My First 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

My first Mac is the iMac 27-inch (mid-2011) and my experience has been awesome! It was a refreshing change from Microsoft Windows.The iMac, back then, also allows for a fair bit of customisation (i.e. adding SSD, boosting up to 32GB RAM). It is actually still serving me well now. However, for something that is more portable, I decided to go for a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Grey. My first five minutes of using the MacBook Pro? The macOS High Sierra is a lot smoother on this new piece of hardware compared to my aging iMac.

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Building a retro-gaming machine

I have a soft spot for retro games. I remember spending hours clearing stages in Shining Force with my elder brother on our Sega Mega Drive when we were young. Spending afternoons with friends at the arcade trying to defeat Deimos using Elf in the side-scrolling game of Dungeon & Dragons: Tower of Doom; and figuring out how to do 99-hits combo in Marvel vs Capcom. For some, their hands might be itchy for a game of King of Fighters ’98 after seeing these game titles.

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Synology Active Backup for Server

Synology’s Active Backup for Server is a package specially designed to centralize data backups for Windows and Linux servers. It support backup modes like multi-version, mirroring and incremental. The source servers need not install additional backup agents as it uses SMB or rsync to perform the backups. Active Backup for Server is available on DSM 6.0 – 7185 and above versions. I was looking for a remote backup solution for my Amazon Lightsail virtual private server and Active Backup for Server seems to be up for the task.

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Synology DS3018xs Review

Synology unveiled its first 6-bay NAS, the DS3018xs, at Cebit in March 2017. It supports the optional dual M.2 SSD adapter card or 10GbE NIC for high-IOPS system cache and ultra-fast data transmission respectively. It can support up to 30 drives when used with two DX1215 expansion units. The DS3018xs sports a much newer dual-core 2.2GHz Celeron D1508 CPU. The XS series comes with 5-year warranty and advance hardware replacement through Synology Replacement Service (SRS).

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H96-P DLP Android Pocket Projector Review

Just a few days back, I was looking around for a pocket projector to cast my movies or shows onto the ceiling of my bedroom (because I don’t have a television in the bedroom). I settled on the H96-P ultra-portable DLP projector. The good thing about it is that it runs Android and thus new apps or contents can be easily added. I managed to get it on GearBest for less than US$200. At this price point, I think the H96-P could easily be the best value for money portable DLP projector.

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Looking around for Portable Projectors

I been wondering if there are people who projects shows (or movies) onto their ceiling? Imagine resting on the bed and looking at the ceiling for shows or movies. It sounds pretty comfortable compared to having television at the end of the bed.

In my case, adding a television seems impossible as the wall opposite the bed is like 2 to 3 metres away. Hence, a portable projector that can be easily powered by power bank makes a lot of more sense.

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Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review

The Samsung’s newly released T5 is a compact and lightweight portable SSD! It is about the size of a stack of credit cards. Don’t be fooled by its small size, its capacity ranges from 250GB to 2TB. The thing I like about flash storages is that they are hardy enough to survive a lot more knocks than regular spinning hard disk drives. Not only that, flash storages have great throughput too.

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Ticwatch E Review

Mobvoi, a Chinese startup, released their next generation of Ticwatch series – Ticwatch S&E. It is available in two variants – Sports (Ticwatch S) and Express (Ticwatch E). I backed the Kickstarter project on 12th July 2017 (backer #3606) for a pair of Ticwatch E at US$245. It was slated for delivery in October 2017 but it was only delivered to me on 25th November 2017 after some delay.

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