What changed?


It’s just over a year and a day since the Singapore General Elections 2011. Many things have been said about…

ACTA in Singapore


It is a little annoying to see the same acronym ACTA having two meanings in Singapore.  A lot of people…

Math 101 for Ministers


MEDIAN is NOT the same as MEAN also known as average. Mean is the average of a set of numbers.…

O Captain, my Captain!


So, the see-sawing of leadership credibility of the SMRT has reached an interchange. The CEO has quit (or euphemistically  “to…

OSCON 2011 – Tuesday July 26


Finally, I’ve found time and motivation to attend the O’Reilly organized Open Source Convention 2011 in Portland, Oregon. It has been…

Change and Opportunity


Change and evolution are hallmarks of any open source project. Ideas form, code gets cut, repurposed, refined and released (and…

The next Singapore president


With the elections for the next Singapore president due any day now, my decision making process will include the following…

Printer/cups tip


Every time I update the OS on my laptops, I have to add the CUPS printer settings for the in…

It keeps getting better!


On April 17th, I thanked Lee Kuan Yew for standing down. My thanks were really for him to completely step…

Is Vietnam blocking Facebook?


I am sitting at a lounge in Ho Chi Minh City’s international airport and connected to the wifi. Interestingly, I…

My Singapore


I am very, very pleased to see such an explosion of thought, care, concern, commentary and general love for Singapore…

Minority and the GRC


As we near Polling Day, May 7th, 2011, I think a heart to heart review of the only reason proffered…

Being too successful


I remember a conversation one Sunday morning I had with my Dad when we were living at 260D, 109 Commonwealth…

“Freak” election outcomes?


The PAP is repeatedly used the phrase “freak election result” when referring to them losing seats in the general election. How…

A tale of two women


I have a lot of respect for Mr Goh Chok Tong. He makes mistakes and shows that he is human…

Staking the higher ground


Now that the Singapore General Elections will be held on May 7th, the traditional political mudslinging has started in earnest.…

Thank you, Mr Lee!


As the date to the dissolution of the current parliament looms paving way for the parliamentary elections, I would like…

Some thoughts about NS


I was reading some rather interesting arguments against continuing National Service as we have today. While I think there are…

Cloud for Academics


I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak from both a Red Hat and an open source presective about…

I have a dream


I have a dream that this nation of mine will rise above mediocrity and prove that we are people of…

Believing in your own BS


I spend pretty much 100% of my waking hours in the IT world. A world that changes and evolves rapidly.…

We, The Citizens of Singapore


We, the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a…

The Productivity Gambit


Perhaps the only useful nugget out of last night’s “Political Forum on Singapore’s Future”, was that all the participants agreed…

Disappointed, but not surprised!


I watched with disappointment the “Political Forum on Singapore’s Future” on TV. I think the format was so contrived that…

Tilting the playing field


I was reviewing the information at the Elections Department site on what are the terms and conditions for standing for…

Taking the higher ground


I am disappointed with the kinds of ad hominem attacks being made at the person from the PAP who is being…

A great blast from the past


The recent approval to increase the salary (“privy purse”) of the Singapore president reminded me of a speech that Ms…

SMS spam


Am always tickled to receive spam via SMS.  The first one this year came on January 8th and reads as:…

Data analysis sought


I’ve extracted the stats from the Singapore elections department‘s site and set up a tabulated voting results from the very…

This is it!


Kudos to Mr Brown for nailing the “hard truths” as opposed to the original half truths. Hard Truths #11 and…

The magic of brand loyalty


We are all slaves to perception. What you perceives essentially drives your actions.  Yes, we can think through the issues…

You gotta love StarHub!


So, I had to call StarHub today to sort out a payment issue.  Dialed 1637 and their wonderful interactive voice…

2010 in review


[Personal note: I moved to wordpress.com from livejournal.com because I was rather disappointed with the lack of community around livejournal.com’s…

Was I fair?


I read with amusement some of the comments that people made with regards to the chat I had with the…

Interesting to see me quoted


I was pleasantly pinged by someone who said that I was being quoted in an article saying: “The best moment for me…