Archive for June 2012

Facebook just changed everyone’s email on profile page to @facebook.com

In case you didn’t notice, Facebook just changed everyone’s email address on the profile page to the @facebook.com email address. It no longer shows your personal email address that you previously entered on Facebook.

Oh Facebook, Facebook…… What have you done again this time? I know you want to promote your @facebook.com email address. I know you want people to use the Facebook messaging rather than their personal email. But changing the email address on our profile page without notifying us is really uncool. Even if you want to make this auto opt-in, the basic courtesy is to at least inform us about the change.

I’m changing the email address on my profile page back to my personal email address.

If you prefer your Facebook profile to show your personal email address instead of the @facebook.com email address, go to your profile page and click on the Edit button on the Contact Info section. Set the @facebook.com email address to “Hidden From Timeline” and set the email address that you want to disply as “Shown on Timeline”.

Facebook rolls out comment editing

Remember that time when you made a mistake on your Facebook comment? You have to delete the comment and repost the edited comments. Well, Facebook just rolled out a new comment editing feature. From now on, if you made a mistake in your comment, simply click the edit button on the right and make the neccessary changes.

You can edit the comments as many times as you like. All edited comments will be indicated next to the timestamp. You can also click on it to see the edit history.

This editing feature only works for comments, including comments you post on a Facebook Page. But you still can’t edit a status update. If you made an error on your Status Update, you will have to delete it and repost.

This new feature is good to have. I like the fact that there is a Edit History so that you can see the changes. But I’m surprised that the person who wrote the posting won’t get notified when someone editing their comment on the posting. To me, editing a comment is like reposting. I can completely change my comments if I like. There should be some kind of notification to the post owner. And also, the Edit History did not state which version of the comment did people click the Like button. What if someone Liked the original comment but not the edited one?

Oh well, maybe I’m just thinking too much.

Time for STOMP to come clean

When I first saw the SMRT doors remain open even as train moves off posting on STOMP, I felt that it is a fake. You see, I’ve been staying in Jurong West before Lakeside MRT station opened. I’ve been to Lakeside MRT station countless of times and seen the area around the station change over the years. The picture doesn’t look like Lakeside MRT station.

(Photo from STOMP)

If the train is traveling from Boon Lay to City Hall, you should see Boon Lay Way, a brightly lighted road that is running parallel next to the MRT tracks. Behind Boon Lay Way are HDB flats and multi storey carpark. You don’t see any of them in the picture. All you see is a dark field with a road in a distance. Even the West Bound side (which is next to a open field) looks nothing like that in the picture.

So ok, maybe a STOMPer lied and submitted a fake photo/story to STOMP. That’s nothing new. It is a common thing on the internet. But here’s the problem. The STOMPer is not a member of the public that is submitting stories to STOMP. The STOMPer is Ms Samantha Francis, a STOMP content producer.

So why is a content producer from STOMP posing as a member of the public to submit story on STOMP? Are content producers from STOMP allowed to submit stories to STOMP using an anonymous nick? Shouldn’t the story be credited to a STOMP content producer instead?

Few days after the article, SMRT met up with the STOMP content producer to investigate the incident. Strangely, they couldn’t locate Ms Samantha Francis on CCTV and her EZLink Card shows that she wasn’t at Lakeside MRT Station during that time. It would be practically impossible to walk into a MRT station nowadays without being caught by the CCTV. And her initial story says she was taking a train from Boon Lay to City Hall but when she told the SMRT staff that the photo was taken on Lakeside MRT platform. If she got on the train at Boon Lay MRT Station, why did she get down 1 station later?

And the whole story sounds fishy. The East bound train at Lakeside is never this empty at 10pm. And let’s be honest. It would be damn scary if you are inside a moving MRT train with the door wide open. If the door is really open, why didn’t Ms Samantha Francis, or the other 2 person in the same cabin, press the emergency button? And which camera phone (or camera) is she using? How did she managed to snap the photo so quickly when she is standing at the train station?

All trains are designed in such a way that they can’t move off if the door isn’t closed. If the train is really moving when the doors are open, then LTA needs to order SMRT to ground all trains and conduct a full investigation. This is a serious matter. Can you imagine what will happen if this happen again during peak hour on a crowded train? But if this story is fake, then something need to be done to STOMP and Ms Samantha Francis for causing unnecessary panic and wasting SMRT’s resources in investigating this. Resources that can be put in better use after all the recent SMRT breakdowns.

It is time for STOMP to come clean.

Update: Editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ English and Malay Newspapers Division has apologized to SMRT interim chief executive for the false reporting and will review and tighten Stomp’s operating procedures. Ms Samantha Francis has been sacked by SPH.

Lomography Fisheye Baby 110

Fans of Lomography are going to love this. Lomography recently released the Fisheye Baby 110. The 110 in the name means that it uses those 110 cartridge based film. I still remember I had a camera that uses 110 film when I was young. I thought that format is long dead. Well, seems like Lomography is bringing it back to life.

The Lomography Fisheye Baby 110 Camera is Lomography’s first 110 format camera. It’s like the mini version of the Fisheye No. 2, except smaller. This makes it convenient to bring it with you everywhere you go. The lens has a 170 degree vertical angle of view, giving you a very nice fisheye effect. It comes with a bulb mode and is able to capture multiple exposures. Check out some of the sample photos that I’ve stolen from the Lomography site.

The Lomography Fisheye Baby 110 comes in 2 version, the Basic version (S$68) and the Metal version (S$95). Stock is limited from the initial production batch. So grab your quick.

Apple iOS App Store starts charging by Singapore Dollars

This is a surprise. Apple iOS App Store is now charging by Singapore Dollars. All Apps purchase previously were charged in US Dollars.

And the conversation rate is pretty alright. US$0.99 is S$1.28, US$1.99 is S$2.58 and US$2.99 is S$3.98. The Credit Cards company are going to lose out on the currency conversation rates.