B$30+ Spectacles/Eyeglasses

After wearing my pair of specs for about 5 I decided it was time for me to get a new pair. So where do I go to find them? To the world wide web of course! I read somewhere that you could get a great deal on glasses if you buy them online and true enough I found Zenni Optical which offered frames + lens starting at US$8.00. The only thing you needed was your prescription. The shopping experience couldn’t be simpler:

  1. Pick a set of frames
  2. Customize your glasses with
    • Colour
    • Anti-Reflection Coating
    • Lens Tint
    • Clip On Sunshades
    • Lens Type
    • Prescription
  3. Add to cart
  4. Checkout!

They will ship it from different locations depending on where you are and so for me, they shipped from Hong Kong and it came within 2 weeks!

Price Breakdown
Prescription: B$5.00
Frames + Lens: US$8.00
Clip-on Sunshade: US$3.95
Shipping cost: US$9.00
Total: ~B$37.50

 

Milestone Dates
Purchased: 11th March
Left Hong Kong: 19th March
Arrived in Brunei post office: 25th March

My $30+ glasses complete with case, cloth and clip-on shades. Sweet!

My B$30 Glasses

I had the glasses checked with an optician and the glasses’ prescription is indeed correct and my only complaint is that my head is too big so the end pieces are slightly pressing against the sides of my head and I’ve had that with one of my older pairs of glasses. In face these frames have are wider than my old ones, just that the old frames end pieces were designed to curve out and in vs the straight of these from Zenni Optical. So if you have a big head you may want to take note (the pair I got is listed here and has a frame with of 137mm). But all in all I highly recommend Zenni Optical and will definitely shop there in the future!

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Speaking of Bad Terms of Service

While doing some shopping online I came across the following clause in the terms of service from an online store. I would tell you where I got it from but after reading it you’ll know why

7. NO LINKING, FRAMING, MIRRORING, SCRAPING, DATA-MINING OR POSTINGS

Links to the Website without the express written permission of 1GCB are strictly prohibited. To request permission to link to the Website, please send an email to cs@shopping.com.bn. 1GCB may in its discretion cancel and revoke any permission it may give to link to the Website at any time and without any notice or liability.

The framing, mirroring, scraping or data-mining of the Website or any of its content in any form and by any means is strictly prohibited. You may not use any collaborative browsing or display technologies in connection with your use of the Website or to post comments, communications, or any other data of any kind to or on the Website with the intention that such postings may be viewed by other users of the Website.

Brownie points for a clause against data-mining and scraping, though.

Social Moths

While the folks in Singapore has Ping.sg which is a Community Singapore Blog Aggregator developed by U-zyn who has even been touted as the next Kevin Rose and was nominated as one of Business Week 25 Asia’s Young Entrepreneurs.

Well us Bruneians have…

Social Moths


Socialmoths Screenshot
(click to enlarge)

Still blog-hopping to see the latest updates from some of the most popular Bruneian blogs? Well hop no more, in here you’ll find all the latest post from them.

This is a great site for those who want to know what Brunei bloggers are up to, especially with the recent on-going article at CNET Asia entitled “Brunei Bloggers, a retrospective look” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

It’s a great medium for those who haven’t found the joy of newsfeeds (e.g. RSS). But while I wonder where the “Register my blog” link or FAQ is, it makes me think I’m not much of a social moth to know how this site works *shrug*

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–Update 090206: Added screenshot of Socialmoths

No software is free?

So I finally started reading Clipmarks again and like reddit and Digg it’s a great place for random news and stuff. For the benefit for those who haven’t heard or used Clipmarks, it is a site that aggregates clips made by users of the articles or webpages they visit. User clip the most important / interesting parts of the article which is what is presented to the reader along with the original source to get the full story. It’s a great concept and a good place to get random or filtered information. You can even create your own searches, e.g. one for Linux or Technology.

Anyway I found an article entitled ‘Stupid Teacher’ that I just had to post: Original article w/ email response | clipped article. Though I think it’s more of an uninformed/ignorant teacher rather than stupid, but she should have done more research before sending out that email.

“…observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks.

confiscating the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows.

I just had to laugh at the “No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful” bit. Come on people, get with the times, with the free and open source software movement up and about, bringing us software like Linux, Ubuntu and most notably Firefox, one can no longer say something like “no software is free”. Of course this concept of free is free as in beer, cost-wise. The other type of free (libre), as in speech, now that’s a whole topic altogether.

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