01 April 2015

Sandisk Ultra Dual USB 3.0 16 GB Thumb Drive

Now this is really random. I've recently been hunting for a USB 3.0 thumb drive because I needed it for a project. 
Now , it is an understatement to say that flash drive has gotten a lot more affordable in the last few years. A 128mb USB 1.0 used to cost more than 100 bucks. Now an 8GB (8000MB) USB 2.0 cost less than 12 bucks! 
I was cracking my head really hard to decide between a Sandisk Ultra Fit and a Sandisk Ultra Dual. To make things easier to understand, a drive's write speed is how fast you could copy something from a computer to your drive, whereas a read speed is the other way round. If you are a spy and you need to copy something from a laptop like your life depends on it, then WRITE speed is what you are looking for.
My aim was to get a USB 3.0 thumb drive with a sweet balance between a fast write speed and cost. A USB 2 would have been fine but I needed something that could copy files lightning quick without costing me an arm or a leg. 
I was considering the Sandisk Ultra Dual USB 3.0 16 GB thumb drive which offers both a USB 2.0 OTG connector, and a USB 3.0 connector at the other end. This is actually an update to the Ultra Dual drive that was released last year, which was USB 2.0 for both connectors.There are no good quality reviews on the Ultra Dual USB 3.0 at present. 
The Ultra Fit had really good reviews and it's really small and has great transfer speed while the Ultra Dual is slightly bigger, with no available benchmarks but has an OTG connector which would have been very useful for my smartphone.
Price wise, the Ultra Dual just cost a paltry RM 7 more at RM40. The safe choice would have been to choose the former and get the speed that I want.
I took a gamble with the Ultra Dual. 

This drive came in a simple box. No fancy accessories or lanyard etc. I really like that this is a capless design so you wouldnt lose anything there. The case is made of plastic but it doesn't feel cheap. It's shaped like a rectangular cube, and you would just need to slide out whichever end of the connector that you are using. Portable and practical. Exactly what I've needed. 

Benchmarks (even Sandisk doesn't comment on the write speed!) are as follows:

Average read speed:135.83 MB/s
Average write speed:89.30 MB/s

4k Read Speed: 16.8 MB/s
4k Write Speed: 2.26 MB/s

Boy, am I glad. The Ultra Fit has an average read speed of 102.7 MB/s and write speed of 43.63 MB/s.The Ultra Dual actually beats the Ultra Fit in the benchmark :)

There is an optional android app for you to manage your files if you are into those sort of thing..

If there is anything that I wish that Sandisk improves upon, more accessories wouldn't hurt. 

In summary, I think this drive is worth getting for it's price and speed. Good hunting! Official website

17 September 2010

Twitter users that we'll meet.

This is really funny but true.

28 May 2010

Dreaded conversation

Being in medical school has its pros and cons. Repetitive, boring conversation being one of the turn-offs. Don't worry, we understand why some people ask them. At first, it was all fun. However as the years go by, it gets tiresome, especially when the same person ask them every single time they meet you and they don't seem to bother remembering what you've told them before.

02 April 2010

Thrill the World Kuala Lumpur

I've forgotten to share this video of the Thrill The World event in Kuala Lumpur last year. Thrill the World is an annual event since 2006 in which MJ enthusiasts get dressed like zombies and perform the Thriller dance for charity. MJ's death last year brought more awareness for this event and that's how one of my friend in the US told me about their website. To cut the long story short, I took part in TTW. I know that it's crazy to travel up to KL from Seremban to take part in an event full of goofy strangers. It was exam season and my friends thought that I must be mad but if we are too careful in life, we'd miss out a lot right?

It was really cool! On the day of the event, zombies all over the world danced simultaneously at the same time. The press were there to cover the event. We were on MSN Malaysia.  I got to know so many zombies (many of them from the healthcare industry) and we still keep in touch.

 Unfortunately, I heard that the organisers don't intend to have one this year :-( Green hooded zombie. Ditto.

01 April 2010

Updates and Batu Pahat

Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Washington's Symbol Of Spring

It's been quite a while since I've last posted anything here. *pangs of guilt* Anyway, I'm currently in Batu Pahat and will be here for the coming 5 months before finishing my undergraduate training.

How do I find it here? I'm enjoying it actually. Many of my friends kinda dreaded coming here because Batu Pahat is supposed to be a more ulu place than Seremban. But being a small town boy at heart, I didn't mind it one bit. Personally, the only advantage of staying Seremban is that it's near KL and all the major shopping outlets and also my orthodontist :-P Over here, I get to go back to Kluang when I want to, although I really haven't had much chance to utilize this advantage yet. My weekends are freaking packed! (I've already spent two weekends sleepless because of reports.)

On the other hand, I'm absolutely enjoying the training in Hospital Batu Pahat. The staff are friendly and the environment is nicer. Being a district hospital, the variety of cases is of course lesser but I really have not been affected yet so far. Of course Seremban does have it's own perks and I can actually list them all here

  1. People in IMU
  2. Jusco Seremban
  3. Tembak Laksa (Next to Asia Laksa in Senawang)
  4. Yong Tau Fu Foo Sam
  5. Banana Leaf Rice
  6. Beef noodles in any of the 5 outlets in Seremban
  7. Starbucks *sniff*

Hmmm looks like food is big on my list. Don't judge me.

The food here definitely trumps Seremban any time. FUIYO. Maybe BP pales in comparison to Penang as a food paradise but after living in Seremban for like 2 years, I've had more than my fair share of mamak food.

Therefore the culinary options here are a godsend. Here are some of the places that I think are worth going for food.
  1. Segenting Seafood Village. Read about it here.
  2. Restoran Yong Hoe (Taufu Fa) (Green arrow)
  3. Laksa place Location here (Green arrow)
  4. Nasi Beryani Gam (Nasi Beryani Mat Shah and Nasi Beryani Power)
  5. Japanese food. There's a good restaurant in Jalan Jenang near the laksa place. I forgot the name but you can read about it here.
  6. The Katerina Hotel. I'm kidding. Serious. No food here. Go away.