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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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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After Windows XP


Microsoft Windows XP will reach the end of its support life on 8 April 2014. It’s under two weeks to go. No, Windows XP will not stop working after that day, nor will the world grind to a halt. But many people have voiced valid concerns about continuing to use Windows XP. What should they do? What options do they…

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Moving On To IPv6


For over the last 30 years, the Internet ran on a suite of protocols, the principal one known as the Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4. You’ve likely heard of it, and maybe also how IPv4 addresses are scarce, and that we’ll run out of them some day. Technically, that day has already come, on 31 Jan 2011, when the…

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Building a File Storage


Earlier this year, I shared about my plans to build a storage server. I had been quite excited about Btrfs. Btrfs has very nice features, particularly attractive to home users needing flexibility in growing, shrinking, or reassigning their disk drives. I’ve been trying out Btrfs on my data, and it’s time to share with you some findings. Unfortunately, it is…

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KitKat Arrives On The Galaxy S4


I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of KitKat on my Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGS4). Unless you have a pure Android Nexus device, or one of those Google Play Edition handsets, you’d typically have to wait for the respective device manufacturer to release a software update. Moving up Android versions is, for the most part, a non-trivial development effort for…

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