We are just 1 day away from the Windows 8 launch. One of the Windows 8 device that everyone is looking forward to is the Microsoft Surface. The Surface is Microsoft’s first tablet computer produced in-house.

The Microsoft Surface has a 10.6 inch (1366×768) display that supports 5 point multi-touch. Runs on a Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 2GB RAM. WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 720p camera (1 front, 1 back), USB 2.0 and micro HDMI port. It is made of a special material call VaporMg which according to some early reviews showed that it is able to take some knocks without any problems. All these weighing just 680grams.

Perhaps the interesting part is the Touch Cover with a built-in keyboard which can be magnetically attached to the Surface for increased productivity. The magnet is pretty strong and you can hold the Touch Cover without the Surface falling off. The Microsoft Surface also has a built in kickstand which is great for viewing movies. The Microsoft Surface will come in 2 version: Surface with Windows RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro. The Windows 8 Pro is not available yet.

We don’t know exactly when will the Surface with Windows RT be available in Singapore. It will begin shipping in the US on 26 Oct 2012. The 32GB Microsoft Surface with Windows RT will retail at US$499. 32GB version with Black Touch Cover and 64GB version with Black Touch Cover will retail at US$599 and US$699 respectively.
PS: Don’t be confused by this Microsoft Surface with the other Microsoft Surface. Microsoft have renamed the 40 inch table computer to Microsoft PixelSense.

We all know that Microsoft is launching Windows 8 this coming Friday and we can expect to see tons of Windows 8 devices. But Google refuse to let Microsoft dominate the new and decided to announce the new 3rd Generation Chromebook by Samsung.

The Chromebook runs on Google’s Chrome OS. 11.6 inch screen, 1.1kg, 1 USB3.0, 1 USB2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and a HDMI port. It runs on Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor and has 6.5 hour battery life.
The Chromebook comes with 16GB of internal storage but Google is giving 100GB of Google Drive free for two years (Worth $120). Since the Chromebook is running Chrome OS, you don’t really need much local storage. Everything, including your data and apps, live in the cloud. Just login your Google ID on any Chromebook and it will looks as if it is yours.
But I guess the most attractive “feature” of the Chromebook is the price point. At just US$249 for WIFI version and US$330 for 3G version, I don’t mind getting one as my secondary laptop when I want to travel light. Unfortunately, the Chromebook is currently only available in US and UK. Let’s hope Google will bring it to the rest of the world soon.

There used to be a time when Apple Live Stream their Keynote. But they haven’t been doing that for several years and all we tech enthusiast and Apple fanboy have to rely on the live blogging.

Well, good news. Apple is going to Live Stream the 23 October Keynote. A new “Apple Events” channel also appeared on the Apple TV.
It is rumoured that Apple will announce a 7ish inch iPad and maybe a 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina Display. We’ll find out about it in a few hours time.
It is great to see Apple Live Streaming their event again. Let’s hope their server is able to handle the load. But if the server can’t handle the load, there is always Live Blogging sites to keep you up to date.
The Apple Keynote will happen on 23 October 2012, 10:00 a.m. PDT (24 Oct, 1am Singapore time)

Harddisk maker Western Digital just announced a 4TB external harddisk recently.

My Book 4TB supports USB 3.0 for fast transfer on new desktop and notebook with USB 3.0. But don’t worry, it is still compatible with desktop and notebooks that still uses USB 2.0. The My Book 4TB drive also include automatic, continuous backup of all content generated on the computer and offers password protection and hardware encryption to provide additional security against unauthorized access to files and other data
Western Digital My Book 4TB external harddisk is now available at a suggested retail price of S$299.

I knew the harddisk on my iMac is dying soon. After all, I had the iMac for 5 years already. But I wasn’t expecting it to die suddenly without any warning. I was expecting the iMac to go cranky for a few days before the harddisk die. But no. It just died suddenly out of the blue while I’m watching YouTube.

Luckily I always have Time Machine on. So my data are safe.
I could send my iMac to a Apple Care Centre for repair. Or just throw my iMac away since it is already 5 years old. But I decided to be slightly more adventurous by replacing the harddisk myself. It shouldn’t be that hard since I’ve assembled my own PC in the past. Besides, the process is well documented on iFixit website. They even have a YouTube video on this.

So I went to Sim Lim Square to buy a new Harddisk. Luckily the prices of Harddisk has gone down significantly after the Thailand flood. I also didn’t get the largest harddisk available. I figured that 1TB should be good enough for a 5 years old iMac. Besides, the old Harddisk was just 320GB.
So I got a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black harddisk at S$133. Pretty good price I guess.
Opening the iMac is surprisingly easy. I bought 2 suction cup to lift the glass panel which was attached to the iMac body using magnet. There are quite a number of screws to unscrew before I can remove the iMac casing. Then come the tricky part.

The harddisk is located behind the LCD panel. So in order to replace the Harddisk, I need to disconnect a few cables and lift the LCD panel up. After replacing the harddisk, I just need to put everything back. Need to be extra careful not to touch the LCD panel or glass panel and leave my fingerprints behind.


The entire process took me less than 1 hour.
Apple made it very easy to reinstall Mac OS on their machine. Just pop the Mac OS CD into the drive and boot up. By the way, you need to run disk utilities to format the new harddisk first before you can install Mac OS. After installing Mac OS, I restore the system using Time Machine. Restoring from Time Machine took more than 4 hours. But after that, everything is back to what it used to be.
It’s like the harddisk didn’t crash at all.
And since I was replacing my harddisk, I also took the opportunity to upgrade my RAM from 2GB to 4GB. Now my 5 years old iMac feels snappy.

The wait is finally over. The highly anticipated will be available in Singapore from 20 October 2012.

The Canon EOS M comes in 3 options:
EOS M Kit: Body with EF-M18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM lens at S$1,149 (Body available in Black or Red)
EOS M Kit II: Body with EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM lens and EOS M adapter at S$1,219 (Body available in Black only)
EOS M Kit III: Body with EF-M18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM lens, EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM lens and 90EX flashlight at S$1,349 (Body available in Black, Red, White and Silver)
Read my first look of the Canon EOS M here.