HDTV buying guide

Walking into an electronics store and being faced with a wall of large panel HDTVs can be daunting. Then you’re made to feel like an idiot when the sales person starts spewing statistics and acronyms that sound like a combination of Latin and calculus. Buying a flat screen HDTV is far easier than store sales staffs for electronics “experts” make it. You need only consider four questions, all of which can be answered before you step foot into a store.

LCD vs Plasma

There are two basic types of flat-panel TVs currently on the market: Plasmas and LCDs. Generally speaking, LCD HDTVs reflect ambient light better than plasma and, therefore, are more appropriate for bright rooms. However, plasmas generally perform far better in darker rooms, so if you can control the light in the room, you want a plasma.

LCDs are sometimes advertised with technology that can create extra frames between each “actual” frame of footage, sometimes called 120 Hz or, now, 240 Hz. This technology compensates for an inherent problem with LCD technology. Each pixel in an LCD is powered and lit separately, which takes time, measured in milliseconds (8 ms pixel response is too high; the average is around 4 ms.) Each time your picture moves, a new array of LCD pixels have to flicker on and off, which causes the picture to lag or “judder.” LCD HDTV manufacturers compensate by creating technologies, such as 120 Hz which doubles the TV’s frame rate, to compensate what this pixel lag. Without these compensating technologies, you get what’s called “motion blur,” faint image ghosts that follow fast-moving objects such as baseballs, jet planes or text scrolls across the screen. Plasmas work differently and don’t require any compensating technologies. In fact, pixel response isn’t even listed among a plasma TV’s specs.

The best way to decide if you need 120Hz technology or not is to see it in person on a film. Some people think the technology helps make the picture more smooth, while others claim the technology can detract from the “film look,” and be a distraction.

Finding the right size TV

After you nail down your choice of LCD vs Plasma, the next two factors when deciding what size TV to buy are budget (we’ll get to that in a second) and distance away from the TV. Generally speaking, viewers can sit as close as 1.5 times the screen diagonal size. For you non-math professors, take the distance you’re sitting away from the TV, divide it by 1.5 and you’ll have your ideal diagonal TV size. For example, if you’re sitting six feet (72-inches) away from your TV, the right size TV will be right around 48-inches.

Connections

You might already have a wealth of devices plugged into your current set, be it game consoles, VCRs and DVD players, or maybe you even plug in your camcorder or other video device through the traditional red, white and yellow connections known as RCA connections. All HDTVs will include composite inputs, which hook up older devices, but many HDTVs come with new connections like Component video and HDMI connections. HDMI, which stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, conveys all the digital video and multi-channel (i.e. surround sound) audio from newer home theater components like a high-definition cable box, DVD player or game console using a single cable.

When buying an HDTV, ask yourself: how many HDMI devices will you be connecting? The aforementioned DVD player, high definition cable box or satellite TV receiver? A high-definition video game system? A high definition camcorder? A streaming media component such as an Apple TV or Netflix box?

If you’ve got the cash, avoid the “that’s really all I need now” syndrome. Even though technology is constantly shifting, you’ll be keeping this TV for a long time. If you hear yourself saying “that’s all I need now,” think about an HDTV with more HDMI inputs than the set you’re about to settle on.

Most HDTVs offer at least two HDMI inputs. Our advice: get one with at least three. Who knows what HDMI gadgets the future will bring that you’ll be drooling after?

Of course, the number of HDMI jacks is superfluous if you plan on connecting your HDTV to an A/V receiver. The receiver’s number of HDMI inputs now become the issue.

Price

You’d think budget would be the first question you’d want to ask, but bear in mind you’re going to be looking at your HDTV likely for multiple hours a day for many many years. Analyize exactly what kind of buyer you are. Are you looking for the latest-and-greatest TV where price is no object? Do you like extras like internet connectivity and multiple inputs? Is a middle-of-the-road set ok, where you get an adequate balance of form and function? Or, are you strapped for cash and just need something to replace a dying TV? Be sure that if you’re a budget buyer now, that you’re not going to be adding components in the future, nor will you miss those extra features.

Spending a couple of extra dollars will not only get you a bigger set, but probably more HDMI jacks and/or better video processing. Digital HDTVs often have trouble with unstable images such as fog, fire or water, which can look digitized as the screen wrestles to render them accurately, as well as skin tones in close-ups. Extra processing makes all these difficult-to-render aspects smoother.

The best time of year to buy a new HDTV is January/February just before the SuperBowl, or September/October. These are times when stores try to sell off existing inventory just before new fall sets arrive for the holiday season, then again right after the holiday shopping season and the annual Consumer Electronics Show, when most manufacturers unveil new sets that will reach store walls in the spring. You may even find a bargain by buying a floor sample during these transition periods.

Marketing tricks

You will be bombarded by a lot of  HDTV specification data, which companies use to try to differentiate their product. While they my sound important, marketing terms are largely hogwash.

1080p vs 720p

These two numbers indicate the highest resolution a TV can deliver, expressed as lines of resolution – 1080p indicates 1,080 lines, 720 indicates (duh) 720 lines. You’ll often see an HDTV described as 1920 x 1080p, which indicates total pixels – each line of a TV is comprised of pixels. Multiple the two numbers and you find a 1080p HDTV has more than two million pixels, a 720p set a little less.

The “p” stands for “progressive scan,” which means a TV scans and displays the picture in the fastest and purest form possible.

Why should you ignore these numbers? Nearly all HDTVs from the major manufacturers offer so-called “full HD” 1080p on all sizes of their HDTVs, certainly all HDTVs 50 inches and larger. Some smaller and less expensive HDTVS (yes, even a 42-inch panel is now considered small) are available at 720p, which is fine and might save you a couple of hundred dollars since below 50 inches, we find it difficult to discern the difference between 1080p and 720p, especially from a distance.

Energy

You’ll hear that plasma TVs use more energy than LCD TVs. Technically correct, but misleading. An LCD TV drains at a constant rate regardless of what’s on the screen. Plasmas draw power depending on what’s being displayed – brighter scenes draw more power, darker scenes less power. Over time, plasmas may cost a bit more to operate, but we don’t find the difference worth fussing about.

Burn-in

Plasma HDTVs used to suffer from this problem in which the ghost of an image stayed behind on a screen, especially static images such as static logos or program guide grids. Used to be a problem – it’s not any more. Any sales person trying to steer you to an LCD HDTV by using “burn-in” as a wedge should be ignored.

Screen life

You’ll see HDTVs with life spans rated in hours – 60,000, 80,000, 100,000. This sounds as if your TV may die in a few years. However, do the math and you’ll see it’s a selling point for manufacturers that doesn’t really matter.

Let’s say the HDTV you’re considering has a rated life of 80,000 hours. If you watch your HDTV eight hours a day, 365 days a year, that’s just 2,920 hours and means your TV will bring you high definition happiness for more than 27 years – and that’s only to half brightness.  You can safely ignore the rated screen life number.

Extended Warranty

Save yourself a few hundred dollars. HDTVs don’t have any moving parts, so if anything will go wrong with your set it will happen sooner rather than later, i.e., well within the manufacturer’s warranty period. We find buying an extended warranty on an HDTV is a complete waste of money.

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BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone 3G

My phone, 9300i seems like ‘buat-hal’. well, since Hazeeq dropped it last week, dah x ble nk tutup da cover dier. bole tu bole, tp tak rapat. so, i m lookin forward for a new gadget (dah start ngade2 huhuh)

Take two very similar devices, put them up against each other, and you get BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone 3G.

How do they match up?

The BlackBerry Bold is very well built, and should last as long as you would like it to, barring any kind of abuse on the light weight device.

The iPhone 3G is also built very well, the inside engineering is great, the glass is precision-laser-cut, and it should be able to stand a bit more abuse than that of the BlackBerry.

How do they look?

The BlackBerry Bold looks very clean and sharp. The face is black, the sides are chrome, and the back is black leather. The layout of the phone is simple and easy to understand.

The iPhone 3G is undoubtedly a world icon as far as mobile phones go these days. The 3G comes in only two colors; black or white. Although the 3G appears small, most of the commonly used features are accessible.

The BlackBerry Bold is larger in size than the 8800, and is the largest in size since the 8700. The Bold may be a little much in one hand for some people, but the keyboard accounts for much of the space, and most likely, two hands will be used for the keyboard.

The iPhone 3G is slimmer, and easier to hold in one hand than the Bold, but obviously doesn’t have the larger keyboard.

The screen of the BlackBerry Bold is excellent. Graphics, content, videos, it all looks great on the Bold thanks to the dense ppi ratio.

The screen of the iPhone 3G is not far behind that of the Bold. Make entire use of the 3.5″ screen while not using the virtual keyboard. Web browsing, email, and videos all look great on the screen of the 3G.

The keyboard of the Bold is excellent. The look, the layout, and the feel of the keyboard is all good.

The keyboard of the iPhone is virtual, which may be nice to some people, but not so nice to others. If you are looking for the real feel of the keyboard then the virtual may not do.

How well do they operate?

Many people love the operating system of the BlackBerry, it does what it’s supposed to do, and users seem to find all of the tricks in which to get all of the usability out of it.

The operating system of the iPhone is said to be the most technologically advanced, out of any other mobile operating system in the world.

As far as general usage goes regarding battery life, the Bold seems to last a littel bit longer than that of the iPhone. You can probably expect to get the same usage out of the Bold battery, as that of any other BlackBerry.

The call quality of each phone seems to be very good, the iPhone might get the slightest edge as sounding a bit more natural than the Bold.

What about email?

On the iPhone reading email may be second to none, however, everything else even related to email is better on the BlackBerry. Using the keyboard on the BlackBerry makes working with email fast and easy. You might say that email on the BlackBerry is almost perfect?

How are these phones for business use?

The BlackBerry can handle anything that you would normally do from Outlook on your Exchange server, and it is a perfect desktop extension. The BlackBerry is said to be the most secure device in the world for business use.

The iPhone needs more testing with its security, the device deployment tools need some work, which leaves the iPhone with more to prove in the business world.

What can I expect to pay?

The BlackBerry Bold is somewhere in the range of $199-$299 with a 2 year contract, and the iPhone is $199 at 8GB and $299 at 16GB, so the pricing seems to be fairly equal between the two.

Which phone is better overall?

Really neither phone is that much better than the other. The Bold is the best BlackBerry up until now, and it is great for business use. The iPhone is a consumer device, and most of the original problems have already been addressed. It all comes down to what you like and what you really want in a phone. Each phone is great in its own right, so the battle really comes down to you, the consumer.

What do you think; BlackBerry Bold, or iPhone 3G?

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p/s : tp skrg da ada blackberry storm & iPhone 3Gs … nnti lah buat comparison yg lain plak huhuh

How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications

  1. If you have only just installed Windows Genuine Advantage notifications, simply using the system restore function will remove the program. Then refuse to accept the WGA update next time Windows updates… Otherwise, proceed as detailed below. (NOTE: If you try these steps while you are in “Safe Mode,” step #8 is unnecessary).
  2. First Try the Following:
  3. – Open a CMD Line Window by Clicking on Start ==>Run ==> type CMD and Press OK.
  4. – Change Directory into the System32 Folder (Like Cd c:\Windows\System32)
  5. – Open a notepad Window and type the following lines:
  6. taskkill -IM wgatray.exe
  7. del wgatray.exe
  8. del wgalogon.dll
  9. – Highlight and copy to the Clipboard the three lines above
  10. – now Paste the the contents of the Clipboard to the CMD Window
  11. This should kill the wgatray.exe Process from the Taskbar and imediately delete both files wgatray.exe and wgalogon.dll without the need to to go through all steps bellow.
  12. If that does not work, then continue and follow the steps bellow
  13. Open System32 by either A or B of the following methods:
    • a)

      Click “Start”, “Run”, then type-in “System32“. Click “Okay”.

    • b) Find System32 manually by clicking “Start” > “My Computer” > “(X:)” (Replacing “X” with the drive letter of the host of Windows) > “Windows” > “System32”.
  14. In “System32”, go to “Tools” > “Folder options” > click on the tab, “View” > Uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”. Now you can begin…
  15. Check to make sure the window that comes up has a full screen of various files. The files are in alphabetical order, which makes it easier to locate the specific file.
  16. Find “WgaLogon.dll” and rename it “WgaLogon.dll.bak”.

  17. Create an empty copy of WgaLogon.dll:
    • Right click on a blank space in System32 and select “New” > “Text Document”.

    • Leave the text document empty and label it “WgaLogon.dll”. Press Enter (on your keyboard).
    • You may get a warning from the above step that says, “If you change a file name extension, the file may become unusable. Are you sure you want to change it?“. Click “Yes” on this warning.

  18. Be ready to complete the next two steps very quickly! Find “WgaTray.exe” in “System32” and delete it. You will then have 5 seconds to find “WgaTray.exe” in the Task Manager (the next step). NOTE: If you remove the files mentioned above while you are in “Safe Mode,” step #8 is unnecessary.
  19. Immediately open Task Manager. You can do this by pressing the Ctrl, Shift, and Esc keys simultaneously, pressing the Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys simultaneously, or right clicking the Taskbar and selecting “Task Manager”. Click on the process tab and click end process when “WgaTray.exe” is selected. Note: If you take longer, do NOT panic! All that will happen is that “WgaTray.exe” will keep reapearing in the processes list (i.e. you won’t be able to delete it as required). To remove the notifications after this, return to system32. You will find two files:”WgaLogon.dll.bak” (the one you renamed) and an Application Extension (0KB) called “WgaLogon.dll”. Delete the Application Extension, rename “WgaLogon.dll.bak” to “WgaLogon.dll” and repeat the steps from the fifth one onwards (at a greater speed!!).

  20. Restart your computer once you have finished. All the notification messages should be gone.

source : http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Windows-Genuine-Advantage-Notifications

Tingkatkan Kelajuan Internet (WinXP)

Teknik ni dah lama tp mungkin ramai yg masih belum tahu. dah penat layan politik, jom kita tambah pengetahuan sikit

Asalnya Windows menyimpan 20% internet bandwidth yg sedia ada.
Untuk melepaskan simpanan bandwidth tu, sila ikut langkah2 di bawah:

Klik “Start” menu.
Klik “Run”, taip gpedit.msc pastu klik “OK”

Klik dua kali “Computer Configuration”
Klik dua kali “Administrative Templates”
Klik dua kali “Network”
Klik dua kali “QoS Packet Scheduler”
Klik dua kali “Limit reservable bandwidth”
Pilih “Enable” dan set kan “Bandwidth limit (%): 0”; klik “Apply” pastu “OK”.

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Periksa sistem suspensi, stereng jika perjalanan jauh

LAPORAN Organisasi Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) menganggarkan angka kematian disebabkan kemalangan jalan raya melebihi 1 juta orang.

Laporan itu menganggarkan kemalangan jalan raya membabitkan kos $518 bilion (RM1,890 bilion) setiap tahun.

Terdapat tiga faktor utama mendorong berlakunya nahas jalan raya, antaranya kegagalan peralatan berfungsi, keadaan jalan raya yang teruk dan sikap atau tabiat pemandu itu sendiri.

Kebanyakan kemalangan yang berlaku disebabkan kombinasi faktor kesilapan manusia dan faktor lain.

Kegagalan peralatan berfungsi

Jenis kegagalan peralatan berfungsi yang sering terjadi adalah sistem brek tidak berfungsi, tayar kereta meletup, tayar kereta kehausan dan botak serta kegagalan sistem stereng atau sistem suspensi.

Kereta moden dengan sistem brek dwi-sirkit boleh menghindarkan kegagalan sistem brek terjadi. Jika salah satu bahagian sirkit brek tidak berfungsi, sebahagian lagi boleh memberhentikan kereta.

Salah satu kebaikan sistem ABS atau Anti-lock Braking System ialah menghindarkan tayar kereta dari terkunci ketika anda melakukan brek kecemasan.

Faktor lain, tayar kereta kekurangan tekanan angin yang boleh menggagalkan fungsi tayar. Tayar yang telah haus dan botak pula antara masalah serius sering berlaku dan boleh menyebabkan kegagalan fungsi tayar.

Tayar yang mengalami kehausan tidak sekata pula disebabkan tayar tidak seimbang dan sejajar dengan betul. Ia boleh berlaku disebabkan kerosakan pada sistem suspensi.

Sistem suspensi pada kereta pula membolehkan tayar kereta menyentuh permukaan jalan raya dengan stabil.

Manakala sistem stereng berupaya dan membolehkan anda mengawal dan menggerakkan kereta supaya dapat menghindarkan halangan serta dapat elakkan kemalangan daripada berlaku.

Pemandu yang terlatih juga tidak mengawal kereta dengan baik jika sistem suspensi dan stereng gagal berfungsi. Oleh itu, sistem suspensi dan stereng kereta haruslah diperiksa apabila perjalanan kereta melebihi 5,000 kilometer.

Sumber : http://www.hmetro.com.my/Current_News/myMetro/Tuesday/Vroom/20070529123857/Article/indexv_html

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How to Migrate Microsoft Outlook Xp/2003 Settings to a New Pc

Previous versions of Outlook allowed you to export your email account settings using a wizard. Outlook XP 2003 no longer sports this option. In this wikiHow we will describe a workaround that allows you to migrate your email accounts, either one or many, from an old PC to a new one by using Outlook Express as an intermediary step. The migration procedure described here also leaves you with a backup of all your existing email account settings.

Steps
  1. Open Microsoft Outlook XP/2003 on the old PC and wait until it has finished downloading email.
  2. Disable your Internet connection or turn off Send/Receive email in Outlook XP for the rest of the process:
    1. Navigate to Tools->Options->Mail Setup.
    2. Uncheck the box Send Immediately When Connected.
    3. Click the Send/Receive button.
    4. Uncheck the box Schedule an Automatic Send/Receive Every.... The copy of Microsoft Outlook XP/2003 on the old PC will no longer automatically check for email.
  3. Disable email checking in Outlook Express on the old PC:
    1. Open Outlook Express (OE).
    2. Select Tools->Options->General.
    3. Uncheck all boxes under Send/Receive Messages.
  4. Do the same on the copy of Outlook Express and Outlook 2003 installed on your new computer.
  5. Migrate your Personal Folder File (.pst ) using the Import/Export wizard in the old copy of Outlook 2003.
  6. Migrate your rules:
    1. Go to Tools->Rules and Alerts->Options.
    2. Click the Export Rules... button.
  7. Migrate your Safe/Blocked Senders lists:
    1. Go to Actions->Junk E-mail->Junk E-mail Options.
    2. Click the appropriate tab.
    3. Select the Export to File... button.
  8. Open Outlook Express on the old PC if it is not already open.
  9. Navigate to File->Import->Mail Account Settings in OE.
  10. Select Microsoft Windows Messaging for Exchange or Outlook as the email client to import.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Select the account you wish to transfer and click Next.
  13. Select Accept Settings and click Next.
  14. Click Finish.
  15. Repeat the steps above and import each account you wish to transfer to the new PC into to Outlook Express on the old PC.
  16. Go to Tools->Accounts in OE when you are finished importing all your email accounts.
  17. Click the Mail tab.
  18. Select the email account you wish to transfer to the new PC.
  19. Click the Exportbutton.
    • OE only allows one account to be exported at a time; you have to export accounts individually.
  20. Save the exported files to their own folder.
    • The files in this folder can also serve as a backup.
  21. Copy this folder to the new PC.
    • You can choose to share the folder, rather than copy it.
  22. Open Outlook Express on the new PC.
  23. Select Tools->Accounts.
  24. Click on the Mail tab.
  25. Select Import.
  26. Choose the email account you wish to transfer to Outlook 2003 on the new PC.
  27. Click Open.
    • Repeat this step for all accounts if you have more than one.
  28. Open Outlook 2003 on the new PC.
  29. Select File->Import and Export->Import Internet Mail Account Settings.
  30. Click Next.
  31. Select Microsoft Outlook Express as the email client to import.
  32. Click Next.
  33. Select the account to import and click Next.
  34. Update any account information as needed.
  35. Click Next.
  36. Continue until you reach the Internet Mail Login page.
  37. Enter the password for that email account.
  38. Repeat this import process for each email account.
  39. Close all programs and re-enable your Internet connection when the migration is complete.
  40. Test each account you have migrated to the new PC.
    1. Navigate to Tools->Email Accounts.
    2. Select View or Change Existing Email Accounts.
    3. Select the account you wish to test.
    4. Click on Change
    5. Click Test Account Settings on the next page.
  41. When you are satisfied that the accounts are working on the new PC they can be deleted from the old PC unless you wish to maintain them as a backup

sources : http://www.wikihow.com/Migrate-Microsoft-Outlook-Xp/2003-Settings-to-a-New-Pc

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Top 10 Tips for Great Pictures

1. Look your subject in the eye
Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. When taking a picture of someone, hold the camera at the person’s eye level to unleash the power of those magnetic gazes and mesmerizing smiles. For children, that means stooping to their level. And your subject need not always stare at the camera. All by itself that eye level angle will create a personal and inviting feeling that pulls you into the picture.

2. Use a plain background
A plain background shows off the subject you are photographing. When you look through the camera viewfinder, force yourself to study the area surrounding your subject. Make sure no poles grow from the head of your favorite niece and that no cars seem to dangle from her ears.

3. Use flash outdoors
Bright sun can create unattractive deep facial shadows. Eliminate the shadows by using your flash to lighten the face. When taking people pictures on sunny days, turn your flash on. You may have a choice of fill-flash mode or full-flash mode. If the person is within five feet, use the fill-flash mode; beyond five feet, the full-power mode may be required. With a digital camera, use the picture display panel to review the results.
On cloudy days, use the camera’s fill-flash mode if it has one. The flash will brighten up people’s faces and make them stand out. Also take a picture without the flash, because the soft light of overcast days sometimes gives quite pleasing results by itself.

4. Move in close
If your subject is smaller than a car, take a step or two closer before taking the picture and zoom in on your subject. Your goal is to fill the picture area with the subject you are photographing. Up close you can reveal telling details, like a sprinkle of freckles or an arched eyebrow.
But don’t get too close or your pictures will be blurry. The closest focusing distance for most cameras is about three feet, or about one step away from your camera. If you get closer than the closest focusing distance of your camera (see your manual to be sure), your pictures will be blurry.

5. Move it from the middle
Center-stage is a great place for a performer to be. However, the middle of your picture is not the best place for your subject. Bring your picture to life by simply moving your subject away from the middle of your picture. Start by playing tick-tack-toe with subject position. Imagine a tick-tack-toe grid in your viewfinder. Now place your important subject at one of the intersections of lines.
You’ll need to lock the focus if you have an auto-focus camera because most of them focus on whatever is in the center of the viewfinder.

6. Lock the focus
If your subject is not in the center of the picture, you need to lock the focus to create a sharp picture. Most auto-focus cameras focus on whatever is in the center of the picture. But to improve pictures, you will often want to move the subject away from the center of the picture. If you don’t want a blurred picture, you’ll need to first lock the focus with the subject in the middle and then recompose the picture so the subject is away from the middle.
Usually you can lock the focus in three steps. First, center the subject and press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Second, reposition your camera (while still holding the shutter button) so the subject is away from the center. And third, finish by pressing the shutter button all the way down to take the picture.

7. Know your flash’s range
The number one flash mistake is taking pictures beyond the flash’s range. Why is this a mistake? Because pictures taken beyond the maximum flash range will be too dark. For many cameras, the maximum flash range is less than fifteen feet—about five steps away.
What is your camera’s flash range? Look it up in your camera manual. Can’t find it? Then don’t take a chance. Position yourself so subjects are no farther than ten feet away. Film users can extend the flash range by using Kodak Max versatility or versatility plus film.

8. Watch the light
Next to the subject, the most important part of every picture is the light. It affects the appearance of everything you photograph. On a great-grandmother, bright sunlight from the side can enhance wrinkles. But the soft light of a cloudy day can subdue those same wrinkles.
Don’t like the light on your subject? Then move yourself or your subject. For landscapes, try to take pictures early or late in the day when the light is orangish and rakes across the land.

9. Take some vertical pictures
Is your camera vertically challenged? It is if you never turn it sideways to take a vertical picture. All sorts of things look better in a vertical picture. From a lighthouse near a cliff to the Eiffel Tower to your four-year-old niece jumping in a puddle. So next time out, make a conscious effort to turn your camera sideways and take some vertical pictures.

10. Be a picture director
Take control of your picture-taking and watch your pictures dramatically improve. Become a picture director, not just a passive picture-taker. A picture director takes charge. A picture director picks the location: “Everybody go outside to the backyard.” A picture director adds props: “Girls, put on your pink sunglasses.” A picture director arranges people: “Now move in close, and lean toward the camera.”
Most pictures won’t be that involved, but you get the idea: Take charge of your pictures and win your own best picture awards.

Reference : Kodak.com

Fake iPhone

It didn’t take China long to STEAL every design aspect of Apple’s new iPhone. The Meizu M8 is distinguishable from the real thing only by the white color, smaller size and higher megapixel camera.

resources : Gaya, Ruang & Kepelbagaian

7 Reasons Not to Buy Vista

Now if you haven’t yet heard the news, Microsoft’s new operating system Windows Vista has been launched a day ago amidst much fanfare. Ofcourse, thanks to my busy schedule and a really bad ISP, TechnoBeta did not witness a post about it.

If some of you have already bought the new OS, or are planning to buy the new OS, then I have to tell you people to take a minute and read the following reasons why you should not be buying Microsoft’s latest Windows yet.

1. Vista is expensive
Vista is not exactly what you call cheap, unless ofcourse, you have lots of spare cash lying about. The cheapest way for users to get a legal copy of Vista is to buy the upgrade version of Home Basic, which is $99. But for that, you will need the original licensed copy of Windows XP and you don’t want the cheapest version with no frills do you? Vista Home Premium ($239 for the full and $159 for the upgrade version) is roughly equivalent to Windows XP Home. It’s for the people who use the PC for basic tasks such as internet surfing.

The full version of Windows Vista Ultimate costs $399. If you already have a genuine Windows XP disc, then the upgrade version of Vista Ultimate would cost you $259!

2. Security concerns
It has been recently reported that there exists a vulnerability in the Speech Recognition feature of Windows Vista which could allow an attacker to take over. Also, Microsoft’s Windows Defender program failed to block 84% of malware – including 15 of the most common pieces of malicious code. Infact, Microsoft is already planning its first service pack and seeking input from users on what to include.

3. Vista is not ready
Vista probably won’t be truly ready for prime time until that first service pack version, possibly later this year. The hardware and software companies that make compatible products for Vista aren’t all ready for the new OS. Many of those companies are scrambling to complete Vista drivers and updates. Most importantly, not all video and sound card companies are ready.

4. New Hardware needed
You’ll need to spend more money on upgrading your current system to run Vista. Thats the price of Vista + hardware upgrades = lots of $$. Vista’s features such as ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive require special hybrid or flash drives. Aero looks awesome, but only if your graphics card supports Pixel Shader 2.0. You can record high-definition cable TV, but only with a tuner card designed to take advantage of that Vista feature. You can enjoy DirectX 10 games, but only with a compatible video card.

Microsoft says the minimum requirements are 512mb of RAM, but we should know better than to run it on anything less than 1GB of RAM; 2GB is recommended by most. And if you want to really enjoy the Aero eye candy, you would need a 20-inch or larger flat-panel LCD display.

On the portable front, all that performance and interface demands a heavy resistance. By default, Vista puts the emphasis on performance over battery life. So unless your well versed with the new operating system, you’ll need to spend some time making tweaks to the power management. Unwanted? I think so too.

5. Vista is time-consuming
But buying Vista now, and installing it on old hardware, adds additional, time-consuming tasks — possibly an additional day or two. Why? Chances are, you’ll have to hunt down, install and troubleshoot new drivers for your old peripherals and system components.

Completely upgrading an operating system takes time. You’ll want to perform a complete backup first and check it, then expect the upgrade itself to take a couple of hours. After you’re up and running in Vista, you’ll spend time configuring everything and making sure your applications are working as they should.

You may have heard about Windows Easy Transfer, which moves files and settings from XP to Vista. But don’t get too excited about this. It works only after you’ve re-installed all your applications; it doesn’t actually move installed applications, just settings and data.

6. Why upgrade in the first place?
Why upgrade in the first place when there already exists a solid, easy to use and feature filled operating system called Windows XP. XP has seen the light of so many years, and it will continue to be supported for many more. Microsoft has committed to at least seven more years of XP support, and Service Pack 3 is planned to be released for next year.

7. Gaming

If your a gamer, you really don’t want Vista for gaming. There are already many games that do not work well with Vista, and then there’s the hardware requirement. When the operating system itself takes up huge amounts of processing power and RAM, thinking about the requirement for games makes one wonder whether Vista’s worth it.

If you are a potential buyer, then I suggest you wait for a few more months if not a whole year before you invest in the new operating system.