Day to Day

Blast from the Past – South of Raffles Place

Chocolate Milk River

Back in 2006, the Singapore flyer was still under construction (left), the Marina Barrage was not built, there was no Marina Bay Sands. Development was just getting started. This was taken from my office at Singapore Land Tower then.

Day to Day

Blast from the Past – Do more in less time

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Process 3600+

First dual core CPU that i bought for my home PC. Previously i was running on an AMD 64 Sempron processor and before that an AMD Duron 700 and well before an Intel Pentium II 233Mhz and an AMD 486DX100.


The PC with the CPU was built by Bell Systems Pte Ltd when it was still around in Sim Lim Square. That was the go to shop for custom built systems. I could still recall that this rig was my first step into getting smaller rig and this chenbro shoebox case was one of the smaller ones that i could find that allows expansion for a graphics card. It was running on an Asus motherboard with an onboard nVidia nForce 6150 GPU i think. And can you spot the firewire connector?

My CM Rig

Shortly after, that was replaced by an AMD 64 X2 5200+ CPU, a case upgrade to Coolermaster 340 Elite, 8GB DDR2-800 RAM and a Xpertvision nVidia 9600GT.

Day to Day

Blast from the Past – Sony Ericsson J230i

The non camera mobile phone especially acquired for in-camp/ippt/rt phone back in 2005 when it first launched. I could still remember i got it from a small mobile phone shop hidden at some corner in Sim Lim Square. The previous one i was using for that purpose was a Nokia 6610 which i handed it down to someone.

Blurred shot of the SEJ230i back in 2006

The phone is quite durable and is comparable to another phone that i used to own – the Nokia 3110 – back when i was serving in the Navy. A very simple phone without any cameras (because those are not allowed in military facilities), cheap and durable, and it comes with FM radio for those nights on duty.

A better picture of the SE J230i from some website

GSMArena listed it has having an external camera. I don’t recall it being on sale though. And with the capabilities of this phone, it wasn’t worth the money and effort. One will be better off getting a better phone instead. Full specifications can be found here.

However with the discontinuation of GSM (2G) network in the area, this phone is no longer usable for telecommunication purposes.

On Tech

Business Central – Add Running Number in SSRS RDLC Report for Grouped Dataset


How to add a running number to a column in a dataset for a normal table and/or a grouped table? (Especially a grouped one)


We can use the “RunningValue” function in SSRS. The format for the expression would be.

=RunningValue(<Grouped field>,CountDistinct,”<DataSet>”)
Eg: =RunningValue(Fields!Name.Value,CountDistinct,”Dataset_Accounts”)
Successful Sample

In the above example, the dataset is grouped by Product No. (not visible) and the S.No. is generated using the above expression in the table cell.

How it looks like in the report layout editor
On Life

Somebody’s Mother

Somebody’s Mother
By Mary D. Brine

The woman was old and ragged and gray,
And bent with the chill of a winter’s day;
The streets were white with a recent snow,
And the woman’s feet with age were slow.

At the crowded crossing she waited long,
Jostled aside by the careless throng
Of human beings who passed her by.
Unheeding the glance of her anxious eye.

Down the street with laughter and shout.
Glad in the freedom of  “school let out,”
Come happy boys, like a flock of sheep,
Hailing the snow piled white and deep;
Past the woman, so old and gray.
Hastened the children on their way.

None offered a helping hand to her,
So weak and timid, afraid to stir,
Lest the carriage wheels or the horses’ feet
Should trample her down in the slippery street.

At last came out of the merry troop
The gayest boy of all the group;
He paused beside her and whispered low,
“I’ll help you across, if you wish to go.”

Her aged hand on his strong young arm
She placed, and so without hurt or harm
He guided the trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were young and strong;
Then back again to his friends he went,
His young heart happy and well content

“She’s somebody’s mother, boys, you know,
For all she’s aged, and poor and slow;
And some one, some time, may lend a hand
To help my mother—you understand?—
If ever she’s old and poor and gray,
And her own dear boy so far away.”

“Somebody’s mother” bowed low her head
In her home that night, and the prayer she said
Was: “God be kind to that noble boy,
Who is somebody’s son and pride and joy.”