Archive for September 2011

F1 on your BlackBerry and PlayBook

Here’s a useful BlackBerry app for all those attending the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. The 2011 app streams real-time data direct from Formula One Management’s Technical Centre at the race track. It displays the same information supplied to the teams from every session of the weekend, instantly putting you at the heart of the action.

PlayBook owners can also download the Maxis F1 2011 app for BlackBerry PlayBook for viewing on the big screen.

Google Doodle celebrates Jim Henson’s birthday

Google just did a new Google Doodle to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Jim Henson. Most of us might not know who is Jim Henson. But I’m sure everyone have seen his creations like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the Muppets. 24 September is the birthday of the late Jim Henson.

There are a few easter eggs in the Doodle. For example, you can click on the red Muppet on the right and click somewhere on the left side of the tall Muppet. The red Muppet will eat the tall Muppet. Or click on the Muppet that is wearing a pair of spectacles. Move your mouse around it and after a while, it will toss it’s spectacles into the air.

I’m pretty sure there’s more easter eggs. Let me know if you find more.

Also, read the Google guest blog entry by Brian Henson about his dad.

Microsoft Employee leaves Microsoft over tweets about the upcoming Nokia WP7

Joe Marini, Principal Program Manager of the Windows Phone web team, has resigned after tweeting his first impressions of a upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 7. According to sources, he resigned after learning that he would be let go for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information.

His tweets didn’t really reveal much about the Nokia WP7 phone. But it still made headlines on several websites and blogs.

Here are the tweets regarding the Nokia WP7 phone.

I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too! #wp7

@samsabri Overall I would say an 8. Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction

@samsabri Yeah, the camera was good, but I didn’t have optimal lighting. I’d like a larger screen too.

So, we now know that the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 7 is slick, feels solid, good camera, responsive user interface and has nice little touches on the body construction. Oh, and since he said he would prefer a larger screen, we can roughly guess that the screen is 3.5 inch or smaller.

A lot of people were asking what’s the big deal about that? It’s not something earth shattering. We all know that Nokia is working with Microsoft to release phone on WP7. Nokia is famous for good hardware and therefore you will expect their first WP7 to have good camera and body construction. Maybe something similar to what you see on the Nokia N9. So what’s the big deal? Why does Microsoft want to fire him for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information?

Well, IT IS A BIG DEAL. These are confidential information. Although almost everyone on earth knows that Nokia is making a WP7 phone, it is still not right for an employee to tweet about it unless he is authorized to do so. And the phone in question is made by Microsoft’s partner, Nokia. It just isn’t proper for him to Tweet about the phone. What if he crossed the line and tweet more details about the phone?

But although I feel that what Joe Marini did is wrong, I don’t think it warrant a dismissal. Perhaps a stern warning would be more appropriate in this case. After all, he seems passionate about what he is doing at Microsoft. Oh well, sad to see the Windows Phone 7 team lose a great team member, especially when it is so close to the Windows Phone 7.5 release and Nokia WP7 launch.

Night Safari cancels Halloween Horrors event

Warning: Ranting ahead. You have been warned.

I’m not a fan of Halloween although it’s gaining popularity in Singapore over the years. To me, it’s just an excuse for people to party in costume. So I didn’t really bother much when I first heard that the Management of Night Safari, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, has decided to cancel the event.

But I decided to blog about this after I discovered that the event is actually planned by a group of students from Singapore Polytechnic Diploma in Events and Project Management as their final year project. I am disgusted by the way this whole incident was managed. 7 months of hard work and effort just went down the drain. And sources say that the decision to cancel the event is made by one person, the new Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) CEO Isabella Loh. Isabella Loh was appointed interim CEO effective from 8 July while WRS searches for a permanent replacement for the departing Fanny Lai.

According to WRS, the Halloween Horrors event is cancelled because of the negative feedback received from corporations, the public and the media about the event, especially over its relevance in relation to conservation. I don’t know about you. But I haven’t heard negative feedback regarding this award winning event. Even if there are any negative feedback, I’m pretty sure that the negative feedback for canceling the event is far greater.

Seven months of hard work by the polytechnic students and almost $1 million dollars spent gone to waste cause some interim CEO decide to cancel it. What is going to happen to the students’ Final Year Project? And who is going to be responsible for the $1 million dollars gone to waste? How is WRS going to answer to their donor?

We keep hearing on the news that the student’s FYP grades will not be affected by the cancellation. True. But are the students just looking for good grades? There’s more in life than good grades. How would you feel if someone suddenly cancel a project that you have been working for the past 7 months? These students lost the chance to see their project move from planning board to real life execution. And they will be at an disadvantage in the future during their job interview because they didn’t have the experience of running an event.

I’m not against Night Safari canceling Halloween Horrors event. I’m against the way that WRS cancelled it. They could let the event continue and cancel it next year before the planning start. What is so important that the event must be cancelled just few weeks away from its start?

All the excuses that Isabella Loh gave are bullshit. And I refuse to step into Night Safari again until Isabella Loh steps down as interim CEO. Yes, I’m boycotting Night Safari.

To Arthur!!!

Do you know that today is Arthur’s Day? So what are you doing at 17:59?

By the way, Muddy Murphy’s is having a Arthur’s Day celebration tonight. So head down to Muddy Murphy’s now and raise a toast to Arthur.