jQuery to be integrated into Visual Studio

Good news for people who develop in the Microsoft development environments, jQuery is to be adopted in Microsoft’s official development platform. I’m surprised by the announcement as Microsoft has shown preference in developing their own products rather than reusing what is out there.

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Adopting jQuery is an excellent choice and Microsoft probably would drop their existing ASP.NET Ajax Framework in time to come since so many people are using jQuery already.

What excites me more is the possibility of implementing jQuery IntelliSense into Visual Studio. I love to see how that would work out.

On slight note, Nokia also adopted jQuery in their widget development platform.

What English sounded like to Japanese

This is interesting. It’s a recording of a Japanese kid trying to sound like he is speaking English. He speaks in what he thinks English sound like.

I hear people trying to speak inventive Tamil language before so hears how others think English sounded like.

This is what English REALLY sounds like

Washington Mutual gets acquired by JPMorgan

Washington Mutual becomes next victim in financial turmoil. Washington Mutual is now the biggest bank failure in U.S. history as JPMorgan agree in acquisition for $1.9 billion, erm, only.

JPMorgan Buys WaMu Bank Business as Thrift Seized

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the third biggest U.S. bank by assets, agreed to acquire Washington Mutual Inc.’s deposits and branches for $1.9 billion after regulators seized the thrift in the biggest bank failure in U.S. history.

WaMu collapsed as its credit rating was slashed to junk and its stock price tumbled. Facing $19 billion of losses on soured mortgage loans, the lender put itself up for sale last week after firing CEO Kerry Killinger this month. The bank named Alan Fishman as his replacement on Sept. 8, agreeing to pay him a $7.5 million signing bonus and $1 million salary. (Source: Bloomberg)

I’ll save my commentary.

God save the Wikipedia

Opps Wikipedia went down!

Wikipedia downtime error page

Our servers are currently experiencing a technical problem. This is probably temporary and should be fixed soon. Please try again in a few minutes.

You may be able to get further information in the #wikipedia channel on the Freenode IRC network.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organisation which hosts some of the most popular sites on the Internet, including Wikipedia. It has a constant need to purchase new hardware. If you would like to help, please donate.

Okay to help Wikipedia from the downtime you can erm donate.

[Edit: It’s up.]

The birthday perceptional oddity

Ah this is quite interesting, an excerpt from Fooled By Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, page 159:

The Birthday Paradox

The most intuitive way to describe the data mining problem to a non-statistician is through what is called teh birthday paradox, though it is not really a paradox, simply a perceptional oddity. If you meet someone randomly, there is a one in 365.25 chance of you sharing their birthday, and a considerably smaller one of having the exact birthday of the same year. So, sharing the same birthday would be coincidental event that you would discuss at the dinner table. Now let us look at a situation where there are 23 people in a room. What is the chance of there being 2 people with the same birthday? About 50%. For we are not specifying which people need to share a birthday; any pair works.

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Now 50% is really high chance! Bet you never thought of that. Well, you could read more at Wikipedia for the exact math of The Birthday Problem or the Birthday Attack.

I passed the PHP thingy

Today I went for the Zend PHP 5 Certification and passed. Uzyn did it an hour half earlier and he passed too. I slept so little this morning just so I can read this PHP exam study guide. And before I enter the test all I can claim is that I finished the book.

Before we took this PHP 5 cert exam, there was one other guy who did it in this center. I reach there on time:

Me: Afternoon, I have a test at 3 for PHP.
Front desk: PHP?
Me: Exam 200-500.
FD: You taking CCNA?
Me: Nah… The one by Zend.

I tell you she was absolutely clueless. I almost fell asleep doing the questions. I found myself sinking lower and lower into my seat. There was no one in the room, just me and seventy questions.

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I probably can’t discuss the PHP exam questions but let’s just say the questions are kinda strange. It’s just not what you would expect. I expected the test to be more about explaining the code kinda thing but that almost didn’t appear at all. CCNA questions are a lot better and open internet (open book) too.

I finished the 70 questions and thinking I would fail. I clicked on the End Exam button, closed my eyes and all that my mind could think about is this red-colored ‘Fail’ word to be displayed.

It didn’t.

Yahoo company logo

(Yahoo!)

The certificate would come next month. Congrats to Uzyn too!

Listed on PHP Yellow Pages already, that was fast!

Zen Certified Engineer

I will be available for PHP web development works in Singapore.

Autorenewal is so evil!

I’m so traumatized by the fact that my US$5 is taken away from me through this GoDaddy auto renewal service. It is of a service I don’t want and I did not know it was auto renewed till when it was auto renewed minutes ago. Oh that’s so great.

Parting with my 5 bucks – the worst day of my life. I don’t remember setting it to auto renew. I guess it’s in this labyrinth of checkboxes that I did not notice. They like to put a bunch of bright graphics and that always distracts me from the form controls, i.e. the check boxes and radio buttons.

You know this GoDaddy is reputed for all the wrong ways. I haven’t heard good stories except that they have pretty good Super Bowl advertisements sometimes. That asides, GoDaddy as a online company is poor. The web site is slow. The support is slow.

When requesting for email support it says the expected time to revert to me was 3 hours on the website. It’s just for show. After I reported ‘the incident’, they send me an email immediately:

Your question has been received. You should expect a response within 24 hours.

This is your Incident ID: BLAHBLAH

Thanks,
GoDaddy.com, Inc.

Please do not reply to this email. Emails sent to this address will not be answered.

You should never ever ever tell your customers not to reply an email unless it’s a bloody newsletter and the mailing software did not support it. Okay, happy thoughts, happy thoughts.

Humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpua’a – Hawaii state fish

Haa! Just realized that Humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpua’a is the state fish of Hawaii. It’s reef triggerfish.

On April 17, 2006, bill HB1982 was presented to the Governor of Hawai’i which permanently reinstated the reef triggerfish (humuhumunukunukuapua’a) as the state fish of Hawai’i. The bill passed into law on May 2, 2006 and was effective upon its approval. (Source: Hawaii)