June 02, 2005
Last month, Tomorrow.sg decided on a name for the Singapore Blogger's Convention 2005 by asking readers to submit suggestions and then held an open voting process to decide a winner - Bloggers.SG won.
Now we need a design for the official T-shirt . So we've decided to have another competition for you to submit your designs, and we'll vote for a winner later.
...Continue reading The Bloggers.SG T-Shirt Design Competition
June 02, 2005
...Continue reading May 2005 Report
May 31, 2005
With all the excitement about upcoming Bloggers Convention, it's time we reveal where and when it's going to be!
The result of the name poll is out and looks like 'Bloggers.SG' wins by a slight margin. So 'Bloggers.SG' it shall be.
Date: 16 July 2005
It's on a Saturday, so more of you can make it!
Venue: Woodlands Regional Library
It's a little bit ulu, but they've got a nice auditorium there, and the nice people at National Library Board (NLB) are willing to support us by lending us the location without cost.
SHINE (some gahmen initiative) is also supporting us (that's because they have $$$ for refreshments), so the event is also listed on their website.
Keep checking here for more details later!
May 23, 2005
Some of us are pretty deprived. Like me - I've been of voting age since... since 21, yet I never ever had a chance to vote. But today, on Tomorrow, deprived ones like you and me finally get a chance to vote, on something as monumental as the name of the Singapore Bloggers Convention!
And you don't even have to be 21. Or in Singapore. Or even a Singaporean. Everyone gets to vote!
...Continue reading Singapore Bloggers Convention 2005 -- Vote for a Name!
May 23, 2005
To satisfy the typical kaypo Singaporean like myself, I thought it would be a good idea to have a Who's Online section so that we can see who else is checking out Tomorrow.sg.
So I sent out an email just now at 1:52pm to the Tomorrow editors requesting for the feature.
Exactly 30 minutes later, I get a one-word email from our resident drupal hacker:
Now if you scroll down, looking at the left sidebar, you'd see the Who's Online section. Over 80 people online as I'm typing this. Cool.
And it took him less than 30 minutes to do this.
mr brown had this to say, when he saw that one-word email:
James, you scare me.
He scares me too.
May 21, 2005
It is still a thrill wondering how a newspaper story is going to turn out.
Shermaine Wong of the Sunday Times contacted us and sent us several searching questions on email, which we gamely responded. Some of us shook off our habitual reticence and revealed a little bit more of ourselves than we usually do, even though we only ever wanted to talk about the Convention. But you know how the press is and how they want to talk to and about people.
Our press blurb below is followed by our answers:
...Continue reading Tomorrow in the Sunday Times (Geddit?)
May 19, 2005
Have you ever wondered how reader submissions are moderated before they enter the main page for public consumption? What goes on before they are actually released into the wild?
...Continue reading How Your Submissions Are Moderated
May 16, 2005
By now, most of you have noticed the google advertisement on the right-hand side bar.
And if you haven't, it is time you compensate us by clicking on it..a few more times!
Yes, the rumours are true: the editors are selling out tomorrow.sg to the advertisers, preparing for IPO and going to retire in JB muhahahaha. We made a grand total of US$0.36, thanks to 7 clicks, 4 of them during my own testing, in the last 12 hours - and let me pause here and say "oi, you guys pathetic! don't even click on ad one har?!" - but we think with a P/E ratio of infinity due to the dotBlog bubble, we can IPO next week at any price we want.
...Continue reading Google advertisement
May 13, 2005
We are pleased to announce that Tomorrow is organizing a bloggers convention some time in July 2005 and we are all very excited about it. However, we have yet to think up of a fabulous name for this convention and that’s where you, faithful readers of Tomorrow, come in.
We are giving everyone the opportunity to suggest names for Singapore’s first ever blogging convention and who knows, maybe your suggestion would be so mind-blowing that we decide to use it.
What we are looking out for: catchy and creative.
So what are you waiting for? Suggest a name for Singapore’s very first blogging convention today!
(Please suggest in the comments section.)
May 09, 2005
And yes, it's true, Agagooga writes about 'current affairs' and Mr Miyagi has an 'online diary'.
Meatspace terms for an online world, folks! Here's a picture of the little bit of the tree that was felled.
May 06, 2005
We've just gotten off the phone with the reporter who is covering Tomorrow.
The story is being cleared to run (like medical examination - pass, you can run), but she's not sure when it will feature, except that it is not going to be consigned to the Digital Life supplement.
She also said her editor asked her for a more detailed profile of Tomorrow's editors, such as our occupations.
Our answer was, 'A couple of civil servants, a couple of IT professionals, one businessman and two students'.
More interestingly, the story might be tied in with AcidStarGate, as we were asked if we know of any blogs which have been closed or has recently been sporting a disclaimer.
I will email her Bubblemunche's URL.
May 06, 2005
We received this email from Acidflask, and we reproduce it here in full:
Dear Ms. Tan:
I am shocked and indignant that in your CNA Article dated May 4, not only had you written an article who stand was far from neutral, you had made at least one glaring factual error that is completely unbecoming of any news agency.
...Continue reading Acidflask replies to CNA report
May 05, 2005
There was some mail problem with the server in the last couple of hours. During this period, all outgoing mails went bonkers. Particularly, if you have registered for a new account, by now, you would realized you did not receive (and never will) any email for your password.
Anyway, system is back to normal now. Please click on Request new password if you are one of the affected people.
Sorry hor - to compensate, here is one cute link for you ;-)
May 04, 2005
Update (11.16pm, 4th May 2005): The story won't be run on Thursday's ST although it's been filed. At the photoshoot earlier, the reporter seemed annoyed that we were already running the story of their running the story, as will be seen in the photographs they've taken of us holding a laptop with a browser open on tomorrow.sg.
Just two weeks since the launch of Tomorrow.sg and there's already been a mention in Today. It gets busier.
Yesterday, Tomorrow.sg's press room fielded a couple of emails and several phone calls from The Straits Times, who are looking to do a story about this site.
...Continue reading Straits Times wants to feature Tomorrow.sg
May 01, 2005
April 30, 2005
9:26am Some of the local ISP act smart and don't honour "DNS refresh" set by tomorrow.sg - they just cache it until dunno when. So if you come to here using exodus.tomorrow.sg, you can only see front page but cannot post anything. Go complain to your ISPs and ask them to follow RFC 1035.
1.58am Migration completed. Welcome to the new server :-)
Tomorrow.sg will be taken down from Sunday (1st May) 0100hrs for a migration to the new dedicated server. The migration will take a only few minutes but the DNS will take a few hours to update. Things should be back to normal by 3am or so.
April 28, 2005
Update: We will be migrating to a new site on Friday afternoon - prepare for a few hours of downtime.
The server running Tomorrow.sg is being pushed to its limits, thanks to all the traffic to the site. Under normal circumstances, the server can manage the stress, but as there are a couple of other high-volume sites (like the Infantile podcasts by mrbrown) on the same machine, together, they can literally kill the server.
Our excuse is we are trying to imitate IRAS. They got load problem so we must also have; stand together mah! But some editors feel otherwise, saying this creates a bad image for Tomorrow.sg.
So we have decided to take some emergency measures to migrate Tomorrow.sg to a dedicated machine in the next 24 to 48hrs. We are looking at a nuclear-powered solution, DOHC, preferably with extra cup-holders.
In the meantime, please bear with us as we iron this out. We are making the hamsters run as fast as they can.
Sorry, we didn't serve you better. But please be kind to us and don't roast us on your blogs like you did to IRAS.
By the way, this marks our the first week and we are already in the thick of it, with debates raging on the racist PSC scholar issue and the infantile world of Singapore blogs.
And today, Today quoted us. One can only imagine how things will be like tomorrow for Tomorrow :-)
April 27, 2005
Update: Our Tech Guru has discovered the main cause of our load problems and is in the process of fixing it. It was caused by a comment spammer hitting our site (damn, and we thought it was the legions of you readers descending upon us). Things should stabilise soon because our Tech Guru, his Kung-fu is strong. We bow to the prowess of The One and we know that we are not worthy to tie the shoelaces of his DNS server.
We would like to apologise for the downtime last evening and this morning. The server was experiencing an extremely high server load. We are still investigating the cause of the high load and it could be from the high traffic we are experiencing (ah, the curse of success).
In the meantime, be kind of to us and try not to reload so often. And if you do anything that somehow 'hangs' the server, please let us know.
April 27, 2005
So this is Tomorrow's new blog. Well, Tomorrow itself is already a kind of blog. So this is a blog within a blog. Whatever. We'll be posting Tomorrow-related news, announcements, as well as personal views from the editors here.
Some of us have been pushing for this 'side blog' soon after Tomorrow was announced, because we felt the need to talk to our readers and contributors about things which aren't quite suitable to be on the main page, and would prove to be a lot of work if we contacted everyone individually. This blog would be an ideal channel for such stuff.
Also, I hope this blog will allow you to have some insight into the weird happenings within Tomorrow, the issues we face, so you can give us ideas and be part of the effort to make Tomorrow a fantastic site!
Enough blabbering - I need to get back to my real job (yeah I don't get paid for this Tomorrow thingy).
April 27, 2005
Since we launched recently, we have received emails from several readers interested in becoming editors for Tomorrow.sg. This is a heartening development.
The team has discussed this at length and we have decided not to add any more editors for now. This is not a reflection of your abilities. It is just that we are currently focusing on getting the site right, and the current team strength is sufficient for its size until we get our groove.
But please continue to contribute to Tomorrow.sg by making recommendations. This would be helpful for us to gauge if you would make a good candidate as an editor in Tomorrow.sg when we start recruiting more editors again.