My Zune and I

I’m catching a flight this evening to be with my family for the next 2 weeks. My Zune is all loaded with some materials I always wanted to catch up on including:

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The Chaser Rocks Big Time and here is why you should watch it

The Chaser’s War on Everything – Terrorist Security Response 

Pictures from Double Bay, Bondi Beach, Parramatta River Cruise

Over the weekend, I took the opportunity to visit different parts of Sydney where I have not been. Below are a small selection of photos. I encourage you to visit my flick sets for more pictures.

Here is my flickr link to all my photos – http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardoh/ or add me as your flickr contact – bernardoh

Double Bay (flickr)
– is an affluent suburb with very posh stores and cafes. Doesn’t do anything for me. Still it a lot nicer than Sydney CBD.
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 Bondi Beach(flickr)
– Sunday is a good day visit Bondi because there are is the Bondi market. Buses run regularly between the city and Bondi. If only the rest of Sydney public transport is that good. Sigh, the state of Sydney public transport is in shambles, that’s for another blog post.

The Bondi Iceberg restaurant recently hosted Cameron Diaz when she was in town for the premier of Shriek 3.
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Parramatta River(flickr)
– the river cruise to Parramatta is really nice and peaceful. Along the way, you can see the transition from the affluence of the city, to the gentrification of the inner west suburbs and relics of the industrial age.
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Goodbye DPE

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Norbert, Deeps, Ben (my manager), Monique, Scott, Finula and Nick.

My parting shot from my team in Microsoft Australia DPE taken on last day at work (Fri, 25/5). What a great bunch of people to work and learn with. Instead of going into extended farewell rhetoric, I just want to say I love my group.

Thank you for the support, mentoring, and good times. Thank you for the watch, farewell message book (and even blog post), dinner and drinks. Nick, you’re a champ for organising all these esp the above photo. I totally dig the watch too.

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Padwan and his Jedi Master. May the force be always with you, Frank.

Google is Acquiring Feedburner?

There are unconfirmed reports that Google is acquiring Feedburner. This move looks like a logical move as Google is slowly but surely amassing a stable of Internet tools and services such as DoubleClick, Tonic and YouTube. These properties have upfront monetising propositions which are compatible with Google’s overall business strategy.

Related link: Google, Salesforce Point to a Hosted Future (eWeek)

The latest challenger to iPod – SanDisk Sansa Connect

Since the iPod became a culture-changing phenomenon, Apple’s rivals have been desperate to discover the recipe for an iPod beater.
SanDisk has just released its latest answer: the Sansa Connect

The ingredients are:

1 black, shiny, softly rounded plastic case, the size of a closed cellphone;

1 click wheel, like the iPod’s but made of black rubber;

7 small jacks and buttons on the edges: volume keys, earbud jack, proprietary charger and USB connector, On/Off and Hold buttons, memory-card slot;

1 antenna;

The stubby little antenna, of course, is the secret sauce. It makes the Connect the most exciting advance in music players, at least in concept, since the iPod Nano.

Now, this Sansa is not the first wireless music player. Microsoft’s Zune, for one, preceded it.

But the Zune’s Wi-Fi is wasted. It can’t sync with a computer wirelessly or download music wirelessly. All it can do is beam a song to another Zune owner, if there is such a thing. The song self-destructs after three days or three plays….

Continue reading The latest challenger to iPod (IHT)

Related link: Hands-on with the Sandisk Sansa Connect (Engadget)