Singaporean’s Insight into Myanmar

I just found an article titled “Myanmar Insights”, on a blog. The author seems to be a singaporean. Here are some of his comments:

  • most people sarongs (both men and women)
  • costs US$1500 to own a sim card (excluding mobile phone and calling charges)
  • limited imported cars; all mainly recycled & non-aircon
  • The buses are like lorries which ferried many
  • Myanmar uses two currencies; US and kyats (they’ve 2 exchange rates – official vs black mkt)
  • There are 3 seasons (dry & hot, wet & hot, dry & less hot – unfortunately we went in the hottest season
  • Yahoo, hotmail & gmail are prohibited
  • Women use grinded tree bark on their faces as a form or sunscreen/ makeup (see below)
  • Many speak English, and they are known to be hardworking people
  • School fees costs US$1/ month in one of the unis
  • Blackouts are a way of life
  • Many children run along roads with a baby in hand to ask for money
  • Precious stones/ gems are one of the natural resources (incl sapphire, jade, emerald, etc)

And finally his conclusion:

on a last note, this trips highlights the contrast of lifestyles in singapore vs myanmar…which appears stark to me. and i hope many of us (including myself) dont have to lose it to appreciate our country (govt setup, infrastructure, etc)

Despite these comments, there are people who did enjoy travelling to Myanmar =)

Gave My Gentoo A New Kernel

My kernel has been upgraded to 2.6.21. The sound card driver provided by my previous kernel 2.6.18 did not properly support my sound card, and I had to use alsa-driver sound modules. Now I have compiled the driver that comes with 2.6.21 into the new kernel, and it works perfectly.

I also decided to give my kernel a new scheduler, too. It’s Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS) v15, developed by Ingo Molnar from Red Hat. It promises to fix deficiencies of vanilla scheduler. We might have already experienced Windows NT scheduling. At least we may have configured our computers’ role as workstation or server in Windows XP. And there are some interesting links that will give us a basic idea about linux process scheduling. These include:

The O(1) scheduler in 2.6 kernel written by Ingo Molnar from Red Hat is a complete improvement over 2.4’s scheduler. Being O(1), it takes the same amount of time to select the best task from the runnable processes. CFS is the completely rewrite of O(1) scheduler.

In addition to CFS patch, I also applied regular gentoo patchset, Con Kolivas patchset and suspend2 patchset.

One day, I will give Con Kolivas’ Staircase Deadline (SD) scheduler a try, and feel the difference between SD and CFS. These two schedulers are being vigorously tested by Linux developers, and in the end one of them is likely to be accepted into mainline.

Finally, I have to re-compile fuse driver for ntfs-3g after compiling new kernel. I will definitely patch for fuse in my kernel when I upgrade to next version