7th month of quitting smoking

22/07/2018 Leave a comment

Today marks my 7th month of staying away from cigarettes and tobacco. Yes…it has been very successful so far and I have saved quite a bit of money from not buying cigarettes. Besides that, I feel that my health is improving and I can handle more strenuous exercise without feeling breathless. So to all you people who think that it is hard to give up smoking, I am here to tell you that you can. Stop the habit now!

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991 grams of heroin, enough to feed 470 abusers for a month, seized

21/07/2018 Leave a comment

I hate all kinds of drugs, and drug pushers. If I had my way, I would personally hang all those who push drugs like heroin and the like. That is why when I read this article in the Straits Times, I was glad that these bastards were caught:

SINGAPORE – Four suspected drug offenders were arrested and more than $78,000 worth of heroin and Ice (methamphetamine) were seized in a Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) operation on Monday (June 25).

Officers conducted three raids as part of the operation, during which they uncovered 991g of heroin, about 90g of Ice and a bottle of methadone, CNB said on Tuesday.

All four people arrested are Singaporeans.

During the operation on Monday night, CNB conducted an observation on two suspected drug traffickers near Circuit Road. Officers arrested the two men, aged 38 and 44, when their vehicle came to a stop at the junction of the Pan-Island Expressway leading into Paya Lebar Road.

Officers recovered 938g of heroin from their vehicle, CNB said.

CNB then conducted a follow-up raid at the Circuit Road hideout of the 38-year-old man. Officers found about 48g of heroin, 90g of Ice and a bottle containing methadone in the unit.

Two other suspected drug offenders, a 36-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, were arrested in the unit.

A further follow-up raid on the 38-year-old man’s second hideout near Balam Road was conducted in the wee hours of Tuesday. Officers found about 5g of heroin and a small amount of Ice in the unit.

CNB said that 991g of heroin is enough to feed the addiction of about 470 abusers for a week.

Investigation into the drug activities of all suspects are ongoing.

The Misuse of Drugs Act provides for the death penalty if the amount of diamorphine (or pure heroin) trafficked exceeds 15g.

I lost a cousin to drugs. I think of him often and know that he would have been still alive if he had said no. I have never taken drugs in my life and I have no reason to. These people that were caught are going to get the death penalty and deservedly so.

Thanks to PPAC Central for the pic above.

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Sharp Android One S3 smartphone

17/07/2018 Leave a comment

As mentioned in my previous post, I bought a Xiaomi MI A1 a couple of days back. I am very happy with the phone, although it is a bit big and does not fit in my pants very well. But other than that, it is a good, solid phone.

Just today, I heard about this Sharp S3  phone that runs on Android One. from what I read, it is a rugged device featuring an IPX water resistance and IP6X dustproof rating with a military-grade shock-resistant build. I have always been a fan of tough phones. It is not that I am dying to immerse them in water and stuff like that. It is just that I am a bit of a klutz and a tough phone will last me a long time, like it did for my Motorola Defy, which is still around.

Specifications-wise, this phone sports a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It has the Snapdragon 430 chipset with 3 GB of RAM. It has 32 GB of internal storage which supports expandable memory of up to 256 GB via an optional microSD card. It also features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a 2700 mAh battery claiming to offer talk time of 22 hours and standby time of 605 hours on a single charge.

Connectivity-wise, is able to support 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C port. It measures 144 x 71 x 8.5 mm and weighs 143 grams.

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Kiosk industrial VPN antenna

16/07/2018 Leave a comment

I saw this ice cream kiosk with an antenna on top of it. Now you know the curious side of me, always wanting to know what these antennas are for. Apparently, I found out that it is the antenna of a an industrial 3G or 4G router with VPN. I suppose that it serves to let people access the kiosk from a remote area to find out of all is OK. One can buy these industrial VPNs for quite a good price online, especially from Taobao. I feel like getting one of them to play with, just to see how they work


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Bought the Xiaomi MI A1

15/07/2018 Leave a comment

I bought my new Mi A1 phone yesterday. Bought it for about $265 and I am very happy with it and what it has to offer. I said as much in a previous post here. When I bought it, I had to ask the shop-owner to cut my SIM card. It was currently a micro SIM card when it was still used in my old phone. So the guy in the cellphone shop cut it to nano size, the size that fits this phone. Since this phone comes with 64Gb of on-board memory, I do not need to use a memory card. I however have most of my MP3s on my old SD card that I have to transfer to this phone. That is going to take some time I bet.

In any case, after I bought it, I went looking for a case for it. Therein lies the problem. I cannot seem to find a case for it that is to my liking. But I finally managed to find one and I am using it now. This phone reminds me of the Apple iPhone, in the sense that it weighs about the same, with the battery and all. Another thing I have to buy spare of is the USB-C cable that this phone uses. I do not have any in the house so it looks I have to buy some.

I like this phone. I do not have some apps that I would have liked to see on this phone as it is an AndroidOne phone. And that is the advantage. So far, I have had to update the phone twice with new updates. The updates come directly from Google so all is good. I just need to transfer my MP3 files over so I can listen to music. Gonna do that later today

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SBS Transit North-East Line train fault

14/07/2018 Leave a comment

The North-East MRT line by SBS Transit had a track fault yesterday in the morning, stranding me and a whole lot of others, making us late for work. you can see in the picture above, the opposite train was stuck as well and we were all stuck for some time. I do not understand why these train faults have not been solved. They have been happening too often. I mean, we have been “coerced”to take public transport, to reduce the dependence on cars. But if we cannot even trust our own public transport model, with breakdowns like these, where do we draw the line? I really hope that SBS Transit do something about this

Elecom WRH-300WH3 mini router

13/07/2018 Leave a comment

Yesterday, while testing out some networked products with my vendor, my vendor took out this tiny router to test the network. Now I have a mini router in the form of my TP-Link mini router that goes everywhere with me, but this is the first time i have seen something so tiny. Apparently, it is from Japan and it is quite a popular thing in Japan, hence the cute doodling on it. It performs similarly to the TP-Link mini router that I have but this is much smaller. It can be powered via the USB port of your computer or from a USB power adapter. I like this. Maybe i might get it when my TP-Link croaks but it does not look to be anytime soon. You can read up about it here, where there are manuals and such which can be downloaded

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