Most annoying thing in Visual Studio

Here is my most annoying thing in Visual Studio. What about yours?

I have my MVP MSDN subscription, Dreamspark (Ya, I am still a student), BizSpark (with my friends)  for many years. This dialog pop-up once in a while to annoy me. Ya. it happened with VS express version that is totally free as well. Who the fuck are you to keep on validating your own royal customers? Is it your best marketing strategy?

I guess some program managers who decided to force (instead of encourage) VS users should be a part of this year’s cut (18K? )

It doesn’t matter how much I love Microsoft technology. but I hate when I am being forced.

Most anoying things in VS


[Quora] – Advice from someone who made $15 millions after selling the tech startup.

I came across this awesome answer to the question “Is getting rich worth it?” on Quora site. I have no idea who posted this great answer but I just feel like it’s worth sharing with you all.  (Note: I did read the terms of service from quora and I am allowed to share it with the link to the original post.)

I made $15m in my mid-20s after I sold a tech startup. I talked to a lot of people about this question, and thought a lot about how to stay the same person I was before and after making money.

Here’s my answer: being rich is better than not being rich, but it’s not nearly as good as you imagine it is.

The answer why is a bit more complicated.

First, one of the only real things being rich gives you is that you don’t have to worry about money as much anymore. There will still be some expenses that you cannot afford (and you will wish you could), but most expenses can be made without thinking about what it costs. This is definitely better, without a doubt.

Being rich does come with some downsides, though. The first thing you are thinking reading that, is, “cry me a river”. That is one of the downsides. You are not allowed to complain about anything, ever. Since most people imagine being rich as nirvana, you are no longer allowed to have any human needs or frustrations in the public eye. Yet, you are still a human being, but most people don’t treat you like one.

There’s the second downside. Most people now want something out of you, and it can be harder to figure out whether someone is being nice to you because they like you, or they are being nice to you because of your money. If you aren’t married yet, good luck trying to figure out (and/or always having self doubt) about whether a partner is into you or your money.

Then you have friends & family. Hopefully your relationship with them doesn’t sour, but it can get harder. Both can get really weird about it and start to treat you differently. They might come and ask for a loan (bad idea: if you give, always give a gift). One common problem is that they don’t appreciate Christmas presents the way that they used to, and they can get unrealistic expectations for how large a present should be and be disappointed when you don’t meet their unrealistic expectations. You have to start making decisions for your parents on what does and does not cost too much, and frankly, it’s awkward.

Add all of these up and you can start to feel a certain sense of isolation.

You sometimes lay awake at night, wondering if you made the right investment decisions, whether it might all go away. You know that feeling standing on a tall building, the feeling you might lose your mind and jump? Sometimes you’re worried that you might lose your mind and spend it all.

The next thing you need to understand about money is this: all of the things you picture buying, they are only worthwhile to you because you cannot afford them (or have to work really hard to acquire them). Maybe you have your eye on a new Audi — once you can easily afford it, it just doesn’t mean as much to you anymore.

Everything is relative, and you are more or less powerless to that. Yes, the first month you drive the Audi, or eat in a fancy restaurant, you really enjoy it. But then you sort of get used to it. And then you are looking towards the next thing, the next level up. And the problem is that you have reset your expectations, and everything below that level doesn’t get you quite as excited anymore.

This happens to everyone. Good people can maintain perspective, actively fight it, and stay grounded. Worse people complain about it and commit general acts of douchebaggery. But remember this: it would happen to you, too, even though you might not think so. You’ll just have to trust me on this one.

Most people hold the illusion that if only they had more money, their life would be better and they would be happier. Then they get rich, and that doesn’t happen, and it can throw them into a serious life crisis.

If you’re part of the middle class, you have just as many opportunities to do with your life what you want of it. If you’re not happy now, you won’t be happy because of money.

Whether you’re rich or not, make your life what you want it to be, and don’t use money as an excuse. Go out there, get involved, be active, pursue your passion, and make a difference.

Canon MG3170 / MG3100 Printer Driver Issue

Note: It’s just a nonsense post that I wrote when I got nothing better to do. :) 

My good old printer “Canon MP198” went to coma last month after working for me about 5 years.  It’s sad but no choice. I have to move on and buy a new one “Canon MG3170” which is a sibling of my good old printer today. She(It) looks stunning with red dress. She can do scanning, printing, copying very well just like her old sibling used to do but she got something called Wi-fi that I never tried it before.


I am quite happy with that red little girl but the problem comes when I start asking her to do a test print. She doesn’t understand me at all. We have a communication issue. I am stretching my head to find the solution about how to communicate and then I realize that I am having problem in getting rid of my old communication pattern that I used to use with her old sibling. That’s why I keep on getting this response whenever I tried to talk to her.

MP Drivers
Printer driver is currently in use. If you are not using the printer driver, it may be used by other users on this computer.
Exit all applications and printer properties and then try again.
If you still have a problem, restart the computer and then try again.

MP Drivers Uninstallation

So, I start getting rid of everything related to my good printer but the auto-setup communication program that comes with my new red little girl still doesn’t work. Then, I decided to take the protocol from auto-setup and give it to her directly then it works like a charm. I ask her to do some printing, scanning and copying now and she perform well like a good little girl. Thanks girl! You made my day beautiful! :)


Be first + Be Smarter + Cheat = ???

Margin Call is one of my favourite moves that I watched in 2011. This movie is about the group of people from large investment firm and what they did in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

I like what John Tuld said in the movie. He said there are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat.

I watched it a couple of months back but when he said came across in my mind when I was checking out one site yesterday. Their product is a UX framework that helps developers to create the metro style “web” application. The UI of their website is very clean and well-structured. I was amazed by the beauty of their website and demo application for a few minutes. I would say that they are one of very first few companies that brought the metro concept to the web and mobiles. By looking at the way that they created their website, demo and framework, and the feedback that I found on twitter, they are very smart people who managed to execute the plan that has a lot of potentials.

but be first and be smarter are not good enough for them so they added something so called marketing trick in their site. I know every side has two stories and you may not call it as a cheating but to me, what they did is dishonest so I called it “cheating”

They asked you to login with Facebook to download the icon collections or framework. I liked their work and I understand that there are some companies that don’t want to implement their own authentication system so they just use Facebook’s Oauth for authorization. I also understand that they will be able to access my private information like email, address or etc.. Anyway, I trusted them so I logged in with my Facebook account and gained them access in order to download their framework.

Do you know what I got? They asked me to have 20 points that I need to spend around 35$ to buy it. I was like WTF! Why don’t you tell me in the first place? I know we all want to get rich and want to make money. $35 is a reasonable price. Me and my company is looking at HTML 5, metro concept for our web application as well. I can put my company to buy for team if your framework is really good even I don’t buy it on my own. We bought license from Infragistic, Telerik and a few others in this way as well.

What pissed me off is NOT about asking money. Why can’t you just honestly tell me in the first place before I gain you access to my Facebook profile?

You guys are very talented but I believe that there is at least one person who wants to cheat other people under the name of “money” or “marketing trick”. Anyway, Good luck but be careful.

Singapore MVP Roundtable Session – Dec 2011

The routable section is an event ogranized by Microsoft Singapore for MVPs, User Group leaders and Microsoft DPE team to meet up and discuss anything from chitchat to serious discussion once in every four months. (Nope, Not this one “Microsoft RoundTable” ). We used to gather at bar in town and Microsoft provides us free flow of drinks and foods (This is where you can order drinks in sequential order from menu. ^^ )

We had a roundtable section last week and it was awesome. I had good discussion with Hammad regarding Windows 8 and tablets. I’m looking forward to hear more from him soon.

Thanks to Clarisse Ng (my MVP lead) for organizing this event.