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CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – pleaserobme.com – Your Online Privacy


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “pleaserobme.com – Your Online Privacy”. Click here for the full read.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Social Networking, Websites | , , | Leave a comment

The Complete Guide to Sony A900

a900bookThe Complete Guide for Sony A900 by Gary Friedman is finally out.  For US$29.95, you’ll get this really comprehensive ebook guide on the Sony A900.  I bought this one and the previous one on the A700 and I find it really informative.  In the A900 guide, Gary covers also the updated Sony wireless flash protocol.  For those who had probelms in setting up the new Sony flashes on wireless, this is a must read section.  Below is the write-up features on the guide –

“Gary Friedman’s comprehensive guide to Sony’s full-frame Alpha 900 DSLR presents a detailed description of each function, menu item, and button on the camera, plus has in-depth descriptions and examples of each feature.

Also included in this 525-page compendium are dedicated chapters on Dynamic Range Optimization, Sony’s new Wireless flash protocol, new features unique to the A900, and how to get great-quality high-ISO images out of the camera.

Get the most out of your investment!  Gary’s books are renown for their clear writing style and their ability to convey complex ideas in understandable ways.

This ebook is being sold as a full-color, instantly-downloadable .pdf file (about 20 MB in size).”

For more info, go to this link.

March 11, 2009 Posted by | DSLR, Photography, Websites | , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Best Deal for Mobile Phone & Other Gadgets in Hong Kong


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Best Deal for Mobile Phone & Other Gadgets in Hong Kong”. Click here for the read.

January 4, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong, Mobile Phone, Websites | , , , | Leave a comment

Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty – 15 October 2008

Blog Action Day 2008 is TODAY and this year, the guys at Blog Action Day is focusing on the issue on poverty.

To date, over 7,793 sites with an audience of 9.478.022 readers have registered to participate.

To start off, you can put up a badge or banner on your blog to support the event. Go to their resources page and you’ll find different types of badges and banners of different designs just like the one below to suit your like for you to put up on your blog.

Apart from the above, the organizers would like to take the opportunity to seek bloggers to take some time to think of the poverty issue and incorporating that in their posts. Alternatively, bloggers can also blog about this event so that others maybe aware of the issue.

For more information on how you can participate in the event, head on over to Blog Action Day’s website, link here.

To quote from the organizers –

What Can One Person Do?

Poverty is not only a pressing issue, it is a complex one. It’s easy to think that there isn’t much
an individual can do. Fortunately this isn’t the case at all. With activities ranging from advocacy and
professional contribution to charity and financing, there is in fact many ways that we can act.

Totally agree.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Websites | , , | Leave a comment

New Search Engine – Cuil

A brand new search engine with magazine tabbed style was launched earlier this week.  According to Anna Patterson, the developer of Cuil, Cuil search 121,617,892,992 web pages and that’s three times as many as Google indexes.  Wow.  If you search “Hong Kong”, you’ll find “Hong Kong Phooey” on the first page of tabs, in fact the fourth tab, hehe, but anything related to this site only shows up on the third page.  Nonetheless, still pretty cool.

Check out Cuil at http://www.cuil.com/.

Oops, forgot to credit my buddy Spike for slipping this one to me.  Owe you one bro.

Source – Gizmodo, Honkie Town Reducked

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Software, Websites | , | 1 Comment

iTunes Store HK is Live BUT……

But only applications for iPhone and iPod.  No movies, no songs, no nothing……

July 11, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, Websites | , | 3 Comments

Photoblog – Phooey Pics

Finally started on the project, that is to setup my own photoblog and albums, didn’t know it takes up that much time in doing so.  The blog is called Phooey Pics and can be found over at http://phooeypics.wordpress.com.  I will be adding more pics to the ablbums as I am currently seventeen albums down.

Hmm… too much work, too little time.

July 7, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Websites | , | Leave a comment

New Blog over at Lifestyle Hong Kong

Officially writing for Lifestyle Hong Kong (http://lifestyle.hk).  You can find my personal page over at Lifestyle at the link here.  Register as a member and add me as a friend on LifestyleHK as I will be giving out a free iPod Touch by end of this month.

July 2, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Websites | , | Leave a comment

iPhone 3G Tariffs (for Hong Kong) Announced

Well, it’s finally out, the iPhone tariffs, read it and weep.

For more info, head over to 3HK’s website here.  3HK also put up a FAQ page to answer SOME useful questions such as –

Will 3 Hong Kong customers be given any priority when pre-register for the iPhone 3G?
As a token of thanks to our long term customers, 3Supreme customers will enjoy priority when pre-registering for the iPhone 3G. We also have a hassle-free online pre-registration programme in place for mass customers. Simply register here and we will contact you phase by phase subject to stock availability.
Will standalone iPhone 3G handset be available for sale?
No. The iPhone 3G needs to go with a series of data-centric tariff plan in order to perform its best. 3 Hong Kong has tailor-made a series of data tariff plans, coupled with unique contents and applications, allowing 3G users to fully indulge in the mobile Internet world.

You can find the FAQ page here.

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Websites | , , | 3 Comments

What is SuperLame?

Have you ever wanted to add a caption to a picture? What about making a comic out of your photos? Well, SuperLame created a web tool that let’s you do exactly that. With their program you can quickly, easily, enjoyably, and freely add word balloons to all your pictures. The program is currently in beta but very easy to use, check it out here.

Pic from E! Online

After using SuperLame

[Well, I’m in a pitiful mood as the Celtics lost to the Lakers today. Not in the mood to blog so I’m posting this lame one. Bear with me for now.]

June 16, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Pics, Software, Websites | , , | Leave a comment

Photoshop Express Adds Flickr Integration & More

This just in from Adobe, seems like they finally got the Flickr integration working with their beta version of Photoshop Express. This was quick considering they just announced the new features last week, for the press release on 8 May from Adobe, click here.

May 16, 2008 Posted by | Cameras/Camcorders, Photography, Software, Websites | , , , | Leave a comment

My Gear – PowerMonkey Mobile Charger



[26 March] My iPod been running out of juice a lot lately as I’ve been watching quite a bit of video podcast on it and it really drains the battery fast. That was pretty frustrating until my sister got me the PowerMonkey mobile charger from PowerTraveller on her way back from San Francisco (at the airport). This charger comes with –

1 x PowerMonkey Unit
1 x Universal Mains adaptor
Adaptor for Nokia and Mini Nokia, Motorola V66, Samsung E900, Siemens C25 and Sony Ericsson wide connector
1 x Mini USB for Motorola Razr V series, Blackberry and Bluetooth headsets
1 x Direct iPod adaptor
1 x USB smart phones, PDA and other devices
1 x Connector for Sony PSP and most digital cameras
1 x Black travel pouch

The capacity of the PowerMonkey is 2200mAh, although less than the Tekkeon myPower Go MP1500 I have, the included iPod connector sure comes in handy (never order the iPod connector from Tekkeon). Another great thing about the charger is that it could hold its charge without leakage for up to 6 months. The PowerMonkey is available on ExpanSys, link here.

[Updated: 3 April] Turned out that the iPhone/iPod charger that came with the PowerMonkey did not work with my iPod Touch. Sent a email to the manufacturer (info@powertraveller.com) last week and they replied that Apple had recently changed their charging connections and because of that, a new connector tip with a new chip was developed and they promised to send me one for free.

Finally got the new tip today and Voila, it works. Just in time for my Singapore trip in 2 weeks. Continue reading

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Review, Websites | , , | 4 Comments

Microsoft Announces Windows Mobile 6.1

Press Release from Microsoft below, link to full article here.

LAS VEGAS— April 1, 2008 —Windows Mobile is improving smartphones to better meet people’s rapidly expanding work and personal needs, Microsoft Corp. today announced. At CTIA Wireless 2008, the company unveiled the newest version of Internet Explorer Mobile, which adds desktop-grade Web browsing to Windows Mobile phones. In addition, Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6.1, an update for its Windows Mobile software that includes new time-saving features, easier phone navigation and management, and increased security safeguards.

“People want a single phone that’s flexible enough to meet their needs throughout their day, whether it’s connecting to work or your everyday life,” said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. “The innovations we’ve added to our Windows Mobile software ultimately make it easier to manage your world.”

Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, delivers the keynote address at CTIA Wireless 2008, Las Vegas, April 1, 2008.
Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, delivers the keynote address at CTIA Wireless 2008, Las Vegas, April 1, 2008.
Click for high-res version.

“Microsoft is taking the necessary steps to broaden its consumer appeal while also addressing the complex mobile needs of the enterprise,” said Ben Bajarin, analyst with Creative Strategies. “Internet Explorer Mobile and Windows Mobile 6.1 demonstrate Microsoft’s ability to harness its technologies to bring tangible innovations and benefits to customers and partners.”

Updated Internet Explorer Mobile Brings the Quality of Desktop Web Browsing to Phones

The new version of Internet Explorer Mobile adds the ability to easily view full-screen Web pages and multimedia on the Web with a smartphone. By taking advantage of Internet Explorer 6 technologies and supporting established and upcoming industry standards such as H.264, Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight, the updated Internet Explorer Mobile gives people a rich mobile Internet experience. The update will be available to mobile phone partners in the third quarter of 2008, with the first Windows Mobile phones using the new version expected to be available by the end of 2008.

Windows Mobile Update Drives Simpler Experience

Windows Mobile 6.1 features several key updates based on customer feedback, including the capability to make the most critical information readily available at a glance, quicker phone setup, and enhanced features adapted for the small screen. In addition, if coupled with System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 or Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Windows Mobile 6.1 provides the best experience for IT professionals to manage mobile phones for businesses.

Windows Mobile 6.1 will help people get more from their phones by bringing updates to what they care about most. With Windows Mobile 6.1 users will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Stay up to date and share from a single location. Glance at and respond to notifications such as missed calls, upcoming appointments and new messages from the home screen as well as play music and share photos.
  • Get up and running in minutes. From setting up e-mail, a Bluetooth headset or Wi-Fi, the new Getting Started Center makes the phone experience intuitive and simple.
  • Save time with features adapted for the small screen. Easily flag, delete or move groups of messages and keep track of conversations through threaded text messaging. Zoom in on text or pictures, or view an entire Web page at once.
  • Help keep business information protected. Support for System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 helps administrators manage phones similarly to a Windows-based PC or access company data that may be behind a firewall; and support for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 advanced mobile policies helps businesses manage and administer security for phones while enabling people to find, share, and use information no matter where they are.

Source – Microsoft PressPass

April 2, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Microsoft, Mobile Phone, Websites | , | 2 Comments

First Look – Project Virgle

Want to be the among the first to colonize Mars? if so, you should join Project Virgle (Virgin + Google). Well, this ain’t another April Fool’s joke but sure looks like one until I finished the whole video from Richard Branson. For more information on joining Project Virgle as a Virgile Pioneer, visit http://www.google.com/virgle.

For now, enjoy the video and see you on north side of Kasei Valles!

“Sorry, but the page you’re looking for doesn’t actually exist. Why? Well, because…we didn’t have time to build it. Because we didn’t think that particular page was all that important. Because this is just an early version of the Virgle site and lots more pages will be coming down the pike as the project —

— oh, all right. Fine. April Fool’s. Ha, ha, ha. It isn’t real. There. Are you happy? Does it please you to drag us out of our lovely little fantasy world, to crush all our hopes and dreams? Is that really what you need to hear? Fine, you’ve heard it. Virgle isn’t real.

Yet.” extracted from Virgle FAQ page

Source – projectvirgle

April 1, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Google, Video, Websites | , , , | Leave a comment