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Posted on 30 March 2009 @ 12:40 pm GMT+8

I don’t believe this! I don’t know who is dumber.. the ignorant customer who thought 1GB RAM is sufficient for Vista, or Acer, who thinks they could pull off this stunt of selling under-spec ed machines.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco last Wednesday, Lora and Clay Wolph said that the Aspire notebook they bought in April 2008 “would not run properly” and would constantly freeze or crash when they tried to run Vista Home Premium.

Acer responded: ‘If the system does not run properly, please not that Windows Vista recommended requirements for the memory is 1GB of system memory. However, the minimum requirements is 512MB of memory in which your system is pre-installed with. This means that the system is still able to run Windows Vista properly.

Looks like Acer didn’t have a choice but to come out with this desperate answer. We all know that 1GB RAM for Windows Vista is a joke, let alone 512MB RAM! These days where RAM is dirt cheap, it should be illegal to sell 1GB machines. In fact, I required 2GB for my Windows XP machine!

Anyways, read up the whole story at Computerworld.



Posted on 30 March 2009 @ 10:03 am GMT+8

All of us know that we humans enjoy sex. But I’m also pretty sure many of us wondered if the animals enjoyed it. Well, here’s a brief article from LiveScience that’s worth a read.

According to experts, there are two answers: “yes” and “it is impossible to know.” In fact the enjoyment of sex among humans and among animals may be similar in that it’s all experienced in very primitive parts of the brain. We can never completely know another being’s emotional state, adding that it can even be hard to judge that of a human. And we can’t ask a tomcat how his date went last night.

Check out the article here.



Posted on 26 March 2009 @ 12:52 pm GMT+8

What is this country coming to.. when you’re walking down the safe streets in Singapore and someone asks you if you are a Singaporean! There’s nothing technically wrong with that question but it’s been happening too many times to me. There are too many expats in Singapore that as an Indian, I’m easily mistaken for one, given the fact that I’m of a north-Indian decent. Here are some of the scenarios:

Office Pantry: A group of Indian expats were having their cup of coffee when I was having mine too. One of them told me “hmm.. you seem different.. so where are you from?” The fact that  have a typical Singaporean accent with an expat-like face literally confused this dude. I was astonished by his remarks and wondered how I was different when I’m a Singaporean and he is not! He should be the odd one out.

Office meeting room: After a short in-house course, I was out of the room for tea break. One dude heard me chatting with another guy and later asked me “So you’re a Singaporean, is it?” He was half convinced that I was a Singaporean by my accent and fluency. The irony is that he himself was a Malaysian!

Clinic: I brought my wife to a clinic for a brief checkup and the doctor asked me “Is the delivery gonna be in Singapore?” He was referring to my expecting wife. For some reason I couldn’t take this pressure then and blurted out “Yes of course.. I’m a Singaporean!” And the doctor went on with his “Oh.. I see..”

Food Center: I was out in Adam Road food center and got a Murtabak from a Malay stall. After payment, I realised that I was short of a set of cutlery. I went up to the stall to grab a set and the stall owner asked me if I was a Singaporean. When I said yes, he kept saying sorry. I asked him why and  he replied “Oh.. I thought you expat..” I went on in my heart “WTF.. I better check if I’d been ripped off..” and left immediately.

Well, there were other instances that involved housing agents, salesmen and more which I can’t remember anymore. I don’t remember this happening some 5-10 years ago. Not that I looked more like a Singaporean back then. I think very soon I will have to wear tags/T-shirts that say “I am a Singaporean” so as to avoid such questions and get reasonable services from fellow citizens.



Posted on 22 March 2009 @ 12:14 pm GMT+8

Being in Singapore which is a concrete jungle, you don’t get to see a full rainbow that often. Yesterday for the first time of my life, I saw a full rainbow in Singapore, from the comforts of my home:

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I managed to capture this scene from the balcony of my 23rd storey flat. At about 7pm, the whole atmosphere was pretty reddish and it felt like I was in Mars. It had just stopped raining and dawn was approaching. The view was so wide that I had to take 4 pictures and patch them up. I didn’t work on the edges of the pics that much, so as to give the whole panoramic image a natural look.

Learn more about rainbows in Wiki. Click here to check out a larger picture of the image.



Posted on 12 March 2009 @ 9:25 pm GMT+8

A technology fair every 3 months in Singapore has been a norm for quite some time already. This year, it starts off with the IT Show, which started today till 15th March, Sunday.

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The good folks from Bootstrike have been consistent in providing us with all the pricelists from all the shows. Pricelists for this year’s IT Show are out, and you can access it here. So watcha gonna buy?











 
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