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Garbage Enzyme Workshop in Singapore

Ground-Up Initiative’s (GUI) very first Garbage Enzyme Workshop is happening……

When:  SATURDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2009

Where: Nyee Phoe – 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898

What time: 2 to 4.30pm

Fees for this workshop: S$15 for members and S$18 for non-members. Fee includes a 5-litre plastic bottle and brown sugar and will be given to each participant during the DIY session.

All participants are requested to bring your own "garbage". "Garbage" refers to kitchen waste such as raw vegetables and/or skins and seeds of all types of fruits which one usually throws away during cooking preparation.

Garbage enzyme is the solution to recover our ozone layer and lower the global temperature. Discover the endless benefits of this Earth-saving enzyme you can make in your kitchen.

ENZYME MAN of Singapore aka Mr Derrick Tan will conduct this workshop, therefore it is a golden opportunity to learn from him first hand about this magical enzyme and how to make it at home.

If you want to learn more about creation, adoption and application of ENZYME in your daily living, please email to info@groundupinitiative.org.

Website: http://www.groundupinitiative.org/

P.S. For drivers, please refer to the map below for directions to the venue.
For those who are taking public transport, please wait at the waiting bay next to Kranji MRT station by 1.30pm, there will be transport arrangement by GUI to bring you to the venue.

Nyee Phoe

 

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.

Recycle your unwanted IT Products with HP Green Campaign

Guys, 

HP (Stock quote: HPQ) is organizing a recycling campaign this coming Saturday. If you have old and unwanted HP products, you can head down to HP Booth at Yu Hua Village to trade with a new ones under terms and conditions. This initiaitve is spearheaded by National Environment Agency.  

Date: 15 November, Saturday 

Venue: Blk 252, Yu Hua Village@ Jurong East Area (Main Site) 

Time: 11am – 7pm 

For details: Please visit the HP website here or NEA website here

 

Can we drive “armored-vehicle” on the road?!

 

If you are an entrepreneur or business developer, you are constantly fighting for sales otherwise you will lose out in this highly-competitive market. Time is everything! As a sales person or entrepreneur (especially those at the early stage of startup), you need to be highly efficient even on the move!

 

Meeting your clients is like engaging a fire fight. You need weapons and transportation for wars. Your products are your bullets and your car should be like your armor vehicle. Besides transportation capabilities, armor-vehicles have fighting and communication capabilities. Question here, “besides transportation, what else can our car do?”

 

I am sure all of us agree that car is a liability. Why? Simply because we do not see much of owning a car except for the ERP (for those who don’t understand, it is the acronym of Electronic Road Pricing), car loans, petrol charges and road taxes. We need to look at uses or applications of car beyond transportation.

 

I come across the term “Mobile Office”. One of the examples is to convert your vehicle into a mobile place. I believe this is the area that can be further explored. In fact Volkswagen (Stock Quotes: VOW.DE) has the concept of such car. Below are some of the photos of Volkswagen T6.  

 


 


 


 

The T6 model has won the “Best Lifestyle Interior” in the Interior Motives Award 2008. (Source: Car Body Design)

 

I am using this example only to prove my point that we need more applications on wheels. In fact, I believe that the design of the concept car can be further developed to suit the needs of the mass (especially entrepreneurs who might not have an office to work since office rental can be quite expensive).  Sounds hard? But it is not very hard for the technicians to change or modify your car parts. If you watch MTV channel, there is a TV program called “Pimp My Ride” that actually helps to “renovate” your car.

 

 

Enough of Wonderland! Let’s get back to reality. In Singapore, we have seen car loves spend ten thousands of dollars just on installing lighting and car audio system. I am sure there is a demand of office usages on cars. But, Can we have such car modification in Singapore? Bear in mind, you might be installing additional battery (approval from LTA – Land Transport Authority ) to power up your equipments such as communication devices which might transmit wireless signal (approval from IDA – Infocomm Development Authority).  Things are not going to be that simple. I believe there are more factors to consider.

 

I am very willing to hear more. Please drop your comments.

 

Forbes – Cleantech investment hits record $1.6B in 3Q,

 

Look like investors prefer solar energy than others. 

“A record level of venture capital is pouring into cleantech despite a global economic downtown and credit crunch that’s hitting more established players in the industry.

U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech climbed to a record $1.6 billion in the third quarter of 2008, a 55-percent jump from the $979.3 million spent during the third quarter of 2007, according to an Ernst & Young report released Thursday.

The firm’s research, based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource, shows seven of the top 10 venture capital deals in the solar industry, which recently hit the governmental jackpot when President Bush approved an eight-year extension of investment tax credits.

Investors pumped $990 million into solar during the quarter, bringing the year’s running total to $1.7 billion with three months of data left to include.

John de Yonge, Ernst & Young’s Americas research director of cleantech and venture capital, said the cleantech industry is seeing a cohort of companies funded a few years ago that are now reaching the capital-intensive commercialization stage.

“We’re seeing these large follow-on rounds to solar companies to get them to that next stage,” de Yonge said.

One of the quarter’s top solar deals went to Santa Monica, Calif.-based SolarReserve Inc., which will use $140 million in second-round financing on utility-scale solar thermal power plants.

The alternative energy legislation, which was wrapped into the government’s $700 billion financial bailout package, also gave one-year extensions for wind, geothermal, biomass and other renewable energy projects.

Investments in energy efficiency totalled $186 million during the quarter, with GridPoint Inc. leading the way. The Arlington, Va.-based company raised $120 million in fourth-round financing for its smart grid platform, which helps such customers as Duke Energy and Xcel Energy (NYSE: XCJ) control load, store energy and integrate renewable energy sources.

Alternative fuels attracted $95 million in investment, with the largest injection of capital going to Sapphire Energy, a San Diego company producing fuel from algae and other microorganisms.

The majority of third-quarter venture capital funds – $905.9 million worth – went to later-stage deals, showing a continuing maturation of the industry.

But de Yonge said later-stage cleantech companies are receiving additional funds from a host of other players including private equity firms, strategic corporate investors, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds.

“To me it’s an interesting indicator that clean tech companies are successfully reaching out to sources of capital beyond the venture capital community to help them to reach a commercialization stage,” de Yonge said.

The total $3.2 billion invested in cleantech so far in 2008 has already surpassed last year’s $2.7 billion.

Startups, like all companies, will have to figure out to stretch their dollars during the economic slowdown, de Yonge said.

But venture capitalists investing in cleantech commit their money based on more long-term drivers such as anticipated growth in consumer demand and attractive regulatory incentives, he said.

“Their horizon is much longer than public investors,” de Yonge said.

Cleantech subsectors include alternative fuels, energy storage, water, environment, industry-focused products, services and energy efficiency and energy and electricity generation, which includes solar, wind, hydrogen, geothermal and hydro power.

Source: Forbes – Cleantech investment hits record $1.6B in 3Q, 30 Dec 2008” 

Business Times – S’pore firm scores mobile wallet success abroad

 

WITH Singapore’s efforts to promote payments via mobile phones slow to get off the ground, a local firm is dialling overseas to exploit the market potential of this emerging technology.  

 

 

Following the success of earlier trials, Cassis International is working with a Malaysian operator on the commercial rollout of its mobile wallet initiative, according to company CEO Chua Thian Yee. This comes on the heels of a similar deployment for Korea’s SK Telecom (stock quote: SKM)in 2007.

The homegrown tech upstart, formed in 2002 by a group of executives from the smartcard industry, plays an integral role in realising the payment promise of near field communication (NFC), the technology that is being used to allow consumers to tap and pay for purchases with their handsets.

This is because Cassis provides the solutions needed to allow financial services players to securely distribute credit-card and other payment applications over the air to NFC-enabled mobile phones. By loading the relevant applications, the phone can be used to pay for everything from train rides to burgers and movie tickets.

Cassis was roped in for all the NFC trials that were sanctioned by Visa International(stock quote: V),  and is the only Asian firm on the payment provider’s international mobile payment platform consortium.

Helped by the two overseas projects, the firm is expected to maintain its revenue growth at 30 per cent in 2008, but its big break could come within the next year with more commercial rollouts around the world.

‘2009 will be a big year for us,’ Mr Chua told BizIT in an interview on Tuesday, without disclosing details of the deals in the pipeline.

To tackle its overseas projects, the company currently has a team of 70 staff across Malaysia, China, Korea, France, and its headquarters in Singapore.

While inter-operability and fragmentation issues dogged earlier attempts to promote mobile payments, Mr Chua is confident that the outcome will be different this time around with NFC.

Instead of loading credit-card applications into the chip of a plastic card, the data is instead sent over the cellular network to an NFC handset. There is no need to replace existing payment terminals, Mr Chua stressed.

‘NFC uses a standard that has already been established. It’s not about introducing new equipment but merely using another form factor (the mobile phone instead of a plastic credit card) to pay using the same transaction terminal,’ Mr Chua said.

While telcos in countries such as Japan and Korea have introduced mobile payments, local operators here are just starting to dip their toes into the fledgling technology.

Singapore Telecommunications and its partners Nets and United Overseas Bank are assessing the feasibility of a new coupon redemption feature with NFC-enabled handsets.

Rival StarHub, however, has chosen to join hands with Japanese operator NTT Docomo (stock quote: NTT) to test out the latter’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet platform in Singapore.

Source Business Times 20 Oct 2008

 

 

The very first TAWA Networking Forum

Guys, Finally, I am starting up a new organisation. My first event is on this coming Saturday. Please see below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to be in tune with the latest hype in the wireless scene? Then join us @ TAWA Networking Forum

Technopreneurs’ Association of Wireless Applications (TAWA) was set up in 2008 with the main objective of promoting the wireless sector in Singapore. TAWA aims to provide companies, academia, aspiring entrepreneurs and prospective investors focusing on the wireless technologies a common exchange platform through a series of industrial sharing sessions and social networking activities.

TAWA Networking Forum is a series of high-tea style networking event whereby young professionals and students passionate about wireless technology will come together to share their knowledge and opinions on trends and issues in the wireless sector. The main objective of the TAWA Networking Forum is to foster stronger ties between education institutions and the private sector.

Details of the event:

Date:    27th September 2008

Time:    2.00 pm

Venue:  NTU@one-north

Theme: Wireless Security in Singapore

Invited speakers:  Mr Ken Chua, CEO of iCell Network

                             Mr Paddy Tan, CEO of BAK2u

Be ready to meet up with other enthusiastic, technology-savvy people and have a fun, fruitful networking session! See you there!

This is the opportunity that cannot be missed! Sign up for our first TAWA Networking forum here!

Click here for more details

Review – EZY Technology Storage Solutions

I need to tell Nicole that I can sell my butt review technology products! That is going to be my blog topic for this week.

We went to the EZY Technologies Product Launch @ Geek Terminal. Yes! EZY Technologies Announces its NoTouch External Storage Devices 

 

(Above) This is the NoTouch NT2500 250G mobile hard disk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The product is specifically designed for students, travellers, and mobile professionals who need to secure, protect and transport their digital files. Casing is included in the package.

 

So how portable is it? (See photos below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side view of the product

 

 The storage solutions also come with:

 

  • Automatic, continuous backup optional software that works in the background allowing peace of mind
  • Synchronization and encryption of data
  • LED activity light
  • USB 2.0 powered & backwards compatible to USB 1.1

• 3-year limited warranty

 

 I would like to thank Chris for inviting me to the event.