Advertisement: Buying a property in Singapore

Just yesterday at my JC clique outing, we were talking about one of us who have been attached for 6 plus years. We were all quite envious of his “luck” or ability to find a soul mate. In the middle of the conversation, we suddenly went on to talk about how young couples must register a flat 3 years in advance before getting married, because that is how long a HDB flat takes to build. So we think that if he wants to get married at 26 (I don’t know when he wants to), it means he need to register now at 23. For the rest of us singles, we have to wait till 35 before we can buy a Singapore HDB flat. The reality can be really vicious when you’re a single.

Fortunately, if anyone is itching to have his or her own house, there’s still the resale market. You won’t get the HDB subsidy, but at least there’s a chance to buy your own house if you’re rich enough. However, finding a house isn’t an easy feat. Where should anyone start from? Once again, technology comes to save the day in the form of an all in one portal to buy real estate in Singapore. ST701 deals with a variety of stuff, and one of them is property in Singapore.

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When you have so many listings in the newspapers, you have to go through them one by one and circle those property that you are interested in, just like how the dramas portray the jobless, by circling the relevant job advertisements. But in this technological age, it makes no sense to do such manual work when we can save time by streamlining it down to things we want. You want houses at Boon Lay? Why look at Pasir Ris? You want Condominiums? Why look at HDB flats? Sort your data effortlessly with ST701. They even allow you to sort it by a price range and a space range (in sq ft), number of bed rooms, and whether it is for rent.

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But what I really like is that they also feature articles on the property market. There is also the property price trend graphs for those who are visual people. There are actually many different things you can do on the website, and I think it is important to go through some material there so that we are all aware and will be less ignorant about real estate matters. Only then we can choose a good deal for ourselves.

So bookmark this website now @ http://property.st701.com/. You may need it sooner or later!

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Thoughts after Slumdog millionaire

I have finally watched the award winning movie, Slumdog millionaire yesterday night. To be frank, I do not see all the hype surrounding it. In the middle of the movie, I grew slightly bored, but it is still mildly interesting enough to continue, and hence I did manage to finish the whole movie in one sitting. One scene was super disgusting, that being the young boy jumping into the shit pool so he could get out and get the signature of his idol.

But I guess there are two important scenes that resonate with me in the show. The first scene is where I suppose is something like racial riots, except it’s more to do with religion, since I heard the word Muslims inside, and Slumdog millionaire is an Indian movie. In that scene, the two young boys watched in horror their mother getting killed right before their eyes. They saw the destruction of property and life. And this is really happening in all parts of the world. People don’t coexist peacefully with each other.

The second scene is when the elder brother was being a real bastard. He took out his revolver, pointed at his younger brother, simply because he wanted to have sex with the younger brother’s crush. His younger brother had to go away to avoid getting killed. I feel that such things are the most hated things that can happen in one’s lives, simply because you feel powerless to defend the things or people you care about. To not be able to stand up against bullies who don’t follow the path of righteousness is a very sad feeling. One that you can feel immense hatred against the perpetrators.

Which is why I smiled when my friend shared a link on facebook. It also resonates with me. Although it is the army’s commercial, I find that the meaning is appropriate. Even if you do not like conscription in Singapore, you have to agree with the meaning of the commercial. “What you can’t defend, you don’t own.” Which is why we should do our best not to get bullied. Which is why I feel we shouldn’t give anyone a chance to think that we can be bullied.

I’ll end with the YouTube of the commercial. Do just take some time to watch and see if you can feel the message as I do.

Sponsored Post: Database of cars @ ST701

I’ve always been supportive of the idea to use technology to help in our daily lives, and one of such technologies that I support is to use databases on servers to store data. And I wished that more sites would upgrade themselves so that they can have databases and allow us users to search and skim through results that appeal to us. No more of wasting time scrolling past listings of “new cars” when I’m looking for a 2nd hand one, or listings of “motorcycles” when all I want is an MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle). Hence when I was asked to write about ST701, I was actually happy to discover for myself that they allow us to filter the results to show what we really want!

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On the main page of the website, we are allowed to search through the database of either cars, motorcycles or commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles are like vans and lorries, which I doubt many people will be buying unless they really need them. Note that this is a Singapore site, so they are selling Singapore cars. The results could be filtered more by either writing text, and the server will identify similar text results, as well as the price range, which I happen to think it is quite important. For the budget conscious buyer, which I will be, price is a very sensitive issue. I definitely do not want to go out of budget, and hence I do not need to see the other Singapore cars which are more luxurious and comes at a higher price.

They also allow us to select either Singapore new or used cars, as well as the type of cars, meaning MPVs, or SUVs, luxury, sedan e.t.c. Never mind if you do not know what they are, you can select “All types” and every type of car will come out.

If you scroll down, you’ll be able to browse the cars by make, meaning the brand. I was amazed to find not so popular or well known brands like Dong Feng and Skoda, which I only happen to recognize because I once worked in a survery company dealing with data for the car industry. Alternatively, you could browse by budget, ranging from less than 20,000 to more than 150,000.

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In fact, if not for this site, I would have not known that people are selling cars for $9800. However it is a very old car, so it’s still “what you pay is what you get”. I guess, with this site, I can now dream of the first car I will own, which will be a rather budget conscious one, and will probably be a used car at that.

Other than browsing through database of cars, they have car reviews and motoring news which could be found at their Guides and Articles page.

They also allow you to sell your old cars over there! I see that there is a featured car’s section on the main page, so perhaps a little more money will place it on the front page? 🙂

I guess I shall leave it to interested people to browse through the site and use it to their advantage when they are purchasing cars. As I always believe, information is power, and only the guy with more information will get the best deal. Happy harvesting of information!

Sponsored Review: FAST easySafe

Data security is an important issue these days. As the world becomes more and more advanced, we find ourselves spending a greater amount of time on our computers. We use the computers for work, as well as for leisure, and some people use their computers to store some personal pictures (*sly smile*). No matter what you are going to use your computer for, there are sometimes you wish that you could add a layer of protection towards certain data.

But why should we need to add this layer of protection? I mean, in modern Operating Systems, the first level of lock is the User Accounts, and you have to type in the password to enter isn’t it? But what will happen if you are going off for a cup of coffee? The default answer, is that we can lock up our computers isn’t it? That way, you have to key in your password before you can unlock the computer.

That, to me, is a false sense of security. In a way, I apply the more-is-good policy. I mean, if I have sensitive data, I would want as much protection as possible, isn’t it? You may lock your doors and windows, but if you have a few thousand dollars in your home, you may consider getting a safe to put the money isn’t it? Hence, more security is beneficial. After all, we have to consider many what-ifs. What if someone managed to guess at the user account password? Someone may give you a trojan and the trojan may have keylogging functions. Hence, that is why easySafe makes much sense.

When you use easySafe, you have to provide two different items before the computer will unlock the virtual disc drive. I say virtual because it’s like having a D drive inside the C drive harddisc. To unlock the files, you need your own password, as well as the “key” which is actually a USB device that comes with easySafe. With the key plugged in to the USB port, and with the successful typing of the password, your virtual disc drive will then appear in the “My Computer” section. In a way, people will not know that you have those kind of photos even when they look at My Computer, and secondly, they need to know both your password and get your “key” to access all those photos. Unless you’re a celebrity, I say that it’s not worth the effort just to get you in those compromising shots.

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Installation of easySafe, it seems, is very easy. Just plug in the key, type in the pin and you may create a virtual disc drive with a click. Just double click the disc drive in “My Computer” and you can drag and drop files into the virtual disc drive. For a video showing you all these, go to Tech65.

To me, easySafe seems to be a user friendly way of adding an extra protection around your sensitive data. You don’t have to be good with software or know how to program in C++ to be able to use this software.

The question boils down to this: Do you have certain files you wish to have more protection for? Apart from compromising photos, what about those MSN message logs that you have with your mistress friend? Or those Japanese pron files you downloaded from BitTorrent? Or just the new business plan you have that you fear your competitor may try to get? Whether legal or illegal, or morally right or wrong, an added level of protection is always better. Why not try easySafe?

easySafe can be purchased at the following places:

  1. E2000 shop at Funan #05-02.
  2. Tec-Drome Technology at Sim Lim Square #05-78 and #06-74.
  3. IMM Challenger L2-49.

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easySafe – Your unique key to security

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FAST easySafe is the only hardware cryptography product available in the market with unique features. It protects all sensitive information in your computer, external hard disk, USB flash drive, SD card and etc.

Although the design is compliant to FIPS 140-2 standard with PKI technology, FAST easySafe, as its name implies, is rather easy to deploy and use as compared to other sophiscated security products that require dedicated IT specialists for deployment and maintenance.

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Venue : Funan ITMall Atrium
Time : 11am to 8pm
Date : 3rd to 6th April 2008

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