Archive for July 2009

Real size RX-78-2 Gundam at Odaiba

I’m not a huge fan of Gundam, but this has got to be one of the coolest thing around. A scale 1:1 RX78 Gundam at Odaiba, Tokyo. The statue was constructed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam TV series. The RX-78-2 Gundam will have a head that moves up, down and sideways, and will be equipped with lights on approximately fifty parts of its body, including the head, eyes, shoulders and knees. There will also be mist sprayers in fourteen locations like the chest slits, ankles and back vernier.

The model is on display from 11th july till 31st August 2009.

Visit the official website for more info. (If you can read Japanese)
Or check out this blog for more photos and instruction on getting to the park.

Lenovo S12 not coming to Singapore

I lost count on the number of people who asked me when will Lenovo S12 be coming to Singapore. Firstly, do not confuse Lenovo S12 with Lenovo S10-2. They are different. Lenovo S10-2, which I’ve reviewed previously, is a 10 inch netbookbook running on Intel Atom N280. Lenovo S12 is a 12 inch netbook running on Intel Atom N270 (Some models are having N280).

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From what I understand, Lenovo Singapore will not be bringing the Lenovo S12 to the Singapore market. I guess maybe because their market research team feels that the S12 is not suitable for the Singapore market. There is nothing unusual about this practice. Computer makers are known to exclude some models for certain countries.

But I’m wondering out loud if this is a right choice. After all, this is one of the first few netbooks with the NVIDIA ION option. NVIDIA’s ION platform combines a low power Intel Atom CPU with an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor to provide significantly better graphics performance. And it comes with a 12 inch screen and a full size keyboard.
Currently, most netbook in Singapore market are having 10 inch screen and keyboard size of around 90%.

I did a short survey on twtpoll and asked what does everyone hated most about a netbook. The top 3 reply is “Screen Size”, “Keyboard Size” and “Lack of Computing power”.

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The Lenovo S12 seems to be the solution to 2 of the 3 major issues. It has a 12 inch WXGA screen and a full size keyboard. Is there a market for a 12 inch netbook in Singapore (And should it be still called a netbook if it is 12 inch) Which might explains why so many of my friends are actually looking forward to seeing Lenovo S12 in Singapore soon. But then, does it make sense to get a 12 inch netbook? The pricing of a 12 inch Atom netbook would be close to the pricing of a 13 inch Intel Core 2 Solo notebook. So would it make more sense to go for a slightly more powerful Core 2 Solo notebook? Will there be a demand for a 12 inch netbook like Lenovo S12 in Singapore?

Will you buy the Lenovo S12 if it is available in Singapore?

The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, NASA released partially restored video of a series of 15 memorable moments from the July 20 moonwalk.

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

Check out We Choose The Moon to see the Apollo 11 mission.

Public Service Announcement: No sweet allowed on SMRT

Here is a Public Service Announcement. You will be fined $30 if you are caught eating sweet on SMRT. SMRT will no longer be issuing warning for passengers caught eating or drinking in MRT train and station. Instead, they will be issue Notification of Offence slips and will have to pay the fine to LTA. Fines range from S$30 to S$500, depending on the number of times the passengers has flouted the rule

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This is freaking ridiculous. It is just eating sweet for goodness sake. It’s not foods or drinks that will dirty the train. So long as the passenger don’t litter the sweet wrapper, what is wrong with eating sweet on train? I support SMRT outright fine for those caught eating or drinking in train and station. We shouldn’t be eating or drinking on train. But issuing fine for eating sweet is too much. There should be some allowance in the rules. SMRT seems to forget the reason behind the no eating and drinking rule and go around anyhow issue summon.

So does that means drinking plain water on train is also not allowed? So what if a baby needs to drink milk? Is SMRT going to issue a summon to the baby too?

Wake up your bloody idea SMRT!

What happened after #bthon?

OK, its been more than 24 hours since the end of Blogathon. Perhaps I should do a quick update on what happen after Blogathon.

As you all should know, the winners for the Blogathon are Nadia and Nicholas. They got to walk away with the new Lenovo U350, $300 TANGS voucher and $250 worth of Kiehl products. Congrats to both of them. Super envy.

So after the results were announced, we went back to our display window to help Sheryo look for her handphone which went missing. We knew it is somewhere inside the display window since nobody would dare to come in and steal it infront of the entire Orchard Road. But we just couldn’t find it and the phone is turned off because of low batt. We finally found it under a pile of tissue paper. Yes, that is how messy the display window is after 24 hours.

After packing up my stuff, I left with my sister who was here to support me and check out the final result. My Brother-in-law came over to fetch her and also send me home. I think I fell asleep on the car within 5 minutes. Bought dinner from the coffee shop near my house. Took a shower and had my dinner in the living room. Then came the amazing thing. Somehow I don’t remember what happen exactly after dinner. I only remember waking up 4 hours later seated on the sofa. Yes, I dozed off straight after dinner. I think Harry Potter on Channel 5 also plays a part in making me fall asleep. (Sorry to all the Harry Potter fans out there) Went straight to bed and woke up at 12 noon. Family went out for lunch at Jurong East but I opted to stay at home and try to recover. My Sister help pack lunch for me.

Spend the afternoon reading the blog entries and comments on Blogathon. I didn’t really have time to read them during the Blogathon itself. Too many things were happening. Also managed to read the tweet that I’ve missed. (Yes, I’m very the slow)

Thanks to everyone for the support. Going to grab my dinner now and will do some blogging later tonight.
Yes, I’m beginning to miss blogging from TANGS display window. It’s really an unique experience for the Obsessive Compulsive Blogger me.