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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Online Yet Not 24×7

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You’d expect online services to be 24×7, running round the clock non-stop every day of the year. So it’s rather puzzling why this e-service from our Ministry of Manpower (MOM) appears to observe normal work hours. Yes, it’s as if there are minions sitting inside the servers of MOM churning out responses as you access their website. I thought I must have…

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Jumping Into CentOS 7

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 was released about one month ago. The community version of that, CentOS, unveiled its version 7 this week. Many enterprise Linux users might perhaps not notice because, well, we like our servers left alone and don’t want to need to pay any attention to them. Not surprising, thus, if you had not noticed RHEL…

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Toys Programmers Play

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Mention Lego, and what comes to mind is usually those colourful interlocking plastic bricks that kids play. There are also a great assortment of other parts like gears and figurines. But did you know Lego also sells a line of customisable robotic toys which are designed to teach programming? It’s the Lego Mindstorms. I was surprised to see some promotional activity for Mindtorms at…

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Dell S2340L Monitor

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After downsizing my work desk, the next thing I needed was to downsize my monitor too. For the last couple of years, I’ve been using a large display. A huge 27″ Samsung TV served as my monitor. It was spare set, so why not attach it to my computer? The size is nice, although larger than necessary. The problem I had…

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