Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Mac Mini Core Duo


I have taken a dive into a new mac-intel. More specifically I have bought the new Mac Mini Core Duo. Even though I have yet to received the order, I am excited to finally set up the Mac Mini as my media centre. When the original Mac Mini first came out I had already thought it would fit in perfectly for my media solution, but it was just short on a few things like speed and lack of a good media interface. The new version changed all that.

It has all the things I need and it will fit nicely into the decor for any lounge for that matter. The wireless connection to the network and web, Front Row to drive photos, music, movies and DVDs from a remote control, DVI out for my DVI-ready plasma, great as an extra computer and fast enough for most applications I would use in the lounge.

I will give a full review once I have received my custom built Mac Mini. I have add a 1gb of RAM and up the hard disk to 100gb, so this delayed the order for 2 weeks. So stay tune in a couple of weeks for my insights.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Moment for After Life

Its often the case when people are dying they often recapture turning points in their life. John Maeda (one of my true heroes), posted this recently. Having also seen the movie After Life, which I also loved, I felt it really makes you think long and hard what your life is about. Maeda deftly describes the movie as ...

"When people die, they go to a place where there is a movie production company. There the staff interviews the new arrivals to get them to select the one memory that they can take with them as they pass on to wherever that might be. A movie is made of that one memory, that they get to take with them as how they remember their life."

I would love to know what mine would be. At this point in my life, I've only lived 30 years so I would hope better things are to come. But I do remember back when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old something turned me down to this path of creative life. During my first day of kindergarten, I was drawing as I used to do at home. My teacher back then was amazed at the quality I had produced for my age and commended me on it showing it to everyone. From then on everyone in the class was congratulating me and asked me to draw for them. From that early point in life, I started to focus on creative expression drawing on anything I saw and the rest is history.

It really gave the child that I was a sense of being and defining my contributing part in the world. That I think would be my little short film to take after I pass on.

Money - How much do you need to retire?

How much do you need to retire?

I often wondered how much I personally would need in order to retire. Obviously the earlier the better. But after looking at the article, I'm more towards working more and retire later. Nothing worse than old and penniless. Go and check out this article.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview

Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview

IE7 Beta is now out for public review. Great work for MS delivering a beta this early in the year. I am sure the final version is long way down the track, probably in the fourth quarter. Anyway, download it and give them feedback for goodness sake. Its our responsibility to tell them what you think.

REMEMBER, its a beta!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Four Things

I blame Zeldman

Four jobs I’ve had

  1. Cinema Usher

  2. Junior Designer

  3. College Tutor/Lecturer

  4. Creative Consultant/IA/BA

Four movies I can watch over and over

  1. Shawshank Redemption

  2. The Professional

  3. Fight Club

  4. Castle in the Sky

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  2. Gold Coast, Australia

  3. Brisbane, Australia

  4. Melbourne, Australia

Four TV shows I love

  1. The Simpsons

  2. Top Gear

  3. Initial D Series

  4. The Amazing Race

Four places I’ve vacationed

  1. Tokyo

  2. Hong Kong

  3. Bangkok

  4. Taipei

Four of my favorite dishes

  1. Chicken Tikka Masala

  2. Kyoto's Katsu Ramen

  3. Kuala Lumpur's Curry Laksa

  4. Mum's Slow Braised Duck

Four sites I visit daily

  1. Engadget

  2. Soccernet.com

  3. digg

  4. News.com.au

Four places I would rather be right now

  1. Relaxing at Bora Bora

  2. Travelling Europe

  3. Hiking & Mountaineering at Nepal

  4. Playing games at home

Four bloggers I am tagging

  1. Molly

  2. Roger Johansson

  3. Jason Santa Maria

  4. Eric Meyer

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Comic Sans was a mistake.

Connare: Art, design & typography:Type Designs:Comic Sans

Vincent Connare has blogged his design of Comic Sans as a resolution to a specific problem. The typography used for those annoying Word/Office Assistant animations, and not for systematic use of text typography.

It just amazes me how typographically powerful and influential Windows is, especially when there are only so many (limited) system fonts available. Comic Sans became used as an alternative to Times New Roman and worse, Arial. This is a great insight to typography development to GUI systems.

Friday, January 06, 2006

AnandTech: Intel's Core Duo Launch - Notebook Performance Revealed

AnandTech: Intel's Core Duo Launch - Notebook Performance Revealed

AnandTech just reviewed Intel's Core Duo processor. Its better in performance and longer in battery life. Note, not as hot as well! Could this be a preview of what's to come at MacWorld next week? I'm salivating for more Apple PowerBook info.

Which highlights that I'm looking to get another 17" PowerBook after it died last year *sob*. Damn you corrupted logic board!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Web Developer Extension 1.0

Web Developer Extension 1.0 is out and its even better. The must-have extension on Firefox is you are interested in web development or design. So go get it now.