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…

Min underbara 164…

… är nu till salu såld, tyvärr.

Den har suttit i garaget i två år och väntat på bättre dagar. Eller, snarare sagt, bättre koppling. Jag har så klart varken tid eller ork (och inte kunskap heller för den del) att ordna det så den blev ståendes i garaget, utsatt för en massa damm och en hel del elaka skriverier i rutorna.

Bilen är en 164TS, född 1989. Alfa rosso färg så klart.

Alfa 164

Jag är den tredje ägaren och hon är mycket välvårdad.

Alfa 164

Det finns ingen rost vad jag vet och en hel del nya prylar.
Innan hon blev avställd har jag bytt en massa delar.

Alfa 164

En liten list kommer här:

  • Remus sportavgas; fantastiskt ljud, riktigt snygg är den också
  • Sachs dämpare och lesjöfors icke-progressiva fjädrar (röda). Sänker ca:4 cm. Bilen blev riktigt fin och låg och sitter som ett strykjärn på vägen.
  • Powerflex bussningar
  • K&N luftfilter (i originalboxen)
  • Greenstuff bromsskivor och bromsbelägg
  • Goodridge stålomspunna bromsslangar
  • Raid II sportratt i skin, (original finns kvar)
  • Dubbla uppsättningar aluminiumfälgar; 15″ sommar med nästan nya däck (bara Claudio hittar de på lagret), 14″ vinter också i nyskick
  • Nytt batteri

Kvitton finns på det mesta skulle jag tro.

Alfa 164

Det som inte är friskt:

  • Kopplingen sliten
  • Alla vätskor har väl runnit ut efter 2 år av ensamhet
  • Bromsok höger bak bör nog bytas, ingen handbromsverkan (handbromsvajern är helt ny)
  • Något för höga avgasvärden, tändningen bör ställas in, (enligt folk i Uppsala, vad de nu än hette… Bilen var där för service)

Jag har just flyttat den från garaget. Efter två år utan användning startade bilen utan gnäll. Det bullriga ljudet fick hjärtat att slå lite fortare igen.

Bilen kommer att finnas på gården hos Linderholms på Bromsgatan 12 i Karlstad (Våxnäs, mitt emot BMW återförsäljaren)

Jag vil verkligen inte bli av med bilen, men nya, yngre syster behövde platsen i garaget. Familjen växer nu och kräver en bil som man inte behöver meka med.
Det jag absolut inte vill göra är skrota den, bara delarna är(var) värda mer 10.000kr och jag antar att det finns bättre hem för bilen där ute.

Sälja den i delar skulle nog vara det smartaste, men jag orkar inte hålla på med och stycka bilen. Förhoppningsvis vill nån som har lite tid och plats i garaget eller i gården ta hand om henne.
Har du en v6:a bör du nog passa på om inget annat så pga avgasröret… Det passar både v6 och QV/Q4 modeller. Vi har testat på en QV och bara ljudet är värt det hela…

Pengar då… Ja, tack, några tusenlappar skulle inte skada mig. Hör av dig så kan vi diskuttera priset om du är intresserad. Finns du i Karlstad kan du även komma förbi och kika på den. Ring innan bara…

The new madonna

Wohooo!

Today is a good day. I’m actually extremely tired, haven’t slept for ages. Or some 50 hrs maybe… But it was well worth it. This morning I’ve brought home my new Alfa. A sweet GT with 2.0 JTS engine. And I must say… What a beauty. You can see her down here with new winter wheels and tires. Not as gorgeous as with the original 18″ wheels, but hey… She’s really a looker.

The red madonna

The whole process of importing the car from Germany to Sweden shouldn’t be complicated.
Or at least I don’t think it should be. I bought the car from a private person. There are some horror stories on the net about that kind of import. I don’t know, I guess it’s about the feeling you get about people you get in touch with during the process. I was looking for a potential car for few months before I bought this one. Mostly on usual search sites, mobile.de and autoscout24. I was there every day, searching for my Alfa.

From the beginning I started looking for a nice diesel 166 or 156 with the new 175bhp engine. Fast, reliable and economic. And, as our little family is growing, it felt even kind of responsible decision. Few more grown-up points in life must be a good thing…

Then I stumbled upon a beautiful 166 v6 3.2l TI in Italy. In Lecce… As far as you can come in Italy. But I was hooked. The whole diesel/responsible/economics/grown-up thingie just vanished. I’ve mailed the company at once, called them few days later and almost got a good deal. Almost…
Too bad there still aren’t same rules in whole EU. Or too bad Italians are just so damn… well… special. They couldn’t decide on a final price (even tho we discussed it first time we spoke). They weren’t quite sure if they can arrange temporary plates and insurance for the car. They were not sure about the transport prices either. I think the problem is that they actually didn’t know anything about doing business on European level.

Oh, well… I still think it was an extremely sexy car.

Anyway… I was still doing regular searches for other Alfas, and I somehow found a red GT with 2.0l petrol engine. Weird, as I was (still) looking for a diesel. It looked nice so I mailed the owner. Usually there’s an alarm bell ringing when the deal is almost too good to be true. It usually is… Most of those are cheap scams. This one was few thousand € cheaper than it’s siblings. It had half the mileage too. And it looked really good on pictures.
I’ve mailed the guy anyway, it’s easy to ignore scam mails when they arrive.

Few hours later, the mail popped in. The owner sent all the info that I asked about. No usual scam stories. He didn’t have time to use the car as much as he wanted to.
I was still pretty sure something was wrong… So I asked for more, hi-res pictures. And description of all bumps, damages, scratches… Anything I could think of actually. And I was telling myself that I’m not even interested in one of those. I was looking for a diesel after all.

Then another mail popped in, as quickly as the first one. He’ll make new pictures tomorrow. And he described all the scratches on the car.

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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.

LG WD12440NDK