Archive for January, 2009

Her Morning Elegance

A great stop-motion short by Orlen Lavie, made in collaboration with Yuval et Merav Nathan. I’ve been meaning to post it a few weeks ago, but it got lost amidst the piles of work and school I was in.

Google Hacked?

Google is saying that all sites including their own have malware. Have they been hacked?

HP Pavilion Entertainment PC Series

My roommate got a new laptop for his work. I was surprised to find out that he paid about $800. It’s an HP Pavilion Entertainment series, comes with dual core 2.16 processors, 4GB of RAM, 320 GB of HD, and it looks pretty cool. It’s comes with a 15.4 glossy WXGA wide-screen display.

On top of those nice specs, it looks good. It’s got some designs all over its surface, the keyboard has a nice response to it. The lights are all white, and just like Apple computers, the HP logo lights up on its cover. I was really impressed by it. Prices have come down significantly in the last year.

Having learned my lesson with laptops back in 2004, I will never buy a desktop replacement laptop again. That being said, I’m probably going to try a tablet PC next, something like the Lenovo X200 Tablet series or the HP Touchsmart. For some reason, HPs are getting really affordable. A quick check in Taiwan let me know that these fancy new computers can be had for between $1000 and $1500. For some reason, configuring the X200 on Lenovo’s American website led me to an $3,800 MSRP. That’s pretty shitty. The Touchsmart was a whole lot cheaper. One of my caveats would be getting a 64-bit OS and having 8GB of RAM. Other than that, 500GB of internal storage and that’s pretty much it. Factoring this in, it would be a lot cheaper to do this myself, since I don’t think I’ll spend the $800 extra to get 4GB extra and MSW 7 64-bit from the vendor.

Then again, vendors in Taiwan aren’t like vendors in the US. I’ve never paid for having an OS installed on my computers.

Modular Cell Phones: The Way of the Future?

We all love our iPhones, but will it still represent the wave of the future in a few years? The one thing that I can’t bear without is some form of input device, better than a small touchscreen that is just unwieldy. I don’t think that the slide-away keyboards are a solution either. LG has been studying this quandary for some time and have come up with a solution: modular cell phones. Cell phones that have pieces that can be taken off and reattached.

Showing Off Your Insides: The X-Ray Lamp

013009_rg_xraylamp_01.jpgThere is something really cool about x-rays. I don’t really know exactly what it is, but the way that the colors contrast and the skulls and bones that are found on them are just plain intriguing. This is probably why I like this new lamp so much. It shows off your insides, without involving radiation. In a sense, it’s more of a lampshade concept, but it really works well and it looks superb.

Nirvana

I’ve been listening to Nevermind and In Utero from Nirvana. It’s been years since I truly listened to these albums. Maybe it’s because I saw Last Days by Gus Van Sant last year and I’ve been thinking about Kurt Cobain‘s death.

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Images courtesy of Wikipedia.

Elsiane -Hybrid

via Elsianes Blog

via Elsiane's Blog

I just love the song Vaporous on their album Hybrid. For a long time, my roommate and I discussed if Elsieanne’s (the vocalist) voice was modified for her songs with computers. In the end, parts of the songs she sings as part of Elsiane (the band) sound too perfect during some pitches to be natural.

Drive Dock: Turn Those Internal HDs into Floppies!

012909_rg_drive_dock_01.jpgYou might have heard the news, Western Digital was the first company to release a 2TB internal drive. Yep, you read right. That’s 2000 GB of storage in one single drive. When I get back home, you can be sure that I’ll upgrade all of my pesky 400 GB, 320GB and 500 GB to 2TB! That being said, what are you going to do with all of those drives? You can either throw them away, recycle them, or give them away. I try to move them around to other computers that I have, but most people don’t have 5 or 10 computers laying around at home. The Drive Dock is a solution to this problem.

All White: The Minimalist Apple-Like Keyboard

012908_rg_essellkeyboard.jpgWe all use keyboards everyday. It’s true that not all of us can type without looking at the keys, but more and more users get comfortable enough with typing. Most programmers and writers are able to type at least partially without looking at the keys. Personally, when I was a computer programmer working long hours in front of a screen, I decided to learn how to touch type and I have never looked back. Touch typing is blindingly fast, so much faster than writing. Well, for all you touch typists out there, this might be a keyboard for you, if you are into Apple products like us!

Green Ideas: Your Own Carbon Neutral USB Flash Drive

012909_rg_usbwooden_01.jpgWe’ve always felt that wooden accessories are great. They are partly made out of sustainable materials, and wood is just plain good looking. Since USB flash drives are so small and can get taken apart quite easily, making your own wooden USB flash drive housing isn’t a big project. It’s still nice to see that some manufacturers have finally caught up on the trend. This USB drive is not just only made out of wood, it’s also carbon neutral.


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