Sunny Chan blogs Can you see the Logic in my Madness?

Sunny's 5 Year Itch

by schan

Posted on Sunday Oct 04, 2009 at 06:26AM in Anything

According the this website, The phase "The Seven Years Itch" means the inclination to become unfaithful after seven years of marriage. Ladies, don't worry, I am still single and available. However I wonder whether I do have a five years itch.

So far in my life I never really stayed at one location / school /  job for more then 5 years. The worst period is during my Primary School years, where one reason or another I have moved to 3 primary schools - nearly once every 2 years. By the way, I do not recommend anyone to subject their son and daughter to this as for me it was pretty traumatic, and it has turned my life upside down. Without the bad experiences during my late Primary / early Secondary School years, I would probably have not pluck up the courage to take the big step to study in UK. The period I spent in Felsted is the best time in my life, where I made friends and won respect - people still remember me out there after 10 years! If I haven't studied to Felsted, I probably won't get into Imperial, and would probably got the job that I am doing now.

Sometimes I am wondering whether Plan B is my 5 Year Itch, but I don't think it is such a bad thing.

For those who wonder what happen with Plan B I am still waiting for Human Resource in the bank I am working for to sort things out. It may take 2-3 months. I have already started to throw away old books and stop buying items that I cannot take with me. However, until I have the offer no one should assume that Plan B is happening. So please do not discuss this with my parents yet!


Donation sought (at the request of my mom)

by schan

Posted on Saturday Oct 03, 2009 at 03:27PM in Anything

Dear Children,
            Please note :

         相信你們都常常聽我提及有關我參與不同的義工服務。其中一個團體是"無界限 - 精神健康社區融合會" (簡稱無界限 )。


                 很高興在這裏,隆重宣佈: 本會的第一份宣傳小冊子已經出世了 (見附件)。身為司庫的我,親眼見證這群babies(小冊子),在這個貧窮但充滿愛、理想和團結的大家庭裏面,只用了650元便做出了2,000個值得我們自豪的寶貝.......它們身負重任 :


(一) 將 "無界限" 的成立、宗旨、目標、服務對象/內容等等介紹給尚未認識我們的朋友。 希望朋友們知道,在社區上有一群人正在努力默默地為精神病康復者提供服務,幫助他們融入社區和重拾自信。朋友們! 你地能放下對他們的歧視和誤解; 以愛,包容去接納他們,一個共融的社區,對他們重投社會有莫大的幫助。


(二) 朋友們如果你身邊在這方面有需要協助的人,可以聯絡我們,可能我們未必可直接幫到手,但我們可以儘量為你們提供相關的渠道,獲得合適的協助。有問題,不要怕,只要勇敢面對,一定OK。


(三) 歡迎認同我們理念的社會各界人士,加入我們的行列。


(四) 籌募經費 : 希望大家能慷慨解囊,樂善好施。


           Please help to spread the news to your friends, colleagues (in HK for Sunny) so that someone may like to donate money to our community.  I will bring a few handouts to Sharon's home today.


            Forwarded two words files for follow-up action.



Kelvin Ko on Marriage and Opportunity Cost

by schan

Posted on Saturday Oct 03, 2009 at 03:22PM in Anything

The Italian Job - preliminary plan

by schan

Posted on Sunday Sep 13, 2009 at 05:46AM in The Italian Job

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I am planning to switch on Google Latitude during the trip so that people can track where I am. More details to follow 

Autofs hints

by schan

Posted on Thursday Aug 06, 2009 at 09:11PM in Anything

Just to save other people out there who have try to use autofs:

All automount map file must be non executable (eg rw-r-r-)

If not automounter will refuse to load it. I was scratching my head for a whole night trying to figure out my new ubuntu installation refuse to mount my NFS home directory. I am just about to blame ubuntu for this :-)

T-Mobile G1 - The Google Phone

by schan

Posted on Thursday Jul 16, 2009 at 09:06PM in Anything

Well, as most people who read this knows that I am pretty keen on Palm Pre. However my Nokia N95 is falling apart and I need a phone now to replace my Nokia. So I decided to take a look and I have decided to get a T-Mobile G1 for now, and then when Palm Pre is out here at the end of the year I would go and get

For those who doesn't know, T-Mobile G1 is the first phone that is based upon Google Android, the Linux based mobile OS that uses a subset/special implementation of Java as the main program interface.

I have been using the G1 for about a week now, and so far so good. It's pretty slick and the interface are pretty good compare to the iPhone. All the apps I wanted to use are there, including a fairly decent Live Messenger client. Althought the AppStore is not as good as Apple, it is growing and there are a few useful one up there. Hopefully once the Chinese Manufacturer making cheaper Android phone more developers will move onto the platform. Though it should be fairly easy to move J2ME application onto the Android platform (quite similar but not exactly the same - however a good developer can easily develop Facade to support both).

Anyway, I should download the SDK and have a play around soon.

J P Morgan Challenge 2009

by schan

Posted on Tuesday Jul 14, 2009 at 07:18PM in Anything

Here is the result. I came 11164 out of 11725.

It is all about participation! :-)

Sunny Gor Gor

by schan

Posted on Saturday Jul 11, 2009 at 10:48AM in Anything

I have a weird morning today:

Firstly I got up at 8 and I was watching thie Google I/O 2008 talk in bed. It is all about the Dalvok VM and I am curious about why they have their own dex format, etc. Interesting on how they adapted Java to work really well in a small platform:


Then I saw my sister has posted one of those really old Hong Kong advert in the facebook:

I then hop around the youtube site and look at some of those really old Hong Kong TV adverts. My goodness. When I was young I thought it was slick and cool, but now I feel a bit errie about them. Anyway, I finally landed on a couple of links with Sunny Gor Gor songs. For those of you who are old enough in Hong Kong should remember him - he is pretty much the first Hong Kong Children TV presenter. I did a bit of google and manage to find his web site. I was too young at that time (ahem... yes I was) and I only had a faint memory of him on TV.

However, I didn't pick my Sunny as my first name because of him though (nor did my parents). That's a story for another time.

What I have learnt this week.

by schan

Posted on Sunday Jun 28, 2009 at 08:36PM in Anything

It's been a long week. Here is 10 things I have learnt:

  1. If you have locked your keys in your MINI, don't bother calling the recovery service. Just find a stone/hammer and smash the window.
  2. Autoglass open 24*7. If they have the mirror in stock and a technician is available then you can get it fixed at 2am.
  3. Never chain your house keys with your car keys.
  4. Power Steering is a common fault on the 2001-2006 MINI Coopers. And it is expensive to get it fixed so BMW didn't do a recall.
  5. Taking the train to Brighton can be quicker than driving. Except you should expect noisy babies so iPod is essential
  6. Water in Brighton is pretty decent. Though it is a bit difficult to find a shower facility.
  7. Your ghost in Sim 3 only has a limited amount of time. Once the time is up then that's it, so get him/her revived asap.
  8. It's difficult to find a decent techie jobs in Hong Kong, unless you are actually there.
  9. Enjoy your life. You never know when your doctor will give you an overdose. Especially you are the King of Pop
  10. Java 6 Update 14 with server hotspot compiler is really really fast.

Why can't Orientals guys (US: Asian) get the white girls

by schan

Posted on Tuesday Jun 16, 2009 at 09:16PM in Anything

Eurovision Song Contest 2009

by schan

Posted on Sunday May 17, 2009 at 12:37PM in Anything

Eurovision Song Contest has become a little bit of a joke last couple of years, though I still enjoy Terry Wogan's (now Graham Norton) sarcastic comment and also what those crazy Eastern European could come up with. Surprising this year I think it's pretty good (hence I would like to blog about it)

For those come who are reading this and have no idea what Eurovision Song Contest it (e.g. if you live in HK), do a google and find out what you are missing out here!

This year seems like everyone is getting really serious about this competition, for
example, Germany has Dita Von Teese on the set, while UK have Andrew
Lloyd Webber writing songs, etc. They have changed the voting system
this year as well, and it did reduced the political voting effect. (Though
Ukarine still give 12 points for Russia, etc.) and Moscow who hosted this seems to be lavishing a lot of money on the set!

 My favourite song this year is the one from Estonia (not just because she is lang lui haaa):


Another one I quite enjoyed is the Ajiberjan's entry:


I thought this is quite cheeky and the tune is quite catchy too.

I stayed in and I thought I was entartained - so good job Europe looking forward to next year.

VMWare ESXi 3 experience

by schan

Posted on Friday May 01, 2009 at 10:04PM in Anything

I recently have upgraded my desktop machine to a Core 2 Quad - that by itself is quite a big change because I have been using AMD CPU for nearly 10 years, but it seems like Intel finally has a better product, so I voted with my Wallet.

Anyway so with a working Dual Core AMD Athlon x2 3800+ CPU as well as 4G DDR RAM, what shall we do with it? Of course try some new stuff. I always fancy the idea of having a hypervisor in the BIOS - althought we are not quite there yet, but the closest product we have right now.

So I downloaded the VMWare ESXi from VMWare website, burn it onto a CD and run installer. ESXi consists of a modified Linux kernel and some VMware modules. It took a minute or so to boot up. When I tried to run the installer, it comes back with an error with unsupported device. I did a quick Google on the topic and found that the installer just doesn't support IDE hard drives (which is the one that I have lying around!). You need to go to the virtual console and start hacking their installation script. That's not very nice.

Anyway, once I have installed it on the hard drive I reboot the machine - however it doesn't seems to be able to format the hard drive. After trying for half a Sunday I figure out that my drive was used to install Windows 7, and instead of standard old school partition table it now has a EFI GUID Partition Table. VMWare doesn't seems to know how to handle them. In the end I cleared the GPT using diskpart off my hard drive and now VMWare can install properly.

The one really annoy thing for me is that VMWare ESXi can only use drives formatted with VMFS - as a result I can't really share my external SATA hard drive with another Linux installation. BAD. Also it seems like you once you have created a VMWare Virtual hard drive on a data store it won't be able to shrink the disk size. Arghhhhhh. Why can't they have a straight pass through SATA? or USB? Searching in Google suggested that the only way you can let your VMWare to use a drive "natively" is to share it from a remote machine using a iSCSI intiaitor. BAD

At the moment when I need to install OS onto the server I either use a CD image or my local CD drive. This is another annoyance as I just cannot convince VMWare to assign the server's DVD ROM drive onto the virtual machine. Make it a bit slower to install the packages..

Another thing that I don't like is that there is no console directly on the server itself-  you will have to use the management client in order to connect to those console. This is okay for a headless server but for developer like me I would still prefer to have full console access to my VM the server itself.

Other than these annoying details it works pretty well with the stuff I throw at it. The CPU I use for this VMWare test machine doesn't support Pacifica technology (AMD's Vritualisation instructions set) but is still achieve a decent performance

Old School Computer Music

by schan

Posted on Tuesday Apr 21, 2009 at 07:47PM in Anything

My first PC has two floppy drive and no hard disk (how could one survive that?!), and when the floppy's step motor moving around it makes noise that can be similar to music. I always wonder whether someone will us it as a musical instrument. Someone with lots of time in their hand finally has done this impressive number with old computer bits:



I am well impressed!

The latest HSBC ad

by schan

Posted on Tuesday Apr 14, 2009 at 08:24PM in Anything

This is a classic HSBC ad, blogged here for my mom:


For those who doesn't know Chinese, the English translation they give there isn't as true to the meaning. The chinese words above the "Fear" actually means "Nightmare".



Strange Conversation

by schan

Posted on Thursday Mar 12, 2009 at 09:08PM in Anything

4.45pm. Sunny's mobile rang.

T = T-Mobile sales. S = Sunny

T: Is this Mr. Chan?

S: Yes

T: This is T-mobile. I noticed that your discount period is coming to an end. Would you like to renew your contract or get a new phone?

S: Not at the moment. I am waiting for a phone to come out and it is not on sale yet.

T: May I ask which one?

S: Palm Pre

T: Sorry what's that?

S: Palm Pre!

T: I have never heard of it.

S: Google it!

T: Tell me the name once more?

S: (Annoyed tone) PALM PRE.

T: How do you spell it?

S: (Very Annoyed) P-A-L-M P-R-E

T: What make is it?

S: (Thinking "D**khead" in his head) Palm

T: I am sorry?

S: (Are you wasting my time?) PALM!

T: Oh Palm. I never heard of it before - Okay let me see.

T: (Looking at Google, found the Palm's website) Oh is it US only?

S: Nope they are going to make a GSM version (Note: I mean 3G - I won't buy a phone without 3G HSPDA!)

S: So can I just keep the contract as is.

T: Yes

S: Okay.

T: Thanks for your time.

This guy should be layed off in this kind of economic environment. Palm Pre is like the best phone since iPhone. He is so not going to sell any phone to me