Archive for April, 2011

The Dyson Story – Vacuum Cleaners and Bladeless Fans

April 26th, 2011

I can’t help but noticed that the electrical shops are now selling Bladeless Fans.
They are actually called Air Multiplier, a trademark by Dyson.

The story of Dyson starts with the man himself, James Dyson who is an English industrial designer.

His most successful invention was the Dyson vacuum cleaner that would not lose suction as it picked up dirt. His machine uses a “dual cyclone”, achieving his goal of using a twisting torrent of air to throw dust into a canister instead of through a traditional bag, leaving its ability to suck uncompromised by a build-up of dust.

He had a good product, but unfortunately, it was a long journey to get manufacturers to produce it or to get retail shops to stock them.
Ultimately, in 1995, Dyson became the best-selling vacuum cleaner in Britain.
James Dyson is now one of the richest men in Britain, worth upwards of $1.1 billion.

I am actually quite amazed with Dyson’s products and also admire the man himself.

Among the other products that can be found other than the vacuum cleaner, is the Dyson Airblade.

Instead of using a wide jet of heated air, it uses a layer of unheated air traveling at around 400 miles per hour. The Dyson Airblade claims to dry hands in 10 seconds and uses less electricity than conventional hand dryers.

Dyson Air Multiplier is the latest product from Dyson.
The Dyson Air Multiplierâ„¢ fan works very differently to conventional fans. It uses Air Multiplierâ„¢ technology to draw in air and amplify it 15 times. It took four years and every discipline from Dyson’s team of 650 engineers and scientists to develop, and 11 new patent applications have been filed.

Do you know?
Initially, all Dyson vacuum cleaners and washing machines were made in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. When Dyson was at an attempt to expand the company for more production of vacuum cleaners, Dyson requested planning permission. The planning permit failed so in 2002, the company transferred vacuum cleaner production to Malaysia. As Dyson was the major manufacturing company in Wiltshire outside Swindon, this move aroused some controversy. A year later, washing machine production was also moved to Malaysia.

That brings me to another question. If the machines are produced in Malaysia, wouldn’t it be sold cheaper in Malaysia? Unfortunately not, yet.
It’ll probably take a few more years, and by that time I guess I can have a personal Dyson Airblade for myself too.

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UniFi HyppTV – Internet to your television, Free and Premium Channels

April 22nd, 2011

UniFi, Malaysia’s High Speed Fiber Optic Broadband installation includes a Set Top Box for Internet TV.

Watch the video below for a quick preview of UniFi HyppTV.

HyppTV comes with Free channels for

  • TV1
  • TV2
  • TV3
  • NTV7
  • 8TV
  • TV9
  • Bernama TV
  • Hikmah
  • Channel NewsAsia
  • Luxe.TV HD
  • Euronews
  • DW-TV Asia+
  • Australia Network
  • Travel Channel

Premium Channels costs between RM 3 to RM 9 per month

  • BBC Knowledge
  • BBC Lifestyle
  • BabyFirst TV
  • Bloomberg TV
  • CBeebies
  • Channel [V] Taiwan
  • Fashion TV
  • Fashion TV HD
  • iConcerts HD
  • Jaya Max
  • Manchester United TV
  • Screen RED
  • STAR Chinese Movies 2
  • STAR Chinese Channel
  • SyFy Universal
  • Universal Channel
  • UTV Movies
  • UTV Bindass
  • Warner TV
  • SETI
  • Universal Channel HD
  • MNC International
  • Fox Crime HD

Selected channels are having free preview during this promotion up til 30th April 2011.

Interactive Channels includes

  • Flight Information
  • Games
  • Malaysian History
  • Malaysian Football
  • Waktu Solat
  • News Headlines

If you are having a TV without a cable/satellite TV subscription, HyppTV will benefit you by providing an internet connected television, plus some High Definition channels.

However, if you are currently subscribed to Astro, the HyppTV Set Top Box might not be that attractive at all.

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UniFi Online Registration Trick

April 22nd, 2011

I had to use a bit of a trick to apply for UniFi via it’s online registration portal.

First is there are 2 paths to registration, either with your NRIC or via the address search. I had problem earlier that one of it doesn’t allow me to continue, stating that my area is not in service, although the other search allow me to get through.
The last I tried though, this issue has been fixed, so it requires no mentioning anymore.

The other thing is the appointment booking screen.

When you’re almost done though registration, you will eventually arrive to the screen where you select your preferred date for installation, though it is limited to availability.

You can try to put in any earliest date and it will show the earliest date available, and it might be later than the date you have selected.

But sometimes it will say no slots available, even though you found it just seconds ago.

And sometimes, even if you have selected the date (that is actually available, see the first screen search for 26/04/2011 and got 12/05/2011) you will still be denied its availability.
I wonder how the system actually works.

Moral of the story, do the search of appointment date multiple times. You might find surprises, if you really do have a preferred date.

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