• Battery Charging at High and Low Temperatures

    Although batteries are designed to charge and operate at a wide range of temperatures. For safety and maintaining the battery conditions at optimum level, it is recommended charging batteries at an ideal temperature.


    Charging fast for most batteries requires a temperature range between 5’c to 45’c. Even better, if we can narrowed down to 10’c to 30’c. The capacity to recombine oxygen and hydrogen declines when charging nickel-based batteries below 5’c. To retain the ability to charge quickly regardless of the temperature, some industrial batteries add a thermal blanket, this heats the battery back to an appropriate temperature for the battery to charge optimally.


    Charging nickel-based batteries at higher temperature lowers oxygen generation which reduces charge acceptance. High temperatures actually tricks the battery into thinking it is already fully charged when it is not. Lithium-ion operates very well at elevated temperatures, but long exposures to high heat will shorten the battery lifespan. When you are charging and discharging at an elevated temperature, it causes gas generation that can potentially cause a cylindrical cell to vent and a pouch cell to swell up. It is common to find chargers that halts charging over 50’c.






  • Giraffe Live Cam @ Perth Zoo

    Feeling like going to the Zoo, but we can’t due to the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

    For temporary relief, Perth Zoo has put up a live cam to take us behind-the-scenes with the giraffes.

    Check out the live stream below.


    If you can’t see them, make sure you check back later. They might just be exploring another area of their home at Perth Zoo.

  • Install PHP 7 on Windows Server with Microsoft Web Platform Installer

    Step 1: Verify if you have ‘Web Platform Installer’ installed in IIS Manager



    Step 2: If ‘Web Platform Installer’ icon is available, go to Step 3. If not installed, go to this link and download the msi file. https://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx



    Step 3: After installed, launch ‘Web Platform’ in IIS Manger, go to ‘Products’ > ‘Frameworks’ and search for ‘PHP 7.3’



    Step 4: Select the desired PHP version and click ‘add’ and click ‘ install’.


    Step 5: You’ve now successfully upgraded your PHP installation. You’ll want to open a command prompt and enter the command “iisreset” to apply the new settings or you can simply reboot the server to apply the changes.

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  • 5 Cost-Saving Tips To Simplify Fleet Operations

    One of the challenges facing commercial fleet operators is the struggle to deal with cost pressures. The issue of lowering fleet costs stems from, among several factors, the instability of global prices of crude oil. With crude oil prices impacting world currencies, fleet operators are faced with keeping their expenses in check while managing their assets and inventories to ensure that supply meets demand.




    While it is difficult to predict the recovery rate of the economy, it is possible for fleet managers to plan and create significant savings and greater value to their businesses and fleet operations by following these cost-saving tips:


    1. Utilise available vehicles wisely


    When it comes to commercial vehicles, transportation and running costs can be high. This is normally due to the high insurance rates, maintenance costs and, the cost of fuel. To compensate for these running costs, fleet managers should properly plan how their vehicles are utilised. One way to do so is by properly planning the intended route of delivery, thus minimising unwanted mileage.


    2. Manage movements with a Fleet Telematic System (FTS)


    GPS tracking technology makes it easier for operators to monitor and regulate the movement of their fleets. FTS allows the exchange of information between commercial fleet vehicles and its dispatching centre. GPS tracking also enables employees and business assets to be safeguarded. The tracking gadgets that are currently available in the market come with other useful features which stores data and history of vehicle movements. With the assistance of FTS, the vehicle is able to remain on the routes determined by the system and the estimated package delivery time can be managed accurately.


    3. Old is not necessarily gold


    Some companies often overlook the lifespan of their fleets by reusing old vehicles. Fleet maintenance costs expand with the age of the vehicle. It is important to consider the right range of heavy-duty motor oil for older diesel engines to protect vital engine parts from long haul deliveries, stop and go in heavy traffic or when towing heavy loads. While choosing the right motor oil for fleet of variant ages operating in both high- and ultra-low sulphur environments can be difficult, Caltex Delo® 400 MGX addresses these issues. Caltex Delo® 400 MGX SAE 15W-40 has the added advantage of a single fleet oil, thereby, reducing the need for multiple diesel engine oils


    4. Minimise fleet size


    Reducing the size of your fleet lowers the cost required to own and maintain the vehicles. Fleets that have surpassed their lifecycle should be traded in for newer, more reliable ones. The new generation of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks generally have longer-lasting engines and are more fuel-efficient as most of them adhere to the Euro 3 emission standard, which makes the engines cleaner than Euro 1 and 2.


    5. The right products for total engine protection


    Fleet owners are constantly on the lookout for fuel products which will benefit their assets and business in the long run. When selecting the most suitable motor oils, such a decision is always made taking into account how the product is able to optimise the performance of a machine and whether it meets the current emissions specifications.


    Lubrication for commercial vehicles is very important as they affect the functions of the engine, gearbox and axles. With the needs of commercial industry players as well as stricter emissions legislations in mind, Chevron developed and recently introduced the latest Caltex Delo® 400 MGX SAE 15W-40 premium diesel engine oil, specially formulated with the ISOSYN® Technology.


    The new Caltex Delo® 400 MGX SAE 15W-40 delivers excellent soot dispersancy and provides greater wear protection and sludge control, as the ISOSYN® Technology combines premium base oils with high performance additives, therefore guarding a vehicle against loss of engine life and reducing fuel consumption.


    Furthermore, the latest addition to the Delo® product range was specifically developed to meet current emissions and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) requirements as well as performance specifications of the market. What this also means for fleet operators is that by utilising Delo® with ISOSYN®, their vehicles’ service protection is extended and the durability of the engines are maximised, thus, reducing operating costs.

  • Australia official says terrorists “may be planning attacks” in and around KL

    On 21 Feb 2016 (Sunday), the Australian government issued a warning that terrorists “may be planning attacks in and around Kuala Lumpur”.


    Kuala Lumpur City Centre KLCC


    “Attacks could be indiscriminate and may target Western interest or locations frequented by Westerners,” said the Australian government in a statement on their website.


    The government added that the level of advice has not changed and members of the public should “exercise normal safety precautions”.


    “We continue to advise Australians to reconsider the need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah, and to exercise normal security precautions in Malaysia overall.”


    Malaysia Terrorist Warning


    A spokesperson from the Malaysian Foreign Ministry said they had taken note of the advisories, and had acknowledged the efforts of the Malaysian authorities in strengthening the security presence in the areas mentioned.


    They added that there was “nothing to be alarmed of” and that they would “continue to keep foreign missions informed on the security developments”.


    “We also acknowledge the fact that foreign missions are at liberty to provide their own assessment of the security situation in their host countries albeit the fact that it may not be accurate or gives a true reflection of the situation.” the statement said.


    Source: CNA

  • How To Be A Successful Salesperson If You Think You Can’t

    1. Ask yourself: What words come to mind when I think of myself as a salesperson?


    2. Listen to the response that arises inside your head:


    • If you find you’re thinking words like helpful, partner, problem-solver, relationship builder, mutual benefit – congratulations. You have the core mindset of a successful 21st century salesperson.
    • If your thoughts are running more along the lines of words like rejection, pushy,fake, annoying, unwanted, manipulative, scary – I suggest you continue on to step 3.


    3. What could you say to yourself that’s more positive and hopeful about the idea of you as a salesperson – yet still feels true to you?  I asked my mate and his response was, “I have a great product that some people will find useful. If people don’t want to buy it, it’s no reflection on me.”


    Remember, you just need to keep things Great, Simple, Positive and Accurate.

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    Oysters feast again!

    Oysters feast again!

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    New Love! #audi #s3

    New Love! #audi #s3

  • MH Flight 370 may have flown for hours after dropping off radar

    US investigators believe MH370 flew for hours longer than first thought based on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing 777’s engines. Hence, I reckon this incident is far more complex than we initially told and thought.


    Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRO


    According to the Wall Street Journal initially said they could not reach Rolls-Royce for comment but later updated the story with a response.


    “We continue to monitor the situation and to offer Malaysia Airlines our support,” a Rolls-Royce representative told the publication.


    “The disappearance is officially not an accident and all information about this is strictly handled by investigators,” a Rolls-Royce executive is reported to have said. Also quoted was a Boeing executive who declined to comment except to say: “We’ve got to stand back from the front line of the information.”


    It was reported that live data from the plane’s Trent 800 engines is recorded in 30-minute increments and sent to Rolls-Royce for analysis, with the information showing details such as altitude and speed of the jet.


    Rolls Royce Trent 800


    Rolls-Royce says on its website that engine data is routinely used “so that plane operators can easily view the health of their fleet of engines”. “Snapshots” are sent from the aircraft to the ground during take-off, during a climb, once the aircraft is in cruise and at the end of the flight – and are also triggered by unusual engine conditions, the website states. “The snapshot data is always ‘trended’, so that subtle changes in condition from one flight to another can be detected.”


    A total flight time of 5 hours means the Boeing 777 could have travelled about 2200 nautical miles after leaving Kuala Lumpur and potentially have reached the Indian Ocean, the border of Pakistan or even the Arabian Sea, the Wall Street Journal said.

  • China’s Satellite Photographs Found Possible Wreckage of MH370




    Chinese officials released satellite images showing what they say could be wreckage from Flight MH370.


    GPS Coordinate: 105.63E 6.7N



  • No Trace of Missing MH370 Wrackage

    As of now, still no confirmed debris found from missing MH370 Boeing 777-200ER jet, says Malaysian official.


    “Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, we have not found anything that appear to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian civil aviation department, told media members Monday.


    Vietnam’s civil aviation body said they have retrieved a “yellow floating object,” but it was not a plane life raft.  So the mysteries surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the true identities of some of its passengers remain unsolved.

  • MH370 door and piece of tail spotted at 8 47′ 32″N 103 22’26″E

    According to @AviationSafety, Vietnam reports spotting MH370 door and piece of tail at 8 47′ 32″N 103 22’26″E, 207 km North of waypoint IGARI pic.

    Vietnam reports spotting #MH370  door and piece of tail at 8 47' 32"N 103 22'26"E, 207 km North of waypoint IGARI pic.