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· 2 min read

So apparently Gmail knows I'm Chinese. Or so I think. In the past when I log out of Gmail, it will say "Please wait..." Recently, perhaps through some heavy-duty data mining, it told me to "请稍等..." (Chinese for "please wait") instead. I thought that I had turned some settings in Firefox to display Web pages in Mandarin or I revealed through my emails that I'm Chinese - in which case that would be a serious case of privacy invasion, I think.

And all of a sudden, it now speaks to me in English again. I thought it was a mistake on Google's side. Turns out, it is! Another guy (Joe Shaw) who has entries in Planet SUSE's blog aggregator also has a similar problem. Well, mine is seemingly resolved now. Hopefully Joe's get resolved soon too.

Tip: If you are observant, you will see that when you try to login to Gmail's site, the login page is SSL-secured. Once you log in though, the page is not transmitted through SSL. If you want to keep your connection SSL-secured, you have to login with this address https://mail.google.com instead of http://gmail.com

Basically if you specify right at the start that you want SSL connection, Gmail will keep that for you.

2014-06-24 update: In the process of moving my blog, the Chinese characters got corrupted due to improper encoding handling. I shall leave it as it is. Also it seems that the problem Joe Shaw had was of a different nature - he was complaining about spam which is something different.

· One min read

While openSUSE is a great Linux distribution, I can't say the same for the mailing list's search function. For many weeks now, the only result that came back from the search is:

Sorry, the search is disabled! Come back later

Someone in the mailing list suggested that a workaround is to use Google's site specific search function. In the search box, prefix the search terms with the term:

site:lists.opensuse.org

For example, if I want to search for "usb boot support", I will type the following in the search box.

site:lists.opensuse.org usb boot support

Granted, it's not perfect, but it's a temporary workaround. shrug

· One min read

This is one of the most amazing video of nature I have ever seen. Over the years I've watched countless nature documentaries, many of which are on the savanna with the lions, buffaloes, giraffes, and elephants roaming free. This video clip from YouTube below beats them all.

· 3 min read

How many times have you wanted to change the page numbering for your document but didn't know how to? After 10 minutes of trying all options that you know, twice, to no avail? At the end of all that frustration and time wasting, you decide that, "Hey, maybe I didn't really need to change the page sequence. Nobody will notice. Much.."

Fret no more, here's help.

· One min read

I've installed the reCAPTCHA plugin for Wordpress today. The whole process is very simple - took me less than 15 minutes. Simply follow the instructions on the download page. I like reCAPTCHA because not only does it help to prevent comment spam, it helps digitize books as well. I don't know how it works exactly but the basic premise is that words are scanned from books and used in the pictures for reCAPTCHA. How the system tells whether the entered words are correct or not, I don't know. All I know is it works and that's good enough for me.

· 16 min read

Preamble: This is a post on documenting the steps that I took to deploy a 2-node fail-over cluster for a client. No identifying information specific to the client is contained in this post. The deployment was done in August 2007 and I'm only posting it in December, nearly four months since the date I said I would put it online. Well, now that Open Enterprise Server (OES) 2 is already available, this post might not be that useful to others. Nevertheless, perhaps this will help someone somewhere out there ;-)

· One min read

Well, I finally got around to doing my own blog. All along I had wanted to create the software for my blog. I've had that idea for nearly half a year now, I think. Considering that in these six months, the development of my personal software for the blog has been less than 'progressive', I decided to simply use one of the open source blog software out there. Realistically speaking, the Wordpress blogging Web application that I'm using now is definitely better than what I can do in my spare time, which isn't a lot.