Saturday, August 30, 2008
I've had the mac a day, and have already made a home movie, with a soundtrack made in garage band. This from someone who has no interest in making home videos.
The Mac is stunning, the user interface is so natural. I kid you not, after a day of using this, going back to my windows PC feels wrong, the start menu feels bulky and unneccecary.
As for Multitouch gestures, why has it taken this long to implement this kind of stuff. Scrolling with two fingers is so easy, when confronted with my mums old windows laptop, i immediatly tried to scroll with two fingers. It's unbelievable.
More on the mac later, once i have finished discovering new and exciting things!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I have just calibrated the screen with a gretamacbeth calibrating device, the colours are spot on. No dead pixels either. Other things i like at the moment...
The backlit keyboard, the slot loadng superdrive, the huge touchpad, multitouch controls, dashboard, the dock, Spaces, and spotlight!
More thoughts soon!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I brought this camera as a replacement for a Samsung S1065, which immediately froze multiple times whenever i tried to use it, plus the batteries ran out in 1/2 hour usage.
Anyway, The Fujifilm Finepix J10 is a very aesthetically pleasing camera with a brushed aluminium front (black or silver) and aluminium back. This camera certainly feels as if it can withstand some serious knocks. The form factor for this camera is certainly compact; this is enabled by the use of a Li-Ion rechargeable battery, rather than your standard AA Alkaline batteries. This charges fully in just over 1.4 hours and provides very reasonable battery life.
The features on this camera are simple and necessary; there is no facial recognition or 9 point automatic focus. But what it does do, it does fantastically well. I have a Canon EOS10D Digital SLR camera for professional work, brought this fuji for the odd point and shoot session. The built in scenes work incredibly well, and do exactly what they are supposed to. The 8 MegaPixel Sensor inside this camera produces large photos that will easily print out up to A4 photographs and the single point Auto focus is very good at making your subject nice and sharp.
Fujifilm are renowned for producing cameras that capture vivid colours and the J10 is no exception, the colours are vivid and stand out (whilst not being overpowering). The flash copes well in both day and night situations.
The menu system for this camera, some say, is too simple and not intuitive. I disagree with this view; I find the minimalistic menu and navigation buttons easy to use, and a refreshing change from a complex DSLR camera. The J10 is an awesome camera for any beginner, or (like me) someone who wants a good quality point and shoot camera for the odd days out.
Connectivity to XP and Vista was simple, no drivers, no software, just plug in the provided USB cable and access the camera as an external disk.
The only negative point about this camera is the animation it shows when deleting images; it deletes the image in blocks, each block revealing a blue background. So the deleted image seems to break up and fade away. There is no option to stop this animation, possibly room for improvement in a future firmware upgrade. However this single negative point can easily be overcome, by purchasing a larger memory card and not deleting photos until you get home and load them onto your computer.
All in all, the Finepix J10 by Fujifilm is a highly recommended camera with no unnecessary bells and whistles but the ability to produce a fantastically sharp, and vivid photo with ease, in a true point and shoot style.
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
About a year ago, i decided that the most important part of any computer was the input device, after all what point is there in having a powerful computer if you can't do anything on it. Anyway i went ahead and brought a £25 Razer Diamondback 3G Mouse. Initial impressions were great, good for gaming, and really smooth for casual use...
Less than a year down the line, the scroll wheel has developed an insane squeaking noise. So much so that it's unbearable to use. Common Razer, a £2.50 mouse from amazon managed to last longer than this before breaking. I have contacted both Razer and the people i brought it from, and am waiting for a response.
Also, my laptop still isn't here!
Monday, August 18, 2008
I've been talking to a few people on facebook who are doing my course, everyone seems cool and really up for the course. Just can't wait to get the ball rolling now. My new laptop should arrive sometime this week (I shall reveal what i brought when it arrives), then it's just a case of loading some software onto it, and then i'm ready to go.
Check back later in the week for more updates!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Music Tech - Distinction (A)
ICT - BB
English Language - B
...which enabled me to get into university. For those who don't know i'm going to be studying Music and Audio Technology at Bournemouth University. It should be a good four years, not sure yet if i'm going to stay on to do a masters, we'll see later on in the course.