LKCNHM webpage revamped so fix old URLs for Singapore Biodiversity Records, Nature in Singapore & Raffles Bulletin of Zoology

If your search for free pdfs from Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum’s publications have been stymied due to invalid links, fear not – the volumes are all still online with the same filenames.

The reason for the 404 error reports? The website has been upgraded (cue gnashing teeth).

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Well, this just means editing the URL to account for the new directory path: app/uploads/4 digit year/2 digit month. If you remember to insert “app/uploads” after the root URL, you can ientify the year but will have to guess the month.

Raffles Bulletin of Zoology

Nature in Singapore

Singapore Biodiversity Records

You can visit the individual “volumes” pages for the publications, and navigate from there (remember to apply year filter:

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Don’t panic, your files on Google Drive are safe (only the desktop app retires)

Google really scared us when it announced it was retiring the Google Drive desktop app. Many did not see the original announcement but the many headlines by tech sites which more dramatically suggested that “Google Drive dies!”

Even I blinked when I encountered that with sleepy eyes, so I shared the tweet, asked the question in my mac meetup LINE chat and left for class. When I checked my Facebook thread for responses later, a few friends were upset – was this yet another service which had collapsed?

As it turns out, most friends are not sync-ing files to desktop but only using Google Drive on the cloud. Really then, all of us could have simply ignored this announcement, which Gizmodo explains was really meant to “move enterprise users over to the new Drive File Stream app”.

To summarise:

  • Google Drive on desktop (for those who used this) – retires by March 2018; can be replaced by “Backup and Sync
  • Google Drive mobile (iOS and Android) – unaffected
  • Google Drive (on cloud – unaffected

I wonder how Google Backup and Sync will affect the Singapore-based company Insynchq, which has provided a Google Drive client for file backup all these years.