Wireless Is Breaking Up Again

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Always-on Internet connectivity is so much taken for granted these days, everyone just assumes the network will just work, and so if it doesn’t, it gets very frustrating. Sadly, our wireless is breaking up again. Like the episode that happened earlier this year, it’s not something we can directly solve. It’s very tempting to revive our workaround again. Basically, the…

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How Much Network Bandwidth For Off-Site Event

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I was recently asked to overlook the Wi-Fi networking requirements of an off-site event. Is the Wi-Fi coverage adequate? Is the network bandwidth sufficient? Well, you know what, it’s never enough. Not when you have to pay. Unless, of course, you have limitless budget, in which case, money is not an issue, it’s like you don’t have to pay. So, as…

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FortiGate Firewall Recipes

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At work, yesterday, we were clearing out some stores from various secret network locations, and something unusual caught my eye. A picture of raspberries. Among the stacks of various boring manuals, disclaimer sheets, warranty information, licensing terms, and tons of useless documentation, there was this book in colour. Plus, a photo of raspberries. How interesting. Then, as my eyes scanned upward…

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Coaching To Enhance Performance

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I recently attended a course, about coaching, and learnt among other things the definition of coaching, as opposed to similar activities such as training, mentoring, and counselling. We are always learning, in every stage of our lives, whether through formal instruction, personal experiences, or otherwise. There was a surprising takeaway, for me, from the course. It’s about the definition of coaching. It…

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Should Your Office Have a Wall or Not

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Many workplaces have adopted an open-office concept. First, there were partitions, then the partitions became lower, and eventually the partitions disappeared. In some offices these days, employees simply sit on benches. It’s totally open. Bosses think it’s a very clever idea. It promotes communication and collaboration, they say. Employees don’t like the idea. But who cares about what employees like or not…

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Computing Is Hot Again

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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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Jumping Into CentOS 7

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 was released about one month ago. The community version of that, CentOS, unveiled its version 7 this week. Many enterprise Linux users might perhaps not notice because, well, we like our servers left alone and don’t want to need to pay any attention to them. Not surprising, thus, if you had not noticed RHEL…

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Grappling with IPMI, PXE and SOL

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Installing one server isn’t difficult. It’s not really time consuming either. But it’s a whole lot different when you have to setup a huge number of servers. The ideal state of affairs, for me, is that once the physical install is done, which means rack mounting and plugging in of cables, I don’t want to be in the data centre…

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Zero Fuss Web Video Collaboration

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We’re in an era where just about everything can be done online. We also have no shortage of web-based collaborative tools, including those that incorporate audio-video conferencing features. Then, why is it we don’t seem to be doing much of video collaboration on the web? Are they just not convenient enough? Well, then you’ve got to try this: GeeMeow What’s…

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Big Data Changing BCM and the Cloud

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I attended a Business Continuity Management (BCM) conference yesterday. Their theme for this year is about how Big Data is changing BCM and Cloud. It’s a little puzzling eh, how Big Data can be related to BCM and Cloud. It seems like some random topics strewn together to have something of a unique theme to talk about. The conference, unfortunately,…

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