Just got unifi-ed

When Telekom Malaysia (TM) announced their Fiber to the home broadband initiative, I was rather excited as broadband speeds in Malaysia have stagnated over the past couple of years. Initially when I jumped on to the DSL bandwagon in 2001 with a paltry (by today’s standard) speed of 384kbps down and 128kbps up. It was…

Moving to a Mac

Oh great, this is another PC to Mac convert writing … NOT. I’m still a PC guy. For the desktop anyways. Windows works well for me and I’ve not had any malware, virus, crash, blue-screen, you name it in the past ten years – okay, I admit once due to nVidia’s vista 64-bit driver. That…

The SSD Swap

A while back, my wife’s PC decided to throw up a couple of ATA errors. ATA errors are usually associated with disk issues so I took them very seriously. A series of disk checks reveal a couple of bad sectors. For me, a bad sector is a indicator to replace the disk ASAP. As this…

NAS Purchasing Questions

Seems like after posting the NAS entries, I got a question from a friend trying to archive his photos as well as other data, i.e. media files, documents, backups, etc. So how do you decide which NAS to buy? For everyone and anyone who asks me, I’ll always go with a dual-drive NAS. If you…

Disk Failure rate…

After I mentioned on Facebook and Twitter about my recent Western Digital hard drive failure, someone asked me what are my other disk failures. So happens, I do keep records of my disk failures. So here goes, all the way from 2003. 2002 : Nov : Quantum Atlas 10k II QM318400TY-LW, 10,000rpm USCSI3. Some bad…

QNAP TS-439 Pro unboxing and mini-review

The big box If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll have noticed a few posts alluding to the search of some network storage to replace my 2-drive unit. I finally settled on the QNAP TS-439 Pro. Read the previous post about it or go to QNAP’s site to read more. Basically, I…