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Last sat I went to my friend place as I was getting external Flash for my E-300 CAM and we exchange some of the photography knowledge. He showing me some of his photo in his Macbook Pro and he ask me why can’t copy anything to his portable hard disk? I was wondering should be file system issue, so I ask him to show me and when the drive mounted it was only stated read-only.

Not sure if it really not support to do read-write on Mac as I was not a Mac user, but I manage to find the solution for him and thanks to Google that really useful search engine nowadays. The software that I found is NTFS-3G release by Tuxera and the installation was easy and fast.

TFS-3G is a stable read/write NTFS driver for Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris, QNX, Haiku, and other operating systems. It provides safe and fast handling of the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 file systems.

Source: Tuxera

Olympus E-300

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I finally got a DSLR for my self although this is not a brand new unit but its already good enough for a beginner to get a hand on DSLR world. I’ve been using Olympus camera for quite sometime where my first digital camera was Olympus C-450 and recently just bought another unit 1050 SW that is very useful for underwater photography.

I got this E-300 with a very good price but there is some crack on the lens outer ring and now findings all the accessories for it and if anyone want to sell those accessories do PM or email to me.

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Thanks too all beloved reader, due to overwhelming viewer respond SimonandJun blog needs to move to a new hosting to provide better bandwidth and thanks to my friend that provide such a good hosting services that giving my blog readers having uninterrupted viewing.


Thank you for all the supports.

Happy Anniversary ’09

Thank you to all my friend that makes our anniversary so meaningful and having such a great times together in The Library @eCurve. I was so drunk and if any where that I’ve said or do wrong, please forgive me :).

Have a look on the photo of all the craziest look…. here

ScribeFire blogging tool

Scribefire: Fire up your blogging

Blogging tool is depend on user preference where some like to use Window Live Writer as I was used to use it too when using on windows but then I’ve converted to use Ubuntu and most of the time at home i will be using Ubuntu so finding another blogging tools that is similar to WLW is not much or maybe i’m not know of it.

I google around and found some people comment to use ScribeFire that just add-on to firefox browser and is very convenience to use. At any time you want to blog about website or just thought of something you just press “F8” inside Firefox browser you will get the blogging tool directly. It have all the features like what you need in WLW and I didn’t find any difficulty on find the function.

The installation is very straight forward as it only install as plug-in, file download size also pretty small. So give it a try today…

Blueman for Ubuntu

I’m been trying to send photo from my phone to my laptop using the built-in bluetooth software that comes with Ubuntu 9.10 but it does not support receiving files, what a frustration. So i do a little google and found a tool that make wonders with just minor setting, the software call Blueman Bluetooth Manager.

Blueman is a GTK+ Bluetooth Manager.Blueman is designed to provide simple, yet effective means for controlling BlueZ API and simplifying bluetooth tasks such as:

  • Connecting to 3G/EDGE/GPRS via dial-up
  • Connecting to/Creating bluetooth networks
  • Connecting to input devices
  • Connecting to audio devices
  • Sending/Receiving/Browsing files via OBEX
  • Pairing

Blueman also integrates with Network Manager 0.7, so any Dialup/Network connections will be made available (via HAL) to Network Manager.

The installation is just way to simple and type the following and viola, you’re done.

sudo apt-get install blueman

I’ve not yet try using it to connect to internet via my 3G but will try it soon.

Source : Ubuntugeek

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Chinese Traditional Fullmoon Celebration


In old days, when a new born baby reach 1 month old and in Chinese tradition will celebrate Fullmoon for the baby. During the celebration the family members will prepare red egg (where the egg dip into red coloring liquid that consist of vinegar and red color to make the egg become red), pickled ginger, vinegar pork leg (with lots of ginger and vinegar) and Ang Koo kuih.

After the preparing all the foods, all the families member including all relatives will enjoy the foods will seeing the new born baby. Apart from this, the parent do gives red eggs and roast pork to friends or relatives that does not able to come on that day as to thank and cherish the happiest moment. As times goes by this tradition seem to be far left behind as city peoples are too busy with city life’s and usually does not do that but just order catering then invites all the relatives and friend to come by.

Even now a days this Fullmoon celebration have extended not just to our friend but even to our office colleague that did not manage to come by and just purchase a Fullmoon gift pack from Delights Fullmoon that have offered such packages to saves time and able to celebrate this cherish moment with all friends.

Delights Fullmoon offered various fullmoon packages to choose from that suite your needs. Each of the packages include red eggs, pickled ginger and Ang Koo kuih as that’s the traditional foods to be have. Best thing is all the packages suite for everyone to consume as is it Halal and they do have vegetarian packages as well, so if you have a new born baby on the way you can have a look on their website.

Source : Delights Fullmoon Speciality Shop

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Profwiz profile migration tool


ForensIT does a great job by providing such a great tool for free that ease IT Administrator job on doing profile migration when doing domain migration especially changing from different domain but remain back user old profile.

I use this tool recently on few domain migration project that would need to use a week or more for migrating user profile but with this Profwiz we takes about 2 days to complete migrate 40 workstations to new domain.

I write a mini how-to on this great tool Profwiz that can help reduce migration times as below:-

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Happy 10th Anniversary MSN


MSN Messenger celebrate 10th Anniversary, not sure when was the date but this morning when I login to my MSN it popup the highlight stated celebrating 10th Anniversary and suppose is today I think… 🙂

I’ve been using MSN for quite sometimes and its still the best and easiest online communication tools where Windows pc comes with it without having to install manually.


Great job that Microsoft have done on MSN.


Source : MSN

Wasting Resources

I was wonder who proposing the usage of the so call blower that Alam Sekitar is using to blow all the leave from the road to the drain (long kang) or road side. It was such an wasting of resource where hiring a bunch of people just doing that and it does not make any help but creating problem.

They not just blowing the leave into the drain but others rubbish as well causing the drain clog end up all the drain water stuck there and mosquito starting to breed there. If the area is good enough to have another bunch of people to clean up the drain then its still ok but why need to split a simple job into 2 group of people doing it.

I really have not idea what is the guy who proposed think? ….

Wasting our money for nothing, not even creating a better living for us….