• Posted On: March 25th 2017 at 2:18 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Domain names, Online life, Personal life, School life

    I have been thinking about getting another domain name. But not sure what I want to do with it though. Perhaps open another blog? Or just use it for my online portfolio? Well, I am not entirely sure what I will do with it. Not exactly keen to open another blog because I have ViolinStar.NET. I like posting about random stuff – either related to my life or just technology/beauty reviews. It is quite interesting to read back at my old blog posts and realised how much I have change over the years (or maybe over a few months). I have become older and more mature, and hopefully wiser as well. Even my writing style has changed over the years. I have been blogging at ViolinStar.NET for more than 9 years now. Like wow, can you believe it? 9 years worth of blog entries?! Yes yes, I can’t believe it either. I still love the name violinstar too. Even after 9 years… Guess now it can be used as a synonym for my name too? Hahaha.

    I used to open blogs and web sites like almost every year. My blogs don’t usually last for more than 2 years and I am constantly moving from 1 subdomain to another subdomain. It is only through DDBoard (some domain name forum) that I got this domain name for free. Okay, not exactly for free since I have to earn points bu posting forum posts and finally accumulated enough points to get a .net domain name. Actually, I wanted to get a .com domain name but violinstar.com was taken at that time. I really like the words violin star so I switched to a .net domain name. After some time, I have grown to like .net as well which is why I didn’t register for violinstar.com after the site has close down and they released the domain name for a while before it got taken by the domain name buyers. It used to be a web site for violinists but now it is just taken for the domain name buyers hoping to sell that domain name at a higher price. Well, I guessed the old site has quite a high alexa/google page rank which is why it attracted the domain name buyers to purchase it.

    I had my first Trademarks lecture as part of my Foundations of IP Law this week and one of the key points I take away from the class is that sometimes it might be better for a business not to register their trademark because the trademark is too simplistic thus, not as distinctive. However, the lawyer should still advise their clients to use the trademark and register it after some time when their business/trademark become more well known to the public. Then they can try to register for the trademark and get it approved. During the time when the trademark is not registered, their trademark will still enjoy goodwill/passing off (okay, that’s when my concept is not that strong and I don’t remember the name for it) protection and they can sue others for using their trademark, even though it is not registered.

    IP law is actually very interesting. I can only hope that I can pass the module because I am still not used to how law essays/arguments are structured. But I am still motivated to study for it. Let’s see how long all these will last then…

    Anyway, back to my initial topic of this blog post. I am still thinking if I should get another domain name and if I do get it, what should I use it for. Hmm…

    Posted On: March 21st 2017 at 7:08 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: School life, Technology

    I went back to school to do my Network Security project last Sunday. Well, it was supposed to be a 4-person project but Pei Fang dropped the module just before we start working on the project proposal so it is only Alan, Jeffery and I left in the project…

    Alan and I was in school since 11am while Jeffery joined us after lunch.

    Oh, guess what? Alan and I met Prof Liang Zhenkai (our Network Security prof) at Macdonalds’ when we went there for lunch. Hahaha. Prof didn’t manage to recognise Alan but recognised me instead. Well… He was also the one who pointed my name on the attendance list during my class test to ask me to sign (i.e. knows my name). Lololol.

    I think after Network Security project, I would have gained an in-depth knowledge of the math behind SSL, in particular the RSA key exchange variant. Guess that’s a good thing? Oh yes, in case you are wondering… We are working on a project related to DROWN attacks. I hope we don’t DROWN-ed in this semester…

    In the end we left school at 9pm. What a tiring Sunday… Now I am counting down to next weekend…

    Posted On: March 16th 2017 at 9:36 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Rants, School life

    Okay guys, I am back for a while from my hiatus. I know I should be getting back to my school work but really need to rant this out somewhere…

    I kind of finished most of the content of my law essay assignment and oh gosh, I’m probably in trouble too. I was reading the entire essay and realised that it has become a more of a Network Security essay. The worst part? I have no idea how to transform it back to a law essay… :sad: I am like exclaiming “Jialat liao, how sia?!” in Singlish in my brain right now. It basically means “Oh no! What should I do now?” for those who don’t know Singlish – which is probably a significant part of my web traffic nowadays. :happy: 

    Okay, back to the struggle of my law essay as my friends are giving me more ideas why online pirates will always win in the game of online piracy. :pissed:

    I’m still thankful for having friends who are there to hear me rant about my law module.

    Oh, this is my essay topic in case you are wondering:

    “Judicial site-blocking (under section 193DDA et seq Copyright Act (Cap 63)) is an efficacious measure to combat online piracy”.  Discuss the veracity of this proposition. 

    Posted On: March 10th 2017 at 12:02 am | 4 Comments
    Categories: Rants, School life

    I had a very bad day today. It’s a long story which I will spare you guys the full details. Okay, maybe just the ones about my school life?

    Seriously speaking, the more time I spent in law school, the more foreign I feel. It is like studying in another country. I have a few readings which I couldn’t find on Lexis or Westlaw. I emailed the secretary fir help but she didn’t reply. So I dropped an email to the prof and guess what. She replied to her original email and asked the someone in NUS Law office to guide me instead. I am like, “Okay… Then why didn’t you reply earlier? -.-” Anyway, the guy from NUS Law office replied and mentioned that I can call or email the contact the law library for help which is what I did. Luckily for me, the librarian got the books for me and even bookmarked the pages where my legal cases were. I’m definitely thankful for it.

    Then the next issue came up. Apparently, photocopying of law books require some profound skills. :shocked: Well, I didn’t know that I need to set some settings and failed when I photocopied the first 2 pages. Fortunately, there was an auntie at the photocopying room and she was pretty free. So I asked her for help. Now I know why the librarian told me to go to the photocopying room instead of the photocopying machine on the other end of the library. Anyway, the auntie taught me how to photocopy it so that it turned out nicely. Wow, I never knew photocopying is such an art until today. I’m serious. Not sarcasm or anything but I never knew that there were so many settings to set and skills required to photocopy it nicely. :shocked: 

    I have 3 legal cases from 3 different books to photocopy. And gosh, different settings is required for different books. :shocked: Wow. Like just, wow. :shocked: Then I am like thinking, “Okay… So now I need auntie’s help again.”

    Luckily the third book is of similar size as 2nd book. I can make do with slight imperfections in photocopying… I just try my best to rush through the photocopying. Then I realised that I am late for class. Shucks. I don’t know anyone in my class for me to catch any important notes during the class. I was praying that my prof will be late for class which is what he does most of the time. True enough, he was late for class but I was even later than him. :sigh: Sigh. Well… I just rushed in and quickly sat down. Probably the first time a student being late in the class since the prof is perpetually late. Thank God no one took my favourite seat in class though.

    That didn’t end the string of unfortunate events (and hopefully with some silver lining, such as the auntie and the librarian). Apparently prof have to make some important announcements at the start of the class which he usually don’t do that. So yes, I missed it but didn’t miss too much. Then the class started and I kept thinking what did I miss. That distraction didn’t last long as today’s class was quite difficult to understand. I thought learning about the concept of obviousness in patent law is bad enough until he introduced breach of confidence and its remedies. :cry: Okay, I am confused but still tried my best to understand and pen down whatever I can think of. Somehow my classmates seems to understand and were busy typing out the notes in class. Well, I can only admire their ability while thanking myself that I am not a law major. Oh, I silently prayed to God to let me pass this module. 

    After the class, I went to ask the lady next to me about the announcement that I missed. Well, she is an auditor (i.e. she don’t have to take the exams and get graded for the module) and she mentioned that the announcement is regarding the final exam and how it will be computerised. But she was not sure and told me to ask the prof instead. After what happened with the readings, I was not very keen to ask him such admin issues… So I asked the classmate sitting in front of me and he explained about the exam and how it usually is, including my doubt on if we have enough power sockets for the exam. He mentioned that the exam will be in law school (shucks, you mean it will not be in the main campus?!) and will be at a place with sufficient power sockets for all the students. Oh gosh. Now I must pray that I can find my exam venue somehow. Law school is seriously a maze. :cry: It is probably like Stanford University where I kept losing my way. Lol. Okay, I didn’t lose my way at Stanford University since my colleague, Shaleen, has a good sense of direction and remembered where we walked past. Gahhh… My sense of direction is really… sigh.

    I guess I will deal with that worry later when I got the email on where my exam venue will be.

    Anyway, because I stayed in class later than usual since I needed to find out the details on the announcement I missed, there was a girl who approached me and talked to me. So we kind of chatted. Law students have really good memory. She remembered where I worked, my name, and that I write music. All these were mentioned in class but I didn’t expect anyone to remember… Erm. Don’t you have a lot of law readings and cases to remember? I suddenly got reminded of Samuel at that moment. Oh, he is someone interesting but often have actions that I cannot fathom but let’s just leave it as that for now? Anyway, then my new acquaintance and I started talking and she led me the another way to leave the law school to the bus stop and then pass the park before reaching the train station. Wow, I doubt I can remember my way but I hope I do…

    Anyway, she was being friendly and I was thinking of asking for her number. Who knows? Maybe I can ask help from her in future with regards to finding readings? Hahaha. The hunt for readings have been a huge headache for me every week and any help in that is greatly appreciated. Then she asked me if I have Facebook and shall we exchange Facebook contact. Well, I am not complaining since that means an exchange in contact? Any help in finding the readings will be very helpful for me in future. Haha. She has been friendly and I hope it continue. 

    So that pretty much sums up my very bad day today. It doesn’t really feel that bad now that I pondered back. Well, silver linings in the dark clouds are always pleasant to have. I probably can hashtag this post as #anotherDayInTheLifeAndTimesOfSakura. Thanks Nicholas for coming up such an epic hashtag after judging me for getting shocked over an accent for 24 hrs. :glare: This junior arh… Boooo. But now I can use it for this post. Hahaha. :smile: 

    Posted On: March 7th 2017 at 6:29 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: School life

    Sigh. Not sure what I ate wrongly but somehow my stomach is not feeling ok. To make things worse, I have night classes today. Bleh. I hope my stomach feels better soon… :sad: 

    I took leave yesterday to rush my Network Security and Foundations of IP Law assignments along with studying for my Network Security test. Unfortunately, I only managed to finish my Network Security assignment and finished 1 reading for my IP Law module. Oh, I also managed to do some legal research for my assignment since I was at the law library. It’s still not a productive day spent yesterday but at least it is not completely unproductive…

    Technically speaking, it is my third time going to the law library but it is my first time discovering that there is a third floor in the library. Okay, I am quite noob since I am not a law student and I hardly go to the library. I went there once when I was undergraduate to take a look at the Faculty of Law campus before graduating from NUS. Went there the second time to do my law readings a few weeks ago and yesterday was my third time there. What’s consistent is that I always lost my way when I leave the law library. Somehow I will always take the wrong turn. Well, if there’s anything good about it, that would be my consistency in losing my way when I leave the law library. Hahaha. At least I didn’t lose my way in the law campus now which is quite a feat, ok? Hahaha. Okay lah, I admitted to losing my way in the campus at the start of the semester and have to ask the security guard to find my way out. Hehe.