New idol and an audio book

I have a new idol and his name is Timothy Ferriss. As i type, i am downloading this best seller book The 4 Hour Work Week on itunes. I have not heard it yet, but i pretty much know what it is going to be like. It will be similar to the Rework book that i like.

Do note if you are planning on buying the book, go for the new expanded edition. I was too hasty and bought the original version. Am very reluctant now to pay even more for the expanded edition.  But will listen to the original first and decide.

am back

Am finally back in Hk in my comfortable studio. Was away for a month. Made 2 business trips to Beijing, a few turn around in Singapore and a 7 days vacation in Bangkok. Does feel a bit refreshed and ready to go. But i did put on a lot of weight to become 82kg with a fat tummy. So i have to start training and dieting. Will use the Dec Standchart half marathon as a target although i am doubtful i will be ready in time or actually flying back for it. But at least i will target and try for it.

Am also cherishing my good health (as in not sick now) and trying to be positive. Well below is some inspiration photos. Channing Tatum on his less fit day working out and a photo of him with his abs and all.  Boy i will have him any day.

To buy or not to buy …. iPad

One of my blog readers asked why did I give in and get an iPad now. Below are my thoughts about whether now is the right time to buy an iPad.

Apple seldom release anything after sep event . But Jobs usually end with something like “this is our holiday lineup”, he didn’t say that this time round. In addition the delayed release of iOS 4.2 specially for iPad and the fact that developers are not even given a glimpse of it yet does go to suggest a possible new hardware in nov with the release of the new os. Now that 4.1 is live, we will see how late apple releases the 4.2 to developers. The later the higher chance of them keeping some secret.

Having said that, it is also logistic nightmare for apple to be that close to the Christmas season to release a new product. So at this stage I will say it is a 50-50 chance but growing towards new hw the longer they delay developer preview. So if you are not in a hurry, wait another month or two.

As for my final breakdown, that was because

1. I was having a not so good day in office and decided to give myself a real belated birthday gift. (android smart pad does not count as it is paperweight now)

2. As an IT gadget guy, my reputation was starting to get tarnished when asked about the iPad and I was not able to give a more passionate answer.

3. I wasn’t impressed with my mum’s iPad as I wasn’t able to do a lot with it without confusing her. Like the iPhone, the iPad is a personal device that requires personal configuration and attention. Apps built on it’s very good but basic foundation are the reasons why it works so well. I only started to appreciate it when I installed apps and have my data synchronised on it.

4. My weakness has always been a very early adopter when I can afford it. I was doom to fail when I started this delayed gratification endeavour. Normally I would have paid a lot more to get the iPad before it is officially on sale in Asia like what i did for my mum. Given that I managed to hold it off and got one at official apple price for myself, I think I have succeeded a bit in delaying my gratification.

5. The last break to the dam was Jobs not announcing anything in the sep event. I can wait till nov but by then if there is no new hw, it will be almost half way through the life cycle of the iPad’s annual refresh (likely case).

6. In any case, likelihood of me selling and upgrading if there is indeed new hw is high.

So I am not the average user. You have to decide for yourself. If you are the kind that needs the newest all the time, no point waiting. If you are the kind that is still holding an iPhone 3G then wait till nov, if still no new hw go and buy it, with the knowledge that a few months later in 2011 apple will announce the new version for sure. But it should not matter to you then.

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Blame the iPad

It is just so hard to get back onto an exercise routine after a three weeks break. Now with the iPad, I am putting time with iPad above my exercise as well. Was planning on spending an hour before I goto work at the gym but iPad just took over the hour.

So I blame the iPad. The irony …… I bought and downloaded some exercise and yoga apps on the iPad to play with. On the sofa.

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yuri suzuki and oscar diaz: rec & play


‘rec & play’ is a collaborative project between yuri suzuki and oscar diaz. both designers, who
met at the RCA, started tinkering a while ago with the intention to create an object that would
combine drawing and sound.

the ‘rec’ pen, draws and records sound on a line. it contains a special ferromagnetic ink, made
with the same component used to make old cassette tapes, a recording head and a microphone.
the ink is applied to the paper and at the same time the recording head can record the sound
captured by the microphone situated on the top part of the pen.

the ‘play’ pen retrieves the sound and plays it back.  it contains a red head and a speaker.
when the red tape head is moved along the line the previously recorded sound can be heard.

to reference and indicate each pen function, the pens uses the color code from old cassette recorders.
the ‘rec’ pen is red, and the ‘play’ pen, black. both pens are connected to a circuit board and a power
supply to feed the electronic components.

the project, is part of ‘sound interjection’ an exhibition featuring an extensive selection of yuri suzuki’s
work, which will be presented for the first time at the kk outlet in london from september 3rd, 2010.

original post here

RUBBiSH (Recycled Rubber Sinks)

The rubber from the tires is melted down and cleansed of debris, and the tiny inherent metal fibers that give a tire its road resistance are then formed into a sheet. This sheet is stretched over a base frame—made of wood, metal, or any other material out of which bathroom furniture can be fashioned—and anchored down by the drain collar. This creates a shallow-sloped surface for water to be siphoned away, but not a clunky profile; in fact, the material used is so minimal that, the manufacturer claims, the sinks use less than one pound of rubber. Two options are available, the most basic being the 1/8-inch-thick sheet of rubber adhered directly to the cabinet underneath. The other is a framed option, in which the sheet of rubber is sandwiched between two sheets of aluminum around the edges. The firm is in the process of developing two standard sizes for commercial distribution: a single sink at 36 inches wide and a double basin measuring 5 feet across.

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Concept Idea for Special Edition iPhone Air

I was reading an article on how apple is designing an iPhone with fewer holes by combining the headset jack and the microphone hole. The advantages of having less holes on the iPhone is obvious: less dust and less water seepage. But then i was thinking why not go all the way and make an air tight water proof iPhone.

  • Remove all headset and microphone holes and use only bluetooth for audio.
  • Remove speaker grilles so no speaker on the iPhone. It can vibrate to indicate incoming call and LED light but will not ring. Instead have the bluetooth headset come with a built in small speaker to beeps.
  • Connector for syncing can be replace with wifi and 3G syncing.
  • Charging can be by conductive charging like the Palm Pre Stone. Similar to how electric toothbrush charges
  • Buttons can be redesigned to be external physical buttons pressing on membrane button underneath. Thus the internal device is completely sealed off.
  • Have 2 specially designed bluetooth headset. One that is not waterproof, is smaller and more executive looking with a tiny speaker that emits beeps to indicate incoming calls and another bigger stereo waterproof headset for exercise and even swimming use.
  • The Touch Dock for charging can also come with speaker and mic for conference calls on the desk.

Technologically there is nothing above that is not doable. Is a matter of putting it all into a package. May not be for everyone, thus a Special Edition iPhone Air for those willing to pay a premium for it.

Would you like a phone like this?

my iPhone4 review

Weakness

  • It’s use as a phone for answering and making calls is at most 70% reliable. But this is not restricted to just iPhone4 and i would give the same rating to the other iphones as well. I have encountered times where the phone ring and i just cannot slide to answer, the phone ring and go straight to missed calls and low signal problems. I dont have drop calls that much except may be inside the elevator. Am not sure if any of the issues are related to me jailbreaking the phone. I can live with this issue because voice calls are not that important and frequent for me. SMS and apps (data connection) is what is more important to me in a smartphone now. So if you are very dependent on voice calls and need it to be 99% reliable, you will be frustrated with the iPhone.
  • Other minor annoyances are like the lack of a button for taking photo, no widget home screen like android where i can have instant access to weather, large clock and notifications. The notifications can be annoying if you have a lot of it and it can definitely be improved. Bluetooth audio do sometimes get choppy but usually a reboot of the device solves the problem. I have also read and experienced only once, difficulty switching back to music audio after answering a phone call on bluetooth audio. But that shows how infrequent i have voice calls.

Attention to Details

The reason i still love the iphone as compared to other phones like Android is Apple’s attention to details. I have not used any Android phones yet although i have an Android 1.5 7″ tablet that is using the same phone OS. Small attention to details make a lot of difference in the overall feel of the experience. It is fluid and intuitive. An example is the bounce when you hit the end of a list, the accelerated spin when you flip the spin wheel faster and the simplicity of the OS does takes away some hassle especially memory management. Many criticizes Apple for not putting in true multi-tasking. But if you have tried Android’s memory manager or previous Windows Phone with memory issues or even Symbiam, you will appreciate how you dont have to bother with any of it on the iPhone. As mine is jailbroken, i do have a memory monitor on my status bar and i can see when the iphone automatically clears the memory and closes open apps but it does not affect the use of the phone much simply because there is no true multitasking in the first place.

I have thought of and considered switching to other phones to validate if i am really stuck on iphone. I still hold a blackberry simply because it is the cheapest way to roam. Nevertheless i think the iPhone is a convenient all in one, connected PDA to me. Camera, phone, SMS, internet, social and gaming platform. It is not perfect and i have not tried a single smartphone that doesnt hang on me or require reboot occasionally. But so far i must say i am patient with its flaws and loving its strength just like i would my boyfriend.

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