OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Combo Updater

I download the Combo Updater in preference to activating Software Update as the combo will iron out any problems from previous versions. An old habit which is still valid.

Sometimes, the combo page takes a little while to get updated after a release is issued and I just wait. And I run updates when I have window of low activity., just in case.

You can get the OSX 10.9.5 combo updater from the Apple Support page here.

OS X Mavericks 10 9 5 Update  Combo

Afterward, run Software Update for Safari to be upgraded from version 7.0.6 to 7.1.

Let’s hit the beach! (International Coastal Cleanup Singapore today!)

More than 3,500 volunteers from almost 80 schools, corporate groups and agencies, will take to beach and mangroves of Singapore early this morning to collect, categorise and remove trash from our shores – for the 22nd year!

We chose to work the low tide this week before the rest of the world conduct their cleanups on the third Saturday of September as identified by Ocean Conservancy, the international coordinator.

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore Zones  Sites  Google Maps

The cleanup act in itself will inform and educate the adults and school children who participate. Within a week, the full, detailed data set is published on our webpage for public use (e.g. see the 2013 results). Talks extend the outreach of the data and through an internship sponsored by IKEA (proceeds from the sale of cornware take-away boxes in IKEA), our youth speakers have reached more than 2,000 people through some 20 talks.

Several of us are taking the data and its lessons into classrooms at the tertiary level to emphasise the issue of marine trash, the environment and the 3R’s – we feel this to be a particularly significant topic in Singapore and are concerned that this is somehow not yet ingrained in our lives.

We convey our thanks to the many NParks managers who work with us, particularly in Pulau Ubin but also at Sungei Buloh, Sembawang, Pasir Ris, Pulau Ubin, Changi/Tanah Merah and ECP. And we very grateful to NEA’s Department of Public Cleanliness who have handled trash removal at sites around the island with promptness and efficiency.

This year, the Singapore Land Authority and Singapro Police Force have been very helpful in facilitated access to what are now restricted areas in sites at Lim Chu Kang and Tanah Merah.

Our volunteer Zone Captains range from decades-old veterans to fresh-faced university undergraduates – we realise the problem of marine trash is a significant one and are appreciative of the many individuals on the ground in various agencies, including school teachers, who address this all year round.

Today’s effort by volunteers is, in a way, also a a quiet but heartfelt celebration of the tenacity of the many people who all work to make environmental responsibility a hallmark of all Singaporeans.

Alright then, let’s hit the beach!

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E-waste recycling & hard disk shredding! NUS U Town, Fri 12 Sep 2014: 10am – 4pm

NUS’ Office of Environment Sustainability is organising an inaugural electronic waste (“e-waste”) recycling drive in NUS on Friday 12 Sep 2014: 10am – 4pm. Anyone can drop off their e-waste at the NUS University Town near the bus stop and if you are driven through, there is a drop-off point at the Stephen Riady Centre.

This e-waste drive ensures your unwanted electronics / electrical equipment and accessories are disposed off in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Let your friends know. and make good use of this inaugural e-waste recycling drive in NUS.

This free recycling is provided courtesy of Apple.

I see they offer shredding of hard disks, so peace of mind ensured for your data on old hard disks. See OES’ Facebook page for more.

OES U Town E waste ex

If you are unable to make the date, there is existing e-waste recycling locations in Singapore offered through Funan Digital Mall and Starhub – see details at the NEA webpage.

iPhone 5 (Sep 2012 – Jan 2013) battery functioning poorly? Check eligibility for Apple’s replacement programme

A few friends have been struggling with faulty batteries in their iPhone 5s. Hope this applies – the programme becomes available in Singapore on 29 Aug 2014.

“Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range. If your iPhone 5 is experiencing these symptoms and meets the eligibility requirements noted below, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery, free of charge.

To check your serial number eligibility, visit Apple’s iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program page.

IPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program  Apple Support