Microsoft Announces Windows 10

· · · Software

Announced last week Tuesday on 30th September 2014, the next version of Microsoft’s Windows will be called Windows 10 and not Windows 9.

As shown in the screenshot below, there is a rumour going on in Reddit mentioning that lots of third party products are checking whether the Windows version starts with “Windows 9″ which means it will match Windows 95 or Windows 98.

Reddit - Why Windows 10
Reddit – Why Windows 10

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Featured on WordPress Weekly (WPWeekly) Episode 164

· · · WordPress

I was interviewed by Jeff Chandler and Marcus Couch of WordPress Tavern for WordPress Weekly (WPWeekly) Episode 164. Go check it out!

WordPress Weekly
WordPress Weekly

In this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I travel to Singapore to interview Lester “GaMerZ” Chan. Chan has 23 different plugins in the plugin directory, amassing an incredible total download count of 12,241,325! This accounts for approximately 1.6% of all plugin downloads from the directory.

Chan explains how he handles support for 23 different plugins and offers suggestions to improve to make providing support easier. One of his suggestions is to give plugin authors the ability to close threads in their plugin’s support forums. Chan describes what the WordPress scene is like in Singapore and informs us that there a shortage of WordPress developers. Last but not least, he explains his role as “Tech Guy” for the Tech In Asia website which is powered by WordPress.

Source: WP Tavern: WPWeekly Episode 164 – Interview With Lester “GaMerZ” Chan

Thanks Jeff and Marcus for having me! If you guys happen to visit Singapore, please do let me know =)

SingTel Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ Price Plans

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ will be available in Singapore from next Saturday, 11th October 2014 at a recommended retail price (RRP) of S$1,088. Two colors will be available at launch, the Charcoal Black and Frost White. The Blossom Pink and Bronze Gold colors will be available at a later date.

You can register your interest with SingTel for the Samsung GALAXY Note 4 4G+ now at

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ - Frost White
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ – Frost White

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ - Charcoal Black
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ – Charcoal Black

RRP for Galaxy Note 4 4G+ Accessories

  • Extra Battery Kit – S$68
  • S View Cover – S$78
  • S View Wallet – S$78
  • LED Flip Wallet – S$98
  • S Charger Vehicle Dock – S$148
  • MHL 3.0 Adapter – S$68


  • Networks:

    • 4G+ LTE Cat 6 up to 300Mbps
    • 4G+ LTE FDD [Band 1 (2100MHz)/Band 2 (1900MHz)/Band 3 (1800MHz)/Band 4 (1700MHz)/Band 5 (850MHz)/Band 7 (2600MHz)/Band 8 (900MHz)]
    • 4G+ LTE TDD (Band 38/ Band 40)
    • VoLTE
    • 3.5G (HSPA+ up to 42Mbps)
    • 3G (850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100MHz)
    • EDGE/ GPRS Class 33/ GSM Quad-band (850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900MHz)
  • Processor: 2.7GHz Quad Core
  • Storage: 32GB Internal memory + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Display: 5.7″ 16M colors (2560×1440) full touch (C-type) Quad HD Super AMOLED screen
  • Platform: Android 4.4.4 (Kit Kat)
  • Camera (Back): 16MP Rear Camera [8X Digital Zoom, LED Flash, Fast Auto Focus, Smart OIS, Real Time HDR (Rich Tone), Beauty Face, Shot & More (Best Photo, Best Face, Drama Shot, Eraser Shot, Panning Shot), Rear-Cam Selfie, Selective Focus, Panorama Shot, Virtual Tour, Dual Camera, Timer Shot, Download (Sports Shot, Animated Photo, Surround Shot, Sequence Shot, Sound & Shot, Food Shot)]
  • Camera (Front): 3.7MP Front Camera (F1.9, Selfie, Wide Selfie)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4+5GHz), VHT80, MIMO (2×2), Download Booster, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, GLONASS, Kies 3.0, Screen Mirroring, MirrorLink, TV Out (MHL 3.0), Peel Smart Remote, NFC, S Beam, Android Beam, Tethering and Mobile hotspot, Quick Connect
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Barometer, Gyroscope, Magnetic, Gesture, Heart Rate, UV, Lights, Fingerprint, Hall, IrLED
  • Dimensions: 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 176g
  • Battery: 3,220mAh, Fast Charging
  • S Pen Optimised Features and Services: Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write), Air View, Photo Note, Direct Pen Input, S Note, PEN.UP, EverNote, Scrapbook, Kindle for Samsung, SketchBook for GALAXY

Price Plans

SingTel Plans Combo 1 Combo 2 Combo 3 Combo 4 Combo 6 Combo 12
Monthly Subscription $27.90 $42.90 $62.90 $82.90 $102.90 $239.90
Calls 100 mins 200 mins 300 mins 400 mins 700 mins Unlimited
SMS 500 1,000 1,200 1,300 1,500 Unlimited
Data 100MB 2GB 3GB 4GB 6GB 12GB
SingTel WiFi 2GB. Unlimited usage from launch till 31st July 2015
4G VAS Waived Permanently
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 4G+ (32GB) $708 $608 $388 $148 $48 Free


  • Prices stated includes 7% GST
  • All postpaid plans come with unlimited free incoming calls
  • Data Usage Bill Cap: S$10.70/GB capped at S$188/month


1 Month Later in Tech in Asia

· · · Blog

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.

Tech in Asia Logo
Tech in Asia Logo

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

· · · Endorsement, Singtel

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.


They gave me the 300Mbps Fibre Home Bundle which cost S$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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