Posted on June 13, 2013 by orbital

Dear all Orbital students:

Photo credits: JustGrimes @ Flickr

We have been in talks with the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to have them over to talk about the initiative.  They have also told us that they are in the midst of organizing some events that might be of interest to all of you.  You may want to consider joining in these two events happening next week (of course, please log your attending hours as part of your Orbital timesheet, as with everything else). Some of these events are happening at Blk 71 (again!).

[Snip — what follows is from IDA]






A.      Google Cloud SQL Workshop on 18th June 2013 (Tuesday)

We will be working with developer groups in Singapore to bring to you workshops which incorporate the latest technologies with government data.

The first of our workshops will be a collaboration effort between IDA and the Google Developer’s Group :

Theme : Google Cloud SQL and Big Query with Government data.
Date : 18 June 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Location : Plugin@Blk 71. 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #02-18, S(139951)
Register : http:/

B.      Tech Talk on Entrepreneurship and Civic Innovation 

Join us for an evening with speakers from Google Ventures and Washington DC’s iStrategy Labs. Innovators in their own right, Bridgette and Peter will share tips on how developers and start-ups bring their solutions forward by dreaming big and aiming high.

Date : 19 June 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Location : Plugin@Blk 71. 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #02-18, S(139951)
Register : Email with your name and contact number.Seats are limited so register asap![Refreshments will be provided]


  • “Google, Entrepreneurship and Innovation” by Bridgette Beam, Global Entrepreneurship Manager, Google ventures
  • “Citizen Innovation for Smarter Cities” by Peter Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, iStrategy Labs
  • “Sharing on Apps4SG Competition and an upcoming Hackathon –  Looking for the brightest and most creative minds in Singapore to help improve the way we live, study, work and play” by, IDA
  • Q&A with Bridgette and Peter

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Posted on June 13, 2013 by orbital

For tomorrow’s Mission Control, we will be going over two common web application vulnerabilities (including some live examples, Demo God willing) and their mitigations.

In the process, you will learn a little bit about cookies, sessions, password storage, and several web development and debugging tools that can make your life easier as a developer, or form part of your arsenal as an attacker.

The talk is rather unlikely to be recorded. Parts of the presentation containing personal information that was magically obtained may be omitted due to their sensitive nature.

Update: If you attended yesterday’s Mission Control session, you might be interested in these links:


Photo Credits: KatieJean97 @ Flickr


Posted on June 3, 2013 by orbital

Photo credits: Sean McEntee @ Flickr.

Min will be covering Prezi, a zoomable editor, as well as open HTML5 alternatives.

We’ll also be examining best practices for Prezi, and finding and correctly attributing sources for photos, sounds that you can embed into your presentations.

It’ll be held at SR3 from 6-8pm today.  Feel free to join us virtually via Hangouts and on Askbot.  See you then.

For your reference the list of Mission Control sessions can be found here.

Posted on May 21, 2013 by orbital

Credits: Scott Beale @ Flickr

Min will be giving a short tutorial and hands-on for Twitter Bootstrap — the CSS framework that is useful for giving a pretty decent look for most websites.  A key part of Bootstrap is in its responsive design, making sites look decent on small resolutions (low res smartphones) as well as big ones (your 30″ Apple Thunderbolt Display).

This is a beginner level session — applicable to any web-based project.

The Mission Control Session will be held tentatively at SR3 from 6-8pm next week; please check back with us in IVLE and Askbot for updates.

UPDATE: We’ve gotten permission from Blk 71 to host it at their space!!  Come join us over at Blk71’s Seminar Room 1.  Click on the event venue Image on the right for Google Maps info.

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Post event update — Re-Recording done

For those of you who missed it, or were a bit confused about it; you can watch the re-recording I’ve done of the show here.

Paypal’s team will be giving a short tutorial on Magento — an eCommerce web framework for PHP.  Unfortunately, the presentation cannot be recorded (PayPal policy) so you’ll actually have to be on site to get access to this tutorial.

The Mission Control Session will be held in SR3 from 6-8pm.  This is the default timing and location unless otherwise specified (we are working to have some sessions elsewhere when possible; we’ll let you know).

Also, if you want to participate in the hands-on session, you’ll need to have access to a LAMP / MAMP (virtual) machine.  You can requisition one through eForms in MySoC or come with your own.  For beginners, please note that this requirement (to set up a LAMP server) is not for the faint-of-heart — it can take more than several hours.  You may find it more enjoyable just to come to listen to the tutorial instead of actually trying the hands-on-exercises.  So this particular workshop may be considered more intermediate level.

We’ll also be on Askbot and G+ Hangouts (gmail ID knmnyn, perhaps others) to answer your technical questions (not just Magento) for those of you thinking of participating virtually.