Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WiiWaa Wiimote Attachment



The Story
From the promotion video above, you can see the newest Wiimote attachment – Wiiwaa. Wiiwaa is a stuff animal, you can put your Wiimote into his mouth and control him in the game. It looks like a super fun game for kids and even I wanna give it a try. It will be nice if I can control the next Super Mario game in this way.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Great gift for my ears.

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The Story
Weeks ago, I posted a deal for TripleFi 10 $99 shipped. I ordered one buy due to the supply and high demand issue, it won't arrive until today. I am not a big fan of earphones and not very picky about it. But is it worth $99? My answer will be "Hell Yeah!!"

Today, you can get this for $299.97 Shipped. And yes, you need to pay $200.00 more since you missed the deal.

Self Portrait King. Some Girls Love it.

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The Story
My friend told me ladies will love this Samsung DualView TL220, since it has a front LCD which makes it easy for self portraits. Followings are some comments from ladies when they see this camera.

"-omg i can take nice self pic!!!!"
"-well the quality is pretty good though"
"-have all gizzmo like blink auto re-capture"
"-smiling detection... "


Now you can get it with a free 7" digital photo frame
here for $249 Free Shipping.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Great X'mas Gift Idea

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The Story
While browsing for X'mas ideas for friends, I found a fun toy. It is a Rubik's Cube redesigned with touch technology. You can click here to see how it works.

Sony SMPU10 USB Media Player $28.96 Shipped

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The Story
I don't have this Sony Media Player yet; Seems reviews are not good; Can't play RMVB, MKV file, but you can have this for $28.96 Shipped. Come on, is a Sony, look at how beautiful it is ...

Slow Motion Video from 1D Mark 4



The Story
Lucky guy, Dan Chung got a chance to test drive pre-production Canon 1D Mark IV. He was shooting at 720p 60fps and output to 24fps for the slow motion effect.

Images below show his setup for the Video
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You can preorder Canon 1D Mark IV for $4999 Shipped here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lets Listen to the Music

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The Story
Alohaeveryone Radio function official launched. Enjoy by clicking the "radio" tag on the Top Bar.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

4 Color Coded Wii Grips $12.99 Shipped

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The Story

I've been playing the new Super Mario Bros for Wii for a while now, and found the Wii-Remote is totally not design for you to use horizontally. Every time after about 30 mins of continuous play, my wrist and thumb starts to hurt, and my wife also complains that’s the reason why her character dies more often. So I got the after market Grip to resolve the problem. But honestly, the Grip won’t help you play the game any better, your Mario will still die only because you suck, and it has nothing to do with the Grip.

4 Color Coded New Super Mario Bros Controller Grip for Wii $12.99 with Free Shipping

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Google Chrome for MAC (Beta)

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The Story
I used Chrome browser a few months ago before I switched to MAC completely. Today, the long awaited Chrome (Beta) has been released to MAC. If a light, fast, flash supported browser is all you need, please feel free to give it a try. Even though it is a Beta version now, I have been using it 4 hrs without crashing.

Detail Video on this beta release of Chrome for MAC


Download MAC Version Here, Windows Version Here to try.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

WebStation Perorder with Limited Availability

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The Story
I love Android. I love tablet. Webstation available for preorder now. A 7" inch Andriod tablet come with Wifi, GPS and 3G connection with USB dongle make it a nice internet browsing device. You can get Youtube, Facebook, Email, IM with a finger touch of the screen. If you preorder now, this should become an nice Xmas gift for yourself. $389 Early Bird Special order will process before Dec, 16.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 $99 Shipped (One Day Only)

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A highly recommended earphones by my friend.

Original Price $399 and now $99.99 Shipped for One day only, Expire 12/4

Out of stock, but you can still place order. Make sure you order from Amazon on the right for $99.99, in stock on 12/19.

Great Reviews from Head-Fi.org

Prefer headphones instead of earphones? Shure SRH 440 also $99.99 Shipped

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

iPhone Touchscreen Winter Trick



The Story
When the weather is cold, my wife likes to wear her gloves to keep her fingers from freezing, and this poses a problem for her from using her iPhone since its touch sensitive.

The Solution
I found the solution on the internet, which is by using a battery. I would like to share this with everyone. Please see video above.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nikon Girl music video, The Photo Club



The Story
A great song to share. No matter you are a Canon or Nikon shooter, you should like it.

arr..... you have a Pentax?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Softmodded Wii + USB Loader GX



The Story
Friends told me the New Super Mario Bros for Wii is really fun. I dusted off my Wii console and got the latest softmod + USB Loader GX installed. I was surprised by the fancy user interface and would like to share with you guys. However, I am not going to show you the details of how to get the softmod done here since there is a chance of getting your Wii bricked (stop functioning).

p.s. New Super Mario Bros for Wii is really fun!!!

Chrome OS Tailored for Dell Mini 10v

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The Story
The guys of the Dell Linux division have wowed the community by building and releasing their own revision of Chromium OS tailored for the Dell Mini 10v. After seeing Engadget running Chrome OS on a Vostro system, they tried fiddling with the build themselves to get it up and running on a Dell Mini 10v and succeeded. This OS relies 100% on the cloud, local storage is just used to speed up the system, everything is store in Google Docs, Picase, Gmail...

The Chrome OS build for the Dell Mini 10v can be downloaded here and Instructron from here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Girls can call it BFF (Best Friend Forever)

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The Story
My wife sent me a link today for a Casio Point and Shoot camera event in Taiwan, its basically promoting the camera’s “Makeup Function”, which of course means to make the girls look like they have great makeup on in every photo. According to the product description, it uses the facial recognition function to make the skin look smoother and can soften the shadows caused by sunlight.

It’s a little irritating to hear her raving about a little P&S after I just spent a grip on the Canon 7D as her early Christmas gift. However, she did point out one undeniable fact…

Friday, November 20, 2009

Canon 7D Unboxing + 8fps Mirror Demo



The Story
Finally got the Canon 7D on hand before the holiday. A very short unboxing video to share since this is not something really new. I did add a 8 frame per second mirror flipping demo at the end per friend's request.

Comments
After hands on for a while, I feel it has come with improved video recording functions compared to 5D Mark II. Since 7D is still in short supply and some sellers are trying to mark up higher than MSRP, You can check the following link for stock status.

7D Body Only for $1699, 7D Body with 28-135 Kit Lens for $1899.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Spider Holster Unboxing



The Story
I have been using R-Strap as a fast & quick release strap for my camera. Recently, I found there is a Spider Holster available. I got one and did the unboxing video for you if you are wondering what it looks like.

Comments
I put it on a field test with my 5D2 + Lens (over 5lbs), it does what it says on its website. However, as I mentioned in the video, there could be room for improvement. If you are planning

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Camera Which Fits in My Pocket

The Story
Every camera has its own strength. Some cameras get you WOW image quality, some get you super zoom range... We may not need to have the one which can get us the best images in the world while you should find one which really fit your shooting style. The follow image is capture by Canon S90.

The Sample
S90

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Reasons why I switched to Mac



The Story
Friends asked me why I've been using A Mac recently. As a newbie MAC user, I found Mac was able to GET THE JOB DONE THE EASY WAY. Following video shows what Mac can do and what impressed me.

The Comment
Macs are getting cheaper. You can get

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Long Awaited Magic Finally Arrived

The Story
Finally got my Apple Magic Mouse. I've been waiting for a long TIME since I had credit to spend at a retail store. I did a quick, short unboxing video for this beautiful mouse.

Unboxing Video

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Canon Makes Some Sweet Combo Deals

The Story
Canon Instant Rebate offer up again this years, there is a super hot T1i combo + some other sweet deals

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Click following to buy the items you need:

Canon T1i with EF-S 18-55mm IS kit + Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS
$749.95+$243.10 - $200.00 Instant Saving =$793.05 Shipped

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How to create time-lapse video in a simple way

The Story
More then one friend asked me how I created the time-lapse video. Actually it's much simpler than you may think. After you get the photos ready, you can follow the simple video I prepared for you below.

The tutorial video


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Great Song to Share

The Story
I heard a great song from a TV show and spent almost 2 hrs to find it. I would like to share with you guys. The original name of this song should be "O come, O come Emanuel" while this is a different version.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Snow Leopard on Netbook

The Story
Friends keep asking if I can help with install MAC OS on their Netbook. Actually, the process is much easier than they think. I make a instruction video, so everyone can DIY.

The Video


Links to the NetbookBootMaker

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Milky Way Time-Lapse Video done by SLR

The Story
Friends invited me for a trip for Milky Way. We went to Joshua Tree National Park on 10/17/2009. Away from city light with New Moon on that night leave us a clear sky perfect for Milky Way shooting. That was the first time I try to shoot time-lapse with SLR camera as well. Lets look at the result below.

Milky Way Time-Lapse Video


What I did
Manual Focus was set to infinity.
Make sure the camera sit on a firm tripod
Shutter speed set to 30 sec with f2.5
ISO set to 1250
Let the camera shoot continues for 3hrs

What to improve next time
Get the timer remote cable. (My cable didn't arrive on time, I just shot the shutter pins)
Check focus in detail with test shots.
Push ISO even higher, possible 2500
reduce shutter speed to 15 sec to avoid the star trails on each shot.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My first Time-Lapse video by Canon S90

The Story
I always want to create a Time-Lapse video. However, using DSLR to make time-lapse will shorten the life of the shutter. So, a point and shoot camera with full manual control should able to handle the job at lower cost.

Time-Lapse Video


Comments
This is my first try of time-lapse video. Any suggestions will help me improve. Please leave as comments. Thanks in advance. If you haven't get this great camera yet. You can get it here for $429 and they ready to ship.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Canon S90 Unboxing

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The Story
I have been waiting for a point and shot camera which allows me to carry everyday while maintaining good image quality and includes all the functions I need. Following is a unboxing video. After a few tests I am not surprised. It is the camera I have been waiting for long.

Unboxing Video


Comments
I got this camera from a local BestBuy since they are the first one to have inventory I can buy. Also, they have a 10% coupon here(valid 11/30/09). If you can't find it from a local store due to the shortage. You can get that from my favorite etailer here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

After Market Battery Grip, Zeikos ZE-CBG5II unboxing

The Story
I wanna get a battery grip, however I wanna save some money for a better lens. So, I decided to get the Zeikos ZE-CBG5II instead of Canon BG-E6. I got that for $91 shipped from here.

Unboxing Video

Thursday, September 3, 2009

WD TV Mini Unboxing and Review

The Story
WD TV Mini support HDTV 1080i with RMVB decode which make it stand out from other media player. I create a little unboxing and review video for you guys.

I highly recommend this product and you can get this for $79.99 with Free Shipping here

Unboxing and Review Video

Monday, June 1, 2009

Local Deal - Free Bowling Ball by Joining League

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I joined a local (West Covina in Los Angeles) bowling league for $40.00 4 week ago and I think it is a very good deal. Now they have the same offer again. You will get 12 games within 4 weeks, free ball with drilling, free bowling lessons and free shoe rental. If you are interested, you can download their registration form here to apply or email sd.brc.west.covina.lanes@brunbowl.com for information.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Instruction to Get 5D Mark II for $2499 from Amazon *Expired*

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The Story
Friend told me he heard Amazon is selling Canon 5D Mark II Body for $2499 with Free Shipping, But when he check the price, its over $3500.00.

The Reason
First of all, Amazon is out of stock (ship around 2- 5weeks). That is the reason if you search 5Dmark2 from Amazon you will see $3000+ from seller other than amazon.

The Solution
To Make it simple, you can click the link here and you should see similar as below on your right hand side.
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Click "Add to Cart". When you check your shopping cart, you will see $2499 with free shipping just like the image below. :)

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My 2 cents.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spend a thousand dollor for Tele Lens?

The Story
Friend wanted to buy Canon EF300mm f4/L for wild life photos and asked me if I can find good deal for him. I searched around and found it costs over $1000. Wow! After I asked him few questions and showed him the example below. He changed his mind and got a $100 Tamron 70-300mm instead

Sample from my Tamron
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Click the image to see the original.

Q&A as follow

Me: How often do you take wild life photos?
Friend: Few times a year

Me: Are you going to shoot at day time or night time?
Friend: Mostly, Sunny day time.

Me: Do you really wanna spend a $1000 for a lens while you only use it a few time a year?
Friend: No, and lower quality is acceptable for cheaper solution.

The Reason He Picked Tamron
Every Lens should have acceptable sharpness while you are shooting at aperture f8. The cat you see above was shot with the Tamron at 300mm, aperture f8, 1/320sec with ISO800 while I think the image is acceptable. You will see the noise of the photo is pretty high since the little kitten is under the shade of my wife's car and I push my Canon XTi to ISO 800 to maintain the exposure. While you are shooting telephoto. In order to reduce hand shake, make sure you shoot with faster shutter speed. Only 3 rules apply, if the condition allow you to do so, you don't need a $1000 Lens to get good photos.

1, Shoot at f8 to get sharp image
2, Shoot at fast shutter speed to reduce hand shake
3, Push ISO to maintain good exposure.



p.s. Canon L telephoto lens will be able to help you get good images while you are in difficult situations. Such as when you need fast focus, shooting at low light or require f4 while still maintaining sharpness. Buy one if you can afford it. :)

Great XSi Deal after "Instant" Rebate

Friend ask me how to get the rebate from Canon I talk about 2 - 3 weeks ago. Because they thought is mail in rebate.

Actually those are instant rebates.

Let me put great deal as an example for XSi + EF-s 18-55mm + 55-250mm

First add the following items to your Amazon shopping cart

Canon XSi with EF-s 18-55mm Kit Lens

And

Canon EF 55-250mm IS

When you try to check out, you will see the following at the checkout page.

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Final price

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Nice! Camera with 2 Lens for $753.91 Shipped
Please remember to select free shipping

my 2 cents

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

If I want Canon SLR, which one should I get?

The story
People ask me what Canon SLR camera they should get. Actually Each Canon model has its own market, some of the features you may only find in the professional cameras. Depends on what you are looking for and your subject. You can pick from the followings

Consumer Camera

Canon XS, XSi and T1i are consider as consume camera (low-end), usually they are around $500 - $800 price range. They are lightweight with plastic housing and basic SLR features. Don't get me wrong, they are all able to produce good images. The function they are missing are for the professional to handle extreme conditions. Such as low light, situation that is not allowed use flash or require very high shutter speed to freeze fast moving object.

Advanced Amateur Cameras

Canon 40D and 50D are considered Advanced amateur cameras which come with magnesium alloy body with advance feature which allow you to get more creative photos and able to handle some extreme lighting conditions. If you are a beginner and able to afford a $900 to $1200 camera, I would suggest you skip the low-end one.


Professional Cameras

All the 1 series are considered to be professional cameras, while the 5D Mark II is considered semi-pro. These cameras are very reliable with alloy bodies while all the 1 series come with weatherproof protection. Their auto focus system is extremely rapid and more accurate than those lower end models. These camera usually have full complement of both manual and automatic controls. However, the are big, heavy and they are all missing build in flash (If you can afford $2000+ camera, you should able to afford a external flash).

You may click on the camera images to check out the latest pricing from Amazon.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My New Dell Vostro A90 Unboxing

The Story
Most of you know I write blog post with Dell Mini 9 most of the time. Today, the new blogging machine (Vostro A90) arrived. The only reason I bought this because it is in black color. Other than that, Vostro A90 is the same as Mini 9. Following is a shot unboxing video. Enjoy



If you wanna get one for yourself, click the following.
Click here to shop all Vostro laptops from Dell Small Business!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Photographer's Compact Point and Shoot

The Story
I saw a well known gadget review website rated Ricoh CX1 as a Photographer's Compact Point and Shoot. I don't have experience with this camera but I disagree with that.

The Reason
I believe a real photographer who will pick a point and shoot camera may only have a few reasons. Following is what I can think.

  • Similar image quality as DSLR.

  • Able to Shoot at RAW format

  • High Quality Lens

  • Compact and easy to carry around


  • Ricoh CX1 has a small 1/2.3" sensor which is similar as those cheap point and shoot camera. It doesn't allow user to shoot at RAW formant which normal photographers would like to have for post processing. It has a 7.1x optical zoom lens which possibly reduces image quality when the light has to travel though so many optics.

    What I think are good?

    The following cameras only serve the same purpose - produce good image quality and they all meet the requirements above.

    Panasonic LX3 / Leica D-Lux4
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    Sigma DP1 / DP2
    DP12



    Canon Powershot G10
    G10

    If you really like the brand Ricoh, Following are the much better choices
    Ricoh Caplio GX200 / GR Digital II
    Ricoh

    Just click on the images if you want to get more info on the cameras or buy the cameras.

    Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    Canon Speedlites Onsale Up to 47% Off with Free Shipping

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    All Canon Speedlights are onsale now. See the info Below.

    580EX II $370.00
    430EX II 244.78
    220EX $96.88
    MT-24EX $626.07
    MR-14EX Macro Ring $427.15

    All comes with free standard shipping.

    Click here to get the deal

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Great Night Shot with Star Effect

    The Story
    Friends ask me how to get great night shot with a SLR.

    The Solution
    I think most people know a tripod will be the great helper in this kind of situation. A tripod allows user to shoot at slower shutter speed with a clean shot. I would like to add something more on top of this - A Star Effect.

    Lets take a look with the following example.
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    How to get a star effect
    The example above has not been photoshoped, what you see is what I shoot at that moment. You see the lights become a beautiful stars and make the photo get the WOW effect which can be done very easily. A small aperture can make the bright light source become star shape. I use f/29 with 15sec for this shot. Usually, f/11 or smaller f-stop should be good enough to get the star effect.

    If you like this photo, you can download the original file here.

    Monday, May 4, 2009

    First Turkey in My Life

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    The Story
    I know this is kinda off topic, but I am so happy to share this. I just joined a bowling league and today was the first day of the game. I am not good at bowling and I got pretty low scores (under 100) for the first two games:(

    On the third game, I was lucky and got a strike on the 3rd round. I am so happy about this and I try to duplicate the same way to throw the ball again. Yup... that's right, I got the second strike. My team member handed over a beer to me and I finish half of the bottle. Now the next roll, focus, focus, and focus... Yeah! I got a turkey!


    p.s. The turkey photo is not taken by me, credit go to a Flickr user.