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Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer (late evening)

The Singapore Flyer is the world’s tallest observation wheel (read: ferris wheel). A normal ride costs S$29.50/person, which lasts a little over 30 minutes. The half an hour feels very fast. I think that’s because I was busy with the camera settings instead of marveling the scenery. Luckily I got a 20% off the price (I paid around S$23/person), not really sure what promo that was.

Anyway, we started the ride at around 7 pm in the evening, hoping to catch the sunset and city lights during the flight. The sunset was there, but unfortunately the flight was over before the sky could get dark enough. Oh well, that means I could snap this photo from the ground side instead. Special thanks to wortel’s PL filter and tripod.

Now I want a tripod and a PL filter.

Hint for tourists: The closest MRT station to the Flyer is the newly opened Promenade station (Circle Line). Now you won’t accidentally hop on the wrong bus like we did, (and I’m not even considered a tourist anymore!).

If you’re feeling rich, they also have “special” rides such as the Full Butler Sky Dining (S$249/couple) and the Champagne Flight (S$69).

Django Links of The Week

So that’s the top right space is for…

http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/333

Interesting idea, would like to see how it is implemented in Meerkat.

Ubuntu 10.04: On Intel Driver and Server Frame Buffer

Desktop Edition

I have to say my experience with the new Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx is not smooth sailing. My number one issue is that desktop effects won’t run. Annoying, since 9.10 runs it just fine. Apparently the Intel video driver is blacklisted due to “instabilities”. Running without desktop effects is simply unacceptable.

Fortunately there is a “solution” (read: workaround). I need to install the latest version of xserver-xorg-video-intel. Grab the package from this PPA: ppa:glasen/intel-driver. Be aware that this driver is not a stable version. I had some minor issues with it. Occasionally the screen would flickr. Less often the X-Server would crash, kicking me back to the GDM login. Use it with your own risk.

Desktop Effects

Oh by the way the expose scale plugin is now enabled by default. To activate them use these shortcuts:

  • Super+W to scale all windows on the current desktop
  • Super+A to scale all windows on all virtual desktops

Sweet! But I wish they could behave like Gnome Shell. That one is awesome, unfortunately I’m not yet ready to plunge into it right now.

Server Edition

I’m very disappointed to see that the server edition console is unbearably slow under VirtualBox. Again, this is not the case with 9.10 server. To work around this issue, you need to disable the frame buffer module:

edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-framebuffer.conf and add the following line:

blacklist vga16fb

Reboot and the console should be fine.

Pho Hoa

Pho and Vietnamese Drip Coffee at Pho Hoa

I had this delicious Pho (S$9.95) last saturday at Pho Hoa, Holland Village. This is also the first time I tried a Vietnamese drip coffee (S$5).

Thanks to Petric for introducing me to this great place.

Chillies at Pho Hoa

Asus UL30VT

I stepped out of the Singapore IT Show 2010 with a new Asus UL30VT laptop. I had to settle with the silver model since they don’t have the back one. Its still a very beautiful machine.

Its a thin and light laptop, measuring less than 1″. I don’t know the weight but this is clearly under 2 kilos, around 1.5 kilo. Which is impressive, considering it hosts 2 GB of RAM and a 500 GB of disk inside a 13″ frame. It doesn’t have a built in DVD drive but I got an slim external DVD Writer as bonus. On the graphics side, it as two switchable graphic card: an Nvidia GeForce for gaming and an integrated Intel when you need to conserve power.

It came with Windows 7 pre-installed. This is the first time I touched a Windows 7 installation (really!) and I’m pretty impressed. It feels much more reliable than Vista. Of course the first thing I did was load up IE and download Google Chrome as well as Pidgin to make it more “at home”.

Of course I can’t stay with Windows 7 forever. Time to load up Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) in here… In fact I’m on Live CD now, installing Karmic ;)

Mango Tango at En Dian Xin

En Dian Xin

Mango Tango

Mango Tango at En Dian Xin Oriental Desserts in 313@Somerset. See more photos at my Flickr page.