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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Fire at Changi Airport

Our highly acclaimed world class Changi Airport met with a mishap last evening. There was a fire at Terminal 2, which triggered a full evacuation of the terminal, closure of the terminal for about nine hours, and affected some 40 flights. I wasn’t there, I can’t say how well the incident was managed, but I wonder if they may have somewhat overreacted. Every…

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What Makes An Item Supicious

You’ve probably heard by now, Hougang MRT Station was closed temporarily yesterday because of an unattended piece of luggage. The police were called in, and after the bag was found to be “non-dangerous”, the station was reopened after about an hour of disruption. Good thing the incident wasn’t more eventful than that. But I’ve always wondered, what makes an item…

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Be Part Of SMRT Live Signalling Tests

SMRT announced that all trains traveling on the North-South Line will pause for 10 minutes around 11pm on Tuesday 28th March. This is when they will be switching over to commence trial on a new signalling system that allows trains to travel at closer intervals. I’m sure this sounds all like good news for train commuters. Except that, why in the…

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Lazada 3rd Birthday Campaign

I don’t usually want to overly promote any particular product, shopping site, or other commercial offering, lest this blog becomes too much like an advertising site. But I looked at Lazada’s birthday sale and it does look like some of their deals are really sweet. Then there’s my Lazada affiliate link I am, admittedly, incentivised to promote. The Razer X Lazada surprise…

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MINDEF Fights War Online

Cybersecurity is really hot in Singapore these days. The news is flooded with all sorts of things that Singapore is doing, including what the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is doing or will be doing. The latest exciting development is the formation of a new Defence Cyber Organisation where national servicemen could be selected for cyber defence vocations. Yes that’s right. This should have…

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More Breakdowns on East-West Line from February

With the completion of sleeper replacement works, speed limits on the East-West Line (EWL) will return to the normal 80 km/h, allowing for faster train rides. Don’t be too happy though. With faster train movements, we should expect greater wear-and-tear, likely resulting in more breakdowns in the system overall. Train faults, track faults, power faults, sleepers sure also can fault. That…

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Disappointment at Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Fans of Marvel’s Avengers probably know that the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. interactive exhibition has made its way to Singapore’s Science Centre. It’s refreshed and updated from the New York debut, which probably won’t matter to you anyway if you haven’t been there or know about that one. It’s here in Singapore and it’s a fun excursion for the whole family. This exhibition is…

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The Art Of Troubleshooting With Data

The mystery of the Circle Line signal interference that has caused significant disruption to train service on that line has been put to rest. Thanks data scientists from GovTech, they found the cause of the disruptions. The story of how they solved the problem quite intrigued me, because that’s what techies like me do all the time. Now, I don’t want to…

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Of Signalling Faults

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has concluded that the mysterious signalling faults on the Circle Line (CCL) were due to faulty signalling hardware on a rogue train. It did take a while to get sorted out. This reminds me of the old days of 10Base2 Ethernet. You merely needed one bad connection on the network to severely impact, or completely disrupt,…

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