Sep 4, 2012
After blogging about my custom standing workstation the other day, reader Adrienne commented that she had bought a WorkEZ standing desk. I was intrigued so I Googled them.
The WorkEZ system looks like a great alternative if you don’t want to DIY your own standing desk, or simply prefer a cheap ($60) and simple solution. I like that the WorkEZ is flexible and can also function as a regular height laptop stand. It also looks like it could fold up and fit in a backpack.
WorkEZ system website – Uncaged Ergonomics
A review of the WorkEZ system on MacWorld
Sep 1, 2012
The 2013 IKEA catalog is out! This year IKEA has gone digital (even in their print catalog). You can browse the print catalog just like you always have, but you can enhance it with the companion iOS or Android app too. By using the companion apps to scan marked pages in the catalog, you’ll be able to view films, how-to guides and interesting interactive content on your smartphone or tablet. That’s a pretty cool way to bring a print catalog into the digital age don’t you think?
I am an IKEA Malaysia brand ambassador. See all other posts in my Project IKEA series and my disclosure policy.
Aug 31, 2012
On 5 August 2012, NASA sent a 1-ton robot rover to Mars and made a perfect landing, despite some incredible challenges. Check out the video and then follow the Mars rover on Twitter – @MarsCuriosity
Aug 26, 2012
Mike Elgan wrote a brilliant explanation on Apple’s legal strategy following its massive patent infringement lawsuit win over Samsung:
Yes, Samsung does innovate. And they also copy. And they make brand-focused products. And they make generic, commodity products. They do it all.
But Apple is a specialist. They make radically de-commoditized products exclusively. And part of their strategy is to fight the forces of commoditization.
And that’s why they sue
Source: Cult of Mac – Why Apple Sues
Aug 22, 2012
When I put together my original IKEA standing desk, I was still experimenting and wanted a solution where I could convert back into a regular sitting desk if necessary.
That solution worked well enough but it was never a long term solution. The biggest problem I had with it was that the computer screen was too far away from my face (the desk I used was 60cm deep) and I found myself leaning forwards to make out text on the screen. The desk was also pretty unstable and would begin to wobble if I was typing quickly.
So when I moved into my new home in late 2011, I began devising a more permanent and flexible solution. The result is this: a standing workstation made from an IKEA NUMERÄR countertop and an Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm.
My new standing desk is elbow height, with the awesome Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm
Aug 19, 2012
Many of you know that I’m a WordPress expert for hire. Therefore I know you don’t mean any harm when you ask me to look at your blog when you have problems, or when you invite me for coffee to “discuss your website”.
However you should know that WordPress puts food on my table, and feeds this little guy.
Photo credit: Pei Chyi’s Instagram feed
In light of this knowledge, if you are asking for my help, it would be nice if you say right upfront that you’re happy to pay me (and not act surprised or peeved when I send you a price quote).
This way your site gets taken care of (like a boss), I get paid, Zack has a happy tummy and we can stay friends. Everybody wins!
Thanks a lot for your support and understanding. I value our friendship! Sincerely,
Aug 13, 2012
What you need to know about #Stop114A in plain English
Imagine if someone posts a defamatory comment on your blog post. He’s the author, but under an amendment to the law passed by Parliament, you’d be held accountable. Also consider:
- Maybe you offer free wifi at your business premises. Or someone logs on to your home wifi. They post something seditious through your internet connection, you had no idea what was going on.
- Someone posts something libelous from your phone, iPad or laptop. Maybe it was stolen. Maybe someone was trying to get you into trouble. You had no idea what was going on.
Under the new amendment to the Evidence Act 1950, you have to prove your innocence in the matter. This amendment is called Section 114A – Presumption of Fact in Publication. In plain English, it presumes that you willingly published seditious or libelous content if it was traced back to your computer, website or internet connection.
Instead of being innocent until proven guilty, the amendment makes it so that you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent. Continue Reading
Aug 13, 2012
Batman is one of my all time favorite comic book characters. I’ve watched almost all of the Batman movies. There’s a documentary coming up about the Batmobiles and the picture above is taken from it.
My fave is the Tumbler Batmobile from the Christopher Nolan films. It’s so much more believable than the rest. I liked Tim Burton’s version as well, but Joel Schumacher’s Batmobiles make Batman look like some car crazy ah beng.
Aug 11, 2012
Last Sunday, I was united with millions of other Malaysians for one cause: cheering on Lee Chong Wei in the London 2012 Olympics Men’s Badminton Final.
Chong Wei produced a brilliant effort, but alas he was edged out by nemesis Lin Dan.
“I’m sorry,” Chong Wei tweeted after the match. The weight of a nation’s hopes for its first ever Olympic gold must have crushed him.
Jul 27, 2012
I make quite a bit of Skype calls for work, and I occasionally make podcasts and screencasts which require me to record audio. I need a good multipurpose microphone headset that’s affordable, and having used the Sennheiser PC 36 for 2 weeks, I’m glad to say that it fits the bill. Here’s my uneducated and imbalanced Sennheiser PC36 review.
Summary: At USD60, this headset is an excellent mid-range USB headset with microphone for making VOIP calls, recording audio and listening to music. Highly recommended if you’re not a fussy audiophile.
It’s not the best quality headset mic you can buy, but it’s not the cheapest either. The Sennheiser PC 36 holds it’s own against the other microphones that I have – a Logitech Clear Chat Pro, a MXL USB.006 condenser microphone and my MacBook’s built-in mic. Listen to how it sounds in this 5-minute audio clip I made.