What Train Commuters Really Want

SMRT begun “signalling checks” of their brand new signally system this month, during weekdays, and including during peak hours. Not surprisingly, numerous disruptions occured, leaving commuters upset and wondering if this is just but the usual breakdowns, now cleverly disguised as “signalling checks”. We’ve had signal faults, track faults, train faults. Faults are now “checks”. The public was even earlier informed that…

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NAS4Free Supported Hardware

It’s no surprise now that I’ve been looking at NAS software appliances, and perhaps leaning toward NAS4Free because of its virtualisation features. NAS4Free is based on FreeBSD, and a perennial concern I always have with FreeBSD is if it will run on modern hardware that I have. It tends not to be so up-to-date with hardware support like Linux. It’s the same…

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Lazada-Sennheiser GSS Surprise

Lazada’s Great Singapore Sale begins next week, and as part of their GSS campaign, they are bringing back Surprise Boxes like they had for their 3rd birthday celebrations earlier this year. I have the Lazada x Sennheiser Surprise Box, and although it’s supposed to be sort of a surprise, I’m going to partially review its contents in this post. Before I get…

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BA’s Failure Is Really Higher Up

British Airways is blaming the cause of its massive IT outage last weekend on human error. A contractor at its data centre had inadvertently switched off a power supply, leading to a catastrophic IT failure that stranded some 75,000 travellers. But clearly the true failure of must be really somewhere higher up. It wasn’t clear earlier what kind of power supply British…

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Quick Look at NAS4Free

I’ve been running Btrfs on my Linux PC server for several years, but I haven’t been completely comfortable with the filesystem’s reliability, despite it now being included as options in both CentOS and Ubuntu distributions. ZFS has come on my radar several times, and some time this year I begun to investigate FreeNAS, as well as NAS4Free. Both FreeNAS and NAS4Free…

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Lazada’s GSS Sale

It’s June, well almost, and that means two things. First, the school holidays are here, and then, there’s also the Great Singapore Sale. In partnership with Lazada, I’m pleased to receive one of their GSS Surprise Boxes, similar to the campaign for their 3rd birthday promotion. This time, I have the Lazada x Sennheiser box. The deal with the Surprise Boxes is that…

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Dell Inspiron 13 5000 Series 2-in-1 Review

The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 series 2-in-1 hybrid convertible notebooks are good all around for school and home. Despite some high-end features, it has an attractively mid-range price-tag. I have the 5368 model for this review, fitted with a powerful i7-6500U processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and loaded with Windows 10 Home. The Inspiron 13’s 2-in-1 convertible design easily transforms from notebook mode…

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Curb by Jokoro

One of the little knick knacks I picked up recently is this wedge-shaped piece of silicon designed to prop up a notebook off the desk. You could either use it so that your notebook’s keyboard would be angled upward a little, or, to provide some space under the notebook to improve cooling with better air-circulation around it. I don’t know if…

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Singapore Has Second Fastest Internet Speed

The latest Speedtest Market Report published today, for Singapore, reveals that we have the second fastest average download speeds for both fixed broadband and mobile networks. The fastest Internet Service Provider (ISP) here in terms download speeds is ViewQwest, and SingTel takes the lead for mobile network operator. Users in Singapore see an average fixed broadband download speed of 180.61…

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Password Managers

I’ve been using a password manager for a few years now. This is a tool that helps you store and manage passwords, and which typically integrates with web browsers to automatically supply and remember the correct passwords at various websites. Password managers, if properly understood, can help improve your online security, and I think everyone should consider using them. Less than 5 years…

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