Posts Tagged ‘17-55 Nikon’

Mika goes picnic in the park

April 28, 2010 1 comment

Location: park near castro street at Mountain View.



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Mika Picnic

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Mika is now 6 month and a couple weeks old. See her two tiny teeth in the far right picture.


Mikaela: update

March 3, 2010 7 comments

At a week shy of 5 months from birth, Mikaela has been gnawing at everything that passes over the proximity of her mouth. If she can catch it, most likely it will end up in her mouth.

Shure E2c woe, now known as SCL2

February 15, 2010 2 comments

Sure Shure is known as the premium option for listening to your mp3 musics. It delivers exceptional sound quality to your ear without blowing the drums inward smashing together halfway inside your head. The E2c acts as vacuum barrier to block outside sound.

It has worked as advertised except one little problem – the cable.

I would bet my own dog house if I have one… that Shure has prior knowledge on the matter. Thus rebadging the product and made modification to upgrade the cable. Nothing wrong with that. But, if you own previous model (the E2c) and your 3 years warranty has expire, then you are

The cable is intended to run around your ear loop. This is where it fails as it retains memory from the bending position. So, eventually, on purpose or not, bending the cable the other way around WILL cause it to break and peel off so exposing the wires inside. See picture above.

This is the result from my “normal wear and tear” So, even though the 3 year warranty has expired, Shure should work out this problem in favor of the customer.

Instead, 15 minutes with customer service, the only solution they offer is to charge me more money ($53.53 + tax + shipping) because they were unable to repair the cable, so they asked to send me a new unit for the price. I declined.

The choice was easy. The problem shouldn’t be there at first. I didn’t cause it and it’s clearly a design flaw. Shure should just send me a new E2c gratis to back up their Brand.

LED vs Incandescent

February 12, 2010 4 comments

A seemingly inexpensive incandescent lamp for a mere 70 cents ends up costing more than the ridiculously priced $82 LED light of similar lumens output.

The price of a standard LED fixture may drive a lot of people away in an instant. Thus, overlooking the potential of quick return on investment that can be gained. Plus, this thing looks too darn futuristicly cool to pass up – very scifi ish.

In case you are wondering what does it take to manufacture one of these LED bulb – Not much. A study done by OSRAM concludes that only 2% of the energy required to light up the LED from start to finish, actually went into production.

So, to produce one 12W LED with 50,000hr rated life, the manufacture would spend only 12 kwh in terms of energy required giving birth to this baby. To give a comparison; my last month electric usage was 600 kwh.

Complete calculation and picture of LED here

In a bear costume!

February 3, 2010 11 comments

Found a little bear in our patio and we are keeping her!

More bear picture…

West Borneo voluntary trip 2009 … Hydroplant visit (part 2 of 3)

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

On the way to see the “blown up” hydroelectric plant that serves the hospital. The road is narrow, muddy, steep, wet and slippery. We got to ride in a 4WD jeep.

It wasn’t an easy ride in the back of the jeep. I jumped up and down hitting the ceiling and bottom right after each other so many times it felt like being dribbled by Lebron James!

I imagined myself holding tight to my camera while being tossed out of the jeep and fall flat face down into the mud.

It crossed my mind several times.

At this point we have to abandon the jeep. The road is about to get …follow complete story