Singapore, Singapore​ – The Cenotaph

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LocationsWWII – I had read about The Cenotaph while looking for historical sites on Singapore related to World War II. Yesterday my walk along the Western part of the Singapore River Walk took me to Esplanade Park where it is located.

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The park is located on the Marina Bay waterfront just north of the mouth of the Singapore River in downtown Singapore.

The Cenotaph in Singapore was built in the early 1920s. It was dedicated on March 31, 1922, to recognize the 124 British soldiers who were born or resident in Singapore and who gave their lives in World War I.

After World War II inscriptions were added (as shown in the photo) on the reverse side of the monument in remembrance of those who died in World War II. Notice that the steps leading up to the monument are engraved with the years of the war 1939-1945.


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Final Trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

Trailers – The final trailer for the next film in the world of Harry Potter is out. The movie “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be opening in theaters November 16. The synopsis (per IMDB):

The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.

The synopsis doesn’t say much about the film, but the trailers I have seen look very good. I look forward to seeing the film in November.

macOS New App Release – Default Folder X 5.3

Product Announcements – St. Clair Software of Denver, Colorado has released Default Folder X to version 5.3. This release of its award-winning utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs delivers full support for macOS 10.14 Mojave and tracks recently-used files more comprehensively. It also adds a number of user interface improvements, including the option to add separators to its Favorites menu.

Default Folder X’s custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Pop-up menus let you quickly navigate your folders and open Finder windows. Previews, file information, Spotlight tagging, and comments are there when you need them. Open, save, and get back to work: Default Folder X speeds your workflow by making file management fast and efficient.

The changes in Default Folder X 5.3 include:

  • Support for macOS 10.14 Mojave.
  • You can now add separators to your Favorites menu to visually organize it.
  • Default Folder X tracks recently-opened files more intelligently, recognizing files that the macOS Recent Items list doesn’t see.
  • The user interface for Default Folder X’s drag-and-drop drawer under Finder windows has been improved.
  • A number of compatibility issues and bugs have been fixed.
  • iBooks, Books and Newtek LightWave are now supported.

For a complete change history, visit the URL listed below.

System Requirements: macOS 10.10 through 10.14

Pricing and Availability:
Default Folder X 5.3 is a free update for existing version 5 users. New licenses are $34.95 (USD) and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95. Purchases can be made through the website. Please see the St. Clair Software web site for screencasts, screenshots, a full changelog, and additional feature information. St. Clair Software strongly recommends that anyone using Default Folder X install this update.

Book Review: “The Cheerleaders”

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Book Reviews – “The Cheerleaders” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Kara Thomas (https://karathomasbooks.wordpress.com). Ms. Thomas has published six novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in a contemporary suburban US community. The primary character is 17-year-old Monica Rayburn. She is on her High School competitive dance team. She probably would have been a cheerleader, but they don’t have cheerleaders at her school. At least not anymore, not for the last five years.

Five years ago two cheerleaders died in an auto accident, then two more were murdered. A fifth, Rayburn’s sister, committed suicide. All dead within three weeks. They had a suspect for the murders, but he was killed resisting arrest. Now Rayburn begins to question her sister’s suicide. She is seeing evidence that maybe the man resisting arrest wasn’t the killer after all.

She gets hints at what happened five years ago from a strange neighborhood boy. She hears other things from her stepfather, a cop, and the man who shot and killed the murder suspect. Then there are the things that she hears from people who were close to the dead girls. The more she finds out, the more she questions the official story.

I thoroughly enjoyed the near 7 hours I spent reading this 384-page young adult mystery. I liked the characters created for this novel and the convoluted plot. This is a bit of a dark story, but I liked it. I also liked the plot twist at the end of the novel. The cover art is OK, but I think a better image could have been chosen. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Short WWII Era Film “Remember the Fallen”

Short FilmsWWII – I came across the excellent short (16:08) World War II era film “Remember the Fallen” today. The film was uploaded to YouTube in September of 2016 by Julien G, though the film was made in 2014. The synopsis:

A French veteran of World War II remembers a particular day of his life…

This is a very well done film and tells a very good story. While it is a French film, there is no dialog. The film has won many awards and has a rating of 8.3/10 on IMDB. I think that most anyone would find this an enjoyable film.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

macOS New App Release – Typinator 7.7, PopChar X 8.4, and KeyCue 9.1

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Product Announcements Ergonis Software of Perg, Austria has released Typinator 7.7, PopChar X 8.4, and KeyCue 9.1 and makes all their productivity utilities compatible with macOS Mojave, including support for Dark Mode. Mojave offers quite some compelling new technologies and features. The most eye-catching of them is obviously “Dark Mode”. Dark Mode is a dramatic new look that helps you focus on your work. Dark Mode, however, requires explicit support by third-party apps to yield the desired homogeneous user experience.

Ergonis Software proudly announces that the new releases of Typinator, PopChar X, and KeyCue are not only compatible with Mojave, but also support Dark Mode. This makes Ergonis products first-class citizens on Apple’s newest macOS version.

“Since day one, Ergonis Software has been committed to provide high-quality macOS products that ‘just work’. To achieve this goal, we put a lot of effort into our products behind the scenes to make them do their job flawlessly, fast, and unobtrusively. It is, therefore, no surprise that we are ready to release updated versions of our products right in time – just a few days before the official release date of macOS Mojave.” said Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software. “Said that,I am also glad to mention that the newest versions of our products still run on older OS versions back to OS X 10.7 (Lion).”

Since Mojave contains some substantial changes under the hood, you should upgrade to Typinator 7.7, PopChar 8.4, and KeyCue 9.1 before switching to Mojave in order to avoid compatibility issues and to ensure a seamless transition to Mojave.

In addition to compatibility with Mojave, PopChar X 8.4 adds support for Unicode 11.0, including the new Emoji 11 characters, and comes with a new built-in layout for Emojis. KeyCue 9.1 adds support for Emoji 11.0 as well and allows searching for emoji characters also on the emoji category level. Furthermore, all new releases contain many improvements and enhancements, and are therefore recommended upgrades for all users, even if you do not yet switch to Mojave.

Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download and try the new version.

Availability and Ordering:
Upgrades and new licenses can be purchased securely at the Ergonis Software online store. The upgrade to the newest version is free for anyone who owns a valid license for the most recent major version (that is, Typinator 7, PopChar 8, and KeyCue 9). Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. All purchases (new and upgrades alike) include all subsequent minor upgrades at no additional cost. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s website.

What Do Those Terms of Storage Mean?

Tech Tip – We hear and read terms like megabyte and terabyte used to describe the size of digital storage all the time. But do you really know what they mean?

The most common and smallest term of measurement is the kilobyte. Kilo means 1000. So you would think that a kilobyte would be 1000 bytes. Actually, it means 1024 bytes. In the digital world kilo is 2 to the tenth power or 1024.

You may see sizes written as kB or KB. These are not the same. The lower case k denotes units of 1000 while an upper case K denotes units of 1024 [1].

Units of measure go from the kilobyte up:

1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes
1 megabyte = 1000 kilobytes
1 gigabyte = 1000 megabytes
1 terabyte = 1000 gigabytes
1 petabyte = 1000 terabytes
1 exabyte = 1000 petabytes
1 zettabyte = 1000 exabytes
1 yottabyte = 1000 zettabytes

The later few may not seem relevant right now. Certainly, in terms of computer memory or storage sizes, those are still measured in gigabytes or terabytes respectively. You do see dataset sizes expressed in the petabyte and exabyte ranges now.

For instance, in 2011 the size of the US Library of Congress was estimated to be about 10 terabytes [2] though that seems to have been a very conservative estimate. Looked at another way, it is estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes (i.e. 2.5 exabytes) of new data is created each day [3]. And another 2017 report says the US alone generates 2.657 petabytes of data per day [4].

What this means is that when we see reports on the size of data, the units of measure will constantly be getting bigger. You need to be prepared to understand the magnitudes being discussed.

 

References

  1. Kilobyte
  2. Transferring “Libraries of Congress” of Data
  3. How Much Data Do We Create Every Day? The Mind-Blowing Stats Everyone Should Read
  4. How Much Data Does The World Generate Every Minute?

Short Science Fiction Film “Black”

Short Films – I recently came across the short (14:09) black and white science fiction animated film “Black”. The synopsis:

Two astronauts are trapped on the orbital space station because of nuclear war that ran very fast on the earth below. They have lost contact with earth, all attempts to make a connection with their base or with anybody has failed without an answer.

This was a very well done animation, though the story is a little strange. It reminds me of a manga book. This was not the most enjoyable film and the rating for it on IMDB is only 4.9/10.

macOS New App Release – MediaTrans

Product Announcements – MacXDVD Software of Chengdu, China announced that the flagship iOS data management tool MacX MediaTrans has been updated to fully support Apple’s newly launched iOS 12. Apple users can rest assured that they can always take advantage of the fastest way to back up their data and get enough space on iPhones before they upgrade to iOS12.

MacX MediaTrans supports all iDevices running on iOS 12, including 2018 newly-released iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and new iPad Pro. Get the latest version at MacX MediaTrans Official Page.

iOS 12 focuses on delivering a swathe of significant performance improvements for the largest variety of Apple devices, available for all phones from the iPhone 5S upwards. However, even if the old phones were eligible for iOS 12, installing it was a gamble. At a size of 2.77GB, updating to iOS 12 places a high burden on 16GB and 32GB variants of iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7. Based on the past experience, iOS 12 upgrade is also fraught with risks of getting the phones stuck in data backup & restore, or even worse, the data loss nightmare.

To help get both recent and older iPhones ready for iOS 12 upgrade, today, continuing the company’s long-standing track of delivering day one support of iOS, MacXDVD offers full support for iOS 12 in its world’s fastest iPhone data management solution – MacX MediaTrans. It is by far the most efficient alternative solution to iTunes, leading in speed, supported file types, storage management options, easiness, and more.

Depending on the size of the files, the program can reduce the backup time up by 40%-90% than its competitors. Files like photos (HEIC, PNG, JPG, TIFF), 4K/HD recordings in HEVC or H.264, music and movies (purchased or not), ringtones, books, etc. can be backed up to the computer and restored to iDevices in a flash. iOS users of small storage can also reclaim gigabytes of iPhone space to avoid “Not Enough Storage” issue during the software update by transferring the large-size video files and mass deleting the storage-hogging photos, albums, and other data.

There are advanced capabilities to convert incompatible videos into iPhone MP4/MP3, export HEIC photos in JPG, create own ringtones, mount iPhone iPad as hard drive, and manage media library, etc. Simply drag-and-drop clicks, users can leverage the latest features of iOS 12, and even switch content from older iPhones or Android to new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, no waiting or struggles.

Pricing and Availability
MacX MediaTrans is normally priced at $59.95 (USD) for a single license copy with lifetime free upgrade and one-to-one top-level technical support. To celebrate Apple’s new releases and help users back up iPhone files easier, the iPhone data transfer tool now is 40% off in MacXDVD’s official Special Offer through September 30.