Tech65 is conducting a Podcasting workshop at Science’08 Posted on: August 28, 2008 at 10:13 pm Posted in: Blog

Hi guys,

We at Tech65 have always believed that what we’re doing is part of giving something back to the community, as fun as it is to do 65bits every week and as great it is to just sit around and hang out *aka Podcast*. We thought we’d take it all one BIG step further and participate in the Science Centre’s‘s “Month of Science’08”. Here are the details.

What? – Workshop on Podcasting
Where? – Science Center
When? – Monday, 1st Sept, 1pm
How much? – Free!
How to register?http://www.sciencemonth.org.sg/special.asp

The Crew will be there to give you guys a nice look into the basic production of a podcast and how YOU can do it too! It’d be a great time for you guys to hang out with us. And we’d like to get to know you, our listeners, so much better! So come on down and support the podcast you love!

Cya guys there!!

-Tech65 Crew.

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65Bits Episode 85 : iPhone Mania – Singapore Edition! Posted on: August 25, 2008 at 7:21 am Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

This week brings sexy back with the Singtel’s launch of the 3G iPhone. We pile on, and try our best not to go easy on EVERYBODY’s favourite smartphone but mostly we find it much to hard to be hard on the Jesusphone’s. We also take a look into Intel’s next generation of procesors and worry about the possibilty that your iPod may blow up in your pocket or… somewhere worse. Lastly, we all know humans lack Caffeine, so why not your Macbook?

The Fanboys,
Fari, Daniel, Jerrick, Ryu (of macryu.com) and NTT

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Channel65: iPhone 3G launch in Singapore (Video) Posted on: August 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm Posted in: Channel65,VideoCasts

Missed the whole spectacular iPhone 3G launch last Thursday night? We managed to catch the whole show and filmed it on tape! We also found some of our friends and we find out what they’re doing in the queue!

So did you buy the iPhone?

Catch 65bits Episode 85 as we discuss Singtel’s iPhone 3G in Singapore, advice and rants, with MacRyu.com creator.

Update: We asked some people at Singtel, and it is possible for you to sign up for any normal Broandband on Mobile plan with the iPhone 3G.

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65Bits Episode 84 : Anti-Social at the Social Media Breakfast Posted on: August 21, 2008 at 7:31 am Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

This week’s episode is brought to you from a musuem of light and sound. Of laughter and joyous conversation. We make our own contribution to the wider public consciousness by giving back to the community through next month’s MONTH OF SCIENCE! We discuss Creative’s new direction with the Zen X-Fi, Linux Mobile and the freedom it’ll bring, or will it? And we will look at the possibility that we’ll be able to get cheap BIG solid state hard drives soon!

Thanks and with Love
Platter 1,2,3 and 4 of your 1 Terabyte soon to be extinct hard drive.

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RePost: Will Wright Posted on: August 13, 2008 at 11:45 pm Posted in: Announcements,Blog

Taken from Jerrick’s Website

There’s a very good chance that I will meet Will Wright, Creator of The Sims, Sim City and Spore, on Friday. Have you any questions for the man himself? Ask them here and I will forward them on!

And NO I can’t ask him to crap out a copy of Spore for you.

-EDIT- Sorry. I didn’t get to see Will Wright! He had to leave early because he was tired. He had been in Singapore for a week doing the publicity for Spore. Ah well. Some other time then eh?

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65Bits Episode 83 : The Chilly One Posted on: at 8:00 am Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

We begin this adventure with a nice strong dose of reality as we realise that as with all humans we make mistakes. We apologise to you our dear listeners and hope y’all will move on. We also see news about the iPhone and have a nice long discussion for Blogging @ NUS. We also see a fantastic new bargain from Microsoft for the Xboxes and at the same time they create a new operating system? We also look at tools for better syncing and a better way to protect that one password that you use.

Kiss me.
Sixpence, Richer and ChillyCraps

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Its Official: Singtel releasing iPhone 22nd Aug Posted on: August 12, 2008 at 11:01 pm Posted in: Announcements,Blog

See the title. Its also Jerrick’s Birthday… so you all know what to do!

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PDF woes Posted on: August 10, 2008 at 9:45 pm Posted in: Blog

Since I’m almost always doing important “mission-critical” stuff on my Mac, the fact that Quartz operates in a manner that parallels the PDF imaging model, thus enabling the OS to intrinsically support PDF documents, has been a real lifesaver. The most obvious benefit is that virtually any application is able to print directly to a PDF file, even on a vanilla OS X installation. Good times.
In fact it’s because of this wonderful OS-level support, that some developers were able to go over and beyond and come up with apps like Skim & Papers [free to try], which I find more endearing every single day.

In Windows, industry-giant Adobe’s Acrobat Reader is the best-known and most pervasive, distributed promiscuously at every opportunity. But for a long time now, Acrobat has consistently fallen short of my expectations. It takes too long to load up and has too many extraneous features that I briefly glimpse but have no use for and definitely don’t use on a regular basis.
There’s a very reliable PDF reader I’ve come to appreciate and that’s Foxit PDF Reader. It’s nifty, unobtrusive, very quick and for me, good enough as an all-purpose PDF reader.

However PDF “reading” isn’t that much of a problem; no matter what Acrobat remains reliable [and free]. In Windows, it’s PDF creation that is a big problem and rightly so. The advantages of using PDF are many, and I find it a crying shame that the easiest installer for a PDF authoring program is one that you have to pay for: Adobe Acrobat Professional. There are few others that provide the capability but requires additional installs of Ghostscript or some such.
One miracle binary stood out from me and it’s not surprisingly from the open source community. PDFCreator is a program that’s not really a program. Once installed, there is no standalone product per se, but basically any program that can print can now print to a virtual printer that outputs to a PDF file. The interface is transparent and idiot-proof and in my experience very very reliable. One additonal feature is that it allows multiple related PDFs to be merged.

If quality and [free] PDF creation software was rare enough, good luck finding a PDF editor at a reasonable price *coughfreecough*. One might argue the wisdom of a PDF editor; PDFs are preferable where I come from because they are “unalterable”, the next best thing to a hard copy.
But what the program really allows you to do isn’t inline word processing, but rather breaks down the PDF into its layered components which you can manipulate with a GUI and/or special scripts. This allows for a quick and dirty rearrangment for nicer-looking prints. For special occasions only.
For this I find myself thankful to the Sourceforge community for PDFedit. It does what it claims it can very well BUT involves the additonal “hassle” of requiring a native Cygwin installation. For the uninitiated, Cygwin is a Linux environment for Windows.

These three programs have made PDF management a whole lot easier in my Doze use. Hope it helps you guys too.

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Episode 83 delayed as we celebrate Singapore’s 43rd birthday Posted on: at 9:11 pm Posted in: Announcements,Blog

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to inform you guys that episode 83 of 65bits will be delayed due to Singapore’s National Day celebrations that happened this weekend. Don’t worry though, as episode 83 will still be out this week, albeit a few days later than usual. Expect lots of stories this week!

So on behalf of the Tech65 crew, have a wonderful National Day! Happy birthday, Singapore!

Daniel Tsou

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65Bits Episode 82 : Two Parter Special.. Posted on: August 5, 2008 at 8:00 am Posted in: 65Bits,Podcasts

This week, the guest-hosts outnumber the hosts as Dan takes on Hishm, DK and Nicole. In the 1st round they fight it out talking about Street Directory and other mapping services; an upcoming line of laptops from Sony which Sony previewed to bloggers this weeks. The second round starts with Cuil (pronounced as ‘Kool’), a search engine which claims to better the big G and ends a stixy collaboration tool!! Listen to the show know who wins!!

Daniel, Nicole, DK, Hisham

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