Biyernes, Hunyo 27, 2008

Geek Jewelry

Sometimes it's really hard to think about what to give to geeky friends. I usually end up in CDR King since they've got loads of stuff that you can give as gifts! I oftentimes browse through gadget magazines to 'window shop', most of the stuff featured though are quite expensive and hard to find.

My friends and I usually talk about interesting USB gadgets that we'd like to own (or own). There's the USB massager, refrigerator and even an aquarium! There was also a time when there was a craze on USB items you can wear - watches, necklaces, bracelets and even rings!

I was quite pleased when I got this cool USB thumb drive.

It's a 1GB USB thumb drive created by Francesco Lops Design from Italy. The storage space might not be big, but methinks it's quite cool to carry around.

I would've probably gone overboard crazy if it was shaped as an apple.

Lunes, Hunyo 23, 2008

A Bluetooth Headset

Here's my interview with the owner of I.T. Talks, Blogie Robillo in about this gadget which he was reviewing courtesy of Wom World, the Nokia BH 624 Bluetooth Headset.

Martes, Hunyo 10, 2008

Having a Bluetooth Mouse

Here's my interview with Andrew with his new gadget, the Logitech Bluetooth mouse. A rather expensive mouse...

But there are similar devices in the market today.. cheaper than this one. I checked CDR king and i saw one for less than P500.00.

And again, your laptop or PC should be bluetooth equiped. If not, you can also buy a bluetooth dongle for less than P300.00

Less than P800 bucks worth of gadgets for a wireless, more convenient mouse.

This is Migs for You Got Tech.

Biyernes, Hunyo 6, 2008

Caring for Your PC

I've been a PC user since I was 10 years old thanks to my Kuya, but I never really understood the intricacies of my PC's hardware. I left this task "to the boys". I have to admit I've always been dependent on my guy friends and they always volunteered to do the "dirty stuff" because they felt that I would just end up breaking something.

In the last decade I left the care of my PC to someone I call my "PC doctor". I paid him monthly for the maintenance of my PC, but I was largely dissatisfied in the past year with his services. Stupid me I just blindly left my PCs to his care since I had no idea where else I could have my PC fixed or cleaned.

When George, my desktop PC, went in a coma last January I told my PC doctor that my desktop was dead and that I had no plans on reviving it. That was actually a big fat lie. I just didn't want him anywhere near my PC since I was quite shocked with how he cleaned my video card (he took some packaging tape, slapped on the board and striped it off like he was taking off a tape for pulling out black heads). I was traumatized.

So I learned my lesson when Sweetie graciously diagnosed George. My eyes were as big as saucers when he opened George's CPU. The dust he had accumulated looked like he was never cleaned at all. NEVER. My former PC doctor said that the reason he had to come monthly was because he had to clean George. I was really upset upon seeing how much dirt had accumulated inside George. It was a good thing that he did not overheat since the fans had so much dirt on the blades and the holes were blocked because of the dust.

Lesson learned: Your PC needs cleaning inside and not just outside. Check once in a while if dust is already accumulating inside the CPU.

Hard lesson learned: Do not just entrust the care of your PC to anyone. Back-check if they are indeed doing what you are paying them to do.

Here's some tools Sweetie used to clean-up George:
1. Soft brush
2. Cotton ear buds
3. Soft cloth/tissue

I heard that there's a small vacuum cleaner you could purchase so you could suck out the dirt easier.

Just make sure when cleaning the innards of your PC that: (1) you don't wet any part, make sure all your cleaning tools are dry; (2) be light, do not clean it up like how you scrub your bathroom, think that it's a baby you're cleaning up.

I'm still very much upset with my former PC doctor since I feel he's been duping me for almost a decade. Good thing Sweetie's great with PCs and he's teaching me how to properly care for my PC. George is still in the Sweetie PC Hospital, but we're expecting him to come out of a coma within the week.

What about you? Do you have any "PC doctor" horror stories? How do you clean up your PC?

Lunes, Hunyo 2, 2008

Vlogging with an Indie Film Director

I'm still getting my act together about my vlogs. I was supposed to join some vlogging contests, but I got too busy and then eventually got sick, so my Youtube channel has been a bit quiet for sometime now. I just recently watched two indie films and was curious about how real movie directors think about it.

I asked Rica Arevalo, awarded by Cinemalaya for best director for the film "ICU Bed #7" if she thought that vloggers can be successful in making short films. This is what she has to say,

Yes of couse, anyone who has a camera can do any film. You just have to understand the "film language" very well. Remember these are moving images, it has its own way of communicating. So a vlogger must learn how to use images as their tool for storytelling. If one succeeds in combining good substance (story/content) and technical expertise into a coherent film, then it would benefit everyone.

A filmmaker makes a film for the big screen while you guys have a small screen to show your stuff so composition of shots and shot sizes are crucial to your storytelling.

The Komikero has been dabbling in producing short films and here's "True Love" -

Not ready to make a short film? Here's YGT contributors Ria and Andrew's entry for the McDonald's pa-burger spoof contest.