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Be motivated - Denzel Washington's speech at NAACP award

"Without commitment, you’ll never start, but more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish....

So, keep working, keep striving, never give up, fall down seven times, get up eight....

Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship...

So keep moving, keep growing, keep learning..." - Denzel Washington


Git on MacOS gives funny error

I run into this error today, when I tried to set up git for my newly updated/installed Android Studio:

SunUComp-MBP:MyApp sianlunl$ git --init

Agreeing to the Xcode/iOS license requires admin privileges, please re-run as root via sudo.

Welcome 2017

It is kind of funny that I have entered into 2017, and realise the blog here has been left deserted most of the time. Partly I don't have time to plan and write, but more likely I have not put priority to do so. 

Playing with a Raspberry Pi B - LCD display problem

I have recently bought a(nother) new Raspberry Pi - this round it is a Pi 3 B, and the whole set with case and LCD from Amazon UK. Everything looks beautiful, and only months after I have returned from the UK I get the chance to give it to my student for his final year project.

Fragment and Activity in Android Studio 2.1.1

If you have been using Android Studio > 1.5, a while ago, we might have been pampered by the automatic creation of new project with Fragment built-in ready for immediate development. Such luxury is helpful, but it also may taken away the understanding of how we can actually add fragments to a new project manually. This will happen when you have upgraded Android Studio to 2.1.1, and are not familar with the latest changes to the user interface.

Finally - redis to the rescue

Since last October, I have been working on porting the previous MyUniBus shuttle bus tracking service to a newer version using Cordova based hybrid environment (details on that will come in another entry, hopefully soon). The backend resides on a digitalocean droplet (the cheapest!) with only 512MB RAM, which is sufficient in most test cases. When I say in most test cases, it actually means - in real world applications, it may reach its limit.

Confluence 2016 - a fruitful visit to Amity University and India

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Confluence 2016 conference in Amity University, Noida, India. First of all, I gave a keynote speech named: "From IoT to IoP: Towards Democratization of Data". At the same time, I also presented a presentation for a paper named "Wi-Fi Fingerprint Localisation using Density-based Clustering for Public Spaces: A Case Study in a Shopping Mall".

It's soon the end of 2015!

Time flies. how true.I have "rebooted" this blog by thinking I should write more. Guess what, after a few updates at the beginning of 2015 - nothing much practically happened here since then. In real-life, many things happened. It was a great year with interesting research carried out, publications accepted and quite some travelling done. Teaching wise I have again explored a few more things to hopefully better gauge the needs and outcome. All in all, a fruitful year. The following is kind of a short summary (remind me if I missed something):

Talk at Star Education Fair 2015

the crowd at Star Education Fair

I was privileged to be invited to give a talk at the Star Education Fair 2015 yesterday, titled "Speaking in Code: Career in Coding and Programming". It was a good session with almost a few hundred students and parents listening to us. Together with me was Gurpardeep (APU) and Chin Ike (KDU), covering topics from general career prospect of IT/Computing jobs, atttributes/attitude of a good computing graduate to interests upcoming career path - Game Development.

Pledge or not?

Came across this today:

truly a good movement I must say - I have observed so many people struggling and giving up on coding, because the learning just does not make sense. I have asked around and I think no one knows the $1000 answer that 100% uplift the burden any budding coder has.


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