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Gadget

Motorola Razr is here

The Motorola Razr is now up for pre-order… and no one really cares.

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Nuisance Software

Rules to block that annoying ads in your Android Outlook client

In an earlier article, we talked about how AdGuard helps you hide that annoying ad disguised as email in your Android Outlook client. In this post, we will talking about the rules required to make it happen.

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Nuisance Software

Repeated ADFS login prompts in Outlook? Disable WAM

Your company e-mail is on Office 365, authenticated via ADFS and you’re using the Outlook client from volume license version of Office Pro Plus and Outlook keeps prompting you for password:

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VPS

Removing WALinuxAgent from your Azure instance

Azure’s supplied Linux images come preinstalled with the Azure Linux Agent, a process that manages virtual machine interaction with the Azure Fabric Controller, such as providing the oh-so-useful availability status and the VM name to Azure. It also performs self-updates, by the way.

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Software VPS

Installing Caddy as a service in your cloud instance

Caddy should be everyone’s server of choice. Especially lazy people, and that’s everyone. This blog is served by Caddy. It is a modern web server written in Go. It does automatic HTTPS configuration. TF is automatic you ask? Take this blog for example – if it were to run in Nginx, the config file would look like this:

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VPS

Google starts charging for public IPv4 addresses in GCP

If you have taken a look in your January 2020 invoice from your GCP subscription, you would notice a new line that resembles this:

Compute Engine External IP Charge on a Standard VM: xxx.xxx Hours [Currency conversion: USD to SGD using rate 1.352]

Edit: Google is currently discounting the public IP charges 100% for the first 3 months until 1 April 2020.

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Gadget

Activating Google Mobile Services on a HUAWEI MediaPad M6 8.4″

My Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4″ tablet has just arrived as a replacement for the everyday tablet that I broke earlier. Shattered glass and shit. Being a super-thin bezels sucker, I find the M6’s sub-S$400 pricetag irresistible. It even has harman/kardon audio… but I was soon disappointed to find out that it doesn’t support aptX codec. In fact, the only Bluetooth codec it supports is SBC. Crap. Being a China-only model, the M6 does not come pre-installed with Google Mobile Services (GMS), which means we will need to deal with the dreaded GMS installation issue.

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Software

AdGuard – blocking ads and trackers at the OS level

Everyone loves ad blockers, so long as your livelihood does not depend on advertising. Pretty much everyone I know is running some sort of ad blockers in their browsers, such as uBlock Origin or AdBlock Plus; and the newer Firefox browser even comes with an in-built ad filtering engine! (Which is great btw) But browser extension is so 2009. Let’s read on to find out how you should be dealing with ads and trackers filtering in 2020.

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VPS

1-year free cloud instance with 3TB transfer

Came across a free 12 months VPS offer. You get a full year’s worth of cloud instance with 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM, 40GB SSD as well as 3TB data transfer. That is 750 hours per month of free usage, which you can either leave it on 24/7, or spin up 750 instances for 1 hour. Either way, it is within the free tier.

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SpeedTest

SpeedTest Singapore script

One of the first few things you would do after getting your hands on a new cloud instance is probably to run a few bandwidth measurements on speedtest.net. I certainly do. But it gets a bit tedious having to find out the Singapore servers without a GUI.

Fueled by my own laziness, I have created a sg-speedtest script which would automate the whole process – installing the necessary packages (and removing them thereafter), testing all the Singapore servers and printing the results on the screen. All in the time while you go grab a coffee.