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My 2015 new year resolution……

My 2015 new year resolution is….. 5120 x 2880.

OK, some of you might go “HUH? What’s that?”. Other’s will know that I’m talking about screen resolution. Yes, I just got the Apple 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display few weeks ago, hence the 5120 x 2880 resolution. OK ok, I know this is a lame joke.

I decided to get the new 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display because the iMac I’m using is getting old. I’ve been using the old iMac for 7 years. It is hard to imagine that my old iMac managed to last that long. I use it almost everyday and it have been through tons of abuse. I’ve replaced several keyboard and mouse over the years and changed the Harddisk once. The old iMac is still usable although can feel that it is getting slower and the internal speakers is getting softer. But hey, can’t expect much from a 7 year old iMac. I wasn’t even expecting the iMac to last that long when I first bought it.

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So I got the new 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display together with the Fibre Broadband plan that I sign up late last year. Got a bit of savings because of the bundle. The new iMac is worth every cent. The display is beautiful. The only problem is that it is hard to find 4K content to make full use of the display. I also need time to get used to the 27 inch display. Moving from a 21 inch display to a 27 inch display is a huge change. There’s so much screen real estate now.

Oh, I must say that Apple really put in a lot of effort to make the unboxing experience a pleasant one. I didn’t do an unboxing video myself but you can check out the unboxing video done by others. Taking the iMac out of the box is a breeze despite the size.

I don’t know if this iMac can last me 7 years like the previous one. (I hope it can) All I know is that this is the resolution that I’ll be having for the next few years.

I’m sorry if you are here for my new year resolution. Like the past few years, I didn’t make any new year resolution. Don’t believe in them.

Auld Lang Syne

It’s almost 3pm on 31 December and here I am following a simple tradition that I had. To look back and reflect on the year.

Actually 2014 is quite uneventful for me. Even the Facebook Year In Review looks so boring that I didn’t bother sharing. I thought I will be seeing huge changes in my life 1 year ago as we approach 2014. But I was wrong. Nothing much has changed. Maybe this is better but we will never know. Plans changed along the way. I guess that’s life. You make plans and you make adjustment as you go along.

Some wishes were answered while some were forgotten. End of the day, we just need to learn what to hold on and what to let go.

2015 is going to be a huge year (I guess). Singapore is celebrating its 50th Birthday. And the geek in me is excited because 2015 is also the year in Back To The Future 2. But most importantly, I certain that some things that were supposed to happen in 2014 will happen in 2015.

Whereever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you all the best for 2015.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

My damage from SITEX 2014

Went down to SITEX 2014 at Expo last Saturday to do some tech shopping. Left with a big hole in my wallet.

I renewed my fibre broadband contract. Tech Shows like SITEX always have good deals for broadband connection. My 150 Mbps fibre broadband contract is over so I decided to sign up the Unlimited Fibre Broadband from SingTel. How could I resist super high speed and no bit throttling? The Unlimited Fibre Broadband is going at $54.90 per month.

On top of that, there is an option to top up $125 per month for 24 months to get a iMac 27 inch with 5K Retina display. I think it is about time I retire my 7 years old iMac. Besides, I get a saving of $388. Good deal.

I also bought the ASUS RT-AC87U router. Fast internet need a fast router. The usual price for the router is $399. I saw some booth selling the router at $379. But since I’m subscribing to the Unlimited Fibre plan, I get to purchase the ASUS RT-AC87U router at $299.

While walking around, I saw this interesting power block by thecoopidea. Four 2.4A USB port and one 1A USB port. Pretty useful for travel. Also good for my desk since I have many devices to charge. I got the 10.6A Power Block by thecoopidea at $71.

Last but not least, I bought a 32GB Toshiba FlashAir SD Card. I got a 8GB version lately as a door gift and fell in love with it. So I decide to buy a higher capacity one for my DSLR. The 32GB Toshiba FlashAir SD Card cost $69.

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Looks like I’m going to eat grass for the rest of the month.

Disclaimer: These are my own views and not representative of those of my employer.

Cheers to 34

I don’t remember how I end up sleeping on my bed last night. I was surfing net till late as usual. Then I decided to lie on my bed while playing some mobile games. Then next thing I knew, it’s morning.

I had a few bottles of Hoegaarden waiting in the fridge for me to celebrate another year of existence in this world. I guess that have to wait. Maybe it’s also good since I’m having some never ending cough for the past few weeks. (Wait…. come to think of it, maybe the beer will help cure the cough.)

And to make things worse, I woke up after 11am. Which means I missed my usual birthday ritual of having McDonalds breakfast. Damn.

Well, luckily there are places out there that serve all day breakfast. May not be the best all day breakfast I’ve tried but well, better than nothing. Sometimes you can’t have the best in the world. Just have to make do with what you have. Life is not perfect but you can make it better by not expecting everything to be perfect.

And most importantly, be thankful for what you have.

So cheers to 34. Doesn’t matter what drink I’m holding now. At least there is still a drink in my hand.

When all things fail, hold Cmd-R during start up

I seem to be getting quite some gadget problem lately, especially with my 3 year old MacBook Pro.

First the battery went dead. That was my fault for abusing the battery. So I got it replaced at the local Apple authorised service centre.

Then something went wrong with the Battery Indicator display light. It refuse to turn off. It was so bad that it is draining 10% of the battery even when the power is turned off. Even resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) doesn’t help. Eventually I decided to let the battery drain completely and that solve the issue.

Just when I thought all my hardware issues were solved, the MacBook Pro decided to crash on Start up. Somewhere some file registry or something must have been corrupted. Even Disk Utility can’t fix it.

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So I’m left with no choice but use the ultimate fix for MacOS devices: hold Command-R during startup. This bring the MacBook Pro into OS X Recovery. Yes, I format the harddisk and reinstall MacOS on my MacBook Pro. It is amazing how easy and straight forward the process is.

Luckily for me, I don’t have any important data in my MacBook Pro. All important files have backups somewhere. I should have turn on Time Machine to make the process less painless. But it doesn’t matter. Now I have a brand new MacOS install. Good to restart and reinstall all the required app. And I notice something…… actually I don’t use a lot of apps on my MacBook Pro. Most of the stuff that I use are online. The most frequently used app is actually Chrome Browser.

So yes, just remember: When all things fail, hold Cmd-R during start up. Someone should print a T-Shirt for this. And if only everything in life is so easy to fix.