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Confessional Thoughts

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I wonder if the Catholic Church considers piracy as a sin… at least one that I should be confessing to a priest during er… confession. If so, I suppose I have more than ten years’ worth of piracy-related sins to confess. Yeah, I go to confession. Once a year, around the Holy Week period usually. Once a year is the minimum frequency required by the Catholic Church, but I wonder how many observe it?

Contrast: Suikoden V vs Baldur's Gate 2

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One would think it an unfair comparision, seeing as how BG2 is at least 5 years older that Suiko5. But BG2 holds up pretty well, I end having a mental coin toss as to which game I will play at any one time. They both have their merits. Suiko5 Pros: Awesome story, lots of background and character depth. Cons: Extremely narrow gameplay, heavily scripted. Hero looks girly. Status: 12 hours in.

Suikoden V -- Beginning

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_ (My previous practice was never to post an entry about a game until I’d finished it. This was a good idea during those days that I had a lot of free time and could finish the average RPG in a week. I haven’t been in that state for four years.) _ My brother warned me that according to reviews, the first eight hours or so of Suikoden V were quite draggy.

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-04-06

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-04-06 How I won the Mid-Atlantic regionals with my Song of Blood Deck How I won the Mid-Atlantic regionals with my Song of Blood Deck — Tagged as: magicthegathering

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-04-05

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-04-05 How I Work: Bill Gates – Apr. 4, 2006 — Tagged as: articles lifehacks How to be Lucky: ProBlogger Blog Tips — Tagged as: lifehacks

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-04-02

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-04-02 Why specs matter [dive into mark] — Tagged as: articles development How to Have a 36 Hour Day — Tagged as: lifehacks Qooqle Video — Tagged as: videos Anytime is the Right Time to Start a Company – Blue Flavor — Tagged as: articles entrepreneurship Developer Testing, Discussions about Software Quality — Tagged as: developertesting programming

Ubuntu Desktop 01-Apr-2006

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Ubuntu Desktop Originally uploaded by zroytang . I’m getting a lot more comfortable with Ubuntu… I spent about half an hour today customizing the environment and setting up some stuff. I can do my downloading in Ubuntu now; I just need to set up some sort of shared FAT32 partition that both WinXP and Ubuntu can access for easy transfer between the two OS. (Currently, Ubuntu only has read-only access to the NTFS file system)

I Need To Be More Cunning

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Yesterday, the guard at my office building pissed me off quite a bit. He refused to let me in because I was wearing slippers! Since we dress casually on Saturdays, very so often I like to wear slippers to work, especially when I’m feeling too lazy to put on socks. They never gave me any trouble before, so I argued with the guard for a bit. Stubborn-headed, he still wouldn’t let me in.

Radio Station Top Ten Lists

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I’ve always been suspicious of radio station top ten lists, assuming they are predetermined marketing scams and not really based on actual listener requests. When I was in high school I wanted to put this theory to the test by having a whole lot of people call one station and request a really old song – my choice at the time was “Hey Jude” by the Beatles. Unfortunately, my plan fell through because I could not gather the critical mass needed to accomplish it.

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-03-26

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-03-26 Main Page – Wikiquote — Tagged as: quotes Zen is Boring! — Tagged as: articles psychology zen FORTUNE: Secrets of greatness: How I work – Mar. 16, 2006 — Tagged as: articles lifehacks Be smarter at work, slack off – Mar. 17, 2006 — Tagged as: articles lifehacks How to make a custom TV-torrent feed · TorrentFreak, torrents and more —

Ballmer, Bemused -- Forbes.com

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Ballmer, Bemused – Forbes.com An interview with Steve Ballmer – a lot of “Microsoft is cool” gibberish, but one nice quote stands out for me: Forbes.com: Right now, I can go out and get a free alternative to just about every product Microsoft sells. Why do people keep paying you for something they could get free? Ballmer: One, people value their time. Our stuff does more, and they like that.

Grand Prix Manila

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Can you find me in the picture? Originally uploaded by zroytang. Maybe it's just me, but Wizard's coverage of Grand Prix Manila last weekend seems just a tad condescending to Filipino Magic players. Not that we mind, after all, local bets actually did kick ass and shrugged off the Japanese invasion. If you are in fact a Filipino Magic player, then I hope you know what I’m talking about – last weekend at the Robinson’s Galleria Trade Hall, almost four hundred local and foreign Magic: The Gathering players gathered for the third-ever Grand Prix event held in Manila.

Recent Reading 2006-03-12

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Books I’ve finished reading in the past few months: _ Rapid Development _ by Steve McConnell – I was browsing through my company’s small library of development books and found this little gem among the usual language-specific tomes. A bit old, but I know from Code Complete that Steve McConnell really hits in the mark with regard to software best practices. This book is aimed mainly at technical leads — coincidentally, that was my role at the time.

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-03-09

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-03-09 Escapa! — “Click and hold the red square. Now, move it so that you neither touch the walls nor get hit by any of the blue blocks If you make it to 18 seconds, you are doing brilliantly!” Mindless! After a few tries I made it to 21 secs running on evasive instinct Tagged as: cool games javascript

Adventures in Linux-land, part 3

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I think I’m starting to get the hang of this :p This whole thing with Kubuntu, where I have to use Adept to install stuff is really weirding out my Windows-geek tendencies. For today, all I wanted was to get some mp3s playing on Kubuntu. Unfortunately, the default included players (Kaffeine and Amarok) were giving me trouble, claiming they could not play mp3s! I asked around for some help, and read some FAQs, but I kept getting errors trying to download and install gstreamer-mad 0.

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-03-08

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-03-08 Tour de Babel — Article from an Amazon employee comparing different programming languagesTagged as: articles programming

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-03-04

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-03-04 20 greatest cartoon characters — Tagged as: cartoons Transformers: Evolution — Awesome alternate-universe Transformers series set during the early industrial age. Check out the initial sketches!Tagged as: comics transformers YouTube – Real Life Simpsons Intro — Tagged as: simpsons

Adventures in Linux-land, part 2

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[ Previously]1: I installed Kubuntu, but failed to get the internet working. But now, since we got a router to service our home network (whereas previously we were using a cross-cable directly connecting two computers), I decided to give it another shot. Apparently, if I have a router between my PC and the DSL line, I can use something called DHCP to automatically configure my ethernet connection. And I did that!

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-02-26

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Edit: One-time update, because I found the script to get the bookmarks was being run at the wrong time, hence items posted after a certain time of the day would not be included. Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-02-24 How to stay organized at work? | Ask MetaFilter — Tagged as: askmefi lifehacks Maverick — Lightweight open-source java web framework Tagged as: coding framework java opensource web

WWE Raw In Manila!

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Wooo! I’m not sure how to begin; my brothers and I have been wrestling fans for almost twenty years now, and as far as I can remember this was the only time that the WWE ever came to the Philippines. The last time was a long time ago, and although I wanted to see it, there was no way I could convince my parents then that the largish amount of cash needed to go was worth it.

State of National Emergency

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Lest I be accused of avoiding the real world by writing about TV shows while events start to unfold which may or may not plunge our nation into chaos , I suppose I should put my two cents into the matter. For those who read this text in the future at a time when all these links are broken, the current President of the Phillipines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared a state of national emergency today, claiming that a broad alliance encompassing traditional oppostion groups and the far left and the far right are trying to bring her down.

Smallville

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I figure there are three reasons why people continue to watch Smallville: We want to see Clark become Superman (and Lex become… Lex) We want to see all the cool comic-book references and cameos We actually like all the drama and though we know otherwise, we harbor some sort of hope that maybe Clark and Lana will still get together anyhow As a comic geek, I guess I’m more inclined toward the first two.

Del.icio.us bookmarks for 2006-02-24

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-02-24 Gamasutra – Soapbox – “World of Warcraft Teaches the Wrong Things” — Tagged as: articles games mmorpgs warcraft Ubersite – The Ultimate MS Paint: It Will Make You Cry — Tagged as: art cool

I Am A Light Cycle

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I am a Light Cycle . I drive fast, I turn fast, I do everything fast. I even breakfast. I tend to confuse people with my sudden changes of heart. Sometimes I even confuse myself, which tends to cause problems. What Video Game Character Are You?

Taxi Tales -- The Badass Vigilante One

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… or so he claimed. The conversation started off easily enough, he said the MMDA over at Megamall were staring him down for daring to wait for me to run up to his cab. For some reason, he soon digressed into how earlier that day he had witnessed a man snatch a cellphone from a young woman inside a jeepney. The young woman was of course dumbstruck as the perp made his escape.

Comment Spam!

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I am honored, I am now worthy of being comment-spammed. Made me sign up for a WordPress.com account so I could activate Akismet.

Desktop 2006-02-19

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Desktop 2006-02-19 Originally uploaded by zroytang . <p> Spent a good amount of time today tidying up the desktop. Check it out! </p> <p> Wallpaper is from <a href="http://everydayicons.jp">Everyday Icons<br /> </a> </p>

I remembered that I haven’t written an About page yet. This post will go there. The Blogger profile describes me as a “Programmer, engineer, scientist, critic, gamer, dreamer, and kid-at-heart.” Let’s break that down, shall we? Programmer : Since January of 2003 I’ve been working as a software developer for the RP office of a Hong Kong-based company. I’m no Computer Science graduate, but I did manage to fake it well enough to pass the JITSE certification exams.

A Numbers Puzzle

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Some people I know enjoy puzzles. (So do I.) Here’s a neat one: 85 37 655321 64389000 466 64 24601 101 980 95 057 42799 6 The only hint provided is:   It’s not something you’ll figure out by just thinking about it, but with some creative Googling you can get it. _ Via J-Walk (Warning: the link will show you the answer!

Today's del.icio.us bookmarks

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-02-16 Sketch Swap — Awesome (and slightly addictive) flash (I think it’s flash) page that allows you to sketch something and get a sketch in return.Tagged as: cool flash sketching

Open Up and Say Yumburger.

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pamie.com: Open Up and Say Yumburger. Awesome, awesome blog post about some “Ugly Americans” and their um… “unique” experience dining at Jollibee. Highlights the world of difference between the American palette and the Filipino one. While they make a good point that Jollibee is the “crappy burger joint food” of the Philippines as compared to McDonald’s which is the “crappy burger joint food” of the US, I don’t think I’ve ever heard any Filipino reference Jollibee food in any such disparaging manner.

Today's del.icio.us bookmarks

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Shared bookmarks for del.icio.us user roytang on 2006-02-15 Yahoo! UI Library — Tagged as: coding web Online test based on Jung – Myers-Briggs typology — Tagged as: myers-briggs psychology tools Japanese Wallpaper Site — Tagged as: wallpapers TTCS OSSWIN CD – open source software for Windows — Tagged as: freeware software Video of a Real Transformer — Tagged as: cool tech transformers Comments Comment by jgalucio on 2008-11-15 22:45:17 +0000 Thanks for your interesting article

On our way down the mountain from Batangas, we stopped in a small, quaint town filled with old-fashioned simple folk. For some reason, I took the opportunity to vanish into the shadows and watch as the buses left me behind. I roamed around the small town, hoping to find some sort of means with which I could escape my mundane life and start over in a some other paradise. Twice people from the company came back, looking for someone, but apparently not me.

Looking Out Over Punta Fuego

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Looking Out Over Punta Fuego Originally uploaded by zroytang . <p> This is the photo I decided to put on the front page of http://roytang.net while I wasn't sure yet what to put there. </p> <p> We were at Punta Fuego in Batangas last Jan 30-31 for our coincidentally-coinciding-with-the-HK-Chinese-New Year-weekend annual company outing. Those who know me in person might be aware that I'm not really big on out-of-town trips.

On the Mohammed Cartoons Issue

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The response of the western world to the recent backlash against published cartoon depictions of mohammed could be described as the unavoidable result of two completely distinct cultures clashing against each other. On one hand, Islam dictates that any such depiction of the prophet Mohammed are considered as blasphemy; on the other hand, Western media views it as a free speech issue; since every other religion in the world tolerates media lampooning, why shouldn’t Islam?

God's Debris by Scott Adams

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[ This ]1was Scott Adams’ first non-Dilbert book. If you’re used to reading Adams go on about Induhviduals and stupid managers, or if you’ve never read Adams trying / pretending to sound philosophical in one of his books, then this isn’t what you’d expect. Adams describes it as a “thought experiment” of sorts, one where he tries to provide some sort of explanation for basically life, the universe and everything. Although it’s a work of fiction, it sounds like Adams is trying to see how people will react to his form of philosophy — it seems to be one of his favorite things to do something just to provoke reactions.

Deadly Noontime Shows

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In a few months people will forget anyway. Yesterday 74 people died in a tragic stampede. The reason? Crowding to get into the one-year anniversary show of a local noontime variety show. Wowowee. This is ridiculous, an obvious barometer showing how desperate many of our countrymen have become. The show was offering prizes in the form of raffle draws and contests, and many were hoping to win a house and lot or at least some cash to help them get by.

Welcome to roytang.net

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Yeah, so I was bored and went ahead and got a domain name. ^_^I’m wondering if I’ve wasted money, but webhosting is really cheap nowadays anyway. Thanks to the nice folks at pinoywebhosting.com for their quick service! Anyway, I hope you’ll pardon me if some parts of the site aren’t fully up-and-running (the about page is still the wordpress template for one), I haven’t had much time to play around with wordpress yet.

Users don't know what they want.

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Today’s Dilbert takes the old programming truism to an extreme – “Users don’t know what they want.” Comments Comment by Greg Moreno on 2006-04-24 11:05:17 +0000 As a developer who regularly talks with users, I believe it is our responsibility to help users express what they want. This is not just about writing specs and having them sign it. It is also an issue of expections. Developers sometimes (or oftentimes?

Yeah, I haven’t been posting lately. I still have a lot of thoughts running around my head, and often throughout the day I find myself thinking, “I should post an entry about this.” But at the end of the day, I’m tired and I’m exhausted from thinking about two hundred different issues and juggling twenty different priorities, so I don’t post about it. I note it somewhere and sooner or later it becomes irrelevant and I forget why I wanted to post it in the first place.

Adventures in Linux Land, Part 1

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So yeah, out of a strange mix of adventurism, inertia, coincidence and plan old boredom, I decided to install linux on this machine. At first I just wanted to see how easy the install would be, but after I nuked my Windows XP install I sort of had no turning back. (-_-!) Anyway, I went for a dual boot of Windows XP and Kubuntu, supposedly an easy-to-use Linux distro. So yeah, I even watched this video online that showed how to do the installs.