Monday, May 20, 2013

Countdown to Deftones in Manila


Just one week to go before the Deftones concert. This is Deftones' second time in Manila, and I'm not missing them this time around. I missed them the first time because my friends ditched me, and I boy did I regret it. So I swore I wouldn't miss them if they came back. And they did!

If you want to watch them too, head on over to Ticket World. See you at the concert.

Meanwhile, enjoy the video!



Thursday, May 9, 2013

TDK MP-100 Headphones Review


So I got my hands on these new headphones the TDK MP-100 "Around-Ear Headphones". Unlike the PR person who was explaining the TDK brand, I am actually old enough to remember using TDK cassette tapes. These were the tapes you wanted if you had the money for them. They were the bomb! So I was a little curious to see if their old school high quality audio translated to quality headphones.

Here's my little mini review:

Monday, May 6, 2013

Panasonic Lumix (Like a) G6



I admit I'm a little confused with Panasonic's recently announced new Micro Four Thirds camera, the G6. It's supposed to fit right between the now made-for-enthusiasts GF series and the professional-videographer-wannabe GH series. With the GH series getting more SLR-like and bigger, the thinking is it's supposed to appeal more to pros, while the G series is for more serious still photographers who don't need pro-spec video. That said, I have no idea who would actually buy a G6 in the real world when all the action is in the GH series and its stellar video superpowers. While I'm complaining, let me gripe about why Panasonic had to dumb down the GF series. The GF1 was pretty sweet, then the GF3 (which I do own) and every GF camera since has been clumsy and cutesy. Panasonic never needed the G series. It's like the old GF series just made uglier/ergonomic-er. Oh well, at least the GF series is cheap. Anyhoo, this is about the G6...

Friday, May 3, 2013

Is this the Olympus E-P5?



The rumor sites are all abuzz with news of the Olympus E-P5, which is supposed to launch around May 9, give or take a few days. Can no one keep a secret anymore? I've been watching the news with keen interest because I'm exactly the person who would be interested in the E-P5: I'm an E-P3 owner and I skipped the OM-D E-M5.

Here's what we know so far. I take no credit for the rumors. I got them from 43rumors.com. Also, remember that these are rumors, so who knows if they're real?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Dual boot Windows on a Hackintosh



One of the reasons why I built a hackintosh was so I could have Mac OS for work then boot into Windows and play games. For me, Mac OS has always been about work; it's the OS of choice for the designers I worked with and the de facto OS in publishing. It was a big deal in the days before Macs had Intel processors, but not so much anymore. To be honest, Mac OS just feels more familiar, so I'm sticking with it. But when it comes to games, you really need Windows. There's no way around it. Windows is best for gaming. Most of my Steam games live there too.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Dear Microsoft, a rant


Dear Microsoft,

Unlike most of the world, I wanted Windows 8. I had just built a computer piece by piece and I wanted your latest OS instead of Windows 7. I bought the parts from different vendors, so I didn't get Windows 8 bundled with my PC. I needed to buy it separately. And I couldn't buy it. It turned out to be impossible to buy for weeks after the Windows 8 launch. All I wanted was for you to take my money and give me my OS.

At the time, you had just launched Windows 8  (yes, this post is a little late)  and you were offering only an "upgrade" version. I don't own a Windows PC, so I had no OS to upgrade. I needed the System Builder version, which you said you would be selling a month later, and only in retail, not online.

This was probably a sound business decision. I won't pretend to know your business better than you do. But here are my complaints as a customer:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My new gig part 2



Remember that column I'm writing for KRISTN.com, the Movie Nerd? Now I have another one! This time it's in the tech section, and the column is called Tech Support. It's all about finding answers to the tech questions that you've always had. Yeah, tech can be a headache. Gadgets can break or stop working. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a little help and a little know-how tech can be fun and easy. So if you have any tech questions, tweet me (@vincesales) or email me (vincesales@icloud.com),and I'll try to help you out.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Shell Journeys: A photographic journey to Tagaytay


We were approached by Shell the other week to take part in Shell Journeys, which is basically an excuse to go on a road trip and try out their new gasoline formula. We jumped at the chance of course. I brought the camera too so I could flex my photographic muscles. Tons of Olympus E-P3 photos after the jump, plus a mini-review of Shell V-Power Nitro+ Racing.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm! Prepare for the rush!

I've always been a Zerg player. Maybe that's why Wings of Liberty didn't do it for me. The Zerg often came out as the weakest among the three races, and they were difficult to play. Somehow that just felt wrong. Hopefully, they've addressed the balance; Blizzard is always tweaking that. Super excited about the new units. Now excuse me while I make room for Heart of the Swarm on my hard drive...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Nikon Coolpix A is here to fight mirrorless cameras!



You're looking at the Nikon Coolpix A, Nikon's latest camera designed to fight the small-size, large-sensor "mirrorless" cameras from the likes of Olympus, Fuji, Sony and Panasonic. Of course, Nikon already has their 1 system, which is also a small-size, large(-ish) sensor camera, and that was well-received. Now they're going against the mirrorless cameras with larger sensors, like those from Sony and Fuji. Notice those two letters on the bottom corner of the camera? DX means the Nikon Coolpix A has an APS-C sized sensor. Woot!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I want to be that dork wearing Google Glass


Waddayaknow, I'm suddenly convinced that Google Glass is the future. I'll admit that the first time  Google hit the Internet with announcements, I wasn't paying much attention. I shrugged it off as just another experimental wearable computer. And one look at the thing would have had anyone running for the hills. Google Glass is ugly. It needs help. But now, with the latest video that's going around, I get it. I can see how awesome Glass will be if Google can get it to work as promised. In fact, I'm so convinced that I don't mind how ugly it looks. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wii Hackintosh Update



I just wanted to report that my little gaming experiment – turning my Mac into a Nintendo Wii with Dolphin Emulator – is a smashing success. In a previous post, I got Dolphin Emulator up and running with a PS3 controller. Dolphin is an awesome piece of software that runs Wii and Gamecube games on your computer (Windows, Mac OS or Linux). I recently got a Wii controller with nunchuck and a wireless sensor bar, and the whole setup works flawlessly. And it does what no Wii can ever do: it runs in 1080p!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

4 Things I Liked About the PS4 Announcement



Finally, we know something about the PS4. A lot of it looks awesome. Some of it looks meh. And still more of it is shrouded in mystery. Sony didn't even show us what it will look like! What's up with that?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ni No Kuni Mini-Review



You had me at hello, Ni No Kuni. You had me at hello. How could I possibly resist you? I love Japanese RPG's. I love Studio Ghibli. And you're both: a Japanese RPG with animation and character design by Studio Ghibli. So I bought the game on the day that it came out in stores, and yes, it cost me a little more, but I have not been disappointed.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rappler for iOS


I'm becoming more and more impressed with Rappler, the news site spearheaded by Maria Ressa. Rappler is doing a solid job on how news should be presented in the post-newspaper era. And now they have an iOS app.

Monday, February 18, 2013

PS4 incoming! What we know so far...


Sony's announcing something big this February 20. It's confirmed to be about PlayStation, so the rumor mill has been churning. By now, it's almost sure that the announcement will be about the PS4, or whatever the name of Sony's next console will be. Here's what we know so far, based on leaks and rumors:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My GTX 660 Ti video card is here!



My birthday is coming up, so I got myself this to celebrate: it's an Nvidia GeForce 660 Ti video card, the gaming muscle in my hackintosh gaming machine. So far, it's been pretty sweet. I have no reason to complain about its performance. And one day I will overclock, but for now I'm just happy to have a reasonably powerful video card. Mini review after the jump!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Why Microsoft's Surface Pro is important



I'll go out on a limb here. I think the Surface Pro is something special. While Apple has been busy printing money, Microsoft put their shoulder to the wheel and made a tablet that you can use for work. Not a tablet for consuming silly games, taking Instagram photos, doing Facebook, and reading the news. A serious tablet for work. That's a crucial difference. The Surface Pro isn't perfect, but it sounds like the device that everyone was clamoring for when this tablet thing all began: a MacBook Pro Touch. I don't know if anyone out there still wants one of those, but I sure do.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My new gig


I'm happy to announce that I'm now a movie columnist for the website KRISTN.com. The title of the column is The Movie Nerd and this is where I talk about one of the great loves of my life: movies. KRISTN is "your digital go-to girl," so I guess that makes me "your go-to-male-BFF-movie-buddy?" Haha.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Play Wii games on your Mac with Dolphin Emulator


Wii games on your Mac or PC? What witchcraft is this? Yes, it's possible. And yes, you don't need much. Thanks to the magic of Dolphin Emulator, you can run Wii games and Gamecube games. So far, my experience of it has been pretty good. It runs the games smoothly at 60fps and you can even run the games at 1080p if you want to – something the Wii and Gamecube were not capable of doing. (It looks the same, just with more pixels.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fun with long exposure



I learned something new about photography the other day, and it was like a door opened in my brain. My new knowledge allowed me to take this odd photo above. No Photoshop and no multiple exposure. Let me tell you how I did it.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Razer Abyssus Review


I finally did it! I bought a Razer mouse. I am now officially one of "those guys." You know, the guys with the bright lights inside their computer. Those guys who use words like "frag" and say "GG." You know, gamerz. Those dudes who own a Razer mouse because it makes them deadlier in online games. You know what the funny thing is? I think everyone should buy one of these mice. Razer is the Rolls Royce of mice.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Stuff to watch out for in 2013


What a great year for tech. Things are kind of slow right now, but the rest of the year looks like it will be off the charts. Here's the news that has me interested this year.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Goodbye PS2 Fat




Just the other day, Sony announced that it has stopped production of the PS2. It sold over 150 million units in its lifetime, making it arguably the most successful console of all time. This is old news by now, but I got a little emotional about it. To me, the PS2 is the best gadget I ever bought. It gave me more happiness than any other gizmo I own, borrowed or stole. I spent hundreds of hours playing on it. I was a late bloomer to console gaming (before my PS2 we had a Sega Genesis), and it introduced me to Final Fantasy, Tekken, Gran Turismo. And then there were the classics like Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, God of War, and Twisted Metal. I could go on forever.

Now I'm getting senti. When I bought it during its launch in 2000, I had my friend buy it from the US. I only had enough money for the console, so I didn't tell my friend to buy games, thinking that I could buy games later. PS2 games didn't hit the Philippines until a couple of months later, so I spent an agonizing few weeks just staring at my PS2. Hahaha! At least it made a swell DVD player. Once the games came out, I spent the next few years practically glued to the controller.

Ah, those were the days. I dug up my PS2 Fat (pictured above) and it is still alive and in perfect working order. They sure don't make gaming consoles like they used to.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ooh looloo!



I promised myself that I would try out this app. It's called looloo and it's a discovery app – basically it gives you short reviews on everything from restaurants to stores to travel destinations. (And it's local!) Or if you're somewhere and you want to review the place, just hammer away on your virtual keypad to get the word out. It's all about sharing nowadays.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Nerd Finds: CD-R King junk



Babaw thrill of the day: I was looking for a built-in card reader for my blackintosh, and I found one in CD-R King that was actually more awesome than what I was hunting for. This one has a built-in drive bay where you can  slot in 2.5-inch hard drives without cracking open the case. No more need for external hard drive enclosures, and it's hot-swappable. You don't even need to reboot. If you've got a lot of old 2.5-inch hard drives lying around, this is really useful! The cost? P990.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Adobe CS2 is now free




Okay pirates, you don't need to steal Adobe Photoshop anymore. They're giving it away for free on their website. All you have to do is register.

If you're the glass half-full kind of person, this is great news. You get the entire CS2 suite, including Photoshop. Even this version of Photoshop will be able to do most of the things you need from a photo editing program, just not the fancy new stuff like healing brushes and junk like that.

If you're the glass is half-empty kind of person, CS2 is something like eight years old. And oh the hassle, you have to register? It's also for older Macs and PCs, which yours probably isn't, but if it is, you're in luck.

Head on over to adobe.com for the download.

UPDATE: So it wasn't free after all! It was all an accident. But a happy one. Read about it here.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Make your own guitar effects pedal board


I've been meaning to do this for years, and I mean years. While I was cleaning the house (spring cleaning!), I stumbled upon my old electric guitar and effects. I don't know what possessed me. I built a pedal board in two days. One day for planning and research and shopping. Another day (just the afternoon) for putting it all together.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

CES is happening right now: crazy gadgets everywhere!



It's the yearly Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: NERDVANA! Past years have been a little disappointing, but 2013 is getting off to a stellar start. We've got the usual parade of tablets, but we also have lots of weird new cameras, and surprise surprise, gaming consoles. Here are my early picks.