khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
... I haven't decided if I'm getting the 3G iPhone yet. It's supposed to be released here in Singapore sometime in September.

It really all depends on SingTel's price plan for it (especially the data charges), which they haven't announced. Right now I'm on Starhub, and their per kB rate is actually a bit cheaper than the current SingTel rate for 3G data downloads.

I'm in no amazing hurry. The Nokia N95 8GB does all I want it to (and it has a very nice 5.0 megapixel camera), and if I wanted iPhone apps I've still got my iPod Touch. Let's just say that right now the thing that will tilt my decision one way or another will be just how attractive SingTel makes it for me to want to lock myself into a contract with them. Call it my fear of commitment.


Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:15 pm
khaosworks: (Default)

Originally uploaded by khaosworks.
I am a weak man: the Great Singapore Sale came and I succumbed to the purchase of this MacBook Air, named Clio: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB HD.

They threw in the Superdrive and Applecare for S$170, which was a deal I couldn't resist. Named after the muse of history, not the Renault.

I've had her for nearly a week now and she's no frills, but easy on the eyes and easy to use for the basic stuff. She'll be my new travelling companion, basically, and a hell of a lot lighter than Callisto to transport. I'll still be using Callisto and Emma for the heavy lifting, though.
khaosworks: (Default)
I don't know what caused this glitch that displays in the Mail application on my iPod Touch, but it's amusing nonetheless. I know spam kind of builds up, but this...

Cut graphic )

(and yes, my mailbox is empty)
khaosworks: (octoPod)
Trying to type this entry on my new 16 GB iPod Touch. The interface is really slick, but takes a lot of getting used to. I'm pretty ham-fisted (thumbed?) with the virtual keyboard, and it doesn't help that the backspace key locks up now and then. I've retyped this entry 3 times. Unfortunately, decent cases won't be available till next month, so I'll have to figure out how to carry it without a belt clip. That's what I get for being an early adopter, I guess.
khaosworks: (octoPod)
Uploaded a few photos showing off the iPod Touch on Flickr.

Battery life looks pretty good so far, even when surfing - about an hour's worth took down the bar by about a tenth or so.
khaosworks: (D'oh!)
On Saturday, I somehow managed to lay Callisto down on a table that must have had some kind of metallic grit or a discarded staple, which caused a superficial, but nasty looking scratch on her underside. And after all the trouble I took to protect her keyboard with a silicone cover and a layer of plastic to protect both the wrist resting areas below the keyboard and the trackpad.

To prevent further mishap, I got one of these, in red, to put her in — so she's nice and snug and protected in a hardcase now, which still allows her to be used, ports and all. Have a look:

Side rear view From the front
khaosworks: (Default)
Thanks to all who put in their suggestions. Based on the various candidates (some of which came through my Facebook page), the new MacBook Pro, which I purchased today — 15" widescreen, 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HD, 128MB RAM graphics card — has been christened Callisto, which means "most beautiful" in Greek.

It was pretty much a toss-up between Cassiopeia and Callisto, but when I laid my hands on the box, Callisto seemed more appropriate. In a way, I like to let my possessions name themselves.
khaosworks: (Nerdboy)
Thinking of replacing my 12" Powerbook G4 with a MacBook Pro in the next couple of weeks or so, which leads me to the weighty question... what to name it?

My first Powerbook G4 was named Cassandra, because like her, Mac users predict the future but no-one believes us.

My next Powerbook G4 (current one) is Charity, a silly pun because I wanted not just to evoke the Faith, Hope and Charity trifecta, but I could also say that I was giving money to Charity when I bought accessories for her.

My Mac Pro is named Emma, after the inimitable Emma Peel.

Any suggestions for the new lady in my life? To follow the Avengers theme, Tara comes to mind, but I'm looking for quirky, multi-layered meaning names.
khaosworks: (Scratch Fury)
Mildly old news - but in the last couple of days, in case you've missed it, Microsoft announced its version of the multi-touch user interface: Microsoft Surface. Here's a video piece by Popular Mechanics on it, and you can get more info and a higher resolution video with accompanying article from their July issue (and a couple of more videos) at the PM site.

Also, here's the transcript of a fascinating joint interview with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs at the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital 5 conference (the videos are also available, as a highlight reel or split into a prologue and 7 parts for the whole thing). I don't know about you, but when Jobs and Gates both weigh in on stuff, their joint history, and what might be coming, I find myself paying real attention.
khaosworks: (Peepee)
[x-posted to Vox]

Originally uploaded by khaosworks.
Finally upgraded my desktop! Meet Emma (named after the delectable Mrs Peel), a Mac Pro Quad Processor beauty, with two 2.0 GHz Intel Xeons, 1 GB on-board RAM, a 16X Dual-Layer Superdrive, an ATI Radeon X1900 512 MB, and two 250 GB hard drives, one running Mac OS X and the other Windows XP.

Sitting up top is a 20-inch widescreen LCD monitor and a new set of speakers/subwoofer. I got to say, World of Warcraft looks awfully pretty on widescreen...
khaosworks: (World of Warcraft)
So, you may have heard about this little thing called the iPhone. I know people who are metaphorically (or at least I hope it's metaphorical) creaming their jeans over this one, but I'm one of those who look at it and go... "Nice. Cool, even, but... enhh."

To be honest, I'm more excited about the rollout of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade tomorrow. Outland, baby! Flying mounts, oh yeah! Sexy blood elves (with Mana Tap and Arcane Torrent)! Big blue Punjabi-dancing Draenei! Demons over-running Azeroth for us to beat into little meaty demon chunks! And my level 60 gets to earn XP again!

But more on both later, and why I'm not overly enthused about Apple's latest offering. I need to sleep to get over the jet-lag before I go to work tomorrow.

In the meantime, here's a nice picture of me waiting for the mothership to take me home.
khaosworks: (Peepee)
Yeah yeah yeah. Dual core MacBook Pro. Yeah yeah yeah. Dual core iMac. Won't be tempted. Nope. Nuh-uh. No way.

iPod FM remote.

Hmmmm... sweet.

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