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Forum shutdown

I have shutdown my forum. It was fun while it last. I enjoyed setting it up and playing around as an admin. There were some technical challenges and I learned so much from overcoming it. But, there are no participation. And I did not want to pay USD$10/month for a dead place.. And so it has to go. Too bad.

Haze Again

I thought we would end the year without haze. I guess a haze free Malaysia is now a pipe dream. It’s back this week. Getting worse. Wtf is wrong with Indonesia?

How to use a iPad with a wired mechanical keyboard?

If you hated poking into the glass of your iPad to type, you have two choices. One is to buy a Bluetooth keyboard and wirelessly connects the keyboard to the iPad. This is fine but most of the Bluetooth keyboards are not mechanical keyboard, except the HHKB Bluetooth or the Matias Laptop Pro.

Your other choice is to hook up your wired mechanical keyboard to the iPad. But you need to purchase a connector to do so. Apple is selling a USB to Camera Connector kit for RM139 and another newer one which is USB3 and have a additional lightning port to charge your iPad for RM189.

It looked like this: I suggest getting the RM189 kit because of the ability to charge the iPad and to also provide some power to the keyboard that you plug in. The issue is Apple limits how much power goes out of the iPad into the USB device. If the keyboard requires more power than what Apple provides, you will get a pop up box saying "the connected device requires too much power". It really made a hell of …

Poh Kong Tesco Ampang RHB Credit Card Scam

This morning I received this SMS:

RM0.00 RHB: MYR 3998.00 was charged on your card num**97 at POH KONG-AMPANG TESCO on 03/08.Call 03-92126568 if you did NOT perform this transaction.

Looks totally legit, like something that I will get from my bank when I purchased something. Problem is, I don't have a RHB card. I called the number and there is a telephone automated service as well. These guys really go all the way. But suspecting something is amiss, I did a Google search and sure enough, it is a scam! They used to do it using CIMB Bank but now changed to RHB.

Be careful of this scam. Typically I don't do this in my blog. I consider myself scam savvy street smart but I almost fell for this. I imagine many other people would have easily fell for it.

The key thing is NEVER call the number in SMS message. ALWAYS, ALWAYS call your bank's official number.

3 reasons Malaysians should choose Spotify over Apple Music

I was a big Apple Music fan. I went for the 3 months trial when it first launched and then continue paying the subscription. Later, I stopped, thinking I don't really have much time for music only to realize that I cannot live without having instant access to songs. I subscribed again.

Yes, Spotify is more popular in Malaysia and I think around the world. But I am a huge Apple fan and I have a lot of historical data in iTunes - I started using iTunes when it was just version 4. And I have stuck with iTunes all these years because it remember the songs I starred, it keep track of my play count and because of these data, I could create Smart Playlist such as "My top songs I have not listened to in the past 3 months" or "Recently played songs that is in my top 20 list" or "Songs in my library which I have not listened to". When Apple Music was introduced, it still uses iTunes library and as such my analytic data are still being kept and updated and it wa…