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Review: Western Digital Blue 1TB Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Western Digital (WD) has been successful in the storage industry for many years and is also one of the few manufacturers left. Some of the well-known HDD that WD has produced over the years are the Black series for performance, Blue series for mainstream PC, Red series for NAS and etc. Late last year, they had also ventured into the solid-state drive segment. There was not much publicity done, at least not one that I have seen so far.

On 1 Nov 16, WD introduced both the WD Blue and WD Green SSD,  offering consumers with more options. SSD is slowly replacing HDD as it now cost less than S$0.60/GB compared to a few years ago. Many people are now adopting SSD simply because of the speed it offers as well as the less space it requires. You can easily stack 8 SSD into a mATX PC versus to 4 HDD. 

The WD Blue SSD is available in both 2.5″ SATA (7mm)  and M.2 2280 (NVMe) form factor, and capable of up to 400 Terabytes Written (TBW). It offers up to 545MB/s and 525MB/s of sequential read and write speeds, in different capacities – 250GB (S$139), 500GB (S$259) and 1TB (S$499). Locally, it comes with 3-year limited warranty.

WD Blue 1TB_1     WD Blue 1TB_2

WD Blue SSD is built using the 2nd generation TLC flash node, and features SLC cache technology.

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SIC: Caltex Petrol Vouchers Giveaway – Closed

I will be giving away 2 sets of Caltex petrol vouchers worth S$24 each. The vouchers are complimentary from HSBC. Hence, you must make the payment using a valid HSBC credit cards. You may be saving up to 28.1% on your petrol purchase.

In each set of the vouchers, there will be 4 x $6 discount with a minimum gross petrol spend of S$60 on top of the 14%/16% instant petrol discount that you will enjoy. In addition, you can enjoy up to 5% additional rebate on selected HSBC credit cards if you meet the minimum spending requirements. The vouchers are valid from 15 January to 28 February 2017.

HSBC Credit Card Previleges (Gross Spending of S$60) Savings
S$6 off Caltex petrol voucher S$6
16% instant petrol on Platinum 98 with Techron® petrol (14% for Regular 92 with Techron® and Premium 95 with Techron®) S$8.64
5% HSBC quaterly cash reabte S$2.27
Total Savings S$16.91 (28.1%)

Caltex Vouchers

Interested parties, kindly drop me an email (colin@cozylittlehaven.net) with the subject header “[SIC] Caltex Petrol Vouchers Giveaway”. Winners will be notified by email.

Wish everyone a happy and prosperous lunar new year!

Update on 21-Jan-17 1020hr: 2 winners have been picked and notified. Thank you everyone for your participation.

Review: Comprehensive Exterior & Interior Detailing by EA Detailer

I have been driving my K3 for slightly past 1.5 years and felt that it was time for a good IMG_7942clean-up. Surfing through Facebook, I came across EA Detailer and started reading the reviews by their customers. After procrastinating for a few weeks, I finally decided to contact them to arrange for an appointment. They were really responsive, and responded to my queries promptly even at wee hours like 11+ PM. Out of so many detailing providers out there, the main reason why I have chosen EA Detailer is due to their 3-Stage Interior Sanitisation with Anti-Pest Treatment. It is important to keep the car clean especially when you have a little kid. While you may try as much to minimise your little one from eating in the car, I will say it is impossible to prevent. Hence, it is inevitable that the car will have little bites and crumbs, and even regular vacuum will not be able to remove them fully. And the outcome is.. ? Little roaches will start to run across in the car!

I had a good impression when I arrived at the workshop. There was a parking lot assigned to me. While this may not be a big deal, it is through the small details and actions that they bother to take care of which will set out the differences. I was greeted warmly by Victor, and he proceeded to explain with patience on the processes that my car would be undergoing for the day. i.e: 3-Stage Exterior Glow and 3-Stage Interior Sanitisation with Anti-Pest Treatment. Then he proceeded to inspect the car conditions for existing damages and scratches (if any), and provided a report. Then together with Jackson, the Bay Manager, they checked on the existing gloss and lacquer thickness of the car paint. Personally, I felt this was good and could prevent any disputes in the event if there were any accidents subsequently.

IMG_7862     IMG_7877     IMG_7907

IMG_7894     IMG_7924     IMG_7938

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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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