Of Signalling Faults

Kent Ridge MRT

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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LightBox Review

LightBox

Perhaps you’re a blog shop owner, have something to sell online, or write a product review blog, you may find from time to time the need to take good gadget or product photos. We know that good photos matter, but if you don’t have a professional photo studio, try the Plug & Play Lightbox with Integrated LED from LightBox Singapore. While I do…

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Singapore’s Big Brother In The Making

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When I first heard about Singapore Technologies Electronics new facial recognition system that can be used at MRT fare gates to identify commuters and charge them in a post-paid manner thereafter, my first thought was that, oh wow, what a complicated solution to a simple problem. Someone must have a hidden agenda. There are far simpler ways to collect fares. This…

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

TPMS

I’ve heard about Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), and had even considered installing them. But they’re relatively expensive, and mostly just a nice-to-have accessory, not one that is very important. However, when my recent car wasn’t supplied with a spare tyre, I was sold onto the idea that the TPMS can provide important early warning of air leaks. The main…

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Parallel Importer Buying Experience

Shin Automobile

One lazy Sunday afternoon, we had an appointment to view a car at Automobile Megamart. It’s our first time going into this eight storey building in Ubi packed with all things about cars. Driving up the ramp to the 5th storey, carefully navigating through narrow driveway, we arrived at Shin Automobile, where we were going to check out a Toyota Sienta….

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Toyota Sienta Review

Toyota Sienta

The 2nd generation Toyota Sienta, a funky compact MPV, has been around in Singapore for a couple of months. I’ve been driving one for a while now.  Although I was a little apprehensive about the size and performance if the vehicle initially, I’ve found that the MPV is pretty functional and quite fun to drive around. Toyota introduced the first…

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AD Toyota Sienta In Singapore

Toyota Sienta

The real, legit, Toyota Sientas have already been in Singapore for many years. But for some people, it’s only when the authorised dealer (AD) brings it in that makes the car officially available here. Well, it’s official. It was announced last week, and it’s now out on Borneo Motors’ website. The Toyota Sienta from Borneo Motors, however, isn’t the same as…

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Striving Always To Improve

Kent Ridge MRT

The recent signalling problems on the Circle line is the sort of situation that is familiar to me, in various areas of my work, including programming, network, server systems, and other bits of IT infrastructure. The Circle Line was plagued by a mysterious signalling problem that lasted a few days. As mysterious as it had started, it later disappeared. Do we…

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Sienta To Arrive At Borneo Motors

Toyota Sienta

I’ve been looking at cars of late, and one of those that I’ve been considering is the Toyota Sienta compact MPV. The Sienta has been in Singapore for some time, available only through parallel importers. This includes to recent 2015 refresh model, which looks a lot more modern than the prior Sienta designs. It’s been speculated for some time that…

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SMRT Dismisses Two Peons

SMRT MRT Train at Clementi

For the two men who died on the tracks in March this year, SMRT has fired a train driver. Another staff from the operations control centre had left earlier on account of this accident. Sure, some people broke the rules, a bad thing happened, and for that SMRT blames two peons. But the whole incident reads like a systemic problem in…

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