29 December 2012

Changing of Nucleus Connect ONT to M1's ONT

I have been using the M1 fibre broadband for over two years. I would say it is one of the most affordable plans available.

Time to recontract and I took up the S$39/mth 100Mbps with free 1GB data.

I requested M1 change my existing Nucleus Connect ONT to M1's Black ONT so that I can do away with the Residential Gateway from Huawei (for voice, wireless).

The day came and Nucleus Connect people came to activate the port two of the Access point on the wall socket. Yesterday, M1 technician came with the black ONT. I removed the Nucleus Connect ONT and replaced it with the M1's own ONT. It didn't work as the fibre line was connected to Port 1.

When switched to port 2, the blinking stopped. The direct connection from the new ONT to my Notebook couldn't find an IP.

The technician called back and was told to install the Residential Gateway to the ONT. With the Residential Gateway installed, everything works just like before.

I was like huh ? Didn't I want to do away with the RG and now I am still stucked with the RG. He told me that I need to return it to M1 shop before they can process the paper work to switch over.

I told him I was told to bring the RG back after the porting is over. Looks like I will have to do it next week as i do not wish to have any down time over the New Year Weekend.

Something I discover though is that with the new ONT connected to the RG, wireless connectivity performance improved. I am able to get around 65Mbps. It used to be only 42Mbps.


03 December 2012

ESPN STAR Sports Comes Home to StarHub TV

ESPN STAR Sports Comes Home to StarHub TV

StarHub acquires ESPN STAR Sports TV, broadband and mobile services
 Broadens range of sport content to 22 dedicated channels
 Singapore, 1 December 2012 – StarHub announced today its acquisition of the broadcast rights to ESPN STAR Sports’ (ESS) portfolio of multimedia assets including television, broadband, and mobile services on a non-exclusive basis. This comprises six ESPN STAR Sports TV channels, which brings the number of dedicated sports channels on StarHub TV to 22; the broadband video player ESPN Player and the live streaming mobile service, Mobile ESPN. The six TV channels and ESPN Player will be launched on StarHub TV at 9am on 14 December 2012 while Mobile ESPN will be introduced on StarHub’s Mobile platform later in December.

Sports fans can look forward to a comprehensive line-up of sports coverage on ESPN (StarHub TV Channel 208), STAR Sports (StarHub TV Channel 209), the high-definition 24-hour sports channel ESPN HD (StarHub TV Channel 210), the 24-7 sports news channel ESPNEWS (StarHub TV Channel 207) and premium cricket channels in STAR Cricket (StarHub TV Channel 236) and STAR Cricket HD (StarHub TV Channel 237).

Customers will also be able to access ESPN Player, Asia’s leading broadband sports network, via StarHub’s Internet TV service, TV Anywhere. Mobile ESPN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android devices will be launched soon, allowing Singapore sports fans Anywhere, Anytime access to their favorite sports.

ESPN STAR Sports features a stellar line-up of sports content that includes exciting football properties (the Spanish La Liga BBVA, Asian Football Confederation events), motor-racing (Formula One, SBK, MotoGP, NASCAR, Dakar Rally), Grand Slam tennis (Wimbledon, Australian Open), events from the WTA Tour and ATP World and the Hopman Cup, the Golf Majors (The Masters, US Open and The Open Championship) as well as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, popular American sports (Major League Baseball, NCAA College Football and Basketball), premier Asian sports (ASEAN Basketball League, OneAsia golf tournaments, HSBC Asian Five Nations) and top cricket properties (ICC events, Champions League Twenty20, international and domestic cricket from the BCCI, Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board).

“We are excited to welcome ESPN STAR Sports back to our sports content line-up. Combined with our current spread of sports channels, viewers can now look forward to the widest range of sports programming, including all the tennis and golf majors, on our trusted network. Customers can also take advantage of our TV Anywhere service to savour exciting ‘live’ sports coverage on their personal devices on their personal devices. By delivering a comprehensive range of sports content across multiple platforms, we are confident that customers will have the finest sports viewing experience possible,” said Mr Chan Kin Hung, Head of Marketing & Products, StarHub.

“We're very happy to be able to offer the full range of our programming to the widest possible audience in Singapore and to return back to StarHub after two-and-a-half years away with a new long term agreement,” said Peter Hutton, ESPN STAR Sports Managing Director.

In addition to the ESS line-up of premium sports content, StarHub customers can currently catch the following sports content: Malaysian Super League, Malaysia Cup, Bundesliga football, 2014 World Cup qualifiers; Major League Soccer; National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball; the French Open, US Open, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Finals, Davis Cup and Fed Cup tennis tournaments; the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) Championship golf major, golf tournaments from the PGA, European, Asian and LPGA tours; World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE); Indian Premier League cricket; Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series badminton; International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) table tennis competitions and local sports such as the S.League and Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore.

ESPNEWS will be a complimentary channel available to all StarHub TV customers at no additional cost. With the addition of ESPN, STAR Sports and ESPN HD to the Sports Group; the subscription to the Sports Group will be revised to $19.26 per month (with GST), effective from 15 January 2013. The Sports Group subscription includes access to ESPN Player and other sports channels such as Racquet Channel, Football Channel, SuperSports, SuperSports Arena and Setanta Sports via TV Anywhere. Currently available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Mobile ESPN will be added to StarHub’s Gee! portal later this month. More details on Mobile ESPN will be announced nearer to its launch date. STAR Cricket and STAR Cricket HD will be available on the Cricket Group, which is unchanged at $32.10 per month (with GST). A HubStation HD, HD Interactive or HD set-top box is required to view the respective HD channels.

30 September 2012

AMD launching new Socket FM2 trinity processors

According to online sources, AMD is going to deliver the Intel killer at half the price. The Socket FM2 is similar to Intel as it integrates a graphics core Radeon HD 6770D within.

It is said that the performance is 35% better than previous generation FM1. If FM1 already won Intel Core i5, we would expect the Fm2 to be better in the graphics department.

It is mentioned that the new processors and boards will be available from OCT 1 worldwide.

Will you be getting one?

17 July 2012

Starhub to launch HD channels 473 and 475 soon

If you happen to browse through the available channels on Starhub, you would have noticed the addition of 2 new channels in the Educational group. The two channels are on ch 473 and Ch 475.

I suspect it should be some National Geographic channels again. How about having Animal Planet in HD.

06 June 2012

Computex Taipei 2012 ASRock showcase Z77 OC Formula, Z77 Extreme6/TB4, X79 Extreme11 and AMD FM2 boards

ASRock will showcase some of their new product line up at the Computex 2012 trade show.
(1) Record-breaking OC machine :Z77 OC Formula.
(2) World’s 1st 4-channel Thunderbolt mobo :Z77 Extreme6/TB4
(3) World’s most luxurious X79 mobo :X79 Extreme11
(4) AMD FM2 Socket Series
Motherboard Emperor : X79 Extreme11

The X79 Extreme11 is a premium motherboard using luxury material, applying high-class specification. Adding credits to overclocking, ASRock X79 Extreme11 adopts hefty 24 + 2 Power Phase Design which features tough components and smooth power deliver to the CPU. Unprecedentedly equipped with LSI™ SAS2308 chip, this feature-rich mobo provides maximum 10 sets of SATA3 connectors and 8 of the 10 can be used as SAS. Enthusiasts will also appreciate the onboard two PLX PEX 8747 bridges. Via PLX PEX bridges, ASRock X79 Extreme11 can run multi-GPU 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX at PCIe Gen3 x16/x16/x16/x16 mode without sacrificing anything.
For audio aspect, the onboardCreative Sound Core3Dquad-core sound and voice processor offers true-to-life sound experience, supports THX TruStudio PRO™ superior technology, CrystalVoice, EAX 1.0 to EAX 5.0 and Scout Mode™.
All-Rounder : Z77 Extreme9

The top-of-the-line Z77 Extreme9 motherboard combines luxury materials and overclockable configurations. The fancy LED designwas clad in air-channeling heatsink and south bridge, delivering effective heat dissipation.PLX PEX 8747 bridge allows this board to run 4-Way SLI / CrossFireX at full PCIe Gen3 x8 / x8 / x8 / x8 mode. The exclusive2T2R Dual Band WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n + BT v4.0 Module offers support for WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity standards and Bluetooth v4.0 and provide Dual Band frequency up to 2.4 / 5 GHz as well.Wi-SB BOXbrings superior WiFi and Bluetooth signal quality and even provides 2 front USB 3.0 ports.
Record-breaking OC Machine : Z77 OC Formula

In addition to a wide range of premium motherboard solutions, a must-see product at ASRock COMPUTEX 2012 isZ77 OC Formula. This is an overclocking-oriented motherboard which was developed by the world’s OC legacy performer, Nick Shih. The board opens up overclocking possibilities and gives you control opportunities in every way, featuring the most detailed and considerate design of any overclocking motherboard.
The soon-to-be-launched Z77 OC Formula provides serious compute power and shows off the true potential of a stock-clocked Z77 chipset. Nick Shih, ASRock’s exclusive OC master, just submitted several record-breaking overclocking results which are raked No.1 position at HWBOT. The unbeatable OC performance includes following:
World’s 1st 4-Channel Thunderbolt Mobo: Z77 Extreme6/TB4

This year, Thunderbolt™ should be the hottest topic at COMPUTEX. ASRock Z77 Extreme6/TB4 adopts 2 Thunderbolt ports which is first motherboard supporting 4-Channel Thunderbolt technology in the world. Compared to other Thunderbolt-ready motherboards with only 1 port, the unprecedented Z77 Extreme6/TB4 provides 2 ports. Based on ASRock exclusive hardware design, this board allows one port to be connected to the onboard graphics and the other one can be used for discrete graphics card.
What’s Hot : AMD FM2 Series
At ASRock’s powerhouse, visitors can also get a fresh look of AMD’s new FM2 socket motherboards. For the imminent launch of the next generation of AMD FM2 platform, ASRock will present its most powerful APU motherboard series based on the upcoming FM2 socket. New lineup includes one ATX and two micro ATX mobos – FM2A75 Pro4, FM2A75 Pro4-M and FM2A75M-DGS.
Build Up The Best Server/WorkStation
Dedicated to your business! ASRock make its debut of Server/Workstation motherboards at COMPUTEX 2012. New mobos include EN2C602-4L, E3C204-V, E3C204-4L and H77WS-DL.
Server segment is nothing new – but ASRock takes this seriously. Our comprehensive motherboard packages support 24/7 hours/days non-stop operation and 24-month life cycle guarantee supply. The premium quality is assured by rigorous testing during development as well. Creating the ultimate server/workstation is more than running a box of hard drives – it’s about the software, how the hardware is configured, and how the box is connected and accessed. ASRock Server/Workstation motherboard series include everything essential that will surely serve pretty much all your needs!
Productivity, Stability, Reliability
ASRock IPC Motherboard Series can be widely used for any kind of industrial usages. From KIOSK, gaming machine panel PC, retail & POS to surveillance…, getting more from the motherboard has never been easier. Coupled with top-end hardware components, premium software utilities and APIs, ASRock IPC Motherboard Series are surely the best solution to build up a successful business. More to the point, ASRock provides long-term and stable supply, even bundles 2 year warranties, we are confident to deliver high performance after-sales service as well.
Sweet Home Starts Here : VisionX, Vision HT, MINI Series
ASRock new HTPC series is a combination of primo materials, overwhelming performance and sophisticated design that will turn your living room into the center of attraction and enhance family bonds.
Small in stature, theASRock VisionX Series packs a very hefty punch. Supporting Intel’s 3rd Generation Core Processors, AMD Radeon™ HD7850M graphics and AMD HD3D Technology, VisionX Series offers the incredible performance that every user deserves. It’s also equipped with BD Combo, 2T2R Dual-Band WiFi a/g/b/n/ design, THX TruStudio and Bistream audio, VisionX Series delivers 3D entertainment in stunning HD quality effortlessly.
Ultra-thin, ultra-silent and ultra-powerful,Vision HT Series supports Intel Mobile Ivy Bridge Processor, Bistream, THX TruStudio, BT v4.0, Dual-Band WiFi and Intel HD Graphics that will take center stage at your home! Based on AMD E2-1800 APU with AMD Radeon™ HD7340 graphics, ASRock MINI Series can let users get a richer and more immersive HD enjoyment.
If you want home theater furniture that performs as good as it looks, and the choice is obvious. Only ASRock HTPC Series combines stunning beauty and thoughtfully engineered features like MCE remote-friendly controller, superior WiFi and BT 4.0 design and excellent graphics solutions to create furniture that perfectly integrates technology into you home.


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Computex Taipei 2012 Coverage Gigabyte X11 Carbon Ultrabook makes its appearance at the show

Need a super light weight Ultrabook, meet Gigabyte’s X11 Carbon Ultrabook.

The X11 is made of super light and Ultra Durable Carbon Fibre, it weighs only 975g.
It features an amazing thinness of 3-16.5mm and a dual aluminium alloy air vents for cooling and stability.
As for the processor, it comes with 3rd generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor. Built in is a 128GB SSD. Other features include Intel USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, multitouch glass fibre touchpad.

Computex Taipei 2012 Coverage Gigabyte showcases 32 phase VRM GA-Z77X-UP7

What! Another Z77 board. yes it is the GA-Z77X-UP7. It has all the Z77 goodies on board + a 32 phase VRM design. Other features on board include Digital 3D Power, UD5, BT 4.0+WIFI, mSATA for mSATA SSD, PCI Gen 3, 4 way SLI or CrossFire, Lucid Virtu Universal MVP , Dual GbE, On/off charge, Realtec ALC898 audio.

Computex 2012 Coverage G.SKILL Showcasing “Largest & Fastest” DDR3 Memory at 2012 Computex!

G.SKILL Showcasing “Largest & Fastest” DDR3 Memory at 2012 Computex! 6th June 2012, G.SKILL – manufacturer of world leading high performance memory and SSD, debuts the largest memory computer system that runs a total of 96GB (8GBx 12) RipjawsZ DDR3 1600MHz kit on the latest EVGA SR-X motherboard at Computex 2012. G.SKILL also displays the fastest memory of G.SKILL’s TridentX which achieved the amazing speed over DDR3 3000MHz CL11 16GB (4GBx4) on both ASUS Z77 MAXIMUS V FORMULA and GIGABYTE Z77A-UD5 motherboards.

27 February 2012

Starhub TV to launch CinemaWorld and CinemaWorld HD soon

A new English movie channel is making it's way to Starhub cable tv. The channel, supposedly should be a Standard 4:3 and a high definition of the same channel is allocated on channels 613 and ch 667. In addition to these 2 new channels, there seems to be 4 upcoming sports channels allocated at Channel 225, 226, 227 and 228. It is unknown when it will start it's broadcast. If you know of any news, do post in the comments section below.