Archive for July 2011

Mac OS X Lion now available

Apple just release their latest Mac Operating System, Mac OS X Lion, in the Mac App Store. Lion cost US$29.99. Apple is not selling the DVD version of Lion in their store. If you want the upgrade, you will have to buy from the Mac App Store and slowly download the 3.74GB file. How I wish I’m on a faster Broadband plan. Or fibre will be even better.

Actually the downloading speed is faster than what I expected. I was expecting 5 to 6 hours actually since I have a slow Broadband connection and the server will most likely be overloaded. But the Mac App Store says it will be done in 3 hours. Impressive. If nothing goes wrong, my MacBook Pro will be running Mac OS X Lion in a few hours time.

Now I’m wondering if I should upgrade my 4 year old iMac to Lion.

Apple also did a refresh on the MacBook Air and Mac Mini. Just refresh the specs. Nothing much actually. But they’ve also removed the white MacBook from the online store. Looks like they want MacBook Air to replace the white MacBook. Which makes sense actually since the 2 of them cost roughly the same.

The Shell FuelSave Challenge 2011

I took part in the Shell FuelSave Challenge few weeks ago. It seems like I’ve become a regular at the Shell FuelSave Challenge. This is the 3rd year that I’m taking part. Check out my 2009 and 2010 entry.

I didn’t really prepare for the Shell FuelSave Challenge. There isn’t much to prepare. I guess if I got more time, I can consider going on a diet. After all, extra weight in the car will increase the fuel consumption. Just kidding. You need to reduce the weight by at least 45kg in order to see 1 – 2 % difference in fuel consumption. And I doubt I can lose 45kg easily.

Before the challenge, Shell gave us some crash course on Fuel Saving tips. To me, it’s like a refresher course. I know all these tips from my past experience during the FuelSave Challenge. These are things that you learn once and never forget. It’s still that few simple steps. The problem is, will you remember to apply them when you are driving.

10 Fuel Saving Tips from Shell
1. Service your engine
2. Keep your tyres at the right pressure
3. Avoid carrying excess weight
4. Use the correct oil
5. Drive smoothly and avoid high speed
6. Keep the windows closed
7. Use cruise control
8. Avoid excess idling
9. Avoid over revving
10. Use air conditioning sparingly

In the end, I managed to travel 16.624km on 1 litre of fuel. That’s not bad but not enough to win the challenge.

The winners for Shell FuelSave Challenge 2011 are Edmund and Diana. They managed to drive 19.376km and 17.744km using 1 litre of fuel respectively. Congrats! They walked away with $5000 Shell vouchers each. That’s equal to 1 year supply of petrol.

End of the day, I guess everyone win by gaining more knowledge on fuel saving.

The Da Vinci furniture scandal

Wow, I was really shocked when I read about this. According to China Central Television (CCTV), Singapore luxury furniture retailer Da Vinci might be deceiving its customers about the origin of its products. Da Vinci’s products are all listed as being “Made in Italy”. But according to a CCTV’s report, some of their products were made in China, send to Italy and re-imported back to China so that they can obtain an “import certificate”.

If you understand Mandarin and have 24 minutes to spare, check out the 2 YouTube videos below.

PS: I think the male presentator is pretty good. He pointed out several interesting points.

It is interesting to note that Da Vinci’s founder Dr Doris Phua won several Entrepreneur Awards in the early 2000s. If the accusations are false, I hope they would be able to clear their name as soon as possible. But if the accusations are true, then it would be a disgrace to the local entrepreneur scene.

Not sure if you notice, but most of the people are complaining that Da Vinci is deceiving them about the origin of the furniture. Not many of them are complaining about the quality of the furniture. Which is weird. Which is more important? Origin of the product or the quality of the product. It’s funny that most of the people care about the origin than the quality. To me, it’s the quality that matters most. If the quality is good, I don’t care if it is made in China or Italy.

Well, if the origin of the product is so important, then here’s my suggestion. Set up a factory in Italy. Hire cheap labour from China and send them to Italy to work in the factory. Continue to use low quality material for the furniture. That should solve most of the problems since people care more about the origin and less about the quality. Right?

Hmmmm…… Something is not right here.

Rebecca Black – My Moment

Remember Rebecca Black? She became famous (or rather infamous) after her YouTube video became viral. Viral for the wrong reason actually. Friday was bad. Pretty bad. Personally, I think it has nothing to do with the singer. It’s the lyrics and the composition of the song that made it bad.

PS: Interestingly, the original Friday music video has been taken down.

So riding on her new found fame, Rebecca Black released a new single titled My Moment last night (Singapore time). Honestly, it’s a lot better than Friday. But hey, it is difficult to release another song that is worst than Friday. It’s amazing how the internet can help someone become famous overnight and release a new single. This is not the first time someone become popular on Youtube and this will definitely not be the last.

Somehow, I got this feeling that this song will generate a lot of parody. Come to think of it, you can sing the chorus using Friday’s tune. Just saying….

But hey, it’s really not bad. Check it out.

Rebecca Black – My Moment

Were you the one who said that I would be nothing
Well, I’m about to prove you wrong
I’m not the only one who believes in something
My one wish is about to come true

I’m not stopping for you
No matter what you do
I’ll just keep on dreaming
My head up in the clouds when nobody is around to see…

This is my moment, my moment
It’s my time, flying high, lime, mine
Feels like my moment, my moment
I’ve waited for so long
But now everybody knows this is my moment, my moment

It’s my time, flying high, lime, mine
Feels like my moment, my moment
I’ve waited for so long
But now everybody knows this is my moment, my moment

You knew it all along, I was afraid of you
I thought I couldn’t be myself
You tried to be my friend
But I wouldn’t let you
Remember what you said
Don’t miss out on your chance
Your life is in your hands
So take it just as far as you can
But trusting in youself, forget everyone else

Believe…

This is my moment, my moment
It’s my time, flying high, lime, mine
Feels like my moment, my moment
I’ve waited for so long
But now everybody knows this is my moment, my moment

It’s my time, flying high, lime, mine
Feels like my moment, my moment
I’ve waited for so long
But now everybody knows

Haters, said I’ll see you later
Can’t talk to you right now
I’m getting my paper
Said I’m doing big things
Things you never dreamed of
I hope you are happy cause I’m ’bout to blow up

This is my moment, my moment
It’s my time, flying high, lime, mine
Feels like my moment, my moment
I’ve waited for so long
But now everybody knows this is my moment, my moment

It’s my time, flying high, lime, mine
Feels like my moment, my moment
I’ve waited for so long
But now everybody knows this is my moment, my moment

Did SMRT say that eating and drinking in train is considered emergency?

OK, I don’t know if this is a miscommunication or someone at SMRT don’t understand the meaning of emergency.

Someone wrote to Straits Times recently saying that he noted that there’s an increase in number of people eating/drinking on train. He asked a SMRT ground staff if there is a telephone number for commuters to report such offense and was told that there was none. But the SMRT staff suggest that he could use the Emergency Communication Button to report the incident so that staff from the next station can board the train and investigate the incident.

SERIOUSLY?!?!

I really hope this is a case of miscommunication. Emergency button is meant for emergency. Eating and drinking is an offense but not an emergency. The emergency button should be reserved for real emergencies.

If SMRT allow commuters to report eating or drinking offense using the emergency communication button, then can I also use the button if the aircon in the train isn’t working? Surely a faulty air conditioning is more serious than someone eating and drinking in the train.

Wake up your idea SMRT!

And to the commuter who is so free to ask SMRT that question and write to Straits Times, here’s my suggestion to you. Next time you see someone eating or drinking on the train, just walk up to the person and tell him/her politely that eating and drinking is not allowed on the train. There’s no need to report such things to SMRT.

Likewise, if someone sit on the reserve seats and didn’t give it up to someone who needs it more, just ask the person to give up the seat politely.

Remember: The squeaky wheel gets the grease. All you need is to ask politely.