Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Updated the firmware of my Samsung Xpress M2885FW printer to version

Despite Samsung printer business had been bought over by HP since 2017, there is still new firmware release for my Samsung Xpress M2885FW printer recently in mid-July 2020 to version

You can download this latest firmware from HP Customer Support Website for Samsung Printers here. The filename is M2885_V3.00.01.18.zip with size of 17.2MB.

After unzip, you can find the following files in it.

If your printer is connected to your computer with USB cable, the firmware update is pretty easy.
  • Make sure the printer is idle with no printing/scanning/faxing job running.
  • Drag and drop the file SWUPGRADE-ON.prn to usblist2.exe.
  • After that, drag and drop the file M2885_V3.00.01.18.hd to usblist2.exe.
  • The firmware update process will start in the printer. The printer will reboot itself at the end of the process.
You can check for the firmware version running in the printer by accessing the printer's IP address using your web browser and login into its SyncThru Web Service and navigate to Maintenance > Firmware Upgrade.

Another way to update your printer's firmware is by clicking on the Upgrade Wizard button on the webpage as shown above, and select the file M2885_V3.00.01.18.hd from your computer.

Here is the changelog of the firmware for this printer for your reference.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Bursa Malaysia RM150 cashback for ETF investment

There are 19 Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) listed in Bursa Malaysia, and majority of them are thinly traded.

One of the more active one is GOLDETF (0828EA), which is also risen the most among the ETFs in Bursa Malaysia, with more than 28% 1 year historical return as of today.

Bursa Malaysia has just rolled out an ETF cashback program. An investor who invests (buys) one or multiple Bursa-listed ETFs with cumulative value of RM3,000 and above within the program period will be eligible to receive Touch ‘n Go eWallet Reload PIN worth RM150.

Terms and conditions:
  • Program period is valid from 3 August to 2 November, 2020.
  • Investors who invest (buy) one or multiple Bursa-Listed ETFs (stock code beginning with "08") with cumulative value of RM3,000 and above within the Program period will be eligible to receive a Touch ' Go eWallet Reload PIN worth RM150.
  • All above ETF buy trades must be carried out in the investor's Direct CDS Account.
  • Investors who have not made any buy or sell trades in Bursa-listed ETFs from 1 January 2020 until 2 August 2020 are eligible for this Program.
  • Limited to the first 500 eligible investors only.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Renting a Medklinn air ionizer instead of buying it

Among the many air and surface sterilizing products in the market, Medklinn ionizer has been proven effective in sterilizing the air and surface around it by killing the bacteria and viruses,  as well as eliminating allergens, bad odours, smoke, dust, moulds and pollution.

Recently, Medklinn has started to provide renting as an option to use their air ionizer, other than buying it.

Benefits of renting instead of buying:

  • You can terminate the rental after a minimum 3 months period. This enables you to try out the product with small cost, after that, you may opt to continue or terminate the renting. Upon termination, you can opt to buy a brand new product, or just discontinue using the product.
  • You will get 1-to-1 replacement for faulty, malfunction or damaged unit, provided it is not intentionally damaged.
  • You will get free cartridge replacement every year, until the end of rental period after 3 years.

Disbenefit of renting instead of buying:
  • After 3 years, when the rental period is completed, you need to return the unit to Medklinn.
  • The total cost of using the unit with renting for 3 years is higher than buying the product and buying new replacement cartridge every year.

Other considerations:
  • The warranty period of Medklinn product is 15 months, after you register your bought product in their website. By renting, you effectively extend the warranty period of your product to 36 months.
  • Normally, Medklinn will come out with new model every 2-3 years. By renting, you can always use the latest model of the product. Even if you buy and keep the product, being an electronic product, it will still have a lifespan and will degrade from year to year.
  • If you buy the product, certain credit card allows you to split the cost to 12 months installment. If you rent the product, your credit card will be charged at a relatively smaller amount every month for 36 months.
For the case of Medklinn Asens+20 indoor ionizer:

If you opt for buying, the cost is:
  • Medklinn Asens+20 = RM560
  • 2x cartridge = 2 x RM139 = RM278
Total cost (3 years) = RM838

If you opt for renting, the cost is:
  • 1st year = 12 x RM36 = RM432
  • 2nd year = 12 x RM25 = RM300
  • 3rd year = 12 x RM16 = RM192
  • 2x cartridge = RM0
Total cost (3 years) = RM924

Different between renting and buying = RM86

For the case of Medklinn Autoplus car ionizer:

If you opt for buying, the cost is:
  • Medklinn Autoplus = RM439
  • 2x cartridge = 2 x RM90 = RM180
Total cost (3 years) = RM619

If you opt for renting, the cost is:
  • 1st year = 12 x RM26 = RM312
  • 2nd year = 12 x RM19 = RM228
  • 3rd year = 12 x RM13 = RM156
  • 2x cartridge = RM0
Total cost (3 years) = RM696

Different between renting and buying = RM77

So, which option is better for you? You decide yourself.

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