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Video Preview – Microsoft Courier

Coming from a tablet user for the past 10+ years, I can tell you that this Microsoft Courier idea, if it works, would surely be one of the hottest thing to come but given Microsoft’s past track record, especially with their half heart support for OneNote and other Tablet devices and associated softwares…… I don’t know.  I surely hope it will be different this time around. Guess only time will tell.

Source – Gizmodo via myblogiphone

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Microsoft, Software, Tablet PCs | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Now This Is A Fast Card – SanDisk Extreme Pro

Extracted from my CNET Asia Blog Article of the same name.

Last week, I was asked to test drive the all new SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card, thanks to the guys at TEXT100 HKG (great PR firm in Hong Kong). As an amateur photographer, by no means would I pass on checking out how fast this new memory card claims, that being 90MB/sec.

So how fast is this card… according to SanDisk –

  • its reading and writing performance are up to 90MB/sex (600x)
  • UDMA 6 enabled (works in all UDMA mode)
  • Power core controller & enhanced super-parallel processing esp invented by SanDisk to increase the card’s performance level

Well, I put it up for some home-made testing of mine to check it out. I conducted a few read and write tests and I used the older generation SanDisk Extreme IV and the SanDisk Extreme FireWire Reader to benchmark the results.

For each full frame pic I take on my Sony A900, the size of the RAW file is around 37.6MB. I switched the shooting mode to burst mode and took 10 pictures in a roll. The average writing speed after 10 trials are as follow –

SanDisk Extreme IV 16GB – 11.9 sec

SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB – 9.4 sec

Not bad for writing speed. In fact, this new Extreme Pro is whopping fast. Given the price and the storage size (64GB being the highest), it is the ultimate dream card when it comes to taking large picture file size and large video files.

Next up I tried out the read and writing time in copying 342 picture files (11.9GB) to and from my computer and the results are as follow –

SanDisk Extreme IV 16GB

  • writing to card – 13 minutes 6 seconds
  • reading from card and copying to PC – 7 minutes 16 seconds

SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB

  • writing to card – 12 minutes 48 seconds
  • reading from card and copying to PC – 8 minutes 14 seconds

Looking at the read and write tests results, one might ask shouldn’t the more expensive Extreme Pro be a lot faster than the old Extreme IV? The answer is yes, the faster Extreme Pro do read and write faster but in order to see the results, it does depends on what kind of card reader you are using. SanDisk can roll out even more faster cards but they do need a fast reader as well. The 45MB/s FireWire Reader from SanDisk surely cannot catch up anymore.

SanDisk, hope you dig this.

One of my reader, David Golden, sent me an email pointing out the the card performance is most likely optimized for high performance burst mode as your statistics indicate.  The sustained write performance (copying 12 GB of data to the card) is not nearly as important. Thanks David for your input.

September 29, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Blogroll, CNET, Review | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Hiding your iPhone Pics


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Hiding your iPhone Pics”. Click here for the full read.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Blogroll, CNET, iPhone, iPod | , , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.5 Update Released

New in Lightroom 2.5

The goal of this release is to address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom 2 and provide additional camera raw support. A comprehensive list of issues fixed in this release is included below:

Lightroom 2 Bugs – Fixed

  • Lightroom 2.4 on Windows continued to display the import dialog when a memory card was detected regardless of the preference setting “Show import dialog when a memory card is detected.”
  • Lightroom 2.5 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response.

Newly Supported Cameras:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1

Get your update here.

Source – Adobe

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

BarCamp Hong Kong 2009 Videos are Up


Videos on the talks at BarCamp Hong Kong is up, go to this blip TV link to check it out.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Event, Hong Kong | , , , | Leave a comment

Canon Photo Marathon – 18 October 2009 – Register Now


Click pic for more information, registration start at noon tomorrow, hurry up, only 300 slots.

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Canon, Event, Hong Kong, Photography | , , , | 1 Comment

BarCamp HK and Twestival HK both on September 12, 2009

Extracted from my CNET Community Blog under the same title, link here.

Mark your calendar, BarCamp Hong Kong and Testival Hong Kong 2009 is back.

For this year’s BarCamp, the date is set for September 12, 2009, at Turner International Asia Pacific, 30/F, Oxford House, Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, from 9.30am to 5pm. Better yet, there will be a after-event drink function at East End Brewery, 23-27 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

According to the organizers, it is expecting over 300 people at the full-day event, hosted at Oxford House in Taikoo Place, on the conference floor of Turner International Asia Pacific, owner of Cartoon Networks and CNN News. The venue features five large conference rooms, two lounge areas, a coffee room and a bar. Food, drinks and free Wi-Fi will be provided.

Presentations can be on any topic you like as long as it is about the Internet and people are willing to listen. You are free to speak in Cantonese, Putonghua or English. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join.

For more information, check out the BarCamp Hong Kong 2009’s homepage at http://barcamp.hk/ or join its FaceBook group at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=6146785447&ref=ts.

On the same night, the No. 1 Twitterer In Hong Kong, Jay Oatway, will be organizing the second Twestival.

On September 12, the Twitter community worldwide is again going to work for charities, this time focusing on their own home towns.

In February, Hong Kong participated with 180+ cities worldwide for the first-ever Global Twitter Fundraiser. They had 67 people turn up that night, and they raised enough money worldwide to give clean water to more than 16,000 desperate people. It is bigger the second time around!

Tweet your friends and family now @twestivalHK.


For ticketing information, go to http://www.amiando.com/TwestivalHK.html

Source: BarCamp Hong Kong, Twestival

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Apple iTunes Finally Let You Sync Music Between Computers – yay or nay?


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Apple iTunes Finally Let You Sync Music Between Computers – yay or nay?”. Click here for the full read.

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Blogroll, CNET, iTunes | , , , | Leave a comment

DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone and iPod – Nikon Version Released

Image from onOne Software

Image from onOne Software

Following the success with the Canon version of the DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone or iPod Touch, onOne Software released its latest version for Nikon users. The latest version features –

  • Remotely fire your Canon EOS or Nikon DSLR camera
    with your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Remotely control the camera settings like
    shutter-speed, aperture, white-balance and more
  • View images saved on the camera from your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Look through your camera’s viewfinder remotely
  • Great for remote-firing at weddings, sporting events, for kids, and for self-portraits

There are currently two versions out, the Professional version (US$19.99) and the Lite version (US$1.99).  The Lite version only support the basic functions such as connecting to host computer, firing the camera, seeing post-view image, checking battery status and image remaining.  For another US$18, you’ll get all those fancy functions such as being able to adjust shutter speed, ISO, white-balance, exposure compensation, auto exposure bracketing, burst mode and more.

For more information (and there are tons), visit onOne Software’s product page.

Source – onOne Software’s product page

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Canon, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, Nikon, Photography | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Street Price of Nokia N97 – Hong Kong

[Updated: 2 September 2009]

Seems like the prices of the imported version went up the past couple weeks and the prices for the local version have dipped a bit.

Import version

HK$4,418 (US$567) from http://www.cheaphk.com
TEL:3488-4804 FAX:3007-3425

Local version

HK$4,680 (US$600) from AST Global (TEL:31053202 / FAX:81470155)

[9 August 2009]

Import version

HK$4,098 (US$525) from http://www.cheaphk.com
TEL:3488-4804 FAX:3007-3425

Local version

HK$4,740 (US$608) from Sonic (TEL:66909664)

[2 July 2009] Been getting a lot of queries regarding the street price of the Nokia N97 in Hong Kong.  Here’s what I found out so far on the best deals for both the import and local versions.

Import version

HK$4,800 (US$615) from iMobile (Tel: 23818171, Fax: 23818172)

Local version

HK$5,230 (US$670) from www.beerbeered.com

Will update more along the way.

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong, Mobile Phone, Nokia, Street Price | , , , , | 7 Comments

Web Wednesday v.28 @ Volar – 2 September 2009

This month’s feature – an interview with Hong Kong’s leading Twitter Star, Jay Oatway, the face behind @jayoatway, @portension, @chargedmobi, and lead organiser of Twestival Hong Kong (@twestivalhk) and meet some unusual local proponents of Twitter, the microblogging phenomenon that in the past 12 months has grown from 2 million to 40 million users!

The night kicks off at 6:30pm and ends around 9:30pm, there will be an entrance fee of HK$100, unless you’re a bona-fide student, in which case it’s HK$50. This includes one complimentary drink. All other drinks are at Happy Hour prices. 10% of the receipt will go to a children’s charity.

Venue: Volar, Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central.

You can sign up here: http://is.gd/yBxr

Source : Web Wednesday Hong Kong

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Social Networking, Web Wednesday, Web Wednesday HK | , , , , | Leave a comment

Video Preview – Windows 7

Well, ordered my copy of Mac OSX Snow Leopard at the Apple Store, due to limited stock, delivery been pushed back to 7 September.  Will check out and see how these two OS fair against each other.

Source – TechnoBuffalo

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Gadgets n Gizmos, Microsoft | , , | Leave a comment