eXtensions - Wednesday 25 January 2017
Advances in Retail Experiences in Bangkok for Mac Users (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
COM7 Open HouseResearch company Gartner claims that 20% of organisations will use smartphones in place of physical access cards by 2020 (Dennis Sellers, AppleWorld Today). A few days before reading that, I had been in the new head office of Com7, where staff are signed in and out using iBeacons and a smartphone app. This also controls access to specific areas. I was attending an Open Day at the building in Sanphawut Road, Bang Na.
Solar Panel Installation on Roof of Com7 Head Office
What is now Com7 was founded in Phantip Plaza. Its first head office was in Thanapoom Plaza. The company which includes BananaIT, iBeat, iCare, BKK and the rebranded Studio7, offers products from many manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, HP and Dell.
Open Plan Office at Com7 Head Office
Double Classroom at Com7 Head Office
Use of iBeacon and iPhone app for Signing-in (left) and Exercise Facilities at Com7 Head Office
CalDigit 2TB USB-C DiskI was in Studio7 Pinklao at the weekend looking for more accessories. Earlier in the week I had found a 2TB USB-C hard drive in iStudio, Siam Paragon - the CalDigit TUFF disk - and wanted to see if this was available elsewhere. It wasn't, but instead there was a LaCie 4TB Desktop Drive with USB-C connectivity for 7,900 baht, along with the LaCie Porsche Design drives I had already bought in the Pinklao store (6,290 baht).
That now makes four disks I have found: still poor compared to what is in the USA. I saw a few more Belkin adapters for USB-C in Paragon (floor 4), but not the useful micro-USB ones I had to order from Amazon.
It was nicely sealed in a square package that would easily reveal any signs of tampering. A plastic container, which could be used for transportation, held the disk and two cables: USB-C (USB 3.1) and USB-C to USB. Instructions were included in the package (a more comprehensive version is online), but these were for Windows users. The disk was ready-formatted for use with Macs: the first time I have seen this.
CalDigit 2TB Disk - USB-C Port
The flap has a tag which can be inserted into the USB port, protecting it from water and dust up to the IP57 (Ingress Protection) standard. This should allow up to 30 minutes protection in up to 1 meter of water. I have seen an image of one of these disks immersed (Jeff Benjamin, 9to5 Mac), but I did not try this.
CalDigit 2TB Disk - USB-C Port Covered by Protective Flap
While the Western Digital (WD) Thunderbolt Duo disk is still fastest, the two USB-C disks at about half the price, performed quite well.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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