Netgear Orbi Review

Netgear launched their Orbi Wi-Fi System in September 2016, making them about the first mainstream manufacturer of consumer networking gear to enter the mesh Wi-Fi arena. The RBK50, as the model is known, continues to set a high bar even today for new Wi-Fi systems to beat, both in terms of coverage strength and speed. The Orbi RBK50 comes as…

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Safari vs Chrome Showdown

When it comes to web browsers for Mac users, there are two main choices: Apple’s Safari or Google’s Chrome. While I’m a Mac fan, I’m heavily invested in the Google ecosystem, and hence it made sense for me to go with Chrome. I’ve done that for many years. But should I reconsider Safari? I’ve been using the public betas of…

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ASUS Lyra Home Wi-Fi System Review

ASUS has entered the arena of whole-home mesh Wi-Fi systems with the launch of their Lyra Home Wi-Fi System in July this year. It comes in a three-piece system, somewhat like the TP-Link Deco M5 I reviewed earlier, so you’re all set to cover homes of up to 6,000 square feet with AC2200 Wi-Fi in no time. The ASUS Lyra…

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Apple Releases macOS High Sierra

Autumn is here for folks in the northern hemisphere. It’s also autumn for Mac users, because Apple has just released the final public version of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. High Sierra’s default desktop wallpaper features a beautiful autumn lakeside scene with mountains frosted in light snow in the background. If you’re a Mac user and you don’t know it yet,…

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More To Do About Mail

Some of us spend a lot of time around email. So much, that our email app is probably about the most important software, if not the most oft used one. Having the right tools is most critical and essential for our productivity. Email software is so important that I’ve written about it before. I’ve always been thinking about improving my…

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Home Network Gets Complex

Although my recent FreeNAS DIY PC was meant to consolidate my storage and compute, other bits of my home network is still in many little bits and pieces. Notably, while my main broadband router is served by a pfSense box, I have at least three other wireless routers in operation, not including another box serving as a Home Automation controller. The…

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Timbuk2 Spire Backpack Review

I recently got myself a Timbuk2 Spire backpack from Amazon. This is a spacious 32-litre backpack that Timbuk2 describes as “a badass roll-top pack for your MacBook and iPad”. It’s well-made and tough, like how we’ve come to expect of any Timbuk2 bags. The voluminous Spire backpack is actually larger than I would have preferred, but certainly the extra space…

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Cybersecurity’s Tough For Users

Since it’s the Singapore International Cyber Week, I thought it apt to write a something about cybersecurity. It’s a really exciting field. Exciting is good, for cybersecurity professionals. Exciting isn’t so good, however, for end-users. They would prefer to go about their lives without having to deal with the complexities of cybersecurity. Our lives are infused with so much technology….

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Jump to Nextcloud 12

A few moons ago, I was still using ownCloud. It’s basically a Dropbox-style private cloud software that you can run in your own hardware. When I transitioned to a new DIY NAS PC, I got to know the turmoil that surrounded ownCloud’s development in recent times. After studying hard the two projects, I decided to jump to Nextcloud. That was…

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TKB TZ68E Z-Wave On/Off Switch Socket Review

After I recently posted about the D-Link WiFi Smart Plug recently, I realised I’ve not mentioned about a Z-Wave switch plug that I’ve been using for a while. It’s the TZ68E Z-Wave On/Off Switch Socket from TKB Home. This plug doesn’t quite work the same way, but it’s still a piece of a home automation system for building a smart…

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