BYOD aka bring your own devices to the workplaces is booming. I attended a meeting this morning, look around….5% on paper and pen, 80% on iPad, 10%iPhone and 5% on memory and brain power alone. I had been looking around in past meetings and the upward trend for mobile devices is definitely there.

Students are also seen adopting mobile device at a feverish rate. Compare this to the extremely sluggish take-up rate for Notebook Ownership scheme.

Why then is our infrastructure very much on desktop and laptops only? Our collaboration at workplace, meeting rooms and such, is around PC and laptops.

However, with mobile devices, it will revolve around human and people, and definitely content-centric. Lots of data.

Wiping data on mobile devices

A friend had just changed to the new huge Samsung smartphone. I quickly asked if he had cleaned up her phone before trading it in. Fortunately, she said the sales staff had helped her with it.

Here is how to reset and wipe your Android, Apple and Windows smartphone.

: Press “Settings”. Press “Privacy” and press “Factory data reset”. Select “Erase SD card” and press the “Reset phone”.

Apple iOS: Press “Settings”, press “General”, and press “Reset”. Choose the option “Erase All Content and Settings”. Press “Reset iPhone”.

Windows Phone 7:
Press “Settings”. Press “About”. Press “Reset your phone”. Press “Yes”.

My not angry bird arrived – Focal Bird 2.1

Bought the Focal Bird Speakers 2.1 from OrangeComms during Comex2011. A set of 2.1 speakers made by the french Focal which had received some good reviews. Good deal at the Comex?  No discount, I received a free iTransmitter and since they only left with black, I wanted a white to match with my PS3). . I cannot collect the speakers on the spot, but they will deliver it to my doorstep. Bummer…but suits me fine actually, saves me the hassle of lugging the box back home. 😀

As the sun sets on 06 Sept 2011, the Birds arrived to a new home…

For the longest time I had been considering getting a 2.1 speaker setup with amplifier and distributor to pair with my Polk subwoofer, but when I heard the Focal Bird series was coming, I knew this was it.

Main attraction was the down firing sub woofer, sharing space with the amplifier. Basically, I will only have 1 headunit (amplifier + subwoofer combo), so no subwoofer to take up precious floor space in my tiny HDBox (HDB flat).

Speakers input terminal


Manual with … extra stickers..for?

Setting the switches for the Little Bird

The Focal Little Bird set costs SGD$1388. Focal indicates it was meant for a room size of 40sq meters.

The Focal Bird meanwhile costs SGD$1588, for a room size of 60sq meters.

Setting the switches for the Bird

The 2 speakers on table stand together with the wall stand

Power Bird – 2.1 Compact System

Dip switches set

Speaker cable by Focal

Below is the reason for the compactness. Half of the real estate was for the amplifier and center speakers. The other half was for the down firing subwoofer. I don’t quite like how near the sub is to the edge. When I tried pulling out from the audio rack, I tend to place my second to last fingers on the sub. Mind you, it is heavy, as it contained both amplifier and subwoofer.

View of downfiring subs

Remote Control

HD Wireless iTransmitter

Kleer High Definition Wireless Transmitter, Made in Korea.

Plug it into my iPhone4 and iPad, works like a chime. Initially, it will prompt a warning indicating, “Application Not Installed”, clicking Yes, will cause it to go AppStore and all confused. Click No, it will ignore the notice.

Pair it, just once the transmitter with receiver and it will work easily on any iPhone or iPad. Will dig out my old iPod Nano and see if it works.

Btw, WIFI is still working, which means I can stream my YouTube audio or Internet Radio. Music to my ears at last.

Not another Bird again…(thankfully its not Angry but its the Focal speakers)

After getting the TV, PS3 and the TV console, my next wishlist will be a good compact speaker system. Space is a constraint, (we live in tiny boxes here in Singapore), I am looking at a 2.1 or soundbar (yes, I know it doesn’t perform well, but it should be good enough for our tainted ears). I have been looking out at a few possibilities, and among those is the Focal Bird 2.1 system. It was released in France in June 2011 and Autumn 2011 for the rest of the world. The integrated amplifier, distribution and subwoofer thing works well for me, as I would not have to sacrifice floor space for the subs aka PowerBird. Do hope to check out a demo setup soon with the side speakers aka Little Bird, Bird or SuperBird.

The wife will be hoping to play the Angry Bird Rio HD with sound blasting on the Focal Bird 2.1.
Prices for the 2.1 are expected to be in the range of $1400 – $1800 depending on Little Bird, Bird or Super Bird.

September 2011: Bought it finally, review here.

Dreaming for a Jetsons elevator

Lift Upgrading Programme(LUP) is a Singapore Housing Development Board(HDB) project meant to remedy a flaw for houses and flats built in the 70s and 80s. As the population aged and the kilos piled on and the knees get weaker, we demanded for lifts to stop on every floors in 2006 General Election.

I’ve just got my LUP Polling invitation. They charging us SGD$750 for it. At the rate other LUP projects that are ongoing right now, I think it will take another 2years for it to start and 3years to complete. Long wait…while I dream of it.

Hey! How about a lift all by myself? With a key entry at the lobby on ground floor and popping right up in my living room. Yes! A private one like….The Jetsons.