Rest in peace Bill Paxton

27/02/2017 Leave a comment

It is a sad day indeed for the world of show-business. Actor Bill Paxton, who was best known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens,  died at the age of 61. Apparently, Paxton had reportedly suffered from complications following surgery. His biggest hits included The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies, Titanic, and 1996’s Twister – in which he starred opposite Helen Hunt. The pic above is a pic from the movie Tombstone, where he plays one of the Earp brothers. Rest in peace Bill. We will miss you

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Manchester United are EFL Cup Champions with a 3 – 2 win over Southampton

27/02/2017 Leave a comment

We did it! Manchester United have won the EFL Cup! It was a brilliant game. Southampton were outstanding throughout and I must admit, were much the better team, but the irresistible force of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s personality decided the match. He started the scoring, and then Southampton equalised, so he finished the scoring as well. The final goal was struck in the 86th minute of play, giving us 3 – 2. Glory Glory Manchester United!

Extron P/2 DA1 Peaker

26/02/2017 Leave a comment

We have all had that time when we have tried to connect our PC, especially a laptop, to a projector located quite far away. Or, we have a projector on the ceiling and the VGA cable is too long. When that happens, the picture that is finally being presented may not be the best of quality. So what do you use? You use this Extron P/2 DA1, aka The Peaker. What it is is actually a booster of sort, powered by the USB port on your laptop. It is relatively small so it fits nicely in your pocket. You connect one end to your laptop’s VGA socket and the other side to the VGA cable linking to the projector or display. This will help to transmit a beautiful picture. So get one now. You can pick them up pretty inexpensive on Ebay and the like. I have one and it works a treat!

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Claudio Ranieri sacked as manager of Leicester City

25/02/2017 Leave a comment

 

It was all over the news yesterday morning. Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager of Leceister City. Ranieri was informed of the decision of his sacking on his return from the club’s Champions League last-16 tie against Sevilla. So this is how it is nowadays. As Jose Mourinho said in an Instagram post, verbatim:

CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR.sacked.
Thats the new football claudio.keep smiling AMICO.nobody can delete the history you wrote

Speaks volumes about the Thai owners of Leicester. You fellas should be grateful for what Claudio did. What you did was absolutely deplorable. Thank God I am not a Leicester City fan. I wouldn’t know where to put my face.

Thanks to Getty Images for the photo

Belden 1633ENH Cat5e shielded twisted pair

24/02/2017 Leave a comment

I had to do a double take when I saw this Belden Cat5e shielded twisted pair cable. First of all, I never knew it existed. All I knew about as far as shielded twisted-pair cable was of the Cat6 variety. I suppose that this can and should be used with Cat5 UTP plugs. I took a sample back home to test it out and see if it works. If it does, great. I know of some applications that can use cable like this!!

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Yet another Malay wedding with the Yamaha Stagepas 500

23/02/2017 Leave a comment

This was yet another Malay wedding with my Yamaha Stagepas providing sound reinforcement. This was the setup. They gave me a table, covered with a very thin piece of plastic. It was the same kind of plastic those plastic bags from the grocers are made of. I had to be very careful with it as it was so thin, it tended to tear if anything scratched it. That included the rubberised feet of the Stagepas mixer too! So I hooked it up, together with my Line 6 wireless microphone. You can also see my trusty Nokia 101 phone there too, providing test music while I did basic equalisation of the sound. The speakers had been setup and I had to throw speaker wire over the sewage pipes that are prevalent at the ceiling of most void decks in Singapore. This is so that I would not have to waste my cloth tape taping it to the floor. The only issue I faced was that the power supply was some distance away, near the wedding dias. So I had to use two of my power extension cords to reach it

Was the wedding a success? I will have to say it was. I had great food to eat, nice company to work with and an all in all great experience, as always, with Malay weddings. The bride’s parents were really nice and very accommodating. That is why I love doing Malay weddings. I always have a great time!

Water prices to rise by 30% over two years

22/02/2017 Leave a comment

Looks like that price of water in Singapore is going to be higher, and by July 2018, we can expect to pay 30% more for our water. As it is at home, I try to take shorter showers. I do not mean to save water till it impacts you hygienically but at the very least, have slower trickles of water in your shower. Try not to waste water and do not leave the tap running all the time. I have been very conscious of water wastage since I was a young lad. My parents drilled it into me. Water is a precious commodity and we have to use it well.

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