Monday, March 23, 2015

My condolences to Lee Kuan Yew's family

Dear family members of Lee Kuan Yew's,

With the great loss of founder of modern Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, I would like to send my deepest condolences to PM Lee Hsien Loong and his family members. Without the late Lee Kuan Yew's courage and lifelong commitment, it would have been impossible to see what Singapore has achieved since independence day.

Lee's contribution will be remembered for generations to come. Let us continue building Singapore into a fine, gracious nation.

With deepest sympathies,
A Singaporean born and bred here

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew, 1923 - 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Restore wrong or unknown program icons in Windows 7 Start Menu

Should you see wrong or unknown program icons in your Windows 7 Start Menu, you may try the following steps to restore them.

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Copy and paste %userprofile%\AppData\Local onto the address bar.
  3. Find and delete IconCache.db. This file is hidden by default.
  4. Open Command Prompt.
  5. Run taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe on Command Prompt.
  6. Run start explorer on Command Prompt.

I hope this helps.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

How do I remove the cached username and password from SQL Management Studio?

You may have your reasons to want to remove the cached username and password from the SQL Management Studio e.g. before handing your laptop to someone else.

The step to remove will require deleting a file but differs depending on the version of SQL Management Studio you are using.

SQL Server Management Studio 2014
Delete C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SQL Server Management Studio\12.0\SqlStudio.bin

SQL Server Management Studio 2012
Delete C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SQL Server Management Studio\11.0\SqlStudio.bin

SQL Server Management Studio 2008
Delete C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Shell\SqlStudio.bin

SQL Server Management Studio 2005
Delete C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Shell\mru.dat

One good news is as of SQL Server Management Studio 2012, you may delete an entry by using the tool itself without the need to delete a file. To delete, you will need to click on the 'Server name' dropdown in the 'Connect to Server' dialog. Move your mouse or use your keyboard arrow key to highlight the server to remove followed by hitting on the 'Delete' key on your keyboard. This is so convenient!

Monday, December 08, 2014

The side-effects of young children using mobile / handheld devices

In current generation where penetration rate of mobile devices is high, we see many including young children often using mobile devices while travelling, in school or even before bedtime. A fact sheet published on Zone'in advised infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day.

The fact sheet researched on areas:
  • Technology Use: usage statistics; technology addiction prevalence
  • Physical Impairments: developmental delay; obesity, cardiovascular disorders and diabetes; movement deprivation, sensory overstimulation, elecrtromagnetic radiation, sleep disruption
  • Mental Disorders: human detachment and mental illness; psychotropic medication, restraints, and seclusion rooms, touch deprivation, pornography and risky behavior
  • Social Disorders: communication, aggression and declining empathy,
  • Academic Decline: attention deficit; illiteracy, education technology;
  • Implications and Solutions: costs, technology screening an management, playgrounds as epicenter for child development and learning

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