Archive for June 2012

CommunicAsia 2012

CommunicAsia 2012 is happening from today (19 June) to 22 June 2012. Like last year, this year’s CommunicAsia is happening at Marina Bay Sands level B2, 1, 4 and 5. BroadcastAsia 2012 is also happening at the same time at Suntec Singapore.

Getting to Marina Bay Sands is easy. If you are taking train, the new Bayfront MRT station is now in operation. There is a special shuttle bus between CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia every 5-7 minutes. The pickup/drop off points are at Suntec City Convention Centre Entrance, Swissotel The Stamford Lobby and Marina Bay Sands main entrance, Level 1 (porte cochere).

If you are driving, the car park entrances are located at Sands Expo and Convention Center, via the Bayfront Avenue and Bayfront Link. Do note that there is a special car park rates at Marina Bay Sands for CommunicAsia 2012 attendees. Simply purchase the car park exit ticket at S$6 at the level 1 Concierge counter or level 3 business center by showing your CommunicAsia 2012 badge.

CommunicAsia is open to trade visitors and there is no charge to visit the exhibition.

NDP Marina Bay LEGO Floating Platform

That’s me and a friend at the NDP Marina Bay Floating Platform. OK, it’s the LEGO version of me. But hey, since I can’t get the tickets to this year’s NDP, I guess maybe I can get the LEGO figurines to represent me instead. The LEGO Marina Bay Floating Platform is pretty impressive. Can’t wait to see the finished model.

You can also get your own LEGO figurine on the Marina Bay LEGO Floating Platform by donating $5 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund online. Alternatively, you can also donate at the roadshow at Funan DigitaLife Mall, Tampines Mall, Bugis Junction or Jcube from now till 24 June 2012.

Hurry. The Marina Bay LEGO Floating Platform has a sitting capacity of 25,000 only.

HP Spectre XT

I had the opportunity to play with the HP Spectre XT recently at a HP event. The HP Spectre XT is a 13.3 inch UltraBook with a all metal design. It is just 1.45cm thick (or should I say thin) and weighs just 1.39kg.

Despite being thin, HP managed to squeeze in a Gigabit Ethernet port. It has 2 USB port, 1 of them is a USB 3.0. HDMI port, SD Card read and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Speaking of headphone jack, the HP Spectre XT features Beats Audio over quad speakers and via the headphone jack.

The best part about the HP Spectre XT is the bundled software. Usually I won’t bother much about the bundled software on laptops. But you have got to check this out. The HP Spectre comes with full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10. It’s not the full fledged Photoshop and Premiere but Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are good enough for most home users. The two software would usually cost you around S$200 and they are bundled with the HP Spectre XT. That’s cool!

The HP Spectre XT is available in Singapore from June 2012 with a starting price of S$1,499.

And so I got myself a DSLR….

OK, I know I said several times that I will not be getting a DSLR. But then, if you have been reading my blog long enough, you will notice that I go back on my words frequently. Remember last year when I bought a iPad 2 even though I keep saying I don’t see the point of having one? Well, it is now one of my favorite device.

But let me explain myself a bit. I said I won’t be getting a DSLR because I know I will never be able to carry a DSLR with me all the time. I believe that the best camera is the one that is with you. But despite saying this, I often find that my “best camera” just isn’t good enough sometimes. It seems inevitable that I will eventually need more “firepower”. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be using my Canon G11 and Panasonic Lumix LX5. It’s just that It’s just that when there is a need, I can always have a DSLR with me.

And so I bought a Canon EOS 60D during the recent IT Show. I got a EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and a EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. The price at the IT Show is almost the same as what you will get usually. But the difference is the freebies. I got a dry cabinet, camera strap, tripod, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, 2 x 8GB SD Card and a 6 Million Dollar Crumpler Bag (It’s just a name. I doubt it cost that much). Quite good although I don’t really like the al cheapo tripod and have no use for the camera strap. But the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom should come in handy.

The 18-200mm is for normal use and the 50mm f/1.4 is for those bokehlicious shots.

OK, perhaps a little too much bokeh. Haha. It’s good for low light too. But I thought I wanted a 50mm after watching DigitalRevTV. Then I discovered that they were talking about 50mm with a Full Frame DSLR. 60D is 1.6 crop factor. But I still like the 50mm on my 60D. I took it out for some photoshoot on Friday after work and I love it.

The good thing about owning a DSLR is that suddenly your photography skill and knowledge will go up a few notches. You learn more things when you spend more time to try and error. But my photography skill still have a long way to go. So please bear with me for a moment while I try to catch up.

Monday osters night anyone?

PS: I know Canon released the 650D the day after I bought my 60D. But nevermind. I still prefer 60D. Will talk more about the 650D when I got time.

Happy 25th Birthday GIF!

Oops. Just found out that last Friday (15 June) was GIF’s 25th Birthday. Those who are old enough to experience the Personal Webpage Era of the internet will remember the good old days of GIF.

For the uninitiated, .gif (Graphics Interchange Format) is a image file format introduced by CompuServe on 15 June 1987. GIF supports animations and transparent background. It is widely used on the web, especially during the early days, due to it’s wide support and portability. You most likely have seen a .gif file when you surf the net.

One of my all time favorite is a .gif of a dog running from left to right.

Still remember the good old days when we put that on our Home Page. GIF is slightly different nowadays. Instead of using the old 8bit goodness, most GIF we find these days are usually made from photos. Some of them are quite funny but I still prefer the good old GIF. But anyway, it is still good to see .gif being in use after 25 years. Happy Belated Birthday GIF!

And by the way, it’s pronounced at “Jif“. Not “Gif”.