Thursday, December 23, 2010

The iOS 4.2 experiment

The other week, I tried to work exclusively from my iPad. Yes, iOS 4.2 for the iPad finally lets you multitask. Eureka, it actually worked! But it was far from perfect.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Third World Internet

This is a screenshot of SpeedTest from my friend who was in the US recently. (Mind you, this is a plain vanilla Internet connection, nothing fancy.) We were having a conversation about Google TV, and I was telling him that if we were to buy one of these boxes, it would be best to get a super fast Internet connection first. I've been having doubts that my 2Mbps DSL will cut it when it comes to streaming HD TV. So my friend forwarded me his SpeedTest results just to make me feel bad. Nice. Thanks Caloy.

No business like Schu business

I've noticed there are a lot of techie girls reading this site, and this post is for all of you out there with a shoe fetish (me included!). If you've got an iOS device, you might want to check out this app from the ever-popular shoe retailer, Schu. With this app, you can browse Schu's collection from your phone. Online orders would have been nice, but for now it's not possible (the developers tell me Schu has to work things out on the back end first). You can, however, give the shop a call the old-fashioned way and place an order. The app is free on the Apple App Store. I have a feeling window shopping will never be the same again… More pics after the break...

Monday, December 6, 2010

And on drums...

Here's another pic of the Rock Band Pro cymbals. The kid loves 'em. In other news, this nifty app BlogPress makes blogging on the iPhone a breeze. 
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

The Rock Band 3 instruments have landed

Actually, they've been cluttering my living room for the past week, but I've only gotten around to blogging about them now. I ended up ordering this stuff from the old Amazon-Johnny Air connection. I haven't seen the new instruments in local stores, and since I was determined to be deep into the game by Christmas, I decided to take the jump. Time will tell if I've saved money or squandered it, but the fun of the past weekend is worth it if you ask me. I'm a massive Rock Band geek.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fly to Europe for free

I love free stuff. I love it even more when you don't have to buy anything to get free stuff. So if you want to go to Europe for free, just head on over to and join this promotion from KLM.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mobile blogging test

Dell Streak anyone?

It's raining tablets over at my friends' place, These (very blurry) photos of the 5-inch Android tablet, the Dell Streak, have been sitting in my phone for quite some time now. I took these snaps when I dropped by Techie's office and Elijah was showing off all the tablets he was playing with at the time. Here's my 30-second impression of the Dell Streak:

The Internet killed NU 107

It's been around a week now since rock radio station NU 107 ceased operations and started blaring out pop tunes instead. Half of my friends are in mourning. The other half just doesn't care. I myself am a little torn up. I grew up with that radio station.  My car radio was fused to 107.5 for years. But I'm not surprised. I actually think the owners of NU did the right thing. Things are exactly as they should be.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The hunt for Rock Band 3 instruments begins

Last weekend, I discovered that Rock Band 3 is now available at Datablitz (one week late from the US release). Not bad, all things considered. The only problem is there were no keyboards in sight!

Is this the PSPhone?

Just when I thought a new PSP couldn't excite me anymore, Engadget busts the news about the PSPhone, and it looks pretty slick. Could this be my next phone?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Western Digital My Passport Essentials SE hands-on

And here's another micro-review of sorts by moi, again on Click here to read the whole thing. I really want this little portable hard drive. I have a total of 5.33TB of storage at home and my iTunes and Aperture library have grown to be too huge to live in my laptop, so I could really use this.

My Asus O! Play HD2 review is up

I recently wrote a review for the guys at, and you can read about it by hitting the link below. I've long been a fan of media streamers as it fills a nice niche between your computer and your television. It also allows me to watch those torrents as they're meant to be seen -- on a giant LCD TV. Ok, my TV's not so huge, but it sure beats a computer screen.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Civilization V Review

Hi, my name is Vince. And I'm a Civ addict. I've been playing it since the very first Civilization game came out, plunking down hours, days, months into every Civ incarnation, all the way up to Civilization Revolution on the PS3.

All-TIME 100 Gadgets

Wow, what a lousy list. I know TIME's readers are considerably older/more business-oriented/more American than the national average here in the Philippines, but their Top 100 Gadgets list is really missing a lot. For starters, 100+ million people are wondering where the PS2 is. And there's no mention of Nintendo's Wii, DS or SNES. Not to forget the contribution of Nokia's el cheapo phones like the 5110 to the proliferation of mobile technology all over the world. I don't know about you, but I think TIME has got some explaining to do.

Monday, October 18, 2010

C! Magazine for iPad

My enthusiasm for magazines moving to the iPad has stopped dead in its tracks. Last week, I happily downloaded  C! Magazine for the iPad (free) and fired it up to see what they had to offer. Boy was I disappointed.

Attack of the Pads

We've been awash in new tablet announcements in the past few months. Now the frontrunners have finally emerged, and it looks like a giant Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab vs RIM PlayBook vs HP Slate smackdown. Are you ready to rumble?

Sony 3D is here

Boy do I have a lot of catching up to do. This Sony 3D TV event happened over a week ago and I'm only posting it now. So much backlog… So much work… So many things to worry about… Let's forget all that stuff right now because 3D TV is here, and it's awesome!

Monday, October 4, 2010

This is the Droid you've been looking for

Be still my heart. This, my friends, is an actual phone from Motorola. It's an Android phone called the Droid R2-D2, and it looks like R2-D2. Do I have to say more? For more info, hit the link.

What everyone is saying about the iPhone 4

In case you missed it -- and I missed it, hence the lateness of this post -- the iPhone 4 is now available on Globe from a wide variety of plans. Hooray hooray? Wait until you hear how much it costs first.

Turn your iPod Touch into an iPhone, sort of

iPhone 4 on Globe costs how much, you say? Thanks to this China-made gizmo, called the Peel 520, you can now insert your iPod into a case and magically turn it into a phone.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bieber-themed headphones. Ew.

Oh what is this world coming to? Did I just really bring another life into our sad, confused, Bieber-headphone-making planet?

Via Engadget

iPad fans, meet the iArm

This gave me the giggles. Not only can you put your iPad, your Kindle, or three remotes on your arm, you can also put a plate of salad. Sold!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nerdy TV returns

Set your torrents to "download," nerds. Lots of TV shows are making a comeback this season. And hell, it's about time. Here are my top picks for your download queue, free from major spoilers. Hmm, okay, not really, but I tried.

Monday, September 13, 2010

My guitar rig has evolved

Recently, I had a little experiment on connecting my guitar to my laptop, and I was thrilled with the results. The other day, I dug up older guitar gear, and made my setup even more awesome.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cosina to make lenses for Micro Four Thirds. Yippee!

These Micro Four Thirds cameras are starting to become more popular than expected, and legendary lens-maker Cosina is jumping aboard the bandwagon. They recently announced that they'll be making lenses for the Micro Four Thirds system -- no adapters required.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This is the future of cameras according to Canon

Canon recently showed the world its concept of the future. It's mighty futuristic too; we expected no less. Anyway, here I go again, reposting news from other sites. What the heck, it's fun. We'll return to regular programming some other time…

Ooh, lookee! 3D lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras

I really don't know why I'm doing this post. I told myself I wouldn't rehash tech news -- there are lots of sites out there that do that and do it faster. But I really couldn't resist this one (or the next post, for that matter). Maybe I'm turning into a camera nut.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Apple TV? Here we go again

Thought I'd just weigh in with my opinion of the peek we've gotten of Apple's new Apple TV. It's a familiar old story. We've all been here before. Ready for some deja vu?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Flipboard for iPad

I used to think that magazines on the iPad were the future. If you read this blog, you know how gung-ho I am about the iPad and magazines on the iPad. Flipboard for iPad has made me rethink that. It's virtually made creators of magazines obsolete. (I've got much more to say on that topic, but for now I'll leave it at that.) This program is that good, and is the latest incarnation of what some geeks call social filtering of news.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Guitar Rig 4, baby!

You've got that right. I'm one of those annoying guys who "used to be in a band". The truth is I'm more of a bungling amateur guitarist, but I can still appreciate really kick-ass gear. Recently, I stumbled upon Guitar Rig 4 (for the Mac and PC). I was blown away.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Jupiter-8 sample photos with Olympus E-PL1

Here are some sample shots of my other new baby, the Russian made Jupiter-8 lens, on my Olympus E-PL1. It's been interesting so far. It definitely won't replace my 20mm Lumix as the first lens I reach for, but really it's not meant to. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but here are some impressions…

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jupiter-8 on my Olympus E-PL1

This, comrades, is my new (old) lens for my Olympus E-PL1, the Russian made Jupiter-8. It took a while to get here, but it was well worth the wait. Hey, that rhymes...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Metro first Philippine magazine on the iPad

Dammit, they beat me to it. After my previous life as a magazine editor came to an end and before my return to advertising, I used to tell people that I was making a magazine for the iPad. And I was. It had a name, and a handful of articles, and I had a plan. But the best laid plans of mice and men… you know the rest.

How to make your own cheap studio setup


This blog entry is the first in a series of small How To's about photography. When I first conceptualized this blog, it was meant to feature more How To's, but I've somehow forgotten that. Well, I remembered!

First, a fairly simple How To which is pretty useful if you shoot a lot of products or things. After years of watching how the pros shoot products (and models!) in my former job, I picked up a few tricks. So when I bought a real camera, I tried to replicate their setups on the cheap. And here's what you'll need:

Monday, July 26, 2010

Third World Nerd is experiencing technical difficulties

I feel so third world right now. Internet has been down for a week. ISP claims it's affecting Metro Manila and much of Luzon. Yes, we called our ISP and that's what they said, adding that we should email them for further inquiries. Right. And how are we supposed to do that when we don't have Internet? Eh?

Judging from the absence of Wi-Fi networks visible from my apartment, everyone where I live seems to be affected. I'm typing this at work, hoping DSL will be back up when I get home. But I'm not holding my breath.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Third World Nerd's Wish List: Part Two

I thought I'd just wrap up my little nerdy wish list. Some of this is old, but by old I mean announced a while back. They're still the hottest gadgets on the block right now.

Monday, July 19, 2010

StarCraft 2 system requirements out now

Hullo third world nerds, today is a good day to be a StarCraft 2 fan. The launch date is a week away and Blizzard has just released its official system requirements, which you'll see after the jump. And I'm talking about the Philippine launch date. Place your orders at Datablitz, folks.

Sony Philippines is giving away laptops!

Okay everyone, it's promo time. Sony Philippines is giving away three VAIO M laptops. In case you're wondering, these are Sony's pretty little netbooks sporting Intel N450 Atom processors, worth P29,000+ each. More info after the jump!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Postcard from Tron

Look what arrived in the mail today: a postcard for the video game Astro Gunners from Encom. Okay nerds, did you spot that one? I don't have to tell you that Encom is of course, the evil mega-corporation from the movie Tron, which makes this postcard promotional swag for the movie Tron Legacy. It's my nerd thrill for the day. I know, I'm so shallow. I've been a huge fan of Tron since I was a kid.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Vintage lenses on Micro Four Thirds

It's a little known fact that the Micro Four Thirds cameras, like my E-PL1, can take all sorts of lenses, even old film camera lenses. In fact, I bought my camera not knowing this. A friend recently pointed me to a few links online and I'm now officially obsessed about turning my camera into a Leicympus -- an Olympus Leica hybrid. I'll be happy with any good vintage lens though. Leica lenses can be quite expensive.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sony NEX-5 Philippine launch

SLRs aren't for everyone, though nowadays you'll find them in the hands of everyone from high school girls to your grandfather. For those of you looking for something smaller but just as flexible and powerful, there are cameras like Sony's NEX-5, a pocket-sized cam that rocks interchangeable lenses. They recently launched this baby, together with the NEX-3, at the Hotel Sofitel a couple of days ago, and Third World Nerd was there.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Third World Nerd new design

Ooh what fun! Been messing around with Blogger's new templates, and I came up with this. The logo though is completely fresh. I made it myself with a free-to-use font that I downloaded. It might look familiar...

UPDATE: The annoying thing about changing your template is that all your widgets get messed up or disappear and you have to put them back manually. The good news is while putting back my widgets, I decided to add a Facebook Share button to this blog. It's easy peasy. If you have a blog, you can add a Facebook Share button by following the directions on this link.

Friday, June 25, 2010

iOS 4? i SO unhappy

Recently updated my iPhone 3G to iOS 4. Slow. So slow. I feel like I'm underwater. Simple SMS takes forever. Even playing music has a noticeable delay. Bleugh.

All this for what? Folders, threaded emails, editable playlists, blah blah. All very nice, but jeez, if you're going to slow my phone down like this, Apple, give me that multi-tasking thing that's on the 3GS and 4G.

I've heard all's well with iPhone 3GS users, but regardless, Apple products are just supposed to work. You broke my phone, Apple people, WTF.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

So that's how the Dyson Air Multiplier works...

I've been drooling over this amazing "electric fan" by Dyson. If it's your first time to see it, the Air Multiplier is a fan without blades -- and without the buffeting effect that comes with fans with blades. Amazing stuff. And it looks bloody gorgeous. I've always thought that electric fans are the ugliest appliances in any home.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Not another iPad review: Conclusion

Thought I'd just wrap up this iPad review with some sort of conclusion.

Is the iPad that "magical" device that Steve Jobs has been calling it? You betcha. It really is something. Reading Wired on it, or checking the news every morning on the iPad really feels like you stepped into the future. And its uses aren't limited to that. It will be different for everyone, I'm sure, but the device has a remarkable talent for finding a niche to occupy in your life and acting like it owns the place.

Third World Nerd's Wish List: Part One

Ok boys and girls, E3 is over and Apple's mid-year announcements are over, so we now have a clear idea of all the stuff we'll be wanting in the coming year. In case you've never heard of it, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is the Comic Con of the gaming world, and this year's E3 was full of drool-worthy announcements. I want this stuff bad...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Not another iPad review -- Part 2

And here's the second installment of my iPad review. If you missed the first part, click here to read about books, magazines and comics on the iPad. This part's all about surfing, games and work -- the last bastion of laptop computers.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Not another iPad review -- Part 1

Here it is, boys and girls: Third World Nerd takes on the iPad in a full review. It's not your usual iPad review though. By now, you've all seen the iPad, so I won't get into what it does or what it looks like. I'll jump straight into the good stuff: how does it fare with the things you want to do?

Monday, May 31, 2010

First look at Sony's 3D TV

Dropped by Sony's big sale last weekend, and though yes, the TVs were really cheap, what caught my eye was Sony's showcase of their 3D system. I've long been skeptical about 3D, but I have to say that this changed my mind about it. Avatar was great and all that -- the greatest ride I've had in a movie theater in a long time -- but could they recreate that experience on a regular TV in a living room, and more importantly, would we want it?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Six nerdy must-watch movies

Fasten your seatbelts, nerds. Iron Man 2 was just the start. There are a whole bunch of sci-fi and fantasy movies just around the bend. I've compiled a list of six must-watch movies. One is showing right now, one is showing around Christmas, and the rest will all be showing in the next couple of months.