When all things fail, hold Cmd-R during start up

I seem to be getting quite some gadget problem lately, especially with my 3 year old MacBook Pro.

First the battery went dead. That was my fault for abusing the battery. So I got it replaced at the local Apple authorised service centre.

Then something went wrong with the Battery Indicator display light. It refuse to turn off. It was so bad that it is draining 10% of the battery even when the power is turned off. Even resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) doesn’t help. Eventually I decided to let the battery drain completely and that solve the issue.

Just when I thought all my hardware issues were solved, the MacBook Pro decided to crash on Start up. Somewhere some file registry or something must have been corrupted. Even Disk Utility can’t fix it.

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So I’m left with no choice but use the ultimate fix for MacOS devices: hold Command-R during startup. This bring the MacBook Pro into OS X Recovery. Yes, I format the harddisk and reinstall MacOS on my MacBook Pro. It is amazing how easy and straight forward the process is.

Luckily for me, I don’t have any important data in my MacBook Pro. All important files have backups somewhere. I should have turn on Time Machine to make the process less painless. But it doesn’t matter. Now I have a brand new MacOS install. Good to restart and reinstall all the required app. And I notice something…… actually I don’t use a lot of apps on my MacBook Pro. Most of the stuff that I use are online. The most frequently used app is actually Chrome Browser.

So yes, just remember: When all things fail, hold Cmd-R during start up. Someone should print a T-Shirt for this. And if only everything in life is so easy to fix.

Hoobastank Live In Singapore 2014

Hoobastank is coming back to Singapore for a one-night only live concert at the Coliseum Hard Rock Sentosa on the 30th November 2014.

Best known for their mega hit “The Reason” which top the radio charts in Singapore, Hoobastank are pulling no stops for their 2014 Asia tour and promise an electrifying performance. Concertgoers can expect to hear hits like “Crawling in the Dark”, “Same Direction”, “Remember Me”, “The Reason” and songs from their latest album.

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Date: 30th November 2014
Venue: The Coliseum Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa
Time: 8.00pm (Doors open at 7.00pm)

Tickets on sales from 24th July at Sistic website and at all Sistic counters. Also available at Peatix.

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Newstead Technologies Opens Largest Digital Style At Suntec City Mall

Newstead Technologies recently opened the largest Digital Style at the newly renovated Suntec City Mall. The 9044 square feet Digital Style Suntec City is fully decked out with the latest trending gadgets technology can offer. It is designed for customers to get hands-on with gadgets by allowing them to plug-and-play, mix-and-match products.

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Digital Style Suntec City boasts Newstead Technologies’ first ever Store-in-Store concept in the market, in which six consumer electronics brands feature their hottest and latest gadgets in dedicated spaces of approximately 353 square feet each. The six brands are ASUS, Samsung, Lenovo, Acer, Dell and HP. Each brand has focused product categories – the ASUS brand corner showcases its thin and light ultrabooks while Samsung features its tablets, smartphones and accessories. Desktop computers and laptops are offered in all Acer, Lenovo, Dell and HP brand corners.

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Catering to every digital need, Digital Style Suntec City offers a comprehensive range of audiovisual equipment from headphones to mini home theatre systems. Digital Style continues to meet small business and home computing needs with printers, digital cameras, home networking and storage solutions among the many electronics available.

Gadget lovers can rely on Tech Aid, the store’s refreshing take on traditional customer service counters. They can approach any staff at Tech Aid to resolve technical-related queries and issues that they face before, during and after purchasing their gadgets. Staff will provide on-site evaluation and technical support as part of their commitment to deliver the best in-store services.

Ingress brought me here…..

Been playing Ingress for slightly more than a week. I’ve always heard people saying that Ingress made them walk more and bring them places where they never been before. Well, today I experienced it first hand.

Actually I just wanted to clear a few portals at Clementi central. But 1 thing leads to another and soon I find myself walking towards AYE and crossing over to West Coast. Even though I’ve been living in the western part of Singapore for almost my entire life, I seldom venture into West Coast area. The cool thing about Ingress is that the portal location are usually interesting places like landmark or mural. I get to explore part of West Coast that I’ve never been to.

So I keep walking and walking until I found myself at West Coast Park McDonalds. Haha. Haven’t been here in ages. I used to come here frequently when my dad still have a car. This place is good for chilling out. I remember staying overnight here to study for my exams. Or popping by for late night supper. This place brings back lots of memories.

I think we need a hashtag for such serendipity experience. Maybe I’ll start using #IngressBroughtMeHere.

25th anniversary of Firewall

Firewall recently celebrated its 25th birthday. The first firewall was created in 1991 to combat computer viruses and Internet worms. Over the years, as attacks and malware have become more sophisticated, the firewall has had to develop and grow with each security breach that has been discovered.

However, it was not until 2003 that the concept of a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) would be introduced. A mere 10 years after the conceptualization of NGFW, McAfee was already ahead of the competition with their own NGFW development efforts.

For McAfee, its solution combines anti-evasion security with enterprise-scale availability and manageability. In addition, it is also flexible – with the ability to change from a NGFW to a L2 firewall, IPS, and firewall/VPN.

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