Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

In Singapore, there are three main ISPs:

a) SingNet – http://www.singnet.com.sg
b) StarHub: http://www.starhub.com/broadband.html
c
) M1: M1 Broadband

A residential telephone line is required for SingNet and M1 services.
For Starhub Broadband, SCV should be available in the premises.

Typical Access Plans:

– Fibre Broadband (unlimited) with upload speed up to 100 Mbps
– 15 Mbps (unlimited) with upload speed up to 1 Mbps plan
– 10 Mpbs (unlimited) with upload speed up to 1 Mbps plan
– 6 Mbps (unlimited) with upload speed up to 512 kbps plan
– Flexi-plan (like mobilephone system – get a stored-value card)
– Broadband on Mobile (Data plan for Laptop, iPad & Tablet users – Surf anywhere within Singapore)

[for updated details and latest promotion by the ISPs, please refer to the respective service providers’ web sites]

updated: 31-12-2012

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Buying a Computer System

Updated Jan/2012
There are two options in getting a computer system.
Option 1 with three choices:
a) Get a branded desktop computer (decide whether you are getting one for work or for play – simple Internet surfing or including for gaming).
b) Get a branded laptop computer (recommended as a working computer and not as a gaming machine).
c) Get one Smart device, e.g. iPad or equivalent if it is only for email and Internet surfing. Sometimes, even a simple iTouch is sufficient (if you already has available Wi-Fi in your house).
Note: If for work, it is recommended to also purchase a portable (external) USB3/USB2 hard disk drive (for backup of important data).

Option 2:
a) Get someone to assembled one desktop computer for you.

If you have a friend who is familar with Option 2, then this Option is highly recommended for home users. A basic computer system consists of the following:

a) the motherboard with CPU
b) the memory RAMs
c) the video card (if not integrated with the motherboard)
d) the hard drive (SATA)
e) the CD-Rom drive (with DVD playback and/or Rewritable)
f) the keyboard & mouse
g) the PC speaker sound system
h) the monitor (LCD type)
i) the modem for Internet surfing (check carefully, sometimes is provided by the service provider)
j) the chasis complete with the power unit
k) the printer (inkjet or laser type)
l) the computer operating system (OS) – normally is of Microsoft Windows 7. Recommended to use the Home Premium Edition.
m) One application program, namely Microsoft Office.
n) One anti-virus security program.

What is Email?

Email is electronic mail, it is about communication.

Before we have the computers, the Internet, we communicate through the telephone, telex – and later through fax. We can also communicate by writing a letter and post it. You notice that all these ways of communication require some form of services provided by third parties. Take the example of a letter, the service provider has to arrange transportation to bring your letter to the country of destination (by ship or by aeroplane) and finally, a postman has to deliver your letter to the recipient.

To send or receive emails, you require the following:
1) A computer set to connect to the Internet.
2) A service provider to allow you to connect to the Internet.
3) A email program or Internet browser.
4) Valid email addresses of the sender and receiver.

IT For Seniors

Many of us in our fifties and older may not have the opportunity to use computers or any IT gagets, like the digital camera, the way our younger generations have.

The acronyms the younger generations use, like CPU, RAM, CD-Rom, VGA, USB, DVD, LAN, LCD, iPhone, Blackberry, etc. may all be greek to us, seniors.

Nowadays, the computer is a way of life in work and in play. So we seniors who do not have the opportunity to pick up this skill in our younger days will miss the fun computers can bring to our lives.

It is not difficult to pick up some basic computer skills. The only difficulty is to form an interested group willing to meet at a common venue.