Xiaomi Mi Router 3 Review – Affordable Dual Band Wireless Router

The Xiaomi Mi Router 3 is a dual-band 802.11ac wireless router. It looks stylish and have decent build quality. The Xiaomi Mi Router 3 is a AC1200 router capable of wireless speeds up to 300Mbps and 866Mbps on the 2.4GHz and 5Ghz spectrum respectively but it’s 10/100 WAN port might be a bottleneck for broadband plans exceeding 100Mbps. All in all, the Mi Router 3 is an affordable no-frills router for wireless Internet access. I got it for S$35 from Qoo10 to replace a failing ASUS RT-N56U.

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Cubot X18 Plus Review – Good budget phone with decent specs

For those who are unfamiliar with the brand Cubot, they are a Chinese smartphone manufacturer based in Shenzhen and they launched a number of budget smartphones. Where can you possibly find a Android smartphone with a 6-inch FHD+ display, dual 20MP+2MP rear cameras, 4000 mAh battery and 64GB storage for US$130? Apparently Cubot has it – the Cubot X18 Plus. GearBest have periodic offers/ sales and they recently had one for Cubot smartphones.

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Zero1 virtual mobile telco offers unlimited mobile data plan

Zero1, Singapore’s third mobile virtual network operator, is offering unlimited mobile data plan at an incredibly low price. But there is a catch, you enjoy full 4G network speed for your first 3GB and mobile data speed gets throttled afterwards until the end of your bill cycle.

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Ledger Nano S Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet Review

Cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP)) are all over the news lately for their spectacular price movements or them getting stolen from hacked exchanges. For the latter issue, it makes me ponder if I should continue leaving my cryptocurrencies (or rather private keys) with custodians (e.g. Coinbase, Binance) or manage them on my own. Being a techie, I decided to take things in my own hands with the Ledger Nano S hardware wallet.

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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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