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  • Posted On: September 24th 2018 at 12:14 am | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Love, Music, My violin, Personal life, Rants, Technology

    Rui Yun got new iPhone XS and I took a look at it when I met her to go for mooncakes shopping. The portrait camera is nice but I think the bokeh is a bit too fake. Definitely not something that I would spend more. Furthermore, I don’t like the idea of Face ID too.

    I’m happy with my iPhone 8 Plus and hope that it will last for a long time…

    I think I overpractise today. My finger is feeling very tired and weird. I hope I don’t injure it again. Shall rest more tomorrow. 

    Oh, and Chin Hau is back from his business trip to Beijing. Whee! I get to see him after a week’s break. :happy: Oh that reminded me of our conversation on the new iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. Basically he was describing it as the new processor that is 7nm apart from source and drain (the mosfet in the new processing chip in the new iPhones). Oh things that my technical boyfriend would say and I wish that I don’t understand it at all. :sheepish: I really don’t like mosfet back in undergraduate days… :stressed: 

    And it’s Mid Autumn Festival today (it has past 12 midnight now). Happy Mid Autumn Festival to those who celebrate it. :smile: 


    Posted On: June 2nd 2018 at 9:37 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Technology, VS Q&A

    It is funny how I only realised that I got a new Instagram post on @thetreblestory when I saw it from my other Instagram account. Yeah, the posts on @thetreblestory and @lihotography are scheduled automatically and sometimes I forget all about it… until I saw it from another Instagram account.

    Well, why do I want to post so much on @thetreblestory? Cause I do not have so space on my host server and didn’t want to host my photos on places like PhotoBucket. So I decided to do it over Tumblr and Instagram.

    Oh, another first world problem that I face is when I got too many photos to upload. When all these photos got uploaded, it’s tedious to bring them on ViolinStar.NET. :sigh: What a first world problem. Maybe I should take less photos…? :hmm: 

    How do you guys deal with space constraints for your web site?


    Posted On: April 23rd 2018 at 5:59 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Altosome, Insights, School life, Technology, Work

    I was thinking of posting on Altosome but realised that the blog post got a bit personal and thought it might be better to post it here instead. 

    Looking back at what I have done since last July (July 2017) till now…

    Firstly, I started reading up on cryptocurrencies and the craze around it. I went for the NUS Summer School programme on Cryptocurrency and got an in-depth understanding about it from Assistant Prof Prateek Saxena.

    Then I went on to explore the wonders of Machine Learning. That include both statistical classifiers and neural networks. Not to forget the unsupervised classifiers too! 

    On the academic research side, I started my own research in the field of Intrusion Detection using Machine Learning techniques. Yeah, it is a marriage of Intrusion Detection and Machine Learning. Perhaps it is more of an arranged marriage between 2 popular fields in tech space rather than a love marriage. Haha. 

    Other than being a postgrad student in Information Security, I have made a step forward in the career as an Information Security Professional and joined Uber Security team. Although it was short-lived, it is still a significant step forward and I have learn so much within a span of 3 months.

    So what is my next adventure? I’m joining another organisation (no prizes for guessing it right) and doing something under the Security organisation. :smile: 


    Posted On: January 1st 2018 at 1:01 am | 4 Comments
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Technology, Work

    I got myself a new watch – Apple Watch Series 3. Hehe. I think I have everything under Apple umbrella now, except Apple TV which I won’t be buying since I do not own a TV in my bedroom. LOL.

    2018 is finally here and I’m starting a new job in 8 days. :shocked: Oh my gosh, now the reality is finally setting in. 


    Posted On: December 28th 2017 at 4:48 pm | 3 Comments
    Categories: Articles, Technology

    Cryptocurrency is getting really hot these days… Not sure for the right or wrong reasons but literally everyone I know is asking me about it and some wants to get into the action (at trading or speculation). Not a healthy phenomenon but I guess I can contribute a little by sharing my knowledge on cryptocurrency and how to join in the action (also to be used as a blog post to reference when more people ask me about it since I am getting tired of answering the same questions again and again).

    So what do I need to get started? It just take 3 steps to get started. :wink: 

    #1: First of all, you should set a budget. Well it is going to be an investment (a digital one) and you should set a budget on how much you can afford to lose. Like all high risk investments, you should not invest money that you cannot lose. You don’t want to burn your own fingers in the market after all.

    #2: Secondly, you need to open an account with a cryptocurrency exchange. So using the budget you set at the first step, if your investment is less than 2 bitcoin in value, you can either open an account with Bithumb (Korean cryptocurrency exchange) or Binance (China cryptocurrency exchange) without the need to submit your passport photo or other identification for verification. You can just verify your account with a valid phone number and email address. Yes, that means you can have multiple accounts if you have multiple phone numbers and email addresses.

    If you are planning to invest more than 2 bitcoin in value, you will need to submit identification documents for verification.

    Binance is good since they only charge 0.1% for transaction fees. Bithumb charge 0.15% for transaction fees. However, they also charge 0.01 ether when you withdraw from your account. However, if you foresee yourself doing multiple transfers, then I would recommend you to use Gemini. Gemini charges a higher rate for transactions fees (maximum of 0.25%).

    Transactional fees

    Binance – 0.1%

    Bithumb – 0.15%

    Gemini – 0.25%

    (Do sign up for the accounts using my referral link for Binance and let me gain referral bonus!)

    In addition, Binance and Bithumb has a wider range of cryptocurrencies. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to transfer money into Bithumb unless you have a Korean domestic account. You can’t transfer actual money (USD) into Binance either so that leaves you the only option of Gemini. You can transfer USD into Gemini account and buy bitcoin (BTC) or ethereum (ETH). Then you can transfer either BTC or ETH into Binance/Bithumb account to do the actual trading. In the cryptocurrency world, BTC and ETH are like fiat money so you will definitely need 1 of them to buy other cryptocurrencies. ETH is required for ICO (Initial Coin Offering)/TGE (Token Generation Events) while BTC is like the USD in cryptocurrency world.

    Gemini only trade in BTC and ETH so for more action, you will need to transfer your BTC/ETH into Bithumb/Binance. I personally find the action more in Bithumb because Koreans are really into cryptocurrencies. So the swings between the highs and lows is more significant than in Binance and Gemini.

    Variety of cryptocurrencies

    Bithumb and Binance – Too many to choose from. Binance  always list the newest tokens though, as compared to Bithumb.

    Gemini: Only BTC and ETH.

    #3: Now that you have the account and the budget, it is time to determine when is a good time to buy the cryptocurrencies. Personally I use a mixture of apps like Cryptowatch, Blockfolio and Delta apps. I use all of them to decide if I want to take a long or short positions in any cryptocurrencies. Reading up on the latest cryptocurrency developments and security breaches and how they arise is important too. Fortunately, I am already in the security sector so doing all these readings are kind of my kind of thing (on top of Korean dramas, hahaha).

    Advantages of each app

    Cryptowatch – for MACD and Volume analysis

    Blockfolio – for the latest cryptocurrency news

    Delta – for the most up to date cryptocurrency price and covers many exchanges 

    It takes some creativity to find new ways to earn money in the cryptocurrency world as well. Do share some of your tips if you do. :smile: 

    And… that’s it! I hope you don’t lose money but if you do, be prepared that you might lose all of them. :blank: