Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

My Wacom Intuos 3 6×11 Tablet is in DA House

Loving it, working great with Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom 2 as well.  The pen-strokes are just awesome.  Goodbye to my Wacom Bamboo.

Source – Inago1278

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears | , , | Leave a comment

Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Portrait Shots

Following my previous post on the test portrait shots on the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM lens, I’ve been asked to post up some more test shots on my other lenses. Took some model shots in a studio over the weekend with the Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8ZA SSM and posting here for those interested. Click for larger image.

1/125sec, F8, ISO 100, Lens Focal Length 70mm

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May 19, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Cameras/Camcorders, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Photography, Pics, SONY | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM Portrait Shots

Finally got the chance to go out and shoot some portraits with the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM out that Chung Hom Kok today.  Weather a bit overcast but still managed to take some decent pics. Click the following pics for a larger pic.

1/400sec, F5.6, ISO 800, Lens Focal Length 300mm

1/320sec, F5.6, ISO 800, Lens Focal Length 300mm

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May 10, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Cameras/Camcorders, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Pics, SONY | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Test Pics from SONY 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM

Some test pics I took with the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM. Click pic for full picture view. They are not the best test pics, but hope it can give you some insights as to how the lens perform.

@ 300mm, 1/60 sec at F5.6

@70mm, 1/100 sec at F4.5

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May 4, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Cameras/Camcorders, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Pics, SONY, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

SONY 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM is in DA House

Woot, the long-awaited SONY 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM lens finally arrived here in Hong Kong last night and I got mine this morning. Initial feeling, light, way lighter than I anticipated. Price is HK$5,480 (US$703)(cash price, EPS would incur additional 1% service charge) at Citicall. For now, let’s look at some pics (included measurement comparisons), enjoy.

Posted some test pics up, link here.

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April 24, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Cameras/Camcorders, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Pics, SONY | , , , , | 4 Comments

Photo Review on My ASUS Eee PC 900

The ASUS Eee PC 900 features a 8.9″ active matrix TDT LCD screen with 1024×600 resolution; 1GB DD2 Ram; 20GB SSD and 1.3 mega-pixel camera. My Eee PC 900 runs on Linux and Firefox browser.  The whole thing do look small and feels incredibly light at 990g.  The wireless connection is slow at disconnecting and connecting but nonetheless still pretty smooth.

Retail price at HK$3,998 (US$513), but because of limited stock available at present, prices are up to HK$4,488 in Mongkok Computer Centre and HK$4,688 in Wanchai 168 Computer Centre.

As the Windows XP version are not available yet, expect another HK$680 if you want the retailers to install a copy of Windows XP licence for you, that is, if you can’t wait till they formally release it.  As for the screen protector, you can get it for around HK$150 (tight fit).
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April 21, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Notebooks, Review, UMPC | , , , | 1 Comment

ASUS Eee PC 900 is in DA House

Wow, what a trip to Singapore, will do a wrap up on that later tonight. While I was gone, ASUS Hong Kong launched the ASUS Eee PC 900 (Linus version) and the first batch was on sale yesterday. As I got back late last night (around 3:00am), I got a message that mine was ready for pick up today.

Okay, some pics for now and I’ll follow up with a more detail review in a few hours. If you have any questions, just post it up here and I’ll include them in the review.

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, My Gears, Notebooks, UMPC | , , | 7 Comments

Phooey Tech Hole In Need of Major Overhaul

Major overhaul over at the Phooey Tech Hole is underway and posts will be slow the coming few days. Elements adding to the current My Gears line –

  • Quad-core PC (really overdue)
  • Another monitor for dual monitor mode and as second monitor for the Sony Vaio UX-27
  • External USB hard disk (for that extra storage)
  • Softwares such as Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard and Photoshop Lightroom
  • Camera ball head and tripod (for taking stills)
  • A portable power bank for the iPod Touch (as mine keeps running out of juice before the Bluetooth headset does)
  • Carl Zeiss 24-70mm/F2.8 for my Sony Alpha 700 (got this one already, and it is a sweet lens, tho expensive)

Will post some before and after pics on the Tech Hole later.

March 19, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, My Gears | , | Leave a comment

My Sony UX27GN Up for Sale


Will be moving next month to the new apartment (hopefully, the renovation project is already 3 weeks behind). In the midst of packing, I have decided to sell off some of my gears, gears which I treasured and are all in great condition. First off, I’m selling my SONY UX27GN which I obtained back in May this year. I figured I will offer it to my readers first before posting it on eBay. The UMPC is still under warranty for another six months from Sony Hong Kong. Email me at gadget@hkphooey.hk if you are interested (I do have a reserve price, but please don’t ask, just offer me whatever you can afford or think is reasonable). Click here to see the specs.

October 26, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, SONY, UMPC | , | Leave a comment

My Gear Bag


Mitchell Oke from Gear Diary posted his My Gear Bag article two weeks ago and inspired me to do the same. Took me longer than I thought but here it is, My Gear Bag. Wonder what’s in yours.

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September 2, 2007 Posted by | Accessories, Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, Mobility, My Gears, PocketPC, Productivity, Review, SONY, UMPC | , , | Leave a comment

iPhone interface on Sony Vaio UX Micro PC


From, Pocketables, check this out, looks really cool. Full ink here.

July 15, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone, Software, SONY, UMPC, Video | , , | 1 Comment

My Second Week with My Sony UX27

Well, problems shutting down the UX27 started to surface couple days ago, in addition, had problems opening couple applications. When checked with task manager, it showed that the application processes were running but the programs just didn’t pop. All this got me real frustrated, I tried system restored to an earlier date, didn’t work. Thought it was the Adobe Reader 8 I installed yesterday (heard it was real buggy under Vista), didn’t work either. Went back and look at all the applications I had installed (same as my previous post) and remembered that I started using Dopod 838pro as my Bluetooth modem couple days ago and my RSS Reader GreatNews would auto trigger start the connection to get feeds updated. Went into internet connection setup and turned it off (past setting was automatically connects when no network connection was detected) and next thing I noticed, all problems solved. Need to further check on my Bluetooth and connection settings again. At least for now, all back to normal.

June 2, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, SONY, UMPC | , | Leave a comment

My Mobile Office – Sony UX27, Tekkeon MP3400


Finally got my Tekkeon MP3400 (HK$1145) this morning from ExpansysHK (see previous review here) and that completes my mobile office. The MP3400 charges up real fast (less than 3 hours to full) and I hook it up to my Sony UX27, the foldable keyboard and mouse and now I have a mobile office together with my Dopod 838 pro as a HSPDA modem. The reason I don’t use Bluetooth keyboard and mouse is that I don’t want to further drain my batteries.

Ok, this setup gives me close to 4 hours full from the MP3400 and 2.5 hours on my UX27 battery, so a whole 6 hours plus. Gonna love that juice. The great thing about the MP3400 is that it not only powers up my UX27 but it also charges. The best is after I finish reading off my UX27, put it back in the briefcase and hook up the MP3400 and it starts charging while I’m on the move, nifty. Next thing I know, I will probably have a fully charged up UX27 ready to go. If you want to see some more review about the MP3400, check it here from Mobile01.

A sidenote on the UX27, after almost 2 weeks of use, I can say that the Vista Business runs pretty smooth and not getting much lag as other UMPCs are experiencing. Loving it.

Post any questions if you want to know more.

May 30, 2007 Posted by | Accessories, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, SONY, UMPC | , , | 1 Comment

My First Week with My Sony UX27


My Sony UX27 with the foldable keyboard and mouse.


The free foldable keyboard that came with my Sony UX27

So far the experience have been great with my Sony UX27. A typical day would start out by turning my UX27 on from hibernate and updating all my RSS feeds (25sec to come out of hibernation, pretty fast) and downloading emails for reading in the car and during lunch breaks. Apart from that, I do a lot of reading with the iSilo, eReader and eSword. iSilo can read all Palm ebooks file (Chinese) whilst for eReader, ebooks have to be purchased through their site. eSword is a great eBible application, comes with different versions, commentaries and devotion readings and they are all free.

Programs I installed so far –

  • Mircosoft Office 2007 (Home and Student Edition, $1,204)(3 licenses);

  • Microsoft Outlook 2007 (Academic Use Version, $480)(single license);

  • eReader Pro (US$9.95);

  • iSilo(for Chinese eBooks, US$19.99);

  • GreatNews RSS Reader (free);

  • eSword (great bible reader, free).

May 26, 2007 Posted by | Accessories, Gadgets n Gizmos, Microsoft, My Gears, Software, SONY, UMPC | , , | Leave a comment