Roy Tang

roytang.net

Programmer, engineer, scientist, critic, gamer, dreamer, and kid-at-heart.

Blog Notes Photos Links Archives About

2004 October

  • Posting From the Boondocks

    Well, not really, seeing as how there aren't really any mountains anywhere near here. I'm in Daet, Camarines Norte, if that means anything to you. It's great to be back here β€” apparently the last time I was here was in 1996. Some things have changed, but mostly things are still the same. There's some sort of minimall now, and a Shakey's, and a Jollibee. πŸ˜› And there's internet! I'm posting right now from a dingy internet cafe near my grandmother's house. The mouse is horrible, and I had to put up with using IE for a while. I got

    read more (298 words)

    Posted by under blog at #travels

    Also on: blogger / 298 words

  • Getting Away From It All

    I need to escape from this madness, this constant flow of unfinished tasks. I am leaving for the land of my ancestors, returning to my roots, seeking the tranquility that has eluded me these weeks past. For seven long years have I not ventured there, and yet now I find myself seeking its warm comforts. What will I find when I return to those shores? Will it be the same simple, quite town I once knew? Or has it changed and grown, to become a bustling metropolis? Will this short rest bring me answers, to the questions that plague my

    read more (112 words)

    Posted by under blog at #travels

    Also on: blogger / 112 words

  • I Vow Revenge!

    Okay, so I didn't perform very well at the recent company bowling tournament. It's quite embarassing, considering both my parents are pretty decent bowlers. Which is why, I vow revenge! This I declare, with my nice guy pose, I will practice, and I will win next year! The embarassing thing is that by the last day my right hand was tired from all that ball-swinging. When I told my mom about it, I found out she actually used a ball one pound heavier than the one I was using! Okay, that does it. I vow revenge!
    Posted by under blog at

    Also on: blogger / 96 words

  • Best Software Essays

    Joel Spolsky, of Joel on Software, is collecting nominations for the best software related essays of 2004. A lot of them are interesting reads. Reading these essays make me realize that, well, I like being a coder, a programmer and a developer. (These are different things, figure it out :D)
    Posted by under blog at #software-development

    Also on: blogger / 50 words

  • The 48 Laws of Power

    Never Outshine the Master Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies Conceal Your Intentions Always Say Less Than Necessary So Much Depends On Reputation β€” Guard It With Your Life Court Attention At All Costs Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit Make Other People Come To You β€” Use Bait If Necessary Win Through Your Actions, Never Through An Argument Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and the Unlucky Learn to Keep People Dependent on You Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim When Asking for Help, Appeal

    read more (385 words)

    Posted by under blog at #books #pop-culture

    Also on: blogger / 385 words

  • Sinfest!

    I was bored. And I was going through the Sinfest archives. But then I thought, why should I bother going through these comics manually over the net? I'm a programmer, I'll make a SinfestDownloader! I've left it running for about 4 hours now. There's a lot of Sinfest strips... around 40MB worth have already been downloaded! I wonder if this violates any sort of copyright? ... Update: Done in a little over 4.5 hrs. Sinfest weighs in at a bit more than 1700 strips, and roughy 50MB of space. I wonder if I should try for Penny-Arcade? πŸ˜›
  • Firefox 1.0 on November 9

    In case you haven't heard, Firefox, the little browser that could, is scheduled for the official 1.0 release on Nov. 9. There's a large promotion campaign going on over at SpreadFirefox.com, including a campaign to gather donations for a large ad of some sort on the New York Times. I'm still using 0.9, despite the availability of 1.0PR, but I'll surely get the official 1.0 come November 9. πŸ˜€ BTW, there are some cool Firefox wallpapers available.
    Posted by under blog at #tech-life

    Also on: blogger / 77 words

  • Google Desktop

    People have been raving about Google Desktop lately. I didn't like it. Aside from the obvious problem with multi-user computers, apparently there are some other issues. I wouldn't use it for my everyday, personal stuff, but I think it might be okay at work.
    Posted by under blog at #tech-life

    Also on: blogger / 44 words

  • Bad Bowler!

    First day of company bowling today. I got 101 and 87 in the two games. Bleah. The dinner was at Max's. The chicken was dry. I really don't like Max's. :( So much for raw talent :p
    Posted by under blog at

    Also on: blogger / 37 words

  • Taxi Tales

    Sometimes the best stories come from the strangest places. Tonight, I was tired, I just wanted to get home quickly and unwind. So I took a taxi, just outside Megamall. The driver had to ask me where I was going, and luckily my choice of destination was favorable to him. Now, to be honest, I really hate taxi drivers who choose passengers based on where they're going. Not only is it illegal, it's annoying. So I didn't really like it when he turned out to be a chatty driver. On our way down East Avenue, near the LTO offices, he

    read more (374 words)

    Posted by under blog at

    Also on: blogger / 💬 2 374 words

  • Unrequited

    (Warning: sappy!) Have you ever been in love with someone who can't love you back? Unrequited love: one of the worst possible states a human being could ever hope to achieve. It starts quite innocently. You start to notice this certain person. You find her sweet and friendly. You like the way she looks, the way she talks, the way she smiles. She's pretty cute, she's smart, and her smile is enough to melt your heart. You hang out with her every so often. You find something about her that turns you on. Pretty soon you find yourself thinking about

    read more (1123 words)

    Posted by under blog at

    Also on: blogger / 1123 words

  • Where Have I Been

    Well the week before was supposedly preparation for the JITSE (although I think a lot more time was spent on SF3... ) And this week, there was a lot of overtime to be had (quite a bit of food too). Oh, and I've been having medical problems apparently; After some days of experiencing dizziness, I had myself a check up (free! I now think company-sponsored health care is cool :D) at Clinica Manila in Megamall. After some blood tests and stuff, I found out some bad things: I have too much uric acid in my system. Apparently I have to

    read more (332 words)

    Posted by under blog at

    Also on: blogger / 332 words

  • About the JITSE, and Exams in general

    Alright, so it's been a week since I took the JITSE, over at the Philippine Christian University in Manila. Like all other exams I take, I finished it unhumanly early. If I didn't have any kind of shame, I would have submiited the AM exam a whole hour-and-a-half early just so I could get some sleep before the PM part. (Some people noticed I was dozing off anyway :P) I don't get the big deal though. For objective-type, multiple-choice exams, there's really no reason to linger over the questions. Read the question once or twice, and you realize that either

    read more (234 words)

    Posted by under blog at

    Also on: blogger / 💬 4 234 words