Tuesday, September 28, 2010


With all the rules and regulations of banks in Singapore, I can't believe that I received a credit card cum debit card from POSB, ready to use out from the envelop!

I do not need to call and activate, or do anything at all! It arrived and its ready to use.

Getting a pin number for internet banking would require me to go to the bank, sign a form, wait 5 business days for activation, and then it comes with tons of passwords which MOSTLY allows me to view my account balance.

This is highly dangerous as now, with housing so expensive, families probably could rent out a room. Mailing credit cards ACTIVATED is like mailing cash.

The experience of security is not consistent, and I feel these inconsistencies ONLY screws the consumer more.

-- Robin

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Waste of Electricity in Toa Payoh.

I have no idea what they are celebrating, but this is the back of a carpark in Toa Payoh, which seemed to be lit up for god knows how long.

I know of a few friends who light up their homes during Christmas, but not SO MANY TREES in the neighborhood. LED Lights when used to highlight a shape or design a pattern, can make landscape look interesting, however, when you just have too much of it, I find it rather offensive, and a waste of energy.

Remember, this is just a carpark, where not a lot of people walk to as there is a HUGE HDB Hub carpark in Toa Payoh Central. Why the lights??

In Toa Payoh Central, there are also a lot of lights along the street on both sides. Clearly, too much that it makes the street ugly. Well National Day is over, are you going to leave the lights on till New Year?

In fact I can't remember a time this year that I've not seen the lights not being on at night.

-- IronBowl

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pirated CDs / VCDs / DVDs - Road Blocks in Malaysia

Pirated CDs / VCDs / DVDs - Road Blocks in Malaysia

Already started since last month.
To all those CDs lover pls beware!

Please do not keep any pirated or burned CDs, DVDs, or VCDs in your car.

Police and Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs Ministry's enforcement division in Malaysia have started the operation to search and fine anyone who keep pirated disc inside their car especially through road block at all main road and expressways.

If any pirated or burned disc found inside your car will be charged RM400 per disc. Example 30 discs found means the fine will be RM12,000.

This is real. Another friend of mine from Seagate, today during lunch time, 5 CD x RM400 = RM2,000

One of the Plexus colleague brother-in-law caught by Police due to pirated CD in the car on the way to town for lunch with his friend in the afternoon. One CD fined RM400.

Please disseminate this to all your friends who are driving in Malaysia .

-- Iron Bowl

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ferrari 612 GTO?

I'd always admired Ferrari for the Pininfarina design -- bold and different.

But the new 612 GTO seemed to miss the mark for me for sleek Italian. I can't recognize the Ferrari in it.
Definitely feels like a Japanese / American muscle mix in there.

This car designed by Sasha Selipanov (German), not ugly, but it looks familiar...

Chevy C3R or the 1968 Stingray.

And Talk about the front.

Looks a little familiar too.

Perhaps Nissan like?

And from the rear,

It cries out Camaro!

or at least Aston Martin

What do you think?

-- IronBowl

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tablet Wars

There is going to be a tablet war... And blood will hit the streets soon.

Looking at the various OS, I can see Windows 8, Apple OS, and Andriod systems on them, and even from before the iPad launch, there are already many good tablets on the market.

Motion's J3400 rugged tablet PC boasts dual batteries, outdoor display. This tablet looks pretty solid, and as with many other tech products, it becomes obsolete pretty fast when Andriod 2.2 tablets and the iPad is launched.

I was actually interested in Archos 5, but when I searched more, I discovered tons of Chinese Andriod tablets out, many of them very very cheap, and with decent specs.

Samsung on the other hand has one that is very pretty, and very good specs. However, it seemed a little overpriced to me.

At US$1000, it is pretty much overpriced compared to Archos 5 160 GB at US$310.

In fact, with the Dells and large China manufacturers coming into the market, I would say that the tablet market would make tablets very cheap, and I've seen some going for US$150 for 8GB with Android 2.2 OS.

Although I know that the iPad, made by Foxconn is responsible for the suicides, with child labor and long working hours, it is very hard for me to pay more than $500 for a tablet, and the choices are simply mindboggling.

GPS, Camera, memory, Hard disk, battery life, 3G, Wifi, bluetooth, USB ports, memory ports... Too many things to consider makes shopping for tablet hard.

In this tablet war, I guess the consumers may win in terms of price and choice, but for the manufacturers, I am not sure if anyone could be a winner.

-- Iron Bowl