Online tools

In the past, I had to run my own CMS, forums, download whatever section such as this one and you’ll know that I’ve ran Geeklog for many years till recently this year when I switched over to VMWare a lot and to WordPress.

That made me wonder about the killer app that has elude the media for so many years. Email as they put it, was the killer app. The one app that everyone use and cannot live without. So has the new killer app arrived? I believe so. So what is it?

It is a multiple combination of apps I would say. From file sharing sites, MASHUP sites, photos sites, social networking, free forums systems, blog/ CMS systems, what the word now know as Web Two Point Zero.

So what is Web 2.0? It’s what you and your kids may have already been using. Programming languages like AJAX or sites like YouTube all uses these. It’s computing, on the Internet. Lesser and lesser processing could well be needed by your desktop computers in the years to come, yet, our computers are becoming more and more powerfulto the average home users leaving them with a lot of processing power and nothing much to process.

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Singaporean aged 15 – 24 years of age spends on online instant messaging services daily. The survey also says an average of 1 hour 34 mins on email, 1.5 hours in online communitie (forums I presume?) and 3 hours 43 mins on other Internet activities…facebook/ Myspace maybe? – Source Synovate.

What a waste of time!!! What the hell are this group of people thinking? Heck, I have friends who basically live in Facebook. Work suffers…get a real life!

Partition Magic for Mac OS X?

There don’t seem to be such an application. I was meddling around my Mac OS X Leopard and created one more partition on top of the 2 I am using for MAC OS X Leopard and Windows (Bootcamp). My company’s VPN do not work well with Parellell-ed Windows booting up from the Bootcamp partition thus at times, I will need to boot into “full” windows mode. One extra partition as I was trying to increase my Bootcamp partition size in the end, messed up more things…

The solution was seems to be the only one as I was in a hurry to restore my Mac back to it’s original condition with a bigger harddisk size. A little help came from here.

Apple should make it easier I hope in future release.

I backed up my WIndows partition using WinClone into OSX’s partition.

I started Bootcamp Assistant, restore the harddisk to it’s original 250Gb ,

WinClone back the backed up partition file. It’s a single file and it’s done. With a newly partition 100Gb for me dedicated for Windows XP.

SMS Backup stupid!

It’s plain dumb why some people still think Telcos can actually save SMS for them on their servers when the solution is right in front of them and at times free of charge? Read this first…
Deleted an SMS? Don’t hope to retrieve it
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IF YOU have deleted an important text message, don’t expect your cellphone company to have a magical backup server that will bail you out.

One Singapore man recently found that out the hard way when he tried to recover messages that he had trashed nine months ago.

Mr Huang Yongliang wrote to The Straits Times Forum this week asking about the possibility of retrieving the long-since-deleted texts.

“I got curious about the policies on retrieving SMSes when I accidentally deleted mine,” said Mr Huang.

The 27-year-old said he wanted the texts for “personal reasons”, but declined to elaborate.

Telecom companies, though, said customers can practically kiss the messages goodbye once they hit the delete button. The companies handle billions of messages annually and deleted SMSes are expunged from servers almost immediately, they say.

SingTel, for example, said it processes 20 million text messages a day. That adds up to around seven billion a year.

“It is therefore not economically or physically viable to store SMSes in our system for retrieval purposes,” said its corporate communications manager Cheam Tze Hui in a statement.

There are a few exceptions. Logs that record the phone number, date and time of an SMS are captured and stored. StarHub and M1 keep these records for seven years and one year respectively. It is understood that these logs serve as verification when customers dispute SMS charges on their bills.

Meanwhile, telecom companies say they also face privacy concerns when it comes to releasing text messages. Even if they are still on a backup server, SingTel said it will not release them – not even to someone who wants to retrieve his own message.

Telecom companies will, however, release the information to the police and the courts. The former have the right to such information when they are investigating a crime.

In 2001, police probing fake bomb threats sent via SMS traced the texts to a 20-year-old national serviceman. They tracked him using help from the telcos, which would not specifically reveal the method. But the telcos suggested that it involved SMS logs.

In civil lawsuits, a judge can order companies to release messages if they are relevant to the case, according to Mr P. Padman, a partner in law firm Tito Isaac & Co. He has encountered this in defamation and divorce cases in the past. However, telcos are obliged to give the courts only information which they still possess.

The only way to be certain of retaining the SMSes for one’s own use is to keep them in phones, according to service providers.

Two telcos – M1 and StarHub – said SMSes are purged from their systems as soon as they are delivered. SingTel would only say that while this is not done daily, it is fairly regular.

There’s tons of application including free bundled ones ranging from Sony Erricson, Nokia to of course Windows Mobile phones. I personally uses Windows Mobile phone exclusively since my O2 Mini days and since then, from O2 Mini to Dopod 838 to O2 Zinc to my current Samsung Blackjack, I’ve used Jeyo’s offerings from my early days and they have served me well. I was using the integrated SMS support from Jeyo, Jeyo Mobile Extender, that integrate into Outlook. A perfect, easy to use and anyone using Windows Mobile phones will have already acquainted themselves with Outlook a long time ago, scheduling their days, managing contacts and tasks and all. Now I uses a smaller and nimble application from Jeyo for my Samsung i600 aka the Blackjack, Jeyo Mobile Companion. Mobile Extender does not really work as well with my Samsung for god knows reasons but well, Companion works perfectly. I can send and receive sms to and from my phone via the PC whenever the phone is plugged in. The best part is of course the backing up which is what I am still wondering why when and if an SMS is so important, people are actually depending on Telcos to retrieve for them?!

SMS backup with Companion is done with a few clicks and is in the all roundly accepted XML format! How cool is that? File size are darn small at 98kb for a backup I have of 2033 SMSes.

Do yourself a favour today. NOW. Install whatever CD/ DVD bundled software that has come with your phone and find out of SMS backup is bundled. Windows Mobile users, visit Jeyo… unless you love the hassle of going through Telcos like how Mr Huang from the article may just love doing or with too much free time i his hands with his “personal reasons” SMS that he wish to retrieve aka mushy lovey SMS from some ex maybe?

die vista die!

I couldn’t take it any longer. Even so when it wasn’t my personal laptop, I’m using a free macbook now, that came with my ISP. It’s rather common in Singapore to have ISP tie up such deals with the fruit company, HP even Lenovo. My gal’s laptop a LG Z1 Pro, looks good on the outside but inside who knows, well, it’s quite a standard 1Gb Ram, 120Gb SATA, ATI graphics and all but well, we weren’t together when she got it, i’ll strongly object! ha! It’s running Vista Home Premium and it just makes my blood boil running things i need to on it. It’s darn slow and on a laptop that has a gigabyte of ram, it shouldn’t and i was not comparing it with my 4Gb ram-ed macbook. It simply cannot be under performing that much and I was cork sure it was Vista!

I ran whatever i can think of, Spybot Search and Destroy, Ad-aware, installed Firefox, Picasa to try out, the performance just does not match a machine with 1Gb of ram…so I went Google-ing and found this. Pefect! Install XP after Vista has been installed. It’s simple,

partition the existing 120Gb (i used Acronis Disk Director Suite 10),

install XP on it,

install .Net 2.0 Framwork,

install easyBCD, following that link’s instruction and all done. Now, it’s just installing MS Office, Firefox, Nero etc all back and of course to let her know, yes, I have installed XP but your painfully slow Vista is still around, if you want, I’ll fully migrate everything. I bet she’ll be amazed she actually spend good money on a laptop that was actually fast, not blazing but it’s faster running XP than Vista!

One less Vista user, that’s for sure…and I wont recommend a LG laptop to anyone. You try searching for Z1 Pro Drivers on It’s confusing and it takes a lot of steps to just go back to the same page should you close your browser. The pages’s iFrame do not align properly either, at least not on some laptops, I was using my VAIO m505 then my home Dell 2405FPW. With the 24 incher Dell, i can see mostly and download links are visible but not on the m505. Support LG, we need a better support page that’s more friendly. Take a leaf from MSI or Asus‘s support pages. It’s clearn, I type in any model, it’ll show up.

Lastly, the downloaded ATI drivers for graphics do not work. I rebooted into Vista to double check, it’s shown as 945GM chipset family of drivers, no problem then since I believe Intel will provide some alternative and yep, they do. Here or from here.

mScape in Singapore!

Last November, i wrote about HP’s mScape technology, it’s here! in Singapore.

There is a new playground for Singaporeans to head to for some fun and relaxation now that HortPark has been officially unveiled to the public. Officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on May 10, HortPark is Southeast Asia’s first one-stop gardening and lifestyle hub. It also serves as a park connector for Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park.

HP Singapore is playing a very big role in helping the National Parks Board (NParks) promote HortPark by developing an eLearning trail for upper primary and lower secondary students. Called HortPark Mediascape, this pilot project uses HP mScape Non-HP site technology to create a self-conducted virtual tour, which will allow visitors to learn more about the park and its flora.

However, this is unlike any normal guided tour. Students use the HP iPAQ 612 Business Navigator to get information on a particular attraction in the park when they arrive at the corresponding hotspot. There will be 26 hotspots spread around this 23-hectare park, but this is not all. Interactive quizzes and games have been developed to engage the students. These activities are based on an original fairytale—The Enchanted Flower Kingdom—created by HP Singapore. Featuring the five geomancy elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth, this game will make learning about the park more fun and enriching for students.

Tan Yen Yen, Vice President & Managing Director of HP Singapore, and Yong Yiam Tong from TSG Education Services had the opportunity to demonstrate HortPark Mediascape to PM Lee when he stopped by the Herb & Spice Garden during his tour of HortPark.

Tan shared HP’s commitment to innovate for the environment. “With HortPark Mediascape, HP is tapping its creativity and technological expertise to interest and educate the young in nature and flora.”

Ng Lang, CEO of NParks, said: “Technology can add a new dimension to our mission to create memorable recreational experiences and lifestyles for Singaporeans. Our partnership with HP is an important step to giving park visitors personalized, interactive experiences using technology.”

The entire mediascape interactive experience in HortPark will take a maximum of 25 minutes for visitors to complete and up to three people can share one device. The public can rent the HP iPAQ 612 Business Navigators for free once a month if they join the guided walks conducted by NParks. However, visitors have to make advance bookings via the hotline or email.

HortPark Mediascape is not the first mediascape project HP Singapore has done. HP, IDA and Tao Nan School of Singapore collaborated on a mScape-based learning game trial in the Singapore Zoo last June. Presently, there are no public places in Singapore that are using a similar technology.