Archive for July, 2008

July 31, 2008

Diamond vs Omnia i900 at PC Fair – Here is Omnia’s Price!

The PC Fair is starting tomorrow in KL at the KL Convention Centre.  HTC will again show its dominant presence at this event.  Leading the HTC charge is obviously the Diamond, the latest in the pack of HTC’s family of devices available in Malaysia.  Word has it that there doesn’t seem to be any spectacular special packages during this PC Fair.  Hmm is the PC Fair losing its lustre?

Here are the special PC Fair prices for the HTC Diamond and the Samsung Omnia i900.  Remember, you read it HERE FIRST! This is breaking news now but it’ll be old tomorrow when PC Fair opens.  Welcome to the Internet age news.  Read on!

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July 28, 2008

Omnia at PC Fair

Preview of the Omnia - Not my hand 😉

“Ladies and gentlemen, announcing the arrival of the new Samsung Omnia i900….”


For those of you who are anxiously awaiting the Omnia, I believe that Samsung will make the presence of Omnia felt at the PC Fair this weekend.

Both the 16GB and the 8GB models will be presented at the fair against the array of PDA phones that will be dished out by all the major vendors.

HTC will be making their customary presence with SIS backing and pitting the Cruise and the Diamond against everybody.  Probably the last shipments of the Touch range too.  Any takers?

Samsung Omnia is there to rain on HTC’s parade.  Will be definitely interesting at the PC Fair this weekend.

Now who will anchor the Samsung banner?  I don’t know yet.  Let’s see which key retailer will make that commitment.

From my last posting, I did say that the Omnia will be here after the PC Fair.  So what am I saying now?

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July 27, 2008

Car Harping? There’s Much More Than Meets The Eye

I think all Malaysians are fed up hearing about the Terengganu’s episode of buying 14 units of Mercedes Benz E200 Kompressor luxury cars worth RM3.43m.  It took the lime light over Anwar’s case, the Altantuya Case, the Umno-Pas Talks but more importantly, the economic plight of the country that affects all of us.

When we want to do something, there will be all the justification in the world regardless if it’s factual, rational or pragmatic.  In Malaysia, politicians have learnt to say the darnest things to justify their actions.  Strangely, these actions are fielded in the headlines.  We don’t know what to think anymore.   Is this more important than all the challenges we are facing or that there is nothing better to report on.

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July 26, 2008

A Malaysian Dilemma

This is very well written letter by truthbespoken published in Malaysia Today (read here) this evening.  I must say that the author has expressed his thoughts excellently which is representative of all Malaysians regardless of background or race or political affiliation.  His plea is our plea, his thoughts, our thoughts.  We all want a great future for all our children and it begins with us here and now.  Amidst the troubling events engulfing us recently and the realisation of a lamed economy (regardless of who tells us otherwise), this letter is a timely reminder of the Malaysian heart in the current heat of political and economic crisis.

Something flashed on my mind this morning… I asked, how could our country, Malaysia, come into this state of confusion? And how could Malaysia, the country, continue to progress when the majority of my countrymen are not patriotic? Why is the majority refusing to be Malaysians? Aren’t all citizens of Malaysia, Malaysians first? After all, are we not a sovereign nation and our individual national identity described as Malaysian?

And I asked again.. but what had actually made the majority unpatriotic, hesitating or refusing to behave as Malaysians? Then I answered myself. No, the majority are not unpatriotic people by nature. They are good people. The main reason for these good people holding back and resisting to be Malaysians is that they have always been influenced and brainwashed by UMNO politicians into behaving that way for too long, for many decades. … It’s a strange phenomenon for any country and it’s certainly a lousy recipe for unity and nation building!

For the entire letter, read here!  Something to reflect on this Saturday evening!

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July 26, 2008

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 – Is it coming still?

SE Xperia X1 - Better looking than Nokia E90

Sony Ericsson’s 1st entry into the Windows Mobile device was announced in February 2008 (read here).  After that, nothing much was heard.  SE alluded to a 2nd half availability of the device.  Given my experience with Windows Mobile device development and marketing, it’s not easy to come out with a quantum leap device to overtake the market leaders like HTC and Samsung who have had a few more years of experience working on such devices.  SE’s Xperia X1 does show a lot of promise for a 1st product and given all the specifications and pictures of the device, I must say that it is indeed a sweet little baby of a device and much better looking than the Nokia E90 for sure.

But is it still coming to town after all this while?

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July 25, 2008

Malay Rights – A Mystical Myth?

I recently came across a letter by Shaik Rizal Sulaiman that was published first by MalaysiaKini on June 23, 2008, and subsequently found its way to numerous blogs.  In the wake of the so-called UMNO-PAS Malay Unity talks recently disclosed (whatever PAS wants to define it), this letter serves as a good reminder and posits a very pragmatic and realistic view from a new generation Malay perspective which is apolitical in nature.  His words are as a professional and from his heart.

He writes:

I dare say that most Malaysians (regardless of race) below the age of 40 would like to see all opportunities be spread amongst those who deserve it on meritocracy.


The Malay politicians continue to shout about Malay rights and bumiputera rights because the very nature of our local politics is sadly racially biased. In this day and age, a great nation is built upon joint success stories, meritocracy and the combined hard work of its people without any fear or favour of racial biased politics governing our daily policies.

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July 25, 2008

CPI 7.7% – Who is running this country???

I am still recovering from the shock of Shahrir’s announcement of the CPI rising to a 27-year high of 7.7% (read here) in yesterday’s papers.  Looks like Singapore also announced an increase of their inflation forecast to between 6% and 7% (read here).  The shock was that all this while, the government has been telling us that we are only experiencing a 2% to 3% inflation rate for the longest time when everybody doesn’t think so.

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July 23, 2008

Omnia in Malaysia Very Soon!

Omnia Front and Back - Close to an iPhone Style

The Samsung Omnia i900 is about to arrive officially to a shop near you! Malaysia is the next destination after Europe, China and Taiwan.  Singapore was the first country in the world that Samsung launched the Omnia during CommunicAsia 08 in June earlier this year.

A little bird told me that the first shipment of the Omnia will arrive in Malaysia within 2 weeks and will be immediately shipped to the key retailers.  Best time will be early August after the PC Fair in KL, probably week of 4th August.  The price is yet to be fixed at the time of writing but I suspect it should be…

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July 22, 2008

What I Don’t Like About The 3G iPhone ;-)

Don’t you just like the title?  It grabs you and makes you wonder why this nut has anything bad to say about the all powerful Apple 3G iPhone.  Of all things, the iPhone!  Yes, I’m now going to say what I feel about what I don’t like about the 3G iPhone and I’m going to be really candid.

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July 22, 2008

Layman’s View of DNA Use

So much has been said about DNA and today’s article in Malaysia Kini (read here) have presented the public’s view of the situation.  It’s certainly very interesting to show the level of maturity and appreciation of the Malaysian public in the matter.

Why is the PM, Police and Saiful’s dad clamoring for Anwar’s DNA?  Why is Anwar’s DNA profile done 10 years ago considered “old”?  Did Anwar mutate?  Is there a flawed understanding about DNA profiles?  Or is there a conspiracy theory to this entire episode?  Read on…

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