Bolse 25W 5A 3-Port USB Car Charger

The Bolse 25W 5A 3-Port USB Car Charger is retailing for US$14.99 (S$19) on Amazon.

When I heard of this product, I thought there are three USB ports, but actually there are only two USB ports and one attached Micro USB cable. The description actually meant you can charge three devices at one go because it is able to output a maximum of 5A.

I tested it by charging two iPhones 5s and one Nexus 5 and it works fine. Charging one iPad Air, one iPhone 5s and one Nexus 5 also works well.

It has built-in SmartIC technology which detects the type of device plugged in through USB PIN signals. It then decide on the power requirement needed by the device. This will reduce power wastage and improving charging efficiency.

Unlike a conventional multi-port charger, the Bolse usb car charger features a built-in SmartIC chip, which governs the distribution of power between all the three ports. This enables one to charge multiple devices without worrying about overloading the charger or any device. Moreover, depending on the charge percentage on each device, the charger accordingly allocates power to each. This helps in quickly charging a low power device while siphoning charge away from those already near full charge.

The product is mainly made up of plastic (even the shiny area around the USB port), measures 62mm x 46mm x 21mm and weighs 43g. The specifications mentioned that the length of the coiled cable when fully stretched is about 180cm, but I highly doubt it. I will give it at most 150cm which nevertheless is still enough to be used in the car.

Bolse 25W (5A) 3-Port USB Car Charger - Box Front
Bolse 25W (5A) 3-Port USB Car Charger – Box Front

Bolse 25W (5A) 3-Port USB Car Charger - Box
Bolse 25W (5A) 3-Port USB Car Charger – Box

Bolse 25W (5A) 3-Port USB Car Charger
Bolse 25W (5A) 3-Port USB Car Charger

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Ikea 2015 Catalogue

· · · Furniture

Thanks to Ikea Singapore for sending me the awesomely designed limited edition XXL Ikea 2015 Catalogue.

When I first received it, I thought it was a MacBook since the design of the box is almost the same. Even when you unbox the catalogue, you can’t help but think of the similarity between this and the MacBook. I don’t think copy is a right word to use here, I would instead say Ikea spoof the packaging of a MacBook.

I also love the spoofed Quick Start Guide. It is well done. I took every pages of it as shown in the images further below.

Here are the features as indicated in the Quick Start Guide:

  • Pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas
  • External Battery Life
  • The original touch interface
  • Instant page loads. No lag.

The Ikea 2015 catalogue contains 328 pages and will be sent to most homes in Singapore from now till 17th September 2014. You will also be able to pick it up from Ikea Stores from 18th September 2014. Alternatively, it is also available online at

PS: In case you are not aware, there are two Ikea stores in Singapore. The first one is located in Alexandra and the other is located in Tampines. Here are the addresses:

Ikea Alexandra

  • Address: 317 Alexandra Road Singapore 159965
  • Telephone: +65 6786 6868
  • Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm daily

Ikea Tampines

  • Address: 60 Tampines North Drive 2 Singapore 528764
  • Telephone: +65 6786 6868
  • Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm daily

Ikea 2015 Catalogue - Box Front
Ikea 2015 Catalogue – Box Front

Ikea 2015 Catalogue - Box Side
Ikea 2015 Catalogue – Box Side

Ikea 2015 Catalogue - Box Top
Ikea 2015 Catalogue – Box Top

Ikea 2015 Catalogue - Box
Ikea 2015 Catalogue – Box

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WordPress 4.0 Released

· · · WordPress

WordPress 4.0 has been released and it is named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman.

This release was led by Helen Hou-Sandí, with the help of many other fine individuals. There are 275 contributors with props in this release which is a new high.

  • Manage your media with style
    Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.
  • Working with embeds has never been easier
    Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah – embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence. You can now embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED.
  • Focus on your content
    Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.
  • Finding the right plugin
    There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.

Western Digital TV Media Player (WD TV) Review

Western Digital refreshed their WD TV media player back in May 2014. It features a new user interface and supports a wider range of formats including .mkv, .mp4, .avi, and offers social connectivity through apps like YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Facebook among others. The new model also supports Miracast and allows users to project their Miracast enabled mobile devices onto their TV in up to full HD 1080p.

The new WD TV is retailing for S$169.

WD TV - Box Front
WD TV – Box Front

WD TV - Box Back
WD TV – Box Back

WD TV - Box
WD TV – Box

Technical Specifications

  • Support File Formats:
    • Video – AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9, FLV (h.264)
    • Photo – JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
    • Audio – MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
    • Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL
    • Subtitle – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
  • Ports:
    • 1x Power
    • 1x Optical audio
    • 1x Ethernet (10/100/1000Mbps)
    • 1x HDMI
    • 2x USB 2.0
    • 1x Composite A/V
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Dimensions (Height x Depth x Width): 30mm x 100mm x 125mm
  • Weight: 190g

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The Tech Guy at Tech in Asia

· · · Blog

In case you haven’t been following me, I left migme (previously known as mig33) after 4 years and 7 months there. I went in as a Web Engineer and along the way I got promoted to Senior Web Engineer. It has been an awesome ride with my fellow colleagues in migme.

Here is my farewell message to them:

Today is my last day in mig! As some of you might have known, this is my first job and it has been an awesome 4 1/2 years ride with ups and downs. It seems Steven has given a lot of people their first jobs in mig.

I came in as a web engineer who knows how to code but doesn’t know much about web servers, but over the years I gained a lot of hands-on experience with playing with servers. Thanks to all the seniors who have taught and guided me well.

At times, I might not be the easiest person to work with but as what Lee Kuan Yew once said, “I did what I thought was right, given the circumstances, given my knowledge at the time, given the pressures on me at the time. That’s finished, done. I move forward. You keep on harking back, it’s just wasting time.”

I would think of myself as graduated rather than leaving! Who knows I might be back again for “post-graduate” studies

Tech in Asia Logo
Tech in Asia Logo

Today, is my first day of work in Tech in Asia as The Tech Guy. The role is pretty simple, I am in-charge of everything that is engineering/tech related. So if there is anything wrong with the website, you can blame me for it =p

They are using WordPress to power most of their sites and hopefully my experience in WordPress coupled with some devops experience that I obtained in migme, will be able to bring them forward.

I realised they are using some of my WordPress plugins as well like WP-DBManager and WP-ServerInfo.

Tech in Asia has several sites under them and of course the first thing I did was to get them monitored for downtime using Pingdom. You can check it out here:

Over the next couple of weeks, my immediate priority would be to scale the site by separating the services into different servers. Right now everything is being hosted on a single VPS and MySQL has become our bottleneck.

We will also be moving away from Digital Ocean VPSes to a mix of physical servers and VPSes at SoftLayer.