Water occupies 71% of the Earth but we still have millions of people drinking dirty water. Some of these people (approximately 1.8 billion) walk miles to get these dirty water. Are there no solution to this atrocity?

Michael Pritchard has the invention, LifeSaver, that can be the answer. In 2007 Michael received the "Best Technological Development" award for his invention and publicly showed off his invention in a TED Talk in 2009.

Since then Michael's company LifeSaver Systems Ltd. has partnered with NGOs and militaries around the world to help people receive clean drinking water. Including major disasters like 2004 Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Although, there is a lifespan for the filters used within these LifeSaver systems, with appropriate funding I think we can achieve the UN goal of no one live without clean drinking water.

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 View from Sydney Tower

View from Sydney Tower

Did not get to many of the things I had planned: Bondi Beach, Segway Tour and Blue Mountain, but still had a great relaxing, cool (away from the heat in Hong Kong) vacation.

 St. Mary Cathedral... no photograph inside.

St. Mary Cathedral... no photograph inside.

 Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

 View of Sydney Opera House & Sydney Bridge from Mrs. Macquaries Point

View of Sydney Opera House & Sydney Bridge from Mrs. Macquaries Point

 Another v iew of Sydney Opera House & Sydney Bridge from Mrs. Macquaries Point

Another view of Sydney Opera House & Sydney Bridge from Mrs. Macquaries Point

 Jamie's Italian, Sydney, Australia

Jamie's Italian, Sydney, Australia

While I'm in Sydney I gave Jamie's Italian a try. The price is medium for Sydney, the taste is different, atmosphere is a bit rustic modern, but the table we had was a bit tight. If you have the choice don't choose tables upstairs or on the ground floor below the balcony. The upstairs has a very low ceiling so it makes the space feel cramp and noisy when the it is filled. The tables by the wall below the balcony (the ones on the left of the photo) are so close to the isle that sometimes the waiters may bump you when they speed by with dishes.

I hope the space at Jamie's Italian Hong Kong will be much better organised. The food is fresh, simple and natural, just the way you expect from Jamie Oliver.

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 Capilano is one of the must see attractions when visiting Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

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It was built in 1888 and improved and transformed to the attraction we see today over the past decade. With the adult entrance fee of CND31.95, this includes the Suspension Bridge (main attraction), Treetops Adventure, Nature Edge Walk and Cliffwalk.

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Visiting the park should not be done during Fall during the area's rainy season.

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Dress warmly is necessary during the Winter months as this is the rain forest. 

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 Parking is CND5.00 for the whole day across the street from the entrance to the Capilano Park.

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We will miss you, may you rest in peace.

You had given us so much, changed our lives by your products and innovations. Allowed us to create amazing movies, music and work of arts with the products you created.

The first computer that I owned was an Apple IIc and I felt in love with Apple the company and its products shortly after that. Since then Apple's computers have been my computing tool of choice and never used any other platforms.

Although Jobs passing is sad, he has left us a great deal to celebrate for. We will continue to create great innovative products for and with Apple to keep his spirit and legacy alive.

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rwsuXHA7RA

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I was trying to work while at the Starbucks but this "kid" next to my table is telling his female friend about his forth and final break up with his CX flight attendant girlfriend. On one hand he say she is totally crazy and not suitable for him but on the other hand he keeps saying that if the girl goes to London, where he will be next week for four months, things will be different.

This guy really has a problem. He tells his friend how the girl does not understand him and she is way too demanding. He also says that he loves her and she is good for him.

He does not understand that some times CX crew are not able to control their roster, and if she has a flight to London it does not mean that she wants to get back together with him. He is way too innocent to think so.

He tells his friend about his other friends thinking he wil get back together with the girl in a few days. Even the female friends is making snide remarks of his situtation.

This guy is in his early 20's but he thinks he is too old for this. Although I do not know the whole story I think it is very likely is the fault of this guy that things did not work out for them.

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Late last year Mark Zuckerberg, founder and owner of Facebook, paid a visit to several companies in China. In particularly Zuckerberg visited Sina and met with CEO Charles Chao, had discussion with Alibaba and Taobao. He also had lunch with Baidu's CEO Robin Li, of whom Zuckerberg have known for a long time. The one China social giant that Zuckerberg did not meet was the team at the Beijing based Renren (人人网). As of this writing Renren is the largest social network in China with over 100 million users. Could this omission be because Renren copies Facebook too much?

You can see a comparison of their login pages below:

This similarity is not surprising given mainland Chinese counterfeiting and blatant imitation culture. There is even a Chinese phrase for this imitation culture, 山寨 (pinyin: shānzhài). It use to be focused mainly on clothing and handbags, but now everything you can think of and many items you can't imagine have Shanzai versions. The web site Shanzai.com highlights them all.

My broadband service provider, Netvigator (by PCCW), throw the switch of my broadband connection this morning to upgrade it from 30 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Although Netvigator has fiber services to homes unfortunately this is not available for my home. Instead what Netvigator offers at my address is DSL at 100 Mbps. Since my DSL modem was recently (3 months) upgraded all that was needed was a setting change at the PCCW exchange.

With this new technology it means most customers who receive broadband services from Netvigator will have or will soon to have 100 Mbps bandwidth if they want to upgrade.

I am now getting an average of 69 Mbps for downlink and 25 Mbps uplink. Previously when I was subscribing to their 30 Mbps service, my downlink was averaging at 28 Mbps and uplink was 8 Mbps.

Before the upgrade I was on the 12th month of a 24-month contract for Netvigator's 30 Mbps service at HKD238/month. Netvigator was able to cancel the remainder of my 30 Mbps contract and upgrade me to the 100 Mbps service with a 18-month contract for an additional HKD18/month, giving me a total of HKD256/month.

Since this is not Netvigator's FiberDirect service it is not a symmetric 100 Mbps (both downlink and uplink), but a bandwidth that offers theoretical 100 Mbps downlink and 30 Mbps uplink.

I use SpeedTest.net to check the speed but since it's scale does not go pass 50 Mbps I am not certain it is truly accurate. Using HK Broadband's test I was able to confirm that I do have a 100 Mbps (downlink) connection.

You may say, why do I need that kind of speed at home? Will I actually be able to utilize it? Keeping in mind there are many factors that reduce the quality of experience when accessing content over the Internet. One of the main bottleneck being the country's (city in the case of Hong Kong) connection to the Internet and the speed of the web service provider to serve the content/service you are seeking.

In my case the decision to upgrade to 100 Mbps was simple; given Netvigator's offer of only an additional HKD18/month and only another 12 months to my previous contract. Plus since the day I subscribed to Netvigator's 8 Mbps service the number of individuals and the type of content/services they access through the Internet had grown in my household, having a bigger pipe just eliminates one of the many bottlenecks that may result in poor quality of experience.

I do suggest people upgrade to 30 Mbps if they can find a good deal, and to 100 Mbps if they are already on the 30 Mbps service and it is available at your location.

[Updated: November 18, 2010, 15:15] After several hours of use the bandwidth had not degraded. I even did speed tests while NOW TV (the Netvigator IP TV service) is running and the bandwidth still averaging at around 65 Mbps downlink and 25 Mbps uplink. That's impressive. Previously even with the 30 Mbps broadband service I was getting bandwidth of 18 Mbps downlink and 3 Mbps uplink if I had NOW TV on.

Since there was no modem or wiring changes, the improvement has to do with the switch and/or circuit at the PCCW exchange, the 100 Mbps allowance and the algorithm to manage the bandwidth allowance.

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View Larger MapFor many years the sidewalk near O'Brien Road and Thomson Road has had a problem with the drug addicts hanging out around the clock in the area. The exact spot is the area in front of the Wanchai pedestrian walkway stair case. This is because a drug addiction center is situated right next to the location.

The drug addicts would leave chairs to sit. Some of them bring their unleashed dogs, which are dirty and looks as if they are diseased. Many of them also have various personal items stashed or hung in the fences of the MTR exit. All this caused a major hygiene problem, several of them also lay drunk along the sidewalks, shooting up near the MTR exit flower beds, or sell drugs openly.

This area is a major tourist area, of the easy access to Wanchai Computer City and with the walkway to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The area also has heavy local pedestrian traffic, because the pedestrian walkway connects many government offices: Immigration Tower, Inland Revenue, Traffic Department, other private offices and hotels to the Wanchai MTR entrances. It is also area where many of the cross harbour buses unload their passengers returning to their apartments in Wanchai mid-levels.

During the municipal election, I once mentioned to a candidate about the problem at the location, a few weeks later the city Health & Hygiene department, ambulance and police all worked together to clean up the area. Unfortunately, this cleanup lasted only a few days and the drug addicts took over the area again.

After numerous complaints to the city and City Council, something was finally done on June 19th. The area was cleaned again by the city's Health & Hygiene department, all the chairs and personal items were removed and the police made some arrests. This time it kind of worked. The drug addicts left the area and was afraid to return, but instead they moved a few meters down and now hangs out in front of the 7-11's air conditioned doorway. As you can see from the photo, some of them just lay around sleeping along with their belonging.

Of course the only solution is to move the Drug Addiction Center some where else. The problem is where? I do not want this in my neighbourhood, but who would.

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