Years ago, I did a weekly timetable out of Excel from scratch to help me in my studies. I lost that softcopy since then. Now to help myself again, I have to waste some more time on re-creating the timetable. However instead of creating the template from scratch, I decided to “out-source” the template. I found an Excel template online at Vertex42.com. Based on that template, I came up with an extended design (I didn’t like time range of 5am to 8pm only):
I will not be distributing the additional file (it took me 1.5 hours to modify the file) due to the restrictions placed by the original creator. However, please support him by downloading his stuff at his site. Back to studies!
My lecturer just produced some frightening figures from last semester’s exam papers. Apparently, the four papers I am taking are among those with the lowest passing rate. Hence, it is time for me to drop my happy-go-lucky attitude from now on. My updates on the Net is increasingly rare and it will remain this way. I will have to drop Plurk, Facebook and Twitter for the time being. That means no more Facebook games, increase in Plurk karma or Klout.net’s Influence summary. Most of my time on the computer will be spent on more constructive sites.
Till 15 December! And oh, my ORD date is 14th December. What a busy Christmas month.
A friend of mine got hit by a virus and it blasted an email (titled: d超猛的情書c) to everyone, hoping that someone else’s computer would get infected by it too. Virus part was not funny, however the message was kinda mushy:
I am glad that my grasp of traditional Chinese words is not as good as simplified words. Otherwise, I would have died laughing from the 1st reading.
Jokes aside, the said friend asked me for advice to deal with this. In any common geeky sense:
Change your password regularly. It is the best if the password is totally different from other Internet accounts that you have.
Change your security question and answer regularly. Logic: If hackers/scripts can get to your password, the security feature may also be compromised.
Scan your computer with the latest definition that the anti-virus/spware/adware software has periodically. A virus may reside in the system and snarling unwary users.
Use https functionality for your emails. This email came from a Hotmail account, unlike Gmail, it does not have https functionality for the web version. If you use Hotmail, I recommend using POP3 or SMTP functions that Hotmail has. More information: look here.
Think before you open any attachments in emails, even if they are from your friends.
For the extreme paranoid people, do not use public computers if you do not have a need to check your emails. Some computers may have keyloggers installed in the system. The information captured would then be passed onto other people.
For laptop/mobile devices users: Lock your device with a password when you live the devices out in the open. Without a password, you are giving anyone a free entry into cyberworld from your point of view (that includes your facebook, instant messaging, etc).
The list above is not comprehensive, but it should be sufficient. Happy surfing!