How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appears bright - until you hear them speak.

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Manufacturers lead to wastefulness...

In modern age of cheap mass production (especially with factories in China), manufacturers can sell their hardware cheaply, which makes their products cheaper to replace than to repair.

I was told by a dealer in computers that our early version of HP Pavilion was a product of their Chinese factory, and a victim of poor quality control simply because their production could not cope with the high demand. So it was, just two months after expiry of warranty, it could not switch on. Someone who could repair it warned that he could not guarantee it to last more than a few months!

Couple of years back, I bought a 3-in-1 HP printer which came with the usual adaptor and a starter ink cartridge. Recently, just when my daughter needed to print her boarding pass, I found I could not switch on the printer. There was a click sound from the adaptor. Most people would think it is easy to find an adaptor which can be used. But adaptors are usually made to suit only a particular model. I found a shop in Amcorp Mall and a shop assistant took the trouble to look for a suitable adaptor. She found one but the output was slightly less than mine (meant for printing only while mine was meant for scanning and faxing as well). I asked how much would it cost had she found one, and she replied, "More than Rm100"! If my memory served me well, I bought the printer at Tesco in Ipoh for less than Rm200! The shop has one of the same model and it was priced at Rm365.

I have come across friends throwing their printers (bought cheaply) away (together with their adaptors). How I wish I had asked to keep their adaptors! Now, the most pragmatic thing to do is the usual wasteful ways of today: to buy a new one and throw away the old (despite the printer in good working condition). Or, to look for a cheap (hopefully) printer of the same model, just to be able to use its adaptor for both!
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