Archive for April 2011

Workers’ Party: For People. For Nation. For Future.

Workers’ Party just released this video today. I think all Singaporeans should watch this video. In fact, everyone should watch this again before going to the polling station on 7 May 2011.

I almost cried towards the end of the video. The video touch on some points that are close to my heart.

PS: Workers’ Party originally release the video on Youtube today with commenting and rating disabled, just like what PAP did to their GE 2011 Manifesto Youtube videos. But after complains from several people on social media space (including myself), they decided to allow comments and ratings. I’m glad that Workers’ Party listen to our feedback.

And it is good that Workers’ Party enabled commenting and ratings on the video. Else we will never know that 118 people Like the video and 1 person Dislike it. We also won’t be able to see all the great comments by their supporters.

Toughbook 19 dragged behind a Snowmobile

A Panasonic Toughbook 19 endures extreme vibration, shock and freezing temperatures while being dragged behind a snowmobile.

Too bad they didn’t do that with the lid open. Would be more epic if they do this with lid open and running a video. Haha

Cool stuff. I’ve always wanted to abuse a Panasonic Toughbook. Like throw it down a building or run a car over it. Hee hee

Singapore GE 2011 electoral boundaries Google Map Overlay

Here’s a useful Google Map overlay for the Singapore General Election 2011 electoral boundaries. Great for checking out which GRC/SMC you belong to and who might be contesting.

Note: this is a user generated Google Map overlay. This is not an official electoral boundaries map from Singapore Elections Department or Google. Accuracy cannot be 100% guarantee. (Although it seem pretty accurate)

But at least it is much more readable and useful than the official map from Election Department.

Your iPhone remembers where you have been

This may be shocking to those who are concern about their privacy. Your iPhone actually remembers where you have been. 2 researchers found a log file in the iPhone that keep track of the location of the iPhone.

If you have a MacOS machine, go download their application and see the information in the log file.

Here’s the worrying part. Apple didn’t notify the users that it is collecting these data. It is still unsure what Apple is doing with these data. We can’t even confirm if Apple actually retrieve these data. And these data are stored on your computer unencrypted. Which means anyone who has your computer can retrieve these files and find your location. The file is also stored in your iPhone, which mean anyone who found your iPhone will also know where you have been.

And for those who jailbreak their iPhone and didn’t secure it properly, there is a chance that hackers might be able to retrieve that file from your iPhone.

Now wait a minute. Before you start worrying and throw your iPhone away, let me just say that the location aren’t very accurate. It seems like the log file is recording the location of the cell tower that your phone is connected. Not your exact GPS location. Which means it can be a few hundred metres away from your real location.

The log file cannot pin-point your exact location. But it can reveal your rough location at a given time and also your travel pattern.

Personally, I don’t really care much about this since I have my Google Latitude turned on 24/7 with History enabled. Latitude have a more accurate record of my location. Oh… and not forgetting Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter.

But I guess there is a need for Apple to explain the need for this log file. Some people speculate that Apple is using this to collect cell tower triangulation info so that Apple can provide a better GPS location. I’m actually perfectly fine with that. But I wish Apple would inform us. And it also makes no sense to store the data forever on the iPhone unencrypted.

People’s Action Party Manifesto GE 2011

I’m so excited today. After living here for more than 20++ years, I finally get to see a PAP candidate at my doorstep. That’s the problem when you live in an area where it’s always walkover or lousy opposition party contesting. FYI, I’m in Jurong GRC. Last election walkover. 2001 election was SDP.

Anyway, I did a Google to find out more about the new PAP candidate. While searching, I stumble upon the PAP Manifesto for GE 2011. I’ve seen that video before, but I decided to watch it again. Then I notice something very interesting. There’s only 5656 views. WOW. Really? That’s the Singapore ruling party’s Manifesto and only 5656 people viewed it? What’s happening?

I also noticed something interesting. Commenting and rating is disabled on that video. And I thought part of the PAP’s Manifesto for GE 2011 is “Enhance channels for public participation and feedback to encourage fresh and diverse ideas, and to build a broad consensus on key national issues”. Disabling comments and rating on the Manifesto Youtube video seems irony.

But I can understand why they disabled the commenting and rating. I’m pretty sure that the video will generate tons and tons of negative comments. But then, this is the social media. People will comment about things you do and there’s no way to control it. Disabling comments means nothing. It only means that people can’t comment on the video itself. Nothing is going to stop them from commenting on other forums, blogs, Twitter, Facebook or other social media sites.

My friend Xizor pointed out to me that someone duplicated the PAP Manifesto Youtube video and enabled comments and ratings. The video had 23,517 views. That’s a lot more compared to the official video from PAP.

And if you look carefully, there’s 65 likes and 1526 dislikes. Wow.

Judging from the negative comments and the number of dislikes on the video, I can totally understand why PAP is disabling the commenting and ratings. But then, like I said, this is the social media. You can’t stop anyone from commenting elsewhere.

Anyway, here’s the People’s Action Party Manifesto GE 2011 video if you haven’t seen it. The full text can be found here.