This year, I celebrated a milestone (x number of years) in my company. As such, I am given an incentive of $500 to reimburse for any selected list of items for personal use. I realized that my home machine is more than 10 years old (Dell Inspiron Laptop 5150), and I do need to have a totally new system. This “opportunity” comes in handy.
After in the IT industry for quite a long time, I come to learn that one can never really keep up with the technology. So, it makes my decision easier – I went for a simple basic home desktop (instead of a laptop) that does not cost anywhere more than S$1000. Given that I do have a working, powerful 22-inch monitor at home (HP w2207h), I basically purchased the bare-bone system.
Nearly 2 years ago, I purchased an Apple iPad 2 directly from Apple Store, more as a Christmas present. At that point in time, my iPad was pre-installed with iOS version 5, which over a period time I upgraded to iOS 5.0.3 when Apple rolled out new upgrades. However, I stopped at the last version of 5.0.x, primarily because there were a lot of review articles mentioning poor battery management after 5.1.x was introduced. It never really got fixed (although some users did claim their iOS devices were functioning well after the fix was applied). I never felt confident at that time.
Remember about a year ago, Apple introduced iOS 6; which was showcased by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple after Steve Jobs stepped down. Instead of bringing more innovation to the users, I find that this version was carelessly rolled out and “fault” in a way, that Tim Cook has to apologized publicly to the users for the inconveniences it caused.
Today, my colleague just showed me something on his BlackBerry Q10 – he has just upgraded his operating system to 10.2. I thought, that was great! There were some nice features and functionalities that I was pretty impressed with.
Unfortunately, when I tries to perform “Check for Updates” on my Blackberry Z10, I was notified by the device that I am already having the latest version… 10.1?
In recent weeks, my running shoes decided to give surrender and collapse, leaving the bottom of the sole completely detached from the body. It is understandable especially when I had the shoe for more than 10 years, realizing that it is time to change. However, it is totally embarrassing when it happened right in the faces of several strangers as I walked out of the lift.
Knowing my pair of shoes was about to come apart, I had superglued it the previous day. That evening, I took a lift down to the void deck. As the lift door opens, there were people waiting to get in. I walked out; the moment my left foot left the ground, the sole decided to remain in the lift floor – that stunned several people including a girl who stared with disbelief as though her eyes were about to pop out! Decided that it was truly time to say goodbye, I dispose of my old shoes.
I had to attend in-camp training soon and it isn’t something I would want to wait to get my shoes during in camp; hence, I dropped by the nearest shopping centre near my workplace to look for a decent pair of cheap shoes – Royal Sporting House stood out since there were several discounts going on.
I tested no more than 3 pairs that I had set my eyes on and the conclusion is the one with the best comfort and low cost. I got a blank Reebok running pair of shoes for mere $59, after a 25% discount from the original price of $79. That was a good bargain, though.
With that, it will be a long while before I look for another pair of running shoes.
The long awaiting BlackBerry Z10 is finally here! After applying for the device last week, it did not take long for SingTel to revert back and confirm the availability of the product. Finally, I received the “state-of-the-art” fully-revamped BlackBerry device on Thursday (earlier this week). I understand from various past research that Lithium ion batteries do not require first-time charge to hold a longer and better battery life. There were also conflicting reports that users should still charge them for 12-14 hours for the first time. I am not going to take the chance to compromise my battery lifespan, so I chose to do the latter. In the midst of the process, I continued to explore my new “toy”.
I used to own a BlackBerry Bold device; so with Z10, the feeling of non-physical keyboard typing is really new for a BlackBerry owner. However, it did not take long for me to get adapted to typing on the new device. Because of this reason, the benefit is that I get to see more information on the screen, whereas the physical keyboard literally took up almost half the device, limiting the amount of content to be displayed. So, that is clearly a win over its predecessor. Unfortunately, as much as I applauded BlackBerry for creating a virtual keyboard that is so comfortable to the end user; in comparison to iPhone’s keyboard, iPhone still wins. Psychologically, typing on an iPhone feels much at ease than on BlackBerry Z10.
Last year ago, I purchased an Apple iPad 2 from its Online Store, and before it turns one-year old on 14th December 2012, I took up AppleCare Protection Plan to extend the warranty coverage for my iPad device.
Costing mere $118 Singapore dollars, I truly believe it will be a great buy as it provided additional level of protection for another one more year. I can share my own personal experience with Apple Support Phone helpline, where the agent gave really professional help to me, despite I am only covered under limited warranty.
I would not have recommended the Protection Plan, if it’s not because of the Customer Service of the Phone representative. Furthermore, there’s added coverage under this plan.
I vaguely recalled some time back, Apple has to issue a fix to iOS after users discovered it is violating personal data privacy protection. This time, it is back again, in a discrete way.
In iOS 6, it is undoubtedly that Apple has revived tracking, and it is even more effective than ever, but also harder to switch off. Although Apple users can switch off that tracking functionality, it is quite tricky.
I hope you are not laughing at me; yes, I just purchased my next mobile phone (smartphone) today and that is neither iPhone 5 nor Samsung S3, but rather iPhone 4S. Having waited almost a year for Apple’s iPhone 5, since my contract with MobileOne (M1) has expired, it has disappointed me unfortunately.
In my earlier post, I mentioned that all the faults and flaws with the latest device from Apple, I decided to stick with the device that Steve Jobs last publicly announced in 2011, prior his demise.