Continuum, fly or die?

A really good article on Continuum, a soon-to-be-here tech from MS that is really intriguing to say the least. I would love to be able to just place my phone in a dock and use it as a PC. Or have it run my TV. Or anything

There are of course many more people that couldn't care less about it.
The article raises many questions and answers some of them. The idea is great and the possibilities are virtually endless. Then again, MiniDisc was a great idea too… So I guest we'll just wait and see.

My take on this is that it will completely depend on quality of new Lumias that MS is about to release… If they are not great it could fail miserably. It's about time we get some phone hardware that is not below average right from the start.

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Why Microsoft’s Continuum may succeed in putting a PC in your pocket, while Motorola’s Atrix failed
These are exciting times! We are at the verge of Windows 10 Mobile’s debut. The unprecedented success of the desktop version of the OS, with 75 million installs in less than 30 days, provides great momentum for this unified platform. But before the new mobile OS arrives the question many have is: “What will differentiate the platform from iOS and Android?” One answer according…

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

While ordering my new TV set, I decided to get myself (or, actually my wife) a new digital camera. I still have the very nice Sanyo Xacti C1 which still produces good enough images (at least in a daylight) and some nice movies (in mpeg 4 format) but I thought it’s about time to move on. I was pretty unsure of which one to go for. There are some really nice Canons out there, I was really interested in two of Ricoh models, and I wanted to at least get some Sonys and Fujis into account.

I ended up with a Panasonic TZ3 model, the one in black finish…

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
I really like it a lot… The 10x optical zoom is extremely good, and we were able to produce some really nice shots even tho we never bothered to open the manual and check all those settings.

So why did we opt for this model? Well, I do like Panasonic cams even tho I never owned one myself. I had few IXUS models and I was pretty happy with Sanyo Xacti too. The most important reason for buying TZ3 was a really good widescreen mode and a 10x optical zoom. Now there is a Panasonic LX2 (10.2 Mpix) model too that has more of everything and even better widescreen movie capture, but the noise levels were way too high on that one. I bought that one for a customer who needed the movie options and a good overall camera. It’s really good, especially it’s raw mode, but I wanted something else… So, after reading an extremely good article on megapixels I decided on TZ3 which has 7.2 Mpix display.

I highly recommend reading that article btw, it’s well written and easy to grasp. Probably won’t change consumer behavior, but it’s a good effort.

Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ70 plasma TV

Ahh… finally I’ve decided which TV to buy. It took me a while, and after narrowing the competition down to just 3 models things got really complicated. The lucky contenders were Panasonic TH-42PZ70 (plasma), Toshiba Regza 42Z3030D (LCD) and a really nice Philips 47PFL9632D (LCD).

And without further ado, the winner is:

Panasonic Viera TH-42PZ70 plasma TV - all mine

So how did I come up with that one?

Well, first of all I was pretty much clueless about technology, plasma vs. LCD, screen sizes, input connectors and all that techy stuff.
I wasn’t even sure that I will buy a new TV as I was perfectly happy with my old fat tv,a nice 29″ SONY. But being a tech freak I wanted to get into all this so I can make a better decision when I decide to buy one.

So I’ve starting reading all those reviews, checking prices and scanning through some forums. The only thing I knew to begin with is that it has to be Full HD display, probably an LCD (don’t ask me why…) and nothing less than 37″.

TviX has arrived

Finally, I’ve put my dirty hands on a TviX… A 5100SH model with 500Gb drive. Groovy.

It’s a darn nice media extender or, better said, probably the best and easiest way for watching your Full HD content. There is a lot to like on this one, it supports most of the regular file types, it’s pretty easy to set up and it lets you stream your media files through the network.

The networking part is not as easy to set up as I’d like to, but it works fine once You get it to work. I use a 500Gb SATA drive most of the time anyway.

The picture quality is very good and it scales everything nice. I’ve got a bunch of good quality Full HD movies and the picture is really good on our old fat 29″ SONY. I’ll definetly get a new TV set and I’ll go for Full HD screen. Looking forward to test it in full glory there…

When it comes to music, I guess it’s pretty OK, even tho I feel it’s really made for video. There’s not so much You can do there, You can create playlists and… well, play the music. You can play around with background images and stuff, but I can’t really be bothered with that. So I listen to the music through my music equipment as I can’t really see the point in having a TV set on jut for that.

All in all, I can highly recommend the TviX if You want to watch HD quality material. You can get a TV tuner addon and transform Your Tvix into a good video recording system. I haven’t opted for that but I’ve read that it works really good.

There are some glitches in the system of course, more on that after I’ve tested it with a Full HD TV set…

For the cleaner future!

So we got ourselves a washing machine.

After years of fighting with washing schema and other tenants, it’s about time we got our own apparatus… We wanted to get one half a year ago or something, but I made a research project of it. As usual when I’m about to buy something that can be plugged into the wall. Great.

Anyway, we got the LG… , actually. It’s kinda pretty, very nice controls and buttons and stuff. Nice display too. And, of course, I don’t have an idea if it’ll wash our stuff at all. But it was one of the few washing machines on the market that is less than 60cm deep. This one is 45 or something.