Archive for August 2010

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Rain

This song has been keeping me company for the past few days. Putting it on repeat and using that to keep my company in office. Very nice.

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Rain

I don’t know about you, but I think his hair damn stylo. Especially at the beginning that part. But my colleague say that hairstyle is so 90s. hmmmmmm…… oh ya… If I not wrong, this video is recorded in 1996 or something. So ya…. THAT’s the 90s hairstyle. But still, damn stylo lah.

There is a market for non camera phone

After blogging about the HTC Touch2 non camera version, I received several emails and comment asking about the phone. I was expecting some interest in the phone, but didn’t expect the interest to be this big. And when I check my blog stats last Saturday, I discovered that there are quite a number of people googling for it.

It’s actually no surprise that there is still a demand for non camera phone, especially in Singapore where every male citizen need to go thru 2 years of national service and 10 cycle of reservist. The influx of camera phones means our men in green have very limited options when shopping for handphone.

I’m not sure if all these interest in the latest HTC Touch2 non camera edition translate to sales. But I’m pretty sure many NSmen/NSF/Regulars are eyeing on it. If the specs is good and the price is reasonable, I’m sure it will sell like hotcakes.

I really hope more handphone makers will release a non camera version for their phones. There is definitely a market for non camera phone.

Open letter to the 31st NUSSU EXCO (Balloon Release on NUS Rag Day 2010)

Hi Jun Yi, Christopher, Jia Han, Ria, Jason, Michelle and Kenny

I’m writing this open letter to all of you with regards to the NUS Rag Day 2010 opening ceremony that is organised by the 31st NUSSU EXCO. In case you all forgot what happen, here is a Youtube video.

I’m not sure if you guys are aware of the harmful effects of balloon release. If you don’t, please spare a few minutes to read this website by Marine Conservation Society.

I don’t know why is here a need to release balloon for a charity project like NUS Rag Day. Surely there are better way to mark the opening of a Charity Project.

I hope that you guys understand the harmful effect of balloon release. Here is a small request from me. Please put a ban on balloon release in NUS. Write it down somewhere in the NUSSU constitution so that your future EXCO will not repeat the same mistake again. I hope I don’t have to write another open letter to the next NUSSU EXCO.

Thank you for your time.

Yours faithfully

BlackBerry Torch

RIM recently launched the BlackBerry Torch (aka Bold 9800) in the US with AT&T. The BlackBerry Torch didn’t come as a surprise actually. Leaked images and rumors of the device was circulating on the internet months before the launch.

But the BlackBerry Torch is a first for RIM in many area. It is the first BlackBerry device with a slide out keyboard. It has a 3.2 inch screen and there is no way to fit the thumbpad without using a slideout keyboard. So far, reviews on the new slideout keyboard are pretty ok. I have to see it for myself to make comments on it.

Another first for RIM is the use of touch screen. Capacitive touch screen to be exact. I know RIM has done touch screen BlackBerry in the past. But the BlackBerry Storm 1 and Storm 2 were using tactile feedback touch screen. I was kinda surprised that RIM is using capacitive touch screen for the BlackBerry Torch. I thought they would stick to the tactile feedback touch screen. I know some people hate it. But I kinda like it after trying out the BlackBerry Storm 2 for a while.

But I guess there is no need for RIM to put a tactile feedback touch screen since most users will use the slideout keyboard to type.

The BlackBerry Torch is also the first BlackBerry device to run the new BlackBerry OS 6. The new OS 6, as I mentioned previously, seems to be targeting the consumer market. The media player has been greatly improved. Social Feeds that combines all of your Facebook, Twitter, IM and RSS feeds in one place, just like the unified inbox. Universal search that allows you to search for anything from contact to application just by simply typing on the keyboard.

And the most important changes from BlackBerry OS 6 is the browser. BlackBerry users can finally get a Webkit-based browser. Woohoo!

The BlackBerry Torch (Bold 9800) is clearly targeted at the consumer market. Or corporate people who wants more consumer functions on their phone. I’m not sure if the BlackBerry Torch will attract more people to the BlackBerry platform. But I do know that most current BlackBerry users said that they like what they see so far. As for me, I’m not sure if I would like the BlackBerry Torch. I’m those type that is lazy to slide out a keyboard to type. The touchscreen is a welcomed feature on the BlackBerry but I personally think that BlackBerry is already very good without a touchscreen. Is there really a need for a touchscreen? Or can a keyboard with optical trackpad do everything that a BlackBerry user ever need? I guess I’ll need to try it out myself before making any judgement.

No news on when the BlackBerry Torch will arrive Singapore yet. I’ll keep you updated when I got information. As for BlackBerry OS 6, I understand that BlackBerry Bold 9700 (aka Bold 2) is able to upgrade to OS 6. But that will be subjected to carrier certifications and I don’t have the exact date on when that will be. Let’s hope it’s soonish.

One Voice, 2010

The Pledge
We, the citizens of Singapore
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society,
based on justice and equality,
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.

Majulah Singapura
Mari kita rakyat Singapura
Sama-sama menuju bahagia
Cita-cita kita yang mulia
Berjaya Singapura

Marilah kita bersatu
Dengan semangat yang baru
Semua kita berseru
Majulah Singapura
Majulah Singapura


It’s National Day, 8:10pm. After the successful Pledge Moment last year, the NDP committee decided to do it again. This time round adding the national anthem. Which kinda make sense after all. Although I don’t know how many people will put down what they are doing and recite the pledge and sing the national anthem in public. Most of us are quite reserved and shy.

But it doesn’t matter if you didn’t take part in the One Voice 2010. What matters most is that your heart is with Singapore.