Monday, February 25, 2008

Jerry Lee Lewis


Thaïs: Look Daddy, I’m playing the piano with my foot!
Mario: Yes.. like Jerry Lee Lewis.
Thaïs: Who?
Mario: Jerry Lee Lewis.
Thaïs: Oh.
A little while later…
Thaïs: Look at me, Tana. I’m playing the piano with my foot… like… er… like… Jelly Loose!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Free Online Storage Space


Just found out through one of my favorite tech blogs that Microsoft is offering 5 GB of free storage online, a service they call Windows Live SkyDrive.
My experience with Windows Live services hasn’t been that great so I won’t be signing up anytime soon. I don’t know what it is, but their sites take so long to load, I usually end up just closing the browser tab in disgust. I groan every time I see a Microsoft-related link, and think twice before clicking it.
From the same blog I found that AOL offers a similar service called XDrive, again with 5 GB free space.
Found out through another of my favorite tech blogs about yet another free online storage site calledMediaMax. I signed up yesterday. They’re currently offering 25 GB of free space. I haven’t had much time to play around with the service, but so far it seems good. The first thing I’m going to do is check if the free version offers FTP access.
The first (and only)time I signed up for a free online storage account was over 10 years ago. That was before I had a computer at home. Pen drives were non-existent. We had those flat square-ish things… What were they called? Oh yes… floppies. But even those weren’t good enough for me. At that time I had an assorted collection of stuff that added up to a ‘staggering’ 5 MB, which would have meant that I’d have had to carry about 5 floppies around with me. So you see why I had to rely on such services for file transfer. And then, all of a sudden, the service/website/whatever-you-want=to-call-it just vanished. OK.. so maybe I hadn’t logged in to the account for a few months.. and maybe I hadn’t checked my associated mail account either… but the end result was that I lost all my data stored there. :-( I didn’t even think of making a backup, so I guess I deserved it!
Anyway, I’ve learned from my mistakes and this time I’m going to be prepared with backups. Actually, I’ve got a backup of the backups of my favorite stuff now!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I’m Shifting


After much deliberation I’ve finally decided. I’m moving. My blog, that is. To my own domain. If all goes well, I should have the new site up and running in a few days. I’m planning on continuing with WordPress.
Any tips on moving a WordPress blog to a new host?
Anyone??

Monday, February 11, 2008

Exam Fever


The last 5 days  have been rather hectic, hence the lack of activity on this blog. I’m attending a week-long training course for life insurance agents which ends in another 2 days. At the end of it all, subject to the fact that I clear the examination, I hope to be a licensed insurance agent.
The only hurdle, as mentioned above, is the examination. Feels strange, preparing for one, after so many years. And to make matters worse, I’m the second-oldest student in the class :-( Such a difference from my school days where I was usually the youngest in the class.
That’s about all I have time for now. Have to get back to those books! I am trying to clear the exam, you know…

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Viva Carnival!

Took Thaïs to her first carnival parade yesterday. She did enjoy herself for the first hour or so... until she began to feel sleepy and started dozing on Mario's shoulder. Well, not exactly. Watch..




Unfortunately I lost all the pictures because of some problem with the memory card in the camera. That was so disappointing. There were some really good pictures in there. So much for Olympus xD picture cards. And I thought Olympus was a reliable name in the market... BAH! This is the second time I've had problems with the card. I formatted it the first time it happened and thought things would run smoothly. I guess I was wrong. I wonder if this sort of thing happens with all so-called brands?
If not for my camera phone I'd have absolutely no photographic memories of this 'mile stone'. The picture quality isn't that great, but it's better than nothing, I suppose :(