Friday, 15 December 2017

Network and network security ebooks on sale

If you want to learn  more about computer networking and security, you may be interested to checkout these books on offer. Pay US$15 for books worth a few hundred dollars. 

Image, music and game software are also available in other bundles at HumbleBundle. Offers end in a few days' time.

Boy in China loses sight in eye after playing with desiccant dry pack

Desiccant packs, which are usually made up of silica gel grains, absorb water and are used to help food remain dry.

The accident happened when after finishing his snack, the boy, Keke, saw a small bag (desiccant dry pack) inside the snack box and took it out. He put the small bag (desiccant dry pack) into a drink bottle that contained  his beverage, after which the bottle exploded.

According to a doctor, Keke's right eye had been dissolved by alkaline liquid erosion, resulting in permanent blindness in that eye.

Lesson to be learnt:
Parents must remember to remove any desiccant packs found in any snack boxes just in case they cause problems to your kids. They may be harmless, but can be dangerous if mixed with wrong liquid.


Secondary 1 posting results will be released on Dec 21

The Secondary 1 posting results will be released next Thursday (Dec 21) at 9am, the Ministry of Education announced.

Students are to report to the secondary schools that they have been posted to on Friday (Dec 22) at 8.30am, the ministry said in a press release.

Scam warning: 120% jump in cases of fraudulent purchases charged to phone bills

The police have seen a sharp increase in the number of fraudulent purchases being charged to mobile phones, with 130 cases reported in the first 11 months of this year, up 120% from the same period last year.

The total amount cheated so far this year is at least S$16,000, the police added in a news release.

These scammers operated by initiating contact with the victims over Facebook and sometimes even created accounts closely resembling that of the victims' friends, the police said.

They would then ask for the victims' mobile phone number and mobile service provider and even phone PIN to buy online gaming credits or online gift cards using the victims' mobile phone numbers.

The police has advised members of the public to take the following precautions to avoid falling prey to such scams:
  • Do not share personal information like OTP and verification codes with anyone
  • Be wary when accepting friend requests from people on social networking sites
  • If in doubt, verify with a friend if they have sent the request before accepting it
  • Report fraudulent charges on mobile phone bills immediately


Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is Better Than Currency

Source: ST
In 2014, Bill Gates commented that Bitcoin is better than currency. "In the future, financial transactions will eventually “be digital, universal and almost free.”

You may want to read
1) Slow browsing? Hackers could be mining bitcoin with your computer
2) What is Bitcoin cryptocurrency?

Steps to Mine and buy Bitcoins for investment

Mining Bitcoin can be fun if you are tech savvy. But it also depends on your computer rig and electricity cost as your machine(s) have to be on for 24/7.

Software and hardware
1) Bitcoin mining hardware here and here (build your own USB miners).

2) Bitcoin software

It is easier to buy Bitcoins for investment as more people are mining it.
You may want to read Bitcoin ATMs in Singapore crash as price of cryptocurrency soars

3) How to buy and safekeep Bitcoins.

1) DIY Bitcoin Mining: Hardware (part1)

2) DIY Bitcoin Mining: Software (part 2)

3) How To Build Wealth By Mining Crypto Currency on your OLD mobile phones or tablets