OS X 86 available for retail… in Bangkok

OSX86

The fact that retailers in Bangkok can openly display pirated software (although made up to look very authentic), is a perfect example of why education is greatly needed in Asia regarding piracy and its effect down the food chain.

For those who knows me, they know I am not typically vocal about piracy, but in this case it is despicable for these individuals (both the retailer and pirates; they may be both of the same) to capitalize on work of the OpenSource community.

Yes, I do not condone the actions of the individuals participating in the OSX86 Project, but at least those people are not trying to make money out of their collective efforts. They are instead volunteering their time and skills to produce something in demand by the public. As Apple has mentioned before, people are not buying Macintosh just for the OS, it is the revolution design and usability of the Macintosh that people are also buying.

These pirates in Bangkok are simply selling someone else’s work. That’s almost like charging for medical services provided by Médecins Sans Frontières. I guess that’s the basic definition of Piracy!

So, in Steve Jobs’ words, should “all pirates burn in hell”?

Hongkong Disneyland

HongkongDisneyland

Much hype had been surrounding the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland tomorrow. Many have talked about the number of tourist from mainland China and elsewhere in Asia to Hong Kong, which suppose to result in economical benefit of Hong Kong. I personally do not have this same believe.

For one, the size of Hong Kong Disneyland is between 15 – 19 hectare, when considering the 30,000 maximum capacity, that equates to 2.5 square meters per person. It is currently the smallest Disneyland in the world. Hong Kong Disneyland spokesperson speaks of the Disneyland Hotels and resort facility as a whole when talking about the size of Hong Kong Disneyland, but how many of the visitors would even care or for that matter see these other facilities.

Everything at Hong Kong Disneyland is smaller than the rest of its brothers and sisters in Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Orlando.

In particular the Cinderella castle for some reason looks more like Cinderella’s cottage. It lacks the dominance that a castle should instill. May be it has to do with the mountain that is its backdrop. This so call mountain on Lantau island is the size of a hill in most fairy tales. This is the only Cinderella castle that has a mountain as its backdrop, but to make the castle smaller just to give a better proportion to the mountain is ridiculous.

Disneyland has delivered the Disney magic for years to visitors for years to visitors around the world, but with the behaviours of the mainland China visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland, they have tainted this magic. Until Hong Kong Disneyland spend more effort to prevent these behaviours the Disney magic will never be successful in Hong Kong.

My recommendation to all, is to save the money and go to Tokyo Disneyland / Disney Sea instead, then reconsider Hong Kong Disneyland again in 4 – 5 years from now.

Hongkong Disneyland

HongkongDisneyland

Much hype had been surrounding the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland tomorrow. Many have talked about the number of tourist from mainland China and elsewhere in Asia to Hong Kong, which suppose to result in economical benefit of Hong Kong. I personally do not have this same believe.

For one, the size of Hong Kong Disneyland is between 15 – 19 hectare, when considering the 30,000 maximum capacity, that equates to 2.5 square meters per person. It is currently the smallest Disneyland in the world. Hong Kong Disneyland spokesperson speaks of the Disneyland Hotels and resort facility as a whole when talking about the size of Hong Kong Disneyland, but how many of the visitors would even care or for that matter see these other facilities.

Everything at Hong Kong Disneyland is smaller than the rest of its brothers and sisters in Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Orlando.

In particular the Cinderella castle for some reason looks more like Cinderella’s cottage. It lacks the dominance that a castle should instill. May be it has to do with the mountain that is its backdrop. This so call mountain on Lantau island is the size of a hill in most fairy tales. This is the only Cinderella castle that has a mountain as its backdrop, but to make the castle smaller just to give a better proportion to the mountain is ridiculous.

Disneyland has delivered the Disney magic for years to visitors for years to visitors around the world, but with the behaviours of the mainland China visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland, they have tainted this magic. Until Hong Kong Disneyland spend more effort to prevent these behaviours the Disney magic will never be successful in Hong Kong.

My recommendation to all, is to save the money and go to Tokyo Disneyland / Disney Sea instead, then reconsider Hong Kong Disneyland again in 4 – 5 years from now.

Katrina Themed Virus Attack Hits the Net

Hurricane Katrina

WARNING! to the few friends who are still using Windows based computers.

I just can’t believe there are people out there who would take advantage of the caring and sharing nature of human-beings for their own enjoyments.

There is a series of emails out there disguised as Hurricane Katrina relieve or information about the disaster. In actual fact they are spreading dangerous virus onto your computer (running Windows operating system with Microsoft Internet Explorer browser).

Please only use reputable sites for donations (International Red Cross, etc.) and information (CNN, etc.) about the disaster.

Or do what many have already done, switch to an Apple Macintosh computer and rid the thought of virus forever.

Philips to demo roll-up display at IFA

This Philips technology is exactly the type of device shown in the motion picture “Red Planet“. Remember the electronic roll-up map that the characters use to check their location after they crash on the Red planet?

It is not surprising that motion picture props designers spend so much time researching the technologies demonstrated in the movies, just to add a sense of believability to the movies that they are designing for. While at the same time the designers also offer the audience a bit of imagination for the future by extending these technologies to the edge of realism and practical use.

Similarly in the movie “Minority Report” Tom Cruise was moving objects around on the screen just by waving his hands in front of the screen using gestures.

Here are some photos of the Philips device from Engadget.

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