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July 4, 2014 Posted by Titan Lee in Blog

Some words to live by

So, I've been on this planet for 27 years, and it's been a long ride.

I was just thinking about some words various people I've came across in my life said that made an impact, stuck in my head and made future decisions easier.

Back in the army, I can't remember who the major big dude was, but I believe I was one of the many recruits standing in the sun and listening to him speak. The sun was scorching, I was sleepy, but these words rang through the microphone. It's funny how, everything else was a haze, and only the words stuck.

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

And that was it, seize the opportunity when it presents itself to YOU, and work on it. It's never a good time for anything, and often, the best times is now.

Another moment in the army. I was already a 3rd Sergeant leading my men, and I was in the last stretch of the Standard Obstacle Course. Many had finished and was at the sidelines cheering the remaining guys.

I was panting and heaving like a fish out of water, stopped short a few hundred metres from the finishing line and started walking.

My OC(Officer in Command), Gilbert Foo, who was just metres away ran over and shouted in my ear.

3RD SERGEANT LEE! DID YOU COME SO FAR JUST TO GIVE UP?

Moment of truth slapped me in the face. I ran 700 metres, cleared 300 metres of obstacles, and I'm in the last hundred metres run to the finish.

Fuck no. I wasn't gonna give up. I remembered I just shouted NO SIR, and took off running. I can't remember if I passed that day, but I remembered to persevere. Tough times don't last, tough men do right?

The 3rd was when I had my first job after graduating from NUS Business School and started work in Angel's Gate. A local entrepreneurship TV show which aired on Channel News Asia.

I was faced with two solutions to a problem. I consulted one of the Directors, Alvin Zhang, and his advice stuck to this day.

Do what's right, not what's easy
Simple words. But it helped a ton whenever I was faced with options.

I hope whatever few readers who chance upon this post may take away something useful.

Stay cool.

Peace out.  
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July 2, 2014 Posted by Titan Lee in Blog

It's July 2014 & I'm Back! Upcoming Singapore Startup Bootcamp!

It's been so long since I last blogged, I'm semi-jobless right now, and it seem like a good time to come back to blogging therapy.

Typing words into a monitor, posting it online, for no one in particular. Absolutely Therapeutic.
 
Digital Marketing works at Pirate3D is slowly down due to a slight delay in manufacturing and thus, I'm semi-jobless.

Had several calls from old and new contacts on some opportunities.

Now that I've time on my hands, it's time to put my dormant projects back on track.
Stay tuned for some exciting updates.

Quick Update!

I'll be speaking at Startup Bootcamp on 18th July, 7pm to 10pm on Hacking Kickstarter. Click on the link to find out more about the Startup Bootcamp.
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June 9, 2013 Posted by Titan Lee in Blog

I royally screwed up Win7 by installing over 30,000+ Fonts.

Note: If you came to this page look for a quick solution, scroll down past the "Background Info".

Background Info

The story starts with me downloading this PSD file which I wanna use. Upon closer inspection, I realize there's a need for custom fonts(Oh designers relate).
So while trying to be a clever smart ass, I decided to download a giant font pack with over 30,000 fonts. I mean, that way I never have to download anymore custom fonts right?

Boy was I wrong. Dead wrong, My computer almost died from "exhaustion".

Running ANY application now that reads into the windows "Font" folder will cause it to hang and subsequently crash.

By that I mean, Adobe PDF readers, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Gahhhhh..

 

The Problem

You can't delete them easily via the traditional method! There's way too many fonts, by the time windows generates the entire font list, you'll probably be already attending your grandson's wedding.

If you tried uninstalling the fonts via "Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Fonts" and it works, good for you. If not, read on.

 

The Solution - Windows 7

Prep: Download the default windows font pack here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fj3afhieosualan/Windows7DefaultFonts.zip -

Let me know if link is down

 

Step 1. Delete ALL fonts in your windows font REGISTRY.

Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press enter

In regedit, navigate to the location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts

Select ALL, right click, Delete.

If you're running Windows 7 32 Bit, proceed to step 2.

If you're running Windows 7 64Bit, repeat the steps above to the location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts

Select ALL, right click, Delete. 

 

Step 2. Reinstall the default windows fonts.

Great! Now that you've deleted ALL the fonts in your system, its time to restore the original windows fonts.

Unzip the zip file you've downloaded during the prep phase, select all, right-click, Install.

Follow through any prompts, and Done!

Now restart your computer and all should be working fine!

 

Let me know in the comments below if this helped!

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Solved: Magento Dashboard Chart/Graph Broken


Problem:
After migrating a Magento installation from an older server to a new VPS. Magento admin is not displaying the graph/chart which usually shows upon Magento admin login. I realise this is isolated to the 24 Hours view ONLY.

Solution:
This is related to the minimal allowed GET variable length settings. Check your settings for suhosin:
Add/Edit line - > suhosin.get.max_value_length = 1024

So, edit /etc/php5/fpm/conf.d/suhosin.ini
If the above file doesn't exist for you. Then locate & edit, /usr/local/lib/php.ini

I know I have bad taste in colours.

If this helped, please leave a comment below!
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Solved: Magento JS / Javascript Wrong Path


So it seems, Magento really hates me, and the feeling is starting to get mutual.

While trying to fix permissions earlier today, my magento admin top navigation links broke.

Upon checking out source, I realise the issue was because the JS file path is wrong & thus causes the inability to load JS. Which is turns, breaks the navigation on the Admin Page.

Solution: Disable Merge js files on Magento.
    • Login into phpmyAdmin
    • Locate table: core_config_data
    • Locate row: dev/js/merge_files (if its not on the first page, click to look for it in the next few pages)

  • Change the value of dev/js/merge_files to 0


Voila! Done! Hope it helps!

If it did, please let me know in the comments section below.