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Review: The Internet’s Own Boy

Review: The Internet’s Own Boy

Aaron Swartz committed suicide on 11 January 2013 after nearly two years of being under pressure from prosecutors over his frenzy of downloading JSTOR articles in an automated fashion.

During his short life of 26 years, Aaron had contributed much to the Internet. He helped to author RSS 1.0 specifications, authored the RFC for RDF+XML media type, created Markdown and drove Reddit. His role in campaigning against Stop Online Privacy Act proved to be instrumental. SOPA sought to combat Internet copyright violations by letting authorities to shut down suspect websites without much oversight, contradicting a key tenant of USA’s Constitution, free of speech.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz covers several stages of his life. The brilliance of his was portrayed succinctly throughout the film. The later part of the film was focused not on the case itself per se, but how it came to be that the judicial system in USA is lopsided, if not, beginning to be. Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger made such a strong case of it that it is a pity that the prosecutorial team and the parties like JSTOR and MIT refused to comment in the documentary to provide a balanced view.

The film is creative commons licensed. If you are unable to buy the film from Vimeo, no worries. There are alternative ways to get the film. Internet Archives has released the video on its site. At the same time there is a torrent available. I have also uploaded it to Mega and have it sitting in a BitTorrent Sync folder (Secret key: BP5P7V72NVCGX42YNYGMZHB6F63XTZ4A6) as well.

HackerspaceSG is hosting a screening on Friday, 4th July, 7.20pm. There will be a panel discussion after the show on Intellectual Property Rights after the screening. Do note that the location is subjected to changes to accommodate a larger crowd.

Location is changed to National Design Centre, IDA Labs.

Thumbfu – additive and simple Android game

Thumbfu – additive and simple Android game

Wyemun does it again. Over the weekend, he coded out a new game called Thumbfu for Android platform.

The premise is simple: use your thumbs and tap on the screen to prevent the dark ninjas from touching you. Once the rage bar fills up, consecutive thumb attacks can be launched on the next unsuspecting dark ninjas. There are some achievements to be claimed as well, but frankly who cares as long as you kick some ass with your thumbs?

Mindless fun for those who want to pass time while transiting or waiting for something to happen.

The application is now available on the Play Store.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air Review

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air Review

Along with the X100 Mobile Speakers that was reviewed earlier, I received the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air for review as well. I did review keyboards from Logitech, but what is different this time is that I had an iPad Air that is accessible at home! Yay to my parents for wanting to catch up with technology?

Like previous keyboards that I have reviewed, this keyboard connects to iPad Air using Bluetooth. This means that you can actually used it for any other devices that has Bluetooth, like Android tablets or iPhone or even your laptops (even though the system requirement that Logitech specifies is iPad Air. Heh).

Who wants to use a second keyboard when you have actually one? I don’t know, but I do…

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Note: The Logitech G430 headphones, G400s mouse and K120 keyboard are my personal purchases. I should do a review on them too, right?

Back to the review…

Capitalising on prior experience in designing similar keyboards for previous iterations of the iPad, Logitech has came out with this keyboard for the iPad Air, matching the curves of the keyboard with the device. The iPad is now seemingly a thin hard book. Features, like instant sleep/wake and magnetic hinges have became the standard for any iPad covers have been incorporated into the design as well. The aluminium body gives some protection to the iPad screen when closed. As the back of the iPad is not covered, the iPad is susceptible to scratches, like any other naked iPad.

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The full-size keys, though feels flat, enables comfortable typing that you can get on a typical laptop keyboard once you get use to the positioning of your hands and the feel of the keys. Above the keys is a slot that will fit the iPad Air at an angle. This allows the keyboard to double up as a stand for the iPad, allowing you to type with relative comfort.

The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad is now on sale at a RSP of 139SGD at all major retailers. The keyboard is available in two colours: black or white. Do pick the colours according to your iPad, unless you want to have a weird black-white combination like my set (I blame myself for not specifying the colour for the review unit).

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Oreo anyone?

 

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 240 mm x 169.5 mm x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 330g

Comes with two years warranty.

Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker Review

Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker Review

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A while back, I received Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker, in cyan/green colour, for a review.

The Mobile Speaker promises to deliver rocking sound that you can take anywhere. The Bluetooth speaker is ultra-light and portable. I could place it in my bag without feeling the weight. Then again, I was carrying a laptop and a netbook at the same time during the school semester.

Without looking at the manual, one can easily figure out which buttons to push to connect to the device, or to control the volume or switching it off.

While reviewing, I used my laptop and my phone to connect to the speaker via Bluetooth to make calls. I managed to use the speaker in a Skype call with a pretty much OK quality. I was having my group project meeting then and had one member running late, who decided wisely to stay at home so that we could continue the meeting with her Skyping in. As the room was small, the mic pickup wasn’t really compromised. However, at the a larger venue, which I did try at a Hackerspace Plenum, the member at the other end of the Skype connection had some difficulty hearing us, unless we speak up real loud, which we adjusted.

Additionally, I was able slip it into my side pocket of the No. 4 pants while on In-Camp Training last week. I brought the speaker along to be used in bunk. Despite being small, the sound produced was sufficient to cover the entire bunk with music and entertainment while we had rest time.

Logitech X100 Mobile Speaker is on sale now with a RSP of 69SGD. It is available in 4 different set of complementing colours. The long battery life of five hours is sufficient for usage with mobile devices. Additionally, it comes with one year warranty.

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Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Windows and Android

Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Windows and Android

I had the chance to receive a review set of Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Windows and Android a while back.

The keyboard is designed to accompany a Windows 8 or RT tablet or an Android tablet. However, the keyboard can also be used as a wireless keyboard to almost any devices, by virtue of the Bluetooth connection. The pairing process is rather easy.

The indicators at the top of the keyboard display the possible conditions of the Bluetooth keyboard and the power supply. The keyboard is powered by 4 AAA batteries and is long lasting.

DSC_2614The keyboard comes with a casing, which when is not used for protecting the keyboard, can be used as a stand for the tablet. This is convenient for users whose protective case for their tablets is cannot double up as a stand.

The numerous Fn keys at the top row of the keyboard allows quick access to common shortcuts that most people would use, such as fast forwarding/playing media files and controlling volume. F1 to F12 keys are triggered when combining Fn key with the keys in the second row.

The keyboard and its casing is designed with the height not exceeding that of an A4 paper, which probably means that it could fit into most laptop bags and hand carry bags. Despite its small size, the keys are designed to be that of a standard laptop’s. This allows an user to type comfortably in any settings.

This keyboard is for the users who are seeking a keyboard that is comparable to that of a laptop’s for their tablets. 

Food – 新天地

Food – 新天地

For the past few week ends, I have been to this cafe for dinner cum supper with my family and cousins. It is off Balestier Road in a shophouse. The food they serve is rather nice and tasty. The decor is unique, given the fact that the walls are decorated with the owner’s son’s art work. The son is only a primary school student! Anyway, if you want some Chinese food, you can try that place. The website is linked here. I will try to post up some pictures if I remember to bring my camera the next time. >.<

Japanese Drama: Atashinchi no Danshi

Japanese Drama: Atashinchi no Danshi

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This Japanese show was released at the start of this year. It tells of a patch work family coming together in order to fulfill their dead (adoptive) father’s wishes, albeit reluctantly. Each episode traces the family members’ life stories, frustrations, and the evolving emotions and motivations to form a family. Starring Horikita Maki, Kaname Jun, Mukai Osamu, Okada Yoshinori, this light-hearted and yet warm comedy will bring much laughter and some tears into the eyes. Enjoy!

I cannot seem to find the trailer to the show on Youtube. Instead, I present to you the theme song: Infinity by Girl Next Door.

P.S. This show can be watched on MySoju.