Archive for November 2010

Free-play weekend for South East Asian version of StarCraft II

Oops, forgot to blog about this. Still got 2 days left……

Blizzard Entertainment is having a free play weekend for the Southeast Asian edition of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The free play weekend kicks off at 00:00 on 19 November (GMT +8) and ends at 23:59 on 21 November (Sunday).

New players who would like to participate can create Battle.net accounts at https://sea.battle.net/account/creation/tos.html and activate StarCraft II on their accounts. Players with existing Battle.net accounts which do not have StarCraft II are also welcome to participate. Note that an internet connection is required to play or simply visit your nearest internet gaming room installed with StarCraft II.

You can download the client here: http://sea.battle.net/en/sc2freeplay/

The free-play weekend marks the availability of the prepaid game-time card options for players in Hong Kong/Macau, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Game-time card comes in 3, 7 and 30 days increments and cost S$1.50, S$3 and S$10.50 respectively. Check out the website for more details.

If you can’t contact me over the weekend, this is the reason……

White iPhone 4 conversion kit

This isn’t something new. It’s been going for quite some time already.

For those who die die must have a white iPhone, here’s a website that sells the white iPhone 4 conversion kit. Initially, I thought it’s some 3rd party, low quality casing. But according to some news article, the casing might be from Foxconn, Apple’s oversea contract manufacturer.

The website is run by a 17 year old Chinese student living in New York. He claims that he knew a guy that had somewhat of a relationship with folks in Foxconn. The site claims that they have sold more than 470 kits so far. Oh my, there are 470 white iPhone roaming the streets as we speak.

Well, if the origin of the casing is really from Foxconn, then I got a feeling that this site might be shut down pretty soon. (But strangely, it’s been there for quite some time) I don’t think it is legal for anyone in Foxconn to sell the parts to outsider. Could the casing be stolen by some employees?

Anyway, for those who die die wants a White iPhone, head down to the website quickly before it get shut down. The news article said that some private investigator is accusing him of selling stolen goods. Strange, why is it some private investigator and not Apple? Is the PI working for Apple?

And you do know that the conversion process will void your iPhone 4 warranty. Try at your own risk. You have been warned.

PS: I don’t know what’s the craze over the white iPhone 4. I still prefer black. :)

Leaving Tech65

This is perhaps one of the hardest blog entry that I’ve written in a long time……

I’ve been with Tech65 almost 2 years now. It has been a long but fruitful journey. I’ve learnt a lot over the past 2 years.

But they say 天下没有不散的宴席 (“Sky down don’t have no scattered the feast seat” or “All good things come to an end”). It has come to a stage where I find it harder and harder to find time to contribute to Tech65. Work been taking up quite a bit of my time. And I haven’t been spending enough time on my blog. If you notice, the quality of the blog entries has gone down. So has the visitors.

Thus I guess the best way is for me to leave the group. It’s a painful decision, but sometimes you just have to take the bitter medicine.

Really have to thank Daniel, Jerrick, NTT and Farinelli for inviting me onboard 2 years ago. And huge thanks the the crew for the great time we had together. I love the synergy in the team and the exchange of knowledge and ideas. And thanks to all the companies and PR agencies for their assistance and support over the years.

Last but not least, thanks to all the listeners for their support. Wouldn’t be doing these without you guys.

So, what is going to happen next? Well, I’ll still be blogging here on my blog. I’ll still be talking about tech related stuff (and rojak some other stuff that I observe around me). I’ll still be attending events and reviewing products. And hopefully if time permits, I’ll be able to guest host at Tech65 once in a while.

By the way, I will not be using dk@tech65.org anymore. Please send all your press releases, event invites, product reviews, love letters and spams to my personal email address which can be found on the right hand corner of my blog.

YouTube Replay…. again and again and again

Found this useful tool on Ridz’s blog. A simple website that helps you loop a YouTube video over and over again.

The site is call TubeReplay. It is not an official YouTube site. All you need to do is to copy the URL of the YouTube video that you want to put on infinite loop. This service is great for those music video that you want to listen over and over again. There’s even a counter to track how many times you have been listening to that song.

By the way, it only works with videos with embedding turned on.

And yes, it is unhealthy to listen to a song for more than 20 times in a row. But this is totally necessary to get the Two Beaver song out of my head.

The Beatles available on iTunes now

The Beatles are finally on iTunes. Apple held a media event recently to announce the deal. Yes, a special media event just for this announcement. That’s indeed unforgettable.

Well, at least from now on, nobody will be asking Starr when The Beatles are coming to iTunes. Good for him.

OK, I know this news means nothing to those living in Singapore since we don’t have iTunes store here. But I can’t help but wonder if this news matters to those who are living in countries with iTunes store. Afterall, those who wants to listen to The Beatles on their iPod would have already ripped the songs from the CDs. Or downloaded the song somewhere illegally. So does it really matter now that The Beatles’ catalog is finally available for paid download legally? I thought it wouldn’t. But judging from the impressive first day sales figure, it seems like it might actually matter after all.

Maybe there are people out there who haven’t ripped the entire Beatles collection into MP3. (Or download illegally)

If you have 5 minutes to spare, head down to wikipedia and read up on the long legal dispute between Apple Corps (owned by The Beatles) and Apple Computer