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Since 'the geek shall inherit the earth', this geek is just waiting for his day to rule the world. In the meantime, he is a young Padawan for CNET Asia whilst toying with a myriad of fun stuff disguised as work and pretending to advise companies on tech business and new media strategies. His playmates range from startups, (un)Fortune 500s, to government organisations.
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. iPhone 4 32GB
. Kindle Graphite
. Canon Legria HFM32
. Samsung Galaxy Tab
. Algo Tablet
. LG Optimus 7
. Nokia N8
. Sony VAIO VGN-P23G
. Blackberry Bold 9780
. Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds a.k.a. "Chewie"
. Canon PowerShot G11
. Lenovo S10-2
. Jawbone 3rd Gen Bluetooth Headset with Noise Assassin
. Ultimate Ears Pro

Formerly in this bag:
. Lenovo Ideapad U260
. Blackberry Bold 9700
. Nokia N900
. iPhone 3GS 16GB
. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro
. HTC Snap
. Plantronics Discovery 975 headset
. Acer beTouch E100
. Zune HD
. Nokia N97 Mini
. HP Probook
. Apple iPod Touch 2nd Gen with Ultimate Ears
. Nokia BH-902 Bluetooth Headset
. Blackberry 8800
. Nokia N96
. Blackberry Bold 9000
. LG WM6.5 Prototype
. Jawbone 2nd Gen Bluetooth Headset with Noise Assassin
. HTC Touch Cruise
. Lenovo Thinkpad T400s
. Canon Powershot G10
. Lenovo IdeaPad U350
. Canon Digital IXUS 990 IS
. Samsung Galaxy
. Canon Legria FS200
. Canon SX10 IS
. Blackberry Curve 8320
. Canon EOS 5D Mark II
. Canon Digital IXUS 980 IS
. Gigabyte Netbook M912V Tablet
. Lenovo Ideapad S10
. Lenovo Thinkpad X200
. Samsung Innov8
. Samsung Omnia
. Apple iPhone 3G
. Apple iPod Shuffle
. Kohjinsha SX Series
. Kohijnsha SC Series
. Canon Powershot S5 IS
. Canon EOS 1000D
  • 08Jun

    Today is World IPV6 Day with a number of organisations starting to offer Internet services using the replacement Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) standard, that contains a number of improvements over the legacy IPv4. A key benefit is a huge increase in possible address space.

    From a security perspective, Symantec feels this move raises some new and potentially interesting problems for malware authors, anti-virus companies and system/network administrators. With the introduction of IPv6, it is now unlikely for cyber criminals to perform brute force IPv6 address scans to profile a network or identify a possible attack vector in this way.

    Events like World IPv6 Day are important steps towards a full adoption of the replacement protocol. But as we move towards this goal, we are facing a learning curve where new threats while not yet fully apparent, will gradually emerge as malware authors are certain to take note and begin adapting.

    As always, Symantec recommends that you keep your definitions, signatures and firewall rules up to date to ensure protection against threats.

    Read more about this brave new world of IPv6 at Symantec’s security blog


  • 26Mar

    What a nice surprise email from Reid this morning, made my day for sure:


    Dear Nicholas Aaron,

    I want to personally thank you because you were one of LinkedIn’s first million members (member number 382059 in fact!*). In any technology adoption lifecycle, there are the early adopters, those who help lead the way. That was you.

    We hit a big milestone at LinkedIn this week when our 100 millionth member joined the site.

    When we founded LinkedIn, our vision was to help the world’s professionals be more successful and productive. Today, with your help, LinkedIn is changing the lives of millions of members by helping them connect with others, find jobs, get insights, start a business, and much more.  

    We are grateful for your support and look forward to helping you accomplish much more in the years to come. I hope that you are having a great year.


    (Reid’s signature which I did not include here)

    157b2fe Reid Hoffman
    Co-founder and Chairman

    *Your member number is the number embedded in your LinkedIn profile URL (after "id=").


  • 26Feb

    Interesting report from Yahoo! on the much discussed Singapore Budget 2011.


    SINGAPORE, 25 FEBRUARY, 2011 After a week following the budget announcement, Yahoo! Search Trends observed the interests and real concerns of the Singaporeans with regards to the budget.  

    The top trending topics related to the 2011 budget according to Yahoo! Search Trends are the following:

    · Singapore Budget 2011 payout: This has been the most searched query relating to the Singapore budget for 2011.  According to Yahoo! Search Trends, Singaporeans also searched for payouts for the past two years and this pattern could possibly be observed due to their interest in making meaningful comparisons to payouts. Interestingly, Singaporeans who most searched for payouts were found to be in the category of 35-44 year men and women.

    (more after the break)

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  • 18Nov

    Facebook_Privacy[1] Facebook has announced its new email service which brings together Facebook messages, instant messaging chat and SMS messages in one place.

    This geek was alerted to some of the security implications through an FAQ guide which Sophos has setup.

    "Before signing up, users need to realise that these new features increase the attack surface on the Facebook platform, and make personal accounts all the more alluring for cybercriminals to break into," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. More from Sophos after the break.

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  • 14Oct

    This geek has never worked with Greenplum or EMC technologies but it seems that in this information age over spilling with data, the manageability of information is more important than ever. For those of you who work with these technologies or have a need to manage large amounts of data, this press release might be interesting for you:

    Singapore, October 14, 2010 – EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today introduced the new EMC® Greenplum® Data Computing Appliance, an integrated data warehouse system using the breakthrough Greenplum massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture.  It enables organizations to more efficiently make sense of the massive amounts of data they generate from various sources such as always-on networks, the Web, consumers, surveillance systems and sensors. With twice the data loading speed of its nearest competitor and the industry’s best performance, the EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance enables more data to be analyzed faster and at lower costs.

    The new system was developed and is shipping just 75 days following EMC’s acquisition of Greenplum and comes at a time when IDC predicts that the amount of data over the next decade will grow 44-fold. The disruptive data warehousing technology from Greenplum is a key enabler of “big data” clouds and self-service analytics, allowing organizations to store, manage and closely analyze terabytes of detailed data for faster business insight, conclusions and revelations.  Greenplum is the foundation of EMC’s new Data Computing Products Division, which is developing the analytic tools to address the “big data” phenomenon.


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  • 08Oct

    When Google announced Google Instant late last month, they said they were working to bring it to Singapore in the coming weeks.

    Yesterday, Google started rolling out Google Instant in Singapore, and it should be available to all signed-in users in the coming days according to Google. 

    Since the global launch, Google has also already added a couple of new features to improve the user experience. With the aim of making search faster and easier, these latest enhancements to take that a step further:

    • Keyboard navigation - To help you explore your Instant search results using just your keyboard, with no need for a mouse or touchpad
    • Instant support  for other search modes - Use Instant while searching through Videos, News, Books, Blogs, Updates and Discussions

    In addition to Singapore, Google Instant is now available across other parts of Asia as well including Australia, New Zealand, India and Korea.

    So watch out for Google Instant coming your way soon!


  • 03Oct

    tencent-qq-download This geek has been trying out QQ, the communication tool from Tencent that is even more ubiquitous than email in China, to keep in touch with some of my friends there. QQ was even installed as the standard operating desktop in the all-in-one PC that replaced my hotel room’s TV in Shen Zhen. Check out the recent splash screen:

    QQ Facebook


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  • 23Sep

    More announcements from Friendster today. Is anybody still interested in Friendster? Maybe in S.E. Asia since MOL is more familiar with these markets. The numbers will show over time I guess. If this geek was running Friendster, I’d probably try to take on more niche but fast growing markets like mobile social networking, or privacy-enhanced social networking, basically hitting areas where Facebook will find hard to move into quickly for their sheer size and corporate direction.

    This announcement seems to coincide with Group CEO for MOL Global and Friendster Ganesh Kumar Bangah’s opening keynote presentation this morning at Singapore’s largest social media event: the Social Media World Forum Asia (This geek moderated the social gaming panel with RockYou, Zynga, CyWorld, and Plus8Star yesterday), in exactly an hour from now. Not at the conference? You can follow the tweets for more on his presentation which starts in about an hour from now.

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    SINGAPORE, 23 September, 2010 – Friendster, a leading social networking site for young Asians, today announced that it is launching social media portals for music and social gaming fans in Asia.

    The portals are the latest ventures from Friendster which was acquired in December last year by MOL Global (, one of Asia’s leading online payment companies.

    “As a social networking site, Friendster has tremendous experience to make the Friendster Music and Friendster Games as socially connected portals for developers, artists and their fans. Friendster has a strong physical presence in Asia and now that it is part of MOL Global, we see huge opportunities to partner with developers and independent musicians to aid them in new ways of delivering and monetising their content to their fans,” said Ganesh Kumar Bangah, Friendster’s CEO and Group CEO for MOL Global.

    Friendster Music

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  • 22Sep

    This geek used to cover friendster’s progress a fair bit, but less so when they got bought over by MOL. MOL has cleverly monetized their investment in friendster with a patent licensing deal with Facebook in exchange for a deal with Facebook Credits. Now let’s see how they get the ROI on this US$2MM investment!

    Campaign will drive consumers’ use of virtual currency for online goods

    SINGAPORE, 22 September, 2010 – MOL Global (, one of Asia’s biggest Internet companies, today announced that it will invest US$2 million to drive monetisation of social and gaming applications in Asia.

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  • 26Aug

    Speaker Line-up and Key Topics Confirmed Ahead of Asia’s Largest Public Cloud Services Event

    Singapore – 25th August, 2010 – Parallels, the global leader in Cloud enablement software will bring together some of the biggest names in the Cloud services industry to discuss the future and profitability of the cloud computing in Asia at the Parallels APAC Summit on 24th – 26th September.

    Speakers at the Summit include executives from Microsoft, Go Daddy, VeriSign and Open Xchange who will address critical issues surrounding the adoption of public Cloud services in the region, including security, bandwidth costs, service availability and reliability, vendor viability and maturity.

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