Nothing Illicit, VPNs Are Just Fine

Jetway mini-ITX box for pfSense

In news earlier this week we heard about the government’s review of the use of VPN technology over concerns of intellectual property infringements under the Copyright Act. For a country that wants to be a smart nation, its thinking can sometimes be quite antiquated. First they ban the Internet from civil servants, then now they’re considering to make VPNs illegal. The…

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Launched


ASUS today launched the ZenFone 3 and the ZenFone 3 Ultra, the latest Android smartphones in their highly-successful ZenFone lineup. The ZenFone 3 is available in 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes, while the ZenFone 3 Ultra features an impressive 6.8-inch display. Both ZenFone models have exquisite all-glass-covered design with contoured sandblasted aluminium frames. Alongside the ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 3 Ultra, ASUS also announced…

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Aeon Labs Minimote Review

Aeon Labs Minimote

One of the most common pieces of any home automation setup is a remote controller. This could take the form of a wall button switch, a handheld remote, or key fob remote. I have here the Aeon Labs Minimote handheld remote control for this review. This is a Z-Wave device, which should work with pretty much any Z-Wave controller. Having had…

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McDonald’s Upgraded Menu


If you’ve been to McDonald’s recently, you might have noticed their menu has changed somewhat. The contents in the menu hasn’t actually changed that much. They’ve added a couple of new items. What seems to be a bigger change is the way the menu has been presented. It’s now designed to get you to buy pricier items. The new menu…

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The Power Behind Your Internet


Since I got involved in building data centres over a decade ago, I’ve been a quite fascinated by all the big electricity things. I’m not an electrician, nor am I electrically trained, so there were a lot of things for me to learn about what makes a data centre tick behind the scenes. Electricity, interestingly, is about the simplest part of the data…

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Parallels Desktop 12 Arrives


Parallels today updated their virtualisation software, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac (PD12). With PD12, Mac users can run Windows, Linux, Android and even other OS X virtual instances on their Mac computers. The new release of PD12 comes ahead of Apple’s release of macOS Sierra later this year. Support for the new macOS Sierra will of course, be one of…

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Congratulating Joseph Schooling


I’m sure it goes without saying that all Singaporeans are really proud of Joseph Schooling’s achievement, wining a Olympic gold medal for Singapore last Saturday. I got my kids sitting in front of the TV to watch the men’s 100m butterfly, and they were really excited. When the race was done, there were cheers of jubilation across the neighbourhood. Yes, so we…

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Apple Service Experience at A.Lab

A.Lab Apple Authorised Service Provider

One of the most frustrating things about owning a Nokia phone, in their Symbian OS era, was having to experience Nokia Care, their customer service centre. I almost practically relived that experience, not with a Nokia device, but taking my Retina MacBook Pro to A.Lab, one of Apple’s authorised service provider. My previous experience with A.Lab, also at their same outlet at Plaza Singapura,…

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Bloated RMBP Battery

Retina MacBook Pro bloated battery

For some time, I had noticed that the battery in my Retina MacBook Pro wasn’t performing as well as it should. I understand that batteries deteriorate over time, but I somehow felt that mine was worsening faster than expected. I have another Retina MacBook Pro, so I have a sense of what the battery life ought to be. The notebook tends to feel…

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Microsoft Lost Their Lock Pick


This week, Microsoft pretty much lost their lock pick. Security circles have described the incident as the loss of a golden key. Yes, it’s as if Microsoft has lost a precious magic key. But it really isn’t so much as a key as it is a lock pick. It’s a kind of backdoor, if you will. On some Windows devices,…

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