Archive for March 2009

The inverted ‘M’

OK, someone was saying my blog too serious lately. So must post something more light hearted to ease the tension.

I was at Ogilvy Center last week for The Open Room. It was a great event by the Ogilvy digital team (Tania, Brian & Patlaw). The speakers for the night are Yongfook, Arti Mulchand, Design Sojourn and Toysrevil.

Anyway, it’s not the first time I’ve been to Ogilvy Center. They have this nice area where they frequently use for events. I’ve been there at least 3 or 4 times already but I’ve never been to their restroom. So last week, I finally feel the urge to use the restroom while I was there. So I went to the area where the restroom are and was greeted by this door with an inverted ‘M’.

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When I first saw the sign, I was thinking to myself “Wah ciao, this place so artistic. The ‘M’ sign for Male toilet also want to hang upside down. Pattern liao liao leh.” Just went I was about to enter the door with the inverted ‘M’, it suddenly came to me that inverted ‘M’ is ‘W’ and ‘W’ means Women. Oops. Luckily I haven’t open the door. And I found the door with the non-inverted ‘M’ down the corridor.

OK, I swear I’m not drunk. I only had 2 bottle of tiger beer. But they are very fresh tiger beer. Brewed 12 days ago. Shiok.

谁不希望像飞鸟一样自由自在

張震嶽 – 很难

有一天的一个晴天 阳光映在这张旧沙发
躺下来闭上眼 浑然不知寂寞正在蔓延
昨天的激情 今天的空虚
还有一张惨白的脸 慢慢改变
一杯水和一支香烟 混合安静孤独的气味
是真情是谎言 星期天的早晨别太绝对
疯狂的世界陌生的鞋 锁在门之外

有时候 想把自己关起来 还是 学著把心门打开
人与人之间的关系变得不理不睬 习惯无关紧要的冷淡
有时候 莫名其妙哭起来 难道这就是自怨自哀
谁不希望像飞鸟一样自由自在 谁不希望啊 谁不希望 只是很难

Phone threats is a non-seizable offence

I’ve learnt another new thing today. Phone threats is a Non-seizable offence.

No action on phone threat
My husband received a verbal threat via his mobile phone last Wednesday. The caller, who knew my husband’s name, threatened to inflict bodily harm on him and his family. My husband made a police report the same day at the Bedok North station. No one from the police post has called us since. If the caller’s intention was real, wouldn’t we be dead or harmed by now? I have read reports about how the police acted swiftly when similar threats were made against a grassroots leader. How do the police decide which cases to investigate first in apparently similar reports?

Madam Tan Lian Gim

Phone threats a non-seizable offence
WE REFER to Madam Tan Lian Gim’s letter, ‘No action on phone threat’ (March 11). Under the law, verbal threat is a non-seizable offence where the police have limited powers of investigation and arrests. Nonetheless, when a report is made, the police will look into the facts and if no aggravating factor is found, the police will advise the complainant to lodge a complaint before a magistrate, who has the power to direct further action as provided under the law.
The magistrate can direct the police to lawfully investigate the case and take further action where appropriate.

In Madam Tan’s case, the police had found no aggravating factor and Madam Tan’s husband was thus advised to lodge a magistrate’s complaint accordingly.

DSP Paul Tay,
Assistant Director,
Media Relations,
Singapore Police Force

OK, so a phone threat is a non-seizable offence. Which means the police cannot arrest you on the spot. The person need to lodge a complaint to the magistrate before the police can take action. Likewise, assault is also a non-seizable offence. A 17 year old boy was beaten up on the MRT recently and the police also advice him to make a magistrate report.

Then we read about news of a Rag-and-Bone man being charge for threatening to cause hurt to Jalan Besar GRC Member of Parliament Denise Phua. The Rag-and-bone man called a hotline (Which MP Denise Phua wasn’t manning) and say he wanted to hit her. So why is it that the person who threaten Madam Tan’s husband wasn’t arrested?

Everyone is equal. But some are more equal than others. Sigh.

iPhone 3.0

Finally, Apple announced their 3.0 firmware for iPhone and iPod Touch. The 3.0 firmware has 1000 new APIs and 100 new features compared to the previous firmware.

Some of the new APIs includes:
Peer-to-peer connectivity over Bluetooth
New business model (Subscription and In-App Purchasing)
Build application based on Google Maps
CoreLocation for turn-by-turn GPS directions
Connect with hardware accessories over in their apps
Push Notifications
Streaming of video and audio in Apps and also in game voice use.

Some of the new features includes:
Cut, Copy and Paste
MMS
Single/Group SMS delete.
Spotlights
Search within all key applications
Landscape keyboard in all key applications like Mail

I was reading the keynote on Tuesday night like I usually do for most keynote. Honestly speaking, there isn’t much amazing breakthrough for the new firmware. These are things that should have been inside the iPhone since ages. It’s good that Apple finally decided to add them in. There is a long list of changes for iPhone 3.0. But I’ll just talk about some of the more interesting ones.

New business model (Subscription and In-App Purchasing)
The new business model didn’t come as a surprise to me. I’ve seen lots of companies wanting to do subscription model for iPhone apps. Looks like it’s their wish come true. Personally, I don’t really like the In-App Purchasing. I got this feeling that we will see companies misusing this feature. Imagine I’ve bought a FPS game for iPhone, but in order to use rocket launcher, I need to pay extra $0.99. Or pay extra $0.99 for another 10 levels. That is going to make the whole thing sucks.

Good thing is that for apps that are free, they can’t have the In-App purchasing inside. That’s a big relief.

Connect with hardware accessories over in their apps
This is one of the most exciting feature for iPhone 3.0 (in my own opinion). In fact, when they launched iPhone 2.0 firmware, I was already asking why didn’t Apple allow developers to write apps that can work with hardware accessories. I’m glad Apple finally open up this feature. This means that we will be able to see many hardware comes with their own iPhone apps to make full use of the hardware. Like a FM transmitter, FM receiver or even blood pressure measurement. It’s up to hardware manufacturers’ imagination. I can’t wait to see what hardware will make full use of this feature.

Push Notifications
This is another exciting feature for iPhone 3.0. Apple mentioned that they will not be allowing apps to run in the background because it drain battery power. And if you are a iPhone user, you will know that battery power is limited. Which is why it is good that Apple comes out with this push notification. What this means is that the server still can push message to the iPhone even when the Apps is being turn off. One of the biggest usage for this feature is instant messengers.

I wonder if anyone will make use of this push notification feature to make a twitter apps. This will be handy for those countries that doesn’t receive SMS updates from twitter.

Cut, Copy and Paste
OK, actually I don’t know why the great demand for this feature. I’ve more or less grown to accept that iPhone doesn’t have cut, copy and paste feature. It seems like the most demanded feature on iPhone. And honestly speaking, when I saw confirmation that cut, copy and paste will be in the iPhone 3.0, I thought I heard some distant cheering. You know, that kind of cheer you hear when some EPL team just scored a goal.

Anyway, the cut, copy and paste looks fairly easy to use. Double tap to begin text selection. Drag the selection then tap Copy or Paste. Then go to the place you want to paste the tap, double tap and tap paste. And here is the interesting part. Shake the iPhone to bring up the option to undo the pasted text. It’s going to be funny seeing people shaking their iPhone in the train or bus.

One thing I notice is that it seems like you can’t select individual word for uneditable text (Text in Safari, SMS). You can only select the whole paragraph. Not word by word. I hope I’m wrong here.

MMS
I’ve no idea why do people request for MMS feature. Honestly speaking, I don’t see the need for MMS. Its expensive and not many people are using it. Oh well, I guess it’s one of those good to have features.

Spotlights
This is the best feature for iPhone 3.0 (In my opinion. I know many people think that cut, copy and paste is the best feature). Its interesting that Apple took so long to port the best feature on MacOS into iPhone. Spotlights, for the non Mac users, is a search feature in MacOS. So you just key in the word you want to search and spotlight will search the entire iPhone for that word. PalmOS has this feature since donkey years ago.

Speaking of PalmOS, the iPhone 3.0 is much anticipated because everyone wants to see how Apple is going to counter Palm’s WebOS. And frankly speaking, WebOS is still pretty safe. The new iPhone 3.0 doesn’t has multi-tasking and doesn’t consolidate data from around the web. This means that WebOS might still have an upper hand against iPhone. (key word is MIGHT) The new iPhone 3.0 is more like adding features that should have been inside the iPhone since day one.

The new iPhone 3.0 firmware will be shipping in Summer. It will be a free upgrade for all iPhone users including Gen 1 iPhone although some of the features will not be available for Gen 1 iPhone due to hardware issues. iPod Touch users need to pay $9.95 to upgrade. (As usual)

PS: Did anyone notice that one of the new feature for iPhone 3.0 is Parental Control for Apps store? Hmmm…. does that means that we are finally going to see R rated stuff on iPhone App store? Palmasutra anyone?

News articles on North West CDC 8 months bonus disappeared from Mainstream Media?

I was browsing some stuff when I discovered that the Straits Times article on Mr Lim Boon Heng’s comment about North West CDC bonus has been taken down.

Then I went over to ChannelNewsAsia and discovered that there isn’t any article on the North West CDC issue. (I could have missed them.)
I went to ChannelNewsAsia’s budget 09 special report section and found a link that says “Northwest CDC mayor says PA, WDA decide on staff pay, bonuses.” When I clicked on it, I was greeted by an error page.

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So I use google and did a search keyword on “north west CDC channelnewsasia”. Here is what I got.

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The first result was an old article on another issue.

The second results was about Mr Lim’s comment that “Northwest CDC’s remuneration system is fair”. The article is missing now. The link brings us to an empty page.

The third and forth results are from the ChannelNewsAsia forum which is talking about the North West CDC 8 months bonus. The forum entry was taken down.

The fifth result is from twitter that broadcast new article being published on ChannelNewsAsia. The link in that tweet leads to an empty page too.

I tried to google for “north west CDC straits times” and a link to Straits Times website on the 2nd page of the search results. (Wah Piang!!!)

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And it wasn’t a surprise that the article also can’t be found.

Wow. It must be an coincident that both ChannelNewsAsia and Straits Times online article regarding the North West CDC 8 months bonus suddenly disappear into thin air. Just like how new plants suddenly pop out around my neighbourhood a few days before PM Lee’s visit. Everything is just a coincident.

But thanks to technology and google cache, one of the article on ChannelNewsAsia was cached for future references. Thanks to forceflow for sending me the link. (I’m not good with google cache)

And also, a snippet of the Straits Times article can still be found on Asiaone. And a video by RazorTV can still be found on Straits Times website.

Well, it’s still there when I wrote this blog entry on 17 Mar 2009, 4:50pm. I don’t know if it will coincidentally disappear later or not.

Further reading: Look how disconnected they are