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Fitness Band

Before, I was not interested in fitness band at all. It was until recently, the week leading to Black Friday sales to be precise, when I saw the Fitbit Flex 2 on a 50% discount. I started to read its specifications and discovered a silent alarm feature. It is actually quite a simple function where it vibrates to wake you up. To tell you the truth, I have been carrying my phone to sleep; set it to aeroplane mode, set and mute the alarm so that it only vibrates. Well, I have a 5.7″ Nexus 6P and it is not really an ideal alarm clock to be carrying while I sleep.

Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit Flex 2

At 50% discount, the Fitbit Flex 2 is still quite expensive at £30 – £40. It does not have a screen and only a number of LED lights as indicators. Hence, the search for the cheapest and best fitness band begins.

It’s around Black Friday period when I started looking for any deals. I thought there would be a lot but there were not. Withings had a few Fitness watch products on sale and they were still quite expensive to me, priced at more than £70. The best price was their Withings Pulse OX at £40, which was at 50% discount. I always quite like Withings products as I thought they are quite innovative. At one point, I almost bought their Withings Home Network Surveillance Camera. I considered for a long time and finally decided that we do not actually need it.

Withings Pulse OX
Withings Pulse OX

Anyway, my purpose of having a fitness band is to wear it almost 24/7 and utilises the sleep tracking function. So, wearing Withings Pulse OX while at sleep does not seem like a good idea as it looks quite bulky. Hence, the search goes on.

I know that my brother has just got a new Xiaomi Mi Band which is like the Fitbit Flex and it is a lot cheaper than Fitbit Flex. I then started to search for Chinese fitness band products. There are lots of them. It turns out that they have launched a new Xiaomi Mi Band 2 back in June.  It is a basically like a Xiaomi Mi Band with a screen and enhanced Heart Rate monitor.

Unfortunately, Xiaomi products are not officially sold in UK. The easiest way to find them is through eBay and Amazon. However, it is difficult to find trusted seller as there are already fake Mi Band products in the market. Basically, Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is priced around £30. It could be cheaper on China’s official websites but there could be tax added when the item arrived in the UK.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Xiaomi Mi Band 2

I believe this Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is actually what I want. It is cheap and it is small and it should be quite comfortable to wear it in bed. I have been watching reviews and most of the reviewers commented that they did not even feel like they were wearing it after some time. I shall do a little bit more research into Xiaomi Mi Band 2 although I am quite certain this will be the product for me, unless Fitbit magically reduces all its products to half price or more.

Portable Hard Drives VS Desktop Hard Drives …

Well, this post isn’t exactly about portable hard drives vs desktop hard drives. Just yesterday, I bought a Samsung M3 1TB Portable Hard Drive online. It should take about a week to arrive as I have chosen the free delivery option. While waiting for it to be delivered, I started reading reviews from Amazon users. I have read some of the reviews before I made the purchase and now, I am just reading them for fun since there are just under 300 reviews. As usual with a computer product, there are bound to be good and bad reviews. For Samsung M3 1TB Portable Hard Drive, there aren’t many bad reviews. I think I have read all the bad reviews and they were just saying that it failed within a few weeks or a couple of months. I am not worried though because most of the portable hard drives have the same reviews of them being failed within a certain period of time.

In my opinion, there are now only a few hard drive manufacturers remain and most of the products out there would just be using the same hard drive internally. They would then slap their own logo and create their own casing to make it look unique to other products.

Anyhow, I came across a person commenting on an Amazon review. The original review praised the Samsung M3 1TB portable hard drive for being lightweight and quiet as well as reliable. A comment came in and started saying that Western Digital hard drives are better and the price is about the same. He bought a Samsung M3 1TB and it failed him almost immediately. His computer didn’t even recognise the portable hard drive. Another person then joined the conversation by asking him which Western Digital hard drive he was talking about. The answer he gave was Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop Hard Drive. He added that the Western Digital Hard Drive was only slightly bigger and about as portable as the Samsung M3.

If the Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop Hard Drive were a portable hard drive, it would have been called Western Digital Elements 1TB Portable Hard Drive. It is called Desktop Hard Drive because it is supposed to stay on your desktop. It requires a power adapter for power obviously, and a USB cable for connectivity. It is still portable but in my opinion, it is not ideal. That’s when a portable hard drive comes in. Samsung M3 1TB Portable Hard Drive only weighs 150g while the Western Digital Elements weighs 1kg. Look who’s more portable?

Samsung M3 only requires a USB cable for both power and connectivity. By the way, it supports USB2 and USB3 while Western Digital Elements only supports USB2. The size of the hard drive in Samsung M3 is 2.5″ while it’s 3.5″ in Western Digital Elements. I can’t understand how both of them could be classified as pretty similar and as portable. That guy really has given those products a whole new definition.

In fact, I was so fired up that I logged into Amazon just to write a comment to question that guy. I just dislike the way people giving out wrong information yet sounded as if they knew everything.

Diablo II …

Just a couple of days ago, Mee spotted some iPad2 casing on discount. They were really cheap and I was quite interesting in getting one. However, I somehow told myself not to get one just for the sake of getting one. I went through Amazon, eBay and Play.com. The prices were attractive but the cases didn’t fit for my purpose. So, why waste the money and space when I already have one.

Anyway, while browsing, I saw a huge advertisement about Diablo III. The problem that I have now is whenever I see something about games, I will be thinking whether or not there will be a version of it in iPad. Sadly no. It costs about £35 for a Mac version of Diablo III but I am not even sure if my Macbook Air could run it properly. In the end, I went for the alternative. I downloaded a copy of Diablo II, installed Windows XP on my Macbook Air using Parallel and Diablo II runs effortlessly.

Diablo II

The version of my Diablo II comes with Lord of Destruction expansion pack and it’s patched up to v1.13. The game itself only supports 800X600 resolution which looks small on my Macbook Air. I turned to the Google and it found an answer for me; D2MultiRes. It didn’t work out of the box as it only supports up to v1.12. Some Korean guy posted his own version of resolution hack for v1.13 but it all seemed a bit complicated. I was determined to get D2MultiRes working and hence downgraded from v1.13 to v1.12. I don’t suppose there’s a huge difference between the two.

Once downgraded, I was able to use D2MultiRes to run Diablo II and pumped up the resolution to 1440X900. It was superb. I guess there will be hours of gaming ahead!

Christmas

Hmm… it is almost Christmas and I have not posted anything about Christmas at all. First of, this year’s Christmas is nothing like any Christmas in the past years since Mee and I came to UK. The weather is not exactly wintery and there is not a single drop of snow yet. There was some sleet the other day and that’s about it. One of my colleagues said that this year’s Christmas might be the hottest with 15 degree Celsius expected.

As usual, my mailbox is flooded with e-leaflets. When I purchased something from Amazon, I expect that I will get an e-leaflet per day from Amazon. Funnily enough, those items listed in the e-leaflet are matching items to my most recent purchase. Why would Amazon think that I still want to purchase similar thing after my initial purchase? Okay, it may sound confusing but I just don’t understand the purpose behind it.

As for other e-stores like ebuyer and play.com, they just keep bombarding my mailbox about anything they sell; gadgets, hard disks, cufflinks for men, clothing, swimwear and many more things. Maybe I have not purchased anything from them and they could not find a match. Anyway, Mee and I bought our office’s Secret Santa presents long before these promotions, hence, I just browse these e-leaflets for fun. Who knows as I might find some really cheap stuffs from those e-leaflets though it’s not really possible!

A day with iPod Nano Tik Tok …

It’s 10 days since my last post. Things haven’t changed much except that I am getting more and more works to do in the office. Just the other day, I spent about three working days to create a script put it into a report format. As it was an urgent tasks, most of my other tasks had to be delayed and as a results, I have more tasks on hand. Anyway, that’s work and I don’t think about it too much when I am at home.

Yesterday, my LoveFilm subscription has ended. I signed up for a month’s free trial to take the advantage of complimentary £20 Amazon voucher. I have to say that LoveFilm’s service was very easy to use and the deliveries were very quick too. However, I prefer the watch online function but I was disappointed as not all titles were available to watch online.

Also yesterday, I sent our car for an air-con recharge and service. As the weather is getting colder, I thought an air-con recharge should speed up the heating process. At the moment, I have to wait 15-30 mins for the heat to get up to a reasonable temperature. So far, Mee and I are quite satisfied with the speed and heat generated. While waiting for the air-con recharged, we went for window shopping in town and I wore my iPod Nano Tik Tok watch for the first time. At first, it looked huge on my hand but after a while, I kind of got used to it and I noticed that some people were looking at my watch at times. It a bit annoying when iPod went into sleep mode and in order to look at the time again, I had to press the Sleep/Wake button. I hope that Apple would introduce an additional function in their next firmware where user can choose to dim the screen instead of turn the screen completely off.

Amazon credit card …

Credit Card

A few months ago, I applied for an Amazon credit card to take advantage of its £10 voucher upon approval. I got the card and I probably spent the £10 voucher already and I still find myself using it for everyday purchases. Before this card, I was actually using Lloyds TSB American Express card for my daily purchases. However, the points calculation is a bit high end. I will get only 1 point for every £10 spent. Worst still, I only get 1 point for every £50 worth of purchases if I were to use Lloyds TSB Master Card. Amazon credit card, on the other hand, gives 1 point for every £2 on purchases outside Amazon.

In my opinion, credit card handler still requires a lot of discipline. Otherwise, debts will follow very soon. Take my case for example. Before I applied Amazon credit card, Mee and I were already planning a trip to Greece. Soon after I got the credit card, we thought it would be good to use the card as the rewards are much better than Lloyds TSB. When we came back from Greece, I found out that there is a promotion of 0% interest for any purchase until the end of November 2011. Immediately, I thought that I could actually separate my payments into several months. What I didn’t think about is that I have to carefully plan my payment otherwise, my monthly expenditure will just keep adding on and on.

Well, I manage well and I am well on time to clear my bill before November. It’s just one of those things where I feel that credit card users could easily trap by promotions that look too good to be true. Indeed the idea of 0% interest is great but I believe that credit card companies are always hoping that will encourage its users to keep spending. Anyway, these are just plastic cards and there are no real value in them. We still have to use our hard earn money to clear the bill.