Archive for the 'review' Category

OfTheWorld.TV and the Grocery Store Wars

Friday, September 1st, 2006

My broadband has just been upgraded to ADSL2+, and my ISP Internode has just announced unmetered downloads from OfTheWorld.TV (in addition to their other excellent contents like download mirror and relay Internet radio stations.)

OfTheWorldTV is a new type of online television network. Comprising of 7 broadcast channels and 6 on-demand libraries, OfTheWorldTV aims to provide you with the best independent media from around the globe.

The first documentary that I saw was Grocery Store Wars featuring organic vegetables like “Cuke Skywalker” and “Yogha” (tub of yoghurt!) fight back the dark side comprising genetically modified and pesticides-covered foods. A light-hearted way to evangelise an important issue.

Distinguished Business Leader Series

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Yesterday, Alvin and I attended the “Distinguished Business Leader Series” talk jointly organized by the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office and Contact Singapore. It was held at the Swissôtel Sydney. Normally, you wouldn’t catch me dead in an event like this, I mean, I’m not even Singaporean! However, since weelim works for Contact Singapore and she has kindly invited me for the free dinner I thought “why not”? What’s a geek to do on a Saturday night? So I pulled Alvin along to check out the free oysters (not that he digs shellfish).

The speaker was Mr Liew Mun Leong – President and CEO of CapitaLand. CapitaLand is a one of the largest property companies in Asia and is based in Singapore. Properties are really not my cup of tea – I’m living in sugar coated siliconland where things are built virtually, real estate is tad too real for me. Nonetheless, I’m glad I went. Mr. Liew is a very eloquent speaker who engaged his audience with intriguing figures and inspiring insights. Instead of summarizing what he said in words I decided to podcast it instead.

Listen to it

The opening speech was made by the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Chiang Chie Foo, who also announced the new Overseas Singaporean Portal for those of you who miss home.

Here’s a pic of the speaker so you can put a face to the voice:

Mr Liew Mun Leong

OpenDNS – Technical Review

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

I have serious doubts about the new OpenDNS service.

The idea is simple – point your DNS resolver to their name servers. What you get in return is faster cached results and phishing site blocking. They make money by advertising on the pages returned when you make a spelling mistake in the domain name. OpenDNS also claims to have “caches at the major intersections of the Internet” though I have not been able to get to anywhere but their California Verio site (tried tracerouting from Australia, US east coast and west coast.) So, I’m not sure if they are using anycast.

Having done some preliminary technical evaluation of the service, here are my thoughts (feel free to disprove me):