Switch Java versions on Mac OS X

Switch Java versions on Mac OS X

Reading Time: 3 minutes Note: At the time of writing, the OS in question is Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.6. Mac OS X contains a rudimentary amount of developer tools underneath the shiny user interface. These packaged tools get outdated very fast, and developers are left scrambling to get the updated tools installed. Java, as a matter of fact, doesn’t come installed by default nowadays. My weapon of choice: Brew. Back to the topic. When updating my server and Invoice Ninja settings, I…

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Rabbit Hole: Updating Server

Rabbit Hole: Updating Server

Reading Time: 2 minutes It hadn’t had to be this way. But rabbit holes happen all the time. This time, it is no different. The starting point? InvoiceNinja. No TitleNo Description InvoiceNinja is a Laravel based invoicing system. Its primary job, as you guess it, is to issue invoices. Now, why does an analytics consultant need an invoicing system, especially when he doesn’t deal with the company’s finances. Well, his brief freelancing past caught up with him and he has to issue invoices for…

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Creativity in translation

Creativity in translation

Reading Time: 2 minutes Translating for WordPress themes and plugins is a repetitive work for most of the time. Filled with technical words and jargon, only a minority of the texts requires quite a bit of creativity. One of the most infamous strings in WordPress would be ‘Cheatin’ uh?’. This string was a general catch-all error message. For many years, many WordPress users would have seen the screen without any useful context to it. Why did the action fail? Was it a plugin, or…

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I got a confession to make

I got a confession to make

Reading Time: 1 minute But I doubt it is the one that you would want to hear. Not now. Everyone has chains to break. I am no exception. But it seems that I can’t break this one, despite me moving on. I may have waited for far too long. 10 years too long. Despite meeting up months after months, the words won’t come out from my mouth. The fear of rejection is too strong, and I continue to delude myself that I don’t want…

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Don’t Get Promote Twice

Don’t Get Promote Twice

Reading Time: 5 minutes While serving out the two years that most Singaporean males have to do in the Armed Forces, there was this running joke that we often said to each other: ‘Do what you must, do what you are ordered to do, just don’t up two ranks at the end of it.’ Even now during ICT, we sometimes repeat the same statement. Often, we laughed it off nonchalantly. There aren’t many occasions where we would encounter situations that we would leapfrog a rank….

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Backing up WordPress revisited

Backing up WordPress revisited

Reading Time: 3 minutes For backing up of WordPress sites, I have been using a myriad of backup strategies which rely on a couple of SaaS services. One of the services is Dropbox. I have been enjoying the perks of a rather outsized Dropbox space limits for a free account. Due to tie-ups with HTC in the past, I had received a fair bit of space from them. This additional storage space is time-limited and had since expired. Additionally, I had participated in the…

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Earworm – 僕が死のうと思ったのは/The Reason Why I Thought I’d Die

Earworm – 僕が死のうと思ったのは/The Reason Why I Thought I’d Die

Reading Time: 1 minute Boku ga shinou to omotta no wa anata ga kirei ni warau kara 仆が 死のうと思ったのは あなたが綺麗に 笑う から There was a time when I thought about dying, because you had to have such a pretty smile. Shinu koto bakari kangaete shimau no wa kitto ikiru koto ni majimesugiru kara 死ぬことばかり 考えてしまうのはきっと生きる事に真面目すぎるから And whenever someone can’t help but think about dying, I’m sure it’s because we’re trying a little too hard. Boku ga shinou to omotta no wa mada anata ni…

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Invoking nostalgia in 3, 2, 1

Invoking nostalgia in 3, 2, 1

Reading Time: 1 minute Listening to 5566’s 我难过 is the OST of MVP情人, starring the guys from the band and 张韶涵. I watched the drama several times (back then, VCDs were the only entertainment other than the telly. I had no cable). The drama was released in 2002, and thus bringing up memories of secondary school times. Amazing how old songs can trigger old memories.

Answered on Quora: Are there any side effects to bone marrow donation?

Answered on Quora: Are there any side effects to bone marrow donation?

Reading Time: 1 minute Bone Marrow Donation is the traditional way of extracting stem cells out from your bone marrow. To do that you have to undergo general anesthesia. The risks of general anesthesia include not waking up, choking on yourself during the procedure, etc. However a decent anesthetist and team will be able to mitigate the risks as much as possible. To extract the stem cells, (at least for me) thick needles were inserted and punctured into my hip bone to access the…

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Answered on Quora: How can I get access to WordPress offical site without VPN?

Answered on Quora: How can I get access to WordPress offical site without VPN?

Reading Time: 1 minute You are right to say that the site is using some Google services such as Google Fonts and Google Analytics If you are using Mac, install Dash for macOS – API Documentation Browser, Snippet Manager – Kapeli. If you are using Windows or Linux, install Zeal – Offline Documentation Browser. Both programs are offline documentation programs and they are updated often. Your mileage may vary. Question: How can I get access to WordPress offical site without VPN?