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Saturday, June 04, 2005
Having just received my recent dose of long haul flight in economy, i sit and wonder what the new Boeing has install. the upcoming Dreamliners 787-3, 8, and 9 can fly up to 8500 nautical miles non stop, offer internet onboard, larger windows, 20% more efficient fuel economy (lower prices?), faster speeds (Mach 0.85), upgraded interiors, larger cargo, and best of all more space for passengers. obviously the interiors are designed according to the airline, and photos from Cathy Pacific seem very promising, but otherwise, i'm psyched to spend less time in the air, period. production begins 2006 [equipbug]

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the exterior:
787-3 Web K63304-4

the interior:
K62869 K63184-1 K63023-3
photos courtesy of www.boeing.com

More Yamaha Electrifying Designs

Friday, June 03, 2005
Previously reviewed Yamaha's new EC 02 but never really went into details on The Passol, which has been on the market for a while now. First of all, it's also an electric bike and i support anything that is friendly to the environment. Secondly, it looks good and very functional. i like the over all design, although it's more fitting for a female rider than the EC 02. The passol has similiar specs as the newer EC 02, and can go up to 20km on flat ground per charge at speeds of 30km/h. obviously it is not suitable for highways, but since i live in cities, i think it would make commuting cheaper and faster in the long run. currently pedaling with my bike or skateboard, i can see myself getting lazier as work becomes longer hours. the electric scooters are convenient and charge to 85% in just 2.5 hours. so after your working day, it's ready to take you home. the stylish Passol has a digital screen for information on charge and speed, etc, disc brakes, front and rear suspension, 12inch wheels, 35W spot headlights, indicator lights, and a hook for your groceries. and most importantly, it comes in many colors including orange. too cool. [equipbug]

for more information, click HERE:
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the size:
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the Charger:
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photos courtesy of www.yamaha-motor.jp


Meiji makes the best candy in japan. they are always coming up with new things, and my favorite classic is the chocolate covered almonds. it's never stale, and the crunchy almonds are perfectly coated with smooth milk chocolate. recently, the new "ALMOND" is also chocolate coated but with a crunchy layer. initially, it tastes a lot like cereal coated chocolate but the quickly acquired taste reveals that there's more inside than meets the eye. i'm always up for anything new, especially when it comes to food, but sometimes the original just can't be beat. [equipbug]
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photos courtesy of www.meiji.co.jp

Samsung in the game

Thursday, June 02, 2005
Samsung released the Pro815 digital camera today. it is SLR-like, but does not have interchangeable lenses, much like Sony's DSC-F8, The Samsung is equipped with a 28-420mm focal length lens (15x zoom), and a 3.5 inch LCD screen. other features include: the battery is rated to 500 shots, there is a top LCD for top down shooting, stabilizer for the massive zoom, 1 sec start up 1.3 sec shot to shot, 2.5 fps continuous, and USB 2.0 connections. over all this sounds like a promising camera, but without interchangeable lenses, i'm not sure i'd ever consider it. the sheer bulk is less desirable but the super large screen with macro and tele capabilities is quite appealing. [equipbug]
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notice the Schneider Kreuznach lens:
Samsung Pro815Frontback

notice the top 1.44" LCD:
Samsung Pro815Top
photos courtesy of www.dpreview.com

Movie Watch 10: Oompa Loompa!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is back! well, remade actually... by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. the original movie was one that remained in my fond childhood memories. on top of that, i'm not sure there's a Roald Dahl story i haven't read. i've never really been a candy loving kid, but the silliness and craziness of the story kept me searching for that Golden Ticket! the Nerd candy by Willy Wonka was my favorite. as for this movie, i can only hope it's as goofy as the original. the last movie Burton/Depp team made was Sleepy Hollows, which i found to be pretty good. Johnny Depp makes most movies good, just by being a part of it. Plot: eccentric Willy Wonka wants to find an heir to his candy making fortunes, 5 children who find the Golden Tickets are given a chance... poor boy Charlie finds more than he ever dreamed of. check out the Trailers HERE. [equipbug]

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Charlie Poster


posters courtesy of chocolatefactorymovie.warnerbrothers.com

Canon's Leak

the AW DC30, all weather case by Canon for the IXUS 50 or 55 (also called SD400).... sucks. i used it 3 times and the damn O ring leaked at 1.5 feet dive. the camera was submerged in sea water, and my 400 USD brand new camera was gone. gone... just like that, my photography in Hawaii also came to an end that moment. how disappointing. to top it off, Canon refused to fix the camera without a fee, even though it was a faulty housing. sometimes, you just can't have it all, but the bottomline... taking underwater photos is a high risk activity even with proper housing. [equipbug]

Aw-Dc30photo from www.canon.com

What you need in your Shuffle 04

Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Green Day's newest album is awesome. favorite track: Boulevard of broken Dreams. maybe because i also walk alone sometimes. but mainly it's a great song for times of loneliness or a song to sing among good friends. but the catchy tune and simple lyrics got me hooked on this "autofill". [equipbug]

courtesy of www.hmv.com

Pentax New Entry SLR

the *ist DL may be Pentax's competition for the Canon D300 (Rebel), in terms of functionality and cost. With SLR features like interchangeable lenses, the DL appeals to many serious beginners as well as some novices. having been using SLR's for many years now, i can attest that they are far more fun than point and shoot, add digital to that and i'm just waiting for the best affordable one to come out. Basic features include 6.1 MP, 2.5 inch screen (for playback), preset picture modes, simple OS, small body design, 1/4000 shutter speed, 2.8 fps continuous shooting, and uses SD cards. the last point is a bit odd, as most digital SLRs use compact flash.
for more information, check HERE: [equipbug]

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photo courtesy of www.dpreview.com

Caveman Car

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Actually, it's Cayman S, the new sports coupe from Porsche. it hasn't been too long for porsche to come out with a new car, but it appears that this is not a concept car and the first photos are just released. Available in Jan. 2006, the Cayman S looks somewhere between a boxter and a 911. at 295 bhp, 3.4 liter flat 6 engine, it shares the same VarioCam plus, variable valve timing system as the new 911 and the same 6 speed manual from boxter. some specs: 0-62 in 5.4 seconds, top speed at 171mph. so... it's not slow poke and at $58,900USD it's not cheap either. [equipbug]

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photos courtesy of www.roadandtrack.com


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Japan's candy company, Meiji, has been making chewing gum for ages. everytime i swing by Japan, the first thing i must get is a box of Xylish Hyper Cool. who knows how "Xylish" is pronounced, but it's Hyper Cool! there are other flavors, but the Black Hyper Cool is the only one for me. it's super minty and for first timers, it may be a little over board. but these gums last forever, and stay soft. i think having them is essential in Japan, after eating all that fishy food. other cool things to note are the individually wraps gum with expanding wrapper to disposed the chewed product, and collapsable boxes so that you can shrink unnecessary space. leave it to the Japanese to think of that! [equipbug]

XL box:
50 Cool Logomark

Shrinking Box!
Pic Box

"Cool" level Chart

photos courtesy of xylish.jp

Tiger reviewed 01

Widgets? Dashboard? if you are a user of Apple's new OS X, Tiger, then you will be familiar with Dashboard. It is basically running widgets in the background at all times and enabling your hot corners to activate widgets on demand. they prove to be very useful and at the same time, cool looking. having the widgets fly in and out of your screen, while running everything else in the background. It uses the exposé concept, which i love. my little 12 inch screen can fit an infinite number of windows without getting lost. but this is not about exposé. it's about Tiger. there are many articles online on this matter and i will try to find fun reviews on different aspects. a fellow blogger has written a bilingual review of Dashboard. (in Thai), but she has also translated it to English for us.. For English Click HERE, For Thai Click HERE. [equipbug]
images courtesy of www.apple.com

Sony's Preminition

i love colors, but i absolutely love orange. if only i could get my hands on the Sony Premini IIs... it's a mini candy bar styled cell phone with 1.3MP camera, color indicator light, 320x240 resolution 1.9 inch screen, speaker phone, sony's ATRAC 3 player, memory stick Duo slot, and other "standard" phone options like web browsing and, well, making phone calls. did i mention it's orange? [equipbug]
more information HERE:

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it's mini and comes in 3 colors:
C 02 C 01
C 04 C 05
C 06 C 03
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indicator light on back:
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key pads light up, through the solid colored buttons.
F 01F 02

photos courtesy of www.sony.jp

Booqs or Laptops?

Monday, May 30, 2005
Here is yet another hard top case for those in need. in this "case", it's not a hard top like the previous AXIO reviews. I prefer soft cases with hard top capabilities because they are usually better looking. The company Booq has made great looking bags for laptops as well as books. the newest Boa.XM system (179.00 USD) includes a backpack, computer sleeve and some other goodies for MP3 players and cell phones. the tough looking setup has rigid casings to avoid damage to the innards. besides the padding, there are outlets for headphones, weather resistant fabric, removable hipstrap for bikers, etc etc. the Powersleeve or Vyper (can choose either) is perfectly functionable on its own. i'd prefer the simple Vyper for the ballistic nylon covered rigid foam, lined with non scratching lining. (39.00USD alone) [equipbug]

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Boa.XM system:
B17-B-015 Sys2 B17-B-015 Sysopen

Vyper Sleeve:
Vxm-Blk-Xxx 0003 Vxm-Blk-Xxx 0006

Vxm-Blk-Xxx 0011

photos courtesy of www.booqbags.com

Nokia's surfer

Sunday, May 29, 2005
I suppose it would be convenient to have a web browser in the tablet form, with touch screen and all. Nokia's new PDa can do everything you imagine including web browsing through WiFi, Bluetooth, internet radio, calculator, news reader, email client, Flash support, image viewer, Acrobat reader, search, world clock, play all sorts of music formats, and watch videos as well as display photos. etc etc. these seem to have become the standard... but the Nokia 770 is mainly for web browsing through the WiFi connection and not a cellular service. These days, there are Hot Spots everywhere you go and without a laptop it's hard to take advantage of them. the luscious widescreen (4 inches), with 800x480 resolution, 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of non volatile memory, RS-MMS expansion slot and powered by Linux make web browsing a breeze. but the bottom line is whether such a machine is necessary with 3G, PDA's and laptops so prevalent. this Niche machine has a lot of competition to burn. [equipbug]

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Nokia 770 Internet Tablet P00 Nokia 770 Internet Tablet P01
Nokia 770 Internet Tablet P02 Nokia 770 Internet Tablet P03
photos courtesy of www.infosyncworld.com