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


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


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


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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Not Enough Electricity In SAF Camp


I read with amusement the BMTC commander’s reply to a forum letter to review the “no-charger rule” for National Service recruits. He said the mass charging of mobile phones would mean using multi-adaptors and extension cords, which increases the risks of overheating. Really? BMTC doesn’t have enough electricity and/or sockets to go around to support mobile phone charging? Let’s do…

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Gathering Intel on SAF Personnel


Last week we had M1 and K Box exposing personal data. Let’s up the ante a little. How about military data? Suppose you are the enemy, wanting to gather some intelligence on the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Say, for example, you want to get a name list of everyone who enlists into the SAF every year, and which unit of the SAF they enlist…

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K Box Victim or to Blame

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It’s easy to say that K Box is a victim in the matter of their membership database leak. No organisation wants such a thing to happen. But the question is, did K Box do their due diligence to secure their systems? Are they simply an innocent victim here? Or is this something they brought upon themselves? Security breaches such as this…

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Computing Is Hot Again


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


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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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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