I definitely have a gadget addiction, I can’t get portable computers out of my head. Last week, I took a trip to our local electronics shop with a nice selection of used computers and saw a sweet Vaio P for sale, the black 1.83 ghz version. Mustering up the strongest willpower I could, I was able to pass up the $700 steal even with a wad of cold hard cash slated for savings in my pocket. Today, I went back there just to see… and it was gone.
Really, I’ve been contemplating getting a new toy, but have been put off my most everything on the market. Today I played with the Dell Mini 10v and Toshiba NB200 (UX series in Japan), my two most promising choices. Regarding the 10v, I didn’t like the keyboard, although the US keyboard might be a little better. The UX doesn’t have bluetooth, but seems ok in most other respects. As for those 10 inch, 1024×600 screens… frankly I can’t stand them… everything just looks huge!
Enter yesterday’s announcement of Sony’s entry in the netbook market, the Vaio W. I’m sure the keyboard will be acceptable if it’s like the Vaio P’s. It has the newer 1.66 Atom processor, and other standard netbook specs, including bluetooth and the high-res screen. If it’s easy to replace the ram and harddisk, this puppy might be my next toy.
After giving up on waiting for the new Apple in-ear headphones, I decided to settle on a cheaper pair. Enter the Rad headphones for iPhone. At less than 3000 Yen, I hoped they would provide the functionality I wanted without having to shell out 10000 yen. These cans feature an in-ear design, remote control, and mic. The sound is not the best, but for my day-to-day usage it’ll do fine. The remote functions and looks just like the normal Apple remote. Most importantly, the in-ear design keeps them in my ear without having to adjust them every minute like the stock ones. I’m sure I’ll outgrow these soon, maybe by then Apple’s new ones will be in the stores.
With the popularity of manga, I thought there’d be tons of manga apps out there, but there isn’t. After searching for quite a while, I finally came across iComic v1.0 at the iTunes App Store by Y. Yamamoto. I guess this app originally was loadable (and probably still is) if you were working on a jailbroken iPhone. I’m not, so I downloaded the app for 99 cents. While the app is pretty simple to use, the English documentation is somewhat lacking, so I thought I’d provide an in-depth review.
I decided to start syncing my 3G iPhone to my 12″ G4 PowerBook, since I’ve been using it more than my Mac Mini. After migrating my iTunes files, I finally sat down and connected the phone to sync, and waited… waited… waited. The backup eventually failed after a while, stating the phone had been disconnected — which it hadn’t. On this lazy Saturday morning I decided to troubleshoot the problem.
After a little reading, the culprit turned out to be my favorite app: Facebook. Apparently due to the way Facebook files are stored on the iPhone, it causes backups to take forever… some people were reporting 3 hours to backup. The solution is delete the Facebook app from the iPhone, then backup. After your backup has succeded copy the Facebook app back to the iPhone, and things should run smooth again.
When I read this article on jkOnTheRun, my heart skipped a beat. I loved my Sony Picturebook, and to read about a possible reincarnation is awesome. I’m really surprised that Sony has stayed out of the netbook market, they’re practically the ones that pioneered that market.
When “it’s a Sony” you know what you’re in for, it’s gonna be ‘spensive. I’m gonna start saving my money now.
The spring season of Japanese dramas started a few weeks ago, and I’ve been watching one called Osen (おせん). It’s theme song is by Micro called Odore (踊れ), very addictive. The video is online, but I’m not able to find any lyrics anywhere yet. This is gonna be my next karaoke challenge… the rap part is gonna be difficult.
Update: The lyrics are finally online:
作詩：Micro・Nagacho・Nobuaki Kaneko 作曲：Micro・Nagacho・Nobuaki Kaneko
俺は矛盾していく for the justice