AsusPro B9440UA Notebook Review

ASUS’ line of slim and svelte Zenbook notebooks are a familiar sight to many consumers. It turns out they’ve also been working on their “pro” series notebooks for business users, and their new AsusPro B9440UA is pretty good looking too. The B9440UA is compact, thin, light, and, meets military standard MIL-STD 810G for durability. At first glance, the AsusPro B9440UA…

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FreeNAS PC Build

There are two primary ways to get a Network Attached Storage (NAS). You could buy an off-the-shelf NAS appliance. Alternatively, since a NAS is really just a PC with many hard disks, you could also make one out of a standard PC. I chose to go the latter path, building my own DIY NAS PC recently. Over the last two…

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Sony Xperia XZs Review

Sony launched two cool Xperia smartphones recently. First, there is the Xperia XZs, which is the subject of this review. Then there’s the Xperia XZ Premium that I reviewed previously. With model names so similar and ambiguous, it can be difficult to tell how the two are positioned. I’ll tell you. The XZs is not as premium as the XZ…

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Hard Disk Drives For NAS

I’ve been writing a number of posts about building a Network Attached Storage (NAS). The final, and arguably the most critical piece of the build, is the hard disk drive itself. Of course, everything’s important, but it seems natural to pay most important attention to the hard disk drive itself, since the PC is all about data storage. Before year…

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D-Link DAP-1720 Wi-Fi Range Extender Review

Our houses aren’t getting bigger, but for some strange reasons, more of us are finding the need for a Wi-FI range extender. I’ve reviewed a couple of Wi-Fi range extenders in the past, and here I have another one from D-Link, the DAP-1720, launched earlier this year in May 2017. The DAP-1720 is a slightly lower-end version of the DAP-1860…

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That NDP Logo Again

We celebrate another National Day again today. It’s Singapore’s 52nd year of independence. The National Day Parade (NDP) is one of the biggest event on the Singapore calendar. For some reason, someone thought fit that every NDP should have its own logo, and of late, I’m finding the selected logos look really strange. Last year, I wrote about how the…

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Making SG Secure

One app has been the butt of many jokes recently. SGSecure came into the spotlight after it surfaced that all Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel were compelled to install the app into their smartphones. It’s not very smart for good public relations.¬†This epic thread on Reddit¬†shows why. It doesn’t mean you should write an app…

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MyDigitalSSD BPX NVMe SSD Review

The MyDigitalSSD brand is not very well-known, but the company wants to make great products that sell for budget prices instead of throwing advertising dollars around. Encouraged by a Tom’s Hardware review from last year, I decided to get the MyDigitalSSD BPX 80mm 2280 M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD from Amazon. I had not previously considered a NVMe storage…

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USB Type-C Power Meter

USB, that ubiquitous interface that we use to charge many of our gadgets, can carry a varying amount of power depending on a variety of factors. It’s helpful to know how much power actually goes across the USB interface. To do that, we use a USB power meter. Here’s a USB Type-C Power Meter I recently picked up from Amazon….

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OPPO R11 Review

OPPO’s latest flagship is the R11, the world’s first smartphone that features a 20MP front camera and a rear 16MP + 20MP dual-camera setup. The R11 exemplifies the Chinese manufacturer’s long-standing focus on photography in their smartphones. The specs are otherwise mid-tier, with an appropriate price tag to match. The R11 looks somewhat similar to the R9s which I had…

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