Saturday, June 09, 2007

Future Tech is Bright

If you haven't heard, Microsoft just unveiled Surface, the new face of computing of the future.

It utilizes multi-touch sensing technology, combined with projectors, etc.

If you saw Minority Report, you may remember Tom Cruise donning a glove to manipulate images on a screen. Or if you saw The Island, starring Ewan McGregor, you may have noticed the display table the antagonist used.

The technology is available now, and you may see it soon by the end of this year!

These screens are only the beginning. Every surface can be interactive and can be used to manipulate or display data.

No more USB ports and syncing to your PC. (My pictures from my Europe trip could be uploaded faster by just dragging directly from my phone to the Flickr website.)

I could download a file directly into my thumbdrive by just touching the screen.

You could have board games with interactive boards rather than cardboard ones, play pong, or even something akin to the chess we saw Star Wars. (They have to invent 3D hologram displays next.)

Friday, June 08, 2007

What's Worse Than Words That Cannot Be Taken Back

They say that a man is only as good as his word.

Most mistakes can be rectified but words cannot be taken back. What is said is said. You can apologise but you can't change the past.

What's worse than that?

I say email.

Email isn't just words that cannot be taken back, it's words that can forwarded. It can be used as "proof" that you said this and that.

That's another reason why I prefer to go and talk to someone about an issue rather than to send an email.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Two Weeks With No Blog Entries!

Apologies for those who have been wondering where I've been.

I've been away in Cannes and London and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on Internet cafes. I also couldn't upload photos through their PC's as well.

The other reason is that I'm in the midst of upgrading my laptop. At first I wanted to save all my essential data onto my backup disk and then reformat the hard disk to clean it up. My machine was grinding away too slow after almost 3 years, so it was time to give it a rebirth by reinstalling to OS and getting rid of stuff that you've installed over that time.

But I realized that it's too dangerous and a waste of time to go through your hard disk to back it up. It's easier to just buy a new hard disk, swop it out with your old one (putting the old one in a portable case). You have the comfort of a brand new hard disk and a new backup device with all your precious files still intact.

The problem was that my laptop needs very specialized screwdrivers, and I'll have to go to Sim Lim Square today to find them.

I'll upload my photos as soon as I can!