Enero 31, 2008

Free MS Office 2007 Coming up (for me), The Hannah 3D Concert (finally!) and HD-DVD on the way of the VCD?

Posted in Computer, Miley Cyrus, Opinions, Usapang Amerika Sa 10:37 hapon ni naksd

I heard about the Windows feedback program and Microsoft is giving away free stuff by monitoring your PC how you are using it, creeps?  Not concerned since im on the Eee Anyway.  When i originally signed up for it and completed the survey, i “missed” the freebies that include Vista Ultimate and MS Office 2007 ultimate, take your pick.  Then i received email from microsoft (checked everything to see that its not bogus) that said that i reached the deadline for applying that gives me the free stuff and i chose office ultimate since you get vista anyway on a Windows laptop and office is a more sensible freebie.  It will be at least 3 months before they ship out the software but i rarely use the vista laptop now.

Tomorrow is the start of the “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus:Best of Both Worlds Concert Movie in Disney Digital 3D”.  Im Excited and i will try to do a field report on the possible audiences tomorrow but i will be watching the movie on Feb 3, sunday afternoon which it might be to my advantage because of the NFL Super Bowl.  The people will be watching this game and i expect less people in theaters and i will have a good time.  Now if they release this on Blu-Ray.  I will have to get myself a PS3 and a Projector since i cannot smuggle in the house an LCD/Plasma/RPJ HDTV.

HD-DVD. At circuit city, the players are on clearance now and Best-Buy is having a buy-one-take-one of HD-DVD titles.  IMHO, HD-DVD is HD-DUD.  “sayang naman!” the cost advantage both to the consumer and the producers is more apparent than Blu-Ray in the beginning but i was thinking it will be the way of the VCD.

What is a VCD? The VCD (Video CD) is a format that was introduced in North America as a VHS replacement that Failed BIG TIME.  But caught on in Asia.  Using Philippines as an example, VCD replaced VHS for pre-recorded material, “thank” the video pirates for that (the orginal guys also did Original VCD’s too).  And now that the pirates are doing DVD, they can go HD-DVD once the format becomes less prevalent or extinct in the states and sell cheap HD-DVD Players and Discs, agree?

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Enero 29, 2008

Running Windows progs on Linux and addenum for my HD-DVD VS Blu-Ray post. (WAIT! Miley News!)

Posted in Asus Eee PC, Computer, Miley Cyrus, Opinions, Usapang Amerika Sa 8:44 umaga ni naksd

I want a small windows program “MP3DIRECTCUT” to edit my MP3 files for ringtones since Linux programs give me a hard time on dependencies. So i downloaded WINE that enables windows programs to run and was impressed to see that familiar program in my Linux Environment. But still, i would hunt down for Native Linux Apps or Linux Ports of programs before WINE-ing.

Just to add to the HD-DVD VS Blu-ray Post, i still see a lot of HD-DVD Titles on Circuit-City’s shelves but no HD-DVD titles on my local sears Store, only a lone HD-DVD player that is running a DVD demo for Toshiba’s LCD TV’s. Before at sears, i would see both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Demos playing beside each other. Now, 2 Blu-ray Demos at Sears and No HD-DVD Demo (well, its turned off as i metioned in the last post). It’s becoming clear now. And “Cars” looked sooooo good on that Samsung 46 inch LCD TV hooked up to a Samsung Dlu-Ray disc player. Yet im stuck on SDTV and DVD!

Edit:  After Posting, i found out articles that Even Popstars get tired at their own concerts:

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7009858447

http://www.accesshollywood.com/article/8177/Miley-Cyrus-Stops-Concert-After-Getting-Ill/

Poor Miley.

Enero 27, 2008

Blu-ray VS HD-DVD (HD-DVD=Betamax), and Hannah!

Posted in Electronics, Miley Cyrus, Opinions, Usapang Amerika Sa 11:24 hapon ni naksd

Went to the stores earlier (Circuit City, Sears) and noticed that only Blu-ray demos are up and running and the HD-DVD demos are turned off.  Also i noticed that i dont see HD-DVD players being prominently displayed while blu-ray players are left and right.  I can say that i will get a PS3 (a blu-ray player too) and an HDTV projector if i had the extra dough if i see “Enchanted” and/or the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Concert on blu-ray.  Man, those HDTV images are drool inducing.

I remember back when i was a kid, we had a Betamax player but the world is now VHS (and to some degree, Laserdisc.) and everytime i went to the video rental store.  I cringe when i see Mickey Mouse and company videos that i have not seen yet on VHS!  Thank god for DVD and Netflix!

One More week till the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Concert Movie and im excited, she’s pretty (provided she did not look older on purpose) and i want 3D

Enero 26, 2008

The Trying Hard Gamer, Miley Cyrus’ Us Weekly cover and Poker??

Posted in Asus Eee PC, Miley Cyrus, Opinions, RANTS!, Showbiz, Usapang Amerika Sa 12:00 umaga ni naksd

Since Having my Asus Eee PC and Netflix (and work), i have not used my Sony PSP Slim as a Game device, it more as a portable web browser/Video player/Podcast streamer over wifi and soon to be skype phone by a firmware update promised by the end of this month. Still i want to play games on it if i had the time, im waiting for the Kingdom hearts game for the PSP since i like to try out a RPG (Pokemon does not count, i did not even finish it. I let my Pokemaniac half-cousin finish it) and im into Disney.

(the small keys on my Eee is cramping my hands!)

Now i want to talk about Miley Cyrus and the way she looks now. before, she is this young girl that has a small show and she looked like this:

Miley Brown hair

And now with all the popularity she has, she looks like this:

Miley now

(Photo credits: mileyfansgallery.com part of mileyfans.net)

(see more examples of how she looks on mileyfansgallery.com)

and then i saw her in the cover of Us weekly this week and oh dear, she looks older than 15 in that picture:

usweeklymileycover

(Photo credit: An Article on usmagazine.com http://www.usmagazine.com/miley_cyrus_and_the_new_power_girls_no_drinking_no_drugs_no_clubs)

Photoshop gone wild

And oh, this reminds me of Hilary Duff back in the Lizzie Mcguire days, where is she?  Will i be able to see her in person?  In my office im “attending” to, one of my co-workers looks either like Hilary Duff or Ethel Booba.

Disney is good at promoting them and when they move on to other roles, its a challenge to be another character.

Better finish “The Devil Wears Prada” before going to bed.

One more thing!

How in the world did Poker become a sport?????  Sugalan iyon diba!!?!?!?!?  And dont get me started on Horse-racing

Enero 25, 2008

Hilary Duff, Badly made DVD’s and Camcorders

Posted in Opinions, review Sa 1:18 umaga ni naksd

Before i sleep, i watched “The Perfect Man”, starring Hilary Duff, et al.  I only watched the movie because i like Hilary, im supposed to watch “Material Girls”, but picked up the wrong DVD, but since this is the first time i watched it on DVD (the last time was on crummy VCD’s, are they still big there in the Philippines?) and in surround sound via Dolby Headphone, i had a decoder box for that, i watched it and i will watch it again with the directors commentary before i watch “The Devil wears Prada” starring Anne Hathaway which i like because she looked pretty in her movies except brokeback “bundok”.

Then i glanced, not watched, a recent filipino movie (One More Chance) on original Star Movies DVD and i noticed that the video quality of that DVD is very bad.  I thought they would have improved the transfer from film to DVD.  But on broadcast TV, they looked better.  My theory is that they still use equipment used in transfering VHS tapes or Laserdiscs and attach an crummy TV capture card and then using the “fast” settings on their MPEG-2 encoder.  At least the menus looked nice and professionally done.   I betcha that when they do Blu-Ray in like 10 years (HD-DVD is dead as a pre-recorded format anyway), the transfer will look like a DVD (hahahaha).

I have been browsing a video camera to just keep memories and to hack around some videos as a hobby and for my viewing pleasure.  I dont want a DVD camcorder or a HDD one.  and as much i want HD video, they are expensive and i would not settle for a $150 Aiptek “HD” camera.  So i would like to get an Mini-DV camera that has either Optical Image Stabilization or 3CCD or both!  The only cameras that have those features are the Panasonic PV-GS80, PV-GS83 and the PV-GS320.  Also considering the Sanyo Xacti (the Non-HD versions), both mini-dv tapes and SD(HC) cards are cheap these days.

Its getting late. Nite-Nite over here!

Enero 23, 2008

Im Afraid, More Asus Eee PC Updates, My Netflix Experience so far and have i mentioned that im afraid?

Posted in Computer, Daily Life, review Sa 11:13 hapon ni naksd

Im Afraid, i think i did something stupid but i would not know the outcome if i did not try the darn thing.  But if all goes well, it will be very rewarding at the end and if things screw-up, well i only lose $500 Bucks, BIG DEAL!  I took a lot of risks this year anyway, some i regretted, most did something good for me.  Also i need a Drivers License ASAP!

Now My Asus Eee PC is better than ever and thank goodness that i steered away from the Cheaper 2G version because it has less memory and its sluggish on various reviews.  And Im spending late nights playing with this thing!  I finally did pair it up with my data enabled phone and got internet access that way.

A good resource for all things Eee is eeeuser.com, They have been helpful with the stuff i wanted to do the with Eee and the Wiki beats the user manual supplied hands-down!

I have this beef with Netflix, the online DVD rentals by mail which totally rocks if they dont arrive late, recently my movies come late or shipped the next day after they received my DVD at home, not the night they received it.  and since i signed up for the service for the last 2 months, i haven’t received the movie “Ratatouille” because

a.)  Its the year of the Rat on the lunar calendar.

b.)  This movie is waaaay good.

c.)  Its Pixar, for some reason, ALL of their movies are Very good and i like them all.

But Netflix gives me the flexibility to rent any movie i want without worrying that the movie will suck, if it sucks, return and nothing is lost.  And i cant drive myself to a Blockbuster (Video City in the Philippine Equivalent) video store!

A quick movie review, “Shanghai Kiss” is a movie if you want to see Shanghai, China;  If you are a fan of Hayden Panettiere and are into Independent films that dont feature an F-word every 10 seconds.  Hayden Panettiere is Hot and Sexy but her manners inside might not be up to snuff to my standards.

Alright, i hope the “mistake” might not be a mistake at the end.

Enero 22, 2008

“Juno”, More Eee PC Updates and pagod sa work

Posted in Announcement, Computer, Daily Life Sa 10:08 hapon ni naksd

First of all, i want to see this movie (but not on movie theaters, its on my Netflix Queue):

Nominated for Best Picture in the upcoming Oscars

With that out of the way, My Asus Eee PC is now on Advanced Desktop mode, what it means is that instead of the default tabbed interface, i get the full desktop and its just like windows (except its no Microsoft windows).  I even installed Beryl to get a 3D desktop and special effects, but its on manual mode, meaning dont start it up everytime since its memory hungry and slow in some of its effects due to the hardware.

Continuing on my free content post since i dont have notes, Tickets for some 3D concert Movie (clue: Hannah Montana) are reportely hard to find already buti nalang eh meron na akong tickets and dapat early ako sa sinehan or else baka ibigay nila sa iba yung pwesto ko.

My work is tiring and im pulling my own weight since puro errors yung co-worker ko and lagi nalang ako, ako at ako ang napapagalitan.  Pero malakas ako sa boss if i do things right.

Looking at my stats, there is some strange searches like: “Free hindi films song from saan” and “paki 3d animation”.  Clearly i dont target the hindi speaking audience, welcome the the WWW.

Enero 21, 2008

Procrastonation is a bad thing, Jennylyn M. and Mark H. Updates and “wowowee”‘s annoyance.

Posted in Computer, RANTS!, Showbiz Sa 8:51 hapon ni naksd

Alam nyo ba na ang kalaban ko sa pag-blog eh ang procrastination?  I have lots of ideas floating around my head but hindi ko sila regularly be put in writing.  Plus masakit pa ulo ko sa “marimar” sa TV!

Anyway, update sa EEE PC ko, small keys kinda bug me (but then on the bigger laptop that i was borrowing all along), i can play aac+ streams from pinoy-radio.com without installing another app.  I have Skype and IM on auto-start.

Jennylyn Mercado finally is knocked up by Donald Duck (a.k.a Patrick Garcia).  Ang layo pala ng edad nila and i wonder how he and she felt (place here where you know what they are doing why she is pregnant now.) Im worried (kinda) on her health as i reported last year, also bagsak ang carrer.  She needs to do a Valerie Conception at the end.

(medyo masakit nang mag type sa maliit na keyboard)

And itong si Mark herras and Lian of E.B babes.  Hindi ko type si Lian, nothing to see, gusto ko si Mae if tinanong ako.

And itong si Pokwang sa “wowowee”, Wierd.  And si willie eh nananawagan na manood nalang tayo sa TV ng Bday special nya, para hindi “magulo”

News flash!  I tried to play Multimedia streaming files on Firefox and mplayer opened and played the thing on Linux.  Nice

Dear naksd; Jewel Mische

Posted in Dear naksd Sa 10:07 umaga ni naksd

Well, this is a new segment on my blog that is called “Dear naksd”, where i answer your comments/suggestions.  To Contact me, use the “contact me” link on any of the pages on my blog and shoot me off an email and i will respond right now:

“aLyssa” wrote in and asked:

heLLo there! may i ask what’s your name on JeweL’s bLog?
im aLways there..
reading and posting.. : )
you can contact me by adding me on my ym..
(sorry internet creeps, no email addy to be spamed for you -naksd) : )

mei baLita ako para sa mga JeweLerz na sinasabi ng mommy ni ms. jewel mische

Well “aLyssa”, first of all, im not a pure jewel mische blog as you can see on my recent posts, but i like her and as a matter of fact, pinanood ko yung “kung ako ikaw” apperance nya sa gma pinoy tv! if you are referring to igma.tv blog of jewel, its down right now.

but please contact me again and i will post on this blog site whatever Mrs. Mische wants us to hear.

And may i please remind people that im not Jewel by any means or know her personally, but she might be lurking on my blog.  Thanks.

Ay Naku! I Have a EEE and im not afraid to use it, salamat DVR and I Love you Miley Cyrus (as a friend)

Posted in Computer, RANTS!, review, Showbiz, Usapang Amerika Sa 12:25 umaga ni naksd

umm, one of my impluse purchases that i made these past months since getting my “card” and buying stuff that people generally dont have that im interested too.  It’s the Asus EEE PC!  In fact, it will be the “laptop” im using right now.

The Model i bought is $350 but was jacked up to $390 due to the sales tax and shipping but it was worth it instead of waiting for a week or paying more to get it sooner at another venue (website/B&M).  It has a 900 mhz Intel celeron Mobile which is very fast for the linux installed, 512 MB of RAM which is plenty for Linux; ok for Windows XP, 4GB Flash drive that acts as the hard drive of this laptop and no moving parts to break in case of a violent shock like dropping it.  has No CD-rom/DVD reader/ (teka, may Away sa PBA!) writer built-inl but you can attach an external USB drive to it; if you need to install windows, the 7 inch screen is beautiful and i legible though challenged by some programs to display properly.  The Keyboard needs getting used to and im getting errors if i type fast due to the smaller keys.

Applications include Firefox (same function as in windows so i used the same settings and extensions), A yahoo compatible IM program (Pidgin), Skype, Openoffice (Why use MS Office if you dont have $$$???) and etc.  You can add apps to it though it has to be linux and for a beginner, can be intimidating unlike windows with a setup program. in the EEE pc’s linux, you have to open up the command line to open up a program to install or directly from the command line.

Basta, i just like it.  Sure you cant play PC games on linux without some messy elbow grease (cedega,winex), you need to manualy install Windows XP (Forget Vista) on a 4GB SSD.  But for what its doing, web, IM, Office and blogging, panalo!

Ano Itong Ratings War na kahit nasa amerika ako eh napapanood ko yung mga akusasyon nila in between commercial like it “applies” here!?!?  Buti nalang may DVR to skip them, sige na, maka CH 7 ako dahil nasa Dos si Cristy Fermin which I DONT TRUST THE MOST!!!! Basta, saan maganda, doon tayo nood.  To go off a tangent regarding Cristy, kung artista ako, matakot ako kay Ricky Lo or (to some extent) Lolit Solis pag may nasabi sila sa akin.  And dito sa amerika, ok lang mag-tirahan sa mga TV shows nila about each other.

Now speaking of amerika, I Really like Miley Cyrus that if i had a chance (and a ticket and time to boot), pinanood ko yung Concert nya though mabibingi ako sa daming girls at ma-susufocate sa fireworks like in this video:

BTW, If you played the video.  It is for the 3D Movie which im telling you, sulit ang 3D movies (pag maganda ang story of course!).  In Fact, i have ordered Tickets last December 2007 for a 3:00PM, Feb 3, 2008 screening.  Baka maubusan ng ticket eh like sa mismong concert.  Felling ko sa mag-kakaroon ng stand-by lines para sa mga late kumuha ng tickets.

At masarap mag-blog muli.