Archive for October 2010

而這首歌 just for you….

Happy Birthday… Wherever you are.

優客李林 – Just For You

每年深秋 我總要說HAPPY BIRTHDAY祝福妳
而這首歌 JUST FOR YOU

這是為妳寫的歌
在我們不再是戀人的多年以後
我試著回憶已泛黃的妳
什麼原因叫我離妳而去
往事卻不復記憶

對我來說總有些心悸
雖然世故的我並不想擁有什麼
就讓我停留 讓我停留
在滿佈塵埃的舊信箋裡
而妳依然是妳

在曾是屬於我們的年少時光裡
塵封中的回憶竟亮麗如昔
卻怎麼也不能看清妳的眼睛
也許是曾經失去 曾經傷心
教我迷惘的忘記妳 就不願再提起

對我來說總有些心悸
雖然世故的我並不想擁有什麼
就讓我停留 讓我停留
在滿佈塵埃的舊信箋裡
而妳依然是妳

在曾是屬於我們的年少時光裡
塵封中的回憶竟亮麗如昔
卻怎麼也不能看清妳的眼睛
也許是曾經失去 曾經傷心
教我迷惘的忘記妳 就不願再提起

每年深秋 我總要說HAPPY BIRTHDAY祝福妳
而這首歌 JUST FOR YOU
JUST FOR YOU
JUST FOR YOU
FOR YOU

The Social Network

I got an early sneak preview of The Social Network thanks to Sony Pictures. By early, I’m referring in the context of Singapore since The Social Network has already premiered in US early this month.

The Social Network isn’t a documentary of the creation of Facebook. It isn’t about the life of the world’s youngest billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg. It is a movie based on the book ‘The Accidental Billionaires’ which isn’t a biography of Mark Zuckerberg. Not all the events in the movie/book are real. It is after all, a dramatization of history.

Warning: This blog entry might contain some spoilers. Stop here and skip to the last paragraph if you don’t want any spoilers.

Facemash didn’t crash Harvard’s network. According to Wiki, Facemash generated 450 visitors and 22,000 photo-views in its first four hours online. The server didn’t crash. Facemash was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration. Mark was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy.

The movie seems to implied that Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook to get a girlfriend. But the truth is, Mark had a girlfriend since collage.

To be fair, some of the technical stuff in the movie are accurate. For example, wget is a utility in Linux which you can use to scrape photos off a website. Don’t ask me how. I don’t do Linux. And the Mark Zuckerberg’s blog entry are true too. The script writers used actual trasncript from Mark Zuckerberg’s former LiveJournal Blog. Which mean yes, Mark did call his girlfriend a bitch while creating FaceMash.com.

If you are looking for the documentary on the founding of Facebook, this is not the movie. But if you are a social media enthusiast looking for an entertaining movie, then The Social Network is the right movie for you.

The Social Network is now showing in the theaters.

Firesheep – Session sidejacking made easy

Becareful when you login to your Facebook, Twitter, Google etc etc using a public open WIFI spot. There’s a new Firefox plugin call Firesheep that allows others to easily gain access to your Facebook, Twitter, Google account. The plugin exploit a widely known WIFI flaw. The hacker can view your private data or even post message like what you can do when you login to those sites using a public open WIFI. Luckily for us, the hacker can’t change your password since he doesn’t know your existing password.

In computer security, this exploit is call session sidejacking

And it’s not just Facebook, Twitter and Google that is vulnerable. Foursquare, Gowalla, Amazon.com, Basecamp, bit.ly, Cisco, CNET, Dropbox, Enom, Evernote, Facebook, Flickr, Github, HackerNews, Harvest, Windows Live, NY Times, Pivotal Tracker, Slicehost, tumblr, Twitter, WordPress, Yahoo, Yelp are also vulnerable. I think there are more. Internet banking sites are safe since they have SSL encryption.

The most worrying part about this is that the “White Hat Hacker” decided to make it super easy for everyone to exploit this flaw. He created a Firefox plugin so that anyone who knows how to install plugin on Firefox knows how to exploit this flaw. I hate those White Hat Hackers. Maybe I should start another post to debate about the ethics of White Hat Hackers.

The only way to fix this issue is for all the website to implement SSL access. And trust me, it will take some time before all the website can implement the changes. In the meantime, your online security is at risk when you login to those sites using an public open WIFI.

But don’t worry. You can protect yourself by using Firefox plugin like Force-TLS and HTTPS Everywhere. The only question is, how many people actually knows about Firesheep and install those plugin to protect themselves?

For your info, our Wireless@SG is a public open WIFI. I haven’t got the time to try out Firesheep on a Wireless@SG. And I don’t want to get into legal trouble. Session sidejacking is illegal in Singapore under the Computer Misuse Act. By concept, Firesheep should work on Wireless@sg. I guess some Singaporeans are already exploiting the flaw using Firesheep at Wireless@SG spot.

Which is why everyone should start switching to Wireless@SGx. Wireless@SGx is using WPA and is safe from Firesheep.

Another method to protect yourself is stop using public open WIFI entirely. 3G dongle FTW!!!

PS: I’ve forgotten when was the last time I login to an public open WIFI spot. I love my 3G.

Twitter conversation with Niklas Savander from Nokia

Nokia held an interesting Q & A session yesterday over Twitter. Nokia Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Markets unit, Niklas Savander, spend an hour on Twitter answering questions posted by the Twitterverse. How often do you see someone from the Top Management doing Q & A over Social Media? Not many. Applause to Nokia for taking this brave step.

Here’s some of the questions that I posted.

Q: Any chances of us seeing a Nokia phone running Android or Windows Phone 7 in the near future?

A: No. We believe our current platforms enable us to continue to add value to consumers

OK, I must admit that I already expected a “No” answer. But then, I just have to try my luck. I was hoping/wishing/praying Nokia will do an Android or Windows Phone 7. Android seems pretty unlikely. I thought maybe Windows Phone 7 might have higher chance. After all, their new CEO, Stephen Elop, was from Microsoft. Oh well, here’s the confirmation. No Android, Windows Phone 7 or any other OSes. Just Symbian and MeeGo.

Q: How is Nokia going to attract more developers to write apps for Symbian and MeeGo?

A: Qt is the answer.

We all know that making good phone is not enough. We need developers to write great application to extend the phone’s functionality. Which is why I asked Niklas what is Nokia’s plan on attracting more developers to write apps for Symbian and MeeGo. Qt is a cross-platform application framework. It allows developers to write web-enabled applications once and deploy them across desktop, mobile and embedded operating systems without rewriting the source code. Nokia acquired the company that created Qt back in 2008.

Q: Which Nokia phone are you using currently?

A: Lime green Nokia N8. I’m loving it!

And for the fun of it, I asked Niklas what phone is he using. Nope, he isn’t using any unannounced prototype. (Even if he is, he wouldn’t tell us about it) He is using a Nokia N8. Lime Green to be exact. No surprise since the N8 is Nokia’s latest flagship model. By the way, Nokia N8 is coming to Singapore soon.

It was a great Q & A session. A rare opportunity for us to find out more about Nokia from the Top Management. Hope Nokia will do this often.

Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4

A lot of people were saying that their iPhone 4 has longer battery life than their iPhone 3G or 3GS. It wasn’t really the case for me. Or maybe my iPhone 4 did have a longer battery life but I didn’t notice it because my iPhone usage increased too.

Whatever the case, most would agree with me that the iPhone 4 battery is still not enough to last thru an entire day if you have high usage. Luckily for us, there are lots of 3rd party accessories out there for iPhone 4. One of them is the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4.

Mophie is not new in the iPhone battery pack business. I’ve heard of them since my iPhone 3G days. The good thing about Mophie Juice Pack is that the battery pack acts as a case for your iPhone too. This is great for those who are in countries that experience antennagate issue. The Mophie Juice Pack Air is roughly 70.9 grams.

There is an on/off switch on the Mophie Juice Pack Air. This button is great if you want to keep your iPhone 4 in the Mophie Juice Pack Air without charging. There is a button at the botom of the Juice Pack for you to check the battery level. The Juice Pack uses a MicroUSB port for charging. You can charge both the iPhone and the Mophie Juice Pack at the same time. In fact, you can even sync your iPhone 4 with the Mophie Juice Pack on.

Although the Mophie Juice Pack Air has a 1500mAh battery, it is only able to your iPhone 75% more battery life. This is despite the fact that the iPhone 4 is using a 3.7V 1420 mAh Li-Polymer battery. The Mophie Juice Pack Air charges roughly 10 percent every 15 minutes and drains itself in 2 hours.

The only problem I have with the Mophie Juice Pack Air is that it makes it hard to press the volume and power button. Not really suitable for those with fat fingers.

As a whole, the Mophie Juice Pack Air is great for those who need more battery life out of their iPhone 4.

In short:
More Juice for your iPhone 4

Likes:
Gives iPhone 4 additional 75% battery life
Acts as a iPhone casing

Dislikes:
Hard to access volume and power button