Archive for March, 2004

Email Vault

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Email Vault is a program that works with Mozilla Mail client to store your mails into a relational database (Postgres) and file your mails under multiple categories instead of folders (without duplicating the message).

Incidentally, some months ago I did conceive an idea to create an email consolidator and scribbled some notes on my trusty old sketch pad. Guess what I called it? Mail Vault!! I never really thought about using an SQL database, but there was a requirement to have a super-efficient backend mail store (not excluding the possibility of an SQL DB). The main goal Mail Vault is to import all your mails from various sources (mbox on a unix account, yahoo mail, outlook express mails, etc.), at the same time removing the duplicates. It would also have a super-intuitive interface (yet to be defined :) that allows you to perform complex query on your mails. But I didn’t get round to persuing it.

Later on, I found Zoe, which sort of does what I wanted to do. I tried to use it but it didn’t work out. Maybe I should give it another try.

Goodbye Mrs. Benz

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

We finally sold the car yesterday… (see previous post). For A$500!!! You think it’s cheap? Some people even had the guts to offer me $250, think again.


Saturday, March 27th, 2004

Just created a trial account on TypePad and started blogging there. Just trying out the features and comparing it with MT. I must say that I’m quite impressed so far! Very extensive features and very responsive too.

Monday, March 22nd, 2004 offers free PHP5 hosting for developers. You get 15MB disk space, a subdomain, an email address and PostgresSQL access plus other goodies. Can’t beat that for the price!

Go get it!

Brahma Kumaris

Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

Came back from a Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation part I weekend retreat in the Blue Mountains, still very excited from the revelation of Soul Consciousness. We’ll be going for part II of the course on 2nd April, more soul food!


Thursday, March 4th, 2004

OK, done. I’ve got it all sorted out. The official list:

* Advanced Functional Programming
* Software Implementation
* Computer Networks and Applications
* Graphics and Contemporary Society (GenEd, web-based course)
* Cyberspace Law (GenEd)

I got lucky yesterday and got into the Graphics course (it was previously shown in the system as “closed”). Cyberspace Law… hey, Why Not!?

New Session – Last Session

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004

This will be the last semester of my BSc in Computer Science. I’m still deciding what modules to enroll myself in. The current list is:

* Advanced Functional Programming
* Software Implementation (nothing to learn here, but that’s the point!)
* Computer Networks and Applications (ditto)

I’ve still got to do some General Education courses but my favourites (Studies in the Camera and Graphics and Contemporary Soc) are gone by now..

IDN-OSS new release

Monday, March 1st, 2004

We just released the new IDN-OSS plugin for IE (still alpha), featuring a taskbar icon (wheeee!) and on-the-fly enable/disable. Head over to to get it!

For sale

Monday, March 1st, 2004

Our car is a wreck, I don’t have a photo of it but whoever has seen before knows that it is. It’s a 1978 Mercedes 280SE, maroon colour. We got it two years ago for $2.6K when it was nice and shiny and sort of vintage-looking, then we spent a bit on repairs. One fine day in our old neighbourhood (St Peters), some a**hole had to splash acid all over it, and the damage was permanent. Ever since, we just didn’t bother taking care of it.

We still took it around (or did it take us around) and it’s served us well. But ever since Ray loaned us his car for a month and we realized how much petrol we couldn’ve saved, not to mention the fact that we simply can’t live without air-con during summer, especially when the heat waves strike. And the engine sort of goes weak after running for about 15-20 minutes (actually the “OEL” level drops too low I think). The odometer isn’t working, it shows something over 300,000km but that hasn’t changed ever since I got it, God only knows how much it’s travelled. I haven’t got money to bring it to a mechanic but there isn’t much point because the mechanic almost refused to fix it saying that it’s a waste of money!

Anyhow, we decided to try selling it for two grands. See what happens..

I wish there was a reality automobile make-over show! I will definitely qualify. If anybody knows of one please nominate me :)