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New “Clean & Glide Technology” introduced by Caltex

Starting today, you will be pumping the Caltex all-new Techron® 5-star petrol at all Caltex stations island-wide. Techron® has been reformulated to include a new Clean & Glide Technology™. The new product was launched by Mr. Shahid Ahmed, Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Malaysia, Singapore & Cambodia, and Mr. Peng Xiaofei, Vice President of International Products for Asia Pacific, at Mandarin Oriental Singapore on 10 May 16.

All-new Caltex with Techron in Singapore

So what is the new Clean & Glide Technology™ about? The following is an extract from Chevron media release:

The new active ingredients are specially formulated to clean and protect metal surfaces within the engine. Helping reduce friction and thus wear and tear between key engine components, Clean & Glide Technology™ delivers enhanced engine protection, improved fuel economy and maximized power with continued use over time, all key in helping provide a more reliable motoring experience.

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Upgrade QNAP TS-453 Pro Memory (2GB to 16GB)

The QNAP TS-453 Pro has 2 memory slots, and is expandable up to 8GB (4GB x 2). Although the official maximum memory supported by the QNAP is listed at 8GB, I decided to try my luck with 16GB since my friend and a few other people had successfully upgraded theirs. A note from QNAP is that the two memory modules must be of the same size and preferably of the same type.

System Config Before Upgrade     System Config After Upgrade

I decided to go for the Crucial 16GB Kit (8GB x 2) DDR3L-1600 SODIMM Memory (CT2K8G3S160BM) to ensure that the ram are of the same type.

Crucial 16GB Kit (CT2K8G3S160BM)

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Review: QNAP TS-453 Pro (TurboNAS) – First Time Setup

I have been wanting to upgrade my existing 2 x D-Link Network Attached Storage (NAS), DNS-320 & DNS-323, into a 4-Bay NAS for quite some time. This would allow me to move from RAID1 into RAID5 for better data protection assurance and performance. I did some market research and shortlisted 2 models, 1) QNAP TS-453 Pro and 2) Synology DS415+. Both NAS have been released for quite a while and are the popular models for home office usage. It was pretty hard for me to decide which to go for either. QNAP concentrates more on hardware performances while Synology provides better software user-friendliness.

QNAS TS-453 Pro     Synology DS415+

In the end, I decided hardware over software in hope that QNAP would invest more effort to improve its software delivery. Who knows I may switch to Synology in future?

But for now, I will concentrate my review on the QNAP TS-453 Pro. The NAS is available in 2 configurations for the memory, 2GB and 8GB, with the rest of the hardware specifications remaining the same. I chose the former as I would be upgrading the memory on my own to 16GB instead. I would be equipping it with 4 x 4TB Seagate NAS HDD (ST4000VN000) and 2 x 8GB Crucial DDR3L-1600 SODIMM Memory.

The Complete Package

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Replace Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T700) Battery (EB-BT705FBE)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T700) has been one of my favorite gadget for the past year. If you are interested on its specifications, you may refer to my previous write-up. Lately, its battery charge became irregular and sometimes a full charge could only last me 1-2 hours instead of the usual 6-7 hours (subject to my personal usage).

As this tablet’s specifications is still quite decent compared to the current market offerings, I decided to proceed with operation “Tab S 8.4 Battery Replacement“. Do note that the warranty for my tablet is already over.

I headed over to eBay to grab a replacement battery (Model: EB-BT705FBE rated at 4900 mAh) which claimed to be authentic. The battery was shipped from Sweden and cost me approximately USD$16 with free shipping inclusive. The kit came with both the battery and the tools required to open the tablet’s housing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Battery Kit

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How to get your Windows 10 copy immediately!

Windows 10 was unveiled officially by Microsoft on 29 July 15. This is by far the first and only FREE upgrade version if you are an existing owner of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. With more than 190 countries of users expected to receive the Windows 10 upgrade, it would bound to take some time before it can reach you even if you have signed up for a copy earlier.

You would likely be seeing the screen below and wondering when your Windows 10 copy will come even though your computer is certified to be “good-to-go”! The minimum requirement is quite low, so most computers should be able to quality.

Validating PC     PC Ready

There are actually 2 ways to go about getting your Windows 10 copy immediately. Let me guide you through the step-by-step process and wait no further:

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