Thursday, August 28, 2008

Singapore Comex Nikon gear pricelist

I got the latest pricelist from a source in Singapore. There are plenty of freebies but the price is not attactive.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

nikon D90 is officially announced

Nikon has announced successor to D80 mid range camera, D90 today with several accessories such as a hotshoe GPS unit. Among the highlights of this camera are:

  • 12.3 megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor with built-in self-cleaning sensor unit
  • Low noise performance from ISO 200 to 3200
  • D-Movie function offers Motion JPEG movies in exceptional D-SLR image quality
  • Live View with 3-inch, 920,000-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor
  • Extensive in–camera retouch functions

This is the first DSLR comes with video recording function. I was expecting this camera since beginning of the month. Frankly, I'm a bit disappointed with the announcement as I thought gps will be built in to the body. Nevertheless, I'm going to evaluate whether I should upgrade for the new features above plus auto dust removal, lighter body, longer battery life from my d200/ downgrade to a mid range camera without rubber grip, fast sensor, bulk mode shutter release.

More on Video Sample here
More on 16 pages brochures here
More on Sample Images here

The following is the video on the pre-release d90 done by Chase Jarvis, Nikon D3 pro user.

Hot and Sour Sea Bass

Yesterday Cherlyn cooked hot and sour sea bass with lemon grass, corianders, onions, tomatos, chili and lemons. It increased our appetite for more rice. :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hot Summer in Rome

We went to Rome on 22-25 August, and the weather was fantastic for summer lover. It was 28-32 degree with clear blue sky for most of the time. On the first day, we reached Rome city around quarter to 7pm. After taking our dinner, we walked to Trevi Fountain and spent our evening there.

A mini car on our way to Trevi

Crowded Trevi Fountain

On the second day, we went to Colosseum and the queue was long. However, it worth the wait. The historical site looks amazing in each way, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.

Inside colosseum

Outside Colosseum

Friday, August 15, 2008

Dixons Lunch time deal 15/8.

Dixons deal is back, but only for today.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Watching Olympic 2008 in Office

Thanks to BBC, I'm able to watch Olympic live in my office although I scheduled to record it at home.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Math: Back to School

I was trying to solve a problem for several days for a bug, that involved getting a new point when a move related function. Problem start when I tried to move the Valve together with the connected features.

Ideally, I want to keep the ratio and the distance of the text from the line, and calculate new orientation based on the slope of the line, but the existing function didn't that.

I didn't know it is so complex to begin with. After a few attempts, I decided to consult my indian programmer. I'm impressed that they still remember the formula I learned in school. My problem involved digging my head for several old school lesson for math: distance (sqr((x2-x1)^2+(y2-y1)^2)), slope(m=(y1-y2)/(x1-x2), point(y=mx+c),trigonometry(sin,cos,tan), quadratic formula (ax2+bx+c=0) and linear formula (m1*m2=-1 for pependicular).
This equation below is just a subset of the works.