Parliament, The Latest TV Drama

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Watching parliament sitting on TV has become like watching a long-running drama series. Politicians are the actors. The twists and turns in the storyline are melodramatic. There are so many holes in the plots that, you tell yourself, to enjoy the show, just stand back a little and don’t try to dissect the story too much. The problem is, this is not…

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Journey from Aperture to Lightroom

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I’m not a professional photographer, but I do take lots of photos, and I need some way to keep all of them organised. I had been using Aperture, until Apple announced last year that they were ceasing development of the app. I decided, then, to stop investing any more time in a deprecated app, and move on to Adobe Lightroom. Both Aperture and…

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ICA Doesn’t Care Website Down

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The Immigration and Checkpoint Authority’s (ICA) website has been down for some time. At least since November 2014, when a friend brought it to my attention. Most people don’t seem to notice, because the outage affects only IPv6 users. I’ve contacted ICA in December 2014, and for over a month, I’ve been assured the matter is receiving their attention. Nothing’s…

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Modern Aircraft May Have Become Too Complex

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Among the couple of jobs I had dreamed to do, when I was a child, one of them was to be a pilot. I ended up doing something else. But I’ve always had a fascination with flying, and am what you could say an armchair pilot. For others who are also fascinated about flying a passenger aircraft, this entry in…

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Should Your Office Have a Wall or Not

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Many workplaces have adopted an open-office concept. First, there were partitions, then the partitions became lower, and eventually the partitions disappeared. In some offices these days, employees simply sit on benches. It’s totally open. Bosses think it’s a very clever idea. It promotes communication and collaboration, they say. Employees don’t like the idea. But who cares about what employees like or not…

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

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It’s new year’s eve, the time of the year to bid farewell to 2014, and usher in the new year of 2015 that will be upon us in a couple of hours. Some people are making merry, while others are reflecting on their new year resolutions. This has been a busy year for this blog. I wrote 186 posts (not including…

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Easy to Say, Difficult to Do

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Reading the news today, I learnt that Illegal orders are, of course, illegal. Thank you, judge, for clarifying, and further that we don’t need to follow illegal orders. The challenge, though, is how do you know an order is illegal? Many people aren’t even well versed with our law. How are they able to determine if an order is illegal?…

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LTA: Make Yourself Useful

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LTA’s launch of their much criticised, and arguably useless, Taxi-Taxi@SG app, reminds me of another gripe I have about an LTA initiative. That of getting information on bus arrival times. It’s part of their MyTransport app. I’m pleased that LTA knows it “feels great to know when the bus will arrive.” Now, if only it will actually work. Reasonably well. Alright, I’m…

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IU With Unhelpful Error Message

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So because someone couldn’t think to produce more sensible error codes, I wasted one hour of my time to sort out this problem, plus maybe half a day worrying about a possible In-vehicle Unit (IU) fault. I don’t know how many other people met with the same problem as me. Think of all the accumulated time wasted, simply because someone couldn’t…

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Opening for IT Infrastructure Role

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We’re hiring again, at my day job. Not this blog, of course, but at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. It’s for a broad infrastructure role, covering data centre, network, storage, servers and IT security operations. This is a fun place for techies to work, because of the breadth and depth of exposure you’ll get. We are small enough…

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