Author Archives: Nicole

About Nicole

I'm a dirty rotten alien living in the land of the free. In other words, I'm not a U.S. citizen, but I have a Green Card (which, incidentally, isn't green). I'm ethnic Chinese, but I'm of Malaysian nationality (born and raised in Malaysia for about 18 years). I moved to the U.S. for college, and due to unforeseen circumstances, have decided to call this crazy cowboy country my home. I do plan to be a citizen in a few years, and I find myself still trying to figure out if I'm simply Asian, or if I'm Asian American -- two labels which have similar but different connotations. Also, I'm a big ol' nerd, and write about gadgets for a living. You can find me on my silly little blog at

Cibai, the Microsoft Research Project with the Unfortunate Name

Despite my ethnicity, I don’t know how to speak Chinese (in any dialect), but I do know a fair share of naughty cuss words in Cantonese and Hokkien thanks to family and friends while growing up in Malaysia. So when … Continue reading

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“Do something Asian plz”

This week, Yahoo launched a beta service called Y! Live, a site that lets anyone with a webcam create their own live web video channel. On a lark, I decided to try it. I mean, what harm could it be, … Continue reading

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Golden Poop Charms

Leave it to the new kid on the block (yours truly) to bring down this venerable site with a blog entry about, well, golden poop. This little tidbit went around the gadget blogs about a couple years ago, but let’s … Continue reading

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