Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Outlook unable to connect to Ms Exchange Server

The connection to the Microsoft Exchange Server is unavailable. Outlook must be online or connected to complete this action.

There is a simple solution for XP Pro users who encounter this message when trying to add their Ms Exchange mailbox to their Outlook. When configuring the mailbox for Outlook, after entering the server name, User Name and clicking on Check Name, Outlook will automatically replace the server name with it's fully qualified name. This is what causes the problem. Just set it back to your server name and you should be able to access your Exchange mailbox.

According to blurred_vision, XP Home users can connect to the server using the fully qualified name. I have not tried this as I'm not on XP Home at the office.

But then, I'm not actually using XP Pro either; I'm on Windows SBS.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Monash Alumni Group Christmas dinner

The Monash Alumni Group will host this dinner event, Monash Malaysia's biggest alumni event of the year.

Date: Friday 15 December, 7.00pm
Venue: Modestos, Desa Sri Hartamas, Lot 48652, off Jalan Bukit Kiara, Sri Hartamas 50480 KL
Price: RM20 (Monash alumni), RM50 (friends and family)
RSVP: 11 December to Kelvin Lee via email or on 603-5636-0600

Monday, December 04, 2006

My one week vacation

It's been over a year since I've started working for this company and apart from a couple of single day leave on Fridays, I've not taken any leaves for over a year. Ok ... well, maybe a two day, Friday into Monday leave. I feel like I'm Bruce Willis in Unbreakable last year. No matter how long I've worked, people in the office were dropping like flies and taking MCs left, right and center. Being the honest (read: scaredy cat) that I am, I've not even dared fake a sickness just so I could get some rest. In fact, my leave application citing reason for leave as 'to rest' was denied.

Finally, I managed to get a whole week of leave two weeks ago.

So, what did I do?

Chores mostly. Carting aunt to buy stuff. 5 hours of grass cutting at both my aunts townhouses. Finding more bling for my competition costume. Basically, lots of running around and no rest.

The competition on Saturday went alright. Despite the superslow cha cha for the first round which we danced a little out of time, we still managed to proceed to the semi-finals. Semi-finals was much better but I think our finals dances were probably the strongest of the three. Our final standing was 4th. Not bad for our first outing. :)

Last week was a mad rush to get a new project up and running by Dec 1st. So there was basically nothing but work, work and work. Which in a way was good cause my feet has been hurting for the past couple months. Lets hope the one week of feet rest will do the trick.

Over the weekend, I went for a karaoke session, and a fashion thing that souldoctor was involved in for a brand discount store. I'm very into Diane Von Furstenberg's wrap dresses now. Although the store was probably selling their stuff at 1/4 the original prices, they were still pretty exorbitant for a pinch penny like me. The dress I like costed over $500! Yups! Not getting any. Just hoping the girlie boss will have a garage sale soon!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A little change of steps

In my previous post, I've mentioned what a hassle it was to rename a label with blogger beta. I've discovered a way to kinda change/rename all posts with a particular label to another label. Instead of following the steps given by blogger, skip Step #3 until after Step #5. So instead of the following ...
  1. Click the "Books" label link on the left side of the page.
  2. Click the "Select All" link at the top of the list of posts.
  3. From the "Label Actions..." menu, choose "Remove label > Books."
  4. From the "Label Actions..." menu, choose "Apply label > New Label..."
  5. Enter "Reading" as your new label. (If you already have some posts with the label "Reading," you can simply apply that label, without making a new label.)

You do this instead ...
  1. Click the "Books" label link on the left side of the page.
  2. Click the "Select All" link at the top of the list of posts.
  3. From the "Label Actions..." menu, choose "Apply label > New Label..."
  4. Enter "Reading" as your new label. (If you already have some posts with the label "Reading," you can simply apply that label, without making a new label.)
  5. From the "Label Actions..." menu, choose "Remove label > Books."

This was just something that popped into my head and tested with low amount of posts. Further testing might be required. Wonder if 'Select All' would select all if there were hundreds of posts.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Adding labels in blogger beta

I'll need to build a new customized template with beta's capability to add Labels now. Either that or I figure out how to add that to my old template. I think it's time for a change though.

Anyways, regarding the labels. I was trying to figure out how to rename the labels but apparently there is no way of doing that. The best I could find were the following steps provided by blogger help.
  1. Click the "Books" label link on the left side of the page.
  2. Click the "Select All" link at the top of the list of posts.
  3. From the "Label Actions..." menu, choose "Remove label > Books."
  4. From the "Label Actions..." menu, choose "Apply label > New Label..."
  5. Enter "Reading" as your new label. (If you already have some posts with the label "Reading," you can simply apply that label, without making a new label.)
Alrighty, sounds simple enough.

I followed the steps up to #3. After I've removed the label, the list of posts dissappears. Which means I'll have to go back to ALL posts, reselect the posts which were previously labelled Books and the continue with Step #4. This is fine with the label I was playing with but what if I've been using the labels for the past 3 years and have hundreds of posts with that label? How would I possibly remember all the posts to reselect and re-label?

When reading the steps, I had the impression that the posts labelled Books will still be listed so that I would be able to easily follow up with step #4. Was that a crazy assumption?

I do think that they should create the function to rename the labels, this run around method of doing it is error-prone and tedious for mass postings of the same labels.

If nobody else has this problem, please tell me where I went wrong with the ste

Friday, July 21, 2006

Tickets are on sale

Tickets for the show are now ON SALE!

There's no turning back now. Well ... if nobody buys it then I guess we, technically, can still turn back. But lets not be pessimistic me.

The one day where we're given a day off from rehearsal and I was still rushing to go off for rehearsal. Even called up the ASM to inform her that I'll be late while tearing my way to the elevator to the car park. Doh! Occupational hazard. :)

Day off to rest for tomorrow's recording and what do I do? Stay back at work to finish off stuff! I've proven my own point that I NEED a production or dance practise specifically scheduled in order for me to actually leave the office. I wonder if that makes me a workaholic.

Anyway, quite excited about tomorrow. After three original musicals, this is the first that's going to be recorded. Cool! An original cast album with my name on it ... er ... we're going to have our names in there aren't we? Not just all lumped into ensemble? *pray*

Saturday, July 08, 2006

When does he become your boyfriend?

While having dinner with JT after dance practise, he mentioned that he has been hanging out with this girl for the past three weeks. Not quite sure if three weeks equate to three dates but yeah; three weeks. He kept insisting that he they weren't dating/pak toh.

To me, if a guy asks me out, I mean, just me with the intention of maybe getting to know me for the possibility of a relationship, I would consitute that as dating. Wouldn't you? How would you differentiate dating from simply hanging out?

Isn't the whole point of dating to get to know each other with the possibility of further involvement? Futhermore, would you consider a person you've been seeing for a month, your boyfriend or girlfriend?

JT says even after three 'sessions' of hanging out he wouldn't consider that they are dating. It's still a getting to know each other period. Tres odd, no? Maybe he's right and I make too rush a judgement but to me, after two or three sessions, if you still have to figure out if you want to date that person, I think you can just forget about it.

But then ... what do I know, I barely have time to breathe much less to date. :)

Saturday, February 11, 2006

PGL - The Musical

It appears from the few reviews that I've read that most people have enjoyed the show. The liked the sets, the liked the costumes and they liked the music. It's also quite unanimous that Adipati stole the lover's limelight every single night.

I wish I could get a day off from the show to be able to see just what we have come up with after all those months of tears, pain and sweat. To hear that the audiences enjoyed it is certainly thrilling. I'm hoping that they're recording the thing on video so that we would have a chance to see what actually happened on stage. Must get that cute sound guy to make me a copy of some of the shows.

Personally, the piece that enjoy most is a piece that I'm not in. I really like the drum transition during the sumpahan scene. The one the ensemble goes "Melaka bercelaru, Peminangan tuanku ...". Simply brilliant. Love it every time I hear it and I'm right there in the pit when they play it. You guys rock, drum guys!!! Dance wise, naturally, it would be the 'Titah Sultan', I think that's the most playful thing in the whole musical and I really do enjoy doing that piece. Re-energises me every single time ... er ... of course that's only when I don't make any mistake in it. ;)

Watch out for me. I'm a Goddess, a Jelmaan Nenek Kebayan, Perempuan Jawa, Perempuan Kraton ... in general ... ensemble.

Two more weeks to go. Leave me a link to your reviews if you do go and watch it!

Show and ticket details:-

February 7 & 8 – Previews @ 8.30pm RM30 (Student, veteran, disabled)
February 9 to 26 – Show Dates @ 8.30pm (normal price)
February 12, 19 & 26 – Matinees @ 3.00pm (normal price)

Tickets: RM150, RM100, RM70, RM50 & RM30

Venue: Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur

Box Office: 03-4026 5558

Booking Website:

Tickets available at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.

For more information, please call/fax at 03-4026 5558
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