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Where Robert scribbles his thoughts for the day.

Switch Java versions on Mac OS X

Switch Java versions on Mac OS X

Reading Time: 3 minutesNote: 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 These packaged tools get outdated very fast, and developers are left scrambling to get the updated tools installed.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 minutesIt 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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I got a confession to make

I got a confession to make

Reading Time: 1 minuteBut 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 minutesWhile 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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Invoking nostalgia in 3, 2, 1

Invoking nostalgia in 3, 2, 1

Reading Time: 1 minuteListening 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.

Advertising on Twitter, the wrong way

Advertising on Twitter, the wrong way

Reading Time: 1 minuteRecently, I have seen some tweets coming from an account, like this: Noticing the link, I went to Ad Plus Platform’s website and this is what they sell:   Paperless Flyer Distribution? Online, it is called spam. If anyone wants to advertise on Twitter, just use the system that Twitter has. It is definitely cheaper and the reach is wider. Doing this will more often than not leave a negative impression of the business that is being advertised. By the…

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Clearly, doodling is much faster than writing

Clearly, doodling is much faster than writing

Reading Time: 1 minutePicture paints a thousand words. I attended a training session by Nicholas Bate, who was brought in to brush up our presentation skills and widen our arsenal. Part of the session touched on creativity and how everyone can be creative at any point in time. As a part of a pressuring 90 seconds or so, I doodled what I learnt for the day.

Singapore Night Festival 2014

Singapore Night Festival 2014

Reading Time: 1 minuteI went to Singapore Night Festival 2014 on the opening night, 22nd August 2014. This year’s theme is “Bold and Beautiful”. Singapore Night Festival is held around the main museum belt, encompassing Singapore Management University, featuring a lineup of local and international artists. Album: Singapore Night Festival 2014 | Facebook After walking about for a couple of hours with friends from HackerspaceSG, I noticed that the crowd is more muted, less dense than before. The main feature however is a…

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Sights and thoughts from cycling from home to work and back

Sights and thoughts from cycling from home to work and back

Reading Time: 2 minutesI started work the week after I had my graduation ceremony and my bone marrow donation procedure. During the two weeks after work started, I could not do what I wanted to do: Cycling to work. I could not sit still anymore after two weeks and bought a road bike on one Saturday. The path to work is reasonable for a cyclist, through Kallang Riverside Park, passes through Marina Bay Sands’ waterfront promenade, Marina Bay Financial Centre and then the…

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