Tech: Expanding Macbook Pro Retina Display Storage

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The problem with Apple’s latest MacBook Pros is that upgrades are getting tougher and tougher to implement. All sacrificed for slimness, which includes soldered on RAM and smaller SSD’s. Now thanks to the falling ringgit, prices of the laptops are sky rocketing hence most people normally get the lowest specced ones.

Like me. I took the lowest specced retina Macbook Pro 13″ and it came with 128Gb of storage space. After the latest activity at Maybank Fintech, I had to do a quick edit of all of the videos and after editing 5-6 videos I hit an error saying that I ran out of space.

I always remembered that Transcend had an option to expand our storage via the SD card slot on the Macs but the problem is finding it available at local stores. A search through the Lowyat forums is that All IT Hypermart do sell them but they constantly have low stock.

Today was the day that I was at All IT and found one available for my Mac! Please be aware that the Transcend JetDrive Lite have various models for various Macbook Pros. As each MBP has different sizes, hence they also have various sizes to ensure that it stays flush.


The item is very small and I am glad that they had the 128Gb version in stock. For the retina MacBook Pro 13″, it is the JetDrive Lite 330.


Just slot it into the SD Card drive and you are ready to go!


After inserting it completely, it isn’t 100% flushed with the Mac, otherwise you would have an issue pulling it out. Now I am glad that I don’t have to worry too much about running out of space.

I will test it out for a couple of days and if I have the time, I will run the Black Magic Test on the hard drive to get some performance figures.

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Unboxing the Equil Smartmarker

This totally, completely, makes all other smart-boards feel a little absolute. My first encounter with a smart board was one of those Pana Board made by Panasonic where what ever we wrote on them, you could sort of print it out on a piece of paper directly. The ink smudges on it and sometimes it isn’t easy to read what was printed out.

Soon it evolved to slightly smarter boards where it is able to capture images and send it out as a PDF document. Now recently at the office we managed to get our hands on an Equil Smartmarker.

The Equil Smartmarker is a device which enables you to make any surface into a smart board. You just need to hang a device against a surface and then write on the surface using one of the 3 allowed marker pens (Sharpies are one of them).


Firstly, the item which looks like a pen is where the marker pen is inserted into. Yes, you write with actual marker pens. The device on the right is what you hang against the surface.


It has a magnetic portion to it so it sticks to white boards easily. On other surfaces, they provide metal pieces with double sided tape for you to mount the sensor. The sensor device covers both left and right side for a width of 8 feet and a heigh of 5 feet.


Insert the marker pen into the holder, notice that there is a black strip near my thumb. Changing those strips changes the colour, not of the pen itself, but of the colour which is recorded on your device.


You get a choice of 4 colours, black, red, blue and green. Of course it would be good if you had matching colour marker pens.

So as you write on the white board, whatever you write is captured in the app which you can download on your PC or Mac.


The good thing is that the app (Equil Note) is also available for mobile devices and tablets (iOS App Store & Play Store). Another plus point is that from my Mac, I could actually stream what was being written to other devices. The Equil reader is paired with my Mac via bluetooth. You can also pair it directly straight to your mobile device.


In order to erase what you have written on the board, you are given an eraser which you can physically erase what is on the whiteboard and it will also erase what it is on your computer screen.

After a meeting where you have scribbled all over the board, you get to choose to export it as an image or to export it as a PDF.

Still confused? Check out the video below then.


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Short Trip To Singapore

Whenever I get a chance to drive down to Singapore or Johor, I will never fail to pump in some EuroV diesel goodness. I love the immediate results of it, I get a smoother and quieter engine on the get go. It makes the remaining drive down a little bit more pleasant.

This time around I drove down to attend a wedding dinner so it will be a short trip. Leaving early on a Saturday morning, the highways wasn’t exactly clear with the occasional car hogging the fast lane. Woodlands checkpoint was a different case, there was quite a fair bit of traffic there. 

By the time we checked in and thought about lunch, we walked about and came across Wine Connection near our hotel. 

We started out with a foie gras platter. It was good. The last time I ate foie gras was about 5 years ago on my honeymoon to the Maldives. This time it had apple, sea salt and salad as sides which eaten together makes all the difference. 


Pork Schnitzel
This was followed with a pork schnitzel and fish and chips as mains. The pork was ok, definitely not something which can be compared to the succulent cuts of fried pork at “tonkatsu” (I go to the one at 1 Utama normally) and the fish and chips weren’t exactly up to standard. I could easily tell that it was deep fried when it was frozen, causing the inside to be mushy. 


Fish & Wedges
 After a heavy lunch we decided to take a walk around and finally settled at a Starbucks as I always loved having the white chocolate mocha here. Right next to the Starbucks where there was a Tiara Society where hoards of parents brought their daughters there to let them experience what it was like to be a princess. More like a Disney princess from the looks of it. A good friend of mine, asked me, are there one for boys. That was indeed a good question. 
Driving in Singapore isn’t easy. I constantly have to ensure I don’t break any traffic laws which my colleagues are astounded that I don’t have a single police summons (lately). I thank Waze for that! 

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