Singapore Ho!

Good morning everyone!

I’m writing this whilst I’m on the bus to Singapore. It’s 8.51am now and I’m about 2 hours away from Singapore. Just discovered to my horror that not all the seats on Aeroliner have plug points. Thankfully the seat in front of me was empty so I swapped seats! Bwa ha ha ha ha! I’m really looking forward to Singapore. Here’s what I have planned for the next 3 days:

  1. Fireworks & countdown at Marina Bay tonight
  2. Sentosa Island tomorrow
  3. Jurong Birdpark and the Singapore Zoo (maybe)
  4. The much heard about Night Safari
  5. Shopping on Saturday (Funan IT and maybe Orchard for some clothing)

After I drop off my luggage at Hotel 81 Bencoolen, the day starts and I daresay it’s gonna be fun. I hope I can get data access with the Singtel Prepaid SIM that I’ll be purchasing when I get in to Singapore.

Anyways, it’s been a good year overall. Work’s been a blast especially my experiences working with Microsoft on launching Windows 7. Did I mention I love Windows 7 even though I have a Mac? Anyways here are some things that I’m thankful for as I close 2009 and enter 2010:

  1. A tonne of movies with UP, Star Trek & Sherlock Holmes being the most notable
  2. The great friends I have especially my buddies J-son and Roland
  3. My matte black DSi and Metroid Prime Pinball
  4. Windows 7 & Snow Leopard
  5. The Windows 7 experience at work
  6. Blu-rays!
  7. Better performance at work and great colleagues – am definitely much better at delegation and am more confident now in the things I can contribute at the office
  8. Cluster leadership
  9. Finally getting up the 440 Records website with the help of WordPress
  10. My HTC Touch Pro and Unlimited Mobile Internet with Maxis

It’s been an awesome year but it’s been also a challenging one. The one thing I look forward to in 2010 is more restedness in God. Of everything in life; I guess that’s what I find lacking in my life.

Here’s to a good new year’s eve to all of ya, don’t drink too much and don’t strain those necks staring at fireworks in the sky … Happy New Year and I’ll see ya’ll in 2010!

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The New Efficiency

 

The TNE Logo

The TNE Logo

I’ve been here all day (pretty much) at Microsoft’s Commercial Launch event. Dubbed “The New Efficiency”, the event basically introduces a trio of tools made to work hand-in-hand to develop new applications, etc that theoretically should work seamlessly. The talks and technical tracks today cover the following:

 

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Exchange 2010

“The New Efficiency” is more than just an event but from what I’ve read and heard so far; it’s a concept of sorts that involve Microsoft’s new tools and how they will help bring change in the way we do things as developers and users. It’s exciting times indeed I suppose. I’m not that much of a tech-head these days but it’s cool to feel like one again at a trade event like this.

Lots of activities are happening right here right now and it’s been a pretty fun day for IT Pros & Developers alike (let’s not forget educational). There are lots of prizes are up for grabs too so make your way here if you can! There’s even FREE ice-cream at the HP booth! Heh heh!

I scream, you scream at HP for ice-cream

I scream, you scream at HP for ice-cream

If you’re in the area everything closes at around 5 or 6pm so quickly make your way down here. Here are some cool things that I spotted when I made the rounds quickly. Enjoy!

One of the LCD panels running the uber cool TNE Twitter Boards

One of the LCD panels running the uber cool TNE Twitter Boards

Low Yat Windows 7 Blast

Drumming up the Windows 7 hype

Drumming up the Windows 7 hype

It was pretty fun being at Low Yat and wow the number of prizes that Microsoft and their sponsors gave away were really cool. I was pretty amazed that there exists a community that supports original software and it makes me feel that there’s hope for us yet to start respecting intellectual property more here in Malaysia. I got to Low Yat at around 5.30pm and was just in time to catch the contestants of the Made for 7 coding contest demo their touchscreen applications which was quite an impressive thing to see especially as the contestants were students. For an ex-code monkey like me it was cool to see the stuff that those kids did with on touchscreens. 🙂

Touchscreen demo.

Touchscreen demo.

Windows 7 Wu-shu

Windows 7 Wu-shu

For the actual launch itself there was a decent wu-shu thing for the opening gambit and a whole bunch of other things that happened this evening. I had a pretty good time although the traffic after was horrendous due to road closures because of a Rakan Muda thing that was going on just opposite Plaza Low Yat.

Wow! The 1st Seven to Get Win 7 at RM370!

Wow! The 1st Seven to Get Win 7 at RM370!

The best part about the evening were the great deal that Microsoft had on Windows 7 Home Premium. At 30% you could get a copy for just RM370! I walked around a bit more and noticed that on average Windows 7 Home Premium went for RM435 at other retailers so Microsoft really did a great job thinking of us, the consumer. Great stuff!

Proof that MS gave launch attendees a GREAT DEAL!

Proof that MS gave launch attendees a GREAT DEAL!

Anyways, it’s late. Time for me to get some shut eye after being in heavy traffic from 9.45 all the way till 11.00-ish. It was quite a nightmare getting out of the Bukit Bintang area but I am finally home hence this post. Incidentally  I’ve got “Revenge of the Fallen” playing now as I’m writing this entry. Heh heh! I picked up the 2 disc set Blu-Ray whilst waiting for traffic to clear in Sg Wang Plaza. Shopping is evil!!! Oh well… 😛

G’nite guys!

Windows 7 Live at Low Yat!

Windows 7 @ Low Yat

Windows 7 @ Low Yat

I sure am excited. Microsoft is organising a very public launch for consumers today at Plaza Low Yat. I’m gonna head over there with some of my colleagues in the afternoon to chill out and check out what’s going on today. I’ll probably catch “Inglourius Basterds” at GSC Berjaya Times Square first before joining the official proceedings that start later in the evening. I’m looking forward to it as its been a long wait to see everything come together today.

Windows 7 @ IKANO, PJ

Windows 7 @ IKANO, PJ

The road shows at Ikano Power Centre & Gurney Plaza are still on-going and opens from 10am to 10pm I believe. Find out more about the roadshows at www.win7.com.my or the official Malaysian Facebook fan page here cos’ I don’t think I wanna copy and paste everything from there. If you can’t make it to Low Yat then try to make your way to the other two venues cos’ I hear there’s tonnes to do there plus I think you can get copies of the full retail version of Windows 7 Home Premium at 30% off! That’s great savings! I’m sure numbers are limited so we probably need to line up a bit to get in on this great deal.  It’s gonna be a long & tiring day for me but I think it’s gonna be worth it. If you have time today join me at Plaza Low Yat to check things out! Drop me a line on Twitter if you’re there and I’ll see if we can meet up or something.

Have an awesome Saturday!

Marvels

It’s been a long day today but thankfully a good one. I’ve been out of the house since 12pm at both IJN and KL General Hospital and am very, very relieved & thankful that my dad’s angiogram went without a hitch. The blockage is mild and treatable through medication plus changes in diet I guess. My mom should be discharged tomorrow too so yeah it’s a huge relief that both my parents will be out of hospital too.

My HTC Touch Pro

My HTC Touch Pro

I’m thankful for the hi-tech stuff I have that have been great tools especially when I’m on the go. My battle-scarred HTC Touch Pro is truly a God-send as I’ve been keeping tabs on work emails as they come in. The only thing is that I’ve gotta re-organise them on my work laptop again cos’ my office isn’t on Exchange Server. Here’s how I work around the limitations I have currently with work email with Windows Mobile 6.1’s email client.

  1. My HTC Touch Pro syncs normally with Outlook 2007 so that’s no bother.
  2. I configure a separate email account that checks my work email account every 30 minutes or so. Think of this as a temporary place on my phone for mails that come in when I’m away from my PC. Of course for this to work your PC needs to either be off or Outlook set to offline mode so that emails stay on the server.
  3. Of course my phone is also configured with separate accounts for both Gmail & Hotmail for personal emails.

It’s a horrible workaround I know but that’s how I get around not having push or MS Exchange for work. The strange thing is that I really find it funny that I can’t get the default  account that’s set to sync with Outlook to pull email in and still remain in sync  but I figure it’s probably a limitation with Windows Mobile 6.1.

The Touch Pro has been such a great tool and with all the family emergencies that I’ve been having in the past 2 years, it’s been a great companion for both work & play. In fact I even use it as a modem both on my Windows 7 machine & my Macbook. It’s a fairly simple process getting a Windows Mobile smartphone to work as a modem for my Mac by setting up Bluetooth PAN (Personal Area Network) that my Macbook can connect to.

As much as Apple & Microsoft like to bash each other in their ad campaigns, it’s a nice surprise to learn that both Windows & Mac OS X actually play really nicely with each other. I haven’t yet gotten around to figuring out how to get Windows 7 to connect to my mobile as a modem via Bluetooth but so far I haven’t had the need for it as it works just fine via USB.

Other technical marvels that I am thankful for today are:

  1. PockeTwit (my preferred Twitter client for Windows Mobile)

    PockeTwit

    PockeTwit

  2. My Nintendo DSi together with The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Elite Beat Agents & Disgaea DS
    The Nintendo DSi

    The Nintendo DSi

    A Trio of DS Goodness

    A Trio of DS Goodness

  3. Palringo that connects to GoogleTalk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger & surprise, surprise Facebook Chat!

    Palringo

    Palringo

  4. Windows 7 (which I have a slightly unhealthy fascination for these days & incidentally doesn’t have any relation to any of the events of today)

    My Favourite OS Right Now - Windows 7

    My Favourite OS Right Now - Windows 7

I am thankful today. Really. It’s been a long day. Tiring. But it was worth it to be able to be there for my parents. On top of that I have these technological marvels that let me keep my responsibilities at my job somewhat whilst at the same time helping me to pass the time a lil’ bit more interestingly at both hospitals today.

*Yawns* I’m tired out now so I guess it’s time to go to bed. I’ve been sleeping early the past few days and waking up at around 6.30am every day which is a good thing.

Cheerios & g’nite everyone!

The Windows 7 Whopper!

Good Lord! Just saw this interesting piece of info online about Windows 7.

Microsoft has teamed up with Burger King and you can actually get a 7-layer whopper for the next 7 days in Japan. 7 grilled meat patties sandwiched in a sesame seed bun. I wonder if anyone can really finish off a burger of that size. I’d be sick of all that meat, heh! Check out the really awesome poster below:

A Whopper of Sevens.

A Whopper of Sevens.

It’s a pretty cool move for awareness & publicity though. Hats off to Microsoft for this unusual stunt. The world is already abuzz at the coming of Windows 7 and I’m pretty excited that others will be able to experience what I’ve been experiencing for the past few months. One more day to go for all of us here in Malaysia before General Availability hits!

The actual launch event at Plaza Low Yat only happens on November 7th and I can’t wait! I heard there’s gonna be loads to do there & there’ll be great offers too!

Am So Missin’ Aero Snap in Windows 7

Aero Snapped.

Aero Snapped.

After a long day at a shoot I’m kickin’ back a little and decided it’s time for me to fire up Snow Leopard for a bit. Why? Well I’ve been on Windows 7 all weekend till today cos’ of work. It’s easier to work off my Vostro 1400 cos’ all my files are there so I’ve been missing Snow Leopard and my Macbook a fair bit. Anyways, back to my tale for today.

Funnily enough the first thing I tried to do when Safari launched was to do an Aero Snap maneuver which didn’t turn out too well. Ha ha! Obviously the window I was trying to Aero Snap didn’t maximise as it does on Windows 7 and I must say that I’m beginning to love Windows 7 a lot and Aero Snap ranks as one of my favourite features on the OS that Microsoft built.

I am so missing Aero Snap right about now on my Mac and I’m looking forward to getting back on Windows 7 tomorrow at work. Snow Leopard, I still love you but right now I’m enjoying my everyday experience with Windows 7. I’m thinking that Mac fanboys would so want to kill me right now for saying that. LOL!

I still like Snow Leopard but Windows 7 really does have some uber cool features.

I still like Snow Leopard but Windows 7 really does have some uber cool features.

What is Aero Snap? It’s a simple but great feature that allows me to maximise a window by just dragging the window to the top of the desktop. A glow/touch effect occurs and voila the window in question maximises! Cool eh? The handiest thing about Aero Snap happens when I need to compare 2 documents when I’m not dual-screened (which happened today on location). All I need to do is just “snap” each window that I wanna compare. One to the left. The other to the right. And just like magic both windows are instantly resized into equal sized windows that sit side by side for me to compare.

I know, I know. I’m supposed to do an indepth look at Grabber on Snow Leopard but I couldn’t help but write about Aero Snap today. It is such a cool feature.

I [heart] Aero Snap. I really do.