Sunday, 28 February 2016

Artemide Tolomeo Table Mega Lamp

25 Feb 2016

I bought a pre-owned Artemide Tolomeo Table Mega. The previous family had it for 8 years. They bought it from XTRA Furniture, in Park Mall which is an authorised seller of Artemide. But there was no documentation and receipt. The lampshade is paper and its the mid-size, 360mm diameter. I am not too keen on paper but the condition of the lampshade is in good condition and relatively clean for 8 years. Furthermore, I can purchase a replacement from Artemide.

The Table Mega uses a clamp and not with the heavy base. I think its because it is quite a long lamp and a heavy base would not be able to support it.

The Tolomeo was designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1982 for the Artemide company. It won the Compasso d'Oro design award in 1989. It is a highly coveted award which has been awarded twenty times since its introduction in 1954. It is also on display 

I have always wanted to own a Tolomeo. I like the industrial look to it, with its cantilever structure. Nowadays, the Tolomeo comes in various sizes, from the small bedside version to the XXL floor lamps. It was credited for 'having achieved the perfect marriage between design and engineering that works together in total "sync" to materialize an idea and create the perfect object for industrial production.' 

From the Artemide website.

I bought the one with the 360mm diameter

The whole lamp is in need of some cleaning up. 

I polished up the whole lamp with Autosol. This is the table

The Artemide sticker.

Another feature of the Tolomeo. The male part is placed into the clamp
housing. Or it can be placed into the metal base.

Several base options for the Tolomeo.

The arms are cleaned up and polished.

The table clamp is in placed and the lamp is
slide into the slot.

The lamp is placed above the dining table at my residence.

With the lights on.

An interview with 3 great designers. From left, 
Richard Sapper designed the Tizio lamp. He passed away 
31st Dec 2015. Ernesto Gismondi founded Artemide
and Michele De Lucchi designed the Tolomeo.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

The Coopidea Power Block 5 USB Wall Charger

The Coopidea 10.6A Power Block

I bought the 10.6A Power Block 5 USB Wall Charger by The Coopidea at the 2015 IT Show. I cannot remember the price but I am sure it was on offer, as of most products at the IT show. This is used mainly for my corporate travel and it will complement the Arctic Charger which I blog about here.


Input: 100-240V ~ 1.2A, 50-60Hz
Output: 5.0V, 10.6A (4 x 2.4A, 1x1A)
Dimension: 88 x 75 x33 mm
Weight: 210g

After using it and comparing it against the Arctic charger, there are a few downsides.

1. There is no light on the charger to indicate if it is powered on.
2. It would be nice if a bag is included to keep the power cable and the charging block.

Otherwise, it is a very good device.

Box front.

Box side

Box Back

Box side

Box flap cover


The charging cable is not pretty.

Output of 4 x 2.4A.

The charging port.

Details behind the charging block.

Size perspective

Another view.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Westin KL, Stayed and Reviewed.

I had the opportunity to stay at the Westin KL in March and April 2015. Both are single night stay. I booked it through Agoda. There were a couple of reasons for staying at the Westin for my visit. A number of my clients were around this area. So I do not need a taxi to visit them since it is all walking distance. The hotel is located in front of the Pavilion, which is a huge mall with an equally huge food court and has many restaurants. So I do not have to eat at the hotel with its high price. It was also a chance for me try the hotel's Heavenly Bed

The Westin Heavenly Bed is one of their selling points. It comprises of 10 layers of 'heavenly comfort'. This includes a custom-designed pillow top mattress, three 400 thread count sheets and a down blanket, a comforter, white duvet, five pillows, two king sized goose feather pillows, two standard non-allergenic pillows and a decorative boudoir pillow. The whole Heavenly bed is available on Amazon.

I have stayed at the Westin Bali and I blogged about it here. Somehow, I remember the Heavenly Bed to be more 'thicker' in Bali as compared to the one in KL. But then again, it could be my imagination as that was 2 years ago.

Nevertheless, it was an excellent hotel. Excellent service from the staff. Very accommodating. The rooms are clean and very nice. I would definitely come back for a stay here next time.

Map link here.

The Westin in the heart of KL, Bukit Bintang area

On the right of the Westin, is the Marriott.

Next to Marriott is Sephora and the Fahrenheit mall.

The hotel lobby area. Free water on the left of the picture
and the Concierge counter on the right.

This is the check-in counter, opposite the concierge counter.

The weird concoction free water.

Upon entry of the room.

The colour tone makes the room very bright.

The study table and chair looks a bit dated. I remember the chair
as not being ergonomic. They could have used the Herman-Miller
Aeron chair.

Another view of the table....

The study lamp.

The day-bed by the window with a nice marble top table.

The in-room bar counter.

And the Heavenly Bed.

Another view.

Somehow I feel Westin Bali bed is much thicker. Westin uses
Simmons mattress.

The bathroom is quite spacious.

The bathtub.

The single sink with amenities.

The shower area.

The wardrobe.

The view from my room overlooks another hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

This view is the Ritz Residence.

For SPG members, you will get free room wifi. You can even signup on the spot after check-in. But there are expiry dates to the points accumulated from the SPG group stay. And booking through 3rd party website does not entitle you to any staying points.

Otherwise, staying at the Westin has always been enjoyable. 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

IT Show 2015: Sandisk 32GB Wireless Media Drive

I bought the Sandisk 32GB Wireless Media Drive at the March IT Show. I have been eyeing this device for quite some time. I could not find it on any of the brochures for that IT Show but it was coincidence that I bumped into the counter doing a demo.

It is quite an impressive product, although a bit understated. It acts as a central depository of media files. It supports iDevices and Android. Connectivity is via wifi or micro-USB. It can even connect to the internet via the wifi and has a memory card slot.

Lets take a typical family holiday scenario. My camera uses a memory card but it does not have in-built wifi. So after the trip, I would come home and make copies to the common drive as backup and upload to Google+. From there, my family members can view the photos. However, with this device, I can slot in the memory card and the family can view the photos via any of our mobile devices while still on holiday. If the hotel TV is a smart TV, I can share it via USB cable. During flights, I can store her My Little Pony series inside the Media Drive to keep the Daughter occupied. I do not have to use space within the iPad or Tab.


Stream Five HD Movies Simultaneously
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive makes it easy for you to take your movies, videos, music, and photos wherever you go. It connects up to eight mobile devices and can stream up to five different HD movies at once, so everyone can watch their favorite movie. No Internet connection is needed, so you can stream content to your mobile device wherever you go.

Stream up to 8 hours of content on a single charge
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive provides up to eight hours of continuous streaming on a single charge**—perfect on that long car or plane ride. It comes with a USB cable and AC adaptor for recharging

Available in multiple storage capacity options, with SD card slot to add even more
Instantly share those awesome birthday pictures you just took on your digital camera with friends and family—no Internet connection required.

SanDisk Wireless Media Drive App
Easily and quickly set up the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive with the SanDisk Media Drive app. Just download the app onto your devices and link them to the drive via a wireless connection.

Compatibility and System Requirements
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive requires a USB 2.0 connection or higher and is compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle Fire, and Android devices. It can be used with PC or Mac computers running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Mac OS 10.6 or higher.

The unboxing photos:

Box: front

Box: Side

Box: The other side.

Box: Bottom side.

Box: Back

Box contents

The Media Device has a nice texture and a chrome accent
around it.

The 3 light indicator is for Internet, Wifi and Battery, respectively.
Power button next to it.

SD-Card on the left. Micro-USB port on the right.

Wifi mode.

Accessing the Media Drive.

The App is quite useful. It even tells you the
battery and memory capacity.