Singapore population hits 5 million

Our population has reached 5.08 million in a recent survey by the local statistics department. Singapore has always been a country that welcomed foreigners and they have played a part in our success. Our forefathers are largely foreigners too and without them we won’t be here.

Here’s the related the blog article:

S’pore population tops five million, one in three are foreigners

SINGAPORE, Tuesday 31 August 2010 (AFP) – Singapore’s population crossed five million this year and more than a third of the total are foreigners, the statistics department said Tuesday.

The city-state’s total population stood at 5.08 million people at the end of June, it said in a statement.

Of the number, 3.23 million are citizens, 540,000 are foreigners with permanent residency and 1.3 million are foreign professionals and workers along with their dependents, resulting in a 36% share for foreigners in the general population.

The population growth rate was 1.8% in 2010, reflecting a slowdown in the number of permanent residents and foreign workers being admitted into the country, the department said.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged the problems in a speech on Sunday and vowed to review immigration policies, cap new foreign hiring this year and enhance benefits accorded to citizens. (via Yahoo Singapore News FTP)

I feel there’re some unjustifiable resentment towards foreigners. Had Singapore not opened the country to foreigners in the 1900s, many of us probably won’t be here. In the 1900s, people are just here to earn some money back home. No one’s probably loyal to Singapore. We went through a world war to bring about this loyalty and this sense of belonging. Foreigners who did not leave Singapore during the 1940s (yes, they probably have nowhere to run to, too) fought for Singapore and later earned their right to be called Singaporeans. Foreigners today don’t have the chance (and thankfully they didn’t) to earn the title “Singaporean” in a similar way. The most they can ever do is to work in the country and thereby contributing to the economy. Today, we seem to be overvaluing our right as citizens when we haven’t do a thing. We just happen to be born in the right place.

Now, what is the difference between a foreigner and a citizen? Have we undervalue their presence? We are citizens and are enjoying the wealth that the country has produced. We are just refusing to share it with foreigners, aren’t we?

I’m just asking that we reexamine how we reached the conclusion that foreigners are not good for Singapore and why we can make claim we are better off. Is curbing the foreigner influx just a convenient way to ease, what appears to be, overpopulation?

[I am a Singapore by virtue of birth and I count myself lucky since day one. I’ve just heard one too many negative remarks toward foreigners.]

Singapore youths and mobile phones

Singapore youths are quite attached to their mobile devices, according to a recent survey by research agency Synovate. This article is from this Channel News Asia article.

Some statistics:

  • 28% indicated they couldn’t live without their handphones – highest group among Asian youths.
  • When it comes to having the most number of contacts, Singapore youths are second with 108 contacts – after Indonesia.
  • The average number of contacts across youths surveyed in Asia is 77.
  • As for laptops and smartphones, Singapore youths have the highest ownership in the region.
  • 43% of Singapore youths blog.
  • 36% read a blog without making comments.

It’s time to make mobile applications.

Singapore productivity is at 60 – 70%

Singapore’s productivity level is 60—70% of what is possible according to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Singapore’s productivity level is 60—70% of what is possible: PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Sunday the country has a considerable way to go in its productivity drive, especially when compared with other countries which have achieved significant productivity growth.

He said Singapore’s productivity level is 60 to 70 per cent of what is possible.

Mr Lee’s remarks follow the release of the Economic Strategies Committee Report, which placed productivity as the key growth strategy for Singapore’s economy.

Well I think my productivity is 83% (my favorite random number). Now, is 60% to 70% just some arbitrary range or is it based on some metric?

Google Buzz is gaining good traction

Google Buzz is gaining good traction, as reported by TechCrunch:

2 Days Of Buzz: 9 Million Posts And Comments. 200 Posts Per Minute From Mobile. And Security Fixes.

Just two days in and Google is already sharingsome Google Buzz stats and improvements. Notably, the company says that there are already “tens of million of people” checking out Buzz, and that 9 million posts and comments have been created in these first two days. They’re also seeing over 200 posts per minute from mobile phones. But amid the huge usage, Google is getting a lot of criticism for the way Buzz is currently implemented. The good news is that they appear to be listening and quickly responding. (Source: TechCrunch)

The “tens of million of people” are probably puzzled why is this in their email. If Gmail is email and Google Buzz is in Gmail, then Google Buzz essentially, erm, email. The distinction between email, instant messaging and microblogging has been blurred.

Have Google Buzz? Buzz me.

6,081 visits last month, thanks!

Search engines sent 67.95% of the visitors. Asides search engines, most of the visitors come from Twitter,, Facebook and Stackoverflow.

Firefox is a favorite browser with 60%. Chrome visits constitutes 5% which I am responsible for at least half of Chrome visits I presume.

The top searches are XAMPP, jQuery, Django and PostgreSQL related. I code using CakePHP but no one reads my CakePHP stuff. My top tags are NetBeans, XAMPP and Sex, the combination upsets me.

Top countries visiting are US, UK, Singapore, India and Canada. I had a visitor from Zimbabwe, I didn’t know they can afford computers. Zimbabwe, a victim of hyper inflation, announced last February the removal of 12 zeroes from the currency, i.e. 1,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe dollars being exchanged for 1 new dollar.

Alright, before I go offtrack, kthxbai.

Sweden internet traffic fell 33% anti-piracy law came into effect

Looks like they’ve been visiting The Pirate Bay quite a bit:

Piracy law cuts internet traffic

Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country’s new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest.

Sweden’s new policy – the Local IPRED law – allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.

According to figures released by the government statistics agency – Statistics Sweden – 8% of the entire population use peer-to-peer sharing.

Popular BitTorrent sharing site, The Pirate Bay, is also based in Sweden.

Mr Engstrom said the new law was “a disaster”, not just for file-sharers, but for Sweden as a whole.

“Dealing with illegal file-sharing is a job for the police. It is their job to enforce the law. (Source: BBC)

For every girl… There is a boy…

This little passage got me thinking:

For every girl there is a boy
For every girl there is a boy

For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feel vulnerable.

For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of knowing everything, there is a girl tired of people not trusting her intelligence.

For every girl who is tired of being called over-sensitive, there is a boy who fears to be gentle, to weep.

For every boy for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity, there is a girl who is called unfeminine when she competes.

For every girl who throws out her E-Z-Bake oven, there is a boy who wishes to find one.

For every boy struggling not to let advertising dictate his desires, there is a girl facing the ad industry’s attacks on her self esteem.

For every girl who takes a step toward her liberation, there is a boy who find the way to freedom a little easier.

(Image source: Tumblr)

Well if you go into statistics… For every girl, there is actually 1.03 boys between ages 15 and 64. All men tend to die off earlier reducing the ratio to a further 0.75 after ages 65 and above causing older women to look sadder than they really should.

In Singapore, women are a little luckier with each women having 1.07 men between ages 15 and 64 (technically) to themselves. If you should ever support polygamy, perhaps you can think about the possibility of a woman having multiple husbands.

This information is from CIA World Factbook.

Screenshot of Windows 7’s new calculator Programmer mode

Here’s the calculator in Windows 7. It’s got 4 modes, basic, scientific, programmer and statistics:

Windows 7 calculator different modes

(The different modes of Windows 7 calculator.)

I don’t know why there is “programmer” in the list. I thought “Programming” would probably be a better choice. Better yet:

  1. Normal human
  2. Scientist
  3. Programmer
  4. Statistician

This is how the normal human calculator looks like:

Windows 7 calculator basic

(Windows 7 calculator basic.)

Nothing new here for scientists. It just looks prettier but I add the impression that scientist don’t like pretty things.

Windows 7 calculator scientific

(Windows 7 calculator scientific.)

The new “Programmer” mode. Displays 64 bits nicely for you:

Windows 7 calculator programmer

(Windows 7 calculator programmer.)

And for the statistician, I am apparently not a statistician, I don’t know what I did to get the value. Perhaps someone can enlighten me what the orange-lit button meant:

Windows 7 calculator statistics

(Windows 7 calculator statistics.)

It makes me happy to see the Windows 7 calculator. It’s an improvement from the age old Windows calculator design.