Archive for November 2009

Limited Edition HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje

Tord Boontje was in Singapore last week for the launch of the Limited Edition HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje. We were told that Singapore is the only country to have Tord Boontje attend the launch.

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If you notice, most of the netbook in the market have very similar specs. So to stand out from the crowd, netbook makers have to come up with new ideas to attract the crowd. HP partnered with world renowned industrial designer, Tord Boontje to create a beautiful netbook like no other. The casing has a flora design that weaves delicately around 30 endangered animals, creating a mystical, layered effect. It has indeed caught my attention during the recent “Nothing but HP for me” event.

The HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje uses an exclusive HP Imprint 3D technology. I wanted to post some pictures of the netbook here but I think the photos won’t do them justice. In fact, even the product photo by HP doesn’t do the design justice. You need to see it for yourself to see the beautiful 3D design by Tord Boontje.

The HP Mini 10 also uses a 10.1 inch mercury free LED backlit display for increase energy efficiency. The packaging and user guides are made from 100% recyceled materials and printed on soy based ink.

The HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje is offered exclusively in Singapore by Starhub. HP and StarHub have collectively pledged to donate up to S$30,000 from the sale of the HP Mini by Studio Tord Boontje to the Singapore Zoo. For every unit of the HP Mini by Studio Tord Boontje purchased, HP and StarHub will jointly contribute S$10 towards the conservation and breeding efforts of an endangered animal in the Singapore Zoo.

Go to Starhub website now to vote for either Asian Elephant, Orang Utan, Douc Langur, Proboscis Monkey or Pygmy Hippo to benefit from the donation.

And I really refuse to post any photos of the HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje in this blog entry. Seriously, go to the store and see it for yourself. All the photos online don’t do it justice at all. Anyway, here’s a photo of me with Tord Boontje.

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iPhone now available at Red, Orange and Green

Good news to all Starhub customers! Starhub has announced it will be offering the iPhone to customers in Singapore later this year. This came almost a month after M1 announced that they have reached a deal with Apple to bring iPhone to Singapore. Which means that the Apple iPhone will soon be available at Red, Orange and Green in Singapore. (Singtel, M1 and Starhub)

And I think Singapore is now the only country in the world where all the telco carries the Apple iPhone. (Please correct me if I’m wrong) This should be interesting. Will we be seeing a iPhone price war?

Personally, I think they can’t play much with the iPhone pricing since it should be controlled by Apple. But what the 3 telco can fight on is the iPhone price plan. They can offer lower monthly subscription rate, more talk time and more data bundle.

And since all the 3 telco will be selling iPhone in Singapore, I wonder if they will finally allow customers to buy iPhone without signing a 2 year contract. Currently, you must sign a 2 years contract with Singtel in order to buy the iPhone. The iPhone in Singapore is not locked to the operator (under IDA regulations) which makes it more valuable in the open market. It would be interesting if the telco starts selling the iPhone without contract.

iPhone Jailbreaker: Change your SSH root password

I’ve been hearing lots of news about iPhone getting hacked lately. Before you start panicking and switch to another phone, don’t worry. The security loophole only exist on jailbroken iPhone with SSH (Secure Shell) installed and did not change the default password. If you didn’t jailbreak your iPhone, you are still pretty safe. (For now)

The latest security threat to iPhone is a worm called ikee and it’s currently infecting jailbroken iPhones across Australia. Once your iPhone gets infected with this worm, it changes your wallpaper to an image of Rick Astley (Poor Rick) and then tries to install itself on other jailbroken iPhones on the network.

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I’m not a fan of jailbreaking iPhone. But if you really want to jailbreak your iPhone, please remember to change the default SSH root password.

BTW: Does anyone know where can I get that Rick Astley wallpaper? Looks kinda cool :)

O Cheaper O Better O~O Faster…. la la la la la la la ~

Saw this on mrbrown’s blog. For a moment I thought it was created by him. You know lah, mrbrown is good at creating these music videos. But no, it’s by the FDAWU (Food, Drinks and Allied Workers’ Union).

They are good. I needed a Cheaper, better and faster way to get a good laugh. Wait…. you mean it is not satirical? Oops.

Run PeRUN!akan Run!!!

The Peranakan Association, in conjunction with the Peranakan Festival 2009, is organising an online & offline race.

There will be 2 rounds for the race. Round 1 is conducted online between 10th Nov to 23th Nov 2009 where contestant are required to complete 5 online challenges. From there, 50 participants will be selected to take part in Round 2 which is the Grand Race on 29th Nov 2009 at SMU.

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The online race officially starts on the 10th November 2009. Pre-registration is now on!