Sponsored Review: Microsoft Press – Win a Xbox 360

A lot of people might not know of Microsoft Press but among software developers, Microsoft Press is not an unfamiliar name. For the benefits of those who don’t know, Microsoft Press is the publishing arm of Microsoft which releases books primarily dealing with Microsoft technologies.

So what book I got from Microsoft Press?

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(Picture above) “Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition.”

Unlike most of the software guidebooks you found in the market, this book is rather “readable”. As an amateur, I like the short and sweet step-by-step description as what really concern to me are the examples and tutorial practices. This is one of the key attributes that I look at when comes to buying of such guidebook.

Through an end-to-end example, it helps me to understand some of the essential skills to build a working Web site, plus the fundamental skills needed to advance to the next level of Web development—ASP.NET.

The author – Eric Griffin is a senior Technical Strategy Advisor at Microsoft. He has led and mentored developers creating a variety of commercial applications. He is also the author of “Foundations of Popfly: Rapid Mashup Development.”

This book comes with a CD that contains searchable ebook and exercises.

 

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For Singapore amateur and professional developers, if you have some books which you want to buy, you can visit mspress.sg. If you are a member with Microsoft community, you can enjoy a 30% discount with Partner Code. For terms and condition, please visit the official website at mspress.sg.

That’s not all. You may also stand a chance to win 3 Xbox 360 and 15 Microsoft Office 2007 if you purchase book from Microsoft Press

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Thanks to blog2u for making this review possible.

Super small tablet PC from lenovo

 

I first got to know this news from VR-Zone (read post here) I am not sure this netbook is going to be released by Lenovo (stock quote – HKSE: 0992.HK)but there are a lot of speculations in the web!  Currently, there is no information about its specification but I guess Lenovo has purposely leaked out the photo of this product – Lenovo Pocket Yoga.

  

Let’s don’t talk about the colour. I believe more options will be available for the consumers. It looks pretty cool when the netbook is converted to a tablet.

The picture on the left reminds me of another product that I have reviewed before – Sony (stock quote – NYSE: SNE) Vaio P (For those who haven’t read my review, you may read it up at NOTEBOOK THAT FITS NICELY IN YOUR POCKET

 

 

 

 

If you guys have more information about this product, feel free to comment and update my readers.

The games xpo stomps lion city in july

I was invited to the Press Conference of The Games XPO 2009 held at Game Haven – SAFRA.

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February 18, 2009 Singapore Conference and Exhibition Management Services(CEMS) announced its collaboration with Rapture Gaming to present The Games XPO 2009 (TGX09)here in Singapore from July 3 to 5, 2009 at Hall 4 of Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. TGX09 is made possible with the support of host Games Exchange Alliance, Singapore. TGX09 brings together the regional gaming industry under one comprehensive networking platform for Asia to present the latest trends in gaming. Its vision is to be Asia’s ultimate gaming show bringing together the best minds and partners to showcase the latest in the world of gaming to the gaming fraternity, from players to publishers.

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(Photo) From Left – Ms Cindy Tan (Singapore Cyber Models Club), Mr Bernard Ho (TKA Amusement (S) Pte Ltd), Mr Steven Tan (CEMS) Mr Aroon Tan (Games Exchanges Alliance), Mr Herman Ng (Rapture Gaming Pte Ltd), Ms Stephanie Loh (Singapore Cosplay Club), Mr Takahan (Chivalry Entertainment). Mr Paddy Tan (Blog2u Pte Ltd)

TGX09 is strategically organized to address the development needs and opportunities presented by Asia’s rapidly growing digital interactive gaming industry. It is broadly segmented into areas of interest to businesses and to II-chan complete white (2)the public. Visitors to the event will find a comprehensive array of activities spread over 4,000 sqm presented by some 80 companies in console, PC, online, mobile and arcade games.

 

Enthusiasts can look forward to an arcade games showdown and e-sports tournaments
designed to challenge the gamers at some of the most popular and demanding games.

 

 

(Picture) Mascot developed by Chivalry Entertainment

Besides exciting games, Visitors will indulged with the eye-popping appearance by the Cyber Models and Cosplay characters. The event is expected to draw 80,000 visitors.

It is not just all play! Business people! There is always opportunity for you! The Summit of Asia Pacific Gaming Associations (SAGA) will gather industry leaders to launch of three initiatives. The first would be the launch of the World’s first “Asia Pacific Games Directory featuring market reports of the 13 member countries and regions. SAGA Presidents will also meet at the SAGA Presidents’ breakfast to discuss collaborative efforts among the member countries and the possible formation of the Asia Pacific Games Federation. The third of the series of initiatives would be the industry forum on business and market development of the gaming industry. The two-day forum during TGX09 is expected to draw 150 delegates from 13 countries.

 

website: http://www.thegamesxpo.com/

STILL GUESSING THE BRAND OF "GUESSWHATCAR.SG"? LET ME TELL YOU THE ANS!

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I am sure everybody wants to win a pair of tickets to Europe but first of all, you must know the brand of the car! I have various ways to get you to the answer but before I go into the details, I strongly encourages all of you to finish reading the whole blog post (if you don’t want to waste time banging at the wrong door).   

 

The most direct way is to go to the side of the car showroom. You should be able to see the functions and the features of the car. This is tedious but a correct approach because all car makers will have different positioning in the market. From there, you would roughly know the targeted market segment of the car company and this helps you to better filter off those companies that are not in the segment. Don’t worry! I don’t expect you guys to go down to Heeren to copy all the features. I have prepared the list for you guys. All you have to do is to copy and search on Google

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Powerful 1.6L engine(124ps)

Auto light control

Integrated Headlamp-Cum-Front Grille Design

Sporty 17-Ince Alloy Rims

Top-of-the- Class Cabin Space

Driver-Centric Dashboard with Centre Fascia

Motor-Driven Power Steering(MDPS)

Steering Wheel Audio Remote Control

Keyless Entry System

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Dual Front Airbags

Electronic-Chromic Mirror

Perfect NHTSA and IIHS Safety Rating

Ipod-/USB-Compatible Audio Console

Automatic Temperature Control

Supervision Cluster with Rear Parking Assist System and Trip Computer

 

Wait a minute! I guess you guys will prefer watching video to reading text. Watch this video! You will get the answer straight away!

 

Guys, come on! Guess the brand of this myster 1.6L Car and stand to win a trip for two to exciting Europe!

Simply SMS GUESS<space> Car Brand <space> Your Name <space> Your NRIC  to 77877 or log on to guesswhatcar.sg to enter!

Contest ends 19 Feb 2009.

Notebook that fits nicely in your pocket

How could it be possible? For those who have been very aware of the latest development in the computer industry.  You probably have known that SONY Singapore has announced the the launch of their latest notebook in town this week – VAIO P “Pocket style PC”. The new VAIO P “Pocket style PC” is an 8-inch full-featured notebook PC fitted into a pocket size that’s less than 20mm thin and is about the size of a business envelope.   

When I first hold on to VAIO P, it feels like you are mantling with a toy. It is very light (weighs 594g with a solid-state drive and 620g with a hard disk drive) for a notebook and can be comfortably handled with a single hand. Ladies will love this device as it can be easily slip into a handbag while they are out for shopping.

Despite its small size, performance has not been compromised. Although it is run on Microsoft VISTA, I am surprised that most of the applications have been able to load relatively fast. Anyway, XP is still available in the market if you are not used to VISTA.

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The design of the keyboard is pretty good given its small size. I appreciate that Sony has recognized the importance of typing experience. Extension of the keyboard to the edges of the chassis and maximizing of typing space do help men with big fingers like mine. However, it appears that the screen looks significantly shorter and smaller than the keyboard. It does not look visually appealing to people like me who have been used to working on normal-size laptop.  

It does not come to me as a surprise when VAIO P has connectivity features such as built-in wireless LAN 802.11b/g/Draft n webcam. The interesting application is the Instant Mode that directly launches into Sony’s Xross Media Bar interface for quick boot up and access to music, video, photos and the Web. We tried to quick boot the system on the spot and it took about 30-40s to launch Instant Mode; probably due to the operation system installed in the device.

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The VAIO P is almost as powerful as a normal-size laptop. Since it is run on Window VISTA, it supports other software. Additionally, there is also a windows arrangement utility preinstalled for easy organising of all open documents or websites, all with a single touch. The disappointment is short battery life of 3 hours (bundled battery). It is certainly not enough if you carry this device out for a whole day. 

The new VAIO P is available in 4 different colours – Black, Green, Red and White and will be priced from S$1,299

For press release and specification of this product, please go here

Bloggers’ calendar 2009 at SMU

We have a wonderful Sunday evening at SMU Ice Cold beer. Nice ambience, great people and of course lots of beer!

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Hey Nicole! Are you the ambassador of Barcadi?

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(From Left) DK, Vincent, Huishan and Mic are playing Nintendo Wii

 

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Me, Me, Me, Me, Me! These photos (all contain me) were taken and given free to me on the spot! (I absolutely love this idea! Cool and professional photos for free!) These photos are sponsored by Livestudio 

For those who are interested to know how the calendar look like, there is an online version at http://bloggers2009.album.sg/ (if you look diligently, you will see my link in the January calendar)

Lastly, thanks to Daphne for organizing such a wonderful event.

Coffee with 3 entrepreneurs at Geek Terminal

 

It is a beautiful Wednesday morning. Shen has invited Jeremy, Ridzuan and me for a coffee session at Geek Terminal. Each and every one of us chatted about anything under the sun. The most surprising thing we got to know from Jeremy is that Nokia had involved in many businesses in Finland. Nokia is a giant conglomerate someone like TATA in India. They used to sell car tires specifically designed for winter. (They had already sold their tires businesses. See link here)

 

So who are these entrepreneurs?

 

1. Shen, Founder/ Managing Director of Jorbb.com

 

Jorbb.com is Singapore’s newest site created expressly for non-executive jobs, for individuals seeking freelance, contract, part-time and casual employment. 

This innovative and uniquely interactive portal enables its users to not only post their resumes, but also photos, slideshows and video profiles.

 

Website: http://Jorbb.com

 


 

2. Jeremy, Managing Director of Metaversum Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore)

 

Metaversum develops and operates the 3D online world Twinity. This visionary project mashes up the real with the virtual world. Members of the Twinity community enrich and expand their lives by integrating their real life into the virtual world. Twinity is set to launch this summer and is currently in private beta. Founded in July 2006, Metaversum is financed by leading venture capital firms and has offices in Berlin and Kiev.

 

Company Website: http://www.metaversum.com/

Twinity website: http://www.twinity.com/en

 

 

 

3. Ridzuan Ashim, co-founder of Widgeous

Officially incorporated in early 2008 by 2 individuals, Widgeous is in the business of creating a web technology-based solution for solving the problem of having too many isolated channels of communication. Keeping to philosophy of keeping things simple, the company has built a platform which allows people to keep a centralised repository of their contact information. With that, others who wish the contact the individual can now do so simply by specifying the individual’s Widgeous ID. Widgeous then helps to decide the most efficient method for delivering the message.

The platform is also an open platform that allows application developers to build applications that fully utilize their cross-channel capabilities.

Website: http://widgeo.us/

 

 


 

 

 (From Left) Neo, Jeremy, Shen, Ridzuan 

Explore Singapore – Heritage Tour

 

Singapore is constantly changing. Given a short span of 43 years, Singapore has transformed from a fishermen village to a highly developed and urbanized city. Although our history is short, we do have a very rich and unique culture.

 

Make a guess! Where is this place? (Picture below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know where this place is? Club Street – A narrow hill dotted with idiosyncratic shophouses. It is a place where you can find trendy bars, restaurants and galleries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to get a taste of our island’s colourful past, rich heritage and vibrant culture? Why not join the guided tour to one of the oldest (and now coolest) shopping street this weekend?! Discover hidden parks and fascinating alleyways amongst other historic gems in this heritage walk through the hip and happening Ann Siang Hill.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When:

29 November 2008, Saturday, 10am – 12pm & 3pm – 5pm

Where:

Singapore Philatelic Museum, Singapore City Gallery

Ticket Sales:

Adult: $6, Student/Senior Citizen: $4

 

Limited spaces available. For bookings and enquiries, please call 6321 8321.

 

The Old Days of Club Street is one of the exciting events from Explore Singapore! It is held in conjunction with National Heritage Board. For more details, please visit site: http://www.exploresingapore.com.sg/event-details.php?event_id=6

 

 

BLOG2u (website: http://blog2u.sg) is the social media agency for Explore Singapore!