Monday, 31 December 2007

Happy new Year!

It's 2008!

Well, sort of... when i blog this, it's 11:48pm 31 Jan 07.

In SG, it's 12:48am 1 Jan 08.

but anyway, happy new year!

Take care of the Earth!

Friday, 28 December 2007

Why I post like crazy.

Why am I publishing posts after posts like crazy?

Well, perhaps I'm schizophrenic. [ooo.... big word..]

But I choose to do them as and when I like!

Ok, fine, it's to inflate the number of posts I get in December 07 as compared to December 06.

And Yes, I need to inflate [ah, the irony] viewership or this blog is not worth my effort!

ok, i know there's, like, at least 1 reader out there...

Are you reading this? If you are, then probably it's a post-apocalyptic world. [hey, the ice age was an apocalypse] [ooo... another big word!]

Ok, enough bantering. Just tag my tagboard when you're here. Comment on my banner! Heck, mock me!

Addiction...

I am addicted to Apple's Wireless Mighty Mice.

I am addicted to BBC.

I am addicted to Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Creams.

I am addicted to Marvel-related stuff.

I am addicted to iPods.

I am addicted to Razr2s.

I am addicted to low hygiene standards.

I am addicted to not touching holiday homeworks.

I have major addiction problems.

Addiction| They are harmful...

new banner!

hope you like it!

What's with October?

I seem to post 2x as much in October of each year. Look at the Archives!

[pimping parts of my blog... how cheap of me...]

08| New Year's Resolution AND Predictions

I realised that having 3 different posts talking about the future is very tedious when reviewing.
Hence, this year, I decided to combine all those crap and put them all in one single post. It's like an entire A Cappella group singing in the same G major! how delightful!

Let's start things off easy for me. the easy thing to do is...

My predictions
  • Apple will release iPhone in Singapore on M1.

  • Sony's PS3 will get a refresh.

  • Refer to Apple predictions for Macworld. [12 points there.]

  • In Heroes Season 3, Sylar will kill Nathan Petrelli [or try to.]

  • there will be 10 new Mac Games from the major publishers in 2008 [EA, Ubisoft, Valve, id]

  • Somebody will become my enemy. It's not betrayal. Did i get you? Good! you're paying attention! now comes the New Year's Resolution!

  • I may need to remove the tagboard once. On each blog that I have.



  • My New Year's Resolution
  • I shall get 5 A1s for my O Level

  • I shall do badly for CA1, especially for Chemistry.

  • I shall make more enemies than I have now in school.

  • I shall NOT make new friends in 2008.

  • I shall join minimum 2 study groups gatherings in 2008

  • I shall try to apply to go somewhere outside Singapore for my post-OLVL studies

  • I shall go to 4 different countries in 2008, even though it's my OLVL year

  • I shall CONTINUE to blog during my OLVL study period!

  • I shall watch 2 NC-16 movies next year. [hey, Heroes Season 1 DVD was NC-16, and besides, my 16th birthday is next year.] [HA! to the Dec-bies!]

  • I shall ace English Oral.

  • I shall survive choir performances. [morning assembly, Musical, etc.]

  • I will make sure the other PA guys respect Melvin.

  • if that plan backfires, I will make sure somebody else takes over.

  • I guess BenSee isgetting pissed with me. That's gonna need a fix.

  • For the first time in 10 years, I will go back to Indonesa to celebrate Chinese New Year with the family.

  • I will eat a total of 3 pints of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream throughtout 2008.

  • I shall get my blog on the "Blog of Note" list!

  • and my photo [1 of] will be marked as an "Explore" Picture

  • I'm no longer buying anymore iPods. Nor iPhones.

  • I may buy a gaming console. think PSP...

  • I may get a Blu-Ray player to call my own...

  • I shall make around 300 posts in 08

  • I will change the blog skin 3 times.

  • I will not get the things I put on the wishlist

  • I will leave Singapore for the UK or US or AU by 2009.

  • About the last resolution...
    It's not confirmed yet, but I may leave Singapore for a different pre-university system. I may take the SATs in the states, I may take the As in the UK, I may do something else different in Australia, maybe IB, but It's quite unlikely that I will continue to study in Singapore. Ya, I guess I did say I want VJC, but my parents seem kind of unhappy with me being in Singapore with my guardians, or me alone in an apartment. either way, they prefer me in the States or UK. or AU. Oh well...

    Erm, no, it's not goodbye yet. don't "sayonara" me yet. like I said, it's not confirmed.-

    small stuff!

    My A380 [S$6.90 from Toys 'R' Us @ VivoCity.]
    next to an iPod Touch. [16GB, S$628 from EpiCentre during SiTex 07]


    Branding everywhere?
    Motorola Razr2 V8, [Rp 3,900,000 from Dusit Mangga Dua]
    iPod Touch [again]

    Thursday, 27 December 2007

    reply to bun-zai/ [via choir blog. in case he edits my post, at least it's safe on da ron files.]

    //to all...

    ////just to clarify,

    `I like Bohemian Rhapsody...

    `I love Queen/ [the  original singer of the song...]

    And I didn't know nobody here listens to Top100 iTunes songs except me, apparently...

    like, hello? Kanye West? that guy ripped off Daft Punk...

    Geez, Ben...

    k. geek-talk over.

    while my bro's gone...

    I get to play with his tech toys!!!

    Firstly, i need a game console...

    He gave me 2 options: his PS3, or his Wii.

    Wii it was, then. [he didn't have any Blu-ray discs...]

    then, I saw some other peripherals.

    Apple Mighty Mouse, or Apple wireless keyboard?

    Mighty, duh?!

    Yes, I'm weird.

    p.s.: I have an A380. Anyone wanna see it? I'll post a pic if anyone requests it...

    Wednesday, 26 December 2007


    For Academic Studies...
    -Wish to get top in 2 subjects [Physics, Math.]
    -Wish to get top 10 this year. last year was a bad year for me. [yay!]
    -Wish to know more about psychology [erm, yay? you learn something new everyday...]
    -Wish to pass HCL tests and get a B3/A2 for 普通华文 'O'水准考试 2007. [barely., O lvl pending...]

    For Physical Fitness...
    -Wish to be able to pass 2.4
    -Wish to be able to do 1 pull-up / chin-up by April / May
    -Wish to Pass NaPFA

    For CCAs...
    -Wish to fix the conflicts in choir... mainly Paul-BenSee, ShawnChui-EThan
    -Wish for Choir as a whole to get a Gold
    -Wish for PA to be more disciplined and "popular" amongst the teachers.
    -Wish for Silver again for this year's Math Olympiad competition
    -Wish to participate in a Photography Competition
    -Wish to get my photo displayed somewhere in school... (maybe Ms Seah's homeroom>?) [choir concert poster!]
    -Wish to "vandalise" Miss Gan's Music Rm., but please Miss Chua in d process and give Ernest and I an A for d Art Vandalism project. (Miss Chua gave the instruction... We, Ernest and I, do the orders... Miss Gan gave the green light...)
    -Wish to do Psychotheraphy on someone from any CCA.
    -Wish to teach Psychology by linking to a psychology 101 page such as this one (the link i provided is where I get all my psychology information from for now...).


    Looks like half, i guess...

    LOL, expiry dates...

    "Ernest (20 December)
    Happy B'day, Ernest! As a b'day present, I'll stop calling u names... including "ernie"!!!"

    That's one year ago...

    Well, Ernest, your birthday this year has past...

    ERNIE!!!

    Review| Predicitions for 2007


    1. Sony will look really cool in 2007. [oh contra re...]
    2. Blu-ray + HD-DVD multi-burners and readers will appear. [yes. LG!]
    3. New MacBook Pro with Blu-ray.
    4. Bit Torrent will be a way of LEGAL distribution. [sort of.]
    5. the rumoured Apple iPhone will be called iChat Mobile. [no. still iPhone.]
    6. OS X Leopard, a 13.3" MacBook Pro (metallic), a Mac Mini with independent GPU, a Widescreen iPod, iChat Mobile, iTV and an iSight will ALL be released on MacWorld.
    7. When i mentioned iSight, i mean an Apple Digital Camera with a memory card and stuff. (Apple no longer sells iSight cameras, so reuse the name!)
    8. The iPod lineup will be all flash-based by the holiday season.
    9. Microsoft will sue Apple. Apple will sue Adobe. Adobe will sue Microsoft. Why? beats me, but it IS a prediction!
    10. Wireless-N devices will start appearing, but adoption rate will be slow.
    11. SED TVs will really appear in 2007, during the holiday season.
    12. Google will work with Linux. on what? I don't know. [Android.]
    13. Google will reopen "Google Ask" service, but in a different form, name, and function.
    14. XBOX 360 - New model with HD-DVD, larger HDD, HDMI.
    15. PS3 - New Unit by 2008. Slimmer design, more cores / less heat (it's one or d other), more RAM, dual HDMI (as in earlier rumours), more HDD space, lighter weight. and SMALLER box.
    16. CD and DVD sales will rise. iTunes sales will rise. everything else will fall.
    17. AMD will overtake Intel with a new processor.
    18. PSP2?
    19. Nobody remembers the Origami PC by Microsoft.
    20. Windows Vista will only be something people upgrade to because their current systems are slow.
    21. Terabyte Hard disk drives by July.
    22. Steve Jobs will announce his retirement date... and it will be after Bill Gates retire.
    23. Wi-Bri will fade. Wireless-USB will be a successor to the Bluetooth.
    24. Google will face competition... and trample them all!!!
    25. There will be 5 hosts on the BOL podcast next year.


    F5F5!!!

    2007 Resolution review.

    link: "New Year's Resolution Final Version"

    -i shall watch more youtube 
    [i did]
    -i shall upload videos to the internet somehow... be it vlogs or youtube. 
    [i did. Physics project, Art trip video, Esmond's video]
    -i shall survive sec 3 life. 
    [i barely did]
    -i shall install XP MCE 2005 on my Mac, despite Vista's existence. 
    [didn't]
    -i shall buy no more than 10 albums in 2007. 
    [2 furtado, 1 feist, 1 timbaland, 1 agapella, 1 kanye west, 1 mika, 1 Aly & AJ, 1 Natalie Imbruglia, 1 James Blunt, 1 KT Tunstall. that's 11. whoops!]
    -i shall watch more tv thanks to my tv tuner.
    [SEA Games counts, right? no? oh darn.]
    -i shall get someone a birthday present for once.
    [erm... Ernest?]
    -i shall make more video calls and less smses instead.
    [never happened.]
    -i shall get cable tv from starhub. no more free-to-air channels for me. btw, i love BBC.
    [never happened.]
    -i shall watch BBC.
    [watching]
    -i shall try to ensure a silver for SYF.
    [YAY!]
    -i shall get a red iPod Nano. PRODUCT ( RED )
    [half of it. iPod nano? yes. RED? no.]
    -i shall visit Apple Centre 10 times in 2007.
    [yup.]
    -i shall go out during the weekends for leisure 20 times (or more), without my guardians for once.
    [not 20, but enough for this to pass by my definition]
    -i shall get a B3 minimum for 'O' Level Chinese Language Exam.
    [pending.]
    -i shall be an amateur counsellor.
    [FAIL]
    -i shall change my email address.
    [FAIL]
    -i shall move away from friendster permanently.
    [yup. on FaceBook. sort of.]
    -i shall spend S$300 on iPod accesories in 2007. (in 2006, i spent $250 on the Altec Lansing speakers, Silicone case, battery packs, radio remote and charger)
    [nope.]
    -i shall keep my 5G iPod in great condition.
    [ya right.]
    -i shall keep my MacBook Pro in great condition.
    [yup]
    -i shall not buy any new iPods released in 2007. (i can still buy a Nano 2G)
    [FAIL. i bought 2.]
    -i shall buy music from iTunes.
    [hey, i did! OK Go's free treadmill thingy track!]
    -i shall join a photography competition.
    [did. failed. but i joined!]
    -i shall remain a geek.
    [lame resolution.]
    -i shall be mocked at. (this is easy)
    [again, lame resolution.]
    -i shall switch to Starhub mobile soon. (Singtel service is good, but not enough)
    [erm, 2008?]
    -i shall come up with my idea of solutions to political situations that arise on my blog. nobody will care or listen.
    [sort of.]
    -i shall blog more. blogging appears to have a positive impact on my vocabulary.
    [sort of.]
    -i shall blog in chinese more often.
    [sort of.]
    -i shall blog in bahasa melayu / bahasa indonesia more often.
    [once.]
    -i shall star a vlog.
    [FAIL]
    -i shall drink more choya.
    [i just did. Christmas party 2 days ago. 1 shot glass!]
    -i shall drink sparkling drinks in 2007.
    [Big Gulps galore!]
    -i shall NOT top any subjects anymore. that's plain childish competition.
    [oops.]
    -i shall not make a crude joke like the resolution i mentioned just before this one.
    [lol...]
    -i shall pass NAPFA. my hands are somewhat wider right now.
    [erm... i don't get the second part of that resolution.]
    -i shall not be sarcastic at all.
    -ok, i shall try to avoid sarcasm.
    [was i sarcastic this year? I think i avoided it quite well this year. proud of you, Ron!]
    -i shall remain girlfriend-free for the next 2.8 years. (JC1: i shall learn more about female peers and JC2: I shall choose to like someone)
    [one year down, 1.8 to go.]
    -i shall forget 2006.
    [true...]
    -i shall suffer from amnesia.
    [huh? where am i?]

    Passed: 26.5/42

    YAY!!! I passed 2007!

    [k, that was retarded.]

    Tuesday, 25 December 2007

    my Christmas wishlist.

    I don't ask for much this year.

    I just want a Motorola Razr2.

    could be a V8. could be a V9.

    And I think I'm getting it soon...

    Monday, 24 December 2007

    i hate it when quek is right...


    see picture.

    red arrow = my house.

    yellow arrow = sea.

    scale is at bottom left corner.

    see for yourself.

    Sunday, 23 December 2007

    blogging from the airport

    For once, I don't need to takE out my laptop just to blog at the airport. And now, they have wireless@sg here.

    anyway, thanks for all the well-wishes. [not as if I'm going off the grid.]

    Saturday, 22 December 2007

    going back to indo tomorrow...

    well, choir concert's finally over...

    i'll be leaving for indo tomorrow afternoon...

    see ya in SG on Jan 1st! [or 2nd]

    ya, ill be gone only for one week... instead of the usual 1.5 mths...

    can't wait till after Olvl...

    Thursday, 20 December 2007

    can't get guitar hero? hanbell hero!

    Handbell Hero"

    it's guitar hero for the christmas season... when you can't get "Guitar Hero", yet christmas songs are supposedly "in"...

    blogging at macdonalds at toa payoh

    I'm out w/ bensee n raymond. Alone.

    K. Sounds cliche, but I'll explain.

    Bensee went to cut his hair. Raymond went to do something (I really forgot.)

    I was joking to raymond that if I were a Heroes character, I may be like peter petrelli. I absorb others' abilities. Like, nwadays, I am more amnemic, like raymond, but I am starting to improve my running and swimming, like ms gan and my dad in the respective sports.

    Oh, I met with lots of ppl today. There was ms chua xin yuan. She was walking around citylink mall when we met her. Bensee was like panting like crazy and pointing at her to attract her attention. LOL.

    Then, we went to esplanade. Turns out agapella was performing at esplanade concourse at 6.45pm today and tomorrow. When we watched the performance, we mat ms gan and cherie, the bride whom we performed for last year.

    Bought gifts for saints choir gift exchange. Must say, I'm glad luke suggested this exchange thing. A great chance for ppl to bury whatever hatchet they may have amongst each other.

    Btw, happy birthday ernest quek!!!

    Blogged on an iPod touch.

    Saturday, 15 December 2007

    how I blog on an iPod touch faster than on a PC or Mac

    iPod touch has essentially a keybord which you don't have to waste energy pushing down. Just touch and go. Really smooth. Really fast. As long as I don't use commas. On my mac, not only am I slowed down by a conventional mechanical keyboard, but I'm also distracted by idiots who cannot tell that my purpose of being online is to just update my blog, if not do some really important stuff involving communication (hey, I never said I was antisocial or really lifeless).

    I like the iPod touch a a typing device. That was why I insisted on typing an attendance list on my iPod touch than on a t9 keypad of a nokia phone. It's easy, by this is easier.

    Don't just get a mac. Get a $649 Internet-to-the-toilet device. And an iPod. And a smooth youtube browser. And a basic calculator. Did I mention a video iPod?

    Props to bensee.

    if bensee never existed, you won't get catchy one-liners like "ben see can't see".

    He's an awesome teacher in essential life skills. Such as debating, getting perfect pitch by becoming partially deaf (just like himself), and by utilizing reverse psycology to retrieve an object back, such as a mobile phone which he will hide and claim to not have.

    He's a jerk.

    Friday, 14 December 2007

    December... a slow month...

    by now, i think you should have realised, judging from how I seldom update my blog with posts. All the good stuff occurs before thanksgiving. then, the earth comes to a standstill. well, not really. it's just a time when people start buying and buying. Not fun for the lifeless people like me who do nothing but to talk about the stuff that happens.

    by the way, a warning to potential iPod touch / iPhone users. Typing on a normal 10" keyboard may feel a bit different after a while.... Man, does tactile plastic keys feel weird or what.

    Anyway, I haven't gotten any orders of choir concert tickets [well, from those who ordered via me, anyways.]. If anyone wants to go for our concert, please do not hesitate to sms me! then, I'll call you on how I'm gonna get the ticket to you! then, I'll probably have to o to your house or we can meet somewhere to make the payment. it's $12 per ticket.

    K, back to the tv for me. bye.

    Tuesday, 11 December 2007

    The touch| an awesome Internet device for the toilet

    blogging from my toilet while listening to nelly furtado and doing my business. Talk about multitasking.

    Anyways. It's raining at this time (6AM). Supposed to be running today (choir prac) but I wonder how...

    Concert tickets, anyone???

    P.s. I hit 21 WPM in the iPod touch typing test. Not bad for a non-tactile keyboard, eh?

    Monday, 10 December 2007

    Dock.

    I was wondering...

    Normally, I place my dock on the bottom...

    but recently, I moved it to the left...

    and I often turn on hiding...

    Anyway, I was wondering...

    Where do you place your dock?

    and do you set it to hide?

    magnify?

    It's a 'Mac user'-only poll...

    Sunday, 9 December 2007

    Predictions for MacWorld Expo 2008

    Macworld Conference and Expo begins 14 January 2008. The Steve Jobs Keynote will be on that day.

    So here are some of my predictions for what Steve Jobs / Apple may be announcing on keynote day...


    1. Mac Tablet Reader AKA MacBook mini [the tablet]
    It's out there. the rumours are everywhere. to quote Nike: Just Do It.
    These things will have multi-touch 10" screens,
    run on 32GB and 64GB SSD / 80GB to 160GB HDD [think iPod Classic].
    it'll NOT have a slot for DVDs / CDs.
    Est. Price: S$949

    2. Refreshed MacBooks + MacBook Pros
    Intel is releasing new processors in January. Apple normally follows suit with new laptops notebooks.
    Oh, Apple purhased new 13.3" LED-backlit screens. Think LED-backlit MBs. Bright!
    And also, Intel GMA X3100. upgraded Graphics!
    Same prices as present.

    3. iPhone w/ HSDPA: Preview ONLY
    This will come out at the end of next year, but Apple must get FCC approvals first. So why not announce it here and now first?
    HSDPA, 2nd camera, but maybe some features they can preview now...
    [think iPhone firmware 1.1.3 or 1.1.4: video recording, voice memo, voice commands]
    Est. Price when iPhone is out in SG much later next year: S$699

    4. iTunes 8
    Rip your DVDs @ US$3.99 per DVD.

    5. Mac Mini + Apple TV fusion
    both products were dying anyways, so why not fuse them? Mac nano! [SSD, no CD/DVD again]

    6. Partnership with Activision-Vivendi for new Mac Games
    they did it with EA. Now move along! Activision is merging with one of the most popular developer for the Mac, Vivendi. [they do WoW, the "only" game on a Mac]

    7. Return of the NBC
    Maybe on iTunes.

    8. Mac Pro update.
    New Intel Xeon Hi-K Metal Gate processors, new CTO for the Graphics [think ATi HD2600 PRO], new Hard Drive option [1TB x 4 = 4TB!], new CTO option for BD-R/BD-RW!

    9. BD-R
    Available as a CTO option on Mac Pro [ref. no. 8], on MacBook Pros, on iMacs. Screw Mac nanos and MacBooks.
    est. price difference for upgrade from SuperDrive to BD-R: S$500

    10. Apple TV: literally
    a 50" 30" iMac. Comes with wireless keyboard + mouse and Front Row remote. oh, built in TV tuner. and yes, it has Blu-Ray.
    Est. Price: S$6,600.00

    11. Cinema Displays
    still up to 30", new prices, no more 20", iSight intergrated.

    12. Revenge of the QuickTake
    A camera! duh. a video camera. iPhone-like design. or maybe a new iPod Touch with camera. [bummer.]




    You know what, that number 12 was retarded. I'm changing it to this number 12 below...



    12. One More Thing: Steve Jobs: CEO no more...
    Bill Gates' final CES keynote is in 2008, Steve has beated Bill already. now, rest, retire, let someone else take over!
    Steve has helmed Apple as CEO since 1998 [the iCEO thing doesn't count. Neither does the pre-1990s thing] 10 years is a long time. let someone else take over! Phill Schiller or Tim Cook could take over. EDIT: Rumours has it Jony Ive is the next in line.

    Freaky happenings...

    It's December!!!

    It's, like, the friggin final month of the year!!!

    Anyway, I've been encountering out-of-the-ordinary stuff recently...

    Let's start with yesterday.

    Yesterday, I was taking the MRT from Changi Airport to City Hall via Tanah Merah, after fetching my parents to the airport.

    When the train left Expo and was going towards Tanah Merah, the train accelerated, and then decelerated before coming to a complete halt, just around 20meters away from Expo. Then, not long after [around 10s], the train left as per normal. However, just as the train is in between Expo and Tanah Merah where there's the slopes and different tracks thingy, the train came to a halt again. for 3 whole minutes! Everyone on the train was like, "err... ok... wtf is going on?" Anyway, that's the first odd happening.

    Number 2: as I was saying, I went to City Hall, coz I wanted to go to HMV. It's @ CityLink Mall. CityLink Mall had some sort of a blackout. All their yellow/white incandescent [i think?] lights went off for a moment. However, during the "blackout", the lights in all the shops and the blueish fluorescent tube lights at the ceiling above the escalators were still on. Weird, huh?

    P.s.: Props to HMV for still stocking older 'pop' music albums like
    'Whoa, Nelly!' and 'FolkLore' by Nelly Furtado and
    "Speak For Yourself" by Imogen Heap.
    HMV was the only store that still stocked these titles. Other shops, like CDRama [cheap, but not very good inventory], Borders [messy catalogue], That CD Shop [weird stocking method] didn't have it. HMV rocks!!!


    Oh, btw, I forgot to say, on the day I bought my iPod Touch, I bought a Sennheiser CX300 in-ear headphones. Tested it on the train, on my guardians, in the toilet, and on my bed. it's comfortable, it's got awesome sound quality, nice bass, great-enough sound isolation [better than my PX200], but the cable is too short, too springy, and makes an irritating sound when the cable moves. Oh, the hissing sound from the headphones is irritating, too. Rating from me:

    iPod earphones: 5/10
    Sennheiser PX200: 7/10
    Sennheiser CX300: 8/10

    Thursday, 6 December 2007

    blogging on an iPod touch

    yes, I finally bought an iPod touch. Feels really good to type with, and fast and accurate too. Really loving it so far. Too bad it isn't an iPhone. Can't make phone calls with this thing, now can I?

    Anyway, we still have tickets for our choirs concert. Please support us by buying tickets and coming to our concert.

    P.s. My parents are in SG, and my mom just had a surgery. Hence I couldn't blog the past few days. Will make it up soon.

    Friday, 30 November 2007

    Choir Concert Tickets!

    Hey everyone!

    Erm, just wanna let you guys know, we still have tickets for the choir concert on December 22nd. Details are here, again.

    22 Dec 2007
    20 00h
    YMS Auditorium, 54 Waterloo Street [nearest MRT station: Bugis]
    $12.00


    yes, it's $12 per ticket, and it starts at 8pm. If you'll be around town at that time, do come and support us! It'll be a fun night. We'll have a guest performance by Crescent Girls' Secondary School Choir.

    Oh, do spread the news around, of the choir concert! Thanks!

    [if you want to reserve tickets, please contact me by email with your name, number of tickets requested.
    Please use "Choir Concert Ticket" as the Subject.

    ron_liong@hotmail.com]

    Tuesday, 27 November 2007

    Duncan, read this: 3 laws, and there's more...

    In response to Duncan, I found three laws & legislations regarding competitive telco market in Singapore. There's more, but I'm letting you guys figure them out yourself. I'm not a law school student.

    I understand there's loopholes in the laws below, and that there's a revision next year [it's every 3 years.]. But heck, I don't see any yet. Good luck, Apple.

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    Telecom Competition Code 2005
    4.2.1.3 Duty to Provide Unbundled Telecommunication Services


    A Dominant Licensee must provide telecommunication services on an unbundled basis. Specifically, the Dominant Licensee must not require a Customer that wants to purchase a specific telecommunication service, as a condition for purchasing that telecommunication service, to also purchase any other telecommunication service or non-telecommunication service or equipment. However, the Dominant Licensee may offer Customers the option of purchasing a package that contains multiple telecommunication and non-telecommunication services or equipment.

    Link: http://www.ida.gov.sg/doc/Policies%20and%20Regulation/Policies_and_Regulation_Level3/TCC/TCC_2005.pdf

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    IDA Telecom Competition Guideline
    3.2.3 Other Types of Conduct That May Constitute an Abuse of Dominant Position

    (c) Tying. Licensees may provide Customers with the option of purchasing separate telecommunication services and equipment in a single package. Such packages, which may be offered at a reasonable discount, often benefit Customers.

    However, Sub-section 4.2.1.3 of the Code provides that a Dominant Licensee must not require a Customer to purchase any other service of equipment as a condition for purchasing a specific telecommunication service. In addition, a Dominant Licensee may abuse its dominant position where it requires a Customer that purchases a telecommunication service that is not subject to effective competition to purchase other services or equipment, especially if those services or equipment are subject to a greater degree of competition. Such requirements, even if offered as an option, may foreclose competition in a significant portion of an otherwise competitive market. "


    Link: http://www.ida.gov.sg/doc/Policies%20and%20Regulation/Policies_and_Regulation_Level3/TCC/IDA_Telecom_Competition_Guidelines.pdf

    --------------------

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT (CHAPTER 323)
    7. UNBUNDLED NETWORK SERVICES

    7.1 Unbundled network services (‘‘UNS’’) are telecommunication network services that Facilities-based and Services-based Licensees need to have cost-based access to in order to provide a competing telecommunication service. IDA will find that telecommunication network services are UNS if the services:

    (a) are technically or operationally required to provide a competing service; and
    (b) cannot be self-provisioned, or obtained from a source other than the Dominant Licensee, at commercially reasonable rates.


    Link: http://www.ida.gov.sg/doc/Policies%20and%20Regulation/Policies_and_Regulation_Level3/TCC/RIO_Requirements.pdf

    --------------------

    IDA is the InfoComm Development Authority, the governing agency for Telcos, amongst other things, in Singapore. They have, in the far past, fined M1 for locking Nokia phones with their own SIM card, making the only opponent then, SingTel, unable to be used on the phone. Although the SIM slot in iPhone is accessible, it still has bundling.

    What I'm trying to say is that IDA has a "don't mess with me or get your ass whipped and lose in the market" kind of power. [look where M1 is now. Number 3. Last place.] So, when iPhone comes to Singapore, it's going to be an interesting show. Just wait & see.......

    Saturday, 24 November 2007

    can you say "del.icio.us"?

    my del.icio.us

    I'm gonna start posting links to my del.icio.us, specifically what I'm watching on YouTube, Google Video, and other sites. Just check it out!


    oh, I do recommend you guys try del.icio.us, too. intergrates very well with Safari, but I'm sure it will, too, with IE, Firefox, Opera, and Netscape.

    ill on Black Friday...

    it's a sign. it's a conspiracy!

    anyway, i was ill yesterday, which was Black Friday.

    no, im not being racist.

    Black Friday is typically the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving Day.

    It's typically the day when stores are crowded, and online stores are loaded with orders.

    It's basically the shopping event of the year.

    And there's a few good reasons for that, too.

    Firstly, people like to buy Christmas gifts on Black Friday. It's after Thanksgiving, It's before Christmas. perfect combo!

    Secondly, it's Friday. People are gone from work, and they unwind on Friday evening. one way is to shop.

    Thirdly, the biggest reason, is the Black Friday discounts. Check out the MacBooks on Apple's online store. they're going at US$101 off.

    yes, is said US$.

    that's because it's a US-only event.


    bummer.


    im still having a fever. hope things will come down by next week...


    P.s.: if I appear to be behaving oddly, forgetting names, or acting gibberish, well, it appears I am turning amnesic.No joke here.

    Wednesday, 21 November 2007

    Still in Camp... part deux.

    i learnt the word from a blog which someone labelled as "Bryant's blog". quite a few people. and when i went to find the meaning of the word, i found out it meant 'part 2'. that's how i grow smarter. lol. [k, i sound like some PSA spokesperson]

    anyways, it's bath time. waiting for someone else to guard the room so that I can leave for the toilet, assured nothing will go missing. [we're not alone. apparently, the SYFC peeps are camping here. didn't see ben lan, though.]

    really bored...

    really...


    oh, something interesting happened today.

    just now, before breakfast, mrs charles walked past our 'barrack' of C4-09 [Mrs Huang's homeroom.] the room was in a terrible mess, and so were our hairs, but she smiled at us as she walked past.

    then, when breakfast came, she walked past again, and she saw us eating in the homeroom. a bit awkward, but she said "this is the only time you get to eat in a classroom, eh?" in a pretty cheeky manner. who knew she had a sense of humour, and not a sarcastic one for that matter?

    btw, the school is in a mess. that's it. no more words from me.

    not saying why, or in what way. speculate!

    Still in Camp...

    yes, im still @ camp. nope, im not typing this during my animation orkshop [it doesn't start till 10am later in the day.]

    im bored...


    strangely, i had 6hrs of sleep, broken up in a 4h-2h config. watched some horror movie in between. tiring day ytd. today's amazing race, but fortunately[or unfortunately], i have animation workshop + the art prelim studies meeting thingy.

    o well.... the male toilet next to the library @ 4th floor is now a female toilet for the visitors of some function going on in the hall... it's for kindergarten principals.

    heh. what would I know?

    Tuesday, 20 November 2007

    PA Camp next 3 days, Art Olvl PW Prelim studies & Animation wkshop

    Next 3 days...

    Nov 20: PA Camp

    Nov 21: PA Camp, Animation workshop, Art O level PW Preliminaries study meeting

    Nov 22: PA Camp, Animation workshop

    So, sayonara, blog-o-sphere!

    Sunday, 18 November 2007

    Songza. Check out the playlist.

    I got to this site thanks to Tekzilla. It's a site that enables you to simply search for songs or videos, play them, add to a playlist, and embed the songs individually. I wanted to move to Songza, but since it didn't allow me to embed playlists, I guess I have to use screenshots. so here it is!

    Check out Songza!

    Note: this is a playlist. it's not a chart. just some tunes I'm currently jazzing to. The "currently playing" track is the featured track in my playlist. And yes, the playlist is in chronological order of play, not in any random order. It's how i want the songs to transition.

    Politics. Space. Al Gore. It's Matchbox Twenty.



    Matchbox Twenty - Let's See How Far We've Come

    It's got everything that I care about summarised in one video. Politics, Musicians, Live Earth, US Elections 08, Space Travel, guitar smashing. Yup. all checked.

    Saturday, 17 November 2007

    Nelly Furtado - Crazy



    Originally sung by Gnarls Barkley, Nelly Furtado really made the song deeper and much more 'emo' [in a good way] with this "live' acoustics cover of the song. A different side from Loose...

    enjoy!

    Friday, 16 November 2007

    500th post, and i'm glad to say my prediction was right!

    Singapore's MobileOne phone operator eyeing iPhone
    ...Singapore's MobileOne phone operator is also announcing it is in talks to bring the iPhone to Asia.

    From:http://www.9to5mac.com/iPhone-singapore-43623455




    ...In addition, M1 is in discussions with Apple Inc. to bring the iPhone to Asia....

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/Technology/Singapores-MobileOne-phone-operator-eyeing-acquisition-targetsApples-iPhone/2007/11/13/1194766670047.html


    What did I say earlier about M1?!

    Thursday, 15 November 2007

    Hong Kong!!!

    yes, I'm in Hong Kong now... couldn't get th einternet running on my Mac, since my bro's laptop is stuck to the LAN port... free internet in this hotel rm!

    I hate Acer keyboards... sheez...

    anyways, u'll try to snap some photos when possible. didn't bring my DSLR, but i brought my video camera, just for fun. My dad wanted me to go for some cosmetics exhibition here...

    by the way, i think we need a petition to overhaul the economy class seats. 17" width seats, seriously? i can't even bend up my legs, and that living hell cost me S$600? You gotta be kidding me. Even the Airport Express trains here are way better, and that cost HK$100. And the MTR / MRT here? HK$4! economy class sucks! let's push for 20" seats! that's not even a lot. my TV is way larger than that. [my tv = 24". My MacBook Pro = 15.4". These are diagonals, of course, but think about it. what about yourself? you deserve better in the skies, coz if something happens to you in mid-sky, nothing can be done! right?]

    anyway, enough of the economy class rant. i always dreamed of sitting in business class. yes, i never wiped my buttocks on those leather seats before. the closest experience was Valuair. but that was Valuair. still not 20". only 19".

    k. gotta sleep. sayonara!

    Wednesday, 14 November 2007

    new chart for the moment.

    i must say, as we get into the end of the year, it's getting much harder to choose songs which make to the chart.

    Anyway, here's the list. [also available under "Featured" as a music playlist]

    1. Kanye West - Stronger
    2. Matchbox Twenty - How Far We've Come
    3. Mika - Grace Kelly
    4. Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
    5. Kanye West - Homecoming
    6. Nelly Furtado - Explode
    7. Mika - Love Today
    8. Timbaland & Fall-Out Boys - One and Only
    9. Mika - Relax, Take It Easy
    10. Britney Spears - Gimme More
    11. Mika - Lollipop
    12. Kanye West - Good Morning (Introduction)


    _singing_out_____|

    short trip.

    I'm flying off to Hong Kong tomorrow evening. But, i'll be back on Saturday afternoon.

    Meanwhile, I won't be blogging again.

    Never mind, because this is your chance to catch up w/ what I've been blogging thus far [for those who haven't been reading.]

    and for those who have, I'm going to start a series of polls on the side. Just have fun fooling around with the polls!

    k. gtg set up the polls now. bye!

    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    random shots of people.

    from people i know, to some guy in RKS Adams or UG,
    from those who know me, to those who don't,
    from those whom i like to hang out with,
    to those i just can't be bothered with.

    these are people.










    randomness!

    damn moore's law...

    ren yuan, i think you'll hate moore's law too.

    Apparently, Intel's gonna release products which are lead-free, silicon-replaced, and faster. Hafnium is gonna replace silicon as the next big thing in processors. 45nm, Hi-K Metal Gate mobile processors by next year form Intel. Well, i'm only gonna get a new laptop between 2011 and 2013 [yes, im a confirmed mac user for a couple more years. no regrets. only regretted not moving to the Mac earlier.], so i can't wait to see where Intel's going in the next 4 years...

    k, i am back from gibberish mode.

    23 episodes. all conquered. in 3 days... [spoiler alert]

    yes, Heroes is awesome. and i finished watching it. Firstly, i must say, Niki / Jessica [the alter-ego girl] is really pretty [and hot. k, im underaged. it's official.]. besides that, I have spent the last 3 days finishing all 6 DVDs. never thought I would finish...

    I gave the tip on the "appropriate order" of watching the DVDs below. refer the previous in-determined post.

    I'm gonna watch the whole thing again! w00t! sorry, zexun, raymond, john, and chen lin, the dvds are mine.

    All 44-minute-long 23 episodes of Heroes, plus the 73-minute Pilot.

    Bye!

    Again!






    [kidding, really. the last time, i kid thee not. this time, i am kidding.]



    p.s.: Sylar didn't die in Season 1, and make sure u watch the last episode till the CREDITS, not when they show an open manhole cover [looking like a film canister] which had a cockroach on it and saying "End of Volume one]. Keep watching. You'll see Hiro. oops.

    Monday, 12 November 2007

    Review: "Heroes"

    This is a call to everyone: watch "Heroes". It's not an ordinary show. It's amazing. It's awesome. It's got twists, suspense, VFX, and sound engineering written all over it.

    TV never looked this good before. Seriously. It's filled with suspense, twists, unexpected happenings, and surprises. It's an eye-opener, it's a shocker, and it's cool.

    Plus, the Japanese guy in the show was involved in the Video effects, too. He's an awesome, cool guy. Geeks rule!

    Anyway, watch it tonight on Channel 5, 10pm to 12mn. And if you plan to buy / borrow / get your little paws on "Heroes" the DVD set, I recommend you watch Disc one first, then move to Disc 6 and watch all the extras EXCEPT the 50 deleted scenes. after which, you watch the rest of the set and then the 50 deleted scene. remember to watch the pilot as well. You'll see a different twist even though it feels the same as disc one. Trust me. watch it. you can fast forward, but don't miss any new bits in it. No spoilers here, but it has something to do with the Jihad terrorists and radiation. freaky, i tell you....

    My rating for Heroes: 10/10. It's that good. Never seen anything worth watching as much as Heroes.

    P.s.: My progress: I watched the whole of Disc 1, 2, and 6. Yes, i saw the deleted scenes. bad idea.

    Sunday, 11 November 2007

    I feel awesome!

    talk about shopping therapy!

    Bought a couple of stuff...

    The most exciting shopping spree I ever had!

    why?

    Well, let's see.... Starting from the least exciting. Mika's "Life in Cartoon Motion" is finally mine.

    Then, I have Kanye West's album, "Graduation", and with the album, came a handphone pouch which contained some really old-skool shades. oh, inside the album: entry for 2 to MoS. Wonder if MoS allow entry for teens...

    Finally... [drum roll] HEROES SEASON 1 on DVD!!!

    i know i posted before that i wanted the HD-DVD version, but hey, HD-DVD is not accessible to me yet. so for now, DVD! and btw, it's not cheap. 6 DVDs, $79.99. OUCH! but I now have a way to waste time while in Singapore till 23DEC.


    k, bb. no more blogging till I finished watching all 6 DVDs. bye!




    [kidding.]

    Personal clarifications and confessions.

    I just want to make a confession, as well as to clarify a specific misunderstanding that I had since Sec 1.

    The Confession:

    I often try to act independently of others because of my stinkin huge ego. Very often, in groups projects, I like to do stuff my way, or use my own resources. I remember, when I was doing an MWOS project in Sec 1, I refuse to use photos taken by others. I kept insisting on using mine. And I did for 90% of the MWOS video. So I guess I have a huge ego... heh.


    The clarification:

    I don't back-stab, I don't think it's right, I don't think it should be done. I think it is cowardly to insult someone without the presence of the person. In fact, I think insulting a person in the person's face is also rude, and I know I'm guilty of criticizing.


    OK. that's all. By the way, what album should I buy?
    -"Graduation" by Kanye West,
    -FolkLore" By Nelly Furtado, or
    -"Life in Cartoon Motion" by MIKA?
    -or something else?


    and p.s.: I updated my wish list, incase nobody realised [i bet nobody realised. my blog's viewership is zero, from what i notice...]

    Nelly Furtado - Explode



    I found this video while I was channel-surfing through Joost. They just made a "Nelly Furtado" channel, featuring some of ther Music Videos from the last 2 albums or so. That was where I saw this really cool music video, which, for once, mixes cool cartoons with a great cinematic camera angles and awesome beats. I love the way the silhouettes are done. See if you agree with me.

    Explode!

    The Corrs Code

    I'm inspired by the guy who decoded The Last Supper's hidden hymn.

    Hence, i'm going to make sentences using lyrics from songs by the corrs, with the help of the shuffle feature in iTunes and a tracklist of songs by The Corrs. Here we go! RANDOMNESS!


    "Give me a reason"
    "Oh, Peggy Gordon"

    "Go on, leave me breathless!"
    "Hey you're too true to be good"

    "I had visions like no other, so romantic, you'll discover"
    "This boy is cracking up"

    "Well, who am I to keep you down?"
    "Only when I sleep."

    "Don't let yourself go"
    "You've been keeping me warm"

    "The Heat of Summer Sunshine"
    "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah"
    "Coz we're so young"

    "Heaven know no frontiers"
    "Would you be happier?"

    "I'm hoping to love you like we do, forever"
    "borrowed heaven"

    Tracks: [in order of appearance]

    "Give Me A Reason", Best of The Corrs
    "Peggy Gordon", Home
    "Breathless", Best of The Corrs
    "Humdrum", Borrowed Heaven, twice
    "Old Town", Home
    "Dreams", Best of The Corrs
    "Only When I Sleep", Best of The Corrs
    "Everybody Hurts", Best of The Corrs
    "Summer Sunshine", Borrowed Heaven, twice
    "So Young", Best of The Corrs
    "No Frontiers", Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection
    "Would You be Happier", Best of The Corrs
    "Angels", Borrowed Heaven
    "Borrowed Heaven", Borrowed Heaven

    Saturday, 10 November 2007

    Buying a MacBook Pro? go to Hong Kong!

    Yes, if you live in Singapore, and you plan on buying the MacBook Pro, and you have a day [or a few] to spare, why not go over to Hong Kong to purchase your new toaster MacBook Pro?

    Not only will you save money, but you get to get out of the country for once!
    Why? Coz it's cheaper in Hong Kong!

    Let me do the Math for you.

    Let's say I want to buy the higher-end 15" MacBook Pro. That's the one with
    -2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    -2GB RAM
    -256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
    -160GB 5400rpm HDD

    Singapore Price tag: S$4267.00, inclusive of GST, or S$3,987.65, for those who will benefit from GST refund.

    The similar model from the Apple Online Hong Kong store: HK$ 19,200 [no tax applies].
    HK$ 19,200 = S$ 3,555.69, which is just S$100 more than the lower-end 15" MacBook Pro model.

    But you'll be saying: Getting to Hong Kong cost money, too!
    Yes, indeed it does. but how much money is that?

    For this, I checked with PriceLine.com.sg. To save money, one probably wouldn't want to check in at a hotel. so let's try to book for a one-day round-trip ticket on Cathay Pacific for 21 Nov 2007, pretty close to the High-season.
    Ticket cost: S$601, including taxes.

    Grand total:
    S$601 + $3555.69 = $4156.69

    Savings: $4267 - $4156.69 = $110.31

    but of course, you may have wasted $110.31 worth of time in the process as well, since the flights are 3h 45 min each way, then you have to wait in the terminal, then there's 4 road trips: home-airport, airport-shop [unless you want to shop at the airport shops. they have shops there, though the prices should still be the same.], shop-airport, airport-home.

    it's a hassle, but if you need to save a hundred smackeroos, I'ld do it. Besides, you could go to HK disneyland for a vacation! money well-spent!

    Friday, 9 November 2007

    more Daft Punk!



    [Ms Gan, if you're reading this, check out the A Cappella video above! *HINT HINT!]


    And of course, Kanye West has his song, "Stronger"!

    more albums wanted...

    i am really tempted to buy Kanye West's album, Graduation...
    but why, you may ask? Even though i don't enjoy R&B?
    well, One song: Stronger.
    That song sounds awesome. and no wonder.
    coz it had bits from daft punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".
    What's that song, you ask now?
    well, just check out this hand movements, follow them, and you will know the lyrics to the entire song!

    Games.

    One request. It's not as if I wished for World Peace, or a change in the ideal of every living soul, but just one simple request.

    More Mac Games for the Intel Macs, please?

    Thursday, 8 November 2007

    Catchy tunes| "Grace Kelly" by MIKA



    here's another treat by MIKA.


    enjoy!

    RANT| what's in a name?

    I have a question to ask: What's in a name?

    In the technology world of the 70s,80s, and 90s, we had very logical name. The Playstation obviously means it is a console, or "station", for playing games. The PowerBook meant a notebook which had more processing power than its sibling, the iBook. Windows 2000 meant the Microsoft Operating System with a UI made of windows, released in 2000.

    In recent years, names of Tech gadgets, softwares, and Web2.0 apps are going into the reds.

    Firstly, what the f*** is a Wii? It sounds sick, wrong, childish, and soft. "I wanna play with my Wii!", is that what Nintendo wants its consumers to say? Perverts.

    Next, i-whatever. I know Apple invented the iPod and iBook, but why must everyone, including Apple themselves, pose them? iLife, not just the software package, but also the air purifier from Osim, notorious for adding an 'i' or a 'u' in front of their products. then the iPhone. iTV, a Cable TV service in the UK, saved apple from adding another i-product. i-witness, a CNN initiative for people to submit eye-witness footages of events happening around them. get what 'i' mean?

    Then there's the people who are just trying to be different. Motorola hates vowels, but we know Asus loves the most common vowel in the English language, they decided to call their latest PC with 3 of these: the Eee-PC.

    Oh, don't get me started with Windows Vista. Vista? Clarity? more like constant pop-ups asking me to either "Cancel" or "Allow". Heh, I'm pretty clear this UAC pop-up is blocking my view.

    And what about their campaign slogan? the WOW starts NOW? what wow? World of Warcraft? it plays better in XP than on Vista. Why must I say 4 words before WoW starts? that is retarded. Where is my instant-startup World of WarCraft game? not that I play, but seriously, why are computers today as slow as computers from last year?

    and what the HELL is Mio? "My instinct overloaded"? Retarded marketing retards.

    Then there's FireWire. Why the f*** do I want my wire to have fire? fire moves quite slowly, by the way...

    Pixma? huh? what's that? Canon, you marketing people are Aliens, vapourise them!

    Twitter,Flickr, Friendster, Blogger, Joost, Flixter, are just some of the most vocabulary-degenerating works of art
    [sarcasm added] in the web.

    Please people, be logical when naming your company or service...
    k. rant over [for now]

    ADDITIONS
    Windows CE,
    Windows ME
    Windows NT

    CE-ME-NT.

    Yes, Microsoft can spell.

    Wednesday, 7 November 2007

    Webbie of d moment| HeadRoom

    For the audiophiles, the people who want headphones on a budget, the simple cans for listening pleasure, or maybe just for comfort, check out this site.

    HeadRoom
    http://headphone.com/


    They have the most reliable, honest-to-goodness recommendations on headphones, earphones, amps, and almost anything audio-related. Just check it out and maybe you'll find something good for yourself, or even for Christmas!

    Do note that some of the headphones they recommend may be difficult to find locally [be it in Switzerland, Singapore, or Indonesia], but most are available here. One example is the Sennheiser PX200, which I currently use. Its sibling, the PX100, is also very common amongst 'casual' audiophiles here.

    Hope you find the site useful!

    Tuesday, 6 November 2007

    heh. saw that gun coming...

    I post this post [heh. ironic phrase. we need a new phrase that's not in a "ABA" pattern...] to put off the criticisms on my Flickr about "awkward" or "bad" photos.

    Those [obviously] aren't my best shots.

    Why am I posting my worse shots on Flickr?

    Well, couple of simple reasons.

    1. Intellectual Property rights issue. Flickr is an "online photo-sharing thing". As such, whatever photos you post onto flickr, you are sharing with the rest of the Flickr community. Intellectual property is something you would want to defend. For example, if you want to take part in a Photo Competition, they often mention that your submissions should not be photos that were previously published online. Uploading your good shots to Flickr means you are "sworn" to never use the shot for photography competitions unless they are using Flickr for the shots. Well, if that's the case, then I'll post better shots up there. But anyway, I preserved my better photos and keep them in a network of folder hierarchies in my hard drive(s). Yes, I need a database.

    2. Sensetive place. The place which I went to was to a great extent, training area for the Gurkhas / military people. They were giving me very hard, rude stares as I went around taking shots, so I figured I act discretely.

    3. Skies are nice, but skies cannot be controlled. Look at that sky. Ok, fine, they appear light in most of the shots, but I shot the photos at around 6pm, passing sunset hour. That meant darkening skies. The entire field did not have a single light source, except for the houses nearby [e.g.: my house.] And the place is not exactly small or flat, unlike what you see on Google Earth. Hence, light is practically only available from radiosity .
    p.s.: i don't have a flash, I don't plan to get one, I don't like to carry them. And also, I don't have reflectors which will work in this sort of conditions.


    P.s.s.: I have labelled shots with ['O'] for the ones I am using as prelim studies for my 'O's. no hint on the topic I'm going for, but I think you can figure out on your own...

    Monday, 5 November 2007

    What I want for christmas?

    This is the post where I can sound like a spoilt brat, but it's ok. It's just a wishlist. Probably not gonna get any of these stuff!
    Anyway, since Christmas is exactly 50 days away, i thought I'll prepare a list first! so here goes!

    1. A new mobile phone to replace my dying N80... specifically: The Sony-Ericsson W910i [Black colour]. It's wide, 86g, and it looks friggin cool... <= $180 with contract on Starhub





    2. A Sony PS3 40GB model [Black colour]. I just want a Blu-ray player. Dammit. And I want it cheaper than a X360E [that's "Xbox 360 Elite", 4 da p33ps wh- dun sp34k 1337]. And i don't need it to glow in the dark, so no thanks to the white PS3.<= $599, accurate as of 5 Nov 07





    3. Starhub MaxMobile Subscription. It's friggin expensive, coz they charge $36.38/month for Ultimate [for existing MaxOnline subscribers], and that's EXCLUDING your monthly phone plans, which start from $25.68! do the math!





    4. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. I've tried playing this game kinda bit before... Pretty much loved it. Seems like the only kind of game that appeals to me. Maybe this is my kind of game? $49.99 - $59.99




    5. A friggin Me2U bear. Always asked for one, but never received... haiz.... Price variable.

    Checking out [former] Bidadari Cemetery l8r on

    Before I go there to get some shots, perhaps I should give some BG info on the route I'm gonna go on later on in the day.


    View Larger Map
    the route.

    The route above is what I often see the Gurkahs at Mt Vernon go on for their daily afternoon jog. Besides that, the route also outlines the former Bidadari Cemetery. The cemetery is located very close to my house, as you can probably see. But now that the removal of the caskets are done, and the land is open once again, I decided maybe I should check out the place again.

    I will probably go into the cemetery instead of following the route mapped on Google Earth [Google didn't let me add a destination point to the paths on the cemetery.]

    I remember walking around there before the graves were erected in 2001. You would see untouched graves overun by plants. There was one grave which belonged to a 3-month-old baby. The grave area was as small as half of a regular single bed, which proves how small the little guy was. That sight reminds me of the fragility of life. You may die at any time, even now. That is why we should cherish our times while we are alive and make the best out of it.

    Of course, that grave is now gone, since the government has erected it years ago, but the trees remain. Let's hope the place is still open to the public.

    Sunday, 4 November 2007

    site of the moment| Marble of doom...

    spinning wait cursor... spinning pizza... spinning pinwheel... spinning beach ball of death... rainbow wheel of death... marble of doom... beach balling...

    many names, but they all refer to one thing:


    but nonetheless, we should take note of the spinning beach ball of death whenever we use our macs...


    and report them to this site!

    That's right, Marble of Doom, the website! What are you *@#% waiting for?!

    Marble of Doom
    http://marbleofdoom.com/

    check out my macbook pro... exposed!


    yes.. it's all stripped down to the motherboard is in full view. hey, i still need my Mac!


    The little trouble-maker. code-named "chainsaw" for obvious reasons*

    * - the fan has been making unusually loud noises when it spins @1800 - 4200rpm... beyond that [i.e.: 1000-1800, 4200-6000], no unusually loud and rough noises are heard. The weird thing is that the fan actually passed QC [Quality Control], as hinted by the tick on its label.



    p.s.: here's a preview of my group's physic project. hint: there's gore!

    Simpsons Movie the Game!!!

    hello sassy consumer!

    are you ready for?!
    are you READY FOR?!

    ARE YOU READY FOR?!
    BIG super happy funfun!

    2 fun = double the fun = fun fun = sprakle sparkle!

    now reverse it!

    fun fun happy super BIG!

    WAACKY!

    remember HTF?



    Happy belated Halloween!

    Tuesday, 30 October 2007

    PC, Mac, Welcome!

    Generic PC...

    Mac Mini...

    The Cruel World of Mac OS X Leopard Icons for networked computers...

    p.s.: A link to the Leopard Welcome movie, for those who wanna feel welcomed to the Mac World. it's awesome here... We welcome you!


    HyperLinks in this post are linked to ArsTechnica

    2007年 ‘O’ 水准华文考试

    2007年 ‘O’ 水准华文考试-试卷1及试卷2 降临。。。

    明天,我将会受到判断。。。

    我准备好了吗? 不晓得。。。

    我紧张吗? 理所当然。。。 。。。 。。。

    Apple


    Apple, originally uploaded by ronaldLIONG|.

    Words from an Apple ad from the 80's or 90's. Fonts by Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, Plasq, and many other software companies. Done in Photoshop. It's an apple logo. look at it from far. it will really look like an apple logo.

    Monday, 29 October 2007

    featured song for now: "Westgate" by Buddy


    download "westgate" by buddy here

    the soft light doesn't hardly make you easier to watch
    you face your fears with a poker face --
    i should be holding your hands for this.

    i guess you know that we don't know what we're doing this for,
    help me kill my time some more.
    over the edge eventually: if i don't fall, push me.
    i hate the things you love me for.
    i could have sworn you promised more.

    i can't tell the difference between us anymore.
    i don't think i want what's right --
    sober me up so i can let you down.

    i guess you know we don't know what we're doing this for,
    help me kill my time some more.
    over the edge eventually: if i don't fall, push me.
    i hate the things you love me for.
    i could have sworn you promised more.

    i guess you know we don't know what we're doing this for,
    help me kill my time some more.
    over the arc eventually:
    you said you only need someone to help you help yourself,
    but i don't know how.

    Top Music for now!

    haven't done one of these in a while... anyways, you'll notice more "contemporary" music, if you know what I mean. If they feel indie, well, i made an imeem playlist for you to enjoy the tracks. enjoy!

    1. buddy - westgate
    2. colbie calbait - bubbly
    3. plain white-t's - hey there deliah
    4. matchbox twenty - how far we've come
    5. kanye west - stronger
    6. will.i.am - i got it from my mama
    7. shayne ward - if that's ok with you
    8. james blunt - 1973

    enjoy!

    Sunday, 28 October 2007

    In celebration of Leopard...

                             Here's

                            to the
          crazy ones,      the       misfits,
       the rebels, the troublemakers. The round
     pegs in the square holes.  The ones who see 
    things differently. They're not fond of rules, 
    and they have no respect for the status
    quo. You can quote them. Disagree with 
    them.  Glorify or vilify them.  About 
     the only thing you can't do is ignore
      them. Because they change things. They 
       push the human race forward. And while some 
        may see them as the crazy ones, we see g-
         enius. Because the people who are crazy
          enough to think they can change the
           world are the        ones who do.

    --taken from the MacMojo Blog on Microsoft's Mactopia team.

    Leopard Time!!!

    Screenshots, anyone?



    The Desktop! [yes, it's finally clean!]


    Time Machine! [it works.]


    Spaces!


    Safari 3 and the lovely dock! [see, ethan? i did install Leopard!]


    And yes. The dock reflects.

    Thursday, 25 October 2007

    R.I.P. Nokia N80 (internal speaker)

    my phone's "on-ear" speaker (the one which you listen to by putting it up against your ear) is dead!

    im coming, Razr2 V9...

    Letter of the Day: L

    Leopard is coming out tomorrow! I haven't pre-ordered, but that's mainly because I won't be joining queues until probably 8pm or so. Why?

    Coz my Lens has been serviced and is now ready for collection! k, probably I didn't tell you guys, but I did go to the Keppel Bay Towers Where Canon's service centre was, for servicing of my lens. Well, it was more of a cleaning issue, so I guess it's a small issue... but anyway, that is now settled, and fast, too! Sent in on monday, they said 5 days, got a reply in 3 days! nice job, canon! Fantastic! and far cheaper as well! $86.50, compared to the expected $100... really happy with their service staff!

    Wednesday, 24 October 2007

    Choir Concert Tickets! [coming soon...]


    *Just a sample of the concert ticket. It's in "Release Candidate". heh.

    It's coming...

    The Saints Choir has a concert in December! the deets...

    22 Dec 07 20 00h @YMS Auditorium 54 Waterloo Street $12.00

    Map to get to waterloo street from Bugis MRT Station


    View Larger Map

    Tickets are going to be available as soon as they have been printed. Expect sales of the ticket to start on Friday!

    Sunday, 21 October 2007

    Apple Online Store down [maintenance?]

    It's only 5 days away...



    And this occured...



    often occurs... a bit too often, perhaps...

    or maybe...

    another "da ron files" presentation: get out! (a remix of timbaland's "kill yourself")



    "Get Out!". It's a little remix project I did just for fun. Did it within an hour. getting it online took another 5 hours, but that's a whole other conversation. I was just bored, and I wanted to show that there's music in music, if you know what I mean. Just stripping and taking apart a song can get you another form of music.

    This song was made using just the beginning and ending of Timbaland's "Kill Yourself". Since the words "Get Out!" can be heard very frequently in this repetitive song [it's 3 minutes, though it was made using just 25s of the beginning + 42s of the ending. of the original song]. Dig into the depth of the stripped and remixed version of the song. Hope you enjoy it!

    p.s.: this was done with GarageBand 4.1 AKA GarageBand '08, a part of iLife '08, which comes with every new Mac.

    "exodus honey" by honeycut

    huh?



    torture = enhanced interrogation?

    Saturday, 20 October 2007

    Finished!

    Im done w/ all 3 assignments!

    a bit early w/ d 3rd 1 cuz i dunno wat else i cn do. Theme: playtime.

    d other 2 was passion & challenge. Tough larh. Only 3h per topic.

    d competitn ends 6pm. Ttyl.

    Friday, 19 October 2007

    just a few things.

    1. ok. i won't talk about results, code monkey, and the likewise on my blog. There.

    2. I'm going for Canon PhotoMarathon Competition tomorrow... hope I get some good shots along the way!

    3. Gonna make this as short as possible.

    I was going to Bishan after fooling around Raffles City with a couple of my classmates [Jasper Yee, Isaac Wong, Jing Kai]. On the train, we were having a discussion on.... err.... many topics [the topics kept swaying around...]. On one of those topic, Jing Kai was like stopping Jasper coz he was gonna talk about Choon Zhe. he said something like we're enemies or something. I just want to make this clear once and for all. I don't want to be enemy with Choon Zhe. Never had that mindset. Maybe we were fed up with each other once. That was last year. Let's put that behind all of us and move on. Bury the hatchet, as it's often said. I don't think making enemies with one another is a constructive thing to do. It brings no benefit to both sides. Only harm. 弊多于利.

    So for those who are reading this [I assume that's just Raymond, Esmond, Jasper Yee, and myself], I'm more interested in mutual benefits than being in a rhubarb with someone I [fortunately or unfortunately] have to work with for an extended period of time. Makes little sense to be at loggerheads forever, don't you think?


    4. I'm gonna end off with this statement directed @headshot.

    Leopard| pwns the a** out of the orangey-box

    [less than] 1 more week...



    *as of 19 Oct 07, 6.42pm

    Thursday, 18 October 2007

    how high...

    "Was it all worth it
    And how did I earn it
    Nobody's perfect
    I guess I deserve it"

    "How high are the stakes
    How much fortune can you make
    Does this get any better
    Should I carry on
    Will it matter when I'm gone
    Will any of this matter"


    Taken from the Lyrics of "How High" by Madonna


    Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    What people see on Flickr?

    Here's a tip to get high hits on Fickr...

    Post them with the tag as one of the following words:

    "Skyline" "Silhouette" "iPod" "apple" "Mac" "adidas" "shoes" "black" "white" "b&w" "monochrome" "city" "italy" "religious" "art" "trip" "candid" "hands" "footwear" "tree" "branch"

    Hope that helps!

    Oh Steve, Why did you go through all this...

    I was laughing silently when I read this...

    "Third Party Applications on the iPhone
    Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

    It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

    Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

    We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

    Steve

    P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch."


    --taken from Apple's Start Page


    BUT WAIT! That's not all... One more thing...

    "iTunes Plus now offers over two million DRM-free tracks at just 99 cents
    Offering customers the largest catalog of DRM-free music in the world, Apple today expanded iTunes Plus to more than two million tracks while at the same time lowering the price of those tracks to just 99 cents. In addition to artists from EMI’s digital catalog, iTunes Plus now includes artists from Sub Pop, Nettwerk, Beggars Group, IODA, The Orchard and many others. All iTunes Plus tracks feature DRM-free music with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, offering audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings."

    --ALSO taken from Apple's Start Page

    Oh, Steve, are Amazon and the iPhone haxors getting too tough on you now? Take a break! get out of cupertino and chill in London! Join the Diggnation guys!

    can't get enuff of "code monkey"!

    IF Title={can't get enuff of "code monkey!"}
        THEN repeat{link-to {song}} and add {Lyrics}
    ELSE make title {can't get enuff of "code monkey!"}

    This is why I don't make programming languages...

    Anyway, coz I love "Code Monkey" so much, I'm gonna pimp the song again and again....




    "Code Monkey get up get coffee
    Code Monkey go to job
    Code Monkey have boring meeting
    With boring manager Rob
    Rob say Code Monkey very dilligent
    But his output stink
    His code not "functional" or "elegant"
    What do Code Monkey think?
    Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write god damned login page himself
    Code Monkey not say it out loud
    Code Monkey not crazy, just proud

    Code Monkey like Fritos
    Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
    Code Monkey very simple man
    With big warm fuzzy secret heart:
    Code Monkey like you

    Code Monkey hang around at front desk
    Tell you sweater look nice
    Code Monkey offer buy you soda
    Bring you cup, bring you ice
    You say no thank you for the soda cause
    Soda make you fat
    Anyway you busy with the telephone
    No time for chat
    Code Monkey have long walk back to cubicle he sit down pretend to work
    Code Monkey not thinking so straight
    Code Monkey not feeling so great

    Code Monkey like Fritos
    Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
    Code Monkey very simple man
    With big warm fuzzy secret heart:
    Code Monkey like you
    Code Monkey like you a lot

    Code Monkey have every reason
    To get out this place
    Code Monkey just keep on working
    See your soft pretty face
    Much rather wake up, eat a coffee cake
    Take bath, take nap
    This job "fulfilling in creative way"
    Such a load of crap
    Code Monkey think someday he have everything even pretty girl like you
    Code Monkey just waiting for now
    Code Monkey say someday, somehow

    Code Monkey like Fritos
    Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
    Code Monkey very simple man
    With big warm fuzzy secret heart:
    Code Monkey like you"