Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

Pic(s) of the Day – bad fashion taste



Well, got some deadlines to meet here in the office, not in a great mood to post anything.  Felt kinda bad, wanted to go for the record for posting consecutively for four days, what the heck, got these pics.  Being a pretty fashionable guy myself, I seriously do not find the above acceptable.  Unless it’s a Friday when I’m totally pissed in Wanchai or LKF, somehow seeing the butt cracks of girls in bright day light is just TOO much for me.  What u think?

November 30, 2006 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness | 9 Comments

Shanghai – rise in HIV/AIDS cases


Photo from the Shanghaiist, simply the photo of the day.

The Shanghai Daily ran an article on the captioned title today.  Extract of the article as follow –

“Shanghai registered 621 new HIV carriers this year through November 20, compared with last year’s 370 new patients, the center said.

The city also reported 46 new AIDS patients, double last year’s figure. Shanghai’s total number of AIDS patients and HIV carriers over the past 20 years now stands at 2,216. Among them, 97 have died from the disease.

Last week, China reported that its registered cases of HIV/AIDS jumped almost 30 percent to 183,733 in the first 10 months of the year, with intravenous drug use the biggest source of infection. World health officials said the increase showed China was doing a better job testing and tracking the disease. They also said the actual number of AIDS/HIV cases was probably several times higher.”

You can read the full article here.

November 29, 2006 Posted by | News Related | Leave a comment

David Letterman trashes Bill Gates

November 28, 2006 Posted by | Comedy | Leave a comment

In Depth Review – Dopod 838pro


Well the phone been out for quite some time, 2 months to be exact in Hong Kong.  It features the most up-to-date technologies you can find for a PocketPC Phone.  Spec wise,  GSM Quadband (850/900/1800/1900)+WCDMA Triband (850/1900/2100), EDGE/GPRS/UMTS, Bluetooth (v2.0) and WiFi, IrDA FIR and primary and secondary cameras featuring 2.0 megapixel CMOS w/flash and mirror and 0.1 megapixel CMOS for video calls and self-portraits, video recording capable.  Together with a nice full qwerty keypad, this baby is what I reckon to be the best phone or smartphone around.

Usually when a phone like this comes out, we’ll get tons of previews and reviews, but I always reckon that the best time to review a phone like this would be a month or two after it is launched so that others would have ample time to test drive it out.  The following review from Judie at Gear Diary is one of the best I’ve seen so far and it’s pretty accurate according to my experience with the phone (since late Sept).  I’ve posted a useful tip/comment after the review regarding scratches that can easily made on the silver inverted C cover.  One thing I didn’t mentioned is that although calibration problem as seen with the Taiwanese version were not present, but somehow calibration is a bit off after 2 months of use. 

Full review from Gear Diary is here.

November 28, 2006 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, My Gears, PocketPC | Leave a comment

Bangkokchat – pervert stalking a Thai girl (old read)

Came across an old article (2003) from Mango Sauce about a farang stalking a Thai girl awhile back and wanted to share with you all.  The article covered the dialogues exchanged between them and it is funny as hell.  Hope you all enjoy reading it this Monday morning, to cure whatever blues you might have.  Click here for the article.

November 27, 2006 Posted by | Comedy, Thailand | Leave a comment

Spike’s theory on Thai massage

Love Spike’s (from Honkie Town Redux) theory on Thai massage and just have to quote it here. 

“The Thais have spent thousands of years determining the best ways to hurt people. They have devised foolproof methods for every conceivable part of the body. Here’s a toe – they try to pull it off. Here’s a vertebrae – they jam a thumb in. My groin – press on it with full body weight for 5 minutes. My eyeballs – squeeze on the temples until they pop out. The storehouse for the thousands of years of torture techniques is Wat Po in Bangkok. The CIA sends their agents there for training before sending them to Iraq. That’s my theory on Thai massage.

November 24, 2006 Posted by | Thailand | Leave a comment

The good wife’s guide

Good wife 

Came across this guide in the 13 May 1955 edition of Housekeeping Monthly.  Want to know what a good wife supposed to do 50 years back? let me quote a few lines here, pretty hilarious.  Great for Thanksgiving.

  • Prepare yourself.  Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives.  Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking.  He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
  • Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him.  His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  • Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by.  Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.  After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  • Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
  • Listen to him.  You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time.  Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  • Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night.  Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
  • Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity.  Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness.  You have no right to question him.
  • A good wife always knows her place.

Click the small pic here goodwife.jpg for the full version.

November 24, 2006 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Thai farang blogs

For those of you who are familiar with the farang blogs from Thailand, I’m pretty sure you heard that Stickman closed down his weekly column, Stickman Weekly as linked here on my site.  John Galt, who runs a rival website, Notstickman’s Guide to Bangkok, reported that Stickman would post an update.  So far nothing on the weekly.  However, Stickman did post a short note on his main website stating that he will be taking a short break from his weekly column and concentrate on his teaching job. 

Well, today, as I was reading through Mango Sauce, I find another interesting post, there’s a new website up called NotMangoSauce.com.  The reason why there’s so many of these not-this, not-that website is because a lot of ppl just cannot deal with others having a site established and they setup these sites to flame them.  But nonetheless, still very interesting read. 

November 23, 2006 Posted by | Thailand | 1 Comment

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November 23, 2006 Posted by | Comedy | Leave a comment

My Blogroll

Apart from the tech blogs I read pretty much everyday on the road via my RSS on my PocketPCPhone, I enjoyed reading blogs from a few good foreign bloggers here in Hong Kong.  To top off the list, Spike from Honkie Town Redux.  Spike, an American here for 9+ years share with us his music, movies, social life and political view on his blog, and for someone like me, a local back from US, a lot of those things sounds which familiar to me.  Other includes the newly added, Hong Kong Miserable Gweilo Bastard(one of the first blogs to link me, and thanks) and of course the Oridinay Gweilo

Been a farang in a foreign city myself years back, sometimes I really enjoy reading what others (foreigners) think about residing here.  I can feel the same frustration at times and can also relate to the joy when something nice were being discovered, be it old customs or unheard places visited.  One thing in common about these blogs is that food always comes up, not intentionally, but they’re just there.  That’s something which I myself still find pretty intriguing with this town (not the Anthony Bourdain style tho). 

The bar in the following pic was mentioned most amongst all Gweilo’s blogs lately.


Was linked in a post called Hong Kong Phooey v2 on Ordinary Gweilo yesterday.  To clarify, this is my first attempt at blogging and my prelim site still reside on blogspot under the same name.  As for the other Hong Kong Phooey site on blog-city, that have nothing to do with me.  Excerpt of the post as follow-

“Way back when, there was quite an entertaing spat on here concerning a blog called Hong Kong Phooey that briefly burst into life and then disappeared again. 

I suppose that it was inevitable that someone would use the same name again, and so here is the second incarnation of Hong Kong Phooey.  A crowd-pleasing mix of tech stuff and other odds’n’ends, but sadly nothing likely to upset anyone enough to generate 39 comments on one post (ah, happy days…).”


November 21, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Naked truth – KFC tortures chicks

Naked Truth



Photo from Reuters.

These three (chicks) were seen in downtown Causeway Bay today, protesting against Kentucky Fried Chicken.

According to RTHK news, “An animal rights group has staged a protest outside the Causeway Bay outlet of Kentucky Fried Chicken – over what they claim is the American fast-food chain’s ill treatment of chickens. Three semi-naked members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, wrapped themselves in a banner asking the public to boycott KFC.”

November 20, 2006 Posted by | News Related, Pics | | 3 Comments

In Depth Review – Treo 750V

Treo 750V

Paul from Modaco posted this very in depth review on the new Treo 750V, click here to read.  An excerpt to his conclusion as follow:

“And so to the conclusion.

Whether the Treo 750v is the device for you depends massively on what you want from a device. If you want the latest specifications including a high quality camera, WiFi, video calling etc. etc., then the Treo 750v is probably not for you.

If you need a device that is as thin as possible, then the Treo may not be for you… but be really sure that size is the most important thing to you before dismissing it! It may be a little on the large side, but compared to devices such as the Fujitsu T830 it’s not, and it is still very pocketable.

If you need a workhorse device with a good thumboard, great one handed use cusomisations and build quality that means it should be able to take the strain like no other, then the Treo 750v could be what you need. Make sure that the proprietary connectors and lack of charging over USB aren’t going to cause you a problem, then make your choice smile.gif

The Treo 750v is a good first effort in Europe for Palm, hats off to them for making a device that in the end I am rather fond of, despite my reservations.

I’d like to close the review with a plea to Palm…. PLEASE recognise that you can still make great devices without making them look EXACTLY like the last Treo smile.gif.”

November 20, 2006 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, PocketPC | Leave a comment

CBS Late Night: Sex on the plane

November 18, 2006 Posted by | Comedy, Video | Leave a comment

Today in History, 18 November

In 1973 today, President Nixon said “I am not a crook.”

In 2003 today, Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.

November 18, 2006 Posted by | News Related | Leave a comment