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Go ahead, buy that PC

In OS on 26 October, 2006 at 3:00 pm

To help you in making that decision on whether to buy a new PC this holiday season or to wait until Windows Vista is launched, Microsoft announced the Express Upgrade program.  This program allows any Windows Vista Capable PC bought between 26 October 2006 and 15 March 2007 to be upgraded to Windows Vista or even Office 2007 if that PC comes pre-installed with Office 2003.  This program is provided by Microsoft for a nominal fee.

The catch is that, it is still unknown what this “nominal fee” will cost you and which edition of Windows Vista this program will get you.  Thus it is still best to wait for PC manufacturers to announce their own program which will definitely be some form of free upgrade.  But with this push from Microsoft, you can be sure that a free upgrade is definitely on the way.

Updated: In US, Gateway and Dell have announced that customers who buy systems from now till March 2007 will get free upgrade to Windows Vista when the OS is shipped.  Dell on the other hand is going to charge customers US$45 for a Windows XP Home to Windows Vista Home Basic upgrade and shipping/handling cost for a Windows XP Pro to Windows Vista Home Premium upgrade.

2 – 7 = ?

In Software on 25 October, 2006 at 7:00 pm

Hot on the heels of Internet Explorer 7 released, Mozilla launch a new version of their much acclaim internet browser, Firefox 2.  Firefox 2 with improved tab browsing, newly added features like spell checker, search suggestions, session restore, live titles, live bookmarks and with a new streamlined interface to boot will definitely re-ignite the battle between the 2 arch-rival.

So can 2 take on the 7?  You be the judge.

The Kia

In Car on 12 October, 2006 at 4:00 pm

Kia is really going aggressive.  I bump into one of their roadshow in a neighbourhood shopping mall and the price you need to pay to own one of their car is just about S$35k.  Cheap!

Remembering October 12

In Personal on 12 October, 2006 at 3:30 pm

Bombings on 2 nightclubs killed 202 people in Bali, 12th October 2002.  At midnight 12th October 2006, a 12km length of cloth symbolizing peace was rolled out at Jimbaran beach by a group of Balinese.  The cloth begin at a cafe (one of 3 cafes that was hit by a subsequent bombing in October 2005), goes down along the road, to the front of Bali international airport, and then finally end at a memorial to the victims of the 2002 attacks in the busy tourist district of Kuta. The cloth is purposely placed on the road so that anyone can step on it and remind them of the tragedies that were hail upon this land.

One of my colleague told me that his brother was there at one of the cafes that was bombed.  He was at the 2nd floor and narrowly escaped the bombing because the suicide bomber activated the bomb at the ground floor.  Fortunately the bomb was not powerful enough to level the whole cafe, if not it will really be a very sad day for my colleague.

It is also available to those on CPP

In OS on 7 October, 2006 at 11:34 am

Microsoft will also let those users who have Windows Vista RC1 (which means that they are on Customer Preview Program, CPP) to download RC2 as well.  Those who are interested can visit this page.  The download will be for a limited period only.  Microsoft also states that RC2 will not receive as much support as RC1 via Windows Update and that RC2 might not be able to upgrade to the full RTM version when Windows Vista ships.

Windows Vista RC2 is available

In OS on 7 October, 2006 at 11:20 am

Yes, it is now available to tech beta testers and soon MSDN subscribers will be able to download it.  RC2 will be the last preview build for Windows Vista.  Microsoft is targeting 25th October to release Windows Vista to those who are holding the enterprise volume license (or something like that).  Thus normal user should be able to purchase it come next year’s January.

Martial Art Week?

In Martial Art on 2 October, 2006 at 3:00 pm

One of my colleague ask me whether I saw a documentary on National Geographic last night.  It is actually the so called martial art week for National Geographic, starting yesterday (I think).  And they are going to run a series of documentary on martial art; Chinese, Japanese, Korean or whatever culture that develop a way to use your body or simple weapon to fight.

According to my colleague the documentary yesterday said that the ultimate fighting weapon (other than modern day guns, of course) is the samurai sword.  I seriously doubt so.  A simple “stick” in the hand of a Chinese martial art master can be very deadly.  It is said that in Chinese martial arts, the staff (棍) is the hardest to master.  It will take 10 years just to learn all the fundamental techniques.  The staff is so flexible in the hand of a master that I don’t think the samurai sword can easily cut it into pieces.  You don’t need to go head on with a person or another weapon to be deadly.