Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VivoTab Note 8, and a new journey


Just purchased the Asus VivoTab Note 8, 64GB version (8 Aug 2014); was on offer for S$399 [free VersaSleeve, Wedge keyboard].

To be honest, it's not been a bed of roses.

It's my first experience of Windows 8, and it seems the curse of alternating good and bad Windows OS continues.
  • Windows XP [good]
  • Windows Vista [bad]
  • Windows 7 [good]
  • Windows 8 [bad]
Anyway, back to the VivoTab first; some of the issues I had to deal with; hopefully this is helpful for those considering a VivoTab Note 8.

Monday, July 16, 2012

New kid on the block

Dynamism - Tainell U-Touch 500
UMPCs have been virtually extinct ever since Apple's iPad appeared.

As usual, I was moaning about this on UMPC Portal. One comment recently pointed out a new UMPC.

Haven't heard of Tainell before, but the specs look respectable. Price is quite expensive though. The highest spec version is selling at US$1,199.

Didn't manage to find a review online.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Pomodoro (Italian for tomatoes) Technique

Been using this tool recently. Working quite well for me, although I am still refining my workflow to incorporate this process.

More info at the official website below.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Modern Family

ABC.com
Am hooked on Modern Family; now catching up from Season 1 onwards... Finding it difficult to find streams that work. Just remembered a trick that my brother discovered. English shows found on Chinese video sites. Chinese shows found on English video sites.

Prime example here.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

BBC Formula 1 2012 - 06 Monaco GP - McLaren duo Hamilton and Button swap...



An example of why BBC is still better than Sky in its coverage of F1. Great segment, with the sporting Mclaren drivers trying out presenting and producing respectively.

Great video shot with the Nex-5N, and the detailed setup provided by Johnnie Behiri is great. It does show that a consumer camera can achieve great things, but quite a lot of additional gear is needed. Just look at notes under the video.
  • Lenses: the kit 16mm f/2.8 and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses (my decision using those lenses was based on their "off the shelf availability").
  • Creative style: "Sunset". Settings: contrast -3, saturation -1, sharpness -3.
  • Format: AVCHD 1080/25
  • Tripod: Sachtler DV8 SB
  • Rig: Vocas
  • Camera bag: Kata FlyBy 76
  • Audio: Tascam DR-100 recorder, Sennheiser G2 EW100 wireless system, Sanken Lav mic, Cos 11D
  • Electronic VF: Cineroid Metal HDMI version
  • Light: Cineroid mini LED light L2C
  • Editing: Adobe Premiere CS2 with Cineform Neo4k
  • Color correction: Cineform “FirstLight”