Archive for April 2011

Google Voice Search now available in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia

Good news to all Malay speaking folks! Google Voice Search is now available in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia.

To use Google Voice Search, you need to download Google Mobile App to your smartphone. The default Voice Search language is English, so you need to go into the settings to change the language to either Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Indonesia. Google is unable to auto-detect the language spoken yet unlike text translation. Maybe it is impossible. Or maybe we are just a few steps away from auto-detection.

The Google Voice Search is pretty accurate. I’ve tried it before using English and Mandarin. Both works pretty good. I guess Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia works just as well. I can’t really try since I don’t speak Malay. But I managed to get my dad to speak a few Malay words into Google Voice Search. Works fine. I guess.

Click on the link to find out more about Google Voice Search in Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia.

April Fools 2011

I love April Fools day. It’s the day when websites and companies be creative and come up with interesting jokes. Here is a list of some of the April Fools jokes for 2011. I’m sure there’s a lot more out there that I missed out.

Which is your fave April Fools Joke this year? My favorite is the PLAYMOBIL(TM) Apple Store Playset by Think Geek.

International April Fools Joke

Google Jobs: Autocompleter – Mountain View

Google Gmail: Gmail Motion

Google Mobile: Meow Me Now

Google: Helvetica and Comic Sans

YouTube: Top 5 Viral Pictures of 1911

Blogger: Google to Acquire Blogger

Starbucks: Introducing Starbucks Mobile Pour

Kodak: Relationshiffft APP – Automated Person Purge from Kodak

Toshiba: World’s First and Only 3D Monocle

Groupon: Announcing Our Newest Acquisition

Qualcomm: Way of the Dragon Retreat

Improv Everywhere: Jar Jar Subway Car

Think Geek: Angry Birds Pork Rinds, De-3D Cinema Glasses, Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicles, The Original Shirt Plate, Super 3DBoy iPhone Game System, Arsenic-Based Sea Monkeys, Edible Gummy iPhone Cases, Minecraft USB Desktop Nether Portal, Bonsai Kitty Plush, Chocolate Zombie Bunny, PLAYMOBIL(TM) Apple Store Playset

IKEA Australia: IKEA HUNDSTOL Dog Highchair

Hootsuite: Happy Owls

Atlassian: Angry Nerds

What Mobile: Nokia Microsoft deal falls through as Nokia merges with Google

The Guardian: Royal wedding – live updates

The Pirate Bay: The Pirate Bay wins auction site

Virgin: Branson buys Pluto, reinstates as planet

MSN Malaysia: Sick leave to be verified by new medical device

The Independent: Portugal ‘sells’ Ronaldo to Spain in €160m deal on national debt

TechCrunch: Google Inadvertently Classifies Google Places As A “Content Farm” And Removes From Search Index

TechCrunch: In Baffling Move, The Huffington Post Erects Paywall Solely For NYT Employees

Local April Fools Joke

HWZ: GPGT Day

The Online Citizen: Breaking news: TOC to contest Cheng San GRC

mrbrown: Screengrabbed by an alert reader… sigh

Jφss Sticks: STOP PRESS: Jφss Sticks Acquired!

Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Review: Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186

Dee Kay Dot As Gee: Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186 Superior Plastic Eraser

Complex Numbers in Math Class

You know what? I most likely won’t do so badly in Math if my teacher is this interesting :)

Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186 Superior Plastic Eraser

Thanks to the folks at Schwan-Stabilo, I’m able to give away this amazing Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186 Superior Plastic Eraser. If you are not familiar with the feature of this amazing eraser, check out my review.

How to apply:
Just drop me an email me with the title: “Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186 Superior Plastic Eraser”. Closing date is today, 1 Apr 2011, 2359. I will randomly select the winner via the usual method. Refer to the rules for more details.

Many thanks to Loof Lirpa for making this giveaway possible.

Update: Happy April Fools Day!!!!

Review: Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186

Just got my hands on this amazing gadget from Schwan-Stabilo. The Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186 Superior Plastic Eraser was launched a couple of years ago. It’s weird that nobody did a review of this great gadget.

Before I start the review, let’s talk a little about Schwan-Stabilo. The company was founded as Grossberger & Kurz Bleistiftfabrik (pencil company) in Nuremberg in 1855 and acquired by the Schwanhäusser family in 1865. In 1967 it started a German-Malaysian joint venture called Swan Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. The company changed its name to Schwan-Stabilo in 1976. The have a manufacturing plants in Johor Baru. Interesting. Wonder if I can visit their plant someday.

Anyway, back to the Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186 Superior Plastic Eraser. The Legacy 1186 is a lightweight eraser weighing just 5 grams. Measuring 1.1 x 6.17 x 2.21 cm, it fits nicely in the hands. I think the engineers at Schwan-Stabilo spend lots of time on the ergonomic of the eraser. It’s very comfortable to use and my fingers don’t feel tired after using the eraser for more than 5 minutes.

The Legacy 1186 is able to remove all pencil mark well. But like all erasers, it leaves behind some residue after use. I notice that the Legacy 1186 produce less residue compared to most erasers in the market. Schwan-Stabilo calls this Residue-Less technology. The Residue-Less technology also make most of the residue lightweight and easily blown away with a single breath. But I’m not sure about how easy is it to sweep away the residue from the floor.

The Legacy 1186 uses their famous Superior Eraser Power that does not leave behind any stains on the paper. It is also non-abrasive and less likely to damage the paper. I tried using the Legacy 1186 on different type of paper materials and they all produce excellent results.

I love the bundled multiplayer eraser game that comes with all Legacy 1186. It is the same eraser game that we played when we were young. Schwan-Stabilo managed to port this classic game to the Legacy 1186. The eraser game also works great with other brand of eraser without conflict. Setting up the game with other brand eraser is easy due to the simple interface. But I notice that it’s slightly harder to control the Legacy 1186. Maybe I need more practice. The country flag brand eraser is much easier to control compared to Legacy 1186.

One disadvantage of the Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186 Superior Plastic Eraser is that it can’t remove pen marks. It is quite disappointing that Schwan-Stabilo didn’t include this feature on the Legacy 1186. I hope Schwan-Stabilo will include this feature in the next version.

The Schwan-Stabilo Legacy 1186 Superior Plastic Eraser is now available at all stationary shops.

In short:
A great eraser with Residue-Less technology and multiplayer eraser game

Likes:
Ergonomic design
Residue-Less technology
Non-abrasive

Dislikes:
Can’t remove pen mark
Difficult controls on eraser game

Update: Happy April Fools Day!!!!