Thoughts and musings


Submitted by Ray on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:56

Blogging was always something that I struggled to get to grips with. Deciding on a writing style, what content items I would add or what I would actually write about - often forming an opinion on a subject can pigeonhole you as a certain type of person; I have always been rather guarded on my opinions and viewpoints, choosing to judge from afar rather than shouting from the rooftops.

Will they never learn..

Submitted by Ray on Wed, 02/18/2009 - 13:47

The various web standards initiatives have now been going for quite a few years, educating web developers about the optimal ways of coding web pages.

There are still many web developers out there that are either;

  • too old to learn new things
  • haven't heard of web standards!
  • do not validate their code
  • just cant be arsed

About time too.

Submitted by Ray on Wed, 02/18/2009 - 11:06

Yay! today it rained, well its still raining now as my ever faltering electricity is testament to.

Previously, in my old life(!) I never really had to worry about water, as in, you turn on the tap and water comes out. Here we have a water-well (no government water access for us), the problem with it is that we live up a rocky mountain and the water-well is only 5m deep. Apparently it cannot be dug any deeper due to the hard ground.

Wordpress Sacked

Submitted by Ray on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 12:10

For a while now I have been running this site using Wordpress as the main CMS. For the last few weeks I have been dealing with the site getting hacked 3 or 4 times a week. Regardless of the security tweaks that I tried to implement to stop this, it was still happening regularly.

Quite why it was possible to change many of my files that should have been protected I do not know, possibly due to a bad plug-in, but I cannot be sure. So by Friday morning I had had enough and it was time for a drastic change, I had now been using Wordpress for a while and I feel that I have tried to get the best out of it, yet it has failed me on numerous occasions.

photo fever

Submitted by Ray on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 16:05

Something that has been holding me back for a while now is the lack of a decent camera. My old Sanyo point and click has seen better days since its purchase in Hong Kong some 6 years ago. It is so frustrating to use now since it started having power problems and it now takes about 3 seconds to take a picture, I felt I was missing out on so many fantastic shots because my camera wasn't up to the task.

As I thought

Submitted by Ray on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 12:46

Followed a link today from my twitter feed to a new fun app that examines your browser history. It takes the sites that you view and correlates them against listings of male and female oriented sites and then tries to guess your sex.

The processing as you can imagine is quite complicated, rather than try to explain it myself, I will paraphrase the author;

Its been a while...

Submitted by Ray on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 15:46

Yeah, yeah, I know I aint done a post for over a month, well I thought I would get one in before the month is up. I am gonna keep this short as I have a couple of posts in the oven but they need a little bit longer to cook em up just right.


Submitted by Ray on Mon, 06/23/2008 - 09:24

It has taken me a while to write this post, not because the subject matter is hard or poses problems, but because I am angry, damn angry!

My last post detailed us trotting merrily off to Malaysia in search of a nice shiny new 1 year non-immigrant B multiple entry visa. A simple enough task when you consider that I have everything in place that I should regarding company papers and work permit. I pay tax every month, a damn sight more than many foreigners working here, and I know for sure that the application supporting paperwork was up to scratch; yet the Penang visa office still gives me a 3 month single entry! WTF!

Do it all again

Submitted by Ray on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 01:16

Time is upon us yet again for the tri-monthly visa run, although this time its a big one. Our 1 year [12 month] visa allows us to stay for 15 months by doing the final renewal before the year is up. It is now 15 months since we went to Kuala Lumpur for our Non-B immigrant visa's, now we gotta do it all again!!