coz there will always be ppl buying Shakespeare act cute ma :D So I think books will be with us for a long time lah.

Thats about all I have to say abt PDF expert :D ty all :D