Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

ASUS Eee PC 900 Launch Imminent

Pic from XEPC.org

[13 April] Following my last post on the ASUS Eee PC 900, we learned that have just hit the FCC and the first unbox pics started surfacing so the launch date is imminent. Over the weekend, XEPC.org published the unbox pics of the ASUS Eee PC 900 and if you want to take a first look at it, the link is here.

Source – XEPC.org

[Updated: 15 April] Added the following video preview of the ASUS Eee PC 900 from PCMarket.com.hk.

Source – PCMPodcast

April 15, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC, Video | | 4 Comments

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – The Radio Saga of Hong Kong’s very own Citizens’ Radio


[14 January] My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “The Radio Saga of Hong Kong’s very own Citizens’ Radio”. Click here for the read.

[Updated: 23 January] Following to my post on the Citizens’ Radio, I received the following mail from Stephen Dunifer,


Thank you for providing the background on the struggles of Citizens Radio. Their saga is remarkably similar to what myself and other Free Speech activists went through in the United States some years ago. For details, please use my name, “Stephen Dunifer”, and Free Radio Berkeley as search terms. Also, check out these two websites – www.freeradio.org and www.radiotupa.org. I have continued to promote the cause of Free Speech on the airwaves since Free Radio Berkeley was shut down by a court injunction in 1998 by aiding and encouraging communities to put their own radio stations on the air. Currently, I am in Shenzhen visiting a friend and checking out the local electronics scene which is quite amazing – looking to source parts from here and possibly have mass assembly done for a 10 watt FM transmitter PCB. We design and manufacture our own line of transmitters and other related gear. Kind of low tech compared to CDMA cell phones and the like but they get the job done. I will be headed to India on Sunday for a week. Community radio is just getting off the ground there. Then it is back to Hong Kong for a couple of days and then returning to San Francisco on Feb. 5th.

It would be great to meet some of the folks in Citizens Radio and swap stories. Perhaps you would be able to convey this to them.

Best regards,

Stephen Dunifer

[Updated: 15 April] Woot, the Citizens’ Radio will be back on air this Sunday.

April 15, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, News Related | , , | Leave a comment

Off to IDC Annual Conference in Singapore

I will be off to the IDC Directions 2008 Conference tomorrow and on the afternoon of 18th April, I will be participating in a panel discussion together with a few prominent Asian bloggers on the topic of Generation Y and the emerging power of user-generated content.

During the panel discussion, IDC will host a live Internet feed where non-attendees can follow the debate and submit questions to the panellists in real-time. Questions from online viewers will be fed to the panellists via the moderator.

The live feed can be found on http://www.idc.com.sg/directions2008/gen-y_live.html

For more information about the agenda, please log on http://www.idc.com.sg/directions2008/agenda.asp

To register to attend the event, please log on http://www.idc.com.sg/Events/press_sg.asp

So expect updates to be light the next few days and I will blog from the event wherever possible.

April 15, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll | , | 1 Comment

First Look – PS3 Laptop

This PS3 laptop is the most talkabout gadget this weekend as it’s the one and only one built by Ben Heck and it will be auctioning off by the guys over at alibecks. The specification to the notebook –

  • 17-inch LCD HDTV screen: 720p
  • HDMI-DVI connection (same as last Xbox 360 laptop)
  • Built-in keyboard, USB ports, stereo speakers, headphone jack
  • Size: 17 x 13.75 x 3-inches
  • Weight: 16 pounds!

For more information, check out alibecks’ YouTube site, link here.

Source – alibecks

April 14, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

Get a Dell 3008WFP? Not

If you’re thinking about getting the Dell 3009WFP, you better think twice because Engadget just reported that Dell might be running into issues regarding the 30-inch monitor,

“The Dell 3008 monitor has been well received since launch and has been very popular with customers. In February we experienced a small technical issue with the product that has been long resolved. [Um, it’s only April? –Ed.] Currently the monitors are on extended lead times and in order to manage demand, the 3008 is not available on dell.com. We are managing orders on a prioritized basis and hope to have the product available to all customers in the near future.”

Source – Engadget

April 13, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | 1 Comment

HP 2133 UMPC vs ASUS Eee PC – Boot-up Test

XP vs Vista, not really a head-to-head comparison but well.

Source – TechnologyGuide

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, UMPC, Video | , , | 3 Comments

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – First Look at iPhone Firmware 2.0


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “First Look at iPhone Firmware 2.0”. Click here for the read.

April 10, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, CNET, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Review – HP2133 UMPC

Following my last post on the HP 2133 UMPC, James Kendrick over at jkOnTheRun received a test unit for a week and he just publish a very long and thorough review on it. His take on the HP 2133 –

“I think HP has a real winner on their hands with the Mini. I find it to be a capable notebook computer that is highly portable and the build quality is outstanding. I also find it impressive that the total price swing from entry level (with Linux) to fully loaded is only $250 and there is no question in my mind that the Mini is the best built UMPC at this price level. I wish HP had put an Intel processor instead of the Via but that is probably my long-time prejudice against the Via rather than any actual observed issue. I find it delightful that HP will allow consumers to configure a Mini exactly as desired on their online store which is unusual for such a low-cost device. I would have no problem recommending the Mini to anyone looking for a highly mobile notebook with few compromises.”

If that’s not enough, check out his video review on the HP 2133. For your information, the HP 2133 is ready for order now in the US.

Source – jkOnTheRun

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Mobility, Notebooks, Review, UMPC, Video | , | 1 Comment

Peabody @ The Cavern on 9 April 2008

For more info, go to The Underground’s website, link here.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Nightlife | , , , | 1 Comment

WOOT, Blog Ding over 400,000 Hits in 18 Months

Yet another milestone, another 100,000 hits since 13 January 2008. Thanks to you all out there.

Will try to stay sober and blog a bit more, LOL.

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll | , | 1 Comment

First Look at the Samsung M800 Instinct @ CTIA 2008

Source – MobileBurn

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Video | , , | Leave a comment

3G iPhone Coming in 60 Days?

This just in from Gizmodo, Walt Mossberg confirmed at CTIA that the 3G iPhone will be out in 60 days. WOOT.  For more details, check out Gizmodo’s article here.

Vodpod videos no longer available. Source – gizmodo.com posted with vodpod

April 6, 2008 Posted by | Apple, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

Charlton Heston Died @ 84

pic from BiggestStar.com

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing “Ben-Hur” and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other figures in movie epics of the ’50s and ’60s, has died. He was 84.

The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, family spokesman Bill Powers said.

Above extracted from CNN, full article here.

April 6, 2008 Posted by | E! News, News Related | | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Hippiest new gadget – BELL+HOWELL Genie III Keychain Camera


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “BELL+HOWELL Genie III Keychain Camera”. Click here for the read.

April 6, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Blogroll, Cameras/Camcorders, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , , | Leave a comment