November 29, 2008
...if you are a Singapore-based author/creator there is nothing stopping you from using another country’s license from the Creative Commons website, but it makes all the sense in the world to use the Singapore-specific licenses - these are crafted with a language that is tailored to Singapore law and this will be helpful for local legal experts and courts in case you ever need to take legal action against unlawful uses of your content. So, you’re doing yourself a favor if you use the Singapore-specific Creative Commons licenses (and of course you’re also making those of us who worked on them happy to see the licenses used in practice)!
Recommended by ramblinglibrarian: "Hope this would create more awareness among Singapore-based authors/ creators/ bloggers who are interested in sharing their works online AND who wish to ensure their rights are properly articulated."
September 21, 2008
The CC-Singapore team will be discussing with the Creative Commons folks via teleconference next week (Monday, 22 Sept 08), to get over the last critical obstacle before the CC-SG licenses can go live.
Recommended by ramblinglibrarian: "For those interested in the development of Creative Commons license for Singapore. BTW, if you're a CC-adopter or if you wish to know how Creative Commons can work for you, please feel free to contact the CC-Singapore team. We welcome you to use the CC Singapore blog highlight your CC licensed works. p.s. I'm just a volunteer with CC-Singapore."
July 27, 2008
Creative Commons said:
Creative Commons Singapore announces the completion of the locally ported Creative Commons licensing suite... ...The Creative Commons licenses, now ported to 47 jurisdictions, enable authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms in efforts to promote a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach to copyright.
June 24, 2008
Creative Commons said:
"...the draft of CC BY-NC-SA adapted to Singaporean law (PDF) is now in public discussion. The CC Singapore team, lead by Anil Samtani and Giorgos Cheliotis and hosted at the Centre for Asia Pacific Technology Law & Policy (CAPTEL), has been working with Creative Commons International to port the licenses to local copyright legislation. ... we warmly invite you to join CC Singapore’s discussion list..."
Recommended by Otterman: "Creative Commons promotes the sharing of creative work through a series of legal tools describing specific freedoms, or "Some Rights Reserved." Although many Singaporeans adopt these licenses for their work, they had not been legally adapted to our copyright legislation. We've heard rumours and finally we see the Singapore flag on the CC webpage!
Congratulations for the work in progress are due to the team at CAPTEL, NTU.
Thanks to Kenneth Pinto for the tweet!"
March 30, 2008
Since the release of Windows Vista, Creative has promised their Sound Cards as being 'Vista Ready'. Unfortunately, as many unlucky customers did discover, this is not true. What the users actually found were buggy, feature crippled drivers. Creative insisted that features such as Decoding of Dolby® Digital and DTS(TM) signals and DVD-Audio which worked fine in WinXP, would not work on windows Vista. With Creative releasing less than one new driver a year, things seemed bleak. Fortunately, a talented user, Daniel_K, was recently able to 'fix' many of the drivers, enabling the incompatible features and also fixing many bugs. Just today Creative has decided to put a stop to this. They removed all links to his modified drivers, and banned several users who were posting links to the now banned drivers.
Recommended by shianux: "And the reason why Creative is facing losses year after year is because...? You piss off your customers, intentionally cripple your customer's products, and then later on, restrict people who bought your products from enabling those features, using "intellectual property" as a cudgel. Well done."
July 27, 2007
Five Foot Way Magazine said:
With the globalisation of cities aided by the connectedness of internet and our constant globe-trotting, it’s not surprising to see design works that are no longer contextually based. However, it is also those that relate more to a local culture or society that we notice and enjoy.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Thoughts on the state of Singapore's creative industry by the organisers of the STAMP campaign ( the one where postboxes around Singapore were painted)"
May 30, 2007
March 22, 2007
Elite Bastards said:
So, what exactly are the problems facing Creative right now, and how will the company react to try and keep their place on the top of the sound processing pile? We investigate and speculate to give you the low-down and our thoughts on the future of audio in the PC market.
January 03, 2007
Now this is just really really bad software design. I do see how a software suite is a better option than a single application that does everything (like iTunes), but in such an approach, the suite should work as together, not against each other. A great example of such a suit is the old Nokia PC Suite for the old Nokia 6510. Creative should really do something about this. While I manage to get along with this mess, I am very sure a less savvy user would just give up and buy an iPod.
Recommended by DK: "Does Mr Sim reads tomorrow.sg? hmmm....."
October 18, 2006
Boing Boing said:
Creative Labs has "updated" two of its MP3 players in order to break their FM radio recorder features. If you bought your Creative device because it said, "Record FM radio!" on the box, you're shit outta luck now -- Creative just stole that value out from under your nose.
March 27, 2006
March 14, 2006
Colin Mutchler said:
After doing my Free Culture show at INSEAD in early February, Singapore bloggers Han and Preetam asked me if I'd be interested in doing the show for a Singapore audience. Han pulled together a great crew that included the folks behind tomorrow.sg, the 'blogfather' Mr. Brown, and Damien from LaSalle-SIA school of the arts (directions). The result is that I'll be doing a special show next Wednesday, March 22nd at LaSalle.
Recommended by shianux: "I'm plugging this show because I'm sure all the budding artists, musicians, DJs, authors, poets and creative people will find this show to be very entertaining, informative and enlightening."
February 06, 2006
Leading up the Asian premiere of my Free Culture show on Monday Feb 6 at 7:15 at INSEAD's Singapore campus (free of charge), I wanted to take stock of the evolution of the movement for free culture.
Recommended by shianux: "This is rather late, but I hope people will turn up to watch and support. This is the first time a program that promotes the Creative Commons is showing in Singapore. Monday (Today) Feb 6, 7.15pm at the INSEAD Auditorium."
January 09, 2006
iPod killer? With a brighter screen, better battery life, and more features, the Creative Zen Vision:M certainly has the goods to give the iPod a run for its money.
Recommended by ymjp100: "Amidst the talk of what podcast actually means - iPod + Broadcasting or Personal On Demanding Broadcasting - Creative's Zen Vision:M is featured by Cnet as the best gadget at the Consumer Electronics Show 2006 in Las Vegas."
September 01, 2005
While most of the patent stories we write about are either just as the patent is approved or (more likely) when a firm tries to hold another firm hostage with a lawsuit, this one (including the specific fact that it covered the iPod) was being trumpeted directly by the company itself. The company's announcement was also tied to a conference call, and while reporters expected the conference call to be about plans to sue Apple, instead, it was about their own latest products -- a conference call that most would have ignored otherwise. In other words, all of the posturing about the patent covering the iPod was nothing more than a publicity campaign, knowing that plenty of reporters and bloggers would focus in on the story.
What is more disgusting than stupid patents? Corporate shills.
August 30, 2005
August 15, 2005
June 30, 2005
Fast Company said:
Creative's main competitor is Apple. It's always good to focus on the toughest guy, the top-tier guy out there. That way, we can at least be a strong number two. But I think the main reason why Apple is so popular is because of its blanket marketing. They've got billions of dollars I don't have. The market is exploding right now, and it's a crucial one we have to capture. So I have dedicated around $100 million in marketing this year. It's still a lot smaller compared to what Apple has spent, but I think it's especially important to give our MP3 players our number-one attention.
Unlike Apple, however, we are not going to spend our money trying to convince people that we are good. We are going to spend our money telling people what we offer.
Sim Wong Hoo (and other CEOs) talks about competing with Apple's iPod for the MP3 player market.