30 Sep '13, 10am

Singapore lacking in tech inventors

A recent movie reminded me to pay tribute to the unassuming geeks and techies, but I realize I can only name a few Singaporean or Singapore-based ICT inventors. And I have met even fewer of them. One of the rare gems is the kind Hui Weng Cheong, who is now better known internationally for his corporate resume. With his then-sidekick of sorts, the resourceful Jonathan Tang, and other techies, they invented various parts of the then-SingTel Teleview. Singapore was one of the first countries with a public interactive information service which could show color photos. Home users could use those TV set-top boxes in the 1980s and 1990s, with keyboards and remote controls, to request and get--for a fee--online content, such as stock market data. Because the modems then could dial up at 1.2Kbps or 2.4Kbps (yep, those numbers are right), data was also communicated off-air which was...

Full article: http://www.zdnet.com/singapore-lacking-in-tech-inventors-...

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