Misadventures and calamities shape our lives…

I missed the MRT Breakdown Saga. Recently, the train system had a major outage. On that day, I had to stay a little later than normal to complete some budgeting work, and when I got to the station, the train door just closed.

Later, I took a taxi home after listening to an announcement of an hour’s delay. Then the next day, the papers were rife about how people had to walk on the tracks, how a window was smashed… It was like “Wow! I missed that!?”

Or it might be “Whew! I missed that.”

This has gotten me to think about the mis-adventures in our lives. If I were trapped in the train, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours later; what would have been going through my mind?

Knowing my, I will most likely be cursing some people, cursing some things, or grumbling about bad luck. Worse, I might need to pee…

Would I have enjoyed the experience? Unless Miss Universe were to be pressed up tightly against me, I strongly doubt that.

Yet, when I learned that I missed this “saga”, there was a twinge of something. A little itch that could not be scratched. The Hokkien has a saying for this, roughly translating to “backside itchy”. Asking for trouble.

I think back on all the “bad times” that I have had. I haved learned a lot and grown a lot through them. Caning when young for failing Chinese, “O” Levels, first break up, 2nd breakup… and of course… National Service. We groused, we grumbled and we cried through much of it. But in the end, we are who we are today, in part due to these. The good, the bad and the ugly.

I just hope that I can remember this, so that the next time I am faced with an “incident”, I will remember all the times when it seemed that I was at the end; and have come out of it. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, even when I cannot see it.

Yes, even when I refuse to see it. I hope I can remember this.

Looking for a good Web Host

Just like the title says, everyone is always looking for a good web host. In fact, webhosting might be the most bothersome activity for most small businesses.

You see, when you are a large company, you can afford to hire your own professionals who can do all the evaluation for you. Or if you are even bigger, you don’t even really need to bother, because you will likely be working with another large, reputable company to do your webhosting for you.

It is the small business who needs to go through the rigours of searching for a good web host. Well, one way to lighten the load is to go to a good review site that does a decent review of web hosts. They will help you to rate the hosts and rank them according to a set of criteria.

If you are new to all this, it might be good to read simply webhosting buying guide.

But in the end, it is you, the business owner who needs to make that final decision.

My Tribute to Steve Jobs

For those of us who lived during the time when personal computers had yet to exist (there was such a time?), Steve Jobs was not a legend then.

Those were the days when there were many, a legion of innovators and trail blazers who created an industry from a geek hobby.

But Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were like Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Bill Gates went “commercial” and Steve Jobs stayed true to the path of the trailblazers. Frankly, the world today would really not be the same if not for these two gentlemen. The PC would have remained a toy if there were no Bill Gates, but the PC would not have become so much a part of our lives without Steve Jobs.

While Bill Gates brought the PC to new heights for work, Steve Jobs brought it deep into our lives and our imagination. In a speech in 2007, Steve Jobs made a cheeky statement that if not for his dabbling in caligraphy, proportioned fonts would not have come to the Mac, and since Microsoft just copied everything they did, then the PC would not look as good today.

While it may be that we might have gotten to where we are today without Steve Jobs, but the journey would have been much, much longer; and so much more boring.

As Steve Jobs retire to relax, recuperate and enjoy his own time; we will always remember his contributions. He has made work more fun. He has made life more fun.

Reliable Webhosting for Small Business

For many small businesses, a website is likely the only high profile marketing item on the agenda since most of the other options are either too expensive or not very useful.

This is why choosing the right webhosting solution is so important. One of the best ways to find out more about webhosting options would be to actually use the internet itself. Review sites are particularly helpful, since they more or less compile the relevant information for you.

But you do have to be careful to check out more than one review sites. Sometimes, webhosting companies create their own review sites to review their webhosting sites. So, it is always good to be careful and alert.

If you are new to webhosting, you can check out the webhosting guides that are available on most sites. These sections should teach you the basics of webhosting and give you a good idea of what to look out for.

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