Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm back! [Update!]

I haven't posted anything new on my blog, except the review of "Blackbirds". However, I'm coming back now, and I will start posting things on my blog, especially now when E3 is just a few weeks away.

The reason why I've been gone is that my computer, Sony VAIO, crashed. It's not my VAIO's fault, it's an operating system called "Windows Vista"! Every single file I had on my computer disappeared in front of my eyes, it felt like my heart stopped. I really panicked when I realized that I hadn't done any backup on my files, I had planned it for many weeks before, but I didn't think my computer would crash. The only thing I did was installing the drivers that came on a CD when I bought a "Bluetooth Dongle". I was trying to get my "DualShock 3" controller to work on my Sony VAIO.

I took out the hard drive from my computer and plugged it into my brother's computer. I installed a software called "GetDataBack for NTFS". It took six hours for the program to recover my data. When it was done and I had seen that it recovered almost every single file, I felt a huge relief. I copied all my files to an external hard drive, WD 1 TB.

When the recovery was done, I had to put the hard drive back and then install Windows. However, I didn't want to have "Vista" anymore, since it was "Windows Vista" who crashed my computer. So I upgraded to "Windows 7", and I must say that it's a lot better than "Vista" without a doubt, it's very fast and I also like the new look and features.

I'm now finally back and running again. I've installed every single software that I had before, and I've even upgraded a few of them. And I have made backups of all my most important files to another external hard drive, I've without a doubt learned from my mistake. I've even made a list of every file I've made backups for and transferred. I will do this every time I've done something that I want to keep, like a music project or a picture in PhotoShop, and of course write down which files I've backed up.

I will try to write a new post every week, so at least four posts per month. I'm planing to do more covers and remixes, my latest instrumental remix has gotten a great response, and that's what I like about posting things on the Internet, you can show people what you've created and get feedback from them, it really boosts my confidence.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 product review #01

Apple Magic Mouse

With Magic Mouse, Apple has brought Multi-Touch technology to the desktop mouse, giving you a new and more intuitive way to interact with your computer. Just as with iPhone, iPod touch, and MacBook Pro, the Bluetooth Magic Mouse adds gestures and swipes to the usual clicks to bring more functionality and help you get more done with less effort.

Beautiful Design with Seamless Multi-Touch Surface

One look at Magic Mouse and you'll know it's something special that only Apple could dream up. With a low-profile design and seamless top shell, you'll marvel at this beautiful mouse and its smooth, buttonless appearance.

It's not all looks, though. Once you touch it, you'll appreciate how good it feels in your hand. And the magic really begins when you start using it. The Multi-Touch surface covers the entire top of the mouse, and the mouse itself is the button. Scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere. Inside Magic Mouse is a chip that tells it exactly what you want to do. Which means Magic Mouse won’t confuse a scroll with a swipe. It even knows when you’re just resting your hand on it.

Laser-Tracking Engine

Magic Mouse uses powerful laser tracking that’s far more sensitive and responsive on more surfaces than traditional optical tracking. That means it tracks with precision on nearly every surface - whether it’s a table at your favorite cafe or the desk in your home office - without the need for a mousepad.

Wireless Convenience with Easy Bluetooth Setup

Magic Mouse connects wirelessly to your Mac via Bluetooth, so there’s no wire or separate adapter to worry about. Pair Magic Mouse with your Bluetooth-enabled Mac and enjoy a reliable and secure connection up to 33 feet away. When you combine Magic Mouse with the Apple Wireless Keyboard, you create a workspace free of annoying cables.

And because Magic Mouse is wireless, it can venture beyond the confines of your desk. A quick flick of the on/off switch helps conserve battery power while Magic Mouse is tucked in your bag. Even when it’s on, Magic Mouse manages power efficiently, by detecting periods of inactivity automatically.

Make One Great Gesture After Another

Multi-Touch technology on the iPhone and iPod touch introduced a breakthrough way to interact with your content. Magic Mouse, with its Multi-Touch surface, does the same thing for your Mac. When you use gestures, it’s as if you’re touching what’s on your screen. For instance, swiping through web pages in Safari gives you the feeling of flicking through pages in a magazine. And scrolling with Magic Mouse isn’t your everyday scrolling. It supports momentum scrolling (similar to iPhone and iPod touch), where the scrolling speed is dictated by how fast or slowly you perform the gesture.

Give It Your Personal Touch

Maybe you want scrolling but don’t want swiping. Or two-button clicking instead of one. Whatever the case, Magic Mouse works the way you want it to work. All you do is go to the Magic Mouse preference pane in System Preferences to enable or disable features.

The ambidextrous design of Magic Mouse means it fits comfortably in your right hand if you’re a righty or in your left hand if you’re a lefty. And left-handers can easily swap left and right button functionality using System Preferences.

System Requirements

  • Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0
  • Existing keyboard and mouse for setup

Product Features and Technical Details

Product Features

  • Laser technology delivers 20 times the performance of standard optical tracking
  • Miniature sensors detect even the slightest movement
  • Top-shell design matches other Apple products
  • Bluetooth technology and Touch-sensitive technology

Technical Details

  • Model Number: MB829LL/A
  • System requirements: Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer; Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0; existing keyboard and mouse for setup
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Wireless operating range: Up to 33 feet
  • Movement detection: Laser
  • Power supply: 2 x AA batteries (included)
  • Warranty: 1-year limited warranty
  • What's in the Box: Magic Mouse, two AA batteries, printed documentation

"Apple Magic Mouse" has beautiful design with an inn
ovative touch sensitive surface. It has a satisfying clicking mechanism and seamless bluetooth connectivity. This is a really great mouse for Apple users.

Review: "Apple Magic Mouse" XXXX [4/5].

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops trailer

The next video game in the Call of Duty series is called Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game is developed by Treyarch and published by Activision for release on November 9, 2010.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is set during the Cold War. Players take the role of black ops operators involved in missions behind enemy lines, taking place in various locations such as the Ural Mountains and Vietnam. As SOG operators, playable characters will have much more significant roles on the battlefield than their previous counterparts who were often the common soldiers. In this way, the player's characters will have their own traits such as voices (during in-game sequences) and shadows. Black Ops is a sequel to World at War as one of its main characters Reznov is returning.

I get a good feeling about Black Ops, it reminds me in a way of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. It feels more like a modern video game, I mean the weapons look like they could have been in Modern Warfare 1 and 2. Some mission in Modern Warfare took place in the past, like the "Chernobyl" mission, which I like very much. I'm definitely going to buy this awesome game when it comes out in November. I'm looking forward to the single player campaign and the brilliant online multiplayer.

Below is a new trailer of Call of Duty: Black Ops.