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April 24, 2015

Lost camera: B9W506260, Black Olympus E–P3

Please contact if found, thanks! :D

November 30, 2011

RINO – Republican in Name Only

Surprised I’ve only just come across such a useful term.

November 13, 2011

Remembrance Sunday

Writing about web page http://www.amnesty.org.uk/detaineeinquiry

On a day for remembering the sacrifices of a generation, we should also remember that we do today define the country and ideals for which so many gave up their lives.


The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture expressed concern about the “limitations that may frustrate the very object” of the inquiry.

Amnesty International has pointed out fundamental flaws in the Detainee Inquiry

  1. It is not transparent. The Government, rather than the inquiry panel, holds the power to decide what documents are published as part of this investigation. Much of the inquiry will take place behind closed doors.
  2. It lacks power. The panel doesn’t have the authority to compel witnesses to testify or to demand evidence from state and non-state parties.
  3. It doesn’t place enough emphasis on the victims of torture and rendition. Meaningful participation by those who have been mistreated and illegally detained is not central to the investigation. The very people whose cases are being investigated cannot challenge evidence given in secret by Government officials.

Those who lay down their lives in the First World War deserve a country much better than this.

November 02, 2011

Hello World from Hayes, London Borough of Hillingdon

It’s been awhile.

May 09, 2009

O2 Huawei E169 USB modem Gentoo GNU/Linux

This post is for anyone having problems getting the O2-provided Huawei E169 USB modem to work under Linux. I’ll assumed you’ve searched elsewhere and have an idea of what is going on.

In my case, I had a Gentoo GNU/Linux desktop without internet access although I did have a Windows XP laptop to help me. The best thing to do is use the USB modem on the laptop, connect up your desktop by ethernet cable and share the Dial-up connection in order to download any packages you may need.

gentoo-sources-2.6.28 is a good enough kernel to get things to work.

emerge usbutils ppp wvdial

cd /usr/src/linux
sudo make menuconfig
(Refer to Gentoo handbook for full details of installing a new kernel.)

Device drivers --->
    Network device support --->
        <M> PPP (point-to-point protocol) support
        <M> PPP support for async serial ports 
    USB support --->
        <M> OHCI HCD support
        <M> USB Mass Storage support (provides usb-storage so it can be unloaded)
        <M> USB Serial Converter support (provides usbserial, very important)
            [*] USB Generic Serial Driver
            <M> USB driver for GSM and CDMA modems (provides 'option' module, v. important)

sudo make -j 3
(Install kernel.)
sudo make modules_install
(Which installs the kernel modules. Restart computer.)

Plug in device when you have a terminal open. /usr/sbin/lsusb
should give

Bus 004 Device 006: ID 12d1:1001 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. E620 USB Modem

(**) <- marker. Read ahead to see why this is here.


should ideally not show ‘usb-storage’

sudo rmmod usb-storage

just in case.

sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0×12d1 product=0×1001


ls /dev/ttyU*

should give
/dev/ttyUSB0 /dev/ttyUSB1 /dev/ttyUSB2
if only /dev/ttyUSB0 is shown, then unload modules ‘usbserial’ and ‘option’, unplug device and try again from the marker (**).

sudo wvdialconf

to get a template /etc/wvdial.conf for editing. Refer to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DialupModemHowto/Huawei/E220/wvdial.conf and other websites to aid configuration.

APN (Access Point Name) mobile.o2.co.uk
user: o2web
pass: password
Phone number should be *99***1# otherwise try *99#

When you have your /etc/wvdial.conf set up properly, connect with

sudo wvdial

One section I have is

[Dialer internet]
Init5 = AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","mobile.o2.co.uk" 
Stupid Mode = 1

Carrier Check = no
in your defaults if you get no carrier errors.

Good luck!

August 13, 2008


Dear all,

Obviously I’ve been absent from the blog arena for a year now…. I’m now on facebook which is more social compared to compressing my inner thoughts on this blog which is probably ignored by most anyway haha so if ur me mate, add me to yer facebook… latersssssss

June 09, 2008

Game on!

Writing about web page http://www.telesport.nl/voetbal/ek_2008/4194109/_Van_Nistelrooy_niet_buitenspel__.html?p=3,1


I don’t care if we peaked too soon, this was a great match to remember – first win over Italy since before I was born!

And: the first goal wasn’t off-side! Apparently, the defender had enough time to join the game again, and cannot put a striker in an off-side position by staying off the field. Double hurrah!

And: none of the Dutch players seemed too bored or incompetent to join in the game. Triple hurrah!

March 03, 2008

No limits

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7274259.stm

Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing. I can say almost anything I want on this blog, although with the slight restriction of a personal responsibility to censor myself:

The test here is not whether you, or your peers, find content offensive; it is whether such content could be deemed offensive to others.

Should public figures, government officials in particular, be held to such censorship as well? A country has a certain image to uphold, and the more prominent a representative becomes, the more synonymous he or she will be for the country’s image in the rest of the world.

At the moment, it seems the Netherlands has turned from the country of clogs, tulips, prostitution, and legalised drugs into the country of Wilders: a country where a limited number of muslims are welcome, as long as they agree to be ridiculed.

You would think that an MP or similar official would operate in the country’s best interest, whilst not ignoring his or her own beliefs and ideals. But where is the line?

Is there a line?

February 02, 2008

Voor mama

And this is why you should always read the label for washing instructions!


January 29, 2008

I was in Boston

... a few weeks ago. Hence the new banner.

For more photos, go here
or here.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to join facebook to see them!

Edit: P.S. I should probably mention somewhere I created the banner using Autostitch on nine separate photos…

October 10, 2007

Kiefer Sutherland behind bars, in real life

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7037022.stm

Under a deal with prosecutors, the star will serve the sentence during breaks in filming for his hit TV drama, 24.

Fair enough, but:

Sutherland also received a six-month driving ban, and was ordered to attend alcohol education classes for 18 months and weekly alcohol therapy sessions for six months.

Can you imagine Jack Bauer without the aid of a beast of a car?

October 06, 2007

L. K. Bennett at Bicester Village

My limited experience inside L. K. Bennett at Bicester Village has left me with a very bad impression of the customer service provided by L. K. Bennett.

The failing of L. K. Bennett’s customer care lead to a complaint to the management at Bicester Village, but even they were unable to draw out some token gesture of putting the customer before profit.

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Addition: 01 Jul 2008

Written on 26.05.08

Rating: one star out of five.

I worked at this store – the brent cross branch to be precise, and honestly the way the managers treat staff is unacceptable. My contract did not state we had to clean toilets and yet we were made to, the managers treated you like you were worthless and we didn’t have a say in anything in case we ‘over shadowed’ the managers judgement, both the assistant manager pataniya and the manager herself caroline were the worst to work with!! Some of my colleagues and myself also became quite ill as the shop floor was air conditioned and we had to keep going back and forth into a hot stuffy room to get shoes, etc!! Worst company to work with also, the prices charged for the beautiful shoes are no way near their true worth!!

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By Susan – written on 09.05.08

Rating: four stars out of five (bad attitude in London – go to Paris instead).

I have to agree with that review about the treatment that staff receive in certain branches as I have witnessed it , having wor(k)ed in London for quite a while myself. There is actually a general bad attitude from senior staff who regard the sales assistants as “disposable” and easily replacable. I have to say it is sufficient to see how the company’s owner herself looks at them (the sales assistants). I was shocked the first day I saw her as she greeted her in the store She looked at me from head to toe and just blanked me totally as if I was nothing else but a piece of furniture. That set the whole work atmosphere , doesn’t it!
Thankfully, I have met some fantastic people there who were great to work with like the Paris staff who are just adorable and very diffferent from my co-workers.

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By anne lowry – written on 06.03.08

Rating: one star out of five

Please Be Warned, I purchased a pair of all leather ankle boots with a slightly pointed toe. After wearing them to work for a couple of days I noticed the leather had scuffed off the toe area revealing a blue backing underneath – the leather was so thin there was nothing to polish! I went back to the shop twice to see the manager and rather than apologise for the inconvenience, she accused me of walking on my tip toes – kicking my desk – using escalators and driving in my boots! I would love to be so agile! I requested they were sent off to their quality department but was left waiting 3 weeks – after several calls chasing a response,I was told they were not going to do anything about it! disgraceful way to deal with legitimate complaints and an appalling way to deal with customers.

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Addition: 20 Jan 2008

Came across interesting posts on dooyou.co.uk

In case they become inaccessible from the links given, copies of the reviews are provided below.


Name: jess in harrogate
Product: L K Bennett
Date: 11.06.07 (64 review reads)
Rating: one star out of five

Advantages: some nice shoes and accessories
Disadvantages: extremely rude staff and a hopeless customer service helpline.

I have visited LK Bennett on many occasions, and have usually received good customer service. However, when buying a pair of shoes there recently i did ask specifically if i could receive a refund if the shoes did not match my dress. I was told that “of course i would receive a full refund,” and that it wouldn’t be a problem. The shoes did not match the dress and so i returned to the store to receive the refund i gad been promised. The manager told me that as this was not their policy to give refunds to unworn+unfaulty goods, i could not possibly have been told otherwise. Basically, she said i was lying. I now have a £168 credit note for a store i never want to set foot in again, any takers?


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LK Bennett – not worth the pain and awful credit note mentality

Name: Ice Princess
Product: L K Bennett
Date: 23.10.06 (390 review reads)
Rating: two stars out of five

Advantages: gorgeous shoes
Disadvantages: sales assistant who got me to buy size lower, awful exchange/credit note policy

I have to say, I agree with other reviewers, gorgeous shoes but high prices. Having said that, I have 1 pair of cream pointy toed high heeled shoes (never worn) and 1 pointy flat pair of blue shoes which when i wear them i have to be careful as they give me awful blisters.

Then there was the time i wanted a pair of beige strappy suede sandals and was persuaded to buy a size smaller which fitted in store but when i got home found they were far too tight (prob because i tried on late afternoon when feet were swollen). tried to take them back and got credit note, useless dratted credit note.

for that reason i tend now to avoid this shop, pointy shoes are not comfy if they give me blisters (i do have a gorgeous almond/pointy shaped pair of flat shoes from Accessorize that didn’t give me blisters…!) and if i can’t return (the shoes) unworn because they hurt me for full refund then sorry i will not buy from here again. You can get round this by buying from an LK Bennett concession in dept store like Selfridges who give 30 day refund/exchange no problem (i checked!).

If LK Bennett has changed her policy like Karen Millen has then I’d be more than happy to try and buy again.

Summary: not for me

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Something similar and very recent at reviewcentre.com it seems.

By ashopper on 15th Jan 2008

Good Points: None
Bad Points: Returns policy out of order

If you purchase any goods from LK Bennett during the sales and for any reason the item does not quite fit properly, you will need to throw it away as you cannot exchange it nor get a refund. A shame no one tells you that at the point of purchase nor it is printed on your receipt ( which in any event would be rather late to find out).
I purchased two pairs of boots yesterday, one of which I was not sure about and the sales assistant was quite aware of. I was quickly wisked at the till . Today I called the store to find out if I could get a refund on one of the items, as my receipt said nothing other than being attached to a product care leaflet, and was advised I cannot even exchange the item.
I will simply buy nothing from any of their stores in future, this way, I may have wasted £110 this time round but the company will make no money out of me in future.
Shameful policy.

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By Princess07724 Rank: Lance Corporal on 21st Dec 2007

Good Points: They have some very nice items.
Bad Points: They are over-priced and badly made.

LK Bennett was once upon a time one of my favorite shops, but after having to deal with their customer services regarding some faulty (£110) shoes, I will never buy anything from this shop again. I have been refused a refund or exchange, and the unfriendly customer service advisor then proceeded to post the shoes back to my home address (non recorded delivery), and now the shoes are missing, and I can not get anyone to respond to my phone calls…not really what I expect from a high end High Street shop.

July 25, 2007

Sometimes I wonder

Writing about web page http://environment.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn12346&feedId=online-news_rss20

Have these people seriously never played Sim City?

July 12, 2007



July 10, 2007


Would you rather solve world problem or feel that the world revolves around you? Woe to me.. woe… the Knighthood of Rushdi really ticks you off… lets go mental and kill… By the will of God … if this is what God wants, woe us all… no one is worthy… not even the self righteous holier than thousss

June 22, 2007

More workk but this weekend…

Follow-up to Praise Report from Counting blessings

Hurrah it’s Fridayy.. off to Birmingham tomorrow for a good rest at me mate’s!!! Anyway, I’ve finally completed my Intuition full paper and progress report. I’ve submitted the paper today. Praise the Lord!!!!!! I’m not sure if I should email Kevin my progress report now. Maybe I just wait till they ask for it. Yeah i think I’m ready for my review. All in God’s hands!!! In the best of hands definitely! In Jesus’ name I commit everything to God. I pray that our PhD (JC, Runnie, Fitri and I) will flow smoothly with daily major breakthroughs as well as significant knowledge discoveries and contributions!!! AMEN!!!!!

Ok tonite BB, I don’t really watch it this year but I really want Carole to go tonight but am sure half of the Uk population seems to love her. Anyway, yeah still the twins to win!!!!!! Or Channelle.

Next week? More work!! Have to start fixing the bugs with my breast modelling.. well not MY breast… MY breast MODEL. :) I’m sure God will inspire me and off I fly like a bird surfing in the air!

Ok ok its the coffee or I think i’m so excited that the weekend is here!!!! Not that I’ve not had enough break…. I’ve had too much and yeah am lovin’ it!!

June 19, 2007


Writing about web page http://money.uk.msn.com/student/fundingandloans/jobs/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5281595

it has to be said, that your typical maths undergraduate doesn’t look the sort to have had quite the same university ‘experience’ as, say, their drama-studying counterparts.

Is this supposed to be a snipe to maths students (being geeky and studying) or to drama students (being lazy and partying)?

June 17, 2007

Praise Report

Gosh I’ve been away from any real substantial work for nearly 2 weeks now (Amsterdam, Birmingham, Dublin, London). I’m sure I would need some time to get use to my experiment platform again! I might have changed some variables and I was silly enough not to write them down. Anyway, I am happy that my paper submitted to Intuition 07 has been accepted and I will need to submit the full paper by 7th July. I will keep it simple for this conference as I need the juicier components for my other papers. Plus I have one main chapter left for my progress report: Further Works. I will complete it tomorrow as well as the conclusion chapter. I hope to email Kevin the completed copy by end of this week for my annual review. Oh and I have to attend a writing clinic tomorrow. So I have to remind myself to print out a few copies of my paper so that the experts can review it there and then.

June 11, 2007

The Twins to win BB8

How innocence and carefree can someone be? In this case twins!!! I think they should not grow out of their pinky obsession and stay innocent with no game plan whatsoever. Entertaining indeed… well, as long as they keep their squealing a million notches down!

Sam and Amanda on Chick peas ” Why make a big fuss about food.. like chick peas.. hellooo.. weight loss…”

Sam exaggerating about Amanda falling out of bed: ” ... I sort of pushed her and she fell on my drawer and nearly died…” haha

June 07, 2007

One of the best Albums this year

4 out of 5 stars

Ok Joss Stone’s and Amy Winehouse’s albums are my favourites this year. Mutya Buena surprises me with this album. She’s got the voice and the air about her that makes her as special as these 2 divas. She has always been my favourite Sugababe and I really hope that she’s going to do very well with her debut album. Absolutely soulful with poptastic twist. With the first single being at no 2 on the singles chart, this album is set to make another record!

I love all songs but the clear stand outs are:
Real girl, Not your baby, Its not easy, Wonderful, Song for Mutya, B Boy Baby, This is not real love

Keep’em comin; Moocherrrr!!!!

June 06, 2007

PhD Conference

ProjectThe conference went considerably well. I nearly ran out of time. I shouldn’t have babbled on about the state of the art and I should have focused more on explaining my experimental findings. I hope to get encouraging reviews!! All in God’s hands!!! The questions I get were on:
i) incompressibility
ii) isotropic and anisotropic
iii) user perception

I’m so mentally exhausted now.. but I have to soldier on with my French class later!! Then back to the comfort of my own bedroom. Need to catch up with the Apprentice and BB.

Might take half a day off tomorrow and go and get myself Mutya’s new LP. Her single went up to no 2 on the chart hurrah!!!! But I would need to complete at least 80% of my progress report before I dash off to London enroute to Dublin!!

Welcome back

Amsterdam, Volendam, Hague 1Well, I flew into Coventry from Schilpol airport about 5 hours ago. It was worth the 51 pounds I spent on my air ticket. ThompsonFly was very punctual!!!

Anyway, my escapades with my sister was fantastic. Met up with my sis and hubby on Sunday at the Dam square 30 minutes after I arrived into Amsterdam. Was absolutely great to see them again. Shame my bro in law had been busy with work the whole day the following 2 days. So it was only me and sis. We completely explored Amsterdam, had a great time out in the countryside of Volendam, tasted all the different types of Cheese and disgusted by the taste of raw herring!! We went to the Hague (Den Haag) on Tuesday. A very good place to shop i must say!!! Lovely!

Anyways, i need my sleep now, I have a Phd Conference tomorrow!!!!

June 02, 2007

Mutya is a Real Talent … indeed!

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic single. Bouncy and soulful. The remixes are fabulous as well. A big must-have this summer!!!

You can catch her unplugged performance here: Link

June 01, 2007

2 for 1

Aren’t you lucky? I’ve had another week of all fun and little work (although my article is ready to be submitted now) as my friend Arielle from Holland was here, and I’ve decided to tell you all about it!

Well, not all. I’ll cut it down to two cultural “events” in London. I guess you wouldn’t be interested in our marathon Six Feet Under and cups-of-tea sessions.

The National Portrait Gallery

In numerous visits to London, I’ve managed to avoid this place, but trying to do something different every day, its day had come. It turns out the National Portrait Gallery is a gigantic history book – which is a good thing. Whereas most museums just tell you what’s on the painting, and maybe a little bit about the painter, the NPG seems to understand that quite a lot of paintings are actually rubbish, or at least uninteresting. So instead they give us more background on the people depicted, and thus you follow the history of Britain through portraits of monarchs and their relatives, and, more interestingly, politicians and their personalities. Although the collection might not be as magnificent as the National Gallery’s next door, as a museum it is far more enjoyable and educational than its neighbour.

Dave Matthews Band – Wembley Arena

Mixed. Awful support act: Tom Morello (ex-RATM, Audioslave). Too political for a British audience (who here cares about Chavez?), often anachronistic (a song for the men and women of the Union?!), generally out of tune, and actually not even funny. He was better when he played with DMB for two songs, but again not convincing.

Dave and his band then. The set list was good. Quite a few big songs were missing (Crush, Crash Into Me, Lover Lay Down, Everyday) but then they played a few new ones, 3 out of 4 were actually really good, the fourth one a bit repetitive (but as such might be great once you know it). Having just checked out the songs on iTunes (on the album Stand Up), I can tell you that they’re much richer and more interesting live, mainly as melodies are now played by brass and the great violinist Rashawn Ross.

The main problem with the night was Dave’s voice. He already apologized after the introduction that it was a bit squeeky, and although he didn’t miss any important notes, he refrained from even trying some of them, and his voice lacked the power to linger in the arena. As a result, the concert was a bit static – not helped by the audience including me staying in their seats until the encores – and the apparent energy hardly reached the audience until the second half of the set.

Overall, I can’t complain. The high ticket price was practically justified by the long set (nearly three hours); musically it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever witnessed; everyone can have a sore throat – heck I’ve got one after every choir rehearsal!

May 31, 2007

Thursday Indoor

Ah British weather, don’t you just love it… I’ve been indoor today, So i have no complains. My head is a aching a bit now after I attempted to update my progress report. A complete change from the last one. Had to rearrange my arguments, chapters and sections. I had to scrap one whole chapter as it turns out to be rather irrelevant now that I have a complete new set of findings. I really pray that these findings are novel and I pray for more new knowledge discoveries and breakthoughs! My review is in July (I think). I hope to complete the report by 8th June. I should email Kevin the final copy before I head of to London enroute to Dublin on Monday 11th. All in God’s hands!!

It is Gawai day in Kuching (Malaysia) tomorrow. It’s like a harvest festival. Have to give it a miss but I’ll have a nite out with mates tomorrow nite. Dinner then RnB nite at the union. Then I will be off to Amsterdam on Sunday for a few days. Will be back on 5th eve in time for the PhD conference on 6th. I pray that the weather will be lovely and my flights will not be delayed!!!!

More things to do:

1. more data collections and visual snapshots
2. CofG
3. Non-linear elasticity
4. E extraction and homogeneity
5. Incision
6. Case study

All in God’s hands, in Jesus’ name. Amen!