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Adventures In Demo Land

My trip to the U.S. — DEMO 2003, Phoneix, & LA


Monday, February 24, 2003

From The Press

From Demo: 10 Technologies To Watch, by Jon Fortt, in San Jose Mercury News.

Posted at 12:31 PM by Heng-Cheong

Long Sleep

I had a long and peaceful sleep since I gotten home. Slept like a baby, didn't have a single dream I can remember. Woke up this morning at 4 am though, and watched "The Muppet Show" DVDs I bought from the trip.

Posted at 9:50 AM by Heng-Cheong


I was already up in the air when this earthquake shook Los Angeles.

Posted at 9:48 AM by Heng-Cheong

Sunday, February 23, 2003

Home Again

I have safely returned home. The final few posts coming up, probably tomorrow...

P.S.: If you think I'm going to spend time working on this blog, than spend time with my wife, you must be crazy. :-)

Posted at 2:35 PM by Heng-Cheong

Friday, February 21, 2003

The All New PowerBook

There's something not quite right to find a high-end expensive PowerBook billboard on top of a 99 cents store.

Posted at 1:24 PM by Heng-Cheong

At the Museums

I overestimated the time I need to visit the Farmers Market, and underestimated the time I need to visit the museums.

Posted at 1:23 PM by Heng-Cheong

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Groovy In LA

Posted at 4:13 PM by Heng-Cheong

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

From The Press

Function Trumps Flash at DEMO Show, Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News.

Posted at 3:33 AM by Heng-Cheong

Tuesday, February 18, 2003


Kubi Says Groupware Stars with Mail, Barbara Darrow, CRN.

Posted at 10:46 AM by Heng-Cheong


VMware expands to higher-end systems, by Stephen Shankland, CNET News.com.

Posted at 9:29 AM by Heng-Cheong


Glenn Fleishman explains why Vivato is important.

Posted at 7:44 AM by Heng-Cheong


Mok3 was introduced as the 3-D Photoshop. It will convert images — QuickTime VRs, for example, — into 3-D models, fast.

(Image from Mok3's web site.)

Posted at 7:37 AM by Heng-Cheong

Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor is also here at DEMO 2003...

Posted at 5:12 AM by Heng-Cheong

Check These Out

Other products that I've checked out...

OS Engine - can Windows be really secured now?

OddPost - web emulate Windows application. The wrong interface for the web, or great enhancement of productivity? (Simply learn / train on one single interface.)

Preventsys - reduce headaches of IT infrastructure guys?

Posted at 4:57 AM by Heng-Cheong


My impression is that innovation in this industry hasn't stopped. But the innovation has shifted to low-risk, evolutionary products and technologies. No more evolutionary, difficult to figure out the why's and how's (why I want to use this? how is this going to make money?) products anymore.

Agree? Disagree?

Posted at 4:52 AM by Heng-Cheong

Profits Now!

The audience of the next wave of digital music subscription service, as Full Audio said, is the employed adults.

Posted at 4:50 AM by Heng-Cheong


The image on the left is your regular security camera. The image on the right is the new, improved version. Does this means that those face-recognition software can finally do their jobs?

(The following image is the set-up on the stage.)

Posted at 4:46 AM by Heng-Cheong


Is this the next wave of digital (music) hub? Would you want to navigate via the small screen on this device, or would you want to navigate on iTunes?

(Picture taken off the video screen during the conference, which isn't great.)

Posted at 4:44 AM by Heng-Cheong

Hot Seat

This is the part of the demo where companies are given 60 seconds to tell us why their booth are worth visiting.

And away we go to visit booths.

Posted at 4:40 AM by Heng-Cheong


Picasa, by LifeScape, is the iPhoto for Windows. (Picture from their web site.) I've downloaded the trial version (or is it free? Haven't check out their web site yet), and chances are, this will replaces my current photo organiser software on my Windows XP machine.

During the DEMO, the emphasis is definitely on the sharing of photos. As the company said, how to get the photo from your digital camera to your grandma's refrigrator.

Cool! Most impressive (to me) so far this morning.

Posted at 4:36 AM by Heng-Cheong

Monday, February 17, 2003

The Venue of the Conference

Posted at 1:16 PM by Heng-Cheong

From The Press

Demo 2003 Focuses on Things to Come, Sebastian Rupley, PC Magazine.

Bad Timing Could be Good Luck for Technology Startup, Associated Press. This article is about one of the demos, OddPost, who has a web-based e-mail product.

Posted at 7:51 AM by Heng-Cheong

The Time Differences

For those who are confused about the dates and times I'm using on this blog...

I've created this blog while in Singapore, and I used the Singapore time (GMT +8) in the settings of Blogger Pro. As this trip will span three time zones (Singapore, US Pacific, and US Mountain), I didn't have an answer on how to manage this time zone differences via Blogger Pro.

(In the regular MyAppleMenu, which uses a in-house CMS, the time zone used is GMT.)

Right now, I'm afraid of changing the time zone settings in Blogger Pro. (Who knows what will happen. Can't find any info in the help pages.) So, it shall remain in Singapore's time zone setting. For US readers, this is how you'll convert from Singapore time to your time:

Eastern: Minus 13 hours.
Central: Minus 12 hours.
Mountain: Minus 11 hours.
Pacific: Minus 10 hours.

Posted at 7:36 AM by Heng-Cheong

Protests Against War

There was a small protest against The War here in Singapore: six protestors outside the American embassy.

They were promptly arrested because of a lack of permit.

Posted at 7:07 AM by Heng-Cheong


Nothing to do with this blog's theme, but I am always sad to read reports of abandoned babies. (Yes, even in the city of Singapore.)

I wonder how I can help...

Posted at 7:04 AM by Heng-Cheong

But Then...

My little trip to downtown Scottsdale was not "wasted". It was a great experience, and even though it is commercialised already, I enjoyed looking at the buildings and the architectures... And I've never seen so many huge catus before in an urban environment.

For those who are passing by Singapore's Changi Airport, there is a small little catus garden at Terminal 1. Just go up to the Country Maana (spelling?) restaurant.

Speaking of airports, there's so many things I can do at Changi Airport to spent my time if I'm stuck there. (Being a Singaporean, of course, I do not ever need to be stuck in this airport.) However, the same thing cannot be said about the airports in the States. I was bored out of my mind during the 4 hours stopover at Los Angeles Airport last Friday.

If I cannot get a late checkout this Friday afternoon, I might have to spent my afternoon and evening hours at LAX airport again. (You are not expecting me to drag two bags all over LA, are you? And the lockers in the airport are closed, no thanks to this time and age.)

Posted at 7:02 AM by Heng-Cheong

The Pressure To Be A Tourist

I'm not sure about this, but by keeping this blog, I do sense a certain pressure from myself on myself that I do have to do some sightseeing or something. I'm not going to tell all my blog readers (not sure how many are there — maybe just one or two?) that I slept the whole day off, only interrupted with watching Comedy Central and grabbing some bites, am I? :-)

It also seems, to me, that after spending so much money to come all the way here, (doesn't matter if it wasn't me exactly that spent that money) I better take full advantage of the journey.

Oh well.

Posted at 6:53 AM by Heng-Cheong

Missing The Desk

Sitting right outside the Grand Ballroom, I've noticed that quite a few people (including me) missed the registration desk.

(And I've nothing else to say beyond that little observation.)

Posted at 5:39 AM by Heng-Cheong


You know, I am pretty surprised to see MyAppleMenu still on the list of Most Influential Site, after going offline for a few days already. :-)

Posted at 5:36 AM by Heng-Cheong

Getting Old

This is the fourth time I'm in the States since I left University of Maryland.

I remember the first day at Maryland, I woke up at 5 a.m. feeling extremely hungry. Walked out of my temporary room at the dorm in search of food, and finally found a 24-hour McDonald's on Route 1. Other than that, I adjusted well.

This time round, my adjustment is not good at all. For the second night in a row, I didn't sleep very well. Woke up several times in the night. And there's a long stretch this morning from 1 am till 4 am that I couldn't get back to sleep. And I've totally lost my appedite. Cannot even finish a simple burger.

Not sure what's happening, but I guess me getting older might have something to do with it.

Posted at 5:26 AM by Heng-Cheong

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Saturday in Downtown Scottsdale

Had some free time today — to help wean off my jet-lag. Spent some time in downtown Scottsdale, and went to Nordstorm to fix my shoe. (First-class service, by the way.)

Posted at 10:44 AM by Heng-Cheong

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