01 March, 2015

Buying a House in Brunei is Harder Than Ever

As an average income person, I don't even know how much time, sweat and stress to achieves your dream owning a house in Brunei. The more I try to save, the higher the price goes up in time or brought by the rich for renting and resale higher strategy market. This is really sucked thinking about it every day. Seeing how Brunei has change so did the Governments, economics and religion. I already gave up waiting for the citizenship result and now focus towards studying bit by bit hoping for better chance switching job with good pay. Was never a bookworm or bright student back then. You just need to try something new but age seem to be problem sooner.

It is very regretful not telling myself saving money when I was a kid working in chicken farm and then went out to buy toys for what I earned. If I knew my father would give everything away to the second wife, this could have been avoided in the first place. Things just never goes what you wanted to, and no, I don't hate my father making such decision. He's the lord in the house so he can do whatever he wants.

Everything was a past now and still living in my own father house, renting, of course. So far no movement yet from his second wife asking higher rent or robbing us for spending luxury. I told my sister we need to find ways to buy cheap house. Size of the house not our concern, as long there are three bedrooms and able to park two cars at least. Nowadays apartment only can hold one parking space. Unless you buy for yourself. Other than that, terrible idea getting it when the Brunei transportation sucks.

Not like we never look for houses or apartment less than 120K below. You can just hardly able to find such price range nowadays. No one can imagine how much further both house and apartment going to cost in the future. But reaching the target just seem to be impossible even our salary combine together. Bank loan only gives out 70% and need good deposit to cover 30%. We have no choice but to keep looking and hope for good news. I want our renting money goes to our own home not flowing everything to her.

Play With This Too Kickstarter

I have been watching this guys designing quite an interesting action toys for a while. After they announced fund raising campaign using Kickstarter, the toy itself doesn't seem to appeal me. I was hoping they would put up the human faction. But it seems not happening so if you guy interest and wanted to get one. You can now place your order over there.

28 February, 2015

Exchange Server Disaster Before CNY

Never imagine one of my clients Exchange server would be busted before Chinese New Year. Well, this is a sign to work during holiday. There is no way to escape and the reason is simple. They only have one server and manage everything. This is what I fear the most working with people leading the department who have stingy mindset and not bother to foreseen such situation. There is no excuse on myself too not spending time monitoring the server health using some free tools such as Spiceworks. It just simply too hard to be working a bit server administrator, then IT Technician and then admin job nowadays. When you are exhausted, you going to forget your next pending job sooner or later if you don't focus on one thing properly.

Despite being good at maintaining Windows Server 2012, but when it comes with Microsoft Exchange. I am nothing with no single knowledge managing and understand how Exchange really works. Using search engine looking for troubleshooting and solutions from time to time does help. Not much helpful when it comes to serious problem. I tried to study Exchange, so far not much progress except learning how to set up does give me some experience.

Looking at the problem my client server is facing, for one, the Exchange storage hit with low disk space. Secondly, the external mail entirely stop coming due to its high pressure suffering low disk space. Lastly, I found Outlook 2007-2013 no longer able to connect to Exchange and kept getting errors. I do not know if Exchange shutdown all its running services causing such errors. My mind is telling me this is not good.

I don't denied my part miscalculate the partition size back in 2013 I personally first setup the server. Back then, I am confidence the mail database won't expand when the Outlook would download everything into the user computers. However, later I found out the fucking new Microsoft Outlook 2013 option to deliver Exchange emails to a pst-file has been officially removed. This backlash is the result of fast growing mail database size in one year. The solution to such problem either can either create POP3 account or add rules to do the job. To me, this is just unnecessary extra works.

Another way, is run Exchange maintenance mode and perform compacting mail database to squeeze the size maybe once or every few months. Honestly, this is something I trying avoid and even well suggested by many Exchange expert because it's very dangerous task that can corrupt the mail database. Again, I have no good knowledge and best not to touch such maintenance duty when never once done any recovery mail database experience before. Why take that risk?

My friend told we can take it slowly to find solutions to fix this problem instead jumping straight suggesting reformat the server. The problem here is our clients have no patience playing waiting games during their crucial time working with upcoming new tenders and projects. So it's not good idea to drag any longer before they start working on Tuesday (after Brunei National day). Moreover, there's no guarantee we can solve the problem because none of us are even trained Exchange admin in the first place. The only thing already perform are the necessary solutions to get the Exchange working again for two days straight and seeing so many weird errors showing up in the events log drive me crazier before the CNY holiday starts. Reformatting and rework the server is the best option during the holiday time.

I bring it back to the office on CNY eve and starts working on the Friday and Saturday. On Monday afternoon, I send back and starts rejoin all domains and slowly warp up the remaining pending setting until Thursday this week. It was tiring and stressful reworking from scratch. I revised the Exchange storage size from 200GB to 700GB by sacrificing 80% data size. I also upgrade to Service Pack 1 and Cumulative Update 7 for Exchange Server 2013. There are no second thought or regrets doing so since everything now fresh installed. Why not just throws in everything? I did somehow notice Microsoft puts out quite a few new options or features in the Exchange console. Nonetheless, my priority are as long the emails start coming in and out. Those shitty new features or not are not my concerns.

By laws, Exchange must need to have its own powerful server to run and separate from the main server. It was not supposed to run with single server in the first place. Like I said earlier, stingy mindset brought the problem. If I in charge on the sales, there definitely going have two servers rather one. In case my client can only afford one server, I would convince them have their Emails hosted on Cloud. Even though we have crappy ISP in Brunei, why bother with so much worrying when you get 100% up time, 24hrs support and can use anywhere anytime?

What do I learned from this? I lost my holiday mood and unnecessary stress. That's it. It was supposed my resting month. Things just doesn't turn out to be after this incident. Hard to say how many times had repeated itself. I seriously really need to rethink my role if its wise to continue working as multitasking job this year with the company.

20 February, 2015

You Hate Me. I Hate You too!

This is something stuck on my mind for a while that happen last week. Usually I ignore the hate stuff people on me no matter if that person were bosses or friends. Working as IT Technician does from time to time offend and may result insult either customers or colleagues working in same company which recently happen a lot starting last year. One of them about the missing laptop case has trigger the heat argument. It doesn't really bother me because I no longer working as PC Technician. Now are more on focus monitoring and making sure the company system running smoothly so I need to be strict on users.

The cunt that hate me does relate to the missing laptop incident. Even though it's not his fault, he acts too cocky in front of the management discussing the case. In the end got backfired and he felt very unhappy about it. I told him the same thing what the managements said before the meeting even started. He just so disagreeing and shoot his own foot. What can I say?

It doesn’t matter if he continues to hate me. I hate him too. You see, I dislike people so irresponsible, breaking company rules and procedures at work. There are increasing cases happen at my working location. This is not something I like to overlook any longer and stupidly sucking people jobs for free. That's the past me and I will directly screw that person if he/she tried to push the unrelated IT jobs to me to suck it.

15 February, 2015

RX-79BD Berserker Destiny (Unit 01)

Based on Blue Destiny model kit, the designed is more focus on close range. Several areas were added with extra heavy armors with beam coating for better protection especially the front custom armor shielding the main body to avoid direct hit by heavy range weaponry. Although the defensive has been increase, the twin chest missiles are weak spot for easy target and critical damage. The armament is now replaced with LaWS (Laser Weapon System) defense weapon which only activate when the front armor destroyed in battle.

The main weaponry uses rare Caletvwlch for close combat due its Mirage Colloid feature that can helps to push the EXAM system into whole new level. To take advantage on the features, the speed and mobility has been improved using GM parts. The replacement blades for Caletvwlch also store on the side of the backpack.

14 February, 2015

LV-ZGMF-X23S Vent Saviour Gundam ‘High Boost’ + Hyper Bazooka



Not dead, just lazy. I'm trying to keep up with my life since I decided to improve my eating habits by learning some healthy cooking and more exercise causing myself exhaust easily. So my blogging has been very slow as usual. I also rushing my work before taking long leave during Chinese New Year this month. Vent Savior Gundam was actually the last Gunpla I worked last year. It's kinda late posting it up so I decided to take the opportunity uploading today. Nothing much to explain, however, I finally found replacement for the white spray paints.

29 January, 2015

At Last! Pale Rider Is Coming

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In case you missed that. Yup you read that right. Bandai announces the releasing Pale Rider Heavy ground equipment in April 2015 this year. I am so happy about the news except very sad knowing that only available exclusively from P-Bandai shop. At least much better have to get it from only video game limited edition. I will go for two orders for now and another three more next month. Maybe extra if March still available at the online store, otherwise just patience wait for the release space equipment which is going to happen this year.

Good news also, the White Dingo team exclusive versions are getting third re-released again in April too! Damn, I am thinking.

25 January, 2015

Unbelievable New Monthly Rates is Bullshit

Telbru says they made 40% cheaper rate for all. You know what? I call that bullshit. I don’t see how much cheaper it going to cost us rather I find hard to believe they would even go as far after businesses putting together with home into same boat with quota limit. The fuck with home plans starting price BND199.00 for unlimited quota is entirely absurd.

Their intention is so clear targeting the heavy usage customers and just wants more money. This is not about cost saving from the start but to control usage. The disappointment looking at my 3.5Mbps plan only have 150GB quota limit is sad. I don’t even see these numbers are enough to last two weeks running Youtube streaming, normal downloads, sync data and Steam games for me. If I include torrent, it guarantees less than a week.

This is really headache for me right now as well when I am working as IT Technician who need to lookout for downloads for the latest software (especially Microsoft) and virus definition updates (weekly). My usage normally are quite high so I have no choice but to minimize these download at home starting on March. Just hope my company get the unlimited quota so I can have no worry to download updating the software.

I do feel Telbru should have asked us for a survey. I doubt they even don’t bother in the first place and just simply move forward the plan since they are the only internet service provider in Brunei. So they can do whatever they want. I kinda hate their response argument too in the Facebook the information they provided are basically just assumptions, nothing more. While they mention you won’t get disconnect or any extra charges after using up the quota, you will instead getting bandwidth throttling by 20%. What they show in their graph doesn’t even look like 20% a bit. 80% more likely to say. Again, nothing we can do much about it and just suck it up moving on.

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