Monday, May 31, 2010

Changi Airport Millionaire Dance (Flash Mob)


More than 400 participants kicked off Changi Airport's 'Be a Changi shopping millionaire' promotion with a massive dance in the transit area. We had dancers from all over Singapore, most of whom were performing in public for the first time. Some were as young as 10 years, others as old as 75. We hope they had a great time, and left feeling like a million bucks!

'Machine Debug Manager' error when installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1 on Windows 7 machine

When installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1 on a Windows 7 machine, you may encounter a message prompt asking to close the 'Machine Debug Manager' process. This can be really irritating and end up the installation to run indefinitely.

To overcome this problem, try killing the mdm.exe process from the Task Manager. Hope this simple workaround works for you.

CAP fell from 4.50 to 4.14

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Parkway Holdings shares sky-rocketed; Fortis could launch counter-bid against Khazanah

Following last week's Khazanah offer to buy up to 51.5% of Parkway Holdings shares, Parkway Holdings shares [P27.SI] soared 22.85% to end at $3.71 from $3.02.

Today, India’s Fortis Healthcare snapped up additional shares in the hospital operator to increase its holdings from 25.37% from 25.34%, setting the stage for a possible battle with the Malaysian state investor Khazanah. A counter-bid by Fortis is likely to up Khazanah's $3.78 offer.

Indonesian 2-year old baby on 40 cigarettes a day

This is the Indonesian 2-year old baby who smokes 40 cigarettes a day. He is completely addicted!



Visit here to view more of the toddler's photo showing him smoking.

Getting started with Google Reader

Google Reader lets you subscribe to your favorite websites so new content comes to you when it's posted.

Reader keeps track of which things you've read so that you only see unread items when you come back. If there's a dark blue border around an item, Reader is marking that item as read.

Nevertheless ...

Nevertheless, 1 last final semester to go! Whoohooo!!!

CAP fell after a disappointing semester

After a disappointing semester taking 3 tough Computer Science modules, of which 2 were research-based, competing with research-oriented PhD students, my CAP score unsurprisingly fell to 4.14/5.0.

Lesson learnt is overloading myself with 3 modules for a part-time course is madness, especially when all are Computer Science modules. For the coming semester, I shall make sure I choose my major Information Systems related modules.

Yes, I will still be taking 3 modules next semester since that's what I have left anyway.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Investors demanding returns from Profitable Group for their Land Banking Investments

A commotion was formed last Monday at Profitable Group Singapore office in Shenton Way by a group of investors trying to get back their deserved returns. However, such behaviour was described as "thuggish" and "criminal". Mr John Nordmann, group operations director of the Singapore-based investment firm, even warned that he will not hesitate to call in the police should there be a repeat.

Mr Nordmann highlighted that the investment payouts for their land investments depended on certain events, such as planning permission being granted for the land, of which this is yet to happen. On a separate report by the United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph newspaper two months ago, the sites Profitable Group had bought in Britain was "a green belt" land, where housing development has been banned. Since the land is marked as "a green belt", the likelihood of future development is remote.

More relevant links:

Profitable Group slams irate investors
http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC100529-0000082/Profitable-Group-slams-irate-investors

Shouting, then shoving
http://tnp.sg/news/story/0,4136,241645,00.html

Green gateway hotel plan turned down in Colchester
http://bit.ly/byrHVz

From Profitable Group website:
An application for planning permission submitted in early 2009 was refused resulting in an appeal being lodged [via]

RSA Animate - The Secret Powers of Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

Overcoming market fear using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)


To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. Rational fear versus Irrational fear.

Fortis weighs counter to Khazanah already premium bid for Parkway

India’s Fortis Healthcare is considering launching a counter-offer for Singapore-based hospital chain Parkway Holdings and is discussing financing options with Singapore state investment firm GIC.

Last Thursday, Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah offered $3.78 a share in cash for 313 million shares of Parkway, which would expand its stake to 51.5% from 23%, in a bid for control of Parkway, potentially pitting it against Fortis in a battle for Singapore’s largest private healthcare provider. The offer of $3.78 is 25% more than earlier closing price of $3.02 for Parkway, which is currently still halted from trading.

Shares of Parkway, listed on the Singapore stock exchange since 1975, have climbed 3.4% this year. The stock more than doubled in 2009. I am still and will still hold onto Parkway shares at least for now.

Parkway Race: Fortis, GIC look to counter Malaysian Co Khazanah [via]

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cherish the ones who loves you and constantly remind them you care

Cherish the ones who loves you and constantly remind them you care. In the endless pursuit of material things in life, we often forget the finer things in life. The ones who love you when times are tough will love you still when times are good. Life will forever be a kaleidoscope of distractions, but like a lighthouse in the storm they'll forever be your one guiding light.

Mindef admitted too late to report training incident in Thailand

Singapore Ministry of Defence (Mindef) admitted they should have issued a public statement immediately after two SAF personnels, training in Thailand, were accidentally shot by local Thai villagers.

In the first report published on Straits Times on May 25, a Thai farmer had fired his shotgun at 1SG Woo Teng Hai while out on a night exercise in Thailand, resulting in the latter's right eye blinded. A day later, the paper reported that in fact a second serviceman had also been shot - a full-time national serviceman, PTE J. Pritheery Raj. If not for a relative of PTE Raj calling the paper after reading the first report, this second case would not have surfaced. Both incidents happened on March 13.

Why did the Mindef not keep the public informed on the incidents? Were there more such similar cases gone unreported?

Reply from Mindef:

The Singapore Armed Forces' immediate priority following any incident is to attend to the needs of the affected servicemen and to keep their families informed.

Mindef could have done better by multitasking, attending the needs of the affected servicemen while keeping the public informed.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Google Sky Map on Android

With Google Sky Map for your Android phone you can discover and browse the night sky just by pointing your phone to space.


Google Sky Map
http://www.google.com/sky/skymap/

Oil spill could make BP vulnerable

A report from the New York Times mentioned that the current massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico could make British energy giant BP vulnerable to a takeover. Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil are almost certainly running the numbers.

Since the April's incident, investors have wiped as much as $46 billion off the company’s market value. At $141 billion on Thursday, BP’s market capitalization is half of Exxon’s and less than the $165 billion value of Shell, which has traditionally traded at a discount to BP. A separate report from the Channel News Asia pointed out that BP's response costs linked to the huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill have risen to about US$930 million. This figure is expected to increase further.

Cost of cleanup, investors offloading BP's shares and antitrust implications to come is certainly going to take a big hit on BP financial status.

Good luck to BP.

SQL Server: "Error '15023' User or role already exists in the current database" when you perform restore database from backup

When you are restoring a Microsoft SQL Server database (.bak) from backup, you may run into "Error '15023' User or role already exists in the current database" when you use the "User Mapping" SQL Management Studio functionality to allow necessary user permissions to the new database. This is puzzling enough since a database backup should bring us back to the original state. This is caused by Security Identification numbers (SID) that are mismatched or 'orphaned' in the sysusers table.

To resolve this problem, we need to make use of the SQL Server stored procedure sp_change_users_login.
--Run it with a single parameter 'Report' to get a listing of abandoned user names and corresponding SIDs
exec sp_change_users_login Report

--'Update_One' as 1st parameter will reconnect a single login
exec sp_change_users_login Update_One, 'MyLogin', 'MyLogin'

Muslim version of Facebook named 'Millatfacebook' launched

Pakistanis outraged with Facebook over 'blasphemous' caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed have created a spin-off networking site that they dream can connect the world's 1.6 billion Muslims. The new social networking site is a project spearheaded by a group of six young IT professionals from Lahore. These young lads must have seen this as a great opportunity to earn recognition and big bucks.


The new 'Facebook' really-lookalike muslim version is named 'Millatfacebook'. When I say really-lookalike, I am very serious about it.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

What is Singapore Government Metadata Standard (SGMS)?

As quoted from Info-communications Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore website, the Singapore Government Metadata Standard (SGMS) is
The SGMS serves to enhance the accuracy of search results obtained for searches on government-wide information and services on the Internet. Searches done through an SGMS-based search engine and user interface will provide for an integrated approach for the public to reach government e-services conveniently and effectively. The search engine known as the "Singapore Government Online Search" is available on http://www.gov.sg.

Find out the versions of .NET framework you have in your machine

The following .NET Framework setup verification tool is designed to automatically perform a set of steps to verify the installation state of one or more versions of the .NET Framework on a computer.

.NET Framework Setup Verification Tool User's Guide [via]

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

7 Personality Types of Developers Today

Developers have peculiar traits and habits of their own. The following article looks at 7 types of developers today and their defining characteristics.
  1. The Self-Help Constructor
  2. The Experienced Old Man
  3. The Hardcore Geek
  4. The Scholarly Know-It-All
  5. The Ninja
  6. The Clever Ambassador
  7. The Half-Cup Speedster

Who are you? I think I am a mixture of The Self-Help Constructor, The Hardcore Geek and The Ninja.

7 Personality Types of Developers Today [via]

Nitro PDF Reader Provides Advanced PDF Tools for Free

Nitro Reader offers features and functionality far beyond typical free PDF readers, and makes working with PDF easier than ever before. Some of the exciting free features include creating PDF files from plain documents, annotating and filling in existing PDFs, extracting images, and leaving notes. All these come free!

Nitro PDF Reader: The PDF reader, reimagined.

Nitro Reader
http://www.nitroreader.com/

Android 2.2 'Froyo' Coming to Droid, EVO 4G

So far, Android 2.2 is released only to the new Nexus One handsets. However, a spokesman from Motorola commented that the new OS will be available to Droid by Motorola as a software upgrade in the coming months. Likewise for HTC, all HTC phones, which includes Desire and Droid Incredible, launched this year will most likely at some point receive the Android 2.2 update.

Android 2.2 'Froyo' Coming to Droid, EVO 4G [via]

Android 2.2 Froyo Favourite Features

Some of the cool new Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) features are as follows:

  1. Portable Hotspot and USB Tethering
  2. Select Text on Web Pages, in Email
  3. Flash Advance
  4. Gmail Auto-Advance
  5. Twitter Integration
  6. Drop-out Menus
  7. Improved Application Manager
  8. Better Camera Controls
  9. JavaScript-Heavy Webapps Work Well

Android 2.2 Screenshots: Our Favorite Features in Froyo [via]

Introducing Adobe Reader for Android

After releasing Flash Player for Android, Adobe launches a PDF reader for Android. The applications is available in the Android Market and it can be installed only if your phone runs Android 2.1 or later and it has at least 256 MB of RAM and a 550 MHz processor.

Adobe Reader for Android offers multi-touch gestures, like pinch-and-zoom, as well as double-tap-zoom, flick-scrolling and panning. We've also added a "reflow" mode, which will take text-heavy documents with wide margins, and automatically wrap the content for easy viewing on smaller screens.

According to Adobe, supported devices include Motorola Droid, Motorola Milestone & Google Nexus One. However, the list is not limited to only those Android devices since the other devices are not yet tested.

Introducing Adobe Reader for Android [via]

Google Secure Search

It is now possible to search using Google securely over SSL. To do that, you will need to go to https://www.google.com/ (with the https).

PAC-MAN on Google rules forever!

In celebration of Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, Google on Friday converted its doodle to a playable version of the arcade classic. This feature is set to be a permanent one after overwhelming popularity.

To access the Google PAC-Man page, go to http://www.google.com/Pacman. To play in single player mode, click "Insert Coin" once. For two-player mode, click it twice instead.

PAC-MAN rules! [via]

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

IETester: Browser Compatibility Check for Internet Explorer Versions from 5.5 to 9

This particular post is especially useful for web developers facing the need to ensure websites look presentable across multiple browsers. IETester is a free WebBrowser that does just that. It allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE9 preview, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.

Wait no more and try IETester now!

Windows 7 Activation Error (0x8007232B)

If you get the error 0x8007232B when you try to activate Windows 7, do not panic and try the below commands using Command Prompt (remember to run in Administrator mode):

slmgr.vbs -ipk [your product key]
slmgr.vbs -ato

The Origin of the Ponzi Scam

A short article on the origin of the Ponzi Scam.

The Origin of the Ponzi Scam [via]

Create a Self-Signed Server Certificate in IIS 7

The following article by Microsoft Technet details the steps as to how to create a self-signed server certificate (SSL) in IIS 7. A self-signed certificate is an identity certificate that is signed by its own creator, which means, the person that created the certificate also signed off on its legitimacy.

Create a Self-Signed Server Certificate in IIS 7 [via]

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Play Pac-Man using Google Search now

To start playing Pac-Man on Google Search, go to Google Search and then click on "Insert Coin" button twice. I tried and it works.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

More Than Just an Oil Spill

The New York Times
May 21, 2010

The warm, soft winds coming in off the gulf have lost their power to soothe. Anxiety is king now — all along the coast.

“You can’t sleep no more; that’s how bad it is,” said John Blanchard, an oyster fisherman whose life has been upended by the monstrous oil spill fouling an enormous swath of the Gulf of Mexico. He shook his head. “My wife and I have got two kids, 2 and 7. We could lose everything we’ve been working all of our lives for.”

I was standing on a gently rocking oyster boat with Mr. Blanchard and several other veteran fishermen who still seemed stunned by the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Instead of harvesting oysters, they were out on the water distributing oil retention booms and doing whatever else they could to bolster the coastline’s meager defenses against the oil making its way ominously and relentlessly, like an invading army, toward the area’s delicate and heartbreakingly vulnerable wetlands.

A fisherman named Donny Campo tried to hide his anger with wisecracks, but it didn’t work. “They put us out of work, and now we’re cleaning up their mess,” he said. “Yeah, I’m mad. Some of us have been at this for generations. I’m 46 years old and my son — he’s graduating from high school this week — he was already fishing oysters. There’s a whole way of life at risk here.”

The risks unleashed by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig are profound — the latest to be set in motion by the scandalous, rapacious greed of the oil industry and its powerful allies and enablers in government. America is selling its soul for oil.

The vast, sprawling coastal marshes of Louisiana, where the Mississippi River drains into the gulf, are among the finest natural resources to be found anywhere in the world. And they are a positively crucial resource for America. Think shrimp estuaries and bird rookeries and oyster fishing grounds.

These wetlands are one of the nation’s most abundant sources of seafood. And they are indispensable when it comes to the nation’s bird population. Most of the migratory ducks and geese in the United States spend time in the Louisiana wetlands as they travel to and from Latin America.

Think songbirds. Paul Harrison, a specialist on the Mississippi River and its environs at the Environmental Defense Fund, told me that the wetlands are relied on by all 110 neo-tropical migratory songbird species. The migrating season for these beautiful, delicate creatures is right now — as many as 25 million can pass through the area each day.

Already the oil from the nightmare brought to us by BP is making its way into these wetlands, into this natural paradise that belongs not just to the people of Louisiana but to all Americans. Oil is showing up along dozens of miles of the Louisiana coast, including the beaches of Grand Isle, which were ordered closed to the public.

The response of the Obama administration and the general public to this latest outrage at the hands of a giant, politically connected corporation has been embarrassingly tepid. We take our whippings in stride in this country. We behave as though there is nothing we can do about it.

The fact that 11 human beings were killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion (their bodies never found) has become, at best, an afterthought. BP counts its profits in the billions, and, therefore, it’s important. The 11 men working on the rig were no more important in the current American scheme of things than the oystermen losing their livelihoods along the gulf, or the wildlife doomed to die in an environment fouled by BP’s oil, or the waters that will be left unfit for ordinary families to swim and boat in.

This is the bitter reality of the American present, a period in which big business has cemented an unholy alliance with big government against the interests of ordinary Americans, who, of course, are the great majority of Americans. The great majority of Americans no longer matter.

No one knows how much of BP’s runaway oil will contaminate the gulf coast’s marshes and lakes and bayous and canals, destroying wildlife and fauna — and ruining the hopes and dreams of countless human families. What is known is that whatever oil gets in will be next to impossible to get out. It gets into the soil and the water and the plant life and can’t be scraped off the way you might be able to scrape the oil off of a beach.

It permeates and undermines the ecosystem in much the same way that big corporations have permeated and undermined our political system, with similarly devastating results.

Google celebrates PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday with an innovative animated Doodle

Google celebrates PAC-MAN's 30th birthday with an innovative animated doodle (Google Search Logo). Seeing an animated doodle is rare.


The above shows all the icons used to make the animation possible.

Celebrating PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday [via]

Sold off 1,000 out of X number of my ST Engineering shares

Amidst the current market frenzy due to market speculation of a likely Great Depression 2, overall market sentiment is on the downside risk. The European Union's (EU) effort to cough out $1 trillion to save Greece's huge debt created questionable doubts as to how such huge amount can be raised. $1 trillion rescue aid may be able to buy time and this economic measure must be constantly reviewed. Will there be more European countries like Greece? Is deflation coming?

Needless to say, all these negative news resulted in global financial markets to plunge free fall. I managed to sell off 1,000 out of my X number of ST Engineering shares yesterday to lock in some decent profit.

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hongjun.

Introducing Google TV

Yet another Google's.

Android 2.2 Froyo Demonstration

Friday, May 21, 2010

Android 2.2 Official Video

Google Font Directory

If you ever need a special font for your site, try one from the Google Font Directory. Google hosts 18 fonts that are available under an open source license, including the Droid fonts.
Google is simply great!

Google Font Directory [via]

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Microsoft reworked Hotmail to challenge Google Gmail



It now seems that Google has a lot to work on to catch up with Microsoft Hotmail.

The New Hotmail Challenges Gmail [via]

Worldwide Mobile Market Share

According to Gartner, worldwide mobile market share is as follows.
  1. Symbian (44.3% down from 48.8%)
  2. BlackBerry (19.4% down slightly from 20.6%)
  3. iPhone (15.4% up from 10.5%)
  4. Android (9.6% up from just 1.6%)
  5. Windows Mobile (6.8% down from 10.2%)

Twitter for iPhone

Finally, Twitter has released a mobile application for iPhone. Download Twitter for iPhone on the iTunes App Store today.

Twitter for iPhone [via]

Bangkok in shambles

Do navigate to the below link to view photos of current Bangkok.

Bangkok in shambles [via]

CentralWorld on verge of collapse

The Century Park hotel located around Din Daeng area was set on fire on Wednesday 3pm by the Red Shirts after their protesters' leaders surrendered. The fire was not put under control even until 9pm.

27 other buildings were also set on fire.

Google Wave Available for Everyone

As of now, Google Wave will be made available to all. Simply visit wave.google.com and sign right in.

Here's a brief video to illustrate how groups can work together in Wave:


Google Wave Available for Everyone [via]

我香港與臺北的行程

12 May (香港)
  • 荃灣的中原商場以及鄰里的街坊

12 May (臺北)
  • 士林夜市

13 May (新竹市)
  • 六福村主題樂園

13 May (臺北)
  • 五分埔
  • 蘭州公園 (臨時安排的) - 好多青蛙与螢火蟲

14 May (臺北)
  • 南門市場
  • 中正紀念堂
  • 西門町
  • 西盛的新树教会 (公车坐错了方向把我們帶到了終點站的西盛)
  • 國立國父紀念館 (只看到大門因為當時已經11點晚上了)

15 May (基市)
  • 基隆市
  • 廟口

15 May (瑞芳鎮)
  • 九份

15 May (臺北)
  • 淡水的情人橋與 漁人碼頭
  • 士林夜市 (包括附近的街)

16 May (臺北)
  • 機場

16 May (香港)
  • 機場

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Great Wall of Thailand blocking Facebook access in Thailand

It is noted that Facebook access is blocked in Thailand. Could that be due to the crackdown operation going on in Bangkok? That is Thailand's "Great Wall of Thailand".

Bangkok in Darkness


A night of curfew in Bangkok while the Thai government carried out their crackdown operation against 'Red Shirts' has seen streets of Bangkok in an unfamiliar darkness.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Back from a good rest

I am just back from a good reasonably long rest from 9 to 16 May 2010. 9 to 11 May was spent in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and 12 to 16 May was in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Luggage weight: 8.9kg → 19.1kg → 23.9kg

Monday, May 17, 2010

Google To Add Tethering, Wifi Hotspot To Android 2.2 Froyo

"Froyo", the next version of the Android 2.2 smartphone operating system expected to be released next week, will pack in more than just big compiling speed improvements, fragmentation fixes and full Flash support. It could also include built-in USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot sharing, allowing everyone around you to share your mobile data connection with your laptop, something no one in the market has yet to offer.

Well done to Google.

Google To Add Tethering, Wifi Hotspot To Android 2.2 Froyo [via]

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Google Goggles can now translate text

Google Goggles, launched last year, is one of the new wave of augmented-reality apps that combine a smartphone camera with a layer of data, giving you more information about what you're seeing. Snap a photo and then feed it to Google Googles to get to it recognized and return search results on it, or get it translated.


Translate the real world with Google Goggles [via]

Dolphin Browser HD - A must-have app for Android

Dolphin Browser HD is a brand new version of Dolphin Browser, the most popular browser on Android market. This browser is only applicable on Android 2.0+ platform.

Some of its features are:
  • Versatile Add-ons
  • Multi-touch Pinch Zoom
  • Thumbnails Flick Menu
  • Tabbed Browsing
  • YouTube Downloader
  • Gesture URL Commander
  • Bookmarks Sorting

How to embed videos using HTML 5.0?

Webmonkey has an article on embedding videos using HTML 5.0.

Embed Videos In Your Web Pages Using HTML5 [via]

Google officially launched new Google Search

With the latest changes to Google Search, it now looks so much similar to Microsoft Bing.

Android Now Outselling iPhone



Image by LifeHacker

In the first quarter of 2010, Android handsets accounted for 28% of smartphone sales, beating out iPhone OS and its 21% share.

Android Now Outselling iPhone [via]

28 articles pending for me to finish

1 week of exam, 1 week of non-stop working and few days of holiday so far, means 28 articles starred pending for me to finish.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Dow Jones plunged almost 1,000 points or 10% on intraday

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) plunged almost 1,000 points or 10% on intraday on Thursday before making a quick recovery shortly after to end at 10,520.32 points, or lower of 347.80 points (3.20%).

What could have really happened in the short 20 minutes 2:40 and 3:00 p.m, sparking off major sell-off on almost all counters? About US$700 billion of U.S. stock-market value was erased in less than 10 minutes, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Reports coming out is saying it was due to a stock market trading error. Citigroup is investigating a rumour that one of its traders entered a trade that helped precipitate a drop of almost 1,000 points.

This is pretty scary.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Google Chrome Speed Tests

Google Chrome is faster than a speeding potato! Watch this awesome video and see how fast it loads.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Apple CEO Steve Jobs post on why a 'NO' to Adobe Flash

Reading through the letter by Apple's Steve Jobs on his refusal to include Adobe Flash on iPhone, iPad and iPod really makes me feel the closed Apple's architecture a "hypocrite".

Apple claimed that Flash is closed and proprietary and thus has several technical drawbacks. I thought Apple is equally closed? Developers are not allowed to use third party toolkits; users have to go through iTunes to purchase or download applications; Apple's Quicktime is closed and proprietary; and many more.

I applaud Google's openness and their support for Adobe Flash. Credit has to be given to Microsoft new Windows Phone too for their soon-to-come support for Flash. We should embrace openness to instill creativity and innovation.

Thoughts on Flash [via]

Google Chrome released fastest beta to date for Windows, Mac and Linux

Today’s new beta Google Chrome release incorporates one of its most significant speed and performance increases to date.

Their speed tests were filmed at actual web page rendering times, watching web pages load at 2700 frames per second.

Making the Google Chrome Speed Tests

Indeed a creative method to measure loading speed.

Pedal to the Chrome metal: Our fastest beta to date for Windows, Mac and Linux [via]

Beautiful Google Ads promoting Translate for Google Chrome

Docs.com allow you to create and share Microsoft Office docs via Facebook

Now you can discover, create, and share Microsoft Office documents with your Facebook friends. Built using Microsoft Office 2010 – Docs for Facebook lets you work from just about anywhere with the familiar Office experience.

I thought this looks pretty cool except my worry on privacy issues (if any).

Microsoft, Facebook launch Docs.com [via]

See What Facebook Publicly Publishes About You

With Facebook's new Open Graph API causing a privacy issue debate, many people are questioning what Facebook is publishing to the public. With the new API, one can do a simple data mining to mine private information.

Developer Ka-Ping Yee has created a simple tool that shows you what everyone else can see.


To check your profile for public information released to the open, all you need to do is type in your Facebook ID using the tool. Your ID is either in the form of string or some running numbers. Alternatively, you can search for your name or email address. Click on any of the metadata connection links to view any information you could have leaked unintentionally. To hide such information, go to Privacy Settings page on Facebook and set a tighter privacy setting.

What does Facebook publish about you and your friends? [via]

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Pdfcrowd: Converts websites and HTML into PDF documents online

Online PDF converter, Pdfcrowd, converts any websites or an uploaded HTML file into PDF document format easily with a variety of options. The options include the ability to set margins, encrypt files using username and password pair, or disable copying and printing.
Pdfcrowd
http://pdfcrowd.com/

Google Task on Android

Google Task has now a mobile page on Android. This is a fully functional "Task" page. Add https://mail.google.com/tasks/android to your favourites now.

SMRT disposes remaining stake in Transit Link

SMRT announced that it has completed the disposal of its remaining interest in Transit Link.
SMRT announced that it has completed the disposal of its 50% shareholding interest in the issued and paid-up share capital of Transit Link Pte Ltd ("Transit Link") to the Land Transport Authority ("LTA") for a cash consideration based on 50% of the audited net asset value of Transit Link as at 31 March 2010.

Transit Link is a Transit Acquirer for the public transport fare collection system. As the LTA has been assigned to take on the role of Transit Acquirer by the Minister for Transport, it has been mutually agreed that the sale of Transit Link to the LTA would serve the interests of all parties involved.

SMRT disposes remaining stake in Transit Link [via]

Google bought BumpTop, 3D Desktop

Google bought BumpTop, an interesting software that replaces your computer's desktop with an intuitive 3D environment where you can quickly organize your files. With this acquisition, Google is expected to add onto this 3D Desktop capability to its Android or Chrome OS. This looks like it could be a great way to make the very valuable screen real estate more manageable.

Google's Android and Chrome OS can only go better!

BumpTop 3D Desktop Prototype (MUST SEE)

Semiconductor Demand Will Skyrocket

This piece of news all the more support my inclination towards investing in semiconductor industry.

Semiconductor Demand Will Skyrocket [via]

Sunday, May 02, 2010

CPF contribution to be raised by 1% point this year

The employer's contribution to the CPF, a national pension fund, will go up by one per cent to 15.5 percent. This will bring the overall contribution rate to 35.5 per cent. The restoration will be done in two steps. 0.5 per cent from September, paid into the Medisave Account and another 0.5 per cent from March next year, paid into the Special Account. There is no top ups to the Ordinary Account as it's deemed enough to meet housing needs.

Changes to CPF Contribution Rates [via]

Like this Universal Studios Singapore photo

Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew named top 100 most influential thinker by Time Magazine

Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew was named top 100 most influential thinker by Time Magazine.

View the complete list here.

Red shirts raid on Chulalongkorn Hospital is a bit too much

I personally feel the Thais' red shirts raid on Chulalongkorn Hospital is a bit too much. They suspected soldiers using the hospital as their base. The raid had resulted in several inconveniences to patients and may cause unimaginable life threatening consequences on patients in need of surgery.

An article titled "Let's just hope the reds don't ever fall sick" talks on how a Thai editor feels about the raid.

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