Unbox Apple iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz

I bought an Apple iMAc 24-inch 2.8GHz desktop computer during the PC Fair 2008 (II) from Machines. I had unboxed the iMac in the night of the day I bought it.

It is HUGE! I didn’t know how to get the iMac out of the box. At the end, I turned the box upside down to get it out. (dangerous movement!)

Here are the photos taken (uploaded to Flickr):

unbox apple imac 24-inch

There are only a few items contained in the iMac box: Apple iMac, Apple slim keyboard, Apple mighty mouse and Apple remote.

There is no Mac OS X beginner guide like Apple iBook box, only a small “Everything Mac” booklet which tells you the features of your iMac and the problem troubleshooting.

Apple isn’t trouble free. I experienced iMac screen “burn”/blackout and system hang problems in just a few days.

It seems the iMac’s heat caused the various problems. I installed a freeware called smcFanControl and everything become all right!

The Cute “iPhone Girl” in Apple iPhone 3G!

What a surprise! You unbox your brand new Apple iPhone 3G, switch it on but discover that the iPhone wallpaper has a girl smiling at you! Not bikini girl though, but she is cute! She is, the iPhone Girl.

iphone girl

An Apple iPhone 3G owner, markm49uk, published a forum thread on MacRumors.com about the interesting wallpapers inside his brand new iPhone.

Not sure if this is or is not the ‘norm’ but I just received my brand new iPhone here in the UK and once it had been activated on iTunes I found that the home screen (the screen you can personalise with a photo) already had a photo set against it !!!!

Who is the young cute girl? It has been confirmed that the girl is a production line worker of FoxConn company (Apple iPhone manufacturer). It is believed that the girl was testing iPhone camera but forgot to delete the test photos.

Would you like to buy a special and limited edition of Apple iPhone 3G like that? ;-)

[hat tip: liewzy]

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How Much are ASUS Eee PC and MSI Wind in Malaysia?

One of the hottest products at the PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) was the netbook.

Netbook is small-sized, low-cost, light weight version of notebook computer that has been optimized for Internet access.

Here are the ASUS Eee PC and MSI Wind prices in Malaysia:

ASUS Eee PC 701

  • Intel Mobile CPU
  • Intel UMA graphic
  • 4GB SSD, 512MB RAM
  • 802.11b/g, 10/100 LAN
  • 7″ LCD, USB 2.0 x 3
  • MMC & SD card reader
  • 0.3M pixel webcam

Price: RM 999 (Linux) / RM 1,099 (Windows XP)

ASUS Eee PC 900


  • Intel Mobile CPU
  • Intel UMA graphic
  • 30GB HDD, 1GB RAM
  • 802.11b/g, 10/100 LAN
  • 8.9″ LCD, USB 2.0 x 3
  • MMC & SD card reader
  • 1.3M pixel webcam
  • Windows XP Home

Price: RM 1,499

ASUS Eee PC 901

"ASUS Eee PC 901 12G (8.9

  • Intel Atom CPU
  • 12GB SSD, 1GB RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n, 10/100 LAN
  • 8.9″ LCD, USB 2.0 x 3, Bluetooth
  • MMC & SD card reader
  • 1.3M pixel webcam
  • Doulby Soundroom Certified
  • Windows XP Home

Price: RM 1,749

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Back from PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) (KLCC)

I am back from PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) held in KL. It was so crowded and I almost regretted goingthere… I only completed half of my PC Fair shopping list.

What I got from PC Fair 2008 (II)

These are what I got: Apple iMac 24" 2.8GHz, WD My Book Studio (500GB) external hard drive, SONY DCR-SR65 40GB Handycam Camcorder. I missed the NAS, netbook, and webcam.

P1 W1Max Wimax speed test

P1 W1Max WiMax unitOne of the major attraction about PC Fair 2008 (II) is the P1 W1MAX wimax service. I tried the wimax connection at PC Fair, the Internet speed is quite impressive. Web pages loaded fast, no load waiting for YouTube videos.

The following is the screenshot of speed test result for P1 W1MAX:

P1 W1Max wimax speed test

It shows 2.66Mbps download speed and 536Kbps upload speed for P1 W1MAX wimax connection. That’s much faster than normal Streamyx broadband connection, although the upload speed is capped at 512K.

P1 W1MAX wimax service is not officially launched yet but is expected to launch in August 2008. More details such as subscription plans and prices will be revealed by then.

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My Shopping List for PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II)

So, it’s PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (II) today! Have you been there? I am going to Kuala Lumpur today to join the crowd. I plan to do some shopping at PC Fair such as Apple iMac, external hard drive, MSN Wind, WebCam, and Camcorder.

Apple iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz

It’s time to upgrade my Mac experience. My 3-year-old Apple 12-inch iBook G4 is working fine but I think it’s time to upgrade for a better Mac experience. I plan to get the Apple iMac 24″ 2.8GHz model (RM6,399/~USD 1965). I will have another 24″ monitor then!

Hopefully, I can get a good deal at PC Fair. Normally, there is no discount but you might get some freebies, perhaps an iPod? :)

External hard disk

If I buy an Apple iMac, then I should get an external hard disk too. The external hard disk is needed to activate Mac OS X Leopard’s Time Machine realtime backup feature. I would buy Western Digital’s My Book Studio Edition, which is a Mac-ready external hard disk. The price is around RM500 for a 500GB model. 1TB model is available.

Network Attached Storage (NAS)

There are several computers at my home but none has proper backup. In order to keep our data safe, I think NAS would be the ideal backup solution because ALL computers can backup to 1 NAS over the Local Area Network (LAN), consider the NAS has enough storage space.

To be specific, I need a NAS that support both Mac & Windows. RAID 1 (mirroring) support is better. Hot-swap is good to have. My budget for NAS is around RM1,500.

I did over 10 hours of online research…and found a few that look good: Netgear ReadyNAS Duo, LaCie 2big Network, and Buffalo Linkstation Pro Duo.

As well as network storage enclosure (does not come with hard disk): Synology Disk Station DS207+, Thecus N2100, and QNAP TS-209.

Generally, network storage enclosure has more and better features but they are also more expensive, considering that they come without hard disk. You have to buy the hard disks.

Do you have other NAS recommendations?

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