From good to great… tHimerosa style.

It has been a humbling past couple of months. Taking down the ego and finally looking at myself and moving towards being critical but not to the state of bashing myself up when I criticse myself.

I would like to reflect on what happened today. It’s gonna be a crazy mess of thoughts so do try to stay with me.

On being an Entrepreneur

It is no easy task, but neither is it a task beyond my means. It is just that I am in a slightly different situation where I am taking over my dad’s business and expanding it in the way that it is synchronous to how our times have changed. However, because this is a legacy business with its roots deeply imbued in trading and traditional business processes, I am restricted by many barriers such as my father’s way of doing business, expectations of being a girl and someone fresh (or rather still an undergraduate). Challenges aplenty but rewards are definitely high. I have a lot of fresh ideas and I have the energy and drive to kick it across. But I still fall into my own idiosyncrasies. The most common being, “Hey, hey, give me that recognition! It’s me here!” Yeah, it is just this part of me that’s still very deep rooted. I am changing it. Switch state.

There is also the issue of getting a proper job versus doing a business. Well, let’s just say that in all jobs, there’s no stability and confirmation that you will forever be employed unless you have employed yourself. Yes, I am well placed to move ahead and clinch the jobs that I want but do I want that? I would like to instill a culture of progressiveness, self-development, excitement, commitment in the company that I run. Teamwork, alongside with the traits of leadership, to move towards a common goal of providing value for our customers. This is what I innately want for within myself, and I want to translate that to something tangible for my team.

One day, I will be just like that pizza maker (who owns a pizza conglomerate in the US but calls himself a pizza maker) and call myself a printer. 🙂
These thought process that went through me then inspired me to move thimerosa@wordpress into a blog that talks about this entrepreneurship journey. The journey about an Asian young little thing, working with many restrictions to start, expand and change the way businesses are being run. I will document the troubles I meet, the challenges I overcome, the thrills and high I get and most importantly the fun of it all! This blog will anchor me and remind me that life is about fun, enjoy every moment of it!

On Ego and Enlightenment

The enlightened have the capacity to have ambition without ego. What about me? I am still playing ping pong and oscillating. Damn. I recognise that and I want to work on it. I am really quite addicted to the feeling when I start achieving and I feel my ambition flowing through me but without the ego. Why did I say that? Cause I still had the “I am good, how come you’re not looking at me!” attitude sometimes. That gotta go, if I want to do great things. Absolutely.

On pitching

I admit that my pitching skills are still not there. There are many angles to look at how one improves their pitching. One angle is, when is a good time to pitch? And what should be said during a particular time. How can you change your sales pitch on the fly? So many questions, I want to iron them out, but it seems like priority is still on my academic stuff. This is something I want to complete and move on to the next chapter of my life. Hence that’s how my priorities rank at the moment.
On social skills

I want to be the social magnet. I want to be able to charm, engage, understand, communicate and network. I like these qualities and I want to build them up. The first step on stepping out of this shell, is to start overcoming my fears one by one. Bring out the courage, bring out the lessons that I learnt, bring out and practice. There is no other way. Be on my toes and psych myself to handle social situations all the time.

On time managment

If Steve Pavlina can do it, thimerosa can do at least 1/2 of it. He did double degree in 1/3 the amount of time normal people did, while holding on to a job at the same time.

tHim can:

  1. Do a Thesis
  2. Graduate
  3. Organize a conference
  4. Start a business
  5. Maintain a relationship

I must prioritise my time appropriately and kill procrastination! And yes, really enjoy the entire process!

Life is bright. Life is fantastic. I am not going to short change myself anymore 🙂 That Porsche 911 is here!

Thanks for staying with me all the way to the end. Till the next time.

September 8, 2006 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

How to synchronize time between 2 WRT54G routers running on Openwrt?

This short tutorial documents the process that I took to synchronize time between 2 WRT54G routers.

I needed this function because I wanted to send log files out of the different nodes at the same time. Well, we all know that WRT54G routers don’t have on-board clocks so it’s hard to sync. But anyway, this actually works for me cause it makes it easier for me to time my experiments and run my cron jobs when they all start from 0. This is a complete trial and error thingy that yielded the results I wanted, so follow at your own risk.

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August 16, 2006 at 9:32 pm 1 comment

How to get Openwrt boxes to scp to each other in a mesh topology?

Seems like this online documentation thing is catching on. My site is specially catered for people like me, who find it a huge challenge to pick up this Openwrt thingy. No dummies guide online, and it is really tough to search for solutions. 😦 I usually spend a damn long time trying to figure out some basic stuff that most experts know. Hence, this motivates my series of Dummy’s guide! We must always contribute back to the Opensource community yeah? 🙂 I am gonna be building a business on Opensource software soon.

But that’s not the point that I want to illustrate here. The topic is on: How do we automate scp on Linksys WRT54G (running on Openwrt) such that they can send each other files periodically without the troublesome need of entering the stupid passwords.

*I developed this solution because I needed to set up an experimental testbed that has 5 routers in a string topology and 4 routers are supposed to be sending a log file out every 10 minutes to router 1. I needed to automate this process so that I can leave the routers to their own antics and let them do what they need to do.

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August 14, 2006 at 6:28 pm 3 comments

Memory stuff on WRT54G and Openwrt

This is yet another techie posting.

I was just wondering why do I have a /tmp partition on my wrt54g that is 7MB! I wanted to use this memory! Whatever’s written to /tmp will be erased on reboot. I wanted the information to survive a reboot! I wanted to increase the retainable memory on board the router!

I was googling around but I couldn’t find a solution. Then I found this… apparently 7MB is RAM (edited from Flash) memory and no matter what I do, I can’t keep the stuff on it. Oh well. 😦

August 13, 2006 at 10:04 pm 2 comments

How I set up AODV with Openwrt on a Linksys WRT54G router (Dummy’s guide) {Part I}

Note the keywords that I included in the title. This is an entirely TECHIE posting. 30 days worth of work condensed into one page.

This is really to help anyone, who’s looking for any sort of help to AODV on Openwrt on a WRT54G Version 4 /WRT54GL Linksys router. I am listing all my problems, or stuff encountered etc.
I have 2 methods. The first shows an inkling on how I did the cross-compilation from C code to Mips code. The second just shows how I did the ipkg thingy from the AODV-UU package that I found online. (For this second method, I am still trying to find a way to compile my own packages. Will put this in Part II when I figure out how. Or you guys can enlighten me)

Disclaimer: THIS IS NOT THE ABSOLUTE GUIDE TO COMPILING. THERE WILL STILL BE SOME ERRORS SOMETIMES. BUT AT LEAST IT GIVES YOU SOME HINT ON HOW YOU CAN MOVE AHEAD. FOLLOW AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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August 11, 2006 at 1:37 am 13 comments

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What is the meaning of Life?

One might be compelled for a moment to say that the meaning of Life is to live it to the fullest.

Is that really the case? Or is that something that we fabricated out of nowhere because Life really has no meaning attached to it.

This is an abstract concept, it is not about Life being depressing. If Life was depressing, then there is a meaning attached to it, and that is being depressed. It is not about Life being anything, it is just about Life being meaningless – the absence of any meaning attached to it.

If one can fully grasp this concept and enlighten himself to the meaning of meaningless, he can then see for himself, the real meaning of Life.

I hear people giving a cynical look right now on the point about Life has no meaning. “What do you mean no meaning?!”

Simply ask the Earth and you will get the answer, look at the Sea to get the hint, look at the sky to get what I mean.

Too abstract? Totally, but not if you are already on the Path.

August 2, 2006 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

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