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Archive for January 2008

A good interview on the Asus Eee philosophy

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January 31, 2008 at 6:31 pm

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The rumored Macbook Air bigger brother…

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Here’s a nice post I found through Gizmodo. The Macbook Air bigger brother, after much feedback and refined engineering.

Macbook Air Ports GI

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January 28, 2008 at 10:25 am

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Earth defying…

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Been always a fan of slam dunks… and recently just did some search over YouTube and found these… Crazy man!!! Check out the foul line dunk from the one in red!!!

Here’s another less crazier one…

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January 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm

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Audio books rock!!! Thanks Audible.com

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I have been onto audible books for more than 2 months now, officially that is. I have long been a podcast fanatics on certain topic, Mac, Windows, Security stuff, Gadgets… but thanks to the constant bombardment from Leo Laporte and its podcast, I have signed on to Audible account and has been rewarded greatly with the great selections and good titles they have.

Currently I am on Blue Ocean Strategy, on value innovation stuff… A good read.

Travelling to work or anywhere has never been the same… It allows me to get soaked in expanding my perspective while on the go and that is something that I find very very good for any modern citizen of the world… where there is sometimes, just too many things to get done and not prioritising reading is a no no in my opinion.

Four Hour Work Week coming up in my queue, next few audible books to get hold of.

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January 24, 2008 at 4:30 am

Making something great… A good read

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A well written article from a site /source that I love to read and check out on a weekly basis, Jackson Fish Market.

Here’s their latest quote from the founder, Hillel:

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By no stretch of the imagination do I claim credit for having made something that lots of folks consider great (other than my kids). But we’re not talking about kids and as my wife will point out, I had only a modest role in that anyway. I’d like to talk about creating things that people use/consume. Products basically. Working in our little software startup we spend all our time either a) trying to make great stuff, or b) trying to help other folks make great stuff. Great doesn’t necessarily equate to popular, or commercially successful, but with the right patience and economic model I believe great always eventually finds an audience to support it.

Software and food are the realms from which I’ve gathered my observations. I’ve spent a lot of time using and making bad software. I’ve also spent a lot of time eating and cooking bad food. And once-in-awhile I’ve experienced great software and eaten great food. And once in a blue moon, I’ve even been minorly associated with those events. In my mind I’ve observed a clear pattern of how the great things come into being.

So, with full disclosure that we here at Jackson Fish are shoulder-to-shoulder with everyone else on this quest, I will share our perspective on how to get to great.

The “secret” is not really so secret as actually something that’s in plain sight but hard for everyone to grasp… it’s having an opinion. As they say… opinions are like assholes… but despite their lack of scarcity, they are the core to making something great.

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January 24, 2008 at 12:55 am

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Bringing life back to desktop email clients…

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For a while now, our entire company of staff has moved all their emails into the cloud… The good thing was that we are using Google Hosted Email account which is a free service for small size company to have your company email hosted by Google!!! With that you get 6 over gig of mail box space and Google’s world class hosting services, speed and reliability.

Check out Google Hosted here.

Back to my post, so Outlook is pretty much dead in our company thanks to Google but I am probably still the only faithful one still using Outlook on a day to day basis, more because it gives me things like reminder and categories flag for different emails and task which is something that I find pretty useful. Gmail do have flag but nothing more detail. Thanks to IMAP support in Gmail, I find myself using both Outlook and Gmail rather seamlessly… but now, the tilt may change again, thanks to a company called Xobni!

Extracted from their site:

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Xobni Insight is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook that offers effortless email management and provides instant access to the most important information in your email.

After a quick install, you’ll see the new Xobni toolbar appear in Outlook – and suddenly your Outlook productivity will burst to life with blazing fast email search, automatic phone number discovery, threaded conversations, and more.

Watch our demo video, or read below to see how Xobni Insight improves your email experience. Or better yet, sign up to try the beta right now:

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It is so cool to see such innovation in desktop email clients again… I have signed up for the beta and hope the integration with Outlook is pretty solid cos I certainly don’t want my client to be crashing all the time. Microsoft, if you are on a buying spree this year for some good company / technology to bring life back to your Office suit, this could be one to look out for…

Can’t wait…

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January 24, 2008 at 12:45 am

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10 things to look out for in the AIR…

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Macworld is here and boy… this year was kinda disappointing for me as a it was probably the least exciting of the many in recent years.

The iTunes rental is a fantastic extension of what the infrastructure provides… the Apple TV take 2 is a good upgrade… The apps for iPod Touch and iPhone is good to have but why in the heck are they charging $20 bucks for existing iPod Touch user!!! Oh I forgot, this is Apple. (just another big monopolistic business empire, like Microsoft or others… They will say, IT’S BUSINESS! And I agreed.) And finally, about the AIR… man, that really is not very innovative or ‘Wow’ like what they did in past years… I will explain on that in a second.

The fact probably is that it’s getting harder and harder as you are getting more and more to the peak of your industry… Expectation were mounting very high for this year Macworld but, in that regards, in proportion to the market expectation, Apple did not amaze many out there. But Apple is still Apple and they will continue to do well.

Here’s an article I wrote on a possible devices from Apple which, will really kick the heck out of all devices. I really hope Apple will have something like that for this or next year… cos that will really raise the bar even further… but who knows.

Here’s an interesting article about the 10 things to look out for in the new Macbook AIR… Most are valid, and they really sucks. Some may be too early to tell. To quote from the article, “Apple’s new super-thin MacBook Air has made too many compromises for the sake of being skinny.”

For example:

1. 80GB iPod hard drive being used as a system drive. It’s 4200 RPM slow and after years of encouraging people to amass a horde of digital media, how can Apple really expect people to fit their iTunes library, digital videos and so on onto 80GB? With notebook hard drive capacities topping 500GB in a single 2.5″ drive, surely Apple’s customers would have preferred a slightly thicker form factor with a beefier drive?

2. Non-expandable memory: 2GB of RAM soldered onto the motherboard… sure, that’s a lot of RAM today, but if I were buying a notebook worth between $2500 and $4300, I’d sure as hell want the ability to add some extra RAM in later to cater for future Mac OS X upgrades, virtualisation and memory hungry apps like the Adobe suite. (To be fair, other subnotebooks also have soldered RAM, and sometimes have only 1GB, but still… looking at this from the perspective of someone looking for a thinner, lighter MacBook Pro, this is a significant limitation.)

3. 64GB flash-memory as an option in place of the hard drive is nice, but for $1400 more, it seems unlikely many people will take it up. (Update: reader Jeff Singleton points out that the SSD drive is more than “just a flash drive” — SSD disks offer greatly enhanced reliability and much faster throughput than mechanical media can, which is a fair point.)

4. One USB port: not only is the MacBook Air expansion-limited on the inside, it can’t connect to many things at once on the outside, unless, of course, you carry a USB hub with you, which kinda defeats the purpose of having an ultraportable notebook to begin with. And since it’s a recessed design (a flap on the side of the notebook has to pop open for you to access the port), quite a few USB accessories aren’t going to be able to plug in there without the use of a USB extension cord.

and more… read the rest here

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January 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm

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