sharp’s new 3d-hd camera for your phone: film your own low-budget avatar

3D is going to be everywhere this year, thanks to James Cameron’s Avatar. I recently read that even Mars would be filmed in 3D on those Pathfinder drones. Now, it looks like Sharp came up with a new and cute little add-on that will allow you to film 3D with your phone!

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Read more @ Technabob

Re Computer Problems

You may wonder why I have computer problems. At a certain point in my life, I sold a few computers and assembled my own rigs. The initial problem was that I wasn’t in Taiwan to take care of my desktop for a few semesters.

This meant that the virus definitions weren’t being updated, which left it open to attack. When I arrived in June, I knew that I had to do something, but I was just lazy. Formatting a C:\ drive takes time and HD space, two things that I didn’t have much of.

I’ve counted that I need to backup at least another 75GB from my C:\ before I can format. Then, I’m pretty sure that my virus problems will be solved. Actually, it’s looking pretty good. Kaspersky is on its fourth sweep today and only found 1 threat.

I have to say that I like Kaspersky better than AVG and Avast. I like how it deals with viruses and trojans right away, instead of waiting to finish a scan. It’s a lot better.

I don’t use Norton, after Norton almost ruined an HD a few years back. This is kind of like why I don’t trust any HD manufacturers except Western Digital. The warranty and the service I got on a Western Digital HD was miles above anything else I got from Maxtor. In fact, after 3 years, I got a replacement HD free of charge from WD.

This is why I only run WD HDs.

Other than that, my main rig is still running XP. I wanted to upgrade, but couldn’t bear the though of Vista. Vista was crappy-ish. Not so bad, but it’s good that I waited until Win 7 was out before I decided that I might upgrade.

My rig went haywire when I tried to connect to the internet. My guess is that the viruses were trying to link up or talk with other programs or botnets. I got the blue screen of death a few times. Services.exe caused that.

The last thing that I want to do right now is spend money on a laptop, but it looks like I might have to, depending on how things go. The other thing that I haven’t done is purchase a Drobo. I’ve been thinking about this for months, but haven’t done so. I should just get it over with.

We bought our computer in October 2006, a month or so after we arrived. This was somewhat after my other laptop crashed. We got it fixed, and we got a desktop. At the time, I wasn’t really thinking about it, but the desktop served us well. With the 22″ Viewsonic LCD, we spent $1,300 on it.

The laptop has still been used on and off. My wife bought a MacBook Pro last year and she’s been using it happily. The old Compaq laptop served as my downloading machine while I was in Canada. The HD fried when I came back last year. I haven’t replaced it yet.

Anyway, we’ll see how things go this week. If it doesn’t improve, I don’t really know what will happen. I might have a new MacBook. I might not. I might just have a new HD.

South Pacific BBC Two

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Image from BBC Two's South Pacific

I watched South Pacific on BBC Two HD on the weekend. I usually stay away from nature shows, but when I saw some of the footage of this show on YouTube, I had to try it out. The show starts out impressively, but looses some of its allure when it moves on. At the end of the show, you get a bit of a behind the scenes look at how they captured the 12′ barrel waves off the coast of Pompei.

Apparently, this is the first time that these types of waves were filmed with a super slo-mo HD underwater camera. It’s slow enough so that you can see the many vortices that form when a wave comes barreling down. It’s really neat to see.

The shots from Macquarie Island were also pretty amazing. There were hundreds of thousands of royal penguins, with a few specks of elephant seals to see. The low points were the shots of insects. I didn’t really care about those. I was interested in the giant robber crabs, but they spent too much time on them. The culture of the tribes that populate the islands weren’t that interesting because this is something that has been documented a lot of times before. The show could have gone without it.

Still, the wave shots are unparalleled and worth the watch.

LaCie Makes Shitty HDs

After reading this, I’ll stay away from LaCie external HDs. I’ve had one and it broke as well. Amazon has the Porsche 500GB for $119US.

Blurbmat’s Photo Workflow

I don’t use anything as sophisticated, just a big external HD that I hook up to either my desktop or my laptop. Since I am on the road, I use a 500GB external HD for storage. I still have all of my most recent photos on my laptop, but I’m planning on moving them off soon, as I’ve reached the full capacity of my pesky 250GB that I have on my little laptop.

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.

DLO Homedock iPod Dock: Stream HD out of Your Pod

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Some people have their whole lives centered around iPhones and iPods. It’s no wonder that DLO has decided to come up with a solution to stream videos from your iPod to your HDTV and upscale them to 720p/1080i quality. Naturally, this isn’t the only thing that this dock does. It’s also a traditional dock which can be integrated seemlessly into your home theater system.

Small Wonder: The Perfect Way of Capturing HD

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Camcorders keep changing formats and size. However, most of us don’t need a big video camera. We just need something small to capture our memories, our kids, our dogs, and life in our homes. The RCA Small Wonder line is perfect for this use. It’s incredibly small and also captures HD movies. It also fits in your back pocket.

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Sony DSC-T500 Shoots HD Video

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If you are looking for a point-and-shoot camera that does it all and comes in a sleek package, look no further because Sony’s latest offering will most probably do everything you want, and more! Not only does the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500 feature a 3.5″ touchscreen, but it can also record full-screen 720p movies at 30 frames per second in fine, standard and VGA recording modes. If you are wondering, the resolution is actually three times higher than standard definition movies.