The TelePresence is strong with this one

(Image from Bernard Leong)

I’ve experienced Cisco’s TelePresence technology and I must say, it’s pretty amazing.

I met up with bloggers Daniel Cerventus and James Yeang to test the TelePresence 3000, recently. It was all pretty informal, which is good; no major PR fuss, no jostling for front row seats or fighting over swag. They showed us to a room, sat us down and bang, we were looking across a table at people in Singapore just like they were sitting right in front of us.

The folks in Singapore were, in fact, sitting in a room much like ours. It was tastefully lit, had three 65-inch screens and chairs and a table.

But as we introduced ourselves and got to know a little about them, it felt more like our two rooms were magically linked together, rather than just a bunch of people talking to each other like they weren’t thousands of miles apart.

If you’re used to Skype or MSN video calls, just imagine what it would be like to be talking to someone far away yet be completely free of lags, audio clipping or just about any other annoyance that comes with modern video-conferencing. It’s not that I’m being paid to say this, but TelePresence is just that good. I’d love to have a look at their usability case studies because it’s wonderful how they made it so easy to use.

Of course, we ended up chatting long past our time limit, but hey, it’s not every day you get to experience a bit of science fiction come to life, right?

While the cost and practical use may deter private ownership, I’d definitely recommend this sort of tech to companies as a way of improving communication between offices and cutting down travel costs. You’d probably end up saving a hell of a lot more with one of these babies in your HQ, where you can dial in and ‘meet up’ with your counterparts practically every day, instead of wasting money flying people all over the place for short business trips, all year round.

You can find out more about what Cisco does on their blog.

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Fo’ Shuurl, homes

Shuurl is free URL-shortening service, from the folks at SEOrush that comes with safety ratings and lets you preview and discover, in a limited way, what URLs people are snipping.

I love small innovations like this.

It’s what makes the Web so much fun.

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Hello, New Year.

New year, new blog header, right?

I’ve decided to switch back to the Press Row theme. I don’t know, I just think this is the most accessible theme for me (and perhaps, you).The blog header is from my old blog, Kamotherapy, where I used to blog about music and life, back in college and during my first few months at Proximity Malaysia. Those were interesting times.

So, yeah, back to the old school.

On the other hand, I’ve been checking out some free WordPress themes and I’m liking ASCII One Sandbox a hell of a lot, I’ve got to say.

It’s simple, easy on the eyes and the flow is just nice for reading. I think I’ll use it as the new design for the next iteration of this blog – drum-roll – when I get my new domain and move everything over there.

Here’s to the new year, and the next cycle of life.

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Badass

These squirrels look so badass that I just had to share this with you.

See more Kungfu Squirrels photos at Mail Online.

Man, they are so crunk.

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The User Experience Designer’s Anthem – Part 2

(Image from Daniel Heaf’s Flickr)

Whitney Hess, you were indeed on to something when you declared Coldplay’s Fix You as the User Experience Designer’s Anthem.

Last night, I was driving home when I suddenly realized that The Klaxons ‘Not Over Yet’ could be a user experience anthem, too.

So, for the benefit of folks who haven’t heard of The Klaxons (or haven’t been to  Twilight Action Girl), here are the lyrics:

The Klaxons ‘Not Over Yet’

I’ll live for you
I’d die for you
Do what you want me to
I’ll cry for you
My tears will show
That I can’t let you go

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet

Don’t let me down
Don’t make a sound
Don’t throw it all away
Remember me
So tenderly
Don’t let it slip away

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet

Ooooh…
Yeahh…

I’ll live for you
I’d die for you
Do what you want me to
I’ll cry for you
My tears will show
That I can’t let you go

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
‘Cos I can see through you.

Thanks for the inspiration, Whitney.

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How the world changes

(Image from Amber Mac)

In 2005, the first website I’d point my browser to after booting up Firefox would have been Gmail.

It didn’t matter whether I was at work or at home on a Sunday, first things first, I’d check my email. It’s one of those compulsive things that I’m sure everyone else does when they switch on their computer.

In 2008, the first thing I do every day is Tweet.

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What the fuck have I been doing, lately?

(Image from Bored of Ed)

My non-posts have turned this space into a non-blog, so I guess I owe you regular readers an explanation as to my absence.

This is what I’ve been doing, lately:

  1. I’ve been looking after my Dad (and the family, too). I don’t think anyone really recovers from an aneurysm; you probably just get less worse. But he’s not in the hospital and that’s what matters.
  2. I’ve also been busy as hell. Not as busy as I was when I was in Proximity, but busy, nonetheless.
  3. I’ve made some cool new friends at work: Danny, Khairul and The Macallan from the pantry.
  4. I haven’t been producing or partying much, lately (see Point #1).
  5. But I have been playing games on my shiny new Xbox360. It’s an early birthday present from Nora. Boy do I have a lot of catching up to do.
  6. I somehow made it to the leaderboard for Twitter Elite in Kuala Lumpur. Then I got kicked off the top ten. But Nora‘s still on it. Atta girl.
  7. Been shopping online a lot more these days. I recently bought the book Generation Kill (‘liked the HBO series, too) for me, and I Can Has Cheezburger? for Nora. Thanks, Amazon.
  8. Speaking of which, I finished reading a few good books, too. The tally is now 190. And that’s the ones that I can remember. What a bookworm.
  9. Been listening to a lot more of hip hop and house music, for some reason. You can find some good mixes of both genres at places like FoundationKL or Blentwell.
  10. And last but not least, I’ve also been thinking of a new blog design. So, stay tuned. I guess.

Did I miss anything? I seriously can’t remember. Either way, more posts soon.

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