Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Last Lecture. Condolences to Prof Ooi Ban Leong

As most of people had heard of the story of professor Randy Pausch whom even under his final stages of cancer still conducted his final lecture for his students.

Recently, one of the NUS professor, Prof Ooi Ban Leong whom last taught us part time students's lecture in 2008. Recently met with a traffic accident and passed away.
Felt sad and also glad that i have been able to attend his lecture and being taught by one of the most experience lecturer in the microwave engineering studies.

Straits Times News link:

my condolence goes to family members of Prof Ooi.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Telemarketers, want a loan and do you speak chinese?

Recently, i have received many calls from telemarketer asking me to: make credit cards, take a loan, china lady asking if i speak chinese (scam).


And also people in this forum had also received such calls.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

SBR 2008 and AHM 2008 GPS route

Great run today for the Sheares Bridge Run 2008 and Army Half Marathon 2008

Completed around 2hrs and approximately 15mins, need wait for official results.
A total approximately 22.5Km according to my GPS, but i think should be 21Km+

Below is a GPS plot of the running route.

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Have a nice day

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Tiny review of 12 Lotus and Money No Enough 2

Watched both movies at one go, today at cathay.

Movie 1, 12 Lotus.
Quite touching as a whole movie. With some parts of the movie, abit dragging.
Hokkien songs not as surprising as 881 movie.
Jack Neo's hokkien songs in his movies are more well used.
Some twist and a few surprise guest actors in the movie.

I give rating of 6/10

Movie 2, Money No Enought 2
Also quite touching. More jokes and funny. Caters greater audience base compared
to Royston Tan movie 12 lotus,which seems to contain quite abit of artistic
movie feel.
A good morale education movie.
BTW: do not leave the seat immediately, there are some extended movie clips
after movie ends.

I give rating of 7.5/10

Have a nice day

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Regarding turning on electronics device on aircraft/airplane

Read this:

In summary:
Don't turn on your device during take-off and landing, if your device causes problem with the electronics of the aircraft, you may endanger the lives of all people on the aircraft.

So be responsible, don't turn them on.

BTW: normally the voice-over on the aircraft would say that only turn on device when in cruise mode.

Have a nice day

Question: Can you turn ON GPS device on-board commercial airlines?

The question is can i turn ON my Garmin Vista HCX handheld GPS on board commercial airlines, i meant for then entire duration from take-off to landing.?

As we all know, most electronics device emits some or abit of RF noise/interference.

Why i want to use my GPS onboard the aircraft? reason: i want know where am i when the aircraft is flying and how fast is the plane flying.

So with regards to the RF noise/interference, this may affect the aircraft safety and operation and may endanger lives of people onboard the aircraft.

Therefore i emailed our Singapore's number 1 airline in the world. Singapore Airlines regarding this particular issue. We have to be responsible for our actions which may also affect others.

The replies are as follows:

Dear xxx

Warm greetings. Thank you for your e-mail dated 2 August 2008.

With regards to your query, may I explain that as the portable GPS is a
transmitting device, it has to remain switched off for the

I hope this helps to clarify. Please feel free to let me know should you
further queries.

Yours sincerely

Manager Customer Services
Visit us at

Dear xxx

Good morning.

Please be informed that in general, all electronic devices must be
switched off at all times as it may inadvertently affect the aircraft
You may wish to check again at the counter as they may be able to give you
a more definite answer after seeing your device.

Thank you for writing to us.

Best Regards,
SIA Corporate Sales

So the conclusion:
The next time i go travel, i will need to go to the service counter at the airport, show them my GPS device and ask them whether i can leave it on for the entire flight.

Thanks to SIA for the very responsive and quick reply.
Have a nice day.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Video: 3000 Barrel Physics on Crysis Game

Excellent video clip on demonstrating the physics capabilities of the "Crysis" Game.

Have a nice day.