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Posted on 19 December 2010 @ 7:02 pm GMT+8

The yearly ritual of Armin Van Buuren is here as the year ends. The year mix 2010!

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88 tracks, 3081 edits, 246 channels, 108 hours of studio and 120 minutes of 2010 essentials. The very best, mixed and selected by Armin. I’ve always enjoyed these massive yearly mixes as they guarantee you only the best which will appeal to the masses. I’ve played a little from this set. It’s simply awesome and I’m excited to complete this 2hr mix. I shall find some time in the next few days to trance into the new year. Official site here.



Posted on 21 November 2010 @ 9:54 pm GMT+8

Ya know what kills blogging in me? It’s social networking, especially Facebook. It makes you post about stuffs in such a convenient manner than I’ve been pretty lazy to blog, thus making my domain pretty useless. Anyways, enough of the sob story.

Last night, I attended Sunidhi Chauhan in concert, part of the Kalaa Utsavam - Indian festival of arts at Esplanade. I went with a friend and it was my first event in the Esplanade, given that I’m not a big fan of the arts. I was pleasantly surprised that the cheapest tickets got me pretty good seats. It was close to the stage and perfectly slightly elevated with no blockage. The only downside was that I had to turn my head about 20 degrees to face the stage. Not a biggie here.

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Sunidhi is known to sing high-voltage popular item numbers and this show was no different. With the exception of a few slow beautiful songs like Mere Haath Main from the movie Fanaa, all other songs were fast paced, and that leads me thinking that the venue could have been an open space where people can dance along. She sang a few of my favorites like Dance Pe Chance from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Crazy Kiya Re from Dhoom2 and the ever popular Beedi from Omkara. Below is a snapshot of the finale when she sang Beedi:

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As you can see, everyone enjoyed the night (probably with the exception of those who paid lots for the tickets to see people dancing in front of them.. LOL). The finale was an unforgettable experience as Sunidhi sang the song in her own style with a little pinch of interactivity.

The Festival of Indian Arts happens every year after Deepavali and I will definitely keep a lookout for such events that might appeal to me. Below is a video of the Beedi finale. Pardon the audio as it was taken covertly with my humble mobile phone:

Another short clip (part1) available here. For more pictures, click here.



Posted on 15 August 2010 @ 3:15 pm GMT+8

Whoa.. first of all, I gotta apologize on not posting for quite a while. 5 months to be exact! This is what happens to a non-regular blogger who is taken over by social networking!! I’ve been more active on Facebook and Twitter as it’s so easy to post and share that I’ve forgotten that I actually own a blog. My bad.

Ok, now for some updates. I have finally broken free from Windows Mobile after 9 years. I started out in 2001 using that bulky “gameboy-ish” Casio E-125 with Windows CE all the way to HTC HD2 with WM6.5, going through all iterations of Windows mobile from WindowsCE, PocketPC 2003, 2003SE, WM5, WM6/6.1 and finally WM6.5.

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I’ve been eyeing on Android OS for quite a while and I felt that due to it’s age, it’s got to have the best of Windows Mobile and iOS (Apple). There were 2 things that were stopping me at the time. 1) No front facing cam phones, 2) Lack of apps. Well right now, I can safely say that those barriers are off. Android growth has been awesome, with the app market bustling with all kinds of apps everyday. Also the fact that Android is available on almost all mobile phone manufacturers says that the trend is gonna be uphill for a long time, unlike some fruity company.

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S. Besides it having Android in it, the main thing that caught my attraction for this device is it’s hardware. It’s super AMOLED screen is one of it’s kind, making it thinner and more energy efficient. Not to mention it being brighter and more viewable under sunlight. Secondly, it has a front facing camera. There’s hardly any other Android device like it. I don’t think Android 2.1 (Eclair) comes with video-calling. This goes to show that Samsung did put some effort into adding this functionality. Lastly, it has a hummingbird Cortex A8 processor running at 1Ghz.

Not impressed yet? It prolly performs as good as the Qualcomm 1Ghz processor that was on my previous HD2 but the Hummingbird has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU that churns out 90 million triangles! Check out this chart for comparison. If numbers don’t work for you, check out the video below that compares this monster against the HTC Desire running with the Snapdragon:

I’ve played Quake 3 on it, and yes, it’s amazing. Here is the detail comparison article. Ok, now for all the downsides (as always). This phone tends to be laggy at times due to poor IO design by Samsung. The geniuses at XDA-dev managed to come up with a fix for it that sure does improve the situation and makes the phone a whole lot faster. However, we are all waiting for Samsung’s official new firmware with the new Android 2.2 (Froyo) which supposedly address this issues.

Secondly, GPS isn’t as good as it was on my previous HTC devices. Galaxy S variants on other continents faced bigger issues, but I didn’t think it was that bad for me here in SG. My first fix happens within seconds most of the time. However, I feel that the GPS is not that sensitive to environment changes. Car stopping in front of a fly-over can cause loss of signal for a while. In the whole, it’s still very usable for me. I just need to find a suitable GPS software. Lastly, the device feels “plasticky”, due to it’s lightness and also it’s plastic gloss back. I’ve never been a fan of glossy surfaces on mobile devices so I went on to G-mask it! Check out the pics of G-mask clear leather surface:

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Frankly, the light weight doesn’t bother me. If it feels right, it grows onto you. Despite having a G-mask skin on, I somewhat felt like having some kind of case to protect the back better. This phone being thin (9.9mm) and light, I can afford to have something unique on! I ordered one of these from Ebay:

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I should be expecting this case within a week. Hardware aside, Android is very much polished in terms of UI and speed of use. Everything is all very fluid and looks fantastic. I’ve never seen so many high resolution icons on my mobile device before! Multi-tasking works in a subtle manner. Some apps stay in the back like music player, e-buddy messaging client and some just terminate when you hit the back button. Some have to be manually exited to terminate certain functions likle Ndrive (GPS nativation) and some games. 3D games play like they do on a PSP!

Well, being a Windows mobile fan, you might be wondering why I didn’t wait for Windows Phone 7. Reason.. I can’t wait! Furthermore, WP7 UI seems to look crappy for now. I also don’t wanna search high and low for apps. Android is definitely worth trying out for anybody. The iPhone on the other hand has restrictions like music synching through iTunes and no widget support. Besides, iPhone is more of a fashion device rather than a geeky tweak-able device.

Allright.. this is all I have for now. Not sure when I’ll be back to blog again.. LOL. To end this, here’s a picture to all the iPhone fans out there:

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Posted on 16 March 2010 @ 8:34 pm GMT+8

Well, I don’t really blog about every mobile software I find interesting on the net, but this one’s special. I own a Windows Mobile device, and although version 10 beta has been out for quite sometime, I just happen to try it out a couple of weeks ago when I flashed my device with a custom firmware.

Opera mobile 10 is faster with smoother UI and will max out your device’s power. It loads pages quicker and renders them fast as well, as compared to the previous 9.x versions. Today, consumer-ready versions of Opera mini 5 and Opera mobile 10 are released. Not much changes from the beta, except for some bug fixes. Head down to the official site and download a copy for your device today!



Posted on 21 February 2010 @ 7:41 pm GMT+8

I was in JB yesterday, doing the usual (shopping, food, etc). I went to Tebrau city and Giant hypermart at Southern city. As I was finding a parking lot at Giant hypermart, I came across an unusual sight at the carpark:

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The red car was parked out of a lot, all the way back against another black car. Yes, I mean parked, as in no driver in it at all. It’s ass was pressing against the black car such that the black car wouldn’t be able to get out of it’s lot. Also, the actual lot where the red car supposed to be remained empty. I guess people didn’t want to park there in case the red car driver decides to pull another stunt!

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It’s probably the red car driver was pissed with the black car driver and didn’t want him to leave. Most unlikely the car malfunctioned after hitting the black car… but who knows eh? This scene was there for sometime as I saw it when I was about to leave the place a couple of hours later.





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