A Simpler CMS With DokuWiki

I have, for some time, been searching for a suitable Content Management System (CMS) to replace a very aging one I have at work. I surveyed a lot of potential open source ones, and finding one that met my requirements was really tough. I was ready to crowdsource suggestions. Then, I found something simple: DokuWiki. Before I talk about DokuWiki, let me just share…

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HTC Launches U Ultra and U Play

HTC Singapore yesterday launched two new smartphones here, the U Ultra and U Play. A departure from their usual solidly-built metal designs, HTC has clad the new smartphones all in glass. They are beautiful, well-made, and the glass helps to stand out from the crowd other smartphones. The more premium of the two, the U Ultra has a 5.7-inch Super LCD display with 2560×1440 resolution. There’s a…

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Home Network Centre

I get asked from time to time what sort of network I have setup at home. It’s nothing very exotic, though at the same time it isn’t the standard basic broadband router setup that most people have at home. Here’s what I have setup now. Instead of the typical wireless broadband router that most people plug into their broadband connection, I…

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Chromecast 2 Review

TV streaming devices have become really popular in the last couple of years, particularly with the falling prices. Google launched their original first generation Chromecast in 2013 for just US$35. The 2nd generation Chromecast, which I’m reviewing here,  launched in September the following year, together with an audio-only Chromecast Audio. Both sold for US$35 too. It’s 2017 now, of course, and while it seem odd still be talking about a…

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A Google Home

I have a Google home. You see, everyone at home uses an Android smartphone. We have a couple of other Google stuff too, like a Chromebook and a Chromecast. Then, recently, a Google Home. Yes, that smart speaker thing like Amazon’s Echo. Once upon a time, you could say that every home has at least one Sony product. Not anymore. Apple took…

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Chaos In Tomato-Land

My Tomato router, actually a Linksys E3200 with Tomato software installed, was getting a bit outdated. I’ve let quite a number of software versions pass by, and a couple of days ago, I thought I should finally get around to updating it. It was painless the last time. It should be quite straightforward nowadays, like how pfSense has become. Unfortunately, it wasn’t…

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Blink Wireless Security Camera

Home security cameras that transmit data wirelessly are not new. The Blink wireless security camera is a bit different though. You see, it is truly wireless. It doesn’t need a wired powered source. Instead, the Blink camera runs on two AA lithium batteries for up to two years. It’s a wireless camera you can truly place anywhere, no wires needed. The Blink…

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USB Memory Drive Cufflinks

James Bond would have found these useful. Even loved them. Perhaps Ethan Hunt too. These cufflinks look exquisite on dress shirts. But a secret feature within them turns these cufflinks into a working USB flash drive. It’s really cool when you need to surreptitiously carry a flash drive, or just in case you need one in a hurry. These cool Voute cufflinks from Eminence Cufflinks…

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Test My Site With Google

Google is determined to make the web better. PageSpeed Insights, which I mentioned last year, is a great tool for owners to quickly determine how their websites fare, in terms of mobile speed, desktop speed, and usability on mobile devices. It’s still roughly the same thing, but Google has moved that to testmysite.withgoogle.com. The new test tool isn’t actually completely new. It’s…

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StarTech.com USB C to SATA Adapter Cable

Another one of those accessories needed as we transition into the new world of USB Type-C ports is this StarTech.com USB-C to SATA adapter cable. This is used to connect a 2.5-inch drive, including both SSDs and hard disk drives, to a USB-C port on your computer. This adapter essentially converts a bare drive that you have lying around into a portable…

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