28 June 2008

Blocking of irritating ads using host file

One of the most irritating things about online websites is the intrusive online ads. Sometimes they appear from the bottom of the page and has a button (click me to close).

When you click on it, it pops up another Ad. That is really too much.

The simplest way to deal with such ads is to add their hostname into a HOSTS flie that exists on your machines. The file resides in C:\WINDOWS\System32\driver\etc. You will need admin priveledges to edit it using a notepad. Add those ad servers hostname, leave a blank and add as shown below.

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc>type hosts
# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# rhino.acme.com # source server
# x.acme.com # x client host localhost acvs.mediaonenetwork.net doubleclick.net streamit.hardwarezone.com

Share with us your experience about the blocking of irriating ads.

23 June 2008

Samsung Omnia all sold out at Ngee Ann City

My friend went down to Ngee Ann City during the weekend to buy the Samsung Omnia. He was there at 8.30am and he saw long queue there. By 9am, all the sets were sold out.
Looks like the Samsung Omnia is a hot item, launched first in Singapore just after communic asia 2008.

Check out this video on how it works.

It is truly amazing !!
We also found a review here.

SingTel to Launch euronews on mio TV

SingTel to Launch euronews on mio TV

SINGAPORE, June 20: euronews, the European news channel, will be available exclusively on SingTel’s pay-TV platform mio TV later this year.

euronews will be offered in four different languages—English, French, German or Italian—with viewers able to select their choice via remote control. The channel uses voice-over narration to accompany all news footage, except for live coverage, and features a “No Comment” segment dedicated to reports that exclusively consist of visual content. Every 30 minutes, euronews provides an updated bulletin containing in-depth coverage of the day's top news, sport, business and European affairs. It also showcases a wide range of current affairs and lifestyle features, including cinema, science, fashion, high technology and the arts.

euronews currently reaches more than 200 million homes in 130 countries through cable, satellite and terrestrial TV. In addition, the network is available via hotels, airline networks, ADSL, Internet, PDA and mobile phones. In Asia, the channel is already available in Japan, Vietnam, Australia and Hong Kong.

“The addition of euronews adds another well-respected news channel to our existing mio TV stable,” said Low Ka Hoe, SingTel’s director of mio TV and content. “We are certain that euronews will be very well received by Singaporeans who appreciate the channel’s dedication to remaining completely impartial and objective as well as its library of insightful features and documentaries.”

Philippe Cayla, the chairman and CEO of euronews, added: "While European Commissioner Viviane Reding is in Singapore, I am very proud to announce today the launch of the channel on mio TV. Thanks to this agreement with SingTel, euronews will now be available in five countries in Asia, and for the channel this is a step towards the reinforcement of the E.U. relations with Singapore."

18 June 2008

MediaCorp's HD5 coming soon to StarHub

At last, MediaCorp's HD5 coming soon to StarHub. That means we will have to fork out a sum of money to buy the HD BOX just to receive the Free broadcast + 3 other HD channels. That would mean the monthly subscription adds up to S$24+$15=S$39+GST 7% =S$41.73. Will you go for it ?

Launch on StarHub will give boost to HD5’s reach
Number of HD channels on StarHub will be increased to four

Singapore, 17 June 2008 – MediaCorp, Singapore’s national free-to-air TV operator and StarHub, Singapore’s largest pay TV operator have announced their latest collaboration. MediaCorp’s High Definition (HD) TV channel - HD5 - will be carried on StarHub’s cable television platform in July 2008, signalling yet another step forward in the growth of HD TV services in the city state.

HD5, a simulcast of MediaCorp TV’s Channel 5, is the only free-to-air HD channel in Singapore. Since its launch in November last year, HD5 has won over audiences with its telecast of blockbuster movies (e.g. Fantastic Four, Van Helsing, Mr & Mrs Smith, the Indiana Jones trilogy, Alien vs Predator); international drama series (Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami) and local English productions (Incredible Tales, MakanSutra Raw, Behind Closed Doors).

HD5 will be available at no additional cost on Channel 300 to all StarHub Digital Cable customers who have an HD-ready TV set and StarHub’s HD set-top box. As at end March this year, there were about 508,000 households subscribing to StarHub Digital Cable.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our cable TV customers easy access to HD5. StarHub was the first operator in Southeast Asia to offer commercial HDTV services. Our tagline for HD services from Day One was See more, Hear more, Feel more. Indeed, with education, lifestyle, sports and soon English entertainment in HD, our customers can truly immerse themselves in the superior audio and visual HD experience,” says Mr Terry Clontz, Chief Executive Officer, StarHub.

“With HD5 available to StarHub Digital Cable subscribers, viewers will now have more choices to watch HD5 across several platforms. I am also pleased to say that from 8 to 24 August 2008, HD5 will carry a daily telecast of 16 hours of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in true HD, from 9am to 1am – live and recorded,” says Mr Lucas Chow, Chief Executive Officer, MediaCorp.

Says Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA): “It has only been two years since we introduced HDTV into Singapore with StarHub and MediaCorp rolling out the first HDTV trials. We are very glad that the superior media experience made possible by HDTV services has become a way of life for many local viewers so quickly. This partnership between StarHub and MediaCorp is a milestone in the deployment of HDTV in Singapore and enables HDTV services to be enjoyed by more consumers in Singapore.”

With the upcoming introduction of HD5 on StarHub’s cable TV platform, the number of HD channels carried by StarHub will be increased to four. In addition to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL HD (StarHub Channel 301), Discovery HD (StarHub Channel 302), HD SHOWCASE (StarHub Channel 303) and HD5, StarHub is also offering a HD channel dedicated to the UEFA EURO 2008™ matches in June 2008.

08 June 2008

Singtel introduces Mio TV SuperSave pack



A never before offer - save more than a $1,000 each year when you sign up for
SuperSaver Pack! Now with more channels, you have something for everyone in the family and enjoy great savings at the same time. 12 mth contract

Ch 30 BBC Knowledge
Ch 31 BBC Lifestyle
Ch 20 Sony Entertainment Television
News Ch 46 ETTV Asia News
Ch 47 CCTV-9
Ch 48 NDTV 24x7
Ch 49 NDTV Profit
Ch 50 Mei Ah Movies Channel (Asia)
Ch 55 Tamil Box Office
Kids & Family
Ch 26 ETTV Yoyo
Ch 27 Luli- The Channel for Babies
Ch 28 CBeebies
Ch 29 KidsCo
Chinese/ Asia
Ch 71 ETTV Asia
Ch 72 Asia Plus
Ch 36 Dragon TV
Ch 37 CCTV-4
Ch 38 KBS World
Ch 39 Zee Channel
Ch 40 Zee Muzic
Ch 57 Deutsche Welle (DW-TV)

Would you subscribe ??

04 June 2008

MSI Wind Notebook reviews

Shit. I just bought a Eee Pc and now the new ones come with Intel Atom processor!!!
This MSI Wind Notebook seems to do much better according to the review posted here.

I wonder how much does it cost. Anyone has any ideas?

Computex has begun

The annual IT show in Taiwan has begun. This year, it seems that everyone is exhibiting a lot of small PCs like the ASUS eeepc. Intel also announced their new Intel Atom processor for these small babies.

Other than that, there are just the normal motherboards and graphics cards.
OCWorkbench also reported on the event and has lots of pictures. Check it out.

Computex Taipei 2008 Coverage
Part I - Kingston, DFI, Gigabyte, ASUS, Biostar
Part II - abit, ASRock, MSI
Part III - ECS, Compro, Supertalent