Earth Day Singapore


We just observed Earth Hour late last month. This month, we have another earthly event coming up. It’s Earth Day, and it’ll be celebrated next Tuesday on 22 April 2014. Earth Day is an annual event that has been celebrated since 1970. It aims to raise awareness and support for environmental protection. What are you doing for our Earth today?…

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Tomato Router On Linksys E3200


Most people who buy wireless broadband routers will just use it as the manufacturer designed it to be, with whatever firmware the manufacturer put in there. Some adventurous folks, however, replace that firmware in their wireless broadband router with something not from the product manufacturer. It’s similar to how some users flash a different firmware into their smartphones. There are…

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If Your Computer Crashes Randomly


Some of us have been using computers for a long time. If you’ve been through the era of, say, Windows 95, you’d think computer crashes are just part and parcel of using a computer. However, crashes are far less frequent these days. The odd time when it happens, there are usually some accompanying, though possibly useless, error message or explanation….

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Troubleshooting Network Reachability Faults


I’ll be honest. There’s no way you’ll become a skilled network techie just by reading this blog post. After the recent loss of BGP route reachability to parts of StarHub’s network, I thought I’d share a little bit of network troubleshooting knowledge. This is no rocket science, but clearly it also isn’t something you’d grasp overnight, at least not unless…

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StarHub Network Engineering Fails


IPv6 network connectivity on my home fibre broadband service is broken at the moment. I’m definitely not happy about it. So perhaps I’m mostly just ranting when I complain about their network engineering being a failure. But it really has to be partly true. The fact that the problem is not being proactively detected and rectified behind the scenes certainly…

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Frozen Wonderland in Singapore


Yes, it’s really hot in Singapore. We have three seasons, and they are hot, hotter, and hottest. Where can you find a place in Singapore where everything’s pretty much frozen over? Not the annual fake snow outside Tanglin Mall, but some place where the temperature is really sub-zero Celsius? It’s the 2Degree Ice Art exhibition, located beside the Marina Bay…

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The Redmi Comes To Singapore


By now, a good number of people already have Xiaomi’s Redmi budget Android smartphone. Xiaomi has held four rounds of sales on their website. It’s also sold by our local telcos, and online marketplaces like Qoo10, all at the same price as directly from Xiaomi’s website, which is just S$169. It’s a really good bargain, considering that dumb phones and…

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World’s First Thunderbolt Portable Hard Disk


Western Digital has unveiled the world’s first Thunderbolt portable hard disk, the My Passport Pro. I’ve got one unit for this review, and even although I’ve hardly got started, I can’t wait to share some first impressions. The My Passport Pro is not just portable, which does not require external power supply, but it’s also a RAID storage. That’s right,…

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Not True Interpol Search 0.2 Seconds


Malaysia says checking Interpol’s database of stolen passports will delay immigration clearance. Interpol rebuts, claims search results take just 0.2 seconds in recent tests. Well, of course, we know that’s not true. There are other parts of the lookup process, overheads in the search that have been totally ignored. Checking the database of stolen passports obviously takes time, time that…

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Reflections On Earth Hour


Earth Hour this year is on 29 March 2014. It’s observed from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, local time, wherever you are. In Singapore, it’s just about starting now. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to switch-off non-essential lighting during Earth Hour as a symbol of their commitment to our planet. Some websites observe Earth Hour by rendering their webpages on a black…

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