Joining the iWhine ranks

I thought I was lucky enough when my upgrade to iOS 5 took less than 3 hours, as compared to the other iWhiners who couldn’t get it installed even after 10 hours.  Hah! I thought. I love it! I love the sexy pull-down notification and the even sexier pop-up notifications. Sure, it’s a copy from Android, but Apple designers just know how to make things…sexier. And this is coming from an Android supporter using an iPhone.

Apple iOS 5 Apple iOS 5 Apple iOS 5 (images courtesy of GSMarena)

Then it happened. dun-dun. Music junkies, beware, do NOT upgrade to iOS 5, or at least get ready to sync your entire library of songs. ALL. OVER. AGAIN.

I can’t access a lot of my music on my iPhone iTunes after the upgrade and a sync. So I’m joining the iWhine ranks…in my head at least. And while I’m here, I’d like to whine about the crazy battery drain (90% to 25% in 3 hours with about 20 whatsapp Line messages back and forth) and the way the back of iPhone now heats up, really hot.

Never be an early adopter, they told me, would I listen? *skulks back for another 3 hours of re-syncing music*

EDIT: Don’t be dumb! Just re-boot your iPhone! Your music will play again.


Smarter cities, happier nicthegeek?

This is really weird and out-of-the-blue, but I’d love to attend one of these smart cities/urban renewal/city infrastructure conferences just once.

Smarter Cities KL 2012


I’m not an architect or urban planner or traffic controller, which is too bad, because I’ve always had a fascination with city infrastructure and urban planning. Just look at the amount of time I spend playing city-building games ranging from Simcity to Emperor.

Hmm, maybe I wouldn’t make a good urban or city planner after all, and perhaps I wouldn’t understand all the technicalities and jargon, but it would still be fascinating to listen in at sessions that provide ideas to encourage citizens to make smarter choices about how they live, work and travel; or to manage urban sprawl and reduce a city’s carbon footprint.

The website design and navigation is pretty sexy as well.





A new city

sooo, I’ve been a bit slow here.

Taipei County 台北縣 (that bit featured in red) has been renamed 新北市 New Taipei City since end-2010.  And I had no idea, till a friend said so.  Well, I thought I had heard something about it, but that’s what comes of not watching or reading the news at all.

Some people might make a link (name-wise) to Newport City RI, or Newport City PH.

All I can think of is New Port City 新浜市, Niihama-shi, the fictional metropolis and the new capital of Japan, featured in the Ghost in the Shell franchise.

The city houses most of Japan’s politicians, business leaders and industrial workers.

And Sector 9, I might add.

And that’s my geek-on for today.  🙂

On memory lane, digital style

It’s Tuesday night, which means the WoW servers are down for maintenance.  Which means I should probably  (a) get some Korean homework and studying done  (b)  get some sleep  (c) do some research for blogging.

But no, I decided to go play around with something new that I came across last week.  Memolane.  IMHO, it’s really cool, a history/timeline/milestones chart, based on your digital footprint anyway.

Remember how back in the day, holiday photographs were snapped, developed, brought home to be oohed and ahhed over, and then stashed in a box to never see the light of day again. Until you were 60 years old. Or moving house.

Or how digital photos are downloaded, put up on Facebook, oohed and commented over, and nobody links back to them ever again. Until some busybody/stalker digs them up.

Or the pain of sorting through 15 holidays’ worth of photos, tagging them, sorting them into folders, dating them, renaming them, and giving up halfway. <well, maybe that’s just me, the procrastinator>

Well, Memolane does all that for you, in a minute.

Capture photos, videos, music, tweets, posts, and much more.
View and share your entire life online.
Create stories of your best memories together with your friends.
Explore and search your life and the lives of your friends online.

Check out their video first. <cool soundtrack, by the way, can someone tell me what it is?>

Setup is painless, all you need are the usual name, email address and password.

Once you’re in, there’s a list of social networking sites that you can add and authorise, again, extremely painlessly. And it uses OAuth to connect to all your networks, so you don’t have to give them your passwords.

Add in all you like, the more variety the better, because it’s only 1 click per account to set your privacy settings to yourself only, friends on memolane, or public.

Once you’re done, click View Lane, and voila! I’m pretty impressed because even with blog posts going back all the way to 2001, my timeline was pulled in a matter of seconds.  Well, maybe that’s why.  I’m not sure if image-heavy timelines would take a lot longer to pull.  If you’ve tried it, let me know.

So voila! Your digital history, as they claim, photos, videos, music, tweets, posts, and more.

Of course, if unlike me, you’ve uploaded hosts of videos and photos, your timeline would probably look prettier.  The horizontal timeline reminds of Plurk, only the whole concept is a lot more … sensible, then yet another social network 🙂  <Forgive the snarkiness, I’m going through a lot of pain about yet another social network at office>

Well, actually, yes. It is yet another social network.  <groan?> But yet, the whole concept, as I say, is sensible.  Read on.

You  can then choose to let your friends on Twitter and Facebook know about your Memolane.  You can even choose to embed your timeline on your own site <instructions here>

You can also choose to work with friends to create stories.  A separate timeline, where you and your friends combine favourite memories to share amongst each other. Even better, these memories can be past, present or future.

What I really like?

That ease of registration, authorisation and login. <yes, logins, I’m also going through a lot of pain about logins at office>

The search, which if I remember correctly, works exactly like Spotlight in Mac OS X.

The privacy. You can even toggle between your own view, friend view and public view, if you’ve set different privacy levels (Personal, Friends Only or Public) for each social network account. Whether this really works, of course, remains to be discovered.

I can see how companies and organisations can use stories to create milestones and future plans.  I can see how parents can create timelines for their babies, from conception through pregnancy and growing up.  I can see how, in this age when friends and family are spread out globally, they can share their fun and memories.

Best of all, it’s quick, clean, easy, painless and it’s beautiful.  It’s fun.  I like.  <because I’m going through a lot of pain convincing non-online-savvy people about the concept…at office>


tweets, without fanfare but lost a lot of sleep wondering what Twitter was about…have to say, I’m pretty good, tweeting 1,000 tweets to not many tweeps and listeners 😀

How South Koreans search

It’s Wednesday, but I didn’t spend the day playing WoW even though I’m taking a sick day.

So with the powers of the Internet at my fingertips, and being bored, what do I do? (besides playing Zuma Blitz, that is).  I research Naver, Daum and other South Korean search engines.

I’ve always had an interest in the way South Korean engines work ever since my last job, when we were developing a Korean-language website for a client, and I had to do research on SEO for South Korean sites.

It’s 3 years too late, but there are some very interesting links out there about how they work.

From NYTimes:  Crowd’s wisdom helps South Korean search engine beat Google and Yahoo

This also accurately reflects what I see on TV. While watching 1박 2일 (2 Days 1 Night), when the hosts are allowed to do their research on the net before rushing off on one of their weekly wacky travels, they more often than not link to blogs and such.

From SearchLab:  A History of Naver – From Birth to Domination

I doubt if my Korean-language lessons can take me that far to research in-depth, but still hoping to do more research on this in the future (to what end, I don’t know).