My Affair with Computers

When I was younger I used to spend a lot of hours playing video games. It was the best thing in the world then. It’s the one thing I look forward to most in the morning, and when I was in school bored listening to my teacher. It could be my addiction that has cost me my examination marks. You see, playing computer games was one thing that I thought I want to spend my whole life doing. The idea of being able to play an entirely different life, a hero, appeals to me so much more than my ordinary life. I even thought I will align my life achievements to creating an immersive and multiplayer educational game. Like “The Elder Scrolls Morrowind” but with real plants, real people speaking English, and morals to teach us about society. Of course that never happened. There was no way I could have built such a sophisticated software. Even by today’s standards with all the highly simplified Integrated Development Environments. “Aren’t computers meant to make our lives easier? Didn’t the guy on the Microsoft TV commercial say that?” I would think and it’s partly true.

Then came my teenage years, and the popularity of the Internet started growing. People started being frequently online. Google started becoming relevant and useful. I started searching the Internet for Range Rovers, Defenders, videos on cars off roading and Music Videos. I’d marvel at the ability of the artists to provide free songs on YouTube. Most didn’t have videos like we do today, it used to show only a picture of the album with the music. I grew up with the Internet, learning the culture of the world through it. (Well, maybe the culture defined by the Internet, like the Nerdfighters, Brotherhood 2.0). I started to realise the power one wields in being the Internet service provider. The Internet was unstoppable and everyone benefits in life and work from it. Those who are afraid of technology, has to live through it. I have an innate feeling that our generation will usher in a new age. Different in comparison to previous generations because we have the aid of the Internet.

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Sometime, All It Takes Is A Case | Elago S5 Outfit

I never thought I will buy a case to protect my iPhone from scuffs and scratches. I expected Apple, being Apple, to at least use high grade metal to build the iPhone. I thought Apple claimed, something about coating the glass with some revolutionary chemical that will protect the glass from cracking.

During my outdoor camp I dropped my iPhone on the stone tiles. It wasn’t dropped from waist high height. Rather it was dropped from a height not more than 5 inches away from the ground. I was careless. I left my iPhone clinging precariously for its novelty in my shallow and almost useless pocket. It was the last day of the 3 days camp and I’m almost going to make it out with my phone on its tip top condition as it should be.

How unfortunate. This utterly expensive but incredible phone has finally met its fate that many other iPhones without a case has always been bounded to. The bottom glass at its back has a small crack. The chamfers, both the top left and the bottom right, has scuffs. Its novelty was gone.

Should I be pissed that this phone is feeble, or should I blame myself for not following the ubiquitous trend of matching a case with the iPhone during the purchase? Well. I don’t know. I guess I’ll do what adults do: to circumvent. I decided to buy a phone case, one that can lock this horrifying experience at the back of it and seal it away.

I got myself an Elago S5 Outfit and I have to say, I’m really impressed by the looks of it. I’m also impressed by the inordinate pricing as well. It’s ridiculously expensive, and I don’t know why it has to be. But I just had to get it, I was too enticed.

Elago S5 Outfit Back

Elago S5 Outfit Bottom

Elago S5 Outfit Left

It looks so good. Doesn’t it? SOOO… Good.

Merry Christmas everyone!

ideas4apps

I am chosen for the competition called ideas4app which was organised as part of the data.gov.sg program. data.gov.sg is a Government portal that contains over 6,000 datasets from more than 50 government agencies. I am to think of a mobile application idea that uses the government’s data from data.gov.sg to better serve Singaporeans.

It will be based on these criteria:

  • Use of government data
  • Innovativeness
  • Feasibility of idea
  • Relevance of idea

I have a few ideas that fit those criteria well and will be working on them this weekend. To all non-existent readers, if there’s any idea you would like to bring up, please feel free to write them in the comments section below. If the idea is successful, it will become a reality, real app professionals will be the developers.