Category Archives: Wibby Webby

Stuff stumbled upon in the WWW

Assimilation – Resistance is Futile

So… this company S2T has been hired by the National Library Board to write and operate a ‘bot to hunt down and invite owners of local blog sites to join the “Singapore Memory Project”.

I’m quite certain it is a bot because this one decided to comment on a blog post rather than email me, and it decided to comment on a post about Thai food.

Dear The Mad Edition,

On behalf of the National Library Board (NLB), we would like to invite you to pledge your blog to the Singapore Memory Project as part of efforts to collect memories that are already manifested in existing online channels.

The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) is a national initiative to collect, preserve and provide access to Singapore’s knowledge materials. Spearheaded by NLB, the SMP aims to build a national collection of content in diverse formats (including print, audio and video), to preserve them in digital form, and make them available for discovery and research.

By pledging your blog to SMP, you are affirming that every memory matters. Whether your posts are an account of your daily life, or an expression of your thoughts, the SMP hopes to find a home for your memories so that it can help build towards an understanding of Singapore. You will also receive a badge that you can display on your blog in recognition of your contributions.

Contributors to this blog pledging initiative will be listed on Singapore Memory portal’s blog pledging webpage. All blogs pledged to SMP will archived using NLB’s web harvesting software, in addition to images of each blog’s landing page.

If you are keen to pledge your blog to SMP, simply fill up our response form at this following URL: http://singaporememory.simulation.com.sg/Public/Pledge.

You may find out more about this initiative at http://www.iremember.sg/?page_id=2822.

We are looking forward to your contribution. Do also let your fellow bloggers know about this initiative. They can pledge via the URL above.

|Simulation Software & Technology (S2T) Pte Ltd 583 Orchard Road #14-02 Forum The Shopping Mall S(238884) w: www.simulation.com.sg

I read thru the links, and thought about it. It’ll take 2 months to list/delist my site from the registry, and registration requires your full details.

Nah. My memories are mine, and I am comfortable about the way things are going now without having to think about whatever I write (or wrote) being syndicated somewhere else. Not saying I might not change my mind in the future… but it is what it is now.

World’s tiniest router

A colleague bought one of these for travel – and we got to test it in the office. Some budget hotels still only offer a RJ45 connection in the hotel room – and the ultimate intention is to travel only with an iPad.

Tiny. TP-Link’s TL-WR702N

The package comes with a short length of flat RJ45 cable, a mini-USB charging cable, and a 3-pin wall socket ala the iPod/iPhone/iPad wall charger (outputs 1A).

It comes preconfigured with an open WIFI SSID and WPA2 password printed on a sticker attached to the device. Not very strong, but configurable. Theoretically, if you plug this into a hotel’s RJ45, and launched Safari, you should get the gateway page.

$38 bucks a pretty good deal. For $10 more, you get the model that accepts a 3G USB modem dongle. But in this case, I’d just tether it to my iPhone.

SMS Spamming

Very funny; my good friend sent me this cease and desist he made to a SMS spamming company. The really crappy thing about this is that these are the companies selling the lists that cause us all to get even more of this type of spam.

I’m going to use this as a template for spammers who refuse to honour my unsubscribe requests…

Subject: SMS Spam – ‘Without Prejudice’
From: (obfuscated)
To: sales@sgdiymarketing.com;
Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2011, 15:50

Dear Sir,

I’m writing to you to demand that you cease and desist all SMS marketing activity immediately.

I have received one of your messages on 31 Oct 2011, and unsubscribed to it. You have not honoured that request. See attached.

According to the Spam Control Act of 2007, commercial enterprises based in Singapore who send spam to “uninterested parties” face potential financial penalties of $25 for each electronic message, up to a total of $1 million. See link: http://www.ida.gov.sg/News%20and%20Events/20070608182820.aspx?getPagetype=20

Should I receive another of your SMS, this email and attachment will be sent to IDA, and I will start civil action against your organisation. In addition, I will also solicit other recipients of your unwanted SMS through local forums such as HWZ to serve as complainants against you.

Thank you for your attention,
(obfuscated)

Data Roaming with Singtel

I had to attend a 3 day conference in Bali last month. So as to avoid the massive backlog of email when I got back, I had to find a way to get at my email and stuff. I didn’t want to lug my notebook, and I didn’t want to pay the hotel’s ridiculous WIFI fees.

I decided to pack the iPad2 (newly updated to iOS 5 so I could use all the new multitouch gestures), sign up on Singtel’s 3 day unlimited Bridge DataRoam service and give it a go. My iPad doesn’t have 3G, so I’ll tether the connection from my iPhone. Oh, pack the charger too.

You’ll have to read the fine print. The unlimited service is on a per operator per day basis. I flew to Bali via Kuala Lumpur, so didn’t have access to 3G while in Malaysia. Thankfully though KLIA’s WIFI service is quite good.

For 3 days (well, 1.5 days really), I did all my stuff on the iPad. Surfing, checking and replying email, referencing PDF’s. I have to say it did well as long as I didn’t have to produce any Word or Excel files. There are apps for that, but I’m too cheap. Best of all, it booted instantly so I could get at whatever I wanted whenever. Fast too.

The Bridge DataRoam 3 day Unlimited plan came in at $38. Once in to the hotel room, I locked the phone to Telkomsel and signed up for it via SMS. I got this in return.

Service was fast, and accessible even outside the hotel’s WIFI zones. Advantage of tethering via iPhone is that the phone can use 3G too for apps like Wassap.

Now almost a month later, the bill arrives!

Holy cow, that’s almost 6 grand rack-rate for 263MB of data! And at the bottom of the bill, this.

Whew!