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Installing Arabic to Windows XP

Yes, I’m still using XP and fully aware they will end support in April 2014.

Still doesn’t mean my current computer isn’t usable and have no intention of changing soon.

Main reason, alot of old programs which i developed or currently owned licensed doesn’t work with a new PC.

Personally, i’ll probably upgrade from XP to Windows 8.1, with a tablet as well.

Anyway, I encountered an issue today which i like to share, which is installing Arabic for an illustrator work. Since my XP system have no support (i.e fonts) for Arabic, i found the below website via google of course provided the best solution.

Now i can write or paste Arabic text into my illustrator project.

Next is Vietnamese!


Nearest planet takes 600,000 years to get there!

I am a keen and avid reader of the SMH and today they published an article via Reuter’s feed about the closest exoplanet is around 33 light years according to NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. (sources)

So i was curious and did some calculation myself to see how long will a spacecraft take to reach there.

Let’s make some assumption,
1) leap year is negligible to the calculations,
2) Speed of light travel at 300,000km/s,

Therefore each year light will travel,
300,000 x 3600 sec/hr x 24 hr/day x 365 days
= 9,460,000,000,000 km/year (round off)

hence, 33 light years = 300,000,000,000,000 km (round off)

The fastest spacecraft from wikipedia (sources) is the New Horizons which they travel around 36,000 mph = 57600 km/h (approx)
Therefore each year the spacecraft will travel = 500,000,000 km/year (round off)

Unless we have a machine that will travel at the speed of light, using the New Horizon will take approx,
= 300,000,000,000,000 / 500,000,000
= 3,000,000 / 5
= 600,000 human years (approx)

In conclusion, we’ll probably never reach that planet using current technology but if we are able to improve the existing technology by 1000 folds, human could certainly reached that planet within 60 years or so.

Oh Champions League Final, What a Match!!

With all the media hypes and the mutual respect from both Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola prior to the final. The 2011 champions league final certainly did fulfilled its high expectation. So waking up from a cold Sunday morning here in Australia is worth every second of it.

The first 7-8th minute shows why Man Utd deserves to be in the final by holding and keep possessing of the ball. In fact during that period, Barcelona had problem of getting out of their own half.

However it is impossible to be able to dominate a team such as Barcelona. So as soon as Barca player had settled, they dominated the play once again and Man Utd were never really back into it.

What makes a great final is the attitude of both teams. After Pedro open the scored around the 30th minute in the first half,  by slotting into the goal after he received from a brilliant low diagonal through ball from Xavi. Rooney then make a come back goal from 15 yards after he left unmarked from a counter play from the left.

Personally, i felt Man Utd couldn’t have comeback from the first goal because of the way Barca had dominated other teams throughout the season. But it just shows the mentality of this Man Utd side, which they put up a great fight.

At the end, good football wins the day. With the Messi scoring a brilliant goal from 20 yards low shot around the 50th minutes mark. Final goal comes from David Villa in the 75th minute, who had a quiet game. The game pretty much sealed then, because not only Barcelona continue to hold possession, they started toying with United defense, and had more than 17 shot on goals.

Barcelona is a deserved winner at 3-1, but Man Utd should also be congratulated for putting up a great fight, unlike the way Mourinho setup his Real Madrid team. They shouldn’t have any regrets in this match because they are playing arguing the best team in the world at the moment.

Now hopefully Barca players will take a good long holiday and comeback to play their beautiful football next year. I really look forward to see them next year, but i’m sure Liverpool will win everything by then! :P


Welcome to Web 2.0, Here i come!

Hi all,

My name is Johnson Lai, one of the 6,902,887,287 (see ref1) earthling on this planet. Recently purchase the domain and plan to have a go at Web 2.0.

The idea of blogging had never occurred to me, in honest i think it’s a waste of bloody time to write about random thoughts in my head which i enjoyed more by just thinking about it. Sounds self-fish, but it’s my true personal wording!

However, i see the positive in sharing ideas so i thought i too give it a try since I also like to have an opinions on many things.

What is this blog going to be about, well have a look at yourself.

This is also the first time i played around with wordpress so i hope i can learn to create a nice looking website slowly when time allows.

Well i have enough talk, see ya later!


Ref1: dated 01/03/2011, World population clock