I know nothing about the quality of the sound, judging by the price ($28), you shouldn’t expect anything outstanding. But just the way Swarovski earbuds look make them a perfect gift for a woman or girl. This is not just a gadget, this is a very beautiful and feminine accessory – you need no earrings with them. I think a woman wearing these earphones would look like a princess.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
As already said, you should start as you do with most pregnancy tests. Pee on an absorbent test stick at one end. Then remove the cap from the other stick end, where you’ll find the USB connector, and pop it in your computer. The power from the USB port starts the electrospray ionization process on the device and creates a spectrograph of you urine. It analyzes your hormone levels inside the device: hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin), hCG-H (hyperglycosylated hCG, which is needed for detection before your first missed period), and LH (luteinizing hormone, which is necessary to detect your most fertile days).
So, if you’re not pregnant, you can find out the best days for the conception. And if you’re afraid you can be pregnant, the device should tell you, if you are, with 99% accuracy. The USB pregnancy test kit comes with 20 test strips. It costs about USD $18 and is already available.
When you’re done with the test results, pop the test out of the computer and change the strip. You will be able to review the results for more 5 minutes. Please, note, that this gadget doesn’t necessarily detect pregnancy or ovulation, as your hormone levels can be influenced by other factors. Anyway, the idea is great!
Guéret says he’s been creating cosmetics to accentuate the natural beauty of the eyes over thirty years. He spent a few years studying application techniques and found that instead of making random motions, the mascara should be evenly applied all over each individual lash. And vibrating mascara brush brings amazing results.The brush makes seven thousand vibrating motions per minute, which helps the mascara coat each individual lash 360 degrees around. It may sound a little scary but it’s very easy in use.
The FireFly uses a Giotto “Rocket” air blower bulb and advanced ionizing technology to direct a burst of anti-static air onto the sensor. Once the non-fixed dirt and dust particles lose their electrostatic charge, they simply fall off the sensor.
It’s not a bad idea for a quick sensor cleaning but those dust particles will still be kicking around the inside of your camera and will eventually end up back on the sensor. But when you’re in the field and don’t have time to do a proper cleaning this isn’t a bad alternative. It’s also nice to see more and more companies making accessories for DSLR cameras as they become more and more popular among amateur photographers.Works much better ten a standard blower. No physical contact with the sensor. Easy to use. Like all other dry methods, this will not remove welded dust. But it is very expensive.
The lens’s “bokeh” (the imaging of out-of-focus zones), resulting from optical design and the 9-blade iris, is outstanding. Geometrical distortion is imperceptibly low, allowing high quality documentation photographs, both analog and digital.
This short telephoto is a classic portrait focal length which is further enhanced by the long barrel rotation for precise control of the focus point in the image. The Planar T* 1,4/85 is optimized for medium to longer distances and provides distortion-free performance, which only improves as the lens is stopped down. The fast f/1.4 aperture is very useful for creatively controlling the depth of field and the nearly circular diaphragm creates a pleasing ‘bokeh’ in the out-of-focus areas.
If you expect to miss you will. If you expect to achieve the putt you may well do so. Champions expect to make every putting attempt and just because they miss some, it doesn't affect their belief in making the next one.
Using a collapsible trio solar panel, the aigo I2911 transforms solar power into an electrical current, with a built in 4200mAh battery. Digital devices such as music players, PDAs, cellular phones, and cameras could be charged using the new charger, which is supplied with several connectors suitable for different types of devices.
The drawback, of course, is that not all devices are supported. According to aigo, five brands of mobile phones and six brands of P-DVD and DSC are supported. Unlike some chargers that have only a single LED (which turns green when the battery is fully charged), this one has four indicators to report users the exact charging condition.
According to aigo, which exhibited the I2911 on CES '09 (covered by TFOT), the new solar charger features a built-in circuit to prevent over-discharge, over-charge, and over-current, which are some of the hazards many chargers face. Moreover, the I2911 features heat reduction, maintaining the battery's temperature within safe levels.
The new charger has a sleek look, but its design doesn't make it much of a portable device; it weighs a fairly hefty 630 grams and measures 130 x 80 x 25 mm. The $180 price tag is not terribly cheap but this is the price you have to pay for being off the grid. People who spend long periods of time outdoors camping or hiking might find this charger an ideal solution.
Keeping the Solar Charger powered up is even easier than ever now, as its solar panel can charge the built in 1800mAh battery when you have access to sunlight, or you can use the supplied USB charger cable, or the 3 prong 240V AC adapter. For our non-UK customers, the Extended Solar Charger pack includes a travel charger to juice up the charger from just about any AC socket.
Supplied with tips for: Nokia old, Nokia new/N series, Sony Ericsson, Motorola/Blackberry/mini USB and Samsung phones as well as a DC 5V tip for PSPs and many digital cameras, an iPod tip, and one for female USB, you have plenty of connection and expansion options to keep all your products charged.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Images are rendered with acute sharpness, very high contrast and vivid colour saturation. The aperture is controlled by 9 blades and is nicely rounded, thus ensuring good 'bokeh' and a pleasing rendition of the out-of-focus areas. In this respect it surpasses the MF version by a comfortable margin.
Due to its large front element, the AF 85 flares quite easily and the substantial lens hood should always be used. By the way, although it sports a 77 mm filter thread, the 6T close-up lens can be used on the AF 85 without vignetting and gives very good results.
The only criticism of this lens, apart from its elevated price, is the possible presence of a slight colour fringing in high-contrast objects that are out of focus, given the lens is stopped well down. This results from the IF design used and the same problem occurs to a greater or lesser extent for all IF lenses. Occasionally, if you shoot test charts with the lens wide open, you can observe a reddish tinge to black objects immediately in front of the focus plane, with a greenish cast just behind it. The 200/2 behaves similar.
The D3 adverts depict the D3 with the 85/1.4 AFD and the same lens is used for illustrations in the D3 manual. No wonder, since the 85/1.4 AFD performs superbly on this camera. Even the wide-open captures are as good as anything I ever seen before.This has been one of the lens that I've been interested in for a long time. It's selling at SGD $1600.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The obvious things to pack are extra golf balls, gloves, and a rainsuit and golf shoes. I like to keep these things in my golf bag along with a first aid kit. Items such as a bee-sting kits, Band-Aids, sunscreen and insect repellent are key as well.
You may not always need them but others in your foursome may and you can be the hero for the moment. I am also a firm believer in packing snacks such as a protein bar or Fig bars to assist in maintaining blood sugar levels.
Sometimes, play can be slow and hours can go by before getting a meal. Snacks are wonderful and very beneficial not only in maintaining your blood sugar but will also assist in maintaining your ability to concentrate.
Try to steer away from snacks that are high in sugar. Too much sugar and spikes the blood sugar levels leaving you on a sugar high and then the blood sugar begins to drop leaving you tired and having even more difficulty concentrating. Peanut butter and crackers are a great protein and carbohydrate snack; together they are ideal and make the blood level stay on course.
Next, be sure you check ahead with the golf course for dress codes and any other rules that you and your group should be aware of. These rules can hinder your enjoyment if you find them out minutes before you play, it may make a big difference to your enjoyment if it is a ninety degree day and carts are on the path and there is no on-course beverage service.
If you know the rules ahead of time you can better prepare. Another great question is asking about the course condition such as aerification or any other concerns about the course that may hinder your enjoyment.
Most importantly, have fun on your trip and keep out of trouble.
This lens is unusual in having focusing carried out by the rear lens group, hence its RF (rear-focusing) designation. RF is a variant of the IF principle that combines features from the floating element approach (CRC) known from wide-angle designs. This helps give the lens good optical quality even up close. The 85/1.8 is a nice lens despite its awful cheap-looking plastic exterior, and capable of producing sharp and contrasty images from f/4 to f/11.
The 105/2 is the shortest of the two Nikkors offering a defocus control (DC) feature, and possibly a better performer than the longer 135/2 DC. In fact, the 105 DC gives a true stellar optical performance and is one of the finest Nikkors ever made. It comes in a professional-looking crinkle finish and the construction is metal rather than plastics. However, all numerals and lettering on its barrel are just printed, not engraved, which is a pity considering the elevated price this lens commands.
Its optical design includes rear element (RF) focusing, which is a special case of internal (IF) focusing, so the length of the lens won't change while it is focused. The near limit is 0.9 m, which allows for tightly composed shots. AF operation is fairly quick but not noise-free. As manual focusing is fast and easy thanks to a generously-sized focusing collar, the AF performance isn't an issue at all and focusing the lens manually probably will be the preferred option. In common with other high-speed lenses, the 105/2 DC snaps positively into focus. You can be assured of high-quality imagery even at f/2, and from f/2.8-f/4 picture quality is stunning. Beyond f/5.6 performance begins to decline, so this is clearly a lens built for speed. Across the entire aperture range, image contrast is high and colours are vividly rendered. The RF system, however, may introduce slight colour fringing in highlights outside the focused zone. Many IF lenses exhibit this trait.
There is a sliding-out sunshade which, fortunately, can be screwed firmly into place. Be aware though that the threads are finely pitched and the hood occasionally gets stuck in the locked position. The lens has a 72 mm filter size which is at variance with the current 77 mm standard for the Nikon professional lens line, but the smaller size does keep the lens more compact. The front element is deeply recessed and the propensitiy for lens flare is low. Even under adverse light situations there is virtually no ghosting either, so this is a perfect lens for available-light shooting. The superb optical performance at wide aperture settings helps in this respect, too. Geometric distortion is virtually non-existent, a desirable trait if you are into architectural photography or suchlike applications.
The DC feature actually is a user-controllable over- or undercorrection of residual spherical aberration in the out-of-focus zones. A rotating collar adjacent to the focusing ring allows setting DC to operate in front of, or to the rear of, the plane on which the lens is focused. In conjunction with a nicely rounded aperture opening, this allows the bokeh of the image to be precisely managed. If the DC setting coincides with the selected aperture, nicely glowing highlights and pleasingly smooth images are obtained, but still a biting sharpness is present in the image. You can go one further by maxing out the DC setting to get very visible softening of the non-focused areas. This depends on using quite wide apertures because the deliberately introduced spherical aberration is largely eliminated when the lens is stopped well down. The best effects are obtained in the f/2 to f/5.6 range. It is difficult to envision the optical effects from defocusing the image unless you practice this for a while. Each alteration of the DC setting demands refocusing the lens so operating the 105/2 in DC mode can be cumbersome for the novice user.
This has been one of the lens that I've been interested in for a long time. It's selling at SGD $1425.
The ZF 50 /1.4 is very nicely made and its aperture ring turns smoother than on most Nikkors. It uses a non-standard (in the Nikon line) 58mm filter thread and the curved aperture blades form a smooth circle. Thus you would expect it to deliver a pleasant bokeh.
Direct side-by-side shooting with the ZF 50 and the Nikkor 50/1.4 AFD demonstrated the following: For distant motifs, the ZF was sharper and distinctly showed more contrast than the Nikkor at f/1.4 and f/2. From f/2.8 the difference started to decline and from f/4 onwards differences, if any, were negligible. Same trend occurred for close subjects, but here the quality difference was much smaller and the ZF had occasionally more CA issues than the Nikkor as well.
The biggest surprise occurred when I tried to evaluate the bokeh of the ZF lens. Let me summarise this by stating that at f/1.4, the Zeiss exhibited a weird or downright ugly bokeh with pronounced double lines and harsh edges. The transition from sharp to unsharp is abrupt. The Nikkor on the other hand delivered pleasantly soft-looking backgrounds without any harshness to them. Stopping further down the picture tended to change, thus the Nikkor gets harder and harsher and the ZF availed itself of its very circular aperturte to give less harsh backgrounds than the Nikkor. But having heard a lot of hype regarding the alleged superiority of the ZF line in terms of bokeh, I have to admit that the Zeiss lens was a clear disappointment. The reason for having a superfast lens is amongst others to use it set more or less wide open. I quickly stopped using the ZF 50 in that fashion and decided not to keep the lens for myself. I give the ZF 50 due credit for its sharpness qualities, but be warned that its bokeh can give nasty surprises if you shot the lens wide open. At the very least, do try out the lens before you commit to purchasing it.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Powerful Solar Panels: Embedded in the outside of the bags are lightweight, tough, waterproof solar panels. The new Generator produces up to 15 watts, powerful enough to fully charge a typical laptop from a day of direct sunlight. No other solar bag can do this! The smaller bags produce 4 watts of power so 1 hour in direct sun will power over 3 hours of iPod play time or 1.5 hours of cell phone talk time.
Battery Included: All Voltaic bags come with a custom battery pack which stores any surplus power generated, so it is available when you need it - not just when the sun is up. The battery packs can also be charged using the included AC travel charger or car charger, making them just as useful on the grid as off.Easy Connection to Devices: All bags include standard adaptors for common cell phones and other handheld devices. The Generator also includes common laptop adaptors. Even without an adaptor, you can charge most devices with a standard car charger or USB charger.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
It works like this: you transfer files from your computer to your FreeAgent Go hard drive -- or another storage device -- then dock the device in the FreeAgent Theater via a USB connection.
The little black box has the processing power and the codecs onboard to read a wide variety of file formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DIVX files with support for NTSC, PAL, and HD resolutions up to 1080i (there's also support for subtitles).
The audio formats supported include 5.1-channel surround sound (if available) and popular digital-audio formats including MP3, WMA, WAV, and OGG. Naturally, there an easy-to-use onscreen interface that makes navigating your files easier.
The Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD Media Player will be available in March in the US and cost about USD $130 as a stand-alone unit, USD $230 with a 250GB hard drive or USD $300 with a 500GB. All configurations include a remote.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Universal Charger – Powers virtually all your electronic devices. Now compatible with the Universal iGo tip system for use with hundreds of different portable electronics. Includes Adapter Tip system Cable and USB tip for iPod, digital cameras, and other compatible devices.
Stores Power - Charge your devices anytime, day or night Internal rechargeable battery stores power for up to one year. (A full Solio Mg will charge a typical mobile phone more than twice or give over 20 hours of MP3 music - just 1 hour of sunshine = 20 minutes talk time or 50 minutes of MP3 music).
Hybrid Charger - Charge anywhere on Earth Plug into the Sun and charge Solio Mg through its solar panels – it’s free and green! Or plug into the wall to charge from the grid.
Technical Specifications Max rated output 8 watts. Solar panel max output 0.85 watts (5.5 V 150mA). Rechargeable 3.7V 1800mAh Lithium Ion battery. Solar Dimensions 120 x 65 x 34 mm. Weight: 179 g It costs about USD $169.95.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
That’s no more chargers cluttering up your house, no more tangled wires and no need to use multiple plugs when you need to charge up more than one thing at the same time.
The Powermat uses magnetic induction and, according to the website, “When a Powermat-enabled device is placed on the mat, a “handshake” process synchronizes the mat with the receiver and electric power is generated to meet the specific energy needs of the device.”They’ll then monitor the power in the device and disconnect power to each device once they’ve finished charging.
Powermats will also be able to be used in cars with their universal, window mount car charger for hand-held devices.
At the moment, you can use the Powermat with mobile phones, laptops, iPods, digital cameras, handheld game consoles, and sat navs.
Pretty exciting stuff but we still have no word on prices. So we’ll wait and see about the price tags on these things before we go ahead and liberate our chargers. Use my custom search and search for powermat, for more information.
Monday, January 19, 2009
This is a very nice restaurant with a refreshingly simple decor comprising whitewashed wall and light wood floor.
Belgian chef and owner Emmanuel Stroobant keeps both new and regular diners happy with a seasonal menu that retains a few tried and true favorites. Also, it's perhaps the best place to have foie gras, there are no less than five styles on the menu. A must try is the braised black cod with white miso, warm japanese eggplanet and shiraz dressing. For meatier fare, grilled spring rack of lamb with sweet onion, nasu, edamame beans and sansho pepper infused celery confit is an excellent choice.
Try the degustation menu which comes with excellent wine pairing suggestions. It costs about SGD $118 for the the 9 course meal, and additional SGD $75 for wine, SGD $14 for the classic foie gras or the cheese supplement.
The staffs are smartly dressed, and they are friendly, knowledgeable and chatty.
Mondays – Fridays
Lunch 12.00noon till 2.00pm
Dinner 7.00pm till 9.30pm
Dinner 7.00pm till 10.00pm
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Named after the famous Tang Dynasty Poet, Li Bai is renowned for its Cantonese cuisine served in the tradition of grand Emperors, amidst the restaurant’s superb décor and grand table setting of jade, silver and fine bone china.
It has a comprehensive menu featuring popular dishes from major Chinese provinces. In addition, monthly promotions and the daily specials please the regular clientele. Sliced smoked marinated duck with fried rose leaves is an outstanding starter. Check out the good value daily soup or the pumpkin and clear seafood soup with scallop, prawns and clams.
The stewed crystal noodles tossed with yellow crab roe is a must try too. Good desserts include the double boiled bird's nest in warm almond cream and chilled black sesame pudding.
Impeccable service from staff who exhibit good knowledge of the menu and make friendly and helpful dish recommendation.
The set business lunches start at SGD $40 per person while dinner for 4 costs about SGD $210.
Monday to Saturday: Lunch, 11.30am to 2.30pm
Monday to Sunday: Dinner, 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Sunday: Yum Cha, 10.30am to 2.30pm
Any hand crank device always takes a little while, if you crank it for two minutes, that will give you six minutes of talk time on your phone. If you charge the battery up completely by plugging it in, it’ll give you four hours of talk time on your phone or five hours on your iPod. If you’re in an emergency type situation, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the built-in flashlight as well. It also has a twin cable, which will allow you to charge two more devices overnight. The cable is optional though, so likely you’d have to pay extra to pick it up. Luckily, the battery itself isn’t too expensive. You can pick it up for USD $29.33 on Compact Impact.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Picture from http://ieatishootipost.sg
This stall was recommended by my friend. If not for him, I may not have discovered the nice and crispy hainanese pork chop rice stall. This is because the stall is so unassuming that it does not even have a name or signboard. Also, they do not even bother to light up their trays of food. However, by looking at the long queue during lunch hours, I supposed it will get most Singaporeans wanting to join in the fun.
I like their crispy pork chop, braised pork, curry chicken, and stewed cabbage combination. Not forgetting their thick gravy all over the rice too. Yummy. It's cheap and very satisfying.
The leading manufacturer of gaming products, Razer has introduced its new Razer Mamba high precision wireless laser gaming mouse at 2009 CES, which include proprietary Razer technologies aiming to help gamers amplify performance levels with faster response times and increased precision.
Razer has unleashed the full potential of gaming mice by designing an ergonomic, lag free gaming mouse with 2.4GHz gaming grade wireless technology, making it the fastest mouse both on and off the cord. With dual mode wired/wireless functionality, the Razer Mamba lets users immediately and seamlessly switch from wired to wireless play. With first in class polling rates at 1ms as compared to traditional wireless mice that poll at 8ms, players will have virtually lag free game play.
The Razer Mamba also includes a host of features like Razer Synapse™ on-board memory that lets gamers store and bring their mouse settings wherever they go. And the world's fastest 5600DPI Razer Precision™ 3.5G Laser sensor, the Razer Mamba wireless gaming mouse lets gamers move with lightning speed and precision to easily escape from becoming prey.
Delivering true wireless freedom, lag-free speed and ergonomic comfort, the Razer Mamba is in a league of its own. It is meant for gamers who understand how minimal wireless lag time, high quality audio communications and increased precision can mean the difference between winning and losing.
It is selling at USD $129.99 soon.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Located at 1 Tyrwhitt Rd (stall in coffee shop at corner of Kitchener Rd and Tyrwhitt Rd).
Picture from http://ieatishootipost.sg
The food stall offers a great variety of Thai dishes, and the other great thing is that the Tom Yum Seafood/Fish Soup is unlike others. The soup is more like a cross between Tom Yum and Tom Kha (With coconut milk). The soup is robust with the flavours of lemongrass, basil, chilli padi and Kaffir lime leaves to give it that tangy and spicy taste with just a tint of coconut to give it some body. Their Thai Lemon Chili fish is also very nice. Deep fried and crispy.
Just had lunch there today, and was very fortunate to find parking, and no queue at all.
Mon-Sat: 8am - 5pm
Sun: 10am - 2pm
Of all the gear in your golf bag, how much thought do you give your golf tees? Maybe you should give them some more thought.
You may have been using the traditional wooden tees for years, maybe even some of the plastics, but know it's time to let your tees help your game. High-tech golf tees like the Epoch-3.125 have a ridged configuration that's been designed to reduce surface contact with the ball by 93 percent over traditional wooden tees.
What can that do for your game? For one thing, it can help increase the ball-launch speed and at the same time reduce backspin and sidespin to give you better distance and more accurate shots.
According to New York Times sportswriter Evan Rothman, more than 300 pros now use these new tees. Sold in sets of 15, and at USD $4. There no cheaper ways to go the distance than this. I'm definitely keep a look out for this, the next time I step into a Pro shop.
Extremely creative Sony to included almost every needed feature into such beauty. Although it seem as everything is fabulist, it's Sony after all, so price seem quite unreasonable. I mean its starting price is about twice as much as regular netbook; and for this much of a spec I think it could be a little lower. It's selling at SGD $899.99 here at the Sony Gallery.
So, the conclusion is; if you care about style and great feature for the road but not price this is one huge step (and stop) for both Sony and you. But if you're the opposite then you're better off with some other brand netbook like MSI or Asus. Don't forget Sony P, is Portable, Pricy, and Powerless.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The ball has a little spinning gyro in it, and when you activate it from the remote it spins off in random directions. The acceleration varies depending on the ground, and due to its small size it obviously works best on smoother surfaces such as green and tees. All you have to do is make sure you've completely charged the golf ball in its neat little charging cradle, switch on the transmitter, and select the frequency band shown on the ball.
Push or pull back the control shaft on the transmitter to drive or vibrate your golf ball and wait for the inevitable laughs. Utterly daft, and it'll probably even improve your handicap.
It costs £14.50 and is also available at amazon.com
They serve very nice pasta, lamb rack, steak, and Paprika chicken (as shown in the picture). Usually they are served with some cheese melted on top of the char grilled skinless chicken thigh. They have very nice desserts too. Yummy.
Beside the lamb rack and the char grilled steak, I find the rest really value for money. It's tasty and the portion is just nice. I frequent them almost once a week, as it's just nearby. Remember, the pasta is a must try!!!
One of my favourite Bak Chor Mee stall, with a long queue. Just visited it again this afternoon, after collecting my son's passport. It's just located nearby ICA.
I spent about 10 mins to collect the passport, and had to queue about 30 mins today for our Bak Chor Mee. The queue is forever so long.
This is perhaps as good as a Bak Chor Mee can get! Its tasty, its fresh, its satisfying. The noodles are nice and really QQ, the chilli is just nice and not too spicy, the lard fresh and the black vinegar (sometimes a bit too heavy, but I love it...) just gets your salivary glands working overtime. I love the soup too. I usually order a big bowl of Dumpling Soup with sliced pork, minced pork and pork balls. It's great.
9.30am to 9pm
Closed 1st and 3rd Monday
Thursday, January 8, 2009
AirCurve is a cleverly-designed acoustic amplifier that turns your iPhone into a no-power-drain alarm clock on your nightstand, or a mini sound system that never needs batteries or adapters.
It looks like a simple, elegantly minimal stand for your iPhone. But inside is a coiled waveguide "horn' that collects the sound from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, amplifies it (by about 10 decibels), and projects it into the room. AirCurve's waveguide has been mathematically engineered to deliver amazing amplification -- you'll swear there are full-sized speakers in there. And AirCurve's see-through translucent polycarbonate body lets you appreciate the graceful curves inside that do all the work.
There is a pass-through slot so you can feed a dock cable through AirCurve. Connect that dock cable to your computer or power adapter and you can sync or charge while you listen. It's selling at USD $19.99. I felt that it's simple, innovative, and very affordable.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It sounds strange but driver faces are getting thinner and thinner which leads to a louder noise when contact is made with the ball. Tests conducted with clubs from manufacturers like King Cobra, Callaway, Nike, and Mizuno revealed surprisingly high decibel levels. In fact, the Ping G10 hit over 130 dB when swung by a professional golfer. This kind of research is why some experts are recommending that players wear earplugs while on the tee.
Personally, I like the sound of a booming drive off a titanium driver. It's an audible cue that I have made good contact. Although, the sound always seems less intense when I am the one hitting the ball as opposed to standing in the vicinity of another golfer. Still, at least one person has been documented in the British Medical Journal as having suffered hearing loss as the result of using a King Cobra LD driver 3 times a week over the course of 18 months.Is this something avid golfers should worry about? Let's wait and see if Tiger Woods starts using a hearing aid, or wear earplugs.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Hey, hey, hey... For all those who have problem in waking up in the morning refresh, and especially for my cousin Mandy, whom never can wake up with 3 or 4 alarm clocks..... See if this gadget helps you.
SLEEPTRACKER continuously monitors signals from your body that indicate whether you are asleep or awake. Because you wear SLEEPTRACKER on your wrist like a watch, its internal sensors can detect even the most subtle physical signals from your body. SLEEPTRACKER finds your best waking moments, so that waking up has never been easier.
When you sleep, your body goes through a series of sleep cycles. The average adult experiences 4-5 full sleep cycles over an 8-hour period. Each cycle lasts about 90-110 minutes and comprises five different stages, as illustrated by this chart.
No two people have the same sleep cycles, and nobody has the same cycle twice. Many factors can influence sleep cycles, including diet, exercise, medications, drugs or alcohol, stress, sleep disorders, and sleep deprivation. Age and gender can play a role, too: women tend to sleep more soundly than men, and as we age, we sleep more restlessly.
A typical sleep cycle has five stages and takes 90-110 minutes. During Stage 1 of your sleep cycle, you sleep lightly. At Stage 2, your sleep gets progressively deeper. At Stages 3 and 4, also known as "Delta Sleep," you sleep most heavily; this is when your body rebuilds itself.
Stage 5 of sleep, also known as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, is marked by extensive physiological changes, such as accelerated respiration, increased brain activity, rapid eye movement, and muscle relaxation. People dream during REM sleep.
In the first third of the night, Delta sleep stages last longer than REM stages. As the night progresses, Delta sleep diminishes in length. By the last third of the night, Delta sleep usually ceases, while REM stages lengthen.
SLEEPTRACKER may find multiple almost-awake moments within the sleep cycle. Almost-awake moments may also vary in frequency throughout the night.
By monitoring your sleep cycles for optimal waking moments during the preset ALARM WINDOW, SLEEPTRACKER finds those almost awake-moments and gently wakes you when you're most alert. The result? You wake up refreshed instead of groggy. Waking up has never been easier
The SLEEPTRACKER PRO is selling at SGD $280 and the SLEEPTRACKER STANDARD at SGD $220. Please let me know if it's effective, as I'm interested in getting one of the Pro, for downloading my sleep data, as well as reviewing my sleep history. Do drop a comment. Thanks!
For those who have problem with sleeping, check this out:
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The silver-grey of the LEICA D-LUX 4 Titanium has an unmistakeably exclusive look that makes this special edition an elegant collector's piece with its own particular expression of luxury. The camera body of the titanium edition has a particularly luxurious look and feel, but still remains light and extremely resilient. Thus, the LEICA D-LUX 4 Titanium has a metal body that has been constructed with the same precision and attention to detail as the standard models, and the exclusive use of the highest quality materials in its construction guarantees users absolute reliability in every situation.
The technical features of the LEICA D-LUX 4 Titanium are identical to those of the standard models. For instance, the wide range of accessories for the LEICA D-LUX 4, such as the handgrip, the auxiliary finder or the LEICA CF 22 compact flash unit (available from February 2009) are all fully compatible with the titanium edition.
This is expensive, and I'm still wondering if we are going to get a few in Singapore.
Had been using it for quite some time and this is definitely a value for money buy.
My White Hot Tour #1 features a unique weight ports in the sole that allow engineers to control the head weight so that it can be optimized with the specific shaft length for more consistency, control, and performance.
The putter uses the new White Hot Tour insert that features a firmer feel for the feedback and responsiveness accomplished players seek. The Tour preferred bronzed finish helps reduce glare for better visual acuity.
I simply just loved it. It is selling about SGD $365 at most Pro Shop. I managed to get mine at a 20% discount during the Pan West moving out sale at Marina Bay golf course, last year. I was actually thinking of getting the White Hot XG 2-Ball Blade, or this one. But the 2-Ball is still much more expensive after discount. Anyway, I still preferred the look of the classic blade.
For those who does not want to spend too much on the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Detour and Newport 2.5 Detour, do consider this. Give this a try!
The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition is highly tweaked to extract every ounce of untapped power from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 graphics processor. The extra power delivers higher frame-rates with greater physics processing capabilities for your immersive gaming pleasure in DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1 powered titles with NVIDIA PhysX physics technology.
This is perhaps one of my favorite. It may not have a fancy customized cooler with redesigned heatsinks or heat pipes, but it does come factory overclocked and it is very fast.
It costs about SGD $649, and is value for money.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition came with:
- Quick installation guideDriver CD
- Racedriver Grid (full game)
- 1 x DVI to VGA adapter
- 1 x DVI to HDMI adapter
- 1 x Molex to 6-pin PCIe power connector
- 1 x S/PDIF cable
- 1 x S/Video cable
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Not resting on its laurels after its wildly popular Eee PC launched last year, ASUS came out with the Eee Top, an all in one desktop PC with a touch screen display.
Two color versions of the Eee Top are available, white and black, with otherwise identical hardware specs.
First impressions are positive. Despite the relatively budget price for the Eee Top, ASUS have managed to eke out more than a little style from its plastic casing. Held upright by a strong, spring-loaded metal leg, the body of the Eee Top is white gloss-finish plastic sitting in a transparent tray. Stand (and carry handle) aside, the nettop is just 4cm thick; along the back run gigabit ethernet, four USB 2.0, power, microphone, line-in and headphone ports, plus a Kensington lock hole. On the left-hand side there are a further two USB 2.0 ports, plus a multiformat memory card reader.
Underneath the touchscreen there are buttons for brightness and volume on the left, while the power and screen toggle are on the right. LEDs indicate WiFi and hard-drive activity, and in the bottom bezel there are stereo speakers. A webcam and microphone are at the top above the screen. The Eee Top has vents running across the top and in the center on the back.
Using the included peripherals and a WiFi internet connection, you can reduce cabling to just two wires: power and one USB for the keyboard. The mouse, not entirely necessary if you’re devoted to the touchscreen, can plug into a USB port on the keyboard; on the opposite side there’s a pop-out stylus in a spring-loaded bay. ASUS’ keyboard is surprisingly weighty and pleasant to type on. Several have Fn-triggered secondary features, including volume and music control, backlighting, sleep and WiFi, launching the webcam app, toggling through performance modes (more on that later) and changing the Eee Top’s blue underlighting.
The 15.6-inch resistive touchscreen wasn't on par with the capacitive screen in HP's TouchSmart or the active digitizer in newer tablet PCs, but it did the job, and ASUS's Windows XP "Easy Mode" launcher and bundled touch apps were intuitive and friendly, although certain apps would drop back into XP's mouse-oriented interface at times. Under the hood, the netbook-class 1.6GHz Atom, 1GB of RAM, and GMA950 graphics didn't rock anyone's world, but they managed general browsing and 720p video playback without issue.
This little desktop takes up little space and is quite cool. It is selling at SGD $999 from authorised retailers.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Located at Shangri-la Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, S258350
Tel: 6213 4275
the line has by far the most innovative cafe designed by hot New York interiors guru Adam Tihany, and has a nice ambience. Have been there twice for lunch, and will be going later with my colleagues again for celebration. Lunch only? Yes, as it is expensive to go there for lunch and Sunday brunch. But it's really worth it!
With 16 culinary stations featuring an amazing variety of cuisines, it is not known as the 'Mother of all buffet' for nothing. They have the salad bar, Chinese noodle bar, a pasta bar, a sushi bar, and of course the dessert bar...and an Indian station, seafood station, cooked food station, and the usual station with the roast beef, ham, and lamb chops. Plus several more. Yummy! I simply love the 5 storeys high chocolate fondue.
While the Bar offers a large selection of premium wines, juices and smoothies, it does not come cheap. The drinks are priced at SGD $6 - $150 (soft drinks $6 -> coffee and tea $8 -> juices $17 -> smoothies $19 -> premium wine $100+)
The staffs seems a little shorthanded, and not particularly attentive. For the kind of price it's charging, I felt that it should improve more on their services. I hope I need not ask for something at least twice before I get it. *sigh* We shall see again next time.
Lunch: Noon - 2.30pm (weekends and holidays until 3pm)
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm (weekends and holidays from 6pm)
Supper: 10.30pm - 6am
This is not a new lens, but I really want to share with you on how great it is. I've bought mine from Hong Kong for about SGD $2050 in 2005.
This fast 3X zoom lens is obviously intended to replace the venerable, fast f2.8 AFS 17-35 and 28-70 Nikkors for press and general photography. The lens, being a DX design, is intended only for Nikon DSLRs, but will work on a 35 mm camera in the range 35 - 55 mm, too.
The lens for once lives up to the DX slogan of "smaller, lighter" being a trifle smaller than the 17-35 Nikkor. That is, until you add the impressive, scalloped lens hood HB-31. The hood by the way has a much improved locking feature and stays reasonably put during field use. The zooming control is in front and the focusing collar in rear, just as with the 17-35 and 28-70 Nikkors.
Optical performance clearly shows the clever engineering efforts gone into developing this lens. Thus, with help of its 14 elements (3 of which are ED, and another 3 are aspheric) in 10 groups, the detail sharpness, colour saturation, and image contrast all add up to an excellent imaging quality. Under direct side-by-side comparison with the 17-35 and 28-70 Nikkors, the new DX lens gives virtually identical results to these old champions in the longer range of each of them (28 to 35mm and 35 to 55 mm, respectively). Chromatic aberrations are kept under tight control and this leads to the perceived cleanliness of the images. There is slightly more pronounced geometric distortion, however, begining with a barrel-type at 17 mm and going to mild pincushion at the other end. Around 35-40 mm, negligible geometric distortion is found. Field curvature is, as usual for new optical designs sthese days, minimal and light fall-off into the corners is negligible even with the lens set wide open. Image sharpness is very good at f/2.8 and picks up even more in the f/4-f/8 range.
AFS speed is about equal to the others, and the near limit of the DX at 0.36 m makes for some nice closely cropped shots.
The real issue with this design is its propensity to flare and ghosting. The AFS 17-35 is very resistant to both areas, whilst the 28-70 is troubled with flare. The 17-55 DX exhibits quite nasty ghosting under strongly backlit conditions, and there is significant flare shown as well. I guess this is the inevitable price to be paid for the added versatility and the bigger zooming range. If your typical sessions include shooting into the sun, you might be advised to use another lens. However, if you are like me, you will be endeared by the charm and versatility of the 17-55. So I ended up shooting with the 17-55 as my main lens on my trusty D70s.
The only thing that I do not like about this lens, is it's heavy weight. But that's expected from the professional lens.
Believe it or not, my brother just bought it during his recent trip to the United States. This is just great, but it come at a hefty price tag.
Bose have taken their incredibly popular QuietComfort headphones, the result of two decades of research, and improved on their impressive sound quality and classic design. Like the original QuietComfort headphones, the QuietComfort 2 boasts patented Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology, which minimizes unwanted sounds like engine roar and background chatter, while delivering crisp audio from portable music players or in-flight films.
Yes, the noise-canceling circuitry really works, but even without it, the earcups' deliciously soft cushions effectively sealed off our ears from the noisy environment. Flipping on the noise cancellation damped down the noise even further.
The QuietComfort 2 employs circuitry that's even more advanced than that used in the original QuietComfort 'phones. As a result, the music sounds more lifelike, and less noise reaches your ears! Bose's innovative TriPort design produces earcups that are lightweight, making these headphones especially comfortable for long hours of listening. Plus, the QuietComfort 2 offers convenient portability, with a single-sided cord (it's less likely to get tangled!), earcups that fold flat for easy storage in the included case, and a battery compartment located inside the headset.
One caveat: The QuietComfort 2, like some other noise-canceling headsets, produces a slight sense of pressure on the eardrum.
How I wish my brother would have given it to me as a Christmas gift. Dream on...
Look at the bright side, I still get to use it without paying a single cent.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
If you always download the tracks on the Internet, note that the flaws in these tracks will be amplified by the speaker. Most of the tracks from online music stores are encoded at 128kbps, which are fine when you are using the earphones. However, if you want to blast them using the speakers, your tracks have to be at least encoded at 192kbps.
Philips' new DC910 is a soundbar for iPod designed in the spirit of the recently introduced HTS8100 soundbar home theater system. The dock allows an iPod Touch to be placed in either portrait or landscape mode to watch movies. It offers 30W RMS of stereo power, FM tuner with presets, SD card slot, iPod charging and it handles MP3 and WMA playback.
Starting with its styling and we can see it’s rather attractive with a sleek single black speaker grill on the front and slim silver surround to set it off. It’s simple but classy and it’s a look that works just as well in the flesh as it does in the glamour shots. The fit and finish is also good quality with none of the usual tell tale signs of cheap products.
One of the DC910’s two standout features is its iPod dock. Quite simply, it can rotate so, when using an iPod Touch, you can watch video in landscape mode. Now that may sound like a bit of a gimmick, but it’s a nice extra to have when you might want to use it.
Another thing that’s likely to be only of occasional use is the DC910’s inclusion of a USB socket and SD card slot. These can be used to play music stored on USB drives and SD cards, which can be formatted in either FAT12, FAT16, or FAT32. File format support is not brilliant, with DRM tracks not supported for a start, but the basics of mp3 and WMA are there.
There is a structure to the way the DC910 reads the music stored on USB and SD devices and it’s as comprehensive as you may hope. Essentially it will follow an alphabetical file and folder structure, up to a depth of eight folders, and cycle through the whole lot in order. Unfortunately, while you may know what order your music may be played in, there’s no way to browse by folder, you just have to cycle through one track after the next until you get to where you want to be.
But at a price of SGD $299, it's a good deal. Though it can't really compare to the Bose, the vocals sound are clear and distinct. I'm really thinking of getting this one for my wife.
The Bose iPod speaker system is built for travel and at-home convenience. Enjoy acclaimed SoundDock performance with or without a power cord
At first glance, nothing much has been changed on the aesthetic front compared to its predecessor, except that the SoundDock Portable sports a rotating hideaway dock, which is the main difference between the two. Primarily designed with Apple's iPod players in mind, the SoundDock Portable does have an alternative auxiliary input at the rear to accommodate other non-iPod portable media players in the market.
As the SoundDock Portable is all speakers for the main body, it is equipped with an integrated hand grip for portability reasons. For power, the SoundDock Portable relies on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; replaceable of course, to allow you to interchange batteries with ease.
Controlling the SoundDock Portable is relatively simple. Its bundled remote control has the same aesthetic considerations as the player, and is actually a pleasure to hold with its rubberized encasing. Zen is the keyword here, and the eight buttons on the remote are all you need to operate the speaker system.
However the SoundDock Portable is rather lacking in features. For example, an LCD panel would work wonders for the SoundDock Portable's usability. Though designed to be a portable system for you to lug around to the beach or a friend's party, you might actually be inclined to leave the SoundDock Portable safe at home given its 2.37kg weight.
Having a track record of strong audio prowess, the SoundDock Portable will not disappoint in fulfilling its purpose. The highs and lows of the tunes were also well reproduced and there wasn't any distortion when the volume was blasted.
As expected, the SoundDock Portable's price tag includes the brand name that comes with it. At the price of SGD $749, the Bose SoundDock Portable is definitely more for the discerning consumer who demands exclusivity and style on top of the solid audio performance that is expected from Bose. But the solid tunes that this baby blares out makes up for the dent in your wallet.
Located at 8 Raffles Ave, #01-13, Colours by the Bay. Singapore 039802
Tel: 6341 9188
The restaurant is situated at The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. It offers rooftop dining with a great view. Downstairs, the space is cosy and pleasant.
The food served is authentic Italian, right down to its wood-fired pizzas for that special aroma. For the main course, the pastas and the pizzas are the star attraction with a fairly wide selection of both available. Al Dente offers no-nonsense pizzas that come generously laden with a wide choice of toppings.
There is limited variety of fish and meat. There is also a vegetarian menu as well.
For dessert, the mango and basil leaf mousse cake is a special and delicious option, while the Tiramisu is a fine alternative.
Its wine list features close to 40 labels from Europe, and Australia. The price range from SGD $60 to SGD $125.
The staff are not particularly attentive.
Expect to fork out about SGD $100 for a three-course dinner for two.
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Last Order - 2330 hrs(Fri, Sat, Eve of Public Holiday)