A Peek at Yosemite

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Apple’s next OS X, version 10.10 Yosemite, was released to public beta last week. It’s the first time that Apple has invited one million users, ordinary users outside the developer community, to preview their next operating system before its official release later this year. Many people took to the streets, or the Internet, to take Yosemite for a spin. Me too,…

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AFP and SMB File Sharing on CentOS 7

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This is a short tutorial on setting up file sharing services on CentOS 7. I primarily wanted to document the steps on setting up Apple Filing Protocol (AFP). However, Windows file sharing, aka Server Message Block (SMB), is even simpler, so I’ll go on to that as well. Ordinarily, these should be very simple tasks. However, CentOS 7 has changed a…

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15th System Administrator Appreciation Day

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It’s Sysadmin Day today. Oh, I see, you don’t know what it’s about? Well, let me tell you. No, seriously, there is really such a day. It’s the most important 24 hours of the whole year to pay tribute to the heroic men and women who, come what may, keep the world going. They prevent IT disasters and put out tech…

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Computing Is Hot Again

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So apparently Computing is the in-thing again, according to a Straits Times article this week. We are attracting better students who prefer to choose us over other options. I suppose this is also helped in part by the high rankings earned by both the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the School of Computing. NUS is ranked first in the 2014 QS University…

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Singapore Ranked 3rd for E-Government

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The United Nations E-Government Survey 2014 report was released earlier this month. The survey seeks to assess the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to transform the public sector. Governments of the world are ranked on two main indices. Where do you think Singapore stands? Not too shabby, it seems, not too shabby at all. This is a ranking…

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SonicGear Pandora 3 Review

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Speakers are among our many other consumer gadgets that have gone wireless. Even if you put your speakers in a fixed place and run off mains power, Bluetooth wireless connectivity is still useful for streaming music from mobile devices. In this post, I’m going to look at SonicGear’s Pandora 3 Bluetooth speaker. First, a quick highlight of the Pandora 3′s features. It’s…

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Blog Update – July 2014

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I update my blog design from time to time, but I’ve never had an archive of how the design has evolved over the months and years. As I look back, I thought it’ll be nice to catalog how the site has developed through time. The bigger picture, yet, is not just about design, but also how other aspects of the blog has…

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Modernising the Modern Web

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Google announced earlier this week that they’re going to warn mobile users about incompatible web pages in their search results. In particular, websites that depend on Flash, which Adobe has discontinued its mobile development since 2012, will be discriminated against. Google wants to encourage website developers to modernise their web assets. I’ve always been very supportive of adopting modern web standards. It’s actually the best and…

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From Boxed Software to Cloud Services

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Everyone wants to sell services now. Software companies that were once shipping boxed software now prefer to sell you a cloud subscription service. While at one time you could “own” a boxed software package, or at least own the right to perpetual use, the big software companies now rather you pay perpetually for continued use of their software. The subscription model is…

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CentOS 7 On The Home Server

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My home PC server has been installed with CentOS 7. After three years with Ubuntu on this PC, I’ve decided this was a good time to switch back to something I’m more familiar and comfortable with. Although Ubuntu was really meant to be easy to use and sport a prettier user interface, it somehow didn’t work out for me. Installing CentOS 7 was…

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