The Rojak Place Lifestyle, Technology, the Arts Tue, 10 Apr 2018 02:33:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Rojak Place 32 32 137470794 Canon Launches Six New Business Printers Tue, 10 Apr 2018 02:33:15 +0000 In a typical work environment, depending on role and function of each department, the requirement for print vary. Most small and medium enterprises will opt for multi-role or multi-function equipment, to save on initial start-up cost; while environments that are more focused on production may invest on single-function devices.

Canon offers both kinds; to fit the requirement and budget of the company. They have recently released six additions to their imageClass business printers to meet the varied requirements.

To quote Mr Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore, “ Canon aims to partner businesses in the digital age and the new range of imageCLASS multifunction laser printers are designed to enable a hassle-free office environment, particularly amidst the rise of print and digital documents in the workplace.”Designed to optimise workspaces, the latest additions to our line of imageCLASS laser printers streamline daily workload with their high-speed printing. With enhanced usability and seamless connectivity, the printers are ideal for today’s mobile workforce to perform print jobs effortlessly with a direct connection.”

Canon imageCLASS LBP215x, LBP214dw and LBP162dw

The latest imageCLASS LBP215x, LBP214dw and LBP162dw are the latest A4 monochrome laser single-function printers, ideal for Small Office Home Offices (SOHOs), Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and workgroups within large enterprises. Designed with a smaller footprint and imbued with excellent connectivity, the printers occupy minimal space in contemporary workplaces while delivering maximum work efficiency.

Pricing and Availability

The imageCLASS LBP215x, LBP214dw and LBP162dw are now available at authorised Canon distributors at the following recommended retail prices.

Model Recommended Retail Price
imageCLASS LBP215x $679
imageCLASS LBP214dw $579
imageCLASS LBP162dw $349


Canon imageCLASS MF525x, MF429x and MF426dw

The imageCLASS MF525x, MF429x and MF426dw are three new A4 monochrome multi-function laser printers designed to optimise productivity for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and workgroups within large enterprises. The new line-up of printers offers faster print and scan-performance, cost-saving features and smart applications to support streamlined work processes.

Pricing and Availability

The latest imageCLASS MF525x, MF429x and MF426dw are now available at authorised Canon distributors and dealers at the following recommended retail price.

Model Recommended Retail Price
imageCLASS MF525x $1699
imageCLASS MF429x $999
imageCLASS MF426dw $779

Specification Summary

imageCLASS MF525x
Functions Print, Scan, Copy, Fax
Print Speed (A4) 43 ppm
First Print Out Time Approx. 6.2 seconds
Device Memory 1GB
Other Features  

  • 5” Colour LCD Touchscreen
  • Single Pass 2-sided scan
  • Expandable paper capacity
  • Secure Print
  • NFC enabled
  • Application library
  • QR Code Scan
  • Passport Copy
  • Fax Preview
  • Barcode Printing
  • USB Direct Print
  • Mobile Access Printing
  • Supports uniFLOW



imageCLASS MF429x
Functions Print, Scan, Copy, Fax
Print Speed (A4) 38 ppm
First Print Out Time Approx. 5.5 seconds
Device Memory 1GB
Other Features  

  • 5” Colour LCD Touchscreen
  • Single Pass 2-sided scan
  • Expandable paper capacity
  • Secure Print
  • Application library
  • QR Code Scan
  • Passport Copy
  • Fax Preview
  • Barcode Printing
  • USB Direct Print
  • Mobile Access Printing
  • Supports uniFLOW



imageCLASS MF426dw
Functions Print, Scan, Copy, Fax
Print Speed (A4) 38 ppm
First Print Out Time Approx. 5.5 seconds
Device Memory 1GB
Other Features  

  • 5” Colour LCD Touchscreen
  • Single Pass 2-sided scan
  • Expandable paper capacity
  • Secure Print
  • Application library
  • QR Code Scan
  • Passport Copy
  • Fax Preview
  • USB Direct Print
  • Mobile Access Printing



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Accelerating Digital Transformation with the Right Data Strategy Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:30:41 +0000 (Article Contributed by Paul Bruton, ‎Business Director – Data Intelligence of Hitachi Vantara)

The noted futurist and author, Alvin Toffler, famously described technology as the “great growling engine of change.” He was right. And, in today’s fast-paced and increasingly complex business environment, it is growling more loudly than ever!


Simply maintaining the status quo is no longer enough. Corporate IT is under immense pressure to deliver file services solutions that go beyond the basic functions legacy network-attached storage (NAS) platforms have to offer.


This is complicated by a host of variables, including worker mobility. According to Gartner 28% of corporate data already resides exclusively on laptops, smartphones and tablets. The challenge for any organization is gaining control and visibility of these data sets to govern and manage them in line with corporate policy. Add to this Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments, compliance requirements, metadata-driven policy management, collaboration and affinity for cloud architectures, and you begin to understand the intricacies involved.


On top of all that is the increasing threat from cyber-attacks. According to Trend Micro Incorporated, out of the 82 million ransomware threats blocked in the first half of this year, those targeting APAC entities accounted for 36% of all attacks, the highest of all regions.


It is no wonder that enterprises need a modernized file services solution capable of meeting today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.


Counting the Cost


Creating all this data is an expensive proposition, but it’s nothing compared to the total cost of ownership over time, which puts a tremendous strain on IT teams.


The annual costs for traditional backup are becoming untenable. Traditional infrastructure also requires the labour-intensive management of file servers and NAS appliances for things like protection, performance, migrations, capacity planning, which makes it very costly to maintain.


According to Veritas, in an average ten petabyte environment, 41% of data is stale – meaning it has not been modified or touched in the past three years – and organizations are spending over US$20 million per year just to manage this data!


When you factor in the cost of protecting this data with traditional backup solutions, which in APAC is in the order of US$4,000-8,000 per terabyte, it’s clear that the operational and financial challenges of continuing with these ageing technologies will have a significant impact on the organization.


The reality is that, unless these challenges are addressed now, they will become the dominant cost category within the total IT financial picture.

An example from a real Hitachi Vantara customer



Understanding Objects


Solving this file serving problem is the catalyst for moving to a modern architecture. Corporate IT needs to be able to deliver file services solutions that push beyond their legacy NAS platforms if they are to deliver on the promises of digital transformation.


What’s needed is a “next generation NAS” capable of meeting the business’ needs while reducing complexity and costs. To achieve this, many organization are leveraging a secure object store, to significantly lower the total cost of ownership of their File Services.


The cost saving from object storage comes from its next-generation cloud-based architectures – that automate integrity checking and self-healing, removing the need for traditional backup. It can also scale seamlessly and automatically replicate off-site and enables users to leverage off-the-shelf hardware to scale to hundreds of petabytes in an easily managed environment while securing their corporate data.  Add to this the ability to reduce physical capacity requirements by 40-50% with global deduplication and compression, and object storage becomes a compelling option to modernize how organizations control unstructured data growth.


Achieving Agility and Efficiency

To access the agility, as well as the operational efficiency, required to survive in today’s markets, businesses need to leverage as many enablers as possible. And, with so much enterprise data residing as unstructured data, that means organizations must modernize their corporate file services and build a holistic data strategy.


Solutions like the Hitachi Content Platform are the ideal object stores on which to build the right data foundation. It not only offers all the advantages of a simplified data center, it also enables users to deliver on four key business enablers:


  • Modernizing Data Protection,
  • Modernizing Data Services
  • Modernizing Data Governance
  • Activating Data Intelligence


Hitachi Vantara’s object storage solution also allows users to orchestrate the movement of data to public clouds, cost-effectively and automatically, whilst maintaining control of data security.  It also has the ability to securely connect laptops, desktops and mobile devices for enterprise file sync & share. Object storage can also be extended to remote & branch offices, VDI & non-VDI environments, with built-in multi-tenant data management and governance.


What’s more, this system is integrated into the unique Hitachi Content Intelligence engine – a powerful tool for analyzing, aggregating and indexing data from almost any source.


Less Noise, More Information!


Ultimately, the equation is simple. Adopting a holistic approach to data management addresses the challenges of exploring and discovering relevant, valuable, and factual information across siloed repositories. This is data intelligence!


It enables organizations to explore structured and unstructured data, regardless of where it resides, using comprehensive natural-language search, real-time analytics, and automated indexing to ensure relevant business insights are surfaced quickly and are actionable.


The content can then be transformed, searched, governed and mobilized. As it goes through this process, the “data” is transformed to “information” which then can be used by consumers – such as employees, or distributed to remote users, offices or devices and fed into analytics tools.


In the end, that is the best way for modern organizations to keep the growling that Toffler mentioned down to manageable levels, and achieve their digital transformation goals.

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World Backup Day 2018 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:41:10 +0000

Have you backed up your data today? If you have, great! If you have not, why?

This short infographic should give you a further impetus to back up your data. This infographic came from Acronis who conducted a survey of from countries such as U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, Spain, France and Japan between March 15 and 16 on Google Surveys.

As summarized by Acronis’ President John Zanni, “The good news about this year’s survey is that fewer people reported losing data last year. As a data protection company, we are always glad to hear that. But the fact that fewer respondents are backing up – despite being more aware of threats like ransomware – shows a tremendous disconnect. Secure backup is still the most effective way to ensure data is never lost, and it becomes even more vital as online threats continue to grow. Efforts to educate the public about the risks they face clearly need to continue throughout 2018.”


March 31st has been declared World Backup Day

Again, World Backup Day is March 31st.

San Francisco, CA — March 31st has been declared World Backup Day.  With so much of our lives, photos, and videos being stored in digital form, it is important that we begin to make backups of our precious data.  Backing up your data is one of those easy-to-do procedures that many people ignore.

People now create and generate over 1.8 zettabytes of data per year.¹ That’s a lot of data that we need to protect! Unfortunately, nearly 30% of people have never even backed up their data.² Backing up your data will protect your life’s work when that hard drive fails. If you are a small business, a data backup can be what saves your company. World Backup Day is here to make sure that people actually start backing up.

World Backup Day can easily be observed by spreading the word of data integrity and automatic backup. Share World Backup Day with all your friends and family. The virtues of both local and offsite data backup sites should be extolled.  People should relay and take heed of the tales of devastating data disasters like the loss of an entire season of a children’s television series³ or the near complete loss of customer data by Microsoft’s & T-Mobile’s Sidekick.⁴ Even Pixar accidentally lost nearly 90% of the animated film Toy Story 2 to an errant computer command.⁶ So sad, all they needed was a proper backup plan that included regularly testing the data restores.

And to all the IT professionals saying “Hoho! I’m good. I already got backups.”  Then March 31st is a great day to tell your bosses and colleagues about the importance of data backups. If you are a small or medium-sized business, then a data disaster can be the end your company. Ever heard of the bookmark sharing site called Mag.nolia? Of course, you didn’t, they suffered a catastrophic data disaster and had to shut down when they lost both their primary and backup data stores.⁷

Already have a backup procedure in place? If you don’t, consider making a plan to protect your data. One should also check (and then recheck) your backup restores on World Backup Day to see if they actually work. After all, a backup plan that doesn’t work isn’t much of a backup plan.

A word from the founder of World Backup Day

“I’m thrilled with the response to World Backup Day, and I hope it’s made a difference in people’s lives,” said World Backup Day founder Ismail Jadun.  “We all know someone who has lost critical data, whether it was their videos, photos, music, book reports, or personal stuff.  Hopefully, this day will make everyone think about their situation, learn about the various options and get their files backed up.  I hope that World Backup Day sparks conversations about the enormous task of saving our digital heritage for future generations.”

About World Backup Day

World Backup Day was chosen to be the day before April 1st (April Fools) in order to drive the message that one should backup all those pictures, spreadsheets, love letters, cat pictures, & important financial documents before it’s too late.

Key points about backing up data from

  • Items to backup:  Your computer, laptop, phone, iPod, tablet, other wireless devices, photos and videos on social networks.
  • Common ways to lose data:  Theft, hardware failure, natural disaster, alien invasion, obsolete file formats, you forgot where you put it (really, it has happened).
  • Backup options:  Backing up is easy. Once set up, your data should be backing up automatically. There are two main types of backup solutions:
    • Local backup: An external hard drive that can be easily retrieved at home.
    • Cloud/offsite backup: An online backup service or hard drive securely placed in a different location
    • Having both local and offsite backups gives you peace of mind knowing your files are safe and secure.
  • If you are working in a business:
  • tell your bosses & colleagues about the importance of data backups
  • check your backup procedures & restores to make sure everything is up-to-date and working.
  • if don’t have one, consider creating a company data backup & continuity plan

Don’t be an April Fool.  Backup your data. World Backup Day is March 31st.


World Backup Day is March 31st.

P.S.  Cake is also an acceptable method of celebrating World Backup Day on March 31st provided there is enough cake for everyone.


Some sources:

  • [1] Extracting Value from Chaos, IDC Digital Universe study
  • [2] [Backblaze survey](
  • [3] [Zodiac Island data loss](
  • [4] [Sidekick data loss](
  • [5] [Microsoft](
  • [6] [Pixar Toy Story 2 data loss](
  • [6] [Pixar Toy story 2 data loss transcript](

[7] [Mag.nolia shutdown](

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The Conversation Movement Sun, 25 Mar 2018 15:43:24 +0000

In 2008, Brian Solis summarised the social media landscape to the Conversation Prism. It has been updated through 2013. The Conversation Prism can be seen in numerous presentations at seminars and summits. This was defined as Web 2.0.

Ten years later, Matteo Gianpetro Zago, published the “Web 2.0 to 3.0 Comparison Landscape”, with emphasis on blockchain technology.

He takes the popular opinion that blockchain technology will facilitate the decentralisation of the World Wide Web, thereby equalising control and ownership back from the grasp of profit-hungry corporations. Did he get it right?

Read his full article here.

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CanJam Singapore 2018 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:52:32 +0000

CanJam Global returns to the Pan Pacific Hotel in Marina Square for its 3rd edition of CanJam Singapore. Featuring over 100 leading brands in over 15,000 square feet of exhibition space, CanJam Singapore 2018 will showcase the latest products and innovations in headphones and personal audio electronics in all price ranges – from $50 earbuds to the world’s finest headphone audio systems at $50,000. With interactive product demos, you will be able to hear your own music and #ListenLikeNeverBefore. – CanJam Singapore 2018 Facebook

Get your tickets now at

This would be a great opportunity to try out all the range of headphones on offer. There are two things you need to bring when you visit CanJam Singapore 2018;

  1. Money, and,
  2. most importantly, your preferred song list and player!.

Audio quality and how we perceive a particular sound to be good, is subjective. So, it is imperative that you bring your own songs and your own player, preferably a higher quality player. You can also bring your Macbook Pro or gamings laptop as those usually come with 24bit DAC.

As for the question of song list, here’s my standard list, which I will test with all the audio headphones and earpieces on offer. For hygienic reasons, please bring your own buds, although in my experience, the exhibitors clean them with alcohol swab. Without further ado, check out my preferred songs and soundtracks;

  • And The Waltz Goes On – Andre Rieu, composed by Sir Anthony Hopkins
  • La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf
  • Alors on danse – Stromae
  • Love Will Keep Us Alive/Hotel California – Eagles “Hell Freezes Over” concert
  • Matsuri – Live – Kitaro
  • Pirates of The Caribbean Main Theme – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra(Tolga Kashif)
  • What Are You Going When You Are Not Saving The World?/This Is Clark Kent – Hans Zimmer

What are yours?

Useful Information

    Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 11:00 AM – Sun, Mar 25, 2018, 5:00 PM
    Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square 039595
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Video: Configuring AWS Load Balancer for Parallels RAS Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:00:26 +0000 Using cloud services like Azure and AWS, the administrator will at some situation, experience slower process cycle. This could be due to the server over-load or priority rules that have been set. One way to mitigate this is by using the load balancer. The load balancer is service is available on cloud services like Azure and Amazon Web Services.

In this video, we see a demonstration on configuring a load balancer for the Parallels Remote Application Server on the Amazon Web Services platform. Download your Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) free 30-day trial here

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Video: Parallels RAS Trial on Azure Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:00:15 +0000 One of the more convenient ways to check out Parallels Remote Application Server can be done through Azure. You spend less time on system configuration and more on actual use.


Check out the video on how to get started. You can click here to get your thirty days trial of Parallels RAS on Azure.


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Video: How to Use Drag & Drop in Parallels RAS Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:40 +0000 In this video, we can see a how drag and drop is done – and enabled -, for applications that have already been deployed, from the users’ end. Users can download Parallels Client(formerly known as 2X RDP Client) to have secure access to business applications and desktops, through Parallels Remote Application Server.


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Sandisk Announced 400GB MicroSD Card Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:00:39 +0000

Sandisk announced the launch of 400GB MicroSD card during Mobile World Congress 2018 at Barcelona. The card, 400GB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD card is designed to help consumers manipulate data up to 160MB/s, making it faster than current SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD cards. The new card also features A2 specification to help launch and load apps at blazing speeds. The image below shows A1 and A1 specifications.


Source: SD Association

Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager, Client Solutions, Western Digital, explained,”Consumers expect an increasingly better mobile experience, and with our 3D NAND technology, we are pushing the boundaries of innovation to enable them to create and enjoy more rich content on their devices. Our expertise in flash memory and microSD card electronics enables us to achieve unmatched performance. The breakthrough SanDisk microSD card is evidence of Western Digital’s commitment to delivering more advanced solutions that enable data to thrive.”


Capacity 400 GB
Read Speed up to 160MB/s*
Write Speed up to 90MB/s*
Form Factor microSDXC
Video Speed V305 , U35 , A27
SD Adapter Yes
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Video: Inviting Users to Parallels RAS Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:11 +0000

In this video, we take a look at two simple steps to invite users to explore the remote applications server using email and web invites.

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