Friday, October 14, 2011

Moon rings

Why are people suddenly making a fuss over moon rings? I've been seeing them every year my whole life.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

It Works

You know what's a good test for a smartphone? When I've had it for a few months now and still don't feel the need to root, use custom firmware, or even change the homescreen. Congrats Sony-Ericsson.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blue Reef fish & chips

I am a fish & chips fan, I must admit. Therefore, I take every opportunity I can to discover places that serve the best.

Moving to Straits Quay was a good move for Blue Reef, I think. Not that being closer to the sea makes the food any better, but this is currently prime location for upmarket alfresco dining in Penang.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

There is no hope

After my earlier post where DiGi told me to sod off when complaining about the constant spam, I turned to the MCMC (Communications Commision) to escalate my complaints. After laboriously filling out a somewhat lengthy complaint form, the system failed on submission.

There is truly no hope left in this country.




The Technology of Trust

The recent announcement by the Elections Commision to use biometric systems at the polls was instantly met with criticism and scepticism. The EC claims that the biometric system is a "fool-proof" system, while opposing parties went on to question the competence of the EC in deploying, maintaining and securing such a system.

For me, the technical merits of this, or in fact, any system is rather irrelevant. One may argue that there are several known methods of circumventing a fingerprint reader. Or that the records of voters are unreliable, etc. If we continue along this path, we soon find that 'biometric system' is just a pair of words with no absolute definition. Without a detailed set of definitions, open to peer review, it could mean just about anything the EC wants it to mean.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blogger has failed

You may have noticed, I've just ditched for Wordpress. Why?

  • Blogger App on Android Market: This app is not available for all your devices

  • Wordpress on Android Market: This app is compatible for all your devices

I mean, what the hell Google? First of all, Blogger was one of the LAST platforms to release an Android app, and now it's not even available in my country?

I contacted Google Support about this, and their reply was 'take it up with the developer'. I'm too tired to even argue.


James Foo restaurant review

Had cravings for some western nosh yesterday, so decided to pop by James Foo's restaurant since I was in the neighbourhood.

A highly popular place, it seems. But on this weekday evening, there were still quite a few tables available. Sat down, waited for 10 minutes, and left. Not a single one of their numerous staff were bothered to attend to me, despite not having too much to do at the time.

James Foo, you FAIL. End of review.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Android going through the roof

550,000 new Android activations per DAY??? That's some crazy stats from Google. All hail our new Android overlords!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Malaysia: A haven for spammers

Spam. Unsolicited advertising. Nuisance.

While most civilized nations around the world have clear legislation defining and controlling spam, Malaysia remains a haven for immoral spammers. As there is no anti-spam legislation here, spam is actually a lucrative business in Malaysia. The perpetrators range from countless 'marketing' outfits to multi-million-dollar telcos and ISPs who perpetuate this affliction upon the Malaysian citizenry. To be clear, spam is mentioned in law. But only that it is the purview of the telcos and ISPs to define what is spam. Hence, the shepherd has left it to the wolves among the sheep to decide what to have for dinner. 

Having been subject to spam on a daily basis for the past several years, I called up DiGi yesterday demanding that they stop. The person who handled my call simply insisted that there is nothing I can do about it, and to live with it. All the telcos do it, so switching won't do any good. And with that, there ends the extent of any legal recourse in resolving this situation.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dear Nokia: So long and thanks for all the fish

Nokia has finally announced and previewed its long-awaited Meego phone, the Nokia N9. However, instead of jumping with joy on this occasion, I can only say "What the hell?!?!?".

The release of the N9 came AFTER Nokia announced that it has discontinued support of Meego. So basically, the N9 is a discontinued product before it even hits the shelves! It's almost as if Nokia released the N9 to spite all the disappointed Meego fans and developers after already dashing their dreams by pulling out of the Meego project. And the best/worst part is, it turns out that the N9 is everything everyone had hoped for in a Meego phone!

Imagine going to a Nokia store and hearing the salesperson say, "Here's the N9, our latest and greatest phone! Its got everything you could ask for, has a fantastic revolutionary interface, and is the only one of its kind! Its just that Nokia doesn't actually support it, we fired the whole department before the phone even hit the shelves. So you're pretty much on your own if you buy this phone".

At the last Meego Conference in Dublin, I recall seeing Nokia putting on a very strong presence. Handing out handsets and even hiring developers directly off the pool of attendees to work on this noble project. Apparently, those poor blokes have since been laid-off after less than a year in.

And now, Nokia says they might put out some more Symbian phones; another OS that they've ditched. In fact, the one phone they HAVEN'T announced is the Win7 phone... which is supposed to be their main product line!

I'm no expert, but making contradicting statements and actions at the highest level on a weekly basis can't be good business. The only sense I can make out of this is that the CEO has secured a comfy appointment with a company in exchange of crashing Nokia stock value before a buyout by said (and nameless) company.

Meanwhile, we can only hope that some other manufacturer will pick up Meego where Nokia left off.