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Archive for May 2008

Do we need another plugin for outlook?

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Is there a resurgence of Outlook or our dependency on offline email client are getting stronger? More and more people’s email are moving into the cloud… plugin for Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo will be wiser in my opinion.

Now, if only there are APIs to tap into… Is there?

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May 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Watch out Apple, here comes Android.

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Best thing… it’s open source licensing!!! Anybody can twist, shape and turn it into anything… full stack provided!!! Wow!!! Imagine Google knowing every single part of your life… from your habits online (provided you logged into Google stuff while surfing online…) to the next thing, your whereabouts, what you search or surf on your phone… Man, more advertising dollars coming in and mobile is the next bigger platform.

Android and the Apple iPhone makes the rest of the mobile phone UI looks soooo dated. Where are you Microsoft? A classic example of how dominance slows the out of box thinking…

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May 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm

First we have Piclens… now Tag Galaxy… what’s next

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Thanks to the team at Piclens, we now have an extremely productive way to browse through pages and pages of photos… quickly and slideshow it right within the application.

Now we have another one on the block, by the name of Tag Galaxy! It is based on Papervision3D technology

Check it out for a fun way to browse through your flickr photos!!!

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May 29, 2008 at 9:52 am

Posted in Fun Stuff

The rising is of Drupal…

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May 28, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Posted in Great Stuff

A good laugh, kinda… Five Google-Whacking Ideas for Microsoft

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Another piece of good article from Joe Wilcox… this time round, on ideas for Microsoft to whack Google.

Have a good laugh on some of the ideas. 🙂

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May 26, 2008 at 7:00 am

Posted in Just For Laugh

Love it or hate it… Vista UAC

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A very good read on Vista UAC… from PCWorld

Some reports Vista as a flop which to me personally is not, as I have been using it at my home pc and work laptop and find it not to be anyway as bad as the press gives it.

There are truth is what was written like the UAC prompt, compatibility (which has mostly been fixed by now after service pack 1…) but here is one article that may turn the favour back to Vista, especially home user.

About the malware, virus thingy on Windows… no questions about that. XP and other OSes from Microsoft before it was not built with strong security in mind and the widespread of that negative press and real threats are real.

I have to say though that over the years as a Windows user, much of the problem lies in the user behaviour. That is the first line of defence and not antivirus software… and many of the friends whom I have serviced their Windows over the years, are just ignorant to the point of even keeping their antivirus up to date… much talk about user behaviour.

(updated: 26th May, 5 pm…)

We have Mac machine in our office as well and guess what, the designers / users are not keeping the Mac OSX updated as well… and sometimes over a period of more than 3 over months! And just in the last 6 months since Leopard is out, there’s been tonnes of fixes on almost every part of the system, from Quicktime, to Safari, to iTunes all the way down the core system level of Leopard. Some of the fixes / bugs are critical in nature and could allow for malicious attack on the system. IT administrator has to step in and patch it up and keep it updated.

The point being, it’s not the platform as they all have bugs… it’s the user. And many ‘normal’ user, regardless of Mac or Windows are just ignorant of that.

(updated: 26th May, 5 pm…)

It is a big task for the general user but as hopefully as they become more and more aware of the basic measures in their behaviour, many of the threats could be reduced to minimal.

So in conclusion, for home user, and you know who you are… Turn on Vista UAC and run as a Standard User account.

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May 26, 2008 at 6:36 am

Posted in News Only, Opinions

I could not agree more on the myth of the invulnerable OS

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Take your time to read through this article by Ed Bott from ZDNet.

It’s an interesting read which I totally agreed. And just to add to the argument… there’s many bittorrent application out there for both Mac and Windows and the truth is that the sheer size of the worldwide Windows market will give you a very huge numbers in terms of users downloading stuff from bitttorrent and… many of the keygen seems to have spyware / trojan like behaviour and often triggers alarm from different anti spyware / virus vendors.

Some keygens are real and some are malware masquerading as one… People will ignore the warning and install anyway… No wonder it’s likely the numbers are high.

Another possible marketing ploy…  

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May 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Opinions

Isn’t this similar…

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OLPC 2.0… Isn’t this similar to the idea I wrote about last year here? All I care is, please make it happen! And please put some thoughts into the interface and user experience.

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May 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Posted in News Only, Tech Ideas

Congrats Ars Technica!!!

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According to CNet News, my favorite independent tech news and analysis site Ars Technica has been acquired for $25 million bucks!!! Not bad of a deal at all… Here’s the article on Conde Nast buying Ars Technica.

Who is next? Anandtech?

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May 17, 2008 at 7:00 am

Posted in News Only

Floral arrangements in Singapore…

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Gift business in Singapore or anywhere else for that matter is a blossoming industry. And one of the most common type of gift you find is floral arrangements, also known as flower shop.

We have big players like Far East Flora and during Valentine period, their orders can easily go up to thousands and due to their strong logistic support, they are able to cope with the demand.

On the other hand, an alternatives to floral arrangements or flower shop in Singapore is fresh cut fruits arrangement and that is what my wife and friends started 5 months ago, 7Degree C.

It has been an exciting journey so far as they strive to constantly push the edge of creative design, practical arrangements and satisfying customers. The business is picking up and with phase 2 of the marketing plan ready to roll out, it would be great to see the feedbacks and responds as the perceptions of fruits as a gift for the people here in Singapore are still ‘not-so-receptive’.

There’s many challenges to overcome, like making sure the fruits are supplied to us fresh daily from the different suppliers, the varying cost of the fruits, ensuring the handling of the fruits throughout all the stages are handled properly and the extra work of coating the fruits with our gourmet chocolate…

It is really a lot of hard work involved.

Like all business, it comes with hard work and I hope to see my wife business flourish and transforming the gift sharing, floral arrangements, flower shop idea into edible fruits arrangements for all special occasions.

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May 16, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Posted in Food Stuff

From fantasy… to reality

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Months ago I wrote an article on a tech enthusiast dream… a device, having capacitive touch keyboard like the iPhone screen but instead, have it on the keyboard for those occasional typing (assuming it was made to a small portable device…) It seems that it might be coming to reality sooner than I realized…

Check out the Samsung’s 12.1-inch OLED laptop concept

Here’s the details from Engadget.

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The Keyboard should be be an OLED screen with capacitive touch and can be switched to display just about anything… text input, writing recognition, drawing board, application interface area… and more.

It is coming… tech reality begin its life as a fantasy / dream in someone’s head.

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May 16, 2008 at 9:04 am

Posted in Great Stuff, Tech Ideas

Competition to Survey Monkey… and it has lime in it! LimeSurvey

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Survey Monkey has a competition!!! Well, at least there is a viable solution now and even though it is not hosted, it is definitely easy to set up and you literally owns the data and the application. And I am talking about, LimeSurvey!

Open Source survey application LimeSurvey currently offers:

  • Unlimited number of surveys at the same time
  • Unlimited number of questions in a survey (only limited by your database)
  • Unlimited number of participants to a survey
  • Multi-Lingual Surveys
  • User-Management
  • 20 different question types with more to come
  • WYSIWYG HTML Editor
  • Quotas Management
  • Integration of pictures and movies into a survey
  • Creation of a printable survey version
  • Ability to set conditions for questions depending on earlier answers (branching the survey)
  • Re-usable editable answer sets
  • Ready-made importable questions
  • Assessment surveys
  • Anonymous and Not-Anonymous survey
  • Open and closed group of participant surveys
  • Optional public registration for surveys
  • Sending of invitations, reminders and tokens by email
  • Option for participants to buffer answers to continue survey at a later time
  • Cookie or session based surveys
  • Template editor for creating your own page layout
  • Extended and user-friendly administration interface
  • Back-office data entry possibility
  • Survey expiry dates for automation
  • Enhanced import and export functions to text, CSV and MS Excel format
  • Basic statistical and graphical analysis with export facility

and more…

Have not tried it out myself but was made known to me today… and from the mere fact that is what you get out of LimeSurvey… I am already impressed.

Try it out and let me know if it is usable on the admin site. 🙂 I will get our programmer to look into it and test it out ourselves.

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May 16, 2008 at 8:36 am

Posted in Great Stuff, News Only