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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Review: Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen

A kitchen set is a must-have for all children regardless of age and gender. We started noticing Ashley’s interest in cooking toys when she was attending Saturday lessons at Leap Schoolhouse prior to attending full day preschool. The Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen is not the first set of cooking play we have gotten for the little one. As with most parents, it is hard to make impulse buys of Step 2 Kitchen given the price tag in Singapore.

Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen

Hence, we started off with simple kitchen and supermarket toy sets sold at Baby Fairs and Kiddy Palace which cost us a quarter or less of a Step 2 Kitchen. However, quality does comes with a price as we soon see with the earlier toy sets we bought for Ashley. As opposed to the pictures of the toys shown on the packaging which appear sturdy and rather decent, it came as a dismay to us when one of the fridge door was made of flimsy plastic combined with what seemingly looked like a transparency slide in the middle and dysfunctional knobs for the cooking hob which had to be turned at a specific angle to work.

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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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Celebrating SG50 At Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

It was a last minute decision to visit the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station with Ashley and Colin this national day. In conjunction with SG50, the iconic former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station was opened to the public from 9am to 9pm on this very day, 9 August. I must say that the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) had done a great job in organising this amazing “retrolicious” carnival packed with old school activities. There was a sizable crowd visiting the former railway station with many people having fun with the activities including Ashley!

     Happy SG50

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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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