Saturday, May 31, 2014

Melbourne - I'm back!

So I'm back in Melbourne, more than 3 years since I left. Oh boy, is it nice to be back.. or so I felt for the first few weeks.

Don't get me wrong, Melbourne is an awesome place. I love the city, I love the food, I love the people.

But unless I'm super rich, I need a job, or at least a source of income. It's proving to be only marginally better than 3 years ago a a fresh graduate and that's saying something.

I can only hope and hope that eventually things will work out :)

It's funny because when I was working, I was so looking forward to life without work, and now that I'm not working, I miss work =.=" Never in my life I would think I would utter such words.

I'm thinking of what kind of stuff I can do to earn some side income in the meantime. Any ideas?

Amazing, amazing Melbourne.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Vostro 5470 Mini Review (Malaysia)

While shopping for a laptop, I got interested in the Vostro 5470's slim and the light design.

Surprisingly, I couldn't find many reviews on the laptop, and decided to make my own mini version of a review. I also didn't like the spec choices given by Dell as they essentially do not have any more customisation options - but unfortunately there wasn't much other choices available for the requirements I wanted.

Vostro 5470  

RM1799 (as at 28 Dec 13)
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-4010U processor (3M Cache, 1.7 GHz)
Windows 8.1 Single Language (64Bit) English
4GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (4GBx1)
500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
14.0 inch LED Backlit Display with Truelife and HD resolution (1366 x 768)
Intel® HD Graphics 4400
51.2Whr, 3-Cell Battery (integrated)

Review
The 'bag' comes in a bigger box than the laptop itself

Ordering
Dell used to be about customising your laptop to what you want it to be. Today it is a very different company than what it used to be.

It comes preloaded with unwanted bloatware (which you paid for) like McAffee, 5-6 unwanted and useless Dell software, apportion a section of your HDD or SSD for 'recovery', comes with an unwanted bag, and gives zero options for any real customisations for hardware and software alike.

The laptop itself
The laptop itself is sleek, slim, and relatively lightweight at about 1.6KG. It's an amazing piece of hardware that has come a long way, particularly for its price tag.

i3 performance is adequate for work and study purposes. I did not choose the nVidia graphics card as it would just be an additional heat, weight, and battery drain. 





SSD
One of my main gripe is that there was no option for SSD. I decided to buy my own SSD and replace the 5400RPM WD Blue SSD with a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD.



 


The SSD is significantly lighter than the HDD, and I've noticed significantly less heat, improved battery life, and amazing, amazing speeds since.

The performance of the laptop, even with an i3 processor is really snappy and quick.













Overall Verdict
+ Pros
  • Great for work, studies
  • Slim & light (1.49kg with SSD)
  • Decent battery life 6-8 hours with SSD
  • No heat issues / No hot palmrest.
  • Best laptop in its class and price.

- Cons
  • Dell-filled bloatware. Cleansing and repartition required.
  • Does not come with SSD
  • Battery is integrated - unable to swap batteries on the go.
  • Oil marks from fingers on keyboard after several months of use.
  • Glossy & reflective screen - unusable in bright environment such as outdoor when the sun is up.

Got a question? Try the comments! :)

6 Months Later.. 
Oil marks are beginning to be seen on my keyboard - as shown below. Granted, its not visible unless at a certain angle under the light, but it's still there.

Can you see the marks??? 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A lot can happen within 2 months.

Sometimes time seems to pass so fast (Gosh its April 2013 already) and more than 2 months since my last post. At this rate there's only gonna be 6 posts a year :P

A lot can happen within two months. A lot has happened within these two months.

There is a direct correlation between having to take my CPA exams and the frequency of my blog posts. Do anyone still even read blog posts anymore? Isn't Vlogging the new thing for like years already?

Crap better hit my KPI before I kena marah. lol. laters.

Logging off,
Lawrence

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy CNY 2013 and soon, Valentine's Day.

CNY 2013 is the first, and very hopefully the last that our family will not have a reunion dinner. We aren't technically celebrating CNY because of the sad passing of my granmps in Dec.

Nonetheless, although traditions of years have been broken today, there is still countless family dinners here and there, and good food still. We will still be going back Ipoh but on the second day, not the usual CNY eve. To top it off, Valentine's day practically clashes with CNY this year around.

First off, here's my cute Sophie. Adorable and totally lovable puppy.



So... back to CNY 2013 :) For those who know me, I am Yee Sang crazy. I just love it and probably wont get bored of it.

Lou Sang #1
Lou Sang #2
Lou Sang #3 (I self made one! If you consider opening a prepacket and pouring them into  a plate "self made")
Meanwhile, on CNY eve, it was good to see some old friends :) 

The "EY Interns" :) Sorry Melvin! You left too early!
More CNY coming right up.

Logging off,
Lawrence

Monday, January 07, 2013

What I seek.

What I seek cannot be seen or heard, it must be felt. While money can provide the means to obtain what I seek, it cannot provide it.

I seek many things, and like many, have found it harder to obtain than I once thought. Courage is not what I am lacking, motivation perhaps. Or perhaps it is waiting for the very one moment to grasp it.

What I expect I do not know. What I do know is that I always continue to search, to wait, to hope, and to be ready to greet opportunity when the time is right.

Lawrence