A Crisis for One NUS


More than anything, the events in the last week or so will be an important lesson, albeit a painful one for students, and perhaps administrators too. This saga has seen many people taking different sides on the many issues at hand. It’s one thing to have NUS vs the media, or NUS vs the public. But the taking of sides also…

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NUS Cancels Freshmen Orientation Week

NUS Student Service Centre

I am quite surprised by NUS’ bold and quite unprecedented move. They have cancelled the freshmen orientation week that was supposed to commence next week. That’s right. The annual freshmen orientation week, the activities that are designed to welcome freshmen to the start of their university education, won’t quite be happening this year. Alright, it’s not like the entire freshmen…

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NUS Wireless WPA Supplicant for Linux and Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi with Wi-Fi Dongle

It came to my attention, recently, that people were still struggling with wireless configuration on their Linux, or Raspberry Pi, to connect with the NUS wireless network. Linux isn’t that well supported on campus, but there are official guides that are plenty helpful. Further, I’d expect that Linux users can pretty much self-support themselves. It’s pretty easy. If you use…

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Using A Mac In NUS 2015

Retina MacBook Pro in NUS

Ten years ago, or even five years ago, using a Mac in NUS may prove to be a bit of a challenge. Things are quite different these days, and its not just because the Macs have become so commonplace, but the recognition of diverse platforms, including Android and iOS phones and tablets, that need to be supported. If you need…

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NUS Mac Notebook 2015

Retina MacBook Pro at YIH

The new NUS academic year is starting just around the corner, and it’s that time of the year again where many NUS students, including those who are matriculating this year, might be looking into getting a new notebook. The new NUS notebook tender for 2015 is out, so let’s take a look at the Mac ones! I’ve been writing about Macs…

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FortiGate WebVPN At NUS SoC

FortiNet FortiGate/FortiClient SSL VPN client

I originally intended to write just a simple support note for NUS School of Computing (SoC) users, pertaining to the WebVPN service that we use. However, I realised this information is likely just as useful to any user of FortiNet’s FortiGate SSL VPN solution. Web-based SSL VPNs are supposed to be nice and easy to use. Unfortunately, someone has to make…

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Updated Retina MacBook Pros from NUS


The National University of Singapore (NUS) updated its notebook tender for 2014 last month. For people looking to buy a Retina MacBook Pro, the tender became immediately obsolete, because Apple announced a hardware refresh and a price cut across its entire Retina MacBook Pro line. NUS halted the Retina MacBook Pro sales, but they’re now back with the new models and new prices! If…

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NUS Notebook Tender 2014

The National University of Singapore (NUS) notebook tender for this year is now available. With the new academic year coming just around the corner, NUS students might be keenly watching out to snag a deal. As a Mac user, I’m particularly interested in the MacBook offerings. Are the prices any good? Let’s find out. First things first. Apple just refreshed…

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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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NUS Ranked Number One

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The National University of Singapore (NUS) has emerged as number one in global ranking. This is in the Dropbox Space Race, a competition amongst schools for eternal glory (according to Dropbox). Furthermore, NUS has also become the first school to reach the prestigious 25GB goal with 15K points, and all that in much less than 24 hours. Yes, the race…

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