Archive for February, 2014

SingTel to charge users for Whatsapp?

28/02/2014 Leave a comment

This, dear readers, is SingTel group CEO Chua Sock Koong. This picture was taken from Forbes. The reason we have her picture here is because she spoke at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and said:

The main problem we have as an industry is we have been unable to monetise this increased demand … and [average revenue per user] has fallen over time…I think the pace of change in our industry is relentless so clearly we can’t afford to stand still.

She was referring to over-the-top (OTT) services provided by non-telco challengers such as WhatsApp on using their networks. So no, she was not referring to charging the users per se for using Whatsapp but instead was saying that companies that provide services like Whatsapp should be charged for using SingTel’s network. However, the speech could not had come at a worse time because it seems after she said it, SingTel introduced the Whatsapp Pass, where one pays a certain sum of money so that Whatsapp does not utilise their meagre allowance each month. Its already damning enough that SingTel, StarHub and M1 are overcharging us for 4G in the first place.

SingTel, the people are not happy. Me things some damage control is in order


RK-MG102 rack-mount kit for Yamaha MG82cx mixer

27/02/2014 Leave a comment

About a week back, I bought the Yamaha MG82cx mixer and it has served me very well for two events last Friday and Saturday, the 21st and 22nd of February respectively. Just today, I bought the RK-MG102 rack-mount ears for the mixer so that I can mount it in my flight case. This will come in very useful when it comes to transporting it around when I do events. I am no stranger to these rack-mounted ears…I have installed them in quite a few clubs in the past. Just need to get a few more things and my new sound-system will be up and running!

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The Xiaomi Redmi Android smartphone

26/02/2014 Leave a comment

This Android mobile-phone from China was launched in Singapore to great acclaim, mostly because it was priced at $169. That is not too bad for what looks like a nice-looking smartphone (I have never seen it in person though) with dual-SIM capability and a quad-core 1.5GHz processor. I might get it when it comes out again but I will have to be quick when it does so. More details can be found here. Hmmm…makes me think twice about getting that Samsung. I wonder if Google Play is loaded inside?

Rest in peace Harold Ramis. You will be missed

25/02/2014 Leave a comment

Thanks to for this photo of Harold Ramis, playing his character Russell Ziskey in the movie Stripes, a movie I saw in 1982 at a theatre near my school. So many years have passed and I cannot get over this comedic movie…especially the deadpan comedy between lead actor Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. I just heard today that Harold Ramis passed away at the age of 69. He died too young. According to the news, Harold Ramis died from a rare disease called autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Rest in peace Harold. You will be missed and as far as I am concerned, missed terribly.

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LEO beer from Thailand

25/02/2014 Leave a comment

About a week ago, I was having some drinks with a friend at the bottom of a void deck. We were drinking some beer and this is what we were drinking. It was not too bad by any standard and it was relatively inexpensive…only about $1.80 a can from the provision shop close by. Looks like a good bargain because it is cheaper than the rest and it tastes pretty good too. Looks like I am gonna stock up on this!

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Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) down again this morning

24/02/2014 Leave a comment

Honestly, what else is new? These people have been raising fares, saying that it would “offset higher operating costs” and lead to “the delivery of a safe, reliable and commuter-centric transport system”. And here we go with yet another breakdown…a track fault…stranding thousands of people as they make their way to work. Honestly SMRT, we are getting sick of your performance.

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The Sendling engine

23/02/2014 Leave a comment

One thing I love about German technology is the intricate mechanical marvels that just seem to last. This Sendling engine is one of them. Apparently, this engine has been around since the 1920s and some of them are still going strong. You could run this engine on diesel or kerosene. Apparently, in World War One, in a town in Peio Italy, a group of Austrians kept it in their bunker…and the bunker was only just revealed recently when the glaciers melted. You can read the story here. Apparently, there was also a Sendling engine in that bunker. But then again, I am a sucker for all engines and this was just another one which caught my eye.

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