Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wanna get funding? Pay first!

Why do some many people try to sell me things when all I want to do is to start a social enterprise?

So far, I've been asked to go to several talks which cost $$$$ and more, organized by Social Enterprise Association to talk about funding.

Then another association is selling me a list of funding source for $$$$

And later I was suggested to read a magazine where I needed to pay a subscription.

Well, I want to find real people who are interest to help fund the project, not PAY to find these partners.

If you know anyone interested to fund doing.gd, please let me know.

If you want to sell me a service, see below!


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-- Ironbowl

Saturday, July 24, 2010

HTC Woes

I was a big fan of HTC, I loved my HTC touch, HTC Tytn II, HTC Diamond, HTC Touch HD


All my HTC phones lasted about 2 years before the screen cracked, but I was pretty pleased with their performance.

Recently, I was participating in a Charity event and I won a HTC Smart, and I was quite glad as my HTC Touch HD 2's screen cracked after 6 months of usage when I stuffed it in my pocket with my camera, and I was thinking of replacing it since.

Though the HTC Smart was a very basic phone powered by BREW MP, I thought that it was a pretty nifty device, although I could not find applications for it.

However, 1 week after I started using the HTC Smart, it was broken. I could not hear anything unless I attach the headphones and mic. Initially I thought it was a software error, but after resetting the phone several times, formatting the phone and restarting it, the problem still remains.

I decided to bring the phone down to the HTC Service Center: HTC Care (Singapore) at 1, HarbourFront Ave, #01-06 Keppel Bay Tower, Singapore 098632.

The location is not too hard to get to, although it is a little more walk from Vivo City. But when I reach there, I was shocked that the service center is just a very very small room, with 2 Staff. And I was there at 11am in the morning.

There is a LARGE crowd of people inside waiting, and when I got my ticket number (for an enquiry) it said 1092, when the staff was serving 1024.

The lack of staff, and long queue was very disturbing, and I returned after 2 hours of shopping and the number was 1049. I waited for while more and on average, the staff served a customer every 15 minutes, and half the customers left because of the long wait.

By almost 5pm, I finally got my turn to talk to customer service. Yes... 6 hours of wait! I asked them if they knew what was wrong with the phone, and when they asked about the receipts and proof of purchase. (Err.. phone was free) They would not touch because it had "no warranty" and told me they can diagnose the problem for a fee.

Hmmm... 6 hours wait... Pay some more for diagnosis. I guess I'll walk to Vivocity and NEVER EVERY BUY HTC AGAIN!

-- Iron Bowl

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Singapore Censorship

As the world progressed, so has Singapore. Singapore in 2010 has 2 Casinos, an F1 night race, and lots and lots of "legal" and "illegal" prostitutes. R(A) movies, once restricted in Singapore is making a comeback.


But why is most of the world still calling Singapore an authoritarian nation? Though the censorship rules have be relaxed, there are more and more "self-censorship" as Singapore resonates with a climate of fear. When it comes to politics, every little thing is "sensitive" and in the courts of Singapore, laws can be backdated, and actions and comments against the ruling party will be suppressed till there is no end.

There is a HUGE push for the arts, Entrepreneurship and creativity, yet media and news is often suppressed. Democracy is often misrepresented, misunderstood or treated as a dirty word. And with this controlled media, many Singaporeans subscribe to the "pastel colored" Singapore, with low crime and constantly bustling business in all industries.

People who have lost jobs, and could not find one in 48 months are labeled as picky as there are millions of news jobs created daily, and most employees have "too many choices". Any actions challenging the transparency of the information collected or when people voiced out specific cases where the results of surveys are contradictory to personal experience are also extinguished, and some even labeled "Astroturfing".

It is no surprise that foreigners who have brought Billions to Singapore to invest still cannot have a platform to voice their opinions. There are a lot of things in Singapore that are "out of bounds", questioning authorities is definitely a
"no-no"

Singaporean are highly educated and sometimes vocal, but because of "self-censorship", many good ideas are never vocalized. In the recent years, or even way back in Singapore's short history, many people have been sued in courts for defamation. Even large press and magazines fall to the non-transparent system and have understood the system and play ball.

FEER is an example and The New York Times have been sued by the leaders of Singapore. Many things have advanced in Singapore, however, the Media still remains backdated.

Communism, once much feared in Democratic countries is still a big concern in Singapore, however they have much cooperation, and trading ties with China. "Self-censorship" is often practiced from fear of getting imprisoned by ISA or getting sued, as the laws in Singapore can bend, and rules changed and backdated to make such a lawsuit possible. Furthermore, there is often a lack of transparency, and lack of responsibility when it comes to a crisis, as the highly paid public servants -- acting like lords -- never tries to take responsibly for anything.

Regarding human rights, ... (self-censored)

Singapore is trying to change their rules on censorship, or that is what they want people to think. Political movies are now an "ok" in Singapore, however “Dr Lim Hock Siew” will be banned by Censors from July 14 under the Films Act, for being “against the public interest“.

Even the trailers on Youtube are banned. See -- Singapore forces removal of dissident YouTube video

So there is still much censorship and "self-censorship" in Singapore.

Hopefully, things will change in the near future.

-- Iron Bowl