Archive for May 2016

World Password Day 2016

Today is World Password Day. Happening on the first Thursday of May every year, World Password Day is a celebration to promote better password habits.

One good password habit is to change your password every now and then. Yeap, if you are free, you should spend some time today to change all your passwords. And make sure you don’t reuse them for all the accounts you have.

Few weeks ago, I was attending a talk on cybersecurity. The speaker told us that a good password should be at least 8 characters long, contains upper and lower case, alphanumeric and special characters. I hope he didn’t notice my eyes rolling.

I’m surprised that even a IT security expert falls for this myth. Everyone thought that this is a good password practice. It is not. I think XKCD can explain it better than anyone.


In short, a good password is a long password that you can easily remember. Password with 4 random words that doesn’t make any sense together is a much stronger password than password with upper/lower case, special characters and numbers. And it is much easier to remember too.

Open Letter against Gutter Politics

There is an online petition ongoing now calling the PAP to put a stop to gutter politics. The petition is penned by a group of 30 people including former NMP Siew Kum Hong, actor Lim Kay Siu, writer Alfian Sa’at etc.

We are a group of Singaporeans who have been following the progress of the current Bukit Batok by-elections.
We would like to categorically state that we do not condone the personal attacks and character assassination made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, against Dr Chee Soon Juan of the SDP.

We are deeply saddened at the manner in which the campaign is run, having deteriorated to a level that undermines our Singaporean values. It is indeed a sad state of affairs when people who have been entrusted with positions of power and leadership perpetuate such unbecoming behaviour. We want an election campaign that addresses the pertinent issues facing Singaporeans, rather than one that is marred primarily by the vilification of anyone’s person.

Alfian Sa’at, Alfred Dowel, Andrew Loh, Ariffin Sha, Braema Mathi, Dana Lam, Fong Hoe Beng, Glen Goei, Goh Ming Siu, Howard Lee, Jasmine Teo, Jeanne Lim, Jolovan Wham, Kevin Ho, Lee Hui Min, Leona Yuen, Leslie Low, Lim Kay Siu, Lynn Lee, M. Ravi, Neo Swee Lin, Peter Low, Rachel Zeng, Ravi Philemon, Siew Kum Hong, T. Sasitharan, Tay Bee Pin, Terry Xu ,Vanessa Ho, Vivian Wang, Yeng Pway Ngon

The online petition can be found here.

GP x Smiley Special Edition PowerBank

Here’s a cute looking PowerBank by GP.


Don’t worry if your device go out of juice. Be happy.

The GP x Smiley Special Edition PowerBank comes in 6 different version of Smiley face including “Smiley face, illusion, sunglasses, heart eye and yummy face”.


Each PowerBank weighs 135g and has a capacity of 5,200mAh. That’s enough to charge most smartphones at least twice.

GP x Smiley Special Edition PowerBank retails at S$49 and is available at Challenger, Best Denki, Caltex, Courts, Harvey Norman and Popular.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

If you need to do a presentation or stream movie from your Windows laptop to a big screen, the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is a great tool for you.


The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter uses Miracast technology, allowing you to stream anything and everything that is displayed on your supported device. The adaptor is also an Intel Wireless Display (Wi-Di) certified adapter and works with 2-in-1s and tablet devices with Intel Wi-Di capability.

The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is now available in the Singapore Microsoft Online Store at S$97. It will also be available in stores such as Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, and Newstead from 15 May onwards.

BlackBerry PRIV now runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Good news to all BlackBerry PRIV users. You can now upgrade your BlackBerry Android phone to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.


PRIV with Android M is coming soon to major carriers offering the smartphone. Existing PRIV users will be able to upgrade to Android M by downloading the software update on their device.

Key features of BlackBerry PRIV with Android 6.0 Marshmallow include improved notification settings, enhanced BlackBerry Keyboard, updated BlackBerry Launcher, slow motion video (without audio), improved battery life and many more.

So if you are a BlackBery PRIV owner, do check out the latest updates.