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Google overtakes Nokia to become top smartphone platform maker

Google, after having leapfrogged Apple iOS in U.S. mobile OS market share few months back and topped adoption in U.S. smartphone market, giant Google has once again scored good grades. Google's Android has now passed up Nokia's Symbian to take the top spot among smartphone platforms, ending Nokia's 10 year reign on top of the global smartphone industry, according to research firm - Canalys. It was reported that 32.9 million handsets running a Google platform, which includes Android, OMS and Tapas, were sold last quarter, enough to topple Nokia's Symbian, which had sales of 31 million, from the number one place. Apple came in third with 16.2 million iPhones sold.

Google overtakes Nokia as top smartphone platform maker [via]

Dr Mahathir criticizes MM Lee's comments on Muslims

As reported on the TheMalaysianInsider

I am not surprised by his statement because to him (Lee) religion is not important. For him the end justifies the means, so if he wants racial integration in Singapore, he won’t let Islam stand in the way of his goals. He has no respect for religion and the sensitivities of other people.
The tiff between the two former leaders Dr Mahathir and MM Lee Kwan Yew never seem to end.

Dr M: Kuan Yew has no respect for religion [via]


To describe Singapore's weather


演唱: 刘德华
作词: 刘德华 作曲: 赵钦 制作: 李安修 + 陈德建

无量心 生福报 无极限
无极限 生息息 爱相连
悟性 悟觉 悟空 心甘情愿

放下 颠倒梦想 放下云烟
放下 空欲色 放下悬念
多一物 却添了 太多危险
少一物 贪嗔痴 会少一点

若是缘 再苦味也是甜
若无缘 藏爱 在心田
尘世 藕断还丝连
种颗善因 陪你走好每一天

唯有 心无挂碍 成就大愿
唯有 心无故 妙不可言
算天算地 算尽了 从前
算不出 生死 会在哪一天

勿生恨 点化虚空的眼
勿生怨 欢喜 不遥远
缠绕 欲望的思念
心怀忏悔 陪你走好每一天

明日之前 心流离更远
障眼 人心渐离间
集苦连连 不断的出现

无量心 生福报 无极限
无极限 生息息 爱相连
悟性 悟觉 悟空 心甘情愿

简简单单 陪你走好每一天

PM Lee disagrees with his dad MM Lee's perspective on the Muslims

In Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew latest book launch, he made several comments on the Muslims and had resulted in hot debate and disagreement among the Singapore community.

Yesterday, Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, tried hard to defend Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yee's recent negative comments on the Muslim community in Singapore. Yaacob urges Singaporeans to put MM Lee's comments about the Muslim community into perspective despite disagreeing with MM Lee.

Today, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong finally responded to his father MM Lee's comments. In short, PM Lee disagreed with his father's comments.

But my own perspectives on how things are in Singapore based on my interaction with the Malay community, the mosque and religious leaders and the grassroots leaders, is not quite the same as MM's.
Okay, PM Lee is the first to publicly disagree with Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew. Would this regain some votes given our PM has come out to clear t…

Minister Dr Yaacob tried hard to defend MM Lee's comments on Muslims

Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, tried hard to defend Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yee's recent negative comments on the Muslim community in Singapore. Yaacob urges Singaporeans to put MM Lee's comments about the Muslim community into perspective.

The Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), which comprises mainly elite Muslims, had raised its concerns over MM Lee's latest comments and demanded clarification over what does it mean when MM Lee said Muslims in Singapore are distinct and not easy to integrate. Another high profile Muslim community, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), had raised similar concerns.

AMP's Official Response to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's Comments in Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going [via]
1. The Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) deeply regrets certain comments made by Minister Mentor (MM) Mr Lee Kuan Yew in his book Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going. These comments are in relation to the practice of Isla…

The global debt clock - An interactive overview of government debt across the planet

The Economist has an interesting page that provides us with an interactive overview of government debt across the planet. Every second, someone in the world takes on more debt and so, the global debt clock just keeps increasing.

At present, the total debt stands at

Comparing national debt of United States and Singapore,

It seems to imply Singapore's public debt and debt per person is a LOT higher than United States'. However, public debt must be looked at in the context of both domestic and foreign debt. U.S.'s national debt is mostly foreign held by foreign counterparts like China, Japan, etc, even including Singapore. In comparison, Singapore's national debt is mostly made of CPF - the national savings scheme/fund for retirement, i.e. domestic. On the international debt market, Singapore is a net creditor. Singapore Treasury does not need to issue bonds to raise money; it issues bonds to sustain and smoothen the bond markets. On the contrary, U.S. Treasury issues bonds…

Seven things you should never do on Facebook

There are some things that you should never do on social networking site, Facebook.

Never settle for the default settingsNever agree to have yourself listed on search enginesNever put your address and phone number on FacebookNever let apps lie dormantNever let your mum see your tagged photosNever give out your date of birthNever broadcast that you’re going on holiday
The default security and privacy settings on Facebook is bad enough and could just expose yourself to the many NEVERs listed above.

Read more on  "Seven things you should never do on Facebook" on Yahoo! now.

Facebook "overvalued"? Potential bubble forming in the technology sector?

Read on here:

But the Bloomberg Global Poll conducted Jan. 21-24 shows investors disagree with Goldman Sachs' assessment that Facebook is worth more than Web pioneers such as Yahoo and eBay, even though Facebook surpassed Yahoo in October as the third most visited website in the world. And investors are concerned it shows a bubble may be forming in the technology sector.

Sim Lim salesman sacked for cursing

A video of a salesman at Sim Lim Square swearing and using vulgarities at a customer has gone viral on the Internet when the customer asked for a price breakdown of his friend's purchases, after they suspected that he was overcharged. The customer was a 25 year old Chinese native Chen Tao. But in a twist of events, the boss of the shop revealed a picture of Chen behaving inappropriately towards the staff too, even climbing the glass display case in a threatening manner.

The stall in limelight is Compact Electronics, Sim Lim Square.

Watch the drama on RazorTV.

Part 1Part 2Part 3

MM Lee - "Hard Truths" on Cross Racial Marriages

Okay, netizens are beginning to start commenting on Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew's comment on cross racial marriages in this new book - "Hard Truths". Many of these comments were negative.

Hey, c'mon! Such mindset of feeling uncomfortable seeing own sons and daughters marrying someone else of different race is common in Asia among the elderly, including MM Lee himself.

I don't agree with all of the statements made by LKY in his book but for this, I have to agree. That's the hard truth and many just do not wish to accept it, trying to think objectively for just one moment but the real truth is, their subjective mindsets will eventually takeover. We still pretty much live in a world whereby we do really care how others judge us.

Egypt turn off Internet switch

Every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world.

iFAST: Top Markets For 2010: So Who Won The Race?

iFAST: Top Performing Funds For 2010

Today is Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2011 marks Data Privacy Day. Looking from the list of sponsors and the participating organisations, we see familiar names like Intel, Microsoft, Google, Visa, and so on.

But wait, where is Apple?

NTUC Income's reassurance to me they still value co-operative spirit

NTUC Income's reassurance:

Thanks for the post.

NTUC Income remains committed to our social purpose to do good for our customers and the community. But in order to be able to do good, we must do well in our business.

We continue to act as the price moderator in the industry, offering some of the most competitive life, health, general insurance products. We also offer low-priced, high-protection plans exclusively for NTUC members and unions.

Last year, in view of our excellent business results, we were able to pay a total bonus of $415.5m to our participating life insurance policyholders. We also pledged to contribute 1% of our operating profits to OrangeAid, our CSR fund set up to benefit children and youths.

Besides making significant contributions to the Moral Home for Disabled, the Singapore Children's Society and the Assumption Pathway School, we launched the NTUC Income Family Micro Insurance Scheme aimed to benefit 13,000 low-income households with children. We pledged …

Web Based Instant Messenger (IM)

Instant Messenger for multiple platforms

eBuddy (AIM, Facebook, GTalk, ICQ, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo!)

ILoveIM (AIM, GTalk, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo!) (AIM, Facebook, GTalk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, MySpace, Skype, Yahoo!)

KoolIM (AIM, Gadu-Gadu, GTalk, ICQ, MSN, Xfire, Yahoo!)

Meebo (AIM, Facebook, GTalk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, MySpace, myYearbook, Yahoo!)

MessengerFX (AIM, GTalk, MSN, Yahoo!) - Great alternative for web & mobile Instant Messaging service with desktop chat notification is like Meebo, eBuddy, ILoveIM, and any other Instant Messaging webapps. These IM webapps can allow you to log into Skype, GChat, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger and other services, all at once. What's so special about the new is its simplistic layout, Chrome desktop notifications, and its ability to run on mobile devices.

One shortcoming of this service is the missing of "Sign in as Invisible" mode. Invisible mode can only be activated after signing in. is available on iPhone, iPad, Android and of course the desktop Internet. Watch the following demonstration on iPad: Offers Desktop Chat Notifications for Any IM Service [via]

Gmail comes with desktop notifications for emails and chat messages

If you are using Google Chrome, it is now possible to receive desktop notifications which display pop-ups whenever a chat message or new email arrives.

To turn them on, click on the Settings link in the top right corner of Gmail and scroll down to the "Desktop Notifications" section. If you just want to get notified about chat messages, or if you use Priority Inbox and only want to get notifications for important messages, or get notified on any incoming new mails, you can customize your settings from there too.

NOTE: This functionality is currently only available on Google Chrome.

Desktop notifications for emails and chat messages [via]

Facebook experimenting with social captchas

From a blog post on Facebook, Facebook is experimenting using photos of your friends as captcha in replace to traditional captcha.

When we say traditional captcha, we refer to the out-of-focus string of words shown to users that must then be typed correctly onto a textbox to prove you are a human being and not a computer trying to game the system.

Social captcha is the currently being experimented new captcha by Facebook.

In my opinion, this idea may sounds great, however, I see several obstacles ahead. What happens if the photo shown is a group photo? What happens if your friend uses photos that belong to a cartoon character or someone else's e.g. an idol? Does this mean those who have added strangers as friends will have to start removing them and be more "careful" in the future?

Refreshing captcha again and again until we spot a recognized photo is going to be annoying.

Facebook Finally Adds HTTPS Support

Facebook has finally added the ability to access the site via a HTTP Secure (HTTPS) connection on mobile and anywhere even on desktop, which should drastically increase security for users. Currently, you can access Facebook securely by typing in https before the web address, but it doesn't work everywhere on the site. This feature can be enabled from the Account Settings page.

Will you enable it at the cost of slower surfing experience? I think we should for the security.

Facebook Finally Adds HTTPS Support [via]

Download your Facebook information

Some may not know that social networking site Facebook actually does provide us with a tool to download a copy of your information, including your photos and videos, posts on your wall, all of your messages, your friend list and other content you have shared on your profile as a compressed zip file.

The feature is available as a link on the Account Settings page

FAQ on Download Your Information [via]

Bank of Moscow Singapore bonds to yield 4.375%

Russia's Bank of Moscow set yield guidance at around 4.375% for an upcoming two-year bond denominated in Singapore dollars to raise as much as 200 million dollars. ING and UBS as joint bookrunners and joint lead managers for the issue.

In comparison to some of the earlier bonds sold in Singapore, Singapore’s CapitaMalls Asia, a unit of Southeast Asia’s biggest developer, sold 125 million dollars of debt due 2014 on Jan 21 with a coupon rate of 2.15%. Standard Chartered Plc's 220 million dollars of bonds maturing 2013 had a coupon rate of 2.22% when sold in July.

This bond issue looks rather attractive given its higher interest yield in a shorter maturity period. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Moody's Investors Service had cut BOM's debt from Baa2 to Baa3, the lowest within investment grade quality. It also tagged a negative outlook, citing the ongoing sale of Moscow's stake in the bank. Another credit rating company Fitch said it expects to ass…

Watch out for asset bubbles, warns IMF

The Business Times
Author: Anthony Rowley

THE danger of stock market bubbles or debt crises occurring in some leading Asian and other emerging economies - including those of India and China - is rising, the IMF warned yesterday.

The International Monetary Fund's latest Global Financial Stability Report also sounded strong warnings about the state of the global financial system in general.

This, it said, is in part caused by the uneven 'two-speed recovery' in the global economy causing private capital to flow out of advanced economies into emerging economies at a pace which they cannot easily absorb.

While equity valuations in many emerging markets are still within historical ranges, 'hot spots' are appearing in markets such as Hong Kong, India and Peru, the report said.

Retail flows into debt and equity mutual funds in these and other markets could provoke 'asset price bubbles'.

At the same time, private debt levels in some Asian and Latin American…

MM Lee's comments - Stoke a sense of unhappiness among Muslims?

In Minister Mentor Lee Kwan Yew latest book launch, he said

I would say today, we can integrate all religions and races except Islam.
I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration — friends, intermarriages and so on.
I think the Muslims socially do not cause any trouble, but they are distinct and separate, calling on the community to be less strict on Islamic observances.
Lee Kuan Yew urges Muslims to 'be less strict' [via]

MM Lee's comments - Discriminatory or realistic remarks at individuals who are less paper qualified?

People get educated, the bright ones rise, they marry equally well-educated spouses. The result is their children are likely to be smarter than the children of those who are gardeners.
It's a fact of life. You get a good mare, you don't want a dud stallion to breed with your good mare. You get a poor foal.
Lee Kuan Yew urges Muslims to 'be less strict' [via]

AOL subscribers overpaying $300 a year

According to an ex-AOL employee, Ken Auletta, most of AOL's subscribers are paying $25 a month for a dial-up fee, not realizing their cable or DSL plans already enable them to log onto the Internet while still retaining their AOL email address. Most of such overpaying users are elderlies. $25 a month would amount to a total of $300 a year.

According to an AOL filing with the Security and Exchange Commission, 43 percent of AOL's revenue in the quarter ending September 30—$563.5 million—comes from its 4.1 million subscribers.

That's 3,075,000 subscribers paying an extra $300 a year for dial-up service. If Auletta's source is correct, this means AOL is collecting nearly $1 billion a year from consumers who aren't questioning their bills.
I still recall an earlier post made in 2009 by myself on how difficult it was to cancel an AOL account. That was hilarious! For entertainment, I shall re-post here.

75% of AOL Subscribers Don't Need to Pay [via]

Google Chrome new extension "Keep My Opt-Outs" - opt out from ad tracking cookies

Google has announced a new Chrome extension on its Public Policy blog that enables you to opt out permanently from ad tracking cookies.

Keep My Opt-Outs is an extension for users who aren’t comfortable with personalization of the ads they see on the web. It’s a one-step, persistent opt-out of personalized advertising and related data tracking performed by companies adopting the industry privacy standards for online advertising.
Note: It's available as an extension for download in Chrome.

Google revamped Weather searching for mobile is now more informative

Google has revamped and redesigned its result page when you search for "Weather". It is now smart enough to return you the current weather condition in your location. On top of that, it comes with a new slider bar, when moved, will show a forecast of the next 12 hours' weather condition.

As you do this, keep an eye on the temperature, wind speed and humidity and see how all these conditions are expected to trend across the day. You may also notice that the background color changes throughout the day.
Weather on your mobile phone, now with added fun [via]

Print on the go from Gmail using Google Cloud Print

Sounds interesting and useful to me. Hopefully future printer of mine will support Google cloud printing.

Let’s say you need to print an important email attachment on your way to work so that it’s waiting for you when you walk in the door. With Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print — a service that allows printing from any app on any device, OS or browser without the need to install drivers — you can.
Print from your phone with Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print [via]

Thaipusam: Atmosphere in Singapore vs Malaysia

Defiant Singaporeans ignore policemen and continue making noises as a form of celebrating Thaipusam.

Malaysians carried on with their once-a-year Thaipusam celebration without police intervention.

Should events like Malay weddings, lion dances, or even funerals in void decks be banned? Banning devotees not making noises in a religious celebration or tradition is neither racial nor religious harmonious to me.

Related reads:

The Uproar Over ThaipusamThaipusam Singapore 2011: Singaporean Indians resist ban

Orchard Road road-raising of 10cm 8% completed; 8% = 8 millimetres?

To avoid a repeat of once in 50 years flooding in Orchard Road [1, 2, 3], the National water agency PUB has put in place a three-stages road-raising works along the 1.4 kilometre stretch.

kerbs along the roads have to be raisedroads have to be raised by 10 centimetresroads will be layered by another 20 centimetres in height
According to Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim,

Road-raising - we've done only about eight per cent
Two interpretations to that 8% progress on road-raising:

8% of the entire stretch completed8% in height of the 10 centimetres or 8 millimetres raised and completed
So, is which?

Road-raising works at Orchard Road 8% completed [via]


In Mathematics, the sequence and order of operations given a problem sum full of different operators is important.

BODMAS or PEMAS can help us in remembering the right way of doing things.
BODMAS = Brackets Order Division Multiplication Addition SubtractionPEMDAS = Please Excuse My Dear Aunt SallyApplying BODMAS or PEMAS, we know we have to evaluate a Mathematical expression in the following sequence - in order of decreasing precedence:

Brackets; ParenthesisOrder; ExponentsDivision / Multiplication; Multiplication / DivisionAddition / Subtraction; Addition / SubtractionHope it helps :)

Budget 2011 to be delivered on Feb 18

The Budget 2011 statement will be delivered by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in Parliament on February 18, Friday.

A "live" webcast of the delivery of the Budget Statement will be available at the Singapore Budget website at

Members of the public can visit the Singapore Budget website to subscribe to the Budget Statement mailing list to receive the Budget Statement via email after it has been delivered. This free service will be available for subscription from 26 January 2011 till 2.00pm on 18 February 2011.

Google Reader is back on Google's navigation bar

Just a day or two back, Google Reader was removed from Google's navigation bar and replacing it was Picasa Web Albums. On that day, a tweet on Google Reader revealed the removal of Google Reader was accidental and will be restored.

As promised by the Google's team, Reader is indeed reinstated and is back on the navigation bar (at least for now).

Creative answer to a mid-term Chemistry question from University of Washington

A very creative answer demonstrating true application of science.

As quoted from a Facebook note:

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term exam. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well...

Here is the "Bonus Question" on the exam: "Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?"

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.


POSB Invest Yield Series 11 advertised as 6.88% total payout

Singapore local bank, POSB Bank, is currently running a structured deposit investment product - POSB Invest Yield Series 11. Dr Money wrote a couple of articles on his definition of structured products [12].

Looking at the advertised banner, I admit being misled into thinking the investment yield payout can be as high as 6.88% p.a (p.a. was formed in my mind almost immediately but of course I was wrong). 6.88% is definitely going to be a stark contrast against the meagre low 0.1% p.a. interest rate offered POSB Savings deposit. For your information, UOB Bank has a "Grow your savings the easy way" banner plus a "Attractive interest rates" on its website for their "proud" 0.1% p.a. savings deposit interest.

Back to POSB Invest Yield Series 11 topic, their payout table in the 4 years 11 months tenure is as follows:

A more careful look on the table would have revealed the per annum payout would definitely be less than 1.8% (too lazy to calculate actual p.a.)…

Keith Olbermann exits MSNBC: 'Just too much for me'

Read more here.

Google Reader accidentally removed from Google's navigation bar

Google made a small change to the navigation bar used for its non-search services: the link to Google Reader was moved to the "more" drop-down, while the link to Picasa Web Albums was brought back to the main bar.

Later in the day, a tweet on Google Reader revealed the removal of Google Reader was accidental and will be restored.

I wonder why Google has yet to release a customizable page for us to set the links to show. The decision of the missing feature must be a business decision.

Google looking to improving search quality and reducing webspam

Blog post by Google's Principal Engineer, Matt Cutts, mentioned Google's constant effort in improving search quality and reducing webspam. Webspam is defined as junk you see in search results when websites try to cheat their way into higher positions in search results or otherwise violate search engine quality guidelines.

As “pure webspam” has decreased over time, attention has shifted instead to “content farms,” which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. In 2010, we launched two major algorithmic changes focused on low-quality sites. Nonetheless, we hear the feedback from the web loud and clear: people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content. We take pride in Google search and strive to make each and every search perfect. The fact is that we’re not perfect, and combined with users’ skyrocketing expectations of Google, these imperfections get magnified in perception. However, we can and sho…

Larry Page to take over Google's new CEO position

Eric Schmidt announced today that one of Google's co-founder Larry Page will become Google's new CEO. Prior to joining Google in 2001, Schmidt was once CTO of Sun Microsystems and CEO of Novell. He also had a Ph.D. in computer science. Schmidt was hired by Google's founder Larry Page and Segrey Brin to help them fill in the missing experience in running a business. Now, after 10 years, the founders decided they are ready to take on the reins of the CEO.

A note from Schmidt:

Larry will now lead product development and technology strategy, his greatest strengths, and starting from April 4 he will take charge of our day-to-day operations as Google’s Chief Executive Officer. In this new role I know he will merge Google’s technology and business vision brilliantly. I am enormously proud of my last decade as CEO, and I am certain that the next 10 years under Larry will be even better! Larry, in my clear opinion, is ready to lead.

Sergey has decided to devote his time and energy t…

HP's Palm WebOS Tablets

New information has emerged on HP's "Topaz" and "Opal" WebOS tablets, which will now apparently include a sizeable amount of cloud storage and the ability to transfer documents by "tapping".
The two tablets: the 9-inch Topaz and a 7-inch model codnamed Opal - a lineup that fits nicely into Palm's "Something big, Something small, Something beyond" tagline for its upcoming February 9th event.

This tablet is buttonless! Oh okay, HP Palm WebOS tablets come buttonless before Apple's.

Check what Facebook data is being shared and accessible to outside world

To check what Facebook data is being shared and accessible to outside world including those not on Facebook, try typing this URL into your Internet address bar.[USERNAME]
NOTE: Replace [USERNAME] with your user name (no spaces).

A run on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yields the following result:

{ "id": "68310606562", "name": "Mark Zuckerberg", "picture": "", "link": "", "category": "Public figure", "website": "", "username": "markzuckerberg", "personal_interests": "openness, making things that help people connect and share what's important to them, revolutions, information flow, minimalism\n\n\n", "likes": 2736148 }
For mysel…

Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa may list mega IPO in Singapore Exchange

Hong Kong billionaire tycoon Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa announced plans to spin off its Hong Kong and China port assets on Singapore Exchange. Should the IPO plan were to go through, it would be a massive US$6 billion ($7.7 billion), making it the biggest IPO in Singapore ever, eclipsing previous mega deals like SingTel, Global Logistics Properties and Mapletree Industrial Trust.

Hong Kong Exchange VS Singapore Exchange [via]
Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, the operator of Hong Kong’s bourse, has a market capitalization of US$25.6 billion and trades at 42.2 times profit, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Singapore Exchange has a market value of $7.1 billion and a price-earnings ratio of at 29.9, the data show.

“If you list in Hong Kong then you will be competing for capital with China Merchants and Cosco Pacific,” said Johnson Leung, an analyst at Tufton Oceanic Far East in Hong Kong. “If you list in Singapore there are no comparables.”

1968 - Martin Luther King's Prophetic Last speech

A powerful speech by Martin Luther King.

In commemoration Martin Luther King - "I have a dream"

On every third Monday of January, we remember the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was remembered for his nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in U.S. federal and state law.

The mention of King always reminds me of his famous speech - “I have a dream”.

Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech in text extracted from American Rhetoric.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the…

Steve Jobs Taking Leave of Absence From Apple

Apple's shares traded in Frankfurt (AAPL.F) fell 7.5 percent by 1438 GMT, while futures for the S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 0.3 and 0.9 percent, respectively, after the company's CEO Steve Jobs said the company's board had granted him leave to concentrate on his health. His request for medical leave is almost certainly connected to the islet cell neuroendocrine cancer of the pancreas (a rare, survivable form) that he was treated for in 2004, and the consequent liver transplant he received in April 2009. The Wall Street is closed for trading on Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

During Jobs' leave of absence, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will be responsible for day to day operations. Jobs will continue as CEO and will be involved in major strategic decisions for the company. When he made a similar announcement in 2009, the stock was briefly suspended after falling more than 10% in the hours after he announced his leave of absence.

Will …

Better Music Video Results in Google Search

Taking a break? Find music videos from the artists you love with Google's improved music video search results.

People often come to Google to find music videos, and this week we improved our results so now when you’re searching for your favorite band or album, you’ll find popular clips organized in a new way. For example, search for [michael jackson] and you’ll find some of the King of Pop’s most famous videos, including clear text indicating the length of the video, the album and the year it was published
This week in search 1/14/2011 [via]

Is it wise to terminate my insurance policies if I'm in financial difficulties?

Posted by Life Insurance Association of Singapore on 16/11/2009 here.

As a general rule, terminating a life insurance policy should be your last resort.

Buying a life insurance policy is a mid- to long-term financial commitment.

Should you terminate the policy in its early years, the cash value payable may be less than the total premiums you would have paid. In the case of whole life or endowment policies, the cash value is typically zero in the first two to three years, or at best only a small fraction of the premiums paid. In short, most of the money you've paid would not be returned. For investment-linked policies, the amount of cash value, if any, is determined by the prevailing value of the units into which your premiums had been invested.

The critical point to appreciate is that should something unfortunate happen to you after you have surrendered the policy, your loved ones can no longer receive the insurance payout IN FULL; this is what is referred to as the "insuranc…

Huge concrete blocks come crashing down at Gilstead Rd construction site

Watch the video too.

Huge concrete blocks come crashing down at Gilstead Rd construction site [via]

Microsoft confirms Windows 7 SP1 RTM, released to OEMs today

Ready for Windows 7 SP1? The final version of Microsoft's first update pack for its Windows 7 operating system should be arriving soon for end users, as the company has indicated that the final build of SP1 is already in the hands of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

This is according to a post by a tech site.

Microsoft confirms Windows 7 SP1 RTM, released to OEMs today [via] shutdown operation

Just realised, a subsidiary company under Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) behind the online and mobile enhanced directory service, has shutdown its operation since Dec 1, 2010. Since it’s inception, Rednano was a Singapore-centric search engine whose aim was to provide fast and accurate local search results. It has been compared with search engine giant Google and the former eventually surrendered and admitted defeat.

Rednano the search engine has now merged with ST701.

A Quick Fix for the Validator SetFocusOnError Bug

The ASP.NET validators have this nice property called "SetFocusOnError" that is supposed to set the focus to the first control that failed validation. This all works great until your validator control is inside a naming container. A ASP.NET blogger, David Findley, has a solution to it by overriding the Validate method on a page.

C# version:

public override void Validate(string group) { base.Validate(group); // find the first validator that failed foreach (IValidator validator in GetValidators(group)) { if (validator is BaseValidator && !validator.IsValid) { BaseValidator bv = (BaseValidator)validator; // look up the control that failed validation Control target = bv.NamingContainer.FindControl(bv.ControlToValidate); // set the focus to it if (target != null) target.Focus(); break; } } }
C# 3.0 and higher using LINQ:

public override void Va…

No, your zodiac sign hasn't changed

So, we are wrong with the horoscopes after all. But wait! Some astrologers are saying there is no change to the zodiac signs.

Why no change?

That's because the tropical zodiac – which is fixed to seasons, and which Western astrology adheres to – differs from the sidereal zodiac – which is fixed to constellations and is followed more in the East, ...
Astrology is geocentric. It relates life on Earth to the Earth’s environment, and seasons are the most dramatic effect, which is why we use the tropical zodiac.

Two zodiacs?

Horoscope - New set of date ranges for 13 zodiac signs

New set of date ranges for the 12 13 zodiac signs
Capricorn - Jan 20 to Feb 16Aquarius - Feb 16 to Mar 11Pisces - Mar 11 to Apr 18Aries - Apr 18 to May 13Taurus - May 13 to Jun 21Gemini - Jun 21 to Jul 20Cancer - Jul 20 to Aug 10Leo - Aug 10 to Sep 16Virgo - Sep 16 to Oct 30Libra - Oct 30 to Nov 23Scorpius - Nov 23 to Nov 29Ophiuchus - Nov 29 to Dec 17 (new zodiac sign)Sagittarius - Dec 17 to Jan 20
Why the change? Read more here.

Horoscope - What is your sign?

I woke up to the realisation that a scorpio I was is now no longer true. I am now a Libra! We are also used to knowing just the 12 horoscope signs but now, we have a 13th - Ophiucus. Apparently the Babylonians had an Ophiucus column in their daily horoscopes but it got dropped somewhere between their civilisation and ours. The unlucky 13th?

Robert Roy Britt, author for LiveScience, posted Why Your Horoscope for 2011 Is All Wrong:
Your zodiac sign — Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius or Pisces — was originally based on the constellation the sun was in the day you were born. Thing is, Earth wobbles, a phenomenon called precession.

Over the 2,500 years or so since the zodiac was established, your sign has moved about a month relative to the sun and stars. You're no longer what you think you are, and so if you're an astrology buff, perhaps poised to make a New Year's resolution based on the stars and a reading of your sup…