Archive for December 2012

Auld Lang Syne

It has become a tradition for me to spend the last day of the year looking back at what I’ve done and blog about my thoughts for the year. And it has been a long year. In fact, 2012 is the longest year we will ever get. We have a leap day on 29 Feb and a leap second on 1 July. That’s 1 day and 1 second longer than an ordinary year. Haha.

But before I blog about my thoughts for the year, let me just say what am I doing now. I’m currently at the new Cineleisure Starbucks. I didn’t expect it to rain. So now I’m stuck at the Starbucks which is outdoor and there is no shelter to Cineleisure. Good job DK! Well, at least I have a cup of Toffeenut Latte and a powerpoint in case my trusty MacBook Pro goes low battery. I think I can even stay here till New Year Countdown. (Oh wait, I can’t. There’s no toilet here!!!)

Anyway, 2012 has been an amazing year at work. The foundation we laid last year helped us a lot in achieving the milestones. I’m glad to be working with a great team in the company. And come to think of it, I’ve achieved all the targets and challenges that I’ve set when I joined the company. But work here is never done and we are now looking at a new set of targets and challenges. The sad thing is that my boss for 2 years went back to the Australia office. I always say that I’m blessed with good bosses throughout my working life. She is the greatest boss I’ve ever met and I’ve learnt a lot from her.

Oh hey, I bought a DSLR this year. Haha. Friends who know me long enough will be surprised that I actually bought a DSLR. I always say that a good camera should be one that you can carry with you everyday. Oh well, things changed. Last year, my surprise tech purchase is a iPad. This year, my surprise purchase is a Canon 60D. I wonder what surprise tech purchase will I make next year.

And speaking of DSLR, I think I might be spending the my evening taking photos of the fireworks at Marina area. Yeap, spending my last few hours of 2012 with my beloved gadgets. Let’s hope the rain stop soon.

Happy 2013 everyone. Enjoy the last few hours of 2012 with your loved ones. Have fun and cheers to a great year.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pull’d the gowans fine.
But we’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Since days of auld lang syne.

And we twa hae paid’l'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Since days of auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For days of auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll be your pint stoop,
And surely I’ll be mine;
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And ther’s a hand, my trusty fier’,
And gie’s a hand to thine;
And we’ll tak’ a right good willywaught,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Google Singapore Top Searches of 2012

It is always fun to see Google’s annual Zeitgeist. From the Zeitgeist, you get a rough sense of the major events and happening for the year.

Here in Singapore, Olympics 2012 is the top trending search term, follow by Gangnam Style and SOPA. It seems like a big year for PSY. He is the most searched Kpop in Singapore, beating the big names like SNSD, Big Bang, Hyuna, Shinee and 2NE1.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew became the 2nd most trending person in Singapore in 2012 just behind Jeremy Lin. I guess the rumors of his death near National Day made lots of people going to Google to find out more.

Here’s a quick overview of Singapore’s top searches:

DK’s Tech prediction for 2012 – Full-time score

2012 is coming to an end soon. As usual, it is time to look at my Tech prediction for 2012. This year’s prediction is really bad. I think I got most of my predictions wrong.

Facebook IPO in first half of 2012
Bullseye! Facebook went public on 18 May 2012. Actually this is pretty easy to guess. What we did not predict is that the stock price wasn’t performing in 2012.

Oh well, maybe it will in 2013.

2012 will be the year of the Smart TV
We didn’t see much happening in the Smart TV market. I’m actually kinda surprised. But at least I was right when I say we most likely won’t see the Apple TV that was mentioned in the Walter Isaacson Steve Jobs book.

Rise of the Ultrabooks
Nope, Ultrabook didn’t become as popular as Netbook in the 2008/09. Looking back, I’m wondering why did I make this prediction? We knew that Windows 8 is going to be launched in 2012. The PC market is usually slightly quieter just before a major launch of Windows. Why would Ultrabooks be selling like hotcakes this year? Dumb DK!

Rise of Windows Phone 7
Another wrong prediction. Windows Phone 7 and 8 didn’t gain much popularity. Which is kinda disappointing to me. This is the 2nd year that I predict that Windows Phone will become popular. Seems like it is not happening.

Nokia to release a Windows 8 tablet
This is another prediction that caught me by surprise. I thought this is a sure win prediction. But unfortunately Nokia didn’t release a Windows 8 tablet. We do see a lot of interesting Windows 8 tablet this year by PC makers.

Oh, and there is rumor that Nokia will be releasing a Window 8 tablet in 2013. Maybe I’m just 1 year early.

Amazon to adopt WebOS for Kindle
Wrong prediction. Actually, this is just wishful thinking on my side as a Palm fanboy. It seems like WebOS is going nowhere. Damn you Leo Apotheker! Damn you.

Google continue to focus on social
Hmmm….. yes Google did continue to focus on social. Google Plus is not winning the world over yet but it is doing fine with a slowly growing community. But Google Doc, Google Maps and Google Reader did not tied closely with Google Plus as what I predicted. And this year is not the make or break year for Google Plus. Google Plus is still in the game but seems like they are taking things easy for now.

Touchscreen iMac
Nope, there is no touchscreen iMac although there are several all-in-one PC with touchscreen running Windows 8 now. Instead of a touchscreen iMac, Apple released a new super slim iMac.

By the way, the new iMac looks more impressive on video and website. I saw it few days ago at EpiCentre and I wasn’t wowed by it. I would rather Apple keep the original iMac form factor (which I love) and keep the optical drive.

Voice recognition hype to fade away
This is a bit hard to judge. I do think that voice recognition hype had faded away. There are still new phones with voice recognition capabilities but that is not their main selling point.

On a side note, if you have an Android phone running Ice Cream Sandwich, do check out Google Now. It’s pretty good. But the selling point is not the voice recognition. It is the ability to learn what is important to you and give you that information when you need it.

Major mobile OS malware/virus
Luckily this didn’t happen. But honestly, I think it is just a matter of time.

Slow global NFC take up rate
Correct. The global NFC take up rate is slow. We do see some interesting phones like Samsung GALAXY S3 with NFC. But we don’t see much uses for NFC, especially in payment. NFC is going to take a few more years to really pick up. Hopefully with more devices supporting NFC, we will start to see more services.

Slow LTE take up rate in Singapore
I’m actually surprised that this prediction is wrong too. OK, I predicted that the next iPhone will not have LTE. I was wrong. iPhone 5 has LTE. I also predicted that the 3 Telco won’t be able to cover the entire Singapore with LTE network. I was wrong again. M1 did managed to cover whole of Singapore with LTE. SingTel covered 80% while Starhub only cover CBD, Changi Airport and Expo.

Although I don’t have the figures, I don’t think LTE take up rate in Singapore is slow. Maybe just medium speed.

Creative Technology gets acquired
Nope, that did not happen.

No Doomsday on 21 December 2012
Enough said…

Wow, I’m really bad at Tech predictions. Don’t tell others that I’m a tech blogger. So malu.

Disclaimer: These predictions are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

The total cost of “Twelve Days of Christmas” 2012

For the past 29 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”. This year, the total cost of Twelve Days of Christmas is $25,431.18, up 4.8% from last year.

Six Geese-a-Laying saw the biggest increase this year at 29.6%. Prices for Two Turtle Doves, Four Calling Birds, Eight Maids-a-Milking, Nine Ladies Dancing and ten Lords-a-Leaping remain unchanged.

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

NORAD switched to Bing Maps to track Santa

Every Christmas Eve, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) would help children around the world track Santa’s location. The tradition started back in 1955 when an advertisement by a department store which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus printed NORAD phone number by mistake. Since then, NORAD has been tracking Santa using telephone hotline, radio and television. NORAD started using Google Maps to track Santa in 2007.

This year, NORAD will be using Bing Maps instead of Google Maps to track Santa. The NORAD Tracks Santa page list Microsoft, Bing Maps and Windows Azure as the corporate sponsors. Besides using Bing Maps on the website, kids can also track Santa using NORAD Tracks Santa mobile apps that is available on Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

NORAD Tracks Santa is also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

While this is a good chance for Microsoft to showcase their technology, it is sad to see the Santa tracker becoming commercialized. And to make things worse, Google is also doing a Santa tracker on Christmas eve. So what if Bing Maps and Google Maps show Santa at different location at the same time? How will parents explain to their kids?

So which map will you be using to track Santa this Christmas Eve? Bing or Google?