28 December 2006

M1 Broadband HSDPA is faster than Singnet 1500?

The breakdown of submarine cables just shows how vulnerable the cables are. Luckily, I have M1 broadband with me. Surprisingly, I can visit most of the sites while we have lots of problems using Singnet ADSL 1500.

Below is a Tracert done using M1 broadband via the Samsung SGH-Z560 connected via USB to my notebook. You can see that it took lesser hops to reach the destination. It goes through the reach.com network.

C:\Documents and Settings\t>tracert www.google.com

Tracing route to www.l.google.com []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 95 ms 88 ms 100 ms
2 97 ms 99 ms 118 ms unknown.net.reach.com []
3 166 ms 219 ms 99 ms
4 138 ms 109 ms 99 ms unknown.net.reach.com []
5 108 ms 98 ms 99 ms i-2-1.ntp-core02.net.reach.com []

6 100 ms 99 ms 329 ms i-2-1.ntp01.net.reach.com []
7 109 ms 109 ms 99 ms unknown.net.reach.com []
8 102 ms 99 ms 139 ms po0-3.gw2.sin1.asianetcom.net []
9 132 ms 129 ms 129 ms po4-0.cr1.hkg3.asianetcom.net []
10 1119 ms 209 ms 208 ms so-0-0-0-0.gw2.tpe3.asianetcom.net [
11 237 ms 209 ms 210 ms
12 1279 ms 1299 ms 1289 ms
13 1289 ms 1259 ms 1260 ms
14 359 ms 429 ms *
15 329 ms 339 ms *
16 332 ms 329 ms 1449 ms

Trace complete.

The following is a trace using Singnet ADSL 1500. All US bound traffic are rerouted to Germany at f-ea3.F.DE.net.DTAG.DE []. You can see the hops involved

C:\Documents and Settings\t>tracert www.google.com

Tracing route to www.l.google.com []
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 3 ms 4 ms 2 ms
2 10 ms 10 ms 10 ms
3 22 ms 12 ms 12 ms bb219-75-70-1.singnet.com.sg []
4 13 ms 12 ms 12 ms ge-0-2-0-14.asahi.singnet.com.sg [
5 12 ms 11 ms 12 ms ge-7-1-7-0.guinness.singnet.com.sg [202.166.126.
6 14 ms 12 ms 12 ms ge-1-3-0-1.erdinger.singnet.com.sg [202.166.126.
7 13 ms 12 ms 13 ms
8 362 ms 363 ms 362 ms f-ea3.F.DE.net.DTAG.DE []
9 * * 362 ms
10 363 ms 363 ms 362 ms
11 374 ms 375 ms 375 ms
12 376 ms 375 ms *
13 365 ms 364 ms 364 ms
14 363 ms 364 ms 363 ms
15 384 ms * 384 ms
16 384 ms 374 ms 384 ms
17 379 ms 377 ms *
18 381 ms 382 ms 382 ms
19 * 467 ms 465 ms
20 466 ms 463 ms 467 ms
21 * * 470 ms
22 467 ms 468 ms 466 ms

Trace complete.

C:\Documents and Settings\t>

25 December 2006

ECS AMD690GM-M2 mATX (AMD 690G) board appears

It seems that other than NVIDIA chipsets that comes with integrated video, AMD which has acquired ATi earlier this year will launch the AMD 690G chipset. It is said that this chipset has excellent 3D performance and high quality video output for HD decoding. This chipset was formerly known as ATi RS690.

Anyway, here is a upcoming mATX board from Elitegroup which will definitely be a cheap good alternative for those who wants it to use it to playback HD-DVD, BluRay or any HD media available. This model has DVI out. I heard a newer model will have HDMI. Both supports HDCP.

Cheap HTPC Setup using ASRock AliveNF4G-DVI

I setup a simple HTPC using this board. I read the review and found this board, paired it up with a cheap AM2 processor can save me some cash. As it is integrated with NVIDIA graphics which can decode PureVideo. It is the natural choice for me until I upgrade the video with an add on card.

The ALiveNF4G-DVI supports dual channel DDRII-800/667/533 with 4 DIMM slots with a max capacity of 8GB. It comes with 2 PCI, 1 PCIe x16 and 1 PCIex1. The board comes with integrated NV44 graphics DX9.0 VGA that supports Pixel Shader 3.0. It can used up to a max. shared memory 128MB. The board is NVIDIA® PureVideo™ Ready for accelerating video clips. Most importantly, the board has a dual VGA output port. - it supports DVI-D and D-Sub ports by independent display controllers.


Singapore Press Holdings to offer a new SPH Video News on-demand channel M2Btv

Singapore’s First Broadband TV service by M2B World seals collaboration with Singapore Press Holdings to offer a new SPH Video News on-demand channelM2Btv subscribers will have first-ever on-demand access on their TV screens to video news content from SPH with international coverage from Associated Press. The SPH Video News channel will also provide an interactive new media platform for advertisers Singapore. December 20, 2006 – M2B World Asia Pte Ltd (“M2B World”) today announced a partnership with Singapore Press Holdings Limited (“SPH”), to launch a first-ever SPH video news on-demand channel on Singapore’s First Broadband TV service, launched by M2B World in July this year. Under the agreement, M2B World will convert, host and stream video news clips produced by SPH, as well as international video news content licensed from AP Digital a division of The Associated Press (“AP”). This new SPH video news channel significantly expands the total offering of entertainment and education on-demand content provided by M2B World on Singapore’s First Broadband TV service, reinforcing its position as the leading provider of video on-demand content in the living room. Currently, subscribers can access over 55 channels of local and international content under the M2Btv brand through its Pony set-top box using any broadband connection bringing on-demand content and services to the living room television screens. The wide offering of entertainment content includes Hollywood blockbusters from SONY/MGM like Memoirs of a Geisha; popular Asian serials - Water Margin, as well as Korean dramas - Perfect Love; BBC comedies such as Goodness Gracious Me; Singapore-made movies like Eating Air; and much more.

08 December 2006

Is HD ready TV really necessary?

Till today, I am still viewing HD contents off air using the receiver. Although I have been to SITEX, I was shocked by the video quality presented on the Pionner sets when they screen Lu XiaoFeng (LIVE).

If you are a subscriber to Starhub Cable TV, you can tune in to Australian network. I suspect all the programming in there the 5pm News, 5.30pm Home and Away are all in HD but downsized to fit our regular 4:3 screen.

Looking at the quality, you would have noticed the vibrant colours and clarity. In fact, if this signal is played back in true HD and shown on a LCD TV. I seriously doubt i would be able to differentiate the clarity at a distance away from the screen.

If you remember the show on CHANNEL U "FrontLine". It was also shot in HD. When it was broadcasted on the old Channel U (mediaworks), the quality is excellent too.

In fact, sometimes I really wonder if we really need a HD READY TV set. Is it just a hype or what? What about BluRay and HD-DVD. Another hype for us to spend more money?
Let's discuss.