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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LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Series Dark Knight Tumbler (76023)

And here it is. The long rumored LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Series Dark Knight Tumbler was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con. This is the second Batmobile under the UCS sub theme. The last time we had a UCS Batmobile was back in 2006.

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The Tumbler measure over 38cm long, 22cm wide and includes 1,869 pieces. It has an armored exterior, adjustable wings, detailed interior and oversized rubber tread tires.

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The UCS Dark Knight Tumbler also come with Batman and Joker minifig. This is the first time Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight appeared in minifig form. Really cool.

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The LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Series Dark Knight Tumbler (76023) will be available in September for US$199.

River Nights 2014

River Nights 2014 is happening today and tomorrow at Asian Civilisations Museum Green and Empress Place. The Singapore River takes centre stage in River Nights, the opening event for Singapore Heritage Festival 2014, and the first collaborative programme of the Empress Place Precinct – the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Arts House, Singapore River One, and Timbre.

Come celebrate the Singapore River’s changing identity from a trading artery to a magnet for locals and tourists with two nights of festival programmes including music, dance, comedy and food for all.

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Date: 18 & 19 July 2014
Time: 7pm till late
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum Green and Empress Place

Admission is free.

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Ingress now on iOS

The highly popular mobile augmented reality game Ingress is now available on iOS. Woohoo! For the longest time, Android users have been enjoying the game while iOS users look with envy. Not any more.

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In Ingress, players join one of the two factions, either Resistance or Enlightened, to collect “Exotic Matter” and gain control of “Portals” which are typically associated with public landmarks.

If you can’t find me for the next few weeks or months, I should be out playing Ingress.

Bare Your Sole 2014 raises close to S$300,000 for charity

Bare Your Sole 2014 saw 5,000 participants walk barefoot to help raise close to S$300,000 in the fight against homelessness and poverty.

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Funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local programme Project HomeWorks, an initiative designed to improve the living conditions of the elderly, the sick and the physically-challenged living in one-room flats across Singapore. This includes mobilising volunteers to do proper clean-ups, conduct repair and paint works, and replace bedbug-infested furniture.

The barefoot charity walk was held at the iconic Gardens by the Bay East, where participants from all walks of life, had the choice to trek along a 2.5km or 5km scenic route to show their support for the cause. Making up the 5,000 participants were over 50 migrant workers from Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd, some of which were inspired by personal events back home and wanted to do their part for the Singaporean community.

Families and friends enjoyed the day out at Bare Your Sole with a variety of live performances by local acts, and dug into a wide selection of food and beverage. Entertainment such as face painting and balloon sculpting kiosks, along with cotton candy and popcorn stands were also made available for the young and the young at heart.