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A look at Windows 11

Windows 11 had been released and out in the wild. But the reception to date had been hardly Luke warm. The Operating system (OS) at best is not a very polished product, being plagued with issues at launch. If that is not bad enough, there are some bad decisions by Microsoft on the user experience too. Let's see what...

Intel Driver Bay NUC 11 Compute Element

Looking back, we last saw the Intel NUC 9 compute, code named "Ghost/Quartz Canyon" last year. It was a revolutionary product at its launch, building on the Intel NUC tried and tested layout. New for this year is Intel Driver Bay NUC 11 Compute Element. Here is what we know about it so far. Driver Bay- an incremental CPU and...

The great 2021 chip shortage

The current great 2021 chip shortage is something one noteworthy as one worth taking mention. It had affected both consumers and business alike. Let’s take alook at it in Singapore and how it came to be. This semiconductor chip short supply, or rather, a sudden shortage is a demand issue. This chip demand rush is fueled by the semiconductor industry...

Intel 11th Gen NUC with Panther and Tiger Canyon

It is the time of the year where Intel would announce the refresh of their tiny mini box PCs known as the NUCs. I am a big fan of their tiny power little PCs. This generation round, Intel is offering the NUC 11 Performance with a choice of two Tiger Canyon and three Phantom Canyon systems featuring Tiger Lake...

How still get a Windows 10 free upgrade in 2020

Apparently, you can still get a Window 7 to Windows 10 free upgrade anytime even today without having to fork out any cash, even in 2020. Remember a couple of years back when Microsoft once advertised that they were only offering a limited-time upgrade time frame. It's tad a marketing gimmick to get everyone FOMO-ing. As claimed by Microsoft, you...

intel Rocket Lake 11-gen CPUs, an underdog?

Intel announced their new Intel Rocket Lake CPUs as the successor to the previous-gen Comet Lake CPUs. Designed for desktop performance, the new Rocket Lake range of Intel desktop CPUs. Also, it takes advantage of the micro-architecture changes and instructions per clock (IPC) advancements. This has results to deliver improved raw performance, generation over generation. Moreover, Intel's 11th Gen Intel...

128GB RAM on an ITX Board Asrock X570D4I-2T

The Asrock X570D4I-2T is a nice Gem of an ITX for what it offers out of the competition. For ages, PC builders who desire a small compact micro-ITX form factor will have to sacrifice having half the number of RAM dimm slots. This is usually 4 slots down to 2 if they were to transition from an ATX or...

Topre Realforce TKL capacitive keyboard review

What is a capacitive keyboard? We had heard of mechanical keyboards and capacitive touch screens on your smart phones. So what Realforce had in mind when they are saying that they make capacitive keyboard? Well let’s take a look with an unboxing and first impressions of the Realforce TKL keyboard by Topre corporation. I recently got this unique keyboard on...

Why the Intel NUC Compute Element could fail

The Intel compute element is Intel’s new modular PC form factor to extend benefits of expandability to their largely popular line of Intel NUCs. However, the product is as dead as it is even not out of the water. Is the Intel compute element doomed to fail? Let’s take a close look at Intel offerings. What is the Compute element? I...

Microsoft Surface Hub 2S and Steelcase roam launch

Microsoft today announced the availability of Surface Hub 2S and Steelcase Roam in Singapore. It is an all-in-one digital whiteboard, meeting platform, and teamwork collaborative computing device for the modern workplace. Introduced at the Steelcase offices, the evening event kicked off with an introduction panel followed by individual demos from Microsoft experts, we were around to demo on the Surface...

Matebook 13 and X Pro (not) in Singapore

Update: Matebook 13 and X Pro may not be coming to Singapore Following the US blacklist of Huawei with US technology companies, the release of the Matebook 13 and X Pro in Singapore on May 30th had been postponed indefinitely and may not be coming into our shores. It is also notable that both Laptop runs on Intel mobile processors,...

Testing Home Ethernet points with RJ45/RJ11 Cable Tester

To address whether your home Ethernet wall cabling is up to scratch, I produced a tutorial video detailing on how to use an RJ45/RJ11 Cable Tester to do so. With a video, I shall go through how to test and check your Home Ethernet points using this rather inexpensive RJ45/RJ11 Cable Tester. Network self-diagnostics The video firstly introduces you to the...

Microsoft Surface Laptop screen, benchmarks and heat

Previously I touched on the Microsoft Surface Laptop first impressions, connectivity and the amazing keyboard of the Laptop. This second part of my review looks into the Microsoft Surface Laptop screen, benchmarks and heat. Putting it through some real-world benchmarks, as well as checking out its impressive touch screen, and the eventual review conclusion. Specifications and pricing Specifications-wise, a mid-tier Surface...

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

The Microsoft Surface name is more of a household brand name in the tech world today. Since Microsoft introduced the first range of Surface devices in 2012, it is a name synonymous with Windows Tablet PCs. The near desktop-level performance machines have a reputation of Ultrabook replacements with a universal tablet form factor to boot. Lets check it out...

Hands on new Windows 10 Sets Tabs Feature

The upcoming introduction of tabs (Sets) in Windows 10 is plenty to be excited about. It goes about the idea of allowing you to bunch together multiple windows together as tabs in a single window. Also, you can create multiple windows with tabs. Today, let take a first look at the Windows 10 Sets Tabs feature. What makes it different...

How to disable Windows 10 updates

Windows Update is widely known today in the computing world as the evil everyone likes to hate. Interestingly, it protects Windows computers everywhere as much as it annoys. This post focuses on how I managed to successfully disable Windows 10 Update via disabling key services. This was tested on release in the 15xxx builds up to the current 17xxx...

The bane of Windows 10, how to disable Windows telemetry

My experience with Windows 10 had been a love-hate affair. It started great as a lightweight replacement to my main Windows 7 daily driver. The lightweight operating system was well received globally. It offers benefits of both function and familiarity. However, in recent light, Microsoft's had sadly put it down with many crippling and worrisome features, such as privacy...

Taipei IT malls, Guanghua Mall and Syntrend Creative Park, Taiwan

Taiwan is the home of global electronics, or at least most of them call home here before being shipped to all parts of the world. If you are in the DIY computer scene, big component brand names you may be familiar with like ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, etc. all have one thing in common- They all originate from Taiwan with...

How to reduce/shrink Linux XFS volumes in LVM

XFS is the default file system on CentOS 7 and RHEL 7 as a very viable alternative to ext3 and ext4, particularly with awesome new freeze and snapshot features of xfs (xfs_freeze, snapshot, xfs_unfreeze, delayed allocation, etc). However, unlike conventional ext containers, a major limitation of XFS is inability to shrink or reduce this file system container. Instead of...

Launch of Avengers themed affordable Windows 10 devices

Microsoft Singapore, together with local device distributor E-Huge Technology hosted a launch event at Hungry Heroes café Singapore tonight to release 3 new Windows 10 devices with licensed Marvel Avengers paint jobs. The choice of venue is rather fitting for the event and product line, comprising of three low-priced devices comprising of two 2-in-1 tablets of different screen sizes...
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