Monday, March 13, 2006

Neon Tetras

neon tetras
Hey this is totally off topic from tech but I recently turned into a hobby aquarist. I'm a beginner of course and I recently got 6 neon tetras and they're awesome. It was unfortunate to find 2 dead the day after I got them. Those two were put into a quarantine tank as soon as I brought them home because they had damaged scales. So I ended up giving them a salt bath with 2 drops of quick cure. That's probably the cause of their death. I had learned the hard way, not to ever do that again. (The picture above isn't my tank, just showing the fish that I got. Wish it my setup)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

iPod HiFi

ipod hifi
This was one of the things that I wasn't excited for at all. It was rumored to be released and it has. The Apple iPod HiFi. This was just a stupid move by Apple I thought. This thing isn't the usual well designed, well thought-out product from Apple. When I first saw this I thought ugly, big. Plus it's way too pricey at $349. C'mon Apple, you gotta be kiddin me. I don't understand why Apple would make an iPod speaker system now, so late in the game. And why would I get this over the Bose Sound Dock. The Bose Sound Dock is much slimmer, good audio, and it's fifty bucks cheaper at $299. This product is nothing new and personally would never buy it.

New Mac Mini

new mac mini
Everyone has been waiting for big announcements from Apple on Feb, 28th '06. Most of the rumor sites were expecting to see a dedicated (or "real") ipod video player with a bigger screen and a touch screen click wheel, an intel-based Ibook, Apple DVR with tivo like functionalities. Honestly, I was disappointed about the announcements because there weren't any "big" or new products. I doubted the release of the video ipod because they just released the ipod w/video not so long ago so they can make profits.

However, I was pretty excited and glad to see the new Mac Mini. The biggest updates to this Mac Mini are that it's got the Intel chip, and Front Row (Remote included). There are two models: the lower-end has a 1.5Ghz Intel Core Solo ($599) and the higher-end model with 1.66Ghz Intel Core Duo ($799) processor. Other updates to the new Mac Mini are:

* ILife '06
* Four USB ports
* Gigabit Ethernet
* Up to 2GB of DDR2 memory
* 2MB of L2 cache
* Dual layer dvd burner for $799 model
* 667Mhz FSB
* SATA HD

This is a nice update with new hardware which will make a big difference in speed. This is something I definately would like to purchase in the future but the higher end model is a big pricey for me. This adds another item on my wish list. Apple just keeps making the best hardware.