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Very few local Singaporeans go to Geylang as it's a red-light area, but they don't know what they're missing out. There're more foreigners/foreign workers in Geylang than locals (can visually see that more than 85% are foreigners). Some of them live/work there & others gathered in Geylang for the food & other "activities". Geylang's very crowded during the weekends, filled with foreign workers streaming in. Take a look at the nearest Aljunied MRT train station & the open field next to this station, foreign workers everywhere!
It's good to observe how illegal activities are conducted in this place. Besides the legal commercial sex houses. There're also illegal prostitutes (mostly from China) on various streets, but most were caught. However there're still handful of these illegal prostitutes in some strategic dim-lighted places where they practised the art of cover & concealment damn well.
Police do keep close watch on illegal gambling right in the open backlane of shophouses. But once those police patrol go away, these various gambling pit stops pop up again, it's never ending. These illegal gambling have scouts watching out for police & they're well informed via their mobile phone/human networks.
Mainly young foreign runners (from Myanmar, Vietnam...) sell illegal duty-unpaid cigarettes in strategic locations all over Geylang. These young foreigners've nothing to lose, once caught & they're being sent back to their country. But the mastermind still remain at large, like loan sharks masterminds. These foreign illegal duty-unpaid cigarettes sellers (males & females) are good at what they do. They're highly mobile, they hide cigarettes in rubbish bins, behind shophouses or other well-hidden locations. They've scouts keeping a lookout for all these illegal activities. These scouts move around in Geylang, on the overhead pedestrian bridge watching for police. They communicate fast via mobile phone codes, so once the police arrive in their police cars & in uniforms, these illegal runners are long gone. These people are agile, they act fast, take risks & it's quick money for them...
Some other illegal activities in Geylang include:- illegal crap medicines/pills/lotions, DVD, clothes, etc.
Big groups of China foreign workers mainly go to Geylang to eat in those China national owned eateries & litter the ground with their leftovers. Other common foreign workers are from Bangladesh,Thai,Myanmar,Vietnam,Laos besides those from Malaysia & Indonesia... You can spot some ang mohs (caucasians) in Geylang, either go Geylang for sex, for sight-seeing, for food, some are tourists, some students.
Geylang's a place where different foreign workers mingle together, mixture of languages, cultures, behaviors, attitudes, mentalities... Really a diverse environment, but not totally a safe environment as there're bad nasty people, con man & it's smelly in some locations. But it's good to open your eyes to look at a different side of Singapore, other than the usual money-sucking tourist spots!
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Intel's newest version of Turbo Memory is trying to do what Windows doesn't do: transparently optimize Windows for flash memory storage. At the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., Intel will be demonstrating its latest version of Turbo Memory based on flash memory to accelerate application performance in Windows. Intel is offering a "dashboard" for Windows that allows the user to choose and control which applications or files are loaded into the Intel Turbo Memory cache (based on flash memory chips) for performance acceleration. Intel calls this "User pinning." Custom pinning profiles can be created to pin applications or files that match the user's activity, according to Intel. Data intensive programs, gaming, digital media editing and productivity software are examples of applications that will see the most benefit, according to Intel. Intel is trying to address a longstanding shortcoming of Windows: its inability to take full advantage of flash storage devices. "There are issues related to taking full advantage of the speed of a (flash drive)," said Troy Winslow, marketing manager for the NAND Products Group at Intel, in an interview at the Flash Memory Summit. Avi Cohen, managing partner at Avian Securities, said he believes this should be an innate part of the operating system. "The more interesting way is to have it built into the operating system," said Cohen. "I don't think it gains much traction because I don't think users want to sit there and start selecting what goes where," he said. "It was a valiant effort by Intel to accelerate the move toward solid state on PC," Cohen added. Winslow, however, said that Intel "has shipped million of units" of Turbo Memory and that he expects some notebook makers to integrate it into high-end lines. Interestingly, Windows Vista does have a feature called "ReadyBoost" that can "use storage space on some removable media devices, such as USB flash drives, to speed up your computer," according to Microsoft documentation. This documentation can also be found in "Windows Help and Support" as part of any copy of Vista...CNET