Malaysian Mountain Hiking Gear

A while back, I wrote a post on what I EDC (Everyday Carry). While that list included many items which I do find useful, a number of them are only useful in an urban area. Further more, when one is climbing mountains, any extra weight makes things a lot harder. Here is a list of … Continue reading “Malaysian Mountain Hiking Gear”

Observing With NASA: Remotely controlled telescopes which YOU can use!

There is no doubt that the sky is an amazing piece of art. When you look up at the sky in a clear and dark location, the sight of hundreds of stars can literally take one’s breath away. What’s amazing is that in the spaces between the stars and planets lurk more things than you can imagine – nebulae, galaxies, even more stars, and who knows what else which has yet to be discovered!

Have you ever wanted to use a telescope or take photos of celestial objects, but never had access to one? Find out more about Harvard’s Observing With Nasa (OWN), a website which allows you access to remotely controlled robotic telescopes, and see what kind of photos you can produce!

Do you wear a watch?

Sitting in a bus, or a train, or even walking about the streets is always a good opportunity to take a look at other people and to see if they are wearing a wrist watch. Ok, I don’t actually do that often, but it is always an interesting experiment to perform. I’ve recently heard arguments that [wrist] watches are no longer needed, that they are a thing of the past. People will now take a look at their phones to see what time it is, or glance at a clock on the wall. However, I think watches are still relevant in these modern days. Here’s why.

Network File Server using FreeNAS (Part 1)

Juggling around files can be a nightmare when you have multiple computers, especially when you use multiple operating systems. Trying to back up files can easily turn into a mess once you have multiple copies of files here and there, and you may constantly worry about hard drive failure.

By building a NAS yourself, you can solve these issues and save a lot of money compared to buying a commercial NAS product!

Home network setup

Recently, I made the change to fiber optic for internet, boosting my download/upload speeds to 5Mbps/5Mbps. At the same time, I decided that it was time to do some upgrades to the network in my house, in particular a gigabit network and having all computers on a domain. In terms of complexity, of course this is a very small network setup compared to those you get in large companies and campuses, but for a home network, it’s probably more than an average user may have.