Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Orange Tone

Thought these pendant lights would look good with their orangy tone so here you go. Do you feel warm? Kinda? Just a wee bit? Teeny weeny bit?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Considerate Company?

I think most of us are familiar with out-of-office e-mail messages so that the senders would know who else to redirect their e-mails to during the recipient's absence. Awesome German automaker Daimler goes one step further - the company deletes the senders' messages outright so that the intended recipient can really settle down for their holidays. Guess what, productivity is expected to increase!

You got that, all you evil, inconsiderate bosses?

via Engadget.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Photo Bomb of the Century

Not quite so dramatic but you have got to agree with me that this is one of the "better photo bombs" around.

via Flickr Blog but that post seemed to have been removed. Hope I didn't break any rules here! Let me know if I did and I'll remove this!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Wireless Charging at its Best?

Wireless charging - not a stranger. Wireless charging through ambient sound? Sounds like an ingenious idea. If this news were to appear on 1 April I'd definitely pass it as an April Fools joke.
The prototype device was built by a team of scientists at the Queen Mary University of London, and it’s about the size of a Nokia Lumia 925, reports. It can generate five volts of electricity using ambient sound, which is enough to keep your device topped up throughout the day and could possibly even eliminate the charger altogether.
via Cult of Android.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Is it true? Will it happen? Local government elections?

Amidst all the terrible bickering in the Selangor menteri besar issue, it's nice to keep the mind fresh knowing some people out there are keeping to their promise for transparency - local government elections.

The Sun Daily:
GEORGE TOWN: The Federal Court is set to deliver a landmark decision on Aug 14 relating to local government elections in Penang, that have not been held in almost 50 years. 
State local government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the decision will be a watershed moment in efforts to bring back the third vote, last held in 1965. 
Penang is seeking to declare invalid Section 15 of the Local Government Act (LGA) 1976 and thus render it inoperative in Penang. 
The state is also seeking to declare the Local Government Elections (Penang Island and Province Wellesley) Enactment 2012 as valid and to then compel the Election Commission (EC) to conduct such elections. 
The state takes the position that such elections are a state matter under the Ninth Schedule and Article 113(4) of the Federal Constitution and had filed the petition in April last year. 
Local government elections were suspended in 1965 and abolished in 1976 after the LGA was passed.
Update: Guess not.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Dial-Up Lives On

Dial-up internet access still has a lifeline. AOL still has 2.3 million users. I wonder how's the situation here in Malaysia.

via Technology Tell.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

It's the End for Ultima's Forever

Ultima Forever will cease to exist come 29 August 2014. It's one of those free-to-play with in-app purchases so those who've invested in the game will not be pleased. Maybe it's about time developers realise IAP might not be the ONLY way to earn money.

via Touch Arcade.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Pro left behind his DSLRs and went mobile photography

Dan Marcolina had been in the photography business for 25 years or so but had since abandoned his Canon DSLRs and went for the more convenient and lighter mobile phone - the iPhone in this case. His opinions:
"People don’t know the rules about photography, yet they’re discovering images from their heart and their experience. It’s more about sculpting the image and less about worrying about expensive stuff, like camera lenses.
"The advent of digital is as important in my mind as Kodak coming out with color photography. It’s brought major artistic breakthroughs and provides instant feedback on your work."
Not so dramatic for me. I am not even at the amature level but the phone is the camera that's always with me, so that's what's important. I do love big ass cameras and I love those lenses but I only bring my entry level Nikon whenever I can, on holidays. :)

Meet Pug, Willie Pug

It's Pug, Willie Pug. He was out for an adventure or two but got lost in a sea of toys this afternoon. Thankfully, he found his way back. Way of the canine.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

In the face of Apple's iWatch rumours and bonsai in space, there's the worrying thing if Mac Mini will still exist...

I'm a fan of the Mac Mini even though after years of ranting I've still not own one (shame!). So, it's getting worrying by the day as more new iWatch rumours appear and even with a bonsai travelling to space, there's still no news of a Mac Mini... not even a refresh. :'(
comics via Macworld.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

PJ State A&W Drive-In to Make Way For Development

Very bad news for you guys that frequent one of Petaling Jaya's most iconic fast food restaurant - the PJ State A&W Drive-In. I've not been there for ages but reading about its imminent demolition to make way for office towers still felt like a loss. Memories, nostalgic memories of tasty hot dogs, waffles and the trademark root beer.

Well, on the bright side, we can still sample the food elsewhere and A&W will return once the office tower is completed.

Bye bye to another icon.

via The Malaysian Insider.

Monday, 14 July 2014

You'll be surprised to learn of the reasons behind a restaurant's many customer complaints!

Probably the best article I've read in a long time, owners of a restaurant decided to find out why they were receiving much more complaints for slow service and long wait times than before. Thankfully, they had older surveillance tapes which they compared with the current ones. The findings? Best you read it here on kitchenette - not going to be what you have in mind...

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Modern tech masquerades as vintage typewriter keyboard

Mobile keyboard for tablets and PCs that looks, feels and sounds like a vintage typewriter! This reminds me of getting all the keys stuck when I was playing with my mom's typewriter and the amusement of typing into the platen... Nostalgic indeed!

via Android Community.