Monday, September 25, 2017

Don't WhatsApp /SMS when driving

This morning, we received news that one of Jane's classmate passed away after fighting for her life for 4 days. She was cycling in her Ara Damansara neighborhood - just taking a ride to a friend's house around the corner - and she was knocked by an incoming car. I am not sure if the driver was texting while driving or if he was speeding .. but the point is that a 8 year old girl died because of an accident with an incoming car who was not able to stop in time. She had a concussion to the head and was in coma. The doctor know that her brain had blood clot and swelling but because she was not responding, they were not able to operate on her. And so the family suffered through 4 days of anguish waiting - praying for her to respond, so that they could operate on her .. and on the 5th day, she stopped breathing.

I don't pretend that I am an angel here - I did text before behind the wheel.. but incidents like this served as a REAL reminder to me that I should not. THAT TEXT IS NOT WORTH IT. Any messages CAN WAIT. IT. CAN. WAIT.

And as a reminder, please turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11. With this turn on, when the phone detect that you are in motion, it will not buzz when there are incoming SMS/text ... I think any notifications will not ring - so if you have incoming Whatsapp, Twitter, eMails, the phone remain silent. This is a good feature that should be the default in ALL phones!

Friday, September 15, 2017

My opinion on iPhone X

I'm a huge fan of everything Apple. And yet, I don't have the latest Apple gear. I'm not that rich to buy every Apple gear there is out there. I don't have the latest iPhone (I'm still using a 6 Plus), I don't have a MacBook with TouchBar (using an Air) and I don't have a iPad Pro (using an Air 2). And yet, I do go and take risk on new Apple tech - when they launched iPhone 3G, I was in line for it, then when they had the new, all glass design of iPhone 4, I was in line as well. iPhone 6 Plus was their first big screen iPhone and I jumped on it. AirPod was new and I bought it out of faith.

So, now the iPhone X is in totally unchartered territories for an iPhone - new form factor, new OLED screen, Face ID, no home button nor Touch ID. Unproven battery life. Wireless charging, etc etc.

Without Touch ID, many of my existing apps may not work, especially the banking ones. There will be immediate impact on existing apps.

Will I take the leap?

I would, if it's $3000. I might even bite at $3999. But at almost $5000, it is a hard bullet to swallow. I don't want to be carrying an equivalent of a new state of the art custom built PC with GTX 1060 graphic card! There is always a risk of losing the phone, dropping it (and thus cracking the all glass of enclosure). Is it water proof this time? I'm not even so sure of that.

I've never lose a phone in the 10 years of owning iPhones so I'm pretty careful but even then, I'm wary of holding a $5K device.

Cool tech, super beautiful phone, but the price just ain't right. Sighhhhhhh....

Sunday, September 03, 2017

5 weeks with the 2017 CRV

Now that I have driven the new 2017 Honda CRV for 5 weeks, complete with an outstation trip to Ipoh with 4 adults and 2 kids, have my impression of the car changed one bit? Actually, I am more pleased with the car after a full 2-hour drive up North. Firstly, the car is so quiet when travelling the freeway at 130km/h. At 110km/h, the RPM was around 1900RPM and at 130km/h, it is just 2700RPM. The engine didn't feel like it was roaring. And I don't even know I was going at 130km/h! Pick up for overtaking, with 4 adults and 2 kids, plus luggage at the boot, was excellent. The car is powerful and effortless in just zooming past other cars.

Fuel consumption was good, around 16km/litre which is 15sen per km (I am using RON97, so that's like $2.44 per litre as of this writing)

Apple Maps and Foursquare was a great combination to look for places and CarPlay was able to get us to any place in Ipoh. I believe Apple hada partnership with Foursquare. I like that when I was searching for something in the Foursquare app, and then I switched to Maps, Maps automatically showed me my recent Foursquare view. And within Foursquare, clicking Directions allow me to have the option to open in Apple Maps. It looks like Waze is not the only accurate GPS in the market.

On the way back, we met with a storm. Heavy rain and strong wind. This was the day where Jalan Kuching in KL was hit with flash flood and there was a video that went viral, of cars stuck on the highway. Anyway, the storm hit PLUS highway too but the CRV handled the storm and the rain pretty well.

The comment from adults at the back seat was that it is very spacious and lots of leg room for them.

Truly a great car in terms of it's exterior design, interior furnishing and the turbo engine are really great differentiators. Honda have a winner here that will last for years!

Don't WhatsApp /SMS when driving

This morning, we received news that one of Jane's classmate passed away after fighting for her life for 4 days. She was cycling in her A...