Archive for August 2007

Lunar eclipse on 28 Aug 2007

There will be a total lunar eclipse tomorrow (28 Aug 2007). Looks like a big event with discovery channel doing live streaming of the eclipse. Cool huh?

We will not be able to see the entire eclipse in Singapore. But if we are lucky, we should be able to see the total eclipse for roughly 10 minutes and see the ending partial eclipse.

Below are the timing to take note if you want to view the eclipse.

Partial Eclipse Starts: 1552hr
Total Eclipse Starts: 1837hr
Singapore Moon Rise: 1910hr
Total Eclipse Ends: 1922hr (2 degree above ground level)
Partial Eclipse Ends: 2023hr (17 degree above ground level)

(Note: All timing is in Singapore time. GMT +8)

The moon will rise at 1910hr on 28 Aug. The total eclipse will end around 1922hr and we will see the moon slowly get out of the eclipse between 1922hr to 2023hr. Try looking towards the eastern horizon tomorrow evening.

Oh ya…. and pray for a cloud-less evening.

Dan Hill – Sometimes When We Touch

Was listening to Olivia’s version of “Sometimes when we touch” in her latest. Her voice are sweet and really bring out the emotions of this song. Love it a lot. Been putting the song on repeat for the whole night. The song brings back some sweet memories.

Too bad I couldn’t find Olivia’s version in youtube.

Dan Hill – Sometimes When We Touch

You ask me if I love you
And I choke on my reply
I’d rather hurt you honestly
Than mislead you with a lie
And who am I to judge you
On what you say or do?
I’m only just beginning to see the real you

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty’s too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

Romance and all its strategy
Leaves me battling with my pride
But through the insecurity
Some tenderness survives
I’m just another writer
Still trapped within my truth
A hesitant prize fighter
Still trapped within my youth

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty’s too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

At times I’d like to break you
And drive you to your knees
At times I’d like to break through
And hold you endlessly

At times I understand you
And I know how hard you’ve tried
I’ve watched while love commands you
And I’ve watched love pass you by

At times I think we’re drifters
Still searching for a friend
A brother or a sister
But then the passion flares again

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty’s too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides

Too Long For Twitter, Too Short For Blog #8

Blog day
OK, someone registered a website and declared that 31 Aug is blog day. And what do you do on blog day? You blog. Haha. OK, seriously, they say you should recomment 5 blogs on that day.

But who are they to decide 31 Aug is blog day. Hmmmm….

Lip Syncing To The Song
Didn’t know that there is actually such a song.

Feel like doing lip syncing someday too. :D

Hardest question on earth

The hardest question that facebook’s compare people can ask.

How do I make a choice?

Problem with wireless@sg
Why doesn’t IDA believe that the wireless@sg sucks?

Seriously, if I ever have a good video camera, I’ll take video of my laptop screen when using wireless@sg. Then you guys will see how bad the random disconnection is.

Handphone back from hospital
Send my handphone to repair because the navigation joystick is having some problems. I heard that it is a common problem with Sony Ericsson phones that are using joystick. No complains since I really love my K800i. One of the best phone I ever had.

When I got back my phone, the technical support guy told me they changed the entire motherboard. I was pretty shocked. He said that the joystick is connected to the motherboard, and the only way they can replace it is to replace the whole motherboard. Hmmmm…. You mean everyone who go to the service centre with joystick problem, you will change the entire motherboard? Wow…. that isn’t very cost efficient leh.

So I got back my phone with a new motherboard. Errr…. in short, I only got back my casing. The rest of the phone is brand new.

Why don’t you guys just give me a new phone instead? Hahahaha…..

My friend math fail

A friend of my MSN me today telling me to go apply for Starhub mobile broadband. He was saying the $5 plan is good and cheap. Very worth it.

So I went to Starhub website to look at the plan. The $5.35 plan only gives $20 worth of surfing. And each kb is 0.32cent.

Without doing my math, I told him that its as good as m1 because m1 plan is 5gb at $22.42. More worth it. He told me that the Starhub plan is 6gb free. I didn’t believe it. If it is really 6gb at $5, they would have used that figure as a marketing message since it is clearly much better than their competitor.

So I took out my excel and do some math.
1kb = 0.32 cent = $0.0032
Total $20 free usage.
20 / 0.0032 = 6250kb
1mb = 1024kb
6250kb = 6.1mb

Wah piang. 6mb and 6gb very big different leh! Decimal point put wrong place huh?
So I told him that he count wrongly. It is 6mb free, not 6gb.
And it took him several second to discover that I was right. 6250kb != 6gb.

Tsk tsk….. Math really fail leh.
OK lah, I promise don’t reveal to anyone who you are. Hahaha….

Palm: We haven’t given up on you yet

I couldn’t agree more with engadget when they say it’s time for Palm to make some drastic changes.

Indeed, Palm is going down the drain. I still remember Palm as the leading handheld computing company in the world. But it has lost the market share to Window Mobile device. The specification of the latest Treo680 and Palm TX isn’t quite impressive as compared to the Window Mobile counterparts. Although I do feel that PDA and smartphones should be kept simple, there is also a need to be cutting edge. Give us some impressive features that will make us all say “Wow”.

The folks at Engadget really nailed the problem. They make a detail analysis of things that need be done for palm to be back on track. While I do not agree with all the points made, I do feel that most of them are quite useful.

I agree with all the points made about the hardware. Seriously, Treo is lagging behind. Most smartphones come with WIFI and are thin and stylish looking.

Software wise, I don’t think multitasking is important. Yes, it is good to have, but not a killer feature. The existing UI is good, but perhaps need some updating to keep up to date. Instead of a complete overhaul of the OS, I think updating is good enough. Even the iPhone interface is somewhat similar to PalmOS. This shows that the UI is on the right track. Never, I say again, Never go the same way that Windows Mobile is going. The UI is horrible.

On top of that, Palm also need to include more bundled software. A better web-browser, a better email reader and media player. The Doc-To-Go office applications is good so keep bundling them with new Palm devices.

Other stuff like being being open to customers about the development and more support for developers are good suggestions. I truly believe that it is important to win back developers to write applications for Palm. Give them more support and access to source code to help them write more application for Palm platform.

But one thing I disagree has got to be on Foleo. I do feel that Foleo can be a successful product. But the first version will be problematic. Allow this product line to grow. I feel that there is a market for it.

I think everyone is surprised when Ed Colligan replied to the open letter published in Engadget. That is the first step to making a comeback. I’m glad that Palm is listening. Ed said that he forwarded the entire executive staff. Lets us all hope that the list of suggestions is in good hands. We are looking forward to the day when Palm make a come back. To the good old days when Palm release cutting edge products like Palm Pilot, Palm III, Palm IIIc, Palm V, Palm m505, Treo 600, Palm TT, Palm T3 and Palm TX.