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Every mobile phone I've ever owned #PhonesIveOwned

Earlier today I got into a conversation with Pei Chyi about the mobile phones we’ve used before. I’ve only ever used Apple and Nokia phones (with 1 anomaly on the list) and if I couldn’t have an iPhone today I would still use a Nokia. Windows Phone is more appealing to me than Android.

It’s fun recalling the epitome of consumer technology of years past as the exercise makes you appreciate what you have now even more. Without further ado, I present to you the complete list of David Wang has ever owned.

Nokia 3210

Nokia 3210

My first ever mobile phone was the venerable Nokia 3210, arguably the best mobile phone ever made. Acquired after Sixth Form in 1999, it wasn’t the latest and greatest but it was my old faithful. Since there were no apps to buy, I spent money on different coloured covers and keypads – mine was red with gel buttons. And who needed apps, when you had Snake? Battery life for SMS and Snake was incredible too, especially since it only had a monochrome 84 x 48 pixel / 32 x 22 mm screen.

Nokia 8250

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My next phone came into my possession through some rather dubious means… I found it on the sidewalk, really! I was really happy to have found the phone too, since it was the bee’s knees with it’s butterfly-shaped button and blue backlight! Don’t remember anything else about this phone though.

Nokia 6220

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My next phone was my first camera phone. On top of that it had a color display! It wasn’t a very popular model, but it was in my opinion better than the silly Nokia 7260 or Nokia 3200 that were it’s contemporary peers. I remember snapping crappy pics every opportunity I could but everything else about the phone was pretty forgettable.

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How to look like Batman, using your cat

Too funny!

Gabe Weatherhead at Macdrifter wrote an excellent overview of the reasons why he uses Fastmail, its excellent features and how it fits into his workflow.

I’ve been a happy Fastmail user and highly recommend it to anyone looking for reliable hosted email, or alternatives to Gmail. Check out Fastmail.

I wrote a guest post for Phase Creative, an awesome WordPress production small business in Sydney.

So, what should you do to ensure that your website is running in tip-top shape? Here is myEssential WordPress Maintenance Checklist. The tasks on this checklist are divided into daily, weekly and quarterly tasks and following this schedule will only take 10 minutes a week with an additional 30-60 minutes per quarter.

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Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 – already looking forward to 2014

Last Sunday I ran the 10km (Speed) race at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. It was such a great experience for me and I’m already looking forward to next year.

I got a big kick weaving my way through the pack at the beginning of the race, running alongside thousands of fellow runners in downtown KL, disrupting traffic and running flat out at the finish line.

StanChart KL Marathon 2013

Me completing my 10K at SCKLM2013. This picture cost me SGD30…

The event is the most popular road race in Malaysia and this year saw a record-breaking 33,000+ runners. SCKLM had to be postponed from its original date in June due to the haze situation, but the event last week was top notch. I felt that it was really well-organized and let the runners really enjoy the race. Read More »

Awesome infographic by ilovecoffee.jp on the benefits and shortfalls of drinking both coffee and beer, and what each is good for.

Happy Malaysia Day!

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Dearest Malaysia,

Happy 50th birthday! As we celebrate this milestone together, I’m reminded of how much I love you. I love your awesome natural wonders, your beautiful people, your colorful celebrations and your delicious food.. mmm, I love me a good nasi lemak.

Of course, things aren’t always great. No country is perfect. I don’t blame you, I blame the twats who have grown thick in the head after staying in power for so long. I’m sure we’ll fix the problem in time.

Malaysia is my home and I’m proud to call myself Malaysian. I love you more each year and I want my children to love you as much as I do.

Happy Malaysia Day, and may you grow ever more beautiful every year.

 

Picture credit: sam4605 on Flickr

Every Tech Commercial – CollegeHumor

Whatever they’re selling, I’m buying!

Tips for refreshing afternoon naps (to increase your productivity)

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Recently I’ve started to wake up at 5am to get a head start to my day. I usually rise this early 4-6 times a week. I’ve found that I manage to accomplish a lot more when I wake up so early. Some days I begin the work day at 6am, other days I go for a run first. All in all, waking up at 5am is a real productivity booster.

The problem is that by lunch time, I’ve already been awake for 6-7 hours and I’m tired out. I need a nap to top off my batteries if I want to make it through the day. Afternoon naps FTW! And with all that  “practice”, I’ve developed a few tips to make make the most of my naps.

Most important tip: Naps should be 15-20 minutes long only, 30 minutes at most. Any longer and you’re more likely to be groggy the rest of the day. Read More »

Self-employment is a license to say NO

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Many people go self-employed and gleefully say, “look at all the things I can do.” Self-employment offers the freedom to say YES to all sorts of interesting projects that they wouldn’t have time for with a full-time job.

But the true freedom offered by self-employment is the ability to say NO. Now you can choose to avoid mediocre projects, uninteresting obligations and avoid the drudgery of chores you had no choice but to do when you had a job.

Your time is precious and irreplaceable, so you should absolutely be saying NO more often than YES. Now you can focus your time on the projects that actually excite you, your family and loved ones, your calling – i.e. the stuff that truly matters.