Category Archives: COMPUTING

Anything to do with computing, be it mobile or desktop and encompasses area such as peripherals, tablets, desktop PC and similar.

world’s smallest USB 3.0 desktop & portable hard drives – LaCie Minimus and Rikiki

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LaCie Rikiki & Minimus USB 3.0 | from US$94.99 & US$129.99 | www.lacie.com

LaCie introduced a new version of the Rikiki portable hard drive with USB 3.0 interface. clad in tough aluminum casing, it has a minimalist feel to it. with the USB3.0 interface, it is capable of supporting up to 5Gb/s of transfer speed. Rikiki comes in at 500GB and 1TB capacity. no worry if you don’t have USB3.0 on your computer, it is backward compatible with USB2.0 too. Continue reading world’s smallest USB 3.0 desktop & portable hard drives – LaCie Minimus and Rikiki

Apple Special Event October 20, 2010 – Back to the Mac

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just spent more than hour viewing the keynote on the Apple Special Event named “Back to the Mac”. a few things were announced, including the ‘sneak peek’ of the 8th major Mac OS X release, Lion. the event kicked off with intro by Jobs, with Tim Cook giving the audience a run down of the current state of the Mac. i’m sure we have heard those many times over over the couple of weeks, so i won’t go into that. besides, we are more interested in what Steve wanted us to know. yes? Continue reading Apple Special Event October 20, 2010 – Back to the Mac

brand collaborations: super-car branded laptops

over the years, tech companies must have found out the close relation between super car lovers and gadget lovers. hence the birth of the collaboration between consumer gadgets and super car branding. not that the consumer gadgets will get any insane horsepower or ultra streamline aerodynamics profile, and no i’m very sure the gadgets didn’t turn up in a wind-tunnel test. let’s have a look a few of those collaborations, although some of the products may have already been released for a few months now. featured here are just a few recent collaborations, not mentioning attempts by Koenigsegg Supercar or Ego with their Bently branded, odd looking laptops. Continue reading brand collaborations: super-car branded laptops

simple tips: how to take screen shot on your Mac?

here’s a simple tip to take screenshot on your Mac. everyone knows taking screenshot on Windows-based PC is via the ‘Print Scn’ key, which keeps your screenshot on the clipboard. for Mac, you don’t have a key but all your have to do is this: Command Shift 3 (takes the whole screen) or Command Shift 4 (take screenshot of a certain portion). go ahead, try it out.

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iOmega external SSD flash drive with SuperSpeed USB 3.0

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finally, SSD has come to external drive and in this instance, in the form of the iOmega SSD external flash drive. the iOmega SSD external flash drive comes with SuperSpeed USB3.0 connection. being a Solid State Drive or SSD, it has no moving parts unlike the conventional hard drives, which means faster application loading, faster transfer speed even with huge files and greater overall system responsiveness. coupled with the new USB 3.0 standard, transfer speed is up 10x faster than USB2.0. not to worry if you don’t have USB3.0, cos’ it is backward compatible with USB2.0 as well. this SSD flash drive has the iOmega Drop Guard™ Xtreme II that helps the drive survive drops up to 10 feet, not that we recommend you to drop your drive at that height. this USB-powered drive measures 4.35″ x 2.72″ x .37″ (L x W x H) and weighs only 0.24 lbs (approx. 108 grams), retail price starts from US$229.99 for the 64GB capacity drive. whoa… quite a hefty amount but we certainly hope prices will be more competitive once SSD flash drive becomes more common.

visit iOmega website.

LaCie 324i LCD professional grade monitor

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when it comes to LCD display, consumers are spoilt for choice. here’s another one (professional-grade) display for you to consider. spotting a 24″, 10-bit P-IPS (professional In-Plane switching) LCD panel which is capable of dispersing 1.07 billion colors, color accuracy of 102% NTSC and 98% AdobeRGB, anti-glare panel with 178DEG viewing angle and 1000:1 contrast ratio. display specs aside, the monitor comes with a multi-functional stand which enables it to tilt, turn, adjust the display’s height, turn it into portrait mode and did i mention that it has a cable manager as well? Continue reading LaCie 324i LCD professional grade monitor

simple tips: Safari 5 fails to open GMAIL login page?

i can’t access GMAIL the whole of yesterday. i was using Safari 5.0.2, it just stop working yesterday. i was stumped. i tried accessing GMAIL by both taking off my bookmark and entering the URL (i.e. www.gmail.com) directly into the URL bar a.k.a the address bar of my Safari, but nothing works. i tried googling for a solution but my search came up empty. the problem was Safari detected multiple redirection by the website that i was trying to access, and stop loading the website. at least that was the notice that Safari gave me. i am not sure why this occurs. if you have the same problem as me, there are 2 ways which you can go about searching for a solution (other than googling): you can either head down to the Apple Support forums and wait for some helpful soul to answer your question (or any Mac forums) or try figuring it yourself by the manner of trial & error. i did the latter.

if you are having the redirecting issue on Safari, the solution is simple: RESET your safari. so how do you reset Safari? just click on Safari menu bar, scroll down to ‘Reset Safari…’. under the ‘Reset Safari…’ you have a bunch of check boxes for options such as empty cache, clear history, remove all cookies et cetera. check the box corresponding to the ‘clear history’, ’empty cache’ and ‘remove all cookies’. depending on you priorities, you can check other boxes as well. for me, i unchecked stuff like ‘reset top sites’, ‘remove all website preview images’ et cetera and made sure that i checked ‘clear saved names and passwords’. this is a good time to clear those, especially if you are sharing your PC/Mac. once you are satisfied with your selections, just hit the ‘Reset’ button and you are done. you should now be able to access GMAIL 🙂

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Go to 'Reset Safari'
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check the check boxes as stated in my writings above. hit 'reset' and you're done.

Apple Magic Trackpad: multitouch trackpad upsized

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love your multitouch trackpad on your unibody macbook? now you can do the same gesture on your Mac desktop with this ‘upsized’ magic trackpad. the magic trackpad enables you to scroll, click, swipe and rotate with your fingers, just like what you will do on your macbook. Apple seems to be read users mind. all this while i have been thinking ‘why no one develop a trackpad for desktop?’. looks like it’s a dream come true. along with the magic trackpad, Apple also announced the new line of iMac running on i3, i5 and i7 processors. screen sizes are still 21.5 inches and 27 inches.

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LaCie XtremKey all-terrain USB Flash drive

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i want one! i am just such a big-time fan for well-design stuff, especially tech-related items. this futuristic (& minimalist) looking flash drive definitely had me in a sec. for those who are constantly paranoid about crushing your flash drive, this may well be your answer. tech spec aside, which are pretty much the same for most flash drive in the market, the XtremeKey will withstand the pressure of a 10-ton truck, resistance to 5 meter drops, watertight up to 100 meters and withstand extreme temperatures. Continue reading LaCie XtremKey all-terrain USB Flash drive

thoughts: what’s wrong with Apple and Jobs?

last week, i came across a posting in an Android forum which mentioned something about Apple. the company, not the fruit. it was about how Apple wanted to patent or copyright the word ‘Pad’ for its iPad. frankly, i wasn’t aware of that pad-patenting-news. but what was interesting was the comment from one of the fellow ‘forumite’. it amazes me how extreme people can get. the particular forumite has so much hate for Jobs, which almost ‘sounded’ like he (Jobs) had done something really nasty him or his family.

to fair, i think Jobs & the team did ‘revolutionized’ many things. iPod alone has revolutionized portable music player. portable music player that plays MP3 format music was introduced in the late nineties (1998), where Apple only came into the portable music player market in 2001. never mind about who invented the player, but the key is who make it big and who made the name sticks. these days some people even refer portable music player as ‘iPod’, even though they simply means other brand of MP3 players. the name sticks. iPod became synonymous with portable music player. it was a marketeer’s dream. technology advancement has to go with design and the right marketing strategy to achieve what Apple has achieved with it’s various products today.

i am not a die-hard fan of Apple. i only ‘make-the-switch’ in 2008 and guess what makes me ‘make-the-switch’? two things: iPhone and Windows. the discovery of the goodness of iPhone OS, it’s simplicity and usability, coupled with the constant frustration with Windows’ security flaws and bugs made me decided that my life could be simpler. i want to use the machine that i have bought and not spending time doing diagnostic or speaking to the robot-like customer service people. i used to custom my own windows-based PC. i tired of missing drivers, security flaws et cetera. the last draw was with Windows VISTA which came with the Dell XPS 420. i am astounded by its (VISTA) endless bugs and driver incompatibility with many hardware. i was spending time calling DELL, making searches on the net for a solution. then came one day, i just walked into my local Harvey Norman and grab a unibody MacBook and the rest is history. since then, i have added an iMac, 2 generations of iPhone and an Apple Extreme Base Station to my Apple ‘collections’.

i just want to use computer and my mobile phone, and i am certainly not looking forward to patches or trouble shooting. i don’t hate windows. i welcome technology advancements, revolutions and competitions. but businesses shouldn’t let their books decided the fate of their products. i am using the Google Nexus One (Android 2.2 now) now. my conclusion? it’s a great phone and a superb OS. BUT, it definitely helps to be a hardware and software company. you make product with better integration between hard & software. period.