Archive for March 2013

Navy@Vivo

I had the opportunity to go onboard the RSS Intrepid recently during the Navy@Vivo event. This is not my first time touring a Formidable class multi-role stealth frigate. I was on the RSS Steadfast 3 years ago during the Navy Open House.

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The RSS Intrepid was recently deployed for counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. During the tour, we get to find out how life is like onboard the ship during the 3 months mission. One interesting feature onboard the ship is a small room with 5 treadmill. From what I understand, that area is usually for storage of torpedo. But since there is no need to use torpedo against pirates, the area is converted into a mini gym with packed with as much equipment as possible. The crew told me that it is the most popular place to go when they are off duty.

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Earth Hour in Singapore 2013

Singapore marked Earth Hour last Saturday together with the rest of the world. At 8:30pm, major buildings and skyscrapers switched off all non-essential lights to make a statement that they are concern about the future of planet Earth.

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I love the Singapore City skyline. And I feel that it looks better with all the lights switched off. It’s different from other nights.

I always say that Earth Hour is just to drive awareness. Turning off the lights for 1 hour doesn’t do anything. It’s what we do after Earth Hour that matters.

Asia Pacific heats up

Earth Hour is happening this Saturday at 8:30pm. As the world rallies to raise awareness about the future of our planet, CA Technologies would like to draw everyone attention to global warming in the context of Asia Pacific and how we can work towards reducing the impact of global warming.

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Asia Pacific will produce 45% of the global CO2 emission by 2030. That’s scary. We need to do something about that.

Happy Birthday Twitter! #Twitter7

Today is Twitter’s 7th Birthday. Happy Birthday Twitter!

Jack Dorsey posted the first ever tweet on 21 March 2006, 1:50pm PDT. (22 March, 4:50am Singapore time) It was just a simple tweet saying that he is setting up his twttr. Nope, this wasn’t a typo. Twitter was initially called twttr.

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Twitter has come a long way. Today, there are more than 200 million active users posting over 400 million Tweets each day. Amazing. Can’t wait to see what you’ll tweet next.

On a unrelated note, Twitter was recently granted a patent for “device independent message distribution platform”.

A system (and method) for device-independent point to multipoint communication is disclosed. The system is configured to receive a message addressed to one or more destination users, the message type being, for example, Short Message Service (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM), E-mail, web form input, or Application Program Interface (API) function call. The system also is configured to determine information about the destination users, the information comprising preferred devices and interfaces for receiving messages, the information further comprising message receiving preferences. The system applies rules to the message based on destination user information to determine the message endpoints, the message endpoints being, for example, Short Message Service (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM), E-mail, web page output, or Application Program Interface (API) function call. The system translates the message based on the destination user information and message endpoints and transmits the message to each endpoint of the message.

In 140 characters, it means Twitter has patented itself.

But don’t worry. Twitter most likely won’t use the patent to sue other companies. Last year, Twitter announced its Innovator’s Patent Agreement (IPA) where it promises that patents will only be used for defensive purposes.

Free PC game for all Sim City owners

As an apology for the difficulties at the launch of Sim City, EA is giving a free PC game for all Sim City owners who registered before 25 March 2013, 11:59 PM PDT.

Sim City owners will see the Featured Today pop-up window with a link to the free game redemption portal on startup and when they finish playing SimCity. Clicking on the link will take you to a new page where you can select your free game title.

The free PC games available are:
– Battlefield 3 (Standard Edition)
– Bejeweled 3
– Dead Space 3 (Standard Edition)
– Mass Effect 3 (Standard Edition)
– Medal of Honor Warfighter (Standard Edition)
– Need For Speed Most Wanted (Standard Edition)
– Plants vs. Zombies
– SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

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You must claim the free game by 30 March 2013 at 11:59PM PDT. For more information, visit EA website.

So, which game will you be selecting?