65Bits Episode 68: A Feminine Ring Posted on: April 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

This week we have a special guest joining us, Nicole. She brings a feminine touch to an otherwise brutish and boorish show. We begin with a story of intrigue and mystery, something that even Hollywood could not imagine. A feisty little start up, Psystar is standing up to Apple, and SURPRISE it does exist and is actually shipping! We also talk about Samsung and their recently launched new phones, without leaving out the LURVE for our pals @ Nokia. As men we cannot help but be fascinated with speed and precision, and alas our wishes are granted with WD’s new Velociraptor Hard Drive.

Your Latin Lovers,
Julio, Francisco, Daniel, and Nicoletta.

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Tech65.org is back! Here’s what you missed! Posted on: April 28, 2008 at 12:42 pm Posted in: Announcements,Blog

Hi everyone!
Tech65.org is finally back online for SingNet users! We’ve put together a compilation of all the episodes of Channel65 and 65bits that you probably have missed just for you!

What Happened
If you are a SingNet user, we apologise for the downtime Tech65.org has been having the past few weeks. Something happened over at SingNet that prevented SingNet users from accessing the website unless you had set up your computer to manually connect to SingNet’s proxy server or DNS server. We have been working hard the past few weeks trying to figure out what was wrong, but after a phone call with SingNet, they finally fixed the connection at their side and brought the website back online. On behalf of the Tech65.org crew, I want to thank all of you for your patience, and thank SingNet for their assistance.

What you’ve missed:

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65Bits Episode 67: FOR HONOUR! FOR GLORY! Posted on: April 21, 2008 at 9:46 am Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

Those of you out there who still’ve been unable to access our site, we encourage you to blog up! and Blog OUT! Your words, those keystrokes, will be put to great use, for it will honour us greatly! Onto more pressing issues. Those honourable ones who will listen to those words that’ve been prophesied, that there will be one who shall challenge the gods, the mighty Steveness, the God-King of all Techdom, he whose wrath has been that of legend and disaster. We also speak of a tiny laptop, which has had many improvements made upon it, by the blacksmiths and potters of ASUS, it has now a greater screen of which to show us more, Windows has been added to make it a temptation upon your money-sack and now we can be sure that you shall be able to be Rock Solid, Heart Touching. Our sponsors GadgetTrak, and Easysafe are also those who would protect from from the evils of stolen data, of lost privacy, they will keep you safe and allow you to remain protected in your time of crisis.

With Great Strength
King Danielias, Councilman Farinelli, Commodore Jerrick and Praetor Kai Yi
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The Fiat Cinquecento aka 500 Posted on: April 19, 2008 at 12:27 am Posted in: Blog

Trying to get into the Boot

The Fiat 500 or in its original Italian, the Cinquecento is a beautiful example of modern engineering from an inspired original, the modern 500 is by no means a compromised or even cheap descendant of the Nuova 500. To put it in a more poetic form, whereas the Nuova 500 was designed to be practical, and functional first, much like your dressed down mother who raised you through two economic recessions and does not really see the point of getting anything for form. Whilst the modern 500 is your little sister, raised in the internet age, savvy, smart, with some money to spend, and she’s all about fashion, looks, but wants stuff to have all the luxuries. Jerrick, our intrepid editor attended the Singapore launch of the 500 and survived to tell the tale.

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Channel65: The HP Mini – Singapore Blogger’s Preview Posted on: April 13, 2008 at 5:00 pm Posted in: Gear65,VideoCasts

In this episode of Channel65, bloggers from Singapore gathered for an exclusive event at Mezza9 (Hyatt Singapore) on 10 April 2008 to preview and get a first look at HP’s new Mini-Note PC – the ultralight and small form factor notebook.

Check out more about the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC here

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65Bits Episode 66: Sprawled Out Naked on the Carpet, Macbook Pics. Posted on: April 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

This week, Love is in the air, with the bounties that the various tech leviathans have bestowed upon us: Videos on Flickr, Google’s app engine for FREE computing, The amazing little beauty that is HP’s Mini-Note, and of course more iPhone rumours. We also shower love and beg for the swift return of Streetdirectory.com, for without which we are simply lost in the wilderness of Singapore’s urbanity. With all this love floating around, we’re sure you guys will want to feel safe whilst practicing all this free loving, and such safety comes easily with Gadget Track, software that you can use to track your PC down, when you lose your laptop all you have to do is activate it and the programme will try to phone home. You may also want to keep all those naughty, naked, sprawled out on that carpet pictures of your Macbook safe, with EasySafe. Which is simply a key to all your sensitive files.

With Love and Adoration
Farinelli, That guy you checked out last night, asked for his twitter, gmail, FB, Myspace etc. etc., and realised that he’s too hot for you anyway
NTT, that guy who checked you out last night, and you felt a familiar stirring in your… Thinkpad
Jerrick, You just want him coz he’s that extra special 65th bit
Kai-Yi, You know you want a guy who drives a Lamborghini in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue

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Channel65: Interview with Intel’s Tilden Wu on the Classmate PC Posted on: April 11, 2008 at 7:17 pm Posted in: Channel65,VideoCasts

Jerrick meets up with Intel’s Tilden to talk about “Racing The Planet: Vietnam”, the Classmate PC and Intel’s WiMax project in Vietnam.

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Catching Air: First in a series of articles by Guest Editor, Naveen! Posted on: April 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm Posted in: Blog

This, the first in possibly a series of articles by a friend of our humble website, Naveen. Comment up!

When Apple announced there was something in the Air, it wasn’t the only one. Adobe recently launched its own lightweight cross-platform runtime, also named AIR. Deceptive pun indeed, it expands to Adobe Integrated Runtime. What does it do?

Well firstly, AIR itself can be thought of as an emulator. It emulates in this case browser technology. Once the basic runtime is installed, AIR applications can be downloaded [the proverbial ROMs] and you can run them on any platform with AIR installed, be it Mac, Windows and Linux [coming soon].
What’s special about AIR is that it emulates a browser [WebKit rendering, the same technology as Safari and Opera], and it follows that AIR applications are Rich Internet Applications, similar to Firefox extensions, only now masquerading as fullblown applications on your desktop.
The applications can be written in any web language, Flash or even Adobe Flex.

People usually dismiss the potential of Rich Internet Applications, I find, but with the advent of the Software as a Service paradigm, rich Internet applications are no-install, quick-deploy shock troops in the Internet realm now. Visit any page with even a teeny bit of Javascript and that’s lite programming at work. The benefits are undeniable; most of the interactivity you now see on webpages is asynchrous and you customise the page and services you want with minimal fuss server-side. The processor power and bandwidth they save empowers them to offer the same services to more people, with lesser downtime.

While the AIR concept sounds similar to Google Gears, the fundamental difference is the need for a browser for the latter. Google Gears only caches the database data with SQLite and simulates a server-side environment so your online service [like Google Reader] works offline. In terms of functionality, I’d say AIR is similar to Microsoft’s Silverlight and the not yet released Mozilla Prism.

I haven’t tried too many AIR applications; there aren’t very many available right now. Just under 50 AIRplications available in the Marketplace [a misnomer; they’re all free!] and not every one of them is going to appeal to everyone. What I can recommend to you, in this Youtube age, is RichFLV.
This app has liberated me, changed how I work with .flv files that I routinely download from the Internet.
It offers rich editing [true cut and paste] and rearragements of Cuepoints, exporting of the audio track to mp3 form, taking screenshots, converting the flv to SWF format; all this and more without breaking a sweat. If nothing else, it’s a responsive offline FLV player. Highly recommended!

Other apps worthy of download would be CleVR Stitcher [allows quick stitching of photos to make a panorama], MeeBone [Meebo for the desktop; MSN connectivity without the bloatware!] and Fotobooth [named after Apple’s Photobooth with pretty much the same functionality].

If you couldn’t tell by now, most of these applications occupy niche areas, in true scratch-an-itch fashion. And by leveraging their strongest suit, these AIRplications finally bring you the power of mashups to the desktop without the bulk of traditional equivalents. Hats off, Adobe.

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65Bits’ Episode 65 : Yea, Repeating Numbers are Sexy! Posted on: April 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

Our 65th episode was EVEN BIGGER and BETTER than our 50th episode, and of course Sexier. We had early morning champagne, courtesy of the fabulous host of Geek Terminal, Danny! In this episode, we get fooled-ish by certain April Fools from all fronts, we feel foolish in somehow believing that Vista’s SP1 would really fix everything, but are buoyed by the 2nd Anniversary bash thrown by Microsoft for the Xbox 360! Ultimately, we did have an amazing time geeking out to the sounds of our collective geekdom and welcome all to join us next episode. This episode was brought to you by Gadget Track and Easy Safe, Solutions for keeping your data and computers safe!

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Stories for 65Bits episode 65. Posted on: April 4, 2008 at 9:32 am Posted in: Announcements,Blog

Class, this is your assignment for today. YOU have to read through all the stories below, and prepare for the discussion during tomorrow’s live recording. If you are unable to answer our questions tomorrow, you WILL BE made the the outstanding student (the student standing outside the class)…

We expect all students to be badly behaved, and participate in the discussions impolitely and rant about things… You will be graded on your performance.

1. April Fools Panks on the Interweb.
Engadget vs T-Mobile (Apparently not a joke. More on that tomorrow.)

Tauren Marine
Pinata Loot
Bard Class Hero in WoW

Ping.sg’s “Whose pong is it anyway” game

iPhoneDev team
iPhone Dev Team quits.

2. Unlimited Tunes from Apple? Not So Fast
Rumors of a new music service appear to be just that

3. Vista Issues
Early adopter’s issues.
Nvidia driver issues.

4. Creative to sell company HQ for $180m
Creative will sell HQ building and rent it back to save $$

5. Creative Goes After Driver Modder
Creative stops distribution of home grown vista driver.
Driver author responds.

6. Eeee PC Updates: New models and SDK
New 9″ Eee PC wth touchscreen?
Eee PC SDK out soon.

7. Fari and Jerrick’s Experience at M$’s Xbox 360 Event.
Check out that Riff!!!

8. Byte of the Week : Adobe Photoshop Express
Photoshop on the Web!


For those who missed the other posts, the details of the live recording are follows.

65th Episode of 65Bits Podcast.
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2008
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Geek Terminal
Street: 55, Market Street (Near Raffles Place MRT, opp. Golden Shoe Complex)
City/Town: Singapore, Singapore.

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