Archive for August, 2011

The Nokia 1200

30/08/2011 Leave a comment

I have had this phone for about three years now. It is a very basic phone. Does not contain a camera or anything else but it does contain a flash-light and it has a battery that lasts for a very long time before the phone conks out. It has a mono screen and it only cost me about $40. In a nutshell, a bare-basic mobile phone…very useful for the frequent traveller who needs a cheap phone for prepaid card use in another country or as a second phone for most people. The only thing bad about it was the very rubbery keypad but other than that, it does the job and very well indeed.

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Why HP sucks

29/08/2011 1 comment

My ex-company had a global deal with HP. And let me tell you, as an IT manager, facing sub-standard HP products almost every other day, I can safely say, HP sucks. And that is not only my view of HP. Check out Captain Justice and Sam. They feel the same way!

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Manchester United – 8 Arsenal – 2

29/08/2011 Leave a comment

The picture above say it all. Arsenal were routed by Manchester United. The last time Arsenal lost by such a big margin, 7 at that, was in 1927. Can you say we made history? I’ll say! With goals from Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, Luis Nani and Park Ji Sung, Arsenal was demolished. Arsenal did manage to pull two goals back now, courtesy of Theo Walcott and Robin Van Persie. At last, some good news after a terrible weekend.

Cerwin Vega CVA-28 loudspeaker

28/08/2011 Leave a comment

It seems that almost every audio manufacturer worth its salt is making powered speakers nowadays and Cerwin-Vega is no exception. What is puzzling about this design is that there are two 8″ full-range speakers in this speaker enclosure and one of them looks like a coaxial driver. From the spec sheet on the Cerwin-Vega website, this is a tri-amped system that pumps out 400 watts of power (800 watts peak) and from what I have read on many a review site, they are pretty loud. But from also what I can see, they may need a sub to really complement them. I have always had a high regard for Cerwin-Vega systems in the past and this one is no exception. Maybe next time Cerwin-Vega! You were beaten by the Yamahas!

The Singapore Presidential Election

27/08/2011 Leave a comment

For the second time this year, we go to the polls to vote. This time, it is for an Elected President. For the benefit of readers overseas, there are four candidates in the picture above. From left to right we have Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Mr Tan Jee Say, Dr Tony Tan and Mr Tan Kin Lian. All four candidates have the surname of Tan so make sure when you go to the polls, my fellow Singaporeans, vote wisely and pick the right Tan as our president. I know which one I am going to pick.

The LDAP security hole in Mac OSX Lion

27/08/2011 Leave a comment

Quite a few operating systems are guilty of it and Apple‘s OSX Lion has not escaped it. According to this article I read in The Register, Mac OSX Lion will blindly accept any LDAP password. LDAP, which stands for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, is like a telephone book with all kinds of records in it. If you own the LDAP server, you can get pretty much anything as it is like a master directory of information. Seems that earlier versions of OSX are OK but upgrades to OSX Lion have this issue. Well, hope it is patched soon.

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Happy 20th birthday Linux!

26/08/2011 Leave a comment

20 years ago today, a programmer named Linus Torvalds from Finland posted a message on a newsgroup on the 25th August 1991:

Hello everybody out there using minix –

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.  This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready.  I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things)…

Check out the article in ExtremeTech. All I can say is, Linux is a godsend. Thank you Mr Torvalds!

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