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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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Earth Hour

Earth Hour

Its strange to see how companies “support” Earth Hour here in Singapore. Most of the companies turn off or dim the lights in their shops or office to do so, but I fail to see how this works out, since fluorescent lighting – used in most establishments, shops and offices – don’t usually consume so much electricity as to other things like refrigerators, TVs, computers, and the like. If it were me, I’d open my shop one hour earlier, or close it one…

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KONY 2012

KONY 2012

Although I applaud the filmmaker’s goal and motive for filming this documentary, the way it has been handled is wrong. Factual information is somewhat skewed (check with the Ugandan PM, and you’ll know), and it feels like a typical Michael Moore movie (when it doesn’t make sense, of course). I don’t like the way it plays on the human emotion either; somehow it seems quite deliberate too. All in all, its like making a mountain out of molehills in Uganda….

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Introspection

Introspection

Sometimes I wonder why do I bother being nice to people – is it man’s inherent altruism? To do good, despite being put down by others’ negative view of a person, or people viewing them as being pretentious and/or strange? Giving without receiving is a heavy duty, and one that carries such burden is prone to cracking from the weight of the deeds done, which no one really knows the full extent but to the bearer himself. In a sense, I am…

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Membershipism

Membershipism

I’m not sure if anyone has noticed this, but more and more stores are having their own membership system. I wonder what’s up with this recent trend in customer relationship management – could it be related to the consumer data protection laws that is being currently being planned by the regulatory authority? No matter the outcome, one thing’s for sure – it looks like our wallets are about to get filled up with more cards.