Freelancer – Crazy Projects – Trust Issues

Have been browsing Freelancer for a while now trying to get on the board to get some reviews but seems like fierce competition exists; even when you offer your web development services for free, they pick someone offering same for $100 but with atleast 8 reviews. Since, myself don’t have any reviews yet (since no one offers any new comers a job (just like in real work too i suppose) how ironic is that ? ) am just browsing it daily to see what sort of projects i can do in my spare time and over the weekend to make some extra bucks and get more experience under my belt :).

So, it’s now a week or so since i joined freelancer, and I have seen pretty crazy projects that actually someone is willing to do ? Ok let me give you some examples :

Someone asking for geniune email accounts (nothing randomly created) and usable email accounts for $30, nothing strange there you might be thinking ? Well how does the number of 2000 sound to you ? That’s right users asking for 2000 email accounts, nothing that looks like abc1 , abc2 etc etc. real non botish looking emails, 2000 in total for $30. On top of that, guess what is the time limit for project to be completed ?48 HOURS ! Talk about employing Superman 


Ceiling Goes Thud – Roof Disaster

I type this post sitting in a car repair shop. On mind are the repair costs and thoughts about the roof/ceiling that has collapsed! This week has been really crazy that which will be hard to forget.  Imagine staying awake or being kept awake by crumbling roof? Every hour there would be a loud thud in the living room with another bit off the top.  So, what is this post about, car repair costs or the roof disaster? Well I will bore you with car repair stuff maybe at the end; let me tell you with pictures as to what happened yesterday evening!

Came back home feeling tired and a sore throat at around 5 pm, for had to walk home that day cause the car was in the shop. It was around that time noticed the drip from the roof up top, coming from what appears to have been a crack in the ceiling even before I started  living in the apartment.  Yes I live on the top floor of a really old apartment. Had no choice back in 2008 when I was evicted from an apartment that was to be turned in Condo! Those living in Saskatoon are aware of the crazy condo conversions of apartments that took place. Where I was living before was one of those apartments to be converted to condo. The year was crazy and was hard to find an apartment.  Moved in around October, 2008 to this what appears to be 100 year old apartment.

The crack in the ceiling had always made me wonder as to its existence’s reason. Phoned the building manager at around 5o5 to be told only he will get hold of someone. When the single drop turned to 5 in number, phoned the manager again only to find out no phone calls were made by him. This shows how much an apartment manager cares about their tenants; he has been the worst manager I had to put up with, even when the rent gets paid on time. In one and a half hour it starts pouring inside through various cracks in the ceiling. What once was a drop was now a stream, frustrated to see no manager on the door or anyone to come look and try to do some quick fix, rang his phone again only to be told yet again he has not cared to phone anyone yet. In the call before he tried to convince me that it could take a month or more for roof to be fixed, and in 10 minutes nothing can be done, which is quite understandable, but now more than two and a half hour later, listening to the same broken record attempted yet again to persuade the manager to send someone atleast with bunch of buckets to prevent floor damage. By 7.30 someone came with bucket in hand, by that time there were not one but close to 3 to 4 places that were starting to pour. One bucket would do no good so she made few phone calls to get someone over to drill a hole to get drain the pool of water in the ceiling. Will have to check the pictures to get the exact time frame of when someone came to drill a hole in the centre of the crack.

Took 10 minutes and half a bucket to stop the pouring and I was given the warning: ceiling will collapse later tonight and there is nothing stopping that. Around 10pm I sit down to have my supper finally.

Keep awake till 2 in the morning trying to get some sleep, to no surprise hear the thud in the living room. Rush to see how much has fallen, only to escape narrowly another piece of falling ceiling. Two pieces down, few more to go before it stops raining ceiling pieces. Moved some furniture around and removed the glass from the coffee table and put the table in the halfway outside.  I go online and let me supervisor at work know I won’t be in the morning, maybe not till Monday of next week, for I had no idea what the landlord would be telling me in the morning. Would I need to find a new apartment or could still live in the same one while repairs are done were the thoughts as I lay in the bed attempting to sleep.

3.30 and another thud, did not bother to check the damage and maybe around 4.30 fell asleep.  At 8.30 came the landlord looking all shocked and got on the phone to get someone to look and possibly fix the roof up top and said someone will come to remove the falling plaster from the ceiling and will have to wait for a month or 3 till its dry and safe to redo the ceiling. So that is how this week has been, I hope yours was a better one.

It’s now 1o10 in the noon and stomach asking for food, but nothing to be had for I am stuck in the shop waiting for the Axle to be replaced, for only on Monday it has started squeaking while doing turns. Had same issue in 2006 with the squeaking and I saw this coming.  It cost back than around 230$ and was told by someone that it’s amazing the Axle on this neon (FWD) lasted that long J. Either ways when I get back home going to copy this post from my word to the blog and upload some pictures of the ceiling.

Back home now, with a bill of 279$ for the car repairs in hand and news of some quick fix done to roof, and need to wait for a month or more for the insulation in the ceiling to dry before getting it mended. Pictures I am editing and will be uploaded for viewers pleasure. The car drove bit smoother I feel, AXLE was replaced and so was the trans. axle fluid as the one inside was all brown/black and in bad state i was told. Well atleast dont need the Right outer CV Boot as mentioned by other shop.

Pictures below :

Pic 1. Starting stage around 5ish.

Stage 2. More drops and leaks appear


Windows 7 SQL Server Management Studio 2005 Specify Port

Was stuck today trying to get Windows 7  SQL Server Management Studio 2005 to talk to one of the database servers running on a port different from 1443. For those who are unable to connect to SQL server using the SQL server management studio 2005 you can specify the port you wish to connect to by using the format :



If above fails try either of the following formats :,4023 \bloggybloggy, 4023 \bloggybloggy

Only difference is there is extra space.

Good luck connecting to your sql server. And those who are trying to connect to server that uses domain based windows authentication simply create a shortcut as below to the SQLwb file and it will ask you to login with your network id and connect to server as if you are connection via domain and using windows authentication.

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:DOMAINHERE\YOURIDHERE “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\binn\VSShell\Common7\IDE\SqlWb.exe”


Expensive Camera =’s Nicer Shots

So, cameras these days come in all sizes and brands. Not only that, they also come with varying price tags, some that can rip a pretty big hole in your pocket and than there are some that just fit in them.

Either ways, I had the opportunity to try out DS300 from Nikon (darn expensive camera ) here are like 2 shots i taken so far, will try to take more shots and see if am any good with taking photos with expensive cameras, i know my photography skills with cheapos ain’t that great.

CLICK  BELOW FOR PHOTOS (As they are kinda HUGE in SIZE)


April 25th – Christmas snow Bit Early

Thats right – Christmas has arrived bit early here in Saskatoon and pictures show the nice fresh snow on the ground early this morning and it feels like -4 celcius or 32 fahrenheit.  Well it could have been worse like the blizzard we had starting in the month of April 🙂 . One can never be too sure about temperatures here in saskatoon. We can all hope it wont snow in May or June 🙂 .

April Snow

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Canadian Citizenship Exam Cleared !

It’s finally over cleared my Citizenship Exam and hoping to take the oath to be proud Canadian soon. A day of studying the guide and 5 minutes to finish the exam.

For those taking the new Canadian Citizenship exam here is the format:

1. There will be 20 multiple choice question (on paper, no computer based exam)

2. You must answer 15 correctly that is 75% you must get right.

3. Must answer 2 specific question correctly (else its a fail and out of 4 other question must get atleast 2 right) so in total about 4 questions they specify must be answered correctly.

4. Usually a 30 minute exam.

Note : You must read the book thoroughly though, there were as i talked to few other folks some common sense questions and some that you probably cannot answer if you have not read the booklet (Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities ). Also there are probably 3 different sets of exams, so the person beside you will probably have a different question paper than you, and by that its not just rearranged questions but actually different questions. Mine i think was the easiest, or atleast found it rather easy, probably got 19/20 only had doubt on one question.

Oath ceremony probably in 2 weeks time. So an exciting day today 🙂 .  Good luck to those taking the exam in few weeks time, don’t sweat if you managed to go through the booklet atleast once. Did not have many questions relating to dates as such, but still a good thing to remember what happened in 1812 and 1867 :).