Archive for December, 2012

Why I like this place better than …

December 22, 2012

I wish I had my running shoes with me …



I wasn’t allowed to shot photos inside …

Ticket wasn’t cheap to any standards, never mind, venue that you don’t go that often.




Just passed by the front, didn’t spend inside

Of course I wasn’t in a room facing the harbour


Strings shop

December 17, 2012

Brisbane isn’t a big city and musical instrument and teaching perhaps aren’t very profitable business.

I found a strings shop it’s located on the hill side and the view looking out was so beautiful. It would be ideal if someone was playing these double basses to decorative the scenic view behind it.


iPad mini

December 15, 2012

I didn’t write when I got my iPad last July, it was an iPad 2, it looks pretty outdated now.

The mini is …. what can I say, a mini, adjust the font to suit your eyes and you’ll realize the beauty is half the weight of its bigger sibling and just slightly bigger than the size of 2 Samsung SIII.


Old notebook + SSD from Vista to Windows 8

December 13, 2012

My Toshiba M600 notebook is more than 4 years old, surprised that I didn’t write when I bought it. It came with Vista and I have played with many versions of Ubuntu and other distro on it. I also didn’t miss any chances of trying free beta/preview of windows 7 and 8 with the hardware. The hardware is getting a bit outdated but OS’s are getting less demanding on hardware these days so it worked fine so far.

To give new life to the old hardware I decided to replace the 120G harddisk with a new Intel 180G SSD.


Before the operation this M600 notebook was running Windows 8 free preview I had to roll the OS back to Vista after the SSD was installed. I benchmarked the SSD performance

This was done with Vista SP2 installed

I then optimized the SSD with Intel’s tool.

It got a bit faster.

Below is the WEI for reference

The Index for data transfer rate jumped from 5.2 to 5.9

Next step was windows 8 installation as I don’t think I can stand Vista and it’s a waste of the SSD running on Vista.

Windows 8 before optimization by Intel SSD tools

Last step was optimization using Intel’s SSD tools


I can see 40-50% jump in read/write performance. SSD is therefore worth having for old hardware.

The only trouble for Windows 8 on Toshiba M600 is that WEI can’t be computed.


To compare, even my March 2011 Macbook Pro can’t match the read/write speed of this old hardware. Apple uses both Toshiba and Samsung SSD in their lines of Macbook Pro it was my luck to have the slower one among the two.

Screen Shot 2012-12-08 at 11.54.45 AM

My son uses this M600 notebook most of the time if he isn’t using my Macbook Pro for Minecraft. The Windows 8 “Family Safety” weekly activity report is very useful.