Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rogers and Fido to offer 3G service soon

I was talking to a Fido Business Services rep last night. I complained, as I always do about the crazy data rates that Rogers has. He informed me that Rogers, and by extension (some time later) Fido, will be launching new 3G phones with 3G service available through their networks. He then hinted that new Data plans will accompany this as the current plans with 3G speeds would just be stupid.

Can't wait.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Kingston vs. Sandisk Warranty Service

I've always used Kingston cards for my memory card needs. I've recently started buying Sandisk. Now no card manufacturer makes perfect cards. Some cards die. I've recently had the experience of having a Sandisk Card die on me. I've also had in the past a Kingston card die (an old one which I had had for many years).

Why did I move to Sandisk? Though it may seem strange, a brand cards generally work very well with the brands card readers. Sandisk has better, and a larger selection of card readers. I've had incompatibilities before (this isn't an SD vs. SDHC issue) and drifted towards Sandisks complete solutions.

So what happened to prompt this post? Kingstons cards are a better value, but not only that, they have a much better exchange policy. When I had my Kingston card die (or any one one of their computer memory products), Kingston ships me a replacement within 2 business days with a return package for the old card. This entire process is quick and more importantly free. Sandisk on the other hand does not. They told me it would take 2-3 weeks to get the product exchanged and it would be faster to take it to the store of purchase if possible. This is what I did. I was told 2 weeks. 2 Weeks plus having to go to the store vs. 2 days and the convenience of having it shipped to the location of my choice. Not only is Kingston cheaper, as reliable (in my limited experience) but they have a much better service policy.

I'll be moving back to Kingston from now on.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Nikon D200 @ ISO 3200 with Nikon Capture 1.2 Noise Reduction

My Rex (Nikon D200 @ ISO 3200)
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This is not a scientific test. This is just an observation from many shots taken over the last few months. The noise reduction in Nikon Capture 1.2 is better than previous versions of Capture. It's also far better than the built in NR. Sure, Noise Ninja "could" produce better results with tweaking. But Nikon knows it's cameras and sensors, and with very little fuss it does a damn good job.

Speaking of my WRX. My Lease is ending soon. As my lease approaches it's end, there doesn't seem to be anything on the market (especially not the new WRX) for me to replace it with, save for the new Mitsubishi Evo which isn't available yet. Luckily I still like my car.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Nintendo giving away Silicone Jackets for existing wiimote owners

Yes, apparently people still can't learn to hold on to their wiimotes. Mind you I could see how this thing will make it more comfortable to use. Get yours here