Archive for March 2011

Concept Flip Phone by Kristian Ulrich Larsen

Here’s an interesting concept phone. A flip phone with 3 screens that can be transformed in different ways depending on what the user wants to do with it. Check out the video.

Cool huh? And the best thing is that this phone is more or less achievable now. Unlike the Nokia Morph Concept which still needs a few more giant leap in technology before we can get there.

And so I got a MacBook Pro

Been eyeing on a MacBook Pro for quite some time already. I was waiting for Apple to release a refresh before buying. So when Apple announced the new refresh, I immediately placed an order at Apple Online Store. I ordered it on 26 February and the delivery date is 16 March. That’s more than 1/2 month of waiting!

I always thought that ordering from Apple Online Store should be just as fast if not faster than going to the Apple authorized resellers. In case you still don’t know, none of the “Apple Store” in Singapore are run by Apple themselves. They are all authorized reseller. So by right Apple would reserve the best for themselves right? Wrong. I soon discovered that some authorized resellers are getting the new MacBook Pro by 4th March.

I can cancel my online order anytime before they ship without any penalty charges. But I decided not to go through the trouble. I told myself that I should wait for the IT Show (10 Mar – 13 Mar) before deciding if I want to cancel my online order. Maybe there will be a good deal at IT Show?

Then I did something out of the ordinary. I went down to Funan on Sunday afternoon to buy something. I checked the company’s website and confirmed that it is opened on Sunday afternoon. But when I reached there, the shop was closed. Argh. Either the staff closed the shop early or they didn’t update the new operation hours on their website. Whatever it is, I was pissed off cause I made a wasted trip.

So I walked around and passed by a Apple authorized reseller. Went in, checked and discovered that the new MacBook Pro are here. So without second thoughts, I made the purchase. That’s even before I cancelled my online order. And even though it comes with a free sleeve, bag and keyboard protector, I know there might be a better offer during IT Show. I should have waited. But I’m too pissed off to think. I don’t want to leave Funan empty handed.

And I’m now a proud owner of a 13 inch MacBook Pro. The 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 version. Didn’t change any of the default configurations because I think it is just nice for my needs. Oh, this blog entry is typed on my new MacBook Pro.

I know I’m going to regret in a few days time when IT Show is here. But heck care lah.

Moral of the story: Open your shop near a shop that will make me angry.

SDP complain about not invited to Talking Point

Talking Point had a Special Edition last week on the new electoral boundaries. 2 representatives from People’s Action Party (PAP) and one representative each from the National Solidarity Party (NSP), the Workers’ Party (WP) and the Reform Party (RP) were invited to the panel.

It is a pretty good discussion with a good mix in the panel. But then, you can’t please everybody. Shortly after the program, Singapore Democratic Party wrote a complaint letter to Channel News Asia because they were not invited to the show. They claim that CNA has chosen to discriminate against the SDP.

Wow, what a strong claim. Did CNA really discriminate against SDP?

Firstly, I think the panel selection cannot be any better. Workers’ Party is the strongest opposition party in Singapore with 1 member of parliament and 1 NCMP. National Solidarity Party is one of the opposition party that is most affected by the boundary change. Reform Party is a new opposition party contesting in the coming election.

As far as I can see, the opposition parties in Singapore are very well represented in the panel.

Just because SDP is a political party in Singapore doesn’t mean CNA must invite them to the panel. There are at least 10 political parties in Singapore. Do you expect CNA to invite all political parties to the show? How are you going to conduct a meaning 40 minutes debate/discussion when there more than 10 person in the panel? Eveyone only gets to talk for 4 minutes if they divide the time equally. Crazy.

Singapore People’s Party (a member of Singapore Democratic Alliance) wasn’t invited to the panel too. SPP currently holds one seat in the parliament. Do you see SPP/SDA complaining that they aren’t invited? Nope. Maybe because to the SPP/SDA, not being invited to Talking Point doesn’t mean it’s end of the world. I’m pretty surprised (and at the same time amused) by the way SDP kick up a big fuss over such small matter. Seriously people…. you expect me to vote for SDP? What a joke.

And honestly, I’m surprised that SPP/SDA wasn’t invited. I think they should be on the program since they have a member of parliament in their party. I would love to hear SPP/SDA’s views on the new electoral boundaries. I’m disappointed that SPP/SDA wasn’t invited. But at the same time I understand that it is impossible for CNA to invite everyone.

If SPP/SDA wasn’t invited, what makes SDP think they should be invited?

And does anyone care about what SDP have to say about the new electoral boundaries? I don’t know about you, but I’m totally not interested. I’m only interested to hear views from respectable political parties in Singapore.

Channel News Asia does not need to answer to any political parties in Singapore, especially those petty opposition party. CNA needs to answer to their audience. And they will be doing their audience a great disservice if they invite Singapore Democratic Party.

Personally, I’m glad that CNA didn’t invite SDP to the program. I don’t know how are they going to conduct a meaningful discussion with SDP onboard.

So here’s a few words to Singapore Democratic Party if anyone of you are reading this. Shut up and stop being a cry baby. Nobody can discriminate you except yourself. Stop complaining about such petty stuff.

Barbarossa – Stones

This week’s How I Met Your Mother (S06E18) is one of my favorite. It’s super funny and kinda touching towards the end. I love the songs near the ending. In case you are wondering, the title of the song is Stones.

Barbarossa – Stones

Stones that´╗┐ I carry around
Every stone a story that weighs me down

But there is gold hidden by rock and sand
I have to search a little harder now

Sharp as a marble these stones keep my feet on the ground
All this experience weighs me down

But there is gold hidden by rock and sand
I have to search a little harder now

But there is gold hidden by rock and sand
I have to search a little harder now

Can you survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

I’ve always wonder what will happen if there is really a Zombie Apocalypse. We’ve seen movies like 28 days and I am Legend. But have you ever wonder what would it be like to be living in Singapore during a Zombie Apocalypse? Maybe MediaCorp or Raintree Pictures can explore this theme.

Anyway, there is a very interesting Google Streetview mashup call Streetview Zombie Apocalypse. All you need to do is to enter a location and start “running” on Google Streetview while Zombie chase you down. Pretty fun.

This is a good chance to practice your escape route if we ever have a Zombie Apocalypse. The only problem is that we are restricted to roads. During a Zombie Apocalypse, it wouldn’t be a good idea to run along the main roads. I only managed to survive 2 minutes and 24 seconds. Looks like the streets of Singapore aren’t ideal for running away from Zombies. Perhaps the folks at SLA should look into this. (Haha…. Just kidding)

PS: Streetview Zombie Apocalypse works better on Chrome.