Sunday, July 31, 2005

Very Strange Facts! But Interesting To Know

Most lipstick contains fish scales

Coca-Cola was originally green.

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil.

A snail can sleep for three years.

All polar bears are left handed.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Great Pictures From Baldur's Gate II

Hey, it is 4 years already since I finished playing Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn. I find it very hard to find a game that is more interesting to play than this. It have many powerful spells which catch my attention. Time stop (stopping time to attack motionless enemies) and dragon's breath (attack a group of enemies using a devastating fire blow) are some the examples. Nowadays, most of the games produced is not on the par. In this new decade, many game developers put importance on the wrong side of the game. The wrong side that I mean is graphics. Too much emphasis is put on the game's graphics alone. In my opinion, a good game should have a good story line, original ideas, meaningful, promote creativity and give moral values to the players. Although, games like Pac-Man and Supermario are not as good looking compared to Unreal Tournament 2004 or Hitman, it has its own originality and meaningful while playing it. I am sure that you also remembered a game that bring meaningful game play compared to a game that have very good graphics but don't have good plot.

Another good game that worth to mention is Half Life. This is a very famous first person shooter game. Do you know why? The good thing is that the graphics is on the par and yet it does not require a powerful PC to play it. With just 32MB or RAM (Random Access Memory), you are able to play the game smoothly. This game is not like a normal first person shooter game where players only need to shoot at everything that moves (which is meaningless). Half Life test our IQ as this game need us to figure out how to get to the next level and to solve problems. Sometimes we need to hear properly what the scientist in the game said in order to solve a problem. For example, a scientist said "This creature have a good ear but blind". So, in order to kill this beast, we cannot make any sound that can be heard by the creature. Any shooting won't kill the beast. Only the nuclear beam can kill it. So, at that time I try to figure out how to get to that nuclear beam switch without being killed (the beast attack the sound source). Actually what the scientist means earlier is that we have to walk slowly without making sound to the switch. Normally in the game we just press the forward arrow key. In this case, we need to press shift + forward arrow key to walk.

Sad to say that now, game developers seem not to put much effort in creating a good plot in a game. In addition, most of the games produced nowadays using sophisticated 3D modeling software which do not promote creation of good algorithm to make the game smoother on low performance PC. Maybe games developer and PC manufacturer co-operate with each other to gain income from the public. Game developers produce higher requirement games so that the public need to upgrade their PC or change their PC in order to play the new game!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Approved Permit Issue

"The price of car in Malaysia is 600% more expensive than its actual price!" That's mean that a brand new Proton Waja 1.6 only cost about RM66,000x100/600 = RM11,000. The price of Honda City is actually RM85,000 x 100/600 = RM14,166.

Thanks to our former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir for requesting the names of the approved permit (AP) holders to be published to the public. If he didn't mention about this, until now we also don't know the real problem.

According to a newspaper report, a famous branded imported car 1.0 litre from South Korea only cost about RM8,762 when it arrived to Port Klang. But, after the tax imposed to the car, the car value may only cost about RM22.868. The car then sold by the approved permit holder at RM46,000. Now we can see that the approved permit holder can so much money by just selling a car. A low level car from south korea can gain RM20,000 profit already. How about the higher level car like BMW and Mercedes? The profit is sure higher than RM20,000 per unit.

The concept that our government protect our automobil is a good move but it must be look from other aspect as well. How long is our citizen need to suffer in order to buy other cars than Proton or Produa. Nowadays, car is a necessity as the public transportation system especially in Klang Valley is very bad. I am a public transport user and I know how its feel when using public transport. Not only that the bus is full but it seldom follows its schedule. Sometimes I have to wait for an hour to wait for a bus to go to a particular place. How is our country is going to develop if we have to wait for 1 hour just to go to a place? Don't see that 1 hour is just a small amount of time. What happen if one day, nearly 10,000 people have to wait an hour for bus. That's mean we already loose 10,000 hours! That's amount of time if use properly, can hasten our developed country status.

Now, we back to our national car. In 1984, when our prime minister Dr. Mahathir talked about our own national car we feel very happy at that time. But after 21 years, Dr. Mhathir still talked about the protection to the national car. We feel cheated that although after AFTA (Asean Free Trade Area), our cars still sold at a high price. In Singapore and Thailand where they don't have their own national car, can enjoy lower car price after AFTA.

I need to go now cao.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Catch This Exciting Facts

We asked more than 250 PC World readers about a raft of tech annoyances. These are the worst, rated on a scale of 1 (not annoying) to 7 (extremely annoying).
1. Sites that hijack your browser home page: 6.87
2. Downloads that come with spyware: 6.80
3. Services you can't unsubscribe from: 6.60
4. Viagra/prescription-drug spam: 6.54
5. Animated ads blocking out a Web page: 6.52
6. Pornographic spam: 6.50
7. Pop-up/pop-under ads: 6.47
8. Nigerian scam spam: 6.31
9. Overpriced printer ink: 6.18
10. All the work required to get a rebate: 6.10
11. (tie) RealPlayer marketing tactics; cryptic error text: 5.97
(PC World magazine October 2004)