Archive for August 2009

Rejected at a young age

Poor little boy. Ganna rejected at this young age.

I hope he won’t have nightmares about this incident.

iPhone 3GS Shot and Burned

Warning 1: The video below is not suitable for die hard Apple fanboi.

Warning 2: The video you are about to see is performed by a trained professional and should not be attempted without professional supervision. Do not try this at home. One iPhone 3GS was hurt during the production of this video.

Further Reading: The Case Against Apple–in Five Parts

Singapore MFA press statement on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s verdict

Five days after Singapore National Day, I actually find myself ashamed as a Singaporean after reading Singapore Foreign Affairs Ministry comments on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s verdict

Press statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

We are disappointed to learn that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was found guilty and sentenced to three years hard labour.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi did not plan to violate the terms of her house arrest, and the intrusion into her house was by a person who appears to be of unsound mind.

We are however happy that the Myanmar Government has exercised its sovereign prerogative to grant amnesty for half her sentence and that she will be placed under house arrest rather than imprisoned.

We are heartened that Minister of Home Affairs Major General Maung Oo had announced that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to see doctors and nurses, communicate with her party, watch local television channels, read local newspapers and journals, and can receive visitors with the government’s permission and that there is a possibility that she could receive amnesty for the remainder of her sentence.

These are significant gestures by the Myanmar Government.

We hope that the Myanmar Government will allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in the political process as soon as possible.

A meaningful dialogue between the Myanmar Government, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political groups in an open and inclusive process of national reconciliation is the only hope for the long term political stability of the country.

I am ashamed that my government release such statement while the international community condemn the verdict and called for the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Why should we be happy about a reduced sentence when she didn’t even commit any crimes to begin with?

But I’m glad that I’m not the only Singaporean who is ashamed of the statement by MFA.

Singapore, as one of the founding member of ASEAN, needs to take a stronger stand on this issue.

A good day to digress to another podcast

This idea has been floating around Tech65 for the longest time. A podcast called DigressCast where a few people sit around the mic and just talk about anything that comes to their mind. Basically, it will lead to lots of digression. And they don’t necessary have to be tech related.

But the only problem with such podcast is that you need people who can basically talk non-stop and come up with interesting idea on the go. And you also need to have the time to do it. That why this idea has been on the shelf for so long. That is until Justin came back from Canada and join Tech65.

So 1 fine day, I met up with Justin to check out the new H2 recorder that he just bought. And before we knew it, we are seated at TCC recording the first episode of DigressCast. Totally unscripted and no planning before hand. Just throw a H2 on the table and start recording.

We are still experimenting with the whole DigressCast thing, so please give us your comments. And its not a podcast with just me and Justin. It can be anyone. So do check out when you are free.

You can also subscribe DigressCast on your iTunes.

Singnet users may experience some lag while accessing oversea website

Singnet users might experience some lagging while accessing oversea website today. I notice the problem around 11am. It is affecting both the broadband and the broadband on mobile users. Initially I thought it is because of the typhoon in Taiwan that affect the undersea internet cables. But I did a search on Twitter and discovered that only Singnet users are complaining about laggy internet connection. Didn’t see any complains from Starhub users.

According to forumer qingtian from HWZ, there is a problem with one of Singnet card that is connecting to USA trunking. They are fixing the issue now and hopefully the problem will be resolved by end of the day.

Some Starhub users are complaining that their internet access is laggy too. But I think it might be an isolated case. I’m currently using Ridzuan‘s Starhub BBOM and its working fine.

Update: Report from ZDNet Asia says a cut in the Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) undersea submarine cable crippled connection speeds for users in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in Singapore and the Philippines. The breakage is cause by Typhoon Morakot. This is not the first time that undersea submarine cable breakage cause major disruption to Internet traffic between Asia and USA. Back in 2006, an earthquake in Taiwan also broke the APCN2 undersea submarine cable and disrupt internet connection for several days.

But strange. It seems like Singnet is more affected than Starhub.