Archive for July 2015

Beware of fake SingPass website

It seems like more and more hackers are targeting SingPass recently. IDA recently warned users that there is a website called SingaPass.sg. The website is not related to SingPass.

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The website has been taken down.

If you have entered your SingPass ID and Password on that site, please change your password immediately. As always, check the URL and SSL cert before entering your SingPass ID and Password.

I’m actually surprised that SGNIC allowed someone to register that domain name. SingaPass and SingPass are too close for comfort.

LEGO Ninjago – Temple of Airjitzu (70751)

I didn’t follow the LEGO Ninjago series. But I must say that the Temple of Airjitzu (70751) looks really beautiful.

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Announced recently at the San Diego Comic Con, The Temple of Airjitzu consist of 2028 pieces and comes with 12 minifigures. The set will retail at US$199.90.

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Some thoughts on the SMRT disruptions

Yesterday’s SMRT train disruption must be one of the worst since the beginning of SMRT in 1987. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t remember the entire NS and EW line going down at the same time before. According to the news report, more than 250,000 people were affected by the 3 hours disruption.

Here’s some of my thoughts regarding the SMRT disruption.

– I guess by now we should be used to having train disruptions. Ever since late 2011, we’ve been getting lots of disruptions. Life goes on. Let’s bear with it while SMRT fix the problems.

– The free shuttle service is not enough to replace the train service. It will definitely be late, slow and fully packed. The free shuttle service are just workaround when the train system is down. If you are not in a hurry, just go a cafe or restaurant and wait for the train service to resume. Don’t expect the free shuttle service to perform like normal train service. They can’t. If they can, we wouldn’t even have a rapid rail system.

– There’s no point getting angry with the SMRT staff on ground. It is not their fault that the train broke down. They are there to help. Most of them are working beyond their official working hours. Scolding them also no use. The train won’t be restored immediately if you scold them. Be nice to them. They are most likely having an equally bad day as you.

– Instead, I think we should thank all the SMRT staff for their hard work last night. The train disruption is a huge inconvenient to everyone. But at least they tried to help. And thanks to the engineers who work though the night to make sure that the train function properly today morning.

– The train disruption shows the best and worst of Singaporeans. We hear stories of how some drivers offered free rides to strangers. Airport staff giving out bottled water to those waiting for train service to be restored. People who brought food and water to the staff deployed to manage the crowd. And there are many other acts of kindness which were unmentioned. Its good to see Singaporeans united during the disruption.

– A train disruption like this affects a lot of Singaporeans. Everyone is on the same boat. We can be nasty and keep complaining throughout the entire disruption. Or we can be kind and help one and other during this difficult time. Everyone wants to get to their destination quickly. No point making it even harder by being a jerk.

– There is no point demanding LTA to fine SMRT. No amount of fine will solve this problem. Instead, it would be better for them to focus their effort on fixing the issue.

– But having said all these, everyone should question if the the Transport Minister, LTA CEO and SMRT CEO should take bigger responsibilities for all these train disruption.

Pioneer Mappy Race 2015

The Pioneer Mappy Race 2015 is happening on 29 August. Organised by the Pioneer CSC, the Pioneer Mappy Race’s target participants are family with children from 4 to 12 years old, youths, adults and even residents in their golden age.

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This is not your usual race where you run from point A to point B. Instead, every participant/team will be given an orienteering compass and map with control points spread throughout Pionner estate. Participants choose their own route and decide how many control points to clear within a specified time. Each control point will award different points. Team with the most point within the shortest time win the race.

This is a great way to get to know the Pioneer Estate better while putting your physical and mental strength to the test.

Besides the main orienteering race, PA-Family Life Champion will also be having activities to create and strengthen bonding amongst family like giant size games like Jenga, Snake & ladder, Sticks and many more.

Hurry. Early bird ends on 12 July 2015. For more details and registration, visit Pioneer Mappy Race 2015 website

GoPro HERO4 Session

GoPro just announced a new action camera, the GoPro HERO4 Session. It is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the standard HERO4 Black and Silver. The small form factor makes it easy to mount on your helmet or anywhere.

The GoPro HERO4 Session is rugged and waterproof up to 10m by itself so there’s no need for extra waterproof housing. It has a built-in battery that allows the camera to shoot for 2 hours on a single charge.

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The HERO4 Session is able to capture high-resolution 1440p30 and 1080p60 video. You can even do 720p100 video for slow motion playback. Works with the GoPro App and Smart Remote.

Despite its different form factor, the GoPro HERO4 Session still works with all GoPro mounts.

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The GoPro HERO4 Session is available in standard and surf edition. Retail price in Singapore is S$590.