We are using robots in the wrong way

Recently there has been a video circulating around that shows a robotic arm failing while brewing coffee.

People are quick to say that robots cannot replace humans yet. But is this robotic really meant to replace humans? Personally, I felt that this setup is more for an exhibition rather than making coffee. Don’t get me wrong, it still makes coffee but there are better and more efficient ways to make coffee. The robotic arm that you see in the video has too many points of failure. They can install multiple sensors and cameras to prevent such incidents from happening again. But why do you want to have so many possible points of failure to begin with?

If they really want to make a machine to brew coffee, it wouldn’t have so many moving parts. It will most likely be just 1 boring looking machine where coffee powder enters from 1 end and coffee output from another end. Just like the fully automated espresso machines you see at Starbucks. I don’t think it is difficult to make such a machine for traditional kopi. (or maybe there are already machines doing it now)

Let’s be honest. The robotic arm we see is just for show. It’s an attraction. It’s not meant to make coffee efficiently. And I think we need to stop using robots in the wrong way. A robotic arm is useful in many situations but not for brewing coffee.

This reminds me of an old news regarding a restaurant using drones to deliver food from the kitchen to the diner’s table. Sounds impressive. Got lots of news coverage when they demonstrated it to the media. But it just doesn’t make sense to deliver food in a small restaurant using drones. The drone can’t carry heavy stuff. There are many people walking around in a restaurant and accidents might happen. And let’s not forget that drones are rather noisy.

No prize for guessing if that restaurant is still using drones.

Singapore SMS Sender ID Registry

Did you receive an SMS labelled as “Likely-SCAM”? That’s because the company/organisation that is sending you the SMS did not register with the Singapore SMS Sender ID Registry (SSIR).

Starting from 31 January 2023, all companies/organisations intending to use alphanumeric Sender IDs in their SMS messages to Singapore mobile users must first register the Sender IDs. Those who did not register will have their SMS message labelled as “Likely-SCAM” during the transition period from 31 January to 31 July 2023. After the transition period, SMS from non-registered companies/organisations will not be delivered.

If you are a company/organisation using alphanumeric Sender IDs in your SMS, you can register your Sender ID at the SMS Sender ID Registry. Do register now as your SMS are now labelled as “Likely-SCAM” and will not be delivered after 31 July.

Auld Lang Syne

And so we survived 2022. Covid didn’t manage to kill us all and I’m sure we can survive the incoming recession.

I know I’ve been neglecting this blog. Only blogged 6 times this year (including this post). It’s 2 more than last year but there is nothing to shout about when the total number of posts can be counted with 2 hands. I really need to do something about this. That’s what I said last year too. And that’s why I don’t do new year resolution.

I usually spend the last day of the year looking back. 2022 has been an eventful year. And time went past so quickly this year. So many things that I want to do but didn’t.

I’ve been telling myself this lately. Perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim. It means Be patient and tough, someday this pain will be useful to you. (Saw that on The Walking Dead season 6 before the show became horrible) The past few years have been tough. I don’t know where all these are going to lead me to next but I know these experience will be useful to me someday.

Let’s hope I find the answer soon. Have a great 2023. Happy New Year.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.


They said that 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. But at 42 years old, I still haven’t gotten life figured out, let alone the universe and everything. Maybe it’s impossible to find the ultimate answer.

Then again, what’s the question in the first place?

Perhaps we will only know the ultimate question and answer when we grow older and look back. Or perhaps we’ll never know. Nobody knows. And does it really matter?

My 8 year old iMac decided to die on me yesterday. Again. There was some issue with the motherboard in July but I managed to get it fixed. This time round, I’m not sure what gone wrong. Somehow I’m not really prepared to dump in more money to repair it. So I guess I’ll go computerless for a while. Or maybe get a MacBook Air. Sigh…. What a great way to start my birthday.

I have been neglecting my blog for way too long. Feel that I should start blogging more. Not sure if anyone is still reading. Then again, I never care if anyone is reading. I guess I just need to find the momentum to do it.

Not sure why but this year I don’t really have a song in mind. For the past few years, I’ve been listening to Forever Young during my birthday period for the past few year. (And Edge of Desire before that) But somehow I don’t have any song this year.

So happy 42 to me. Hopefully this is the year I find the answer to life, the universe and everything.

COMEX is back

After 2 years hiatus due to Covid 19, the tech shows are back! COMEX 2022 will be held this weekend (1 – 4 September) at Suntec Convention Centre level 4.

Stand a chance to win up to $100,000 worth of prizes and vouchers at the sure win instant lucky dip. Top prize include the Google Pixel 6a, Nobledesk Baron Series 2021, OSIM uDiva 3 Massage Sofa and more. Spend more than $500 on the same day to redeem a Creative Metallix Plus Bluetooth Speaker worth $69, while stock last. 

Visit the COMEX 2022 website to find out more.

Fall Guys finally coming to the Nintendo Switch

Fall Guys is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. And it’s free to play.

Fall Guys was originally announced to be coming to the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2021 during a Nintendo Direct. It’s one year late but it’s going to be free to play and cross platform play. This means you can play Fall Guys with those on PlayStation, XBox, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Fall Guys will be coming to Nintendo Switch and XBox on 21 June 2022. You can pre-register now to get milestone awards.

Creative giving away 100 pairs of Zen Hybrid ANC Headphones

Don’t say bo jio. Creative is giving away 100 pairs of Zen Hybrid ANC Headphones (worth S$149) to mark it’s launch.

Creative Zen Hybrid ANC Headphones

Simply go to Creative website before 7 June 2022 to take part in the giveaway.

The Zen Hybrid ANC Headphones are not on sale yet. There isn’t much details on the headphone except for the product page. All we know so far is that the Zen Hybrid ANC Headphones are SXFI Ready, cancel up to 95% noice with hybrid active noise cancelling and 27 hours battery life. I guess we will have more info when the headphone is launched on 8 June. So stay tuned.

Goodbye G Suite

Early this year, Google announced that it is ending the legacy free tier for G Suite. I’ve been on the free edition of G Suite since 2011. While it’s a good product, there are some issues with it like not being able to use certain Google products. Not complaining since it allows me to use my personal domain name for email.

Honestly, I don’t mind paying for the service. But the cheapest Google Workspace Business Starter cost S$8 per month. That’s S$96 per year. That’s too expensive for personal use.

It’s a wasted opportunity for Google. There are many people using the free G Suite for personal use. If they provided a cheaper alternative for personal use, I think many people don’t mind paying a few dollars a month for the service. Now they are just losing all these customers.

So goodbye G Suite. I’m moving to Apple iCloud+ which costs only S$1.28 per month for the basic 50GB plan. iCloud+ allows me to use my custom domain for email. And since I’m so deep inside the Apple ecosystem, why not jump further inside. I get 50GB storage now which means I can finally back up my 14GB WhatsApp chat log.

Setting up the custom email domain for iCloud+ was pretty straightforward. (Although it messed up my CloudFlare settings causing this blog to be down for a while.) The web-based email client for iCloud doesn’t look as good as Gmail but I guess I’m ok with that. I heard that iCloud’s spam filter isn’t as good as Gmail. Not surprised there but I think I’m fine with that (for now).

The only thing that I’ll miss is all my other data with Google. My Google Calendar, Google Doc/Sheet, YouTube channel subscription. I think I’m going to create another Gmail account and move the important stuff over. Sigh. Why do all good things come to an end?

Update on 17 May: Google backtracks to allow non-commercial users to continue using G Suite for free. I guess they are seeing too many people leaving the Google ecosystem. But this announcement came a little too late. I’ve already moved my email to iCloud+. I’m not moving them back.

Auld Lang Syne

Wah lao eh! This DK ah, whole year only blog 4 times (including this post). Wah piang.

But seriously, where did 2021 go? It felt like December 2020 was just a few months ago. Now we are counting down to 2022. And I honestly thought that the pandemic will end by now. Well, looks like we are not done yet. I’m just hoping that 2022 will not be 2020 too even though it sounds the same.

I usually spend the last day of the year looking back. But somehow I don’t have much to look back this year. It’s not that I didn’t do anything. It’s just that 2021 is an average year to me. Nothing special. In fact kinda boring year. But at least there is nothing bad happening. And at a time like this, boring can sometimes be good.

I think I need to get my blogging momentum back. And update social media more. Been consuming and not creating for the whole of this year. Even my Instagram looks empty. But no, I’m not going to start going into TikTok. Not my kind of platform. Maybe I might try 小红书. Don’t know. See how.

I think 2022 is the time to explore new areas. Learn new things and try out stuff. The pandemic will end eventually and new opportunities will arise. Let’s be ready for the new world. The post pandemic world.

Have a great 2022. Happy new year. Stay safe.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.


And just like that, it is October. Where did 2021 go?

I’ve been looking back a lot lately. Thinking of the past and all the crazy stuff that I’ve done. (Crazy in my context but most likely mild and boring to most people) Some of the things felt like just a few years ago but in actual fact it’s been more than 10 years. It’s amazing how time flies. Have to constantly remind myself that I’m not young anymore.

I’m also starting to forget some of the stuff. Let’s be honest. It’s impossible to remember everything from the past 41 years. There is simply not enough storage in the brain to store so much data. Luckily I still have old photos, sms, emails, calendar schedules, social media post etc etc to remind me. And I guess there is no need to remember everything. Just remember the important ones will do.

Oh ya, this is a scheduled post. I scheduled it to be published at 9:40am because I’ll be at HDB signing myself in the biggest debt I’ve ever taken. It’s a coincident that HDB scheduled our lease agreement signing date on my birthday. I wonder if there’s any birthday promo. Lol.

Last year, I wished that my 40s will be extraordinary. It has not been extraordinary yet but it is going to. I’m always slow to start but I’ll eventually catch up and even exceed.

Cheers to 41.

Let us die young or let us live forever

We don’t have the power, but we never say never

Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip

The music’s for the sad man

PS: I know I’ve been neglecting this blog lately. I’ll try to blog more frequently. TRY.