1 Month Later in Tech in Asia

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I joined Tech in Asia as The Tech Guy on 1st September 2014. It has been a busy September for us. There are two developers (Li Soon and I) in Tech in Asia and we have another team in Vietnam that is doing Techlist.

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Tech in Asia Logo

Our priority for September is basically to scale Tech in Asia.

Servers
We moved from DigitalOcean to SoftLayer. Previously on DigitalOcean, we are on 32 GB/12 CPUS, 320 GB SSD Disk and 7TB transfer for USD$320/month.

For SoftLayer, we are on their Catalyst Startup Program and we have some free credits for a year. We went with five bare metal servers. One for load balancer, three for web and one for database.

For load balancer, we are using HAProxy. For web, we are using Ubuntu as our OS and Apache as our web server application. Each of the web servers has it’s own memcached as well. We might be switching to Nginx in the future. For database, we are using MySQL.

In order to share uploaded content (/wp-content/) across all three web servers synchronously, we used SoftLayer’s NAS and mount it for all three web servers.

CDN
We moved from EdgeCast to MaxCDN because EdgeCast doesn’t provide free shared SSL cert and the UI/UX is just terrible. When it comes to prices, EdgeCast and MaxCDN costs almost the same but MaxCDN is more value for money.

WordPress
Tech in Asia runs on WordPress and over the years (including the migration from SGEntrepreneurs), there are a lot of unused data that is left behind by plugins/themes.

We cleaned up the postmeta, commentmeta, usermeta and options table. For the options table, we cleaned up from 3,000+ rows to just 192 rows and that gives us a huge performance boost as you can see from the graph below.

Apart from cleaning up WordPress, we also enhanced the security of WordPress a little. We moved WordPress to it’s own folder and hence we can check for unauthorised file changes using “git status”.

The WordPress Administration Panel (/wp-admin/) is now over HTTPS and we added Two Factor Authentication (2FA) login using Google Authenticator plugin.

Monitoring
We monitor our servers using Graphite and display them in nicer graphs on Grafana. As mentioned previously, we are also using Pindgom to check our servers periodically for uptime/downtime.

Development
We are using Vagrant as our development environment. Deployment is done by Capistrano and of course we are using GitHub to store our code and configs.

Tech in Asia Insights
We did all the above mentioned stuff in September and Tech in Asia Insights, which is our premium content service for busy C-level executives, investors, and entrepreneurs.

SingTel 300Mbps Fibre Home Bundle

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Thanks to SingTel for giving me 2 years free subscription to try out their Fibre Internet so that I can compare it with my existing 300Mbps StarHub MaxInfinity Fibre Internet.

Equipment
Equipment

They gave me the 300Mbps Fibre Home Bundle which cost SGD$59.90. It includes the free Aztech FG7003GRV(AC) – Dual Band Wireless-AC Gigabit VOIP Residential Gateway and Home Digital Line with free unlimited local calls.

My appointment was on Friday, 12th September 2014 between 12pm and 1.30pm. The technician from SingTel was pretty punctual as he arrived at 12.30pm.

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Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter

Asked my mom to get me the Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter from iStudio in Changi Airport because she is travelling to Hong Kong with my dad. The retail price is SGD$108 but if you get it from the Airport, you don’t have to pay tax for it. So it is cheaper by about 7%, so it cost about SGD$100.93.

The Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter is meant for MacBook Pro Retina 13″. As long as your MacBook uses 60W or less, you can use this particular adapter. Case in point, you can use this power adapter with MacBook Air 11″ or MacBook Air 13″.

It is good to have a spare power adapter. I have one in my office, one at home and one in my bag. In this way, I know I will not misplace my power adapter.

Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter - Box Front
Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter – Box Front

Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter - Box Back
Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter – Box Back

Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter - Box
Apple 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter – Box

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Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Ultra Hybrid Case

Before the official launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, there are already quite a few cases out there in the market for the phones. I think some manufacturers bet on the leak schematics rather than waiting for Apple’s official schematics.

For iPhone 6 Plus, I found three clear cases in the market from Spigen and one from Tunewear. For Tunewear, there is only the Tunewear eggshell for iPhone 6 Plus (SGD$32).

For Spigen, they are the Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Ultra Hybrid Case (SGD$32), Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Capsule Case (SGD$25) and Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Thin Fit Case (SGD$25). All three cases can be found in Challenger stores.

The difference between the Capsule Case and Thin Fit case is the material used. Capsule Cases use Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) which makes it flexible, elastic, and durable. This give it a soft and comfortable grip. Thin Fit cases on the other hand is a hard case and it uses polycarbonate which makes it lightweight and durable.

For Ultra Hybrid Case, it is actually a hybrid between a case and a bumper. The case back is a hard case where as the bumper portion of it is made up of TPU that features Air Cushion Technology corners for secure drop protection.

I would recommend getting the Ultra Hybrid Case instead because the iPhone 6 Plus might be too big for some hands and it might easily slip off your hands. You will need the bumper to protect the sides of your iPhone 6 Plus when it falls.

I bought my Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case from VivoCity’s Challlenger for SGD$32 (after 10% member’s discount is SGD$28.80).

Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Ultra Hybrid Case - Packaging Front
Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Ultra Hybrid Case – Packaging Front

Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Ultra Hybrid Case - Packaging Back
Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Ultra Hybrid Case – Packaging Back

Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Ultra Hybrid Case - Packaging
Spigen iPhone 6 Plus Ultra Hybrid Case – Packaging

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case is retailing for SGD$68 and my brother ordered it together with the iPhone 6 Plus. But unfortunately, the case got shipped first and we received it yesterday while the iPhone 6 Plus is still stuck in the status, Processing Items.

There are five colors available for Apple iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case: Black, (PRODUCT) Red, Midnight Blue, Olive Brown and Soft Pink.

Surprisingly, I chose Soft Pink despite not being a pink person at all. I think among the five colors, Soft Pink best matches the Gold iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus.

I will update this post again with new pictures when I received my gold iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case - Packaging Front
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case – Packaging Front

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case - Packaging Back
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case – Packaging Back

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case - Packaging
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case – Packaging

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