Home Automation Touch Panel

I embarked on a journey to make smart my home last year. I managed to get quite a number of things done, but still there are other sub-projects that I’ve sort of procrastinated over for some time. One of them was to build a home automation touch panel, and then to write about it. Funny enough, I took so long…

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WannaCry Ransomware Weekend

It’s been a really busy weekend. For me, partly because there was some fallout from the revelation of the cyberattack on NUS. Then, there’s the WannaCry ransomware outbreak. I decided to check on the Wife’s PC at home, and found to my horror that automatic patches have been failing for months. Why does Windows keep silent about failed updates? I’ll save…

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ASUS RT-AC88U Review

If your Wi-Fi speed is never fast enough for you, you may already want to look at routers going beyond AC2600. This ASUS RT-AC88U isn’t new, in fact, it became available back in late 2015, but since it recently came around to me, I thought I’ll just do a quick mention of this wireless broadband router. ASUS is a popular brand amongst broadband users in…

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ASUS ZenWatch 3

ASUS launched their first smartwatch, the original ZenWatch, back in late 2014. In the following two years, they launched two more generations of smartwatch, with the current ZenWatch 3 arriving late last year. There are many other smartwatches in the market now, but the new ZenWatch 3 manages to find space to stand out from its competitors. I reviewed both the original ZenWatch…

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Quick Look at FreeNAS 11 RC

FreeNAS has sort of released version 11. They call it a release candidate, RC1. In their announcement, they do say that RC1 is not feature complete. The feature complete version is targeted for later this year. I’ve been thinking about moving my NAS to either FreeNAS or NAS4Free, so I took this new FreeNAS 11 for a quick spin. I’m a bit…

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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review

If you’ve installed any IP camera of late, you’ll probably know that they’re generally not difficult to setup. That is, if you are at least a little tech savvy. Otherwise, setting up IP cameras might not be such a breeze. D-Link is changing that with their new Omna 180 Cam HD that features integration with Apple HomeKit. The D-Link Omna 180 Cam…

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Misadventures In Network-Server Setup

It’s funny how that even after so many years of experience setting up and configuring servers and network, one can still make rookie mistakes. Something as simple as, say, an IP address clash. Or it could be any of a number of other similarly simple things. Things that I would have perfectly understood. Yet somehow overlooked. I just spent some really frustrating…

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Aztech PSD500 Review

Almost everyone use some sort of cloud storage nowadays. But what if you want to, you know, own your own cloud storage, but don’t quite know how to setup and run one yourself, what can you do? There are certainly a number of solutions, like this Aztech PSD500 personal storage dongle, that retails for quite a low price. The Aztech PSD500 is quite…

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Cheap VR With Google Cardboard

When Google first unveiled their VR headset at their developer conference in 2014, it sounded like a joke. It was a headset made with cardboard. But Google was serious. It was a low-cost solution to get VR to the masses. One year later, they updated their Cardboard to V2, which came with a number of improvements. The really fascinating thing about Google…

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AWS Hack Day 2017

I recently visited AWS HackDay 2017 at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) office in Singapore. This is the third year the competition has run, and this time there were 22 teams competing to build projects relating to IoT, analytics and AI, around the themes of healthcare, smart home and the environment. If you’re unfamiliar, AWS is the cloud computing business unit of…

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