Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How the antivirus can work wonders

I never had any problem with the capacity of my hard disk (±300GB) until I installed Sims 3 on my laptop. It took up about 5GB on the C drive but immediately the bar showing the free space on the disk drive turns red. Hmm... I thought I had a lot of free space. Definitely more than 20GB.

Then I started deleting my old files and all the programs that I seldom used like all the little games. But they took up so little space that their extermination didn't do much difference. I was freaked out when the free space kept getting smaller despite all my efforts and I had to do all those disk cleanup operations every now and then. I continued deleting files or transferring them to the other drives (strangely, only the C drive was affected) but it was no use. I finally uninstall Sims 3 (so long, Ms. Black!). Though not very much, it freed up almost 6GB.

But not for long. The free space dwindled to about 400MB is less than 2 days when I didn't do anything at all that might gobble up that much space. I panicked (O_O)

Virus!

I did everything I could using Avira AntiVir that I was using at the time but it detected nothing. And it was up-to-date too. The message 'You have little free space' or something like that kept popping out from the taskbar. Then I decided to switch to AVG. Of course it is wiser to just buy a good, reliable antivirus but as far as my family is concerned, we never buy one when the free downloaded versions are good enough. And they were, up till then.

After all the procedures of installing and running the first scan was done, there were 46GB of free space in C! Woohoo! Problem solved! Why didn't I think of that in the first place? Instead I have to uninstall a lot of programs and other stuff. Aiyo... Lesson learnt. Maybe I'll consider buying Karpersky Antivirus like my brother asked me to.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Gone are the good days

Music-wise. Not my personal life.

Well I was listening to Hitz.fm the other day, and it was airing the top 10 in the weekly top 40. Great, I thought to myself, since I had not been listening to the radio for... well, a few months then. I must have missed out on a lot of great new songs.

But I stand corrected. The number 10 song was the one that goes "I make them good girls go bad" or something like that which I didn't like. Weird. Number 10? And it didn't get any better from there. Number 9, 8, 7 and 6 were all equally unbearable. The songs were all overloaded with annoying electronic sounds, heavy drum beats and suggestive lyrics. The only song that I like was 21 Guns.

I then realised that those kind of songs are abundance in the airwaves nowadays. More youths now favour Sean Kingston and Black Eyed Peas rather than James Morrison or John Mayer. But I don't find it cool to sing so fast and with so much slang no one can actually catch what you say. And using euphemism to sing about sexual desires (London Bridge, anyone?) cannot be considered as lyrical genius. Come on, we all know half of the hits send prurient messages.

Now I'm not one of those person whose playlist comprises of tunes from Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion. Or one who listens to Bach everyday. I do enjoy tunes from Mika and Good Charlotte. And Westlife (probably shouldn't mention that). I just think good music are supposed to evoke emotion. Joy, longing, or sometimes even anger (and no, lust doesn't count). And good music sticks in your mind, preferably more than just a few weeks - which is the lifespan of most hit songs (thumbs up for anyone who can remember the words to Smack That).

If anyone wants a respite from songs that belong to the dance floor or are overplayed in the radio, try listening to Kenny Rogers (Lady is the best), Eric Clapton (Tears in Heaven), Richard Marx, or Josh Groban. Or my favourite band Keane (Somewhere Only We Know). I would recommend The Beatles but probably everybody has already heard their songs.

But I guess to each his own. Well, I'm off to listen to Canon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hard Times

(cliché alert)

What do you do if you found out that your best friend lied to you? Or a person whom you thought was your friend blab about your secrets to the world? How do you feel if a (supposedly) friend hates you so much without you having a single clue why?

What do you do?

Well, you can always cry. It's free and effective. And you don't need another person to do that. It's good to cry sometimes (or a lot of times). Just you and your thoughts..

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

[Coldplay]

Or maybe you could share those thoughts with another friend, considering that particular friend will not let out a single word. Oh and don't forget to cry some more while you're at it.

Or, if you don't have any more friends to tell (if this kind of things happen to you then you clearly don't have that many friends), you could try writing out the frustrations. This method works too, so long as you make sure that the entry is safe from prying eyes.

It hurts when you try so hard to feel angry but you always end up feeling sad instead. You can't help but think that this is all your fault. At times like this, can you decide when to display your emotions or when to conceal them? This will be the time when you recognize your real friends and discover that they really are hard to find. But at the very least, you always have your family to turn to.

Though it's hard, you must try to not give the matter much thought. It won't help with the grieve. In the end you have to learn to let bygone be bygone. Accept the fact that life can be cruel, but don't let it taint you. Cherish those remaining friends of yours who helped you heal. And don't hate people, even those who did you bad. You know you're better than that so don't stoop to their level. Besides learning to be more tolerant along the way, you will emerge from the tragedy stronger and better off.

Trust me on this.