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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Christmas at Clarke Quay Read BridgeIt’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 this one), averaging out slightly more frequent that one post every two days. My KPI has been more like 3 posts per week. More, of course, is better.

There were plenty of gadget review opportunities this year, and I’d love for more to come in 2015. To be honest, there are still a bunch more reviews outstanding, of gadgets and others, because I didn’t have time to get around to them. There’s a Fitbit gadget, and some crowdfunded stuffs, among others. January 2015 will be a catch-up month.

I have more topics on-hold too, also simply because I didn’t have enough time to get to them. Some are, in my opinion, big news. Though, of course, not as big as that other Singapore blogger who drew first blood.

Outside of blogosphere, the top news that has got much of our collective attention at this time is probably concerning AirAsia flight QF8501. For better or worse, it’s not as mysterious as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March this year. Search efforts have located bodies and aircraft debris. 2014 is not ending on a bright note for the families and friends of the 162 people onboard QZ8501. My prayers and thoughts are with them.

In the aftermath of MH370’s disappearance, questions were raised about the lack of accurate global real-time tracking of aircraft movements. I don’t think anything will change any time soon. The technology is there, definitely, but no one wants to pay for it. Not even the passengers, probably. Airlines are unlikely to sell more seats simply because their aircrafts carry such capabilities.

I’m saddened that the state of aircraft communications and tracking technology is so backward that it’s frightening to think that we still depend on them. This is particularly so in the area of security. It’s the same in many other industries too, like, say, building management systems. They all persist in making the same mistakes that IT folks have gone through decades ago, and whom have already moved on and are battling far more advanced security threats today. Why do people want to repeat the mistakes others have made?

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. May the new year bring you joy, prosperity, and good health.

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