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CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Earth Day 2008 @ Cyberport on 22 April 2008


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Earth Day 2008 @ Cyberport, Hong Kong”. Click here for the read.


March 31, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Event, Websites | , , , | Leave a comment

Earh Hour – 29 March, 8PM Your Local Time


Who: YOU! Everyone around the world
What: http://www.earthhour.org/
When: March 29, 2008, 8pm your local time
Where: In your own home and/or workplace
Why: To create AWARENESS about energy consumption


This happens in your home or your workplace at 8pm (your local time) on March 29th WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD by simply turning off your lights, your TV, your dishwasher, your heating or a/c. You don’t have to be in Toronto (they won’t let me not put something in that spot) or a major city to participate.

On March 29th, 2008 at 8pm local time Earth Hour will commence ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a POWERFUL MESSAGE about the need for action on global warming.

Be part of making Earth Hour 2008 a huge, global success by telling your friends and family. Remember, every single light makes a statement and makes a difference.

Last year, on 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney (Australia) businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,616 cars off the road for a year.

++Pledge your support for Earth Hour and find out more about the lights-out campaign at earthhour.org, the official website. http://www.earthhour.org, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=8240986531

March 27, 2008 Posted by | Event, Websites | | Leave a comment

First Look – Searchme

Searchme is a new search engine that shows you the search results as a stack of pages you can flip through. Searchme’s engine delivers results as a browsable stack of “pages” — pictures of actual web pages that users can check out before visiting them. Searchme also suggests categories to users as they type in search terms, providing shortcuts to the best results.

I love this cover flow look-alike search engine.  If you want to try out the beta, go sign up at http://www.searchme.com/.

March 13, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Software, Video, Websites | | Leave a comment

Hong Kong ArtWalk – Wednesday, 12 March 2008


Following is the excerpt from the organiser, John Batten, on the Hong Kong ArtWalk homepage –

“Now in its eighth year, ArtWalk is Hong Kong’s biggest charity art event. The ArtWalk benefiting charity for 2008 is, as last year, the Society for Community Organization (SOCO) – who received a donation of HK$539,000 raised from tickets sold from ArtWalk 2007.

This year, 55 galleries (an increase from last year’s 50 and 41 in 2006) will open their doors between 5 pm to 12 midnight on Wednesday, 12 March 2008 and you can view an array of art in galleries in the SOHO, Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, Central, Aberdeen, Causeway Bay, Tai Koo Shing and Happy Valley areas of Hong Kong Island – a free shuttle bus is available to transport participants between Central, Wan Chai, Wong Chuk Hang and Aberdeen.

This year, we have organised ArtWalk Extra featuring additional displays of art, artistic ideas and resources that you can also see while walking from gallery to gallery: sculpture, small-scale installation, video, street banners and impromptu sound performances can be viewed on the street as you walk on Artwalk.

ArtWalk is simple: after buying an ArtWalk ticket and receiving your comprehensive ArtWalk brochure and map and entry badge you can – on ArtWalk night – start at any of the galleries at any time, and then take any route you wish in any order to visit (or re-visit) galleries. Free wine, beer and water will be served by each of the participating galleries as well as ‘finger food’ provided by our sponsoring restaurants.

This website gives you full information about the event and how to purchase tickets – go to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for a quick summary about ArtWalk.

Please join us for a unique night of art, food and spontaneous camaraderie!”

For more information, please visit their site at http://www.hongkongartwalk.com

March 5, 2008 Posted by | Art, Event, Websites | | 2 Comments

Google Sites Tour

February 29, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Google, Software, Video, Websites | | Leave a comment

First Look – FriendFeed


What is FriendFeed, well, it’s basically a RSS feed aggregator which tracks what your friend are up to by compiling their RSS, diggs and status messages across different platforms. The idea is pretty nifty and the company is founded by a bunch of ex-Googlers. It is in beta testing right now and if you are interested, hop over to their website at http://friendfeed.com to sign up.

The following is an excerpt from their site –

“With FriendFeed, you list the people you want to keep in touch with. They let us know what services they use (e.g., Flickr or Facebook or Picasa Web Albums), and you get a personalized feed of what they are up to. So, if your friend favorites a video on YouTube, you get a link and a thumbnail of the video in your feed. And if your friend likes a news story on Digg, you get a link in your feed. You don’t need to install anything to use FriendFeed — our crawling technology automatically picks up all the stuff you do on the web sites you already use with no additional effort on your part.

FriendFeed makes all the sites you already use a little more social, letting your friends discover the stuff you discover, comment on it, and share it.

You can use FriendFeed on FriendFeed.com, or if you already use Facebook, you can add our Facebook application to connect your Facebook profile to all the other products you use around the web. You can also view your FriendFeed in your iGoogle homepage or read it in a feed reader. If you make your FriendFeed publicly visible (kind of like a blog that writes itself), you can embed your FriendFeed in your home page or blog.

FriendFeed is currently in private beta testing so we can get feedback and bug reports from early adopters. We will be opening up the service to everyone in the next month or so based on their feedback. If you want to be a FriendFeed beta tester, sign up on our waiting list, and we will give you an account as soon as we have the capacity.”

February 22, 2008 Posted by | Facebook, Gadgets n Gizmos, Social Networking, Software, Websites | , , , | Leave a comment

First Look – TouchFlo 2 aka Manila?


Pics on the next generation TouchFLO leaked on the::unwired.  Seems like HTC Insider have the cab file posted. Install at your own risk, no news on whether it is legit or whether it is workable or not.

Source – the::unwired

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Software, Websites | | Leave a comment

Dream Cortex and Sanrio Digital win Hong Kong ICT Award


Congratulations to the guys over at Dream Cortex (www.dreamcortex.com) for winning the Digital Entertainment Merit Award for Best Digital Animation TV Series at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2007. Their computer generated animated series, “The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” was produced in partnership with Sanrio Digital (Hong Kong) (www.sanriodigital.com).

The Hong Kong ICT Awards (www.hkictawards.hk) is a collaborative effort among industry organizations, ICT professional bodies, academia and the Government to select and honor the territory’s finest accomplishments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The Best Digital Entertainment Award recognizes the best works produced in the Hong Kong digital entertainment industry.


‘The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends’ is licensed by Sanrio Digital (Hong Kong), who shares the award with Dream Cortex. This is the first Sanrio television production made in Hong Kong, and the first Sanrio series made entirely in CGI (Computer Generated Imaging). The series follows the adventures of well-known Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, My Melody, Keroppi, Badtz Maru, Pochacco, and many others. Co-directed by Dream Cortex Creative Leader Philip Lau and Emmy Award nominee Matthew Swanson, ‘The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends’ is humorous and entertaining, but also rich in ethical and educational values.

For more information, please see the press release at www.dreamcortex.com.

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, News Related, Websites | , , | 1 Comment

First Look Video – Connect A Desk


Now this is a true geeky gadget for those who need to work on the move from Connect A Desk. For more information, visit their website here. The price tag for it, US$34.95, a bit hefty. Here’s the demo video for it. Due to the poor video quality, press play and then press the pause button to play the video.

Vodpod videos no longer available. video source posted with vodpod

January 20, 2008 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Notebooks, Video, Websites | | Leave a comment

Web Wednesday is Tonight, 9 January 2008

Web Wednesday V8.0 will be held at the Lotus Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge on 37-43 Pottinger Street, Central Hong Kong. The event will kick of at 6:30 p.m. with a sofa session interview at 7pm and continue until your throat runs dry!

Guest speaker for the sofa session interview will Mr. P.K. Chan, CEO of Team and Concepts Limited, a local Hong Kong software development house that has developed an award-winning online spreadsheet service, called “EditGrid”, found at www.editgrid.com.

This Web 2.0 collaborative tool was launched in April 2006 and has already generated 50,000+ users worldwide. Remarkably, one of their financial spreadsheet creators has generated 1 million views!

You can read their blog posting here:

EditGrid is a Winner of the Red Herring 100 Asia 2007 Awards

And one of the five finalists of the Crunchies Best Enterprise Start-up, alongside 37 signals and zoho!

The sofa session interview will focus on how to launch, fund and grow a start-up enterprise out of Hong Kong.

For more information in Web Wednesday Hong Kong, please visit their site at http://www.webwednesday.hk/

January 9, 2008 Posted by | Event, Web Wednesday, Websites | , | Leave a comment

Asia’s Winning Young Entrepreneurs

BusinessWeek just announced the results to their 2007 Young Entrepreneurs competition and coming fourth is Hong Kong’s very own Leon Ho.

Rounding out the top four is Hong Kong’s Leon Ho, the entrepreneur behind Stepcase, a Web 2.0 company. Ho describes Stepcase as a “productivity solution company” that attracts more than 1 million visitors per month. One of its sites, called Lifehack, is a popular blog that delivers self-help news and other ideas on “lifehacks,” or tricks that people can use to boost their productivity. Stepcase Apps, currently under development, will be an online software platform for helping people get more organized. “Stepcase is a rare opportunity for me, as it fits all my passions—productivity, Web, software development, and startup,” he says. “I started the blog because I wanted to share what I have learned on productivity.” – Excerpt from BusinessWeek

Congratulations Leon.

If you want to find out more about Lifehack, check out their website at this link, http://www.lifehack.org/.

January 4, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Websites | , , | Leave a comment

What is My Meebo


My Meebo is a very useful Instant Messaging (IM) tool which I planted on the right side of my widget bar. Readers can send me instant messages if the status show that I am online. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries on products reviewed here, shopping tips and tech advices. Below is an excerpt of an inquiry I had earlier this evening.

[20:29] meeboguest380669: HI!
[20:29] meeboguest380669: I am from India and on a Holiday in Hong Kong.
[20:29] hongkongphooey: hi
[20:30] hongkongphooey: hope u enjoy your stay
[20:30] meeboguest380669: Thanks
[20:30] meeboguest380669: I wanted to buy a Bluetooth Kepboard for my Curve.
[20:30] meeboguest380669: Also wanted to some carry pouches for cruve
[20:31] hongkongphooey: ok, where r u staying atm?
[20:31] meeboguest380669: I just can t seem to find any place in HK for this.
[20:31] hongkongphooey: which area?
[20:32] meeboguest380669: I am staying at Sham Tseng.
[20:32] meeboguest380669: I visited Golden Computer Centre also. Could not find anything.
[20:33] hongkongphooey: strange, would assume they have it there at Golden
[20:33] meeboguest380669: If you dont mind, Can I have your tel no. Then I can call you.
[20:33] meeboguest380669: No.
[20:33] meeboguest380669: They had Omix BT keyboard.
[20:33] meeboguest380669: Last time I bought the same, but did not work on my 8700g.
[20:33] meeboguest380669:
[20:33] hongkongphooey: another place you can try is the Wanchai Computer Shopping centres, but again, the brands are pretty limited
[20:34] meeboguest380669: What about the leather cases for Curve? Any place I can pick them up.
[20:34] hongkongphooey: sec, phone
[20:35] hongkongphooey: back
[20:35] hongkongphooey: ok, think you can try the Sintat Centre in Mongkok
[20:36] hongkongphooey: they specialize in mobile phone accessories there
[20:36] hongkongphooey: take the subway to Mongkok station, not that hard to find, ask the customer service people at the station how to get to Sintat
[20:36] hongkongphooey: they would then show you the exit
[20:37] hongkongphooey: should be able to find stuff for your curve
[20:37] meeboguest380669: Ok. Thanks,
[20:37] meeboguest380669: I will try.
[20:37] hongkongphooey: but then, Blackberries although quite common in HK
[20:37] hongkongphooey: ppl do tend to order their accessories from US
[20:37] meeboguest380669: ok
[20:38] hongkongphooey: but for holster or leather cases, u should be able to find them
[20:38] hongkongphooey: and if lucky, you might be able to find the BT keypad
[20:38] hongkongphooey: hope this helps
[20:39] meeboguest380669: Sure.
[20:40] meeboguest380669: Thanks for your time.
[20:40] meeboguest380669: Bye for now.
[20:40] meeboguest380669: May be catch you online tomorrow.
[20:40] hongkongphooey: k, good luck shopping
[20:41] Meebo Message: meeboguest380669 has left your page

Apart from being able to incorporate My Meebo on your site (via Meebo Me), My Meebo is also one of the best all-in-one IM solution for you MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Jabber, ICQ and AIM. Try it out today, Meebo’s homepage link here.

January 3, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Mobility, Software, Websites | , | Leave a comment

Modbook – Mac Tablet, Released

Photo from engadget

Axiotron, Inc., a leading proprietary high-tech hardware solution provider, announced today (31 Dec) that its flagship product, the Modbook, the first fully functional Apple-authorized tablet Mac solution, is now shipping to its retail channel.

The only Mac-based tablet computer on the market, Axiotron’s Modbook seamlessly integrates a state-of-the-art Wacom® digitized pen-sensitive LCD slate-style display with Apple MacBook’s legendary ease of use and design sensibility, giving artists and design-oriented professionals enhanced onscreen writing and drawing functionality when they need it most.

“After introducing the product earlier in the year, we have experienced a tremendous amount of positive response to the Modbook as its exclusive modular design and superior functionality provide the best tablet solution on the market for artists and designers,” said Andreas Haas, President of Axiotron. “The Modbook’s recent designation as an Apple-authorized product has allowed us to better meet the needs of our extremely patient customers and we are proud to be able to ship a product that resets the bar for Mac users everywhere.”

Named Best of Show at Macworld 2007, Axiotron’s Modbook melds Apple MacBook’s speed, power, superior strength and elegance with Wacom’s leading digitizer technology to provide an unparalleled 512 levels of pressure sensitivity for a fast, accurate and intuitive user experience. Offering twice the pen sensitivity and control of any tablet PC on the market, the Modbook gives artists and design oriented professionals the increased freedom, flexibility and precision control to create and edit digital art using a variety of specially designed pen tips that are included with each Modbook.

A perfect blend of style and functionality, each Modbook comes pre-installed with Mac OS X Leopard™, the award winning OS X’s built-in Inkwell® handwriting recognition, a 2.0 GHz or 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a built-in iSight® camera and an integrated 24x DVD Combo drive or 8x DVD SuperDrive. Also, every Modbook features a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS).

In addition to all of the features of the powerful Apple MacBook base system, the Axiotron Modbook’s largest-in-class wide angle 13.3″ widescreen display offers wider viewing angles and a higher contrast ratio, resulting in darker blacks and more vivid, saturated colors while maintaining the same resolution and aspect ratio of the original MacBook display.

According to GottaBeMobile, it is available via Other World Computing starting at US$2279. Here’s an old video on the Modbook.

Source – Axiotron’s Press Release, GottaBemobile

January 3, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mac, Tablet PCs, Video, Websites | , , | 1 Comment

Email Icon Generator


Ever want your own email icon like the one above? be it gmail, yahoo, MSN, hotmail, live, sina, yahoo, AOL or what not, now you can use the Email Icon Generator to generate your email address icon for personal use.  I’m using it as some of my own digital pictures watermark and it looks pretty good.  Check out their site, link here.

December 26, 2007 Posted by | Beyond Geekiness, Software, Websites | | Leave a comment