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Month: November 2012

Creative’s ZiiLabs Sale – Boon or Bane?

Creative’s ZiiLabs Sale – Boon or Bane?

The news that our once-popular local company, Creative, is selling off ZiiLabs to Intel, has probably shocked a few people following both companies closely, and as well as local tech enthusiasts as well. Effectively, Creative appear to be licensing its ZiiLabs chips to Intel, and at the same time Intel gains access to ZiiLabs’ “engineering resources and assets”. It sounds as if Creative has given Intel access to design and develop the ZMS chips for use in ARM-based devices, and…

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Special Shenzhen Service: or, How I Ordered an Apple MacBook Logic Board Online

Special Shenzhen Service: or, How I Ordered an Apple MacBook Logic Board Online

So apparently there was a Macbook Pro at work that died, seemingly because the backlight is burnt out. On closer inspection and research, however, it turns out that in order to replace the backlight, the motherboard (aka Logic Board in Apple-speak) has to be entirely replaced. So much for being environmentally friendly. In any case, after forking out an unbelievably low price to a mysterious website (and praying hard that I didn’t get ripped off) – as compared to the official quotation…

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Anime Festival Asia 2012: In Review

Anime Festival Asia 2012: In Review

So another year passes, and its been a really long break since I last visited an anime festival – roughly 4 years! Last year’s AFA was refreshing; a revisit those memories of my youth where I rabidly went to the city area and Singapore Expo for various IT Shows, and on occasion, anime/cosplay and/or Japanese festivals way back in 2006 and 2007. Those days also consisted of me reading (and buying) manga, and various anime shows as well. This year’s…

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