Saturday, December 31, 2005

A New Year talk by FF

Happy New Year 2006 - A New Year talk by FF in Hong Kong 峰峰零六新年賀詞 ( Play now )

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Gift Guide: Dell 2405FPW

Engadget: "Well, it's been a nice run everyone. For the last day of Engadget's Holiday Gift Guide we present the mother of all 2005 monitors, Dell's 2405FPW. Hopefully you've gotten all your holiday shopping done by now, because if you expect to make a run to pick one up today, you're probably gonna be sorely disappointed -- they're not sold in stores, of course. But the good news is the 2405's successor, the 3007WFP, is about to be launched in about two weeks, so if you're down with being the late gift-giver (or are just in the market for a new display), you'll probably be able to pick one of these up for a song in the very near future. Hey, it won't be anything to scoff at for some time; after all, it may not have the luster of one of those beautiful Apple Cinema displays, but outside matching its 1920 x 1200 resolution, the 2405FPW does have a leg up on the Apple 23-inch with an extra viewable inch of screen real estate, penty more inputs, a 1000:1 contrast ratio (over 400:1), brightness of 500 cd/m2 (over 270 cd/m2), and a 9-in-1 card reader."

Monday, December 19, 2005

'Modest' deal struck in Hong Kong

BBC NEWS | Business | 'Modest' deal struck in Hong Kong: "A limited trade deal has been reached in Hong Kong after developing countries approved a European Union offer to end farm export subsidies by 2013."

Agricultural subsidies: Farm export subsidies will progressively be phased out by 2013. However, there has been no agreement on import tariffs
Cotton: Rich countries will phase out export subsidies for cotton but there is no agreement on a date for reducing domestic subsidies for US farmers
Development Aid: The poorest countries will get quota-free and duty-free access to global markets for 97% of their goods

There was a large police presence around the venue after clashes between police and demonstrators on Saturday, which left 70 people injured.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

NEC’s N701i ECO corn-based phone >

Engadget - "NEC is busting out an edible environmentally friendly phone, the N701i ECO, to match their corn laptops. The phone body is made up of 75 percent plant materials, including corn and potatoes. Once disposed of (we hope not before) the phone eventually becomes water and carbon dioxide, leaving the earth free from housing another lame out-of-date phone. Seriously guys, not even mother nature wants to be caught toting that old black and white screened Nokia of yours, or this Bluetooth-less N701i. She’s gotta represent."

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

See you in Hong Kong this Sunday

FF: "I got the ticket through Airline Network, can't believe I still can get a cheap ticket in the last minutes

will arrive Hong Kong this Saturday, see u there"

Monday, December 12, 2005

Fuel depot blast sparks massive fire

icWales - Fuel depot blast sparks massive fire: "A huge fire raged after a series of explosions ripped through an oil storage depot in what is thought to be the largest incident of its kind in peacetime Europe."

Miraculously, only two people were seriously injured among 43 casualties, after flames shot hundreds of feet into the sky following the blasts at the Buncefield depot, near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, police said.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott tonight visited the scene of the blasts, the first of which happened just after 6am at the fuel terminal in Leverstock Green, close to junction 8 of the M1.

The force of the incident could be heard up to 100 miles away sparking fears of a terrorist attack or a plane crash.

But Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Frank Whiteley said they were treating the incident as an accident.

Friday, December 09, 2005

GOLD V3i coming to Dolce & Gabbana

GOLD V3i coming to Dolce & Gabbana - Engadget - "Now that the RAZR has become the new StarTAC, fashionistas need a new way to make their uber-slim cellphone draw wows, so Dolce has teamed up with Moto to offer just the product. A few lucky people (1000, to be exact) will soon be able to pick up a special edition gold V3i from D&G boutiques worldwide, which is now a necessary component in completing the full magenta-silver- black-blue-gold RAZR rainbow. No word yet on the cost, but if you’re even considering buying such an unnecessary piece of showiness, it’s doubtful that price is of much concern."

Thursday, December 08, 2005

IBM 5100 Portable Computer

Old Computers - rare, vintage and obsolete computers:"The Model 5100 is IBM's first microcomputer, i.e. not a mainframe, and is also considered the world's first portable computer. Although at 55-pounds, it might best be described as "self-contained" rather than "portable".

There were very few other computers available at the time, and nothing even close to the capabilities of the 5100. It is a very complete system - with a built-in monitor, keyboard, and data storage. It was also very expensive - up to US$20,000. It was specifically designed for professional and scientific problem-solvers, not business users or hobbyists. "

Introduced:September, 1975
Price: US $19,975 w/ 64K RAM
Weight:55 pounds
CPU:IBM proprietary, 1.9MHz
RAM:16K, 64K max
Display:5" monochrome monitor

64 X 16 text
Storage:Internal 200K tape (DC300)
Ports:tape/printer I/O port

Tesco music sandwich set to harrass Brits this week

Tesco music sandwich set to harrass Brits this week - Engadget - "Tesco, Britain’s largest retailer, is introducing the greeting card-inspired musical sandwich for the dreary lunch crowd this week. Now get this, according to a Tesco spokesman (who’ll remain anonymous to avoid your wrath) the music sandwich “is designed to provide busy office workers with relaxing music to make eating lunch at their desks more enjoyable than ever before.” Open the top of your prawn-and-mayo or perhaps, egg-and-pickle-bits sandwich and kick back to a soothing xmas medley dribbled over that piezoelectric tweeter. Is this a joke — are the four horsemen saddling up? Look, it’s bad enough that those one million desk-bound-lunching Brits are subjected to eating rubber-packed triangular sandwiches with salt-n-vinegar crisps every day until they die (or retire, whichever is first). But must they really be subjected to cheap tinny music to accompany those lonely culinary moments as well? That’s just mean. And certainly the only thing more annoying than listening to Jingle Bells is listening to it played from a nearby cubicle-monkey’s coffer. Please, we beg you, someone send us a video of this joyous experience…maybe we’ve got this all wrong."

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Sweet Hong Kong - NEW Video Podcast

Fradio = Radio and Video Podcast by Danny:"FF在香港的一天, 立即遊覽及體會香港多姿多彩的生活
Sweet Hong Kong - a story about FF's summer life in HK, from Central to CWB, from CWB to bar...~"


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Thousands march for HK democracy

BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Thousands march for HK democracy: "Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a march in Hong Kong to demand a fully democratic political system.

Trade unions, activists and civic groups joined ordinary citizens, some carrying banners denouncing China.

They snaked round streets lined with sky-scrapers towards government offices chanting 'now or never' and 'do you want a clown or a chief executive?'.

Campaigners say they want the Chinese autonomous territory's next leader to be elected by universal suffrage.

In response to mass protests in 2003 and 2004, Beijing made some concessions, namely offering to enlarge the 800-strong election committee charged with selecting a new leader.

However, opposition leaders say the proposals do not go far enough."

Clear message

The BBC's Chris Hogg in Hong Kong said the march appeared to be much larger than many had predicted, with many ordinary citizens and their families taking part.

"I just feel there are moments in one's life when you have to stand up and be counted," said Anson Chan, Hong Kong's former deputy leader and a first-time marcher.

Palu Cheung, 42, who brought his four-year-old daughter, said: "I want my daughter to know that I do this for her and for myself," he told Associated Press. "I think we have the quality to select our own government."

Our correspondent says the rally organisers hope a large turnout will send a clear message to Beijing that they want direct leadership elections and a fully-elected parliament.

"This is make-or-break time," Martin Lee, the veteran leader of the pro-democracy movement told Agence France Presse.

"The more people that come on the march, the more the government will have to do something about this," he said.

Timetable for change

The chief executive is currently chosen by a committee made up of about 800 Hong Kong residents selected by Beijing.

But the island's constitutional document, or Basic Law, contains provisions for ultimately electing the leader by universal suffrage.

However, China has refused implement such reforms to allow the people of Hong Kong to elect their next leader in two years time.

Pro-democracy campaigners say if that remains the case, they should be given a timetable and told when they will be allowed to vote for who rules them.

One lawmaker, Lee Cheuk Yan, said people "are very much disappointed" over the long wait.

In demonstrations in 2003 and 2004, 500,000 people have taken to the streets to protest against the policies of Hong Kong's government.
The rallies shook the administration and its political masters in Beijing. Some say they cost Hong Kong's former leader, Tung Chee-hwa, his job.

The Godfather of Ecstasy - Alexander Shulgin

Alexander Shulgin on MDMA: "The man known as "the Godfather of Ecstasy" passes through a narrow door on a dusk-soaked evening in early winter. His strides are measured, his spine slightly hunched, though he still stands more than six feet tall.

He’s going to be 77 in June, but his words race smoothly from mind to mouth. He wants to show his lab off before it gets too dark. Two weeks ago, a tree fell and cut the power lines completely. "This will give you a taste," he says, his shoes splashing through mud puddles.

Rustic and sturdy, Shulgin’s lab has seen its share of controversy. It was here that Shulgin discovered - or rediscovered - nearly 200 mind-altering chemicals, the most famous being Ecstasy, a drug that continues to dominate the world’s rave scene. In recent years, Shulgin’s research has drawn the ire of law enforcement, most notably the Drug Enforcement Agency, which believes the scientist is largely responsible for creating drugs popular among today’s club kids."

F-radio Podcast 031205

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

World Debut of Ferrari FXX

World Debut of Ferrari FXX - Autoblog - _: "The Bologna Motor Show features the first public showing of the Ferrari FXX, the Ferrari Enzo track car.

Performance? How about 800 hp, custom Bridgestone racing slicks, a full telemetry and data acquisition system, and 40 percent more downforce than the stock Enzo.

For this extreme performance edition of the Ferrari supercar, the company has defined an entirely new type of customer - the Client Test Driver. This lucky individual (And wealthy. Goes without saying, really.) gets more than just a car, he gets to particpate in a Ferrari-sponsored series of track events in Europe, North America and Japan, a personalized driving course at Ferrari’s Fiorano Circuit, and custom fitting of the seat and pedals by Ferrari technicians. The price? A mind-boggling $1,720,000. Plus tax."

Friday, December 02, 2005

The Nokia 6233

The Nokia 6233 and 6234 - Engadget - "The other two new 3G phones from Nokia today are the 6233 (pictured above) and the 6234 (pictured below). Both are two megapixel cameraphones with tri-band 900/1800/1900MHz GSM/EDGE and 2100MHz UMTS. Each has a QVGA, 240 x 320 pixel LCD display, a microSD memory card slot, support for playback of MP3, AAC, M4A, and AAC+ audio files, integrated FM tuner, and Bluetooth. Both should be available early next year."

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Release Notes

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Release Notes: "Firefox 1.5 is our next major release of our award-winning Firefox Web browser. More information about Firefox is available.
These Release Notes cover what's new, download and installation instructions, known issues and frequently asked questions for the Firefox 1.5. Please read these notes and the bug filing instructions before reporting any bugs to Bugzilla.
We want to hear your feedback about Firefox. Please join us in the Firefox forums, hosted by MozillaZine."

Latest Changes:
  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades
  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs
  • Improvements to popup blocking
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut
  • is added to the search engine list
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience
  • Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the i
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox
  • Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer
  • New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6
  • Many security enhancements

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

New Orleans to get free city-wide WiFi

New Orleans to get free city-wide WiFi - Engadget - "New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has announced an unprecedented project wherein the entire city will be blanketed by free WiFi within a year. Due to the almost complete devastation of the city’s infrastructure, the free Internet access is one attempt to turn the city’s stagnant economy into one of growth and independance. Like in most large-scale networks, the New Orleans routers will be placed on top of street lights and provide citizens and businesses with 512 kbps download speeds until the city’s state of emergency has been lifted. In accordance with state laws that restrict government-owned Internet providers, speeds will drop to a paltry 128 kbps once the city has returned to some level of normalcy."

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

HSBC Bank Credit Card

Credit cards: interest, rate: HSBC Bank UK: "Spread the cost of Christmas with our latest credit card offer. 0% for 9 months on purchases and balance transfers. Typical 13.9% APR variable. Conditions apply. Plus, we do not charge a handling fee on balance transfers."

Key features

  • 0% on purchases for 9 months from account opening.
  • 0% on balance transfers for 9 months, made within 30 days of account opening. See how much you could save (please note, balances cannot be transferred from cards issued by other members of the HSBC Group, including first direct and Marbles). .
  • No handling fee on balance transfers.
  • After the introductory period, your balance transfers and purchases will be charged at the standard variable rate then applicable, currently typical APR 13.9% variable.
  • Five security measures to give you confidence when you spend.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Cube World Game Cubes interactive stick figures

Cube World Game Cubes interactive stick figures - Engadget - "Even on a slow day, we probably wouldn’t bring you anymore of those played-out Tamagotchi-style pixelated games, but the Cube World Game Cubes by Radica intrigued us because of their ability to communicate with one another, a la Nintendogs. Little more than an animated stick figure inside a plastic cube, the four Game Cube characters (Slim, Dodger, Scoop, and Whip) each has his own accessory (stick, ball, rope, dog) that he plays with either spontaneously or when one of the three buttons is pushed. The cubes have built-in gyroscopes, so shaking and dropping the toy affects the little man inside, who can end up bouncing around the screen if you’re feeling sadistic. Since this whole affair would get boring after about five minutes, the real draw here is connecting mutliple cubes together and watching the characters “visit” each others’ cubes to play, hug, or fight. Despite the multiplayer fun, we still predict that your $32 buys you approximately one week of entertainment, less if you’re over the age of seven."

Smoke ban 'may be total by 2007'

BBC NEWS | Politics | Smoke ban 'may be total by 2007': "Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt says it is 'only a matter of time' before there is a complete ban on smoking in public places in England and Wales.

Speaking on the BBC's Sunday AM, she did not give a specific timescale, but said a total ban would be 'simpler'.

But she also defended the current proposed ban, which exempts pubs not serving food and some private clubs.

A total ban is due to start in Scotland next year and in Northern Ireland the year after.

'I've said several times before I think it is only a matter of time before we get to a total ban,' she said."

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Monster 3-series debuts at Essen Motor Show

Autoblog - _: "German BMW-specialist Herbert Hartge unveiled this fire-breathing BMW at this week’s Essen Motor Show. It would take a lot of performance to live up to the extravagant exterior and this car delivers, with an M5 V10 engine and 7-speed SMG gearbox stuffed under the 3-series bodywork.

The Hartge H50 V10 provides its lucky owners with 550 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque to play with, good for a top speed of just under 200 mph. Aside from a strengthened rear axle, the H50 V10 has the usual chassis enhancements, augmented with double-adjustable dampers and 20 inch wheels sporting ultra-low profile tires - 245/30 fronts and 285/25 rears.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Kylie Minogue to hold homecoming tour

Google Search: "Australian pop star Kylie Minogue will hold her homecoming tour at the end of 2006 after the trip was cancelled when Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

On Sunday, her Australian tour promoter, The Frontier Touring Company, announced the tour would be held late in 2006.

The London-based 37-year-old singer cancelled her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits tour days before it was due to start in May after she was found to have breast cancer. She also scrapped the rest of her world tour.

Kylie underwent surgery in a Melbourne hospital to remove the cancer and has been having chemotherapy in Paris.

Kylie, who has had 37 hit singles in the UK, has sold 40 million singles and 25 million albums during her career.

Kylie will on December 25 release a digital single featuring a live version of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and 'Santa Baby.' Early next month, the artist's Web site will also begin selling eight live audio tracks and three video clips drawn from the DVD 'Kylie: Showgirl -- The Greatest Hits Tour.'"

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Need for Speed: Most Wanted: Wake up to the smell of burnt asphalt as the thrill of illicit street racing permeates the air. From the makers of the hit Need for Speed? Underground series, Need for Speed? Most Wanted challenges players to become the most notorious and elusive street racer.

Combining illicit street racing and tuner customization with the intensity of strategic police pursuit that surpasses any Hollywood-style chase scene, Need for Speed Most Wanted will be on every gamer's 'must-have' list this holiday season. Out-race rivals, evade cops and exploit hundreds of miles of open road as gamers make their way up the Blacklist.

To become the most wanted racer, players must build up their street cred and Rap Sheet with gripping, white knuckle, head-to-head races with the top drivers on the streets, as well as pull daring, evasive moves to out-run and out-fox the cops that patrol the open road. Players can manage their heat or utilize a number of strategic tactics to keep the cops off their tails as they leave their rivals behind to suck their exhaust fumes.

Need for Speed Most Wanted also features a variety of the hottest cars that range from tuners to super cars. You can customize your ride to race against any class of vehicles. The streets will be your playground this Fall.

Key Features
  • Open Road, Open World: Rule the streets as the most notorious street racer in various regions that include edgy industrial and urban environments. In the game, the environment can be a friend for a foe. Players will master short-cuts as well as use the traffic and destructible environments to their advantage.

  • All-New Gameplay: Need for Speed Most Wanted features new and exciting gameplay that incorporates strategic cop pursuit and skill-based evasion techniques with illicit street racing.

  • Visual Customization: Whether gamers are trying to lose the cops or they just want to pimp their ride, Need for Speed Most Wanted offers extensive visual customizations.

  • Blacklist: As players enter the world of illicit street racing, they must go up against the best street racers on the scene to earn respect and rise to the top of the Blacklist.

  • Rap Sheet: Players will build up their Rap Sheet with record breaking times, street challenges and out-foxing an escalation of police vehicles, tactics and technology.

  • Performance Tuning: Can't compete against a sports car? Head to the safehouse and tune up your ride to race against any class of vehicles.

  • Next-Gen Graphical Features: Need for Speed Most Wanted for the next generation console delivers the next level of graphical excellence in video games. Utilizing graphical techniques including normal mapping and real-time lighting, the graphical experience is incomparable to any racing game on the market.

  • Race Online* Need For Speed Most Wanted features online play for Xbox 360, Xbox, the PlayStation?2 computer entertainment system and the PC.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Sony 6GB NW-A1000 Network Walkman reviewed

Sony 6GB NW-A1000 Network Walkman reviewed - Engadget - "We just spotted a review of Sony’s new NW-A1000 6GB Network Walkman on French site generationmp3, and besides the crappy Connect software required to load tunes, they recommend the player for all your Supreme NTM and MC Solaar listening needs. As you no doubt recall, the A1000 is both ATRAC and MP3 capable, contains some innovative features like a “similar artist” button, and comes in a small, curvy, glossy case. It’s no surprise, then, that this unit gets high marks for design and ergonomics, but also for sound quality and battery life. Besides the Connect app, generationmp3 also harshs on Sony’s frustrating inclusion of a proprietary USB cable, and the rather slow transfer/load speeds, but overall, find it to be a worthy competitor to the iPods, Zens, and iRivers of the world."

Users report Xbox 360 “crashing like mad”

Users report Xbox 360 “crashing like mad” - Engadget - "So, the Xbox 360’s been available for, what, 15 minutes, and already the crash reports are streaming in. According to postings on Xbox-Scene and other fan sites, some early adopters are discovering that waiting on line in the cold for two years to snag a box was the least of their problems: the game consoles are allegedly crashing during a variety of games and reporting a range of error messages. There’s even a pic up on flickr that purports to show the 360 crashing as the Microsoft logo loads. Sure, it’s too early to declare this a pandemic and start hurling Xboxes out of windows, but it still has us wondering: How’s your 360 holding up?

P.S. And yes, our Xbox has crashed a bit too — though nothing too terrible"

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Cabs of Tomorrow

Autoblog - _: "Having just returned from the Big Apple where taxis litter the narrow streets like giant yellow rats, I can appreciate the desire of some New Yorkers to update the aging design of the yellow cab. An exhibit titled “Designing the Taxi: Rethinking New York City’s Movable Public Space,” opened in the city on Nov. 3 and presents some interesting concepts for the cab, some of which could be implemented into the existing fleet of 12,000 Ford Crown Victorias in the next five years. Some of the better proposals include a fishbowl roof that allows passengers to better view the vertical city, a completely closed off driver’s compartment, and a barrier with a monitor that shows the vehicle’s speed, location and estimated arrival time, as well as accepting a passenger’s payment. While you’re reading the linked article, make sure to check out the narrated slide show of one concept, the MiniModal (shown), to see what the future of the yellow cab may look like."

Lexus IS cheat code

Autoblog - _: "What was the old Nintendo code? Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, select, start? Right?

The Lexus IS evidently has its own cheat code to turn off the traction control. While I think that vehicles like the Corvette should be equipped with four levels of user-determined traction control, I did get a big kick out of this as a member of the Nintendo generation.

Posted on VWVortex Forums, here’s the cheat code:

”start the car with the parking brake on ….then foot brake twice….(keep the foot brake down)….then parking brake twice (keep it down )and repeat till skid light is on the dash… will reset when you restart the car”"

Toyota’s i-unit on the street

Autoblog - _: "When we first say Toyota’s i-unit personal mobility concept, we thought it was just another crazy concept created for the Tokyo Motor Show to make us foreign journalists laugh. It turns out the i-unit’s been in development for a while and Toyota has actually entertained, or at least analyzed, the idea of producing it. Chester Dawson of BusinessWeek got to road test one at a Toyota dealership in Manhattan. From his description it’s hard to tell whether the i-unit is more Segway-like than car-like. It’s combination of drive-by-wire, information and eco technology make it a rolling showcase for Toyota know-how, but the thing tops out at 25 mph and needs to be plugged in after 30 minutes of use. If Toyota can improve the i-unit’s stamina, we may just rent one for our next golf outing."

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Frankfurt Xmas Market

Went to the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham today(5mins walk from where i live) we had fun, i bought red sausages, turkey and hot red wine to drink... but the weather was freezing cold.. something like -5C... OH MY HAND.. Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 18, 2005

Japan-only 20th Anniversary Edition Windows XP

Engadget - "Localization be damned, since Microsoft has decided to release a special edition of Windows XP only in Japan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first Windows. Finding details about what has changed versus previous XPs is difficult (probably because nothing changed), but we do know that it will feature a special “20th anniversary edition” desktop theme. Err, does that even count? What’s most interesting about this edition is everything that’s not actually Windows XP: buyers will receive replica (e.g. not working) installation CDs of Windows 95, 98, Me, and 2000, Windows box origami, memorial stamps, memorial stickers, a memorial video from the man himself, and a special early “preview” version of Windows Vista, whatever that means. Only 9,999 packages will be available, so Microsoft is also handing out freebies to a few lucky individuals. 50 people will be able to get in on the Windows Vista technical Beta, 20 will get their packages autographed by Bill Gates, 150 will be entered into a drawing for a frame for storing the discs, and 5 people get a free trip to tour Microsoft’s headquarters out in Redmond, Washington. This one will be released on December 9th for 28,140 yen (~$235 USD) and is an upgrade, so you’ll need Windows 98 or above already installed on your machine. Not that we think anyone reading this article will actually get one of these."

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The OLPC $100 laptop unveiled at UN net summit >

Engadget - "We’ve finally got some pictures of the new concept design for the $100 laptop that was unveiled at the UN net summit in Tunis. As mentioned before, they had to make some changes to increase the durability of the machine, which they have finally produced a partially functioning prototype for. Encased in rubber and sporting a 500MHz processor, mesh networking capabilities, and four USB ports, the incredible hype behind the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project only seems to be building — who are we to stand in it’s way? More pictures after the break."

Office 12 Pre-Beta Screenshot Galleries

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Office 12 Pre-Beta Screenshot Galleries: "The Office 12 user interface has changed all that. Making a bold move--rather than 'painting the pig' as they had with previous versions--Microsoft elected to dramatically change the Office user interface for the first time ever. It seems the menu and toolbar-based interface had become obsolete somewhere along the way. I'll have a lot more to write about this in the near future. But for now, I wanted to present some quick screenshot galleries so you can get an idea of where Microsoft is heading as it drives towards Office 12 Beta 1. Here, then, are my first Office 12 (pre-beta) screenshot galleries. (Note that many of the Office 12 applications shown here had not been switched to the new UI at the time they were created.)"

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Vodafone - Pay as you talk FREE SIM Pack

Vodafone: "Get a free SIM pack now - while stocks last" PLUS Free Off peak minutes - talk for an hour pay for just 3 minutes with stop the clock

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

DaXxX F-radio Podcast @ iTunes Music Store

MY radio podcast available on iTunes and Yahoo Podcast now, Pls Subscribe Me there

1. Visit Apple Music Store in iTunes, then type in ' fungfung ' in the search field
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Nokia’s N91 drop tested 300+ times

Nokia’s N91 drop tested 300+ times - Engadget - "We have no way of confirming the validity of this or anything, but apparently this dude Younghee was chatting it up with a very proud Nokia mechanical test engineer, who told him that the N91 survived a three hundred cycle drop test — the same kind that killed an iPod mini after only 12 drops. Well, we suppose that solves possible-problem number one with a hard drive-enabled cellphone; now, onto battery life, price, and in the case of the N91, aesthetics."

iPod with video no likey cellphones

iPod with video no likey cellphones - Engadget - "We can neither confirm nor deny firsthand the results of the video linked below (for one reason or another no one at Engadget seems to own or have access to a cellphone), but apparently certain amounts of radio interference emitted by cellphones can drive an iPod with video freaky crazy wild. We’re not sure what makes the 5G iPod any less shielded from RFI than other iPods (or if other iPods have this problem as well), but apparently some users are confirming the issue — and if nothing else watching that iPod go on the fritz when that cellphone gets close might elicit a chuckle.

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Toshiba adds gigabeat P5L, P10L flash players

Toshiba adds gigabeat P5L, P10L flash players - Engadget - "It was nice when Toshiba’s gigabeats actually held several gigs of music. But with the almighty Apple declaring that the market has shifted back to lower-capacity flash players, Toshiba has clearly chosen to follow suit, deciding that the giga moniker be more vestigal on the P5L and P10L, which have, respectively, 512MB and 1GB of storage. Both feature support for MP3 and WMA, and include FM tuners and line in, as well as 1.1-inch OLED displays and JPEG support. They’re available in black, white and, perhaps just to prove they’re not totally aping you-know-who, a Mondrian-like checkerboard of purple, pink, orange and white."

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Circus Casino Birmingham

Got an invitation from the grand opening of Circus Casino located in China Town, Birmingham. Bumped into lots of ppl there.. free foods, free drinks, free magic show etc.. feeling so warm there... but I haven't gamble, cos i don't want to lose, only played mahjong and watched how Pro Evn winning money~~
IT WAS FUN~~~~~~~ :)

went home after, didn't go clubbing with them, cos i have to do some study... Posted by Picasa

Intel PowerBooks and iMacs in January? >

Engadget - "You all know the story; we can’t verify any of this information, but AppleInsider has stressed the reliability of some inside details they have on the supposed Intel-based Apple launches we’re expecting hoping for at MacWorld in January. We think that Intel PowerBooks that soon would be really tight on the production cycle side, but AppleInsider is pretty insistent upon Intel 17 and 20-inchers en route, and also mentioned the real possibility of a 15-inch PowerBook due for February which would supposedly be 20 to 25% thinner and have built-in iSight. No, but that’s not all ladies and gentlemen; among AppleInsider’s inside Apple plans are a 13-inch widescreen iBook and Intel Mac mini due in the Spring, but this is all pretty well ahead of schedule by our estimation, so we’re taking it with a grain of salt"

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Crazy Aston

went out again.. yeh, thats me.. hahaha.. went to PP and Gosta.. shooter n 1520 again, crazy.. hahaha.. M, Elv n W... r drunk.. Wowwwwwww.. Elv was drunk, cant believe it.. its her 1st time... hahaha.. crazy n FUN//

btw.. just bumped into laura in the kitchen, she dressed up as well, hahaha.. same as Paul, lol

My Breakfast

HaHaHa, I luv oily foods, thats the breakfast I made~ Posted by Picasa

Visual Studio 2005 & SQL Server 2005

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Visual Studio 2005 & SQL Server 2005: Introduction: "It was supposed to be different. A few years back, Microsoft laid out a roadmap which included various product 'waves,' generations of products that were linked technologically. After the company shipped Windows XP, executives from Microsoft projected that the next product waved, called Yukon, would encompass a major new upgrade to SQL Server (itself codenamed 'Yukon') and a new generation of developer products, including updates to Visual Studio and the .NET Framework (both codenamed 'Whidbey'). At the time, the Yukon wave was primarily notable for the SQL Server technology that would serve as the foundation for the WinFS storage engine. It would be followed by the Longhorn wave, which as we all know, would have included a major new Windows version (now called Windows Vista), a major Windows Server upgrade (still known as Longhorn Server), and another round of Visual Studio and .NET Framework upgrades (both codenamed Orcas)."

Friday, November 11, 2005

Sony has been updating their line of all-in-one video conferencing systems which now includes the release of the PCS-TL30 targeting “executives” or sm

Sony has been updating their line of all-in-one video conferencing systems which now includes the release of the PCS-TL30 targeting “executives” or small, impromptu conference room setup. It features a 1.3 megapixel camera with 3x zoom, echo-canceling directional mic, dual-speakers, RGB connector allowing it to double as your PC’s display, Memory Stick slot, and Ethernet all integrated into the 17-inch XGA LCD monitor. As to some of the tech grit: MPEG-4 AAC audio encoding, H.264 video, that sweet sweet SIP, QoS support to keep things running, and compliance with UPnP allowing it to play-nice with other UPnP networked devices. Sure it’s meant for the office, but you execs can passively-aggressively coax your IT department into installing it at your Hampton’s retreat for a mere $2,500 green. Come on big boy, you deserve it… feel the power.

Apple shipping iPod nanos with cases

Engadget - "In what looks like an effort to put the whole nano scratching issue behind them, Apple has quietly begun shipping cases with iPod nanos. According to reports on various sites, the cases are similar to the thin fabric sleeves included with 5G iPods. The cases are not listed as standard accessories on Apple?s site, possibly because the company is still working its way through pre-case inventory. Watch for lawsuits from current nano owners who are bitter over not getting cases with their units."

Thursday, November 10, 2005

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The best of England’s new “Let’s Keep Crime Down” campaign

The best of England’s new “Let’s Keep Crime Down” campaign - Engadget - "So the Home Office crime prevention department in the UK just launched this three-year “Let’s Keep Crime Down” campaign with a specific bend on consumer electronics and portables to, um, help reduce crime. So without further ado, may we present our picks for the best of “Let’s Keep Crime Down”..."

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Windows Live borrows many items from Microsoft's existing MSN services lineup.
Old New
Enables people to aggregate RSS feeds from across the Web. In "preview" mode since earlier this year
Designed to take things a step further. Allows people to save search queries as well as data from their PC. Some features are in beta, others are planned for later.
Venerable Web e-mail service, acquired in 1998, will come under Windows Live umbrella. Will lose the "Hotmail" name.
Windows Live mail:
More like desktop mail software, with features like spell-checking and phishing detection. Microsoft has been testing the improved service under the code-name Kahuna.
MSN Messenger:
IM client already has several forms, such as the MSN-branded service and the Windows Messenger program built into the operating system.
Windows Live Messenger:
Will add social networking and Net telephony features. Beta planned for December.
MSN Spaces:
Web log software introduced in December 2004 as competitor to Blogger and Blogspot.
Windows Live Spaces:
MSN Spaces "will transition to Windows Live Spaces as Microsoft adds new features to the service next year."