Hate Me – Blue October

This is from their 3rd album – Foiled. Kick ass! My favourite song at the moment. I just purchased the song off iTunes Store – a 6min 20s version marked ‘Explicit’. Enjoy the lyrics:

Blue October
Hate Me

Children: If you’re sleeping, are you dreaming, if you’re dreaming are you dreaming of me? I can’t believe YOU ACTUALLY MISS ME….

Mother: Hi Justin! This is your mother it is 2:33 on Monday afternoon. I was just calling to see how you were doing. You sounded really uptight last night, it made me a little nervous, and a little, well it made me nervous, but it sounded like you were nervous too. I just want to make sure you are really okay and wanted to see if you were checking in on your medication too. You know I love ya. Take care honey, I know you’re under a lot of pressure. See ya. Bye Bye!

(Verse 1)
I have to block out thoughts of you, so I don’t lose my head
They crawl in like a cockroach leaving babies in my bed
Dropping little reels of tape to remind me that I’m alone
Playing movies in my head that make a porno feel like home
There’s a burning in my pride, a nervous bleeding in my brain
An ounce of peace is all I want for you, Will you never call again?
And will you never say that you love me just to put it in my face
And will you never try to reach me, it is I that wanted space

Hate me today
Hate me tomorrow
Hate me for all the things I didn’t do for you
Hate me in ways, yeah in ways hard to swallow
Hate me so you can finally see whats good for you

(Verse 2)
I’m sober now for 3 whole months, it’s one accomplishment that you helped me with
The one thing that always tore us apart is the one thing that I won’t touch again
In a sick way I want to thank you for holding my head up late at night
While I was busy waging wars on myself, you were trying to stop the fight
You never doubted my warped opinions on things like suicidal hate
You made me compliment myself when it was way too hard to take
So I’ll drive so fucking far away that I’ll never cross your mind
And do whatever it takes in your heart to leave me behind

Hate me today
Hate me tomorrow
Hate me for all the things I didn’t do for you
Hate me in ways, yeah ways hard to swallow
Hate me so you can finally see whats good for you

(Verse 3)
And with a sad heart I say bye to you and wave
Kicking shadows on the street for every mistake that I have made
And like a baby boy I never was a man
Until I saw your blue eyes cry and I held your face in my hand
And then I fell down yelling make it go away,
Just make her smile come back and shine just like it used to be
And then she whispered “How can you do this to me?”

Hate me today
Hate me tomorrow
Hate me for all the things I didn’t do for you
Hate me in ways, yeah ways hard to swallow
Hate me so you can finally see whats good for you
For You
For You
For You

Children: If you’re sleeping, are you dreaming, if you’re dreaming are you dreaming of me. I can’t believe YOU ACTUALLY MISS ME….

Girl: Hey Justin! x12+

Like the song? Buy it from the iTunes Store – only USD0.99! 

Lyrics sourced from Lyrics.com

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Want to run Photoshop 35% faster? Use Mac OS X 10.4.8

The publishing industry is still impatiently waiting for Intel-optimised Adobe applications. Eleven months since the first Intel-based Mac shipped, early adopters of Intel-based Macs have been running Adobe applications (especially Photoshop) at less than half its native speed as compared to PowerPC-powered machines. Apple’s Rosetta compatibility layer for running PowerPC compiled apps, does a great job of making all things compatible with the Intel chips, but with a penalty. A big penalty.

Adobe apps are the worst hit, especially the processor intensive Photoshop. In early tests by Macworld, an iMac Core Duo ran selected Photoshop tasks 45% slower than an iMac G5. This speed penalty IS substantial. And more than enough to put off purchases, especially from the publishing industry, eager to jump on the Intel bandwagon.

Adobe is committed to bringing the latest edition of its Creative Suite, and a Universal version at that, to Intel-swarmed shores and we should see Adobe CS 3 appearing some time next year. Apple should also see a big increase in hardware sales once Adobe CS 3 is released. Adobe recently release Acrobat 8, which is a Universal release and runs scorchingly fast on new Macs.

For those who have already upgraded (or downgraded, depending on perspective!) to an Intel Mac, don’t fret. Thanks to the hardworking programmers in the Apple camp, Rosetta now runs 35% faster than previously. The catch? Download and install Mac OS X 10.4.8. Macworld was surprised to find Photoshop performing much better in recent tests with the OS update.

Before the OS X 10.4.8 update, a 2GHz iMac G5 beat the 2.66GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro at both the Photoshop and Word Scroll tests. After the update, the Photoshop numbers looked much more respectable, with the Mac Pro outpacing the iMac G5 by 28 percent in the Photoshop test. What’s more, the 2.16GHz iMac Core 2 Duo closing the speed gap enjoyed by its G5 counterpart from 35 percent to a dead even finish. Still, even after the OS X 10.4.8 update, the G5s wiped the floor with the Intel-based Macs on the Word test.

So what are you waiting for? Go download Mac OS X 10.4.8!

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Apple Intel Updates

Apple has released a slew of EFI firmware updates for its products line. Do you have an Intel-based Mac? Download the updates via Software Update or download standalone installers from the links below:

  • iMac v1.1
  • MacBook Pro v1.2
  • MacBook v1.0
  • Mac mini v1.1
  • Mac Pro v1.1

This EFI update fixes several Boot Camp, startup and wake-from-sleep issues on Intel Macs.

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Tua Pooi Soh Peauty Saloon

This is too bloody good to pass up. Enjoy!

 The phone rings.

Ah Lian quickly picks it up.

Ah Lian : Morning. Tua Pooi Soh Peauty Saloon here. You are now talking to Ah Lian.
Customer : Good morning Ah Lian. I want to fix appointment to clean my face. Is your Tua Pooi Soh in??
Ah Lian : Tau Keh Soh is going out 1 hour ago. Who on the line?
Customer : I am Auntie Mary. Your Tua Pooi Soh’s customer.
Ah Lian : Oh Auntie Mely. I can help you to fix appointment. Tomolo Tau Keh Soh appointment full house. Tomolo’s tomolo she got free. When you like to come?
Customer : I think some time next week. Can I confirm the date & time with you later?
Ah Lian : Sure sure. You can call me or fact your late & timing. Our fact lumber: jeelo two – two egg one sick for two fai sick. If you want, can rock on to our wet side to see our later awertaismen & plomosen. Our wet side : tapiu tapiu tapiu lot tpspeautysaloon lot kom lot mai. Anymore thing you want to talk? If no more I hang the phone.
Caller : Ah……no. You’ve been most helpful. Thanks.
Ah Lian : OK, when you free please come & sit. Pai.

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iMac Intel Woes

Just over a week ago, I took delivery of an 8-month old 17″ 1.83Ghz iMac Intel, after ridding myself of my much beloved PowerBook G4. Everything has been fantastic despite running on only stock 512MB RAM. This of course does not cover power-hungry apps like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Adobe apps currently, as you may already know, runs on Apple’s Rosetta, a compatibility layer for Intel-based Mac computers, not unlike Classic on pre-Intel Mac OS X machines. The speed penalty of running Rosetta, as opposed to Intel-optimised Universal apps, is as high as 40%!

Adobe and Rosetta apps aside, Finder tasks and overall performance is snappy. I’m pretty darn impressed. My Powerbook never ‘felt’ this fast. Nor the G5 desktop in my office. Whether this is all a self-perceived speed bump (works like a butt dyno for cars), I’m not complaining. It does seriously feel zippier.

Rambunctious – The Need for more
Now, being the power-hungry and over-demanding techno nerd I am, the stock 512MB was never ever gonna cut it, unless I am reduced to using TextEdit and Mail all day. I scouted around the web for a 2GB memory upgrade. RAM, as you may know, has recently gone up in pricing and this situation may not improve any time soon. For a pair of Kingston-based Value RAM, I was looking at a RM860-RM880 investment, depending where I planned to purchase from.

I was pretty set on this, although the more expensive Corsair always remained in my thoughts. I had Corsair RAM in my old iMac G4 and it was as reliable as they come.

However, I stumbled upon a seller of Taiwan-sourced TwinMOS and TEAM memory (costs just RM660 for a pair) on Low Yat forum, the same seller also dealing on Lelong. I decided to give TEAM a try, with similar spec to the TwinMOS (which is listed to be compatible with the iMac Intel and MacBook/MacBook Pro), since TwinMOS was out of stock.

I have to say although removing the RAM slot cover was easy, getting the stock RAM out of the crevice was difficult. Previous generations of iMacs were way easier. Plugging the new ones in was even a bigger task. Looks easy, but I can assure you, not. The first time I plugged in the RAM modules, reset the slot cover and powered up, the power light started to blink frantically. And no display. Arrgh. Cursing, I reopened the slot and removed the RAM, then carefully reseating the RAM before covering up again. Several tries later, I finally get a startup chime and was welcomed by the Apple logo. Things were super zippy! My iMac’s on steroids, I thought. Oh my! Apple’s Mail launched in one bounce. This is unprecendented. Incredible even. I launched About This Mac to make sure the RAM is recognised and running.

Mulder, Sculley! There are gremlins in my iMac!
Then things started to go awry. Weird things started to happen. It shutdown on its own. I removed the RAM, tested with the old RAM. Ran with 1.5GB, then 1GB, then 512MB. Tried everything from zapping PRAM to resetting NVRAM. When it did startup I couldn’t move any files. I tried dragging and dropping stuff into folders. It refused to budge. I suspected a permissions problem so I launched Disk Utility to repair. Then later had Onyx do the same as well as clearing all cache and optimising the machine.

No luck.

I removed the RAM one final time and ran just on the stock RAM. Then the worst thing happened. The iMac refused to startup, only showing the Apple logo and spinning icon. I slotted in the original Mac OS X 10.4.4 CD that came with the machine and tried to repair from there.

Steve, where’s my hard drive?
Darn it. Directory header and structure damage. Not good. And Disk Utility could not repair. I got it hooked up to my friend’s Powerbook and powered up with Target Disk Mode. Funny thing was, it recognised the hard drive but could not mount it, prompting me to “Initialize. Ignore. Eject”

Scouting the forums, I found something out. Apple’s Knowledge Base document 58583 says:

If you attempt to mount an Intel-based Mac in Target Disk Mode on a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or earlier, you’ll see an alert message. For more information, see article 303118, “Intel-based Macs: “You have inserted a disk containing no volumes that Mac OS X can read” alert message”.

So no luck with Target Disk Mode unless it’s with another Intel-based machine. Up till now, the issue is still unresolved. Am locating a Tech Tools Deluxe CD (hopefully bootable) from a friend so I can attempt repair and restore tonight. Sigh. Does NOT look good.

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“Merom” Core 2 Duo MacBooks Released!

Just 6 months after shipping the first-ever Intel Core Duo processor-based MacBooks, Apple is shipping updated MacBooks – now sporting faster “Merom” Core 2 Duo Intel processors, up to 2.0Ghz. The new MacBooks are up to 25% faster than their predecessors and the 2.0Ghz models (including the delicious black one) feature double the RAM, dual-layer 6x SuperDrive (vs. single-layer 4x), twice-as-large 4 MB level 2 cache as well as bigger capacity hard drives.

The MacBook offers fantastic value for money, although I personally would not buy one until Apple introduces a ‘real’ GPU (graphics processor unit) to replace to crappy, under-performing 64MB Intel GMA950 graphics processor. Nonetheless, for users out there looking for a stylish, fast, affordable new portable, the MacBook is definitely a good option.

Prices start from USD1,099 (RM3,999 – RM4,099).

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The Ultimate iPod Buyers’ Guide

The boys at iLounge have been busy! They’ve just released the comprehensive, PDF-based 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide. Weighing in at a whopping 180 pages, the buyers’ guide is back for its third year installment.

Download Print Version Single page, best for printing (21.8 MB ZIP)
Download Wide Version Double page, best for monitors (21.7 MB ZIP)

Alternate Download Links:
Download Print Version (21.8 MB ZIP)
Download Wide Version (21.7 MB ZIP)

Download it now – it’s 100% free and in PDF format. Enjoy!

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