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The game that lasted 108min!

In Sports on 31 January, 2007 at 9:04 am

What drama!  What a shame!  And it would be a total disaster for Asean soccer scene if the game ended with Thailand conceding the game by walking out of the stadium.  It was the 1st leg of the final match for Asean Football Championship, Singapore vs Thailand.  The score was 1:1 and at about 82min into the game, the Referee decided to give a Penalty to Singapore!  Apparently to the referee, a Thai player had brought down a Singapore player in the penalty box.  Thanks to MediaCorp’s camera that cannot capture fast motion properly, the replay wasn’t clear enough to see whether it is indeed a foul or not.  Almost immediately Thai players walk out of the pitch and decided not to continue with the game.  The referee did not and could not back away, he was firm and decided to wait.

Match officials immediately came in to persuade Thai players and coach to return to the game.  They weren’t successful.  When it seems like the Thai were going to concede the AFC cup to Singapore, a turn of event saw them back into the game again.  Singapore’s Mustafic Fahrudin step up to take the penalty and did not disappoint.  It was 2:1 for Singapore!  And Singapore won the first leg of the AFC Final.

It was a shame that sportsmanship did not prevail.

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Vista Fiesta!

In OS on 31 January, 2007 at 7:53 am

Finally!  Some information on the Windows Vista launch date in Singapore!  Its Fiesta indeed!  2 days after the world wide launch of Windows Vista, the Wow is coming to Singapore!

Where is the launch party?

In OS on 30 January, 2007 at 10:47 am

So the day of Windows Vista Launch is here, 30th Jan 2007.  I’ve read about the launch party in New York: the wall dancers that pull down the flag which make up the Windows Vista logo that signify the start of the “Wow”.  Eager to see or even read about the launch event that will happen in Singapore, I’ve check out our local computer store.  One of our major computer store, the Challenger, even had the original Windows XP shelves change to bare the Windows Vista Logo, though the products on display are still Windows XP.  Puzzled, I ask the store assistant and the store assistant told me that they are indeed selling Windows Vista.  I was so happy and immediately follow the store assistant to check out the Windows Vista they are selling.  I was to be disappointed again, they are selling Windows Vista alright, but the OEM version, a version that is use by computer manufacturer to install on new PC.  A version with just a transparent slim plastic box which seems to mean that Vista is not launch in Singapore.  Yet.  Checking with Microsoft Singapore website?  No news.  Local Sony, HP websites are still selling PC that is preloaded with Windows XP.  No deal.  The only OEM that sell PC with Windows Vista is Dell, and they are saying that it is a special promotion period until 5th Feb.

Thus on the launch day of Windows Vista, nothing seems to have change in Singapore, no launch party, no Windows Vista.  Guess the wait is still on.