Archive for January 2012

Review: SanDisk Memory Vault

The SanDisk Memory Vault is not your ordinary thumbdrive. It is the first product in a new category of devices that are designed for long-term data preservation. The Memory Vault is tested to be able to retain data for 100 years.

The SanDisk Memory Vault is not meant to be used as a normal thumbdrive. Well, you can still do that, but it will be kinda wasteful. Instead, it is meant for you to store important documents and photos. Things that matters the most to you. Things that you will take with you when your house is on fire.

In fact, I think the SanDisk Memory Vault would be good for storing memorable photos, resume, digital copies of important documents like birth certificate, NRIC, Passport, marriage certificate etc and placed in your Ready Bag.

What? You don’t have a Ready Bag? Hmmm… Then you should get 1 and be prepared for emergencies.

The SanDisk Memory Vault comes in 8GB and 16GB flavors and will retail at S$85 and S$129 respectively.

OK, you might be wondering how did they managed to find out that the SanDisk Memory Vault is able to retain data for 100 years. Well, SanDisk use accelerated temperature cycling and the Arrhenius acceleration factor to simulate the effects to data retention over long durations of memory usage. To find out more, visit SanDisk website for a detailed explanation.

Anyway, I’ve copied my avatar picture onto the SanDisk Memory Vault. Come back here 100 years later to see the results.

Shufflin’ Lion Dance

OK, to be exact, it’s Tiger Dance. But still pretty cool.

Wikipedia going offline to protest against SOPA

Several websites will be going offline this coming Wednesday (US Time) to protest against SOPA and PIPA. Sites like Reddit, Boing Boing, ICanHasCheezburger and many more have announced that their site will be taking part in the protest.

The latest site to take part in the protest is Wikipedia. Wikipedia announced today that the English language Wikipedia site will be unavailable for for 24 hours beginning midnight (EST) on 18 January 2012.

That means Wikipedia will be unavailable from 1pm 18 January to 1pm 19 January Singapore time.

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This blackout is expected to affect millions of people worldwide. I think most people can live 1 day without Reddit discussion or cute kitten pictures. But Wikipedia is a very important resource on the internet. Unable to access it for 24 hour is going to be very disruptive to many people worldwide.

But I respect Wikipedia’s decision to take part in the protest. Right now, only the social media and Tech savvy people knows about SOPA and PIPA. This move can bring awareness to the general public. Perhaps this is a bitter medicine that we all need to take for the future of internet.

If Wikipedia is an important part of your work/study/life, you might want to download Wikipedia and access it offline during the blackout. Alternatively, you can also use Google Cache.

Update: If you need to access Wikipedia during the blackout, try using the mobile site. http://en.m.wikipedia.org

Manifold 3D Clock

Bored with the normal clock? Here’s an interesting Kickstarter project.

The Manifold Clock concept is based on the study of Riemann surface. The minute and hour hand is connected with a single flexible sheet of Tyvek. This create a interesting and beautiful 3D effect.

It’s so beautiful that I bet some people will spend hours staring at the clock.

The Manifold Clock is currently seeking funding at Kickstarter. A $45 pledge will get you the Manifold Clock.

The only tiny little problem with the Manifold Clock is that you will have a hard time telling the hour when the minute hand near the hour hand causing the Tyvek sheet to cover the hour hand. But then, who cares? This is a piece of art on the wall.

Challenger Funan cease 24 hour operations

Bad news for geeks having insomnia and those people whose computer breakdowns in the middle of the night just before an important deadline. Challenger at Funan has ceased it’s 24 hours operation since 15 January 2012.

Retail hours at Challenger Funan is now back to 10am to 10pm daily.

This change is actually no surprise to many of us. Challenger Funan started opening 24 Hours daily since March last year. But there just isn’t enough customers to support 24 hours operation. I’ve been to Challenger Funan a couple of times in the middle of the night. Sometimes I feel that there are more employees than customers.

It’s the nature of the business. There isn’t really a need to operate a 24 hours computer retail shop. You hardly find yourself end up in a situation where your computer breaks down in the middle of the night and you need to get replacement immediately.

But if you are really that sway, I guess there’s still Mustafa for you.

Although I must say that shopping at Challenger in the middle of the night is kinda cool. I’m going to miss it.