Archive for December 2010

Auld Lang Syne

Last blog entry for the year. It has become a tradition for me to look back and blog about how I feel about the year.

2010 is full of unexpected stuff. I wouldn’t have guessed that I would be doing all these things back in 31 December 2009 when I wrote my last entry for last year. For a start, I got a new job. And it’s totally not related to what I’ve studied. Speaking of education, I finally got that piece of degree. Which up till now I’m still wondering what should I do with it.

And like 2009, 2010 flew pass damn fast. It’s scary. They say time fly faster when you get older. I wonder why.

While looking back at 2010, I can’t help but wonder what 2011 will bring. I do believe in fate. And I do believe in the butterfly effect. So much that I believe my life will be completely different if I’m not sitting at Raffles City Starbucks now blogging on my laptop. If only there’s a save button in life so that you can reload and undo some stuff.

I still don’t know what will I be doing tonight. Maybe infront of my computer with a glass of ice cold Hoegaarden. Or at the crowded Marina Bay watching Fireworks. Let’s see where fate decides to bring me……

Happy 2011 everyone. And as always, I’ll end this blog post with the song Auld Lang Syne.

Dougie MacLean – Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pull’d the gowans fine.
But we’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Since days of auld lang syne.

And we twa hae paid’l’d in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Since days of auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For days of auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll be your pint stoop,
And surely I’ll be mine;
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And ther’s a hand, my trusty fier’,
And gie’s a hand to thine;
And we’ll tak’ a right good willywaught,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Skype video call now available on iPhone

We have been waiting for this day since iOS 4.0 was launched. Yes, Skype for iPhone finally allows video calling. Available for iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th Gen with iOS 4.0 and above. Devices without camera can still see the video from the other party.

You can do a iPhone to iPhone or a iPhone to Desktop video calling with the latest Skype application on iPhone. And unlike Face Time, you can use it on either 3G or WIFI. Yes, video calling on 3G.

There were some reports about drop calls using 3G video calling. I guess the technology isn’t mature enough. You’ll need a faster data connection for a good 3G video calling. But hey, it’s pretty good already. And it only gets better when LTE rolls out.

I tried doing a Skype video call with TechieLobang. He is on a desktop with WIFI while I’m on iPhone with 3G. The video quality is pretty alright. You can choose to use either the front facing camera or the back camera. It works for both landscape and portrait. (works upside down too!) Personally, I think landscape mode looks better.

And hey, it seems like my Glif is here just in time for the Skype video calling. Imagine propping my iPhone 4 with Glif and using it for Skype video calling. Coolness.

Next step for Skype is to launch video calling to Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry and Symbian. Can’t wait for that. I think 2011 is going to be a pretty interesting year for Skype.

Is it me or is this the death of Face Time? Who uses Face Time anyway? I’ve only tested it once and never found another chance to use it again.

Taiwan’s version of Y2K bug approaching

The world escaped from the Y2K bug 10 almost unharmed. Except for a few minor errors, most computers and system functioned properly when 1 January 2000 arrives. The world’s computer system didn’t collapse and we didn’t revert to stone age. For the uninitiated, Y2K bug (or millennium bug) was a problem for both digital (computer-related) and non-digital documentation and data storage situations which resulted from the practice of abbreviating a four-digit year to two digits.

Taiwan is about to experience their version of Y2K bug when 1 January 2011 arrives. This is because Taiwan uses Minguo calendar (民國紀元) for official purposes.

Minguo calendar counts time from the 1911 revolution that brought down the last Chinese emperor. Which means 2011 will be Minguo 100. This might cause problem for older computers which aren’t programed to count 3 digit years.

But I guess 1 January 2011 will be uneventful for the Taiwanese system admins and programmers on standby. After all, they have lots of time to prepare for the Y1C arrival. Minguo calendar is mainly used in the Government sector. Most of the computers are already on 3 digit year system. The only concern now is the small businesses. Let’s hope they’ve already fixed the Y1C bug. Even if they didn’t, the impact will be quite minimal.

Here’s another interesting thing. North Korea’s Juche calendar might also encounter the same Y1C bug. The Juche calendar is based on the birth year of Kim Il-Sung which happens to be 1912. 2011 is also year 100 in the Juche Calendar.

We don’t know how is the Y1C bug going to affect North Korea. I guess computer penetration isn’t very high. But I do hope they look into their system and fix all the Y1C bugs. Especially the systems/computers controlling their Nuclear power plants and missiles. Else we are in deep shit….

The Wonders – All My Only Dreams

Playing this song on loop tonight. Never fails to bring back memories.

The Wonders – All My Only Dreams

Every night I pray
I’ll have you here someday
I’ll count the stars tonight
And hope with all my might
And when I close my eyes
You’ll be right by my side
If I could only have one wish
You’d be the girl whose lips I’d kiss
All my only dreams

And when I close my eyes
You’ll be right by my side
If I could have just one request
Stay with me girl I confess
All my only dreams

Any waking hour it seems
I only have you in my dreams
So every night I’ll pray
I’ll have you here one day
I’ll count the stars tonight
And hope with all my might
That when I close my eyes
You’ll be right by my side
If I could have just one request
Stay with me girl I confess
All my only dreams

Review: Glif tripod mount for iPhone 4

The Glif is a very simple and elegant product. It’s a tripod mount for iPhone 4. It is also a stand that prop your iPhone 4 so that you can watch video or facetime. It’s an amazingly simple yet useful product.

The Glif works perfectly as a iPhone 4 tripod mount. It doesn’t matter if your tripod is a professional camera tripod or a cheap mini tripod. It works fine for both landscape and portrait mode. This is great for those who wants to do time lapse using the iPhone 4.

The Glif is also a great tool to prop your iPhone so that you can watch video or facetime in a comfortable angle.

The makers of Glif said that it can also be used as a iPhone 4 antenna guard. Well, it does protect you against antennagate. But it’s kinda hard to touch the side of the screen when the Glif is attached to it. I don’t really recommend anyone using it mainly as an antenna guard. You are better off with a iPhone 4 casing.

Due to the nature of the product, the Glif does not work when the iPhone 4 is in a case. I’m quite fine with that. I’m only worried that the Glif might become loose after prolong usage. I hope it wont. After all, the Glif is made from Santoprene (grade 101-87) hard rubber

One cool thing about The Glif is that it’s a project from Kickstarter. I’m one of the contributor to the project. Which explains why I got it so early.

As you can see, I’ll be using my Glif mainly to prop up my iPhone 4 to a comfortable viewing angle for watching videos. I’m also going to try out some time lapse. So keep a lookout for it.

If you are interested, you can order the Glif from their website at USD$20 now.