Archive for December 2011

The total cost of “Twelve Days of Christmas” 2011

For the past 28 years, PNC Wealth Management measure the cost of Christmas by calculating the total cost of all the things in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. It is the cumulative cost of all the gifts when you count each repetition in the song so it reflects the cost of 364 gifts.

This year, the total cost of Twelve Days of Christmas is $24,263.18, up 3.5% from last year.

To find out more, check out PNC Christmas Price Index website.

I’ve always enjoyed watching the PNC Christmas Price Index. It gives you the rough sense of the inflation and supply/demand. And they put in quite a lot of effort on this fun project. Check out the behind the scene video.

Deliveryman caught on video tossing monitor over a fence

A FedEx deliveryman was caught on CCTV tossing a Samsung Computer monitor over a fence. According to the video, the monitor is damaged.

FedEx is still trying to identify the employee. According to them, the customer who posted the video hasn’t contact the company.

Somethings seems weird. I thought FedEx delivery are supposed to get sign off from the recipients? Can they just toss the item over the fence and walk off?

Is this video for real? Or some hoax?

Update: Looks like it is real. Here’s FedEx’s response.

Good job from FedEx.

Celebrate Christmas with white phones

Everyone like to associate the colour white with Christmas. It probably makes more sense in countries with winter. Here in Singapore, Christmas seems grey with all the rain pouring down.

Nevertheless, handset makers would still use this opportunity to roll out white colour phones. Personally, I’m not a fan of white colour phones. But I know I’m the rare minority. There’s lots of white phone lovers out there.

So here are some of the white phones hitting our shelves for this holiday season.

BlackBerry Bold 9900

HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio ($868 without contract)

HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio ($908 without contract)

HTC Incredible S ($648 without contract)

HTC Radar ($569 without contract)

Fusion Garage: Where are Joo?

It seems like Fusion Garage, the Singapore company behind the Joo Joo, Grid 10 and Grid 4, is facing some problems.

Last weekend, some websites reported that Fusion Garage’s website is down. The company’s Facebook and Twitter also seems to be unattended for weeks. Although the company’s website is now back online, something still doesn’t seems right.

Fusion Garage’s US public relations firm McGrath Power said they will no longer be representing Fusion Garage. According to McGrath Power, Fusion Garage has been uncommunicative for weeks.

The law firm representing Fusion Garage in its ongoing legal battle with TechCrunch have also abandoned them. According to Michael Arrington, law firm Quinn Emanuel is asking to withdraw as Fusion Garage’s legal representation because of non-payment of attorneys’ fees and breakdown of the attorney-client relationship.

There’s quite a number of unhappy customers at Fusion Garage’s Facebook page and the JooJoo Forum. One customer claimed to have purchased the Grid 10 more than two months ago and have yet received the device. Another claimed that he is waiting for the company to replace his faulty Grid 10.

Fusion Garage and Chandra: Where are Joo?

Don’t belittle that simple cable tie

It may sound ridiculous but the SMRT third rail claws is now being secured using a simple plastic cable tie. During the overnight check last Sunday, 21 claws were found to be dislodged. The claw are meant to secure the rail providing power to the train.

A lot of people were making fun of this. Some experts even question use of plastic ties.

Actually I don’t know what’s the issue here. The trains are running properly now albeit at a much slower speed. The cable ties are working as intended. The cable ties are just temporary solutions while SMRT a find better solution. Bear in mind they came up with this solution on Sunday night when they discovered that 21 claws were dislodged. They need to come up with a solution quickly so that the train can resume service. I think this is the best anyone can do within such a short time frame.

We should give credit where credit is due. Whoever came up with this quick and effective temporary solution is a genius. He/she should be commended for thinking out of the box. If not for the cable ties, the entire train system might need to be shut down for days or even weeks until they find a way to secure the claws. Don’t belittle that simple cable tie.

And to the expert who question the plastic cable ties on MyPaper, why don’t you come up with a better temporary solution?

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Since we are at this topic, let me just say that I’m surprised by the finding during the overnight check on Sunday. 61 rail defects, 21 claws dislodged and 13 trains deemed to be defective. What on earth is SMRT doing with their train/rail maintenance? Perhaps the PTC should justify why they granted SMRT the fare hike back in October.

After the worst train breakdown in 24 years and security lapses at the train depot, SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa should really consider if she needs to resign.