Archive for the Personal Category

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.

Photo 29-7-14 2 33 39 am

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.

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.

Blogger’s Block

I can’t remember when as the last time I had a Blogger’s Block (sometimes known as Writer’s Block but I hardly consider myself as a writer). It is painful to be sitting in front of the computer wanting to blog something yet words doesn’t flow. And it doesn’t help when I’m preoccupied with other stuff like work.

So please bear with me while I try to overcome this prolong period of Blogger’s Block. Seriously, this might be the longest Blogger’s Block I ever had. Maybe when it’s over, I’ll write some post and backdate them.

Happy 6th Birthday DKSG

Almost forgot that today is the 6th year that I’ve been blogging on this domain. Happy Birthday DKSG!


Cheers to more good years!

2 1/2 years and 10 cycle later…..

2 1/2 years and 10 cycle later…..

Photo 11-1-14 1 53 35 pm

Yes, I’ve completed my 10 ICT cycle and will be placed in MINDEF Reserve (MR). We had our Battalion Stand Down Parade last Sunday morning.

It’s been almost 14 years since I took my first ferry ride to Pulau Tekong. Time flies. To be frank, I don’t like NS. Most people hate NS and I can understand why. But I always believe that NS is necessary and no matter how much we hate it, we still need to do it. It is our obligations as Singaporean Son. And I’m glad that I’ve completed this obligation.