Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Tech News: Dell New 30-inch LCD!!!!!!!!!

"There's no official announcement yet, but apparently Dell is going to roll out a massive 30-inch LCD monitor to compete with Apple's lust-inducing 30-inch Cinema Display. The 3007WFP is said to have a a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (that's WQXGA, baby!), a 14ms response time, 400cd/m2 brightness, 700:1 contrast ratio, support for HDCP, and a built-in 4-port USB hub and 9-in-1 multimedia card reader. No price, but it should hit North America on December 21st, which means you'll have to choose between buying Christmas presents for your loved ones or buying yourself one sweet LCD panel.

They're not saying much about it, but apparently Dell's forthcoming 30-inch 3007WFP display is a) real, and b) actually going to be announced during CES according to their site (hence their "check back on Jan 5, 2006" message), and c) has better specs as Apple's 30-inch Cinema display (those being same 2560 x 1600 resolution, but 700:1 contrast ratio over 400:1, 11ms over 16ms, and 400cd/m2 brightness over 270). Frankly we're a little bummed they're gonna miss the holiday rush with this one, but somehow we have a feeling a 30-inch display, Dell or not, is still one of those things we'd have to pony up for ourselves."

The Tech News: The World's Largest TV!!!!!!!!

Samsung Claims Largest Plasma Display

Company says it has developed a 102-inch high-definition flat screen.

Samsung SDI has developed what it claims is the world's largest PDP (plasma display panel), measuring 102 inches diagonally.

The company plans to start producing the panels during the first half of 2005 at its Chonan factory in Chungchon, South Korea. Samsung SDI expects Samsung Electronics to buy the 102-inch panels and make them into TVs at a later time, says Samsung SDI spokesperson Bryan Sohn. The company would not reveal the prices for the panels at this time.

The panels are capable of a high-definition resolution of 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels, a brightness of 1000 candelas per square meter and a contrast ratio of 2000:1, Sohn says.

Lower Prices?

The production technology used to build the panels could potentially help to reduce prices for smaller PDPs. Rather than using a separate piece of glass for each panel it makes, the company can fabricate four 50-inch panels from a single, larger piece of glass, resulting in a lower cost per panel, Sohn says.

As well as being good for consumers, the lower prices would be a boost for electronics companies like Samsung Electronics, which has seen growing demand for big-screen TVs, he says.

Samsung SDI will produce the 102-inch panels on a newly-built manufacturing line. Production volume has yet to be announced but is not expected to be large, Sohn says.

The giant panel will give Samsung SDI bragging rights over South Korean rival LG Electronics, which has been in a tit-for-tat battle with Samsung over who can produce the biggest panel.

In October 2003, LG Electronics announced the development of a prototype 76-inch screen. Three months later, Samsung SDI said it had developed an 80-inch panel, but TVs have not yet been made commercially at that size, Sohn says.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Tech News: BD-R / BD-RE (BD-RW) Discs!!!

"Just in case you were curious to see what you'll have spindles of probably by this time next year, TDK's officially started production of single and dual-layer single sided BD-Rs and BD-REs (which is just their nomenclature for BD-RWs”). They're apparently apt to hyping Durabis, the anti-scratch / smudge / dust coating on Blu-ray discs (even though Durabis is standard for Blu-ray media), but no word on cost per disc. Just don'’t be surprised when it'’s, um, a lot you know the price we all pay for being an early adopter. Remember how much CD-Rs used to cost?"

Just imagine back up your with just one disc, or putting 12 DVD movies on one disc possibilities are just about in less.

Monday, December 12, 2005

The V.O.T.M: Is Mariah Carey's "Someday"!!!

The video this month is "Someday" by Mariah Carey. This song is from Mariah's first album "Vision Of Love" in 1990. Sorry for posting this video so late into the month, I was too busy cleaning up.







Sunday, December 11, 2005

My New LCD: AOC LM929 Silver-Black 19" 25ms LCD Monitor!!



















"As we unpacked the display we were very impressed with the good quality. The silver and black case is clean and edges are smooth. Attaching the display to the stand was not difficult as it is with some manufacturers. Once the display was on the stand all we had to do was hook up the power and decide if we were going to run an analog or digital signal. Many mid level monitor do not include both options, especially in a 19" monitor at this price. Since we were hooking it up to a KVM switch, analog was the choice. Most displays these days have a power cord that plugs into a power adapter which then has a mini plug to the display. It was kind of nice to be able to just plug the power cord directly into the display as you do with a CRT monitor. Keeps the desk a little less cluttered.

Now with the monitor plugged in and ready to go I sat down and positioned the display. I really like the height adjustment options. You can adjust the display to be about 6 inches from the desktop. For me that took the center of the display above eye level. So for normal viewing I use it about 3 inches from the desktop. The tall adjustments are great if you like your monitor high but it's also there to allow you to pivot the display and view it long ways. Turning the display was simple and I did not feel at any time that it was off balance and would tip over. With a large display that can adjust as high as this does, having a sturdy base can help you rest easy without fear of damage.

Now that the display was positioned comfortably we fired up the PC. Upon powering up, a quick AOC splash screen displays before it loads the image from the video card. Once the OS was up and running I inspected the display for any dead pixels or distortions. There were not any dead pixels. The picture was clear with no anomalies or distortions visible. The tagline with the AOC logo says "Eyes Value". As we first powered up this LCD, in the testing process, and with continued use for several weeks, this tag line means many things. AOC has packaged a quality display in all aspects of workmanship and functionality. This display is very easy on your eyes even after many hours of continued use.

After the easy set up, we spent some time putting the display through the paces. First off was checking out the display controls. The controls are placed on the right side of the display case. This novel placement makes the controls very easy to use. Often with most monitors and displays these controls are hid underneath the bottom front edge. Depending on how high the monitor sits, these buttons can be very difficult to use to make adjustments as I am sure you are aware of.

Next we checked out some basic software applications. Email, word processing documents, spreadsheets, web browsing, etc. The picture quality was excellent for these uses. The whites were definitely not too bright, but the images are crisp and clear. However, because I noticed that the white backgrounds of documents and web pages was not glaring, I wondered how the display would fare with darker images and even dark scenes from games and movies. This did made dark scenes from our test DVD movies a little difficult to see. The specs say it is capable of 16.7 million colors. Compared to a more high end LCD the color shades were a little less definite but still good quality for a mid-level LCD. We knew that with only a 25ms response time that we would probably see some ghosting or blurring of images in both DVD movies and Gaming. What we saw in testing wasn't unbelievably bad, but was noticeable. And the darker images and scenes are darker than they might appear on higher end displays.


















The AOC LM929 is not for hardcore gamers or graphics users. For day to day use, this is a great display. If you spend most of your time in office or business related software and web browsing with occasional gaming and movie watching, this display is golden. I'm using it now for my office display several hours everyday on development and email and web browsing...my day to day work. For a large 19" display, with a good array of features, with good solid quality at an affordable price, the AOC LM929 display is for you!!

Because of the excellent functionality and usability at an affordable price."



Pros:
Love the Pivot, Swivel, Tilt, and Height adjustment options, Monitor feels sturdy and still looks nice.

Cons:
25ms response time, it's a little on the dark side, speakers aren't that good....

Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Tech News: JVC GR-DF550US Digital Camcorder!!

"The JVC GR-DF550US goes for a boxy style that looks as if its two halves (one for the lens, one for the tape transport) were designed separately and then stuck together at the last moment. And although the camcorder fits comfortably in the hand, it does have a tendency to tilt--many of its heaviest parts (such as the battery) are positioned to the left, away from the hand. You can deal with this by putting your right thumb underneath the camera to stabilize it, but this solution takes your thumb away from the record button. It's an interesting attempt at a different design that doesn't really work.

We found the video quality of the GR-DF550US to be somewhat disappointing. The video was sharp and had plenty of detail, but colors looked washed out, both under natural light and indoors. However, the GR-DF550US outperformed all the other cameras in the August review group at shooting video in low light, doing an excellent job of reproducing colors in a very challenging lighting situation. You can set the two white LEDs to turn on automatically when a scene becomes too dark. But the lights are so bright that some subjects might find it uncomfortable to look into the lens.

We also found this JVC camcorder's still images to be relatively poor in our tests, producing muddy colors and showing a lack of clarity in fine details.

With its 15X optical zoom, the JVC leads the group in that category (though you really need to use a tripod at the longer zoom settings, as such settings exaggerate camera shakes). It weighs just 14.4 ounces, which makes it the lightest of these cameras. And it's also the least-expensive camcorder here, with a street price of $450.

The battery life of the DF550US, however, was disappointing at just 1 hour, 5 minutes--the worst in our group, and less than half that of the Sony DCR-DVD403 or the Hitachi DZGX20A. There are ways to stretch operating life, such as by turning down the LCD screen's brightness or using the viewfinder, but on this camera, the viewfinder screen is rather small and uncomfortable to use, so that resort isn't ideal. One nice touch: If you close both the LCD screen and the viewfinder, the camera turns itself off, lessening the chances of accidentally running down the battery.

Another welcome detail is the quick-review button, which rewinds the tape, shows the last few seconds of video, and then switches back to recording mode. This is useful if you can't remember the last thing you recorded--and a lot easier than switching to playback, rewinding the tape, watching the video, and then switching back to recording mode.

The camera also has a selection of scene modes (such as sports or snow) and special effects (such as sepia, monotone, and strobe), and a number of modes have a preset shutter speed to approximate some degree of manual control."


Pros:
Lots of ports, Low Light Plus for low light video.

Cons:
the lackluster image quality, short battery life, and awkward handling.

Monday, November 28, 2005

The Tech News: Fight Breaks out at Wal Mart!

"Orlando, Florida -- Don't cut in line at a Wal-Mart on the day after Thanksgiving.

An Orlando TV station is reporting that security guards wrestled a man to the ground Friday morning after he cut in line to get a laptop computer that was on sale.

They report that the man argued with other customers, then fought with the guards.

One man told reporters that the laptops were being thrown into the air and people rushed toward them, collapsing on each other. Another man described the scene as crazy.

The store's manager is referring questions to Wal-Mart Stores headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Officials there haven't made a comment.

The discounted computers also caused a frenzy at a Wal-Mart in Renton, Washington. Extra police were called out to help control the crowd that pushed its way toward the electronics department and then pushed counters out of position as they tried to get those laptop computers."

http://www.theync.com/walmartvideo.htm

Monday, November 21, 2005

The Tech News: Christmas Is On!!!!!!!!

I think this lights show is AWESOME! Maybe the people who created this show had too much time on their hands. So what. I still like it. What do you think? Check it out yourself. I also heard that the lights show isn't real, that the home owner used a remote control and took individual pictures as they switched the various lights on and off. Then recompiled all of the images and added a soundtrack to it.

xmas lights

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Tech News: Apple iBook Tele Prompter Laptop for $100!

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Apple iBook Tele Prompter Laptop
Price: $100/day

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remove add to request in used equipment The perfect laptop for prompting? Quite possibly. This iBook has a composite video output (which needs a special adapter - stereo Mini/RCA) and switchable (through Control Panel) resolutions and video formats (NTSC/PAL). All these features make it the ideal Prompting Machine.

Takes Mac or PC files AS LONG AS THEY HAVE BEEN SAVED AS TEXT-ONLY DOCUMENTS!
Side Connectors
Software: QuickPrompt 1.7

Scrolling device: TrackPad or USB optical mouse.

Accessories for the Apple iBook Tele Prompter Laptop, AV 12 Flat Panel Tele Prompter System
QTV MVP 9 Ultra Light Tele Prompter System, Tele Prompter System, NO LONGER RENTED QTV FDP 11 Flat Panel Prompter System.

The Tech News: The $100 Laptop! Cool....But Wait.

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"CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--A low-cost computer for the masses moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday.

Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, detailed specifications for a $100 windup-powered laptop targeted at children in developing nations. Nicholas Negroponte, who laid out his original proposal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, said MIT and his nonprofit group, called One Laptop Per Child, is in discussions with five countries--Brazil, China, Thailand, Egypt and South Africa--to distribute up to 15 million test systems to children.

In addition, Massachusetts is working with MIT on a plan to distribute the laptops to schoolchildren, Negroponte said.

"This is the most important thing I have ever done in my life," Negroponte said on Wednesday during a presentation at Technology Review's Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT. "Reception has been incredible. The idea is simple. It's an education project, not a laptop project. If we can make education better--particularly primary and secondary schools--it will be a better world."

He said a goal of the project is to make the low-cost PC idea a grassroots movement that will spread in popularity, like the Linux operating system or the Wikipedia free online encyclopedia. "This is open-source education. It's a big issue."

Negroponte said the idea is that governments will pay roughly $100 for the laptops and will distribute them for free to students.

The proposed design of the machines calls for a 500MHz processor, 1GB of memory and an innovative dual-mode display that can be used in full-color mode, or in a black-and-white sunlight-readable mode. The display makes the laptop "both an electronic book and a laptop," he said.

One display design being considered is a flat, flexible printed display developed at MIT's Media Lab. Negroponte said the technology can be used to produce displays that cost roughly 10 cents per square inch. "The target is $12 for a 12-inch display with near-zero power consumption," he said.

Power for the new systems will be provided through either conventional electric current, batteries or by a windup crank attached to the side of the notebooks, since many countries targeted by the plan do not have power in remote areas, Negroponte said.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Tech News: The Samsung Digimax Pro 815 With The Largest LCD, 3.5 In!

The Pro815 is targeted at the advanced market segment of camera users and this camera has three really stand out features that can be called world's firsts for the digital camera segment:

The first thing you notice on this camera is definitely the screen. This is larger than a lot of handheld gaming console screens, it's monstrous in comparison to what you typically see in today's cameras. The model's on the showroom floor were not powered, but the one working model they had during the presentation was stunning in the brightness and ease of viewing it offered. Another great feature of the 815 is The 3.5" LCD could be a TV it's so big!! The LCD that resides on top of the lens, this allows you to hold the camera at waist or chest level and look down on the camera and focus the shot. The 1900 mAh battery should offer users up to 500 shots on one charge, even with the huge LCD sucking the life out of it. The 1900 mAh size battery is the largest of any camera to date. The battery and LCD do add weight to the camera (Samsung would not quote a weight number as it is still in development), but the fact this is an SLR substitute means you won't be carrying a bunch of lenses so that will keep overall travel weight down. The included standard lens shoots both 28mm wide-angle shots and has 420mm tele-zoom capabilities, with an SLR this would usually involve having two seperate lenses. Samsung promises it will have a huge number of offerings going into 2006 and this is just the start of it's agressive push to offer cameras that are highly competitive with pricing and offer new and advanced features and still meet the competition's price point for "equivalent" but, as Samsung would argue, inferior cameras.


Pros:
Huge 3.5" LCD screen15x optical zoom, and 4x digital zoom offers 60x zoom via standard lens1900 mAh battery is the largest in any camera, this one of which is 3.5" the battery is needed, it will provide enough juice for up to 500 shots which is very good. Another color LCD 1.44 in. on the top of the camera.

Cons:
The price at 899.99, it's not very afforable, and it's kinda on the big side too.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Tech News: Intel based Apple PowerBooks?

"NEW YORK, November 7 (newratings.com) – Appleinsider said on Monday that Apple Computer Inc. is likely to launch its Intel (INTC) processor-based PowerBooks during 1Q06.

Apple announced in June 2005 that it would migrate to Intel-based processors from PowerPC technology by June 2006. According to Channel Register, Intel is expected to ship its Yonah processors, which are designed for laptops, during the end of 2005. Channel Register added that Appleinsider's reports suggesting the time frame for the launch of Apple's Intel-based laptops and Intel's launch of the Yonah processors would coincide. The Mac Observer said on Monday that UBS Investment Research expects Apple to witness robust sales for its iPod nano, digital video downloads and the new iMac G5.

Analyst Charles R Wolf of Needham & Co downgraded Apple Computer Inc from "buy" to "hold." In a research note published this morning, the analyst mentioned that the downgrade in the rating was based on valuation. Apple Computer's share price has appreciated significantly over the past one year on account of the launch of new iPods and Macs, and the company's robust financial results. The sales of the company's Mac computers have been significantly higher than the estimates so far this year, the analyst added. According to Needham & Co, Apple is dominating the online music market through its iTunes Music Store, which was launched during 2003."

You know, I would like to see one of these PC's. Who'da thunk it? I though I'll never see Apple and Intel come together for anything.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The V.O.T.M: Is "Meeting In My Bedroom" By Silk.

This is "Meeting In My Bedroom" by Silk. This song is from there third album "Tonight".









Music Video Codes by VideoCodeZone.com

Thursday, October 27, 2005

What I Want: My Dream Camcorder....With All The Bells And Whistles!!!!!!!!!!

















I Can't wait to buy this camcorder! Here's the review:

"Samsung SC-D6550 Mini DV Compact DuoCam merges a high-quality digital still camera, with a high-quality Mini DV camcorder to form one palm-sized, go-anywhere device. At the heart of the SC-D6550 are two seperate optics systems: A 680,000-pixel CCD for digital video, and a 5-mega pixel CCD for capturing digital still shots in 2592 x 1944 resolution. And worry not; the SC-D6550 is much more than the sum of its parts. Additional features include a built-in flash, 900x Digital Zoom lens, USB 2.0 and IEEE-1394 connectivity, and a multi-memory card slot, which supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, and SD/MMC storage mediums. The SC-D6550 has enough capabilities to make digital still photographers, or those simply looking for a Mini DV camcorder, very happy. Camcorder and Digital Still Camera, the SC-D6550 Compact DuoCam merges a Mini DV camcorder with a 5-mega pixel Digital Still Camera. This combo technology allows for maximum flexibility during shoots, be they movie, still or both. Best of all you can switch between the two shooting modes with the flip of a switch. Technology The camcorder portion of the SC-D6550 contains a 680,000-pixel CCD for crystal-clear digital video recording. 900x Digital Zoom Lens The SC-D6550 has two zoom lenses. The Mini DV Camcorder portion of the camera has a 10x Optical/900x Digital zoom lens. The Digital Still Camera has a 3x Optical/12x Digital arrangement. MPEG Recording "Mini DV is not your only recourse for recording full-motion video. On the SC-D6550, you can capture MPEG-4-quality video to a Memory Stick. Which allows for easy-transferable video clips that are perfect for emailing. The "Digital Image Stabilizer" D.I.S. automatically compensates for camera shake and vibrations. It allows for smoother video picture; a valuable feature during rough shooting conditions or handheld use. The camcorder's multi-memory card slot is compatible with SD, MMC, Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Pro storage media. When shooting a subject in front of an intense light source, Backlight Compensation will reduce the intensity of the brightness to make the subject more visible.IEEE-1394 and USB 2.0 ConnectivityWith IEEE-1394 connectivity, you can transfer digital video at a high-speed to a PC for easy editing. USB 2.0 connectivity allows you to transfer digital images from a memory card or Memory Stick to a PC. A built-in flash maximizes your digital still shooting capabilities in low-light conditions."

Monday, October 24, 2005

Tech News: The Furture Is Now...The 4.0GHz PC!!













Very soon Intel will be shipping off New PC's with CPU of 4.0GHz. Alienware already has PC's with the 4.0GHz Processors.

more coming soon!

Tech News: The New LG VX9800 AIO Cellphone!

"Quick Take: The snazzy-looking new LG VX9800 brings a wealth of features to Verizon Wireless customers, the most prominent being support for 3G EV-DO data speeds and access to Verizon's multimedia V Cast network. The phone is pricey at $349, but you can find it cheaper with service.

The dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) phone mimics the innovative design of T-Mobile's Motorola A630 by offering a folding candy bar-style form factor that hides a full QWERTY keyboard. The loaded VX9800 also promises dual color displays, Bluetooth, support for POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail, a 1.3-megapixel camera with flash and video-recording capability, an MP3 player, text and multimedia messaging, a wireless Web browser, syncing for e-mail and contacts, text to speech, a full-duplex speakerphone, voice commands and dialing, basic PIM functions, and a USB port. Check back soon for a full review."

Tech News: Sony Cybershot DSC-N1 With A 3 inch Touch Screen!!!!!!!!

This camera is even cooler then the SP-700,

"The Cyber-shot DSC-N1 is about the same size as a deck of playing cards and incorporates a high-performance, 8-megapixel digital camera, with a large, 3-inch, touch-screen LCD. The N1's album function automatically stores up to 500 of your favorite images in VGA resolution, and uses them to create dynamic slide shows with music and transition effects – in the camera.

Take pictures with the confidence that you’ll get excellent picture quality. With the N1’s 8-megapixel imager, its resolution is extraordinary for a compact camera. The all-glass Carl Zeiss 3x zoom lens lets you capture images with the utmost sharpness and clarity. Sony’s Real Imaging Processor LSI provides excellent color accuracy and incredibly fast response times. Its advanced power management system delivers long battery life; up to 270 shots per charge. With shutter lag minimized to just 9 milliseconds, you won’t miss those important moments. Moreover, the N1 offers excellent ISO sensitivity, which is of particular importance when shooting in low-light conditions. You can capture faster action at night with less blur or, in certain conditions, avoid using a flash altogether.

With an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media card, shooting high-quality video is a breeze. MPEG-VX fine mode allows you to record MPEG video with VGA (640x480 pixel) resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of the media card.

Showing pictures to your friends and family is more enjoyable as the 3.0-inch LCD screen is almost the size of an actual photograph. The menu functions are accessible with your finger or thumb thanks to its innovative touch-screen interface that eliminates the need for most control buttons. With Sony’s Clear Photo LCD technology, your images will be bright, with high-contrast, and easy to view in virtually any environment.

The N1’s album function automatically stores up to 500 of your favorite images for a “pocket full of memories.” By recording each image separately, once in full-resolution and again in 640x480-resolution, your favorite images accumulate for easy recall and sharing wherever you go.

Because you will take hundreds or perhaps thousands of pictures with your N1, the album function lets you protect the images you want to keep, so that over time you will have a collection of your favorite photos with you wherever you go. And with the camera’s file management system, you can quickly locate your images; simply search for pictures by the month and date that you originally created them. To expand your playback options, you can view your photos on your television, through the optional Cyber-shot Station™ cradle, or on your PC. You decide how to share your photos, Sony lets you do it.

The N1 creates slide shows directly on the camera without using a PC. Images can be played back with such advanced features as transitions, pans, wipes, fades and zooms, choreographed to pre-loaded soundtracks. You can also use your own music, using the camera’s supplied software. With the camera’s built-in speaker, your slide shows are sure to have that cinematic effect with sound to complete the experience.

The Cyber-shot N1 digital camera will be available in mid-November for about $500 online at SonyStyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders taken online at www.sony.com/n1.

The camera comes supplied with a Lithium Ion battery, battery charger, multi-connector cable, wrist strap, stylus, and software CD-ROM. Optional accessories include the Cyber-shot Station cradle, a marine pack, and leather carrying case."


Friday, October 21, 2005

Tech News: The New Olympus SP-700 With A 3-Inch LCD Screen.

Today I was looking for digital cameras with a 3''” LCD the search results I kept on getting..And I came across the Olympus SP-700 digital camera. It's got 6MP, compact size, 11MB internal memory, memory card is xD picture, (some people may not like xD, but I do) a very large LCD screen 3inches with 230,000 pixels, as a matter of fact:) 3x optical zoom(38-114mm, 35mm camera equiv.), movie features: 30 frames per second for movie recording, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120, with sound(WAV), file format is QuickTime Motion JPEG. 24 picture modes, Still feature file format is JPEG, image sizes are, 2816 x 2112, 2288 x 1712, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480. Auto mode and 24 scene modes (incl. Portrait, Beach, Snow, Night Scene and Underwater just to name a few) for trouble-free shooting. Creative functions, like Slide Show, Compare & Shoot, Multi-shot. Histogram in shooting and playback mode. Guide Function for easy operation. Explains the different menu options and scene modes. Image editing functions on board incl. Red-eye fix, brightness, saturation, trimming, B&W and sepia, without need for a PC. Super Macro mode for shooting from 1cm. TruePic TURBO image processor. PictBridge compatible. Feature looks very good, but I'’ll wait to see how much it costs before putting in my last 2 cents. Will be in stores around Christmas time.




Pros:
Sensor:1/2.5" Type CCD, 6.2 million pixels total, 6.0 million effective pixels.
Image sizes: 2816 x 2112, 2288 x 1712, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480, Movie clips: 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120, With soundFile formats. Still: JPEG. Movie: QuickTime Motion JPEG, Sound: WAV, Lens: 38 -114 mm (35 mm equiv), 3x optical zoom. F 3.3 - 4.0. Image stabilization: Digital image stabilizer for movies. Digital zoom: Up to 4x, TTL system iESP auto focus with contrast, detection. focus: iESP auto focus, Spot auto focus. Focus distance: Normal: o.3m (wide)/o.6m (tele), Macro: 0.1m (wide)/0.6m (tele), Super macro: From 1cm, Metering: iESP, Spot, Program. ISO sensitivity: Auto, ISO: 64, 100, 200, 400. Exposure compensation +/-2EV, 1/3 EV steps. Shutter speed: 4 - 1/2000 sec. Scene modes: Portrait, Landscap, Landscap and Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Museum, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shot & Select 1 and 2, Beach, Snow, Underwater Wide 1 and 2, Underwater Macro. White balance: Full-auto TTL ESP, overcast, sunlight, tungste, fluorescentent 1. Has a Self timer. Continuous shooting: 0.7fps for up to 3 frames in Super high, Image parameters: Sepia, Black and white, brightnessess and saturation correction, Color temperature, Balance. Flash is Built-in, Auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in , off, red-eye reduction & fill-in Range: 0.3m 2.6m (wide) / 1.2m– 2.1m (tele) Guide number: 6.5 Viewfinderinder, LCD monitor is 3" TFT LCD with 230,000 pixels. Connectivity: is USB, AV out, and DC in. Print compliance is PictBridge, Exif 2.21, DPOF, PIM II. Storage is a xD-Picture Card with 11MB internal memory, Power souce is a Rechargeable lithium ion battery. Charger not included, Weight with no batteries is 140 g (4.9 oz), Dimensions: is 98 x 57 x 25mm (3.8 x 2.2 x 1 in).



Cons:
Not out yet, not much is known about this camera.

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Tech News: The World's 22 Megapixel!!

From now I will be adding to the lineup "The Tech News" or T.T.N. for tech products I don't have, but will like to have. I was search for digital cameras with very high megapixels and came across the "Kodak 39 megapixel CCD". I read about this camera, and it said that a 22 megapixel that is aready out. The P25. It is known as the highest megapixel camera out today, it's not really news beacause it came out last year, but I'm going to talk about it anyways!!

"Michael Reichmann over at The Luminous Landscape has today posted is first look at the 22 megapixel, $29,990 almost full-frame medium format 645 digital back. This back delivers images which have 5440 horizontal pixels and 4080 vertical pixels from a 48.9 x 36.7 mm (1.9 x 1.4 in) 22 megapixel CCD sensor. "The Phase One H25 has become something of a benchmark for studio-based professional photographers during the nine months or so since introduction. There is something about Phase One's ability to extract shadow detail and produce extremely clean raw files that seems to me to be just a step ahead of what is seen from other backs."

Friday, October 07, 2005

LG GSA-4165B SuperMulti Drive.

I bought this LG GSA-4165B DVD-/+R/RW/+R DL/RAM Drive to replaces my Lite-On black 16x/48x DVD-ROM Drive, that I'll be getting for Christmas. I havn't use it yet, bacause I still got my old PC (Compaq 6350us) with the NuTech DDW-082 Black DVD-/+RW Drive. It's the color black, which is good. It's high-performance DVD writer from LG Electronics it offers dual layer compatibility and works with just about all DVD formats, like DVD+R DL 4X, DVD+R 16x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-R DL 4X(I think it's compatible), DVD-R 16x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 5x, CD 40x, CD 32x. The DVD writer has a 2MB buffer size, for fast transfer rates, and SuperLink Buffer Under Run Prevention Technology. For a great performance at a very low price, only 42.00 from Newegg.com plus 4.00 Shipping and handing.



Pros:
Cheap, works with lots DVD formats.

Cons:
None yet...

Saturday, October 01, 2005

A Real Treat: To All Who Visits My Blog!!

I'm now starting, "Video Of The Month". V.O.T.M., is a thing I do for my blog, every month I put a video here just for fun. This month in October features is a video from way back when in 94. When New Jack Swing was in, and like Cross Colours clothes was too! Jomanda's "I Like It (Nubia Soul Remix!)". From there last album "Nubia Soul", I just love this song, it took me a long time to find it on CD, but it was worth it! Please, Note: that you would need Windows Media Player to View the video, and sorry for the quality.



Music Video Codes By VideoCodeZone.com

Monday, September 19, 2005

My Blog: Tech 4 U!



















I started this blog in May of 2005 and I'm still new to blogging world, but been a member since April 2004. I started this blog to help people by putting reviews on products that don't have much infomation out there on them. I Got very upset about this problem, I would search for Tech products that I'm interested in, and I wouldn't be able to find anything on them. So please go vote on what you think about my blog, just go near the bottom right hand side of my blog in order to vote. Here are the choices: "I Love It!", "I Like It!", "I Hate It", or "Undecided". Please tell me what you think, and if you have any suggestions, advice, or recommendations. Put them in the comments section. Thanks!

Build-To-Order Or Retail?

Velocity Micro (on the left) and at the bottom I have some of the PC's I will be talking about. I will be buying a new PC for Christmas, and I want it to last for a really long time. So I looked in the Sunday's paper and on Retail stores websites like Circuit City, Best Buy, Compusa, Office Depot, Office Max, ABC Warehouse, etc. I couldn't find any that I want from the retail stores, not enough choices for me. To find right one for me, and then I went to the build-to-order PC websites, like Velocity Micro, Alienware, VoodooPC, Dell, Falcon Northwest, Gateway, Tigerdirect, ABS, etc. And I notice that they have a lot more choices, like more hard drive space, case choices, things like that. Dell and Gateway only takes checks and credit card payment, so that's out the question, Voodoo PC's didn't have the right choices for me, neither do ABS, and Alienware and falcon Northwest are just too expensive for me. What's left? Tigerdirect and VelocityMicro, from Tigerdirect I chose The Systemax Venture HU H630 Intel Build-to-order PC Pentium 4 Built-To-Order Intel 955X Desktop PC $899.99 and $2,347.93 the final price after I did sconfigurationring. Here's what I wanted:

Printers: No Printer Selected
Accessories: Systemax Foxconn ATX Branding Pack
Networking: Integrated Gigabit Network Adapter
Keyboards / Mice / Input: No Mouse Selected
Software: No Software Bundle Selected
Modems: No Modem Selected
Monitors: No Monitor Selected
Speakers: No Speakers Selected
Accessories: Black Venture Label
Components: Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
Accessories: No Firewire Card Selected
Removable Data Storage: No Card Reader Selected
CD/DVD Drives: 52x32x52/16x CDRW/DVD Combo Drive
Accessories: 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty w/ 1 Year Onsite
Keyboards / Mice / Input: Systemax 104 Black Keyboard
Software: Consumer Software
Software: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
CD/DVD Drives: 16X DVD+R/RW-R/RW Dual Layer Drive
Software: No Antivirus Software
Hard Disk Drives: Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Drive 250GB (7200 RPM)
Hard Disk Drives: Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Drive 250GB (7200 RPM)
Software: No Anti-Spyware Software
Digital Cameras: No Camera Selected
Power Protection: No Power Protection
Processors: Intel P4 CPU 650 3.4 GHz/800FSB/2M S775
Memory: 4GB DDR2 PC4200 Non-ECC Memory (1GB x 4)
Cables: No Cable
Wireless Networking: No Wireless Router
Accessories: Systemax Venture HU H630
Accessories: Intel D955X Chipset ATX Case w/ 350 Watt PS
Video / Graphics Cards: ATI Radeon X800GT 256MB PCI-Express Graphics Card

then I looked at the Velocity Micro PC, I loved the choices they have the people they are nice and helpful unliked the people at Tigerdirect and Systemax, it seem like nobody works they. You the lotschoicesoses of payment options like wire transfers and money orders, just like Alienware and Voodoo. I chose The ProMagix A/V/D for $1,965.00 before configuration and after $2,350.00. Here's what I wanted:


Core Compontents:
Case: LXe-W Black - Velocity Micro Signature Case - Pure Aluminum with side window,
removable front door, extended depth (+$15.00)
Power supply: 500 Watt power supply with dual fans
Motherboard: Intel D925XECVLK 925XE Chipset motherboard with DDR2, PCI Express
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 Processor 650 with HT, 3.4 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, EM64T, XD, LGA775 Socket (+$130.00)
CPU Cooling: Intel Cerifed High Preformance Heatsink/Fann
DDR2 Memory: 2048MB Mushkin DD2 PC4200 DDR533 Enhanced Memory (4x512)
(+$170.00)

Audio & Video:
PCX Video: 128MB eVGA NVIDIA GeForce 6600, Dual Heads
Video Tuning: Basic 3D Video Performance Tuning & Optimization
TV Tuner: Compro PCI TV Tuner Card "VideoMate Ultra" (Already Have)
Monitor : Rosewill 17" Black LCD Montior (Already Have)
Audio: SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS with 1394 FireWire Port, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 channels (-$95.00)
Speakers: Logitech THX Z-5300e 280 Watts RMS 5.1 Speaker (Already Have)

Storage:
Hard Drive: 1 200GB Western Digital WD200JD 7200rpm SATA/150, 8MB Cache (-$60.00)
Hard Drive: 2 200GB Western Digital WD200JD 7200rpm SATA/150, 8MB Cache (+$40.00)
Hard Drive: 3 200GB Western Digital WD200JD 7200rpm SATA/150, 8MB Cache (+$145.00)
Optical Drive: 1 16x Lite On DVD+/-RW/CD-RW Dual Layer, Black Bezel
Optical Drive: 2 16x Lite On DVD/48x CD-RW Combo Drive, Black Bezel
Floppy Drive: 1.44MB Floppy Drive, Black Bezel
Media Reader: Brother MFC Media Card Reader (Already Have)

Communications: Integrated 10/100/1000MBps Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter
Modem: Some other one
FireWire: Integrated IEEE 1394 FireWire Port
USB 2.0: Ports 6 USB 2.0 Ports

Software Operating: Microsoft Windows XP Pro w/Service Pack 2 on original CD, Installed & Performance System Tuned:
Productivity Software: FREE - Corel WordPerfect Office 11 - includes WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, Presentaions ($99 retail value)
Software Bundle: FREE - Ulead Digital Creation Suite - PhotoImpact, VideoStudio, DVD MovieFactory
Security Software: avast! version 4.6 Home Edition (Already Have)
Recovery Disk: Custom DVD Restore Disk, returns your system hard drive to original factory installation

Accessories:
Internal Cables: Standard Premium Ribbon IDE and Floppy Cables
Keyboard: Microsoft Wireless Desktop Optical 3.0 USB / PS/2 -OEM (Already Have)
Mouse:
Network Cable: Cable Patch CAT. 5E 3' Black (Already Have)
MP3 Player:
Printer: Brother Multifunction Printer (Already Have)
Printer Cable:
Digital Camera: Fuji FinePix 5.2MP Digital Camera (Already Have)

Power Protection: Ground Gold 12 Outlet Surge Protector (Already Have)

T-Shirt: Velocity Micro Limited Edition T -shirt in Blue, size XL

Support:
Assembly Immaulate custom hand wiring and origami-style folded drive cables for ultimate
air flow, assembled in Richmond, Vriginis, USA
Quality Assurance Indivdual custom testing for complete component and software functionality, signed by the system builder and QA inspector

Documentation: Owner's Portfolio with Velocity Micro manual, driver disks, and accessory pack

Installation: (I will do it myself)

Warranty** 3 Year VelocityCare Part & Labor Limited Warranty, 1 Year 24/7 Support with Emergency Hours, and On-Site Service

Upgrade Plan: Lifetime Upgrade Plan - For a $99 fee, you may return your system for cleaning, maintenance, discounted upgrades, and tuning


I think I'll just buy The Velocity Micro, Just because I like the case better, free cool t-shrit, and the great customer service! But I wouldn't mind getting the Dell 19" monitor Model # e193FPp..LOL!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Great News: My Webcam Is Finally Up And Running!

I been trying to get my webcam up every since I got last Monday on the 12th of September. The webcam is localed in my room, mostly you will see the view from my window which is of heart of Downtown Detroit and across the water to Canada's Casino Windsor, my cat Kazine, spelling? and of the Betta fish Goldie, my ¿Karzy? younger brother Kevin, sometime you even might see me or my mom, and what's on mine PC desk. Just go to the bottom of my blog page. Broadcasting hours are on the Weekdays Monday thur Friday at 1:20 pm to 1:20 am sometimes it a be 12:20 am or even 11:20 pm. And the Weekend Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 pm around 12:00 am. The streaming broadcaster software I'm using is MyOwnCam and I'm no longer using JAVA Script Technology, just so you know. Just look at the picture I've taked in the past few days. What do you think of my webcam? Please go near the bottom of my blog's page and chose a the best answer of how you feel about my blog!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Great 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones For The Right Price!!!

I just love my new headphones set, its comes with a 5.1 amplifier box with a built-in Hi-Fi amplifier, the function of the amp box: power on and off master volume control. which has the best direct transmission effect for Hi-Fi sound. The 5.1 amplifier box can be used for 2 sets of 5.1 channel sourround sound headphones at the same time (but I don't know where I can buy just another pair of headphones without the amp box at?) and can be use for many sound sources, like DVD Players, Portable DVD Players, TVs, VCRs, PlayStation 1 and 2, X-Box, Game Cube, CD Players, Mp3 Players, Walkmans, PCs, Laptops, Notebooks, and Hi-Fi Receivers. The headphones has a adjustable head band for a better experience. The headphones has a binaural earcup design (I guess that means that the earcups tilt, which they do!) also has closed design for maximum noise canceling and excellent bass preformance, includes six speakers and two force feedback elements dilivering full frequency life like sound. Is Dolby digital & DTS ready, and the cord is very long about 10ft long! I use the headphones mostly to listen to music on my PC, hooked up from my amp box, to my wired romote control by using the RCA stereo jacks to 3.5mm stereo plug adapter, I first use the 3.5mm stereo plug to 9 pin jack wtihout the amp box, it didn't worked at first because I didn't have the connecter pluged in tight enough. I then relies that I needed the amp box for the best sound, and now use D1 to reconnected headphones to wired romote control. Here all what comes with package: 1 pairs of headphones, 1 amplifer box, and the connections, 1 plug 9 pin RCA connector that connects to the headphone jack on the front of 5.1 amplifier box, 1 Power supply, 1 3.5mm stereo plugs to RCA plugs, 1 3.5mm stereo plugs to RCA jacks, 1 3.5mm stereo plugs to RCA stereo jacks, 1 3.5mm stereo plugs to RCA stereo plugs, 1 RCA stereo jacks to 3.5mm stereo plug adapter, 1 3.5mm stereo jack 6.3mm stereo plug adapter, and 1 3.5mm stereo plug & 9 pin jack (it also connects to the wired romote control of the Z-5300e) though the 3.5mm stereo plugs to RCA are very thin. I can hear the radio on right side of the headphones when the music is very low or off, but when I turn it up I hear no radio. Their are a lot of jokes about the model name "KY-100". because you know the KY Warming Liquid, and Personal lubricant cream..LOL!!! The company KINYO, took the letters K and Y and put them together. Another company also came up with a bad model # The Nirotek "NIRO 1.1STD"Home Theater System. I mean "STD" come on....LOL!!!! I bought the headphones from newegg.com for 40.49 with sh 6.00, as bundled with 2 other items.





Pro:
Has a Binaural Earcup Headphones design, Six Speaker and Twin Force Feedback, Works with Home Entertainment Centers and Popular Gaming Systems, Surround Sound Headphones allow you to hear the power of 5.1 Digital sound without waking the rest of the house. The six speaker and dual force-feedback elements provide multi-channel sonic realism. You'll hear every note, every crash or every explosion with crystal-clear fidelity. Features 6 speakers & 2 force feedback elements for sonic realism, Dolby Digital & DTS Ready, For use with DVD, TV, VCR, PC/Macs, PlayStation, Xbox & GameCube, Freq. Response: 20 Hz-20 KHz, Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 80 dB, Total Harmonic Distortion(THD): 0.5%. And the headphones don't hurt to wear for periods of time, adjustable, amplifier box.

Cons:
I can hear the radio on the right side of headphones when the music is off or very low, the 7pc connections cables are very thin.





Kinyo KY-100 5.1 Channel Headphones.

Finally The Microphone I've Been Looking For!!!!!

I love my View Pic Logitech 980186-0403 Silver USB Connector Desktop Microphone. Because I don't have to worry about drivers to download, and that it has easy plug-and-play, and that's what you get from the Logitech USB Desktop Microphone. You also get true digital quality and a noise-canceling technology to filter out unwanted background noise and deliver better voice recognition, better voice command, better voice recording, and more. Sleek, compact, and attractive, the itself is black, but on the pictures it looked like a very dark grey, and the base itself sliver. Nice...but I wished it would of been a all black color! Its also not built cheaply either, it is perfect for any desktop. This has got to be the best microphone I've ever owned. I'm thinging about getting my mom and younger brother one too! Note: You have be like a half foot away from the microphone, or you'll get distorted speech. For very cheap people this microphone isn't for you, because it cost almost 20 bucks! But I'm telling you it's worth it! Their is a 3.5mm version for 9.99 with 4.99 sh, links are below. I bought this microphone from newegg.com for 19.00 with sh for 4.99, it's bundled with two other items.


Logitech 980240-0403 Black 3.5mm Connector Desktop Microphone.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16836111602


Pros:
Advanced digital USB provides superior clarity, The simplicity of a single plug-and-play connection, Noise-canceling microphone filters out unwanted background noise, Power switch illuminates when microphone is active, Microphone pivots on weighted, stable base to hold preferred position, 8 ft shielded cord with USB connector, offers convenience and flexibility around your desktop, Mute switch on base for easy control, Weighted base for stability.


Cons:
Not really a con, but just a piece of advice, you have to be a half foot away from the microphone, or get distorted speech.








The Logitech Sliver USB Desktop Microphone.