Archive for August, 2007

August 28th, 2007

.test in 10 scripts

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Wohoo! Finally we getting our IDN Top Level domains :-)

Update: IDN .test Root-Zone Evaluation

Specifically, the Board approved the delegation of eleven evaluative top-level domains representing the term ‘test’ translated into: Arabic, Persian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese and Tamil. Following this ICANN Board approval, the delegation request will now go through standard IANA procedures for insertion of top-level domains into the root zone. The technical evaluations of IDN TLDs and their usability in various applications will proceed following their delegation.

(Yea, I am kind of late :-)

August 25th, 2007

AT&T 1993 “You Will” Ads

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This is amazing!

August 24th, 2007

GPRS on OSX in Singapore

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Back on the OSX, I find myself in a confusion trying to use my Mobile Phone (Nokia N80/E60) to access the Internet. There wasn’t any problem connecting my Nokia Phone via Bluetooth to the Mac and iSync works great over Bluetooth too. However, all attempts to access the Internet via my Nokia phones failed.

I googled around and found some obscure instructions, and nothing specific for Singapore. But after some trial-and-error, I managed to get it working :-)

Here is how I did it.

1. Mac OSX does not comes with all the scripts (including Nokia N80 and E60). But luckily you can download the necessary scripts for your modem from Ross Barkman. After downloading the appropriate scripts for your mobile phone, you have to copy them to Library:Modem Scripts.

2. Go to System Preference:Network and then select Show: Bluetooth*. Then click on the “Bluetooth Modem” and you can select the appropriate modem script you downloaded from Ross Barkman.

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In my particular case, I using Singtel GPRS so I tried Nokia 3G CID1.


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August 22nd, 2007

SOP IV and Flash Forward

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I spend the last two days at State of Play IV held at Marina Mandarin. The turnout are mostly academics and not surprising a lot of lawyers. Incidentally, State of Play IV is probably one of the few event that I dont feel embarrass when playing Warcraft at the back of the room. Not especially when Doug Thomas introduced himself as a level 70 warlock at the beginning of his speech.

Being one of the early MUD implementor in Singapore, I find many of the discussion resonate with some of the issues we faced in the 90s. Surprisingly, a large portion of the time is allocated about education in virtual space. Not that I don’t believe in that (I learn a lot about management playing “God” in my MUD), learning is perhaps the last thing in the mind of many players.

There are also many interesting speakers that I really enjoyed (I might be tanking in Mechanar but I am always listening). Doug was really great and I wish I went up to speak to him. John Seely Brown is great thinker and his questions stumbled the panelist a few times. Charles Nesson presentation during lunch was excellent example of how people uses Secondlife for Education. Sadly, we have no equivalence of that in Singapore.

(For further review on SOP IV, please read TechnoKimchi who blog about the event in far greater details.)

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Speaking of Charles, he speak most of his time talking about his new Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society. I am not a huge fan of Poker (I am more of a bridge player) but I could understand some of the rationale about his new movement. Game of Skill like Bridge and Poker does teaches a lot of life skill, in strategy like negotiation tactics, feint and tells, in winning and losing.

The first time Jonathan Cohen told me about it, I asked “why not bridge?”. I kind of understand the reasons behind it; For one, Poker is much easier to learn and play unlike Bridge where you have spend quite a bit of time learning memorizing and bidding conventions. More interestingly, while Bridge is a non-debatable Game of Skill, Poker falls in this grey area between Game of Chance and Game of Skill and therefore more pivot to what is allowed and what is not in the debate of Internet Freedom. But I guess Charles, Lessig and others who is involved in GPSTS is more Poker player than bridge. :-)

Lastly, we have our Flash Forward party last night. We have over 100+ people turn up which was great. Sadly, party on a Tuesday night (esp. late at 9:30pm) kind of turn off many people so we have a lot less people then we could have. Nevertheless, it was fun. U-Zyn and gang from Gratisvibes made a great job compiling and DJ’ing a selection of Creative Commons music for the night. Also have a chance to meet many new friends, like Danny Kim from TechnoKimchi among many others.

The disappointment I have I thought we have Open Source Beer but I guess wrong. And sadly, being a family man of two kids, I have to leave pretty early at 11:30pm.

August 19th, 2007

Flash Forward

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This is an event to bring together all of those interested in the future of gaming, virtual worlds, Creative Commons, and global free culture.

Flash Forward
Party for State of Play V, iCommons, and GPSTS Launch

Tuesday 21 August, 9:30pm
The Velvet Underground
(located next to Zouk)
17 Jiak Kim Street

The first of the global iCommon 50-parties

If you are on facebook, help spread the words on Facebook.

ps: I helped a little to put this together but Elizabeth Stark & Kevin Driscoll takes all the credit. Just come back from great dinner with them as well as others (Charles Nesson, etc).

August 16th, 2007

MacBook Pro

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macbookpro1.pngJohnny Malkavin send me an IM this afternoon.

2:27 PM johnnymalkavian: i smell adium
2:28 PM me: ah yes
2:28 PM johnnymalkavian: adium smells… good.

Haha. He is fast :-)

Yes, I just got my new Mac last night after 24 months of Windows. Not just any mac, but the 15″ MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz Dual Core with 256mb GeForce 8600M, upgraded 4Gb Ram and upgraded 7200rpm 200Gb Harddisk.

It is probably as good as it can get. I am happy :-)

In case you are wondering how Johnny knows, Adiumx is the Jabber client I use on Mac. It uses /Adiumx as a Jabber resource and Johnny picks it up from his end.

August 14th, 2007

Social Media : Singapore vs Malaysia

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Shel Israel did an interview with me a few weeks ago. As I was replying Shel’s email, it occurred to me there are sharp differences between the development of Social Media in Singapore and Malaysia.

First, there is no doubt Social Media is creating huge impact on media around the world, not just Singapore and Malaysia. Just not so long ago, both CIA & NSA acknowledged bloggers are journalists, signifying the amount of recognitions bloggers now have. This is no difference in Singapore or Malaysia.

Even as far back as in 2005, when AcidFlask was threaten with a lawsuit by Philip Yeo (the then Chairman of A*STAR), the Singapore online community flared up. While AcidFlask eventually pulled down his site, Philip did not pursue the case further which was surprising for those who knows him. There was no doubt the public pressure played a part, since the general sentiment portrayed Philip as an aggressor against a small-time blogger. As I told a friend who was pretty work up then, “We know, they know. That’s good enough.”

A side story: A year later, Philip Yeo made available the offending entry and it is quite clear he has a valid case. He probably should have make that available sooner (that I am sure the lawyers will freak out) when it is clear it has turned from a legal to a PR case.

A year ago, mrbrown’s incident with MICA also ended in a surprising manner. In precedence cases, academics made to apologies in public withdraw their report, journalists get fired and writers get a firm scolding. On the other hand, while mrbrown was “suspended”, there is no further action nor response, until much later, and even so, pretty mild. The public online sentiment and reaction once again make the government more caution in their response. It is yet another case of “We know, they know. That’s good enough.”

Another side story: mrbrown keeping quiet then also makes it easy for the government to do nothing without losing face. If mrbrown has not kept quiet, I am pretty sure the government will certainly not let things blow over, for they would not tolerate such disrespect nor symbolic insolence.

The government sometimes makes mistakes, but each time, they are able walk away with some face saving measure. Each time, they learn something and they make less mistake. To the extend, when Li Hong Yi (son of PM) incident blew up online, the army was quick to response and responded very appropriately, not by covering up, nor with usual army secrecy (”It is an army business”) but clearly and openly.

What turned the sentiment around was when Li Hong Yi’s censored letter became available (as a comment on Tomorrow.sg). If it was indeed planned, it was one of the most brilliant move.

This strange quiet pushing is what makes Singapore social media scene unique. The government continues to take lead in a slow but steady media reforms, at least on talking terms if not better with media socialists in Singapore.

Sadly things don’t turn out as well in Malaysia.

In the last couple of months, there are more and more severe warnings coming from Malaysia government. Bloggers get sued, Bloggers get detained, and threaten with revocation of citizenship. The Cabinet debating over it, the ruling government continues with their warnings. Still, nothing changed.

I don’t expect to see any change because both side are no longer talking.

There are several reasons leading to this situation.

Firstly, the unwillingness for Malaysian authority to open up several sensitive issues. When faced with difficult debates, like rights to chose religion, to PM re-marriage, racial affirmative action, each time, the Information Ministry issued a media blackout. That works in the past but certainly not now with Social Media. When bloggers ignored those media blackout orders, the government become upset as it is seen as a challenge to their authority.

Secondly, the confrontational-style the Malaysian bloggers adopted does not help with the situation. When bloggers stand on losing ground, they gathered among themselves with their readers, using public sentiments to hold back government. When bloggers stand on strong ground, they take no-prisoners and go for blood, leaving no route for government to retreat.

At the end, it is about “saving faces”. One did and one did not. One ends up with quiet evolution, the other is on the way to revolution.

* Some would remember my previous article: What is a Media where I said “And to those Singapore bloggers who try to argue how powerful the new media is, I think you are doing a disservice to the blogging community.“. It is my “we know, they know. That’s good enough” philosophy.

August 14th, 2007

Moment of Stupidity

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A moment of stupidity caused me to accidentally wipe my server hard disk. And a few series of stupidity makes things a lot worst then it could be - Dont ask. I dont want to talk about it :-(

Anyway, I spend the large part of my free time yesterday trying to restore my server as well as savaging whatever I could recover from the old hard disk. Took nearly 24 hours but everything should be back to normal (I hope).

Okay, I am going to make sure I have backups, in triplicate, stored in 3 location across the globe, from now on.

August 12th, 2007

TrendMap 2007

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Meng Weng send me the above trendmap that he created for his new venture. Pretty cool stuff :-)

August 11th, 2007

Looking for Developers

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Since choonkeat mentioned it, I will repeat here again. SharedCopy is looking for programmers. We looking for part-time or even full-time (preferably Ruby on Rail) programmers willing to join a young startup. (And in case you comment on the ugly website, yes, we have a new revamp on the way).

Incidentally, not just SharedCopy is looking for programmers. In fact, almost all the 10+ startups under Thymos Capital is looking for developers, full-time part-time or even intern. I posted on Facebook and got a few response but we need a lot a lot more.