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My damage from SITEX 2014

Went down to SITEX 2014 at Expo last Saturday to do some tech shopping. Left with a big hole in my wallet.

I renewed my fibre broadband contract. Tech Shows like SITEX always have good deals for broadband connection. My 150 Mbps fibre broadband contract is over so I decided to sign up the Unlimited Fibre Broadband from SingTel. How could I resist super high speed and no bit throttling? The Unlimited Fibre Broadband is going at $54.90 per month.

On top of that, there is an option to top up $125 per month for 24 months to get a iMac 27 inch with 5K Retina display. I think it is about time I retire my 7 years old iMac. Besides, I get a saving of $388. Good deal.

I also bought the ASUS RT-AC87U router. Fast internet need a fast router. The usual price for the router is $399. I saw some booth selling the router at $379. But since I’m subscribing to the Unlimited Fibre plan, I get to purchase the ASUS RT-AC87U router at $299.

While walking around, I saw this interesting power block by thecoopidea. Four 2.4A USB port and one 1A USB port. Pretty useful for travel. Also good for my desk since I have many devices to charge. I got the 10.6A Power Block by thecoopidea at $71.

Last but not least, I bought a 32GB Toshiba FlashAir SD Card. I got a 8GB version lately as a door gift and fell in love with it. So I decide to buy a higher capacity one for my DSLR. The 32GB Toshiba FlashAir SD Card cost $69.


Looks like I’m going to eat grass for the rest of the month.

Disclaimer: These are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

Cheers to 34

I don’t remember how I end up sleeping on my bed last night. I was surfing net till late as usual. Then I decided to lie on my bed while playing some mobile games. Then next thing I knew, it’s morning.

I had a few bottles of Hoegaarden waiting in the fridge for me to celebrate another year of existence in this world. I guess that have to wait. Maybe it’s also good since I’m having some never ending cough for the past few weeks. (Wait…. come to think of it, maybe the beer will help cure the cough.)

And to make things worse, I woke up after 11am. Which means I missed my usual birthday ritual of having McDonalds breakfast. Damn.

Well, luckily there are places out there that serve all day breakfast. May not be the best all day breakfast I’ve tried but well, better than nothing. Sometimes you can’t have the best in the world. Just have to make do with what you have. Life is not perfect but you can make it better by not expecting everything to be perfect.

And most importantly, be thankful for what you have.

So cheers to 34. Doesn’t matter what drink I’m holding now. At least there is still a drink in my hand.

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.

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.