BG George Yeo of the People's Action Party for Aljunied is a pretty decent minister. Just too bad he is currently facing the toughest challenge against A-team Workers' Party in the coming General Election 2011.
hongjun [via] It is flexible length but then the field cannot be indexed.
acperkins [via] In general it is considered poor practice not to define explicit sizes. You should also ask yourself if your really need to support unicode data types.
IJZ [via] It will not waste the space as per varchar space allocation concept definition
The sophisticated cameras the GigaPan team uses for their photographs capture hundreds or even thousands of digital pictures and stitch them together to form an interactive panorama. With Time Machine, the cameras capture these image mosaics at regular intervals to create a video with hundreds of millions or even billions of pixels in each frame. The result is a video that viewers have the ability to zoom in on while it’s playing and see incredible detail.
Apple Inc.'s iPhones and Google Inc.'s Android smartphones regularly transmit their locations back to Apple and Google, respectively, according to data and documents analyzed by The Wall Street Journal—intensifying concerns over privacy and the widening trade in personal data.
Apple's CEO is in hot water this week as security researchers discovered that the iPhone keeps track of a user's location history and saves the information in an unencrypted "secret file". The geolocation coordinates are kept in a file named consolidated.db.
Samsung this week countersued Apple for infringing on five patents relating to wireless networking technology. This is after Apple suit against Samsung days ago claiming a huge number of Samsung Android phones are so much like iPhones, that they'll confuse consumers.
Samsung Countersues Apple for Patent Infringement [via]
Nicole Seah (佘雪玲), a newly introduced candidate from opposition party National Solidarity Party (NSP) is contesting Marine Parade GRC in the 2011 Singapore General Elections. She is a 24 year-old executive with a multinational advertising agency. She graduated with an honours degree from the National University of Singapore, under the University Scholars’ Programme. Prior to that, she spent most of her education within the Marine Parade precinct, having graduated from Victoria Junior College, Tanjong Katong Secondary School and CHIJ Katong.
Crop margins out of PDFs to them reader friendly for your Kindle, Kobo or other e-reader device. Briss aims to offer a simple cross-platform application for cropping PDF files. A simple user interface lets you define exactly the crop-region by fitting a rectangle on the visually overlaid pages.
Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses is a subscription service that combines the familiar Microsoft Office Web Apps with a set of web-enabled tools that are easy to learn and use, that work with your existing hardware, and that come backed by the robust security, reliability, and control you need to run your business.
Google has released the latest version of Analytics to all users, introducing a completely redesigned interface, multiple customizable dashboards, event goals, more powerful custom reports, and a search term cloud visualization.
I’m very excited to announce that the new version of Google Analytics is now available to all Google Analytics users in all languages. When you sign into Google Analytics you’ll see a link to the new version in the top right of your account.
Read on here for the host of new features to help you do better analysis.
The New Google Analytics Available to Everyone [via]
Apple now tops other handset makers in terms of revenue, according to new estimates.
With big iPhone sales during the quarter, Apple passed mobile giant Nokia in revenue, making it the world's largest handset vendor based on that metric, according to Boston-based Strategy Analytics.
The controversy surrounding the security of Apple’s iPhone and iPad escalated Thursday as some European governments said they would investigate whether the company had violated privacy laws by collecting and storing users’ geographic location data.
A joke You get "Find my iPhone." We get "Find my Apple customer." Fair trade.
Inquiries Grow Over Apple’s Data Collection Practices [via]
Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur extraordinaire, famous for his role in making the Macintosh computer a cult-like worldwide phenomenon, visited Singapore recently as a speaker and a judge at the Stanford Global Entrepreneurs Challenge held in Singapore. INNOVATION's Tan Lay Leng talked to the founder of multiple personal computer companies and current Chief Executive Officer of Garage Technology Ventures to get his opinion on entrepreneurship in Singapore.
I: Does the small population base in Singapore serve as a barrier to success in entrepreneurship?
Kawasaki: From day one, Singaporeans have to think "international" because a population of three to four million people does not provide a large enough market. Israel proved that this can work. It has clearly created great technology that has been exported around the world. Israel has five million people, six million entrepreneurs, and fifteen million opinions. Singapore has five million people, six entrepreneurs, and one opinion.
As the historic day approaches, the much-anticipated royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton has people around the world buzzing with excitement.
The Royal Household has just announced that footage of the entire ceremony will be live-streamed on their official YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel.
The live stream will begin at 10:00a BST (9:00a GMT, 2:00a PT, 5:00a ET) on Friday, April 29, and will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss. Alongside the live stream, The Royal Channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event to give timely updates and insights as the day unfolds. For those of you in different time zones, the footage will be reshown in its entirety directly following the event and will be available in full on the site to view afterwards.
The royal wedding live on YouTube [via]
The next iteration of the C++ programming language, C++11, passed review by the technical standards committee. The new C++, according to Bjarne Stroustrup, will be easier to write correctly and will perform better. Professor Stroustrup is a computer scientist notably known for the creation and the development of the widely used C++ programming language.
The new standard provides language features that make it easier to write correct and well-performing code in C++ together with more standard libraries. For example, C++11 provides facilities for writing concurrent code (e.g. for multicore machines) in a type safe-manner. The improved language facilities are focused on allowing better specification and use of abstractions (classes and templates). Examples are a more efficient way of getting results out of functions (move semantic), better facilities for object initialization, and a simpler for loop. Examples of new library components are hash tables, threads, and regular expression match…
Google Gmail allow setting themes to give a more personalised look-and-feel. Now, it is possible to get your creative juices to work by creating your own theme! Setting and loading preferred background image is now possible.
Just go to the Themes tab in Settings and choose “Create your own theme.” There, you can select background images for the main area and the footer.
Today, Google Calendar announced that it would not always display 31, but will instead change to reflect the current day of the month. Today’s date is now always a short glance away.If you don't see the new up-to-date favicon already, it should be available to all soon within the next couple of days as it slowly get rolled out.
5 years of Google Calendar and a new (useful) favicon [via]
Google url shortener service, goo.gl, is now much improved with newly included features like easier copy and paste, and ability to delete existing links. Though it is still far inferior to other longer-standing similar service, without ability to (1) auto shorten detected link(s) and quickly generate a single or bundled shortened url for single link or multiple links respectively, and (2) publish texts to twitter, just like how bit.ly can, I believe Google will make it more competitive one day.
Easier copy and paste
When a new short URL is created, the short url will be automatically set to focus and highlighted, so you can simply press Control+C (or Command+C on a Mac) to copy it.
Delete existing links from dashboard
It is now possible to select one or more short urls from your dashboard and hide them. Hidden short urls will still work for hiding simply means removing them from your own dashboard.
Microsoft has patched a record 64 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and five other software packages, many of which allowed attackers to remotely install malware on end user machines. On top of that, Microsoft introduced a Rootkit Evasion Prevention tool and Office File Validation, while was originally announced in December 2010 but is now available for Office 2003 and 2007
Google Talk Guru is an experimental service that allows people to get information like sports results, weather forecasts, definitions etc via chat. It works on many popular chat applications that support Google Talk.
To start using Google Talk Guru: Sign into a chat client that supports Google TalkSend a chat invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org or click the link "Sign in and invite myself to chat with Guru" at the bottom of this page.Find guru in your contact list and send chat queries to guru.
These new views use the latest in web technology, including AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3, to deliver a host of benefits to you and your readers: Infinite scrolling: read more posts without having to reload or click to a second pageNew layouts: different views suited to different types of blogsSpeed: download images as you view them, not all at once in advanceInteractivity: there are now more ways to experience and engage with blog content
Click on any of these links to take the new dynamic views for a spin on the five new templates: Flipcard, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot and Timeslide.
Social networking site Facebook has announced the launch of a single mobile site m.facebook.com to replace all versions of its mobile sites. Previously, Facebook built multiple versions of mobile Facebook: m.facebook.com for less feature-rich mobile devices and touch.facebook.com for touch devices.
Our new site is powered by a UI framework based on XHP, Javelin, and WURFL, a detailed database mapping user agents to device capabilities. This enables us to very precisely target experiences and features to thousands of different devices.
One Mobile Site to Serve Thousands of Phones [via]
A Google a Day is a new daily puzzle that will be hosted at agoogleaday.com and printed above the New York Times crossword puzzle. Answers will be revealed the next day online and in the paper. Like the Times's crossword puzzle, the Google trivia questions will increase in difficulty as the week goes on, so by Thursday or Friday, even the most seasoned searcher may be stumped.
agoogleaday comes with a special version of Google search that excludes real-time updates and other things that are likely to include spoilers as people post the answers to the puzzle online.
Watched King Naresuan 3 - a very popular thai show with eng subtitles at the Emporium. Refer to http://www.prommitrfilmstudio.com/ for more information. Movie was shot in kanchanaburi - visited that place yesterday.
Watched an eng movie - Source Code at MBK
One interesting thing abt watching movie in thailand is all need to stay up for a few min when they play a short video clip on their beloved King.
- back PST
took bts to chong nonsi, BRT bus service to Nara-Ram 3, motorbike back to pst. Yes, BRT is my first :)
kanchanburi - Prommitr Film Studio (a place where they film a very famous thai vs burma old movie), Hell Fire Pass Memorial (death railway), Krae Sae Cave (got nice scenic railway tracks an a cave), famous River Kwae Bridge (where I happened to see a group of Falun-gong members, obessesed themselves, chanting around; asked them some questions but ignored me!!! nvm.. i took video of their weird actions) plus a factory outlet.. Then on way back to Bangkok, we detoured to visit famous Angpahwa (night market where they also selling food on the river; this is not reli the floating market i visited the other time; just another unique experience).
Google gmail has finally allowed the disabling of auto-adding contacts after so many years! Google called this little things but to me, it is a big big tweak. Auto adding strangers' contacts when replying all to an email will auto add strangers to your Google Contacts is annoying.
The switch for turning off Gmail's auto-save feature is in the General tab of your Gmail Settings, and it's going to make many happy, including myself.
Wing Lee Cheong sent this open letter to SM Goh about his remarks on the poor quality of life as a farmer. He also sent his photos to show his quality of life in Canada as a retiree, living in nature and at a low living expense.
Singapore, 5 April 2011 [Monetary Authority of Singapore] The Monetary Authority of Singapore welcomes the launch of a Code of Conduct for the private banking industry in Singapore (PB Code) by the Private Banking Advisory Group (PBAG) today.The PB Code is the result of an industry-led effort to enhance the competency of private banking professionals and foster high market conduct standards. It is applicable to financial institutions and their staff engaged in private banking activities in Singapore. The PB Code has been developed with recommendations from the PBAG, which comprises representatives from the private banking industry. The broader private banking industry has also been consulted and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Allen and Gledhill LLP have assisted in drafting the Code. Under the PB Code, private banking professionals are expected to pass a common competency assessment called the Client Advisor Competency Standards (CACS) before they provide any financial advice. The CACS…
Android is poised to become the number one mobile operating system in 2011, while the recent Nokia-Microsoft deal could propel Windows Phone to the number two position by 2015, according to Tuesday data from IDC.
IDC predicted that Android will capture 39.5 percent of the global mobile OS market in 2011, followed by Symbian with 20.9 percent, Apple's iOS with 15.7 percent, and RIM's BlackBerry with 14.9 percent.
By 2015, Android will still be number one with 45.4 percent of the market, but Symbian will dip to only 0.2 percent while Microsoft's Windows Phone captures the number two spot with 20.9 percent.
Will Android, Windows Phone Be the Top Mobile OSes in 2015? [via]
According to LinkedIn's Hoffman: Web 1.0 consisted of files, where users operated under pseudonyms in chat rooms; Web 2.0 is the emergence of Web apps, where a community of users utilized their real name. Finally, there's Web 3.0 - unfortunately, the platform that it uses isn't a mobile one, but one that's predicated upon data. As a general principle, you should only ask for data when you think you can provide a value proposition for users.
Google Android grew 7.0 percentage points to 33% since November to top the chart. RIM ranked second with 28.9 percent market share, followed by Apple with 25.2 percent. Microsoft (7.7 percent) and Palm (2.8 percent) rounded out the top five.
If it is gaining grounds in a developed country like the U.S., the growth of Android will be even stronger in the developing world due to its low cost.
Business Insider's Henry Blodget notes that it's an issue of strategy: Google's Android growth is only compounded as the market standardizes to a common system–like Microsoft for desktop PCs or Facebook for social networking. If Google is able to provide the de facto operating system for a significant chunk of the market, then developers suddenly have an increased incentive to code Android first, others second.
comScore Reports February 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscrib…
Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg are being sued for more than $1 billion over a controversial page on the social networking site which advocate violence and death to Jews.
Facebook was accused to have delayed in taking down a page that called for a "Third Intifada" soon enough and willfully kept it up in order to further their revenues and the net worth of the company. The page had about 500,000 before it was finally shut down.
Facebook shut down the page on Tuesday, several days after Israeli Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein sent a letter to Zuckerberg urging him to remove it. Facebook said the page was initially tolerated because it "began as a call for peaceful protest" but direct calls for violence began appearing and the page was removed for violating Facebook's policies.
Facebook has said it would fight the case, dismissing it as being "without merit".
Facebook sued for $1 billion over Intifada page [via]
Coming soon: Better Ads in Gmail Fewer irrelevant adsGmail’s importance ranking applied to adsOffers and coupons for your local area
According to Gmail, the number of ads shown per Gmail user is already being cut by more than a third. Signals from e.g. Priority Inbox that indicate important and unimportant messages are used to enable Gmail to continue to show fewer, better ads in Gmail. As with many Gmail features, you can control the use of these signals from the Gmail Settings page.
It is so hard to maintain my Experts-Exchange premium expert status these days. Simply no time :(
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FORMER Member of Parliament Tan Cheng Bock has stepped down from the board of the upcoming hospital in Jurong because he disagrees with its new name: the Ng Teng Fong Hospital.
Dr Tan said that while he had nothing against the late property tycoon, whose family donated $125 million to the hospital, this was 'a moral issue' as it looked as if a rich man could pay to have a public institution named after him.
Google violated its own privacy policies and used "deceptive tactics" when it launched Google Buzz in 2010. According to the FTC, when Buzz was integrated into Gmail, users were not given a good enough explanation about how the new social network would operate. Specifically, controls for limiting the share of personal information were hard to find and trying to leave the network all together was confusing and sometime ineffective.
For this, Google has officially apologized over this mistake on its blog: We’d like to apologize again for the mistakes we made with Buzz. While today’s announcement thankfully put this incident behind us, we are 100 percent focused on ensuring that our new privacy procedures effectively protect the interests of all our users going forward.