Barbarian Buyer

September 26, 2006 at 12:14 pm | Posted in eBay, Life, Personal | 3 Comments

I’m very sad of receiving my very first negative feedback at eBay MY. This barbarian buyer has left me a negative feedback for accusing me being rude to her.

I have proof (my emails to her) that I was very polite all along the way. This is so unreasonable. Now, I’m finding ways to get rid of my negative feedback.

How could this kind of person live on this earth? How could she be one of my buyers?

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Bargain

September 25, 2006 at 3:33 pm | Posted in eBay, Life, Personal | 10 Comments

I’ve encountered another buyer insisting on paying less on the agreed price of the item that she won. As stated on my listing, I don’t accept bargains. That’s why I’ve included this term on my listing: “Please ask questions before you bid to avoid misunderstanding.”

Consider this: I’m selling a second hand novel which is very new and looked like never read before. I’m selling it in a very low price. So this buyer refused to pay the agreed price and asked for bargain on the shipping charges. Oh man!!! What a buyer!

I’ve replied to her emails very politely (which she thinks I’m rude to her) indicating that I can’t accept her bargain since this is my policy as a seller. In the end, she asked me to cancel the transaction and said I’m rude to her. Oh my!!!

I’ve no choice but to help her cancel her transaction. By the way, I’ve checked her feedback. She had two similar cases with the other sellers. So that means she has bad records before. So I don’t need to feel sorry for her.

In the mean time, I’ve contacted eBay MY’s Support for this issue. Hope they could give me some professional advise.

Do you think I’m too strict on this?

Don’t Discuss Yourself

September 24, 2006 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Life, Quotes | Leave a comment

Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592)

Consideration

September 23, 2006 at 11:23 am | Posted in Life, Quotes | 1 Comment

Zi Gong asked:”Is there a word that one should observe throughout life?”

Confucius:”Yes! It is perhaps ‘Consideration’. Whatever one does not wish for one self, do it not unto others.”

It’s Finally Over…

September 20, 2006 at 11:25 am | Posted in College Life, Life, Personal | Leave a comment

Wow!!! It’s finally over!!! Hm…No big deal.  Yesterday (19/9/2006) was the last day for my exam!

Think of it: I have 5 subjects this semester.  I have to sit for exam for both Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Science paper.  So, 5 X 2 = 10!!!  I took both papers (for one subject) in one day!  Consider the stress I was facing.

But now, I’m free!!!  Ok, let’s plan of what I’ll do for this semester break.

  1. Continue my Japanese class. (It’s been few months since my last class.  I’m too busy for it)
  2. Learn PHP.  (Yeah, as I mentioned before, I wish to host blogs on my own)
  3. Do some research for my Imagine Cup. (Oh! I never mention this right? I will…In the near future)
  4. Sleep. (My all-time favourite!)
  5. Play computer games. (Which? The Sims 2 and probably will re-replay Diablo II)
  6. Play PS games.  (Which? Final Fantasy XII.  But I’m waiting for the release of US or Europe version.  I’m truly bad in Japanese since I’m just a beginner. :p)

Anything else I missed?  Never mind.  I always changed my mind.  So, are you having holidays now?  What would you do?

Oh by the way,  I realised that I’ve been on the list of “Blog of the Day” and Growing Blog by WordPress.com.   Thank you very much visitors / guests!  It’s you that make my blog appear on the list.  Muaks!

What would you do?

August 27, 2006 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Life | Leave a comment

What would you do if you saw someone being robbed? Would you chase the robber? What would you do if you managed to catch him? Would you hit him with all your strength?

Check out this video on YouTube.

If I was there and if I’m a man, I’ll serve him with my fists and kicks. Anyway, it’s just an IF. However, I don’t encourage you to do this if you don’t have 100% confident. Your personal safety is the first. Think well before you do it. Don’t risk your life because of this. It doesn’t worth it.

Try seek for others help or call the police when you spot this kind of incident. If you’re with your gang, you might try to catch him. But, remember also: safety first. Do not risk yours and your friends’ lives.

Computer Science Education

August 26, 2006 at 1:48 pm | Posted in College Life, Life, Personal, Tech | 4 Comments

Definition of Computer Science from Wikipedia is:

Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems.[1][2][3] Computer science has many sub-fields; some emphasize the computation of specific results (such as computer graphics), while others (such as computational complexity theory) relate to properties of computational problems. Still others focus on the challenges in implementing computations. For example, programming language theory studies approaches to describing computations, while computer programming applies specific programming languages to solve specific computational problems.”

So basically, what we’ve learnt from our course are just some basic programming languages.

What Jeff said was right, we can’t rely on our college or lecturers for learning all of the computer science stuff.  We should explore ourselves in order to equip us with sufficient “bullets” to handle the real-world situation (i.e. our future working environment).

IMHO, colleges / universities are just places to help students build their foundation. It’s not enough even after we graduated.  Nowadays, a degree qualification doesn’t mean anything special, it’s just a prove that you’ve gone through some formal education.  So, what you have inside depends on what you’ve learnt all these while.

Sometimes I’m so sad to know that some of the computer science students are having problem with some simple computer operations.  Or maybe I should say, I’m sad to know that they chose to study computer science not because of they’re interested.  So, I can understand how they would be like this.  However, even though they’re not a computer science students, they should know and make use of some computer technologies in order to “survive” in this world.  Nowadays, emails, IM etc are so common in some working places.  Furthermore, how can you make excuses if you are really a computer science student?

For learning of low-level programming languages issue, I’m not going to give lengthly opinion.  IMHO, the reason why colleges / universities kept emphasizing of learning higher-level programming languages (such as Java, C# etc.) is because nowadays the market needs more higher-level programmers than lower-level programmers.  Please understand that writing programs in lower-level programming languages are time consuming.  And, not everybody has the ability to write programs in lower-level programming languages.  But I can’t admit that, we still need experts with lower-level programming skills.  Actually, it’s a must.  So that’s why learning of lower-level programming languages would be at Master or PhD level.

I can understand why some of the students still continue to study the courses (diploma or degree level) that they don’t actually like.  It is because they need the qualification in order to allow them to find a job.  So basically, these kind of people won’t further their studies in the same field.

 

Sorry for this mess.  In the end what I would like to say is: continue to learn by yourselves what you think you should know.  Education in colleges / universities is just helping you to build foundations for your field of study.  It’s not enough.  I agree with the Chinese Idioms of “Learn until the day you die” (I’m not sure if I can translate it like this).

So, instead of relying on the education system, why don’t we rely on ourselves?  Learning needs initiative that we should have in ourselves.

To those who are studying Computer Science: please equip yourself with adequate computer skills.  It’s a shame to tell people you’re a computer science students while you know little about computers.

Sorry if I hurt some of you.  Anyway, it’s just my humble opinions.

Feel free to give comments here if you agree or disagree with me.

Continued with “Cheated”

August 20, 2006 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Life, Personal | Leave a comment

Remember my previous post about being cheated? I won this war by complaining to the NCCC (National Consumer something).

Yesterday, the pest control company’s manager called me. He wish to know the reason I complaint about them. So, I told him that I felt I was being forced to hire them for their service.

As a result, he said he could refund me the other 2 services (which due in December 2006 and September 2007) which cost RM 60. What a joy I heard that!! Finally, we settled this.

So, I felt very happy with the efficiency of the NCCC and also the pest control company. Now, I’m waiting for him to bank-in the money into my bank account. Hope I’ll get it in these two days.

Personal Safety

August 15, 2006 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Life | 2 Comments

Recently there are crimes all over our place. Here are some important tips that I got from my college.

  • Always go out in groups of 3 or more persons.
  • Walk in bright and busy areas or streets, even if it may mean walking a little further.
  • Always let someone know where you are and where you may be going.
  • Be aware about your surroundings at all time. When out walking or joggin, you should not listen to your hand phone, listen to headphones or busy chatting with you friends.
  • Have the person who is sending you home, wait unti lyou get into the house before leaving.
  • If you feel you are being followed or observed, walk or run to a crowded area. Then, call friends or family members to talk you home.
  • Walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
  • Walk on pedestrian walkways and not on the road. Avoid walking too near passing motorists.

Apart from that, we’re given some important numbers to save into our phones.
Sentul Police Station: 03-40422222
Setapak Police Station: 03-40232222
Wangsa Maju Police Station: 03-41492222
Ambulance (PBSM): 03-42578726
Rakan Cop: 03-21159999

Cheated!!

August 14, 2006 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Life, Personal | 1 Comment

I’m cheated!!!

All because of my stupidity…and all because of I don’t know how to reject…

These guys from a pest control service company came to my house few times offering pest control service to me. I rejected them for the first time and I thought it’s the end of the story.

Today, the other guy came. This time, I can’t reject him because he seemed like a bit of “barbarian”. He told me, “All of the residents here have hired us to service them. If you’re not willing to pay, you’ll be responsible for what happen next!” What he meant is, if anything happens (most probably pointing to denggi) it’s a lost for me for not hiring them!

What the…I’ve no choice but to pay…I’m so regret now…One of my friends told me they’re illegal to ask for payment for this service (unless I hired them myself).

Oh!!! Why am I so stupid? To take my revenge on them, I’ve filled a complaint with the Federal of Consumer Rights. Other than that, I’ve sent emails to leading local Chinese newspapers.

Now, I’m waiting for the next service. They promised me 3 services (including today) per year for RM90. Next service would be 4 months after today. If they’re not coming…I’ll call to the office (but I’m not sure if they can survive until that day). Don’t want to come? I’ll call the office everyday until the phone explode!!!

What to do with my stupidity? Learn from experience? Hm…But anyway, beware…

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