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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Android PC?

This is great news for user who want another alternative to Windows, Mac, etc. Android, which sparks the technology on mobile devices especially the mobile phone nowadays has emerged into another personal computer (PC) design. Android PC or APC looks like a new redesigned computer that will only use functions which the user need by connection on the internet. Thus, it can be light, specific and low power consumption in estimated price about USD49.

Information on this technology design reuse is available at http://apc.io/about/, where it estimated to be available in July, 2012.  

ModelAPC 8750
SoftwareAndroid 2.3 (PC System)
ChipVIA 800MHz Processor
MemoryDDR3 512MB Memory
2GB NAND Flash
GraphicsBuilt-in 2D/3D Graphic
Resolution up to 720p
Input and OutputHDMI
USB 2.0 (x4)
Audio out / Mic in
microSD Slot 
Network10/100 Ethernet
Size170 x 85mm (W x H)
Neo-ITX Standard*
* Neo-ITX is form factor compatible with Mini-ITX and MicroATX 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nature after Effect: Kadamaian Waterfall and Kiau massive landslide

 The locations of the nature disaster near Kinabalu

The recent heavy rain and water from Kinabalu Mount change the landscape of the waterfall. Imagine how much water required to change the waterfall looks and painted some of the trees with orange-brownish colours. Huge amount of water rushing through Kadamaian waterfall is believed to be due to blockage of the v-shaped upper river. As the blockage cleared by the force, water pouring through the the waterfall. I've seen friends posted a photo in their facebook of a violent water at this waterfall and a massive landslide happened at Kiau not far from Kinabalu.  

Photo by: WJGidas

The force of Nature: Kadamaian Waterfall @ Kinabalu
Kadamaian Waterfall @ Kinabalu
The force of Nature: Kadamaian Waterfall @ Kinabalu
The force of Nature: Kadamaian Waterfall @ Kinabalu 
Kadamaian Waterfall of Kinabalu

Massive Landslide - Kiau
 Massive Landslide - Kiau
Landslide near Kiau, Kota Belud seen from Jalan Tamparuli-Ranau

Related news about the landslide:
1. Expert: Tell-tale signs of landslide seen - The Star
2. Landslide, road collapse affect 3,000 - Borneo Post
3. Elderly Couple Escape Being Trapped Under Landslide In Kota Belud - BERNAMA
4. KB landslip nearly buries couple - Daily Express
5. Villagers not stranded after landslide: Pairin - The Borneo Post
6. DCM: Don’t build homes along foothills of Mt Kinabalu - The Star
7. Kg Kiau landslide also results in water rationing - Daily Express

1. http://kgsilou.blogspot.com/2012/05/villagers-hit-by-landslip-plead-for.html

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Olympus ZD ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD is dead!

Olympus - Sunrise through the ZD ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD (equiv. 24-120mm in 35mm) - Evolving Lights

The lens is finally dead. However if the SWD (Supersonic Wave Drive) motor is replaced, then it will be back but the cost to replace the SWD is RM900++. I'm still thinking if I want to proceed the SWD replacement or just get another lens. decision.. decision..

Supersonic Wave Drive in 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0I bought the lens in 2005 together with the Olympus E-3 camera. The lens was used almost 99% of the time and works perfectly until the aperture stuck problem in 2009. After serviced by Olympus Malaysia, the lens back to normal again. Then, the lens was used mainly for 4x4 challenges photography works with dust, rain and mud during the event. I think more than 20 4x4 challenges where the lens keep working until  the last 4x4 event that the lens served, the wet and muddy 8-day Borneo Safari 2011. After that, multiple problems started to show. First, the lens hesitate to or totally cannot focus from 12 to18mm and hunting focus after 18mm. Then I realized that every photos taken with the lens will have smearing color effect and very soft corners. 

The lens served me pretty well for its coverage (24mm wide and 120mm tele in 35mm equivalence). The macro capability of the lens is also one of the main points why I like the lens, in addition to the weather shield construction and SWD (but now dead). I'm still deciding whether to proceed with the replacement or just buy another lenses. The 14-35mm f/2.0 is the ultimate dream lens but it is way too expensive, thus I might settle for Olympus ZD 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 and 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6. If the 4/3 system still alive, I will consider the pro grade Olympus lenses in future. 

Olympus E1 + ZD ED 12-60mm SWD
Borneo Safari 2011 - Day 4 - Olympus E-1 + 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0Borneo Safari 2011 - Day 4 - Olympus E-1 + 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0
Borneo Safari 2011 - Day 4 - Olympus E-1 + 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

4AGE Engine

I was not managed to take photos of the drift event during TLDM Sepanggar Open day, just managed to take some photos of the popular engine among drifters at Kota Kinabalu.

Totoya 4AGE Engine

Totoya 4AGE Engine

Totoya 4AGE EngineTotoya 4AGE Engine

Hari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota Kinabalu - 5 Mei 2012

Teluk Sepanggar
Teluk Sepanggar diambil dari Bukit Sepanggar dengan pemandangan Pelabuhan Sabah dan Pangkalan TLDM

Armada TLDM Kota Kinabalu telah membuka pangkalannya untuk kunjungan orang ramai baru-baru ini. Walaupun telah beberapa kali sebenarnya Hari terbuka telah diadakan sebelum ini, namun inilah kali pertama saya dan anak-anak berpeluang untuk mengunjungi acara yang mendekatkan orang awam dengan perisai laut negara yang dikagumi. 

Seawal jam 10 pagi, kami sudah berada di dalam kawasan letak kereta pangkalan TLDM Sepanggar dengan ratusan pengunjung lain yang semakin memenuhi hari terbuka. Saya meletakkan kereta di kawasan parking yang memang agak jauh (berdekatan pintu masuk) dari tapak hari terbuka, nasib baik ada bas dan lori yang berulang-alik mengambil dan menurunkan penumpang dari kawasan tersebut. Walau bagaimanapun memang tidak cukup untuk pengunjung yang bertambah ramai berpusu-pusu ke tapak hari terbuka. 

Seperti hari terbuka yang biasa, mesti ada pameran, gerai makanan dan sebagainya. Menariknya hari terbuka Armada TLDM ialah lokasi tapak di atas jeti yang luas dengan air laut yang tenang membiru. Tambahan pula adanya kapal-kapal perang yang sedia dikunjungi oleh orang awam contohnya KD Kepah, KD Ganas, KD Kedah dan KD Perak. Kapal selam KD Tun Razak juga dilihat timbul di permukaan untuk tatapan orang ramai. 

Jika bukan disebabkan cuca yang agak panas dan bersama-sama dengan anak-anak, saya mahu terus mengambil gambar tapi terpaksa balik kerana anak-anak sudah berkali-kali mengajak pulang. Tidak mengapa, tahun hadapan jumpa lagi.    

Hari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota Kinabalu
Kapal Selam KD Tun Razak

Hari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota KinabaluHari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota Kinabalu
Kapal perang KD Ganas dan KD Kedah

Hari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota Kinabalu
Teluk Sepanggar dan bot laju TLDM yang membawa orang awam dengan bayaran RM5 (dewasa) dan RM3 (kanak-kanak)

Hari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota KinabaluHari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota Kinabalu
Suasana di tapak hari terbuka

Hari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota KinabaluHari Terbuka Armada TLDM Sepanggar - Kota Kinabalu
Senjata turut dipamerkan

Mitsubishi Triton Club @ Hari Terbuka Armada TLDMProton Perdana @ Hari Terbuka Armada TLDM
Proton Inspira PDRM @ hari Terbuka Armada TLDMProton Satria GTI @ Hari Terbuka Armada TLDM
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