Wednesday, February 17, 2010

clarification on wi-tribe's cap

Here's the latest unconfirmed news on wi-tribe's cap. I say unconfirmed because its nowhere on their official website but their sales reps confirm this info verbally only. This is what is posted on the tipidpc boards

Starting first week of February, 2010 the company will be offering its unlimited Starter Package @ Php 998/mo. with 1Mbps actual speed (up to 3GB download volume per month, speed tapering at 256kbps in excess of 3GB) of surfing/browsing via 4G technology (3x faster than 3G) with FREE connection between 1am to 7pm (the 3GB donwload volume capacity is not affected)!

I think thats a typo, it should be 7am not 7pm.

Anyway, so what does this mean? If you are already way beyond 3 gigs and you are already capped at 256 kbps, between 1 am and 7am your total bytes downloaded does not change but what about the speed? Will it stay at 256kbps or go back to 1 mbps?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

another LED dome light

$4.48 on ebay + 35 pesos. took 35 days to arrive via post. Its  a dome light for my car.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Isaac Asimov's Foundation movie in the works

Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" trilogy is a pillar of the science-fiction community, and director Roland Emmerich is planning to model his three-picture adaptation of the tome after the biggest movie in the history of cinema.

MTV News has exclusively learned from Emmerich himself that "Foundation" will be a 3-D epic using technology similar to the CG motion-capture techniques used in "Avatar."
"The 'Avatar' technology applies to 'Foundation,' " Emmerich said. "It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real."
When asked if that meant 'Foundation' would be in 3-D and mo-cap, Emmerich replied, "Yes."

in reference to: EXCLUSIVE: Roland Emmerich Plans ‘Foundation’ As 3-D Motion-Capture Epic » MTV Movies Blog (view on Google Sidewiki)

inkless printer

A Japanese company called Sanwa Newtec has developed a printer that works without toners, ink or (copy) paper. ThePrePeat RP-3100 is rather based on a line thermal head and special paper that’s made of PET plastic and can be reused over and over again.

In other words, if you have a sheet that you don’t need any longer you can insert it back into the printer (where it gets “cleaned”) and immediately print out a new document in one go. Each of those special sheets can be used 1,000 times, saving not only the costs for 1,000 sheets of copy paper but also 5.7kg of CO2 for the environment.

The printer prints in black and white only, but at least you need neither toners nor ink (look here for a detailed price comparison with conventional printers).

One sheet costs $3.35, while the PrePeat itself is priced at $5,600. It’s already available in Japan (people living outside Japan can make an inquiry here). Obviously, Sanwa Newtec is justifying this price with the low running costs and the eco-friendliness of the device.

in reference to: Toner-, ink- and paperless printer (video) (view on Google Sidewiki)

youtube speed tester

You must have heard of Its a online speed test to measure how fast your ISP is. As a synthetic benchmark, it has the advantages of being easy to do and its standardized so you can compare apples to apples with other users. The disadvantage is that it sometimes can be inaccurate.

This webpage is a synthetic benchmark that uses streaming video. Its may be useful to see if your ISP throttles or has problems with youtube. Unfortunately, from experience, I find that different streaming video sites as well as different videos from youtube can stream at different rates.
in reference to: YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. (view on Google Sidewiki)

the mobile broadband con

Looks like even people abroad are having problems with their internet.
in reference to: Latest Issue | PC Pro (view on Google Sidewiki)

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