Answering “So … what do you do?”

For most types of work, only two levels of description are ever needed. Accountants, for example, would describe themselves as accountants to laypeople, and “tax” or “GL” or “fixed assets” to other accountants.

For my line of work, however, I find it interesting that I need to give lots of different answers to different kinds of people:

  1. How do you explain “software developer” to someone who doesn’t even know what software is? Therefore, my dear grandmother thinks I’m selling computers …
  2. To normal laypeople, I just say I’m in IT.
  3. To people in SEO, I say I’m an SEO reseller.
  4. To people who are more IT savvy, I say that I’m in software.
  5. To people in software, I say that I develop web applications using .NET and C#.
  6. To people who are working in software development companies, I say that I’m doing both sustaining (defects) and product development.

Cosmic Bowl Sucks

I’m going to re-blog what a friend of mine, ady has just put on his post on how terible Cosmic Bowl are. Just to emphasize on how bad things were over there.

The place: Cosmic Bowl, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur
Review: SUCKS BIG TIME !! Avoid whenever possible.

We just had a bowling session last week, and what a dump the place was. The equipment malfunctioning all the time. There’s not much bowling ball weight to choose from. And whatever bowling ball they have, it was chipped and has a big hole on it!! (Not to mention all the problem ady has found out).

To the management, please improve your condition. The Malaysian consumer just had it with all this corporations and businesses who just keep thinking of the profit without giving much value to whatever we’ve paid for.

Gmail Adds Themes To It’s Feature List

Taken from Official Gmail Blog:

Gmail fans have been building unofficial extensions to spice up their inboxes for a while, but up til now themes haven’t been an integral part of Gmail. We wanted to go beyond simple color customization, so out of the 30 odd themes we’re launching today, there’s a shiny theme with chrome styling, another one that turns your inbox into a retro notepad, nature themes that change scenery over time, weather driven themes that can rain on your mailbox, and fun characters to keep you in good company.

Some screen shots of the new theme:

To customize your inbox, go to the Themes tab under Settings. I don’t see the settings available yet on my account, so I might be checking back soon.

UPDATE: The themes setting is available now on my account. Should be available on yours too. Enjoy. Woohoo!!