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Ten is the magic number

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

10 years. 10 iPods that I’ve owned, in the counting. I think. A little crazy, I suppose.

1. iPod 2nd Generation
2. iPod mini 1st Generation
3. iPod Shuffle 1st Generation
4. iPod Photo
5. iPod Video
6. iPod Video Black (again!?)
7. iPod nano 1st Generation
8. iPod Shuffle 3rd Generation
9. iPod Classic
10. iPod touch 2nd Generation

Via Gizmodo

Blackberry updating…

Friday, January 9th, 2009

I just upgraded my Blackberry firmware from 4.2 to 4.5. Supposedly it’s going to support (finally) YouTube streaming, video recording, voice note recording, Office documents editing and HTML emails. Nothing new for other major platforms. Sill, it’s a major release! Though my Blackberry is so insanely sluggish now!

Eat this! One more!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Canon just announced yet another DSLR: the 5D Mark II, well, as anticipated. Highlights are 21mpx, full frame with live view HD video shoot. Oh yes. And it’s only $2,700. Sure, whatever.

At least I know I am sticking with my original game plan: the 50D! In a couple years maybe I’ll upgrade to an affordable full frame DSLR. Or who knows, maybe there will be a new technology coming out… how about those Four Thirds…

The wait is over!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I have mentioned over and over again, that it was my beloved cameras and lenses I missed the most after the fire a few years ago. I’ve lost my first SLR: Canon 100QD (which was broken at the time), and the Canon 20D.

Since then, I haven’t, and couldn’t get my hands on another DSLR, such as the recent 40D. Emotionally, the experience was so traumatic; and financially, it’s just not easy to get started on photography again. With the body and all the lenses and accessories I want, it’s going to be a huge investment again from scratch.

I almost got the 40D over the summer, but I thought I should wait, thinking that perhaps the next one would come out soon (it’s been a year already). And sure it is, Canon announced the new 15 mega-pixels 50D today, shortly after rumors popping up on the Web.

Looking at the specs, the $400 price difference is definitely worth the upgrade. So 50D it is, I am going to take the dive this time. Perhaps I should start getting the accessories now…

The menu:

Lens: Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO [$400]. My 2 top priorities for my first multi-use lens: wide angle and macro. So Canon’s EFS 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is out. The Sigma not only has macro, but also lighter and a larger aperture. And it’s cheaper too, as usual. I’m always impartial to Sigma’s lenses.

Flash: Canon’s Speedlite 430EX [$240], which will be replaced by a new version, the 430EX II, soon.

Memory: A brand-new UDMA-compliant CF card [4GB; $90] that has a read/write speed of at least 45MB/sec! And a firewire-enabled reader [$60] for the UDMA CF card.

And a hand grip [$19.50]! I can’t use an SLR without a hand grip!

That should be it for now. Ka-chink… the grand total is $2,210.

Hmm, told you it wasn’t cheap.

How it all started

Friday, August 8th, 2008

I still have my 10GB from back then, of no use!

Why I love my new Samsung T10 MP3 player more than my iPods and iPhone

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Samsung T10I have owned almost 10 iPods, and afterall, they are iPods; you really can’t beat them in terms of their user-interface, design and ease of use. On top of that, I barely have any complaint over the iPhone, it’s the Jesus phone, for Christ’s sake! (pun intended)

But then on my recent trip to HK, I picked up a Samsung T10 to hold some new music that I have ripped from my old CD collection. Because if you sync your iPhone with another computer, all the songs residing on the iPhone will be erased, so basically I just couldn’t add new music to my iPhone and I wanted to get a budget MP3 player.

Anyway, I was overwhelmed by the features and qualities of the T10, besides the so so UI (Apple is better on this). First of all, the sound quality blows, really blows. The clarity is so much better than all the iPods I have ever owned. That said, I am using the same crappy Apple headphones. The bass is deep and vibrant. The T10 has an FM radio with auto presets, voice recording, Bluetooth connection to my BT stereo headphones which enables me to listen to music wirelessly. The best of all, is that you can record FM radio broadcast and the T10 instantly turns it into an MP3.

I am so giving up listening to my music on the iPods/iPhone for this little wonder.

Obvious winner

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Gizmodo posted a side-by-side comparison of the desktop developments over the years for Windows and Mac. I am totally non-impartial, all right. I think Mac is the obvious winner here, in terms of aesthetics and user-friendliness. And don’t forget Windows 3.1 just yet…
windows 3.1

windows vs. mac

Via Gizmodo. Look at more desktops of the different OS-s.

New cat on the block

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

osx leopard
One more day to go. It’s been almost 6 years since the launch of OSX. Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther and Tiger, and now comes Leopard. I remember when I got the Beta in the mail I was like, oh my God, this thing is insane. But of course, now we have all become so used to it and don’t think twice about the interface. I’ll probably try to get it tomorrow, and install it on my iMac ASAP, as you know me, I can’t wait for this stuff. And the next one in the family will probably be “Lion,” don’t you think?

iPod touch is jail-broken!

Monday, October 15th, 2007

iPod touch jail brokenThanks to the 13-year-old jailbreaker and his partner, last night I successfully jail broke my iPod touch.

It was very easy and straight-forward. After using the TIFF exploit, iJailbreak successfully got in and installed the infamous “” application.

I then went onto install a few toys and utilities, as well as SSH. With SSH (plus a few Google searches), I uploaded the iPhone apps to the iPod via SFTP: Mail, Google Map and Weather, etc. And now my screen is full of icons and my iPod has definitely become a fun toy!

While playing with these fun apps, it definitely teased to think about getting an iPhone. No, but I will wait, at least until the 2nd generation comes out.

1GB drive

Monday, September 24th, 2007

On the left, 1GB drive 20 years ago (IBM), on the right, 1GB drive now (SD card).
1GB drive 20 years ago
Via Gizmodo.