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New Starhub set-top box at my mum’s place

24/07/2017 Leave a comment

I was surprised when I went over to my mum’s place a couple of days back. I found out that she had a nw Starhub set-top box. Apparently, my mum’s old one was not working so Starhub, in their indefinite wisdom, decided to send two of their incompetent technicians / engineers to my mum”s place to check what was the issue. They told my mum her set-top box was spoilt and told her that they will be giving her a new one.

And give her a new one they did. But here is the catch. The new one does NOT have a built-in hard drive. No. My mum has to BUY a new external hard drive, one that was specially prepared by a sub-contractor of theirs. And she had to cough up $99 to but that 1Tb Western Digital hard drive. Now. I am not against external hard drives. I use them and I find them very convenient and useful. BUT…and here is a big BUT. I draw the line at external hard drives being used in this fashion. All that is powering the drive and accessing the data on that drive, is a single USB cable. Now. Singapore is very humid….and you know what that kind of humidity does to external hard drives, and their respective cables. That drive also is at mercy to the whims and fancies of that set-top box. What happens when my mum switches off that set top box. Will the hard drive be unmounted properly? Will the hard drive still tun even though the set-top box is on standby? I asked Starhub that question but they were unable to answer the questions. But then again, I was expecting that.

Then came the connection behind my mum’s TV. My mum’s old connection was via a 5 x RCA component and L + R. connection. When they changed the set-top box, they had to get rid of the component cables that were connecting to my mum’s connection. Now all they had was a HDMI connection. I mentioned something about humidity in Singapore and how it fouls up connections behind things like TVs and VCRs. My mum’s TV has a problem with the HDMI input because it is oxidised. So now with the new box, the picture is bad. But did that bother Starhub? Nooooooo….

So I asked Starhub to give me an explanation via email. They said they would.

SSD prices are currently crazy

27/04/2017 Leave a comment

SSD prices are crazy now. I wanted to do an upgrade of my old Dell N5050 laptop but because of the price of SSDs, I had to reuse my old SSD, a Samsung Evo 840. The problem is, the shortage of NAND in 2017 caused the prices to soar…and I am seeing it when I go to Sim Lim and check the prices. Way too high!

However, looks like things are going to change. As I read from this article here:

According to Trendfocus, SSD pricing has jumped by as much as 36 percent in some places. The market research firm expects that price increases will be the norm throughout the rest of 2017, but once 2018 rolls around, prices could go into a free fall and return to where they were before they started rising in the first place.

That is good news. I might get an SSD for my old home computer. Then again, my old home computer is due for a change, and a change it will be…soon.

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Samsung to acquire Harman for 8 billion

15/11/2016 Leave a comment

This was all over the news yesterday. Apparently, Samsung is spending $8 billion to buy its way into a burgeoning market for automotive technology alongside Apple and Google as the smartphone business wanes. With the deal, Samsung hope to marry its fast microprocessor and software technology with Harman’s infotainment and vehicle systems to offer carmakers more advanced connectivity…according to a report I read online

I wonder what is going to happen to the brands under Harman. Is Samsung targetting the car market with Harman’s automotive products? Is it going to acquire and then close down the other brands like JBL and the like? We do not know. All I can say is…exciting times are ahead.

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Samsung phone charger

27/05/2016 Leave a comment

Just the other day, while clearing a client’s office, I came across this old, presumably forgotten USB phone charger, complete with cable, at the bottom of a rostrum that was destined for the tip. We were given orders to dispose of the phone charger so I took it home and tested it to see if it was still working. This USB charger not only worked fine but it charges pretty quickly too. I am using it as a spare and so far, it performs very well as one. Another edition to my junk box! They certainly do not build them ike they used to anymore

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Ingress Protection (IP) rating explained

03/04/2016 Leave a comment

About a month back, I was involved in a bit of a heated discussion about the Samsung S7 phone and the salesman that was selling it. Samsung has gone to great lengths to claims that their phones are “water-resistant; IP 68 certified up to 30 min. in 1m of water.” To earn that IP 68 protection rating, the device needs to resist water in more than 1 meter for 30 minutes, so perhaps someone needs to do a new torture test under 1.1 meters of water to see if that IP 68 certification is actually deserved.

But this does not only stop with Samsung phones. Any device that claims the IP68 rating seriously needs to be taken to task.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 smartphone

14/01/2016 1 comment

I have realised that I have to get a new smart phone to replace my Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. I have had to uninstall apps and such because the thing is just running out of memory. It really starts to become a joke when you realise that your smart phone is not really “smart” if it does not have much apps on it. Now it only has apps that I really need and that makes me less productive. I do not need the latest and greatest and I do not need bells and whistles in my phone. That is why I am seriously thinking of changing my current Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 to a Xiaomi

First things first, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 1.2-GHz CPU Adreno 306 GPU. The one I am looking at getting is the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Enhanced. That means it comes with 2Gb of RAM and 16Gb of Flash memory. That is heaps better than my Samsung with only 4Gb of flash. This phone takes two micro SIM cards. Camera-wise, it has an 8MP camera for the back and a 2MP camera for the front. I am not really a person who buys a mobile phone for its camera so that is not a moot point. Display-wise, it comes with a 4.7″ 1280 x 720 resolution, 312 PPI HD display made by Sharp. We are talking quality here!

So will I get it? Most likely. Unless Motorola releases their new Droid here in Singapore. I have always had a soft-spot for Motorola phones but right now, this looks good,

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Samsung 840 PRO 512Gb SSD hard drive

29/07/2015 Leave a comment

I currently have a Samsung 256Gb SSD in my old Lenovo ThinkPad x61 notebook. That notebook is old and the SSD drive just makes it go fast as anything and frankly, I am very, very pleased with it. I am thinking of getting a 512Gb SSD for my laptop computer because the hard drive is 3 years old and it should be starting to show signs of wear and tear. The only thing that is stopping me from buying this SSD is the price…it is still kinda expensive. I am waiting for Amazon Global to cut the price some more and whoosh…I will order it online and have it sent over. You can get these drives here in Singapore but honestly, you get better savings from Amazon Global. Trust me, if you can, go the SSD route. You will not be disappointed. Look at my 256Gb SSD in my old Lenovo…the thing just flies and there is heaps of space. So yeah…decisions to be made on this soon.

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