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The shifting goalpost on Quora

The shifting goalpost on Quora

And so, I was asked to answer a question on whether the oil refinery industry in Singapore is sustainable for the next 30 years. 

First thought: since when I became an economic expert on my country? I gamely took up the challenge and wrote an answer an hour later,  based on international shipping routes and availability of oil, that was relevant to the question and I thought it was done.

5 minutes later, the asker updated the question description to include a line “Given the development and growing preference for green technology.”

Why couldn’t the anonymous questioner elaborate on his question earlier? Why didn’t I checked with him through the comments on the slant of the question? Why, why, why?

So I took another hour to add more relevance to my answer, adding alternative energy.

Anyway, my tl;dr answer:

Yes, it is sustainable for the next 30 years. But there are also investments being made on alternative energy.

Read more on Quora.

Quick Phone Repair

Quick Phone Repair

It was past 12.30am when I reached home from a quick TF2 session with the guys at Hackerspace. I wanted to prepare for a quick shower before heading straight to the bed. Then my dad woke up from his slumber (I made a bit too much noise, it seemed) and told me that my parcel was here. Strangely, I wasn’t that concerned during the delivery from Hong Kong to Singapore. Not anymore, after 4 prior deliveries. 5 seems to be the magic number. 

Anyway, I ordered the USB connector for my Samsung Galaxy S2 from Amazon. When I came back from Europe, I went for a stayover at a chalet in Sentosa with my beloved SAAT exco team. Little did I know that the phone touched some water leaked from nowhere. Since then, it had been giving me charging issues.

The phone is already out of warranty. And it does not make sense for me to send it in to service that one small part, which cost me only approximately 15 SGD. Servicing it by Samsung would have set me back by at least $100 (just for the consultation). 

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I had search for repair videos on YouTube before. The video is a continuous shot of 20 minutes of step by step strip down and replacement of the part. However, at the inexperienced hands of mine, I took an hour and half to complete all the steps. Rebooted the phone and everything seems fine. I am no electronics guy and have no idea on testing if the replaced part is working as intended, charging the phone as per normal. I will just have to wait and see. In the meantime, I am also sourcing for ROM to replace as well. Hmm…

Update: After charging a bit, I checked the chart on the battery usage and found that the charging of the phone has significantly improved. The chart below shows two upward lines. The first was before changing the board; the second, after changing the board. Allizwell.

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CinemaSins on YouTube

CinemaSins on YouTube

I was watching a commercial by Audi featuring the two Spocks. Note the lens flare and references to The Hobbit and Star Trek (both old and new).

And then a random video thumbnail caught my eye and I clicked on it.

What came next was expected. I watched one video and another for quite a while…

Until Joseph came walking towards me (like I always do when bored with my work) and both of watched a bit more.

Seriously, everyone should just go subscribe to CinemaSins (damn, even the name is so punny!) channel and laugh your heads off at the errors that occurs during the movies. And oh, be sure that you have watched the movies before as the videos contains spoilers (duh!).

Travelling free in the morning! Yeah… Right.

Travelling free in the morning! Yeah… Right.

Today marks the start of a pilot programme by the government to encourage commuters travelling to city for work to leave their houses early. Essentially, train commuters get to have their fares waived off 100% if they arrive at designated stations in the city area before 7.45am and 50c off the fare if they tapped out between 7.45am to 8.00am.

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Being a Singaporean, it is obvious that I want to cash on the programme and at the same time, wake up super early so that I can use the school gym and have breakfast before class starts. But alas! The incentive is not meant for me. In the fine print, it stated that the waiver does not apply to travelling from one designated station to another. I can’t travel to Lavender to City Hall for free. 

There goes my incentive to wake up early and gym.

HP Unveils New Business Tablets

HP Unveils New Business Tablets

HP has just extended its business tablet portfolio with the announcement of its next-generation convertible tablet, the HP EliteBook Revolve—a touch-enabled notebook that pivots to let users share their work and folds to go mobile as a tablet.

With the ability to transform between ultrathin notebook form and a touch-enabled tablet form, the HP EliteBook Revolve is designed for businesses that require both form factors.  Driven by the latest, third-generation Intel® Core™ processors and optimized for Windows® 8, the HP EliteBook Revolve offers the incredible performance and visuals of a full-power notebook alongside the flexibility of quickly switching to a tablet with a touch-enabled high-definition (HD) display.

The HP EliteBook Revolve is now available in Singapore from the HP Online Store and HP Channel Partners, and will be available at the HP Experience Store and Digital Style in Funan DigitaLife Mall from June 24, at the price of S$2,399.

Press Release: HP EliteBook Revolve_Singapore Release_Final [PDF]

Attempting revival of blog…

Attempting revival of blog…

It seems that I am pretty much active online everywhere else except on here. Other than the press releases in the recent times, my last update was in January. A pretty long time for another post, huh.

So what happened to me for the past few months? Plenty, actually. I applied for exchange (finally!), took up additional roles within school, went overseas with the Chamber Choir (once again!) to Poland this time, travelled a bit thereafter. All these on top of the usual school work.

What’s happening now? Nothing much actually. I am clearing up backdated work, preparing for handover for one WSG job, and do some web development on two different websites. I supposed this is my breather before my craziness starts in September with the exchange to Xiamen.

[Press Release] Alienware releases new high-performance PC gaming laptops

[Press Release] Alienware releases new high-performance PC gaming laptops

SINGAPORE, June 14, 2013 – Alienware, the pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, today announced its latest and most powerful gaming laptops with the unveiling of the Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18.  The systems feature a bold new design and extraordinary performance, uniquely engineered to deliver the ultimate gaming experience. 

 

The new laptops include the Alienware 14 for the enthusiast gamer who requires a laptop that provides enough performance for any task, yet is mobile enough to fit into a backpack; the Alienware 17 for an immersive, graphics-intensive experience with the latest technologies for desktop-grade performance; and the Alienware 18, the ultimate gaming laptop that commands respect among top gamers for its unparalleled performance and construction. 

 

All three laptops feature a new, iconic, angular design that takes its cues from jet engines and stealth bombers with an anodized aluminum shell and magnesium alloy body. The latest laptops are exceptionally durable, with over 60 percent of the main mechanical components made of various metals. The keyboard is protected by a reinforced plate to ensure a solid typing experience, while the travel and responsiveness is specifically designed with gamers’ needs in mind. Based on customer feedback, the new Alienware 14 now features an anti-glare LCD display with wide viewing angles for reflection-free gaming in nearly any lighting condition, including a premium Full HD panel option with IPS. For 3D gaming enthusiasts, the Alienware 17 has an optional 3D panel for an immersive visual experience, while the Alienware 18 will feature a Full HD display with PLS wide viewing-angle technology.

 

Along with the new design, the laptops also feature a number of components that when combined create a superb PC gaming experience. The laptops sport full voltage, quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7 processors, and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics. DDR3L memory provides exceptional bandwidth with lower voltage requirements designed for increased battery life, and the laptops now provide support for up to three storage drives on the Alienware 14, and up to four storage drives on the Alienware 17 and 18. For the first time ever, the Alienware 18 will feature NVIDIA SLI dual graphics technology as standard, and the laptop will offer an overclocked CPU option with a maximum speed of 4.3GHz[1]. The laptops all feature Ethernet technology by Qualcomm’s Killer networks, Klipsch speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 audio.

 

The updated Alienware Command Center software provides intuitive, user-friendly access to Alienware-exclusive applications and controls in one centralized hub.  Command Center includes the exclusive AlienFX lighting control system which allows users to create their own custom lighting themes and special effects. The new laptops have up to 20 colors to choose from across 10 different lighting zones, totaling to over 10 trillion lighting combinations. Alienware has worked closely with game developers to incorporate AlienFX in over 60 game titles, including cross-platform titles like Anomaly2, to PC-exclusive titles like SMITE and Neverwinter, for an immersive experience that can only be found on an Alienware. Whether healing, taking damage, or completing missions, AlienFX lights are an extension of the game play. Alienware Command Center also features AlienAdrenaline, a custom configurable game and application automation tool, the new Accelerator dynamic performance optimizer, and a new performance monitoring tool. 

 

“The new laptops and matching Vindicator bags are the latest culmination of listening and learning from our customers since we delivered our first gaming system back in 1996”, said Frank Azor, General Manager of Alienware. “We spent countless hours meticulously thinking through every detail of these new products to ensure they would be the most amazing line-up we’ve introduced yet.”

 

Alienware X51 – Big Gaming in Any Living Space

Last week, Alienware announced an update to its award-winning X51 gaming desktop, which provides big gaming without a big box or big budget and on any HDTV. The new X51 offers more performance with improved technology in nearly every category over the previous generation. The compact desktop features an efficiently-designed chassis for an immersive experience in a variety of living spaces, and dual orientation capability allows it to lie horizontally or stand vertically. The new X51 boasts Intel 4th generation Core i5 and i7 processors, enthusiast graphics up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670, a dual hard drive configuration of 256GB SSD, and 1TB storage for fast boot and resume times and massive storage capabilities.

 

Alienware Vindicator Laptop Bags – Exclusively Designed for Alienware

Gamers can protect their performance powerhouse with the exclusive line of Alienware Vindicator laptop bags, specifically designed to house the new Alienware 14, Alienware 17 and Alienware 18 laptops. The series includes a backpack, messenger bag and slim carrying case, while their styling reflects a fusion of urban and military influences. The bags feature sturdy, weather-resistant materials and reinforced handles or straps for comfort and durability, and have smartly-designed, dedicated compartments that allow for organization and protection of essential accessories. With a stylish industrial design that fits into any setting, the bags are a must-have accessory while making the trek to a gaming competition or around town.

 

Availability

  • The Alienware 14 and Alienware 17 laptops, and Alienware X51 desktop are available today at the following starting prices:

o    Alienware 14 starts at S$2,299

o    Alienware 17 starts at S$3,099

o    Alienware X51 with 4th generation Intel Core i processor starts at S$1,599

  • The Alienware 18 laptop and Alienware Vindicator laptop bags will be available in the coming weeks.

 

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[1] Factory Overclocked and Overclockable Processors: Dell does not recommend operating the processor or other system component beyond factory settings. This may cause system instability and reduce the operating life of your system components.