I had the privilege of being a panelist at the inaugural “India Digital Open Summit” held in Mumbai, India on 19th January 2018. The event was organized by Reliance Jio and held at the Jio […]
It was a supreme delight to have been able to sing Majulah Singapura (the video cannot be viewed because the IOC mafia thinks they own the copyright) with Joseph Schooling after being medaled at the […]
I had finally managed to rescue one of many drives that had documents and articles I wrote from the 90s and early 2000s. I will be putting them up on this blog and would have […]
My extended family will be voting sometime today. My wife and I will be exercising our right to vote at Qifa Primary School. That was the same place we voted in 2011. The People’s Action […]
This has been circulating in the chat groups on telegram.org and whatsapp.com and want it to be as widely read as possible. I did not wirte it, and I would love to give credit to […]
Oh, the classic off-by-one error. All of us who were expecting the polling day to be September 12, started counting from the day after the nomination day. Missed out the fact that nomination day itself […]
Just so that we don’t get distracted with all the SG50 festivities and forget key historical details, here’s some of the festive commemorations we’ve seen in Singapore. In four years, 2019, Singapore would be 200 […]
It is sad that Achan (dad in Malayalam) is not around to watch and take part in the festivities around Singapore’s 50th National Day. I *know* instinctively how excited he would have been. He was […]
I have on my cell phone a “plan” that gives me 50G of mobile data. When I first got the data plan back in 2006 or so, I think the telco provided I believe 2G […]
I spoke about creating the Secure E7y Nomadic Toolkit at FOSSAsia 2015. Here’s the video recording and the link to the presentation. On April 22, I had a 14-min interview on 938Live radio station. Here’s […]
Thank you, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. You gave your whole life to this country of ours. My parents, my siblings, my family and all of my extended family count our blessings for the gumption you […]
I am pleased to have had the opportunity to contest for the post of the president of the Singapore Computer Society at the AGM on Thusday March 26 and the meeting decided to vote in […]
This was penned by my sister, Srila. It is Nineteen Seventy-five Thirteen years of age Be aware of the world around you Says Dad, bless his soul So I begin to notice politics LKY, Goh […]
As some of you might know, I am a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society. That honour was conferred on me in 2009 for my contributions to the IT profession as well as to the […]
I am honoured to be invited to be the guest of honour and speaker at this year’s graduation at the Republic Polytechnic (http://www.rp.edu.sg/grad/home/Eventdetails.aspx?id=571). Here’s my speech: Mr Yeo Li Pheow, Principal and CEO of Republic […]
It’s a tough day today. Got into office and heard that a colleague passed away. He killed himself. He killed his only child, his daughter before killing himself. He lost his wife a few years […]
So, my 3 am post from January 3rd 2013 is now on http://www.tremeritus.com, probably not a good thing, but then this is the way things move. For what it’s worth, going by the comments in that post, […]
As the date to the dissolution of the current parliament looms paving way for the parliamentary elections, I would like to thank Mr Lee Kuan Yew for the years of service he has given to […]
I had the privilege of speaking to a great group of network operators as part of the South Asian Network Operators Group conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from Jan 11-18, 2011. The topic I […]
[Personal note: I moved to wordpress.com from livejournal.com because I was rather disappointed with the lack of community around livejournal.com’s code. It not being open source did add to my decision to move. I did […]
I have the pleasure of attending two interesting events this week – both in India. One is FOSS.in in Bangalore from Dec 15th onwards. This is their 10th year they are running it and I […]
Really nice to see that there are people with the right motivations and ability to live their lives in honesty. I salute you, Derek Sivers!
I was disappointed that the Brother DCP-135C is not within the CUPS database. However, kudos to Brother, they do make drivers available on their website. I have the USB version of the printer/scanner/fax machine and […]
Filed in BZ: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=550651 Just updated Chromium via Spot’s page using yum update for Fedora 12. SELinux permission issues on three libraries. Need to grant permission to SELinux to run the following: #!/bin/sh chcon -t […]
Why would anyone continue to put any more credibility with the entire Digital Restrictions (mis)Management that our Redmond friends continue to implement in their software? DRM is bad enough, being locked out of your own […]
This was on a mailing list and thought I should publish it here for posterity. (Tech Support | California, USA) Caller: “I need to report a very serious computer crime! The local university is running […]
So, the PSLE results came out today, November 26 2009. My son did well (got 3As and an A*) and his “aggregate” is 241. Next step is to apply for secondary one. In a way, […]
Happy to have helped with the launch of Fedora 12 at the Singapore Polytechnic. It was a lunch and learn affair and we had about 120 or students in attendance – including about 10-20 faculty. […]
Quietly pleased to be recognized with a Merit Award from Spring Singapore for “meritorious service and contribution to the Singapore national standardisation programme”. Thanks, ITSC for giving me an opportunity to serve. Spring Singapore Merit […]
My Mom was asking me for a small laptop for her to use and I figured that the best thing would be to get a netbook. With my sons and nephew in tow, we trooped […]
I truly wonder how the US PTO can even grant US Patent 7,617,530 in the first place. It is not so much that Microsoft got the patent, but the fact that it was approved. Looks […]
It was a real delight to see the level of excitement when we did the document creation and editing at the POSSE day 4 session this morning by Karsten Wade aka Quaid all the way […]
Looking forward to a meeting on open standards later this afternoon with a couple of people from Microsoft. Should be fun.
Mention portfolio to an artist, and she will be only too happy to show off the work she has done. You can then, based on browsing the portfolio’s contents, decide to commission the artist to […]
This is really a note-to-self because the StarHub website http://www.starhub.com/maxmobileprepaid/selfhelp is horribly broken (aka it needs and works with Internet Exploder only) and I have not been able to use the service since I bought […]
Coming to the 2nd half of day 1 of the first ever POSSE in Singapore. Working on how to use IRC, subscribing to POSSE-APAC mailing list and creating a feed into planet fedoraproject.org and/or planet […]
StarHub’s prepaid mobile broadband is annoying to use! Urggh. Appended is the settings that I have to add to the phone before it will work. Manual Settings GPRS Settings: Menu key > Settings > Wireless […]
In this post done in 2006, I predicted a few things, but the one that is closest to being spot on is how Vista would be banned from deployment (point b). So I was somewhat […]
Today, October 15, 2009, I complete my obligations to serve my country in the uniformed services. Today, I stand down from the Singapore Civil Defence Force. I was enlisted on January 18, 1978 in the […]
Isn’t something to read that India could save US$2billion if FOSS is adopted at 50% levels in India. Compare that with the S$1.x billion that has been earmarked and being spent on the Standard Operating […]
What a pleasant surprise to read that the Singapore Ministry of Education has signed a deal to deploy Google Apps for use by teachers. This is a huge win that we have to shout out […]
I think it is very early to welcome Microsoft to the right side of the history of computing and consumption and creation of software despite their announcement (with major cavaets) of the set up of […]
I was asked by @tonynewling for my take on “Vista One Year Vulnerability Report”. I finally got time to look at it and subsequent reports by the same author and I have to applaud the […]
Last Friday I promised a good friend that I will provide him with a LiveCD that contains a bunch of anti-virus software that will be able to scan his heavily infected windows machine. It continues […]
Happy National Day! Here’s the pledge which we can recite at 8:22 pm – the time is chosen because that is when the parade reaches it’s conclusion. We, the citizens of Singapore pledge ourselves as […]
I have been contemplating getting the LG X110 netbook but without the Windows installed in it. Given that Amazon readily refunded the Microsoft tax, I am tempted to buy the LG from Amazon instead of […]
Video clip of interview of Jim Whitehurst CEO of Red Hat on CNBC Asia today in Singapore.
I cannot but emphatize with the post and his sentiment. The key point is in engaging and work with community all the time. It cannot be a “here, community, do something”. It has to be […]
It is these simple innovations that bring a smile to my engineer heart! I did not quite think of all the CDs that I had to thrash which can now be used for making these […]
I was roaming around Sim Lim yesterday and came across a LG X110 netbook. These days I tend to carry around with me my “desktop” all in my trusty 60GB usb drive and with the […]
While it is nice to see Microsoft playing nicely (for once) with the Linux and GPL space with their device driver for inclusion into the Linux kernel 184.108.40.206, there are some important things to keep […]
As I recall and share with my sons and wife about how I felt 40 years ago watching on our 17″ black and white TV (Essex or Esser or something like that) the landing on […]
Kudos to Tridge in working to remove another of the MS alleged patents that they claim is infriged upon by Linux. The rubbish that M$ claimed against Tom Tom was settled out of court so […]
It is ever so nice to have a good belly laugh and all thanks to @osrin who tweeted that he thought that “Chrome OS and Android have different missions didn’t[…]
I am really happy to note that my good buddy will become a Nominated Member of Parliament. The only link I can point to at 1100 hrs UTC July 6th is the Kum Hong. The […]
Simply a great story reaffirming how the failure of technical leadership and fundamental understanding about the need to have a robust underlying technical architecture for something as fundamental stock trading. Compare that fiasco with how […]
It is heartening to read that the NZ government’s negotiations with MS for NZgovt to fork out more money to MS for a licencing deal has failed spectacularly. I was hoping that something like that […]
For every attempt at doing the right thing, there will be the MS Mafia who will go in to reverse any attempts at implementing open standards and open source. Let’s see how long they will […]
Am intrigued about the proposals that are to be put forward by the establishment about some changes in how politics and government functions in Singapore. I think Chok Tong is clever in putting the “hints” […]
What a great post by Jeremy !Of all people, he knows how to do interoperability right. He had to reverse engineer the SMB protocols so that Samba can work. If interoperability against a black box […]
Looks like Wolfram Alpha might be an interesting “new” idea. It does challenge one’s tried and familiar way of how to ask a question. I think there is value, but I am sure there will […]
While I would be kinder to the MDA, I think this article is quite telling. The two agencies (EDB and the MDA), have in their ranks people who are smart, but not street smart. It […]
Looking at the charts, it sorta confirms what I have always felt – that traditional TV and traditional newspapers are quite passe. In 2006, I posed a question to a group of university students (about […]
I’ve always thought that Sony Corporation was a business that was both innovative and cool. But to hear their CEO thinks that he “doesn’t see anything good having come from the Internet” is amazing. It […]
Rather bleak report about the thinning of coders globally. This will have a huge impact on how software gets written and shared. It is therefore, timely that the ITSC has been running a programming contest […]
By the looks of it, I cannot but feel that MS has found a way to fork the ODF 1.1 to suite their world view of having their product as the only one out there. […]
I was really tickled to read a tweet from someone in the Seattle area who wanted to run some new fangled (but time-bombed though) MS operating system on his new machine. Apparently he “could not […]
I applaud Distesh for his post. It is a well known tactic of Microsoft to go about saying that they are supporting Standard X or Prototol Y, when in reality, it is support in a […]
This is not the first time that Redmond company has seen it fit to take a well-worn and engineered solution running on Linux (or even FreeBSD) and put their OS on it. I recall a […]
Here are some fun memes from the EGM of AWARE that happened on Saturday, May 2, 2009. a) “Shut Up and Sit Down” – a statement made by one of the executive committee members when […]
Two terms that I did not need to know about: Steeplejacking, and http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/21/171257/854>Joel’s Army. I guess it is important to know about these and to keep a watch out.
It was really endearing to watch the tweets that were being generated under the #awaresg tag regarding the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the Singapore-based women’s NGO, AWARE. The issues behind the calling for the […]
#fb The Nominated Member of Parliament nominations for 2009 were opened in early April 2009. Unfortunately, inspite of all the e-government hype, you cannot find any official information about this. There is no press release […]
Happy to see Fedora 10 cds making it’s way into the Philippines! Well done, Herson!
Pertinent article about the Tom Tom bullying by Microsoft. Linux Defenders 911 for anyone being threatened by patent suites.
Unfortunately, ZDnet is not quite accurate in their reporting. See my response at http://harishpillay.livejournal.com/154849.html. #fb
Interesting video about cloud computing from the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) perspective. Need one each for for SaaS and PaaS.
testing to see if this post makes it to twitter and then to #fb
[Updated on April 29th because of ZDnet’s inaccurate reporting] The OIN gets assigned all the patents that then come under it’s purview. These patents are then available to all to use. If MS sees the […]
Red Hat and Georgia Tech did an academic study about how Open Source fares around the world. The site has a clickable map and it is interesting to see how the country rankings. What pleases […]
Got wind of an interop event next week. Looks like it is about document standards, but it is not entirely clear. After the way MS bought the ISO to make ooxml an ISO standard, now […]
This is right up my world view. Kudos to the authors!
I am really delighted to read about Ushahidi, Swahili for testimony. It is a Kenyan open source project that was triggered by the 2008 violence in Kenya. It is also the tool that is today […]
I am not going to provide the link to the BSA’s site that has some videos and photos (I am sure these are all actors and staged) about people who allegedly used unauthorized, proprietary software. […]
Is this an April Fool’s offer? So, MS is kind enough to offer a “stripped down” version of their “server product”. Let me understand how this would work. So, a SMB gets conned into buying […]
While it is a windfall for the person mentioned, and it is nice to see Microsoft paying out more money as punishment, the problem comes from the whole premise of software patents. I think the […]
I think this article is a rehash, but I am sure that there is still some grain of truth in it with respect to the sales of netbooks. I am looking forward to the day […]
I posted a very cynical comment but there is a bigger issue at play. There has never been any degree of transparency in the government, despite of what they keep saying. We need all of […]
I continue to be amazed by the utter waste of tax-payer monies that goes to pay the ministers who, on the face of it, do nothing. There are ministers with specific portfolios like defence, education, […]
Just stumbled upon DiaS’pura. Love the play on words – diaspora + singapura. For the non-Singaporeans, Singapura is Singapore in Malay. Hoping to attend one of their events.
It took a while to happen, but MS Encarta has finally been pulled. With Wikipedia rules! Power to the community!
A though provoking talk by Mike Rowe at TED about dirty jobs. Is coding/programming a dirty job then? How do we encourage people that coding and hacking code is a intellectually fun and dirty job?
Just got pointed to PyCon 2009@Chicago. Kinda timely as the code::XtremeApps 2009 will have in the open category python and Android programming as the two platforms. This year’s Junior category will be using Squeak as […]
It cannot be that governments in south east Asia are so naive that their computers are compromised and has become part of an extensive espionage network run by the Chinese. Or am I naieve to […]
I am appalled to hear some members of the Singapore Computer Society complaining about their email forwarding having a hickup. Yes, the server had a catastrophic failure on Momday, but what the server does is […]
Interesting article about how MS is trying it’s best to thwart the ability to boot from the USB port with the intent on not making it easy for people to just use Linux via the […]
Happy Document Freedom Day! It is fundamentally crucial that the world is kept aware of the need to ensure that all of the world’s knowledge as it get captured in digital forms, remain accessible for […]
It is a fantastic move by Tom Tom to join the Open Invention Network. Let’s continue to build a patent pool that is freely available to any FOSS developer and help with the ongoing effort […]
Now that it is better documented, I am putting this up as a note to self.