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0 comments | Friday, October 31, 2008

Computer maker Red Fox is due to release two new netbook models the Wizbook1020i and the Wizbook800lx.
Wizbook800lx is an upgraded version of the earlier model. Here are the specs/features:

- 8 inch screen
- 800 x 480 pixel display
- 1GB of RAM
- 60GB hard drive
- battery life up to 4 hours
- AMD Geode CPU
- 600MHz processor

The Wizbook1020i specifications/features:

- 10.2 inch screen size
- 1024 x 600 pixel display
- 80GB hard drive
- 1GB of RAM
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU
- 4000mAh battery
- 3-in-1 memory card reader
- 2 USB slots
- webcam
- comes in white, black, and red-black



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Windows 7 could run on MSI Wind.
The booting takes a little while, about 2 minutes. Watch it in action after the jump.


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0 comments | Thursday, October 30, 2008

No other high-rise structure out there that leans as much as the Capital Gate Tower, in Abu Dhabi. Not even the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which leans 3.97 degrees, can surpass this record. Capital Gate Tower prides itself with an intentional 18 degree westward incline.
The developers of the Tower have submitted a joint application to the Guinness Book of Records to recognize the tower as the 'most inclined in the world'.

Because of its unique posture, Capital Gate is being constructed on top of an incredibly dense mesh of reinforced steel. The dense mesh sits above an intensive distribution of 490 piles which have been drilled 30 metres underground to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by the lean of the building. Features of the tower include 728 unique custom-made diamond-shaped glazing panels that due to the structure's curving shape, will be will be fitted at a slightly different angle.

Photos of the Capital Gate Tower:
Thanks to worldarchitecturenews.com.


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The new Samsung NC10 netbook received a good review. As posted yesterday, Laptop Magazine was able to get hold of a unit from Korea. Now they have posted the full review.
The verdict: good keyboard, amazing battery life! The Samsung NC10 with a 6-cell battery could last to a whopping 7 and a half hours. That is so much better than the MSI Wind and the Asus Eee PC 1000H.

Watch out for the U.S. release of the Samsung NC10. The price will be $499 when it hit the stores.

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0 comments | Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Laptop Magazine ordered a Samsung NC10 from Korea and made a video of its unboxing. A quick review of its overall appearance was done and full review of the Samsung NC10 netbook will soon come.

For the complete features/specs of the NC10, I did a post previously.

You can watch the video here.

The first-ever review video of the Samsung NC10 that's posted on YouTube. Too bad it's Italian. But it is still good to watch.


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0 comments | Monday, October 27, 2008

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 or Dell Inspiron Mini 9? Dell Inspiron Mini 12 was released this weekend by Dell and labeled as a very mobile device, although it is still remains a question if this should be called a netbook. Its 12" screen size can easily pass for a usual laptop.
Initially, the Mini 12 is only available in Japan. However, it will be launched globally by late November at a price of $600.

Features/Specifications of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12:

Processors: 1.3-GHz or 1.6-GHz Intel Atom Z520 or Z530
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Basic (Windows XP and Ubuntu in December)
Display: 12.1-inch WXGA display (1280 x 800 resolution)
Hard Drive: 60 GB or 80GB HDD, 4,200 RPM
Wireless: 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
Webcam: 1.3 Mega Pixel
Ports: 3 USB 2.0, VGA, Headphone out, Mic-in, Internal Mic, Ethernet, 3-in-1 Card Slot
Battery: 3-cell Lithium Ion (standard), 6-cell upgrade available for $79
Size: 11.77 x 9.02 x .92-1.09-inches
Weight: 2.72 lbs
Warranty: 1 year standard parts and labor

Review of this netbook/laptop will be posted.

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Ready to order tailor-made clothing via internet? Why not? I ordered mine -- very good experience ordering from MySuit website.

I took the time to carefully read the information on their website, followed their measuring instructions carefully and methodically, and made my style selection.

At MySuit, the made-to-measure suit purchasing process is broken down into 3 simple steps, Measuring, Styling and Fabric Selection. Their site has good directions. You will be guided through each step of the process by a consultant. The consultant will ask questions, answer questions and offer suggestions, all in an effort to make sure that you are completely comfortable with your MySuit experience

Why pay for over $1000 for a suit when you can have it for $495? MySuit gives you the best deal because they sell directly to customers, it doesn’t have to go to a retail outlet. Second, they have on demand production. They manufacture on demand rather than anticipating markets.

If you are one of those individuals who just can not wear suits off the rack, try custom-made online. If you are looking for a service that is exemplary, the quality of the garments that is superb, and the price that is amazing, then the MySuit custom suit is for you. With over 40 years of manufacturing and retail experience, they can never go wrong. Make your appointment here.

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0 comments | Saturday, October 25, 2008

Grab this opportunity to buy yourself the HP 2133 Mini-Note. Take note that the HP 2133 Mini-Note has the best keyboard among all netbooks in the market today.
Amazon Store has lowered the price of the HP 2133 mini-note further down. From $399 to $379.99 to 329.99. Now you can have it for just $299.

So what features can you get for the $299 price tag?

* CPU: 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor
* Display: 8.9 inch, 1280 x 768 pixel display
* Storage: 4GB solid state disk
* Memory: 512MB RAM (upgradeable to 2GB)
* OS: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
* Connectivity: 802.11b/g WiFi, Ethernet
* Expansion: ExpressCard/54 slot, SD Card slot, 2 USB ports, VGA output
* Other: Headphone/line out, mic input, built in mic, 1.3MP webcam

Visit Amazon Store for your HP 2133 mini-note.

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0 comments | Friday, October 24, 2008

You can get the Amazon Kindle with a $50 discount if you use Oprah's promotional code. Amazon Kindle is Oprah's favorite new gadget and it costs $359 in its regular price.

As a special offer for Oprah Show viewers, Amazon.com is giving $50 off the price of Kindle. Enter the promotional code OPRAHWINFREY during the checkout process at Amazon.com to receive the discount. This offer is valid through November 1, 2008.

Opps, you don't even have to be a viewer of the show to buy it. Just make sure you enter the promotional code.

Code for $50 off the price of Kindle: OPRAHWINFREY

Amazon Kindle is a wireless portable reading device with instant access to more than 190,000 books, blogs, newspapers and magazines. Whether you're in bed or on the train, Kindle lets you think of a book and get it in less than a minute.

Kindle: Amazon's Wireless Reading Device.


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You can use coupons to get discounts for the Lenovo Ideapad S10 netbook. Yes, Lenovo is offering an “employee discount” sale for everyone.
So instead of paying $399 for the black and white Lenovo, you only have to pay $379, that's $20 off.

The red model still costs about $30 more.

Shop, buy Lenovo Ideapad S10 now. Head on to the site for the coupon.

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0 comments | Thursday, October 23, 2008

The dual-display design concept is very common in cell phones, where you have both an internal display and external display screen.
This concept is now used by ASUS, one of the leaders in ultra-portable notebooks. The external display is for checking e-mail, utilizing a dedicated MP3 key without opening the notebook.
ASUS demonstrated the double-display notebook recently at an Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco. The external display provides a sneak peak of most used functions and appears to require very little future improvements. It may be available to the consumer market within a reasonable time.


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0 comments | Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scare yourself this Halloween. Visit some scary places and transport yourself to the netherworld. You think you are courageous enough not to fear haunted houses? Think again. The spooky houses are becoming high-tech already and creating real-life scary figures.

Check out this list of places in the U.S. that you may want to visit this Halloween.

1. Cutting Edge, Fort Worth - Cutting Edge Haunted House, the world's largest haunted house located in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

2. The Darkness, St. Louis, Mo. - ranked as one of the Worlds best by Hauntworld.com.

3. 7 Floors of Hell, Cleveland, Ohio - Rest assured this will scare the hell out of you.

4. Dreamreapers Haunted House, Chicago, Illinois - was rated the #1 haunted house in Illinois for three years in a row.

5. 13th Gate Haunted House, Baton Rouge - has been scaring Louisiana with portable and stationary haunted houses for 12 years.

Ready to be scared? Head on these haunted places!


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Are these photos real or not? There are leaked Nokia E63 photos spreading online, which is said to be part of the Nokia Eseries phone. The Nokia E63 is purported to come in three variants. There is the E63-1 for Europe, the E63-2 without a camera and more memory, and E63-3 for the Americas.

The Nokia E63 phones will have the following features/specifications:

* Display: 240 x 320 Pixel, 18bit
* Camera: At least 2MP. No Front Camera.
* Bluetooth
* Symbian v9.1
* S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1
* MIDP 2.0 and CLDC 1.1
* Has 3.5 mm jack connector
* Is thicker than E71
* Has a flashlight function (which by pressing the space bar immediately activated and can be disabled)
* No metal construction (plastic only) except Navikey and camera module
* No side buttons
* Left side: microSD slot and micro-USB connector (with hard plastic closure)
* The microphone is on the lower side (not front as E71)
* 2mm mains next to the microphone
* Bottom right (on the corner) is an eyelet
* Menu’s like E71, looks like FP1

No mention of the price yet.

Thanks to boygeniusreport.com.

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0 comments | Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Toshiba launches its ultraportable Toshiba Portege A605. It is a very sleek and innovatively designed 12.1-inch screen device.
The following configuration demonstrates some of the various specifications and price options available with the Portege A605:

Portege A605-P201 Unique Specifications:

• Genuine Windows Vista(R) Ultimate (SP1, 32-bit version)
• 3.3 lbs
• 1.18 inches thin
• 6.9 hours of battery life
• Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor5 ULV SU9300
• 3072MB DDR2 800 memory
• 250GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard disc drive
• DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash(TM) drive
• Mobile Intel(R) graphics11 Media accelerator 4500MHD
• Built-in webcam and microphone
• eSATA/USB combo port with USB Sleep and Charge
• Intel(R) 802.11 a/g/n wireless-LAN
• One-year standard limited warranty

Toshiba Portege A605 starting price is $1,399.99. You can buy it from major consumer electronics and computer stores nationwide or directly from Toshiba at www.toshibadirect.com.


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Epson is a maker of printers. So what if the company will make its own netbook? Netbooks are the "in thing" today. Let the Japanese company do the right thing. Here is a teaser from its website for the upcoming netbook.

* CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom
* Display: 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
* RAM: 1GB
* Storage: 160GB HDD
* Operating System: Windows XP SP3
* Connectivity: Ethernet, 802.11b/g WiFi
* Chipset: Intel 945GSE Express


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0 comments | Monday, October 20, 2008

Fujitsu LifeBook P8020 wants to put everything in a small pack. A small pack loaded with great features, plus a good price is what makes a laptop/netbook sell today.
The result of Fujitsu LifeBook P8020 is a zero, no-space-wasted ultraportable device. Look at the sides for evidence.

Features and specifications:

- Weighs 2.9 lbs
- 12.1" Screen
- Centrino 2 processor
- 320GB HDD (or a 64GB or 128GB SSD)
- 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth
- gigabit Ethernet
- fingerprint reader
- DVD burner
- Gesture-friendly trackpad
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
- 6-cell battery

The Fujitsu LifeBook P8020 will be available in November for a price of $1,799. Not that bad for an ultraportable with nice specs.

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Samsung NC10 netbook is already available in the U.S. But we haven't seen so many pictures of it yet, not even complete/full reviews. We know some features and specs like the 10.2-Inch LED Superbright Non-Gloss screen with WSVGA resolution (1024x600), an Intel Atom processor, 80GB and 160GB HDD, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and a 1.3Mpix web camera.
However, if you head on to some Electronic Trades, you would most likely see the Samsung NC10 netbook in action.

Just like this trade show in Korea, where Akihabara News was able to get some snapshots.

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0 comments | Saturday, October 18, 2008

Europe has seen the increase of netbook sales for the past year. The small, cheap computer is slowly taking some of the market from laptops.

Netbook shipments take ten per cent of the 27.9m PCs shipped into Europe in Q3 this year. The forecast is that, netbook shipments will rocket almost 100 per cent to just shy of 4m units during the current quarter due to the arrival of new players like Apricot, LG, Samsung, Toshiba and Fujitsu Siemens, all of who are releasing netbooks this month or early next.

The leading netbook brands in Europe are:

1. Acer with a market share of 21.3 per cent in Q3, up from 14.2 per cent a year earlier

2. HP (18.7 per cent)

3. Dell (9.5 per cent)

4. Asus (7.4 per cent)

5. Toshiba (5.8 per cent)

Source: reghardware.co.uk


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0 comments | Friday, October 17, 2008

Shenzhen Firstview Electronics has its own line of netbooks, from the 7" to 10.2" screens.
These are the netbooks and their specifications/features:

1. The 7 inch-model Firstview PC703:

* 7 inch Digital LCD screen,VGA 800*480 pixels.
* Windows CE 5.0
* CPU: Z228
* Processor: Jade 532MHz 32-bit Processor
* ROM: 512MB ~2GB
* RAM:128MB
* 3 x USB2.0
* Input Device: 80pcs Keyboard and Touch Pad
* Network Access: Ethernet 10/100M , built-in WiFi 802.11b/g CDMA & GPRS (through optional Express Card)
* built-in Mic / Stereo Speaker
* Support SD/MMC card

2. The 10.2-inch model Firstview PC101:

* 10.2″ WSVGA 16:10, 1024×600 resolution
* Intel Atom N270 Processor (1.6GHz,512KB L2 cache)
* SATA x 80/100/120/160GB (2.5″)
* Chipset: Intel 945GSE+ICH7M
* VGA: Intel 945GSE
* Memory: DDR2 400/533 1GB
* Modem/Lan:56K/100Mb
* Wlan: 802.11bg
* 1.3M pixels Webcamera
* Battery: Li-ion 3 cells
* Bluetooth
* 3 in 1 card reader(MS/SD/MMC)
* Linux
* Weight:1.20kg

3. The 8.9″ model Firstview PC891:

* 10.2″ WSVGA 16:10, 1024×600 resolution
* Intel Atom N270 Processor (1.6GHz,512KB L2 cache)
* SATA x 80/100/120/160GB (2.5″)
* Chipset: Intel 945GSE+ICH7M
* VGA: Intel 945GSE
* Memory: DDR2 400/533 1GB
* Modem/Lan:56K/100Mb
* Wlan: 802.11bg
* 1.3M pixels Webcamera
* Battery: Li-ion 3 cells
* Bluetooth
* 3 in 1 card reader(MS/SD/MMC)
* Linux
* Weight:1.10kg

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Thanks to Eee PC Blog.


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0 comments | Thursday, October 16, 2008

It is the Wall Street Journal reporting this. HP will release a netbook this year that will feature a 10 inch screen. The last netbook I heard on HP was the HP 2133 Mini-Note, which has an 8.9" screen.

This is the best time for HP to release another netbook in the market as others have been parading theirs lately. There are the 10" Samsung NC10 and the 10" Asus Eee PC 1000HA released the past days. If HP will continue to have 1280 x 768 pixel display and an excellent keyboard for their netbooks, it could easily dominate the market. But it also has to compete with the lower price of ASUS.

You might want to read this: HP 2133 Mini-Note is getting cheaper.

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Motorola's Krave ZD4 unveiled its flip phone. This is no ordinary flip phone as it is also a touch-screen on the closed flip as well as on the actual screen inside. Pretty fancy!
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0 comments | Wednesday, October 15, 2008

If you visit this site of DELL, you will see that the Inspiron Mini 9 is part of Dell's "10 days of deals" promo. It says 10/16/08, that's tomorrow.

Thanks to Netbooktech.

Don't forget to check out the deal tomorrow, October 16th.

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0 comments | Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I have been waiting for this. I need to change my ACER Aspire One to Samsung NC10. The 8.9" screen of ACER is too small for me, I want a 10" screen that the new Samsung NC10 has.
I have heard too that Samsung netbook might have best keyboard ever.

It is now official! Samsung NC10 is available in the US for a $499.

The US model will have these specs/features:

* CPU:1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU
* Display: 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
* Storage: 160GB HDD
* Webcam: 1.3MP
* Connectivity: 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
* Expansion: 3 USB ports, 3-in-1 card reader, VGA output
* Dimensions: 10.3″ x 1.2″ x 7.3″
* Weight: 2.8 pounds

You can buy it at Buy.com. Amazon is also offering it for the same price of $499, in two colors: metallic blue and metallic white.

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0 comments | Monday, October 13, 2008

People are waiting for the first BlackBerry flip phone. So, here it is. BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone is now available in the U.S. for a price of $149.99 (on a two-year contract), exclusively from T-Mobile. Available at launch is the black color; red is planned to be available in the coming weeks.

Report: The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone maintains the popular features and benefits of the BlackBerry Pearl; plus it packs numerous enhancements into the sleek and popular flip design. The spacious keyboard allows easy typing and dialing while the flip design helps protect the large, vibrant internal screen and provides the satisfying finality of ending a call by closing the phone. Customers will also appreciate the external display for previewing calendar reminders, e-mail, text messages and phone calls at a glance.

Key features/specs of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip from T-Mobile include the following:

* First BlackBerry smartphone to offer popular flip design
* Wi-Fi-enabled (802.11 b/g) supporting Wi-Fi calling and fast Web browsing
* Support for Unlimited HotSpot Calling, offering unlimited nationwide calling over accessible Wi-Fi networks
* T-Mobile’s myFavesSM support to stay in touch with those who matter most, with quick, one-click access for instant messaging, e-mailing, texting or calling to your Fave 5 SM from the Home Screen
* Enhanced SureType keyboard to support text messaging, picture messaging, instant messaging (six popular clients), personal e-mail (access up to 10 supported e-mail accounts), and corporate e-mail
* 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom, built-in flash and video recording (requires microSD card)
* Advanced media player for pictures, music and video with full-screen video playback
* Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP/AVRCP) and 3.5mm stereo headset jack
* Media management software included on the BlackBerry Tools CD, which allows transfer of music files including sync of desktop iTunes music files***
* Enhanced HTML browser for high-performance browsing with a more desktop-style depiction
* Internal QVGA 2.4-inch diagonal screen, 320 x 240 pixels and supporting 65K colors
* 128 MB of flash memory, 256MB microSD card included, and support for up to a 16 GB microSD/SDHC card
* Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi network including support for international roaming
* Dimensions: 3.9” x 1.96” x 0.68”
* Weight: 3.6 oz

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0 comments | Sunday, October 12, 2008

The HP 2133 Mini-Note is becoming affordable for all. The netbook is lowering its price. CompUSA is selling the bottom-of-the-line HP Mini-Note for $399.99. Amazon has even a much lower price of the same model, $369.94.
The cheap HP 2133 Mini-Note has this basic features/specs:

-- Processor: The VIA C7-M ULV (ultra-low voltage) processor has a 1.0 GHz speed, 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and a 128 KB L2 cache.

--Hard Drive: This model of the HP Mini-Note offers 4 GB of solid-state flash memory (NAND) storage

-- Memory: The 512 MB of installed RAM (1 x 512 MB, PC2-5300) offers a top-of-class 667 MHz speed. This notebook has a maximum capacity of 2 GB of RAM.

-- Keyboard & Mouse: The spill-resistant keyboard is 92 percent of full size. It has the best keyboard there is.

-- Screen: The 8.9-inch display has a 1280 x 768-pixel resolution. Other netbooks only have 1024 x 600 pixel display.

-- Networking, Connectivity & Expansion:
* 2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
* 1 ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
* 1 Secure Digital memory card slot
* 1 headphone/line-out and 1 microphone
* 1 VGA monitor port
* 1 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity

You can buy the HP 2133 Mini-Note here, Amazon Store for $369.94.

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0 comments | Saturday, October 11, 2008

I had the opportunity to visit the Art Institute of Chicago a week ago after I had my passport renewed at the Philippine Consulate. The Art Institute (Museum) and the Consulate office are both located on the same street, Michigan Avenue, and only a couple of blocks away from each other. The first time I was in Chicago last year, I never had the chance to see what's inside the Institute. Finally, I had the time to be awed by its collection of arts.
The Art Institute of Chicago is divided into 3 different levels. Each level is further divided into hall galleries. The lower level houses the Paperweight Collection, European Decorative Arts, Architecture and Design, Thorne Miniature Rooms, Photography.

The First level has the Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Collections. It also has the American Collection of Paintings from 1700 to 1955, the American Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Furniture and American Modernism. Everything about Asia (Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, Korean) is also in the first level.

The Second level houses the European galleries, Prints and Drawings (Northern European, Southern European, French, British).

As much as I enjoyed the ancient collections, I also admired the modern art, which includes nearly 1,000 works of art by artists from Europe and the Americas. There were Picasso's Old Guitarist, Matisse's Bathers by a River, Lachaise's Woman (Elevation), Brancusi's Golden Bird, O'Keeffe's Black Cross, New Mexico, Orozco's Zapata, Wood's American Gothic, Magritte's Time Transfixed, Hopper's Nighthawks, and Ivan Albright's Picture of Dorian Gray.

Masks and figural sculpture from Africa were very impressive. The Art Institute’s collection of over 80 African ceramics is the largest in an American art museum.

The visit was worth it. I took some photos inside the museum (oh, I was actually approached by one of the guards for taking pictures with the flash on). Taking photos is allowed but without the flash. I apologized for not reading the rules.

Here are few of the photos of the collection:

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Have you traveled far and away just to find that one true love? Have you waited for so long and still couldn't find your soul mate? He or she may not be near you. The person you are looking for may not be within your circle of friends. Have you tried searching for him/her online? Chances are, the person you have been wanting to meet is just waiting for you online.

There are online dating services that will help you find the "one" who might share the same interests with you and hook you up with someone you are compatible with. All you need to do to find him or her is to search. Trust me, internet dating is for real. There are a lot of happy stories of couples finding their true love online.

With the hurried pace of modern lifestyle, going out to find the opportunities to be with the perfect dating partner, looks slim. That is why singles have turned to the internet to search for potential dates. Millions of available singles are finding dates without having to leave the office.

What site should I recommend? Visit true.com. It offers online dating that goes beyond other online personals to give any single man or single woman the right matchmaking tools to find the right romance relationship.

The one feature they have that I don't find in other sites is the criminal background screenings. True.com is serious about safety and security of their clients. They only require Single Certification to make sure you will not be in the hands of a "non-single" person.

It is now up to you to try it. Why not take the chance? Search for free True.com. Signup is also free.

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0 comments | Friday, October 10, 2008

Apple Macbook machines are priced above the $1000 mark. The past couple of days, rumors circulate online that Apple may launching a new Macbook with a low-end $800 price.
According to the source, Apple retail stores have been given price sheets that list 12 price points for the new range, with prices between $800-$3100. Current lines only have 8 price points, 3 Macbooks starting at $1099, 3 Macbook Pros and 2 Macbook Airs. According to the source, retail outlets usually get the price lists 10 days before products hit the market. Technical specs for the new laptops were not included on the price sheet.
If this pushes through, many users would think longer and harder about whether to go with Windows or Mac OS X.


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I know I should not compare the two. It's just that I had this ACER Aspire One netbook for almost two months now and I have not written about it. I bought mine (Windows XP OS) from Amazon for $480.
So far, so good. I don't have complaints about the netbook. This thing is super small that it fits to a tiny backpack. I can watch videos without problems, XP seems to run perfectly on this little machine and I have not noticed any lags. The wireless works great and can quickly find a signal, much even faster than my 15" Toshiba laptop.

The built-in webcam looks and works okay. I already used the machine for my PPT presentations and connected it to a video projector. The results were simply amazing for a netbook.

I had to get used though to the mouse buttons positioned on the side of the mouse pad. There is no CD drive, but that is understandable and I do not find that as a drawback.

ACER Aspire One is an amazing machine that is worth your money. Here are more pictures of the ACER Aspire One vs. Toshiba Satellite, just to have a comparison of the size.


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0 comments | Thursday, October 09, 2008

Carrying digital files when traveling is never a difficult task. Most people have flash drives tagged along all the time where important computer files are quickly stored. But are flash drives (thumb drives) protected from unauthorized access to your files? Most of them are not.
Lately, a new breed of flash drives comes in - chock full of military-strength encryption and passwords and keypad combinations that must be entered before the data can be accessed. I know a few that I really like.

IronKey Secure Hardware-Encrypted Flash Drive
It designed to be the world's most secure flash drive, protects your data, on-line passwords, and Internet privacy. Now you can safely carry your digital life with you wherever you go - with confidence and peace of mind.

Ironkey Personal 2GB - $90.27 Amazon Store
IronKey 4GB - $128.80 Amazon Store
Ironkey Basic 8GB Flash - $258.30 Amazon Store

2. Pocket Safe
The Personal Pocket Safe is a hack-proof device that connects to your computer through a USB port. All data is encrypted and can only be accessed by entering your customizable PIN on your Pocket Safe. Once unlocked, Pocket Safe software launches and provides pre-formatted fields for easy entry of all important records and files.

Personal Pocket Safe - $59.95 Amazon Store

3. Corsair Flash Padlock
It gives users the confidence of having a hardware-secured lock to protect their data on an USB drive. Featuring auto-lock hardware security, Flash Padlock is the best way to secure your data while on the go.

2GB Hardware Secured USB Flash Drive with Auto-lock - $20.68 Amazon Store

Keep your files safe. Use secured flash drives especially when you are on the road often.

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Eee PC News.de reviewed the Datacask Jupiter 1014A netbook. You can read the review from here.
Specifications/features of Datacask Jupiter 1014A include:

- 10.2 inch screen
- 1024 x 600 pixel display
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU
- RAM 1024 MB
- Hard Disk 160 GB
- MIC-in
- Line-out
- Multi-format card reader
- USB2.0 (x3)
- ExpressCard/34
- WebCam
- 802.11b/g Wireless Interface
- choice of Windows XP or a Knoppix-based Linux

More netbooks here.


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0 comments | Wednesday, October 08, 2008

When you see a bald person with a tattoo written on his head about a new airline check-in system, that person is already $660 richer. Air New Zealand, the national airline of New Zealand, is paying bald travelers for their heads in their new advertising campaign.

If you are up to the one-of-a-kind challenge, Air New Zealand is holding a casting call in late October to select 30 adults to be shaved and tattooed to serve as cranial billboards in Los Angeles, promoting life-changing journeys to New Zealand. The basic idea is for people in airport queues to be able see the living billboards.


If you are bald already, that is an advantage. However, if you really want something new, then you can have it shaved, and then temporarily tattooed.

I am quite sure that most of my daring friends will be running to get this. I have a couple of friends who are bald and enjoying their baldness.  They are perfect for the job.

Bald is beautiful and if the price of having it is becoming hundred of bucks richer, who doesn't want it? A tattoo on the scalp that fades away after about two weeks is worth the try.

Air New Zealand is promoting life-changing journeys. Being in their campaign is a life-changing journey in itself. Hop in and join the ride at www.airnewzealand.com.

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Running out of cell phone battery power? If you are on the road and you badly need to call someone, having an empty battery is a misery. The handy pen that charges your phone anytime is the solution.
The cell phone charger pen can provide you with 100 additional minutes of power. It runs with one AA battery.

Product Specifications/Features:
• Charge your mobile phone by 1 piece of AA alkaline battery or NI-MH rechargeable battery
• Useful ball pen
• Special design, modern style, compact and portable
• Charging time: approx. 100 minutes
• Standby time: approx. 20 hours
• Talk time: approx. up to 2 hours
• Size: 146*20mm
• Weight: 45g

The One Battery Mobile Charger Pen is available from gadget4all.com for $19.


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0 comments | Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Yesterday, Newegg opens its online store for the Asus N10E-A1, ASUS N10J-A1 and Asus N10J-A2 laptops/netbooks. Today, it is the first major company to offer the Asus Eee PC 1000HA.
You can now buy the Asus Eee PC 1000HA for $429.99 (3 Business Day Shipping is $11.99).

Specifications/features of the Asus Eee PC 1000HA:
Color -- Pearl White
Operating System -- Windows XP Home
CPU Type -- Intel Atom N270 (1.6GHz)
Screen -- 10" WSVGA
Memory Size -- 1GB DDR2
Hard Disk -- 160GB
Graphics Card -- Intel UMA
Video Memory -- shared memory
Communication -- LAN and WLAN
Battery Life -- 7 hours
Dimensions -- 10.47" x 7.53" x 1.12-1.5"
Weight -- 3.2 lbs.
WLAN -- 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
USB -- 3
Video Port -- 1 x VGA
Audio Ports -- 1 x Microphone jack; 1 x Headphone jack
Webcam -- 1.3MP

Asus Eee PC 1000HA at Newegg.


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Investing in stocks may be risky, but what isn’t? When making money, it always involves risk. How you hurdle the risks depends on how well you know the ins and outs of the situation you have just entered into.

There are a lot of ways to find help in terms of investing. Try this: inner8. It is a place created by some of the veterans of E*TRADE. What the site does is, it matches like-minded investors and provides innovative analytics to help them optimize their investing goals, strategies and results.

The interface is deep and stuffed with so much information, records and other useful analytics that form on views shared by other investors. It is sort of leveraging each other’s ideas.

With the present economic decline on Wall Street, Inner8.com may be the solution at a very opportune time. To start the first step is to register with them for FREE. Right then and there, you will get investment ideas. You can also create your own “Inner Circle” of any number of trusted investing friends. Remember that the best, most profitable investment ideas come from your own inner circle of friends and investors.

Rest assured that Inner 8 will be a rewarding experience for you.

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Someone sent this to me. I thought this is worth sharing.

Don Mueck is a London-based photo-realist artist. Born in Melbourne, Australia, to parents who were toy makers, he labored on children's television shows for 15 years before working in special effects for such films as Labyrinth, a 1986 fantasy epic starring David Bowie.
Eventually Mueck concluded that photography pretty much destroys the physical presence of the original object, and so he turned to fine art and sculpture.

In the early 1990's, still in his advertising days, Mueck was commissioned to make something highly realistic, and was wondering what material would do the trick.

Latex was the usual, but he wanted something harder, more precise. Luckily, he saw a little architectural decor on the wall of a boutique and inquired as to the nice, pink stuff's nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.

His work is lifelike but not life size, and being face to face with the tiny, gossiping Two Women (2005) or the monumental woman In Bed (2005) is an unforgettable experience.


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