Electric Air Duster

A vacuum cleaner is great at picking up dirt and dust. For example, dusty grills of fan, food crumbs on keyboard, dust on the monitor bezel. While the vacuum cleaner is great, it has challenges getting the dust off the tight corners or those deep inside. In the past, I get canned air sprays to blow dust off these hard to reach areas. Of course, the dust will be flying all around but at least I get the dust off the heat sink, fan grill and between the keys of the keyboard. Canned air sprays have limited amount of sprays so I got an electric one instead. I hope the “cost per air spray” will be lower than canned ones. This Electric Air Duster from OPOLAR cost S$69.00 from Lazada before the platform vouchers.

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Adding an UPS power backup to the NAS

Your wallet might be feeling pretty light after splurging on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) with a bunch of new hard drives but you are probably better off in terms of data redundancies. Before you celebrate success, do you know that a dodgy power source can cause a myriad of issues? For example, electronics failure, data corruption. The NAS only has to be writing data when a power outage occurs to corrupt the data. To mitigate the risk of data loss, I got a APC BK650-AS UPS for my Synology DS1817+ NAS. It is an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

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SwitchBot – Teaching old Switches and Buttons new tricks

The SwitchBot Bots are small, battery-operated, Internet-of-Things (IoT) robotic switch (or button) presser. In short, it is a device with a robotic arm that physically toggle a switch or press a button. It can be triggered via Bluetooth LE or voice assistants (e.g. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri) when operated with the SwitchBot Hub Mini. The SwitchBot Bot retails for US$29. At this price, you can teach old mechanical switches new tricks – that is, to be IoT like their newer smart switch counterparts.

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Yootech LX6 Wireless Charger

I got the Google Pixel 5 recently and was excited to try wireless charging but I am not willing to fork out S$119 for the Google Pixel Stand. I tried out the Xiaomi 7.5W Wireless Charging Pad that I have and the Google Pixel 5 measured 700 mA charging speed on the Ampere app which is way too slow. I did a search and owners of previous Pixel phones have varying success with Yootech wireless chargers. Hence, I decided to try out the Yootech LX6 Metal Wireless Charger and I pleasantly surprised by that Ampere measured faster wireless charging on the Google Pixel 5 with the Yootech LX6 15W Metal Wireless Charger.

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USB-C to Audio adaptor that works with Google Pixel 5

It is getting common for phones not to have 3.5mm audio jacks nowadays. The Google Pixel 5 does not have one. Neither the Samsung S20 nor Apple iPhone 12. Bluetooth headphones and earpieces are great but wired ones are better in certain situations – audiophiles with their high quality music or somebody like me who just want to have a portable/ pocketable earpiece with microphone rather than a wireless one with a boom mic. To hook up to these wired earphones, you will need a USB-C to Audio adaptor or even a Lightning to Audio adaptor.

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Google Pixel 5 Review

Okay, let me do a hashtag first – #TeamPixel. This is my first mobile phone from Google – Pixel 5. The Google Pixel 5 is a 5G phone with 90Hz display, 128GB storage, 6GB RAM and IP68 dust/water resistance. Last but not the least, Google Pixel phones’s camera usually delivers astounding picture quality. I got the Google Pixel 5 (Sorta Sage) for £476.43 (~S$857) after offsetting my gift cards (£45) from Amazon (UK).

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QNAP TS-253D NAS Review

The QNAP TS-253D is a quad-core 2.5GbE two-bay NAS for professionals and prosumers requiring a localised backup as part of their comprehensive data backup strategy. Consumers can also practice good backup hygiene by backing up documents and memories (photos, videos, etc.) on their laptops and mobile phones to a local NAS like the TS-253D and an off-site backup in the Cloud. The TS-253D comes with an HDMI output so you can reminisce these digital memories on the TV. In this review, we will be looking at the QNAP TS-253D two-bay NAS that retails for S$609.99 on Lazada.

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Turning the Xiaomi Air Purifier 3H into a Fan

The Xiaomi Air Purifier 3H is an inexpensive air purifier that works great. My only complain about it is that the output (air) is not directional like the air purifiers I have from Samsung and Sharp which I prefer as I can direct the filtered air at location where there are more human activities/ presences. I happened to chance upon a contraption that turns the Xiaomi Air Purifier into a louver fan which channels filtered air to places I want it to be.

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Wistino 15.6-inch Portable IPS Monitor

Most people, including myself, have been working from home due to COVID-19. I am used to having two monitors at work and it is incredibly useful – one displaying research materials while the other with my report; or having a larger screen to work on presentation materials. Working-from-home means I am stuck with a single monitor and the target display mode (of my 27-inch iMac) don’t work well with all source device (i.e. Windows).

Instead of getting a desk-bound monitor, I bought the Wistino 15.6-inch portable IPS monitor from Lazada at S$169.20 (shipping inclusive). Aside from extending my computer’s desktop, it could also double up as a portable display if I ever need to bring my Nintendo Switch out for parties or gathering.

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