Saturday, 25 April 2015

Jaring in Liquidation

Malaysia's first mass internet service provider and also my first service provider to get connected to the outside world back in the 90s, Jaring, is now in liquidation. I've almost forgotten about Jaring and those days of dialup internet using a modem.

I could still remember the need to dial a local phone number and when the connection slowed, became unstable or there were tonnes of people connected to it, we struggle to find other numbers to dialup. Connections were faster during the wee hours of morning. Connection was charged by the minute with the first 20 hours free (or something like that). Charges went up when Telekom decided that they, too, will charge local calls by the minute. Later on, a general 1511 with discounted local call rate would automatically connect us to a Jaring local number. We've come so far now with mobile internet being faster than typical copper broadband that dialup belongs in the history books.

It's still sad to know that despite being the pioneer, Jaring could not keep up. Well, there's still hope as long as Jaring still exists... so all the best to you!

via The Malaysian Insider.

Panda Goodness: Xin Xin's falling

@natgeo continues with more panda goodness on their Instagram:

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Earth Day Desserts

Looks like some awesome desserts best taken on Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, folks! Remember to love the Earth just as much even on normal days.

via flickr blog.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

"Chewie, we're home."

That's what you get to hear an ageing Han Solo say to his pal in the second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There're also a crashed Star Destroyer, X-Wings and TIE Fighters, too! If you're really curious, head on to here to check out the analysis of the teaser trailer.

And just in case you miss the first teaser, here it is with the real BB-8 rolling on:

Extra: There will also a BB-8 toy coming soon. GASP!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

The First Batman v Superman Teaser Trailer

The 2016 movie is teased in the trailer below:

It's such a bleak and sad trailer. It's like the world is going to end soon. :(

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Top of the bird's nest fern

I had always wanted to take a photo of the bird's nest fern from the top but never got to it. Who knows the opportunity came about when I was about to finish my last appointment of the day which I was not too enthusiastic about.

A photo posted by @ionbuck on

Monday, 13 April 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015

Snapseed 2.0 for iOS Update

At last, Google's Snapseed is able to do what I had always hoped it could with its latest iOS 2.0 update (along with a whole new interface), especially the highlighted one below:
  • Stacks allow you to re-edit any image
  • Copy your edits from one image to another
  • 5 new filters including Lens Blur, Tonal Contrast and Glamour Glow, previously a premium feature
  • Lens blur that’s adjustable in all directions
  • Brush tools to apply effects to sections of an image
  • Spot Repair for detailed editing, healing, and retouching
  • Transform adjusts perspective across vertical and horizontal axes, then fills in empty areas after rotations
I had always longed for one single photo editing app on mobile that can do everything. Perhaps this could be it.

And it's got a nice new app icon, too! 

via App Store.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Wallpapers That Remind You to Stay Away From Your Phone

Do you look at your phone one too many times? Are you developing the obsessive behaviour of reaching for your all the time, sometimes just to switch it on and look at your home screen? Or are you twitting away every step of your life but forgot those around you? Or taking photos of everything, even the mundane stuff every other second? If you're guilty of some or worse, ALL, then these wallpapers will help.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Star Trek - Green Lantern Crossover

I don't know, guys. A Star Trek and Green Lantern comics crossover this summer? It's difficult for me to visualise how the Federation will boldly go where no one has gone before during the brightest days and the blackest nights. I can't take it! I can't!
STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR is six-part monthly mini-series and will be written by veteran Star Trek comic writer Mike Johnson with interior art by Angel Hernandez (INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE, ARROW). STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR #1 will be available in stores and online in July, boasting covers from Gabriel Rodriguez,Francesco Francavilla,Elsa Charretier, and Garry Brown. Following issues will feature covers from an amazing lineup that includes Declan Shalvey, Marc Laming, and more!
via Newsarama.

Fractals and Mandelbrot

This is, obviously, a photo taken under a tree but somehow, it reminds me of Fractals and Mandelbrot sets. These are complex mathematical stuff that go on and one. I got to know about these during my Atari ST days. It was hot stuff during that time. People were writing software to generate them.

A photo posted by @ionbuck on

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Penang Scholarship

The Penang government is introducing the Penang Future Foundation scholarship, starting with RM20 million. Malaysians aged below 25 years with household income of less than RM15,000 are eligible to apply. There's only one catch which isn't really a catch after all - the scholars are required to work in Penang for one year with any organisation of their choice for every RM20,000 received.

via The Sun Daily.

Friday, 27 March 2015

One Among The Few

Here's one lighted globe among a few others that caught my attention while having lunch. No idea if it's intended to be like this or the owner didn't bother to change the bulbs for the others.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Teaser

Mission: Impossible fans, here's the first teaser for the upcoming movie this July!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Piano Watch

The competition to make the hottest and most sought after smartwatch has started... even more so after Apple announced the Apple Watch. Here's one that matters. You can play music on it*. The battery lasts forever**. Did I mention that it tells you the time, too?

The fine print:
* if you imagine hard enough.
** relative to typical smartwatch battery life in 2014.