MonthAugust 2013

I started study in degree now since July 2013 and may completed on End Dec 2014

I started my degree course in informatics at 1 July 2013 Monday night. But after I going for three night classes and Friday night I received the e-mail from the school course admin staff there is an change of timetable I got a shocked. So I decided to withdraw from this school and went to other school to study. The e-mail stated that I have 4 Fridays in month of July 2013 and August 2013 extra. So two classes from first week of Sep is removed and the exam week will fall on second week of September 2013 without inform and confirm with any student in advance. The another two classes need to make up as the lecture told us before but the date was not confirm.

The way all the lecturers conduct lessons is not even professional and any proper standard at all. The textbook for the two modules they give me is all PowerPoint slide black and white. They just click on the PowerPoint slide and started lessons over 7.30pm and even 7.35pm instead of 7.15pm. They normally have a break of 20 minutes about 8.30pm so they teach and let you off about 10.15pm to 10.20pm out of the classroom. I do not think informatics Singapore is even Government recognized Edutrust certified. Even informatics said they are Edutrust certified, but if you like my reason in saying why actually they are not you can go to contact us page to put in your request. Then I will send you e-mail attachment of their offer letter. Then you can make claim at http://www.cpe.gov.sg to question them how can this school be Edutrust Cerified?

Their offer letter had no start course date and expected finish course date. There is no course fee in detail and how to pay. They only write I had been accepted into their degree course part time that all. If you going to apply bank loan there is no way the bank will put up the education loan for processing that all. So I had to ask the school course consultant what is the school fee like. So she said the school is offering a grant for this coming intake so their 4 semester course fee each is nearly S$4K  pay just before school term start so add up plus S$107 registration is S$16K. Each semester is 3 months so I should be completed in next Year end June. Each semester got to complete 2 modules, plus final project is double module occupy last two semester. So add up I have 6 core module where 4 modules have exam and a final project. I paid using DBS credit card for 12 months 0% interest installment like each month I pay S$330. they accept other credit card 0% interest installment like OCBC bank for up to 24 months and standard chartered bank for 36 months.

Withdraw also quite hard from this school. I go to school student service counter to submit an request. The staff do not allow me to do so which I fill up the counseling form and within a week the school department head will ask me to see him or her to proceed with withdraw from this school course. After a week I heard no news from them, tried calling the school student services also nobody pick up the phone. Contacted the school course consultant over her phone talk to her and message through and flow she said she will follow up and let me know. As I cannot wait anymore, I go to the cpe web sites as above and call the hotline, the staff ask me to send an e-mail to the school and cc to their contact e-mail http://www.cpe.gov.sg/general/contact-info and she is very sure the school will call me up.

As I send e-mail in the morning, afternoon the school course department head call me so at night I rush down from my workplace to meet the three of them which is another one my course consultant and school course admin. So after the meeting the school course consultant had made the advise to defer my course until Oct then start class again. This is the reason the school had decided that next term they will revert back to the old system of three semester in a year instead of starting this July the degree course part time four semester in a year. I know before that the degree course for this school take 1 year 4 months to complete not 1 year since the new intake July 2013 but I would not know later on for now. I had made payment for S$321 for defer 2 modules to start all over again. The school knows I had accepted in TMC degree course also.

As I successfully applied Education loan from CIMBBANK www.cimbbank.com.sg I started to study in Mid July as I miss two lessons as TMC had started the course earlier which I did not know as they though I defer to next year intake. So I wasted over 4K in informatics degree course in Singapore part time. As I quite settled in 3 weeks of TMC degree course part time. I call up informatics to go to school at night student services counter to submit withdrawal form sign in Tuesday 06 August 2013.

I using Myrepublic for my Internet Service Provider in house.

You can go to the web site for information and promotional packages at http://www.myrepublic.com.sg

I sign up on a GamerHD plan which cost S$69 monthly with free setup installation and Free router Asus RT-N56U which is a year contract. The download speed is up to 150mbps and upload is up to 75mbps. So it was installed in the morning 15 July 2013 by the engineer who bring in nucleus connect ONT to plug in port one of my TP, done signal test of the port. Then he use a laptop do a speedtest to plug in the network cable directly on the ONT. So we proceed to install the Asus router to replace my old Linksys E3200 for better in my living room.

Then we go to my bedroom, plug in the voice adaptor, he plug in the network cable to the switch to do a speedtest uplink to my living room asus router so it was no problem as I get the subscribed speed. The voice adaptor was already activated with a fixed line number allocated to me so I cannot choose my favorite number from a list. Then he ask me to sign three pieces of paper so he left about 20 minutes in my house. I e-mail the static ip form to them, but found out that I make a mistake in the mac address. So I call up the customer service and she gave me her e-mail address and cc to the e-mail address for the correct mac address. So I write to make amend on the correct mac address on the same form and scan to e-mail them. Very quickly about 10 minutes, I received the static IP address so I just put in to my asus router and it works immediately. I configured the VPN account on the asus router as it support only pptp as It does not support SSL or web based login at all. I tried on my windows 8 pro laptop and it works well. After a week later, I go to asus web sites to download the latest firmware at http://support.asus.com and it had even better performance and web video streaming and downloading improved and faster stable a lot as the firmware is quite old out of the box. So I received my first month invoice which I can view it on their website under myaccount and a week later it was deducted from my credit card on file.

The M1 fiber broadband connection was terminated at end July as previous post. So I need to pay S$160 of termination charges which I left 8 months for the contract to be end in next year march end. The M1 customer service officer by calling the call center had waived the S$18 collection charges for weekday between 5 to 8pm and every S$10 for mobile line discount for 3 months for the previous post as I made the complaint. I do not know should I consider to get second broadband line as backup like starhub cable 100mbps. If under two years contract it will cost S$39.90 monthly, S$24.90 for 25 mbps but both early termination charges of 2 years contract pro rated at S$400 plus GST same for both plan. If I getting another mobile post paid line from starhub then I will have additional 5% off subscription for their broadband and cable TV 10% off subscription and mobile line is from 15% up to 30% off subscription with yearly handset recon tract instead of 21 months. But I know that both starhub broadband and mobile are not so good in terms of speed of broadband and reception coverage of mobile network locally.

If you are in the hardwarezone forum like http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg , you see the viewqwest is offering 5 usable Public Static IP for monthly S$50 to home user, but I do not think the all in one zhone ONT router can support. So you end up fork up pocket money even to buy Edge Lite router to connect to the zhone ONT router then got to buy another wifi router or wifi access point to have static IP and internet sharing on wireless or wired using NAT unless you have only have up to 5 network device so all configure using STATIC ip no need to buy router or use DHCP leasing 5 IP address only. Compare to Nuclear connect ONT and very small powerful fast stable cute looking design Asus Router RT-N56U then to a zhone router ONT all in one viewqwest is using very big like elephant. Up to now, viewqwest homepage, facebook, hardwarezone forums had no news on the sales of value added subscription of 5 usable public IP to their home broadband subscriber.