The following articles were authored by dk

Lightsaber Escape

Star Wars fans, check out this awesome game made for Google Chrome called Lightsaber Escape. The game requires your computer and a mobile phone. Simply go to the website on your computer and key in the URL on screen to your mobile phone’s web browser.

Basically, you are a Jedi trying to escape a bunch of First Order Stormtroopers. Your smartphone is your lightsaber. You control it by swinging your phone and use it to deflect blaster fire.

It’s simple yet fun. Enjoy!

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Discover your Spotify Star Wars match

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiering in Singapore today, some of you might wonder if your musical taste matches with the Star Wars character.

Well, Spotify is here to answer that question. Simply go to spotify-starwars.com, login your Spotify account and find which Star Wars character matches your musical taste.

Once you have your match, you can share your Star Wars character on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

I got First Order Stormtrooper. What’s yours?

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Use the Force to block Star Wars spoilers

OK, we are just one day away from the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awaken.

As usual, the biggest problem with such highly anticipated show is that there will definitely be a few douchebags out there who watched the show earlier than everyone and post spoilers online. Luckily for us, there is a Chrome Extension to block all those spoilers. Simply install Force Block on your Chrome browser and a warning will pop up if it detects Star Wars related spoilers.

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Force Block uses pattern detection to find spoiler and a whitelist for false alarm. One of their engineers even go through all the spoilers manually so that we don’t have to see it ourselves.

May the Force be with that engineer.

PS: I’m excited about Star Wars: The Force Awaken cause I just collected the tickets that I pre-booked few weeks ago. I’ll be watching it tomorrow at 6:40pm Singapore time. Woot! I promise the only spoiler that I’ll post is this.

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OK, I know that’s lame.

LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

We thought we won’t be getting the Ghostbusters Headquarters. We were wrong. The LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) is official and will be available from January 2016. This is not a LEGO Ideas set. The LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters HQ was rejected even though it reached 10k support.

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You can recreate iconic Ghostbusters scenes with the 2-story Firehouse Headquarters, featuring laboratory, living quarters, containment unit etc. Slide the Ghostbusters minifigs down the fire pole into action. Turn the librarian old lady into a scary ghost with the double-sided face and extra wig. Suspend ghosts around the building’s exterior with attachable transparent arms.

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The Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters is huge. The entire HQ measures 36cm high, 25cm wide and 38cm deep. It has to be so big because it is designed to fit the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (21108) inside. Yes, you heard me right. The Firehouse Headquarters doors can open to fit the Ecto-1.

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Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost. It also comes with Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost.

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Accessory elements include an alarm bell, fire extinguisher, computer, phone, toolbox, tools, jars of slimes, magnifying glass, camera, camera rolls, arcade game, toaster with slime, fridge with frozen pizza, milk and cheese, and much more

The LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) contains 4634 pieces and will be available from January 2016 at US$$349.99.

Funan DigitaLife Mall to be closed for 3 years for redevelopment

Funan DigitaLife Mall will be closed for 3 years from the third quarter of 2016 for a major redevelopment.

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Located in North Bridge Road, the mall specialised in electronics and IT-related goods. CapitaLand Mall Trust had hinted in the past that Funan might be sold or redeveloped. More details on the redevelopment will be announced at a later date. But from the length of the redevelopment, it seems like the building will be torn down and completely rebuild. According to the press release, Funan will be redeveloped into an experiential creative hub within the city that engages communities to incubate new ideas and passions, and enables shoppers to enjoy retail in a technology-enabled environment.

Although we all expect Funan to be redeveloped in the near future, it still saddens me when I heard about the news. I have so much memories of the place. The mall gone through several renaming in the past but most people still call it by its original name, Funan Centre, when it was open in 1985. It was renamed Funan The IT Mall in 1997 and Funan DigitaLife Mall in 2005.

Not many people know about this but I used to work part time there in 1997 as a salesperson at the Compaq Store while waiting for my Polytechnic admission. I still visit the mall at least once a month during my Poly days to check out the latest in tech. After my army, I started joining the Singapore Palm User Group and we hang out at Funan almost every Saturday. We would spend the afternoon chatting at McDonalds, exchanging tips and tricks on Palm OS. We started hanging out lesser and lesser with the decline of Palm OS. But I still visit the mall frequently even till now. In fact, I was there just 2 weeks ago.

It is sad to see Funan go. But I guess this is inevitable. With the growth of online shopping, it is tough for small IT retail shops to survive. Bigger IT retail shops like Challenger have moved to the heartland malls or gone online. So it is just a matter of time before a IT mall like Funan go the way of a CD shop.

Goodbye Funan. You will be missed.