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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

My Visual DNA



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Friday, July 20, 2007

Toyota VIOS 2007 In Malaysia



The exterior looks really cool, if altered marketing photography is to be believed.

Hate the interior and dashboard design though. What is wrong with interior designers these days? Everything looks so wimpy and cheap! Whatever happened to the solid Continental European dashboard design?
:: posted by Kenny, 8:03 AM | link | 3 comments |

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How To Hack PCs with Your USB Stick


Lately my USB thumbdrive has been infected by trojans and worms...again.

From my experience, whenever you try to do a 'Safely Remove Hardware' command and Windows won't allow you to do so, saying the device is busy... try later nevertheless you aren't accessing any files on the USB thumbdrive and no Windows Explorer window is open, that is when the device is being infected! I would immediately yank out the thumbdrive even though its lights are flashing.

Moral: Desktop PCs and laptop notebooks are notorious for being infected by malware so becareful where you stick your USB drive!

This article describes how to create a USB thumbdrive that infects a computer that it's plugged into, install malware and steal passwords.

Don't worry if you're not into hacking, my reason for linking to this article is to highlight how to prevent your computer from such USB drive attacks. Just scroll down to the end of the article and it'll describe some Windows Registry modifications.
Ok, so modifying your Windows Registry is too risky for non-IT literate folks...I'm sure there are lots of free Windows tweaking utilities out there that will allow you to disable the 'autorun' feature.

But what if your USB thumbdrive is already infected by malware?
Here's what you should do. Please note however that this is just what I would personally do and since I'm not a computer security expert I will not be held responsible if you screw up your PC!

1. Find an expendable PC that you're sure isn't already infected by malware. (psst! don't use your kid brother's PC, it's probably full of porno malware anyway!)

2. Make sure that PC is already installed with an updated antivirus. Here are some free for home use ones: AVG free edition, Avast! Home Edition and A-Squared (which installs on Microsoft Server 2003. Whoohoo!)
Now making sure you're online, UPDATE your antivirus signatures. I can't stress this enough, UPDATE YOUR ANTIVIRUS SIGNATURES DAILY. An Antivirus is totally useless if it's not updated.

3. Once your antivirus is updated. Yank out your network cable! Hmm...maybe I was being too dramatic back there...just disconnect or disable your network connection. Make sure your PC is not connected to the Internet or any other PC on the network.

4. Holding down the 'SHIFT' key, plug in your infected USB thumbdrive with trembling fingers. If you see a 'Removable Disk' dialog box, click on the 'Cancel' button. Please!
You shouldn't be getting any dialog box popped up if you're holding down the 'SHIFT' key properly anyway (with one of your fingers and not your tongue/nose/toes/i-don't-wanna-know).

5. Ok, so your stick is shoved in. ;) Try not to view the contents of the thumbdrive using Windows Explorer. Fire up your antivirus and do a full complete scan of the USB removable drive.

6. If malware such as trojans, worms, virii and any such goodies are detected, follow your antivirus' advice on how to remove it. If possible, do a Google search based on the malware's name using a different computer. Research removal techniques and research some more!
If things still don't go well, then you're royally screwed. Throw the thumbdrive into the wastebasket or better yet, a furnace. Curse the IT gods, then invest in a new USB drive.

7. If there's no malware detected. Scan the USB stick again with a different antivirus. Even after all that, still no infection, then I still won't guarantee you got off scott-free. Just be vigilant from now on. Say a little prayer everytime you stick the thumbdrive into any PC if you must, but please oh please don't stick it into a critical server system!

Good luck!
Hey, any additional security tips of your own? Post a comment here! No tips but you've your own malware horror story to tell? Well, share it with us anyway! Misery loves company.
:: posted by Kenny, 10:37 PM | link | 0 comments |

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Feast of Feist



Alan introduced me to this Canadian singer
Feist and I like her music! It sounds idiosyncratic almost like Regina Spektor's singing, only more accessible.

According to Wikipedia, Leslie Feist is born on February 13th, 1976. I've found my time twin!







The next song is particularly cheeky!


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YesButNoButYes: Top 15 Unintentionally Funny Comic Book Panels



Some of us wasted our childhood reading these....
:: posted by Kenny, 8:32 PM | link | 0 comments |

Monday, July 16, 2007

Random Tasteless Un-PC Joke



Arab interviewed at the US Embassy for a U.S. Visa.

Consul : What is your name?

Arab: Abdul Aziz

Consul: Sex?

Arab : Six to ten times a week

Consul: I mean, male or female?

Arab : both male and female and sometimes even camels

Consul: Holy cow!

Arab : Yes, cows and dogs too!!!!

Consul: Man... isn't it hostile?

Arab : Horse style, dog style, any style

Consul: Oh.......... dear!

Arab : Deer? No deer, they run too fast !
:: posted by Kenny, 11:41 PM | link | 0 comments |

Psychology Today: What's Your Humor Style?



One of the most memorable Psychology Today articles in my recent memory.
:: posted by Kenny, 11:06 PM | link | 0 comments |

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Welcoming Weng to the Family


At One Cafe
Originally uploaded by Kenny Fong.

No, not tha mafia family...the CHOICE family!
Lawrence Weng is the handsome guy in the center (who else?!). Michelle and I were just there to welcome him and enjoy dinner at Cheras One Cafe.

:: posted by Kenny, 8:54 PM | link | 0 comments |

Rathi and Michelle's Birthday


Rathi and Michelle's Birthday
Originally uploaded by Kenny Fong.

We celebrated Rathi and Michelle's birthday at Moussandra Mediterranean food and Tapas restaurant last Friday 13th.

Who are these dorky people anyway?
From left: Rathi, Michelle, Soi Fung, Desmond, Mei Ru, Chim, Gu Wen, Wynn, Yong (the elusive one), yours truly and Kwok Ming.

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With the Birthday 'Girls' *cough*


With the Birthday 'Girls' *cough*
Originally uploaded by Kenny Fong.

Michelle really really loves those balls she's holding.

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One MEEELION DOLLARS!


One MEEELION DOLLARS!
Originally uploaded by Kenny Fong.

With Rathi and someone else's pinky finger at Finnegan's Bar.
We all went home rather sober though.

:: posted by Kenny, 8:45 PM | link | 0 comments |

I-Mockery.com | Ten Things I Like About Star Wars: A New Hope!


The first Star Wars movie. My first love with the movies.

I totally agree with the reasons why the Han Solo stormtrooper chase scene was spoiled in the Special Edition. It was so much funnier making fun of the stormtroopers' IQ than to think they turned around to face Solo only because they have an even larger number...coz they *already* outnumber him!

I've noted that this humor device was re-cycled in Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom. When the audience saw our intrepid hero chase a small group of bad guys round a bend only to see him running back being chased by lots of bad guys.

At number 6 on the list is the Dianoga and I'm ashamed to admit I'm geeky enough to even know what the monster looks like under water! (hint, Mr. Lucas based it on one of those deep ocean creatures with fangs)

When I first saw this movie I was completely creeped out by the garbage compactor scene. How could you stick your feet in waters, know that some garbage eating monster is in there and you are the garbage? The scene is so tense because it's bad enough our heroes were under one peril when another more *pressing* peril appears when the walls start closing in! After all, it's called the garbage compactor!

Number 7 on the list was the first time cinema goers actually saw a lightsaber duel. Back then it was the shits!! Laser swords...wow! It would slice through anything easily. Though re-watching A New Hope years later we realize how silly this duel seems, it's still charming for me because of this line:

"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."
:: posted by Kenny, 9:26 AM | link | 0 comments |

Saturday, July 14, 2007

How To Back Up Your Blogger Blog


One of my favorite tech blog
Grand Stream Dreams has instructions on how to easily make a back up of your blogger blog .
This is not the official way to back up blogger but it seems easy enough as it loads your whole blog as one single web page that you may then save and archive.

Not exactly practical for me though since this blog go quite a ways far back to 2003 and my browser would crash trying to load that mega-huge single page.

Nevertheless, the search?max-results=xxxx parameter is useful, especially for rating my blog as described below.

Have a good weekend folks! Kenny F signing off over and out!
:: posted by Kenny, 11:41 AM | link | 0 comments |

A Peek Into My Dark Dark Mind



Scanned Kenny's Cafe Corner with a blog rating engine based on my last 1000 posts and this is what I got:

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This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

* sex (46x)
* dead (21x)
* shit (18x)
* hell (14x)
* hurt (13x)
* death (11x)
* sexy (7x)
* crap (6x)
* porn (5x)
* fucking (4x)
* bastards (3x)
* slap (2x)
* slutty (1x)

I scare myself sometimes but the high occurance of the word 'sex' on this blog shouldn't come as a surprise. What did i tell ya folks? I think of it every six seconds! :p

Next most frequent is 'dead' and it made perfect sense for me too. After all, sex and death are both intertwined and related. One being the enabler of new life and the other, the end of it!

Of course, when you try this rating system on your blog, be sure to enter the format http://your_blog_URL_here>/search?max-results=1000
or the algorithm will evaluate based on your current page only.
And based on that, my blog got a G rating...for general audiences! Which means, it's my habit to sucker punch readers with a family friendly format and content until you read my blog long enough to realize I'm really quite a CREEP! Haha!
:: posted by Kenny, 11:03 AM | link | 0 comments |

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Music I'm Addicted to this July 2007



I've set up a list of 3 songs that are readily downloadable from the Internet. (just do a Google!) But here they are for your listening pleasure...ain't I good? :)

The first song is Sad Eyes by the incredibly talented singer/songwriter Josh Rouse. I discovered this late (thanks to Irene!) as this is from his former album Nashville while his latest is called Subtitulo.

Sad Eyes may sound like a regular ballad with its voice and piano only but i urge you to listen on. It's an uplifting song for bringing a little hope to a friend suffering from the blues.

Next on the playlist is Goodnight Goodnight by a band called Hot Hot Heat. Again, this is a late discovery for me because their album Elevator was released in 2005. Worth listening to if you like catchy-as-heck pop rock music!

Last on the playlist is an ethereal version of Rihanna's Umbrella, sung by Scott Simons. I really love this (IMO superior) version. Unlike the hip-hop version, here you actually notice how romantic the lyrics are....
These fancy things,
will never come in between
You're part of my entity
Here for Infinity


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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Body tricks everyone should know!



Here's a list of tricks you can do to your body that might come in useful. If anyone tried this and it works, tell me!
:: posted by Kenny, 1:10 AM | link | 1 comments |

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Ipoh Mali Talak Sombong!


This is a food blog from a fellow 'Ipohan'...that's how the author (ipohwav3) refers to folks from the peaceful city of Ipoh.
Though I'm currently working and staying in Kay Elle, I still consider myself an Ipoh boy.

Moreover, I'm biased when it comes to food. IMHO, the best food in Malaysia is still Ipoh food!

There are lots of food photos on the blog and ipohwav3 is not shy about criticizing the food either. Beware! Don't visit this blog if you're hungry! :p
:: posted by Kenny, 8:41 AM | link | 1 comments |

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Pensive



Maybe there is no such thing as someone out there for you.
Despite how near perfect my current love-'interest' may be right now. Despite how right this person seems for me. Despite how little wrong this person can be for me. Despite my thinking i can tolerate the bad sides of this person. Despite accidentally showing how i feel about her. Despite how much i love myself when i'm with her.
It's just never good enough when she doesn't think of you that way.

I may already be complete, but it hurts to know you cannot love someone.
:: posted by Kenny, 7:59 AM | link | 3 comments |



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