Migrating to a new Synology NAS using Migration Assistant

Recently, I used the Migration Assistant to migrate data and system settings from the Synology DS1817+ to the DS1821+ NAS. Other than refreshing the NAS, a brand new set of 10TB hard drives replaced the existing 6TB. The migration was seamless and services remained available during the process.

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RMA – Brand-new APC BK650 UPS failed after 1.5 month

Around seven weeks back, I installed and wrote about adding the APC UPS backup power to my NAS. The brand-new APC UPS worked for around 1.5 month before it started beeping audibly and the replace battery indicator turned on. It is either a bad APC UPS product or my bad luck in getting a lemon. How was the APC UPS RMA process? It was borderline unacceptable.

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Qualifying hard disk drive for long term use

Do you check if the hard disk drive (HDD) is serviceable before using it? Nowadays, the emphasis on storage reliability has silently increased as more people are leveraging network attached storage (NAS) and external storage enclosures to back up their data. But what makes these storage solutions reliable? The building blocks – HDD! How do one ensure the new HDD is reliable? Personally, I qualify them using a Linux utility call badblocks and I recommend you do something similar too.

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Fixing the macOS 10.13.6 Security Update 2019-007 Black Screen

My iMac 27-inch (mid-2011) is still working well. For some unknown reason(s), I’ve been unable to apply the macOS 10.13.6 (High Sierra) Security Update 2019-007. It will simply “halt” during the reboot phase, leaving me with a black screen with cursor. The most irritating part is that I cannot uninstall nor (re)install the Security Update and it continues to halt my iMac at the black screen at every shutdown or reboot. I had to force shutdown by holding on the power button every single time until I came across a fix for failed Security Updates on Apple’s forum.

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 Review – Upgrading your old doorbell to a smarter one

Considering that how infrequently I change flat batteries in my doorbell, I did not even once think that I will ever get a smart video doorbell. So why did I get it? Because of a weird encounter that my neighbour had – an agitated guy pestering/ questioning for someone on a late night. I don’t think such encounters are great. Without much hesitation, I picked up the Ring Video Doorbell 2 during the Amazon Prime Day sales.

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Returning items back to Lazada? It’s simple.

Lately, I am on a awesome shopping spree on Lazada Singapore. Buying Raspberry Pi 3 and 8Bitdo gaming controllers for my RetroPie retro gaming platform; buying Merries diapers for my two kiddos; and a bunch of discounted nonsensical stuffs. One of the items was sent wrongly by the seller – 8Bitdo Xtander. I purchased the version for 8Bitdo NES30 Pro but the one for 8Bitdo SNES30 Bluetooth controller was sent instead. I need to return this item for the correct product and that is when I realised that Lazada Singapore’s return process is so darn simple.

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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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Applying for SGS Bond using SRS Fund

Little did I expect that applying for Singapore Government Securities (SGS) bond issues using funds from Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) account is a lengthy process filled with question marks and confused looks from bank staffs. In fact, it is just involves filling up a two-page form but it took me almost two hours at DBS Bedok branch. I reached there at 4.10pm, was attended to at 4.30pm and only left the place at 5.45pm on a Thursday.

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