Archive for February 2010

How to skip the trailers on an original DVD?

Saw this interesting chart on facebook about why people pirate DVD.

I must say that it brought up an interesting and valid point. It’s like DRM music. Why punish the paying customers?

But actually, do you know that you can skip all these “unskipable” warning message and trailers? I heard it on the Cnet podcast recently. When the trailers are playing, press STOP, STOP then PLAY on the DVD player. That should skip those crap and go straight to the menu. It should work for all DVD players. I haven’t got the chance to try it out yet. Let me know if it works.

But then, it still doesn’t give the DVD makers the excuse to put all those crap on the DVD. How many people actually knows about how to skip them? Not many, I would say. What’s the point of putting all those anti-piracy advertisements and message when the person had already paid for the DVD? Those message should be on the pirated DVD instead.

Apple increase iPhone 3G download cap to 20mb

This came as a surprise. Apple increase the iPhone 3G download cap to 20mb recently. It is good that Apple decided to increase the cap. But honestly, I think the cap is crap and we should be allow to download any file size we want on 3G. We paid for the data and the phone, so why can’t we use it the way we want?

If you remember, I blogged about th iPhone 10mb 3G download cap previously and mentioned how stupid it was.

One more reason on why you shouldn’t create your website entirely on flash

I’ve blogged about 10 reason why you shouldn’t make your website entirely on flash previously. If you are a website designer, please read them.

In case you are still not convinced, here is another:

11. Adobe have yet to fix a bug that crashes the browser which was reported in September 2008. (Warning: The site contains a flash that will crash all flash running on your browser, regardless which tab they are running on. Although it doesn’t crash the browser entirely, it is advisable for you to save everything before you click on it)

I know this applies to all Flash, not just website that is built entirely on Flash. But imagine if your entire website crash because of this bug.

School should teach students to stop designing website entirely on Flash. It’s ok to have snippets of flash on your site. But never ever build a website entirely on Flash. Or have too much Flash.

PS: I feel like compiling a list of all the websites that are built entirely on Flash and point out all their flaws so that the website developers will wake up their ideas.

Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: $40 OverEasy Voucher

Here is a pair of $20 OverEasy Vouchers that I got from Patlaw’s blog birthday party. But since I’m too old to chiong nowadays, I decide to give it out to 1 lucky reader before it expires. In case you don’t know, OverEasy is a bar and diner at One Fullerton.

The issue date is 27 Jan 2010 and it is valid for 3 months. There is no mention if the 2 vouchers can be used concurrently on a single receipt, so please check before ordering.

How to apply:
Just drop me an email me with the title: “Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: $40 OverEasy Voucher”. Closing date is this coming Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010, 2359. I will randomly select the winner via the usual method. Refer to the rules for more details.

PS: I understand that the Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, is delivering the Singapore Budget 2010 at the same moment as this blog entry is published. Let’s hope he has a better giveaway than me. :)

Update: Closed. By the way, some people said that my giveaway is better than Mr Tharman’s. Haha.

First Look: BlackBerry Storm 2

When I heard that RIM is sticking with their tactile feedback touchscreen for their BlackBerry Storm 2, I though that they never learn their lesson from BlackBerry Storm 1. When I reviewed the Storm 1, the biggest problem is the tactile feedback touchscreen. It is first of it kind and like all things that are the first generation, it comes with problems. The touchscreen is just hard to use.

But I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried the BlackBerry Storm 2. RIM fixed the dreaded tactile feedback touchscreen problem. And I’m pretty impressed with it now. Before I got my hands on the Storm 2, I thought tactile feedback touchscreen will never work. Well, RIM proved me wrong and now I’m beginning to see the future of this technology.

Those who are used to the normal touchscreen will need sometime to get used to the tactile feedback. That’s because on a normal touchscreen, you just need to tap on the screen to click on an item. For tactile feedback screen, you need to “push” the screen down in order to click on the item. Tapping will only select the item. I think it just need a while to get used to this new method of input.

I guess the primary reason why RIM used tactile feedback screen for their touchscreen phone is because most of their customers are used to physical Qwerty keyboard. The tactile feedback screen mimic a physical keyboard pretty well. I guess it would be the best way to get someone who love a physical keyboard to hop on the touchscreen.

But 1 thing that RIM didn’t fix is the virtual keyboard. When you placed your finger on top of a letter, the letter does not show up at the top or side of your finger. This makes it hard to tell which letter you are pressing. I wonder if the BlackBerry API allows 3rd party developers to do a new virtual keyboard.

As a whole, I love the newly improved BlackBerry Storm 2. Played with it for around 10 minutes and didn’t find any problems other than the virtual keyboard. The improved tactile feedback screen is pretty well done and I don’t mind typing long emails with it now. The BlackBerry App World is getting better and better. Now, if only we can buy application in Singapore. That will be even better.