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July 12, 2015

Surface. It's not Apple.

After being an Apple product exclusive for more than 10 years, I bought a very un-Apple product, Microsoft Surface Pro 3. I haven't bought a PC or working (apart from occasional work) on a Windows computer for more than 10... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Jul 2015 12:37 PM | read this entry

June 9, 2015

Maintenance Box (full)

This is the maintenance box (T6710 / PXBMB2) of Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4590 printer I bought back in November, 2012. We have been using it to print lot of documents (for business). And finally the maintenance box (waste ink box)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jun 2015 8:39 PM | read this entry

May 6, 2015

Remote Commander Kit (RMT-VP1K), two's better than one

It's a common knowledge among Sony camera dealers and customers that less demanded items of Sony camera accessories are pretty hard to obtain. Upon first available opportunity (of preordering), I ordered two units of Sony Remote Commander Kit (RMT-VP1K)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 May 2015 5:28 PM | read this entry

March 15, 2015

same NP-FW50, different NP-FW50 (Sony batteries)

After getting Sony A7R camera as my first full-frame camera in late 2013, I bought Sony A7 II (Mark II) late last year. Since then, I noticed that the included battery looks different, although same NP-FW50 model number. I thought... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Mar 2015 2:40 PM | read this entry

February 28, 2015

slowing things down, ND 10 stops

Apparently, most people would like to do thing as fast as they can. I somehow decided to slow down myself. The new gadget - an ND filter with 10-stop.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Feb 2015 12:37 PM | read this entry

February 24, 2015

first wideangle lens

I've been enjoying taking landscape photo for a while, and decided I need a more suited lens for landscape - a wide-angle lens. Sony FE16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z). I am still getting used to its wide-angle zoom, apart from... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 24 Feb 2015 8:06 AM | read this entry

December 20, 2014

new tripod

Probably some of you might have noticed that I've been taking quite a fair bit of photos recently. I have invested a bit on photographic equipments. Well, it's about time to invest a more portable tripod…... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 20 Dec 2014 11:17 AM | read this entry

August 14, 2014

slow internet yesterday? blame 512

Yes, I experienced slow internet yesterday. According to this news report, this is a serious issue. As the internet expands, more and more data is being pinged through its pipes. The routers through which the data passed were designed years... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Aug 2014 1:25 PM | read this entry

August 6, 2014

more Skyport

I got myself two more Elinchrom Skyport devices. Elinchrom Skyport WiFi and Elinchrom Skyport USB (Mark II). I've been using Elinchrom's Skyport for triggering flashes (off camera flash) before I got the proper studio flash which happens to be Elinchrom.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Aug 2014 9:02 AM | read this entry

July 10, 2014

still not many options

According to this chart, there aren't many native/official Sony full frame E-mount lens for Sony A7, A7R, A7S camera yet. There are Sony adapters available for using Sony's A-mount lens, and there are third party (Metabones) adapters for using... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Jul 2014 12:59 PM | read this entry

July 9, 2014

some Elinchrom gears and more

Sometimes there's a bargain too good to let it go, so I snapped up the bargain. The bargain: Elinchrom lighting set. Elinchrom Style RX 1200/1200 Set with Skyport RX Speed Set. Also a 60° and a 90° reflectors (attached):... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jul 2014 4:14 PM | read this entry

July 7, 2014

Not Sony (Nikon AW120)

So, I bought a compact camera. The highlight of this purchase is the fact it is not Sony brand. This is not a camera for me. Somehow Laurent managed to damage his Sony DSC-T20. I could have bought the Sony... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Jul 2014 3:11 PM | read this entry

May 11, 2014

ultrathin touch mouse Logitech T631

I got myself a new mouse, this time, not an Apple mouse. A Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 for Mac. Before switching to Mac, I've been using Logitech mouse for quite a long time. Since August 2010, I've been using... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 May 2014 7:49 PM | read this entry

March 28, 2014

Logitech keyboard

I recently bought a keyboard. A Logitech Easy-Switch Keyboard K811. Before I switched to Mac about a decade ago, I loved Logitech's products. I like Logitech's keyboards and especially Logitech's mice. I had a few Logitech mice, I can remember... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Mar 2014 1:10 PM | read this entry

February 18, 2014

Attaché x50

I decided to get myself a new camera bag. Getting a camera bag I like is not an easy task. I've been hunting for a while, finally I decided to get this one: Lowepro Pro Roller Attaché x50. That's a... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Feb 2014 8:07 AM | read this entry

February 14, 2014

another AirPort

Yes, I ordered another Apple AirPort product from Apple Online Store. This time, the AirPort Express (802.11n simultaneous dual-band, A1392). Why do I need another AirPort device? This one is for the newly renovated ‘white room’ which previously known as... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Feb 2014 5:41 PM | read this entry

January 10, 2014

light meter

This is my first gadget of 2014. I know I still have quite a few useful devices I received in 2013 which I haven't had time to mention them. Anyhow, this is a light meter, a device to measure how... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Jan 2014 2:01 PM | read this entry

December 31, 2013

a cheap TV

We bought a cheap TV. Thanks to Boxing Day sale special at JB Hi-Fi. The TV is not just cheap, it is also a no-name TV, and pretty small in today's standard.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 31 Dec 2013 3:38 PM | read this entry

December 28, 2013

a sewing machine

(I should've posted this entry a while back, sorry for the delay.) In late July, I received my first sewing machine. The best part of it, I got it for free. Yes, completely free as I redeemed it through my... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Dec 2013 11:03 AM | read this entry

November 28, 2013

proper lighting

Christmas is coming, and I have been rewarding myself recently. After getting myself a full-frame camera, naturally, some proper lighting is next in the list. I have been looking at those lights for quite a while, being poor, it took... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Nov 2013 6:50 PM | read this entry

November 27, 2013

5.6 kg of antique junk

We all heard that one person's trash can be another person's treasure. The poor Antony has been doing some treasure junk hunting. And I found 5.682 kg of treasure junk, made in last century, in 1998 and 2000. These days... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Nov 2013 12:19 PM | read this entry

November 26, 2013

poor man's first full frame

Finally, I bought my first ever full frame digital camera - Sony ILCE A7R. Unlike Sony NEX-7 which took months of waiting (after placing the order), this Sony A7R only took 25 days of waiting (after the order). It's a... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 26 Nov 2013 8:11 AM | read this entry

August 31, 2013

Epson LabelWorks LW-400

Yes, I got another label printer, this time an Epson version. It turns out that the Brother P-touch 1280 is just not enough. I have been using P-touch 1280 since 2007, it serves me well. However, it turns out that... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 31 Aug 2013 9:57 AM | read this entry

June 18, 2013

new camera, Sony DSC-HX50V

On my way to Singapore few weeks ago, I got a few hours in Sydney airport. The most obvious thing to do in airport when you have a few hours to kill? Window shopping of course. Over at a duty... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Jun 2013 3:27 PM | read this entry

May 29, 2013

Surface Pro coming to Australia tomorrow

The world's most anticipated and the most powerful tablet approved by [b]our Don[/b], also known as the iPad killer, will finally be available in Australia tomorrow, according to a post in Microsoft Australia Blog. The RRP are: $999(AUD) and $1,099(AUD)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 29 May 2013 10:50 AM | read this entry

March 8, 2013

a UFO

Perhaps I don't really need it, but the price was simply too cheap to let it go. Here's the photo of the UFO: It's an old Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (model A1034) released in January 2003 which makes aD... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Mar 2013 9:33 AM | read this entry

March 7, 2013

my first DYMO

Yes, I know. We already have quite a number of printers including a handheld labeller - Brother P-touch 1280, and a general thermal label printer - Brother QL-570 Label Printer. Both of those works great in different situations. It turns... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Mar 2013 9:59 AM | read this entry

February 26, 2013

a music player (PowerCD)

I got this last year, and somehow I forgot to take a photo of it. So here it goes... Presenting a CD player. The one that should've received our Don's approval. For the fact that our Don prefers music in... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 26 Feb 2013 9:36 AM | read this entry

February 16, 2013

Need some protective skin for your latest gadget?

I am sure you don't want your gadgets get scratched. BodyGuardz is having special, simply use the promotional code “PRESIDENT” and you get get your 15% discount on everything in store, including clear skins, ScreenGuardz, armor (protective film), cases... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Feb 2013 11:47 AM | read this entry

February 2, 2013

Panasonic DVD player

Unfortunately, the old DVD/VHS player could no longer play any DVD discs. Thanks to Sam, we are still on QuickFlix subscription, we are still getting DVDs. (to Don: Antony can't afford going to cinemas, Antony is poor.) Suddenly, the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 02 Feb 2013 4:29 PM | read this entry

January 24, 2013

Jabra Drive

Finally, got myself a cheap bluetooth car kit for the road. Blame the NSW Government for changing the rule. To use the mobile phone, you will need to have the mobile on a commercially available mobile holder and you hold... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 24 Jan 2013 10:01 AM | read this entry

November 11, 2012

I actually did some math

Of course, I did some math. Firstly, I don't use third-party so-called "equal or exceeding original manufacturer's standard". Base on the best street pricing of genuine ink and toner, without calculating the overhead such as electricity and paper cost, a... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 Nov 2012 7:08 AM | read this entry

November 9, 2012

You got to spend money to save money, another printer

A while back, I mentioned that we got an Epson WorkForce WF-7520 (A3+ printer) to replace the age old Epson 1410 (also A3+ printer). It turns out that we just run out of 1410's ink. So the WorkForce WF-7520 was... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Nov 2012 8:34 AM | read this entry

October 30, 2012

one more Extreme joining the network

Well, knowing that more and more portable devices will connected in this house, it is important to prepare the best wireless network for the upcoming situation. This is learned from our good friend Don. Here's the latest device for network... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Oct 2012 9:31 AM | read this entry

October 28, 2012

PowerSupport Anti-Glare film for iPhone 5 is available

For those who look for Power Support Anti-Glare film for iPhone 5, it is now available at Apple Retail Stores in Australia. When I first got my iPhone 5, I bought a cheaper brand (Extreme Mac) anti-glare film for the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Oct 2012 11:43 AM | read this entry

September 27, 2012

Sony flash

I've had two Sony GN58 Flash (HVL-F58AM) for more than 3 years. Two flashes have been proven to be extremely handy. It appears that I need another one. Since then, Sony released GN43 Flash with more compact design. However it's... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Sep 2012 10:25 AM | read this entry

September 5, 2012

a poor man's (another) printer (Epson WorkForce WF-7520)

We all know that Antony is poor. Therefore he decided to change his A3+ printer. Oh, before we get started, A3 is international standard in paper size which is measured 297 by 420mm roughly similar to Ledger or Tabloid size... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 05 Sep 2012 7:53 AM | read this entry

March 20, 2012

new Apple TV (3rd gen, 2012)

Since the Apple TV 2 we received from Santa in Christmas 2010, Laurent and I have enjoyed the Apple TV very much. The brown box arrived yesterday. It was announced at the same time as the announcement of the new... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 20 Mar 2012 9:20 PM | read this entry

March 16, 2012

beautiful timing, Apple RAW support for NEX-7

I got my Sony NEX-7 camera on Wednesday, and Apple today released official support for NEX-7's RAW format. Thank you Apple. You can download the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.10 from Apple.com or from the software update in... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Mar 2012 9:52 AM | read this entry

March 14, 2012

the long-awaited camera (Sony NEX-7)

Unlike Don who lives in picturesque Quincy near beautiful Boston gets the high class first priority treatment on all the latest gadgets, for poor person like Antony, I waited for more than 2 months for one camera. I made my... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Mar 2012 7:36 PM | read this entry

January 5, 2012

got somewhere awkward to clean?

If you have somewhere awkward to clean, you will need a Dyson vacuum cleaner and the awkward accessory - the Up Top Tool. Unfortunately, the house is old. And was fitted with useless decorations - picture rails. Yes, there are... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 05 Jan 2012 7:41 PM | read this entry

December 23, 2011

free speed bump!

Last year, Mandrake made me switch to Telstra BigPond Cable for broadband. I combined the BigPond Cable with the very usage telephone service as a Bundle, and paying less in total. In other words, I got much much faster internet... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 23 Dec 2011 10:14 AM | read this entry

December 7, 2011

still waiting...

Ever since the rumour broke out earlier this year, I've been keeping an eye on Sony's upcoming camera. I've decided to move to Sony's NEX series instead of alpha for the reason that size does matter. The Sony NEX-7... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Dec 2011 9:41 AM | read this entry

October 13, 2011

Motorola Flipout with Motoblur

Firstly, my apologies. This is an overdue blog entry. We got this mobile phone 5 months ago to be exact. Secondly, this new mobile phone was free, it did not cost us a cent. (to Don: Antony is poor.) The... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 13 Oct 2011 9:16 AM | read this entry

October 12, 2011

mobile WiFi with Telstra

Unlike Don's beautiful Boston, picturesque Quincy and reputable Rochester where free Wi-Fi is almost everywhere, here in Australia, there's hardly any free Wi-Fi available. And the pay-to-use public Wi-Fi is only available in a very selected areas. Okay, the thing... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Oct 2011 8:12 AM | read this entry

October 6, 2011

new GPS navigation: TomTom

Many of you may remember that I won a GPS navigating device in May 2008, a Navman S30. The Navman S30 still works. Except the map is outdated, and it's old. Laurent and I decided that it is time for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Oct 2011 9:46 AM | read this entry

September 30, 2011

bargain hunting: a backup printer, actually two

For those who following this blog should know that between Laurent and I, we have quite a few printers. We do, have quite a fair bit for printing after all. About 3 weeks ago, I saw this bargain - an... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Sep 2011 3:04 PM | read this entry

September 14, 2011

my third Dyson (DC35 Animal)

For those of you have been following this blog, you should know that Antony is poor. Late last year, I finally got myself a Dyson vacuum cleaner - Dyson DC26, the smallest non-handheld (cordless) vacuum cleaner. Then earlier this year,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Sep 2011 9:09 AM | read this entry

August 28, 2011

need new drum

I simply can't believe how much Laurent and I print. For our everyday documents, we use laser printer to print them. As a matter of fact, we use two laser printers, one is mono-laser (Brother MFC-8890DW, bought in early 2010)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Aug 2011 11:16 PM | read this entry

August 19, 2011

half (priced) Dual Shock 3

Well, we all know that Don hates Sony and Apple, but likes Microsoft. The poor Antony can't afford a Microsoft Xbox 360. Following Don's shopping style, the poor Antony got himself a half priced silver Dual Shock 3 (controller). Unlike... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 19 Aug 2011 9:37 PM | read this entry

August 8, 2011

a document scanner (Epson GT-S50)

Apart from running cooking school, Laurent also runs a postcard business, and the postcard business does require quite a fair bit of scanning. For those who remember, we have an Epson Perfection V30 flatbed scanner. It worked fine, but when... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Aug 2011 3:38 PM | read this entry

July 11, 2011

Don's approved gadget: RFID shield

It is very rare that Don would approve anything I acquire. I am pretty sure he would this time. In fact, this is the product/gadget he endorses... RFID shields. The very high tech Don enjoys the latest technology (particularly those... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 Jul 2011 9:41 PM | read this entry

July 9, 2011

two's better than one part 14: bargain keyboards

Many of you (except our good friend Don who refuses to believe so) know that Antony is a bargain hunter. Recently, Dick Smith Electronics has Apple Wireless Keyboard on special for only $50, Apple Magic Trackpad on special for only... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jul 2011 7:41 PM | read this entry

May 17, 2011

poor man's bargain hunt

Sorry for the lack of entries for the last few days. It has been cold here and I had a bit of cold. Rev. Dr. Wu Yi would be happy be know that he escaped Sydney during the right time... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 May 2011 5:13 PM | read this entry

May 10, 2011

yesteryear's toy

Our good friend Don not just rushes for latest technology, but also embraces yesteryear's technology, particular if the said device is bulky and heavy. And I got myself a yesteryear's gadget (well, not really a gadget in today's standard, perhaps... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 May 2011 6:32 PM | read this entry

May 9, 2011

poor man's new storage space

These days, you can never have enough storage space. To consolidate the number of external hard disks as well as reducing the number of hard disks (HDDs) used both internally and externally, I bought a 3TB HDD. Do the Dew,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 May 2011 4:10 PM | read this entry

May 4, 2011

T-Box, a poor man's TiVo

When you arrived at airport early and you got nothing to do there (in fact the plane was delayed for 2 hours), what do you do? You look around the shops! Last month when Laurent and I was on our... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 04 May 2011 8:00 PM | read this entry

April 24, 2011

all Americans' fault! finally, I got the Dock

It's all Americans' fault! The iPad 2 was available in Australia on 25th March (a whole two weeks behind lucky Americans), however, the iPad 2 Dock was only recently became available. The reason is simple, the lucky Americans must have... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 24 Apr 2011 5:51 PM | read this entry

April 19, 2011

portable battery power

These days, many devices use the the USB cable for power charging, including the popular iPod, iPhone, iPad (with connectors). While queuing 15 hours outside Apple Store for iPad 2 on its Australian launch date, I noticed that a number... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 19 Apr 2011 10:05 AM | read this entry

April 15, 2011

the April Fool's joke becomes reality

Many iPad owners have heard of iCADE, an arcade style cabinet (an iPad dock with arcade sized controls) demoed by ThinkGeek. The device was an April Fools product (they did make a few playable demo units), the good news,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Apr 2011 7:02 PM | read this entry

April 5, 2011

a loop in a brown box

Well, we all know that accessories are important. Particularly the useful ones that would enhance the device to the next level. Time to present the brown box, and don't worry Don, it is not Apple branded. (Although I did order... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 05 Apr 2011 11:11 PM | read this entry

March 26, 2011

my latest exciting gadget: iPad 2

After long hours of “here we queue/camp again” thing, I finally got my iPad 2 at about 5.40pm yesterday, a whole two weeks behind lucky Americans. (iPad 2 starts selling at 5pm.) As a matter of fact, I bought two... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 26 Mar 2011 11:31 AM | read this entry

February 22, 2011

small needed purchase

Another slow news day from me, well, since I don't have colourful life in beautiful Boston, picturesque Quincy or reputable Rochester, you can't expect much. Christchurch was hit a devastating earthquake earlier today. It was a bit sad to see... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Feb 2011 11:33 PM | read this entry

February 9, 2011

a poor man's Move

We all know that Don was not impressed with Nintendo Wii's motion-based controller. Sony PlayStation 3 followed with PlayStaion Move in 2010 (that was three years after Wii Remote). Without a doubt, Don hated Sony's PlayStation Move despite many positive... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Feb 2011 8:08 PM | read this entry

January 20, 2011

an essential peripheral

Finally, I upgraded the very small mouse pad to a suitable size one - 44.4 cm by 35.5 cm (that is 17.5 inches by 14 inches in Don's American units). This part should keep Don happen: It is not Apple... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 20 Jan 2011 9:18 PM | read this entry

January 8, 2011

the Express

I got my first AirPort Express in July 2004. Time flies. I used it mainly as a Wi-Fi router. Back then, it was only 802.11g speed. I of course use its AirTunes feature to stream music from iTunes to connected... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Jan 2011 10:59 AM | read this entry

January 7, 2011

a case

How could you have a camera without a case? So there's one for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 bought in early December. Speaking about a compact camera, the Sony DSC-TX5 is really a great one. Pretty easy to use, and the Auto... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Jan 2011 11:16 PM | read this entry

December 3, 2010

a point and shoot camera

Some of you may remember that I bought a cheap compact (point-and-shoot) camera (Samsung L730) I bought in June 2008. Well, the main reason for getting that camera was the price and the compactness. Unfortunately, on the 3rd last day... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Dec 2010 8:43 PM | read this entry

December 2, 2010

Once you got cable, you can't go back

Once you go cable you'll never want to go back to ADSL. Like Mandrake at SillyDog701 Message Centre said, BigPond Cable is much faster than ADSL 2. So, this is my setup: Photo above shown two of my AirPort Extreme... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 02 Dec 2010 6:07 PM | read this entry

November 28, 2010

I did not get lost this time; AluPen

About 10 days ago, I got lost on the way to Burwood (previous entry). On Friday, I called Mac1 Burwood, and they had received the Just Mobile AluPen. Somehow, Mac1 did not call me (as they said they would). So... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Nov 2010 2:36 PM | read this entry

November 24, 2010

one down!

I sold the beloved Epson AcuLaser C1100N (colour laser printer, network version) yesterday. The Epson AcuLaser C1100N was bought in first half of 2007. In early March this year, the addition of Brother MFC-8890DW took more than half of... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 24 Nov 2010 9:33 AM | read this entry

November 20, 2010

best $40 spent

Thanks to my window shopping at a local electronic shop (Tandy Electronics), I wondered around pretty much every single aisle, and I discovered this product: a universal air conditioner remote. Brilliant! Laurent's air conditioner in the living room (where the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 20 Nov 2010 10:25 AM | read this entry

November 12, 2010

SSD is simply amazing! Really makes a whole difference.

Simply amazing. Just replacing the regular HDD (hard drive) in your computer with the SSD (solid state drive), the computer becomes super-responsive (for the applications launching and contents stored on SSD). So I followed Mandrake's recommendation and got myself an... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Nov 2010 9:54 AM | read this entry

November 9, 2010

finally, a proper air conditioner for the poor

Last week, the poor Antony finally got an air conditioner installed for his tiny office. Unlike Don (and almost everybody I know) have enjoyed the nice cool and quiet air for years, the poor Antony finally got one. Like many... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Nov 2010 10:26 AM | read this entry

November 7, 2010

printed more then expected

Some of you know that we bought a Brother multifunction colour laser printer (Brother MFC-9840CDW) in early September. Today I replaced the colour toners for it (cyan, magenta and yellow). We are still using the older Brother MFC-8890DW (mono laser... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Nov 2010 12:18 PM | read this entry

October 30, 2010

presenting a poor man's Mac Pro and LED Cinema Display

It has been almost four years since I use my slow iMac (24-inch, 2.33 Core 2 Duo) as the main computer. It is about time to upgrade. According to my blog entry, it was just 5 days short of 4... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Oct 2010 10:13 PM | read this entry

September 22, 2010

a printer (Brother MFC-9840CDW)

For those who read my blog regularly should know that I have a few printers. And we have been printing on sort of high volume (for home users). We had been using the colour laser printer (Epson AcuLaser C1100N)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Sep 2010 9:47 AM | read this entry

September 4, 2010

Nokia phone is now invisibleSHIELD-ed

Many of you know that not long ago I bought Laurent a Nokia 6700 Slide phone. Back then, I did not get him the very important invisibleSHIELD. Yesterday, the invisibleSHIELD for Nokia 6700 Slide arrived, and I applied it for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 04 Sep 2010 11:14 PM | read this entry

August 26, 2010

Magic Mouse

Well, it was about time to add another pointing device to my small collection of family, this time, Apple Magic Mouse. Delivered in a brown box. Magic Mouse has been out for quite a while, and I just got it... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 26 Aug 2010 2:58 PM | read this entry

August 25, 2010

not an iPhone, Nokia 6700 slide

Don't worry Don, this is not an Apple iPhone, nor a Sony product either! I bought a Nokia mobile phone the other day. Don does not give his approval easily, and Nokia N900 is one of the very few that... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 25 Aug 2010 10:44 PM | read this entry

August 18, 2010

a Battery Charger

I got myself a Don-approved (or supposedly approved by Don) item - a Battery Charger. Why do I think that Don would approve this device? Simple. Don is into rechargeable batteries, and a device for using rechargeable batteries is of... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Aug 2010 4:05 PM | read this entry

August 16, 2010

bye bye Epson Stylus Photo R230

Back in March 2007, I bought Epson Stylus Photo R230. The main reason for that was to print on CD/DVD discs. After that, my printing has been diversified, also together with Laurent, the volume we print is pretty high. We... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Aug 2010 11:31 PM | read this entry

August 12, 2010

ZAGGsmartbuds

Don is enjoying his beautiful holiday in beautiful Boston. Me, being poor, could not afford a nice holiday, so I decided to treat myself with something useful - a pair of ZAGGsmartbuds! Presenting ZAGGsmartbuds:... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Aug 2010 9:27 AM | read this entry

August 9, 2010

a poor man's trackpad (Magic Trackpad)

So, I got a poorman's multi-touch trackpad for my desktop computer, an Apple Magic Trackpad from Apple Online Store (Australia). The multi-touch in MacBook Pro worked pretty well for me in many situations. Although there are situations where mouse works... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Aug 2010 10:42 PM | read this entry

July 22, 2010

Griffin PowerJolt Plus

I've been pretty busy with all sorts of things, and haven't had much time doing the very important window shopping. I finally got some time for a very small shopping at Apple Store Sydney (George St). I bought something small,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Jul 2010 11:13 PM | read this entry

July 7, 2010

a few more poor man's accessories

As expected, nothing much exciting happening here. After all, this is not beautiful Boston with countless of exciting events. It has been pretty cold here in Sydney, and I was a bit sick in the last few days. Anyhow, the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Jul 2010 9:23 PM | read this entry

June 30, 2010

a few more CATs

I have been short on CAT 6 cables since I got the second hand AirPort Extreme Base Station (simultaneous dual band gigabit model) a few weeks back. And I finally got some time to source them (cheaply). Clearly, it wouldn't... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Jun 2010 11:07 PM | read this entry

June 10, 2010

luggage scale

Well, nothing exciting here to report. After all, I don't live in beautiful Boston with exciting lifestyle. So, a tiny gadget I got a while back - a digital luggage scale. I guess I don't need to mention much about... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Jun 2010 10:33 PM | read this entry

June 6, 2010

downgrading

Unlike many people (e.g. Don) upgrading, I am downgrading my keyboard. (Okay, this is not 'new', I am downgrade to a secondhand version, and it has been here for 3 months.) I have an Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth) from the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Jun 2010 11:31 PM | read this entry

May 23, 2010

a good deal

Don't we all love bargains? I got myself some bargain today. Club Epson and Epson Australia are offering discounts, and I did not waste this great bargain opportunity. The Epson Stylus Photo 1410 requires ink and paper, so I used... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 23 May 2010 10:27 PM | read this entry

May 19, 2010

being generous

Trying to be, at least. And this is very un-Don, sorry. I decided to put following sign for my guests.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 19 May 2010 11:55 PM | read this entry

May 14, 2010

I must be stupid

I've been using the newly acquired mobile phone (to Don: although the mobile phone was new when bought it as in un-opened, it is clearly not new to your standard since it is no longer the latest model.), and guess... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 May 2010 5:10 PM | read this entry

May 7, 2010

invisibleSHIELD arrived today

Still a few days before Apple Australia would announce the iPad pricing and opening up for preorders in a handful of selected countries outside Don's advanced United States of America. If there's no further delay, the scheduled date is... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 May 2010 8:06 PM | read this entry

April 29, 2010

free upgrade

Don't we all love freebie? Free upgrading is also something we all love. iiNet sent me an email informing that I am getting extra 10 GB traffic quota during peak hours and extra 10 GB traffic quota during off-peak hours... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 29 Apr 2010 11:18 PM | read this entry

April 21, 2010

so I ordered...

Not the iPad, but I ordered the very important piece for all new gadgets... invisibleSHIELD for iPad, ready for the iPad to be available in Australia almost two months behind USA (if there's no further delay).... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 21 Apr 2010 9:55 PM | read this entry

March 30, 2010

I got a new scanner, Bluetooth + laser!

I got a scanner, a barcode scanner to be exact. Presenting Microvision ROV Scanner with Bluetooth. It's a laser barcode scanner that uses Bluetooth for communicating between the scanner and the computer. (As usual, more photos follow...)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Mar 2010 10:36 PM | read this entry

March 28, 2010

Brother MFC-8890DW

Firstly, sorry for the month-late delay. I should've posted this in mid February, however, I was extremely busy to do the write up. Don might remember that I asked his recommendation about a laser printer last year. As mentioned before,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Mar 2010 1:49 PM | read this entry

March 10, 2010

new AirPort (Simultaneous Dual Band II)

I receive my latest AirPort Extreme Base Station today, it's the Simultaneous Dual Band II model (model A1354).... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Mar 2010 10:16 PM | read this entry

March 2, 2010

Don't use your PS3, says Sony

Well, Sony, the company that make PlayStation 3, tells gamers not to use their PlayStation 3 if their PS3 is the model before the recent slim PS3, for 24 hours. The Official PlayStation Blog: In the meantime, if you have... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 02 Mar 2010 11:24 AM | read this entry

January 11, 2010

wireless headset

So, you have a PlayStation 3, you got the PlayStation Eye (USB camera, I got it with EyePet bundle), a PlayTV for PS3 (for TV recording, a poor man's TiVo), and a Wireless Keypad... Obviously, Wireless Headset is the next... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 Jan 2010 10:27 AM | read this entry

January 9, 2010

Belkin Dual USB Charger

There are a number of situations that you just have a bit too many devices that you need to charge, and many of them use the USB power for charging. However, plugging all those USB chargers might take quite a... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jan 2010 10:47 AM | read this entry

January 6, 2010

wireless keypad

The PlayStation 3 is not just a gaming device, it is also a great entertainment and communication device. Perhaps not as portable as superfast dual-processor 64-bit laptop, but it hooks up to a nice TV screen providing the entertainment and... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Jan 2010 10:46 AM | read this entry

January 3, 2010

Don is famous! LBP

In the LittleBigPlanet. We know there's a town named Don (blog entry), and I recently discovered it's not just that. A popular game has an even better reference to Don. (Make sure you click on the image below for the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Jan 2010 10:38 AM | read this entry

November 27, 2009

Sony PlayTV has arrived

I have been waiting for PlayTV for quite a long time, and I got it finally. Now, I can watch, pause, and record digital TV on my Sony PlayStation 3 with PlayTV. It's actually, I can also watch live (or... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Nov 2009 12:06 AM | read this entry

November 16, 2009

PS3 EyePet

There are some games can be enhanced with PlayStation 3 Eye, but somehow, I haven't actually bought it. Myer has a great deal for EyePet Bundle which comes with the PlayStation 3 Eye, and it is cheaper than just... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Nov 2009 8:50 PM | read this entry

November 5, 2009

my wireless stops working

For some unknown reason, my in-house wireless network stopped working suddenly. Well, it turns out that one of the wireless routers stopped working for unknown reason. Good to know that my ADSL internet connection is not down, so was... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 05 Nov 2009 10:11 PM | read this entry

November 3, 2009

PlayTV for Australia on 26th November

Initially, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Australia said that PlayTV (for PS3) would be available by the first half of 2009; then SCE Australia said it would be available in October 2009. Yesterday, News.com.au mentioned that PlayTV would be available... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Nov 2009 1:14 PM | read this entry

October 24, 2009

got the Plus

Finally, I got the Wii Fit Plus. Since I am not as fit as Don, and the Wii Fit has been pretty fun for us. We have been trying to beat each other with Wii Fit scores (related entry).... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 24 Oct 2009 10:07 PM | read this entry

October 16, 2009

Wii Fit Plus is out

iTWire tested the new Wii Fit Plus, an updated game to the popular Nintendo Wii Fit. And it costs only AU$30 for those who already Wii Fit (and Wii Balance Board). Laurent and I have been playing Wii Fit. Although... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Oct 2009 10:59 PM | read this entry

October 7, 2009

Kindle is coming to Australia

According to iTWire, Amazon's popular Kindle e-book device is coming to Australia (and more other countries). Americans have enjoyed the digital era or reading on devices such as Kindle, it is finally making its way to Australia. Many of... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Oct 2009 10:58 PM | read this entry

October 6, 2009

colourful Mountain Dews

No wonder Don loves his Mountain Dews so much. Presenting colourful Mountain Dews: (Obviously, the photo above is joined from 6 shots in Photoshop. However, each photo is real, no colour agents were added, no other manipulations to the photo.)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Oct 2009 9:32 PM | read this entry

September 11, 2009

photos from catwalk

I took some photos from catwalk today. The catwalk was started by Magda Szubanski, best known as Sharon Strzelecki in ABC's (now Channel 7's) Kath & Kim. (as usual, more photos follow...)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 Sep 2009 10:55 PM | read this entry

September 8, 2009

just 21.5

Finally, I have a computer monitor (a non-built-in version). Actually, it is Laurent's since he paid for it and he would be the main person using it. But I made the decision (before you ask, not as a decision maker... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 08 Sep 2009 11:20 PM | read this entry

September 7, 2009

printing like hell

Some of you may remember that I bought an Epson AcuLaser C1100N a bit more than 2 years ago. It has been working very well for us. Recently, the printer has been printing like hell. Laurent's old (and very... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Sep 2009 9:45 PM | read this entry

September 3, 2009

bargain of the day; less is more

For the first time I spent some time in Bunnings Warehouse (a hardware store) and picked up a good bargain. Previously, I bought Jackson Traveller Powerboard (Dual Outlet) for about $20-something from Big-W. It came with a two-outlet powerboard and... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Sep 2009 11:50 PM | read this entry

August 29, 2009

Sony to release PlayTV for PlayStation 3 in Australia by October

Well, not really a 'new' news, but on 23 June, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia announced that its much-anticipated PlayTV will be released in Australia by the end of October. (When PlayTV first available in Europe, Sony initially announced that... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 29 Aug 2009 7:34 PM | read this entry

August 27, 2009

Sports Resort

A while back I bought Motion Plus, only one of it because it was the last one available in Kmart. Recently, I bought the special pack of Wii Sports Resort, featuring improved games over the popular Wii Sports. The Wii... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Aug 2009 11:49 PM | read this entry

August 22, 2009

a radio clock

During today's second window shopping, I bought a great radio alarm clock, not the new digital radio although... The sole purpose for the said radio clock was for its digital display as a clock in the living room. The cheap... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Aug 2009 11:52 PM | read this entry

August 18, 2009

Sony Off Camera Cable for Flash and Magnifying Eyepiece

Firstly, a special thank you to Don who helped me getting those two items not available in Australia. Sony Australia does not have Magnifying Eyepiece (FDA-ME1AM) yet, and the Off-Camera Cable for Flash (FA-CC1AM) was out of stock when... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Aug 2009 11:24 PM | read this entry

August 10, 2009

Epson 1410

Sorry for forgetting to mention this printer. It was bought about a month ago - Epson Stylus Photo 1410. It was bought after some decision between an A3 laser printer or an A3 inkjet. The we decided to go for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Aug 2009 11:42 PM | read this entry

July 17, 2009

better late than never, 3 is here

Well, it's better late than never. 3 (Three) is now officially selling iPhone 3GS from today. Available on 3's cap plans (for 24 months) or Prepaid cap, if you are a current 3 Customer, you can just buy an... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 Jul 2009 9:16 AM | read this entry

July 10, 2009

machine upsizing

Everybody knows that the bigger the better, I up-sized this: to this: I upgraded an A4 laminating machine to an A3 laminating machine. Sorry, not in the American unit. After using the A4 laminator for 2+ years, it's time to... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Jul 2009 11:22 PM | read this entry

July 9, 2009

Motion Plus

Presenting Wii MotionPlus: Finally, I bought a Wii MotionPlus. According to Wikipedia, the Wii MotionPlus is an expansion device for the Wii Remote video game controller that allows it to more accurately capture complex motion. According to Nintendo, the sensor... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jul 2009 11:41 PM | read this entry

June 27, 2009

the iPhone 3GS upgrading plan

Michael Jackson's death was certainly the news yesterday. Seven News had almost the entire first news segment covering Michael Jackson's death for 11min 40 seconds; Channel 9's Nine News extended the news to an hour, and the entire first segment... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Jun 2009 10:55 AM | read this entry

June 25, 2009

'tis the eve before iPhone 3GS

Vodafone has released the outright pricing for iPhone 3GS (no contract, on prepaid): 8GB version is AU$759, 16GB version is AU$929, and the 32GB iPhone 3GS is AU$1129 outright. There are no upgrading information for current iPhone 3G owners... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 25 Jun 2009 10:13 PM | read this entry

June 23, 2009

the plan for this Friday

The big news this week besides the political ute-gate scandal is without a doubt the upcoming iPhone 3G S, to be released on Friday 26th June. (For those lucky people living in beautiful United States, the new iPhone 3G... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 23 Jun 2009 10:34 PM | read this entry

June 20, 2009

invisibleSHIELD iPhone and Palm Pre 30% sale

The sale is on again, this time, 30% off for all invisibleSHIELD for iPhones and Palm Pres. Here's a great news about invisibleSHIELD. The company ZAGG is offering 30% off on everything store wide. Until 30th June, you can... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 20 Jun 2009 3:15 PM | read this entry

May 28, 2009

invisibleSHIELD 50% sale extended to Friday

If you missed out the invisibleSHIELD 50% off sale, I have a good news for you. The sale has been extended to Friday (29th May 2009). All you have to do is simply use this link and enter the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 May 2009 11:09 PM | read this entry

May 27, 2009

my Zen is lit again!

my Zen is lit again! Sorry for lack of entry yesterday. My life was not as exciting as Don's in beautiful Boston. You might remember the Zen Fountain (pictured above) I got for my birthday last year. After some time... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 May 2009 11:27 PM | read this entry

May 23, 2009

invisibleSHIELD 50% off sale

If you've been reading AntBlog701 for a while, you might know that I've been using invisivleSHIELD protective films for a number of my gadgets, and I also recommend people getting it. Here's a great news about invisibleSHIELD. The company... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 23 May 2009 11:42 PM | read this entry

May 12, 2009

Brother label printer

Many of you may remember that I bought a Brother labeller machine (Brother P-touch 1280) two years ago. Well, I bought another label machine today. The Brother P-touch 1280 is a great machine, it makes labelling very easy, especially on... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 May 2009 11:40 PM | read this entry

April 18, 2009

invisibleSHIELD 30% off everything

If you've been reading AntBlog701 for a while, you might know that I've been using invisivleSHIELD protective films for a number of my gadgets, and I also recommend people getting it. Here's a great news about invisibleSHIELD. The company... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Apr 2009 12:34 PM | read this entry

April 16, 2009

LG launches Arena in Australia

To all Apple haters, there's a news for you. The iPhone-killer phone after gPhone (Google Android) - LG Arena is now available in Australia. LG Arena (LG-KM900) is LG Electronics's flagship multimedia phone of the year. First announced at the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Apr 2009 10:48 PM | read this entry

April 11, 2009

LaCie Rugged Hard Disk

Firstly, I must thank Sam for recommending this LaCie Rugged Hard Disk. I ordered it on Apple Store Australia (Online) at late hours on Monday, and received it on Wednesday. LaCie Rugged Hard Disk has been around for quite a... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 Apr 2009 9:39 AM | read this entry

April 9, 2009

two Sony GN58 Flashes; two's better than one (ch 11)

As we all know that lighting is the main thing of photography. A good external flash is needed in a number of situations. I know my α350 has a built-in flash, but you can't compare the built-in (pop-up) flash to... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Apr 2009 8:08 AM | read this entry

April 3, 2009

bio-battery is 3 times more power than lithium battery

Here's an exciting news from the world's smartest people in Boston, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): A new bio-battery based from a virus (M13) is three times more powerful than today's lithium (Li) batteries in gadgets. The bio-battery could... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Apr 2009 9:53 PM | read this entry

March 31, 2009

Sony Super Quick Charger

Time to talk about batteries again. Still, I don't like to use AA/AAA rechargeable batteries. However, I bought a new AA/AAA NiMH charger - Sony Super Quick Charger with LCD Screen (BCG34HRMF4). You might remember that I mentioned Energizer Rechargeable... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 31 Mar 2009 9:52 PM | read this entry

March 17, 2009

a poor man's accessories

This is a promised entry, I know it's a bit late. Well, better late than never. On my short trip to Tasmania at the beginning of this year (30 Dec 2008 - 14 Jan 2009), I took a few gadgets... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 Mar 2009 8:22 PM | read this entry

March 13, 2009

Epson Perfection V30 scanner is back

Laurent uses scanner a lot. His old Canon scanner (parallel port) was dead time long ago, and I let him use my Canon scanner (USB port, CanoScan N670U). There is nothing wrong with my Canon scanner (as in not broken... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 13 Mar 2009 11:18 PM | read this entry

February 27, 2009

my alpha 350 is back

After almost one week without my α350 DSLR, I got it back today! On Monday (23 Feb), I sent my Sony α350 Digital SLR camera camera to Sony Authorised Repairer in Chatswood. and I was told that damage to... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Feb 2009 11:47 PM | read this entry

February 12, 2009

two little useful gadgets

I did a small window shopping yesterday in city, and I got myself two useful gadgets among other items. The first one is a very countdown timer. (as usual, more photo follows...)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Feb 2009 10:17 PM | read this entry

February 6, 2009

more surge protectors

Few days ago, there was a surge in the electricity. The damage: a few power boards' built-in surge protection have done their duties, and the door chime (plug-in version) is damaged. Obviously I did not use a surge protector for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Feb 2009 11:40 PM | read this entry

January 17, 2009

it's good to have a big TV

Well, we all love big TVs (except Don). During the 16 days trip in Tasmania, we had a TV set on most nights , only one night we had a TV larger than 20-inch. Laurent and I were watching TVs... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 Jan 2009 9:20 PM | read this entry

January 14, 2009

presenting Aeroccino +(plus); I miss my Nespresso

Some of you may remember that I had a few problems with the original Aeroccino. Then in June last year, I replaced my Nespresso machine together with Aeroccino device to Nespresso Lattissima under warranty. (Okay, I topped up for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Jan 2009 9:33 AM | read this entry

January 12, 2009

Telstra PrePaid Wireless Broadband

Many of you may remember that I have a Vodafone Mobile Broadband, I bought that device so I can have access to broadband when I am outside my place. Unlike high tech places such as beautiful Boston, here in Australia,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Jan 2009 9:52 AM | read this entry

January 11, 2009

Energizer Rechargeables

Well, Antony hates using AA/AAA rechargeable batteries but he uses NiMH rechargeable batteries. (All Energizer branded if you want to know.) Related to Sony AC-VQ900AM (dual battery charger and AC adapor) entry, here's another battery topic. This is a brilliant... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 Jan 2009 7:07 PM | read this entry

January 10, 2009

Griffin Simplifi

Griffin Simplifi one of the best gadget designed for iPod/iPhone I've seen recently. This gadget will be loved my iPod/iPhone owners who also like photography. (more photos follow...)... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Jan 2009 8:56 PM | read this entry

January 9, 2009

Why you need a Sony AC-VQ900AM

In October 2007, I bought a Sony semi-pro digital camera (bridge camera) - Sony Cyber-shot DSC H9. It was a great camera, however, there was one thing I couldn't stand. The included accessory would take 4.5 hours for practical charging... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jan 2009 7:38 AM | read this entry

January 3, 2009

tracking myself with Sony GPS-CS1KASP

I am pretty sure tracking my own location certainly does not get Don's approval. Apart from the super-secrecy concern, there's a good point of tracking myself (my GPS location), then mapping it with Google map. This brilliant gadget is designed... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 03 Jan 2009 9:39 AM | read this entry

December 28, 2008

2008's important headlines

Well, year 2008 is coming to the end. Lots of things happened this year. Just before we say goodbye to 2008, we shall take a look what happened this year. Two major products dominated the news headline around the world,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Dec 2008 9:16 PM | read this entry

December 12, 2008

The Quarfie, Crumpler

You might remember that earlier this year, I bought a Crumpler The Sinking Barge (a laptop/camera bag, blog entry), then, I returned it and got a Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home (camera bag) and a Crumpler Considerable Embarrassment (15-inch laptop... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Dec 2008 8:59 AM | read this entry

December 6, 2008

invisibleSHIELD Gift Cart 25% off

If you've been reading AntBlog701 for a while, you might know that I've been using invisivleSHIELD protective films for a number of my gadgets, and I also recommend people getting it. Here's a great news about invisibleSHIELD. The company... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 06 Dec 2008 10:59 PM | read this entry

December 5, 2008

WD-40

Finally, I bought my first WD-40 product last night. I have heard of WD-40 before, but I've never owned one or actually used one. Even Rev. Dr. Wu Yi knew what WD-40 is and he has one. I did not... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 05 Dec 2008 11:37 AM | read this entry

November 25, 2008

one more invisibleSHIELD

One of the best little item I discovered this is the invisibleSHIELD. It is not really a gadget, but a great companion for all sorts of electronic gadgets. I first had invisibleSHIELD for my iPod touch (blog entry), then I... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 25 Nov 2008 6:27 PM | read this entry

November 22, 2008

a polarizer and a charger

I took a DSLR camera walking tour by Joe Moreno at Paxtons in George Store, it was a great quick course. Although I already know quite a fair bit of the basics about cameras and DSLRs, I did learn quite... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Nov 2008 10:57 PM | read this entry

November 15, 2008

one more Sony (Sony DSLR α350)

There are a few Sony items Laurent and I acquired recently. It is time to present my latest Sony gadget - Sony DSLR α350 (Sony DSLRA350X twin lens kit). Yes, after some long decision, I finally made a move... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Nov 2008 11:12 AM | read this entry

November 7, 2008

why do you need gigabit ethernet

Back in April, I bought one Cat 6 Ethernet cable (category 6) that connects my iMac (24-inch, late 2006 model) to my wireless and gigabit Ethernet routher - Time Capsule (1TB model). Man, accessing files on a remote hdd/computer with... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Nov 2008 9:01 PM | read this entry

October 25, 2008

pumpkin day invisible special

Ever since I got the invisibleSHIELD for my iPod touch, I just love it. It worked very well for me, preventing scratches without adding the usual bulkiness as many other skins or cases. Shortly after that I got invisibleSHIELD for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 25 Oct 2008 9:47 PM | read this entry

October 15, 2008

bloody power cut

Well, as mentioned yesterday, today is an important day for Apple's announcement. (BTW, what else can be more important than Apple news?) Right after watching the Apple Keynote on this morning's Special Event and just started writing a report on... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 15 Oct 2008 7:16 PM | read this entry

September 27, 2008

two's better than one, part 9 the Logitech V470

You might remember that I bought a Logitech V470 Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks with Bluetooth Technology (the white one) in March for my MacBook Pro. Today's window shopping (in Westfield Chatswood and Chatswood Chase), I bagged one another Logitech... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Sep 2008 11:28 PM | read this entry

September 19, 2008

Christmas shopping

It is only September, and still at least 100 sleeps to Christmas. I am not sure if I shall put up the Christmas tree early this year not, as discount department stores like Big W has started selling Christmas items.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 19 Sep 2008 10:02 PM | read this entry

September 16, 2008

seven sisters came to rescue my storage problem

Last week, I mentioned that I bought a 1TB hard drive. It was just the just the hard disk itself, without the enclosure. Yesterday, the external HDD enclosure arrived - IceCube second generation (G2) Pleiades for SATA, featuring eSATA, FireWire... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 16 Sep 2008 10:18 PM | read this entry

September 11, 2008

another TB joins my storage, well almost

Well, I did not get the 1.5TB hard drive (previous entry) (to Don: I am poor), only the 1TB one from Samsung. The model number is HD103UJ, if you are interested. Some of you may recall that I have... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 11 Sep 2008 6:38 PM | read this entry

August 28, 2008

thermometer

Well, I bought a thermometer last Thursday. Actually, it's two thermometers in one. This is the second thermometer I have (or the third one you want to count the one that measures the temperature of milk frothing for coffee). Laurent... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 Aug 2008 8:17 PM | read this entry

August 22, 2008

My PS3 and Wii

Just to post some updates on my PlayStation 3 and Wii. You might remember that I bought a pre-owned copy Grand Theft Auto IV (to Don: it means secondhand) in late June. No long after that, I realised there's Special... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Aug 2008 12:29 PM | read this entry

August 18, 2008

the fat Antony needs to get fit, presenting Wii and Wii Fit

From the picture on the right, it is without a doubt that I am fat (and black). (The photo was taken last month in Melbourne.) Because of the overweight, I decided to get myself a birthday present in advance, a... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Aug 2008 10:18 PM | read this entry

July 22, 2008

invisibleSHIELD for iPhone 3G

Well, since I got my iPhone 3G on the first day of sale, I've been using it extremely carefully. In fact, I've been using it with the plastic wrap on when I was in Melbourne last week. Thanks god the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Jul 2008 12:53 PM | read this entry

July 18, 2008

Sony PS3 HDD upgrade

Well, the Sony PlayStation 3 only comes in 40GB hard drive now. But if you plan to use it for media centre and many other things, 40GB is pretty much not enough. After asking for opinions, I decided to get... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 18 Jul 2008 2:46 PM | read this entry

July 17, 2008

Sony PSP

For some unknown reason, I bought another Sony product on the Saturday before iPhone 3G was released in Australia on 11th July. That was 5th July. In order to prevent Don from calling me rich, I decided to push back... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 Jul 2008 1:23 PM | read this entry

July 9, 2008

crunching with PS3

Well, I've been doing something very contributing to the society with my PlayStation 3. How? The PS3 has been on most nights running Folding@home project. Folding@home is a distributed computing project designed to perform computationally intensive simulations of protein folding... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 09 Jul 2008 8:19 AM | read this entry

July 2, 2008

TiVo is coming to Australia

Finally, we will have TiVo in Australia. (Yes, I know it is well behind the United States.) Exactly, what is TiVo? I don't know exactly, all I know is that it's an electronic program guide with digital recording (DVR,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 02 Jul 2008 9:01 AM | read this entry

June 30, 2008

I can't afford the Monster Cable

When I bought the PlayStation 3 on Wednesday, the salesman managed to sell me Monster Cable branded HDMI cable. His point: that is the only HDMI cable I should have as it is the only one certified to deliver 1080p.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 30 Jun 2008 9:07 AM | read this entry

June 27, 2008

I got a Blu-ray player (a.k.a. PS3)

Finally, I got a Blu-ray player for the Sony Bravia 52-inch LCD TV delivered two weeks ago. With a 52-inch LCD TV in Full HD (1080p) resolution, it seems a bit silly not get get a Blu-ray player. And... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Jun 2008 7:21 PM | read this entry

June 14, 2008

Samsung L730

Well, I can't resist the compactness and the price of Samsung L730. I bought one yesterday from Dick Smith Electronics. There's nothing special about this tiny Samsung L730 digital camera, besides the compactness and the manual mode is surprisingly... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Jun 2008 1:22 PM | read this entry

June 13, 2008

Sony Bravia LCD TV

As mentioned on Tuesday, the new television has arrived today this lucky Friday the thirteenth at 4:15 pm. It is big (to me anyway), and the picture quality (HDTV) is amazing. Much much better than previous CRT TV (30-something inches,... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 13 Jun 2008 7:03 PM | read this entry

June 12, 2008

Belkin CushTop

Last month, I bought Belkin CushTop. If you use the laptop on you lap for a long period of time, you should consider getting one like this.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 12 Jun 2008 1:48 PM | read this entry

June 10, 2008

a new TV is coming

Well, not really a breaking news, but it's a breaking news from Antony. Antony and Laurent have bought a new television this afternoon, and it will be delivered on Friday, ready for Monday's very important Desperate Housewives season finale.... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 10 Jun 2008 7:10 PM | read this entry

May 28, 2008

I got a Navman

Finally, I got my first GPS navigation device. Two weeks ago, Laurent and I went to FoodService Australia Expo 2008, and I won the door entry price - Navman S30. Because I came back home earlier that day, I had... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 28 May 2008 4:01 PM | read this entry

April 17, 2008

I got my a cat 6, finally

I've had quite a few Cat 5 (Category 5 cable) and Cat 5e network cables at home, but I was rearranging my tiny office, and I needed another one. Originally, I put my Epson colour laser printer (AcuLaser C1100N) in... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 Apr 2008 10:55 PM | read this entry

March 29, 2008

Vodafone mobile broadband

Internet in Australia is not a cheap as in the United States of America. It is expensive here, most internet accounts come with quota system. If you live in metropolitan area, it is relatively easy to get broadband installed... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 29 Mar 2008 7:19 PM | read this entry

March 14, 2008

one more Logitech

On Thursday's late night shopping. I bought a Logitech mouse for my MacBook Pro. I was deciding between a Logitech one or an Apple wireless Mighty Mouse. I ended up with Logitech V470 Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks (the... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 14 Mar 2008 8:26 AM | read this entry

February 13, 2008

Epson AcuLaser C1100N is working again

Few days ago, my Epson AcuLaser C1100N stopped working. I contacted Epson Support yesterday. We did some diagnosing over the phone, and there's was a technician here today. It was very quick to fix it. Just align the roller (for... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 13 Feb 2008 1:47 PM | read this entry

January 24, 2008

1TB of storage

This is an overdue post. I bought an SATA Xpress XP800-S Dual Bay Triple (Firewire 800/400, USB 2.0, SATA) external hard drive case last July for the TV recording. As I can only watch digital TV on my 24-inch iMac... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 24 Jan 2008 3:34 PM | read this entry

August 4, 2007

Epson Inkjet and PrintOn DVD/CDs

I bought an Epson inkjet printer on 10th March this year. (see previous blog entry) The sole purpose for that Epson inkjet printer (Stylus Photo R230) was to print on CD/DVDs (direct print). And I did use it for such... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 04 Aug 2007 9:03 AM | read this entry

June 7, 2007

inkjet vs laser

A while back, I made a comparison on print output. The comparison was between Epson Stylus Photo R230 and Brother MFC-240C on plain paper. Later I printed the same picture on photo paper with respected settings again, (see this entry).... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 07 Jun 2007 9:51 PM | read this entry

May 17, 2007

why I need a labelling tool

Some of you may remember I bought a labeller, Brother P-touch 1280, about 3 weeks ago. It's one of the handiest tools I've ever bought. You will see why in the picture below. I don't think I need to mention... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 17 May 2007 5:45 PM | read this entry

April 27, 2007

new toy - Brother P-touch 1280

I got myself a new toy yesterday. A Brother P-touch 1280 labeller. A second Brother product I've got. Why do I need a labeller? It turns out that I simply have far too many cables and wires that I need... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 27 Apr 2007 10:47 AM | read this entry

March 31, 2007

Epson vs Brother, take 2

About two weeks ago, I compared the print outputs of Epson Stylus Photo 230 and Brother MFC-240C on plain paper. And I managed to print the same Carlson Twins picture on photo paper this time. This was the result on... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 31 Mar 2007 2:43 PM | read this entry

March 13, 2007

hello Epson.

In January I bought a Brother MFC-240C all-in-one printer. The main reason for that was that I need a scanner, and the Brother MFC-240C is the cheapest one that comes with ADF (Automatic Document Feeder). Please see this blog entry... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 13 Mar 2007 8:52 AM | read this entry

January 22, 2007

hello Brother

I have been looking for a scanner for the last few weeks. Finally, I got some time for shopping last Saturday. I've been using Canon's slim-design flatbed scanner for quite a while, and liked them. Except one problem... my ancient... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 22 Jan 2007 11:35 AM | read this entry

March 2, 2004

it's wise to carry a spare battery

... or you might get arrested when you charge your laptop in public. A 23-year-old travelling Greenpeace activist arrested last year for plugging his Apple iBook into a railway station power socket. He apparently low on battery power. The electricity... (read this entry)
Posted by Antony on 02 Mar 2004 2:36 PM | read this entry

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