Igloohome Smart Deadbolt Lock 02

Igloohome has an updated smart lock. The new model, Igloohome Smart Deadbolt Lock 02, launched earlier this year with a couple of important improvements, particularly with the use of a new electronic chip with better Bluetooth communications. I had the first generation Igloohome installed on my main door last year, and Igloohome offered to update it to the new 02 model. I’ll have…

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MINDEF Got Hacked

As a security practitioner, we’ll say that such breaches are not a matter of “if”, but only about “when”. However secure, your system will be breached, if not now, then later. For MINDEF, that time has come now. Their network has been breached, and they’ve lost data. Now is the time they deal with the aftermath, and do some PR. This…

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ASUS Transformer 3 Pro Review

I was pretty impressed with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 which Microsoft unveiled in November 2015. This seemed like a 2-in-1 notebook cum tablet that might actually work for me. I think I’ve finally found a worthy challenger: the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro. It has a kickstand, and a keyboard cover, just like the Microsoft’s convertible it’s positioned against. While other manufacturers…

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SHA1 Is Shattered

We have heard about it, that the popular SHA1 hashing function used in a lot of security software, is weak and should be deprecated and officially obsoleted. Certificate authorities had stopped issuing certificates with SHA1 from 1 Jan 2016, and web browsers such as Chrome begun to show errors for SH1 certificates from Jan 2017. Just in time, because SHA1 is now…

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Transcend 480 GB SSD Review

The Transcend SSD I snagged during Amazon’s Gold Box deal last year finally arrived after the Lunar New Year.  It was a long wait. But perhaps it might be worth the wait. The 480 GB capacity TLC SATA III 2.50-inch SSD was selling at a really low price. This isn’t the fastest SSD around, or even anywhere near, but if you’re replacing…

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A Simpler CMS With DokuWiki

I have, for some time, been searching for a suitable Content Management System (CMS) to replace a very aging one I have at work. I surveyed a lot of potential open source ones, and finding one that met my requirements was really tough. I was ready to crowdsource suggestions. Then, I found something simple: DokuWiki. Before I talk about DokuWiki, let me just share…

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HTC Launches U Ultra and U Play

HTC Singapore yesterday launched two new smartphones here, the U Ultra and U Play. A departure from their usual solidly-built metal designs, HTC has clad the new smartphones all in glass. They are beautiful, well-made, and the glass helps to stand out from the crowd other smartphones. The more premium of the two, the U Ultra has a 5.7-inch Super LCD display with 2560×1440 resolution. There’s a…

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Home Network Centre

I get asked from time to time what sort of network I have setup at home. It’s nothing very exotic, though at the same time it isn’t the standard basic broadband router setup that most people have at home. Here’s what I have setup now. Instead of the typical wireless broadband router that most people plug into their broadband connection, I…

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Google Chromecast 2 Review

TV streaming devices have become really popular in the last couple of years, particularly with the falling prices. Google launched their original first generation Chromecast in 2013 for just US$35. The 2nd generation Chromecast, which I’m reviewing here,  launched in September the following year, together with an audio-only Chromecast Audio. Both sold for US$35 too. It’s 2017 now, of course, and while it seem odd still be talking about a…

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A Google Home

I have a Google home. You see, everyone at home uses an Android smartphone. We have a couple of other Google stuff too, like a Chromebook and a Chromecast. Then, recently, a Google Home. Yes, that smart speaker thing like Amazon’s Echo. Once upon a time, you could say that every home has at least one Sony product. Not anymore. Apple took…

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