Archive for May 2010

MicroSIM has arrived Singapore

Starhub and M1 have both began selling MicroSIM card last Saturday. SingTel will begin selling the MicroSIM card from 1 June. Starhub and M1’s MicroSIM will support up to 7.2 mbps while SingTel will support up to 21 mbps.

I’m not sure about other countries, but Singapore is perhaps one of the interesting market where the Telcos begin selling MicroSIM card before a device using that card is officially sold here. Singapore will be getting iPad sometime in July. And in the meantime, there aren’t any devices using this MicroSIM card that I know of in Singapore market. I do know some people bought the iPad from oversea. But most of them had already cut their existing SIM card.

Perhaps the 3 Telcos selling MicroSIM card now won’t make much difference. It will make a bigger difference when the next iPhone, which is rumored to be also using MicroSIM, arrives Singapore.

For those who aren’t taking up the MicroSIM card, you can always cut your existing SIM card. But be careful when cutting or you might end up damaging the SIM card.

Personally, I’m not a fan of MicroSIM. Don’t see any benefits except being slightly smaller. Oh well, but if this is the direction phone makers are going, I guess we have to follow.

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It’s been 3 years already. I still can remember that day, what happen and how our path crossed. Still find it hard to believe how we got to know each other. But the fool in me didn’t treasure everything. It’s such a shame for us to part.

I wonder how are you doing now. Guess I’ll never have a chance to find out.

I wonder if you still read this blog. I guess not. But if you are, I just want you to know that I miss you.

Coldplay – The Scientist

Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are

I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I’ve set you apart

Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh, let’s go back to the start

Running in circles
Coming up tails
Heads on the science apart

Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard

Oh take me back to the start

I was just guessing
At numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart

Questions of science
Science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart

Oh tell me you love me
Come back and haunt me
Oh and I rush to the start

Running in circles
Chasing our tails
Coming back as we are

Nobody said it was easy
Oh, it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard

I’m going back to the start

Oh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ah ooh ooh ooh ooh
Oh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Oh ooh ooh ooh ooh

Badminton players suspended

Here is a news article that I like to share with everyone.

Badminton players suspended

THE Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) has suspended two national shuttlers – women’s singles player Zhang Beiwen and men’s doubles specialist Hendra Wijaya – for three months.

The move took effect from May 24. It comes barely three weeks ahead of the Li-Ning Singapore Open, the most prestigious badminton tournament on the local calendar this year, in which both players were entered.

According to the SBA, world No. 31 Zhang had exhibited a poor attitude at training and tournaments and failed to comply with her coach’s instructions on a number of occasions. The 19-year-old China-born player has been suspended from training, selection trials and all tournaments. She will receive no salary for the duration of the suspension.

Hendra, 25, was punished because he was absent for three days without official approval earlier this month. He had apparently been warned by his coach for similar behaviour previously. However, the Indonesia-born shuttler, who with his brother Hendri Saputra form the Republic’s top men’s doubles pair, will still continue to train and receive half his salary.

The SBA also said that both players’ spots in the national team will be reviewed at the end of their suspensions.

The name Zhang Beiwen sounds familiar. No, not because she is a good badminton player or represent Singapore in International tournaments. I remember her because she is the foreign talent that left Singapore team and came back 2 years ago after being persuaded by the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA).

Dear Singapore Badminton Association, 2 years ago, I told you guys not to disgrace Singapore. Why go beg someone to return to Singapore and play for us? Look what happen now? Her heart and loyalty is not with Singapore. She is not interested. Just let her go.

You guys just bloody don’t listen.

Stop wasting money on Foreign Sport Talent Scheme. Use those money on local sport talents.

Nokia’s “The World’s Biggest Signpost”

To generate awareness to Ovi Map, Nokia built a 50 meter tall interactive structure that points out people’s favourite locations all around the world.

Cool huh? I wish they do 1 in Singapore. I’ll spend hours playing with it. Haha

My new job

Think quite a number of you already know the company that I’m working at. Either I’ve told you about it or someone told you about it. Or maybe you see me check in to that place on foursquare everyday for the past 3 days (Damn, I forgot to check in today. Like that how to fight for mayorship?)

I don’t want to type the name of my company here cause I don’t want people to google my company and find my blog. So I guess the best way to tell everyone where I’m working at now is to show you a photo of my office.

I hope it is obvious enough.

Yeap, that’s the company I’m working for now. So for the sake of not appearing on google, I’ll refer it as company A in the blog entry. :)

For those who have been reading my blog for very long, you will know that I used to work for company A. I left the company 2 years ago and now I’m back. Haha.

Well, I’m not back to the same department this time. In fact, not even the same office building. I’m now doing social media for company A. It’s going to be fun since this is something I’m passionate about. It’s going to be challenging because social media is ever changing. It’s going to be exciting because I get to work with a lot of bloggers and forumers whom I’ve known personally over the years.

Here is the scary part. I don’t have any degree or diploma in communications or new media. I got employed because of my experience in this area. Something that I been interested in and had spend lots of time exploring. As most of you know, I’m not a fan of those paper qualifications. And I’m glad that my Boss and Human Resource took my experience and knowledge into consideration and didn’t penalize me for not having the proper qualifications for this role.

But here is the problem. I’m usually classified as a Tech Blogger (although I prefer to be classified as Rojak Blogger or Lifestyle/Current Affairs/Tech Blogger) Joining company A is kinda tricky since we deal with lots of Tech stuff from several different companies. Honestly, I’ve spend several days thinking about this issue before accept the job.

Here is how I will handle product reviews and events invites from now on:

For products that are exclusive to my competitors, I will try my best to avoid talking about it since it would be unfair to both my competitor and my employer.

For products that are exclusive to my company, I will continue to talk about it, giving readers my fairest review. A disclaimer will be placed at the end of the blog entry to inform readers about my employment at the company and all views are from my own capacity and has nothing to do with my company. It is up to the readers to trust or dismiss my review. I do hope my readers have faith in my integrity and reputation which I’ve spend years building.

For products that is carried by both my company and competitors, I believe there will not be any issues at all. I will continue to blog and review about them as per normal.

For products that neither my company or competitor carries, it’s business as usual too.

As for media events, I will try my best to attend media events even though I’m now working. I can always try to apply 1/2 day leave to attend the event. But although I wish to attend all events, I honestly can’t. I don’t have a lot of leave and there are just too many Tech events in Singapore (one of these days, I should take photos of all the media tag I have in my drawer). But still, keep your invites coming in so that I can be updated about the upcoming products/service launches and share them with my readers.

I think this is the best arrangement. But as things on the social media are ever changing, I might change my approach whenever necessary.

PS: Please avoid typing my company name (or any nicknames that reference my company) in the comments as google will also pick it up. If needed, please use the term “company A”. Thanks. :)

I’ll edit comments by those who are not obedient. :)