Category Archives: COMPUTING

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

techART. back-up 2 infinity

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(doodled by mike.)
i had a scare of my life when i, momentarily, failed to read from my Network Attached Storage (NAS). this incident prompted me with this question: do i need to back-up my back-ups as well? if so, is there an end to it (the back-up)? really, reliability is the issue here. how much can we trust the product that we bought to back-up our data?

i had a nasty experienced with a desktop hard drive a couple of years ago. i had tons of data in it and one fine day (in fact, just a few days after the purchase), it just quit on me. i brought it to the service center and all i got was a one-to-one exchange with no effort to retrieve my data. as a result, i lost many design stuff that i have done. do i really have to back-up my external storage as well? hence, it could be a case of ‘back-up to infinity’. what’s your thought?

go green with Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750

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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 | US$79.99 | www.logitech.com

the frustration of replacing wireless keyboard batteries might just be things of the past. in comes the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, which is solar-powered, of course. it’s wafer-thin… almost, measuring just 1/3 of an inch.

this keyboard charges itself whenever there’s natural or artificial light and it will stay charged for three months in total darkness – just in case you decided to be in the darkness for 3 months. so it could be ideal for North Pole, maybe? there’s even a Logitech Solar App to assist you in monitoring the power you have (the keyboard, not you) and check-in to how much power you’re getting from your desk lamp.

the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is not available immediately, but it’s available for pre-order now. wanna go green? grab this then.

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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
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1/3 of an inch thin... can you get any thinner than this?
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Power button...
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Logitech-only concave key cap design
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the go-between: Freecom Hard Drive Dock

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(photo source: freecom.com) Freecom Hard Drive Dock | US$33.90 | www.freecom.com

this product is not the newest new product but i find that it is really useful and an useful product deserved mentioning again. what happen if you need some info on an old HDD that isn’t installed on a PC? (personal experience, unfortunately) previously, you would have to reinstall it into a PC or get yourself an external hard drive enclosure. i have a few old hard drives lying around and the Freecom Hard Drive Dock could definitely be in action to retrieve data that i have in those hard drives.

the Hard Drive Dock accepts both 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA internal hard drives and the dock itself comes with both USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity. there’s no cooling fan with this dock, thus operation is quite. i guess you don’t need any cooling when you drive is naked. docking the internal SATA hard drives to the dock enable you to quickly retrieve of data, formatting the drive et cetera, without installing the drive back to the PC. why didn’t anybody came up with this earlier?

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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