OK, Earth Hour is over. (at least here in Singapore)
Here is something that I can never understand. Why do building management bother to get someone to switch on the building lights at 9:30pm? Why not just leave them turned off for the entire night? Does it matter if you leave the lights switched off beyond Earth Hour? Why stop at Earth Hour? Why not switch off the lights once a month or even once a week even if it is not Earth Hour?
I hate to say this but Earth Hour is just for show. Switching off the lights for just one hour a year doesn’t help much. The amount of carbon emission from all the marketing activities behind Earth Hour most likely overwrite the amount saved from switching off non-essential lights for one hour.
Let’s face it. Earth Hour is not about saving the planet. Earth Hour is just an awareness campaign. If they want to save the planets, they will most likely do much more by getting people to turn off their aircon and stop driving for that one hour.
It is great that the Earth Hour organizers managed to get almost all major companies around the world to take part. But it is time to move beyond that hour. We have enough awareness. Everyone knows the need to take action to stop climate change. But are we doing anything about it?

The Logitech Tablet Keyboard is a well thought out design. It is a full size Bluetooth keyboard for iPad with a carrying case which doubles as a tablet stand.
The keyboard is very comfortable to type with. In fact, this blog entry is typed using the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad. (I use my computer to insert the photos because it’s kinda difficult to insert photo to WordPress on the iPad app)

The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad weighs just 612g. Not too bad for a full size keyboard. It runs on 2 AAA battery.

On the keyboard itself are several function keys that would be useful to a iPad user. There’s the media key for controlling music. Slideshow button for you to quickly enter slideshow mode. (Which I don’t understand what’s the point) Volume and mute button to control speaker. Lock button to turn off your iPad’s screen when you are not using it. And a Home button for you to exit your current app and go to the main screen. And if you double tap the home button on the keyboard, it brings up the multi-tasking bar too.

I love the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad because its a full size keyboard. The carrying case can be converted to a tablet stand to prop your tablet up to a comfortable angle. Very functional and convenient. And since it is using Bluetooth, it will most likely be compatible with future iPads (and iPhones). The Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad retails at S$95.

If you are looking for a Keyboard for your iPad (or even iPhone), I would highly recommend the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad. It is one of the best Tablet Keyboard that I’ve seen so far.

By the way, there is an Android version with shortcuts programmed specially for Android Tablets and Smartphones. Check it out if you are on the Android side.

At first look, the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 seems like a great idea. The Keyboard doubles as a iPad 2 case and protects the screen when not in use. Looks pretty stylish.

But after trying out for sometime, it seems like this isn’t really a good idea. The keyboard isn’t a full size keyboard. The keys are kinda cramp together. Sort of reminded me of those netbooks days. It will take some time to get used to the keyboard.

And while using the keyboard, I also find that my hands keep getting scratched by the edge of the keyboard which is protruding out. Perhaps its the way I type.

But the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 isn’t all flaws and no benefits. It’s a sleek looking keyboard which works well with the iPad 2. There are several shortcuts button meant for the iPad. When not in use, the keyboard acts as a case for the iPad 2 and protects the screen from scratches. When you lift the iPad 2 from the keyboard, the magnet on the case turns on your iPad 2 just like a smart cover. It uses a microUSB port to charge the internal battery and weighs 340 grams.

If you are considering buying the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2, I recommend that you try out the demo units first. Make sure you are comfortable with the size of the keyboard and your hands don’t get scratched by the edges of the keyboard. The Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2 retails at S$139.

PS: Although it is called “Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2”, I’m pretty sure it fits the new iPad too since the new iPad is just 0.6mm thicker.

We have seen lots of portable USB battery pack thanks to the short battery life of smartphones. But none of them are as cool looking as the Nokia DC-16 Universal Portable USB Charger.
I guess Nokia is trying to tell you that you need a battery pack that matches the colour of your Nokia Lumia 800.

Looks aside, the Nokia DC-16 has 2200 mAh battery capacity. Lumia 800 has a 1450 mAh battery, which means you can roughly charge 1 1/2 times with the Nokia DC-16. But the Nokia DC-16 is not just for Nokia phones. You can use it to charge any devices that uses USB cable for charging. That means you iPhone, Android Phone, Bluetooth headset, Walkman etc etc can all use the Nokia DC-16 without any problem.

I like the fact that the Nokia DC-16 recharges using a MicroUSB port. Most of the battery packs out there in the market use their own proprietary charger and its quite troublesome to bring an extra charger just for the battery pack when you are traveling.
No pricing and availability date yet.

For those who aren’t following the case, Sun Xu (孙旭) is a NUS student from China on Ministry of Education scholarship. He posted a derogatory remark about Singaporeans on his Ren Ren site in February which caused a public outcry.

NUS Board of Discipline has taken action against Sun Xu. He is fined S$3,000 and has to fulfil three months of community service before he is allowed to graduate. He must take an additional semester and will now graduate in February next year instead of June this year. On top of that, his undergraduate scholarship benefits for the final semester have also been terminated and he has to pay back S$8,200 for his current semester’s scholarship benefits which had been disbursed.
I think the punishment is fair and justified. I know some Singaporeans feel that he was being let off too lightly. But think about it. He posted 1 derogatory remark and got a $3,000 fine, final semester scholarship benefits terminated and 3 months of community service. As much as I also wish to see him have his entire scholarship terminated and forced to repay the entire scholarship money, I think we need to draw a line somewhere and not let emotions cloud our judgement. A punishment must fits the “crime” and I think this is a fair punishment.
For those who still think this punishment is too light, may I ask where do we stop? How about we tie his hands with a rope and make him wear a big signboard over his neck that have descriptions about his crime. Then we parade him along Orchard Road and allow those who are still unhappy to throw rotten fruits and feces at him.
Come on. We are not that kind of society. And Sun Xu should count himself lucky that he is in Singapore. I’m pretty sure some part of the world still does that to people who make derogatory remarks about their people.
Having said all these, I think now is a good time for us to re-look at our foreign scholarship scheme. Why are we giving out so much scholarship to foreigners? Wouldn’t those money be better spend on local students? And how many local students are deprived of a tertiary education because of all these foreigners in our university?
It’s time to put Singaporeans first.